FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Salt Lake Tribune:Since its first year in business in 1982, the Levin-Richmond Terminal has been tied to Utah industries, first importing coke for use in the Geneva Steel plant, then exporting iron ore. After Utah’s iron mines shuttered, its coal mines kept the deep-water terminal on the San Francisco Bay’s east shore busy, transferring coal from rail cars onto ships bound for Japan.Now city officials in Richmond, Calif., are looking to sever that Utah connection with a proposed ordinance banning the handling and storage of coal. Such a prohibition would effectively eliminate a key pathway to Asia for Utah coal, potentially slowing production at Sufco and other big Beehive State mines and forcing many rural Utahns out of work.The proposal has divided Richmond — a working-class city of 110,00 with long-standing ties to heavy industry, famous for oil refining and shipbuilding — pitting union workers against environmentalists and public health advocates.Council member Eduardo Martinez contends the past six years of coal shipments have left a harmful coating of dust in Richmond neighborhoods near the rail shipping yards and terminal, and he hopes to put an end to it. “It’s in the world’s interest [to restrict shipments of coal], but specific to Richmond, it’s all the coal dust that has blown out over our communities,” Martinez said. “We, as city legislators, have the ability to govern land use. Air quality is the reason we are employing a land use regulation.”If ultimately approved, Richmond’s proposed coal ordinance would immediately bar new land uses from handling coal and petroleum coke, while phasing out these fossil fuel commodities over three years at the Levin-Richmond Terminal, a family-owned, civic-minded business employing 62 mostly union workers.The Richmond City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on its proposed ban Dec. 3, after which it is expected to vote up or down, according to Martinez. The city has already banned coal from its publicly owned port facilities.More: Bay Area city might ban coal shipments, shutting down a key overseas export point for Utah mines Richmond, Calif. city council considers coal export ban
Aaron Lennon and Emmanuel Adebayor are to be assessed before Tottenham’s return to league action after t he pair were rested for midweek due to slight hamstring complaints. Kyle Walker continues to miss out following abdominal surgery, while Nabil Bentaleb is absent due to an ankle complaint. Meanwhile, Stoke have Peter Crouch, Phil Bardsley and Marc Muniesa back available, while Marko Arnautovic remains in line to feature despite breaking his hand. Ex-Spurs man Crouch and Bardsley sat out the 2-2 home draw with West Ham last Saturday due to suspensions, while Muniesa was nursing an ankle problem. Although Arnautovic is not expected to be kept out by the injury he suffered in training earlier this week, the same cannot be said of Dionatan Teixeira, who broke his foot on the same day and has joined Robert Huth (calf), Glenn Whelan (broken leg) and and Peter Odemwingie (knee) on the sidelines. Stoke boss Mark Hughes feels his side are heading into the game in improving form despite their relatively barren run of results over the past few weeks. The Potters have not won any of their last three matches in all competitions and only one of their last five, a sequence that has featured three defeats. Their chances of claiming three points at White Hart Lane do not appear promising, given Spurs’ previous five fixtures have yielded four victories. But Hughes believes there have been encouraging signs of late from his men and is looking to the contest in optimistic mood. “It is not an easy fixture – you look at any game against Spurs on the road and, given the quality they have, it is not easy,” Hughes said. “But I sense we are running into a little bit of form. We were disappointed twice against Southampton (in back-to-back defeats in league and cup), but showed a lot better form in the second half of the cup fixture, and then took that into the West Ham game (a 2-2 league draw last Saturday). “We were by far and away the better side on that occasion and didn’t get the maximum points that our performance deserved. “I sense the form is returning and that is encouraging for us.” Those struggles will buoy the Potters ahead of Sunday’s trip to north London, as will the hosts’ unconvincing performances of late. Pochettino’s men were fortunate to scrape through 2-1 winners at Asteras Tripolis on Thursday – producing an inept second-half display which Vertonghen knows would cost them dear if repeated on Sunday. “It was strange because we didn’t win second balls,” the Belgium defender said. “That team can play and the most important thing was they felt they could do something against an English team. “I have been in that