Strategic Marine and BMT Nigel Gee Design Far Offshore StratCATs

first_imgStrategic Marine and BMT Nigel Gee will be displaying two new crew transfer vessel (CTV) designs at Seawork International in Southampton, United Kingdom.The event will be held from 13 to 15 June 2017 at the Mayflower Park venue in Southampton, United Kingdom.The two new vessel designs that will be unveiled at the event are the StratCAT30 and StratCAT38. Models of both vessels will be on display at Seawork International for the public and industry watchers to view.The two new designs are being launched to build on the success Strategic Marine has had with the previous StratCAT26 and other smaller CTVs.The vessels have features which can provide increased capabilities to wind farm service operators who want to leave their crews at sea for longer periods of time, work further offshore and operate in a higher sea state, the company said.Mike Bell, the General Manager – Commercial of Strategic Marine said: “The launch of these two new vessel designs highlights Strategic Marine’s triumphs in the European Wind Space and showcases our commitment to continue to invest in the renewables vertical. This is where the future is headed especially in a world with increasingly limited resources where the need to innovate becomes stronger than ever.”last_img read more

Lambert relaxed over club situation

first_imgAston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists he is relaxed about the club’s current situation and has stressed he “fully intends” to remain as manager, regardless of who owns the midlands outfit. “But I fully intend to be here. That’s me being totally honest. “If people come in, you sit with them and see what happens. If not, you sit with Randy, which I tend to do at the end of the season.” Both on Sunday and in a statement released a few days earlier following the suspension of assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa, Lerner appeared to express sympathy for Lambert, referring to the manager’s handling of “unexpected issues” and the injuries that his squad has been hit by this season. Lambert, meanwhile, has expressed his frustration at the “position of mediocrity” he feels the club have been in stretching back to before his arrival, and the need for future investment – although he also says he would not change the experience he has had so far with Villa. He said on Thursday: “With the size of this football club, with the fanbase it’s got, I never came here to sit like this. It’s been like this for the last four years. “But it’s been an incredible experience these past two years. “Would I have changed the experience? No. Because it will make you stronger. “The lads have always given me everything they have. I don’t think anyone can argue with that. We have had our ups and downs. “But this football club has been in a position these past four years of mediocrity. That’s the bottom line. “It will need investment, that’s for sure, to compete at the top end. “The football club will need a kick-on. “I think Randy has been brilliant with that since he’s been here. He’s been excellent with me on that side of it. “But if you’re going to go and buy players – the ones I have been linked with – then you will need money.” Meanwhile, Lambert says he is pleased Yacouba Sylla is disappointed at having had limited game-time – even if he is less than impressed with the Villa midfielder’s recent comments on the matter. Sylla – who has made only four appearances, all as a substitute, this calendar year – was quoted this week as saying he is looking to leave the club on loan in the summer due his unhappiness at spending so much time on the bench. And Lambert said: “I understand any player’s frustration at not playing. “You wouldn’t expect people to just sit there and not play. You are glad on that aspect. “Should he have spoken about it? Probably not. But that comes with experience. “I am glad he’s disappointed at not playing. That’s normal. “The three lads in the middle of the pitch have been doing really well for us, though. So Yac just has to do his utmost to get in the side.” And when asked about that on Thursday at his press conference to preview Saturday’s trip to Swansea, Lambert said: “He (Lerner) was over here on Tuesday. “I had a chat with him. Not a long chat. I am the manager of the football club but I am not privy to everything that goes on. “His statement to me was pretty clear – he will address everything at the end of the season. Everyone must respect that. This is his club, you have to respect his decision. “It will become clear, I am pretty sure, when he decides what he has to say. “I am relaxed. I am not uptight about anything. I am here to win football matches. That’s always the case.” A takeover of Villa could bring further questions about the future of Lambert, under whom they finished 15th last term, his first season in charge. The Scot is keeping an open mind about what might happen, but has emphasised that he wants to stay, whether Lerner remains in control or not. Lambert, whose side are currently five points clear of the relegation zone in 15th place with four more games to go, said: “If a new owner comes in, you have a conversation. That’s normal. Villa have had a turbulent time of it of late, with a run of five games without a win – four of them defeats – seeing them sucked into the Barclays Premier League relegation battle, two of the coaching staff being suspended and speculation growing that chairman Randy Lerner is ready to sell the club. In a statement released on Sunday, American Lerner said he would address the “steady rumours of a sale” after the season has finished. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cubs’ Joe Maddon set to learn fate in postgame meeting with Theo Epstein

