DNV GL and Bluewater pilot test the value of hybrid digital twin technology to enhance FPSO safety and operational costs by optimizing inspections

first_imgDNV GL and FPSO specialist Bluewater are undertaking a pilot project to use hybrid digital twin technology to predict and analyze fatigue in the hull of an FPSO in the North Sea. DNV GL and Bluewater pilot test hybrid digital twin technology for FPSO. (Credit: Bluewater.) The project aims to validate and quantify the benefits of creating a virtual replica of the FPSO to optimize the structural safety of the vessel and enhance risk-based inspection (RBI), a decision-making methodology for optimizing inspection regimes. The pilot underpins Bluewater’s mission to take a proactive, responsible approach to safety and environmental care in its operations.Bluewater’s Aoka Mizu FPSO, currently in operation in the Lancaster field, west of Shetland, will be used. To date, the pilot test has shown encouraging results.DNV GL’s unique combination of domain experience, inspection capabilities and digital analytics and modelling, enables the monitoring of the asset’s hull structure during operation without dependence on costly routine inspection regimes. Termed ‘Nerves of Steel’, the underlying concept permits the use of various data sets (external environmental data or local sensor data) combined with digital models of the asset, to develop a hybrid replica model of the vessel’s structure. This can be used in real-time to monitor the asset’s condition, identify and monitor high risk locations, and plan targeted and cost-efficient maintenance and inspection activities.Hybrid twin technology uses a combination of numerical design models and data from actively recorded strain gauge sensors on board the FPSO. These sensors allow for a full understanding of the accumulative loading and current state of the FPSO structure. The technology blends computer-simulated modelling with real-time data, which is then streamed to the operator via DNV GL’s Veracity data platform or an existing data transfer solution.“By informing and enhancing the RBI process, operators can reduce operational costs and time, providing significant improvements in safety, thereby extending the lifespan and integrity of assets.“With fluctuating oil price and the impact of Covid-19 on travel, delivering a mirror image of an asset from the safety of shore needs to be trusted and of value,” said Koheila Molazemi, Technology and Innovation Director, DNV GL – Oil & Gas.DNV GL’s visual dashboard presents data to Bluewater on stresses in the hull’s structure, alongside information that can be used to identify areas with relative higher risk of cracks or deformities to occur. The information, which is constantly recorded, can be accessed and analyzed to inform decision-making and implement inspection based on risk priority.The trial will expand on traditional FPSO integrity management strategies, which are based on software-based assumptions made at the design stage as well as current inspection record to enhance RBI decision-making. The pilot with Bluewater is expected to provide new insight and smarter ways of managing risks and costs related to structural integrity management.This is DNV GL’s third pilot project evaluating the performance of hybrid digital twin technology. With global support from the advisor’s experts in Singapore, the UK and Norway, the first involved defining a repair procedure for a FPSO flare tower. Another trial, which is still ongoing, is being performed on a fixed offshore platform.“Like an insurance policy, the hybrid digital twin can potentially save millions by avoiding the costly and possibly catastrophic repercussions of ill-informed integrity management by pre-empting and preventing detrimental damage. For an asset operating in a harsh environment, where the loads play an important part in the possible degradations of the asset, using data from the site as a basis for optimized inspection planning, alarms for extreme events and asset suitability for life extension is crucial,” added Francois-Xavier Sireta, Technical Lead for Naval Architecture and Principal Engineer, DNV GL – Oil & Gas.Peter van Sloten, Department Head Technology Management, Bluewater said: “We [Bluewater] decided to extend our digital twin programme to include our FPSO Aoka Mizu. Our ambition for the structures largely matched with the novel digitalization services of DNV GL. We are therefore pleased to team up with DNV GL to develop a tool to monitor the structural integrity of this most versatile FPSO, designed and proven to operate in harsh environments with high uptimes and a maintained, strict regulatory and safety regime. This will enhance the safety and enables an optimized inspection regime.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Political scientist examines women in combat

first_imgReed Wood, assistant professor of political science at Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies, discussed the role and impact of women in armed conflict in a lecture Tuesday at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. His research is one of the first large-scale systematic data collection of women’s participation in combat.Rosie Biehl | The Observer Wood, a Kroc Institute Visiting Research Fellow, opened the lecture by emphasizing that war and conflict are typically male dominated.“There is a large focus on war being men’s work,” Wood stated. “While occasionally women are seen as heroes, these stories are typically narrative accounts, in which the woman’s participation in war happens by chance, rather than her own decision.”Using his research, Wood aimed to revise the perception of women in armed conflict, demonstrating their roles and the importance of these roles. His research focused on two questions: what factors contribute to women’s participation in rebel groups in insurgencies and what impact do they have on group behavior and conflict outcome?To better understand what motivates women to enter into combat, Wood analyzed participation through two approaches. First, he looked at motivators that cause individuals to participate in combat. Next, he examined groups’ motivations for recruiting individuals. His findings showed that women, like men, typically join insurgency groups due to fear of violence and repression, revenge and the ideology of the group.“In general, men and women join insurgency groups for the same reason on an individual level,” Wood said.Finding this similarity, Wood examined female participation from the perspective of the group, by investigating what makes certain groups more likely to recruit women. On this level, Wood found that groups recruit women based on their demand for resources, tactical and strategic benefits and pre-existing ideologies.“Women are less likely to be scrutinized in society, and are therefore often used in covert operations,” Wood said.For this reason, terrorist groups are more likely to recruit women for operations like suicide bombings, in which the bomber must get close to the victim and remain unnoticed. Wood cited the Battle of Algiers, in which the National Liberation Front used women to plant bombs in crowded French cafes.After discussing what factors motivated women to join and to be recruited to armed conflict, Wood explored the direct and indirect impact that women have on armed conflict.In discussing the indirect impact that women have on conflicts, Wood highlighted the essentialist perspective approach, which focuses on the perceived inherent nature of women.“There is a general argument that women are less aggressive and violent and more compassionate and caring than men,” Wood said.Analyzing the impact of women through this essentialist perspective, Wood proposed that the inclusion of women in a group would make the group appear more favorable and less violent, consequently leading to earlier peace negotiations and help the group to gain more favor both nationally and internationally. Additionally, images of women in war can help to solicit international sympathy and alliances.In this sense, the inclusion of women could act as a sort of propaganda, demonstrating the legitimacy of the group’s cause.“It is hard to overstate the symbol of women in insurgent groups,” Wood said. “The inclusion of women can shape the public opinion, by demonstrating solidarity and legitimacy for the group.”Within a country, the inclusion of women can also be used to shame men into joining the cause, Wood said.“It send the message that if women are fighting, men should be fighting too,” he said.In contrast to the power of the essentialist view of women, factors such as socialization, selection effects and compensation could limit the impact that women have on changing violent dynamics of a group, Wood said.“In terms of selection effects, the women who show up to fight are the most likely to be more violent than other women,” he said.Additionally, given that war is seen as “man’s work,” women may feel the need to overcompensate and act more violently than men, Wood said. He concluded with the concession that the direct impact of women in combat is difficult to measure; however, although they are often overlooked, women greatly impact the outcome of conflicts.Tags: gender relations, Hesburgh Center for International Studies, Kroc Institute, kroc institute for international studies, warlast_img read more

Miss Trunchbull Is Waiting for You to Enter #MatildaSweeps

first_img Matilda View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Listen up, maggots! Matilda’s Miss Trunchbull and her mini-me want you to enter #MatildaSweeps, and this is not a woman (or a mini-me) you want to let down. You don’t want to us to say the word “chokey,” do you? Didn’t think so. Pleased don’t think of this as a threat, by the way. Think of it as encouragement from Trunchbull. Very convincing encouragement. After all, you only have until December 20 to enter. CLICK HERE for your chance to win a trip to see the miraculous musical on the Great White Way!last_img

