Amec on board at BT City offices

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Equinor extends ‘Safe Boreas’ contract at Mariner

first_imgEquinor’s business unit in the UK, Equinor UK Limited, has exercised the second of six one-month options to extend the charter of the Safe Boreas accommodation rig owned by Prosafe.Prosafe said on Tuesday that the total value of this option is $6 million.The Safe Boreas started a 13-month firm operational period at Mariner in the UK sector of the North Sea in early August 2017.Equinor exercised its first one-month option for the Safe Boreas unit last July extending the rig’s firm operational period to early October 2018. With the second option now also exercised, Safe Boreas will continue through to early November 2018.Equinor is using the unit to support the hook-up and commissioning work at the Mariner field, dubbed one of the largest upstream investments in the UK in the last 10 years.Discovered in 1981 on the East Shetland Platform, approximately 150 kilometers east of the Shetland Islands, the Mariner is a heavy oil field characterised by dense, viscous oil.Development concept includes a production, drilling and quarters (PDQ) platform based on a steel jacket, Mariner A, with a floating storage unit (FSU), Mariner B. Drilling will be carried out from the Mariner A drilling rig, with a jack-up rig assisting for the first 4 years.Production is expected to start in late 2018.last_img read more

School drug busts – apparently it’s a good thing

first_imgNotice the response to the worsening trends in these articles – the same responses that come out when our crime rates goes up and our family violence rates go up. Read on….Drug busts at schoolHerald on Sunday Sep 11, 2011The numbers of students being caught for drug offences are rising. Schools say this is a good thing, as it proves their harder line on drugs is working. Hundreds more students are being caught with drugs in high schools each year, official figures show. A principal at one Auckland college, where 116 students have been stood down for drugs in two-and-a-half years, said his students could buy joints for just $5. Principals say enhanced detection efforts are the main reason for increasing numbers of students being caught with drugs. Some high schools regularly bring in drug dogs. In the first five months of the year, nearly 1000 students were expelled, suspended, excluded or stood down, an Official Information Act request revealed, though the Education Ministry said the numbers were not yet finalised. In the two previous full years, the numbers increased from 2441 to 2690. Drugs overtake booze among intermediate pupilsHerald on Sunday Sep 11, 2011There are three times more drug incidents than ones involving alcohol at primary and intermediate schools. Ministry of Education figures obtained under the Official Information Act reveal that 659 students were involved in drug, booze or smoking incidents in primary and intermediate schools last year, down from 696 in 2009. Some of the children were as young as 7. Auckland Primary Principals Association president Terry Hewetson said the trend had changed over the years, with children as young as 11 taking drugs to school rather than booze. Glen Eden Intermediate School had the most incidents, with 26. The principal, Hewetson, said the school’s zero-tolerance approach was the main reason for the large number of reported incidents. Gee – and I just thought the major problem was that more and more kids are doing it. End of story.Based on what the principals are saying, no reason for panic.I completely disagree.last_img read more

More on NCAA Tourney

first_imgYesterday I proposed a system for determining the 64 teams for March Madness.  I have a couple of stipulations that would go with this system.First of all, no matter how many teams a conference has, they would play an equal number of conference games.  For example, the Big Ten would either play each team once or each team twice–not the unbalanced system they have now.  Secondly, every team would only be allowed 2 cup cakes on their schedule (non-Division I teams).  You could play more than 2 but they would count for nothing in your RPI ranking.My last thought is that no conference in Division I would be any different than any other conference as far as a power difference.  Think about it!last_img read more

Arsenal coughed up £8m to agents for Luiz deal

first_img Arsenal reportedly shelled out £24million for David Luiz, including a staggering £6million fee paid to intermediaries, as the defender looks set to leave The Gunners after just one season, it has been claimed. The Gunners signed the Brazilian defender for a reported £8million fee.Advertisement However, the Athletic reports that the actual figure paid for Luiz’s one season at the Premier League club amounts to a far more sizeable figure. Arsenal paid the initial £8million fee to Chelsea, and then a further £6million to ‘fixers’ who did the work necessary to bring the deal together. read also:To win a tournament is not just flowers – David Luiz’s On top of that, the club have paid Luiz £10million in wages over the course of the season, meaning that the FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…center_img Arsenal coughed up big to agents to sign David Luiz from Chelsea, it has been revealed.last_img read more

