Smulders UK is in discussions with the UK government over internships and apprenticeships that would increase the local labour and the company is especially focusing on skilled welders, who are a critical element in the production sequence. Majority of welders are local, but the company is currently also employing people from Europe since it could not find sufficient number of welders in the UK, according to Tom Coosemans, General Manager of Smulders UK.One of the main reasons Smulders set up a UK facility is that in the near future there will be a lot of projects in the country and the company already has a vast track record of projects done in the UK, Coosemans said.Smulders is now working, among others, on the foundations for the Aberdeen Bay offshore wind farm. In Belgium, the company is well ahead with the upper parts of the jackets and has recently started receiving material for the lower parts of the jackets. The suction buckets were expected to arrive at the end of June.Find out more about Smulders, its UK business and projects, as well as the cooperation with Sif Group in our Expertise Hub interview, recorded at the beginning of June in London. For more Expertise Hub interviews, visit Navingo’s Offshore WIND channel on Vimeo.
September 16, 2020
The Wisconsin volleyball team bounced back Sunday to sweep Michigan (25-20, 25-18, 25-20) to earn its first home conference win of the season while snapping a four-match losing streak in a weekend split.The Badgers (14-5, 2-4 Big Ten) won each set against the Wolverines (14-6, 2-4) by at least five points in a balanced effort that evaded Wisconsin in its previous four matches.Head coach Pete Waite said if the team performs like it did against the Wolverines, the Badgers would have more victories under their belt thus far in conference play.“It’s what we’ve always been capable of,” Waite said. “It was the consistency we were looking for.”Wisconsin grabbed the first set of the match for the first time since its Big Ten opener against Northwestern Sept. 21. Sophomore outside hitter Crystal Graff led the Badgers with five kills in the opening set, with senior middle blocker Mary Ording adding three more.With the score knotted at 19, Wisconsin won five consecutive points on the powerful serve of junior libero Annemarie Hickey, who pounded two-straight service aces in that run. She totaled four aces in the match.Waite said he was pleased the team’s serving disrupted Michigan’s offensive rhythm.“I think we served tougher,” Waite said. “I think that kept Michigan out of their offense. … Overall, [we had] just a good, balanced team effort, and that’s what we always aim for.”The Badgers established solid starts in the second and third sets by jumping out to 4-1 leads. Senior middle blocker Alexis Mitchell led the team with 12 kills in the final two sets and 14 overall on just 26 attempts.Mitchell’s more aggressive play, combined with precise timing from sophomore setter Courtney Thomas, allowed for more effective attacks.“I was just working on getting up quickly because I knew that I could beat their middles if I was running fast,” Mitchell said. “Courtney was just finding me in the air, so we really connected today.”Thomas operated an effective offensive system against Michigan, posting 38 assists on a .487 passing clip, well above Wisconsin’s team assist percentage of .349. Thomas’ connection with Mitchell was especially on-point in the third set, as the Badgers converted eight of their 17 assists in the set into Mitchell kills.Waite noted Thomas’ improvement from Friday’s loss and said her accurate passing allowed for more options for the attackers up front.“I think she found the middle, and especially Alexis, much more in transition,” Waite said. “You have to be a risk-taker to do that. When she does that, it opens it up for Alexis, it opens it up for the outsides, and it really worked well this afternoon.”Wisconsin out-dug Michigan 46 to 38, with Thomas, Hickey and junior outside hitter Julie Mikaelsen contributing double-figure digs.Wisconsin was effective in disturbing the attacks of the Michigan frontline. The Wolverines racked up 19 errors in the set, but UW held them to just 35 total kills, compared to the Badgers’ 48.While seven team blocks may not seem significant, Waite said Wisconsin’s ability to deflect balls rattled the Michigan hitters.“I think we deflected more balls, so when we deflect and slow it down, … it’s just as important when you can do that, and I think we did a good job of that,” Waite said.Wisconsin was unable to defeat the No. 25 Michigan State Spartans Friday (25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 25-23), who have only lost two matches all season.This was the first match Waite implemented a new look to the lineup – Mikaelsen saw more playing time in the back row, and sophomore Caroline Workman moved to middle of the back row as a defensive specialist. Workman set a career high with 18 digs in the match.“I think I just had a mentality tonight that I wasn’t going to let any balls drop,” Workman said. “Overall, our defense improved a lot tonight from last weekend; I thought we were picking up a lot more balls. Even front row players off blockers were a lot more scrappy on the net.”After dropping the first two sets, Wisconsin was able to take the third set largely due to a staunch defense that accumulated five blocks. With a 23-22 lead in the fourth set, Michigan State took to the final three points to put away Wisconsin.Wisconsin also showed resiliency in a loss against Ohio State last weekend, again grabbing the third set after falling behind 0-2.Waite said he wants to see more consistent play out of the team but was pleased with the team’s fight late in the match.“After a slow start, I was encouraged that we came out of the locker room [and] turned things around,” Waite said. “I thought there was a much different attitude on the court; they were playing with a lot more confidence.”
May 31, 2020
Ex-Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was planning a winter swoop for £50million rated Depay.But Lyon’s director of football, Juninho, insisted Depay is happy at Les Gones and hopes to extend his contract beyond its end in June 2021.However, if the forward declines a contract extension it is likely he will be sold before his existing one runs out so Lyon can recoup some of their investment.Depay only scored seven goals in England, but he claimed his vast improvement in France is down to being “more mature” – and because the Premier League is so tough.He told The Mirror: “My mental state is different. I was 21 back then when I was with United and now I am 25 so obviously I am a more matured human being now, than when I was in Manchester.Memphis Depay wears dodgy jacket and smokes cigar as he dedicates awful rap to fansACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneTransfer news Live Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacementGossipGUNNER MAKE A MOVEArsenal weighing up transfer move for Barcelona star Rafinha”Also there is a difference between the French game and the English game and the main difference is the speed of the ball.”In England it goes very fast, attack and defence and attack and defence again.”The French game you feel more the control and trying to find our moments and we are all more relaxed playing the ball to each other.” LIVERPOOL are ready to rival Tottenham in the race for Lyon forward Memphis Depay, according to reports in Italy.The Dutchman swapped the Premier League for Ligue 1 in 2017 after ending his nightmare two-season spell at Manchester United.1 Liverpool and Tottenham are said to be interested in Memphis DepayCredit: Getty – ContributorDepay has since been rejuvenated at Lyon, notching 12 goals and 16 assists last season and beginning this campaign netting 11 times already.The Dutchman’s scoring form has attracted attention from European champions Liverpool and Spurs, Calciomercato report.But United, who flogged the 25-year-old for £17m after just 53 appearances, have a buy-back clause on the versatile forward.Though Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to show interest in Depay.Solskjaer instead has Borussia Dortmund wideman Jadon Sancho, 19, at the top of his transfer list.
May 26, 2020
Extra padding has been put in place behind the in-goals and advertisements have been removed for extra space.In previous years, Kangaroos Luke Lewis and Brett Morris were injured in separate incidents at the 2013 World Cup after crashing into the fence.Australian fullback Darius Boyd has his concerns but has been ensured he will be safe.”Mal’s been pretty good with preparing us,” Boyd said.”He measured out the pitch at Coventry and it was a bit shorter and you could tell in London that the distance between the 30 and the 40 metre line was about seven metres.”At Old Trafford three years ago it was bit dangerous when you were chasing a kick.”It’s a bit worrying but at the end of the day it’s pretty special to play at a ground like Anfield where there hasn’t been much rugby league played before.”