Ighalo scores in Man U friendly

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo, returned with a bang as Manchester United stars battled to a four-all scoreline in a friendly at Old Trafford.The on-loan forward hit the back of the net along with Marcus Rashford, who got a brace for Team Paul Pogba against Bruno Fernandes led side. United supporters have been wondering the outcome of the squad’s intra-squad friendly at the weekend and thanks to Luke Shaw they now know.Ahead of the Premier League’s restart this month, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped up preparations by holding a friendly between his stars.Despite the action shots taken by photographers at the Theatre of Dreams, fans were left wondering what the actual score was.However, Shaw has revealed all – stating that the match ended 4-4 with the left back an unlikely scorer of two goals himself.“There have been a lot of different things circulating on social media and I’m happy to set the record straight: it did end 4-4 and I did score twice!” he told the club’s official website on Wednesday. “Also on my team, Bruno [Fernandes] got one and Jamo [Daniel James] got one, while, on the other team, Rashy [Marcus Rashford] got two and so did Odion [Ighalo].“To be fair, my first goal was decent. It was from a great cross by Bruno and my volley went straight in. I was happy with it. My other one was just getting forward, Juan [Mata] played it to me on the edge of the box, I took a touch and shot in.“It was quite an open game, as you can probably gather, with a lot of space, since it was the first game back.”Shaw, who was playing in the club’s away gold strip during that friendly also, welcomed the intra-squad match as it aided he and his teammates preparations for the Premier League restart.The Red Devils resume their season at top-four rivals Tottenham on June 19. “The important thing is that it’s another step forward. It’s getting more and more exciting now and we just want to get playing games,” he continued.“We’ve got a couple of in-house games at the training ground scheduled over the next few days, which will help us step things up even further before the big game next week against Spurs.”United sit fifth in the Premier League on 45 points – three behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the race for the final Champions League qualification spot.Tags: Bruno FernandesManchester UnitedMarcus RashfordOdion IghaloPaul Pogbalast_img read more

Jorge Masvidal glad to see Colby Covington’s jaw break, vows to ‘baptize’ Conor McGregor

first_img FOLLOW US Written By LIVE TV COMMENT First Published: 22nd December, 2019 18:05 IST Last Updated: 22nd December, 2019 18:05 IST Jorge Masvidal Glad To See Colby Covington’s Jaw Break, Vows To ‘baptize’ Conor McGregor Jorge Masvidal is glad that arch-rival Colby Covington got his jaw broken by Kamaru Usman and added that he will baptize Conor McGregor next. Watch the video. Danish Ansari SUBSCRIBE TO US While there is still no official word on who will be Jorge Masvidal’s next opponent, Conor McGregor will make his long-awaited return to the cage on January 18, 2020 as the UFC 246 headliner against Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout at Las Vegas.Also Read | UFC: Dana White Confirms That Conor McGregor Wants To Fight Jorge Masvidal At 170 Lbs WATCH US LIVE Christmas came early for UFC’s BMF champion Jorge Masvidal as former friend-turned-foe Colby Covington got beaten, battered and bruised at the hands of ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Kamaru Usman at the main event of UFC 245. In an interview with Jim Rome, Masvidal stated that even though he personally wanted to hurt Colby Covington, he is still happy that the outspoken one got his jaw broken because he feels Colby Covington deserved it.Also Read | Conor McGregor Reacts To Kamaru Usman’s Title Defense Against Colby Covington At UFC 245It was just over a year ago that Jorge Masvidal cornered his longtime friend and training partner Colby Covington in his fight against Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 225 for the interim title. Since then, the two have had bad blood with Masvidal dishing out some heavy dirt on Colby Covington for allegedly robbing their coach. Both sides have been trading vicious insults and taunts.Also Read | Colby Covington Blasts Referee Marc Goddard For Loss To Kamaru Usman At UFC 245UFC News: What is next for Jorge Masvidal?Jorge Masvidal recently confirmed that he has his sights set on the reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman but before he goes for the title, he wants to ‘baptize’ Conor McGregor. He stated that he had a long journey spanning over 16 years. Masvidal added that he wishes to be rewarded handsomely in the sport so the fight that gets the biggest zeroes attached to it could be the fight that he takes. He further stated that what the world is looking for at the moment is for Conor McGregor to suffer and get chastised for some of the things that he has done in public. He guaranteed that everyone will feel sorry for him after that fight happens. Jorge Masvidal further added that the fans will forgive him after the fight and that his baptisms are going to be a little extra for McGregor. Also Read | With Eyes On Big Fights, Jorge Masvidal To Gun For Nick Diaz And Conor McGregor?Jorge Masvidal’s latest interviewlast_img read more

