Joining the previously announced eight ProTour teams, nine additional Pro Continental and Continental teams have been confirmed for the 2009 Amgen Tour of California by AEG, presenter of the professional cycling race.Ã‚Â The nine-day stage race will feature 17 of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top professional teams, including world-renowned riders Lance Armstrong, two-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer, three-time World Champion Oscar Freire and 2008 Olympic gold medal winner and world champion Fabian Cancellara, racing more than 750-miles from the stateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s capitol, Sacramento, to San Diego County.Hit “more” for the full team roster…The complete 2009 Amgen Tour of California roster will feature the following 17 professional cycling teams:Ag2r-La Mondiale (FRA)Astana (KAZ)Bissell Pro Cycling Team (USA)*BMC Racing Team (USA)*Cervelo Test Team (SUI)*Colavita/Sutter Home Presented by Cooking Light (USA)*Fly V Australia presented by Successful Living Foundation Team (AUS)*Garmin-Chipotle (USA)Jelly Belly Cycling Team (USA)*Liquigas (ITA)Ouch Presented by Maxxis (USA)*Quick Step (BEL)Rabobank (Netherlands)Rock Racing (USA)*Saxo Bank (DEN)Team Columbia (USA)Team Type 1 (USA)**Newly announced“These 17 teams represent the strongest field we have had at the Amgen Tour of California.Ã‚Â We are delighted to have some of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best and most established teams and we welcome the new teams who will be racing with us for the first time,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Andrew Messick, president of AEG Sports.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“The level of competition and talent for the fourth-annual Amgen Tour of California rivals the top races in the world and demonstrates the importance of the United States to professional cycling.Ã¢â‚¬ÂAlong with the Pro Tour teams, the growing class of top domestic teams will be represented by return competitors Bissell Pro Cycling Team, BMC Racing Team, Colavita/Sutter Home Presented by Cooking Light, Jelly Belly Cycling Team, OUCH Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis (formerly Team Health Net) and Rock Racing, and new competitors Cervelo Test Team, Fly V Australia presented by Successful Living Foundation Team and Team Type 1.“The BMC Racing Team for the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will possibly be the strongest roster that we’ve fielded in any race since the inception of the program,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Gavin Chilcott, manager of the BMC Racing Team, which is based in Northern California.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“New talent has joined the team, and our two-week training camp in Northern California will be ideal preparation for the race.Ã‚Â We’ve investigated some of the courses, and overall I am very pleased with the prospects for our group this year.”Ã‚Â Several of the 17 professional cycling teams will hold their pre-season training camps in California, which will give residents across the state an opportunity to watch these elite athletes prepare for one of the top professional cycling races in the United States.Ã‚Â For more information about the teams competing in the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, please visitÃ‚Â www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.Ã‚Â About the Amgen Tour of CaliforniaThe largest cycling event in America, the Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course.Ã‚Â Building on last year’s third-annual stage race, which attracted1.6 million spectators, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will be expanded to cover more than 750 miles over nine days from February 14-22, 2009.Ã‚Â About AmgenAmgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative human therapeutics.Ã‚Â A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one of the first companies to realize the new science’s promise by bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing plant, to patient.Ã‚Â Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses.Ã‚Â With a broad and deep pipeline of potential new medicines, Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve people’s lives.Ã‚Â To learn more about Amgen’s pioneering science and vital medicines, visitÃ‚Â www.amgen.com.Ã‚Â To learn more about AmgenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Breakaway from Cancer initiative, visitÃ‚Â www.breakawayfromcancer.com.About AEGAEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world.Ã‚Â AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Sprint Center, The O2, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and NOKIA Theatre Times Square; sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), two Major League Soccer franchises, a WomenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Professional Soccer league team, the Los Angeles Sol, two hockey franchises operated in Europe, management of privately held shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, the ING Bay to Breakers foot race and the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race; AEG Live, the organizationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s live-entertainment division, is a collection of companies dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance, touring and a variety of programming and multi-media production.Ã‚Â For more information, visit AEG today atÃ‚Â www.aegworldwide.com.
