Battling England stay in touch

first_img Jack Gaunt and David Hague, who are both making their debut at this level, continued their 100 per cent foursomes record with a 3/1 win in a tight game. For most of the match they held just a one-hole lead, but they finished strongly winning both 16 and 17. Defending champions Ireland hold a 4-1 lead over Scotland after this morning’s second day foursomes at the Men’s Home Internationals – while England battled hard to stay in touch with Wales. Battling England stay in touch The hosts won the last two games at Moortown, Yorkshire, to trail by just one point going into this afternoon’s singles. The hosts won the last two games at Moortown, Yorkshire, to trail by just one point going into this afternoon’s singles. Today, four of their five pairings were quickly ahead and they went on to secure those points, with Scotland’s Ryan Lumsden and Euan Walker claiming their team’s only foursomes win. Image copyright Leaderboard Photography Today, four of their five pairings were quickly ahead and they went on to secure those points, with Scotland’s Ryan Lumsden and Euan Walker claiming their team’s only foursomes win. Jack Gaunt and David Hague (pictured), who are both making their debut at this level, continued their 100 per cent foursomes record with a 3/1 win in a tight game. For most of the match they held just a one-hole lead, but they finished strongly winning both 16 and 17. The experienced Bradley Moore teamed up again with new cap Jake Burnage and they maintained their unbeaten foursomes record with a fighting finish. They were one down after 15, but won 16 and 17 before halving the last in par to claim their point and provide a big morale boost for the team. Click here for full scores Click here for full scores Ireland, meanwhile, were clearly determined to avoid a repeat of yesterday’s foursomes, when they too trailed after the morning session against Wales. Defending champions Ireland hold a 4-1 lead over Scotland after this morning’s second day foursomes at the Men’s Home Internationals – while England battled hard to stay in touch with Wales. Ireland, meanwhile, were clearly determined to avoid a repeat of yesterday’s foursomes, when they too trailed after the morning session against Wales. The experienced Bradley Moore teamed up again with new cap Jake Burnage and they maintained their unbeaten foursomes record with a fighting finish. They were one down after 15, but won 16 and 17 before halving the last in par to claim their point and provide a big morale boost for the team. 17 Aug 2017 Battling England stay in touch Three new caps were involved in the games which turned around England’s fortunes and brought about the 3-2 score. Three new caps were involved in the games which turned around England’s fortunes and brought about the 3-2 score. Tags: Men’s Home Internationalslast_img read more