Phoenix Open: Final pairing a familiar one; Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Justin Thomas to tee off together

first_imgBut, the match play format then is a lot different than how and what the trio will be playing for Sunday. In the final round, the three will likely go toe-to-toe for a chance to hoist the trophy on “The Greatest Show on Grass.”Fowler is playing to break a dreaded streak. He’s posted an over-par score in the final round following each of his previous six 54-hole leads or co-leads, and has only converted that lead into a win once. Kuchar wants to become the first player to win three times on the PGA Tour this season and Thomas is searching for his 10th tour championship. Related News SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and Justin Thomas all know each other well.Fowler and Thomas are best friends, neighbors and housemates while playing the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The two also helped the United States to a Presidents Cup win in 2017. They teamed up to give the U.S. a commanding lead over the international team and helped the States claim its seventh consecutive title — Kuchar was right there with them. Thomas started the tournament shooting 7-under 64, but each day since he’s scores have gotten higher and higher — instead of lower and lower. He’ll need to pull out all the stops and resist temptation to playfully sabotage his roommate.When asked if he was going o set Fowler’s alarm for 3:30 a.m. or something like that, Thomas said: “No, if I’m going to beat him, I want to do it the right way.”The final pairing will tee off at 10:45 a.m. local time. Phoenix Open: Rickie Fowler enters final round in charge; Matt Kuchar, Justin Thomas trail But, a win for any will be challenging.Fowler is happy with his play this week, especially after making adjustments to his swing, which is starting to pay off. His four-shot lead at 20 under was just two shy of the 54-hole record since the tournament moved to TPC Scottsdale in 1987.”(I’ve) done a good job of kind of everything this week,” Fowler said. “Nothing’s standing out as super special, just playing solid golf and when I’ve gotten into trouble been able to get the ball up-and-down most of the time, been putting well and hitting a lot of good putts as far as the ones that I miss they’re more just misreads, if anything.”A 7-under 64 on Saturday gave @RickieFowler his seventh career 54-hole lead/co-lead @WMPhoenixOpen.Rickie’s highlights from the third round: pic.twitter.com/TLpzculLkm— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 3, 2019While Fowler remains modest, his competition has noticed what’s been working well for the four-time tour winner.”He’s playing great golf, certainly he’s going to be the player to beat, especially if he keeps up on the form he’s on,” Kuchar said. “But however I feel like my form’s pretty good as well. And if I can try to make a run, I know that there’s nothing — I can’t control what Rickie’s going to do, I can only control what I can do and try to keep playing the golf I’ve been playing of late.”Kuchar used a bogey-free round to move into second place (16 under). But, he’ll have to hold off Thomas, who won twice in 2018, and defending Phoenix Open champion Gary Woodland and fan-favorite Bubba Watson, who are both tied for sixth (12 under).”It would be amazing to get three wins this early,” Kuchar said. “It had been a number of years since I found the winners circle, to have gotten two in this year has been amazing. My game’s been good, last year was frustrating … but I think the frustrating part was it felt like I was doing a lot of good things and not seeing results … but nice to see things have turned around and get rewarded with a couple wins.”Matt Kuchar is seeking to become the first three-time winner this season.Highlights from his 19th straight round at par or better: pic.twitter.com/oREFad7Txb— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 3, 2019Thomas’ win, he said, may take something special.”If [Rickie] keeps driving it like this he’s going to be tough to catch,” he added. “There’s a good chance it might take something special for me tomorrow, but I like the fact at least that I got my way in that final group and I’m going to know what he’s doing and hopefully I can get off to a hot start and maybe put a little bit of heat on him.”last_img read more