View Comments Dylan Hartwell in “Naked Boys Singing!”(Photo: Michael D’Angora) This long-running show is taking it off at a new venue. Naked Boys Singing!, the hit musical now in its record-breaking 20th year, will transfer to off-Broadway’s Theater Center beginning on July 20. The production will vacate its longtime home at Theatre Row.Naked Boys Singing! is a traditional musical revue in the vein of vaudeville and high-camp musical theater, which features six actors with gorgeous voices, hilarious comedic timing—and no clothing.Cast members continuing with the production include Quenton Bruno, Jon Gluckner, Dylan Hartwell, Daniel Lopez, Noah Pyzak, Erik Schneider and Greg Sullivan.Created in 1998 by Robert Schrock and a team of 12 writers to save L.A.’s Celebration Theatre, the show went on to play all around the world. In 2007, a film adaptation was released.Mason Griffin serves as the show’s musical director, with choreography by Alex Ringler and direction by Tom and Michael D’Angora.
The Prairie Village city council on Monday will consider adoption of a memorandum of understanding with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City and the Johnson County Library on fielding a joint market study on a possible new community center campus in the city.Prairie Village leaders have been in discussions with YMCA and library officials for months on the possibility of a collaborative project that could bring a new fitness/community center and library branch together on the same site. A staff memo accompanying the item on Monday’s city council agenda notes the timeliness of the discussions given the infrastructure needs facing both the YMCA and the library in the city.“Currently the YMCA and the Johnson County Library have facilities in Prairie Village. Both have immediate infrastructure needs that could be solved by combining efforts with the City of Prairie Village to reconstruct new facilities in the proximity of Harmon Park,” wrote Public Works Director Keith Bredehoeft. “This possibility could ensure these facilities remain in Prairie Village and also allow for significantly improved services for the residents of Prairie Village.”Under the terms of the MOU that will be put before the council Monday, the city would allocate as much as $20,000 from its parks funding to hire a consultant to carry out a high level market study, gauging the feasibility of the project, including what amenities are missing in the area and what amenities residents are looking for, as well as how much such a facility might cost and what fees or taxes residents would be willing to bear. The Johnson County Library would contribute as much as $20,000 to the study as well. The YMCA would contribute as much as $10,000.Officials have been quick to point to the study as the most preliminary step in consideration of a joint project.“The Market Sustainability Study is the first step and if all three parties determine the data obtained from the survey is positive only then will there be additional agreements for the Community Engagement Evaluation and the Project Design Study,” Bredehoeft wrote.
B obbitt wins GALs Dawson Award Brad Bobbitt, supervising attorney for the Fifth Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, was awarded the Daniel P. Dawson Award during the Office of the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program’s annual meeting in Orlando on August 24 at the JW Marriott. The award, established in 2001, is presented to an attorney who exemplifies leadership and dedication to abused, abandoned and/or neglected children. Nominations for the award were received from guardian ad litem offices located throughout the state.“Mr. Bobbitt is an intelligent, kind, and honorable man,” said Marcia Hilty, Fifth Judicial Circuit GAL director. “He has a deep commitment to our most vulnerable children, and the counties that make up the Fifth Circuit are better places to live, work, and play because of his efforts.”For 20 years, Bobbitt has passionately advocated for children’s rights. Working with staff and hundreds of trained volunteers, he has sought to make sure they are safe, protected, and provided the necessary tools and opportunities for future success, she said.“Mr. Bobbitt represents the best this community has to offer. He is well-respected by members of the judiciary, area lawyers, child welfare professionals, and our volunteers. We are exceedingly fortunate to have Mr. Bobbitt leading our legal team,” Hilty said. October 1, 2010 Regular News Bobbitt wins GALs Dawson Award
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Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry has delivered the second woodchip carrier, the XINHUI EXPRESS to Nova Shipping & Logistics of Singapore.Compared with other similar bulk ships, the XINHUI EXPRESS possesses the characteristics of large capacity, high efficiency, environmental friendliness and energy saving.Main dimensions: Total length 199.80m; moulded breadth 32.20m; moulded depth 16.30m; design draft 11.00m; scantling draft 11.90m; service speed 16.3kn.[mappress]Mingde Heavy Industries, March 4, 2014
