HNLMS Karel Doorman returns from operation Sea Guardian

first_imgRoyal Netherlands Navy multi-purpose amphibious ship HNLMS Karel Doorman returned to her homeport in Den Helder on June 8, concluding a two-month deployment to the NATO-led operation Sea Guardian.HNLMS Karel Doorman supported the operation with 300 people on board. In addition to the helicopter detachment and medical personnel for a fully-fledged hospital, Karel Doorman was also home to marines from the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark.During its time in the Mediterranean, Karel Doorman monitored patterns-of-life to detect suspicious activities at sea. Special operations forces boarded several suspicious vessels as part of the mission.The Dutch ship also hosted Tunisian anti-terror personnel on board for joint exercises.Prior to deploying to the Mediterranean, the ship supported hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma struck the Dutch overseas territory of Saint Maarten, destroying a third of buildings on the island. HNLMS Karel Doorman is a 204-meter ship, launched in October 2012 by shipbuilder Damen in Galati, Romania and commissioned into the Royal Netherlands Navy in April 2015. View post tag: Royal Netherlands Navy Share this article Photo: HNLMS Karel Doorman in Den Helder. Photo: Royal Netherlands Navycenter_img View post tag: Op Sea Guardian View post tag: HNLMS Karel Doormanlast_img read more

Operator shortens Middle East gig for Shelf Drilling’s jack-up rig

first_imgA contract for the Shelf Drilling-owned jack-up drilling rig operating in the Middle East has been changed to end sooner than previously agreed. The rig owner said on Wednesday that it had entered into a mutual agreement with the customer to amend the contract end date for the Shelf Drilling Tenacious from January 2022 to September 2020.This contract was originally executed in 2017 and started in early 2018 in the Middle East. In July 2019, Shelf Drilling had executed a two-year extension for each of the Shelf Drilling Tenacious and the Shelf Drilling Mentor jack-up rigs, committing both rigs until January 2022.According to Shelf Drilling’s fleet status report, the company’s client for both of these rigs is Dubai Petroleum in the UAE. Bassoe’s dayrate estimate for each of the rigs was $60,000.The premium jack-up rig Shelf Drilling Tenacious is of BMC Pacific Class 375 design. The rig available for opportunities beginning mid-September 2020. The 375 foot jack-up rig was built in 2007.last_img read more

Odom’s path to pros not at all an easy one

first_imgFormer USC pitcher Logan Odom’s baseball career has been punctuated by transitions; his MLB prospects teetering on the edge of oblivion. For a time, Odom’s journey playing an unforgiving sport appeared it would end with a whimper at USC. Odom, however, made himself into a MLB prospect last season and was rewarded with an eighth-round draft selection by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.Perseverance · Despite being projected as a 40th-round draft pick in the MLB draft and enduring a bumpy road throughout his college career, former Trojan pitcher Logan Odom was selected in the eigthth round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information Odom starred as a position player at North Medford High School in Medford, Ore. Despite his accomplishments, both college and professional scouts were not impressed with the tools that belied his performance.Odom decided to attend Western Nevada Community College, where he made perhaps a life-altering decision: converting to pitching full-time.“Really, many of my transitions sort of happened on their own,” Odom said. “I just wanted to get out on the field. That’s what makes me happy. I figured pitching was my best chance to play professional ball.”Flashing elite potential on the mound, Odom paced Western Nevada to a third-place finish at the Junior College World Series in 2009. Hitting the showcase circuit with his team, Odom caught the attention of USC hitting coach and recruiting coordinator Doyle Wilson.“I went to a showcase in Las Vegas, and [Wilson] saw me there and talked to me shortly after that,” Odom said. “He then invited me to visit, and the rest is history.”It was not quite that simple for the 6-foot-6 right-handed pitcher. Pitching almost exclusively out of the bullpen for the Trojans in 2010, Odom sported a 7.01 ERA in 43 and two-thirds innings pitched, nearly walking as many batters as he struck out.Despite a disappointing season, Odom never wavered.He set out to make adjustments, playing for the Mankato MoonDogs of the Northwoods League during the offseason and dazzled there, striking out almost a batter per inning.“I put in a lot of work during the summertime,” Odom said. “I played in a summer league out in Minnesota. I received a lot of good coaching advice. [Former USC pitching coach] Tom House was a huge influence on me and helped me out a ton.”After a successful summer and House’s tutoring, Odom nailed down a spot in USC’s starting rotation entering his senior season.The turnaround was stunning, as the sinkerballer nearly halved his ERA to 3.96 and began to limit the amount of free passes he surrendered.Endearing himself to Trojan fans, he experienced his greatest success against a talent-laden UCLA squad, tossing a combined 14 and one-third innings against UCLA over two starts, giving up one run.MLB scouts took note.Despite Odom’s marked improvement, few draft projections ticketed him for a selection before the 10th round, and some even had him as low as the 40th round. In a potentially historic draft with more high-end pitching talent available than ever before, Odom was not sanguine about his chances of beating those projections.But then the Angels called.“I was extremely excited,” Odom said. “The Angels are a classy organization. It was nice going in the eighth round — it wasn’t what I expected. The draft is a crazy process, and I couldn’t have asked for much more.”As awe-inspiring as it can be to reminisce, however, Odom must transition to a professional pitching regimen, while also refining his mechanics and repertoire.In his first start for the Orem Owlz — an Angels affiliate — in the Pioneer League, Odom lasted only one plus inning. Although he did not surrender a run, his peripheral statistics show where he needs to make his biggest professional adjustment: honing his command. In that one inning, he walked three batters and hit one.“My sinker is probably my greatest strength — getting groundballs,” Odom said. “I need to work on my consistency. That’s the main difference between college and professional ball. In pro ball, you need to execute pitches all the time or you won’t last long.”Although his transition to professional baseball has been marked by change — from the junior college ranks, switching positions and transitioning from a reliever to a starting pitcher —Odom has stayed the course.Now, as a draftee of the Angels, it is difficult to bet against the young right-hander finding a way to make it work.last_img read more

Clippers clinch playoff berth with win over Utah Jazz

first_img“The reserves saved us,” Doc Rivers said.In addition to the 37-year-old Crawford, Speights finished with a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds), while Austin Rivers scored 11.“There was a stretch where all three had it going at the same time,” Doc Rivers said. “Jamal was phenomenal. He has that in him on certain nights, and on certain nights, what I like about this team, they give him the room to do that.”Rudy Gobert led the Jazz with 26 points, 14 rebounds and two blocked shots, but both he and point guard George Hill committed four turnovers. All-Star Gordon Hayward scored 13 points in 31 minutes before leaving with a sore left knee.The Clippers built a 66-50 lead in the third period, seemingly headed for another blowout cruise. The Jazz responded with a 17-2 run and later tied the score at 70. The Clippers did not give up the lead, however, and in fact did not trail after the Jazz opened the game up 2-0.At halftime, the Clippers led 49-41 despite poor shooting from Griffin (4-of-12 in the first half) and Paul (1-of-8).“I thought the first half was as good as I’ve seen us play in some ways,” Rivers said, “because we couldn’t make a shot. We were missing. We were missing wide-open threes and yet we were still up (by eight points). And for me, from a coaching standpoint, I love that because that’s going to happen.” The Clippers (44-30) improved to 3-1 against the Jazz (44-29), and moved within a half-game of fourth place in the Western Conference, making it even more likely that the two teams will face each other when the playoffs begin next month.“I think we’re pretty familiar with them as a team,” Clippers forward Blake Griffin said. “Their sets, playing them four times. … I think we have a pretty good sense. But in the playoffs, everything changes. They’ll know all our stuff, we’ll know all their stuff. It’s about the players. So we’ll have to bring it.”The Clippers have eight games remaining, including five at home. They play host to the Sacramento Kings, who have lost 10 of their 12 games in March, on Sunday afternoon.Crawford led the Clippers with 28 points off the bench, including 17 in the fourth quarter. The Clippers led just, 72-70, entering the final period, after the Jazz stormed back from a 16-point deficit in the third to briefly tie the game.The Clippers started the fourth with their reserves, a group that included Marreese Speights, Austin Rivers and Paul Pierce, and scored eight straight points. LOS ANGELES >> Beating the lottery-bound Lakers and Knicks said little about the true state of the Clippers. Nor did trouncing Cleveland with its four best players on the bench.Coach Doc Rivers insisted that the Clippers were finally playing well, but his team’s disjointed performance in a loss in Dallas on Thursday suggested they were no better off than they had been during their losing skid earlier in March.On Saturday afternoon, the Clippers made their most compelling case yet that they are ready for the playoffs, beating the Jazz, 108-95, in a complete and balanced performance that clinched the Clippers sixth straight trip to the playoffs, a franchise record.“Obviously we’re playing a lot better,” Jamal Crawford said. “The last week or so has been much better than it’s been the last few weeks, so for us it’s about peaking at the right time and getting that momentum heading to the playoffs.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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