LNG-powered AIDAperla arrives in Barcelona

first_imgImage courtesy of AIDA CruisesCarnival Corporation, AIDA Cruises’ parent company, said the second LNG-powered ferry, the AIDAperla arrived in Barcelona. The vessel, delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in April, will be christened in Palma de Mallorca at the end of this month.AIDAperla will dock 31 times in the port of Barcelona where it will be supplied with liquefied natural gas (LNG).AIDAprima, the company’s first vessel in the LNG-powered series has already been provided with LNG in all five ports of her Northern Europe cruises since May 2016. AIDAperla will be the second cruise ship that will be able to produce onboard power from LNG while docked.However, the requirement for this is the availability of LNG in the respective port, and AIDA Cruises is also discussing this issue with other Mediterranean ports.Carnival Group is investing a total of around €30 million ($33.5 million) in a cruise terminal in Barcelona, which has an area of some 12,500 m² and is specifically geared to the operation of the next generation of ships that are entirely powered with LNG. The first ship of this generation, AIDAnova, will be commissioned in fall 2018.last_img read more

Jerami Grant: Brother Jerian, former teammates Robinson, Cook discuss Grant’s status heading into rookie season

first_img Related Stories Boeheim doesn’t discuss NCAA hearing at ACC media day, touches on rules of commentingACC will send representative to Syracuse’s NCAA hearing, Swofford confirmsSyracuse basketball expected to finish 5th in ACC; no players receive preseason ACC honorsJerami Grant: Brother Jerian, former teammates Robinson, Cook discuss Grant’s status heading into rookie seasonLouisville makes 1st appearance as ACC team at media day Published on October 29, 2014 at 11:22 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+center_img CHARLOTTE, N.C. — James Robinson and Jerami Grant hung out but didn’t get to work out together this summer. The two didn’t coordinate their workouts so Robinson didn’t get to see how Grant —  a former Syracuse forward who averaged 12.1 points per game last season — is recovering from an ankle injury that will keep him sidelined for the start of his NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers.But Robinson and Grant discussed Grant’s path to professional basketball over the summer and Robinson said his former high school teammate is just itching to get onto the court.“I pretty much talk to Jerami every day. He’s doing well, should be back in a week or so,” said Robinson, a junior guard at Pittsburgh, at Atlantic Coast Conference media day on Wednesday. “He’s frustrated because he knows he wants to be out there, but he knows he can’t rush it back.”Robinson wasn’t Grant’s only former DeMatha Catholic (Maryland) High School teammate at media day, as his brother Jerian Grant represented Notre Dame and senior guard Quinn Cook was there with Duke. Jerian echoed Robinson’s projection of a “week or two” for Jerami’s return and said that wanting to prove he was worthy of a first-round pick is adding to the frustration of not being on the court.“He felt like he was a first-round talent, so he’s just out there to prove that he was,” Jerian said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter foregoing his final two years of eligibility with the Orange, Grant fell to Philadelphia at the 39th pick in the second round. The 76ers open their season in Indiana on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Grant is on the roster with former SU teammate and reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams.But he won’t be playing just yet and according to multiple reports he’s considering spending time in the NBA’s Developmental League to get back to full strength.Grant missed time as a sophomore with SU last season with a back injury and couldn’t play in the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship for the Team USA Under-19 team due to mononucleosis.Because they’ve seen him claw back before, Jerian, Robinson and Cook all said they wouldn’t be surprised if Grant was back ahead of schedule and working himself into the rotation in Philadelphia.“He’s just working to get out there and it might set him back a little bit,” said Cook, who’s been playing with Grant since the two were 7 years old. “But at the same time, he’s living his dream right now.” Commentslast_img read more

Cloth face masks available to the community

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA,Mich.— When entering a public facility, the local health department is encouraging residents to wear face masks. Joann Fabrics and Crafts Store in Alpena is giving away free masks to residents and local agencies who need them.Cloth face masks are free to the community and pre-assembled. The inside of Joann’s is closed to the public, but masks are available for curbside pick up.Staff is operating from 11am to 6pm Monday through Sunday.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious COVID-19 testing site now available to patientsNext Survey shows one in seven small businesses not confident of surviving the COVID-19 Pandemiclast_img read more

Botswana to declare ‘Isaac Makwala Day’ if he wins 200m gold

first_imgBotswana will hold a national holiday in honour of Isaac Makwala if he wins 200m gold at the World Championships.Makwala, whose exploits in London have been a major talking point this week, races in the final later on Thursday.On Tuesday he was barred from the 400m final, as officials tried to halt a “very virulent” norovirus outbreak.But he returned and progressed from an individual 200m time trial on Wednesday – he was quarantined for Monday’s heats – and celebrated by doing press-ups.The 30-year-old, who said he is “still running with a broken heart” will be going up against South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk, who on Tuesday dominated the 400m race for which Makwala said he had been training.Botswana’s Sports Minister Thapelo Olopeng told BBC Sport the country would also pay Makwala the $10,000 (£7,500) he would have received from the government had he won 400m gold. “The president has set aside a certain day for him,” said Olopeng. “It will be a public holiday for people to come and meet Makwala and all over the country there will be celebrations with music and dancing. The man has lifted the name of our country higher and higher, and he deserves this welcome as our hero.”The minister said that the country had submitted a further complaint about the handling of the issue by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the world governing body.”The way he performed yesterday [in the 200m qualifiers] he showed no signs of ailment and I don’t understand why the IAAF has continued with the same decision,” Olopeng said.”They should call for a re-run or give him the same opportunity as they did in the 200m [a time-trial run on his own]. They have not responded and if they don’t then we will take the matter forward, we have a legal team waiting to give us advice on how far we can take it.”What happened to our athlete has created a lot of displeasure in the country and we are very unhappy. To me it’s a great disappointment.” The IAAF – criticised for its decision to stop Makwala running in the 400m final – allowed him another chance to compete in the 200m after receiving a written request from the Botswanan federation.Makwala, who qualified second fastest behind the United States’ Isiah Young, has the quickest season’s best and personal best of the nine-man field.Van Niekerk, running his fifth race in as many days, only made it through as a fastest loser.Meanwhile, the number of people associated with the World Championships who have reported illness has risen from 30 to 40, Public Health England announced.The body said that three cases have been confirmed as norovirus by laboratory testing. The IAAF defended its actions and said it was under instruction to quarantine athletes who showed symptoms of the virus.It acknowledged Makwala’s absence was “a sad case” but said its medical staff examined the athlete and notes taken by a doctor showed he had been vomiting over an 18-hour period.last_img read more

