Football News Real Madrid held to 0-0 draw by Getafe, in danger of losing UEFA Champions League spot

first_imghighlights Getafe: Real Madrid’s dreary end to the season took another turn for the worse on Thursday as they were left holding on for a goalless draw away to Champions League chasers Getafe. Just 48 hours before Barcelona are set to be celebrating a 26th La Liga title at Camp Nou, Madrid drifted to a stalemate that leaves them 15 points behind the soon-to-be champions and, on this evidence, with significant ground to make up. It says something that Getafe was, in the end, disappointed not to win here, Sevilla’s 5-0 thrashing of Rayo Vallecano before kick-off meaning they stay fourth, only by virtue of a superior head-to-head. Real Madrid was mathematically ruled out of the title race after Barcelona beat Alaves on Tuesday while Atletico Madrid looks likely to finish above them too for a second consecutive year.    Zinedine Zidane has insisted La Liga will be the club’s “bread and butter” next season, their priority ahead of the Champions League after seven years with only one league title to their name. But they have work to do, with very few of his squad showing many reasons to keep them this summer and several more looking like they could well be replaced. “The shame today is we deserved more,” Zidane said. “We created chances, in the first half especially. I am not happy with the result, but with the way we played, our concentration, I am happy.”RELATED     Getafe still has a lot to play for. If they snatch a Champions League spot, it would be one of the greatest shocks La Liga has seen in years, perhaps even trumping Atletico Madrid winning the title in 2014. Their average attendance here is just under 10,000 while the club’s wage bill stands at a little less than 40 million euros. Madrid’s is close to 570 million. Karim Benzema skewed wide of the far post with 62 seconds on the clock and Madrid hardly created a better chance for the rest of the half. Gareth Bale started and was greeted by silence rather than the whistles that have accompanied him at the Santiago Bernabeu in recent weeks. But he looked low on confidence, a shadow of the player he can be.    Bale pulled back for Benzema, who could only find the hands of David Soria on the slide while Casemiro had an instinctive effort blocked from six yards. But Getafe was largely untroubled even if they lacked creativity, their best opening coming from a free-kick which Mauro Arambarri caught well but Keylor Navas was equal to. For 10 minutes, Madrid peppered the Getafe goal after the break. Soria came out quickly to deny Bale, pushed a Casemiro shot around the post and then saved from Isco, who should have scored after Dani Carvajal picked him out.    Bale and Brahim Diaz departed, replaced by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez, but it was Navas that was called upon next, making two quick-fire saves to keep out Jorge Molina and Jaime Mata. Mata wanted a penalty for a Carvajal push as Getafe looked more likely to find a late winner. It was not to be. Getafe’s Champions League dream hangs in the balance. Real Madrid are mathematically ruled out of the La Liga title after Barcelona beat Alaves.Sevilla are currently in fourth in the La Liga.Getafe could still seal a spot in the UEFA Champions League.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

NPFL 2016/17 Season: LMC Confirms DTMS for Transfers Dealings

first_imgFIFA official commends NigeriaTransfer dealings in the coming 2016/17 season of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) will be transacted on the platform of the newly acquired Domestic Transfer Matching System (DTMS) which the FIFA TMS Project Officer, Bertrand Vinit has commended Nigeria for adopting.The Chief Operating Officer of the League Management Company (LMC), Salihu Abubakar, confirmed that the DTMS will be used for players’ transfers ahead of the new football season and urged participants at the three-day TMS workshop in Abuja to pay attention to the seminar teachings so as to acquire relevant knowledge of its operations.“We have to be ahead, we must blaze the trail and do things right. So we would put the DTMS to use. Nigeria would be the first country in Africa to do this and we have resolved to do it right as part of our innovations to make the league strong, attractive and transparent” Abubakar told www.npfl.ng on the sidelines of the workshop at the Hilton Hotel. “We urge the participants to be attentive, acquire the knowledge and apply it to their everyday work in their offices so that we can all benefit. Before I came in yesterday, I was really afraid it was going to be tough going but the four resource persons sent by FIFA have effortlessly broken it down to our comprehension and now I can tell you that we can run it smoothly,” Abubakar concluded.Vinit, one of the four FIFA Resource persons at the workshop said Nigeria’s adoption of the DTMS is a right step in the right direction for the country’s football.Speaking on Day-2 of the workshop, he said, “Nigeria is the first African country to adopt the DTMS and it’s a big step for Nigerian football. One of the benefits is that the DTMS and ITMS are on the same platform, so domestic and international transfers can be entered in the same place. This is an electronic platform, so it’s online and accessible from anywhere as long as there is an Internet connection”.“It allows for transparency in the disclosure of information and makes everyone compliant with domestic and international regulations on players’ transfers,” added the FIFA Official who is the leader of the team from Zurich.More than 25 TMS officials from the NPFL and NNL are attending the workshop in Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Here’s What Happened to Delicious

