The Trident Alliance is a coalition of ship owners and operators that share a common interest in the enforcement of maritime sulphur regulation and are willing to collaborate to help bring it about. The current members include: American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARRC), EUKOR Car Carriers Inc, Höegh Autoliners, J. Lauritzen, Maersk, Rickmers-Linie, Stena, Torvald Klaveness, UECC, Unifeeder and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics.Roger Strevens, vice president environment of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, who has been elected chairman of The Trident Alliance, explained: “Robust enforcement of sulphur regulation is needed for health and the environment and, from the perspective of maintaining a level playing field, it is a business imperative. Already during its formation the Trident Alliance has raised awareness of the current shortcomings of enforcement and related consequences, particularly in the European ECA. Now our work starts in earnest.”The alliance will use a number of different strategies to bring about robust and transparent enforcement, which is likely to vary from country to country, and will raise awareness globally. It will also communicate with industry stakeholders regarding innovations in enforcement technologies.www.tridentalliance.org
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Hazelle Rogers among Clinton advocatesIn their efforts to court the Caribbean vote ahead of the Florida presidential primaries tomorrow, the Hillary Clinton campaign has established a Caribbean Leadership Council of state and local leaders among the Diaspora. Advocates for the Clinton campaign include state representatives Hazelle Rogers and Daphne Campbell, Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness, and Miami Dade commission chairman Jean Monestime.Clinton’s husband, Former President Bill Clinton, made a campaign stop in Miami Gardens Sunday recently where he spoke at an event at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex and was joined by U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson, among others.He told the crowd her Republican rivals don’t want her to win the Democratic nomination out of fear she will beat them.“Everything Hillary accomplished — as Secretary of State, a Senator, in the White House — she actually had some good Republicans supporting her,” Clinton said. “Now, they start being mean to her when she left the Secretary of State’s office because they said ‘Oh my goodness, we have to run against her, what will we say.’”During his speech, President Clinton addressed the recent shooting death of 6-year-old King Carter and honored the mothers of gun violence, including Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin.At the rally, Rep. Frederica Wilson of Miami singled out Trump in making her case for Clinton, who would continue President Obama’s legacy.“She deserves to go back to the White House, but this time as the commander in chief,” Wilson said. “If we elect Donald Trump, all of Obama’s hard work will be wiped out.”Wilson also made sure to mention that Clinton would be the first woman president, something female voters of Florida seem to be keenly aware of in the poll. Among women voters polled, Clinton was favored 58-20 percent over Sanders. Men backed her 49-20 percent over Sanders. Clinton also beat Sanders among every age group of voters who were polled.
Mississippi State second baseman tries to tag out an LSU player.Mississippi State’s season concluded last weekend with a six-game losing streak. The Bulldogs followed up three losses to Ole Miss with three more to Tennessee. Overall, MSU lost 18 of the final 21.Mississippi State’s final record was 24-30, its first losing record since 2010. Since that time, the Bulldogs had made four straight NCAA Regionals. It won the SEC Tournament in 2012. It hosted a regional in 2013 and eventually wound up in the College World Series final that year.The 2015 Bulldogs hit much better than the 2012 squad. Zac Houston’s opponent batting average mirrored that of Jonathan Holder in 2013.While a few categories show the potential that lead to a 13-0 start, the majority reveal the holes in the 2015 squad.Here’s a breakdown of this year’s key stats compared with those from the last four seasons.2015 — Record: 24-30Avg. (Team, team leader):.271; Jacob Robson .325; .300 hitters: 4.Home Runs: 22; Wes Rea 6.Stolen Bases: 47; Robson 21.Hits: 493; Robson 60.Runs: 285; Robson 41.ERA: 4.51; Trevor Fitts 2.03Opponents’ Avg: .269; Zac Houston .178Ks per inning: .82; Dakota Hudson 1.6. 