Mountain Mama | Becoming My Own Anchor

first_imgThere are so many milestones for us during this sailing trip. The first time we raised the sails, the first time Maya’s ever slept on a boat, the first time Tobin figured out how to pee between the lifelines, the first time we figured out the stereo player and listened to music while under sail.Yesterday was a big first for me and required me to face some serious fears – spending the night on an anchor we set. It didn’t help that the wind raged and the swell rolled our boat.Mastering anchoring feels like a huge accomplishment – it allows us freedom to spend the night almost anywhere the bottom is sandy, shallow and there isn’t turtle grass. Another big bonus we avoid the $30 a night charge of mooring by setting our own anchor.We anchored at Salt Island, a little over two nautical miles east from Peter Island, which makes the low-lying land mass feel exposed. The bay where we set anchor is a short dinghy ride to the Wreck of the Rhone, where we planned to snorkel and take a closer look at the remains of the ship that wrecked in the 1800s.The R.M.S. Rhone sunk off the rocks of Salt Island in October 1867.  One day the weather typified tropical perfection, the sun beating down from a deep blue sky. Then the barometer fell, the sky darkened and a hurricane blew from the northeast.The Rhone tried to anchor, but even the 3,0000-pound anchor and some 300 feet of chain couldn’t hold the boat in place. Winds blew her into the rocks surrounding Salt Island where she heeled over, broke in two, and sank, taking most of the crew down with her.According to our trusty cruising guide, the left side of the bay closest to the wreck is reserved as a day anchorage and the rest of the bay is fair game for anchoring overnight. When we arrived mid-afternoon, we set our anchor in the first available space. As the sunlight waned, I took another look at the map and it seemed we might actually be in the day anchorage area.rsz__mg_1684We motored toward other anchored sailboats. A man wearing nothing but a pair of white briefs gave us a scornful look. “There’s turtle grass there.”The turtle grass is an important food source for turtles and habitat for other sea critters, so we don’t want to destroy it.We motored further out. There was still turtle grass at 25 feet. At 30 feet Sarah made the hand-signal for sand and dropped the anchor. Since the safe ratio is to let out five times the amount of chain for the depth. Sarah let out a little over 100 feet and then I let the boat idle in neutral. When we stopped moving, we were only a couple boat lengths from the white-brief-wearing-grumpy man.Since we couldn’t let out any more chain without encroaching further on the other boat, we brought the anchor up and motored further toward the point in search of a sandy, shallow spot. On the other side of a sixty-foot catamaran, we found a place to anchor that would position us as the last boat in the harbor.That night the winds wailed and howled. Goats bleated from the cliff. Waves crashed against the boulders. We all took turns double-checking the anchor and our position. I tried to fall asleep, reminding myself that we had felt the anchor take hold and that we have put out enough chain so were secure for the night.Then the chain groaned.My thoughts turned to how small the anchor looked and how it was buried at most a foot into the sand. I wondered if it could hold us in that wind.I played a dangerous game of what-ifs that kept me up for most of the night.  Images of the graves where the Rhone crew was buried – a circle of rocks and mounds of earth adorned with conch shells and coral – flashed.What if the anchor dragged, the swell and wind would push us into the rocky shore and cliffs. What if water seeped into the open hatches, how would we escape?Would we end up buried in the graves adorned with conch shells and coral like the crew of R.M.S. Rhone?I poked my head out of the hatch to double check our position and was greeted by the clearest night sky we’d seen yet, studded with bright stars.I checked my watch during the wee morning hours, waiting and hoping for the pale light of dawn.  I wanted the night to pass quickly, to have certainty that our anchor would hold.I’d splurged the previous day and bought wifi for a night to post updates. I checked my email, then Facebook.I yearned for something more than a distraction, for someone to swoop down and reassure me. I wanted to be tethered to an existence where security meant more than an iron hook sunk a foot deep in the sand. That night I wished to be anywhere except that sailboat bobbing in the swell.I got up to check the anchor again and when I came back to our berth Tobin sprawled spread-eagle-like, taking up all the space on our triangular-shaped mattress. I grumbled, positioning myself around him, curling my body into a ball.I must have dozed off to sleep because I woke up feeling less tired. I went to pee off the back of the boat and saw that the wind had subsided and the sea mellowed into soft mounds.Flashes lit up in the water below. The familiar neon bioluminescence sparkled.I stripped off my pajama pants and tank top and jumped off the stern. Every time I moved, the black water lit up with dozens of fluorescent streaks. I gazed up at the sky at the precise moment a meteor plunged in a long diagnol line.My body tingled with the visceral sense that I was alive in that moment. It sunk in that this is my reality for the next three weeks and wouldn’t have it any other way. Hours before, if I had been in possession of some magic ball and could have wished the night away, I would have in an instant. I realized that I was enough to anchor myself, that I could trust the skills of our crew and let myself sleep easy knowing we were capableSwimming naked with all that sparkly light, both in the water and overhead, reminded me that I couldn’t skip the fear of the night without missing the intensity of the wind, seeing the brilliant night sky, and skinny-dipping amongst the bioluminscense.[divider]More from Mountain Mama[/divider]last_img read more

