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SEACOR Marine signs agreement to consolidate SEACOSCO Joint Venture

first_img SEACOR Marine agrees to consolidate SEACOSCO Joint Venture. (Credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay) SEACOR Marine Holdings, a provider of marine and support transportation services to offshore oil and natural gas and wind farm facilities worldwide, announced that a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company entered into a definitive sale and purchase agreement to acquire the remaining 50% of the equity interests in SEACOSCO Offshore LLC (“SEACOSCO”) that it did not already own from affiliates of COSCO SHIPPING GROUP (“COSCO”).  As a result of the purchase, SEACOR Marine will own 100% of SEACOSCO.  Subject to the satisfaction of the conditions to closing, the transaction is expected to close in June 2020.The acquisition further modernizes SEACOR Marine’s fleet through consolidating the Company’s ownership of eight Rolls-Royce designed platform supply vessels (“PSVs”) from COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry (Guangdong) Co., Ltd. (the “Shipyard”).  Six of the PSVs are of UT 771WP design, with 4,400 tons deadweight capacity, and two are of UT 771CD design, with 3,800 tons deadweight capacity.  SEACOSCO has taken delivery of seven of these PSVs, each with a 2018 or 2019 year of build, and expects to take delivery of the final UT 771WP design PSV later this year.  Each of the UT 771WP design PSVs is equipped with a state-of-the-art battery energy storage system designed to reduce fuel consumption and enhance the safety and redundancy of the vessels’ systems.As consideration for the acquisition of the equity interests, the Company will pay an aggregate purchase price of $28.15 million.  The purchase price will be paid in cash as follows: (i) $8.445 million at or prior to the closing of the transaction, (ii) annual installment payments of $1.0 million, $2.5 million and $2.5 million in the first three years after the signing date and (iii) the remaining purchase price of $13.705 million at the end of four years after the signing date. The deferred portion of the purchase price accrues interest at a fixed average rate of 6.0% per annum.  COSCO will obtain a second lien mortgage on the vessels to secure the payment of the deferred portion of the purchase price, and the Company will provide a limited deficiency guarantee solely with respect to the short-fall in vessel collateral value, if any, in the event COSCO exercises its remedies under the mortgages (a “Limited Deficiency Guarantee”).The PSVs were acquired by vessel owning subsidiaries (“SPVs”) of SEACOSCO pursuant to existing deferred purchase agreements with the Shipyard (“DPAs”) under which approximately $105 million is currently outstanding.  The DPAs provide for amortization of the purchase price for each vessel over a period of 10 years from delivery at a floating interest rate of three-month LIBOR plus 4.0%.  The payment obligations of the SPV under the DPA for each vessel are secured by a first lien mortgage on the vessel and a pledge of the SPV’s equity, and the Company will provide a Limited Deficiency Guarantee to the Shipyard with respect to such obligations.  The DPAs are not otherwise cross-collateralized to the assets of SEACOSCO or the Company.John Gellert, SEACOR Marine’s Chief Executive Officer, commented:“We are grateful for the support of the COSCO SHIPPING GROUP.  Their high-quality vessels have proven themselves in the marketplace and together, we outfitted the majority of the vessels with a hybrid battery system that delivers fuel savings and environmental benefits to our customers.  These vessels will be among the most fuel efficient and modern tonnage of the worldwide supply vessel fleet for the foreseeable future.“Consolidating the operating results of the joint venture will be a net positive for SEACOR Marine from closing of the transaction.  Based on the current charters and forward charter commitments for the SEACOSCO vessels, we expect the vessels to generate approximately $7.0 million EBITDA for the balance of 2020 and approximately $18.5 million EBITDA in 2021, the first year all the vessels will be delivered and in our fleet for a full year, in each case subject to applicable charterer termination provisions.“We believe the debt secured by these vessels has attractive terms.  We expect the vessels to generate cash for SEACOR Marine, net of scheduled debt amortization as well as the obligations under the DPAs.  The majority of the debt has an average life greater than six years.  This transaction is an exciting step in the growth of SEACOR Marine, significantly growing our asset and equity base.” Source: Company Press Release The acquisition further modernises SEACOR Marine’s fleet through consolidating the company’s ownership of eight Rolls-Royce designed platform supply vesselslast_img read more

