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Swan Hunter Adds Onshore and Offshore Carousel System

first_imgSwan Hunter together with its partner DOC, has taken delivery of a new 1000Te capacity modular onshore and offshore carousel system.The system offers clients a flexible product handling equipment solution within the onshore storage, offshore installation, and marine transportation markets, Swan Hunter said.The principle comprises three interchangeable components, specifically utilized dependant on the product loading location. Modular liftable storage baskets of varying capacities are coupled with either a hydraulically powered turntable or standard SPMTs to provide basket rotation and support.The hydraulic turntable has integrated hydraulic lift rollers, that allow it to be pulled away from beneath the basket when supported via crane or SPMTs. These inbuilt functions, allow for the loading of multiple baskets using a single turntable or SPMT spread.Upon completion of the onsite assembly DOC director, Dave Hangoor said: “We are very pleased to have another item of new build equipment constructed here at the DOC-Swan Hunter Cable Storage and Spooling Yard. This 1000Te system nicely compliments our smaller and larger carousels, further increasing our cable handling and storage capacity, and allowing us to offer various solutions to our client’s requirements”.The equipment is now due to undergo onsite commissioning works and will be operational on it’s first cable handling and storage project in early Q2 this year.last_img read more

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Bubble Dribble: Here’s what an NBA game is like without fans

