First Flight Lands at New Eemshaven Heliport

first_imgWIKING Helikopter Service and DHSS have completed the first flight to the heliport in the Port of Eemshaven for the opening ceremony.Source: Groningen SeaportsOn 13 September, the helicopter brought Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs and Cimate Policy Eric Derk Wiebes who officially opened the heliport.The heliport has a primary aim of facilitating flights for the offshore wind industry and will mainly be used for the maintenance of turbines.According to Groningen Seaports, the infrastructure can also be used for ambulance and trauma flights, as well as for piloting ships. The flights are only operational in daylight, with an average of 15 flights a day.“Our ports were already very well connected by water, road and rail, but the opening of the heliport adds the air travel modality. As a result, offshore wind farms can be reached better and faster, which means that Eemshaven has become a much more attractive service port for the maintenance of offshore wind turbines,” said Groningen Seaports CEO Cas König.EMS Maritime Offshore (EMO) secured a contract at the end of 2018 to operate the new heliport, while Groningen Seaports remains the owner of the needed infrastructure.The total site covers an area of approximately 4.5ha, of which approximately 1.35ha is an airfield, including a take-off and landing area located in the north-western part of the port and parking stands.Depending on developments, a number of small buildings may be built in the future, such as a hangar and/or an office/work/reception area for the helicopter operations.Source: DHSSlast_img read more

FIFA whistleblower Chuck Blazer dead at 72

first_imgCHUCK Blazer, the former executive of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), whose revelations of corruption within football’s world governing body FIFA helped bring down its long-serving president, has died.He was 72.Blazer, who was said to be ailing from diabetes-related illness, coronary artery disease and rectal cancer, was banned from football for life in 2015 following his admission that he and other members of the FIFA executive accepted bribes to vote for the hosts of the 1998 World Cup in France and South Africa in 2010.His revelations subsequently opened investigations into suspected corruption that eventually brought down FIFA president Sepp Blatter and other powerful members of the football’s world governing body.For more than two decades, Blazer and former CONCACAF president Jack Warner transformed the confederation into a global powerhouse, significantly helping to grow the sport in the confederation.Media reports said that in part through Blazer’s efforts FIFA chose the U.S. to host the 1994 World Cup. He was named to FIFA’s powerful executive committee in 1997, and he remained there until 2013.last_img read more

Filipinas shrug off first-game jitters vs Hong Kong

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Substitutes Kianna Dy and Gen Casugod were visibly nervous during their brief time on the floor with the two unable to put on points and instead produced errors late in the match.Reyes, though, was still pleased with how her team performed but she knows they can perform better in the coming days.“We’re happy with how we played,” said Reyes. “We just need to up our confidence and increase our intensity in the next games.”ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ BaliPure ousts Creamline, faces Pocari Sweat in PVL Finals Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ “There’s still the first-game jitters and I’ve always said that our camp wasn’t that long, it was just two or three weeks,” said Reyes in Filipino as she put up six points at Alonte Sports Arena.READ: Philippines whips Hong Kong in AVC openerFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“But we still applied the patterns and the lessons we’ve learned during our Japan training camp.”The Philippines went to Japan in preparation for the AVC tournament and the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games. Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—National team skipper Mika Reyes admitted there were first-day jitters when the Philippines faced off against Hong Kong in the opening day of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Thursday.The Philippines made quick work of Hong Kong 25-21, 25-16, 25-17, in the group stages to take a 1-0 record atop Pool A but there were times when some of the players seemed stiff while on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more