first_imgST. LOUIS — Chances are, when Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein meet after Saturday evening’s Cubs-Cardinals contest at Busch Stadium, they won’t split an Imo’s pizza, and a couple orders of toasted ravioli probably isn’t likely, either. Maybe a couple of ice-cold Budweisers would be appropriate, though, considering the agenda for the get-together. There is something symbolic about the most fateful meeting of Maddon’s tenure as the Cubs’ manager happening in St. Louis. When he was a young lad growing up in rural Pennsylvania, he became a Cardinals fan, listening to the games on KMOX’s powerful signal.  And it’s here, where Jack Buck became a broadcasting legend and broadcasting legend Harry Caray found his voice, that Maddon will learn his fate. The Cubs opted against extending Maddon’s contract after the 2018 season, despite the fact the franchise had made the playoffs in each of the deal’s first four years, had reached the NLCS three times and had won the 2016 World Series, the first one for the franchise since 1908. BERNSTEIN: Maddon should have good laugh if deluded Cubs let him walk”I mean, three trips into the CS,” Maddon said pregame Friday. “If you would have been guaranteed that in ’14 going into ’15 when we walked in the door, how would you feel about that? As a fan of the Cubs, how would you feel about that?”He continued, in typical Maddon fashion: “The mind, when stretched, has a difficult time going back to its original form. We’ve stretched the minds a bit, so now, fans are expecting more. Groovy, man. Go and expect it all.”But Epstein wanted to see how the 2019 season would play out before committing to Maddon, and, well, 2019 wasn’t great. Injuries and inconsistency and a down-the-stretch collapse all conspired to keep the Cubs out of the postseason for the first time in Maddon’s tenure.And so Maddon and Epstein will have a meeting somewhere in St. Louis to discuss the future. Maddon informed reporters of the meeting during his pregame interview session Saturday and Epstein confirmed it shortly after. “We’ll discuss everything moving forward, that kind of stuff,” Maddon said. “We haven’t had any kind of a talk about any of this. I mean that sincerely. We will tonight.” Maddon was asked if he thought there would be a resolution. “I hope so, yeah,” he said. “I’d like to believe so, yes.” Then he was asked if that resolution might be announced before Sunday’s game: “I have no idea,” he replied.MORE: Epstein shoots down talk of return to Red SoxWhat he does know, at least, is what he plans to do when he leaves St. Louis, whether that’s before the game Sunday or after.  “Right now, you know what I’m excited about?” Maddon said before Friday’s series opener. “I’m going to get in that car and drive to our pad in Hazelton (Pa.), which is on this really cool little golf course, the Valley Country Club. My buddy Frankie’s the golf pro, And I do need some work, so he’ll be there to straighten my stuff out. My mom’s right down the street, so is my sister. Of course, (Maddon’s wife) Jaye’s going to be there. My buddy Willie’s going to stop by. I mean, come on, what’s better than that?”And if he is let go, as seems inevitable, he’ll have plenty of options to choose from this offseason.The Padres, Giants and Royals jobs are already open, and as many as five or six more managers could be let go at the end of the season.last_img read more

