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The High Court of the Republic of Singapore has granted Emas Offshore’s request to be placed under judicial management.Illustration; An Emas Offshore vessel – Image by SPMac/Flickr – shared with permission from the photographerEmas said on Friday that the Court had granted the judicial management application on October 21, 2019.Also, the Court made several orders. Namely, Emas Offshore will be placed under judicial management, and Goh Thien Phong and Chan Kheng Tek, both of PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services, will be appointed as the joint judicial managers of Emas Offshore.The Court ordered that the affairs, business, and property of Emas would be managed by the judicial managers to achieve the survival of Emas Offshore or the whole or part of its undertaking as a going concern.The judicial managers will also compromise or arrange the situation between Emas and its creditors and a more advantageous realization of Emas’ assets would be effected than on a winding up.The company added that shareholders should consult their financial, tax or other advisers when in doubt as to the action they should take.It is worth reminding that Emas Offshore filed an application with the high court of the Republic of Singapore to be placed under judicial management back in July.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
Norway’s gambling authority Lotteri-og Stiftelsestilsynet (Lotteritilsynet), continues its hardened stance against remote gambling operators, deemed to be illegally targeting national consumers.Upping its command on restricting remote gambling services, this weekend Lotteritilsynet revealed that it had ordered all Norwegian licensed banks to block payment transactions which could be identified for the purposes of online gambling.The Times of Malta reports that Lotteritilsynet toughened directive targets six Malta MGA licensed operators directly – Betsson AB, Gaming Innovation Group (GiG), Kindred Group, L&L Entertainment, Dino Gaming Ltd and Co-Gaming LTD.Further to authorising payment restrictions, Lotteritilsynet officials state that they have demanded that the Malta MGA take action against its licensed incumbents operating/targeting a protected gambling jurisdiction.Sanctioned by a Norwegian all-party coalition, in 2018 Lotteritilsynet was granted the right as a regulatory authority to monitor national banking transactions, protecting national consumers and the charitable/social contributions of state-owned gambling operator Norsk Tipping.Lotteritilsynet’s new authoritative measures have been officially reprimanded by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), who have filed a complaint demanding that Noway’s Data Protection Inspectorate (DPI) investigate whether Lotteritilsynet payment blocking schemes, are in breach of consumer privacy protections.Furthermore, closing 2018 Stockholm-listed Kindred Group Plc, one of the operators publically targeted by Lotteritilsynet, moved to file an Oslo High Court lawsuit against the regulator.Kindred’s lawsuit accuses Lotteritilsynet of regulatory overreach on its business services, including the blocking payment transfers alongside sanctioning a ban on Kindred apps listing on the Apple App Store for Norway. StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Share Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Submit GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Lotteritilsynet raises NOK 30m for Norway’s distressed non-profits August 6, 2020
FILE PHOTO: International Football Association BoardRabat, Morocco | AFP | FIFA inspectors arrived in Morocco on Monday ahead of a three-day assessment of the north African country’s ability to host the 2026 World Cup, the local bid committee said.The five-member FIFA Task Force will begin its inspection on Tuesday, visiting stadiums, training facilities, fan sites and media centres.“Morocco is offering FIFA and the global football family an innovative and compact concept to ensure operational efficiency, outstanding profitability and a lasting legacy in Morocco and Africa,” said the bid committee’s president, Moulay Hafid Elalamy in a statement.“The World Cup in Morocco would not only be a source of pride but also a great catalyst for development.”The only other bid is a joint one from the United States, Mexico and Canada. Due to FIFA’s intention to spread the hosting rights for the World Cup more evenly across the globe, European and Asian countries were not allowed to bid for 2026 — this year’s World Cup will be in Russia with the next one in 2022 in Qatar.A decision on the 2026 hosts is due to be made on June 13 at the FIFA Congress, the day before the World Cup begins in Russia.Should neither candidate be chosen, bidders from Europe and Asia will be invited to submit their proposals.Share on: WhatsApp
