US: Germany is ‘highly valued’ station for American troops

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Defense Ministry says U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in his first conversation with her since taking up his new post that Germany is “highly valued” as a station for American soldiers. Former President Donald Trump last year ordered the reduction of the U.S. military contingent stationed in Germany by more than 25% and the Pentagon has been studying how that could be done. German officials have hoped that order will be rescinded, and German’s Defense Ministry said Thursday Austin “emphasized that Germany is highly valued as a station and that American soldiers feel very comfortable here.”last_img read more

Damen takes over Keppel’s Verolme shipyard

first_imgDutch offshore shipbuilder Damen has completed the purchase of the Verolme shipyard from Singapore’s largest rig builder, Keppel Offshore & Marine.Keppel said on Saturday that the company’s shipyard in the Netherlands was sold to Damen Shipyards Group for a total consideration of EUR 23.5 million ($26.75 million).The company added that the total consideration was agreed on a willing buyer willing seller basis taking into account Keppel Verolme’s expected net asset value at the close of the transaction and the shipyard’s position in the Netherlands ship repair and conversion market.As a result of the sale, Keppel Verolme has ceased to be a subsidiary of Keppel with immediate effect.The sale is part of Keppel’s efforts to optimize its operations and rationalize its global network of yards in line with its business needs. When Offshore Energy Today first reported about the sale on April 10, Damen said that the acquisition of the Verolme Shipyard in Rotterdam would mark the next step in strengthening its repair and conversion activities within the regional ship repair and conversion market.Keppel also said in Saturday’s statement that the transaction would not have any material impact on the net tangible assets and earnings per share of Keppel Corporation for the financial year ending December 31, 2017.In a separate statement, Damen said that, as of July 1, the Keppel Verolme Shipyard, including its 250 staff members, would continue operations under the Damen flag.Durk-Jan Nederlof, managing director of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, said: “We look forward to joining forces with the Verolme yard and its people. The facilities and personnel are complementary to our existing organization. This acquisition will enable us to serve our existing clients even better while opening up new opportunities.”The Verolme yard, located in Rotterdam’s Botlek harbor, has three dry docks – the largest of which measures 405 x 90 meters – and almost 2 kilometers of quay capacity. Damen Shiprepair & Conversion already operates eight repair and conversion yards in the Netherlands and another eight abroad.last_img read more

Rangers draw with Al-Masry in Enugu, crash out of 2020 Confederation Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts Rangers postpone resumption Rangers Ifeanyi George gets burial date Enugu sympathises with Rangers over player’s death Rangers International FC of Enugu on Sunday held visiting Al-Masry FC of Egypt to a 1-1 draw in the Confederation Cup Match Day Six. Al-Masry opened scores through Mahmoud Wadi in the 5th minute of the match played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, while Ifeanyi George levelled scores for Rangers in the 19th minute from Isaac Loute’s free kick. The two teams battled for a winning goal until regulation time to no avail, bringing Rangers campaign in the tournament to a disappointing end. Speaking after the match, Rangers Coach, Salisu Yusuf, praised his players for giving their all in the match and throughout the group matches. He said the team started the offensive in the game late, adding that he would have been happy if they pulled through to the next round. Yusuf said: “We played well, in spite of the nature of the match and it is a good thing that we did not lose the match. “It was a tough match and Al-Masry have been a good team in this group but we would have won the match. “The players missed chances, which they should have converted, but so be it. “That is football for you.” Al-Masry’s Coach, Ihab Halal, praised his team for getting a draw against Rangers in their home. Halal said: “Rangers is a good team and I give them kudos for their performance. “Although we are already through to the next round even before kicking the ball today, but for pride sake, we have fought for the point.” With Sunday’s result, Rangers have exited from the competition with six points after six matches. They finished behind the visitors with 10 points after the same number of matches. Pyramid FC led the group with 15 points as Nouadhibou FC occupied the bottom with three points after eight matches.Tags: Al-Masry FCConfederation CupRangers International FClast_img read more

East Coast in command after Sattaur’s 105

first_img– Essequibo need 38 runs for victory, with five wickets in hand.A composed century from former national youth player Brain Sattaur powered the East Coast franchise to a commanding position over West Berbice at stumps on day two of the fourth fixture in the Jaguars Franchise League three-day cricket tournament yesterday atRicardo Adamsthe Bush Lot ground.Sattaur, the left-handed opener smashed an enterprising 105, as East Coast were bowled out just before the close for 321, an overall lead of 277 runs.West Berbice closed on 27 without loss after 10 overs, still needing a further 251 for victory.Displaying his wide array of strokes, the left-handed Sattaur batted with good composure in an innings which spanned 179 balls, inclusive 12 fours and four sixes. Sattaur received support from National middle-order batsman Chanderpaul Hemraj, who made an attractive 78.Meanwhile, at the start of the day’s play, the hosts after resuming from an overnight position of 179-9, extended their first innings total to 187 before fast bowler Cordel Mars, who finished with figures of 2-34, wrapped up the home side’s innings when he bowled Keon Joseph for 37.Fellow fast bowler Royston Simon (4-48), Rodulph Singh (3-24) and Bhaskar Yadram (1-34), were the other bowlers who have created the problems during the latter part of day one.With a first innings deficit of 44 runs, the visitors openers Rajendra Chandrika and Brain Sattuar added 26 for the first-wicket before a breakdown in communication between the pair, saw the Test opener run out for 16.Chanderpaul HemrajThe young Yadram then joined Sattaur, and hit four fours in a breezy 27-ball 28 before he was removed by pacer Steven Harris at 64-2, but thereafter the visitors were able to build on a substantial amount of momentum through the Sattaur-Hemraj association.While Sattaur was a little tentative at the beginning of the innings, the left-handed Hemraj quickly settled down, and was quite confident from the onset.On a pitch that had little during that period, the duo didn’t face any difficulty as the partnership progressed, and by lunch the visitors were 124-2, with Hemraj remained undefeated on a well-crafted 42 while Sattaur was on 30.Upon resumption the pair displayed even more purpose, and brought up their respective fifties in their partnership 121 for the third-wicket before Hemraj was removed by Harris. His innings spanned 83 balls, with six fours and four sixes.His dismissal triggered the quick removal of Joshua Persaud (1) and Kamesh Yadram (17). Persaud was Harris’s third victim while left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie claimed the wicket of Yadram.However, the left-handed Sattaur was unperturbed at the other end, and was unbeaten on 94 at the tea break in company with Ramnarine Chatura on four.He brought up his hundred immediately after, but thereafter Motie and Andrew Dutchin engineer a batting collapse.Only Ameer Khan (46), of the remaining batsmen could provide some sort of determination with the bat.Motie finished with figures of 4-91, while Dutchin had 2-47 to complement Harris, who ended, with 3-76.Meanwhile, at Young Warriors; East Bank were bowled out for 139, replying to Lower Corentyne’s first innings total of 148. Batting a second time Lower Corentyne closed the day on 43-5. Nial Smith has so far taken all five wickets.At Port Mourant; Upper Corentyne resuming on 267-7 were bowled out 317. In Reply West Demerara were bowled out for 133. With a first innings lead of 184, Upper Corentyne have decided to enforce the follow-on. West Demerara batting a second time reached 59-1. Tagenarine Chanderpaul in unbeaten on 20, with Akshaya Persaud on 33.At Tuschen; Georgetown resumed on 13-0, were bowled out for 245, with Leon Johnson 91 and Christopher Barnwell 48. Ricardo Adams and Akeeni Adams took three wickets apiece while Keemo Paul picked up two wickets.Set 193 to win, Essequibo reached 155-5, with Ricardo Adams on 95 and Mark Williams on 34. Barnwell has so far taken 4-37. Essequibo needed a further 38 runs for victory, with five wickets in hand.last_img read more

