Seatankers Ups the Ante at Chinese Yards

first_imgzoom Seatankers Group, a management company led by John Fredriksen, is bolstering its newbuilding investments with four additional ships on order.The company has reportedly placed an order for two 82,000 dwt Kamsarmaxes with DSIC Shanhaiguan Shipbuilding, with an option to add two more ships to the tally, according to Clarksons.The two vessels will be delivered in 2020 and 2021 respectively. The orderbook could reach eight units in the series, if options for the two more vessels are declared.Seatankers is said to be behind an additional order for two 208,000 dwt Newcastlemaxes at Chinese Bohai Shipbuilding, data from Asiasis shows. The duo is set for delivery within 2020.Clarksons said the bulkers were intended for Golden Ocean, and form part of a previous contract for two firm ships.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

The Falcons Offense Is Back Too Bad Their Defense Isnt

IND67%IND57%HOU 37, IND 34+9.8– DAL37.810.9HOU6.43.814.71450 Going into this season, the biggest questions surrounding the Atlanta Falcons had to do with the team’s inexplicably anemic offense under new coordinator Steve Sarkisian in 2017. So if somebody had told you that, through four weeks, Atlanta would be averaging 29 points per game in 2018 — about a touchdown more than last year — and that Matt Ryan would once again rank among the league’s most efficient quarterbacks, you might have assumed that the Falcons were back to their high-flying, Super Bowl form of a few seasons ago.Unfortunately, things haven’t exactly followed that script so far. Instead, Atlanta is 1-3 and ranks last in the NFC South, a division it was a co-favorite to win before the season. Now our Elo projections have the Falcons on pace to finish 8-8 with just a 33 percent chance of making the playoffs. The reason is easy to pinpoint: Just as Atlanta’s offense has returned to greatness, its defense has deteriorated completely, giving away all of the gains made by an offensive attack that looks genuinely scary again. The end result could be another wasted Falcons season — and Ryan might not have many more of those left before his prime ends.Defensively, the Falcons have never been the most fearsome outfit under coach Dan Quinn, who made his name as an architect of the Seattle Seahawks’ Legion of Boom defense. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Atlanta ranked 25th in defensive expected points added (EPA) even while they nearly won it all in 2016.1They made up for it that season with the league’s top overall offense and a top-10 special teams corps. However, defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel had the unit performing better last season, his first year at the helm. Aided by breakout second-year defenders Deion Jones and Keanu Neal, Atlanta was much better up front against the run and applied more pressure on opposing quarterbacks, upping its adjusted sack rate from 5.4 percent to 6.6 percent.In terms of defensive EPA, the Falcons improved from 25th to 18th a year ago — modest but encouraging progress. This season, though, they’ve fallen down to 30th, including 28th against the pass and 31st against the run. Early long-term injuries to both Jones and Neal robbed Atlanta of two Pro Bowl playmakers, and few of the remaining regulars have impressed. According to, eight of the Falcons’ nine veteran starters grade out worse in 2018 than in 2017, with DB Damontae Kazee standing out as the lone exception. By Football Outsiders’ calculations, the Falcons’ front seven have allowed the NFL’s sixth-most adjusted line yards per carry, and they also have the sixth-worst adjusted sack rate of any team.The result has been a defense letting up a staggering 30.5 points per game — including 43 in an overtime loss to the Saints in Week 3 and 37 in a last-second defeat against Cincinnati this past Sunday.The cruel irony is that even a repeat of last year’s mediocre-but-not-terrible defensive showing would have worked wonders for the Falcons in concert with their rejuvenated offense. Although stellar wideout Julio Jones still can’t find the end zone (he somehow has only three TD catches in his past 20 games, including zero so far this year), Ryan has been much more efficient throwing the ball than he was last season, and rookie receiver Calvin Ridley (who has six TD grabs already) appears to have emerged as the complementary threat Atlanta has been trying to line up across from Jones for years. The Falcons’ running game isn’t what it used to be — leading rusher Tevin Coleman is averaging only 3.9 yards per carry2Regular starter Devonta Freeman has been out since Week 1 with an injury, so things should improve some when he returns. — which in turn has often left Atlanta in unfavorable down-and-distance situations. But the team’s big-play potential in undeniable. The trouble is, opponents have been able to say the same thing all too often.What might be most frustrating for Atlanta is that each season it fails to sync up a great offense with a serviceable defense is one fewer year left in Ryan’s prime. He’s the best player in franchise history — but at age 33, he won’t be able to play at an elite level forever. Although we’ve seen a number