Cruise ships could be converted into floating hospitals to treat cases of the novel coronavirus, US President Donald Trump said Thursday.Micky Arison, the chairman of Carnival Corporation, which operates Carnival Cruise Line, “made the offer, it was a generous offer,” Trump said during a press conference.”He said that he has some ships that would be ideally suited for what we are doing,” the president said, since the ships are “big and have a lot of rooms.” As well as the Comfort, Trump has said that the USNS Mercy hospital ship would also be deployed.The governors of California and Washington state quickly called for it to be dispatched to their shores.The cruise industry was plunged into crisis since the start of the pandemic, when several ships were forced to lock down, with passengers and crew prevented from disembarking after coronavirus cases were confirmed onboard.Trump announced on March 13 that major cruise lines would suspend trips from US ports for 30 days in response to the pandemic. Topics : “If we should need ships, a lot of rooms, they’ll be docked at New York and Los Angeles and San Francisco and different places.”Carnival is the world’s leading cruise line.Faced with an explosion of COVID-19 cases and a need to free up hospital beds, the US government moved Wednesday to dispatch the navy’s 1,000-room USNS Comfort hospital ship to New York, one of the worst-hit states in the country.It is not yet clear when the ship will arrive at the New York city harbor.
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Brazil’s oil and gas company Petrobras has extended a time charter contract for the MODEC-owned FPSO Cidade de Niterói MV18 located offshore Brazil.Petrobras has extended its contract with MODEC’s Dutch subsidiary and an owner of the FPSO Cidade de Niterói MV18, Opportunity MV18 B.V. (MV18), for the time charter of the FPSO with effect from February 2018 to March 2024, MODEC informed on Tuesday.The FPSO is operating in the Marlim Leste oil field which lies within the Campos Basin, offshore Brazil since February 2009.The time charter contract initially runs for nine years (until February 2018), with option for extension up to six additional years. Petrobras and MV18 have, at this time, agreed to extend the firm period of the contract by six years and one month (until March 2024).Before the beginning of the time charter, MODEC carried out the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning of the FPSO. A MODEC group company, SOFEC Inc., designed and provided the spread mooring system for the FPSO.Moored in water depth of approximately 1,400 meters, the FPSO is capable of processing 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day, 3.5 million standard cubic meters of gas per day and has storage capacity of 1,600,000 barrels of crude oil.The FPSO had produced and offloaded nearly 120 million barrels of crude oil since the beginning of the charter to present day.
Equinor Wind US has submitted a bid to provide New York state with renewable energy from its Empire Wind lease site located offshore New York and New Jersey.Equinor’s bid comes in response to the 800MW New York State Offshore Wind Power Procurement, the state’s first formal solicitation targeted to the newly developing US offshore wind industry. The state is expected to announce the results of the tender in spring, Equinor said.The company secured the 80,000-acre lease in a federal auction in December 2016. The site is located between 14 and 35 miles south of Long Island in the New York Bight, with a potential capacity of up to 2GW of renewable power.“Submitting this offer to provide New York with a steady supply of offshore wind is both a major step forward in the development process of the Empire Wind project and an important milestone for New York’s transition to renewable energy,” said Christer af Geijerstam, President of Equinor Wind US.”Our project can make a major contribution toward fulfilling New York’s robust renewable energy goals, and the emissions reductions and economic impacts of our bid provide a clear benefit to New Yorkers. We look forward to working with the state as we turn that potential into a tangible asset that the people of New York can rely on for energy well into the future.” Equinor in the US Offshore WindEquinor has already started work to bring offshore wind to the New York area, gathering information about the seabed conditions, grid connection options, and wind resources throughout the site for nearly two years. The company recently deployed a Floating LiDAR to measure wind speed, wind direction, wave conditions and other factors that inform the resource potential and eventual development of the wind farm.The company is also developing a separate project in the lease area called Boardwalk Wind geared to New Jersey, and submitted a bid in response to that state’s offshore wind solicitation in December 2018. That same month, Equinor acquired a second lease area in the US east coast wind market, a 128,000-acre site offshore Massachusetts. In total, Equinor’s US offshore wind portfolio now has the potential to power more than two million homes with renewable power, the Norwegian energy giant said.“We firmly believe in the long-term potential for offshore wind as a major local source of renewable, reliable and cost-effective energy in the region. The US northeast is a key component of our growing commitment to develop offshore wind resources around the globe,” said Pål Eitrheim, Equinor’s Executive Vice President for New Energy Solutions.
