View post tag: Indonesian Navy View post tag: KRI Alugoro View post tag: submarine The Indonesian Navy’s third Nagapasa-class submarine KRI Alugoro (405) has completed the nominal diving depth (NDD) phase of the sea trials.The trials, during which the submarine dived to a depth of 250 meters, were conducted in the Bali Sea and in the waters off East Java on January 20, 2020, Indonesian shipbuilder PT PAL said.Launched in April 2019, KRI Alugoro was assembled in Indonesia under a transfer of technology agreement with South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).The newbuilding is planned to be handed over to the navy in December 2020, according to PT PAL.Indonesia’s first two Nagapasa-class boats were built at DSME’s shipyard in Okpo, Geoje, and delivered in August 2017, and April 2018.The country has also signed a contract with DSME worth an estimated USD 1 billion for the construction of an additional three 1,400-ton submarines in the class.The Nagapasa-class submarines are 61 meters long, displace 1,400 tons and are operated by a crew of 40 sailors. They have an operating range of approximately 10,000 nautical miles and reach a speed of 21 knots while submerged.Naval Today Staff View post tag: PT Pal View post tag: Nagapasa-class Photo: Photo: PT PAL Share this article
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games has ended but the scintillating performance of Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri made one of the major highlights listed by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).In the Rio 2016 Wrap Up published at the weekend on the website of the world table tennis ruling body, Aruna was described as the Africa star of Rio. “The men’s singles event also featured fantastic performances from two players in particular: Hugo Calderano and Quadri Aruna. Calderano made full use of the home crowd advantage as the Brazilian negotiated the likes of Par Gerell and Tang Peng on his way to a round four finish,” ITTF said.The body added: “Nigerian contestant Aruna Quadri caused arguably the biggest upsets in the category as the 27th seed beat Chuang Chih-Yuan (6th) and Timo Boll (10th) before eventually exiting to Ma Long in the last eight – becoming the first African to reach that stage of an Olympic Table Tennis competition.”Quoting Quadri after the feat, “This is amazing, I don’t know what to say. My fans made me do this. Thank you for all the Brazilian spectators for their support. They gave me so much energy. This feels so good, it is a dream come true.”Also, the women’s singles tournament at Rio 2016 saw China’s Ding Ning win her first ever Olympic singles gold medal, after her victory over the London 2012 champion Li Xiaoxia (China). Both finalists brought their ‘A’ game as two of the world’s top competitors fought it out for the ultimate prize, but there could only be one winner and it was Ding who took it in the seventh game to seal the gold (11-9, 5-11, 14-12, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-7).Sadly, Li Xiaoxia confirmed that Rio 2016 would be her final appearance for China, “It’s with pity to retire, but it’s for a better future.” Li added, “Life can’t be always sweet, and I’ll face my retirement with a smile. Thank you table tennis for everything that the sport has gave me.”Ma Long stood victorious over fellow compatriot Zhang Jike in the Men’s Singles final, as China won their second Table Tennis gold medal of the Games.With the top two seeds going head-to-head there was potential for a thrilling final, however, after edging the first end in deuce, Ma thundered past Zhang in the following three games to win the gold medal on his Olympic singles debut (14-12, 11-5, 11-4, 11-4).Jun Mizutani played some of the best Table Tennis of his career at Rio 2016, and he did his country proud by becoming the first Japanese competitor to win a singles medal at an Olympic Games with his victory against Belarusian Vladimir Samsonov in the bronze medal match.Two major achievements came from the Women’s Team category, as Germany won silver and Mima Ito won a team bronze with Japan.Germany’s silver is the first medal of any colour to be won by a European country in the Women’s Team competition, while Japanese teenager Mima Ito became the youngest competitor to win an Olympic Table Tennis medal aged 15 years and 300 days exactly.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Home boy and defending champion, Aruna Quadri, has put the disappointment of the ITTF Africa Cup behind him. He would aim to emulate Egypt’s Omar Assar as the only player to have defended his title at this tournament.During the opening press conference on Tuesday August 6, Quadri, who is seeded number one in the men’s singles, said he would not be playing under any pressure as he aims to give his best and make Nigeria proud.Also in for the title is Belgium’s Cedric Nuytinck from whom many fans here expect surprises because aspects of his play appear unconventional even as he is famous for being a player for the big occasion such as the Nigeria Open.Slovenia’s Bojan Tokic, known in table tennis fandom as “the gentle giant”, is also here. The 38-year-old Slovak is expected to delight with his tricky style of play which usually confuse opponents.Robert Gardos, 40, is considered one of the hardest working players in the world even at that age. Gardos, a finalist at the 2019 Hungarian Open, is another star to watch out for here.In the women category, Slovakia’s Barbora Balazova leads the pack as the Southpaw aims for a title away from Europe.On the pecking order is Russia’s Polina Mikhailova. The 32-year-old is looking for her first title in Africa.African champion and winner of the just concluded ITTF Africa Cup, Dina Meshref, hopes to reclaim her title this year, having missed the 2018 edition.25-year-old Yana Noskova will want to use the tournament to shape up for the European season, even as the Russian would aim to garner points qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.All 32 seeded players in the men and 16 seeded in the women singles will be in action.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Top seeds in the men and women singles will take to the table today as the main draw of the 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open enters the third day – after the preliminaries in which unseeded players slugged it out to eliminate each other for places in the main draw.These upcoming players in the game would now test their mettle against some of the top seeds in the first round of the tournament.Excitement continues to build among thousands of fans thronging the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall venue of the tournament inside the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.Seven titles are at stake in this elite tournament on African soil with $60,000 prize money up for grabs.
