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Offshore Wind Takes Lead Role in Sif’s 2018 Results

first_imgSif has reported that offshore wind accounted for approximately 83% of revenues and 69% of total contributions in the company’s 2018 financial year figures.Sif saw a 28% loss of revenue in 2018, amounting to EUR 235.1 million, and a 45% loss in contribution, amounting to EUR 74.3 million.The gap in the production schedule and logistic hurdles were significant reasons for the production decrease, SIf said, adding that total production was 138Kton compared to 232Kton in 2017.To limit underutilization effects Sif agreed with clients to move production for the Borssele 3&4 offshore wind project, initially scheduled for manufacturing in 2019, forward to 2018.The production for Borssele 3&4 was further delayed and partly shifted into the first quarter of this year, said to be mainly because of low water levels due to extreme drought in the summer of 2018 and production delays at the steel-supplier.“We cushioned the anticipated low utilization in 2018 by agreeing with our client to produce monopiles for Borssele 3+4 in 2018 instead of 2019. The agreement came at a discount. Delays in production of steel and hampered transportation due to low water levels in Moselle and Rhine, partly frustrated our plans,” said CEO Fred van Beers.“Sif took advantage of the relatively low manufacturing activity to gear up for changing market conditions. This implies gearing up for higher utilization of our production facilities. But it also implies gearing up for changing industry standards on product surface protection (coating) and on the use of steel (less wall thickness combined with larger diameters).”Sif reported that normalized EBITDA normalized was EUR 13.3 million in 2018 compared to EUR 57.1 million in 2017, mainly due to low utilization of production capacity and lower sales margins on projects.Cash flow from operating activities was EUR 5.5 million and operating working capital stood at EUR 14.2 million, compared to EUR 7.1 million at the end of 2017. CAPEX was EUR 4.6 million.Sif claims it had seen high tender activity in 2018 that resulted in the current 365Kton order book for the 2019-2021 period with still a few 2020 and 2021 projects due for final award somewhere during the next half year.Net debt at the end of 2018 amounted to EUR 30.4 million, compared to EUR 25.1 million at the end of 2017.For 2019, Sif expects earnings to recover after the first quarter. In regard to offshore wind after 2019, it is anticipated that virtually all or a large part of the production facilities’ capacity will be utilized. Sif thus announced an increase of staffing and expects to return to close to 600 FTE during 2019.The capitalization of leases will impact EBITDA positively by approximately EUR 3.5 million per year, SIf said, adding it will lead to an increase of the balance sheet with approximately EUR 30 million.last_img read more