position with Ajax playing bigger teams and if you can get some hope you start playing differently and that’s what we gave them ourselves. “It is a long way [off building a winning mentality like Ajax]. It is not [a case of] pick the line-up and you win every game since then. You can have ups and downs. “Of course, we won, but it was not that positive, so we have to analyse this game and see where it went wrong. Then we have to continue and avoid making those mistakes in the next game. “That’s what we have to do against Stoke, because if we make these mistakes against Stoke probably we will lose this game.” Jan Vertonghen knows Tottenham need to vastly improve for the visit of Stoke if they are to avoid another post-Europa League slip-up. Mauricio Pochettino’s side, like so many Spurs outfits before them, have struggled to balance domestic and continental exertions. Already this season Liverpool, West Brom and Newcastle have won at White Hart Lane in games following European ties – the joint-highest number of home defeats in the Barclays Premier League. Press Association
Though he could not make it to the semi final, the Edo-born player received loud ovation from fans at the tennis club as they believed that he fought hard before bowing out of the first leg.“I feel great playing to the quarter-finals of the first leg of the Governor’s Cup this year. This is an achievement I will carry on to the second leg coming up next week.“What I need now is a little bit of rest after which I will begin my training for the second leg.“Mukund was a good player who I learnt has been going round the world playing circuits, an opportunity that eludes many of us here in Nigeria despite the fact that we are equally good on court, ” said Enosoregbe who entered the Governor’s Cup as a wildcard player.The other Nigerian who played in the quarter final, Sylvester Emmanuel, also fought hard before he was beaten by Egyptian Karim-Mohamed Maamoun in 2-6,7-5,1-6 match.Meanwhile, Boy Westerhof of The Netherlands was unable to make it past the quarter finals as he was stopped by the tournament number one seed, Spanish Enrique Lopez-Perez in straight set of 6-4,5-7.In the women’s singles, top seed, Valetini Grammatikopoulou of Greece continued her quest for glory as she defeated Bulgarian Julia Terziyska in straight set of 6-4,7-6(2). Tadeja Majeric of Slovakia also won her game against Omar’s Fatma Al-Nabhani who she defeated 6-0,7-6(2). Swiss Conny Perrin has an easy ride over Harmony Tan of France with a 6-1,6-0 victory.In the semi final matches scheduled for Friday, Lopez – Perez will face Egyptian player, Maamoun, while Mukund will battle Gianni Mina of France in the men’s singles. Top seed, Valetini Grammatikopoulou will settle scores with Conny Perrin in one of the semi-final games in the women’s singles, while Tadeja and Deniz Khazaniuk of Israel will fight for the final ticket.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram GOV’S CUP TENNISNigeria’s Clifford Enosoregbe failed in his bid to make it to the semi final of the Men’s Singles of the first leg (Futures 5) of 16th Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship as he lost to Indian’s Sasi Kumar Mukund in the quarter final match decided yesterday at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.Enosoregbe lost the first set 1-6, before he forced himself back to the game to win the second set 6-3, but due to tiredness and loss of concentration, he could not make it in the third set as he was defeated by 2-6.
“Obviously, I’ve got to get ahead with better pitches,” Parker said. “Go out there and one pitch, one run, I gotta regain my focus. I can’t have a four-pitch walk right after that.”After a strikeout, pinch-runner Dustin Fowler went to second on a wild pitch. Parker walked Khris Davis, despite getting ahead 0-and-2. He was then pulled.“You gotta stay aggressive,” Parker said. “You gotta make them put the ball in play. You’ve got to throw strikes for that to happen. I think I got a little too fine and outside the zone a little bit.”Manager Mike Scioscia then went to left-hander José Álvarez, who struck out left-handed hitting Matt Olson. Next, Scioscia played the matchups and brought in the right-handed Bedrosian to face the right-handed Mark Canha. He blooped a single into center, tying the game.Bedrosian got out of the ninth and through the 10th, preserving the tie.In the 11th, Scioscia called on Jewell, entering for this second big league appearance. Justin Anderson, one of the Angels top relievers, was not available because of a recent heavy workload, Scioscia said. Anderson had thrown 28 pitches finishing off a four-run victory on Friday.He gave up a leadoff single to Lowrie and then hit Davis. Lowrie took third on a fly ball.Paredes then entered and walked Canha, to load the bases. Jonathan Lucroy got the winning hit with a drive into the