Groves flies high to win in Dubai

first_img23 Nov 2019 Groves flies high to win in Dubai GEORGE GROVES has claimed a well-deserved victory in the inaugural EDGA Dubai Finale.The world number one and reigning English disability champion earned his place in the field after winning his national title at Stoke by Nayland in September.The Surrey golfer made the most of the opportunity and rounds of 77 and 82 on the Earth Course were good enough to give him a three shot triumph over America’s Chad Pfeifer.In July, Groves finished second in the opening EDGA event of the season held during the week of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in East Lothian.This week there was to be no denying the man from Horne Park Golf Club.Groves took centre-stage in the event which ran parallel to the European Tour’s finale to the 2019 season – the DP World Tour Championship.He said: “It’s fantastic. I’m going to go home very proud of myself, celebrate with my friends and family. It will be really good.“This tour has really changed my life. I think it’s just changed me as a person, changed me as a golfer. I’m just really happy that I’ve actually managed to get into stuff like that.“It’s really good to get us involved and on TV and to show other people with disabilities to get more into golf and, instead of lounging around at home, be confident in themselves and get out there and show what you can do.”Groves has Erb’s Palsy, a condition which leaves him with 20 per cent strength in his left arm after a medical accident during birth.However, that has not stopped him from rising to the top of the rankings for golfers with disability.“When I was younger I was a footballer and I was told to do exercise for my arm,” added Groves.“My parents said do golf. I went to the range one day and I thought this could be something so I took golf up.“To come out and win this, be World Number One, is just incredible. I’m pretty sure I’ve 100 per cent done the right choice.” Photograph credit: Getty Imagescenter_img Tags: Disability Golf, Surreylast_img read more

Lacey Spring Fun Fair Celebrates 31 Years of Family Fun

first_imgCharter College Lacey offers residents of Thurston County career education opportunities in healthcare with blended on-campus programs in Medical Assistant and Pharmacy Technician.With Medical Assistant training, graduates can have careers in a wide variety of positions, including: Medical Assistant, Clinical Assistant, Medical Receptionist, or Medical Office Assistant. The Charter College Medical Assistant program incorporates a combination of clinical, technical and business skills making graduates employable in 10 months.The Pharmacy Technician program prepares students for employment as an entry-level assistant to a licensed pharmacist. The program provides the fundamentals of pharmacy calculations, drug distribution systems, preparation of sterile dosage forms, customer service, pharmacy law and ethics, and pharmacy operations.Charter College’s innovative Blended Learning curriculum combines a hands-on classroom experience with online course work. “This schedule offers students more flexibility with their schedules, allowing them to work and manage family life,” said Higdon. “It also saves them daily travel time and expenses, offering them the convenience of learning from home and receiving classroom hands-on support.”There is so much to do, you will want to come both days to the fun fair. Photo courtesy: Charter CollegeOf course, Charter College is just one small part of the Lacey Fun Fair. 2017 highlights included pony rides, Pirate’s Revenge, Fun Fair Circus Train, ballistic swings, the Jurassic Adventure Playground, a giant slide, a fire truck, and more than 30 booths with kid’s crafts, games and giveaways. Unfortunately, Fido has to stay home for this one, as there is a no pet policy.Parking is limited, so organizers recommend these alternatives:A free shuttle bus runs all weekend, every 15 minutes from South Sound Mall (by the Flag Pavilion/Civic Plaza) to Saint Martin’s University.Public transportation is another great option. Intercity Transit Bus #67 has the closest stops to Lacey Spring Fun Fair. Plan your trip now by clickingThere is some parking at the Franz Street entrance. You can also park at Lacey City Hall and walk along the bike path to the University.For more information, visit the Lacey Spring Fun Fair website. Facebook8Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Charter CollegeFor the last 30 years, Lacey residents have come together to enjoy a day of family fun with the Lacey Spring Fun Fair. This year’s event takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, at Saint Martin’s University, 5300 Pacific Avenue SE. It runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.The Lacey Spring Fun Fair is a perfect outing for the entire family. Photo courtesy: Charter CollegeExpected to attract hundreds of visitors, the weekend includes activities and entertainment, rides and games, live performances, vendors, and food concessions. As always, the Lacey Spring Fun Fair is free to attend.Charter College will have a table at the event, and the team is looking forward to talking to families and answering questions from anybody interested in learning more about the school.“We really enjoy celebrating Lacey with this event every year,” said Charter College Lacey Campus President Dr. Bruce Higdon. “This is such a fun way for us to spend time with members of the community and share how we can help potential students get the skills they need to achieve their goals.”last_img read more