Guardiola: Man City not ready for Premier League return

first_imgPep Guardiola fears his Manchester City players are not ready for the gruelling demands of the Premier League restart. Guardiola says Man City are not ready for punishing Premier League return Guardiola’s reigning champions will host Arsenal on Wednesday in the second game of the Premier League’s return to action following the coronavirus hiatus. City play again on Monday when Burnley come to the Etihad Stadium and the pace does not drop until the planned end of the season in late July.Advertisement Loading… “The way we are right now, I think other clubs and teams as well, if you ask me how the team is, I don’t know.”Guardiola said the game against Arsenal would show him what level of fitness his players had.“What we are worried about over the three weeks is the lack of preparation, not like in Germany or Spain, where they worked five or six weeks,” he said. “We know it is not enough but it is what it is.”– ‘Difficult time’ –Since the Premier League went into lockdown in March, Guardiola’s mother Dolors Sala Carrio has died, aged 82, after contracting the coronavirus.“All the people who lost family or friends, it’s a difficult time, but we have family to stay strong,” he said.While the French and Dutch top-flight seasons were cancelled because of the pandemic, football has returned in Germany, Spain and Italy.Now it is the Premier League’s turn to experience life during the virus, with matches played behind closed doors and twice-weekly testing for players among other new rules and regulations.Guardiola did not sound especially enthusiastic about the Premier League’s decision to return, but he acknowledged the need to minimise the financial fallout from the pandemic.“That is why we have to finish the season. We have to limit the economic damage to the clubs,” he said.“It is what it is. Everyone suffered during this situation, personally and economically, and we have to adapt.“The players are human. The health of the people is important but at the end, the Premier League, like in Spain, decided we have to play and we are going to play. “City, who resume 25 points behind leaders Liverpool, will welcome back Guardiola’s former assistant Mikel Arteta for the first time since he took charge of Arsenal in December.Pep Guardiola put his players through their paces this weekend.Read Also: Bundesliga: Awoniyi rules self out of Dortmund clash“We are delighted he will come back, especially if he is happy there. We sent a message about an hour and a half ago,” Guardiola said.“It was about the wine we are going to drink after the game if social distance allows.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img With Premier League chiefs determined to play the remaining 92 matches in less than six weeks and teams given only a short time to prepare, City manager Guardiola is concerned that his stars are not fully fit for such a hectic schedule. “We are ready to play one game, but three days after another and four days after another, we are not ready,” Guardiola told reporters in a video press conference on Tuesday. “We have to rotate and use all the players. You can play a game after three weeks on holiday but we spent two weeks on the sofa doing nothing much. That is why the players are not fully fit.last_img read more

Rohr lauds Blind Football Championship in Enugu

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking  World Cup: Agu-Ejidike tasks Super Eagles to up their game against Iceland Russia 2018: NPFL coaches make case for home-based players Super Eagles Coach, Gernort Rohr, has expressed satisfaction with the African Blind Football Championship which kicked off in Enugu on Monday.Rohr, who stated this in an interview with newsmen in Enugu on Monday, praised the organiser, Bina Foundation for staging a championship of such magnitude.“I am satisfied with the organisation and they are doing a great job and I already find possibility in the visual impaired.“To host teams from all parts of Africa is not an easy thing coupled that Blind Football is a wonderful institution so I can see great exhibition in the championship.“I am looking forward to seeing goals in the match and you can see how the old and young among them are ready to play football.“I had a lot of inspiration from the little I watched at my arrival in Enugu. It was a thing of passion for the players,” he said.Rohr said that Morocco as the defending champions will be a hard nut to crack and that Africa can get a good team to the Olympic.“I think that Morocco is a wonderful team to watch out for and Nigeria need to win the first match against Cameroun,” the coach said.He said that all the teams are playing to win and he wished them success in the championship.“It is nice to have a Blind Football academy in Enugu and also a team for Nigeria known as “Star Eagles,” Rohr said.The championship will serve as qualifying to the 2020 Paralympics.Already in Enugu to compete in the African qualifiers are Cameroun, Morocco, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Mali, Niger and host Nigeria.Nigeria, which plays Cameroun in the opening game, is being represented by the Star Eagles.The Proprietor of Blind Football in Nigeria and President of Bina Foundation, Lady Ifeoma Atuegwu, said the country was hosting to win the sole ticket for the paralympics.Atuegwu said that in the absence of the male and female national football teams at the Olympics there was need for the country to make appearance using the blind football. Tags: African Blind Football ChampionshipBina FoundationGernort Rohrlast_img read more

Content key for Argyll Entertainment in Solihull sponsorship

first_img Related Articles Esports Entertainment appoints Jeff Cohen as IR lead  July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share LV BET celebrates Vanarama National League’s return July 17, 2020 Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative  August 17, 2020 Submit Share Argyll Entertainment is to continue its content centric focus through its latest sports sponsorship, with Vanarama National League football club Solihull Moors.The owner and operator of the and brands, is to have exclusive access to film the inner workings of the club for the full season, as it becomes official betting partner.Via access to players, management and wider supports staff, Argyll anticipates providing  a unique “real life perspective” on a professional football club’s day to day management.Regardless of football allegiances, through the distribution of “compelling and insightful content,” it is hoped that the interest of football fans far and wide can be captured. Stuart Tilly, CEO of Argyll Entertainment, commented: “Content has always been at the forefront of our customer acquisition and retention strategy, and when we began thinking about football sponsorship, we wanted a partner that shared our vision and passion for innovation in this area, and we’re delighted to be partnering with such a forward thinking club as Solihull Moors in this venture.“The club is ambitious with a great story; it’s only 11 years old, are managed by ex-England goalkeeper Tim Flowers, escaped relegation last season and have got off to a flying start this season, with 3 wins out of 4. The club also has a fantastic community spirit, with a strong commitment to its Youth, Ladies and Disability Teams. “We’re hoping to build upon this story, by giving our audience an exclusive insight into real football that anyone who’s ever played grass roots football will relate to, and we’re looking forward to engaging with the club, its fans and the wider Solihull community over the course of the season.”Also as part of the deal SportsNation is to see branding featured on first team kit and around the ground, whilst also promoting fan and community engagement initiatives throughout the season.Arthur Dawes, General Manager of Solihull Moors, added: “Solihull Moors are delighted to welcome as our official betting partner, and we look forward to an exciting and mutually beneficial season ahead. “Our club is committed to building upon our community activities, and proudly communicate that we are truly “Moor Than Eleven”. I look forward to working with the Argyll team, in what I believe will be exciting times ahead.”last_img read more

Giants rough up Scott Kazmir in win over LA Dodgers

first_img“There’s no changing game plan. He made pitches.”While Cueto got better, Kazmir got worse. San Francisco scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning, three in the third and one in the fourth to knock out Kazmir early.“There were a lot of pitches down the middle with no spin,” he said, “and they hit them all.”The Dodger bullpen took over in the fifth inning and the bleeding continued. Louis Coleman threw a scoreless inning but allowed a double to Pagan to begin the sixth.Coleman (0-1) gave the ball to J.P. Howell, who allowed an infield single and a two-run double that put the Giants ahead for good. Over his last two appearances, Howell has allowed all six batters he’s faced to reach base.“It’s so early that it’s hard for me to pin it,” Howell said. “It’s so hard for me to be honest with you guys because I don’t know.”Hunter Pence’s long sacrifice fly off Yimi Garcia, gamely hauled in on the warning track by right fielder Yasiel Puig, gave the Giants their final run.Ultimately, Cueto (1-0) left after seven innings to a standing ovation. He threw 22 pitches in the first inning and 82 thereafter. In the span of one afternoon, Cueto lost the home crowd’s favor and gained it back.Kazmir hasn’t had the chance to do either. His first home start is scheduled for Saturday. Which pitcher will show up, the one who didn’t allow a run Tuesday in San Diego, or the one charged with six runs in four innings Sunday?The same question might apply to the Dodgers as a whole. They entered San Francisco with three wins, no losses, and a chance to set a record for consecutive shutout innings to begin a season. They fell one inning short of tying the record, then needed to play 10 innings Saturday just to avoid a four-game sweep in their personal house of horrors.Dating to last season, the Dodgers are 3-11 at AT&T Park.“Every year it’s like this,” Howell said. “All these games where you jump out early, you’re never comfortable here. It’s going to be a grind. Fans keep ‘em in it. I think it’s exciting for the players when they know the fans are ready to romp on it whenever they do something good.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SAN FRANCISCO >> Scott Kazmir pitched against the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants in his first two starts for the Dodgers. He had never pitched for a National League team in his life, let alone a National League West team. As introductions to the most disparate division in baseball go, this ought to suffice.Five days after not surrendering a run in San Diego, Kazmir was knocked out after four mistake-filled innings Sunday in a 9-6 loss to the Giants. Actually, the mistakes weren’t many, Kazmir said; they were costly. Home runs by Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Angel Pagan represented the difference between a win and a loss.“Those pitches were right in their wheelhouse,” Kazmir said. “They made me pay.”center_img The Dodgers spotted Kazmir a 5-0 lead in the first inning. It wasn’t enough.Ten batters contributed to the onslaught against Johnny Cueto, including Kazmir, who laid down a successful sacrifice bunt. Cueto allowed five hits, climaxed by a bases-loaded Trayce Thompson single. Cueto, who signed a $130 million contract with the Giants in December, couldn’t have scripted a worse introduction to 41,656 patrons at AT&T Park. By the end of the inning, Chris Heston was warming up in the Giants’ bullpen.Not only did Cueto remain in the game, he flourished. Over the next six innings, he settled into a comfortable groove. The Dodgers got their final run in the fourth, when Corey Seager followed Chase Utley’s double with an RBI single. Seager has a 10-game hitting streak dating to last season.“We had a certain approach and it worked out in the first inning,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “When you have a guy on the ropes, you don’t really want to let him up for air. To his credit he still made pitches, kept going, and ended up going seven innings.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe wins Golden Boot

first_imgMegan Rapinoe was awarded the adidas Golden Boot after her scoring efforts in the United States women’s national team’s World Cup win.The Golden Boot goes to the player with the most goals, and Rapinoe used Sunday’s first goal to inch ahead of the rest of the competition.  She could not describe the feeling after the match.”I don’t know how to feel right now, it’s ridiculous,” she said. Rapinoe started her Golden Boot campaign with one goal in the group stage, and followed it up with back-to-back braces. She tied for the lead as top scorer early in the tournament and continued to keep her name in the mix in the knockout stage.After the US breezed through the group with 18 total goals, the USWNT only scored four in the knockouts. All four of those came of the foot Rapinoe. DREAM START FOR THE USA! 🇺🇸@mpinoe’s free kick gets past everyone as the @USWNT takes an early lead once again! #FIFAWWC— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 28, 2019 NERVES OF STEEL 💪🇺🇸Megan Rapinoe scores her 50th international goal from the penalty spot and gives USA the lead in the #FIFAWWC final!— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 7, 2019Rapinoe tied USWNT teammate Alex Morgan — who won the Silver Boot with six goals and three assists — and England’s Ellen White with the goal, but Rapinoe had the tie-break with her assists and goals in fewer minutes played than Morgan.It marked Rapinoe’s first Golden Boot in her third World Cup appearance.  Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USWNT’s thrilling win over Netherlands to defend titlelast_img read more

Presidents Cup 2019: Tiger Woods says Melbourne crowds went ‘over the top’

first_imgKessler Karain was involved in an altercation with a fan after Reed and his partner Webb Simpson lost to Hideki Matsuyama and C.T. Pan in the morning four-balls.Karain admitted he had “had enough” of the hostility shown towards Reed, who has played the role of pantomime villain this week after arriving in Australia on the back of accusations of cheating during the Hero World Challenge.The caddie told Fore Play: “Riding on the cart, a guy was about three feet from Patrick and said, ‘you f—ing suck.’ I got off the cart and shoved him, said a couple things, probably a few expletives.”Security came and I got back in the cart and left. I don’t think there’s one caddie I know that could blame me.”Woods, who went out first on Sunday before taking over his captaincy duties, felt alcohol had played a part in the incident and asked for a more respectful approach on the final day.Asked how the atmosphere compared to a Ryder Cup, the U.S. captain said: “Well, I think it’s different. There aren’t as many people at this venue because it’s so small, a lot of bottlenecks.”There’s obviously some yelling. There’s people who have had a lot to drink and have gone over the top.”I’ve heard it. I’ve been in the groups playing when it has happened, and I’ve been inside the ropes as a captain witnessing it.”Bipartisanship is part of playing in team matches, whether you’re home or on the road, it’s part of the deal. As long as the fans are respectful, all we ask is for them to be respectful.”Hopefully they will be excited [about] Sunday and the matches and be very respectful of all the players.” Tiger Woods and Ernie Els name the Singles matches for the final session of the 2019 @PresidentsCup .— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 14, 2019Woods’ Internationals counterpart, Ernie Els, felt the galleries were “pretty quiet” compared to New York in 2017 and that the Americans should “take it and move on.”The South African said: “I’ve played in many Presidents Cups. I’ve played in the U.S. many times. If you look back at New York and how these players were treated in New York, this crowd is pretty quiet.”I mean, we just get treated the same wherever you go as an away game, there’s some heckling going on and we all know that, and you prepare for that, and that’s just the way it goes.”We shut up and we get on with things. That’s what we did in New York. So it’s part of the game.”And I’m with Tiger; I’m against heckling. I’m against crowds being disrespectful to the players, but it happens. We as professionals, we move on.”I think Tiger is one of the ultimate professionals that’s ever played the game. I’ve played with him where he’s been heckled in U.S. Opens and a lot of other places. He’s taken it on the chin and he’s moved forward. He’s been an example.”Same has happened to me. It’s happened to a lot of players. But I must say, this Aussie crowd, OK, they got a little bit boisterous this afternoon with a couple of beers, but which crowd doesn’t? You take it and you move on.” Tiger Woods accused the Royal Melbourne crowd of going “over the top” after a wild third day at the Presidents Cup.The Internationals headed into Sunday’s singles with a 10-8 advantage over Woods’ United States team, but the day was notable for a crowd disturbance that led to Patrick Reed’s caddie being suspended for the rest of the event.last_img read more

Alvarez-Golovkin rematch talks collapse – report

first_imgChina population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Djokovic facing career crisis point: ‘I don’t know if I’m going to play on grass’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours With Alvarez free to fight once his six-month suspension ends in August, the two rivals had been expected to fight again in September.However, Alvarez’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya said plans for a September 15 rematch had fallen through after world champion Golovkin demanded a 50-50 cut of the purse.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“He’s stubborn and wanting 50-50 and it’s not going to happen,” De La Hoya told ESPN about Golovkin. “The Canelo train has left the station.”De La Hoya said Alvarez would now likely fight Daniel Jacobs instead in September. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations “I can’t say he won’t be Canelo’s toughest fight. He might be tougher than GGG.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina FILE – Boxer Gennady Golovkin poses during a news conference at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live to announce the upcoming rematch against Canelo Alvarez on February 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFPCanelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin’s negotiations for a rematch have collapsed following a dispute over the proposed purse, ESPN reported on Tuesday.The two fighters had been due to fight each other in Las Vegas in May before the middleweight bout was canceled after Alvarez failed a drug test.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? “So there’s a deal on the table for Daniel Jacobs to fight Sept. 15 against Canelo,” De La Hoya said.“Daniel Jacobs loves the fight and we love the fight as well. So we’re just moving forward and making sure that Canelo has the toughest dance partner possible for Sept. 15.”Golovkin and Alvarez fought to a controversial draw in their first meeting in September last year.Jacobs meanwhile gave Golovkin a stern test when the two fought last year, with Jacobs taking the champion the distance in a bruising 12-rounder.“Jacobs gave GGG a run for his money a lot of people thought that he won,” De La Hoya said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

‘Lofa Can Reclaim Pre-war Status’

first_imgLWP members march through the principal streets of Voinjama prior to the indoor program“In order to sustain the livelihood of the local farmers,” Mr. Keller noted, “we must mobilize resources to enhance the support for agriculture thereby improving their standard of living.”He said the Ministry of Agriculture has a significant role to play in fostering LWP’s agenda, therefore, Keller called on the government to provide the environment to help women succeed in the sector.Mr. Keller then provided a loan of L$200,000 to the group, to be paid in four installments.LWP Director, Madam Youngor Sherman, assured Mr. Keller of the group’s readiness to work.  She called on all Lofains for their support in awakening the spirit of the county.She disclosed that with the help of one of the county’s leading agriculturists, John Selma and another prominent son of the county, Momo Cyrus, and LWP have acquired 50 acres of land to begin the initiative.Mr. Cyrus is SEGAL’s CEO and managing director. He said agriculture is the way forward for the country’s self-sufficiency in food.“We will not wait until this initiative turns into a national NGO. We want officials of government, especially those of them from Lofa to come and help our women,” he said.Mr. Cyrus reechoed the need for the country to gravitate to mechanized farming to alleviate the intensive labor that farmers go through.LWP was established in August 2010 with an initial membership of 100 persons, then 500 persons and now has exceeded 1000 members.Agriculture is a major sector of the Liberian economy with 38.8% GDP (Gross Domestic Product), employing more than 70% of the population and providing a valuable export.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Mr. Keller: “Lofa County remains the country’s food basket.”-Women say at rally to make county’s bread basket againA group of women under the banner, Lofa Women for Progress (LWP) has launched an agricultural initiative to reclaim the county’s lost status as ‘Liberia’s Bread Basket.’The possibility of achieving such an ambitious goal was echoed by one of the founders of the Security Experts Guard of Liberia (SEGAL), Lionel A. Keller, Jr. who served as the keynote speaker.Keller said Lofa County has the potential to reclaim its pre-war status as the most productive county as recorded during the 1970s and 1980s. This, he said, is achievable but not with subsistence farming.“We therefore need to graduate from this type of farming, and move to mechanized farming. This is the only way we can make it better. I know you women will get there,” Mr. Keller said as a challenge to the women.He added, “we have come to enlighten the minds of our mothers, sisters and daughters, who have deemed it necessary to foster great prospects in the country’s agricultural sector. We would like to encourage you to continue to strive in this sector.”He defined agriculture as the bedrock of the nation, “and with support from everyone, our women will work to meet the objectives of this organization.”Mr. Keller urged the people of Lofa to rally around the women to ensure that the county regain its lost status in the sector.He added that women have played a significant role in the development of the country through agriculture—a role that they need to retake to ensure that the country becomes food sufficient.“I want to inform you that majority of our farmers are women, who represent more than 50 percent of the country’s farming population,” Keller said.He said empowering women in the sector will assist them to fight poverty to the very end, nothing that LWP’s goals are achievable, but require a lot of work.last_img read more

NBTS introduces new measures to make blood transfusions safer

first_imgNational Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS), which is housed in the compound of the Georgetown Public Hospital, has introduced immuno-haematological testing and Hepatitis B core antigen which will improve the quality of blood offered to patients, especially expectant mothers, who will be able to access safer blood, thanks to these measures.NBTS Director, Dr Pedro LewisPatients, more so pregnant women, stand to receive uncontaminated blood because of the implemented measures, since the “risks of blood infection are always there”; the new tests have significantly lowered the chance of transmitting transfusion diseases, according to NBTS Director, Dr Pedro Lewis.The immuno-haematological tests take advantage of the body’s immune system, in order to fight germs or foreign substances: the immune system produces antibodies which are proteins that can bind to a specific germ or substance, just like a key fits into a specific keyhole. They “catch” the germs or substances, neutralise them, and attract other immune cells.Dr Lewis stated that the new leap in expertise by the NBTS was made possible through ongoing networking involving the Public Health Ministry, the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), and the Guyana-Argentina collaboration.The NBTS conducts a wide array of tests, including those for HIV I and II (HIVI is the most widespread worldwide and HIV2 is found mostly in western Africa); Human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV1 and 2) infections associated with certain rare diseases of T lymphocytes (T-cells); Hepatitis B and C; Chagas Disease; Malaria; Filaria and Rapid Plasma Regain (RPR) used to test for the presence of syphilis.last_img read more