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts abraham hyatt I didn’t get to Yahoo! until 2006 (about 9 months after the del.icio.us acquisition), and I was super-excited to see what the plans were for del.icio.us. I felt honored to be in the same company as the del.icio.us guys and people I talked to said they were working with the search team. That seemed right. Then I saw a roadmap for an upcoming Yahoo! Bookmarks 2.0 release and was confused. Being naive, I talked to the Bookmarks PM and asked him why they were releasing a new version of Bookmarks when they had del.icio.us. Wouldn’t it make more sense to turn del.icio.us into Yahoo!’s main bookmarking service and begin moving it towards mass-market adoption? The answer was something like “Actually, the products are different. Bookmarks is targeted at mainstream users and del.icio.us is more of a sharing solution for a technology-focused crowd. etc. etc.” I was even more confused. After being at Yahoo! for a while longer, I realized that the translation of that answer was “Deli.cio.us is in a different organization, and we weren’t behind the acquisition, so we’re going to push forward with our product even though it does the exact same thing.” In essence, that’s the main problem with Yahoo! product management.Is Yahoo really going to try to sell off a system that contains private data to another company after it is rumored to have fired all the people who knew how to operate it? Unlikely. Will they keep it on life support until they can try to shut it down in a few more years, assuming fewer people will care? That seems likely.See also: R.I.P. Delicious: You Were So Beautiful to MeDelicious’s Data Policy is Like Setting a Museum on FireNow Yahoo Says Delicious Will Live On…Somewhere ElseCo-byline: Marshall Kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Features#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Over at Quora, Tripline founder and CEO Byron Dumbrill answers the question, “Why did Delicious fail?” Dumbrill joined Yahoo in 2006, about nine months after it acquired the bookmarking service, and his explanation corresponds with what we’ve been hearing for several years about its fate. Delicious was back-burnered while the company focused on Yahoo Bookmarks. It was a second class citizen, a fact that Yahoo tacitly acknowledged in its statement earlier today when it said that Delicious needs a home where “it can be resourced to the level where it can be competitive.” Dumbrill talks about that internal competition in his full answer after the jump. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Film Scores: Are They Getting Better or Worse?

