Image courtesy of ArctiaArctia’s LNG-fueled icebreaker Polaris completed the first LNG bunkering operation at the Tornio LNG facility. The vessel bunkered LNG directly from the facility located in a port that is surrounded by ice at least four months a year, Arctia said in its brief statement on social media.Built in 2016 by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, Polaris is the most powerful icebreaker ever to fly the Finnish flag and the first icebreaker in the world to feature dual-fuel engines capable of using both low-sulfur marine diesel oil and liquefied natural gas.Polaris was initially ordered by the Finnish Transport Agency, but the ownership was transferred to the state-owned icebreaker operator Arctia after delivery.Equipped with three Azipod propulsion units and Wärtsilä main engines, the Polaris has an icebreaking capacity of 1.8 m at a speed of 3.5 kt.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury, ruling him out of Arsenal’s Barclays Premier League clash at West Brom. Press Association “There is not many offensive positions where I can rotate. “I am worried because when he went to Chile he was already a bit jaded and to see what state he will come back (in), I will have to test. “But speaking to the player, if I ask him ‘are you tired?’ you can guess the answer.” Sanchez will not be flying off on national service until March at the earliest, giving Wenger complete control over his welfare. “That is welcome that there is no international break now,” he added. There has been some good news on the injury front, with right-back Hector Bellerin available following a groin problem. Wenger will assess Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud’s readiness to play after the pair’s involvement for France during the international break, when terrorists struck in co-ordinated attacks in Paris during their friendly against Germany last Friday. Wenger says defender Koscielny, in particular, appeared affected in Tuesday’s match with England at Wembley. The England forward, who suffered the injury in the Capital One Cup loss to Sheffield Wednesday, is also expected to miss the key Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb next Tuesday. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: “He had a slight little setback on Monday but we checked by scan and there is nothing wrong but he is still a fraction short for Saturday.” Aaron Ramsey – who has been absent since the October 20 win over Bayern Munich – is likely to be fit to face Dinamo but Oxlade-Chamberlain will be available for the following weekend’s clash with Norwich at the earliest. “Ramsey will be back in full training on Monday and can play on Tuesday and Chamberlain I think against Norwich,” Wenger added. Theo Walcott, who injured a calf in the same game as Oxlade-Chamberlain, is still continuing his rehabilitation. “Theo is ahead of schedule at the moment but he is still two weeks away,” Wenger added. It all piles more pressure on the likes of Alexis Sanchez, who was due to return from international duty with Chile around 36 hours prior to the match at the Hawthorns. Chile lost 3-0 to Uruguay after a 1-1 draw with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina’s Colombia during the international hiatus. Sanchez is becoming ever more important to Arsenal and Wenger wishes to give him some time off, but is unable to at present. Asked if the former Barcelona forward will be granted some leave, Wenger said: “At some point yes. At the moment I am a bit short because (I have) no Chamberlain, no Ramsey, no Walcott, no (Jack) Wilshere, no (Danny) Welbeck.
Bio This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Latest Posts Hold the pickles and the piercings, please – April 28, 2015 Latest posts by Nicole Ouellette (see all) Ask Nicole: What do I do about ignorant Internet commenters? – April 21, 2015 Nicole OuelletteColumnist at Breaking Even CommunicationsWhen Nicole isn’t giving advice she’s completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who’ll talk back. [email protected] CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy students, officers and crew will visit ports on the Atlantic coast, Puerto Rico and Canada this spring as part of the college’s annual two-month training cruise to foreign and domestic ports-of-call.Under the command of Capt. Larry Wade, the training ship, State of Maine, is scheduled to begin departure operations at 10 a.m., and to sail from Castine Harbor at approximately 10:30 on Wednesday, May 6. This year’s training cruise itinerary includes: Key West, Fla., May 13-16; Ponce, Puerto Rico, May 27-28; San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 29-June 1; St. John’s, Newfoundland, June 12-15; and Baltimore, Md., June 21-24.The ship is scheduled to make a brief stop in Rockland for a family day sail on the final leg of the cruise with a scheduled arrival in Castine on Saturday June 27. The training cruise will commence in port on Friday, May 1, with pre-sailing preparation. “Follow the Voyage,” MMA’s annual interactive Web site, will be coordinated by students and staff as part of this year’s training activities. The site covers the Academy’s annual training cruise from a variety of perspectives. In addition to an interactive tracking chart of the cruise, the site provides links devoted to teaching and educational materials for students of all ages. Once the ship is underway, the site will be accessible through a link at www.mma.edu. For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Kickstarter has lots of gray areas – May 5, 2015
University officials have confirmed that President Barack Obama will speak at USC, after rumors of his visit circulated around campus this week.Commander in chief · President Barack Obama will speak on campus next week while he is in Los Angeles to campaign and fundraise for California Sen. Barbara Boxer. – Daily Trojan file photo The president will give a speech open to the general public at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 at McCarthy Quad, said James Grant, assistant vice president of media relations.Jason Duong, director of the USC Political Student Assembly — the group hosting the event — said he was contacted by university officials after Obama’s staff asked to come to USC.“I was in disbelief when I got the call,” Duong said.Though specifics of the event are still being worked out, Duong said, such as whether or not classes will be cancelled, PSA will be reaching out to several campus groups to help with organization.His major focus now is to get as many students as possible to attend, regardless of their political inclinations.“Whether they like him or not, this is definitely something that’s great for the university,” Duong said. “I’d encourage all students to come see what he has to say.”Obama has spent significant time on the campaign trail recently, lobbying on behalf of incumbent Democrats who have found their re-election bids too close for party comfort.One of those politicians includes California Sen. Barbara Boxer, who will also make an appearance on campus on Oct. 22.The Democratic National Committee has rented space within the Ronald Tutor Campus Center to host a fundraiser for Boxer, a third-term incumbent who is locked in a tight race with former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Obama is expected to campaign with Boxer while in Los Angeles.Grant stressed the Boxer fundraiser was separate from the president’s rally and said that USC rented space out to the DNC as it would any other outside organization looking to use university facilities. The DNC is paying for the space, he said.The Boxer campaign could not be reached for comment, but Patrick Bailey, associate dean and executive director of student life and involvement, said the campus center Grand Ballroom had been booked for the lunch-time event.Though the president attended a fundraiser in Exposition Park last spring, next week marks the second time Obama has come to USC’s campus. The president spoke to students in October 2006 as a U.S. senator.Obama will join the ranks of several prominent politicians who have come to USC either as president or a presidential hopeful, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Dwight D. Eisenhower. The most recent sitting president to speak on campus was Ronald Reagan in 1984.Students said they are excited to have the opportunity to hear the president speak and hope he can motivate students to vote by talking about issues that matter to them.“He’s faced a lot of voter apathy in our generation, and it’s very important for people to vote — whether they are Democrats or Republicans — and be involved politically,” said Mason Flink, a graduate student studying motion picture production. “If he can inspire students to get involved by coming to campus, it’s a good thing.”Nelson Brooks, a junior majoring in business administration, said although he probably won’t attend the speech and doesn’t share the same political beliefs as Obama, he still thought the visit was important for the university.“It’s definitely a privilege for our school to host him,” Brooks said. “Regardless of political party, he’s the president of the most powerful country in the world, and that is a huge honor for our school.”Duong agreed.“Having such a crucial figure not only for California but for the nation really is a testament to what we’ve been doing as a university and how our students are engaging the public,” he said. “I mean, if the president of the United States wants to come to our university, that’s a huge deal.”Rachel Bracker contributed to this report.