The Mission In Monmouth Beach To Build An Awesome Playground

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |MONMOUTH BEACH – It’s been nearly two decades since borough playgrounds have been renovated but a project is now underway to give Griffin Street Park a state-of-the-art upgrade.A $250,000 inclusive playground with new structures and an alternative surface to sand is in the works, thanks to a grassroots fundraising effort by residents that has won support from local and county government.“For almost two years now, myself and a bunch of other moms from town have been pushing for a new playground,” said Courtney Wladyka, who spearheads Monmouth Beach’s Project Playground. “We started going to borough meetings. Then we were directed to the county parks commission and now we’ve finally made some progress.”When Wladyka began bringing her toddlers to the park two years ago, weeds were sprouting up through the sandbox and the blacktop running track showed signs of fracturing and erosion from times when the Shrewsbury River overflowed.Wladyka took note of the hard steel surfaces underneath landings by the slides and swings, questionable sections of rust on the jungle gym and the site’s lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.Monmouth Beach resident Courtney Wladyka stands in front of the Griffin Street Memorial Park Playground in Monmouth Beach, a facility she hopes to help renovate through fundraising efforts, a Monmouth County Park System grant, and further support from the borough.“When I started talking to other moms about it they didn’t hold back,” Wladyka said. “Aside from all of those concerns, they also noticed a lot of garbage around the playground and told me how some of their kids have even gotten hurt playing there. So we started thinking about organizing a cleanup but we soon realized the problem was a lot bigger than that.”After discussing the situation with town officials, Monmouth Beach submitted an application to the Monmouth County Park System, which administers the county Open Space Trust grants on behalf of the freeholders. It was approved and the borough was awarded $100,000 in 2017.Borough Commissioner Dave Stickle said, “I know Courtney is working to help offset the remaining cost of the project with donations and we’re all hopeful that she’ll be able to match the grant. But whatever she isn’t able to raise, the town will be able to make up the difference,” he said.Stickle said a plan for the final scope of the work will be formulated over the next couple of months and the signing of the grant agreement with Monmouth County is anticipated to follow in late July or August.Once the agreement is signed the borough can then put the work out to bid.“With the timeline we have in mind it may be a little ambitious but we’re hoping to have the work finished by the winter or early spring, so we can have it ready to go for the kids by next summer,” Stickle said. “This type of upgrade is absolutely needed in our community.”Until ground is broken, Wladyka’s fundraising schedule is in full swing. She recently wrapped up a Monmouth Beach apparel and tote bag sale, in which all proceeds generated were donated to the project. Wladyka will continue to sell borough-branded apparel, totes and reusable straws this summer at the Little Monmouth Beach Club, the borough farmer’s market and the town’s Church of the Precious Blood.The reusable straws are especially appropriate for Monmouth Beach, following the town’s bold action to ban all single-use plastic straws and containers at restaurants and other local establishments in order to curb pollution.The “Party for the Playground” July 28 will feature food, drinks and live music. Tickets for the event are $75 and all proceeds will be donated to the project. The fundraisers are also selling custom-engraved bricks and benches to be installed at the playground. Pricing and sizes of the bricks vary from 4 inches by 8 inches for $100 to 8 inches by 8 inches for $250 and twelve by twelves for $500. As of June 3, brick sales have generated $1,700 in funding for the project.“We’re ecstatic because this is actually going to happen,” Wladyka said, who expressed gratitude for the help from local and county officials along the way. “We just want to keep this momentum going and make sure that the grant money gets used or else we lose it.”Project Playground is one of two new playground proposals in the borough. Monmouth Beach Elementary is also working to establish a new playground on its campus. The school’s new playground will replace its current kindergarten playground, which will be removed to make room for a new all-purpose facility.Construction on the school project will begin this month, according to Monmouth Beach Superintendent Michael Ettore. “I think we all would agree that our playground being upgraded, and the playground across the street being renovated and upgraded, will only benefit our town and our residents,” Ettore said.Those wishing more information about the project or its fundraisers can contact Wladyka at [email protected] article was first published in the June 7-June 14, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

FAVORED MOTOWN MEN WEARS DOWN LONGSHOT SPIRIT RULES TO TAKE $150,000 TIZNOW STAKES BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER BAZE, WHO GETS HAT TRICK ON THE DAY; WEST TRAINEE COVERS FLAT MILE IN 1:35.77

first_imgTIZNOW PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR HORSES BRED OR SIRED IN CALIFORNIA ARCADIA, Calif. (May 23, 2015)–Favored Motown Men steadied momentarily a furlong from home while shifting outside pacesetter Spirit Rules en route to an authoritative three quarter length win under Tyler Baze in Saturday’s $150,000 Tiznow Stakes, getting one mile in 1:35.77. Trained by Ted H. West and owned by Gulliver Racing, LLC, the 6-year-old gelding by Decarchy, who came off a close third place finish in the Grade III Precisionist Stakes May 2, got his first stakes win and his sixth career tally from 29 starts. (The Tiznow, run as Santa Anita’s ninth race, is part of the Golden State Series which is restricted to horses bred or sired in California).“Going into the far turn, I had the rail and my horse was really running,” said Baze, who got his third stakes win of the day in the Tiznow. “When I grabbed him (approaching the furlong pole), I didn’t really know if he would get goin’ again. For a split second, I kind of had to jump (Spirit Rules’) heels and then he reached back and got them one more time…He’s an honest horse. He wants to win. It’s been an awesome day.”Heavily favored at 4-5 in a field of 10 older horses, Motown Men paid $3.80, $3.00 and $2.60. Claimed three starts back on March 8 for $40,000, “Mo” has won two races for his new connections and his overall mark now stands at 29-6-6-5. With the winner’s share of $90,000, his earnings now stand at $384,459.“I don’t think he’s ever come from off the pace on the inside like that,” said West. “I remember when we claimed him, somebody said, ‘He’s a good horse, but I think he’s a need-the-lead type.’ Not only was he not on the lead, he was down on the rail taking some dirt. I didn’t know how he’d respond, but I didn’t have to wait too long to see…We’ll probably give him some time. This is three races in six weeks.”Ridden by Iggy Puglisi, Spirit Rules set fractions of 22.55, 45.59, 1:09.49 and 1:22.35 and was second best, finishing two lengths in front of Solid Wager for the place. Spirit Rules paid $10.80 and $8.80.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Solid Wager, who was off at 23-1, rallied from last for third money and paid $6.00 to show.last_img read more

BAFFERT’S LORD NELSON LOOMS STANDOUT IN GRADE I, $300,000 SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP GOING SIX FURLONGS SATURDAY

first_imgJAZZY TIMES: Also trained by Baffert, this up and coming three year old will try stakes company for the first time on Saturday. A runaway 6 ½ length allowance winner going 6 ½ furlongs at Del Mar on July 31, Jazzy Times, who was a handy first-out maiden winner on Kentucky Derby day at Churchill Downs May 7, has two wins from four starts. Owned by Zayat Stables, the Kentucky-bred colt by Discreetly Mine has been favored in all four of his races and will hope to hit the board under Rafael Bejarano. THE GRADE I SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 4 of 10 Approximate post time 2 p.m. PST LORD NELSON: A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Pulpit, Lord Nelson was purchased privately by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm following a third place finish here in the Grade I, seven furlong Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26 and is undefeated in three starts for his new connections. With Baffert mapping strategy, Lord Nelson made his 2016 debut in a six furlong classified allowance here on June 3 and he responded with an emphatic 3 ½ length win. He followed that with a half-length score in the Grade I, seven furlong Triple Bend Stakes on June 25 and exits the best race of his career, a four length triumph in the Grade I, six furlong Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar on July 31. Undefeated in three starts at six furlongs, he’s 4-7 at Santa Anita and has six wins from 12 career starts, with earnings of $778,271. All Run–Martin Garcia–121Anytime Anyplace–Victor Espinoza–121Cautious Giant–Tyler Baze–121Lord Nelson–Flavien Prat–125Jazzy Times–Rafael Bejarano–118First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit http://www.santaanita.com/horse-racing/live-racing/.center_img Undefeated in three starts this year and positioned as perhaps America’s top sprinter, Bob Baffert’s Lord Nelson looms a complete standout among a field of five three year olds and up in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship at six furlongs. A Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race, the winner will earn an automatic fees-paid berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint here on Nov. 5. SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACElast_img read more

Man City line-up against Man United: Pellegrini’s selection headache following attacker injury

first_img1 Manchester City can ease the recent pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini with victory in the Manchester derby on Sunday – LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on talkSPORT, from 1pm.The Premier League champions, who sit six points behind league leaders Chelsea, lost 2-1 at West Ham last weekend before suffering a humiliating exit in the Capital One Cup at home to Newcastle United.However, with rivals United buoyed by Robin van Persie’s dramatic injury-time equaliser against Chelsea last weekend, and captain Wayne Rooney set to return following a three-match ban, City will have to be at their best if they are to get their title defence back on track.That was dealt a sizable blow following confirmation that Spanish midfielder David Silva will be sidelined for up to three weeks with a knee injury sustained against the Magpies, but how much will that influence Pellegrini’s starting XI for what is shaping up to be a crunch fixture? talkSPORT takes a look…Nasri to replace injured Silva?Spain international Silva is an integral part of how City line-up and his absence will be crucial, not just in this game but for the next few weeks.The former Valencia man has scored twice and laid on two assists in nine games this season, including a fabulous solo effort against the Hammers last week, highlighting his importance to the team.French midfielder Samir Nasri, who made his return from groin surgery for Silva on Wednesday, will likely replace the Spaniard against United and City fans will hope he can reproduce the form of last season, where his seven goals and seven assists were key part to the Citizens’ title success.Time to drop Mangala?Pellegrini’s biggest decision is who to partner alongside captain Vincent Kompany – Eliaquim Mangala or Martin Demichelis.Despite an impressive debut at home to Chelsea, Mangala has endured a difficult start to English football, and he came under heavy criticism for his performances against West Ham and Newcastle.Demichelis suffered a similar start to life in the Premier League last season, but went on to establish himself as a more than capable partner for Kompany.The threat of Angel di Maria and his pace would suggest Mangala is better suited to nullifying United’s attacks, but given Demichelis’s experience he will probably get the nod.Aguero to operate as lone forward?Edin Dzeko has a good derby record, most recently bagging two goals in March’s 3-0 demolition at Old Trafford, but the Bosnian is suffering from a lack of form and that suggests the league’s joint-top scorer Sergio Aguero will lead the line as a lone striker.The Argentine has been in sublime form in recent weeks, including scoring an impressive four-times against Tottenham Hotspur two weeks ago, and with City boosted by the news that Yaya Toure should be fit, expect the Ivorian to be given the licence to roam forward and operate behind Aguero with Fernando and Fernandinho shielding the back-four.Toure has scored just once this season and looks a shadow of the player that scored 20 league goals last season, but if Pellegrini opts for a five-man midfield that could allow the former Barcelona man to rediscover his best form.Is this how Manchester City will line-up against Manchester United?Man City fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Man United? Comment below…Man City v Man United is LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on talkSPORT, Sunday from 1pm. Click here for coverage. Manchester City can ease the pressure on manager Manuel Pellegrini in the Manchester derby on Sunday. last_img read more