When Michelle Wolzinger joined Lemonade Day back in her freshman year at George Washington University, she was taken by the organization’s mission to empower youth and inspire them to become entrepreneurs. When she transferred to USC a year later, she set out to bring Lemonade Day to Los Angeles.Lemonade Day is a nationwide program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business, starting from a lemonade stand. It began in Houston, Texas, in 2007 and since then has launched in more than 50 cities across America.“I fell in love with the program after getting to know some of the kids on a really personal level,” Wolzinger recalled. “It was so amazing to see the light bulb go off in their heads as they realized how they could potentially change their own lives.”Wolzinger, who is a junior majoring in business administration, started making plans to bring Lemonade Day to USC’s campus last year. She met with James Ellis, the dean of the USC Marshall School of Business, to discuss program logistics and invited other students to be part of her team.Emily Lowe, a freshman majoring in business administration, is one of ten members who currently sits on Wolzinger’s executive board.“I was initially attracted to Lemonade Day because it offers such a unique youth program,” Lowe said. “As the [vice president] of university relations, I am responsible for recruiting new membership and getting the word out. This semester, we participated in the involvement fair, conducted interviews, and now we have our first 50 or so mentors.”In preparation for the business classes they will be teaching in March, USC mentors have already started training and developing their lessons. Each student will also receive an official entrepreneur workbook with 14 lesson plans, including how to set goals, create a product, make a profit and give back to the community.“The lessons will eventually culminate with an official ‘Lemonade Day’ on April 23,” Wolzinger said. “All of the kids who went through the program will get the chance to run their own Lemonade Stand using the skills they’ve accumulated through their lessons.”In addition to the showcase day April 23, there will be a tasting competition at USC the weekend before. Wolzinger’s co-founder and business partner Jason Reuben is in charge of organizing the event and bringing in celebrity judges such as the Laker Girls.Wolzinger credits Reuben as a key player in her quest to expand Lemonade Day. A local tech entrepreneur and Babson College alumnus, Reuben had the same dream of bringing Lemonade Day to Los Angeles, so the partnership was a perfect match.“My history with Lemonade Day dates back to 2014, when I was on the Board of Overseers at my alma mater,” Reuben said. “A fellow alum reached out to me about the program, and I was immediately drawn to it because of my passion for early entrepreneurship education.”Before meeting Wolzinger, Reuben worked diligently to get the program going in Los Angeles, but the biggest thing that held him back was not having a solid team.“For one and a half years, I flew to Houston for workshops, met with people around the nation and even contacted the Chamber of Commerce, but it wasn’t until I was introduced to Michelle that my vision started coming to life,” Reuben said.As co-founders and business partners, Reuben and Wolzinger each have their own role and responsibilities. Wolzinger is the city director who manages day-to-day operations, while Reuben is the city champion who represents the face of the organization and does all the brand marketing.The duo is extremely excited about launching their program for the first time this year, but they also acknowledge the work ahead of them.“Short term, I want to raise more money and recruit more students of course,” Wolzinger said. “But my business plan doesn’t stop after college. Eventually, I want to set up a program at every university, so that every surrounding neighborhood will have their own Lemonade Day program and community of young entrepreneurs.”
For the first time, the Cleveland Cavaliers are NBA champions. The Cavs defeated the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 to win the title. It’s the city’s first major sports championship since the Browns won the NFL championship in 1964.”We made history tonight,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.Led by hometown star LeBron James, who won MVP honors for the third time in his career, the Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 game deficit and win the championship. James scored 27 points, collected 11 rebounds, delivered 11 assists, blocked three shots and had two steals.He was ably assisted by Cavs guard Kyrie Irving who scored 26 points including a 3-pointer with 53 seconds left, giving Cleveland a 92-89 lead. Then with just 10.6 seconds left, James made a free throw to make it 93-89. As those final seconds counted down on the giant scoreboard to that winning moment at 10:57 p.m. ET, thunderous screams erupted from the thousands who thronged Oracle Arena.Tears flowed freely among both fans and players, especially James, who two years ago promised to bring a title to his native Midwest state. “I gave everything that I had. I brought my heart, my blood, my sweat, my tears to this game,” James said during his postgame interview. “Cleveland, this is for you!”For the Warriors, Draymond Green collected 32 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists while and Stephen Curry scored 17 points, missing a crucial a 3-pointer in the final minute that would have tied the game.”It hurts, man,” Curry said of the loss.Meantime, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver echoed the sentiments of many Cleveland fans, “The curse is over.” Watch highlights of the game –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports