MAN engines to power next-gen offshore installation vessel

first_imgSource: Jan De Nul Delivering a cumulative output of 43,200 kW, the common-rail engines will each feature an enhanced, MAN-supplied SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system for IMO Tier III-compliance, and will also meet the Euro Stage V-compliant NOx-emission limit. The enhanced NOx-reduction rate is essential for the newbuilding to fulfill the exacting ULEV (Ultra Low Emission vessel) standard for better air quality, characterised by very low NOx and particle emissions, MAN said. Lex Nijsen, Head of Four-Stroke Marine Sales – MAN Energy Solutions, said: “MAN Energy Solutions has previously worked with Jan De Nul Group on many of its vessels and recently provided four 12V32/44CR engines to CMHI for a major semi-submersible project. We look forward to working with our partners again in the commissioning of such a noteworthy vessel that truly begins a new era for the offshore installation sector.” According to MAN, another key 32/44CR characteristic is that high engine-output is available even at high ambient temperatures, as well as at the high exhaust-gas back-pressures resulting from the extensive exhaust-gas treatment equipment, which is mandatory for the ULEv notation. Les Alizés is specifically designed for loading, transporting, lifting, and installing offshore wind turbine foundations. The main features are a main crane of 5,000 tons, a deck loading capacity of 61,000 tons, and a deck space of 9,300 square metres. China Merchant Heavy Industry (CMHI) has ordered 6 × MAN 12V32/44CR main engines for Jan De Nul’s 5,000-tonne floating installation crane vessel Les Alizés. Installing Next-Generation Wind Turbine Foundations Thanks to her dimensions and lifting and loading capacities, Les Alizés will be able to load out, transport, and install multiple units of the largest and heaviest wind turbine foundations, Jan De Nul said. In addition, as a crane vessel that floats, it will be able to install heavier and larger foundations into deeper waters and in more challenging seabed conditions. Les Alizés will be built at CMHI’s shipyard in Jiangsu province, eastern China, and is scheduled for delivery in 2022. The engines for the vessel will be delivered with the MAN’s ECOMAP feature. The CR-system’s flexibility permits the engine to be programmed to run along different fuel-consumption-versus-power characteristics, with each having its efficiency optimum at a different load point, the company said.last_img read more

Jamaican ruling party admits receiving $1m ‘tainted’ gift

first_img Share Share Tweet People’s National Party (PNP) chairman Robert PickersgillKINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica’s ruling People’s National Party (PNP) has released a statement saying it was the organisation that received US$1 million from convicted Ponzi scheme operator, David Smith in the run up to the 2007 general election and not P.J. Patterson, a former party president and former prime minister of Jamaica.According to the PNP, its investigation has established that US$1 million was received in an account on its behalf from Smith’s investment firm Olint and spent in the party’s election campaign.“Though the party has not yet received documentary evidence as to the source of this sum, our information is that it came from Olint,” party chairman Robert Pickersgill said in the statement.Pickersgill also said the party’s investigators confirmed the truth and accuracy of the statement previously released by Patterson that he did not get any money from Olint.“This was an account of which the former party president, PJ Patterson, had no knowledge or control,” Pickersgill said. “Our enquiries confirm that he neither obtained nor received this amount or any portion of it, in cash or kind. All the available evidence reveals that at no time was he told or made aware of the deposit or any disbursements made from it.”Pickersgill said in view of these findings, the PNP will be advising the authorities in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), so that the recipient of the funds is not wrongly identified.In a Confiscation Order dated April 25, 2012, the TCI Supreme Court ruled that a number of payments made by Smith, a former banker in Jamaica, are “tainted and caught by” the Proceeds of Crime Ordinance 2007.Payments made by Smith to political parties and individuals in Jamaica are recorded by the court as follows:US$5 million to the Jamaica JLP PartyUS$2 million to the Jamaica PNP PartyUS$1 million to former prime minister of Jamaica, PJ PattersonUS$100,000 to an unnamed political candidate for Mandeville, JamaicaUS$50,000 to the former information minister in Jamaica, Daryl VazUS$190,000 to Dwaine WilliamsMeanwhile, the PNP said that regarding the Confiscation Order’s reference to a gift of US$2 million to the party, so far its investigations have not identified any such amount, or any other amount as having been received on its behalf from Olint or David Smith.Pickersgill said that the PNP’s attorneys-at-law have written to the authorities in the Turks and Caicos Islands to request that they provide the PNP with any relevant information that may assist in the investigations.Caribbean News Now NewsRegional Jamaican ruling party admits receiving $1m ‘tainted’ gift by: – June 18, 2012center_img 15 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Cricket News IPL 2019 squads: Who is in and Who is out in all the franchises ahead of auction – An explainer

