[mappress]ulstein, March 18, 2014 Pacific Radiance Group has exercised options for two additional ULSTEIN’s PSV designs.In September 2013, Pacific Radiance Group announced the order for two platform supply vessels of the ULSTEIN PX121 design for construction at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding and Offshore Co., Ltd. (SWS Offshore).The contract included options for two more vessels, and the options are now declared.In addition to PSV duties, the vessels for Pacific Radiance Group are also prepared with increased accommodation and provisions for crane and ROV installation, which give the vessels the opportunity to trade in the IMR market.The two vessels are scheduled for delivery in Q4 2015.
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ZURICH (AP):FIFA is setting aside US$16 million to help players who have not been paid by their clubs.The funding covers the period up to 2022, and FIFA also wants to set up a monitoring committee with global players’ union FIFPro, which assesses the needs of players.The fund will offer a “safety net” rather than playing players in full, FIFA said in a statement yesterday.FIFA President Gianni Infantino said the governing body wanted to show its “commitment to helping players in a difficult situation”.FIFA has budgeted for US$3 million for the second half of this year and US$4 million in both 2021 and 2022. There is also US$5 million available to deal with cases of salaries going unpaid from July 2015 to June 2020.“More than 50 clubs in 20 countries have shut in the last five years, plunging hundreds of footballers into uncertainty and hardship,” FIFPro President Philippe Piat said. “This fund will provide valuable support to those players and families most in need. Many of these clubs have shut to avoid paying outstanding wages, immediately re-forming as so-called new clubs.”
Rugby League Phil Gould once described his first impression of Mitch Aubusson by saying “if he was a horse in the parade ring at the sales, I doubt he would’ve attracted too many bids based on appearance”. His smaller, skinnier frame coming through the grades may not have caught the eye but the compliments have come far and wide this week for the versatile, reliable, consistent Mr Fix-it of the Tricolours. He will become the 40th player to join the game’s elite 300 club and 16th player to do so at one club on Thursday night when he runs out for the Roosters against the Dragons in Wollongong. It should come as no surprise he wanted to keep the occasion as low key as possible. No fuss and minimal attention. “But I’ve always believed in that because it’s the truth,” Aubusson told NRL.com. “What’s happening this week is the Roosters are playing St George Illawarra and whatever has happened in the last 300 games, I’ll try and keep it as low-key as I have throughout my career.” Roosters coach Trent Robinson offered a wry smile on Wednesday morning when asked if Aubusson had been any different leading into the milestone match. “No different at all,” Robinson said. “It’s funny for Aubo and hard for him these weeks because he gets put to the forefront and so he should. “He just wants to get on with it. It’s uncomfortable for him but he should be recognised. It’s an honour to coach him and an honour to see him run out there tomorrow.” “It shouldn’t matter how big you are but when it’s your time you have to step up. That’s been stuck with me for a long time.” “It’s something I’ve had to prepare for and work to make sure I’m available for selection as I could. No matter if it’s in any position, for 80 minutes or 10 minutes.” Aubusson is adamant he never got close to departing the Tricolours throughout stages of his career despite reports linking him to the Gold Coast Titans and St George Illawarra Dragons on big-money offers. His 300-game one-club loyalty is set to be rewarded with Roosters supremo Nick Politis eager to keep him on board in an off-field role once he decides to retire. But the last word on Aubusson goes to wife, Laura, a journalist, who wrote an article for Kidspot.com.au on why their daughter Daisy was lucky to have a role model like Mitchell as her father. “If you asked those who call him a role model why they look up to him they would talk more about character and less about footy,” she wrote. “It would be about his self-assurance and focused mentality, his commitment to be accountable and thorough, his ability to adapt, his loyalty, and the way he sets positive examples as a leader. All traits you need in life to be successful, as well as a good person. “When my daughter says her dad is her role model it won’t be because he shows her some old DVDs or rings. It will be because he put work in and made it, in a motivating way.”