Finland-based shipbuilder Meyer Turku reported its third profitable year in a row, booking a net profit of EUR 32.2 million (USD 38 million) in 2017.The company, owned by Meyer Verft, said it plans to use this profit to finance the EUR 200 million investment program of Turku shipyard.The investment program includes a new 1,200-ton goliath crane, a steel pre-treatment and storage facility and several large-scale IT system investments.The shipbuilder said the investments were urgently needed to replace the aging machines and that they were an opportunity to realize a higher capacity and productivity.The revenue of the Meyer Turku Oy was EUR 807.7 million in 2017 compared EUR 787.5 million reported a year earlier.“These good figures give us an opportunity to prepare for the coming years and a growing international competition. We are using these profits to finance the large-scale investments we urgently need to rebuild the Turku shipyard into a modern ship assembly factory and to train our personnel and to further grow our team of shipbuilders in Turku,” CEO of Meyer Turku Jan Meyer said.The shipyard has also been actively recruiting new personnel, with its workforce growing from 1,614 from the end of 2016 to 1,854 by the end of the year 2017.Meyer Turku delivered two ships in 2017, for the first time in decades.In January the shipyard delivered LNG-powered fast ferry Megastar to Tallink and later in May fourth in a ship series, Mein Schiff 6, for German TUI Cruises.“Due to the long orderbook reaching 2024, Meyer Turku will have growing revenues in the years to come. Yet due to the efforts and costs for the development of the shipyard, the profit margins will be lower but positive during this transition time,” the company said.With regard to this year, in April, Meyer Turku delivered the New Mein Schiff 1 to TUI Cruises.New Mein Schiff 2 is already under construction at the yard, with its keel laid in October 2017, and it is scheduled to be delivered to its owner in early 2019.Furthermore, TUI Cruises recently ordered a third sister ship to New Mein Schiff 1 & 2 for delivery from Turku in 2023, which will be called Mein Schiff 7.
The FA Cup will be shown on the BBC and BT Sport while ITV has secured exclusive rights to England games from 2014, the Football Association has announced.Both the FA Cup and England deals will begin at the start of the 2014-15 season and run through to 2018.ITV had already won England’s World Cup and European Championship qualification fixtures from UEFA and has now secured all home and away friendly internationals.It will be a return for the FA Cup to the BBC for the first time since 2008.New FA chairman Greg Dyke said: “I would like to thank everyone who expressed an interest in these FA Cup broadcast rights and congratulate the BBC and BT Sport on their successful tenders.“Their valuable support underlines what a great competition the FA Cup is and how important it is to the sporting calendar. “ITV have done a tremendous job in recent years and we look forward to their fantastic continued support of the England team.“We are delighted to have all the England games, both qualification and friendly internationals, in one place allowing ITV to follow the team home and away.”
The BBC’s Lee James joined Joy Sports George Addo Jnr on this week’s edition of the Joy Sports/BBC two way series. The conversation this week was mainly about the big game this weekend between defending champions Chelsea and league leaders Arsenal.Other interesting fixtures to look forward to this weekend are Manchester United at home against Southampton, Crystal Palace up against Tottenham and Leicester City at home to Stoke City.Click link to listen to this week’s conversation.
The 30-year-old forward was able to pick up an assist in the defeat on White’s goal — which came off a misread from Mrazek — to put the Sens on the board, 5-1.Colin White with some great work down low.GOAL: White (2)ASSISTS: Ennis (4), BOROWIECKI (5) pic.twitter.com/MfHOTQ06uJ— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) November 12, 2019It marked Ennis’ third straight game with a helper, as well as his fourth game with a point over a five-game span. He now has three goals and seven points in 17 games so far this season.At his current scoring rate, Ennis is on pace for a 34-point season, which would be his highest-scoring campaign since racking up 46 points in 2014-15 with the Buffalo Sabres. Colin White — in his first game back from injury — and Brady Tkachuk were Ottawa’s lone goal scorers. Goaltender Anders Nilsson were pulled after surrendering four goals on 19 shots, while Craig Anderson stopped 20 of 24 in relief.NHL RUMORS: Early-season trade candidates for 2019-20With the win, the Hurricanes were able to end a four-game losing streak, putting them into a three-way tie for the second wildcard spot. Ottawa, on the other hand, saw its bid for a three-game win streak spoiled and is still tied with the Detroit Red Wings (13 points) for last in the Eastern Conference. The Senators previously won three of their last four games heading into Monday’s contest.Here are three takeaways from the game.Joel Edmundson shines for CanesWhen Carolina acquired Joel Edmundson from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Justin Faulk, they were hoping to acquire the physicality they needed on the backend. However, despite going without a point through 17 games, the 6-4, 215-pound blueliner showed that he has the potential to contribute as well against the Sens.Edmundson not only scored his first goal of the season but added two assists en route to the win. It was his first point since March 7, when he had an assist against the L.A. Kings and his first goal since Feb. 14, where he scored against Arizona.[OTT 2 – CAR (8)] Edmundson records his third point of the night with his first goal as a Hurricane pic.twitter.com/puNS4TlkYV— GoatWorldSports (@GoatWorldSport1) November 12, 2019The 26-year-old isn’t expected to be a major producer for the Canes, but he did show that he can get involved on the forecheck, finishing with three shots on the night to boot. At the other end of the ice, Edmundson played a strong role on the backcheck and also led all skaters (tied with Brett Pesce) in shorthanded TOI with 3:13.Senators power play still not clickingOttawa’s power-play woes looked like they would be behind them when they managed two goals on the man advantage against the New York Rangers on Nov. 4. However, the power play told the same story as it has been this season.The Sens went 0-for-3 at 5-on-4 on Monday and managed just two shots on their opportunities.Over the last four games now, Ottawa has no PP goals and is 0-for-13 at 5-on-4.The Senators’ power play is dead-last in the league right now, operating at just 6.6 percent. If they want to get back on track before things are too late, the team will have to find a way to convert while up a man.Tyler Ennis finding way with SensComing from Toronto along with Ron Hainsey, Ennis was looking forward to finding a fresh start with Ottawa. And now, it seems like he’s getting the swing of things. Things seemed to be looking up for the Ottawa Senators, who were 3-2-0 to start November and getting strong goaltending and effort from all four forward lines, but that all changed on Monday when they faced the Carolina Hurricanes.After Warren Foegele struck 44 seconds in for the Canes, Carolina took over and dominated thanks to a two-goal performance from Sebastian Aho and 27 saves from Petr Mrazek, which helped pave the way early for an 8-2 win.