NLDS: Dodgers’ Chase Utley engulfed in drama at Game 3

first_img“Whether it was necessary or not, I don’t know,” Manfred said. “We decided to do it out of an abundance of caution because we want the focus to be on a nice, clean game on the field.”The caution was born out of the abundance of fans — 44,276 was the largest crowd ever at Citi Field apart from the 2013 All-Star game — but also the abundance of opinions. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw chimed in with his, saying he felt the league was “maybe a little bit bullied into suspending” Utley. Manfred took exception to the remark.“Sometimes people say things that probably later on they might have wished they didn’t say,” he said. “The thought of Joe Torre being bullied by anyone, I find to be just a little laughable, to tell you the truth.”Utley’s predicament wasn’t laughable. He didn’t do any interviews before the game — most players do not in the playoffs — but he issued a statement Monday morning that was in keeping with the spirit of his postgame comments Saturday.“The Players Association and my agent (Joel Wolfe) are handling the appeals process,” the statement read. “I have nothing more to say other than to reiterate that I feel terrible about Ruben’s injury. Now my teammates and I are focused on Game 3 and doing everything we can to win this series.”Rollins startsJimmy Rollins started at shortstop for the first time in the series, relegating Corey Seager to the bench for a night.After Mattingly recently informed Seager he was the team’s primary shortstop, Rollins started only two of the Dodgers’ final six regular-season games. Seager gave Mattingly little choice by batting .337 with four home runs and 17 RBIs in his first 27 games. But the rookie had one hit and four strikeouts in eight at-bats in Games 1 and 2, and Game 3 starter Matt Harvey had been tough on opposing lefties (.204 batting average).Rollins’ .322 career batting average at Citi Field is his highest at any venue in which he’s made at least 30 plate appearances.The manager declined to explain which of these was the determining factor in his decision.“I can argue for Corey. I can argue for Jimmy,” Mattingly said. “I can throw all the scenarios of experience, inexperience. You can throw all that in there, but Jimmy’s name came out for us today.”AlsoThe game’s first pitch was delayed when the Dodgers’ video review phone malfunctioned. … Former Mets outfielder Rusty Staub, 71, threw the ceremonial first pitch less than two weeks after he reportedly suffered a heart attack. … The Mets officially added Triple-A infielder Matt Reynolds to their roster, taking the place of Tejada. … Tejada was on the field in crutches with his teammates during pregame introductions. It was reported he will not need surgery on his fractured right fibula. … Dodgers pitchers Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder labrum surgery) and Brandon McCarthy (elbow ligament replacement surgery) both jogged and threw on the field prior to the game. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Utley wasn’t in the Dodgers’ starting lineup for Game 3, nor did he play. Howie Kendrick started at second base and Justin Turner started at third, which was not unreasonable considering they were two of the team’s hottest hitters in Games 1 and 2.When his name was announced during pregame player introductions, Utley heard boos from seemingly every soul in the building. The 36-year-old veteran remained stoic as his face was shown on the video board.Beyond Mattingly’s reassurance that Utley and his family felt safe, commissioner Rob Manfred and Mets manager Terry Collins tried to downplay the possibility of any disruptions beyond the game.“We can play angry but we gotta play under control,” Collins said, a message he said he relayed to starting pitcher Matt Harvey.Manfred said he had planned to speak to both managers and the umpire crew in separate pregame meetings, “just to make sure everybody’s on the same page.”center_img NEW YORK >> Joe Torre, the Chief Baseball Officer of MLB, tried to remove Dodgers infielder Chase Utley from Citi Field this week by suspending him for Games 3 and 4 of the National League Division Series. Was Torre trying to punish Utley for his late, high slide in Game 2 on Saturday, or to protect him?Utley immediately appealed, and his case still had not been heard Monday. Even the commissioner of baseball wasn’t sure if Utley’s appeal would be resolved by the time the Dodgers flew home Wednesday. So Utley was allowed to play in Game 3 — two days after Utley’s slide fractured the leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada — though not without an unprecedented level of precaution.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly pulled Utley aside, knowing the 36-year-old veteran would be the focus of fans’ vitriol in the first playoff game ever at Citi Field.“We’ve had numerous conversations since the other night, you know, with all the stuff off the field that has happened, and just all the stir about it,” Mattingly said. “Those type of things and make sure he felt comfortable as far as being safe, make sure his family felt comfortable as far as being safe, those type of issues. Those are the things that get in your mind.”last_img read more