By John BurtonRED BANK — The sense of anticipation was palpable, as families and other loved ones gathered at the Monmouth Armed Forces Reserve Center last Thursday to await the arrival of their loved ones.The mood at the Reserve Center was celebratory because these mothers and fathers, husbands, wives, children and well-wishers knew that these Marines were coming home safe.The crowd was awaiting approximately 38 U.S. Marines, who were on the last leg of their journey home from a seven-month deployment in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as members of the Corps’ 6th Motor Battalion, headquartered at the reserve center.“I know he’s coming home and he’s here and he’s safe. I can hold him,” said Debbie Foley, Howell, whose smile said it all, as she anxiously awaited the return of her son, Lance Corporal Russell Peter Surdi Jr.Foley, who waited with many family members, said Surdi had been wounded while serving in Afghanistan and had been awarded the Purple Heart. He turned 23 while on deployment. But “He’s OK,” she quickly added.Latisha Robinson, who lives in Mulllica Hills, in South Jersey, said the welcome home gathering was “ the complete opposite,” of the atmosphere when her husband, Sergeant Markee Robinson left for his deployment.“When he’s coming home, you’re happy because you don’t have to worry about the stress.”When her husband returned, from what was his second tour, Latisha said she would, “love him, tell him I missed him,” and tell him he’s “staying home this time.”The Marines were reservists assigned to the battalion and serving at Camp Leatherneck, where they were responsible for providing transportation for personnel and materiel, often through strife-ridden areas and some real hot spots laden with improvised explosive devises (IEDs), said Lt. Col. Peter Mahoney, the battalion’s inspector instructor.When the bus arrived, with a police escort, and the Marines stepped off, the cheers were deafening.“It was a tough time. I was like, ‘Oh, my God, what’s going to happen?’” said Rahway resident Luciana Pires, as she waited for her son, Corporal Valter Pires.Valter said he was equally happy to be home and had immediate plans. “I’m going to eat some Portuguese food and ride my motorcycle around the block,” he said.When Andrea Kunak finally saw her son, Sergeant John T. Sharkey, she said, “I don’t have the words to express myself.”Sharkey’s grandmother, Martha Szaro said, “I’m so happy he’s home,” as it was his third tour.Szaro’s granddaughter and the granddaughter’s husband have also served in combat, with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. “We got a lot of them,” serving, she said of her family. “I’m proud, I’m proud of them all.”When Surdi was finished hugging and kissing and being hugged and kissed he said, “It feels amazing, it really does.”His next mission was, “go have a beer,” he said.“I can sleep and not worry now,” with her son home safely, Foley said. But then she thought for a moment and added, “except for all the sons and daughters still over there.”
The Kootenay Thunder earned respect from more than a few colleges and university coached during the Starfire Fieldturf Showcase Soccer Tournament this past weekend in Seattle.The Thunder finished the tourney with a 1-1-2 record.“The Thunder team impressed many coaches and teams with one U.S. College coach stating he would take the whole squad if he had the budget,” said Kootenay head coach Dave Spendlove, who runs the regional squad out of the Soccer Quest Indoor facility in Nelson.The team, consisting of players from throughout the Kootenay region along with a handful of imports from Kamloops and playing in the top division, opened the tournament by playing to a scoreless draw against Seattle Legacy.According to Spendlove, “Kootenay outplayed their American opponents in all departments but could not get the ball in the net.”Kootenay kept its goal-scoring drought alive in a 0-0 tie against Semiahmoo Scorpions of White Rock.Saturday afternoon the Thunder, playing its best half in two years, edged the Sun City Strikers 2-1.Kelsey Martin of Kamloops gave Kootenay a 1-0 lead. Martin converted a rebound off a