Against all odds, Minnesotans will again enjoy outdoor baseball

first_imgInside a small apartment, tucked away in the second drawer of an IKEA-engineered dresser, there is a 30-year-old T-shirt with three screen-printed words: “Save the Met.” The shirt, which is vaguely the same color as bare skin or off-brand peanut butter, is as unremarkable as it is ugly, but to a Minnesota baseball fan, it might as well be the Shroud of Turin.For the faithful, it represents tangible evidence of outdoor baseball’s existence in the land of the ice and snow — a land that for the past 28 years has been dominated by the world’s least interesting inflatable castle. It also represents nostalgia, where in the dark years of Scott Stahoviak and Ron Coomer, one could revisit the hagiographies of Killebrew and Carew.But it may finally be time to bury those memories — and that shirt — next to the North Stars and Kevin Garnett. We are all about to bear witness to the second coming.On March 27, 2010, the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field will finally open its doors to baseball.The inaugural game, which pits the University of Minnesota against Louisiana Tech (a Big Ten school with a baseball team? That’s weird) will be of little consequence, but the symbolism will be monumental. For over three years, we’ve watched the building site like gawkers in front of the Wonka Factory, hunting for unlocked gates or napping security guards.Sure, naming a stadium after a retail chain doesn’t exactly inspire the same enthusiasm as one named after a beer or a bailed-out financial institution, but at least Target is still run by Americans. Just wait until they start playing cricket at Miller Park.Ultimately, the need to follow the stadium came from the bewilderment that it was actually being built. For years, the Twins complained about their need for a new ballpark, and for years, the state legislature ignored them. Even in the face of Commissioner Bud Selig’s contraction threats, there was little push to get something done.And yet here we are, amid a massive recession, substantial unemployment and failing inner-city schools, ready to cut the ribbon to a taxpayer-funded ballpark. It’s not right. It’s indicative of a society’s downfall, where McDonald’s salads are health food and affordable medicine is communist.And we couldn’t be happier.At least most of us couldn’t be happier. As Lincoln said, “You can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but only if you wear a really big hat.” This is, after all, why Lincoln wore a really big hat. It’s also why John Wilkes Booth hated him.But Target Field won’t be sporting a really big hat — or, as architects like to call it, a roof — so it goes without saying that not everyone is pleased. However, for every pseudo-northerner who relies on retractable roofs, winter jackets and heating bills to stay comfortable, there’s a Metropolitan Stadium disciple willing to spread the truth regarding average monthly temperatures in the United States.There are at least seven major league baseball cities (and eight teams) with an average aggregate April temperature between 45 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit: Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Boston — it’s possible that Cincinnati’s in there, too, although apparently the NOAA doesn’t feel the Queen City deserves mention in their giant graph, and it’s hard to blame them.As of today, only one of those eight teams plays in a roofed stadium. The world has not ended. And no matter what Pat Robertson says, Target Field will not spur on the apocalypse.Of course, nothing silences tax dollar and temperature grumblings more effectively than July baseball under something that’s not Teflon or steel. We may miss the cheap tickets, the rowdy student nights, the noise and the wind tunnel exits, but we won’t miss facing the 50-yard line, the sea of blue seats, the bathroom troughs or Butch Huskey.Well, we might actually miss Butch Huskey.Time heals most non-life threatening wounds, and nostalgia works in cycles. People actually like “Don’t Stop Believing” now. And despite what the introduction tried to convey, it’s not like many people actually miss the Met. It was falling apart; the third deck of the stadium was condemned by the late 1970’s. It wasn’t about saving Metropolitan Stadium — it was about saving outdoor baseball.Now if only we could swap the Wild for the Stars.Sean is a senior majoring in journalism and Minnesota history. Are you excited to attend a baseball game outdoors in the Land of 10,000 lakes? Or did you prefer the turf and inflatable nature of the Dome? Let him know at [email protected]last_img read more

Augmented Reality Game Gets Player Busted: The First Of Many?

first_imgcormac foster 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Ingress, the Alternate/Augmented Reality (AR) game from Google’s Niantic Labs, is a major evolution of mobile gaming. Apparently, it’s also a good way to get arrested.According to a post on Reddit (I know, I know – but stay with me on this), an Ingress player in Ohio was detained by police for his in-game actions. Specifically, he was “hacking a portal” near a police station. His phone had technical difficulties, which led him to linger by the portal/police station for a bit, catching the eye of local law enforcement and leading to the detention.After the original post, other Ingress players responded with similar stories. One aroused suspicions by wandering around an empty parking lot at night. Another, trying to hack a portal next to an air traffic control station, had to run from the local sheriff. A third was called in for questioning after hacking a portal outside of a “high-traffic drug area.”It’s In The GameAs Dan Rowinski mentioned in his earlier post, there’s plenty of “creep” factor built into the game. In fact, much like geocaching (Ingress’ non-digital ancestor), lurking in strange and hard-to-get-to places at odd hours is kind of the point.Getting detained (as many Redditors pointed out, the poster wasn’t technically arrested) probably adds to the intrigue, and certainly gives a player a certain amount of street cred. It could also call into question the boundary between the First Amendment and public safety. Legal, But RiskyAll of Ingress’ portals are on public land. There’s no law against walking past a police station, post office or airport. There are, however, very legitimate safety concerns held by the people charged with protecting those facilities and keeping an eye out for potential risks.As one law enforcement professional joked, “I hope they don’t put one of those in front of the White House.” In fact, there are apparently a bunch of portals in front of the White House, embassies and other sites that could be high-interest targets for vandalism or worse.At least Ingress doesn’t require players to dig up or bury physical objects, a phenomenon that has caused some high-profile problems in the geocaching community. Still, as similar games take off (and they will), we’re going to see more friction between gamers and law enforcement, particularly in full AR environments that use cameras. In addition to trespassing and loitering violations, there’s greatly increased potential for distraction, perhaps leading gamers to injure themselves or others. It’s all the danger of texting – plus headphones – with the added possibility of being labeled a terrorist by overzealous cops.The FutureBy all accounts, Niantic labs has been responsible about these issues. The game doesn’t encourage trespassing or dangerous behavior, like using your phone in a car. Other developers may not feel the same sense of duty, or their goals may encourage “creative” players to take unnecessary risks.If enough negligence, trespassing, and public nuisance suits (and maybe some claims of police harassment) hit the courts, we’ll eventually wind up with legislation governing the balance between gameplay and public safety. We might see an increase of no-device buffer zones around sensitive areas, or certain games limiting accounts to only users of age to accept legal responsibility for their actions. There could even be outright bans on AR games in certain areas.Until then, it’s up to game developers to police themselves and players to stay smart. One dumb move could lead to a ton of regulation that could really spoil everyone’s fun.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts center_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Augmented Reality#gaming#Google 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more