Angels’ two-man outfield.With that, the Angels had suffered yet another heart-breaking loss, tagged to the bullpen.Parker said he still has faith the Angels bullpen can be effective: “We’re good. We’ve got a bunch of really good arms, and this experience will be good for them. I know they can get it done. We have confidence. The Angels do too.”Still, performances like this will only increase the call for General Manager Billy Eppler to make trades for bullpen help.Heaney did all he could to spare the Angels’ bullpen. He pitched eight innings, allowing three runs on three hits. Two of them came on one swing, a two-run homer by Canha in the second.After that, he retired 13 of the next 14. He gave up a run in the seventh on a Lowrie double and two fly balls. Heaney bounced back to finish with three straight strikeouts in the eighth, ending his day at 106 pitches.It wasn’t enough.Afterward, Heaney said he couldn’t cast too much blame on the relievers, because their early workload was because of the struggles of the starters.“We made them work early on and they picked us up early single time,” Heaney said. “They may be struggling now, and some guys are having their issues, but that’s part of baseball. Everybody can’t be going right at the same time. Very rarely does that happen.“I’ve had my fair share of bad games. I’m never going to judge another player that I know goes out there, every guy goes out there, to grind their (butt) to do what they can to win games for this team. I’m never doing to doubt that.” PreviousOakland Athletics second baseman Franklin Barreto (1) throws to first base after forcing Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) out at second base during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, celebrates with Jose Fernandez after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols hits a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics’ Jed Lowrie (8) scores in front of Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. Also pictured is Athletics third base coach Matt Williams, top. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols (5) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols (5) celebrates with Mike Trout, left, and Andrelton Simmons (2) after hitting a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, celebrates after scoring against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics first baseman Mark Canha cannot catch an RBI-single hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout is hit by a throw from Oakland Athletics pitcher Daniel Mengden during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler (3) is tagged out by Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson after being caught in a rundown during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha (20) celebrates after hitting a two-run home run that also scored Khris Davis (2) against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics second baseman Franklin Barreto, left, throws to first base as Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler, right, is caught in a run down during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha hits a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics pitcher Daniel Mengden against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Oakland Athletics second baseman Franklin Barreto (1) throws to first base after forcing Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) out at second base during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)NextShow Caption1 of 17Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)ExpandOAKLAND — The Angels had done everything to finish off a much-needed victory.And then the bullpen let it get away. Again.Blake Parker and Cam Bedrosian combined to allow two runs to tie the game in the ninth, and Jake Jewell and Eduardo Paredes gave up a run in the 11th inning of the Angels’ 6-5 loss to the Oakland A’s on Sunday.It was the third time in four games the Angels had a lead in the sixth inning or later and couldn’t hold it. The Angels’ 15 blown saves are tied for the most in the majors. The Angels began the season with questions about their bullpen, and those have been magnified because of ineffectiveness and injuries — Keynan Middleton and Blake Wood are out for the year, and Jim Johnson just this week got hurt.Even among the pitchers who have done well, there have been red flags because they’ve pitched so much. Early in the season, the starters were pitching so few innings that the relievers were carrying a heavy load.Lately the most consistent pitcher had been Parker, who had regained the closer job he lost in the season’s opening week. Parker had an 0.96 ERA over 18 games heading into Wednesday, when he entered in the seventh and blew a two-run lead.He had a chance again on Sunday, getting the ball with a 5-3 lead after Andrew Heaney gave up just three hits over eight innings.Parker gave up a homer to Marcus Semien, the first batter he faced. He then walked Chad Pinder. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Mikel Oyarzabal (right) is adamant Real Sociedad can hold onto fourth place in La Liga this season and qualify for the Champions League.Madrid, Spain | AFP | “I am happy where I am, I feel loved,” says Mikel Oyarzabal, Real Sociedad’s captain and creator, often linked with Manchester City but whose best chance of playing in the Champions League next season might be to stay where he is.Real Sociedad are fourth in La Liga, one point ahead of Atletico Madrid, after Oyarzabal’s penalty helped them beat Eibar on March 10, the league’s last match that was played behind closed doors before fixtures were suspended completely.A week earlier, another Oyarzabal penalty sent la Real through to their first Copa del Rey final in 32 years, this one against Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao for the first time ever. In February, they had each knocked out Real Madrid and Barcelona on the same night.Oyarzabal, together with Martin Odegaard who is flourishing on loan from Real Madrid, has been at the heart of it. The Spanish number 10 who marauds off the left has been fouled twice as much as Lionel Messi and sits below only five players with 14 goals and assists combined.It has already been a brilliant season and it is tempting to wonder if it will be judged a success too, regardless of how Real Sociedad place at the end of La Liga’s sprint finish that begins on Thursday.“Listen, not for me,” Oyarzabal says, in an exclusive interview with AFP. “We are a few points ahead so what we all want is to sit in the Champions League, to live that competition next year.“Everyone is completely plugged in now and it feels like a good time to fight for where we are.”– “Something beautiful” –It is not only about where they are but how they got there, with many seeing Real Sociedad as the best team to watch in Spain this season.“People can say nice things but it’s more about what we feel,” says Oyarzabal. “We feel comfortable, we feel happy and I think that shows in how we play.“I’m proud of this team, of what we’re doing. But we’re 11 games away from achieving something beautiful, something exciting.”Capable of precision and pace in equal measure, la Real are full of surprises. Oyarzabal is too, a dancing dribbler with size 47 feet and a club captain already at the age of 23.He watches the news every morning at the training ground over breakfast and has a business degree in administration and management.“I think learning about leadership is important,” he says. “Even as a footballer you are always with people, in fact it can be the most important part of the job.” Share on: WhatsApp His leadership as captain perhaps assumes even greater importance as La Liga gets set to resume under strict health guidelines this week for the first time in three months following the coronavirus crisis.His home club Eibar have expressed doubts about restarting but Oyarzabal is convinced. “I feel safer than ever,” he says. “We are adhering to all the protocols and I think everyone is being led by their conscience. We know this is serious.“I don’t feel fear because anyone can get it, it’s not only in our hands, you can’t say 100 per cent that nobody will touch you. We can only do everything we can to avoid it.”Oyarzabal admits their match without fans against Eibar felt “decaffeinated” but accepts empty stands is the price for the season completing. Yet the cup final against Bilbao, he says, must wait.“It’s a historic game, a final between two Basques where the atmosphere is everything and not just the atmosphere but the memories people create together before the game, during the game. This is everything,” Oyarzabal says. “It has to wait for the fans.”If it waits beyond this season, though, they might be without Odegaard, their other sparkling attacking midfielder, whose first year of a two-year loan has gone so well Madrid might take him back.“He’s an example for everyone and this year has been good for him to gain confidence and prove he really is ready for anything,” Oyarzabal says.“We hope to have him as long as possible but we have to enjoy him while he’s here and make sure he enjoys himself.“It is a personal decision for him but he’s happy here, he’s found his feet. That should also be important when the time comes to make up his mind.”Oyarzabal could have a decision to make too if one of Europe’s elite comes calling, with Pep Guardiola a known admirer in England.“I’m happy where I am, I feel loved, I feel valued and at no time have I said that I will jump,” says Oyarzabal.“People talk too much, I want to focus on trying to do the best I can, like I have done so far, and to continue as a footballer here at la Real. I am where I want to be.”
