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Potdevin takes over from Jake Burton Carpenter as CEO

first_imgBURTON PRESIDENT LAURENT POTDEVIN PROMOTED TO CEO9/29/05Burlington, VT – Burton’s President Laurent Potdevin will assume thetitle of President and CEO, formalizing his role overseeing all Burtonbrands and shared services on a global level including Burton Snowboards,Gravis, R.E.D., ANON, Analog and The Program. Since Jake Burton Carpenterfounded the company in 1977, he has been the sole CEO. “I couldn’t be more stoked about this promotion for Laurent,” says Jake.”Laurent has worked hard and been tough, but fair in his leadership. Hehas made us all better at what we do. I have been here close to 30 years,and in that time I have never felt that someone was deserving of the CEOtitle until now.” Laurent earned this unprecedented promotion by making an impressiveimpact on the company as Burton’s President and COO. Working closelywith Jake, Laurent led the company to continued success by capitalizing onnew and existing opportunities. Since Laurent became President in 2002,Burton has grown exponentially in key business categories, made its firstacquisition in the purchase of Four Star Distribution’s snow brands,opened a Southern California office, launched the Analog streetwear brandand opened its first retail stores in New York City and Tokyo. “I have had the great fortune to work side by side with Jake for over tenyears,” said Burton President and CEO, Laurent Potdevin. “Managing aprivately held company with such a unique culture and exceptionalopportunities is an amazing challenge. This role will allow me to focus ona rapid growth plan not only for Burton but for our family of brands.” As for Jake, he’s not going anywhere. He’ll still be at Burton doing histhing – riding, testing product and working with everyone at the companyon taking Burton to the next level. Laurent will continue to report toJake, whose official title will now be Chairman and Founder, or just’Jake’ as he prefers.last_img read more

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U-Ming Orders Two VLOCs from Qingdao Beihai

first_imgU-Ming Marine Transport (Singapore), a subsidiary of U-Ming Marine Transport Corporation, has signed a 25-year Contract of Affreightment (COA) with Vale International SA of Switzerland.The COA is the biggest and longest commitment in U-Ming’s history and the total contract value is anticipated to be more than USD 600 million.In order to support the contract, U-Ming has ordered two 325,000 dwt very large ore carriers (VLOC) from China’s Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry. The two ore carriers will feature an LNG-Ready design for retrofitting to dual-fuel in the future. The vessels are expected to be delivered in 2020.U-Ming added that each vessel will be equipped with an ecoefficient main engine, SO2 scrubber features, digital optimization systems, and comply with the International Maritime Organization’s 2020 sulphur cap of 0.5% with effect from 2020.“The signing of this long-term contract has further enhanced the cooperation and relationship between Vale International SA and U-Ming. The COA will commence in 2020 until 2045 for transporting Brazilian iron ore to China. We have been able to secure a bigger portion of long-term charters with stabilized revenue and profit for the company,” a U-Ming spokesman said.The company added that the deal comes on the back of a significant recovery of the dry bulk shipping market in 2017, driven by higher demand from China and increasing iron production from mining companies in Australia and Brazil. “This COA is contracted to meet the iron ore demand growth especially in China and other developing countries; and with UMing’s prudent management and customer service oriented vision to create a win-win for both parties,” the company’s spokesperson added.According to Australia official estimates, the world iron ore total export in 2019 will reach 1.378 billion tons, a 7 pct growth as compared to 2017, of which Vale’s new S11D mine will reach a nominal capacity of 90 million tons per annum by 2020 with an iron content of up to 66.7 percent.The total iron ore export from Brazil in 2019 is expected to be 10 percent higher than in 2017.last_img read more