Brazil Kingpin Arrested in Mozambique

first_imgBy AFP April 30, 2020 One of Brazil’s most wanted criminals, an alleged drug lord accused of running the international cocaine operation of the country’s biggest gang, was arrested on April 13 in Mozambique, authorities said.Gilberto “Fuminho” Aparecido dos Santos, an alleged leader of the First Capital Command (PCC), was arrested in an international sting that included agents from Brazil, Mozambique, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.He is accused of shipping tons of cocaine around the world, the Brazilian federal police said in a statement.“The accused was considered the largest cocaine supplier” for the PCC, and had been on the run for more than 20 years, it said.Born in the prisons of São Paulo in the 1990s, the PCC is considered Brazil’s top criminal gang, with increasing control over the cocaine supply routes from Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia, the world’s biggest producers.Its leader, Marcos Willians Herbas Camacho, is serving a sentence of more than 200 years in a maximum-security prison in Brasilia.Dos Santos is accused, among other things, of financing a plot to help Camacho escape, police said.last_img read more

How to win in the fintech olympics

first_imgAre you wondering how to help your financial institution better compete in the changing online banking landscape? Maybe you’re concerned that the shift of consumers toward Fintech online-only banks might eventually drive your FI out of business? (If not, maybe you should be concerned.)Well here’s a few tips for how to position your institution for Fintech [Olympic] success!1. Training is KeyIn the regular Olympics it takes years of training for athletes to reach their peak performance level. But in today’s consumer banking environment, most FIs don’t have years to get their act together. So here’s a little secret… because your staff are the key to your overall success, investing in regular, high quality training now can go a long way to setting you up for future success.  And a well-trained workforce will be absolutely essential in the new digital banking market place.Conversely, sitting back and allowing your employees to enjoy the current status quo will have the inverse effect. We suggest that FIs require all staff to do real, meaningful continuing education. Push them to attend at least one national conference each year and take some kind of new certification or training. One of the best ways to stay ahead of the game is making sure your staff are up on new trends and technological innovations, and that doesn’t happen by accident. Training is everything! 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Suffolk Cops Pull 3 Men Out of Great South Bay

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police Marine Bureau officers pulled three men out of the Great South Bay Friday night after their 17-foot boat ran out of fuel, police said. Two officers aboard the Marine Juliet patrol vessel responded after receiving a distress call at 6:48 p.m. from a passerby who reported people in the water. When the officers arrived, they found the 18-year-old owner of the boat and two other men attempting to pull the boat to shore with a rope. The boat was approximately a half-mile south of Hecksher State Park at the time, police said. The men, who had been in the water for 45 minutes, were wearing flotation devices, police said. The trio was pulled out of the water and their boat towed to the Hecksher State Park boat ramp, police said. The officers cited the boat’s owner for failing to carry visual distress signals and for a discharged fire extinguisher, police said. They also issued warnings for missing safety equipment, police said. Following the rescue, Suffolk police offered the following tips to boaters: Check all required safety equipment is on board and operable.Leave a float plan with someone on shore with your destination and expected time of return.Carry a cell phone or Marine VHF Radio in case you need emergency assistance.last_img read more

FDA sets BSE-related rules but delays action on feed

first_img Requiring that equipment for handling and storing feed be dedicated to just one kind of feed (for either ruminants or nonruminants) The FDA had announced plans in January to ban high-risk cattle tissues, or “specified risk materials” (SRMs), from food, food supplements, and cosmetics. But the agency never officially imposed the ban. Officials said today it would take effect Jul 14, when it will be published in the Federal Register. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), which regulates meat, poultry, and eggs, banned SRMs from those foods in January, following the discovery of a BSE case in Washington state in December. The FDA regulates all other foods, as well as supplements and cosmetics. Banning the use of all mammalian and poultry protein in ruminant feed SRMs, as defined by USDA and FDA, include the brain, skull, eyes, trigeminal ganglia, spinal cord, vertebral column, and dorsal root ganglia of cattle aged 30 months or older, plus the tonsils and small intestine of all cattle. In BSE-infected cattle, these are the tissues most likely to contain infectious prion protein. Cattle contract BSE, or mad cow disease, by eating feed containing protein from other infected cattle. To prevent the spread of BSE, the FDA in 1997 banned the practice of putting cattle-derived protein in feed for cattle and other ruminant animals. However, cattle tissues are still used in feed for pigs, chickens, and pets. FDA officials today said the percentage of food supplements and cosmetics that contain SRMs is very small, but they couldn’t give a specific number. Sundlof said there is concern that banning poultry litter from cattle feed would cause disposal problems. The litter would have to be disposed of on land, which might mean it would end up on cattle pastures, he said. Jul 9, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today it is banning cattle parts that could contain the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) agent from food supplements and cosmetics, but it is not yet ready to ban those parts from all feed for animals, including pets. The aim of the new proposed rule is to prevent cross-contamination, whereby SRMs in cattle parts used in feed for pigs, chickens, or pets could end up in cattle feed if both kinds of feed are made with the same equipment or in the same plant. Cross-contamination also can occur if cattle are given feed intended for other animals. However, “either approach would require a significant change in current feed manufacturing practices,” the notice states. “Therefore, the FDA believes that additional information is needed to determine the best course of action.” In addition to SRMs, certain other cattle materials will be banned from foods, supplements, and cosmetics, the FDA said. These include material from downer cattle and cattle not inspected and approved for human consumption, plus mechanically separated beef. “FDA has reached a preliminary conclusion that it should propose to remove SRM’s from all animal feed and is currently working on a proposal to accomplish this goal,” the agency said in a news release. The agency is issuing an “advance notice of proposed rulemaking” on the topic. Banning the feeding of mammalian blood to calves Banning the use of nonambulatory (“downer”) cattle and cattle that die on farms in any animal feed The FDA said today it has reached a “preliminary” decision to ban SRMs from all animal feed, but it wants to gather public comments before going ahead. In a telephone briefing, officials said the agency would take comments for 60 to 120 days. “The IRT approach is to prevent potentially infective tissues from ever entering animal feed channels,” the FDA’s notice of proposed rulemaking says. “Although FDA believes the measures previously announced would serve to reduce the already small risk of BSE spread through animal feed, the broader measures recommended by the IRT, if implemented, could make some of the previously announced measures unnecessary.” See also: Jan 26, 2004, news release on BSE-related rules planned by FDA at that time In its announcement in January, the FDA had described plans to ban the feeding of mammalian blood to calves, halt the use of poultry litter and restaurant leftovers in cattle feed, and require “dedicated equipment” in feed handling and storage. But the agency never followed through on those restrictions at the time. Today the FDA said that banning SRMs from all animal feed could render unnecessary some of the other possible steps for reducing feed-related risks. Such a ban was a key recommendation from an international team of experts that reviewed the USDA’s actions on BSE early this year, FDA officials said. The FDA’s notice of proposed rulemaking also calls for public comments on other possible actions to block pathways by which material from BSE-infected cattle could get into cattle feed. These actions include: Prohibiting the use of poultry litter (which includes bedding, spilled feed, and waste) and restaurant leftovers in cattle feed In response to questions, Sundlof said he couldn’t specify the amount of SRMs that are currently used in animal feed, but he said that dealing with them would be “a complicated issue” if they were banned. “It would most likely require that the rendering industry at least partially restructure to include a sector that is for disposal only,” he said. The international review team (IRT) released its report about a week after the FDA’s January announcement. The team said the single most important measure for reducing feed-related BSE risks was to eliminate SRMs from all animal feed, Steve Sundlof of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine said today.last_img read more

How Olivier Giroud can help end Chelsea’s hoodoo against Arsenal in Europa League final

first_imgHow Olivier Giroud can help end Chelsea’s hoodoo against Arsenal Had things worked out differently, Olivier Giroud might have been lining up for Arsenal in a European final rather than against them for their London rivals Chelsea.The 32-year-old has been away from the Emirates for almost 18-months now yet the sight of him wearing Chelsea blue rather than Arsenal red still hasn’t quite been normalised given how he became part of the furniture at his former club over the course of five-and-a-half seasons.Giroud was in a lot of ways the quintessential Arsene Wenger signing; a low-cost, low-risk Frenchman plucked from relative obscurity and developed into a household name and seasoned international player during his spell in north London.AdvertisementAdvertisementWhile at Arsenal, Giroud scored 105 goals, played a decisive role in two of Arsenal’s three FA Cup wins while scoring in the other – a routine win against Aston Villa – and made more appearances (253) for the club under Wenger than the likes of Tony Adams, Gilberto Silva and Ashley Cole.ADVERTISEMENTDespite that, Giroud was never universally loved by the Arsenal faithful, more grudgingly respected. A 6’4 target man renowned for his aerial prowess and back-to-goal set-up play, Giroud was persistently (and slightly unfairly) compared unfavourably to silkier, more prolific club legends whom he had succeeded such as Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright. Advertisement Arsenal conceded 51 times in the Premier League this season, 12 more than Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Giroud, therefore, will give Arsenal something else to think about. Sokratis Papastathopolous is a defender built for one-on-one combat, yet somewhat surprisingly given his rugged approach to defending, the Greek isn’t all that dominant in the air.AdvertisementThe much-maligned Shkodran Mustafi is actually Arsenal’s best header of the ball but given his form this season, Giroud will fancy his chances of causing him problems, while Laurent Koscielny has had an injury-disrupted campaign.Giroud has enjoyed plenty of success in his career to date, winning four FA Cups, a Ligue 1 title with unfashionable Montpellier and of course a World Cup with France, however, his throwback style of play has often seen his talents disregarded or unnoticed.It is hard to predict, therefore, what kind of legacy Giroud will have when he retires in a few years time. Perhaps one glaring omission from his CV is the lack of a big moment in a big game that will go on to define what has been a very productive career. Providing that against Arsenal in a major final would give him just that.Who will win the Europa League final?Chelsea0%Arsenal0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalEx-Arsenal scout claims Mikel Arteta will give Thomas Partey a new role Advertisement Eden Hazard has benefited from playing alongside Olivier Giroud this season (Picture: Getty)That is because Giroud acts as a magnet to opposition defenders, with his stature naturally drawing them towards him. With Giroud able to occupy at least one centre-back at all times, the likes of Willian, Pedro and most importantly Hazard, should find pockets of space from which to exploit as secondary runners from the striker’s lay-offs.Chelsea’s poor recent record against Arsenal – one win in eight games – adds further weight to Giroud’s importance in the final. During those eight matches, Chelsea started Alvaro Morata (four times), Eden Hazard (twice) and Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi once apiece.All four are mobile centre forwards who can stretch defences, yet Arsenal, not exactly renowned for being watertight at the back in recent times, managed to defend against them all pretty comfortably keeping three clean sheets and conceding more than once just twice in total.In the last meeting between the two at the Emirates in January, meanwhile, it was Hazard’s turn to lead the line, a role that clearly does not suit the Belgian and in a dominant Arsenal display, he was a peripheral figure, failing to have a single shot on target in 90 minutes. CommentShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitter1.5kShares By Oliver Young-MylesTuesday 28 May 2019 7:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Giroud won three FA Cups with Arsenal but was never universally admired by the club’s supporters (Picture: Getty)Arsenal fans never quite took to Giroud and that feeling was mirrored by French supporters, some of whom saw their country’s success in the last World Cup as a victory secured in spite of their non-goalscoring centre forward than because of his selfless contribution to the team’s attacks.Even his current manager, Maurizio Sarri, has been reluctant to use Giroud as his starting striker, preferring the misfiring Alvaro Morata, the off-the-pace Gonzalo Higuain and the out-of-position Eden Hazard to the Frenchman in the Premier League. Just seven of his 27 league outings have been starts.And yet the perennially under-rated and under-appreciated Giroud, possibly even more so than Hazard, is the player whom Arsenal supporters will be most wary of inflicting damage on their team when they face Chelsea in Baku on Wednesday night given his Europa League exploits this term.Only two players have scored ten goals in the 2018-19 iteration of the Europa League. One is the continent’s next best thing Luka Jovic, linked with a move to Real Madrid, Barcelona and others, and held up by some as his generation’s Luis Suarez equivalent. The other is Giroud.Europa League top goalscorersLuka Jovic (Frankfurt)10Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)10Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla)8Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)8Munas Dabbur (Salzburg)8 Share Accounting for assists on top of goals, Giroud has had a direct contribution in a Chelsea goal every 79 minutes in the Europa League this season. Amongst Giroud’s ten strikes feature a couple of trademark headers, a few predatory close-range finishes off either foot and even a free-kick, swept into the top corner against Dynamo Kiev.Those statistics help underline why he, rather than January’s headline addition from Juventus, Higuain, is in line to start the final against his former club, yet as with Giroud there is plenty more besides the goals which have made him an integral piece of Sarri’s European jigsaw.Unlike his competitor Higuain, who seemingly has as much interest in joining in with build-up play as a seven-year-old has talking politics, Giroud’s work outside the confines of the penalty area is almost as important as what he does inside it.AdvertisementAdvertisementWillian and Pedro – Chelsea’s first-choice wingers in the Europa League this season – have both benefited from having Giroud to bounce off up front, while there is a general consensus that Hazard, similarly to Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe for France, performs better with Giroud rather than a big-name striker.last_img read more