Preparing your irrigation system for the growing season: Part I

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A good time to think about your irrigation system is before the spring growing season when heavy water demands arise. An irrigation system working at peak efficiency should deliver the right amount of water, at the right time, and with the lowest possible inputs of labor and energy. Unfortunately, peak efficiency is not always the case. Irrigation equipment such as pumps, pipes, valves, and nozzles are subject to ageing and degradation. Slow degradation such as a worn nozzle, clogged filter, or mineral deposits in pipes is not easy to detect. Degraded water delivery equipment can cause insufficient watering that result in non-uniform plant growth, increased pest pressure, waste of water, and pumping energy. Prior to the spring season, it is a good idea to inspect the irrigation system’s components. Make sure the system is clean of debris, mineral buildup and biological contaminants. Also take time to research and consider technology improvements to further conserve resources such as labor, energy, water and fertilizer chemicals. Delivering water quantityPipes and other physical components of the irrigation system are responsible for transporting water from the source to the plants. Distribution and delivery components should be checked for obvious visual damage such as leaks and tested for proper functionality. Quick patch jobs made during the previous season should be fixed in a more permanent manner. Other equipment that should be tested for functionality may include valves, filters, controllers, and moisture sensors.Pressure gauges and flow meters provide invaluable information about water use and condition of the irrigation system. Make sure these devices are functioning and calibrated. Line pressure influences the flow rate and distribution pattern from nozzles and emitters. Backflow preventers require a pressure drop for functionality. Excessive pressure drop across a filter indicates a clog. Pumps operate at specific pressures to meet the needs of nozzles or emitters. High pressure at the pump may indicate a restriction in flow. Low pressure from the pump can be an early warning sign of line leakage, or/and pump failure. Pumps operating outside of their designed pressure range are less efficient and costly.Expansion in a growing operation may require expanding the capacity of the irrigation system. Addition of crop zones that need more water than established zones can exceed a pump’s ability to simultaneously provide adequate flow and maintain adequate pressure at nozzles/emitters. This is because increased flow rate in pipes, and longer irrigation line increase the pressure loss in those pipes, thus less water can be delivered. Prior to expanding, determine if the pump is capable of delivering the needed flow rate at a pressure required by the nozzles/emitters. Remember to factor in pressure loss in water lines at the required flow rate. It is also possible to add irrigation zones so that multiple crop zones can be watered at different times. This will be discussed at a later article. Nozzle/emitter checkNozzles and emitters wear out over time or can be clogged by debris, mineral deposits, and biofilm. Debris flowing through nozzles slowly erodes and enlarges the orifice. A worn nozzle orifice will allow greater flow and the pump may not be able to maintain the required pressure as a result. This affects the flow at other nozzles and the overall distribution uniformity. Micro irrigation emitters tend to clog from debris or biofilm. Pressure compensating emitters will wear out over time as the diaphragm inside the emitter changes in elasticity. As both nozzles and emitters fail, some plants may become over-watered or under-watered, consuming extra water and energy or drought stressing the plants.Nozzle ware can be checked by comparing a used nozzle to a new one of the same make and model. Insert the shank of an appropriately sized drill bit into the orifice. The bit should fit the same in the new and used nozzle. The distribution pattern can be visualized by placing small containers under sprinklers nozzles in a grid-like fashion. Run the sprinklers for a given amount of time and compare the volume in the catch containers. Similar to sprinkler nozzles, micro irrigation emitters can be checked by placing a catch container at each emitter. Measuring flow volume over a given time will indicate clogged or partially clogged emitters. There should not be more than a 10% variation in flow from nozzles or emitters along the same lateral. Clean contaminants for line healthCleaning the irrigation system is important for plant health and proper functioning of components. Biological contaminants can spread disease. Debris such as sand erodes nozzles and damages valves. Water with a high level of dissolved salts can precipitate solids inside pipes and emitters. These dissolved minerals come from either the water’s source or from nutrient injection. For example, source water over pH 7.5 and over 100 parts per million bicarbonate can precipitate minerals. Three major causes of water line clogging are 1) iron bacteria (generally reddish), 2) manganese bacteria (generally more black), and 3) iron and manganese sulfide.The first two problems can be addressed chemically by periodic acid/chlorine treatment of water. It is also effective by pumping the water into a reservoir and aerate (i.e. oxidize) followed by precipitate removal with a filter. The iron and manganese sulfide problem can be mediated by aeration, acidification, and chlorination then precipitate out any remaining sulfide. Keep in mind that source water composition can change over time so testing the water at regular intervals is a good idea. Maintain system cleanliness by flushing and disinfecting when needed and cleaning filters throughout the system on a regular basis.Non-uniform water distribution can result in non-uniform plant growth. The plants on the top-right corner received more water than those at the left bottom corner. Location, orientation, and integrity of irrigation emitters/nozzles should be checked for uniform water distribution.This article has focused on delivering the right amount of water for effective and efficient irrigation. A part II on the same theme will provide a few pointers to assure efficient nutrient uptake, and quality of recycled water, and a few new technologies to making improvements and upgrades to your irrigation system. Upgrades can conserve water, save energy, reduce chemical use, and reduce runoff. Dr. Peter Ling is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the area of controlled environment plant production. He can be reached at 330-263-3857 or [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Luke Power is a Research Associate with Dr. Ling.last_img read more