Belmont Stakes horses, odds, expert picks & more for first leg of 2020 Triple Crown

first_imgTaking a look at all the three-year-old thoroughbreds competing, here’s breaking down the pedigree, odds and the best bets for the marquee action at Belmont Park:MORE: Full odds & post positions for 2020 Belmont StakesBelmont Stakes horses 2020Here’s a snapshot of the 10 horses in the field for the first leg of the Triple Crown, including who’s riding them and who trains them:Post positionHorseJockeyTrainer1Tap It To WinJohn VelazquezMark Casse2Sole VolanteLuca PaniciPatrick Biancone3Max PlayerJoel RosarioLinda Rice4ModernistJunior AlvaradoBill Moss5Farmington RoadJavier CastellanoTodd Pletcher6Fore LeftJose OrtizDoug O’Neill7Jungle RunnerReylu GutierrezSteve Asmussen8Tiz The LawManny FrancoBarclay Tagg9Dr PostIrad Ortiz Jr.Todd Pletcher10PneumaticRicardo Santana Jr.Steve AsmussenBelmont Stakes oddsHere’s another look at all the horses ranked by their latest odds from Sports Insider and how those compare to their initial morning line odds at Belmont Park:HorseUpdated oddsMorning line oddsTiz The Law-1256-5Tap It To Win+6006-1Dr Post+7005-1Sole Volante+8009-2Pneumatic+10008-1Max Player+180015-1Modernist+180015-1Farmington Road+250015-1Fore Left+330030-1Jungle Runner+550050-1MORE: Get the latest Belmont Stakes odds from Sports InsiderWhy is Tiz The Law such a heavy favorite?Tiz The Law stamped his status as the favorite for the Kentucky Derby had it been run on May 2 by speeding to victory in the Florida Derby on March 28. With the Grade 1 race at Gulfstream Park also being 1 1/8 miles, it makes sense Tiz The Law keeps that same vibe for the Belmont Stakes.Tiz The Law has shown great instincts with his deliberate pace early in races before picking the right time to hit his fastest gear and pull away. It’s appropriate that his first Triple Crown race is in New York, given he’s both locally owned by Sackatoga Stable and bred by Twin Creeks Farm.HIs 82-year-old trainer, Barclay Tagg, once had a dominant popular horse in Funny Cide, who won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness in 2003. Based on the impressive results that include four wins in five races, Tagg has conditioned Tiz The Law to be able to win with different styles from different posts.Is Tap It To Win the biggest threat to upset Tiz The Law?Tap It To Win has good recent experience at Belmont Park having just won the Allowance (1 1/16 miles) on June 4. Tap It To Win relies on starting fast and wouldn’t surprise anyone if he had the early lead on Saturday. The question is whether, even with the shorter distance, whether he can hold up until the end with Tiz The Law working to leave a lot in the tank for the stretch.Sole Volante might be a better choice for the upset as the opposite kind of horse. He needs to stay in it early because he is strength is closing. Neither horse is as well-rounded as Tiz The Law, but a big burst somewhere could end up paying off.Going deep into the field, Dr Post can give Tiz The Law some trouble right next to him at No. 9 if he can stay with him halfway through the race. Max Player and Farmington Road are the true longshots to watch, however.Max Player won the Grade 3 Withers, a 1 1/8-mile race at Aqueduct when he last raced on Feb. 1. Linda Rice, who is attempting to become the first female trainer to win the Belmont Stakes, has worked to make him feel at home on the track. Max Player is ridden by Joel Rosario, who won a much longer Belmont Stakes with Sir Winston last year.Farmington Road needs a fast, tight race but those would be ideal conditions for him to shock everyone after coming in fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Arkansas Derby on May 2.Which post position is the most favorable in the Belmont Stakes?Tiz The Law is trying to change a long-standing trend from No. 8, which has produced only 5 past winners. No. 1 has by far produced the most winners, at 23, which is an obvious boost to the chances of Tap It To Win.Then come No. 3 and No. 5, tied for 13 winners each, playing well into the upset chances of Max Player and Farmington Road. No. 2 has been rather effective between two favorable spots, producing 11 winners and providing some hope for Sole Volante.Two years ago, Triple Crown winner Justify came through from No. 1. Sir Winston made it work with the middle from No. 7 last year.Which trainers have had the best Belmont Stakes success?Mark Casse, who trained Sir Winston for his first victory, builds a stronger case for Tap It To Win. Todd Pletcher, a three-time Belmont Stakes winner, has both Farmington Road and Dr Post in the mix. The only other trainer with a Belmont victory is Steve Asmussen with Creator in 2016, but he has two shaky entries in Pneumatic and the overwhelmed Jungle Runner.Which jockeys have had the best Belmont Stakes success?While Manny Franco and Tagg are both looking for their first wins with Tiz The Law, there’s some good experience elsewhere. Before Sir Winston, Rosario also won with Tonalist in 2014. John Velazquez is looking to make it three with Tap It To Win, after victories with Union Rags in 2012 and Rags to Riches in 2007. The 2020 Belmont Stakes will be in the unusual position of opening the Triple Crown racing season instead of closing it. The Third Jewel, for the first time in its illustrious history, will serve as the series’ first event when “The Run for the Carnations” goes down this Saturday, June 20 (5:42 p.m. ET post time on NBC) in Elmont, N.Y.With the Kentucky Derby (Sept. 5) and Preakness (Oct. 3) moved back late from their usual Saturdays in May, the Belmont Stakes arrives only on a two-week delay from its originally scheduled June 6 date. In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic causing a big schedule adjustment in relation to the other two races, the Belmont Stakes also goes from the longest Triple Crown race (usually 1 1/2 miles or 12 furlongs) to the shortest (1 1/8 mile or 9 furlongs) Jose Ortiz is going for the big upset with Fore Left after bringing home Tapwrit in 2017. HIs brother, Irad Ortiz Jr., won for Asmussen with Creator and is trying to do the same for Pletcher with Dr Post.Belmont Stakes picksWith the Belmont Stakes replacing the Kentucky Derby as the first Triple Crown race and the Preakness as the shortest one, it sets up for a predictable result and no surprise on top, especially with the extra time to rest and prepare.Tiz The Law has everything in his favor, with the right speed for the right length. Max Player is set up to sneakily emerge as a real challenger until right near the end. Tap It To Win will build enough momentum early to make sure he will at least settle for third.Win: Tiz The LawPlace: Max PlayerShow: Tap It To Winlast_img read more