Kootenay corner kick, depositing the ball quickly into the net after Sun City failed to clear the zone.Sun City tied the game ten minutes into the second half.However, Nelson’s Andrea Stinson, a thorn in the side of most teams during the tournament, was hauled down inside the penalty area.Stinson calmly collected herself before converting the penalty kick.The only blemish on the weekend came Sunday during the rain when Kootenay lost 1-0 to MRFC of Portland, Ore.The only goal came when the game referee incorrectly gave an indirect free kick inside the Kootenay penalty area for a pass back to the keeper.MRFC quickly took the kick and beat Kootenay keeper Kat Garbula of Nelson.“The Referee apologized to the Thunder coaching staff at half time saying he did not really see what happened on the pass back incident but made a quick decision which later his line assistant told him was wrong,” Spendlove explained. “The incident cost the Thunder their only loss of the weekend but the Thunder should still have won the game again not taking their chances in front of goal.”The tournament attracted more than 40 scouts from various U.S. colleges.This is the second time Soccer Quest has taken a team to Seattle.Next tournament for Kootenay is the Vancouver Whitecaps Showcase event March 2012 in Vancouver.firstname.lastname@example.org
SMITH LIKES THE LOOK OF SHARED BELIEFCHROME, HOPPERTUNITY POLAR OPPOSITESCALIFORNIA CHROME SLIGHT FAVORITELEWIS LURES SIX SOPHS ON DERBY TRAIL BETTER ‘DYNAMICS’ IN SAN MARCOS STAKES? SHARED BELIEF ALL HEART ON THE RACE TRACKShared Belief is not much to look at. He’s no War Admiral or Zenyatta. But it’s not what’s on the hoof that counts. It’s what’s in the heart.But for a rough start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic that might have cost him victory and assuredly besmirched his unbeaten record, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Shared Belief could have been Horse of the Year. How could you argue with perfection?As it is, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was quick to put the race behind him and move on, as did Shared Belief, who showed his valor and versatility by winning the seven furlong Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26 in his first start since the Classic loss on Nov. 1. “Shared Belief is as classy as classy comes,” says Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who has ridden the 4-year-old gelded son of Candy Ride in his last five starts, including a neck victory in the Grade I Malibu.Smith will be aboard Shared Belief again Saturday when he tackles Horse of the Year California Chrome and seven others in the $500,000 San Antonio Invitational for older horses at 1 1/8 miles.“Shared Belief is not a big horse that you’re going to sit back on and go like Zenyatta, who was imposing just to look at,” Smith said. “He’s not really that, but he’s extremely athletic and really, really well-balanced. He’s doing well. He looks good.“They say he’s been working good. As long as Russell (Baze, who works him at Golden Gate) says he’s doing good, then I’m all right. I was glad to see that colt (Conquest Two Step) come back and win (the Palos Verdes last Saturday), if I couldn’t win it (on favored Distinctiv Passion, who finished fourth).“Conquest Two Step is the one who was 70-1 when I beat him with Shared Belief in the Malibu, and everyone said, ‘Who did Shared Belief beat?’ Well, you saw who he beat. The horse came back and demolished them in the Palos Verdes.”Shared Belief jogged and stood in the gate Thursday morning, while California Chrome galloped and stood in the gate. “He’s good,” said Hollendorfer of Shared Belief, adding he was “very happy” drawing post position five.The field for the San Antonio, race eight of nine: Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Tonito M., Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; You Know I Know, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1; Imperative, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Shared Belief, Mike Smith, 7-5; Clubhouse Ride, Aaron Gryder, 30-1; Bronzo, Gary Stevens, 20-1; California Chrome, Victor Espinoza, 6-5; and Alfa Bird, Tyler Baze, 30-1. In other San Antonio news:For the third straight race, Hoppertunity will be breaking from the inside in theSan Antonio, having drawn post position No. 1, the same hole he had in winning the Grade I Clark Handicap Nov. 28. He captured the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes Jan. 10 breaking from post position two.