Armed Forces Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Navy Prediction, Preview, Spread, Channel

first_imgThe Armed Forces Bowl logo.Twitter/@ArmedForcesBowlLooking for a Louisiana Tech vs. Navy preview? Stick around. We’ve got all of the pre-game analysis before the matchup.Friday, Dec. 23, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs take on the Navy Midshipmen. The game, to be played at Amon G. Carter Stadium, is slated for a 4:30 p.m. ET start time. Read on for our Louisiana Tech vs. Navy preview.According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Louisiana Tech wins the matchup between the two teams 52.7% of the time. The spread also favors the Bulldogs.Spread: Louisiana Tech -7Game Time: 4:30 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNLouisiana Tech vs. Navy preview:The middle of the season saw plenty of success for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. The team racked up seven straight wins after opening the season with a 1-3 record. At 8-3, the Bulldogs looked like they were headed for a very successful season, yet they lost their last two games of the season to slide to 8-5. Now they face Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl.Navy also lost its last two games of the season after putting together a very successful 2016 campaign. The Midshipmen pulled off a few very impressive victories this season, such as the win over Houston, and a 44-point win over SMU. However, Navy also mixed in a few suspect results, such as a 14-point loss to Air Force and a surprising loss to Army.The Midshipmen and Bulldogs have played two times in history, with Navy winning both contests. The last game between these two programs was played in 2010.Louisiana Tech vs. Navy prediction:Both Louisiana Tech and Navy boast high-powered offenses. The Bulldogs feature a pro-style approach that could cause problems for the Midshipmen.However, after losing its last two contests, Navy will look to rebound with a solid win. It will do just that.Navy 42, Louisiana Tech 31,According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Louisiana Tech wins the matchup between the two teams 52.7% of the time. The spread also favors the Bulldogs.Spread: Louisiana Tech -7Game Time: 4:30 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNLouisiana Tech vs. Navy preview:The middle of the season saw plenty of success for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. The team racked up seven straight wins after opening the season with a 1-3 record. At 8-3, the Bulldogs looked like they were headed for a very successful season, yet they lost their last two games of the season to slide to 8-5. Now they face Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl.Navy also lost its last two games of the season after putting together a very successful 2016 campaign. The Midshipmen pulled off a few very impressive victories this season, such as the win over Houston, and a 44-point win over SMU. However, Navy also mixed in a few suspect results, such as a 14-point loss to Air Force and a surprising loss to Army.The Midshipmen and Bulldogs have played two times in history, with Navy winning both contests. The last game between these two programs was played in 2010.Louisiana Tech vs. Navy prediction:Both Louisiana Tech and Navy boast high-powered offenses. The Bulldogs feature a pro-style approach that could cause problems for the Midshipmen.However, after losing its last two contests, Navy will look to rebound with a solid win. It will do just that.,According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Louisiana Tech wins the matchup between the two teams 52.7% of the time. The spread also favors the Bulldogs.Spread: Louisiana Tech -7Game Time: 4:30 p.m. ETChannel: ESPNLouisiana Tech vs. Navy preview:The middle of the season saw plenty of success for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. The team racked up seven straight wins after opening the season with a 1-3 record. At 8-3, the Bulldogs looked like they were headed for a very successful season, yet they lost their last two games of the season to slide to 8-5. Now they face Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl.,Navy also lost its last two games of the season after putting together a very successful 2016 campaign. The Midshipmen pulled off a few very impressive victories this season, such as the win over Houston, and a 44-point win over SMU. However, Navy also mixed in a few suspect results, such as a 14-point loss to Air Force and a surprising loss to Army.The Midshipmen and Bulldogs have played two times in history, with Navy winning both contests. The last game between these two programs was played in 2010.Louisiana Tech vs. Navy prediction:Both Louisiana Tech and Navy boast high-powered offenses. The Bulldogs feature a pro-style approach that could cause problems for the Midshipmen.However, after losing its last two contests, Navy will look to rebound with a solid win. It will do just that.,Navy 42, Louisiana Tech 31,Navy 42, Louisiana Tech 31last_img read more