Born in Carlton and raised in Glenferrie, Leslie Howard Manning was the youngest of five children. The son of a Flinders Lane rag trader, Les was brought up by his mother Elsie after losing his father to illness when he was three years old. A student at Murrumbeena Primary School, at 14 he left school to help supplement the family’s income as the Great Depression took its toll, finding employment in local factories before working in his uncle’s Malvern bakehouse.As a youngster his greatest joy was to head to Punt Road to barrack for the Richmond Football Club and his love of ‘the Tigers’ would be a lifelong passion. In the late 1930s he married. For a time he and his wife Molly were employed as live-in domestic staff by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, before their son Huan was born in 1938. On 14 October 1939, Les enlisted. He was 26. As one of the original volunteers of the second AIF, and a member of the 2/7th Infantry Battalion, in April 1940, he left Melbourne for the Middle East. The 2/7th went into battle for the first time in January 1941 as Britain took the attack to the Italians in the Western Desert and the battalion later saw action at Bardia and Tobruk. By mid-April 1941 Les was in Greece. The 2/7th had joined other Australian units as part of ‘Lustre Force’ – the Allies’ ultimately doomed campaign to defend Greece from invasion by Germany. Within days of their arrival, having been deployed to Thessaloniki, the 2/7th joined the Allied withdrawal as German forces pushed south. Les was evacuated from Kalamata on 27 April with most of his battalion on the transport Costa Rica. The ship, crammed with hundreds of troops, was bombed and sunk off Crete. Les and his fellow diggers were among those saved by accompanying destroyers. Originally en route to Alexandria in Egypt, they were taken to Crete to bolster the island’s defences.In anticipation of the island’s invasion, the 2/7th was deployed to defend the northern coast near Souda Bay. The invasion of Crete began on 20 May with German airborne forces quickly overrunning the island’s defenders in the west. As the battle unfolded, a counterattack involving the 2/7th on the outskirts of Chania 27 May momentarily halted the German advance. The ‘Battle of 42nd Street’ as it came to be known bought time for thousands of troops to begin crossing the White Mountains to the evacuation beach on Crete’s south coast. Having fought in the rearguard, Les’s battalion would be the last to reach the beach and were unable to escape.As the Germans rounded up the thousands of troops that remained at the evacuation point after the Allied surrender on 1 June, like many left behind, rather than throw in the towel, he headed into the hills with two mates, keen to avoid capture. After six days on the run, after an unsuccessful effort to commandeer a small boat, he was captured.So began four years of grim incarceration; first in the Skines POW camp on Crete, before being transported via Athens and Thessaloniki by train in overloaded cattle trucks to Stalag XIIIC, near Hammelburg in Bavaria. Made to work in nearby towns, the ‘lost years’ saw Les assigned to hard labour on farms, mines and railways, with infrequent Red Cross parcels offering the only glimpse of hope. Les’ POW camp was liberated by American forces in April 1945.Private Les Manning of the 2/7th Battalion c1940.Two months later Les returned to Melbourne to pick up the pieces of his life. He found employment – as a security guard in the Elizabeth Street office of the State Savings Bank of Victoria, but he also found his marriage was over, and estrangement from his son would follow.Les healed, and in 1953 he married again, to Alma Deering – the love of his life. With the money he had saved from his demobilisation, he purchased a plot of land in Bentleigh and built a home at 53 Richards Street. Son Gary was born in 1954 and a daughter, Lynda, followed two years later. In 1957, the same year as the birth of his second daughter Wendy, Les was offered the job of caretaker for the State Savings Bank, and by the late 1950s the family had moved to Malvern. After working for more than 30 years for what became the State Bank of Victoria, in retirement he played bowls, savoured the fortunes of his beloved Richmond Football Club, and was an active member of the 39ers Association. In 1989 he and Alma moved to the Wantirna Retirement Village in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.In recent years, as one of the dwindling number of Victorian veterans of the Battle of Crete, Les became an adopted and much-loved honorary member of Melbourne’s Cretan community and was a regular guest of honour at the Cretan Village at Wantirna. He described his connection with the Melbourne Greek community as one of the most precious experiences of his life.Remembered by his children and grandchildren as a modest, loving and supportive father and grandfather, with a unique and quirky sense of humour, the importance of family to Les was absolute. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.Les Manning died on 18 October at the age of 104 at Knox Private Hospital. He is survived by his wife Alma, children Gary, Lynda and Wendy, and six grand-children. He is also survived by his son Huan.Les’s funeral and memorial service will take place on Friday 10 November at Alison Monkhouse Funeral Home, cnr Burwood Highway and Stud Road, Wantirna at 2.00 pm. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram