Presidential debate reflects a quest for greater democracy

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Boskalis Continues Subsea Push as VBMS Stays Busy

first_imgRoyal Boskalis Westminister is proceeding with a plan set out earlier this year to boost its presence in the subsea services market, after posting solid results in the segment in the third quarter of 2017.In the Corporate Business Plan 2017-2019, Boskalis stated that strengthening its market position in the area of subsea services is an important objective, towards which the company took the first step with the acquisition of subsea survey specialist Gardline mid-August.Additionally, Boskalis recently acquired the diving support vessel DSV Constructor and is currently in negotiations for the purchase of the existing SAT DSV.The company reports that subsea services utilization levels remained stable in Q3, with vessels also being deployed internally on offshore wind farms and unexploded ordnance clearance projects.Regarding the more project-related activities, VBMS and its cable-laying activities can look back on another busy period in which they made a substantial contribution to the division’s results, Boskalis said.At the end of October, VBMS won the Borssele Beta export cables installation contract valued EUR 70 million.Overall, Boskalis said that the company’s offshore energy results in the third quarter of 2017 were in line with expectations.The revenue and the segment results were lower compared to previous quarters, which Boskalis sees as a result of poor conditions in the oil and gas sector.last_img read more

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Tracy’s Karate holds 104th tournament

first_imgBUCKSPORT — Tracy’s Karate of Ellsworth recently held its 104th tournament at Bucksport High School.The event was a big draw with more than 200 competitors in attendance. Students from dojos in Ellsworth, on Mount Desert Island and in Deer Isle, Belfast, Bucksport, Bangor, Yarmouth, Houlton, Presque Isle and even parts of Canada came together to compete for trophies in both fighting and throwing.Immediately following the conclusion of the tournament, all black belts traveled to the main school in Ellsworth for testing. Twenty students were promoted to various degrees in the black belt ranks. Eight of those students were first-time black belts, and seven were classified as juniors (16 years old or younger).The 20 black belts promoted to higher ranks were (first degree) Natalie Jagels, Lillian Noyes, Erin Leonardi, Haley Leonardi, Carlina Leonardi, Camden Hatch, Robert Giles and Colton White; (second degree) Marleigh Richardson, Caroline Tracy, Andy Hartt, Charlotte Hartt, Sadie Hartt and Jonathan Robinson; (third degree) Chris Dyer, Nick Parlatore, Cameron Sarchi and Mitch Wheeler; (seventh degree) Dean Murphy; (eighth degree) Kristy Tracy-Dawes.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textTrophy winners were Owen DiDonato, Ryan Gross, Jordan Brouty, Ziva Marceill, Lillian Noyes, Lauryn Noyes, Elura Dorr, Bridget Kutny, Amy Santos, Dean Murphy, William Wilson, Shawn Murphy, John Baranowski, Tom Anderson, Colton White, Lance Kennedy, Piper Marceill, Natalie Jagels, Aiden Benner, Paige Trader and Steve Trader. Black belt grand champions were Kristy Tracy-Dawes, Eric Tracy, Linwood Bridges and Matthew Edgerly.Dennis and Karen Tracy oversaw the events with the help of Tracy-Dawes, their daughter. The family has owned Tracy’s Karate since opening it in 1971.Tracy’s Karate will be holding its next tournament at Bucksport High School on Oct. 27.last_img read more

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Other USC sports are thriving in anonymity

first_img“Any Given Saturday” runs every other Wednesday. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Nick at burtonn@usc.edu. Stop me if you’ve heard this before: USC students need to be better fans of sports other than football. Students need to go and support the other perennial national powers in the USC athletic department like water polo and volleyball. Trojan pride should be for more than just football and all that jazz.It’s the shame schtick every year, and much to the chagrin of the school’s marketing department, little appears to change. This year, though, there is a tangible possibility it might.The newly launched Pac-12 Networks, despite all its criticism and frustration over ongoing negotiations with DirecTV, is providing Pac-12 and USC fans with previously inconceivable viewing opportunities for the so-called “non-revenue sports,” aka everything except football.Now, I think most everyone on this campus is excited for the return of Trojan football on Thursday. It’s been a much-needed rest for the team and its fans. It was oddly relaxing to not have a football game to plan the entire weekend around.And with the return to the gridiron in Salt Lake City, USC students will have another football-free weekend to plan. But that doesn’t mean it has to be a Trojan-free weekend.The USC women’s soccer team will be taking on Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., at 1 p.m. Previously, that would have meant nothing. If you were at all interested in what happened, you could have looked up the score online later. Now, if you’re interested or just want to enjoy a lazy Friday afternoon, the game will be aired live on the Pac-12 Network.Already, USC soccer has been featured five times on the Pac-12 Network, including its two most recent road games in Arizona. Counting their game against the Beavers on Friday, the Women of Troy will be featured on live television four more times over the course of the year, including their final road game in Pullman, Wash. on Oct. 12.Then, of course, there’s the top-ranked, undefeated, four-time defending national champion men’s water polo squad, which takes on No. 3 archrival Stanford in Palo Alto at 9 a.m. on Saturday live on the Pac-12 Network. In their last matchup, shown live on ESPNU, the Trojans yielded the Cardinal a late equalizer before winning in overtime.Now, nine in the morning is quite early. And water polo isn’t necessarily the most television-conducive sport. So if you’re actually looking to go somewhere, might I suggest women’s volleyball against Arizona State on Sunday evening (the Women of Troy also play Friday night against Arizona, but I’m just going to assume that isn’t too high on people’s Friday priority lists)?Now, for you volleyball skeptics out there, hear me out. I was once one of you. I thought volleyball was stagnant and repetitive and, on the whole, not very exciting. And I still don’t understand the strategy of the game on even the most elementary level (tall people in front, that’s all I got), but let me tell you, volleyball is legit. The authority with which a ball is “killed,” or how crazy the libero seems diving all around the hardwood court, cannot be appreciated on television.But if, perhaps, you live on Menlo and the Galen Center is a little too far of a trek for you … you guessed it. Watch it live on the Pac-12 Network from the comfort of your own couch.Fans should take advantage of the newfound exposure being provided to the other sports and give them a fair look. No, the soccer won’t look like Barcelona, try as coach Ali Khosroshahin might. But the “beautiful game” still is just that. And I know that there are plenty of volleyball players and fans in Southern California who will appreciate the game played on the level it is in the Pac-12.So even if you don’t feel like making it out to Galen or McAlister Field anytime soon, you can still catch the Trojans on TV. Football might be the most fun sport at USC, but it certainly isn’t the only one.last_img read more

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK UCLA gets another look at the spread option

first_img Volunteer sent home Tennessee has dismissed sophomore tailback LaMarcus Coker for undisclosed reasons. Coach Phillip Fulmer had suspended Coker from one game for a violation of team rules, but said after further investigation he decided to dismiss the player. Fulmer said Coker did not do was what asked of him and he wanted a positive environment for No. 24 Tennessee. Coker was a kick returner and a No. 2 tailback behind Arian Foster. Staff writer Brian Dohn contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services UCLA faced its share of spread offenses this season – Washington, Utah and Washington State – and the next in line comes today at Arizona, under the direction of first-year offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes. Bruins cornerback Alterraun Verner said the Wildcats compare best with Utah, which used plenty of misdirection. The Wildcats, led by junior quarterback Willie Tiutama, have attempted 405 passes, 59 more than any other Pacific-10 team, in nine games. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “They’re throwing the ball pretty effectively,” UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. “That’s part of their offense where they really made a major change in correcting. They have Willie primarily in the (shot) gun most of the offensive sets, and they spread you out. He’s a very good quarterback with an excellent arm.” Tiutama leads the Pac-10 in passing yards per game (311.6), and receiver Mike Thompson has league highs of 63 catches and nine touchdown receptions. But the Wildcats are last in the league in rushing (77 ypg) and rushing attempts (237). “They spread it out and chuck it all over the place,” UCLA linebacker Christian Taylor said. “They run about 30 percent of the time.” Of course, Washington State spent the first half of the season with a throw-first mentality, but ran for 274 yards in beating the Bruins last week. “From what happened last week when we tried to take away the pass,” Taylor said, “I’m sure (Arizona) is going to try and run the ball on us.” last_img read more

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