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JUST IN: Natural Gas Bills Expected To Be 3 To 5% Lower

first_imgNatural gas bills expected to be 3 to 5% lower when comparing to last winter; bills to remain affordable Evansville – Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana – South (Vectren), a CenterPoint Energy company, announced today customers should expect a decrease of 3 to 5 percent in their natural gas bills when compared to those of last winter, assuming normal winter weather year-over-year. Low and stable natural gas prices continue to help customers’ bill amounts remain affordable.Last winter’s weather was normal, which caused bills to be right around the projection. This year, based upon expected natural gas commodity costs and normal winter weather, customers can expect to pay $360 to $370 over the 5-month heating season of November through March based on the average household consumption of approximately 525 therms. By comparison, last year’s average bill amount for the 5-month period had weather been normal, would have been around $380.“While we experienced colder-than-normal temperatures late in the winter season, overall last winter brought fairly normal weather to our area. In the event we experience normal winter weather this heating season, coupled with stable gas prices, customers should see a decrease in their bills,” said Richard Leger, vice president of Natural Gas Distribution, Indiana and Ohio.The Energy Information Administration continues to recognize natural gas as the most affordable heating source, according to a report issued today. In fact, Vectren gas customers who heated their homes with natural gas last year saved up to $740 compared to those who heat with propane.It is important to remember bills will vary by customer depending on the size and age of the home, the number of gas appliances, number in the household, thermostat settings, and levels of insulation. Customers are encouraged to still implement energy efficiency measures and find ways to use less natural gas to lower bills even further.Vectren has in place a number of tools to help customers manage their energy bills.Energy efficiency resources – Vectren offers appliance rebates and energy-saving tools to help customers lower their natural gas bills. All Indiana residential and small commercial natural gas customers are eligible. Visit www.vectren.com or call 1-866-240-8476 for a list of rebates, qualifying appliances and energy efficiency tips.Budget Bill: Under this billing plan, a customer’s estimated costs for a year of gas service are spread in equal monthly bill amounts for the year. This leveling of monthly bill amounts reduces the need to pay the full amount in the winter and spreads some of those higher bill charges into the non-heating months. Amounts are adjusted each summer for actual costs, and the customer’s credit or amount due rolls into the next Budget Bill payment for the next 12-month period. A mid-winter recalculation may occur for some customers if gas costs significantly change during the heating season. Customers can enroll for free at www.vectren.com or by calling 1-800-227-1376.   Energy Assistance Program (EAP):  State and federal utility assistance dollars are available for income-eligible customers. Those that fall within 60 percent of state median income should visit their local community action agency to sign up for the EAP. To apply for the EAP, customers should call 1-800-872-0371 to locate their nearest community action agency. Community action agencies will begin taking applications for all energy assistance programs on Nov.Universal Service Program (USP): All eligible natural gas heating customers who apply and qualify for EAP will automatically be enrolled in the Universal Service Program (USP), which provides additional gas bill reductions that range from 15 to 32 percent of the total bill received (not including EAP benefits) in the months of December through May. The USP, which has been in place since 2005 is the result of a collaborative effort by Vectren, Citizens Energy Group, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, Citizens Action Coalition and a group representing industrial customers. The program provides about $1.5 million in assistance each year to roughly 18,000 Vectren Indiana customers, including crisis assistance dollars, which target qualified low-income and working-poor households that need additional help to get reconnected and/or maintain heat throughout the upcoming winter.Share the Warmth:  Those wanting to help the less fortunate with their energy bills can contribute to Share the Warmth, a nonprofit organization that assists income-eligible customers with home weatherization services. Each year, Vectren matches all public donations, up to an annual total of $225,000. Donations may be tax-deductible and can be sent to Share the Warmth, P.O. Box 931, Evansville, IN 47706-0931 or visit www.sharethewarmthinc.com. Customers who pay their bills atVectren.com may donate through a bill round-up feature. In 2018, more than 130,000 customers across all Vectren territories used this feature to direct donations to Share the Warmth.  This option contributed nearly $133,000, which was matched by Vectren.“If customers are experiencing financial hardship and get behind on payments or are in need of financial assistance, there are several options to help manage costs and we encourage them to make contact,” said Leger. “Local community action agencies can further provide assistance and customers should call today and apply for financial and/or home weatherization assistance if needed.”Vectren utilities are not allowed to markup, nor profit, from the purchase and sale of natural gas. Only gas costs actually incurred and approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission are recovered from customers.Natural gas is a commodity bought and sold in a national deregulated market and prices fluctuate daily due to supply and demand pressures. Vectren purchases natural gas on behalf of its customers and then passes those costs on to customers through the gas cost adjustment, which is listed on the Vectren bill as “Gas Cost Charge.”Vectren South delivers natural gas to approximately 110,000 customers in Daviess, Gibson, Knox, Martin, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties. About CenterPoint EnergyHeadquartered in Houston, Texas, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. is an energy delivery company with regulated utility businesses in eight states and a competitive energy business footprint in nearly 40 states. Through its electric transmission & distribution, power generation and natural gas distribution businesses, the company serves more than 7 million metered customers in Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas. CenterPoint Energy’s competitive energy businesses include natural gas marketing and energy-related services; energy efficiency, sustainability, and infrastructure modernization solutions; and construction and repair services for pipeline systems, primarily natural gas. The company also owns 53.8 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership that owns, operates and develops strategically located natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With approximately 14,000 employees and nearly $34 billion in assets, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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“IS IT TRUE” SEPTEMBER 4, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? IS IT TRUE we would like to commend the group of protesters that attended the Trump and Braun political rally held at the Ford Center for being very respectful to those they disagree with? …it was reported that only a couple of people misbehaved during this event?…we give five (5) cheers to the Vanderburgh County Democratic Party, Indivisible Evansville, Tri-State Alliance, the Sierra Club and Midwest Activism and Advocacy for expressing their social and political views in an organized and respectful way?  …we also give another five (5) cheers to those who attended the Trump political rally at the Ford Center for being respectful to the protesters?…we also would like to give extra cheers to Democratic party Chairman, Scott Danks for publicly asking the protesters to be respectful and orderly?  …this was the finest hour for those who believe in the right of free speech and orderly protests?IS IT TRUE although Steve Hammer lost his bid to become the Republican nominee for Vanderburgh County Commission it turned out that he was really a winner? …that Mr. Hammer and Republican United States Senatorial candidate Mike Braun forged a real friendship during the recent Republican primary election? …we were told that Mr. Braun allotted Mr. Hammer 70 VIP tickets to give away to people who wanted to attend the “Trump and Braun” political rally at the Ford Center?IS IT TRUE we hear that several loyal Republicans are upset with Mayor Winnecke because he didn’t attend President Trump political rally for Mike Braun at the Ford Center?  …that it was reported by the Courier and Press that Mayor Lloyd Winnecke was on a previously scheduled economic development related trip in Northern Kentucky? … that Mayor Winnecke was traveling with Department of Metropolitan Development Director Kelley Course and Old National Bank CEO Bob Jones?IS IT TRUE we are also hearing that several Republicans feel that in Mayor Winnecke absent his Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer should have been allowed to publically welcome President Trump and Mike Braun to the Ford Center and Evansville?  …this is the kind of thing that a Deputy Mayor is expected to do in the absence of a Mayor?IS IT TRUE during a recent Evansville City Council meeting Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer made an insulting remark to City Council Finance Chairmen Jonathon Weaver that didn’t sit well with many City Council members?  …right after Mr. Schaefer made his demeaning remark to Mr. Weaver Councilwomen Missy Mosby publically dressed him down?  …we are  hearing that there may be a casual conversation going on about drafting a city ordinance that would revoke the position of “Deputy Mayor” back to “Chief Of Staff?”  …our elected officials should spend more time talking about balancing the budget and less time about unimportant issues?IS IT TRUE last week Brent Jackson President of United Neighborhoods of Evansville sent us the following post that we feel compelled to re-post?  …Mr. Jackson said: “The Jacobsville Neighborhood Association has never owned or leased an office or building on Main Street. They never promoted the $18 million dollars Main Street project as you are suggesting here. You are talking about the “Jacobsville Join In” association. I understand your confusion. Jacobsville Join In was a group organized under the ECHO Housing Corporation back when Stephanie Tenbarge was the Executive Director. If you remember, she resigned this year after it was discovered that she used ECHO Corp. monies to pay her personal tax bill. You can read more about the Jacobsville Join In group (now defunct) and their projects here: http://jacobsvillejoinin.com/   The Jacobsville Neighborhood Association meets at the Dream Center at 16 W. Morgan Avenue. You can read about them here: http://www.unoevansville.org/jacobsville/IS IT TRUE that “Jacobsville Join In” association leased a building on North Main Street?  …that they were organized by ECHO Housing Corporation to help promote the new $18 million dollars North Main street renovation project? …to everyone’s surprise “Jacobsville Join In” without warning abruptly closed down their offices located on North Main street?IS IT TRUE in recent years “Jacobsville Join In”awarded nine projects of more than $6,000 to implement programs and neighborhood block parties in the Jacobsville neighborhood? …$6,5000 has been awarded to nine different projects which help to improve the quality of life and build on neighborhood safety? …the nine projects awards are: Evansville Police Department received a $1,000 towards a soda blaster for graffiti removal, Vanderburgh Humane Society $400 – for its Trap Neuter and Release program in Jacobsville Leadership Evansville received a $1,000.00 to facilitate leadership development for Jacobsville residents and stakeholders, Dream Center received $400 to implement a sensory room for students with disabilities, Hickory Pit Stop & Ellison Family received $250 to create a community beautification and garden project along North Main Street, Daily’s Bakery received $650 to support a baking-business class for Jacobsville youth, Delaware Elementary School received $300 to support 2016-2017 family engagement for students, and Engage received a $1,000 for materials to complete renovation for a neighborhood meeting space?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that local taxpayers should be responsible to pay for costs related to staging President Trump (R) and Mike Braun (R) campaign rally held at the Ford Center?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, Channel 44 News, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, Hot Jobs” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy.  Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Live: Election 2015

first_imgIan Wright, Director General at the Food and Drink Federation, said: “With thriving exports, huge creativity and diversity amongst our members, FDF will bang the drum louder than ever before to ensure that the sector’s contribution to the country is recognised and resourced sufficiently. Accounting for 15.7% of the total manufacturing sector by turnover and employing around 400,000 people across the UK, the food and drink industry is a national asset. As the voice of the largest manufacturing sector – food and drink, FDF has a long history of constructive partnership with UK governments. Given its economic contribution, which includes £21.5bn of gross value added to the national economy each year, we will continue to work to unlock shared value for the sector, society and the economy.” David Cameron will return as Prime Minister after the Tories gain a majority- defying polls and winning the general election. David Cameron has hailed the Conservatives’ election performance as “the sweetest victory of all”, while oposition leaders Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage have all stepped down from their positions, with emotional farewells. The surprising result has been met with mixed reactions all over the country, but it has already begun to have an effect on UK business. FTSE 100 and sterling surge’Hung parliament’ was the words on many peoples lips before the shock results of this morning, with the Conservatives tipped to take a majority in Downing Street.The FTSE 100 index surged by 2% at the open, as companies which had been targeted by Labour policies all registered gains.Hordes of bakery shares are up as a result of this, with Greggs seeing a 2.25% surge this morning to 1,163.19p. Patisserie Holdings of Patisserie Valerie and Philpotts sandwich company is up 2.1% to 278.45p, while Associated British Foods (ABF) is also up 2.4% to 2,909p.New business secretaryWith the defeat of Vince Cable, a new secretary of state for Business, Innovation and Skills is surely on the cards.The Lib Dem business secretary suffered a defeat in Twickenham to the Tory candidate Tania Mathias. Conservative impact on businessWith the Tories now back in the House of Commons with a majority, we look back at the Tories’ main pledges regarding business and the economy:Eliminate the deficit and run an overall surplus by the end of the parliamentAim for full employment for all those willing to workUse money saved in reducing the benefits cap to fund 3 million apprenticeshipsTriple the number of start-up loans to businesses to 75,000Industry reactionMike Holling, executive director of the Craft Bakers Association said: “If we can take anything from today’s result it is that we won’t have a period of uncertainty that many had feared. However there were various promises made in the run up to the election and it is our job as a trade association to ensure that these promises are fulfilled and to push the government further on support for the baking industry and SMEs.last_img read more

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A world traveler, at work

first_imgAblorde Ashigbi ’11 is used to moving between different worlds.Although he grew up in the United States, his father comes from Ghana and his mother from Gambia, both in West Africa. Ashigbi himself has lived in big Northern cities — New York and Cleveland — and the small Southern town of Tyler, Texas. The Quincy House senior said it proved a bit jarring to visit Sierra Leone last summer.“Having a toilet that flushes or water that runs is not a reality in a lot of places,” he said of the country, which, like his parents’ birthplaces, is also in West Africa. “Furthermore, there are stark differences within the country. The capital, Freetown, is much more developed than the villages, where many people don’t have much more than a change of clothing. The poverty permeates every facet of life.”As a member of Students Taking on Poverty (STOP) and the African Development Initiative (ADI), Ashigbi has spent much of his Harvard College career trying to make a difference for people in places like Sierra Leone. His work has helped to improve public health and business opportunities in Africa, and has given him and his classmates a chance to explore different approaches to education reform here in the United States.Last summer’s trip to Africa gave Ashigbi the opportunity to help on the ground, distributing mosquito nets to families at risk for malaria. At Harvard, Ashigbi had helped STOP to raise money for the project, which was administered by the nonprofit NGO GMin.“We threw a party on campus and called it ‘Bite Me,’ ” he said. “We also targeted parents and alumni who had been involved in poverty elimination in the past. GMin used the money for bed nets in a series of villages in the south of Sierra Leone. The goal was to get a net in every sleeping space for families with a child under 5 years old. They achieved 100 percent coverage in the area.”The trip also helped to administer a microfinance project organized in partnership with GMin and ADI, a nonprofit organization run by Harvard faculty, students, and alumni to promote sustainable African development locally. Ashigbi helped to raise funds and manage the program, which made small loans to local farmers and merchants in need of capital.“When we asked the farmers there what they needed to improve their lives, they told us, ‘I don’t have the tools to expand,’ ” he said. “They wanted to buy pest- or weather-resistant seeds, or even a tractor, but they didn’t have the money. They were stuck. So we thought that some access to financial services might be beneficial.”Ashigbi spoke with village elders about how best to implement the program. Based on these conversations, ADI structured the loans in a way that corresponded to the business activity for which people borrowed.“Farmers can only repay the loan when they sell crops, he explained. “In midseason, they don’t have any other forms of income. So we structured the loan program so that the principal would be due when they sold. We tried to set it up to mirror the ways that people lived their lives.”In the end, ADI dispersed about $1,000 in loans. Though the amounts and the numbers of borrowers were small, the repayment rate was high: 90 percent. As a result, ADI is now recycling the funds for a second round of lending.Ashigbi has also been involved in fomenting change locally. Last year, he and a classmate developed Breaking the Mold, a two-week winter break course that brought together Harvard freshmen and sophomores, philanthropists, teachers, scholars, and others to discuss approaches to education reform in the United States. Students visited local schools to observe and learn from teachers and administrators, then returned to campus to debate what works and what doesn’t in education. He said the group marveled at the “achievement-focused” culture of one school. At another, they lamented the difficulty teachers had in getting students to pay attention. Even at troubled schools, though, Ashigbi said he saw plenty of dedication and skill in the classroom.A government and economics concentrator, Ashigbi credits Harvard with giving him access to the resources and knowledge he needed to make a difference. He said his studies have “pushed the boundaries of my knowledge in development and poverty issues, and also formed my worldview.”After graduation, Ashigbi will head to Bain & Co., a leading strategy consulting firm. Before then, however, he will return to Africa to wrap up his microfinance work. In the long term, his goal is to bridge the gap between these two worlds as well.“My function at Bain will be to use data to generate insights and attack business problems,” he says. “I’ll probably be working 70 hours a week, but I hope to be involved [in anti-poverty work] as much as I can.”last_img read more

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Why you shouldn’t take financial literacy tests too seriously

first_imgIn case you haven’t been paying attention, April is Financial Literacy Month. Which means you’ll likely be invited in the next few weeks (if you haven’t been already) to try your hand at any number of tests theoretically designed to gauge your financial acumen. But if you take one of these exams and don’t ace it—or manage even a passing grade—I wouldn’t get too worked up about it, as they don’t necessarily measure all the skills that count when it comes to making sound financial decisions.A recent press release from the National Financial Educators Council (NFEC) informed me that the average grade on its 30-question National Financial Literacy Test was just 64%. My initial reaction was to bemoan the lack of personal finance knowledge in this country…until the release went on to note that the question the fewest test takers answered correctly (just 28% got it right) was this one:If I invest $100 per month starting at age 21, and that money earns a 7% annual return, how much will I have after 70 years?A. $138,957 B. Between $150,000 and $225,000 C. More than $1.5 million D. None of the above continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Submit applications now for NAFCU’s 2017 Paul Revere Award

first_imgNAFCU is now accepting member credit union applications for the association’s 2017 Paul Revere Award, which recognizes a credit union supporter who goes to great lengths in his or her grassroots and political efforts.The deadline for entries is Aug. 11. The winner will be announced and recognized during NAFCU’s Congressional Caucus, Sept. 10-13 in Washington, D.C.“The Paul Revere Award recognizes one’s dedication to the credit union industry through their grassroots and political efforts throughout the year,” said NAFCU Director of Political Affairs Dan O’Brien. “This is someone we can count on who regularly and effectively advocates for the industry’s top legislative and regulatory priorities.”To be considered for the Paul Revere Award, candidates must: continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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England’s entire year without fab four Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho & Raheem Sterling | Football News

first_imgWednesday 18th November 7:00pm Back fourBack five – Advertisement – Fab four available5 of 6 games0 of 7 games However, England’s reduction in strike rate, and indeed change of formation, has also coincided with tougher opposition. England’s 27 goals before coronavirus came against Bulgaria (twice), Kosovo (twice), Montenegro and Czech Republic, and an average world ranking of 79th.England before and since coronavirus England in action against Belgium 5:19 – Advertisement – preview image Highlights of the Nations League Group A2 match between Belgium and England Goals per game4.51.3 That drop has also coincided with England’s move back to the five-man defence that proved successful at the 2018 World Cup, a formation Southgate has a lower win percentage with but often opts for against tougher opposition.England under Southgate: Back four or back five? Win percentage70.8%45.8% 3:32 Games2424 The whole world is taking notice of Jack Grealish following a series of impressive performances for Aston Villa and England, says Gabriel Agbonlahor Iceland 0-1 England – September 5 – Notable absentees: Rashford, Maguire, Henderson, WinksDenmark 0-0 England – September 8 – Notable absentees: Rashford, Walker, Henderson, Winks, Maguire, Foden, GreenwoodEngland 3-0 Wales – October 8 – Notable absentees: Sterling, Sancho, Kane, Henderson, Greenwood, FodenEngland 2-1 Belgium – October 11 – Notable absentees: Kane (from bench), SterlingEngland 0-1 Denmark – October 14 – Notable absentees: Sterling, Chilwell, TrippierEngland 3-0 Rep of Ireland – November 12 – Notable absentees: Rashford, Alexander-Arnold, Coady, Gomez, Ward-ProwseBelgium 2-0 England – November 15 – Notable absentees: Rashford, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Coady, Maguire, James, Ward-ProwseEngland vs Iceland – November 18 – Notable absentees: Sterling, Rashford, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Ward-Prowse, James, CoadyIn England’s six games before coronavirus halted football, Southgate’s side scored 27 goals, averaging 4.5 goals per game, with 19 of those coming from England’s fab four. Southgate had Kane, Rashford, Sancho and Sterling available for all but one of those six games, and were averaging nearly 12 shots per game, compared with 8.7 per game since.In the seven games since, England have scored nine goals, averaging 1.3 goals per game, with England’s fab four responsible for just three goals. Southgate has never had all four available. Raheem SterlingImage:Raheem Sterling has been unavailable for three of England’s last seven games, and won’t feature against Iceland on Wednesday eithercenter_img Shots per game11.88.7 Jack Grealish in action for England against Belgium Goals279 Last six games of 2019Seven games since Sancho was also deemed unavailable for the win over Wales at Wembley last month after breaking coronavirus protocol, and has also experienced a dip in form for both club and country, having not scored for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga in 11 games. Kick off 7:45pm Average ranking of opposition79th in world17th in world In the last seven England games, Rashford has been unavailable four times, Sterling three times and Kane once, while Kane also started on the bench in the victory over Belgium last month. Sterling will once again be unavailable for Wednesday evening’s game against Iceland at Wembley. England have been unable to call upon their ‘fab four’ – Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Raheem Sterling – for an entire year.In each of England’s last seven games, dating back to November 2019, Gareth Southgate has been without at least one of the talented forward quartet through injury, prompting their goal rate to drop significantly.- Advertisement – Since, they have faced Denmark and No 1-ranked Belgium twice each, in addition to Iceland (twice), Wales and Republic of Ireland, an average world ranking of 17th.Southgate will also argue that he has been thin on the ground in both midfield and defence – Maguire’s form dipped before his sending off against Denmark, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are both injured, Jordan Henderson missed the first three matches of the year and Phil Foden missed a total of five games for breaching coronavirus protocol. Sue Smith says England suffered without the pace of duo Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling in their Nations League defeat to Belgium 1:10 A similar level of absentees at club level would be deemed a crisis, but with an unlimited English talent pool to dip into, Southgate is unlikely to escape the criticism.He does, however, want to see the Premier League bring back the five substitutions ruling; Southgate would directly benefit from this going into the Euro 2020 tournament.“We were able to make five changes against Belgium, we made four in the end and clubs don’t have that option,” Southgate said. “What will it take for that to change? There were a couple of less serious injuries against Belgium but what do we do? Wait until we get a load of really nasty ones?“(Injuries are) a worry in the longer term because with no winter break, something has to give.”Our England Euros XIs – now pick yours!With England’s hopes of qualifying from their Nations League group over, attention now turns to next summer’s Euro 2020 tournament and who makes it into Southgate’s best XI.Our team of writers have picked their strongest England sides for the competition. Does Rashford start? is it a five-man or four-man defence? And where can Southgate squeeze Grealish in?See who they’ve chosen and why here, then use our team selector to pick your best England XI. – Advertisement – This has of course paved the way for new faces – Jack Grealish, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Mason Mount have all impressed – but England’s free-flowing, free-scoring style in late 2019 has been absent.last_img read more

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USDA picks more BSE labs, sets talks with Japan

first_img The USDA has said it will test as many cattle as possible in the high-risk categories but has refused to give a target number. But testing 268,000 animals would enable the agency to detect one case of BSE among 10 million cattle with 99% confidence, officials have said. The labs will use approved rapid tests for BSE surveillance, the USDA said in a May 11 announcement. The department’s National Veterinary Service Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, is the national reference lab for BSE and will conduct confirmatory testing. The seven previously approved labs are in California, Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin, Washington state, Georgia, and New York. American members of the technical group will include Peter Fernandez, associate administration of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS); George Gray, executive director of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis at Harvard University; William James of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS); Daniel McChesney of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Veterinary Medicine; and Gary Smith, a retired professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University. APHIS spokesman Jim Rogers said today the investigation of the case is continuing. An investigative unit in the FSIS is examining the incident, Rogers told CIDRAP News. “They’re doing a door-to-door investigation to find out exactly what happened, but I have no other information and no timeline,” he said. The USDA announced plans Mar 15 to increase BSE testing for 12 to 18 months to ascertain the disease’s existence or prevalence in American herds. The program will focus on cattle deemed at increased risk for BSE, including nonambulatory cattle, those with signs of central nervous system disease, emaciated and injured cattle, and dead cattle. Plans also call for randomly testing about 20,000 healthy cattle over 30 months old. Harkin also said the testing plan “places a heavy load on already-burdened federal and state veterinarians to obtain samples under very trying circumstances. Clearly, the opportunities for avoiding BSE testing at plants through self-selection, opting out or dropping out are very extensive.” He said it “is quite doubtful” that the USDA will be able to test enough cattle in the high-risk groups to produce valid results. Ed Loyd, a spokesman in Veneman’s office, told CIDRAP News he was not familiar with Harkin’s letter, but he defended the surveillance plan. “Secretary Veneman has made it very clear that USDA is committed to having an extensive, robust, and effective surveillance program,” he said. “Starting June 1 we are going to try to test as many cattle in the high-risk categories as possible to make a determination if BSE exists in this country and its prevalence in the national herd. We intend to make sure it is done in a scientifically valid and effective way.” He said extensive preparation has gone into the plan. The agency said a US-Japanese technical working group will discuss issues including the definition of BSE and testing methods, the definition of specified risk materials (high-risk cattle tissues) and methods for removing them, appropriate surveillance, and appropriate implementation of rules designed to keep infective material out of cattle feed.center_img The testing labs, which will be paid by the USDA for each test, are Kissimee Diagnostic Laboratory, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Kissimee, Fla.; the Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, University of Minnesota, St. Paul; Kansas State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Manhattan; the USDA Laboratory in Frankfort, Ky.; and Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory, Harrisburg, Pa. The agency also announced this week it would begin a series of technical discussions with Japan next week in an effort to reopen the Japanese market to American beef. Japan banned US beef after a BSE case was found in Washington state last December. Harkin criticizes BSE surveillance planIn other recent developments, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, this week questioned the soundness of the USDA’s BSE surveillance plan. A news release from Harkin’s office, summarizing points he made in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, stated, “The plan seems to be dictated primarily by how many cattle USDA wants to test rather than by the number that would have to bested, using valid statistical methods, to reach accurate and reliable conclusions.” Talks with Japan set May 18 and 19The technical discussions on beef trade with Japan will begin with meetings May 18 and 19 in Tokyo, the USDA announced May 12. The goal is to reopen Japan to US beef this summer, officials said. Harkin also criticized the USDA for the recent case in which a cow that collapsed at a Texas slaughter plant was not tested for BSE, contrary to standard procedures. The USDA acknowledged the incident May 3 and promised to investigate it. Officials said the cow was sent to a rendering facility and was kept out of the food supply. The Food and Drug Administration said it traced the animal’s remains and vowed to make sure they didn’t end up in cattle feed. May 14, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved five more laboratories to test cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), bringing the number of labs involved in the expanding BSE surveillance program to 12.last_img read more

