Finland’s Port of Helsinki releases LNG bunkering manual

first_imgTallink’s LNG-fueled MegastarThe Port of Helsinki announced on Tuesday that, in response to liquefied natural gas becoming an increasingly popular marine fuel, it has published instructions for the safe LNG bunkering of ships.With the expansion of the sulphur emission control area of the Baltic Sea, LNG is becoming an increasingly attractive option, and one that also complies with the restrictions on nitrogen emissions that will enter into force in the Baltic Sea as of the start of 2021, the Port noted in its statement.The Port says that in an attempt to boost the adoption of LNG as fuel, it prepared the LNG safety manual in collaboration with the consulting company SSPA and Finnish authorities last winter.The document details the minimum requirements for shipping companies and LNG suppliers that wish to bunker LNG at the Finnish Port.LNG bunkering has been conducted at the Port of Helsinki since the summer of 2014, when the Finnish Border Guard’s offshore patrol vessel Turva was completed.The vessel’s primary bunkering place is in Vuosaari, and the bunkering has proceeded without any problems from day one, the statement reads.The latest LNG ship to operate out of the Port of Helsinki is the Tallink Shuttle Megastar, which operates on the Helsinki–Tallinn route.Megastar is refuelled at the West Harbour five times a week. The ship’s turnaround times are very short, as a result of which the refuelling must be conducted precisely, swiftly and safely, the statement added.last_img read more

Former Nigeria national security advisor imprisoned

first_imgThere has been another twist to the Sambo Dasuki saga.The former Nigerian national security advisor has been imprisoned.He’s accused of defrauding the state of two billion US dollars through phantom weapons contracts.His arrest is seen as part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts to stamp out corruption.last_img

Iraq-born U.S. war veteran receives American citizenship

first_imgAbbas, known locally as VanDam, assisted American military operations between 2003 and 2008GREENSBURG, Ind. – Abbas Altemimi was an Iraqi citizen fighting for our values before he ever stepped foot on American soil.He took part in over 3,000 combat missions alongside U.S. soldiers defending the freedoms he had yet to experience.“It was my goal. I said ‘I will not give up.’  I told myself that I would fight until I win or die,” Altemimi recalled. “I was blown up six times and I thought I would never make it this far, but I always wanted to come here.”The path toward U.S. citizenship through naturalization is a five-year process culminating in a test on English skills and civics.Abbas had to survive first.He was a teenager when he left his home in the farmlands of Balad, Iraq, and joined the Iraqi Army fighting against the Saddam Hussein regime.It was around the same time U.S. forces invaded his homeland in 2003.“It took me six months to learn English and I helped the American Army, and they asked me if I wanted to help the American Special Forces because I speak the language and have experience,” Altemimi noted.“So, I got trained to teach and help Iraqi troops, and I worked as a translator in the Iraqi Army at the same time working with all the [U.S. military] branches.”Between 2003 and 2008, Altemimi worked closely with the U.S. Army Special Forces, U.S. Marines Corp, U.S. Army, and Indiana National Guard.Paul (left) and Abbas in 2008.Altemimi met North Decatur High School graduate Paul Hellmich while serving with the Indiana National Guard in Iraq.A friendship formed in the middle of a warzone still stands true today.Abbas arrived in the United States for the first time in 2008 and found a new home in Decatur County, a farming community that reminds him of back home.On Saturday, Paul and his family were among over a hundred community members gathered at North Branch Golf Course as Abbas, 28, celebrated his newly-obtained American citizenship.“It is a really important day to me, it is really beautiful,” Abbas said. “I lost so many cousins and friends but it is worth it to fight for it, for freedom.”“I have been here for five years and I wake up every morning and love everyday of it. When you are free you’re like a bird, you open your wings and can fly anywhere in this country.”“You can have any education, any college, any dream you have, you are free.”Half a world away, Abbas still cannot escape the impact of war as he tries to remain in contact with his family via Facebook and phone calls.In the past six months, the conflict between his Iraqi forces and the ISIL terrorist group has claimed 28 people that he knew from back home.  Many of them are his cousins, others are friends.“It is really sad,” Altemimi exclaimed. “Just like the ISIS, the Al Qaeda, and the terrorists, they always want to take our freedom. Like Saddam did to Iraq, it’s like Hitler to Germany.”“You cannot control people’s lives. They try to take our freedom away and control us by killing.”Altemimi told us that he hopes people in his native country eventually get the same rights we have here.“All of the people there want to live and have their kids go to school and come back safe, go to your job and come back and not worry about who is going to kill you or who is going to blow up.”“When I say the [United States} is freedom, its freedom, I hope Iraq gets there one day.”Abbas Altemimi (right) with girlfriend Amber recently in Enochsburg.Abbas is currently dating Amber Champagne, of Houston, Texas.A love found in the middle of a warzone still stands true today.Amber was working as a contractor and Abbas was serving in the military when they first met in Iraq in 2008.“I would warn her that if I didn’t come home after a mission, something was wrong. One time, after a few days she found me in a hospital,” Altemimi remembered.They have recently reconnected and Amber was at his American citizenship celebration Saturday.He hints that he may soon be moving to Texas.“That’s freedom,” Abbas says.last_img read more

