zoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC 2.0 license French maritime firm Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) Group became the latest member of the International Windship Association (IWSA) to help further the development of these primary renewable solutions.“We are very excited by the development of wind solutions as a key answer to the decarbonisation challenges we are facing today and it is only natural for us to join the International Windship Association in its drive to further develop these technologies,” Edouard Louis-Dreyfus, LDA President, said.LDA Group owns, charters and operates over 100 vessels worldwide and has been searching for ways to significantly reduce emissions along with their customer Airbus.The positive results garnered from the testing of the Airseas kite system has led to the decision to have one permanently fitted on board the 21,500 ton MV Ville de Bordeaux from 2020 onwards, a RoRo cargo vessel dedicated to the transport of Airbus parts around Europe.Also, in early 2019 LDA initiated the design of a large transoceanic RoRo vessel with full integration of wind assisted propulsion and plans to continue development work in this field.
2Julio JonesWR1,09510,7319.8 6Michael IrvinWR9608,9369.3 7Jordy NelsonWR9248,5879.3 1Rob GronkowskiTE7947,8619.9 9Doug BaldwinWR7226,5639.1 3Malcom FloydWR5705,5509.7 8T.Y. HiltonWR8788,0979.2 Among players with at least 500 career targetsSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com 4DeSean JacksonWR1,05710,2619.7 It was the Instagram post that shook the NFL. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski took to the social-media platform Sunday night to announce what had been speculated for the better part of two years: He was retiring from football at age 29, leaving the Pats less than two months after New England won Super Bowl LIII. Despite his relatively short career, Gronk seems like an ironclad lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame based on his three championships and many spike-worthy touchdowns. And there’s plenty of evidence that the traditional markers of tight end production undersell Gronkowski’s success. When healthy, Gronk was one of the most efficient offensive weapons in NFL history, notable as much for the nightmares he caused defenses as for the short amount of time his star shone (or his party-loving ways off the field).Not that Gronkowski’s conventional stats are anything to scoff at. He was named to the Pro Bowl in five of the seven seasons in which he played more than half of the Patriots’ games and was the first-team All-Pro tight end in four of those years. In the 2010s, no tight end had more receiving yards, and no receiver of any kind scored more receiving touchdowns. Only two tight ends in history — Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez — have more regular-season career TD catches, and Gronkowski caught 12 more in the postseason, which ties him with John Stallworth for the second-most playoff TDs among all players behind Jerry Rice.On a per-16-game basis, the average Gronk campaign would consist of 72 catches, 1,094 yards and 11 touchdowns — numbers that would rank among the top 25 tight end seasons in history. And Gronkowski sustained that pace for nine seasons.Those numbers are only scratching the surface in terms of how valuable Gronk was to Tom Brady and the Patriots over the years. On a per-target basis, Gronkowksi picked up 9.9 yards — basically an entire first down every time the ball was thrown in his direction — according to Pro-Football-Reference.com. Since 1992 (the first season for target data on PFR), that’s the best of any receiver — wideout or tight end — in the NFL. 5Brandin CooksWR5465,1479.4 Good things happened when you throw to GronkMost career yards per target for NFL players, 1992-2018 10Travis KelceTE5795,2369.0 PlayerPositionTargetsYardsyards per target Remember longtime Vikings WR Cris Carter’s old reputation — “all he does is catch touchdowns”? For Gronkowski, that was closer to being true than for any player of his generation — and it was a very good thing for the Patriots. With 521 career receptions and 79 career touchdown grabs, Gronk hauled in a TD once every 6.6 catches. Only eight players in NFL history with a minimum of 400 lifetime receptions — Don Hutson, Paul Warfield, Tommy McDonald, Art Powell, Jimmy Orr, Wesley Walker, Randy Moss and Lance Alworth — caught touchdowns as a greater share of their total catches than Gronkowski did.With those rates of great things happening whenever he was involved in the play, it’s easy to make a case that Gronkowski was the most efficient receiver (of any type) in NFL history. What’s more, Gronkowski consistently made his teammates more efficient, too.When our colleague Kyle Wagner looked at Gronk’s impact during the 2017-18 playoffs, he found that Brady’s passing efficiency numbers were significantly higher when his favorite tight end was on the field than not, one of the big ways Gronkowski has been a secret weapon for the Pats during the latter phase of their record-smashing dynasty. Since Gronk’s debut in 2010, Brady’s passer rating when targeting Gronkowski is 124.7, but it was just 96.8 when throwing to any other receiver. Even when it came to the greatest quarterback of all time, Gronkowski found a way to make him look much better.And then there was Gronkowski’s effect as a blocker. He frequently graded out as the best blocking tight end in the game, according to ProFootballFocus.com’s ratings. This aspect of his game made Gronk an asset whether the play call was a pass or run — keeping the Patriots from having to sub him in and out depending on the situation, or having his presence tip the Pats’ hand on which type of play was coming. No matter what Gronkowski was asked to do, he generated a mismatch with the defense.