Aibel grabs a slice of the pie at Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 project

first_imgAibel noted that the construction of the P2 process platform will follow the same implementation model that Aibel has used for the drilling platform for the Johan Sverdrup field. This means that the platform will consist of three modules, from which two – the upper process module (UPM) and converter module (HVDC) – will be built at the company’s yard in Haugesund. The third module – the main support frame (MSF) – will be built at Aibel’s yard in Thailand.Construction activities will start in the first quarter of 2019. Integration of the three modules is planned to start in the second quarter of 2021, and will take place at the yard in Haugesund. The finished platform deck, at around 23,000 tons, is scheduled for delivery to Statoil in the first half of 2022.An area-wide solution by 2022 for power from shore to the Utsira High area, is an integrated part of the phase 2 development where another power converter will be installed on the new processing platform.Statoil noted that the contracts are subject to Norwegian government approval of the plan for development and operation for Johan Sverdrup phase 2 due to be submitted in the second half of 2018. Norway’s Statoil has awarded Aibel a letter of intent for the construction of the processing platform topside for phase 2 of the Johan Sverdrup development in the North Sea off Norway.The final contract is expected to be signed later this year and has an estimated value of NOK 8 billion ($1.02B), Aibel said on Thursday.Statoil also on Thursday awarded a letter of intent to a 50/50 joint venture between Aker Solutions and Kvaerner for modifications of the riser platform and the field center for the Johan Sverdrup development.Phase 1 of the Johan Sverdrup development is well underway with planned startup in late 2019. Production start for phase 2 is planned in 2022.CEO and President of Aibel, Mads Andersen, said: “The organization has gained substantial expertise from the delivery of the Johan Sverdrup drilling platform, which is currently undergoing completion at our yard in Haugesund. We are looking forward to continuing realization of the next phase of the Sverdrup field along with Statoil.”According to Statoil, the second Johan Sverdrup processing platform (P2) will extend production capacity on the field from 440,000 to 660,000 barrels of oil per day after startup in 2022.The contract includes engineering, procurement and fabrication (EPC) work, which starts immediately and will be headed up from Aibel’s office in Asker. Aibel’s engineering office in Thailand and the company’s own yards in Thailand and Haugesund will also be key to the delivery, which at its peak, will involve around 3,500 employees. Three moduleslast_img read more