first_imgWatch as two video essay maestros clash in good fun while arguing the pros and cons of contemporary film scores.Top image via Journal SentinalAfter the recent release of Every Frame a Painting’s excellent breakdown of why current film scores lack the enduring appeal of classics like Star Wars, Dan Golding just released a response video to Tony Zhou’s original piece while posing some new questions about the current state of film scores.The Marvel Symphonic UniverseThe intriguing video above was released a few days ago. It lays out a pretty convincing argument: While the Marvel cinematic universe certainly has many things going for it, memorable film scores are not one of them.While movie classics such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Harry Potter all have memorable soundtracks that provoke feelings of nostalgia and joy, Marvel seems to be lacking in this department entirely. Shouldn’t these billion-dollar products have a more profound audio impact on audiences? Tony Zhou breaks down the ins and outs of the situation, while explaining how movie soundtracks are produced, copied, and sometimes essentially stolen.By breaking down scenes from Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, Zhou demonstrates how the film scores (or lack thereof) could benefit from a few subtractions or mood changes. The Captain America clip proves especially frustrating after Zhou demonstrates what could have been.Temp MusicThe central focus of the video essay shifts halfway through to temp music. To put it simply, temp music is a score from a previously released film that is placed into the rough edit of the current production before the soundtrack has been composed.This is done to give the composer an idea of what the director wants for the film. This inevitably leads to many scores sounding strikingly similar to those of other movies.The similarities between 300 and Titus are surprising and undeniable and serve to further Zhou’s point of how lazy scoring has become. In a similar vein, while Mad Max: Fury Road’s shredding guitars might have been more the more memorable musical cue, there were still plenty of other sections that recalled Captain America: The Winter Soldier.Zhou addresses the problem of composers using temp music and borrowing cues from previously released scores:What changed everything was modern non-linear editing which allowed a director to put their favorite music in the movie and have the editor cut to it. Now the director points to the temp and says ‘make it like that.’We see composers such as Alexandre Desplat explain how directors will watch and listen to the temp track in the edit over and over again until their mind is set — and stuck. Zhou closes his argument by saying that reused scores, temp music, and unmemorable cues stem from the same place — playing  things safe.A Theory of Film MusicNow let’s take a look at Dan Golding’s rebuttal essay in which he states that — even though Zhou’s presumptions are correct — everything is still okay. Although the Star Wars theme is the main focus of Zhou’s intro and overall message, Golding counters with the knowledge that the iconic Star Wars score was never all that original in the first place.Taking cues from films such as 1942’s King’s Row and 1963’s How The West Was Won, Golding explains how even the narrative structure and themes of Star Wars are not at all original. However, the film was still executed creatively and with a unique twist. Calling back to films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, George Lucas had originally intended on using classical pieces for the picture and had to be convinced otherwise. I’d say that was a close call.Image via MGM StudiosGolding goes on to discuss legendary contemporary composer Hans Zimmer. Zimmer changed the game of scoring films and pioneered the way computers are utilized in the process. The director could hear the music as it was being produced/composed and make changes or be more involved with the process, all while editing the film at the same time. This workflow was groundbreaking and many composers have followed suit.In a more traditional light, Golding talks about John Williams process for scoring Star Wars and the difficult nature of recording scores back in the day. For example, because it was so expensive to pay all the artists to come in and record, everything had to be meticulously planned out — and once the score was composed, the film could not be edited anymore. This is a fairly crazy notion, given how many changes contemporary films go through before hitting the silver screen.A key component to today’s approach is the cheap price that comes with this method. Hans Zimmer explains that, by using computers, he is able to personally touch every note in the score himself. By doing this,“you end up creating a landscape of sound rather than melodies and harmonies.”Marvels music isn’t hummable. Each film has a musical landscape, but they’re different not through melody, but through texture. This is the impact of digital technology on film music…. So are we living in an era where composers are told to play it safe? To copy temp tracks? Yes, most of that isn’t new. Remember, Hollywood film music isn’t about originality. It’s about new ways of working with proven formulas, and digital technology has changed that hugely. It’s creative unoriginality for our era of Hollywood.And, hey. If you find yourself in need of some epic, cinematic music for your next film score (and you don’t have that Hans Zimmer money), PremiumBeat’s got you covered.What do you think? Have soundtracks gotten better or worse? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Now That We’ve Won Your Business, I’d Like To Learn A Little About You

first_imgI heard a salesperson say something fascinating (and disturbing) today. He said, “And it’s really important for us to learn about our clients needs when we have our new client kick off meeting.What? When we have the kick off meeting?You’re probably wondering how the salesperson wins new business. He wins new business through an RFP process executed and operated by brokers. He is universally behind the sales process. In this process, everything the buyer wants is detailed in a request for proposal. The sales organization generally has to agree to everything in the request proposal as a condition of being allowed to compete (or, more accurately, provide pricing). But if all the needs are captured in a request for proposal why wouldn’t those needs be known before a kick off meeting? And the answer is simple: the kick off meeting is where the buyer and seller interact for real for the first time; it’s where the discover their real needs.In FrontSelling from behind the process is terrible. It’s terrible for sales organizations. And it’s terrible for organizations that are buying. Without truly understanding the client’s needs, the sales organization is set up to fail. They haven’t done the work that would allow them to succeed, and they’re still behind even after having won. In fact, they may not have been the right choice to begin with. They may just have been the best show horse the boardroom.This salesperson’s organization churns clients. They lose accounts through the deep dissatisfaction that usually starts about six months into their contract. The reason they have a systemic problem with churn is because they’ve adopted a process that doesn’t allow them to know their customer and their real need, and that same process doesn’t allow the customer to know there suppliers real solution or capabilities.If you’re just learning about your clients needs at kick off, you’re both way behind. In human relationships and complex business dealings, slow is fast and fast and slow.QuestionsHow much time do you spend really understanding your dream client’s needs?Mistakes are made, but whose fault is it if you are surprised at your dream client’s difficult demands after having won?How do you get in front of the sales process when your buyer’s process is at arm’s length?last_img read more