of recent passers (such as Tom Brady and Drew Brees) remain hyper-productive into their late 30s and beyond, the historical aging curve for QBs sees a rapid decline after Ryan’s current age. That’s why, among the 20 QBs most similar to Ryan last season (according to my modification of Football Outsiders’ similarity scores), the average retired member of the list3So, excluding currently active QBs such as Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers because we don’t know how many years they have left as starters. had just 3.4 seasons left in his career as an NFL starter — and that’s including the equivalent of Ryan’s 2018 campaign.With the window to capitalize on Ryan’s greatness closing faster than you might think, the Falcons’ disappointing start is an even greater concern. Of course, below-market QB contracts are seen as the formula for success in 2018, so some of the Falcons’ defensive struggles do come back to Ryan’s own record-setting contract preventing the team from stockpiling the rest of the roster with talent. But if Atlanta can’t find some way to right the ship, it could have serious negative implications for the best sustained era in franchise history.All of which brings us to Week 5, when the Falcons will face the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. It’s a game our Elo model considers the third-most important of the week (by the potential swing in playoff odds) and fourth-best overall in terms of matchup quality — despite the two teams’ combined 2-5-1 record to begin the year. OAK71OAK52OAK 45, CLE 42-17.5– MIN34.710.9PHI68.910.321.21580 PHI60PHI65TEN 26, PHI 23-8.8– LAC68LAC76LAC 29, SF 27+2.4– ATL32.611.3PIT29.011.222.51556 PIT63PIT58BAL 26, PIT 14+4.0– CIN57.714.2MIA48.713.928.01504 LAR83.110.0SEA44.016.126.11574 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS LAC42.011.0OAK5.13.914.91477 The best matchups of Week 5Week 5 games with the highest average Elo rating, using the harmonic mean, plus the total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions JAX74JAX75JAX 31, NYJ 12-1.1– BAL71.99.4CLE1.51.410.81441 NE70NE64NE 38, MIA 7-6.7– Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. LAR65LAR66LAR 38, MIN 31-1.5– Pittsburgh is another team that’s disappointed so far, starting the season 1-2-1 after its Sunday night loss to the archrival Baltimore Ravens. Unlike the Falcons, the Steelers haven’t really been able to figure things out on offense without star RB Le’Veon Bell, dropping from third in offensive EPA to 16th. But with each team’s playoff odds rapidly dwindling, this game could represent something of a last stand for both clubs. The Steelers, currently sitting at 29 percent playoff probability, could see their chances drop to a mere 16 percent if they lose to Atlanta (they’d go up to 39 percent with a win). And the Falcons would fall to 23 percent with a loss — or, conversely, could build themselves back up to a respectable 46 percent playoff probability with a win.That’s still behind where Atlanta was at the start of the year (59 percent). But it would go a long way toward salvaging the season — and helping the Falcons actually capitalize on the great offensive performance they’re getting from Ryan and Co.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersOn top of our NFL Elo prediction interactive, which updates after every game to help you keep tabs on the league’s pecking order, we also offer a prediction game, in which you can pick against our model (and your fellow readers). Each week, we take a look at where Elo made its best — and worst — picks against the field, so here’s how it did in Week 4: IND6.43.1NE66.27.010.11497 DEN15.88.3NYJ8.34.512.91433 CHI53CHI52CHI 48, TB 10-3.2– JAX66.2%+/-10.2KC94.0%+/-4.114.31605 ATL68ATL63CIN 37, ATL 36+4.1– GB53GB67GB 22, BUF 0+8.8– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 4Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 4 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: NO61.810.7WSH31.310.521.21542 KC65KC69KC 27, DEN 23+0.4– Playoff ChancePlayoff Chance Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality CAR53.58.4NYG4.32.711.11475 DET18.49.0GB32.213.122.11488 BUF18.48.5TEN62.412.521.01498 SEA57SEA62SEA 20, ARI 17+2.3– DAL62DAL51DAL 26, DET 24-12.2– NO65NO67NO 33, NYG 18-0.4– ARI1.31.3SF16.06.67.91429 Elo capped off a surprisingly strong first month of the season with another solid week, beating the average reader by 19.6 points. Although the field was right to doubt Indianapolis at home against Deshaun Watson and the Texans, and correctly brushed off Buffalo’s bizarre thrashing of Minnesota to call a Bills loss at Green Bay, Elo picked up big points with home wins for the Cowboys and Raiders. Now the average reader is down a whopping 154 points to Elo for the season as a whole — time to pick it up, folks!Congrats to reader Shaun Anderson, who led all users in points for Week 4, and to Scott Duhaime, who leads all (identified) users on the season in total. Thanks to everyone who played last week — and if you didn’t play, it’s not too late to get in on the game. You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you missed the first month of the season.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

