TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Graduate transfers within the Southeastern Conference won a major battle on Friday afternoon. According to multiple reports, the SEC will now allow graduate transfers to play immediately, if they earn their degree.This a huge win for a few different athletes that were awaiting this ruling before transferring.Most notably, this rule change would allow Alabama grad transfer Brandon Kennedy to play immediately, if he’s given permission from the Tide to transfer to another SEC program.SEC grad transfers no longer must sit out a year when transferring to another league school, SEC presidents voted today. Previously, SEC required grad transfers to sit out a year when transferring to another SEC school— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) June 1, 2018Kennedy hopes to transfer to either Tennessee or Auburn, but was allegedly being blocked by Saban and the university.From AL.com:Alabama denied offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy’s initial appeal to transfer to another SEC school on Monday, sources told AL.com.Kennedy, who decided to leave the Crimson Tide program in early May, is hoping to join either Auburn or Tennessee as a graduate transfer but is still blocked from even having contact with those two schools as well as any other SEC schools and any future Alabama opponents.The next step for Kennedy, who graduated in December, is an in-person hearing with Alabama’s appeal board.The new rule helps Kennedy in one area, but stills leaves him in limbo in another. Alabama can still block his transfer to another SEC school given the SEC as a conference has a rule in place that allows SEC programs to block an in-conference transfer.SEC commish Greg Sankey on whether schools can still block intra-conference transfers: “Those rules remain in place right now, but those rules may change (under the NCAA’s new transfer model that takes power away from schools to dictate where athletes can transfer).”— Alex Byington (@_AlexByington) June 1, 2018Up next for Kennedy is a meeting with the Alabama appeals board.
zoom Webb Dock redevelopment conceptKalmar, part of Cargotec, has won a contract to deliver container handling equipment and related automation technology worth more than EUR 40 million (USD 52.5m) to Port of Melbourne’s new container terminal, operated by Victoria International Container Terminal Ltd (VICTL). The order includes 12 automated stacking cranes and 11 automated shuttle carriers scheduled for delivery throughout 2016.The new terminal at Melbourne’s Webb Dock will introduce fully automated operations from gate to quayside and deliver an estimated capacity of 350,000 TEU in its first phase.When fully developed, the 35.4 hectare terminal will be able to handle up to 1.4 million TEU annually.Construction of the terminal superstructure and facilities is planned to commence in late 2014.Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI head of the Asia-Pacific region, said: “This is a premier project for ICTSI in Australia and the partnership with Kalmar allows us to introduce cutting edge, best-proven automated container handling equipment and technologies to Webb Dock. Kalmar’s strong track record in delivering automated terminal solutions in Australia as well as in other parts of the world will help us to put Melbourne amongst the leading ports of the world.” Press Release, September 03, 2014