Leadership Skills and How to Hone Them

first_imgGreat leaders are always looking at the big picture. Having a clear vision and being able to commit to it can differentiate a great leader from a good business person. Leaders who can capitalize on ways to make their vision a reality will soar ahead of the pack. Humility means simply recognizing that everything is not all about you. This is immensely helpful to leaders when it comes to preparing for the future. It helps to make sure that you aren’t overlooking the value that other team members can add. Listening The Fundamentals Having a Vision Great leadership means being able to diagnose your clients needs in some sort of discovery or needs analysis. You can’t easily diagnose your dream clients needs if you don’t know what they are all about. It takes time to master the art of diagnosis.Because there are now so many people and companies that sell what you sell, you have to be able to differentiate yourself and your offering. Differentiating is difficult, and it takes time to develop yourself to the point that you stand out from the crowd. You have to spend time learning how to differentiate what you do from what your competitors do.The last of the intermediate skills is negotiation. This means assessing where you can create and capture different levels of value. As you grow, you will learn and develop the skill of creating and capturing more value. But this isn’t an easy skill set to learn initially, especially when so many buyers choose to believe price is the same thing as cost. Empathy 1. Read and Study LeadershipLeadership is a complex array of skills and attributes. There are as many definitions as there are leaders, and an equal number of ideas about the skills and attributes leadership requires. Because there are so many ideas, there is a whole lot of reading material on them. Diving into this material is a great way to continuously improve as a leader.The role of sales now requires that the salesperson be a strategic orchestrator, leading cross-functional teams made up of members of their own company, as well as the client’s company. We recognize this fact, but there are few (read: none) sales organizations that focus even the smallest portion of the training and development resources towards leadership. This means you are all but certain to have to train and develop yourself.Go to your local bookstore and buy a couple of books on leadership. I make no recommendation as to what books you should read – you will easily find something that appeals to and engages you.For my money, I like to read books by actual practitioners, leaders who face challenges that seem insurmountable, like Shackleton, Washington, and Patton. I find it easy to distill their stories into lists of ideas and attributes (but then, I am a list-maker). If you don’t like to read biographies, or if you don’t like distilling the lessons yourself, choose a book that has a number in the title. A book with a number in the title means someone else captured the stories and distilled the lessons into a list for you.Take the time to write down your ideas as you read. Make notes about the skills and attributes of leadership and collect stories of where you have seen these come into play in your business. Especially write down the failures of leadership and what leadership skills and attributes might have prevented those failures. This exercise alone will ingrain these lessons into your DNA, and you will find yourself thinking of your own leadership problems in the framework you develop.2. Learn to Own the OutcomeWhen you sell something, you are responsible for the outcome.This has always been true. If your client does not achieve the outcome you sold, it stands that you are accountable for their failure.Leadership is, in large part, about responsibility for outcomes.Learning to own the outcome means first accepting the responsibility for helping them to achieve the outcome. It also means understanding that you will have to lead others even when you have no authority, other than the authority that accompanies owning the responsibility for the outcome. But it is simply amazing how much authority comes along with owning the outcome. In most cases, you will find no one fighting to take your place as the person responsible for the outcome and even fewer who volunteer to take on the biggest problems.Leadership is, in part, taking responsibility and tackling the biggest problems. Flexibility I couldn’t possibly name all of the skills involved in leadership, but here are some of the critical ones that I think are most important in the sales world and just generally in life. One thing that is consistent across all great leaders is their constant willingness to improve their leadership skills. Skills are not static. I have to work steadily to sharpen and improve them and so do you. Fortunately, there are some basic concepts you can incorporate into your personal edification strategy. Fearless Agility Supremely Important Leadership Skills The 3 Levels of Sales Skills Leaders can be incredibly smart, hardworking and motivated but if they don’t know how to communicate they are never going to get very far in sales or any business endeavor. Interpersonal interactions are incredibly important and allow leaders to reach individuals and connect with them on their level. The modern world isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. The constant stream of new technology and the pace at which expectations are changing mean that we need leaders who can keep up. Being able to quickly and effectively think, decide and inspire is a crucial part of staying successful in a world of changing demand. Leadership is a complex array of skills and attributes and it can be difficult to sum up in a concise definition. Some people believe that leaders are born, not made. Others think one can develop and hone leadership skills, just like any other ability. I happen to fall into the latter category.I have helped dozens of up and coming sales pros to help them become better, more effective leaders. This involves being attuned to new trends, staying abreast of the changing environment and consistently working on building skills that myself and others will need to succeed. Like any other industry, I need to grow and refine my leadership skills in order to stay ahead in sales.Read on to learn more about leadership skills and how to hone them to improve your chances of crushing it in the sales world. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Once you’ve spent time selling (or working in some capacity where you have responsibility for results) you develop business acumen and situational knowledge. You learn how business works, and you have had enough experiences to recognize patterns and ideas that are worth trying.You also develop the skill of helping people and organizations change. More and more, companies make decisions by consensus, and salespeople have to help lead and manage change. They sometimes have to act as the catalyst for change, something that is not easily done without having had the experiences that develop those skills. This final stage is complex and will continue to develop over time as you learn more about your buyer and their needs.Sales is a leadership role. The skill of leading others is what allows you to lead your clients, lead your teams, and lead your client’s team–even when you have no formal authority. Leadership is necessary, especially for large, complex deals.The acquisition of these skills doesn’t occur in a linear fashion. They develop over time, and you develop them through your experiences, your training, and your personal and professional development. None of them are easy to develop, but all of them are necessary and well worth the devotion of time and energy. Intermediate Selling Skills I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The master key to sales effectiveness will always be self-discipline. The most successful people I know who use social media work harder than almost anyone else I know. Quick LearningOne often overlooked leadership skill is the ability to learn quickly, over and above just recalling information and knowledge. It is so important to be coachable and adaptable in order to manage the overload of information in the tech world and to be able to respond to the varying needs of new clients in real time. Business Acumen First, you have to learn the fundamentals of selling. This involves learning to close, or gain commitments as well as how to overcome objections and resolve concerns. You also have to learn how to deliver a value proposition that has features and benefits.This stage also involves learning how to prospect. I call this “opening relationships” and “opening opportunities” because you can’t close any deal that isn’t first opened. Prospecting is just as fundamental to selling as closing, even though we often spend too much time worrying about closing. It’s important to devote just as much time to opening.Another critical part of the fundamentals is that you learn to tell stories (or present). You have to be able to talk about how you will make things better for a prospect, how you get different results, and how you have helped other people in similar situations.Once you have a command of these first level fundamentals, you can graduate to the intermediate selling skills. Honesty, integrity, credibility, and trust have always been the currency that salespeople trade in. But the deeper fundamental is the shift towards embracing transparency and authenticity as an asset in business. In order to succeed, leaders need to develop trust and you need to be authentic in order to encourage people to connect with and trust you. Humility Self-Discipline 9-5 desk jobs are becoming obsolete as teams are quickly transitioning to work from remote locations, co-working spaces, on their own time, etc. Flexibility is a timeless principle and leaders will always need it to succeed. Being able to adapt to new technologies and a younger workforce will help keep you fresh and effective. Empathy is one of the most crucial leadership skills because it allows us to build emotional intelligence within ourselves as leaders. Empathy and compassion are the cornerstones of human and allow for mutual understanding of all kinds of issues. Being successful in business means being successful with people and we need empathy to really understand other people’s needs and concerns. Communication 3 Ways To Improve Leadership Skills Leaders have to be highly skilled listeners. Not only will this help you understand the needs of your team, but it will also help you hone into the needs of your clients and partners. This means listening on multiple levels and tuning into the concerns and requests as well as the emotions behind them. Authenticity First things first: Leadership skills come in three tiers. 3. Learn to Lead from the FrontLeadership is where the action is. Leaders have muddy boots because they are on the front lines with the people they lead. Leadership, especially as it pertains to sales, isn’t about authority. It is instead about finding the obstacles to achieving your goal or vision and then rallying the resources to overcome those obstacles.You don’t lead from behind a desk. You rush to the sounds of the guns. You go to where the action is and you make your presence felt. There is very little that you can do to create lifelong relationships in sales that tops being by your client’s side when they are dealing with their most difficult challenge.You helped create the vision. You sold the vision. Problems showed up. You answered the phone. You rushed to the scene to make a difference. This is what your client expects, and following through on expectations is the true foundation of sales success (as well as the referrals this brings).To put this into practice you have to step up, take ownership, and lead. Many (most) (all) great leaders got baptized in a similar fire.ConclusionGreat salespeople have the ability to lead. They have the ability to generate results through the efforts of others on their teams, as well as their client’s teams. But to be a consistently successful leader, you have to keep developing and honing your leadership skills over time. This will help ensure you have everything you need to survive.last_img read more

Price of Kawasaki Ninja 300 goes up by Rs 10,000; no change in features

first_imgKawasaki Ninja 300The price of sports bike Kawasaki Ninja 300 has been increased by Rs 10,000, making it available for Rs 3.96 lakh (on-road Mumbai). No change in the product has been reported so far to justify the increase.Reasons for increase in price have not been disclosed by Kawasaki. It still comes with the same set of features, colours and body work. For a sports bike priced close to Rs 4 lakh, it is surprising that it does not even come with Antilock Braking System (ABS), which is considered vital for a high speed vehicle. Given that the new KTM RC 390 has been priced attractively, it was expected that prices of Ninja 300 would be reduced, which appears to create doubts on the product.Ninja 300 is powered by a 296 cc four stroke engine with 38 bhp of power and 27 Nm peak torque, mated to 6 speed return type transmission. Its closest rival, KTM RC 390, powered by a single cylinder 373.27 cc engine produced 42 bhp power and and 35 Nm peak torque at 7,000 rpm, also mated to 6 speed gearbox. With the RC 90 priced Rs 1.5 lakh lower than the Ninja, will Kawasaki really be able to sustain itself? To get an answer to this question, keep watching this space for more.last_img read more

Sportscover Sponsorship Fund

first_imgSportscover is currently accepting applications for its 2013 Sportscover Sponsorship Fund (SSF).$750 grants are available and will be handed out over two rounds, with the first round currently open until Monday, 15 July. The grant is available to all amateur sporting clubs, associations and affiliates. Applicants must be able to provide Sportscover with an interview as well as a photo of the grant being used.The second round will run from Thursday, 1 August until Tuesday, 15 October. A number of grants will be awarded throughout both rounds.To apply for the Sportscover Sponsorship Fund or to view more details, visit http://www.sportscover.com/ssf/. Related LinksSportscover Sponsorshiplast_img

Photo: The ACC Network Misidentified UNC Point Guard Joel Berry As N.C. State Quarterback Jacoby Brissett

first_imgACC Network used NC State QB Jacoby Brissett's picture for Joel Berry.North Carolina is taking on Boston College on the road today, and Tar Heels freshman point guard Joel Berry is returning to the court after missing nearly a month with an injury.The ACC Network put up the following graphic to discuss Berry’s return, with one small problem. The player in the headshot isn’t Berry. Instead, it’s N.C. state quarterback Jacoby Brissett.Nope. That’s not @JoelBerryII. pic.twitter.com/L1l3A1KnXi— UNC Humor (@UNCMemes) February 7, 2015Now, Brissett and Berry share the same initials and both play in the state of North Carolina. And the point guard is the quarterback on the basketball court, right? So I guess it’s close enough.Actually no, it’s not. At all. But at least this graphic was in coherent English, as opposed to this one involving UNC.last_img read more

Keppel Agrees USD 95 Mn Worth of FPSO Dredger Deals

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Keppel Offshore & Marine Singapore-based shipbuilder Keppel Offshore & Marine has secured two contracts worth around SGD 130 million (USD 95.5 million).Through its subsidiaries, Keppel Shipyard Ltd (Keppel Shipyard) and Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS), the shipbuilder agreed the modification of a floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) and the construction of a new dredger with repeat customers.Namely, Keppel Shipyard and Yinson Nepeta Production, a subsidiary of Yinson Production (Yinson), signed a deal for the fast-track modification and upgrading of FPSO Allan. Keppel Shipyard’s scope of work includes refurbishment and life extension works, fabrication and installation of a new riser balcony, spread mooring system and helideck, as well as modification of the vessel’s topsides and marine systems.The project for Yinson is scheduled to commence in the third quarter of 2019 with delivery expected in the first quarter of 2020. Upon completion, the FPSO will have a storage capacity of 700,000 barrels of oil and a processing capacity of 60,000 barrels of oil per day. It will be deployed in the Anyala and Madu fields, offshore Nigeria for First Exploration and Petroleum Development Co Ltd.The shipbuilding contract was signed between Keppel FELS and Van Oord for the construction of a high-specification trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD). This follows from an option granted to Van Oord based on earlier contracts entered in May 2018 for two similar units.Expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022, the TSHD will have a hopper capacity of 10,500m3 and will be LNG ready.“This is the third newbuild dredger for Van Oord and the third FPSO project for Yinson. We are able to leverage the experience of working closely with our customers as well as our engineering and construction expertise to further improve productivity on their projects,” Chris Ong, CEO of Keppel O&M, said.last_img read more