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the Friday July 24 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. Reporter Kyle Goon is one of the few in the country allowed inside the NBA’s bubble. To get the “Bubble Dribble” insider accounts in your inbox throughout the NBA conclusion, sign up here.LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It’s an exchange I’ve seen perhaps a hundred times. I’ve never heard it like this.LeBron James ran to the rack and dropped in a lay-up on Thursday night, then hunted out a referee: “That’s an And-1,” he said, asking for a whistle on contact by the Mavericks defense. Moments later, Jared Dudley was called for a foul. Frank Vogel was incensed by a perceived double standard. As James shouted an expletive, Vogel started arguing his case.“LeBron’s getting mauled down there,” he said to official Jacyn Goble, “and it’s ‘Play on.’” And sometimes, it is. My first encounter was during a scrimmage between the Clippers and the Orlando Magic, which was a staid, sterile environment at The Arena, the largest venue on campus. The in-arena temperature was comparable to a meat locker — I don’t know if it mattered ultimately that it was chilly, but maybe it did. While the technological aspects designed for television looked impressive, it was sometimes difficult to feel like I was watching the same game.So many times, fans punctuate not just what we pay attention to, but become characters within the stories we write. The NBA has picked up home court sounds and graphics to help simulate home court advantage, so it started hitting me how weird some of these things sound on their own: from the race car engines of the Indiana Pacers, to the robotic monotone of “DE-FENSE” the Clippers played over some of their possessions. A call without a response feels completely unnatural — and just a little sad.But that overall lack of energy translated to the teams playing, and on spaced-out benches, it took each team a while to kind of buy in — but eventually by the end of the game, they seemed to, waving towels and shouting.Lou Williams was a little hoarse in his press conference following the scrimmage, and when he said it was the most he’s ever had to talk from the bench during a game, Doc Rivers — who has the most well-known rasp in the league — butted into his Zoom call with reporters: “Now you know this is why I talk like this!”I was a little cold on the overall experience: Truthfully, I love that NBA games are big events. This is also true of pregame routines for reporters, which consists of mingling along the sidelines with NBA staffers and coaches and other media alike. At Staples Center, the courtside stars feel just as much a part of the game as the stanchion or the 3-point line. This is one aspect that makes covering the Lakers unlike any job I’ve ever had.But coming away from Thursday night’s game in the smallest venue here has begun to sway my opinion.The media had spaced-out courtside seats, giving us fantastic vantages of both the action and the dialogue. I got to hear a lot of player communication, especially on defense. Vogel has said many, many times that James is the “quarterback” of his defense (yes, it’s a mixed metaphor), but I’ve never heard that more clearly than in the scrimmage, as James barked during almost every possession who was going to be covering who.“You stay on (Justin) Jackson,” James shouted in one break, then pointed to Tim Hardaway Jr. “I’ll stay on him.” It was at a distance so I can’t be sure, but Hardaway seemed to shoot James a dirty look (it’s not exactly a compliment that LeBron wants to guard you on defense).You get to hear what coaches are concerned about, especially in breaks in music. During a Mavericks possession, gigantic center Boban Marjanovic was fed the ball in the post and prepared to back down Dwight Howard. A chorus of Mavericks bench voices said all at once: “TAKE YOUR TIME!”Thursday’s postgame comments were mostly occupied by issues of social justice (which we wrote about at length), but I still have a list of questions about things I heard. For example, why, when Quinn Cook was sinking free throws at the line, were LeBron and Anthony Davis shouting “Green beans!” (A Twitter follower offered that it was a reference to NBA 2K, which the trio has played together)?It felt like the Lakers and Mavericks had gotten revved up to be loud from the bench. One of the best moments came as Dion Waiters made his Lakers’ debut, and firing up a 3-pointer before the buzzer. Even before the shot fell, the Lakers bench was up and shouting his nickname: “CHEEEEEEEEESE!”Again, it’s worth reminding how small these places are. Taking a quick break at halftime, I walked by a number of players and coaches, and realized they were spending most of their 15 minutes on the warm-up courts just on the other side of the curtain. Even venues with locker rooms don’t really have many amenities. Players don’t even shower at the venues, heading straight on the bus moments after the clock runs out.This experience was definitely not the NBA I know, but shoot, it was entertaining. Earlier this week, Danny Green speculated that the fanless environment might be like a high-level pickup game at L.A. Fitness — in this third game I watched, that seemed to capture it. Of course it doesn’t really matter to the NBA how the court feels to me: The impressions of the millions at home are going to determine whether this restart is actually a success.What is going to be hardest to replicate are those clock-stopping or clock-slowing moments. I think of athletic, tone-setting blocks that send would-be layups careening into the stands. I think of big dunks that force the other team to huddle up and take a break. I think of incredibly tense and dramatic playoff possessions, thick with excitement, as fans stand up to see if their team can actually pull this one out.What would LeBron’s chasedown block in Game 7 of 2016 be like without fans? Ray Allen’s 2013 shot in Game 6? What would either of Damian Lillard’s walkoff buzzer-beaters to close out series be like without the crowd of some 20,000 people losing their minds? None of these moments will be the same — that’s not really up for debate.But there’s a lot the NBA is doing to try to adapt to the COVID-19 era, including replicating homecourt environments as much as possible — this is particularly of interest to the Lakers and Clippers, who are high seeds for the upcoming playoffs. On the 17-foot digital boards surrounding three sides of each court, there will be “virtual fans” in attendance selected by home court teams. On Thursday, images of the Laker girls flashed in an attempt to restore some of the Showtime magic to the venue.My impression, however, is the games will largely be on the spectrum I’ve already seen. They can feel distant and somewhat off-rhythm. But as players adapt more to the environment and the stakes rise, I imagine that they’ll end up feeling more intimate and heated. A venue without in-person fans is far from perfect, but if the league can find a way to keep up the intensity in these small spaces, it just might do for now.– Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. Reporter Kyle Goon is one of the few in the country allowed inside the NBA’s bubble. To get the “Bubble Dribble” insider accounts in your inbox throughout the NBA’s conclusion , sign up here.From the Bubble“There ain’t been no damn movement for us.’ – LeBron stumps for Breonna Taylor’s case and expresses frustrations over racial justice in America.Taking up for Taylor – A more pointed look at why Taylor’s case has spoken to NBA players and how they’re voicing themselves about it.Basketball is back – The Lakers made their debut in a scrimmage against the Mavericks where LeBron and AD looked lively.More on fan-less arenas – What is different about the new venues in Disney, and what the NBA is still trying to figure out.The pull of real life – The difficult decisions some players are already making, as they decide whether to leave the bubble for personal reasons.Markieff Morris arrives – He’s since cleared quarantine but didn’t play on Thursday.A swift building project – Our last newsletter reflected on how quickly the NBA was able to organize the restart.Follow along on Instagram – I’m sharing stories from the bubble in a different way, and you can check it out here. I’ve written about this before, but usually experience it like this: Reporters on the sideline spot body language between coaches, players and officials, and make a note to ask about it later. What coaches and players say after the game helps shape how we view those moments. Even though media seats at Staples Center are fantastic, the din of a passionate crowd usually blankets the chatter on the court.But in the Visa Athletic Center, an airy field house that is split in two by a black curtain to cordon off the playing area from the improvised “locker rooms,” there is no overlapping fan noise of any kind. There are no fans at all.Three days into scrimmages at the NBA bubble, I’ve watched games at each of the three venues at Wide World of Sports on the Disney campus. They’re all perched close together, and they’re all much smaller than NBA arenas. As far as I can tell, Visa Athletic Center, the smallest and most intimate of all three, isn’t truly designed for large spectating crowds in any way.In a world with COVID-19, everyone is tuning in on TV. In person, the venue reflects a television product with large digital screens and about 30 different cameras (all but three controlled remotely) capturing the action. There’s music during possessions, and I heard from TV viewers that crowd noise was added artificially on the broadcast to simulate the feel of a normal game.So to be one of the two hundred-or-so people sitting live — and as Joe Vardon put it at The Athletic, “spitting distance” — is weird. Audiences are not just set dressing for TV (which some have argued they are), but they help create drama, help accentuate the powerful moments and highlights, and ultimately do things that actually do affect the game — like forcing coaches to take timeouts. I imagined it would be like tuning in to your favorite song, but only having the bass line without being able to hear any other instrument.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Heads up! Lakers get used to looking out for unexpected assists from LeBron, Lonzo and Rondo