Equinor awards Peregrino well management deal to Schlumberger

first_imgOil services company Schlumberger has won a contract from Equinor for total well delivery on the Peregrino C platform in the Campos basin offshore Brazil.Schlumberger said in its full-year 2018 results announced on Friday that the deal with Equinor would see the company provide a full scope of well construction services, drilling management services, and advanced digital technology solutions, including the well construction planning solution for 22 wells.Equinor and South Atlantic Holding B.V.  also amended the Cameron EPC contract for the delivery of a Cameron drilling module for Peregrino C.The drilling module will be installed on the C platform to support drilling of production and injection wells in reservoirs that are inaccessible from the current platforms A and B.According to Schlumberger, work under the contract will provide efficiency improvements to the drilling module, streamlined consecutive workflows, and optimized human resources at the wellsite.Even though the company did not state the value of the deal, Reuters broke the news regarding the contract on Thursday and stated that the deal was worth around $200 million.Equinor is currently looking forward to 2020 when Phase II of the Peregrino project is set to go online. Phase II field development will add a third wellhead platform which contains an eight-legged jacket and a wellhead platform with a drilling unit tied-back to the existing FPSO.According to the Norwegian oil giant, Peregrino Phase II is set to produce oil for 20 years.As for Equinor’s presence in Brazil, it has been growing since 2001 and the company revealed plans in August 2018 to invest $15 billion in the country by 2030, on top of the already invested $10 billion.Aside from Peregrino, the company’s assets in Brazil include a share in the giant Roncador field, the significant pre-salt discoveries of Carcará and Pão de Açúcar, as well as exploration acreage.It is worth reminding that Equinor bought the stake in Roncador just last year, paying $2 billion to Petrobras for a 25% percent non-operated stake in the field.An Equinor spokesperson told Offshore Energy Today that the company had no further comment apart from what was said in Schlumberger’s full-year results.last_img read more

Eto’o loving life at Chelsea

first_img While Mourinho has admitted the door would be open for Mata to leave, Chelsea are under no financial pressure to sell and it could take a transfer request for any deal to happen during the final two weeks of the January window. United are looking to kick-start what has so far been a stop-start Barclays Premier League campaign, which sees them down in seventh place, some 14 points adrift of leaders Arsenal following defeat at Chelsea on Sunday. The marquee signing of Mata would not only signal the intent of David Moyes, whose side will be out to reach the Capital One Cup final with victory over Sunderland on Wednesday night, but it would also not openly upset the balance of United’s style, with the diminutive Spaniard able to offer something different in terms of transition through midfield. While Chelsea may well prefer to offload Mata abroad, seeing him move to Old Trafford would not necessarily impact on their own title bid as they have played United twice now, but with rivals Manchester City and Arsenal both still to face the Red Devils again, it could in the long run work in their favour to strengthen Moyes’ options. It was, meanwhile, Eto’o’s hat-trick which helped sink United at Stamford Bridge. The Cameroon forward indicated to a Spanish radio station he would consider one day returning to La Liga at Mallorca, but for now the 32-year-old, who signed until the end of the season from Anzhi Makhachkala in August, could not be happier with how things are panning out at the Bridge. The former Barcelona and Inter Milan forward said on Chelsea’s website: “At the moment we are still in practically all the competitions. If Chelsea are not the best club in the world then they are one of the best clubs in the world, so I don’t know if we are going to win everything but the season is going well so far. “I like playing and when I get the chance to do that I have to help my team-mates. Midfielder Juan Mata may be set for a move to Manchester United, but Samuel Eto’o feels with Chelsea he is at “one of the best clubs in the world”. It has been reported the Spain international, who is no longer a regular under Jose Mourinho, missed training on Wednesday when the squad reported back to prepare for the weekend’s FA Cup tie against Stoke on Sunday. United are said to be ready to launch what would be a club-record £37million bid for the 25-year-old midfielder, who wants to be playing in a World Cup year. “There is a huge difference between English football and the other championships, you almost can’t compare it, but I am trying to adapt very quickly and that’s okay. “The most important thing in life is to work hard. Football is a part of my life and I try to be happy all the time. That’s why I’m always smiling. If my work allows me to be even happier, then that is great.” Eto’o added: “The season is long, and there are a lot of things that could happen, but I hope to score more goals, help my team and then hopefully the season will end well for Chelsea.” The Chelsea squad had been given Monday and Tuesday off this week, during which time Mourinho underwent surgery on his elbow on Monday in Paris which is hoped will cure a long-standing complaint. The Portuguese coach, who had been honoured by the Football Writers’ Association at a gala dinner in London on Sunday evening, showed few ill effects of the keyhole operation as he put the Chelsea squad through their paces at Cobham earlier on Wednesday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Wanted California pedophile located in the Florida Keys

first_imgThe Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that they have located a suspect who is wanted in California for allegedly sexually assaulting a 10-year-old child.39-year-old Jason David Adams was located in Big Pine Key on Thursday.It was not said what led to his arrest, however, officials did report that he was located at a construction site.Adams was taken to the Stock Island Detention Center where he is awaiting extradition to California.He faces a charge of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.last_img read more