Canaries hand Pulis first defeat

first_img Press Association Norwich edged to a nervy 1-0 win over Crystal Palace to ease the pressure on manager Chris Hughton and hand new Eagles boss Tony Pulis defeat in his first match. Redmond was the instigator with a determined run down the right before Elmander swept the ball into the penalty area. It dropped to Hoolahan at the far post and he squared it for Hooper to roll the ball into the net. Palace, though, almost equalised straight away. Puncheon’s cross from the right was palmed out by John Ruddy and the ball dropped to Barry Bannan. The midfielder cracked a fierce drive goalwards, which was headed for the top right corner before Olsson somehow headed it on to the crossbar and away. Norwich returned to a spell of possession as half-time approached, with Redmond again the main outlet down the right as he set up Elmander at the near post, but the Swede shot wide. A lovely piece of control from Hooper and back heel to Elmander saw Redmond away again at the start of the second half, but after cutting inside from the left, the winger’s shot was fired high into the River End. Palace sensed there was a way back into the match and kept pressing. Redmond curled a ball across the six-yard box which would only have needed a touch to put Norwich 2-0 ahead as the hour approached. However, the Eagles soon pushed Norwich back again, with Dean Moxey’s low cross from the left somehow hacked over his own crossbar by Bassong just two yards out. Both teams then made positive changes, one of which saw disgruntled Norwich forward Luciano Becchio, reprimanded by Hughton after speaking out over lack of opportunities, sent on with 11 minutes to go. He replaced Elmander and the change was greeted with applause from the home support. Palace substitute Jimmy Kebe sent a shot on the turn just wide and, despite an anxious four minutes of added time, Norwich held on to put some distance between them and the relegation zone. It was a bright opening by Norwich, whose inconsistent form had seen Hughton’s position come under scrutiny following a £20million summer spending spree. Two of those new arrivals combined to create the first chance on nine minutes. Teenager Nathan Redmond, signed from Birmingham, clipped in a free-kick which Sweden forward Johan Elmander, on loan from Galatasaray, crashed against the crossbar, with the ball hitting the line then bouncing clear and no signal coming from the new Goal Decision System. Moments later England under-21 winger Redmond, with hopes of maybe forcing his way into World Cup contention, drilled the ball goalwards after cutting in from the right, but Palace keeper Julian Speroni saved at the near post. At the other end, Cameron Jerome appealed for a penalty when his shot cannoned off Norwich captain Sebastien Bassong’s arm, but referee Chris Foy was not interested. The Canaries, though, were soon back on the attack, but failed to test Speroni. On 26 minutes, Norwich defender Martin Olsson made a brave block to charge down a fierce effort from Jerome, recalled to the side by Pulis along with Jason Puncheon, as Palace looked to strike on the counter attack. The Canaries finally went ahead on the half-hour. Gary Hooper’s goal after 30 minutes proved enough to give the Canaries a much-needed victory, which earned Hughton some breathing space following seven Barclays Premier League defeats before Saturday afternoon. The Eagles, boosted by last weekend’s away win at Hull, were probably worth a point for their second-half efforts, but Norwich eventually closed out victory in front of a new all-seater record 26,851 attendance at Carrow Road. last_img read more

Uber Driver Facing Criminal Charges After Accidentally Shooting Teen Passenger

first_imgA Florida teenager is hurt after a bizarre incident during an Uber ride.The 15-year-old Broward County girl was accidentally shot in the ankle by her Uber driver last weekend as he was trying to holster his gun.The driver, Adrian Harper is charged with culpable negligence. A member of our well regulated militia (and @Uber driver) moves his loaded gun with passengers in his car. He fires the gun and shoots a 15 year old girl through her ankle and heel. https://t.co/nm9k549Nt5— WellRegulatedMilitia (@Well_Regulated_) October 22, 2019 Also, Uber has cut ties with Harper because the company doesn’t allow drivers to carry guns or give rides to unaccompanied minors.last_img read more

Other Sports Gavit Murali Kumar becomes 2nd fastest Indian in 10,000m race

first_imgNew Delhi: Long distance runner Gavit Murali Kumar bagged a gold in men’s 10,000m race at the Gouden Spike meeting in Leiden, Netherlands to become the second fastest Indian in the event as track and field athletes continued their preparations for the upcoming Asian Games.The 21-year-old Kumar, who hails from Gujarat, clocked a personal best of 28 minutes 43.34 seconds, the best by an Indian in the ongoing season. Current long-distance coach Surendra Singh, who holds the national record of 28:02.89, has run faster than Kumar on four occasions.Kumar’s earlier best was at 29:33.85 during the Federation Cup in Patiala in March. The men’s 10,000m bronze medal winner in 2014 Asian Games had clocked 28:45.65.The Gouden Spike is one of the top meeting in the Netherlands. Its current European Athletics status is Outdoor Meetings with National Permit. Meanwhile, Indian athletes continued their preparations by competing during their training-cum-exposure tour of Europe. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Returning from injury, Graham fighting for spot in secondary