first_img“They’re not afraid to pass, and they might not even be looking at you,” McGee said. “You just gotta be ready for it.”The learning curve is sometimes unpredictable. It helps that Ball has played with many of his teammates for the last year, and some players have already gotten used to watching for him. As an example, Coach Luke Walton cited that Kyle Kuzma learned as a rookie during Summer League that “if I just run out every time, I get 10 extra points a game.”And yet the lessons continue. Last week at a practice, Walton also cited two players who ran the floor but weren’t actually looking for the outlet pass from Ball – which sailed dangerously close to their heads.“There’s no way to have a timeline,” Walton said. “Some players will already figure it out.”While the trio of playmakers share an uncommon eye for passing lanes, their different styles affect how the passes will come. James might have a little more velocity on the ball, and his height changes the angles and lanes he might see. Many younger Lakers have played down the “awe factor” of playing with James and the other veterans, saying each player has their role. And yet sometimes the veil still drops.“Some of the passes that ’Do and Bron do, sometimes you just watch them like, ‘How are they human? How do they see that? How do they get the ball there?’” second-year guard Josh Hart said. “So definitely an adjustment playing with guys like that who will find you even when you don’t think you’re open.”So far, there hasn’t been any nitpicking about how those passes arrive. When asked if teammates have taken time to find where he likes the ball, McGee replied: “It’s not gonna be hard with LeBron and Rondo.”While the Lakers haven’t yet brought Ball back into competition, Walton has listed him as a full participant in practice, so teammates who haven’t played with him before are getting a chance to get reps with his style.Related Articles That’s the dream, and the Lakers have a handful of the league’s best passers – Rondo, LeBron James and Lonzo Ball – to make it happen. But there’s also at least an adjustment period: While those players might have some of the best court vision in the NBA, it can take a minute to get the awareness to always be ready for their passes.Byron Scott once said of playing with Magic Johnson, “I learned that you always watch him.” On this year’s Lakers team, there are at least three players who can toss a pass at teammates with little to no warning. Rondo – well, his opening play showed his flair for the dramatic, then he proceeded to notch 10 more assists in his 23-minute preseason debut. McGee and Brandon Ingram were his favorite targets. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers There’s definitely promise: While the Lakers committed 21 turnovers in their preseason opener, only three came from James and Rondo. Walton said the team has to improve its execution and offensive activity, but that they believe with those two (and presumably Ball when he returns), the team’s playmakers will keep a keen eye for finding the right pass.Everyone else just has to be ready to receive.“We want ’Zo making those passes now to teach the guys, we get out and run, every time, and keep your head up,” Walton said. “It is not just ’Zo. If you cut and you are open and you get out and run and Rondo has it or LeBron has it, they are going to hit you too. So it is the mentality more of hey, every time I cut … if I can get myself open, one of these playmakers are going to find me.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions EL SEGUNDO — It took only four seconds for the Lakers to lay out their vision.No sooner had JaVale McGee landed from the opening tip than he darted through a crowd of Denver Nuggets looking the wrong way. He was going for the hoop.Rajon Rondo hurled a pass from midcourt for an opening dunk, showing the potential that the Lakers have been talking about for the previous week: a team that can strike with speed at any moment. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more

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Sri Lankan players refusing Lahore visit to miss entire T20I series

first_imgThe Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has conveyed to the national selectors that the players, who will refuse to travel to Pakistan for the T20I in Lahore, will not be considered for the preceding two matches of the series to be played in Abu Dhabi.According to ESPNcricinfo, the board is currently trying hard to convince as many Lankan players as possible that a day trip to Pakistan would not be unsafe.”The understanding is that we choose the same squad for the series, in fairness to the players who have put their hands up for the Lahore match,” SLC chief selector Graeme Labrooy said.The policy of picking just one squad for the series means that Lanka are likely to have a new captain across the three matches, with Upul Tharanga already conveying his unwillingness to play in Lahore.”At the moment the board is talking to each of the players individually, so the selectors don’t know exactly who is available now. But we should know that by Friday morning. Two SLC executive committee members have been contacting the player,” Labrooy said.The Lahore T20I match, which is slated to be held on October 29 at the Gaddafi Stadium, will be Sri Lanka’s first match in Pakistan since March 2009 militant attack on the team bus also in Lahore, killing six Pakistani policemen and injuring some of the visiting players.last_img read more

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18 days agoTottenham midfielder Eric Dier: We’re in crisis

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier: We’re in crisisby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Eric Dier insists there are no splits in the squad.But he says the north London club are in crisis after conceding 10 goals in their last two games.“We are obviously going through a difficult period,” said the England midfielder. “Is saying it’s a crisis a bit too strong? No.“If you lose like we’ve lost in these last two games, it’s ­normal. For us, this is the worst period we’ve been in, but we have to be all together and push through it.“The stuff about the squad, I know that’s not the case. But it’s natural these things will come up now because of the situation we find ourselves in.“It’s the first time that we’ve found ourselves in this position, we can’t back down from it. We’ve got to push through it.” last_img read more

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Karim Baratov sentenced to five years for major Yahoo security breach

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – A Canadian young computer hacker who American investigators say unwittingly worked for Russian spies was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for his role in a massive security breach at Yahoo that U.S. federal agents say was directed by a Russian intelligence agency.U.S. Judge Vince Chhabria also fined Karim Baratov $250,000 during a sentencing hearing in San Francisco.Baratov, 23, pleaded guilty in November to nine felony hacking charges. He acknowledged in his plea agreement that he began hacking as a teen seven years ago and charged customers $100 per hack to access web-based emails. U.S. prosecutors allege he was “an international hacker for hire” who indiscriminately hacked for clients he did not know or vet, including dozens of jobs paid for by Russia’s Federal Security Service.Baratov, who was born in Kazakhstan but lived in Hamilton, charged customers to obtain another person’s webmail passwords by tricking them to enter their credentials into a fake password reset page.He was arrested in Hamilton in March 2017 under the Extradition Act after American authorities indicted him for computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes.After Baratov’s guilty plea, his lawyers told reporters he hacked only eight accounts and did not know that he was working for Russian agents connected to the Yahoo breach.“He’s been transparent and forthright with the government since he got here,” lawyer Andrew Mancilla said at the time.In August 2017, Baratov decided to forgo his extradition hearing to face the charges in California. His Canadian lawyer at the time said that the move was to speed up the legal process.Meanwhile, U.S. prosecutors said in court papers that Baratov’s Russian-language website named “webhacker” advertised services for “hacking of email accounts without prepayment.”They said Russian security service hired Baratov to target dozens of email accounts using information obtained from the Yahoo hack. Prosecutors argued that Russia’s Federal Security Service targeted Russian journalists, U.S. and Russian government officials and employees of financial services and other private businesses.Baratov and his lawyers also said his work with the Russia spy agency was unwitting.The court documents allege Baratov claimed he could access webmail accounts maintained by Google and Russian providers such as Mail.Ru and Yandezx. He would provide customers with a screenshot of the hacked account and promised he could change security questions so they could maintain control of the account.The U.S. Justice Department also charged two Russian spies with orchestrating the 2014 security breach at Yahoo to steal data from 500 million users. Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev and Igor Anatolyevich remain at large and prosecutors believe they are living in Russia, which doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the United States.He is alleged to have collected more than $1.1 million in fees, which he used to buy a house and expensive cars.“Deterrence is particularly important in a case like this,” the judge said during the hearing. He rejected prosecutors call for a prison sentence of nearly 10 years, noting Baratov’s age and clean criminal record prior to his arrest.Lawyer Amedeo DiCarlo, who represented Baratov while he was in Canada, said in an email that Baratov is satisfied with the court’s decision.“The judge used all criteria possible to assist Karim and, given the time he had already served and the time expected to serve, he will be out in approximately three years,” DiCarlo said. “The justice system worked for a man who took responsibility and I’m sure he learned many lessons.”Baratov has been in custody since his arrest last year. He told the judge Tuesday that his time behind bars has been “a very humbling and eye-opening experience.”He apologized to those he hacked and promised “to be a better man” and obey the law upon his release. The judge said it is likely Baratov will be deported once he is released from prison.– With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Report CBS National Amusements in talks to settle case