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Australia, China tensions rise over coronavirus inquiry call

first_imgCheng Jingye, Beijing’s ambassador to Australia, told a local newspaper on Monday that Chinese consumers could boycott Australian beef, wine, tourism and universities in response.Birmingham said on Tuesday that Cheng had been called by the secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to explain his comments.”Australia is no more going to change our policy position on major public health issues because of economic coercion, or threats of economic coercion, than we would change our policy position in matters of national security,” Birmingham said on ABC radio.The Chinese embassy published a summary of the conversation on its website later on Tuesday, which said Cheng had “flatly rejected the concern expressed from the Australian side”. Australia has asked the Chinese ambassador to explain what it called a threat of “economic coercion” in response to Canberra’s push for an international inquiry into the source and spread of the coronavirus.Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said Australia was a “crucial supplier” to China for critical imports like iron ore and Australia’s resources and energy helped power much of China’s manufacturing growth and construction.Australia’s recent call for an international investigation into the coronavirus pandemic has angered China, its largest trading partner. Cheng also said “the fact cannot be buried that the proposal is a political maneuver,” according to the statement, which added that Australia was “crying up wine and selling vinegar” when it said the proposed review would not target China.Birmingham told Sky News the Australian “government’s displeasure was made known” in the phone call.China accounts for 26% of Australia’s total trade, worth around A$235 billion ($150 billion) in 2018/19, and is the biggest single market for Australian exports such as coal, iron ore, wine, beef, tourism and education.Birmingham said on Tuesday that Australia was a “crucial supplier to the Chinese economy, just as China’s economy indeed supplies valuable goods, resources and services to Australia’s economy”.Australia wanted to maintain a positive relationship with China, but would also seek other opportunities in places such as India and the European Union, he said. Trade with the European Union was worth A$114.3 billion and India A$30.3 billion in 2018/19.Even amid escalating diplomatic tensions in 2018/19, when Australia introduced foreign interference laws perceived to be aimed at China, two-way trade with China grew by 20%.”China needs us. Let’s not forget that. Many of the critical imports to Chinese industry, like iron ore, coal, and gas come from Australia,” James Paterson, a member of the ruling Liberal Party, told Sky News.”It wouldn’t be easy at all for China to replace those three major inpuTopics :last_img read more

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