By Joseph SapiaAS THE BOSTON whaler slowly cruised the murky green water off Monmouth Beach’s Columbus Drive, state scientist Gary A. Buchanan picked out a needle in a haystack – or, more precisely, noticing the dimesized jellyfish in the Shrewsbury River.It was the object of the twoboat search, the clinging jellyfish, small but with a powerful sting that could land a person in the hospital in severe pain. Tiny, but easily identifiable by the X across its clear back.On a partner boat, Dena Restaino, a Montclair University doctoral student, netted the jellyfish. It will go back to the college laboratory for study.In this particular area, the scientists from the college and the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) knew where to look. On June 19, about 45 were observed off a nearby residential dock at Columbus Drive.Scientists this week began formally studying the Shrewsbury River to determine the extent there of nonnative clinging jellyfish. In a two-hour search on this day, two were found, both off Columbus Drive.“They’ve been mostly localized around Monmouth Beach, the southern end (of the river),” said Joseph J. Bilinski, a research scientist in the DEP’s Bureau of Environmental Assessment. “They’re really localized in a preferred habitat.” The state has contracted with Montclair State for a 30-day study costing $30,000, said Bob Considine, a DEP spokesman. The study began the week of June 26, with Shrewsbury River work beginning Wednesday, July 6.“We do not know if these recent reports of clinging jellyfish are isolated or if they are becoming established in areas of the state,” said Buchanan, director of the Division of Science, Research and Environmental Health.“Given that this species has not been recorded in New Jersey, we need to understand the distribution and life history to establish a baseline,” Bologna said.When the clinging jellyfish are caught, their DNA can be compared with the DNA of clinging jellyfish from the native Asian Pacific Ocean or of clinging jellyfish established elsewhere on the East Coast, Bilinski said.The study includes trawling for clinging jellyfish and placing artificial sea grass mats to capture the species. Depending on the study results, which are to be released publicly, the state could authorize more work involving the clinging jellyfish.“It’s a good idea and the right first step,” said Tim Dillingham, executive director of the Sandy Hook-based American Littoral Society environmental group. “We also need to focus on why.”Clinging jellyfish have a red, orange or violet cross across its middle. They can have 60 to 90 tentacles. Also, they cling on vegetation during sunlight, but travel at night and cloudy days to feed, primarily on zooplankton.“We’re encouraging people, if they see it, to report it to NJDEP,” said Lauren E. Brajer, communication and program coordinator for the Clean Ocean Action environmental group, based on Sandy Hook.In an ongoing project, Montclair State is studying if native sea slugs will eat the polyp phase of sea nettle jellyfish, a native that has been a problem in Barnegat Bay, Bilinski said. Now, the study will expand to see if sea slugs will eat clinging jellyfish polyps, Bilinski said.Also, lab observance suggests sea nettles will eat clinging jellyfish, Gaynor said. Gaynor noted there were “a lot of sea nettles” in the Shrewsbury.“That’s probably the first good news we’ve heard about sea nettles,” Gaynor said.Clinging jellyfish were found in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in 1894 and are now established there. They also have been found on the eastern end of Long Island.“It’s likely they came in on the bottom of the ship or the bilge water,” Dillingham said. “Ships take ballast, pump in, pump out.”The division recommends if stung, one should apply white vinegar to immobilize stinging cells and rinse the area with saltwater and remove tentacles with gloves, thick towel or by scraping with a credit-type card. A hot compress or cold pack can be applied for pain. Medical attention may be necessary.“The most immediate impact is on people’s ability to enjoy the water,” Dillingham said. “I think the bigger issue is where and why we’re seeing these jellyfish. We don’t know how well they’re going to survive (here) in what conditions.”None of the researchers has been stung by a clinging jellyfish, Gaynor said.“I think that’s a good thing,” Gaynor said, “I don’t want to be the guinea pig.” The June 9 report is the first confirmed of clinging jellyfish in New Jersey, according to the DEP. Now, the state is trying to figure out how spread out are they in New Jersey waters.The preferred habitat of Gonionemus vertens – native to the Asian Pacific Ocean, but naturalized on parts of the East Coast – is shallow water of 8 inches to 24 inches with vegetation such as eelgrass or algae and a food supply of grass shrimp and fish larvae. The water would have a low velocity and lower salt content, Bilinski said.Because of these various factors, they do not appear to be a threat to the Atlantic Ocean or Raritan Bay, locally.Brian Carlucci, 26, of Sea Bright said he has seen clinging jellyfish in the Shrewsbury River and is avoiding the river for swimming.“I’m just waiting to hear what’s going on,” Carlucci said. “The ocean’s good enough for me. I’ll swim in that for the time being.” On June 15, a 20-year-old man was hospitalized with a clinging jellyfish sting or stings in the Shrewsbury River at Monmouth Beach, according to the division. On that same day, a Monmouth Beach lagoon owner observed several and Montclair State University later collected about seven in that area.Clinging jellyfish have “strong toxins,” so they can cause cramping and slurred speech, said Paul Bologna, a Montclair State biology professor. But a sting has never resulted in a known death, only temporary symptoms including severe pain, said John Gaynor, another Montclair State biology professor.Other Shrewsbury River reports, according to the division, include:• June 18, seven at Oceanport.• June 19, an unconfirmed report of one in 3 feet of water about 20 yards offshore from Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright, or at the confluence of the Navesink River.• June 20, 50 collected in shallow water by resident a Monmouth Beach resident and given to Montclair State.• June 21, 30 collected in shallow water at Patricia Court, Monmouth Beach.On June 9, one was collected in the Manasquan River near the entrance to the Point Pleasant Canal, which leads to the Metedeconk River and the upper reaches of Barnegat Bay.
2007 proved to be another year of consolidation. In the area of Business Intelligence, SAP acquired Business Objects, IBM bought Cognos, and Oracle got Hyperion. There were also at least 20 security-related companies that were purchased, including Verizon’s purchase of Cybertrust, IBM buying WatchFire, and Google buying Postini. In collaboration, Cisco bought WebEx and Microsoft acquired TellMe.The acquisitions in 2007 followup large numbers of purchases in 2006 and 2005. This first decade of the 2000’s is shaping up to be one of software consolidation.Acquisitions are a quick way to inorganic growth and help companies fill gaps in their software lineup, increase their customer base, gain a foothold in new and different markets, and achieve economies of scale. There’s no doubt that major software companies will continue their buying spree into 2008 — with likely buyers including Microsoft, Oracle, CA, IBM, HP, EMC, Cisco, and Sun.But the problem is that the list of potential companies that can be acquired is getting smaller, and many of the attractive companies in the low multi-billion dollar range have already been snapped up, leaving a split between many very small software companies and those much bigger companies that typically are the buyers. But there are some exceptions. In the area of Business Intelligence, SAS, MicroStrategy and Teradata remain as independent players. Other potential acquisition candidates include Informatica, a data integration and warehousing company, and i2, a supply-chain management company.Multi-million dollar purchases may seem like a big deal, but to an Oracle, it is the larger acquisitions, while riskier, that can provide the quickest fix for them to be able to enter new markets and sign up new customers. Achieving robust inorganic growth that can have a visible effect on the bottom line of an Oracle can’t easily be done with acquiring many small companies. And organic growth usually comes at a much slower and more deliberate speed, and usually is not as impressive to the markets. This increases the chance for mega-mergers in 2008. Deals like Microsoft buying SAP, Oracle snagging BEA, or Apple buying Sun are becoming ever more likely.
Flight operations at Dabolim International Airport in Goa resumed on Saturday afternoon after it was suspended temporarily, the Indian Navy has stated.Earlier, a detachable fuel tank attached to a MiG-29K fighter aircraft crash-landed on the runway, spilling fuel and causing minor damage to the landing and take-off strip.”FLASH…. Flight operations resumed at aaigoaairport AAI_Official,” the Navy tweeted around 3 p.m. on Saturday.A spokesperson for the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said, “Due to the jettisoned fuel tank on the runway during MiG sortie, the operations are closed for two hours at Goa airport. Please bear with us.”AAI Goa tweeted from its official handle on Saturday afternoon.An official of the Dabolim International Airport said that the Indian Navy personnel were on site, clearing the runway of the fuel that has spilled on it and carrying out minor repairs along the stretch where the fuel tank had fallen.”These are external fuel tanks outfitted to aircraft in order to enable them to cover more distance. One such tank attached to a MiG-29K got jettisoned off the jet during a sortie and landed on the runway,” he told presspersons.As many as seven flights from different parts of the country, which were supposed to land at Goa airport, had been diverted.The Navy operates MiG-29Ks off the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and the squadron is based at Naval air station, Goa.Three flights diverted to MangaluruThree Goa-bound aircrafts were diverted to Mangaluru International Airport on Saturday.A senior official in the Mangaluru airport told The Hindu that the aircrafts will return to Goa once they get a green signal from the Goa airport. The runway at Goa airport is expected to be opened after 3.30 p.m, the official said.He said that in addition to the aircrafts diverted to Mangaluru, three more aircrafts were diverted to Bengaluru and one to Hyderabad. They will also return to Goa later.(Inputs from K. Raviprasada in Mangaluru)
Man City boss Guardiola not dropping De Jong pursuitby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola isn’t dropping his pursuit of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong.De Jong is preparing to move from Holland in 2019 and has courted interest from across Europe – including Barcelona and PSG.Indeed, De Jong’s father has talked up a move to Barca.However, Telefoot says City remain in contact, where Guardiola is driving the move.The Catalan is convinced De Jong can fit seamlessly into his system and has made his addition a priority for next year. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say