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Strong off Syracuse women’s soccer roster, Wheddon declines to explain

first_img Related Stories Hanna Strong, Syracuse women’s soccer player, uses derogatory language in video, has been suspended indefinitely from teamHanna Strong’s derogatory comments spark campus outrageHanna Strong statement: Women’s soccer player speaks up for 1st time since viral videoSU NAACP chapter: ‘Deeply saddened’ by Hanna Strong video Dougherty: Hanna Strong needs to publicly apologize in wake of viral video Published on October 22, 2014 at 11:27 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Senior midfielder Hanna Strong is no longer listed on the Syracuse women’s soccer roster and on Wednesday morning, head coach Phil Wheddon didn’t clarify why.“I think you know why Hanna isn’t on the roster,” Wheddon said. “We all know the story about Hanna.”Strong was indefinitely suspended from the team on Sept. 6 after being videotaped using racial and homophobic slurs in a video posted on Instagram. Her action set off campus outrage that was followed by a series of events examining sensitivity on campus.Strong was on the roster Saturday when the Orange played Notre Dame. Now Alexis Koval is the only remaining senior on the team.Syracuse (5-8-3, 2-5 Atlantic Coast) has three games left in the regular season and has already been eliminated from ACC tournament contention.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Women’s soccer looks for first win against Long Beach

first_imgWomen’s soccer makes a pair of short trips to Long Beach State and Pepperdine this weekend, as the Women of Troy seek their first two victories of the season. After suffering a tough overtime defeat at Santa Clara to open the season last week, USC will look to rebound with strong showings.Despite opening the year with a narrow loss, the Women of Troy were arguably the superior team against Santa Clara. USC pulled ahead of the Broncos twice before eventually losing 2-3.“We played really well for the first 30 minutes,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “Then we got away from some of the things we wanted to do tactically throughout the rest of the game.”Redshirt senior goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme agreed with her coach and was confident that the Women of Troy would iron out their issues by Friday night. Prudhomme was encouraged by the team’s early season friendlies (two wins by a combined score of 9-1), and she said the squad would improve as it logged more minutes as a unit.“There were just a couple breakdowns on defense that we need to clean up, and I think we’ll be OK,” Prudhomme said. “The more we play and the more we’re together, it’ll feel more like an exhibition when we go out for a normal game.”The loss to Santa Clara stings, but McAlpine said he was happy with his squad’s opening to the season.“All in all, it was a good start,” McAlpine said. “We learned something by playing a team of that caliber early. Hopefully we’ll continue to grow and build off of that.”There is still much growing left to do for USC. Ranked No. 11 in the nation in the preseason coaches’ poll, the Women of Troy harbor high ambitions for this season after making it to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.“Our goals are to win the Pac-12 championship and to win the national championship,” Prudhomme said. “I don’t think they’re unrealistic … if we do what we need to do.”McAlpine was similarly excited about his team, but he knows that USC’s tournament run last year now puts a target on the Women of Troy’s back.“This team has better talent than we had a year ago, but you still have to play the games,” McAlpine said. “This year, we’re not an underdog; people know that we’re talented and what we’re capable of. So we’re going to have to be a little bit more focused every game.”The Women of Troy kick off at Long Beach State at 7 p.m. on Friday, and they take on Pepperdine in Malibu at 1 p.m. on Sunday.last_img read more

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COLUMN: Tiny fan sections ruin game experience

