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Herman Places Order for Damen Shoalbuster

first_imgA contract has been signed between Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld and Herman Sr. BV for the building and delivery of a Shoalbuster 2308 S, to be named Teddy.The new vessel will join the five other Damen Shoalbusters currently operated by the company and, with the hull already available from stock, is due for delivery in March/April 2019.This latest addition to the Senior BV fleet will allow the company to expand the services that it offers to the dredging, offshore wind and other sectors.Herman Sr. BV. is a third-generation, family-owned company based in Dordrecht, the Netherlands.Its fleet of Damen Shoalbusters and Multi Cats enables it to offer a wide range of marine services to its customers and it currently has vessels under contract in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, as well as in Europe.Like the other models in its class, the Shoalbuster 2308 is an exceptionally rugged and versatile workboat, which, as its name suggests, is optimized for a wide range of shallow water operations as well as offshore activities.The designs are continually updated to take advantage of the latest components and build techniques, said Damen.Image source: Damenlast_img read more

Gregg Popovich remembers Kobe Bryant ‘like a superhero who was actually human’

first_imgLEBRON JAMES NAMED PLAYER OF THE MONTHAfter the Lakers went 10-4 in January, LeBron James was named the Western Conference Player of the Month – the first time a Laker has earned the honor since Kobe Bryant did it in 2013.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — For a 12-year span, the Western Conference ran through two roads.Through Los Angeles. Or through San Antonio. In that span from the 1998-99 season to the 2009-10 campaign, the Lakers and Spurs combined to win nine NBA championships. Much of the Spurs’ success was credited to the strategic brilliance of Coach Gregg Popovich. And much the Lakers’ success was credited to the brilliant play of future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant.Speaking Tuesday night before another tilt at Staples Center against the Lakers, Popovich took a moment to reflect on the rivalry that was with Bryant, who died on Jan. 26. One of the hardest parts of learning that Bryant had died, Popovich said, was his aura of invincibility. Even a coach who bested him several times in playoff series thought of him in those terms.“He was like a superhero who was actually human,” he said. “We kind of thought of him as one of those kind of people.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Spurs knew Bryant well: They met in the postseason seven times during Bryant’s 20-year tenure as a Laker. Behind a competitive rivalry, Popovich said, was a healthy respect.“A lot of competitiveness, playing against him, coaching against him, being with him at All-Star games,” he said. “I think everybody has their situations where, even if they didn’t know him at all, they feel they did, especially the people in Los Angeles. So we all have those thoughts just pass by when you lose somebody, and they just keep coming.”Many of the Spurs, who have completely changed over their roster since the days of facing Bryant’s Lakers, were mourning in their own way. Notably, DeMar DeRozan, a Compton native, entered Staples Center both Monday against the Clippers and Tuesday against the Lakers wearing Bryant’s jersey on his back. Tim Duncan, a Spurs legend who now serves on Popovich’s bench, was also present at the game and hugged the Lakers’ LeBron James before tip-off.Popovich’s wife, Erin Popovich, died in April 2018 after a long battle with a respiratory illness. Popovich seemed to acknowledge this brush with mortality and compare it to what the Bryant family has gone through in the last week-and-a-half.“When somebody’s sick for a long time and you expect it, you deal with that,” he said. “But when somebody is taken the way that he and his daughter and the other people were taken, that makes it a tragedy, more painful in some ways.”center_img James averaged 25.4 points, 10.4 assists, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals during January, when the Lakers had the best record in the Western Conference. He had nine double-doubles, and three triple-doubles during his run, which also saw him eclipse Bryant as the No. 3 leading scorer in NBA history.James extended his own record of 39 NBA Player of the Month awards, which he had not won since March/April of 2018. Bryant won the award last for the Lakers in February of 2013. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time: Full results, winners by episode during champions tournament