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping Inks Survey …

first_imgzoom Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has been authorised to carry out statutory surveys of ships flying the flag of the Republic of South Africa (RSA) and issue certificates stipulated by international agreements in the sphere of merchant marine of which the RSA is a part. A relevant agreement with the Maritime Administration of the RSA was concluded by RS in February 2014.RSA is the 71 flag state for which RS has become a recognised organisation engaged in activities connected to the basic international instruments for merchant marine. RS is authorised to act on behalf of the RSA government within the framework of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) of the International Labour Organisation. As a result, today 39 states in total have authorised RS to discharge these functions.“For RS, the signing of an agreement with yet another IMO member means a further strengthening of its international standing of classification services and broadening the options for its customers to choose the flag state,” the company said in a press release.RS, February 27, 2014last_img read more

Massive DRC mining and infrastructure agreement with China

first_imgThe Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today revealed the details of its mining agreement with China. In a statement to Parliament in Kinshasa, Infrastructure Minister Pierre Lumbi described the deal as “a vast Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of our country’s basic infrastructure. This contract is the foundation on which the growth of our economy is going to be built. It is going to generate tens of thousands of jobs directly or indirectly, with some 10,000 persons being employed directly in the first phase.  “It will give a firm boost to the rise of agricultural, mining, and industrial production of our country.  It is going to improve the purchasing power of the population by reducing the costs of transit between the areas of production and the areas of consumption.”The Minister estimated that the deal will have an internal profitability rate of at least 19%. Its total initial value is $9.25 billion, of which $3.25 billion will be mining investment and the remaining $6 billion is earmarked for infrastructure development.Lumbi declared: “This contract is undoubtedly the best which the country has ever signed with foreign investors.” But he emphasised: “It is only one aspect of a vast program of reconstruction and upgrading of the infrastructures of our country.  This huge programme includes a number of other programmes financed by our own funds, by the World Bank, the European Union, the African Development Bank, Great Britain and India.”The agreement with China creates a mining joint-venture between Gecamines, the DRC’s own mining entity, and the Chinese in the form of a company in which the Chinese hold 68% of the shares and Gecamines 32%. Lumbi said that 150 Chinese engineers and technical experts are already in DRC to start work on the project.The infrastructure aspects of the deal include:3,215 km of railways3,300 km of asphalted roads2,738 kilometres of beaten earth roads550 km of urban roadwaysA 450-bed hospital in Kinshasa, 31 smaller hospitals and 145 health centres around the DRCTwo hydro-electric dams and two electricity distribution networksTwo vocational training centresAnd two airports.last_img read more

Celebrating 100 years of Dubliners

first_imgTODAY MARKS THE 100th anniversary of James Joyce’s Dubliners, his accessible masterpiece that has left an indelible mark on Irish and world literature.The collection of 15 short stories was published on 15 June 1914 after an nine-year debacle with a number of publishers, who wanted to remove some of the more controversial elements – including the entire Two Gallants story.Joyce held out though and eventually got the contract he wanted for his “chapter of the moral history of my country”.The publisher, despite his agreement, didn’t have much faith in the book’s promise because it “is about Ireland”.Grant Richards was wrong though and, although it initially lay in the background behind Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake, it has obtained an equal footing.To mark the centenary, independent Irish publisher Tramp Press decided to ‘cover’ the book.Writer and editor Thomas Morris told Publishers Weekly that he came upon the idea after hearing a busker on Grafton Street playing the Jeff Buckley version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.“Would writers ‘cover’ a story from Dubliners?” he mused.He got 15 authors to take up the challenge and the complete anthology, Dubliners 100, was ready to go in just 10 months.The list of writers who signed up is impressive and includes John Boyne (of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas fame), Donal Ryan (A Spinning Heart) and Paul Murray (Skippy Dies).IMPAC-nominated Peter Murphy took up the daunting task of writing a new version of the final story, The Dead, the most praised of the collection.The IFI is also honouring the occasion with a 35mm screenings of John Huston’s 1987 adaptation of The Dead today and tomorrow. The are two showings, one at 4pm today and another at 6.30pm tomorrow.The film is set during the annual dinner party of the elderly Morkan sisters on the Feast of the Epiphany in 1904.According to the organisers, the film “lovingly recreates the middle-class characters of Joyce’s Dublin before reaching a powerful conclusion that reminds us that love is always intertwined with loss”.“John Huston’s subtle direction and Angelica Huston and Donal McCann’s delicately modulated performances perfectly capture the social atmosphere and emotional nuances of Joyce’s original text.”Order Dubliners 100 here. Read: People are losing the rag over three Irish books included in a “Best British Novels” listMore: James Joyce’s love of rugby and the tale of the team who only lost once in the NFL; this week’s best sportswritingExtract: Colm McCann on Dublin, Ulysses and friendshiplast_img read more