“I live in the one hole,” Bob Baffert said. “I don’t know. I’m going to have to start going to the draw. I’ve always said, ‘There are two things you need to get rid of in racing: the one hole and the last race.’ I’d rather have been on the outside and clear.”On a serious note, the Hall of Fame trainer is looking forward to the San Antonio.“The horse is doing well. It’s going to be an exciting race,” said Baffert, who has won the San Antonio four times, with Congaree (2003); Richard’s Kid (2010); and Game On Dude (2012 and 2013). “It’s going to be a great racing day.”Trainer Sean McCarthy on running 7-year-old Majestic Harbor for only thesecond time on turf in 28 career starts in Saturday’s San Marcos Stakes, rather than the San Antonio: “The distance of ground (in the San Marcos, 1 ¼ miles) is more suitable for him and he’ll be running against a different type of horse.“As he’s gotten older, hopefully the grass might be more conducive.”And this nugget from HRTV’s Rich McManus: “In the Eclipse era, not since SnowChief finished third and Tasso finished fifth in the 1987 Californian have the 2-year-old champion and the 3-year-old champion, from the same crop of race horses, faced off against each other at age four.”The San Antonio will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1. Elvis Trujillo961213813%$779,586 FINISH LINES: Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder “had a good open gallop today” and is about a week away from her first official workout following her scratch due to fever from the Breeders’ Cup Distaff last Oct. 31, trainer Richard Mandella said . . . Delta Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho worked four furlongs for trainer Jim Cassidy on a gorgeous Thursday morning in 49.80 for the San Felipe Stakes on March 7 . . . With three wins from his last four mounts including two on Sunday, Edwin Maldonado is back on the beam, and hopes to continue when he rides speedy Little Jerry in Saturday’s San Marcos Stakes. “I was happier than a dog with two tales,” Maldonado said after Sunday’s double. Trainer Richard Baltas on Little Jerry, who will be seeking the first stakes win of his 25-race career: “We’ll try them and see how it goes. He seems like he wants to run now. Before, he wouldn’t run unless he was on the lead. Last time he didn’t run bad. We’re taking a shot because we don’t have anywhere else to run.” Baltas added that Bing Crosby winner Big Macher came out of his disappointing showing in the Palos Verdes “perfect” and could re-surface in the $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf Feb. 21. “There’s a chance he could go there,” Baltas said. “I wanted to try him on the grass because he’s out of a Kris S mare.”. . . Andy Harrington, clocker for NationalTurf.com, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest handicapper Saturday in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. . . . Samantha Sachs, 8-year-old granddaughter of Tom Knust, agent for Elvis Trujillo, plays the lead role of Cossette in Les Miserables at the IFGF Los Angeles venue at 147 West Palm Ave. in Monrovia from March 27 through April 1. NAKATANI HOPES FOR BETTER LUCK IN SAN MARCOSCorey Nakatani is hoping for better luck on Dynamic Sky when he runs in Saturday’s Grade II San Marcos Stakes for older horses at 1 ¼ miles on turf.The son of Sky Mesa owned by John Oxley and trained by Mark Casse was beaten only two lengths while finishing sixth in the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes Jan. 3, “lacking room behind rivals in midstretch.”How tight was the finish? The eight starters were separated by only five lengths.“I was coming between horses and got cut off,” Nakatani said of the San Gabriel. “I didn’t really let him get a chance to run at the point when he needed to. He’s a real big horse. I’m looking forward to getting another opportunity.”The field for the San Marcos: Finnegans Wake, Victor Espinoza, 5-2; Patrioticandproud, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Majestic Harbor, Mike Smith, 8-1; Power Ped, Flavien Prat, 9-2; Little Jerry, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; Diamond Bachelor, Martin Pedroza, 20-1; Quadrivium, Forest Boyce, 8-1; Dynamic Sky, Corey Nakatani, 3-1; and Power Foot, Kieren Fallon, 8-1. Richard Baltas2853318%$163,528 (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 1) Richard Mandella2553520%$231,900 Kent Desormeaux831914923%$1,103,492 Mark Casse3465418%$545,520 Jerry Hollendorfer7816111021%$1,508,004 Tyler Baze11914111612%$913,344 FIRING LINE TRIES DORTMUND AGAIN IN LEWISFiring Line came within a head of handing Dortmund his first defeat in the Grade I Los Alamitos Derby last Dec. 20, despite absorbing a pinball-type stretch run in the mile and a sixteenth race.Simon Callaghan is hoping for a less eventful trip when the Kentucky-bred son of Line of David owned by Arnold Zetcher tackles Dortmund and four others in Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.