A new Managing Director has been appointed for The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC). He is Osagie Okunbor, and takes over from Mutiu Sunmonu who is retiring after 36 years of service. Okunbor has also been named the Country Chair of Shell Companies in Nigeria, combining the two positions as his predecessor did. Shell says that Okunbor is the third Nigerian to hold both posts.A graduate of Business Administration from the University of Benin, Okunbor is an accomplished professional, who brings over 28 years of industry experience and expertise to the role, the company says in the press release. He has worked in Nigeria, the UK, Brunei and currently The Netherlands. His previous assignments included Vice President, Human Resources for Shell’s Upstream Business in Sub-Saharan Africa and Vice President, Infrastructure and Logistics Shell Nigeria. He is currently Senior Advisor in Shell’s Upstream International Operated business, based in The Hague, The Netherlands, from where he returns to Port Harcourt to take up his new role.Commenting on the appointment, Vice President Nigeria & Gabon, Shell Upstream, Markus Droll said: “We are delighted to see another Nigerian at the helm of affairs in Shell Nigeria. Mutiu has worked very hard over these years – managing production and setting a new agenda in dealing with communities, government and other key stakeholders. We’re confident that Osagie will consolidate and build on the progress we have made in the past years.”Osagie Okunbor assumes office on March 1, 2015.[mappress mapid=”1054″]
How Jan De Nul Group’s new offshore installation crane vessel Les Alizés will look #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Huisman tub mounted crane for Jan De NulHuisman will design, engineer, construct and deliver a 5,000 tonne capacity tub mounted crane (TMC) for Les Alizés, Jan De Nul Group’s newest offshore installation vessel.Les Alizés will be capable of building the latest generation of offshore wind farms and other installations, plus it will be suitable for decommissioning old oil platforms. Offshore wind turbines can now stand more than 270 metres, have blades 120 metres long, and foundations weighing 2,500 tonnes, Jan De Nul said.Huisman will build the TMC at its facility in Xiamen, China. Installation will be at the China Merchants Industry Holdings Co. Ltd. shipyard, in Haimen, Nantong City, China, where Les Alizés will be built. It is a subsidiary of China Merchants Group with a track record in supplying marine and offshore facilities, Jan De Nul said. Huisman said it will be the largest offshore wind turbine foundation installation crane installed on a monohull vessel. Delivery of the crane is scheduled for 2021 and Les Alizés for the following year.The 5,000 tonne capacity TMC’s design is similar to the 3,000 tonne leg encircling crane Huisman is building for Jan De Nul’s Voltaire, another new installation vessel. The TMC is designed to allow operations with both main hoist and auxiliary hoist in extreme weather. It will have Huisman’s Dual Main Hoist System for upending large structures. It will also have a segmented slew bearing, electric drive system, an automation package to allow for more efficient operations and preparations for future crane upgrades.Les Alizés, (which means trade wind in French) will have a deck loading capacity of 61,000 tonnes and a deck area of 9,300 square metres. It is designed for floating installation so it has a dynamic positioning system instead of jack up legs. Alongside Voltaire it will be the first seaworthy installation vessel in the world designated as an Ultra-Low Emission Vessel or ULEv. It will have diesel exhaust emissions to Euro Stage V certification.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Joop RoodenburgCommenting on the order Joop Roodenburg, Huisman president, said, “Huisman is excited to build upon the working relationship with Jan De Nul to deliver an innovative offshore wind installation solution and support the renewable energy industry to build the future wind farms at sea. Huisman is pleased with the confidence shown by Jan De Nul Group with yet another contract in a short period of time: after an award for the contract of the world’s largest monopile gripper in 2018 and the contract for a +3,000 tonne leg encircling crane earlier this year, this contract constitutes the third and largest co-operation with Jan De Nul so far.”Robby De Backer, Jan De Nul Group director, newbuilding department, said, “Following a successful first campaign with the monopile gripper on the NorthWester II project – the result of our first collaboration – and good progress on the leg encircling crane of Voltaire, we feel confident that Huisman is the right partner to provide us with a third step-changing offshore installation tool. For this tub mounted crane we have carefully selected various innovations, all of which will increase safety, workability and swiftness of the operation. By continuously challenging each other during the procurement phase, Huisman’s and Jan De Nul Group’s engineering teams have come up with a total concept which enables us to provide our clients with unrivalled solutions.”#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#
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