first_img (Getty Images) (Getty Images) (Getty Images) Brad RutterRutter, 41, went into GOAT having never lost in “Jeopardy!” play to a human contestant, including Jennings. Only IBM’s Watson could claim victory over him. Rutter has racked up $4.876 million playing “Jeopardy!” in various formats since his original capped five-day run in 2000, during which he won $97,102 in cash and prizes.Since then, he’s won in the Tournament of Champions, the Million Dollar Masters, the Battle of the Decades, the Ultimate Tournament of Champions and as a team captain in the 2019 All-Star Games. The Pennsylvania native lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a TV host, producer and actor. “Jeopardy!” has never been more popular. America’s premier answer-and-question general knowledge quiz show got bigger and better than ever before with the Greatest of All Time tournament.Consider it remaining the ultimate tournament of champions, as the three best and winningest players in the modern version of the game’s 36-year history — Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer — battled to become known as the GOAT player. Ken JenningsJennings, 45, holds the record for the longest winning streak in “Jeopardy!” history with his 74-game run in 2004, one year after the show removed its five-day limit on returning champions. He won $2.5 million during his original run and an additional $1 million-plus in other tournament appearances over the past 15 years. The Washington state native and BYU graduate was a software engineer when he first competed on the show. He now works as an author while living in the Seattle area.  While the regular half-hour edition of the show continues to air in syndication, “Jeopardy! GOAT,” taped in December,  played out in prime time in January for a national audience with host Alex Trebek. Trebek, 79, continued to battle Stage 4 pancreatic cancer while attending to his emcee duties.Here’s a guide to everything you should know about “Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time” tournament, including how it worked, how to watch it again and how the braniac drama played out over two weeks:Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time format, explainedKen Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holtzhauer battled for a $1 million jackpot in addition to their previous winnings. The first player who won three hour-long matches took home the top prize. Each match consists of two regular games featuring the Jeopardy!, Double Jeopardy! and Final Jeopardy! rounds, including the typical three Daily Doubles. The two runners-up settled for a $250,000 prize each.With three champions who have dominated lesser opponents in their various past “Jeopardy!” runs, the degree of difficulty was raised. The answers were more difficult, leading to few more missed questions than usual despite he highest caliber of players.Before the $1.5 million in total prizes are awarded, the dollar values on the board instead showed up as point values.Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time replay scheduleThe original airdates for Jeopardy! GOAT were January 7, 8, 9 and 14 in ABC’s primetime lineup, consisting of four one-hour episodes. The replay of the event, set for May 5 through May 14, pares the tournament down into eight half-hour episodes in the daytime Jeopardy! syndication time slot (check local listings).The other two episodes over the 10 weekdays will be looks back at Jennings’ first and last appearances of his record 74-game winning strreak from his initial Jeopardy! run. Jennings’ classic regular games will air on Mon. May 4 and Fri. May 15, bookending the condensed GOAT shows.Jeopardy! champions, contestants James HolzhauerHolzhauer, 35, went on his 32-game “Jeopardy!” winning streak from April to June in 2019. During that run, he won more than $2.46 million before adding another $250,000 by winning the subsequent Tournament of Champions. The Naperville, Illinois native and University of Illinois graduate now is a professional sports gambler living in Las Vegas.