Crazy Routines

first_imgI was reading an article written by Zac Keefer of the Indianapolis Star the other day and found some really unusual “training” procedures.  In the first case, Amer’e Stoudemire, and NBA player, soaks his body in red wine in his bath tub.  He says after taking a pounding in an NBA game it is a way to de-tox all of his bumps and bruises.Odell Beckmon, an NFL player, brushes his teeth with his left hand.  He is right handed, of course, and it says that it strengthens his left arm so that he can catch one-handed passes better.  Moises Alou, a former baseball player, used to urinate on his hands because he said it made them tougher and he could grip the bat better.Matt Hasselback wears compression socks everywhere he goes when he is not playing football.  This is supposed to reduce water build up in his legs.  He is a Colt football player.  Finally, Qwell Jackson gets 4 massages every day so he is able to play football better–or so he says.I guess if they think it works, more power to them.  I’m not sure how much scientific backing any of these procedures have.last_img read more

Batesville mayor launches ‘Patriotic Challenge to Celebrate America’

first_imgBatesville, In. — Batesville Mayor Mike Bettice is pleased to announce a new initiative to encourage businesses and residents to decorate their properties in a patriotic theme this summer.The “Patriotic Challenge to Celebrate America” will expand on the efforts of the Batesville Beautiful League and the Military Recognition Banner Program to make our city even more appealing and festive during the July 4 holiday.“When I was growing up I remember all the businesses and homeowners used to decorate for the holidays,” said Mayor Bettice. “With the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra expected to draw many to our community, I would love to see our city recreate that same festive spirit.”Businesses and homes are encouraged to decorate their properties in advance of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s patriotic performance and firework display on Sunday, July 1.last_img read more

Controversy as Covid-19 positive Napoli President shuns self-isolate protocol

first_imgControversy is growing after Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis tested positive for COVID-19, dined with other club patrons, and did not self-isolate despite having symptoms. La Repubblica reported late last night that one of the representatives of the 20 clubs at the Lega Serie A meeting on Wednesday had tested positive for COVID-19. Napoli released a brief statement this morning confirming President De Laurentiis was positive for the Coronavirus. However, worrying details are emerging of his irresponsible behaviour when waiting for the rest results, especially as he already had symptoms. According to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, De Laurentiis and his wife Jacqueline felt unwell after visiting their holiday home on the island of Capri. They underwent COVID-19 tests and were still waiting for the results when the 71-year-old President attended Wednesday’s Lega Serie A meeting. That had representatives from all 20 top flight clubs and he even sat down to dinner with them during a break in proceedings. It’s reported that, at the time, De Laurentiis had stomach pains and told those nearby it was due to ‘bad oysters’ he’d had in Capri. Loading… While at the meeting, it’s claimed De Laurentiis received a phone call telling him that the tests had come back positive. He immediately informed the others at the meeting and left. However, he was filmed leaving the venue in Milan and speaking to a crowd of reporters without wearing a protective mask, nor warning them to maintain social distance. De Laurentiis also flew back to Naples in a private plane accompanied by Benevento President Oreste Vigorito. read also:Allan to sign for Everton, confirms Napoli president There are more concerns, because the Corriere della Sera insists De Laurentiis’ condition worsened later that evening and he sent a message to Lega Serie A President Paolo Dal Pino warning he was running a fever. De Laurentiis had some health issues last year and is in the age group to be considered at-risk, so it’s possible he will be admitted to hospital for observation and treatment. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesMeghan And Harry’s Royal Baby: Everything You Need To Know7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Valuelast_img read more