Jama Masjid attack: US, Oz, NZ issue travel advisories

first_imgThe shootout outside Jama Masjid on Sunday has worried various nations, especially those participating in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games (CWG). Concerned about the security of their people, the embassies of Australia, New Zealand and the United States have issued travel advisories for major Indian cities. Australia on Monday issued a warning stating there was a “high risk of terrorism” in the city during the Games, while New Zealand expressed concerns about the security arrangements during the gala sporting event. Australia’s latest travel advisory to its citizens travelling to India says: “Australians in New Delhi should be aware that the Commonwealth Games will be held in a security environment where there is a high risk of terrorism. We continue to receive reporting that terrorists plan to attack public places, including hotels and tourist locations, in New Delhi, Mumbai and other major cities.” Aussie athletes have also been advised to exercise “extreme caution” during the Games. New Zealand too seemed concerned about the security arrangements in the national capital but it still had some faith in the system. Prime Minister John Key said the situation was being monitored but the country was committed to participating in the Games. The New Zealand travel advisory said: “There is a significant threat from terrorism in India and New Zealanders travelling in India should take account of the potential for terrorist attacks by militant groups. We continue to receive reports of plans for terrorist attacks in India. Terrorist attacks in India may be directed at national institutions within major cities, religious sites, festivals, tourist sites, hotels, markets, fairs, major sporting events, and public transport.” Earlier, the US was first to react to the Jama Masjid attack issuing a travel advisory to its citizens. Its advisory asked Americans to be cautious and to maintain a low profile while in India. “US citizens are urged to always practice good security, maintain a heightened situational awareness and a low profile. US citizens are advised to monitor local news reports and consider the level of security while visiting public places, including religious sites,” the US advisory said.advertisementlast_img read more

