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Floyd Won’t Go for Win #50? Ha!

first_imgBoxingnews24.com reported earlier today that WBA/WBC welterweight champion, and near-unanimously anointed best “pound for pound” fighter in the world today, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (48-0, 26KOs), will retire after facing Andre Berto (30-3, 23KOs) on September 12.This is really it, says Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe. I say hogwash.Larry Merchant famously dubbed boxing “the theater of the unexpected,” and it is certainly true. That Berto could actually beat Mayweather and thus tarnish his perfect record is highly unlikely, but not impossible. But let’s assume things go the way nearly everyone predicts: on September 13, Floyd will arise with a record of 49-0, tying the late, great Rocky Marciano.Does anyone really think that Floyd won’t try to break Rocky’s record and go for #50? Even if Floyd were merely hanging on to his undefeated streak via smoke and mirrors, it would be unfathomable that he wouldn’t be tempted to go for the big 5-0. That he continues to dominate the sport, and that one really has to think hard about any fighter in or near his weight class who would beat him (there are some, but not many), renders that possibility unimaginable.Sure, Floyd could defend against a pushover next spring to go for 50 – after all, that’s how Joe Louis padded his record: many of his opponents, collectively, were called the “Bum-of-the Month” club. But Floyd can still take on a respectable opponent whom he would have no problem dispatching, en route to a perfect 50-0.Mark my words, Floyd Mayweather will fight again, after September. I would say “you heard it here first,” but you didn’t. You’ve probably heard it everywhere, because everyone’s saying it – except Mayweather himself – and his entourage. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Disaster Management Programme Allocated $181 Million

first_imgThe Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing has been allocated $181 million in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, to commence implementation of a disaster management programme, this year. The programme aims to develop a comprehensive system for dealing with natural or man-made disasters, through the implementation of preventive measures, public education and planned emergency operations, in an effort to mitigate the likely resulting impact of disasters. Activities are centred around three sub-programmes which focus on addressing the effects of Hurricane Sandy, as well as flood damage rehabilitation incorporating river training and the cleaning of gullies. Approximately $100 million of the overall allocation has been earmarked for the Hurricane Sandy sub-programme, which aims to facilitate the completion of payments for works carried out, consequent on the system’s passage in October 2012. The remaining $81 million is earmarked to carry out activities under the flood damage rehabilitation programme. Of the sum, $50 million will be used to facilitate river training and sea defence works in flood prone areas where serious erosion has occurred. The other $31 million will be used to effect the cleaning of gullies, ahead of the upcoming hurricane season, which begins on June 1. By Douglas Mcintosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Masterbulk Testing Renewable Energy on Board Its Ships

first_imgSingapore’s shipping company Masterbulk has installed UltraBattery (UB) battery pack on its large general cargo ship MV Panamana.The battery pack, manufactured by the Furukawa Battery Company, will form part of an Aquarius Marine Solar Power solution developed by technology company Eco Marine Power and it will be evaluated jointly with Masterbulk and ZEABORN Ship Management (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.The battery pack comprises of class-approved UB-50-12 Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) batteries and marine-grade battery frame kit, and it was installed by the ship’s technical team with only remote support being required.As explained by Eco Marine Power, UB-50-12 VRLA batteries are the ideal solution for smart grid, wind power and solar power applications. They have been described as safe, recyclable and long-lasting.“These hybrid batteries incorporate unique ultracapacitor technology and along with the larger capacity UB-1000, are suitable for use on ships, offshore platforms and land-based applications,” the company said.Yasuhiro Kodaka, General Manager of International Sales at Furukawa Battery added that the long-life batteries offer a cost effective alternative to lithium-ion type batteries and are also relatively easier to install and maintain.“At the core of Masterbulk’s corporate sustainability policy is a focus on protecting the planet and exploring the use of renewable energy on our ships, as part of our strategy to further reduce emissions and fuel consumption,” Lars Modin, Chief Executive Officer at Masterbulk said.The Singapore-flagged open hatch gantry crane vessel, built in 2010, is employed within the Saga Welco pool, a joint venture between Saga Ship Holding and Masterbulk.Renewable energy projects are gaining momentum in the shipping industry as owners look to cut their carbon footprint and bring about a more sustainable future for the shipping industry in line with the industry’s commitment to halve greenhouse gas emissions in order to tackle climate change.To that end, earlier this month, the world’s largest shipping company Maersk said that it aims to become a carbon neutral company by 2050.However, in order to achieve this goal, carbon neutral vessels must be commercially viable by 2030, and an acceleration in new innovations and adaption of new technology is required.Image Courtesy: Masterbulklast_img read more

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