FIFA Beach Soccer Areana 93 done

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas debuts in Beach Soccer Cup Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 31, 2017 – Nassau – Fifteen countries are gearing up for a phenomenal showdown on the sands of Malcolm Park Beach in The Bahamas when the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup unfolds there from April 27-May 7.   Less than 30 days to go reminds organizers as Nassau continues to gain traction as a prime location for hosting world class, international sporting events.Countries set to come in for the competition are: Tahiti, Portugal, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Nigeria, Senegal, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Panama, Mexico, Iran, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Japan and the Local Organizing Committee said this is a huge TV event and gives The Bahamas unprecedented exposure.   It is reported to media that the beach arena is 93% done and that on the ground already is the beach soccer trophy which will make rounds to several Bahamas islands, including Grand Bahama, Abaco and Cat Island.The fan space at the park will be expanded said Chairman of the LOC, Jeffrey Beckles; going from a capacity of 3,500 to 6,500 people and if you are wondering, at the foot of the famous Sir Sidney Poitier bridge, the FIFA World Cup Beach Soccer will feature the matches on jumbo trons.#MagneticMediaNews#FIFABeachSoccerNassau#MalcolmParkBeachNassau#SoccerWorldCupcomestoBahamas Recommended for you Related Items:#FIFABeachSoccerNassau, #magneticmedianews, #MalcolmParkBeachNassau, #SoccerWorldCupcomestoBahamaslast_img read more

Updated 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 17, 2017 – Providenciales – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) has revised its original forecast and it is now predicting that the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook will be worse than previously forecasted.   In their August update, released on Wednesday August 9, 2017, forecasters indicated that there is a 60 percent chance of an above-average Hurricane Season, with 14 to 19 named storms expected throughout the season. This is an increase from 11 to 17 named storms.In light of the updated 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast, Dr. Virginia Clerveaux, Director of the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME), stated that, “despite the predictions from the experts, we know that it only takes ONE storm to affect the development gains that the Turks and Caicos Islands have achieved over the years.    Therefore, it is important that Government departments, businesses and residents in the Turks and Caicos Islands ensure that they are prepared this Hurricane Season and continue to monitor information from DDME’s Website and Social Media Pages”.To date the following number of storms in the outlook have already occurred: Tropical Storms Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don and Emily, Gert and Hurricane Franklin.For further information please Contact:  Andrea BeenEmail Address:  [email protected] #:   649 338 3672Facebook: ddmegtPress Release: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more

Maguire Arnautovic is a top player

first_imgLeicester City defender Harry Maguire has praised West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic as a top player as is wary of the threat he poses as the Hammers visit the King Power Stadium on Saturday.Marko Arnautović has been prolific so far this season having scored four times in nine Premier League games this season, including in their back-to-back wins against Everton and Manchester United, and Harry Maguire knows the Austrian international very well.“I think you can see with how they play and I think all the chances they create mainly fall to him,” Maguire told Leicester City website.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He’s a top player, he’s been in the Premier League numerous years now, he was a top player for Stoke and he’s starting to show his true colors at West Ham now as well.“He’s a top player for them and someone we’ve got to be wary of, but there are really good players in other areas too.”last_img read more

Urban Scholars Union Scholarships

first_img April 12, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two San Diego students are winners of the Urban Scholar’s Union Scholarship.Amber Miller and Michael Schmitt both received the scholarship. The Urban Scholar’s Union is a group of formerly incarcerated students at most community colleges in San Diego County. KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 12, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Urban Scholar’s Union Scholarships KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Resounding Joy Semper band performs Sweet Home Alabama

first_img Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Resounding Joy Semper band performs ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ Posted: June 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO ( KUSI ) – Resounding Joy Semper band performs ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ June 19, 2019last_img read more