Local man lands several charges after abnormal behavior

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Last week, Greensburg Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Village Green Street in reference to a male that had just run into a residence and advised the female occupant that someone was chasing him. The male then exited the house and ran through several yards.As an officer was responding to the area he observed two vehicle’s slowing and eventually coming to a stop. The officer then observed a male running through yards and then onto US HWY 421 South. Police then observed the male jump off the bridge located on 421 S and land into the water.Officers arrived in the area to begin searching for the male. It was learned that the male was yelling to individuals that someone was trying to kill him and that this male was the same individual that had entered the residence near Village Green St.Officers located the male who was identified as Shannon C. Howard, 42, of Greensburg. Howard then began to actively resist officers. He was taken into custody and transported to the Decatur County Memorial Hospital due to his behavior.Once in the Emergency Room, Howard began to resist officers and screaming for someone to call 911, because someone was trying to kill him. The officers then assisted him to the ground to gain control of him. Once on the ground Mr. Howard began kicked the glass doors at the hospital.Once Howard was cleared by medical staff, he was transported to the Decatur County Jail where he was charged with allegations of Resisting Law Enforcement Causing Injury, Residential Entry Battery, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespass, Disorderly Conduct, and Public Intoxication.last_img read more

2020/2021 Season: Rangers set resumption date

first_imgRelatedPosts Rangers postpone resumption Rangers FC retire late Ifeanyi George’s jersey COVID-19: Rangers extend break by two weeks The Management of Enugu Rangers International FC has set September 13, 2020 as resumption date for the old and new players for the 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League season.The decision was taken at Monday’s virtual meeting that had coaches, medical, media and management teams in attendance. The General Manager and CEO of the multiple league champions, Prince Davidson Owumi, while welcoming officials to the Webinar, urged all to double their efforts in the coming season to help the club actualise its modest target of annexing the league and Aiteo Cup to assuage the hunger of millions of the club’s followers across the world.Technical Adviser to the Flying Antelopes, Coach Salisu Yusuf, who connected to the meeting from his Kano residence, described the ended season as one that was filled with mixed feelings, but looked forward to the coming season with great optimism.Team Manager, Barrister Amobi Ezeaku, assured that all requirements for the club licensing exercise were being tackled frontally as most of the certifications needed were ready, while urging players to keep to the schedule of resumption.Tags: 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football LeagueDavidson OwumiEnugu Rangers International FClast_img read more

Former head of Kenya’s track and field team banned for 10 years

first_imgTHE former head of Kenya’s track and field team has been banned from athletics for 10 years.An IAAF ethics panel found Major Michael Rotich agreed to give advance notice of drugs tests to athletes and coaches for financial gain.It said the “purpose of the agreement” was to “assist those athletes to flush their systems of banned substances before taking doping tests”.Rotich managed the Kenyan athletics team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.The IAAF panel said he “sought to obtain personal pecuniary benefit from the deliberate subversion of anti-doping controls, thereby distorting competition”.It added there was no evidence Rotich provided advance notice of doping tests to specific athletes, or that any payments changed hands, but that he “acted corruptly and in deliberate violation of core principles of the IAAF’s code of ethics”.The allegations arose from an investigation by the Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD on the eve of the Rio Games, when they secretly filmed Rotich apparently making an offer to provide prior warning of drugs tests in return for £10 000.He said he was only going along with it because he wanted to find out who the undercover reporters were and “protect” athletes.But the story led to his being sent home from Rio and triggered investigations by the IAAF – athletics’ world governing body – and Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya.Meanwhile, Bahrain’s Olympic women’s marathon silver medallist Eunice Kirwa has been provisionally suspended after failing a doping test.Kirwa, who switched allegiance from Kenya in 2013, tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO), a banned blood-boosting hormone that improves endurance, said the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) in a statement.The gold medallist, Kenyan Jemima Sumgong, was suspended in 2017 for using the same substance but was allowed to keep her medal as she tested positive in April 2017. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

A photographic self-exploration

first_img“In the shoots that followed, it was very clear that he’s someone who really values just being intentional in every degree,” Thompson said. “We talk a lot about what we’re trying to accomplish [and] what we want our viewers to feel and experience and even in that first shoot, he was extremely encouraging. His intention is always just to bring you out in the best light and to just showcase people in a very beautiful and simple way.” (Photo courtesy of Caleb Griffin) Griffin’s self-portrait, “Consuming Fire,” will be exhibited in his upcoming solo show for the Handtmann Prize for Photography. “As he’s grown as an artist, and as I’ve been able to see more of his work, I’ve been able to see him telling his own stories,” Kelly said. “It’s so powerful to hear him stand confidently and tell his own story … I get so proud of him. Because we both started very far from where we are now but it’s a very emotional experience to watch.” Throughout his portfolio, many of Griffin’s main subjects are performers. He has been mesmerized by performance ever since childhood. The son of a pastor, Griffin watched his father perform for a congregation every Sunday.  But being a pastor’s son came with challenges. As a gay man, Griffin found it difficult to navigate the world he saw his father immerse himself in; wanting to escape from the societal pressures on his sexuality felt like a performance in its own right. Griffin used his photography collection “Praise Break” as a vessel to explore this tension.  Griffin is inspired by an array of artists, including photographers Deanna Lawson and Richard Avedon, as well as painters like Hindy Wiley. The book “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon not only taught him how to draw ideas from artists such as these without plagiarizing but also how to analyze the world around him to develop original ideas. Griffin seeks to bring out his subjects’ emotions in their entirety. “We spent about two hours every day in our area of interest, and mine happened to be photography from my freshman year to my senior year,” said Griffin, who majored in art with a concentration in photography. “So from me already having a love for art and fashion, it grew into photography. [I] was drawn to it because I could include so many things I liked within one medium.” “[‘Praise Break’] was more about me trying to figure out how to engage with specific materials or specific attributes of the Black church,” Griffin said. “It definitely has let me hone in on what it feels like to be consumed by religion.”  “Every Sunday made me realize why I like photographing people like in the liminal space so much of being consumed by their performance or their activity where they don’t rely on the audience at all,” Griffin said. “It’s just about them. It’s just about committing to that performance.” (Photo courtesy of Caleb Griffin) Whether creating self-portraits or photographing family, friends or performers, alumnus Caleb Griffin focuses on bringing out the emotional palette of each of his subjects.  “My process is informed by ideas and emotions and how best to pack those emotions within a photo, whether that’s manipulating the pictures in some Photoshop way,” Griffin said. “Because I feel like a lot of my work teeters the line between graphic design and documentary photography, which I like. There’s a tension there. So I want that to be a part of it.” In high school, Griffin knew he wanted to pursue a career in the arts. When he arrived at USC, Griffin planned on studying graphic design because he felt that it was a viable career for an art major. However, he quickly discovered that graphic design was not his passion and returned to his first love: photography.  Kelly met Griffin in an on-campus Bible study club where they quickly became close friends. Now, Griffin serves as the creative director for Kelly’s music, having a say in every decision from the songs on Kelly’s records to the outfits he wears in Instagram posts. Watching Griffin’s growth in this role and as an artist has been extremely rewarding for Kelly.center_img Griffin’s high school photography classes taught him a number of essential skills that have helped shape him into the photographer he is today. Under the guidance of Roski School of Art and Design’s program, based primarily on critical theory, he has continued to hone those skills. With all of his work, Griffin hopes to introduce viewers to perspectives they may have not been exposed to before and address the biases they may not have known they possessed. Some photos from the collection were taken in Griffin’s home state of Alabama, and some were taken at his apartment in Los Angeles and the Roski photography studio. This duality added a dimension to the photographs of craving religion in an unfamiliar place.  Caleb Griffin is coming out from behind the camera and into the spotlight. With photography that is rooted in reality but also maintains an otherworldly aspect, Griffin, a 2020 graduate, aims to bring his own truths and the truths of others to light.  “My goals as a photographer are to confront the viewer’s inherent biases as well as inform them on different aspects of life that they, for whatever privilege [or] whatever background, have not been exposed to prior,” Griffin said. Thompson and Griffin met a few times through the music scene at USC. They first worked together in early 2019 for a casual shoot. Ever since, the two have worked on numerous other projects, where Thompson has watched Griffin work behind the camera. “It was about me … feeling displaced, longing for a familiar  connection because I’m so far away from home,” Griffin said. “‘How am I about to engage with the spiritual realm that I’ve been distant from for the last three years?’” In addition to creating his own photography, Griffin photographs a number of USC musicians. Two that Griffin photographs are USC artists Ayoni Thompson, a rising senior majoring in popular music performance, and Amir Kelly, a USC alumnus who majored in popular music performance.  “My original plan was to be a graphic designer because I figured … [it was] the easiest way to get a job while majoring in art,” Griffin said. “[But] I realized in college that I don’t like graphic design that much. So I was like, ‘OK, I’m gonna do this photography thing full speed ahead,’ and the surrounding photography was artistic direction.” “[I now] construct visually what I’m experiencing in my mind,” Griffin said. “Whether that is the composition or the color palette or the materiality that I’m working with … [critical theory] has helped me think critically about what the topic is and how I’m going to build the image around that topic.”  Since childhood, Griffin has been drawn toward artistic mediums such as drawing and fashion design. Before coming to USC, Griffin attended the performing and visual arts division of the Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery, Ala., where he concentrated on photography and saw his love for the artform bloom. last_img read more