(All of this is to say nothing of the fun-loving image Gronkowski cultivated both on and off the field. We’ll leave others to judge his extracurricular activities, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t reference this great description of Gronkowski’s playing style from The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay: He was “six-foot-6, 265 pounds, galloping straight at you in the open field like a pony who just broke loose at a children’s birthday party.”)Gronkowski was still a valuable player in 2018, but there’s no denying that he was a shell of his old self. According to ProFootballFocus, he was ranked 11th best overall at the position. But as he showed in the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory this year, Gronkowski could still be a game-changing player. His 29-yard reception in the fourth quarter set New England up on the goal line, leading to the game’s only touchdown. While Gronkowksi’s impact as a blocker generated great fanfare during the regular season and in the playoffs, he also was the team’s primary downfield weapon after Josh Gordon exited New England, averaging 16.4 air yards per reception, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. That was more than 50 percent greater than Brady’s overall mark per attempt during the same span.Few Hall of Famers have ever retired before their age-30 season,1In the parlance of Pro-Football-Reference, which calculates its seasonal ages based on the player’s age as of Dec. 31 during the year in question. but Gronkowski is destined to join a group that also includes Jim Brown, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley and Gale Sayers (among modern2Retiring since 1960. players). Though his time in the NFL was relatively short, Gronk made his mark on the league as a receiver, blocker and all-around offensive terror. The game — and its greatest quarterback — will miss him dearly next season.
Register Now » This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global The app marketplace has vaulted into the millions but in some ways nothing has changed. Consumers only use about 26 or 27 apps a month, according to a Nielsen report posted last month. The time consumers spend with those apps is increasing though– up 63% over the past two years.In the fourth quarter of 2012, consumers spent approximately 23 hours per month engaging with their apps. That number rose to just over 30 hours in 2013 and nearly 37.5 hours in Q4, 2014. Mobile phone and app usage is constantly increasing but that is still huge, seven hours in a year is a long time – nearly an entire work week per month spent on the phone. Comparatively, the average number of installed apps per phone only increased from 26.5 to 26.7. So how does your app make that cut? With more and more apps being introduced every day, app makers are going to have to toughen their fight to be one of the apps that get regular use.Small businesses investing in mobile need to make sure their apps make it into the magic two-dozen or so apps that customers use regularly. Otherwise, it’s a massive waste of money and time. Find features that customers will use everyday – loyalty, shopping, push notifications and food ordering. These are proven to bring customers back as well as increase revenue. Customers love convenience as well as an opportunity to save money. Just yesterday I ordered my dinner through an app on my phone and they offered me a coupon as a thanks!Think about how often you use your phone and what apps you use. It’s easy to point them out but which ones really give you value? The best apps are able to incorporate a bit of each and would therefore become a mainstay within the top 26.Social Media apps are only as good as the user wants them to be. They rarely provide any in-depth information, besides updates from friends. Plus spam message and videos. Smaller apps use social media logins for forums as well as in-app commenting.Food Ordering apps are becoming more and more popular for the eater on the go. Or, like me, the master of convenience. Rarely on computers anymore, users go to their phone first and these apps provide instant access to multiple restaurants. Now, imagine that the restaurant had their own ordering system and did not have to share any information or fees with the existing services. More convenient and direct, an app with food ordering capability built-in would be a game-changer or an individual restaurant.Informational apps are simple, direct and to the point. Think banking or transit schedules. They’re not flashy but provide exactly what you need to know. Small businesses can incorporate informational aspects but also include a stylistic flair not found in most apps that are similar.Building a strong app for your small business that incorporates these points will transform your customer relationships and grant you staying power within the industry. 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 13, 2015