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The Wall Street Journal is reporting that CBS and its parent company National Amusements are in talks to settle pending litigation over who controls the broadcaster.CBS and National Amusements, run by media mogul Shari Redstone, have been duking it out in court since May when CBS attempted to issue a special dividend that would strip National Amusements of its controlling stake in the media company.According to the Journal, the settlement talks include CBS dropping the dividend. In exchange, National Amusements would agree not to push for a merger between CBS and Viacom, which it also controls. The trial had been set for early October.The report cited anonymous sources familiar with the matter. National Amusements and CBS both declined to comment.last_img read more

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Syria says Trump position on Golan ignores international law

first_imgDamascus: The Syrian government on Friday condemned US President Donald Trump’s pledge to recognise Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, saying it flies in the face of international law. Trump on Thursday called the Golan — a strategic area seized from Syria in 1967 and annexed in a move never recognised by the international community — “of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!” The Syrian government denounced his comments, saying they flagrantly disregarded international law. “The American position towards Syria’s occupied Golan Heights clearly reflects the United States’ contempt for international legitimacy and its flagrant violation of international law,” a foreign ministry source told the official SANA news agency. The source said Trump’s comments showed the extent of his administration’s bias towards Israel. They “once again confirmed the United State’s blind bias in favour of the Zionist occupation forces and its unlimited support for their aggressive actions.” The source accused the US of stoking tensions and threatening international stability, and urged members of the international community to stand against such positions and act in accordance with international law. “The statements of the US president and his administration on the occupied Syrian Golan will never change the fact that the Golan was and will remain Arab and Syrian,” the source said. The Arab League echoed the Syrian government’s position.last_img read more

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Former Army chief Dalbir Singh Suhag appointed Indian envoy to Seychelles

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Army chief Dalbir Singh Suhag has been appointed as India’s next high commissioner to Seychelles, a country which is of strategic importance to India in the Indian Ocean region.”He is expected to take up the assignment shortly,” the Ministry of External Affairs said while making the announcement. General (retired) Suhag was the Army chief from July 31, 2014, to December 31, 2016. He was also part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka in 1987. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’His appointment as Indian High Commissioner to Seychelles comes amid deepening military ties between India and the island nation. India is developing Assumption Island in Seychelles as a naval base to expand its footprint in the strategically-key region where China has been trying to enhance its military presence. An agreement to develop the island was inked in 2015 between India and Seychelles. In June last year, Seychelles President Danny Faure visited India during which both countries agreed to work together on the Assumption Island project. Before his visit to India, there were reports from the island nation that it was cancelling the pact with New Delhi to develop the naval base in Assumption island.last_img read more

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With silver, Divyansh secures India’s 4th Olympic quota in shooting

first_imgBeijing: Rajasthan’s 17-year-old teenager Divyansh Singh Panwar on Friday secured India’s fourth Olympic quota place in shooting by winning a silver in the ISSF World Cup here. Competing in only his second senior competition, Divyansh shot a total of 249.0 in the 10m air rifle event to finish a creditable second in the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup for pistol and rifle shooters. In fact, he missed out on the gold medal by just 0.4 points, which eventually went to China’s Zicheng Hui, who shot 249.4. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuGrigorii Shamakov of Russia settled for bronze with a score of 227.5. This is India’s fourth 2020 Tokyo Olympic quota after Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela (10m air rifle women), and Saurabh Choudhary (10m Air Pistol men) had secured berths in the earlier World Cups and last year’s World Championship. Divyansh had qualified in third position for the final with a total score of 629.2 in the 60-shot competition. In the eight-man 24-shot final, Divyansh shot like a seasoned pro and barring a 95, none of his scores were below 10.1. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersWhile a 10.9 in his 21st shot was the highlight, two other shots — a 10.5 to secure bronze and a 10.5 when faced with a bit of pressure from the legendary Hungarian Peter Sidi ahead of his 17th shot — stood out. Hailing from Jaipur, Divyansh was never out of contention in the final, staying in the top three throughout. Among the other Indians in the fray, Ravi Kumar finished 44th with a score of 624.1 while Deepak Kumar was placed 57th with 622.6. “Feeling really proud to have won quota for my country. I have gained in experience from this final. It was very tough with proven shooters, Olympians in fray,” Divyansh said after winning the medal and quota. China had already secured its maximum two quotas in the event, ensuring the two available berths went to Indian and Russia.last_img read more

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