first_imgNew Delhi: The 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League will see changes, regarding team players as well as schedule. With the Indian General Elections and the World Cup held in the same year, there are chances that the IPL might be played at an earlier date, most likely in March. The IPL auctions will be held on December 18 and 19, with most media reports stating that it could be held in Jaipur. With the BCCI maintaining a mandatory 15-day gap between the IPL final and international assignment as per the Lodha Committee recommendations, the chances are that the tournament may end in the beginning of May itself. Due to the elections, there is every possibility that the tournament might be held outside India.With respect to changes in team personnel, there has been plenty of movement. Shikhar Dhawan is heading back to his home base of Delhi for IPL 2019 while Steve Smith and David Warner, both banned by Cricket Australia for one year due to the ball-tampering scandal have been retained by both Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals have released 10 players while Kings XI Punjab have released the most with 11, including players like Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh and Axar Patel. Here is an explainer of players who have been retained and released by the franchisees:Chennai Super KingsThe three-time IPL champions have retained a whopping 23 players and have left out three players in Kanishk Seth, Kshitiz Sharma and Mark Wood. The team only has slots for two Indian players and they have a purse of just Rs 8.4 crores heading into the auction.Sunrisers HyderabadApart from Warner, the team has retained the core, but they have let go of eight members, including wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, West Indies Twenty20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite and England dasher Alex Hales. With Dhawan moving to Delhi Daredevils in the trade-off period, Sunrisers Hyderabad have a purse of Rs 9.7 crores in which they can bid for three Indian and two foreign players.Royal Challengers BangaloreQuinton de Kock was traded to Mumbai Indians and in addition, players like Corey Anderson, Brendon McCullum and Chris Woakes have been released. With Mandeep Singh also getting traded for Marcus Stoinis, Virat Kohli’s RCB will have a purse of Rs 18.15 crores. They can bid big for the Indian talent in the upcoming auction.Kolkata Knight RidersThe two-time IPL champions have released the bulk of their foreign buys. Mitchell Starc, brought for Rs 9.4 crore, has been released from his contract, along with the likes of Mitchell Johnson, Tom Curran, Javon Searles and Cameron Delport. Among Indians, Vinay Kumar was the notable name to have been released after a poor performance in 2018. With Rs 15.2 crores available, they can bid for 12 players in the auction, with five overseas players.Kings XI PunjabIt looks like Kings XI Punjab have decided to totally revamp the squad. They have released 11 players from the squad, the most and are equipped with a purse of Rs 36.2 crore, the highest. The likes of Finch, Yuvraj and Axar are without a team. If Yuvraj is not picked for this edition of the IPL, it might well be his swansong from all cricket. They can go all-out in the auction with 15 slots available.Rajasthan RoyalsAjinkya Rahane’s side have released 10 players, with one surprise in the form of Jaydev Unadkat, who was the leading wicket-taker for Rising Pune Supergiant in the 2017 edition. However, the core of the team that reached the eliminator in 2018 is still there and with the arrival of Smith, the team’s batting will get a boost.  The Royals have a purse of Rs 20.95 crore heading into the auctionMumbai IndiansWith the three-time champions failing to make it to the knock-outs in 2018, the team has released some notable players. Pat Cummins, Mustafizur Rahman, JP Duminy and Akila Dananjaya are the notable foreign players to be released by the franchise. With a purse of Rs 11.15 crore available, Mumbai Indians can buy seven players in total.Delhi DaredevilsWith Australian players not committing to the entire IPL tournament, the likes of Glenn Maxwell have been released. Among Indians, big names like Gautam Gambhir and Mohammed Shami have also been let go. Gambhir struggled with the captaincy of the side in 2018 and he decided to forego his salary and captaincy for the remainder of the season. Dhawan’s arrival will boost the batting and with a purse of Rs 25.5 crore, the second-most among the franchisees, Delhi Daredevils can bid big again but the question of whether they bid sensibly is the big issue.Retained playersChennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, M Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Billings, Mitchell Santner, David Willey, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya BishnoiSunrisers Hyderabad: Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al HasanRoyal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant KhejroliyaKolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Kamlesh NagarkotiKings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Andrew Tye, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, David Miller and Ravichandran AshwinDelhi Daredevils: Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Jayant Yadav, Manjot Kalra, Colin Munro, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent BoultRajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal LomrorMumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

BCB launches STAG Beer 50-over cricket tournament

first_imgTHE Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) and beverage giant Ansa McAl (Guy) Ltd last Tuesday launched the 15th STAG Beer 50-over first division cricket tournament. President of the BCB, Hilbert Foster, stated that the tournament will be contested by eleven teams, divided into two zones with the teams in each zone playing on a round-robin basis.The top two teams from each zone will advance to the semifinals. Zone A will comprise West Berbice, Blairmont Community Centre, Tucber Park, Young Warriors, Rose Hall Canje and Police Sports Club while Zone B will consist of Albion Community Centre, Port Mourant, Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets, Upper Corentyne and Skeldon. Foster disclosed that at least five additional first division tournaments are expected to be organised in 2019. The BCB is also in talks with several sponsors to host a two-day first division tournament as well.Foster stated that the tournament is expected to be at the highest standard with players like Romario Shepherd, Devendra Bishoo, Veerasammy Permaul, Gudakesh Motie, Clinton Pestano, Keon Joseph, Kevin Sinclair, Anthony Bramble, Raun Johnson, Kevlon Anderson, Seon Glasgow, Javed Karim, Demitri Cameron. Eon Hooper, all playing for their different teams.  Clubs will only be permitted one non-Berbician for the entire tournament while teams will be expected to be properly attired. Clubs who might be struggling to uniform their teams at the start of the 2019 season are asked to inform the BCB.Walkover shall be granted half-an-hour after the scheduled start of play while clubs will lose their rights to the toss if they are not present by 09:15hrs.He expressed gratitude to Ansa McAl, STAG Beer and Troy Cadogan for their support. Cadogan, in brief remarks, stated that he was very impressed by the activities of the BCB and its commitment to the development of the game. He expressed confidence that the tournament would be well organised and that his company would receive widespread media coverage. read more

Senate passes revised 2017-2018 budget proposal

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government passed a budget proposal that will decrease funding for two Student Affairs programming departments and increase the USC Concerts Committee budget at the USG meeting on Tuesday. This is a revised version of the plan proposed at last week’s Senate meeting, in which Treasurer Donielle Bunyard proposed that the Volunteer Center and the Leadership, Education and Development program will receive no funding from USG. “Last week, we presented zero dollars to all of Student Affairs, and obviously we had some backlash from that,” USG President Austin Dunn said. “In response to that, we sat down and re-evaluated.” The new budget plan will allocate $15,000 to the Volunteer Center and $10,000 to the Leadership, Education and Development program. Last year, they received $73,250 and $19,000 from USG, respectively. Though the budget for USC Concerts Committee showed an increase, Dunn said it actually reflected a decrease  because the budget does not account for exceptional funds.According to Dunn, exceptional funds are USG funds from previous years that are used for the following year. Because USG no longer has exceptional funds to pull from, the total budget from USC Concerts Committee decreased from $600,000 to $400,000. Previously, the Volunteer Center and the Leadership, Education and Development program were funded by the mandatory student programming fee that all students pay each semester. Dunn said that USG decided to decrease the funding of these two programs in an effort to increase the fairness of the student programming fee because not all students participated in them. “The problem with the L.E.A.D. Programs is that the cost per head is too much,” Dunn said. “One particular example was a retreat for 30 students that was $30,000. Although we totally support leadership development and these retreats, it’s just a lot of money for a small amount of students that all students end up paying for.”Similarly, Dunn said the Volunteer Center received a decrease in funding because previous USG funds  subsidized Alternative Breaks — an opportunity not all USC students experience. “You could take a student, for example, who can’t afford Alternative Breaks but still have to contribute, through the student programming fee, to this program,” Dunn said. “So we tried to increase accessibility to the student programming fee to all students.” Dunn stressed that although these two programs will be receiving less funding from USG, the lack of funding will not cause them to be dissolved entirely. According to Dunn, there is a high chance that the campus activities budget within Student Affairs can be reallocated to accommodate the Volunteer Center and the Leadership, Education and Development program. “Never was their any intention, in any way, shape or form, to cut volunteer opportunities,” Dunn said. “We totally stand behind leadership development and volunteer and service opportunities on this campus, but it’s just a call to action for the administration to possibly look to financially support them.”last_img read more

St. Vincent to introduce legislation outlawing killing of orcas

first_imgThe government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines says it will pass legislation outlawing the killing of orcas, after fishermen killed two of the marine mammals in the presence of a whale-watching group last week.The killing of the orcas — commonly called killer whales – bring to six the number of the dolphins known to have been killed in St. Vincent since July 2015.Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that the law to be introduced by his government,will be in keeping with an international ban that the country signed on to years ago.Gonsalves made the announcement on radio five days after the two orcas were killed while being watched by some 40 cruise ship passengers on a whale and dolphin watching tour with a local operator.Thomson Cruises, owners of TUI Discovery, the cruise ship on which the tourists arrived in St. Vincent, have since cancelled all of its whale and dolphin watch bookings with Fantasea Tours, the local operator that conducted the tours last week.While on a radio programme on Tuesday, Gonsalves said that “the person or persons who were involved in killing the two ‘killer whales’, the orcas, … is a very hard working fisherman.“But what he did was plain wrong. What he did, I want to emphasise this, what he did was plain wrong. Not just because it happened in front of tourists, but (because) he must not kill the orcas.”last_img read more

FeedConstruct scores data partnership with Ukrainian FA

first_img Related Articles Andrey Astapov, ETERNA LAW: Ukraine faces critical choices as gambling finish line nears August 21, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Ukraine Gambling Law demands tough scrutiny on operator origins July 20, 2020 Share Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 FeedConstruct has secured a new partnership with the Ukrainian Association of Football which will see the sports data feed provider gain exclusive rights to collect and distribute video streaming and Fast Betting Data from the matches.Under the terms of the partnership, FeedConstruct will cover more than 800 matches from competitions such as the Ukrainian Premier League, Cup, Women’s and Youth Leagues.Yurii Zapisotskyi, Ukrainian Association of Football General Secretary, commented: “The most important features of sports competitions are transparency and openness. Sports, in particular football, thrills with its unpredictability, genuine emotions and excitement!“The Ukrainian Association of Football pays increasing attention to the guiding principles of fair play and ethics in organisation of the football competitions at every level. And it’s a great pity that unethical practices of some parties jeopardise fair game score and hurt the image of the footballing bodies!”Advocating for competitions’ integrity, FeedConstruct will also deliver accurate data collected by its network of scouts and video streamings.Zapisotskyi added: “That is why I’m pleased to announce the start of cooperation between the Ukrainian Association of Football and FeedConstruct initiated by Mr. Francesco Baranca, President of the Ethic Committee of the Ukrainian Association of Football.“The partnership of the Ukrainian Association of Football and FeedConstruct foresees regulation of the matters relating to the transfer of the rights to Ukrainian Premier League, Cup competitions, Women and Youth Leagues matches live data transmission to betting companies.“From now on all data will only be transmitted through FeedConstruct and the transmission process may be stopped in case the Ethic Committee of the Ukrainian Association of Football notices suspicious betting activity.“FeedConstruct is one of the best sports digital content providers. And with the choice of such a reliable and experienced partner we feel certain that Ukrainian football competitions transparency shall reach the highest level!”last_img read more

Clipper rookies ink deals, other signings still pending as fans wonder what’s next

first_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates To make space for D’Angelo Russell, the Golden State Warriors traded Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies as free agency opened.Not surprisingly, the veteran forward and former NBA Finals MVP reportedly has attracted interest from several teams, many of them hoping he might be waived or bought out, although the Grizzlies have insisted they want to trade him, per reports.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Iguodala is set to make $17 million next season.As for those Clippers rookies whose signings were made official Tuesday?They’ve been getting the hang of professional play in Summer League, where after two games the 6-foot-7 guard Mann was averaging 11.5 rebounds per game, best among everyone playing in Las Vegas. Add four assists, a steal and a 46 percent field goal percentage to Mann’s averages entering Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Wizards.Kabengele, the 6-10 forward, was shooting 50 percent from the field and averaging 20 points, fifth-best among Summer League participants, through two outings.Coffey, a 6-8 guard, wasn’t selected in this year’s NBA Draft. A Minnesota native, he spent three college seasons at Minnesota, where he averaged 14.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 33.7 minutes. As a junior, he led the team in scoring (16.6), assists (3.2) and minutes (35.2). Three new Clippers have put pen to paper, the team announced Tuesday.No, not Kawhi Leonard.“The L.A. Clippers have signed forward Mfiondu Kabengele and guard Terance Mann, it was announced by Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank,” the team wrote in a news release, before following with another reporting Amir Coffey’s two-way contract.As of Tuesday evening, there had been no announcement yet from the team about signing Leonard, the two-time NBA Finals MVP who is set to join the Clippers next season alongside Paul George. Nor had the team announced the re-signings of Patrick Beverley, JaMychal Green, Rodney McGruder or Ivica Zubac. Or the blockbuster trade with Oklahoma City that will deliver George in exchange for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, five first-round draft picks and two potential pick swaps.Otherwise, only Moe Harkless’ arrival – from Miami via a four-way trade – was communicated officially by the Clippers.There are no indications that any of the pending signings will not occur, but the fact that they haven’t is stirring some speculation among fans that perhaps the Clippers’ front office has something more up its sleeve.Are the Clippers – who currently have 13 roster spots accounted for – plotting another move (a sign-and-trade, perhaps?) before they sign Leonard into their available cap space? They’re obviously not saying.On Monday night, ESPN’s Marc Spears sent out a casual tweet that caught fans’ interest: “If the Clippers can complete their hopes of getting Andre Iguodala, just imagine how they would be defensively …”center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 last_img read more

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz made a fast impression on a young Josh Reddick

first_imgManager Dave Roberts, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and SportsNet LA broadcaster Nomar Garciaparra — all former teammates of Ortiz — presented the donation on the field prior to the game. Starters announcedThe Dodgers are expected to place right-handed pitcher Bud Norris on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Monday and recall Ross Stripling to make a spot start Saturday against the Red Sox. Stripling arrived at Dodger Stadium on Friday afternoon, but the move won’t be official until Saturday. Norris exited his last start Sunday with an injured lat muscle in his back after facing just two hitters. The right-hander will become the Dodgers’ 12th player on the disabled list currently, and their 24th different player to land on the DL this season — extending a National League record.Meanwhile, left-hander Rich Hill is expected to make his debut Sunday against Boston. Hill was on the disabled list with a finger blister when the Dodgers got him from the Oakland A’s at the Aug. 1 trade deadline.Hill threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session on Wednesday in Denver. Asked if Hill would be healthy enough to start Sunday, Roberts said “as far as I’m concerned, yes.”Hill was born in Boston and pitched for the Red Sox from 2010-12. Sunday will be his first start for any team since he was befallen by the blister on July 17 while pitching for Oakland. He was 9-3 with a 2.25 earned-run average in 14 games with the A’s.Stripling, a rookie, has never faced the Red Sox in his career. He’s 2-3 with a 4.14 ERA in 12 games (eight starts) with the Dodgers this year.AlsoTrayce Thompson’s back injury is worse than originally thought, and Roberts said the outfielder isn’t expected back before Sept. 1. Thompson originally went on the disabled list July 10 with lower back tightness. He has 13 home runs and 32 RBIs in 80 games this season. … Brett Anderson said his next rehab start will be Monday, at a location to be determined. Anderson threw four innings on Tuesday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. … Reddick said he took four entrances and three wrong turns on his way to Dodger Stadium for the first time. His drive in from Glendale took a little less than an hour. … Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was removed from the game in the fourth inning after fouling a ball off his leg. He was diagnosed with a left shin contusion. … Pitcher Yaisel Sierra was promoted to Double-A Tulsa. The Dodgers signed Sierra to a six-year, $30 million free agent contract out of Cuba in spring training. Sierra struggled as a starter, was designated for assignment, then thrived as a relief pitcher at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> When David Ortiz was chosen to participate in the All-Star Game in July, a representative from the Major League Baseball Players’ Association asked him to say a few words to his American League teammates before the game. Ortiz is 40 years old. He’s planning to retire after the season. So he agreed.“At some point, when younger players can hear what you have to say,” Ortiz said that day in San Diego, “it’s something that stays in their minds for their career. It’s important and they will appreciate that.”Eight years ago, when Ortiz was at the peak of his career, he was assigned to rehab an injury with the Portland Sea Dogs, Boston’s Double-A affiliate.center_img No one asked Ortiz to give a speech that day. He did anyway, and among the young players listening was a 21-year-old outfielder named Josh Reddick. It was the first time that Reddick, who became a Dodger on Monday in a deadline-day trade with the Oakland A’s, had met Ortiz in person.“Immediately I knew I loved the guy because he put all the hitters into a room and he talked for a solid hour about hitting and how to approach things,” Reddick recalled. “That right there was a great first impression when I got there. (In the majors) he was the same guy. He came up to me and talked to me about what the starter had that night. Told me to come to the cage with him. Just broke down every single aspect of this game, of hitting, that you could. “I was just in awe. I just sat there and listened.”This weekend marks the Boston Red Sox’s only visit to Los Angeles this season, and Ortiz’s last ever as a player. To mark the occasion, the Dodgers gifted Ortiz with a $10,000 donation to his eponymous children’s charity Friday.last_img read more