ENGIE Fabricom has loaded out the EnBW Hohe See substation topside at its yard in Hoboken, Belgium.Image source: ENGIE FabricomThe topside is expected to leave the yard and head to the installation site in the German North Sea soon. The substation’s jacket foundation was installed earlier this month.The substation, built by a consortium of ENGIE Fabricom, Iemants and CG, will connect the 497MW Hohe See wind farm to the German high voltage grid via the BorWin3 converter platform.The EnBW Hohe See wind farm will comprise 71 Siemens Gamesa 7MW wind turbines installed some 90 kilometres north of Borkum and 100 kilometres north-west of Helgoland.The commissioning of the wind farm is planned for the third quarter of 2019.
BERNARD Hopkins suffered defeat in his final fight after the 51-year-old was knocked out of the ring in the eighth round by Joe Smith Jr.A flurry of punches sent Hopkins through the ropes and, after he failed to return to the ring in 20 seconds, he was beaten by technical knockout.Hopkins said he was “shoved” and hit his head in his fall in the light heavyweight bout.He added he twisted his ankle and “couldn’t stand up”.Hopkins confirmed the fight would be the last of his 28-year career, which he ended with a record of 55 wins (32 KOs), eight defeats, and two draws.The former two-weight world champion defended his world middleweight title 20 times between 1995 and 2005 and is the oldest man to hold a world title, aged 49.The American had never been beaten inside the distance before his defeat by compatriot Smith Jr in his first fight since losing on points to Russia’s Sergey Kovalev two years ago.Smith was ahead on points on two of the judges’ scorecards before he ended the fight with a series of punches which culminated in a left hook that sent Hopkins through the ropes in Los Angeles.“I’ve seen him fall and I kept hitting him,” Smith, 27, said. “I landed that left hook at the end there to finish the job.“I hit him with four or five clean shots there, good shots right on the button.“I didn’t expect him to get up but he is a true champion. I came here to do my job. This is my coming out party. I had to finish him.”Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk, the 2012 Olympic heavyweight gold medallist, defended his WBO cruiserweight title with a knockout of South African Thabiso Mchunu in the ninth round.(BBC Sport). read more
Share on: WhatsApp “It’s beyond calculation and beyond rationality.”NOT STAYING: Pique (right) and Neymar (left).– ‘Transfer of the century’ –However, in the French capital there is huge excitement at PSG’s Qatari-backed project landing a star name to finally make them feared among European football’s elite with even French president Emmanuel Macron enthused.“It adds attractiveness. Yes, it’s good news,” said Macron.“Neymar to PSG — the transfer of the century”, splashed Le Parisien’s front page on Thursday with the first five pages devoted to his impending arrival.The mood is understandably more sombre in Barcelona where attention has turned to who the Catalans can sign to replace Neymar in the month before the transfer window closes.Neymar’s Brazilian international teammate Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele have both been linked.There is also scepticism at the role played by PSG’s owners Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) at a time of political crisis for the energy-rich state which has been boycotted by its Gulf neighbours in recent months and will play host to the World Cup in 2022.Spanish newspaper El Mundo described the move as a “state signing.”But whilst La Liga protests at losing one of its biggest stars, Barca’s players have continued to wish their now former teammate well.“My friend I wish you the best in everything that comes!!!” Luis Suarez posted on Instagram alongside a picture of the two hugging.“Also thank you for your support, for everything that I learned with you and for the unique moments that we spent together!!!! Keep like this and never change love you little bro.” Neymar signs five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain Paris, France | AFP | Neymar completed his world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday when he signed a five-year contract, the French club announced.The 25-year-old Brazilian earlier broke his contract with Barcelona by paying a 222 million-euro ($264 million, £201 million) buyout clause.Barca confirmed Neymar’s lawyers “made the payment of 222 million euros in the player’s name” to release him from the five-year contract he signed just last year.His new mark is more than double the previous record set by Manchester United’s capture of Paul Pogba from Juventus last year for 105 million euros, leaving many commentators aghast at the rampant inflation in football transfer fees.Earlier, Spain’s football league threatened to stall the saga by refusing to accept a cheque presented by Neymar’s representatives at its Madrid headquarters.La Liga president Javier Tebas accused the French club of breaching UEFA’s financial fair play rules.Clubs can be sanctioned by European football’s governing body for making a loss of more than 30 million euros over a three-year period.However, UEFA insisted the move will not automatically trigger a failure to comply with FFP regulations.“The transfer of Neymar to PSG will have an effect on the club’s finances over several years but the impact of such an operation cannot be judged in advance, notably as PSG could well sell several players for a significant amount,” UEFA said in a statement to AFP.Barca added that they will aid UEFA in any future enquiry into whether the French side fall foul of regulations.“The club will pass on to UEFA the details of the above operation so that they can determine the disciplinary responsibilities that may arise from this case,” continued the Barca statement.Leading coaches such as Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho lamented that the move could cause even greater inflation in transfer fees and player wages.“It also looks like the inflation is accelerating,” said Wenger, whose 21 years at Arsenal have been characterised by prudent spending. read more
Tropical Storm Barry is getting stronger as it approaches Louisiana.The latest update from the National Hurricane Center says Barry is about 50 miles from Louisiana and moving toward the coast at about five miles-per-hour.The storm has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles-per-hour, and is intensifying as it gets closer to land.Tropical Storm Barry is expected to make landfall Saturday morning, and could turn into a hurricane.If it does, it’ll be the first Atlantic hurricane of 2019.
Cosby from Leicestershire and Rutland have won the Junior Champion Club Tournament without striking a ball today. The remnants of Hurricane Bertha were to blame after it left the Bracken Course unplayable, forcing officials to abandon the round after less than three hours play.Persistent heavy rain from a dark gray sky following an overnight downpour left the fairways waterlogged and only half the field had begun their second rounds when a halt was called.“The continual rain left the fairways unplayable,” said chief referee Michael Rees. “If the rain had stopped we might have been able to resume. But it would have taken more than an hour to clear the surface water.“The greens were fine but the fairways were the problem. What’s more, the forecast was for more rain and some of the teams had a long way to travel home. So I had to make a decision which was a pity.”But that didn’t worry the Cosby trio (image © Leaderboard Photography), who had afternoon start times, although they were disappointed they were unable to add to their opening 72 Stableford points.“We weren’t expecting play to be cancelled,” said Stuart Kinnaird, who returned 36 points in round one. “We knew the weather was going to be poor but I was looking to put in another good round. Having said that, we are overwhelmed to win a national championship.”Ross Murgatroyd, who also returned a first round 36 points, added: “I am shocked this has turned out this way. We were last off in the afternoon and expecting to be out there again.“Our club has reached three finals this year and we have won the first of the trio. I think this is the first time our club has won anything like this.”The third member of the team, Matt Jones said: “I had the worst round yesterday and was looking to make up for it today. So I need to thank the other lads for helping me out.”Although they finished round one on 71 points along with three other teams, Tiverton took second place because their non-scoring member, Grace Jackson, scored 32 points. This was one more than Huxley Howell of Saltford who were third.For more information visit the championship website. 10 Aug 2014 Cosby crowned champions after rain stops play read more
England’s Trevor Foster lifted the Seniors’ Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl when a closing one-over-par 73 sealed a nine shot win over runner-up Randy Haag.Finishing on an eight-under-par total of 208, Foster was the only man in the field to finish under par on the sun-baked links which provided a tough and fair challenge for the world’s elite senior amateurs.Foster’s stunning opening round 63 put the Lancashire player seven strokes clear of the field and it proved to be a lead that would not threatened over the next two rounds.In the final round, Foster (Accrington & District) parred the first three holes before he dropped a shot at the short fourth when his tee shot landed in a grassy swale to the right front of the green and he couldn’t get up and down.He missed a birdie chance at the long fifth when he was just short of the green in two, then he had two putts from long range at the next two holes to make par. Foster was unable to take advantage of further birdie opportunities spanning four holes from the 8th before one finally came at the long 12th with a driver and a rescue club to the front apron and two putts from 50ft.A regulation par at the 13th was followed by dropped strokes at the 14th and 15th. He parred the 16th then got a stroke back at the 17th with a drive and a 5-iron to just off the green, holing his birdie putt from eight feet. He finished in style in front of a sizeable crowd at the 18th, skirting the bunker with his second before sending his first putt stone dead from off the left apron.Afterwards Foster commented: “It was hard today and I couldn’t sink a putt until I got my first birdie at the 12th. I had so many putts shave the hole and I dropped a couple of shots on 14 and 15. I thought that with my experience I can’t blow this. It was a bit easier coming in because I knew it was mine.”He went on: “The people I’ve got to really thank are Bill Bromilow, who caddied for me this week. He could have played in this himself, but said ‘I can’t win it, but I know you can, so I’d rather be on the bag for you’. He’s been a rock all week.“Ryan Done, the professional at Heysham, who was my caddy in The Open at Royal Lytham when I played in it 30 years ago. He turned pro and has coached me for the last three years and I think I’m playing as good a golf as I’ve ever played.“Martin Wild, who I played with 100 times for Lancashire, is my biggest supporter who helps me more than anything and made me believe in myself. Any my wife Debbie, who turned up unexpectedly last night after a six hour drive down from Lancashire. She’s supported me throughout my career.”Haag shot a closing 72 to move from a share of sixth place to finish alone in second on a one-over-par total of 217 and his fellow American Gene Elliott slipped from second to third with a closing 75 for a total of 218, two-over-par.Five players shared fourth place on a three-over-par total of 219: Ian Attoe (75-73-71) from Worplesdon, the reigning English senior champion, Richard Latham (73-72-74) from Woodhall Spa, Scot Ken Gallacher (70-73-76) from East Kilbride and two Americans Matthew Sughrue (73-72-74) and Chip Lutz (72-72-75).Paul Simson (76-72-73), like Lutz a three-time former winner of the title, took the over 65s prize and a share of eleventh place on 221.Full results can be found hereImage copyright The R&A/Getty Images 4 Aug 2018 Foster sweeps away with Seniors’ Amateur Tags: Amateur Championship, Royal Porthcawl, Senior, Trevor Foster read more