*** Warning: Spoilers and final results beyond this point ***Jeopardy! GOAT winners by episodeMatch 1 winner: Ken JenningsJennings edged out Holzhauer by 200 points in the two-game match with 63,400 points, winning 45,000 and 18,400 points, respectively, in the two games. The match marked the first time Jennings has defeated Rutter, who uncharacteristically struggled on key Daily Doubles and finished a distant third.Jennings needed to wager smartly and get both Final Jeopardy! questions right to hold off Holzhauer. Here’s what the answers were:Game 1Category: Presidents & The BibleClue: “‘Silent’ Calvin Coolidge was inaugurated in 1925 on a Bible open to this six-word first line of the Gospel According to John.”Correct response: What is ‘In the beginning was the Word’?Game 2Category: AstronomersClue: “This man’s name was given to a comet that crashed into Jupiter in 1994; he’s the only human whose remains lie on the moon.”Correct response: Who is (Eugene) Shoemaker?Match 2 winner: James HolzhauerHolzhauer was only up 44,314 to 40,000 on Jennings after the first game, but he separated himself by dominating the second game, getting Final Jeopardy! right while Jennings missed. Rutter once again had a rough outing, earning only 14,400 and getting into the red with a negative score in the second game.The favorite is now down a game to both Holzhauer and Jennings. Rutter will now need to rally to win three of the next five matches. The split also means the matches will go into at least next Tuesday. Here’s a look at the Final Jeopardy! clues:Game 1Category: Influential WritingClue: “Its second line is ‘All The Powers of Old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope & Czar, Metternich & Gizot…’ “Correct response: What is ‘The Communist Manifesto’?Game 2Category: 19th Century LeadersClue: “Tall. lanky Joel Barlow was an ambassador carrying messages between these 2 world leaders, both mocked for being short.”Correct response: Who are Napoleon and (James) Madison?Match 3 winner: Ken JenningsJennings found his Match 1 groove and came out a little more aggressive, with a true Daily Double that shot him well ahead of Holzhauer in Double Jeopardy! of Game 1. Then Jennings went “all in” in Final Jeopardy! to double his total from 25,600 to 51,200. Holzhauer was in a big hole with only 27,200, while Rutter again was third with 17,600.Jennings maintained his big lead in Game 2, and had the match clinched before Final, ending up at 67,600, with Holzhauer at 33,692 and Rutter getting to 23,467. After all three contestants got Final Jeopardy! right in the first game, all three missed in the second game, with Holzhauer using his response to dub Trebek the GHOST (Greatest Host of Syndicated TV) and Rutter sharing his love for the Super Bowl 52 champion Philadelphia Eagles. Here are those easy and hard clues:Game 1Category: U.S. Political HistoryClue: “These 2 now-defunct parties each gave the U.S. 4 presidents in the 19th century.”Correct response: What is Democrat-Republican and Whig?Game 2 Category: 21st Century Oscar WinnersClue: “These 2 foreign-born directors have each won Best Director Oscars, but none of their films has won Best Picture.”Correct response: Who are Ang Lee and Alfonso Cuaron?Match 4 and Jeopardy! GOAT winner: Ken JenningsJennings had a remarkable run in winning three of four matches to Holzhauer having the lone victory and Rutter not claiming one. It was a bit tenuous in the finale, because Holzhauer was in position to make a great comeback in Game 2 to even the matches 2-2. But while Jennings got both Final Jeopardy! questions right, Holzhauer badly missed his golden opportunity to finish the rally.Going into Final in Game 1, Jennings held a 10,000-point lead, 32,800 points to Holzhauer’s 22,800 points. Holzhauer wagered 11,381 points to get to 34,181, but Jennings doubled up to 65,600.In Game 2, Holzhauer finally was able to get one of his patented late Double Jeopardy! Daily Doubles, going “all in” to take a commanding 44,000 to 23,000 lead over Jennings. But while Jennings wagered nothing to stay put in Final, Holzhauer went “all in” again, dropping to 0 instead of jumping to a winning 88,000.Jennings deserved to win all the way with a strong all-around performance, getting the toughest clues right throughout and getting rewarded most with aggressiveness on Daily Doubles. Holzhauer was effective with his speed on the buzzer to sometimes fluster Rutter, who found none of his usual dominant rhythm. Jennings was the happy medium of speed and accuracy operating from the middle podiumOne can now officially call Jennings the Jeopardy GOAT!, as well as $1 million richer.Game 1Category: It’s All Greece to MeClue: “This area of Greece, home to Pan, is synonymous with a rural paradise; it’s a setting for Virgil’s shepherd poems the ‘Eclogues’.”Correct response: What is Arcadia?Game 2 Category: Shakespeare’s TragediesClue: “He has 272 speeches, the most of any non-title character in a Shakespeare tragedy.”Correct response: Who is Iago?last_img read more