first_imgAttendance issues at sporting events aren’t a new topic at USC. The problem was further magnified when the football team got off to a slow start last fall. There were swaths of empty seats in the Coliseum throughout the season, and it hurts my soul to know that one of the smallest crowds in the USC-Notre Dame rivalry’s history witnessed junior cornerback Adoree’ Jackson’s breathtaking performance last November in what turned out to be his final home game.But I’m not here to talk about football: It’s a titanic program, and after last season’s Rose Bowl run, I’m sure the stadium will be stuffed to the gills come September. We have another exciting team, though, that has been growing in national prominence while consistently playing in front of thousands of empty seats.It’s unfortunate that that sentence could apply to a large number of Trojan programs. I remember when I was the beat writer for the women’s volleyball team in 2015; despite being the No. 1 team in the nation and going undefeated at home until the penultimate game of the season, USC often played in a cavernously empty Galen Center. To his credit, head coach Mick Haley would go out of his way after almost every match to thank the crowd for coming out anyway, but he really should’ve been frustrated. Though over 6,000 fans crowded into the arena to watch the team take on UCLA, you rarely even saw a third of that number week-in, week-out. And this was a team that ran away with the No. 1 ranking and won the Pac-12.Today, we have a 16-3 men’s basketball team playing in that same arena and drawing the third-fewest fans in the conference. USC’s attendance numbers last season — when the Trojans topped the Bruins three times in one year — ranked in front of only Stanford and Washington State in the Pac-12. The Cardinal have a notoriously lukewarm fanbase, while the Cougars haven’t made the NCAA tournament since 2008, when O.J. Mayo walked the USC campus.As a school and a student body that supposedly takes great pride in its athletic tradition, we have no excuse for not showing up to watch a team that made it into March Madness last year (and almost pulled off a first-round upset against Providence to boot). We hate losing to UCLA, but the Bruins crushed us in attendance in the 2015-16 season, averaging around 8,000 fans per game and drawing over 150,000 total. USC’s numbers? Around 4,500 per game and 80,000 total. It’s a bitter pill to swallow: We’re getting blown out by our crosstown rivals by almost double the score, and we have to turn things around.I’m not talking down at you from my high horse, either, because I am just as guilty as anyone other Trojan of this spectator apathy. I can’t remember the last USC game I attended as a fan and not as part of a Daily Trojan assignment — maybe a football game back in 2015? And it’s not even because I’ve been busy covering events: I just haven’t gotten my lazy rear off the couch on an off day. In fact, as much as I lamented the women’s volleyball attendance earlier, I myself didn’t attend most of the team’s matches during that season if I wasn’t assigned to work them.But there are still many students out there who love their school’s athletic programs, as evidenced by the Trojan Knights and their unbridled enthusiasm at every USC sporting event. That rah-rah attitude used to be ubiquitous. Where has the passion gone for the rest of the students in our campus community?Perhaps it’s USC’s vaunted metamorphosis into a more “academically rigorous” school and its climb up the college rankings that has decreased our overall interest in sports. Or perhaps we have proven ourselves to be just another L.A. fanbase that can’t be bothered to tune in unless we’re watching the biggest team on the biggest stage. I hope neither is the case: I hope even if (when?) we become the most prestigious academic institution in the nation, we will pack thousands upon thousands of students and fans into our sporting venues. And I certainly hope we’re not fair weather fans.There is an opportunity to put my doubts to rest tonight, 6 p.m. in the Galen Center. Men’s basketball takes on No. 14 Arizona, which rolls into Los Angeles undefeated in conference play and with a slightly better overall record than the Trojans (16-2 versus 16-3). The Wildcats’ freshman forward Lauri Markkanen is a top NBA prospect and will undoubtedly be a handful for the USC defense; besides, the Trojans have a few pro prospects of their own in sophomore forward Chimezie Metu and freshman guard De’Anthony Melton (and sidelined sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright, who made a thunderous debut for the team last year). It should be a fun game, and after a scuffling start to conference play, USC will need a strong night to show they mean business to the rest of the Pac-12. The team could use a raucous crowd behind it to pull out the upset victory.It’s time to put our money where our mouth is, Trojan fans. Do we really care about USC teams?I know it’s a Thursday, but hey, next Wednesday’s game against UCLA was confirmed as a sellout weeks ago, and that’s an even more inconvenient date. Plus, the dinnertime tipoff means everyone should get out of the Galen Center with plenty of time left for activities. It’s a marquee matchup — and a key one for the future of this season for the Trojans. There’s no excuse to keep the arena empty for this one.See you at the game.Ollie Jung is a junior studying print and digital journalism. His column, “Jung Money”, runs on Thursdays.last_img read more

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