9 months agoFulham boss Ranieri: Burnley had three chances and scored two own goals

first_imgFulham boss Ranieri: Burnley had three chances and scored two own goalsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham boss Claudio Ranieri insists they deserved something from their 2-1 defeat at Burnley.Jeff Hendrick, playing in an unfamiliar right midfield role, had two first half efforts deflected in off Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi to cancel out Andre Schurrle’s stunning second minute goal.Ranier said, “Football is fantastic. We deserved more but that’s football.”They had three chances and scored two own goals. We are alive, we never give up and we continue to fight.”I am satisfied with our performance. We knew it would be a battle, they won so they are right and we are wrong.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Tribute on the Passing of the Rt. Hon Edward Phillip George Seaga from the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce

first_imgJamaica has lost one of its most accomplished sons in the passing of the Most. Hon. Phillip Edward George Seaga. Few of our leaders have had his breadth of vision or have exceeded his foresight in creating and championing critical and transformative institutions that served – and continue to serve – our country well.From the HEART Trust/NTA, the Urban Development Corporation, the Jamaica Stock Exchange and the Jamaica Unit Trust; to the Jamaica Mortgage Bank, Students’ Loan Bureau, Agricultural Credit Bank, EXIM Bank and JAMPRO, Mr. Seaga’s unique imprint as a visionary institution builder, is unparalleled. These entities have had a significant impact on the nation’s social and economic environment.What is also noteworthy, and perhaps not as well known to younger Jamaicans, was that the former Prime Minister saw earlier than most, the scope for the development of Jamaica’s cultural and creative industries both as a means of celebrating the Jamaican spirit as well as a foundation for the growth of industries that would help to establish the nation as a creative hub. His role in taking ska to the wider world and in being a pioneer in the recording industry as well as in launching the Jamaica Festival movement and Things Jamaican are accomplishments that illustrate just how wide-ranging were his interests and how impactful were his contributions.This eclectic span of interests – in sport, music, art, dance, business and, of course, politics, coupled with his abiding faith in the talent of the Jamaican People – equipped him admirably for passionate service to the Country he loved so deeply.The nation is poorer for his passing. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Carla, children Christopher, Anabella, Andrew and Gabrielle, his family, colleagues and friends.For further information please contact the JCC President, Lloyd Distant Jnr.Telephone: 876-922-0150 Email: [email protected]last_img read more

Softer Tanker Market Affects Nordic Shipholdings Earnings

first_imgDenmark-based shipowner Nordic Shipholding A/S recorded a loss after tax of USD 0.2 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to a profit of USD 1.5 million posted in the same period a year earlier.As disclosed, the drop in profit of USD 1.7 million was due to lower tanker time charter equivalent (TCE) revenue from the company’s vessels deployed in two pools, UPT Handy Pool and Hafnia Handy Pool, as well as higher operating expenses.“In line with expectations the softer tanker market continued in the first quarter of 2017 with a decrease in TCE revenue from USD 8.5 million in first quarter 2016 to USD 6.8 million in first quarter of 2017. First quarter of 2016 was the last strong quarter before the tanker market softened,” Knud Pontoppidan, Chairman of Nordic Shipholding, commented.In 1Q 2017, the average TCE rate earned by the vessels in the two pools was marginally lower than the forecasted daily rate, whilst the LR vessel Nordic Anne tracked the forecasted daily rate, the company said.Furthermore, EBITDA fell to USD 2.3 million in 1Q from USD 4.2 million seen in the three-month period of 2016, due to the reduced TCE revenue and higher vessel operating costs.During the quarter, the group made a partial repayment of USD 1.7 million (USD 4 million, including a USD 2.7 million cash sweep) on the term loan facility.Currently, Nordic Shipholding’s fleet is comprised of six product tankers – five Handysize and one LR1 vessel.For 2017, Nordic Shipholding expects its five Handysize vessels to remain commercially deployed in the two pools.The current time charter for the LR1 vessel will expire in November 2017 if the charterer does not exercise its one-year extension option. The company intends to explore employment options during the second half of this year.According to the company, the projected TCE revenue from the five product tankers in the pools and the income from the LR1 vessel are expected to be in the range of USD 25.5 – USD 28.5 million.last_img read more