“He ran very well,” the trainer said of Firing Line. “He got bumped quite a bit down the lane, but he’s doing well and we’re looking forward to the race.”Firing Line will have a new pilot in the Lewis, Gary Stevens replacing Rafael Bejarano. “We decided to make a change,” Callaghan said.The Robert B. Lewis lineup: Tizcano, Martin Pedroza, 15-1; Rock Shandy, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Sebastian’s Heart, Agapito Delgadillo, 30-1; Hero Ten All, Tyler Baze, 10-1; Firing Line, Gary Stevens, 7-5; and Dortmund, Martin Garcia, 4-5. Martin Pedroza811014612%$384,410 Joseph Talamo10111121511%$876,634 Carla Gaines2353122%$290,865 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Rafael Bejarano11429191825%$1,402,854 SAN ANTONIO MORNING LINE FAVORITISM A CHALLENGEIn a showdown between two equine titans, California Chrome has been installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite by Santa Anita oddsmaker Jon White for Saturday’s Grade II San Antonio Invitational, with Shared Belief a close second choice at 7-5.“I can’t recall ever having a more difficult time deciding who to make the favorite between two horses,” said White, who also provides pre-race television commentary for Santa Anita’s simulcast network. “Not even in all of the Breeders’ Cup races that I’ve made the morning line have I had a harder decision between two horses in terms of favoritism.”White crafted the official Breeders’ Cup morning lines at Santa Anita in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014.“One of the reasons I ultimately decided to go with California Chrome is he is the reigning Horse of the Year,” White explained. “And then there is his immense popularity. Being such a big fan favorite is something that could come into play in the wagering. Also, California Chrome did beat Shared Belief the only time the two have met.”California Chrome finished third in the Grade I, $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita last Nov. 1. Shared Belief ran fourth.“But while it’s true that Shared Belief finished 3 ½ lengths behind California Chrome in the Classic, most people, of course, feel that is a race you can throw out for Shared Belief because of all the trouble he had,” White said. “Shared Belief has lost just one time in his entire life. And if not for all of the trouble he had in the Classic, it’s entirely possible he would be nine for nine going into the San Antonio.“Something else to keep in mind is Shared Belief was the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, not California Chrome. Shared Belief was 5-2. California Chrome was 4-1. I certainly would not be surprised if it turns out that Shared Belief also ends up being the favorite in the San Antonio.”While most of the attention is being focused on California Chrome and Shared Belief, Hoppertunity goes into the Santa Antonio off victories in the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs and Grade II San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita. White has pegged Hoppertunity at 4-1 for the San Antonio.“Ignore Hoppertunity at your own peril,” White cautioned.Meanwhile, White joins thousands of others in looking forward to seeing Saturday’s San Antonio.“This really is fantastic for the sport,” White said. “How great it is for the 2-year-old male champion of 2013 and the 3-year-old male champion of 2014 to meet like this? Will there be a tougher Grade II race in the entire country this year? I sure doubt it.” TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Drayden Van Dyke9610111610%$605,826 Fernando Perez878879%$329,284 Victor Espinoza721213817%$740,070 Philip D’Amato3458615%$317,110 Peter Eurton3674719%$317,458 Peter Miller671216618%$727,440 Martin Garcia55812615%$817,400 Corey Nakatani6188813%$481,500 Gary Stevens4495720%$614,632 John W. Sadler51571010%$347,432 Flavien Prat4772615%$289,750 Doug O’Neill6487813%$411,336 Mark Glatt3757614%$281,574 Bob Baffert46811717%$919,118 Mike Smith541111820%$863,361 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Hector Palma1252042%$93,310