NZ Herald 27 Aug 2012A bill to legalise same-sex marriage will pass its first hurdle when it comes before Parliament this week, a Herald poll of MPs shows. A straw poll found that a slender majority of 61 MPs wanted Labour MP Louisa Wall’s bill to progress at least to the select committee stage. Several more MPs had not committed themselves to a decision yesterday but said they were likely to back the bill at the first reading on Wednesday. It will be decided by conscience vote instead of along party lines and needs 61 votes to pass.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10829716
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New Delhi: Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah after the stumps of Day 2 of the ongoing fifth Test at the Oval said that not having an extra bowler let England make a comeback in the Test match with the English tail-enders contributing a maximum portion of the runs. “When you have an extra bowler, it gives you some cushion while bowling. When you bowl with four bowlers, you to bowl more overs as you have to come back (to bowl) quickly,” said Bumrah after the end of Day 2.ALSO READ: Virat Kohli, James Anderson involved in heated battle of words”We bowled our hearts out yesterday as well as today because we bowled a lot of overs. Sometimes, having an extra bowler gives you more rest.”Indian skipper Virat Kohli selected only four specialist bowlers after dropping an out-of-form Hardik Pandya for debutant Hanuma Vihari. Despite restricting England for 198 for 7 after the end of the first day, India failed to finish off their tail on day 2 as Jos Buttler, along with tail took England to 332 runs. Birthday boy Buttler smashed 89 off 133 balls on in what was another spectacular innings by the Lancashire man.ALSO READ: Asia Cup 2018: Indian cricket team’s home base shifted; venue changedHowever, Bumrah was clear on the fact that the Indian bowlers failed to quickly clear up England’s tail.Buttler added 33 runs with Adil Rashid before putting a 98-run stand with Stuart Broad for the ninth wicket. “He played well today and took his chances. When you bat with the tail, you don’t have much to lose and you can play with a lot of freedom,” said Bumrah.England lead the five-match Test series 3-1. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Super Eagles were on Tuesday evening in Cairo, Egypt paired with Cape Verde, Central Africa Republic (CAR) and Liberia in Group C.Fanatical football fans and players, including a former Captain of the Green Eagles, Segun Odegbami, described the group as an easy one for Nigeria. “Easy…Pepper Soup for Nigeria,” was how Odegbami, fondly called Mathematical, described the group.However, Nigeria’s Franco-German gaffer, Rohr, insisted yesterday that there is nothing to celebrate as minnows no longer exists in African football.Super Eagles’ manager, Gernot Rohr will not describe Group C of the African qualifying series for the 2022 World Cup as an easy one for his team.Rohr chose to underplay the excitement in a tweet from the verified Super Eagles twitter handle.He remarked: “We’ve 3 (three) tricky opponents in Group C. A few years ago, Cape Verde were Africa’s best FIFA ranked team, CAR have some good players in Europe and we played a friendly in Liberia recently that wasn’t easy…we’ve to be at our best against them.”Super Eagles enforcer, Wilfred Ndidi also posted on his twitter handle Wilfred @Ndidi25 that there will be no room for complacency as Nigeria gun for her seventh appearance at the Mundial to hold in two years time in Qatar.“This is the World Cup, no room for complacency. Every game must be taken seriously. Our first game is going to be the most important as well as all our home games, and even away games. We must make it to the 3rd round,” tweeted the Leicester City midfielder who has been sidelined by an injury he picked up playing for the Foxes.Each of the 40 teams in the 10 groups will play two matches each towards the end of this year, with the remaining four matches coming up next year. The third and final round of the qualifiers will see the 10 winners of the pools drawn into five explosive home-and-away fixtures that will produce Africa’s flag-bearers in Qatar. Those knockout games come up in November 2021.Interestingly, some of the heavyweights in African football are going to miss the global stage in Qatar. In Group D for instance, only one team between Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire will pick the ticket with Mozambique and Malawi the other runners in the group.Similar scenario is also going to play out in Group G where Ghana who were quarter finalist at South Africa 2010 will battle the Banyana Banyana for the group’s sole ticket to the final stage of the qualifiers. Both Zimbabwe and Ethiopia are considered outsider in the race.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr 2022 WORLD CUP QUALIFIERSDuro IkhazuagbeDespite what appears as a ‘soft’ Group C that Nigeria’s Super Eagles have found themselves in the second round qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Head Coach of the country’s senior national team, Gernot Rohr, has refused to join those celebrating the pairings.
1. Crash the boards -Minnesota is last among conference teams in rebounding defense, allowing opponents almost 36 rebounds per game. Going hard to the glass should translate into offensive rebounds and easy second-chance points for Wisconsin.2. Stay fresh -What Minnesota gives up in talent they make up in depth, as all but one player on their active roster averages at least nine minutes per game. Utilizing Wisconsin’s own depth will be important. 3. Contain Tollackson -When the Gophers visited the Kohl Center earlier this year, Spencer Tollackson scored 11 points before exiting late in the first half with a broken hand. Keeping him under wraps will go a long way toward earning the win.4. Trust the scouting report -For this one, the Badgers would be wise to look to the always-insightful Carl Spackler, “To kill, you must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit — ever. They’re like the Viet Cong — Varmint Cong. So you have to fall back on superior firepower and superior intelligence.”5. Make a run -In their last meeting, all hopes that the Gophers had of an upset were smashed during a 30-5 Badger run. A similar run would take the crowd out of the game and send Wisconsin well on their way to victory.
The West Tipp club will have to get the better of Young Munster if they’re to reach the decider.The Limerick club are currently third in Division 1A of the Ulster Bank League.Cashel committee member Peter Silke says winning won’t be easy but is taking hope from past runs in the competition. Kick-off at Spafield is at 2.30pm.