2014 — Record 39-24 Avg.: .275; Brett Pirtle .363; .300 hitters: 3Home Runs: 16; Wes Rea: 5.Stolen Bases: 68; Derrick Armstrong 14.Hits: 575; Pirtle 87.Runs: 311; Pirtle 35.ERA: 3.06; Jacob Lindgren 0.81.Opponents’ Avg: .242; Lindgren .124.Ks per inning: .90/ Lindgren 1.8 2013 — Record 51-20 Avg.: .293; Adam Frazier: .352.; .300 hitters: 5.Home Runs: 30; Hunter Renfroe 16.Stolen Bases: 59; Frazier and Renfroe 9.Hits: 713; Frazier 107.Runs: 414; Frazier 62.ERA: 2.79; Chad Girodo 1.36Opp. Avg: .227; Jonathan Holder .175Ks per inning: .91; Holder 1.6. 2012 — Record 40-24 Avg.: .251; Adam Frazier .371; .300 hitters: 1.Home Runs: 21; Hunter Renfroe 4.Stolen Bases: 45; Frazier 9.Hits: 524; Frazier 91.Runs: 287; Frazier 45.ERA: 2.58; Jonathan Holder 0.32.Opp. Avg: Holder .173.Ks per inning: Chris Stratton 1.15. 2011 — Record 38-25 Avg.: .281; Jarrod Parks .371; .300 hitters: 3.Home Runs: 30; Nick Vickerson 9.Stolen Bases: 89; Vickerson 26.Hits: 591; Parks 77.Runs: 380; Vickerson 57.ERA: 4.39; Caleb Reed 1.55.Opp. Avg.: .269; Taylor Stark 0.089.Ks per inning: .87; Reed 1.03.The strikeouts per inning stand out along with pitching as a whole. Mississippi State’s lowest total since college baseball changed its bats was .87 in 2011. In every other season, MSU was at .90 or above.Mississippi State averaged a tenth of a strikeout less per inning than it has since 2012. MSU struck out 395 in 483 2/3 innings. In its worst year of pitching the last five seasons, MSU averaged .87 Ks per inning and had an ERA above 4.00. The Bulldogs mimicked those numbers this year with a .81 strikeouts per inning and an ERA of 4.51.The difference was the 2015 squad didn’t have the 2011 offense. Jarrod Parks led the team with a .371 average. MSU as a whole hit .281 with 30 home runs and 89 stolen bases.This year, with a new ball used to increase offense, the Bulldogs hit 22 home runs, stole 47 bases and hit .271 as a team.In 2012, Mississippi State won the SEC Tournament with an offense that hit .251. It clubbed only 21 home runs and finished with 45 stolen bases. All three totals fall short of this year’s club. Those numbers are with 10 more games too.However, the 2012 club could pitch. It’s 2.58 ERA is the lowest of the last five years. It struck out .91 batters per inning, which bests even last year’s staff that featured Jacob Lindgren and Jonathan Holder. Opponents hit .240 off the 2012 staff.Two clubs: one built on pitching and the other hitting. Both saw success. This year’s club did neither.One final thing that stands out is how good the 2013 club was, specifically Adam Frazier. The team hit and pitched. Frazier led the offense with Hunter Renfroe — a first round draft pick — in the middle of the lineup. There was pro talent galore.It’s a glimpse in how far MSU has fallen in two years and how much it has to rebuild to return to Omaha.Contact Michael Bonner at [email protected] Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter
“I have met him on few occasions and I must say that he was a highly industrious man who knew what he wanted out of life. He masterminded the revolution and evolution of the NBA which turned it into the biggest basketball franchise in the world.”“We are saddened by his death but consoled that he lived a fulfilled life while with us. Any time we watch or hear the NBA, there is no way we won’t remember David Stern.”Stern became commissioner in 1984 and stepped down 30 years later as the longest serving commissioner in the history of major North American sports leagues.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Basketball Federation has joined the global community in mourning the demise of former NBA Commissioner, David Stern who died on Wednesday, 1st of January, 2020.The NBBF described the death of the 77 year old who revolutionised the NBA as a sad event which was not the perfect way to usher in the new decade.In a statement by its President, Engr Musa Kida, the federation said the global community will forever remain grateful for the revolution he brought to the NBA while serving as Commissioner.