first_img Comments Published on April 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm Defensive line rebuildsTo some, Art Jones left a gaping hole in the defensive line when he finished his collegiate career at Syracuse last fall. With the star nose tackle’s departure, conventional wisdom suggested the returning defensive linemen would have some big shoes to fill. It wasn’t a stretch to assume the defensive line that spearheaded such a stout defense against the run would possibly take a step back.But if there is an alleged dropoff, Bailey, a rising junior running back, hasn’t seen it this spring.‘It’s kind of like that younger son when the older brother leaves for college,’ Bailey said. ‘All eyes are on you now — and those guys are really trying to show what they can do. They’re definitely showing up this year.’Though Bailey admits that they have some giant shoes to fill, he said this isn’t a group that is looking into the past. And he believes less-heralded defensive linemen such as ‘Perk,’ (Anthony Perkins) ‘Bud,’ (Bud Tribbey) and ‘Lewis’ (Andrew Lewis) are more than capable of filling those shoes, with a collective effort.This year — the unit’s second in the current defensive scheme — Tribbey is hoping that collective experience pays dividends. He said that the experience of playing in defensive coordinator Scott Shafer’s system has clearly helped.But until the season starts, there will always be the questions. Can the unit deliver without Jones? Tribbey said with the unit’s understanding of the scheme and knowledge of the playbook, he’s confident it can. As opposed to the rest of the defense, Shafer has been especially vocal with the defensive line this spring. He’s been on top of the unit for nearly every mistake, even riding it for slacking in conditioning drills.For Tribbey, it’s not just about filling Jones’ shoes — it’s just Shafer’s way of showing ‘tough love.’‘As a defense, our No. 1 goal is to stop the run,’ Tribbey said. ‘And (Shafer) knows that it all starts with us, so he pushes us hard because he knows that we’re the foundation of the defense. It’s his own brand of tough love more than anything.’ After missing the entirety of the 2009 season with a shoulder injury, it’s ‘just football’ again for Dorian Graham. It’s football every time he lines up in the defensive backfield for Syracuse as a rising sophomore. It was ‘just football’ when Graham sacked quarterback Ryan Nassib Friday to conclude SU’s first-team segment of the two-minute drill. It was back to football when he held his stomach and limped off the field in the second week of practice after running back Averin Collier plowed Graham into the ground during full-team drills.And Monday, as he was pinned down as wide receiver Aaron Weaver threw punches at him during a mid-practice fight, it was ‘just football’ yet again.‘We were just getting after it,’ Graham said of the fight. ‘It was in the moment.’No matter what the situation — whether dishing out the hits or receiving them — Graham claims he is merely glad to be back. He’s happy it’s ‘just football’ yet again.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textComing off a true freshman 2008 season in which he played in every game for the Orange, Graham was expected to fill a starting role at the cornerback position for the 2009 season. But after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury on Aug. 19, the former Rivals.com All-Freshman Big East selection was shelved for the season. ‘It’s tough to sit out one or two days or one or two weeks,’ SU running back Antwon Bailey said. ‘But he had to sit out a whole year. It’s tough. I can just imagine what he went though last season watching us.’Graham claims to be ‘practically fully recovered now’ from the injury, but he still receives one hour’s worth of treatment — 30 minutes before practice and 30 minutes afterward — every day for the shoulder. He is no longer the favorite to start at cornerback for SU as a result of the injury. He has still been getting first-team reps at cornerback and safety at times this spring, but Graham has been one of the highlights for SU in special teams play.The speedy native of Plantation, Fla., attributes that ability to get back on the field to the time he has put in the weight room with No. 1 running back Delone Carter. Graham — who works out with Carter every day — claims that the transition was facilitated by the flexibility workouts he does with Carter. Because of the 5-foot-10, 215-pound Carter’s size, the running back doesn’t touch heavy weights when working out. And the recovering Graham has been an unexpected benefactor. Workouts such as Carter’s one-legged squats, where the running back is held in place with rubber bands by SU strength and conditioning coach Will Hicks, have helped Graham as well.It’s all part of the process for Graham. He has equated the spring into one word — a ‘refresher.’ And there perhaps was no bigger refresher of what football really is for the defensive back than the time he looked up from the ground during that scuffle with Weaver.Said Graham: ‘I can’t explain it. It was just football.’center_img aolivero@syr.edualjohn@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more