K2 Management Opens Beijing Office

first_imgK2 Management has opened an office in Beijing to support China’s wind and solar market.Active in Asia since 2010, K2 Management has been working in China on several projects for local and international clients.Country Director for K2 Management in China, James Wu, said: “We think the time is right for us now to be present in China, especially as offshore wind is now really taking off. There is a growing demand for independent, experienced support, so we decided to put down roots in China. This means we are better able to support our local as well as international clients who have an interest in the market.”The office, based in the business area of Beijing, is already working on projects and forms part of the Asia Pacific arm of the company which has offices in Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Australia.“With strong support from the government through the implementation of a renewables strategy, and a demand from both developers and investors seeking expertise in developing projects, we are looking forward to supporting the country in achieving its energy goals and supporting the growth of this promising market,” said Per Melgaard, co-founder of K2 Management.last_img read more

Digicel-sponsored Special Olympics 5K a success

first_imgTHE Special Olympics Guyana 5K run-walk-wheel marathon was held on Sunday at the National Park. The event saw a total of 30 differently-abled athletes compete in five categories. In the ‘Persons with Intellectual Disabilities’ category, nine athletes competed and finishing in the top three were Niomi Hicks, Ruth-Ann Collins and Carolyn Matthews who came first, second and third respectively.In the male ‘Persons with Intellectual Disability’ category, 16 athletes competed with one athlete being disqualified, Calvin Thomas finished first, Ravindra Latchman placed second and Brandon Perreira was third.The ‘Wheelchair Users’ category had two participants. Vlyssess Edwards placed first and Utpamkumar Isurdeen took second spot.Five athletes competed in the ‘Amputees’ category. However, only four athletes were able to complete the race. In first, second and third positions were Dennis Berne, Looklught Perreira and Gavin Jeffers.In the visually-impaired category, Paul Cotton and Silas Rogers finished first and second for males, with Mekyla Belgrave taking first spot for females.The event was solely sponsored by Digicel Guyana.last_img read more

Serena chases record 24th Slam as Osaka, Halep eye US Open

first_img“Last year I lost three matches in a row before I came here, so I just wanted to get one match. Then it just kept building on from that,” she said.“This year I went to two quarter-finals back to back and I feel very confident about how I am right now.”While it’s Osaka’s first time defending a Slam, she had her first taste of defending a title this year at Indian Wells.“Going to Indian Wells and learning how defending champion pressure feels, I think it definitely helped me out going into this tournament,” Osaka said. “Because I just feel more loose and comfortable here.“I’m not sure if it’s because the last couple of months have been kind of turbulent but definitely I feel really comfortable and I know that, despite everything, I play well here every year. So I’m not too worried about that.”And she’s much better after pulling out in Cincinnati with a left knee injury.“It’s getting better. I’ve been playing more, longer every day,” she said. “Luckily I’m a fast healer so I think it’s looking good.”– Halep’s confidence high –Halep, who has crashed out of the US Open in the first round the past two years, enters with confidence after beating Williams at Wimbledon.“It cannot be worse than the last two years, to lose in the first round,” Halep said. “I’m really good. I’m feeling healthy. I’m feeling fresh.“The pressure of doing something special, it’s off. Now what comes, comes as a bonus. I’m still working, I’m still motivated to win titles. I’ve started to feel more and more that I’m capable to do that so my confidence is very high.”Barty says “nothing has really changed for me” since her title at Roland Garros.“I just come here to play and do the best that I can,” Barty said. “I’m focused on my first round on Monday and that’s all I’m worried about for the moment.”Share on: WhatsApp Eighth-seeded Serena Williams will be commanding the first day of US Open as she faces Maria Sharapova in the first round.New York, United States | AFP |  Serena Williams has the US Open spotlight as she chases tennis history, but a host of Grand Slam winners and high-ranked rivals are also taking aim at the title.The 37-year-old American will be the focus of attention when the Flushing Meadows fortnight begins Monday with her first-round night match against Russian Maria Sharapova the most anticipated of the women’s openers.“Of course I’m going to watch it,” said top-seeded defending champion Naomi Osaka, who beat Williams in last year’s US Open final. “I think everyone in New York is going to watch it.“I’m not that surprised that that happened, because at every Grand Slam there’s always some sort of drama. Like a first round. Like, Oh my God. So this match just happens to be that for this tournament.”Williams will try to capture her 24th Grand Slam singles title to match the all-time record set by Margaret Court.Eighth-seeded Williams, who could meet second-seeded French Open champion Ashleigh Barty of Australia in the quarter-finals, has not won a Slam since the 2017 Australian Open when she was pregnant, losing the US Open final to Osaka last year amid controversy and the past two Wimbledon finals — including last month to Romania’s Simona Halep.Barty, Osaka, Halep and Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova, seeking her first Slam title, are among the foes trying to deny Williams yet again in a quest she insists doesn’t dominate her thoughts.“I think it’s definitely meaningful, but at this point in my career, I just try to think of different things and even bigger goals — so it’s just like 24 is just a thing,” Williams said earlier this month.“There are so much more important things in my life. And obviously tennis is super important to me… but yeah there are always other things in life, I feel, that are really big on my plate too.”Williams has not played since retiring from the WTA Toronto final with back spasms, handing Canada’s Bianca Andreescu the title.“Definitely if she manages physically, then I think she can do really well here,” Andreescu said.“She’ll do great, as she always does,” added 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens.– Osaka ‘very confident’ –Osaka won last year’s final after Williams was given a game penalty by umpire Carlos Ramos, who US Open officials have decided will not work on any match with Serena or Venus Williams at this year’s US Open.This time, Osaka has had a better run-up to the Open despite a first-round Wimbledon crash out.last_img read more

Royal Varuna Yacht Club celebrates 60 years of sailing history and…

first_imgHe continued, “Angelo Gaultieri, who became Commodore 45 years ago, is a regular contributor on the committee and with the Phuket King’s Cup; Richard Van Den Heuvel is still a valuable member of the committee; Peter Cummins played a big part of putting RVYC on the map, both with his relationship with His Majesty the late King Bhumipol Adulyadej, but also his prolific writings about the Club in various media.  Al Chandler has also been a very proactive supporter of junior sailing from being a president of International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) in the 1970s onwards to active and generous support throughout the years, including the latest IODA Optimist’s World Championships.”Commodore Mark Hamill-Stewart address the club members and guests at the 60th Anniversary party, November 18.The event was a memorable occasion, bringing members together in celebration of this milestone, which culminated with a spectacular fireworks show.The Royal Varuna Yacht Club was founded in 1957 by HSH Bhisadej Rajani and Walter J. Meyer and other members at a time when Pattaya was little more than a sleepy little coastal village.  A two-story wooden seaside house with a beach ideal for sail-boats was located as the site of the first Varuna clubhouse, now a restaurant close to Bali Hai pier.Flag-Commodore Mark Hamill-Stewart (centre-rear) poses with staff members who have all contributed to the Club’s success over the past 20 years.As Pattaya began to develop and the concrete closed in, the Fourth Commodore, Rachot Kanjanavanit (l967-l970), secured the present site – one of the best on the Eastern Seaboard – designed the clubhouse and, in October, l967, led the move “over the hill” to Pratumnak.  The modern new clubhouse is a more recent affair and was opened by His Majesty the current King, then the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn in 2004.His Majesty the Late King Bhumibhol Adulyadej and HRH Princess Ubolratana, both keen sailors, regularly sailed at Royal Varuna Yacht Club.  His Majesty became an enthusiastic and skilful helmsman, tutored by Prince Bhisadej who assisted the King in building his own enterprise craft, the “Rajpatan”.  One of the memorable outings was in March of l965 and consisted of a race from Varuna to Koh Larn, with the British Royal Consort Prince Phillip also participating as a guest sailor.The unique puppet performance brought fun and enjoyment to all.On September 14, 1968, His Majesty the late King, accompanied by HM the Queen, the Crown Prince and the Princesses, officially opened the Royal Varuna Yacht Club at its current location at Kasetsin Beach in South Pattaya.During the following decades, a quantum leap in enthusiasm for yacht racing took place, with the original – mostly wooden – Fireballs and Enterprise sailing boats being replaced by the sleek Hobie Cats, single-handed Lasers and an assortment of other fiberglass catamarans.  These craft require much less maintenance than the original classes, an important factor in the busy lifestyles evolving among the Thai and expat communities, reflecting a faster-moving world-at-large.From left: Capital TV’s Les Nyerges, Royal Varuna Yacht Club General Manager Baz Osborne, Pattaya Mail Media MD, Peter Malhotra and former RVYC Commodore and sailing author Peter Cummins enjoy the atmosphere at the party.Ruchai Kanjanavanit, brother of Fourth Commodore Rachot, actually introduced the Optimist dinghy into Thailand in the early 1970s with the little dinghy carrying the auspicious number THA 1.  It was shortly afterwards, however, that Al Chandler realized the potential of the Optimist craft for the training of juniors – and for helping ensure that a pool of young sailors was ready to move into adult classes.  Al placed his time, his formidable drive and personal resources behind the development of the Optimist in Thailand.Royal Varuna Yacht Club has given much time and effort to the development of youth sailing and will no doubt continue to do so.  The Club has consistently co-operated with the Royal Thai Navy and the Junior Sailing Squadron of Thailand (JSST) and, makes RVYC facilities available for training, practice and racing.The Royal Thai Navy band played 50s & 60s period music at the party to bring back memories of yesteryear.With 450 members, Royal Varuna is a family oriented club for sailors of all abilities, from the uninitiated to serious racers.  The Club offers a year-round sailing program with cruising and racing and also sailing tuition for adults in its extensive sailing program under RYA accreditation from the UK.For more information about the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, visit website: www.royal-varuna-yacht-club.com.(Above) The modern Royal Varuna and (below) the first clubhouse located at Bali Hai when Pattaya was no more than a sleepy fishing village.This photo from 1970 shows a group of prize winners with their trophies after a round the islands race at Varuna.The modern uniquely styled clubhouse is shown fully decorated on opening day in 2004Promoting junior sailing through the Optimist dinghy schools program has become an important directive for the Club.The Topcat World Championships were held at the Club in 1997.The Royal Varuna Yacht Club occupies one of the prime beachside locations in Pattaya.The Club welcomed international sailors from around the globe when it hosted the 2017 Optimist World Championships in July this year. His Majesty the late King Bhumipol Adulyadej was a regular visitor and sailor at the club during its formative years.Thailand’s famed Royal Varuna Yacht Club held a celebration for its 60th anniversary on Saturday, November 18 with over 200 members joining the gala dinner event held at the club’s ocean-side premises in South Pattaya.His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, then the Crown Prince, places a garland on a Laser sailing boat presented to him during the grand opening of the new Royal Varuna clubhouse in 2004.The main dining terrace was resplendent in a 1950’s theme to reflect the period of the club’s inception.  Jazz and classical style music was provided by the Royal Thai Navy band and a unique puppet performance brought additional entertainment for those in attendance.Flag Commodore Mark Hamill-Stewart paid tribute to a number of loyal staff members who have contributed to the club’s performance for more than 20 years and also to those involved in the many important events successfully hosted at the club.  The highlights include the World OK Dinghy Championships in 2013, the recent Optimist World Championship in July this year and the promotion and development of sailing sports to the International Schools in Thailand.“The Club is not merely the buildings, the land, the staff and its members.  It is a true case where the sum is greater than the constituent parts,” said the Commodore.  “I would like to mention a few members who have stood the test of time and have made very significant contributions to the heart of the Club almost since its inception and there are of course many others who have made significant contributions, these deserve recognition.”last_img read more

Pa. Scholastic Football Rankings

first_imgSto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams looks downfield against Neshannock, Williams threw for five touchdowns in the Vikings 34-31 win over the Lancers Sept. 12. The 6-0 Vikings are ranked #2 in the latest PA Class A rankings released Oct. 9. Pennsylvania high school football rankings from PennLive.com, with school’s district in parentheses, followed by record and position in last week’s rankings. NR means not ranked. Teams with an asterisk are the 2012 PIAA champions.___CLASS AAAA – Record – Previous Rank1. Upper St. Clair (7) 6-0 – 12. Pittsburgh C.C. (7) 6-0 – 23. St. Joseph’s Prep (12) 4-1 – 34. Coatesville (1- 6-0 – 45. Neshaminy (1) 6-0 – 56. McKeesport (7) 6-0 – 77. La Salle College HS (12) 5-1 – 68. Gateway (7) 6-0 – 89. Wilson-West Lawn (3) 6-0 – 910. Seneca Valley (7) 5-1 – NRTeams to watch: Bayard Rustin (1) 6-0, Cumberland Valley (3) 5-1, Parkland (11) 5-1, Pennsbury (1) 5-1, North Allegheny(asterisk) (7) 4-2, Whitehall (11) 5-1.___CLASS AAA – Record – Previous Rank1. Archbishop Wood (12)- 5-1 – 12. Bishop McDevitt (3) – 6-0 – 23. Thomas Jefferson (7) – 6-0 – 34. Cathedral Prep(asterisk) (10) – 6-0 – 45. West Allegheny (7) – 6-0 – 56. West Mifflin (7) – 6-0 – 67. Manheim Central (3) – 6-0 – 78. Central Valley (7) – 5-1 – 89. Berwick (2) – 6-0 – 910. Pottsgrove (1) – 6-0 – 10Teams to watch: Clearfield (9) 6-0, Abington Heights (2) 6-0, Cocalico (3) 5-1, New Castle (7) 5-1, Scranton Prep (2) 6-0, Slippery Rock (10) 6-0.___CLASS AA – Record – Previous rank1. Aliquippa (7) – 6-0 – 12. Imhotep Charter (12) – 4-1 – 23. West Catholic (12) – 5-1 – 34. Beaver Falls (7) – 6-0 – 45. Richland (6) – 6-0 – 56. Berks Catholic (3) – 6-0 – 67. Washington (7) – 6-0 – 78. South Fayette (7) – 6-0 – 89. Danville (4) – 6-0 – 910. Catasauqua (11) – 6-0 – 10Teams to watch: Mount Pleasant (7) 6-0, Greenville (10) 6-0, Montoursville (4) 6-0, Seton-LaSalle (7) 5-1, Hickory (10) 5-1, Jeannette (7) 4-2.___CLASS A – Record – Previous rank1. Southern Columbia (4) – 6-0 – 12. Sto-Rox (7) – 6-0 – 23. Dunmore (2) – 6-0 – 34. Clairton(asterisk) (7) – 5-1 – 45. North Catholic (7) – 6-0 – 56. Old Forge (2) – 5-1 – 67. Neshannock (7) – 5-1 – 78. Monessen (7) – 5-1 – 89. Steel-High (3) – 5-1 – 910. Bellwood-Antis (6) – 5-1 – NRTeams to watch: Avonworth (7) 5-1, South Williamsport (4) 5-1, Penns Manor (6) 6-0, Fort Cherry (7) 5-1, Lakeview (10) 5-1, Tri-Valley (11) 6-0.last_img read more

T20 World Cup to (hopefully) go ahead as planned: Cricket Australia

first_imgImage Courtesy: CA/ICCAdvertisement 1mhibdNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6d1mdhWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ej03( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 65fWould you ever consider trying this?😱9y6tkCan your students do this? 🌚9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Not even a month ago, Australia hosted the 2020 ICC WOmen’s T20 World Cup, where they successfully defended the title against the Indian Women’s cricket team in the final. Whilst gearing up for the Men’s T20 World Cup again later this year- the Aussies have come up with a big hurdle- the Coronavirus pandemic. The global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has caused several major sports tournaments go get cancelled or postponed. However, Cricket Australia, the governing body of the sport in the country, is primarily hopeful on successfully conducting the T20 World Cup.Advertisement Image Courtesy: CA/ICCIt was only a couple of days ago when ICC themselves gave green signal on the Men’s T20WC. In a recent statement, ICC disclosed that there are no change of plans as of now, and the tournament will go ahead as planned.“The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place from October 18 – November 15 2020 in seven venues across Australia. We are planning for the event to go ahead as scheduled,” the statement read.Advertisement There has been 438 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Australia in total, and five of the patients have died. Amidst the worrying situation in the country, the ongoing ODI series between Australia and New Zealand was cancelled after the hosts won the first match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Additionally, all further fixtures of cricket int the season was suspended.However, there has been no update on the upcoming cricket world cup, and on the heels of ICC’s confirmation, Cricket Australia themselves have shown confidence to conduct the tournament as planned, as CA’s chief Kevin Roberts said in an interview on Tuesday.Advertisement “We’re really hoping that all forms of sport can be played again in a few weeks’ or a few months’ time. None of us are experts in this situation obviously, so our hope is that we’re back in very much normal circumstances come October and November when the men’s T20 World Cup is to be played,” Roberts told reporters.“And at this stage we’re planning on November 15, to have a full house at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) to inspire the world through men’s cricket as the women’s cricketers did here just last week,” the CA chief added.The seventh edition of the Men’s T20 World CUup will start with Sri Lanka vs Ireland and papua New Guinea vs Oman at the Kardinia Park stadium in Victoria on October 18th 2020.Also read-Sachin compared fight against Coronavirus to Test cricket in plea to publicDespite Coronavirus, here are the sports leagues still going on! Advertisementlast_img read more

India vs Australia: Virat Kohli hits 39th ODI hundred, 6th against Australia

first_imgBrief Scores: India (299/4; Kohli 104, Dhoni 55 not out) beat Australia (298/9; Marsh 131, Maxwell 48, Bhuvneshwar 4 for 45) by 6 wickets. Full ScorecardVirat Kohli scored his 39th ODI hundred and became the 11th highest run-getter in the format during the second ODI against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday. He played brilliantly for his 104 off 112 balls before falling to Jhye Richardson. Kohli is already second in the list of most century makers in one-day internationals and on a day when India needed their captain to step up in a steep run chase, he produced another master-class.This is Virat Kohli’s sixth ODI hundred against Australia. Only Sachin Tendulkar (9) and Rohit Sharma (7) have scored more ODI centuries against the Aussies. West Indies great Desmond Haynes also scored 6 hundreds against Australia. Besides, this was Kohli’s fifth hundred in Australia.This was Kohli’s first ODI hundred against Australia since January 20, 2016 in Canberra. Over the next three years, Kohli played seven ODIs against the Aussies before the Adelaide game but managed a best of 92 at the Eden Gardens on September 21, 2017.Kohli has now scored 24 ODI hundreds while chasing.Overall he has overtaken Kumar Sangakkara to become third in the list for most international hundreds. Sachin Tendulkar leads with 100 international hundreds from 782 innings. Ricky Ponting has 71 hundreds from 668 innings while Kohli has scored 64 hundreds from 401 innings.Sangakkara had scored 63 international hundreds from 666 innings.Virat Kohli has been in sensational form since the tour of Australia back in 2016. That year, he scored 3 ODI hundreds from 10 matches before hammering 6 ODI hundreds in 2017. In 2018, Kohli was the highst run-scorer in one-day internationals and smashed 6 hundreds.advertisementKohli had an average Test series by his standards but his classy hundred on a dodgy pitch in Perth earned him rave reviews.Chasing 299 in Adelaide on Tuesday, India lost Shikhar Dhawan after a quick start but Kohli and Rohit Sharma shared a crucial partnership for the second wicket. After Rohit was dismissed for 43, Kohli stiched up another key partnership with Ambati Rayudu before the latter was out for 24.MS Dhoni, who has struggled with the bat in recent years, walked in at No.5. He was slow to get off the mark but Virat Kohli upped the ante after bringing up his fifty off 66 balls.Virat Kohli was in sensational form in the six-match ODI series in South Africa in 2018, smashing 558 runs including three hundreds. He did not a hundred in the three-match series in England but Kohli was back in his elemnts against the West Indies he scored three successive hundreds.On Saturday, Kohli was dismissed for 3 and India collapsed to 4 for 3 inside four overs – eventually, they lost the first ODI to Australia in Sydney by 34 runs. However, on Tuesday, Kohli was determined to lead from the front.In the Test series, Kohli was overshadowed by Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabj Pant and then Rohit Sharma got off to a great start with his 22nd ODI hundred at the Sydney Cricket Ground. By Tuesday, a Virat Kohli hundred was due and the King did not disappoint his legion of fans.Also Read | Mohammed Siraj most expensive Indian bowler on ODI debutAlso Read | Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan 4th opening pair to go past 4000 runsAlso Read | Dhoni quick as a wink, Jadeja on fire in Adelaide heatlast_img read more