1400 young golfers take on Skills Challenge

first_img Over 1400 young golfers across the country have taken part in the first official round of the 2013 National Skills Challenge, supported by FootJoy. Their names are featured on online leaderboards and if they complete the second round – which is now underway – they could qualify for England Golf’s regional and national finals. For the fourth year, FootJoy is supporting the Challenge with prizes and gifts for competitors at the regional and national finals. The National Skills Challenge is one of a host of England Golf initiatives which support junior golf. It aims to make practice fun for young golfers and help them improve their putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and the long game. Over 830 clubs and 7075 juniors are registered for the Challenge. Clubs receive a variety of free resources to support the initiative, including manuals, certificates and scorecards, and they can also take the opportunity to hold two official Challenge events. This year, the first event finished on May 5 and was undertaken by 1400-plus youngsters from 102 clubs. The second Challenge event can be played until Sunday, 7 July. The leading competitors will be eligible for one of four regional finals, held in August, and the qualifiers from those will go forward to the national final at the National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa in September. Richard Flint, England Golf Development Manager, commented “The National Skills Challenge supports golf clubs in offering a structured junior coaching programme, with a variety of free resources available. England Golf are delighted that FootJoy continue to support this initiative and provide some fantastic gifts and prizes for those juniors involved in the regional and national finals.” Russell Lawes, European Marketing Manager – FootJoy, commented: “We are once again delighted to be supporting The National Skills Challenge programme. “The future of the game of golf lies with the next generation of golfers and we are keen to help these juniors through their golf development as well as enhancing their enjoyment of the game. The National Skills Challenge is a fantastic programme and we look forward to seeing everyone’s progress this year.” England Golf has a wide-ranging package of support for junior golf. This includes the GolfMark award which recognises junior and beginner-friendly clubs, the Junior Organisers’ Handbook, which is a complete guide to running a junior section; and the Junior Development Grant, which can be used to offer structured coaching sessions with PGA professionals and for activities to attract boys and girls and encourage them to progress and stay in the sport. To find out more about the National Skills Challenge please visit www.getintogolf.org/skills Clubs may register at any time of year and have the option to take part in the events or simply use the resources to support their junior coaching programmes. Our picture (image © John Thomson) shows the winners of the 2012 National Skills Challenge. 30 May 2013 1400 young golfers take on Skills Challenge last_img read more

Pacquiao honored as best of decade by BWAA

first_imgFIGHTER OF THE DECADE— Champion Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, poses for a photo during a news conference Jan. 20, in New York, to promote an upcoming fight against Joshua Clottey. Pacquiao says he will accept his awards haul in person at the 85th boxing writers awards dinner on June 11 in New York City.The reigning pound-for-pound king was chosen fighter of the decade over Bernard Hopkins, Joe Calzaghe, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Marco Antonio Barrera.Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, was honored with a record-setting fourth Eddie Futch Award for trainer of the year. Futch once trained Roach, who eventually became his assistant and has gone on to train the likes of Israel Vazquez and James Toney.“Manny and I are a great team and to win this award you need a great fighter,” Roach told ESPN.com Sunday. “Hopefully, [junior welterweight titlist] Amir Khan will be my next guy. It’s my favorite award because its named after my trainer [the late Eddie Futch].”Juan Manuel Marquez’s ninth-round knockout of Juan Diaz was picked as fight of the year, an award that was renamed this year for Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.The John F.X. Condon award for long and meritorious service was given to Jerry Izenberg, who covered boxing and other sports for decades at The Star Ledger in Newark, N.J.Former three-division champion Alexis Arguello was honored posthumously with the Marvin Kohn Award, given to an individual who exemplifies goodwill. The Hall of Famer who eventually became mayor of Managua, Nicaragua, died in July at age 57.ESPN broadcaster Joe Tessitore won the Sam Taub Award for broadcasting excellence, and Showtime broadcaster Nick Charles and former heavyweight contender George Chuvalo shared the Bill Crawford Award for perseverance in overcoming adversity. NEW YORK (AP)—Manny Pacquiao was honored as the fighter of the decade by the Boxing Writer’s Association of America Feb. 1, along with matching Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield by winning his third fighter of the year award. Pacquiao (50-3-2, 38 KOs) capped off a remarkable decade by stopping welterweight Miguel Cotto in the final round in November to win a title in a record-setting seventh weight division. Pacquiao will return to the ring in March when he defends his WBO belt against Joshua Clottey at the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.last_img read more

Pakistani cricketer invites Indian taxi driver to dinner after he refused the fare

first_imgAdvertisement f86NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs415vWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2l6j9( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6ve6nhvWould you ever consider trying this?😱adw26Can your students do this? 🌚6doRoller skating! Powered by Firework The encounter between a Sikh driver and Pakistani cricket team players has gone viral. The Pakistani cricket team was in Brisbane for the Test match against Australia. Pakistan lost the match to Australia that day, and after the game, Yashir Shah, Naseem Shah, Imran Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Mohammad Musa went out to have dinner together. They were scouring the city for a good Pakistani or Indian food joint to have dinner when they met the Indian taxi driver.Advertisement A video of the encounter was shared by the Pakistan cricket board on their Facebook page, which was showered with love by people of both nations. Pakistani leg-spinner, Yasir Shah, in the video talks about his and his team’s encounter with Paa Ji, the Sikh cab driver. The driver recognized them, and they ended up having a conversation about cricket. He hails from Punjab, and the players interacted with him in Urdu.Advertisement “We saw he was a ‘Paa Ji’ from India. So we spoke to him in Urdu and asked him to take us to a nice restaurant,” he said.Upon reaching the destination, the driver refused fare, and to return his kind gesture, Yasir Shah invited him to dinner with them.Advertisement “When we reached, he refused to take our fare. So I told him if you are not taking our fare, you have to join us for dinner.” the cricketer said. Paa Ji ended up having dinner with the Pakistani team. Advertisementlast_img read more