OKEA assumes Draugen operatorship as Shell exits

Posted On Sep 28 2020 by

first_imgNorwegian oil and gas company OKEA has completed the acquisition of a package of Shell’s interests on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and is now taking over the operator role on one of the fields. Draugen; Source: Wiki Commons – Author: Sven Mandel – under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license Shell’s Norwegian entity, A/S Norske Shell, last June reached an agreement with OKEA to sell its entire 44.56% interest in Draugen field and 12% interest in Gjøa in Norway for NOK 4.5 billion ($525M).The acquisition also included the office building “Råket” in Kristiansund, Norway.The Norwegian authorities gave the green light for Shell’s proposed sale to OKEA in early November.Shell said on Friday that, with the deal completion, the company is exiting its 44.56% operated interest in the Draugen field and 12% non-operated interest in the Gjøa field, representing approximately 14% of A/S Norske Shell’s total production in 2017.In a separate statement on Friday, OKEA said it will assume operatorship of the Draugen field effective from November 30, 2018. As part of this transaction, 153 employees will transfer from Shell to OKEA.OKEA’s CEO, Erik Haugane, said: “We are very pleased with the work that we have accomplished with Shell since the signing of the agreement on 20 June 2018. Thanks to our comprehensive and dedicated work together, we are able to close this transaction on schedule. This is the beginning of a new chapter for OKEA, as operator of one of the most prestigious fields on the NCS.”Rich Denny, Managing Director of A/S Norske Shell, said: “Today’s deal completion was achieved despite a tight timeline from the sales and purchase agreement in June 2018. It was made possible by good collaboration between Shell and OKEA and with constructive dialogue with the Norwegian Authorities.”This deal was part of Shell’s global $30 billion divestment program.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more


Wilson Sells One, Buys Two Bulk Carriers

Posted On Sep 28 2020 by

first_imgNorwegian shortsea liner shipping company Wilson ASA has decided to dispose of one bulk carrier oldie and acquire two 5,000 dwt bulkers.The company has entered into an agreement with an unnamed party to sell MV Wilson Reef, an open hatch singledecker built in 1975.The 6,258 dwt vessel is expected to be delivered to its new owner in the first quarter of 2020, according to Wilson.In a separate announcement, the company said it signed an agreement to buy the 2007-built MV Lauren C and the 2008-built MV Nicole C.VesselsValue’s data shows that both ships are owned by UK’s Carisbrooke Shipping.The ships, which will be renamed, are planned to be acquired during the first quarter of 2020.Marking the company’s entry into the 5,000 dwt segment, the acquisition is said to underpin “Wilson’s long-term belief in the market”.last_img read more


Why I Still Oppose Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Posted On Sep 27 2020 by

first_imgWe’re not passing laws that pave the way for our buddy’s “mom and pop shop” to grow and make some money that provides for their families. We’re passing laws that create a whole new industry that clearly markets to kids with their gummy bears and cartoon advertisements, cost us more than we will ever get back as communities in taxes, and has created a large and powerful lobby driven by big business. Huffington Post 29 December 2017Family First Comment: Here’s a really key question…“what we really need to do as a society is to deal with the reasons why we want to get high in the first place. Is it anxiety? Depression? Let’s treat these symptoms with appropriate therapy, provide adequate mental health coverage, so that one does not have to use mind-altering substances to get by. Then, we will have truly succeeded at making progress. Habitual drug use is not going to resolve our problems. The bottom line is that we have enough issues in this country these days. This country doesn’t need another legal intoxicant. Haven’t we learned enough with alcohol and tobacco?”    www.saynopetodope.nzYes, I’m going to go “there” again. I’m going to address the topic of marijuana legalization. But not because I want to dictate what American citizens do behind closed doors in their free time, or because I claim to know the precise entirety of the long-term effects – both positive (medicinal possibly) and negative – of this drug. As Ben Cort articulates in his book Weed, Inc., “We are considering a massive shift in policy that will result in more access to a substance we know little about in its current form. We must not allow the conversation to be defined just by those who stand to profit.”It seems that when Americans are asked about their position on legalizing marijuana, many respond in favor of legalizing based on medicinal or criminal beliefs. When a recent Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) poll conducted in New York asked a follow up question that adjusted for the fact that personal marijuana possession is already decriminalized and medicalized in New York, respondents’ support for legalization dropped by a third. “One of the things that we thought was going to happen when [recreational] marijuana was legalized was that drugs would be taken out of our community,” said Candi CdeBaca, an education and community activist in Colorado whose longtime family home is steps from a commercial grow operation. “What happened was that the drugs stayed—and the drug dealers changed.” I’m going to dive into this topic again because you, the reader and the pro-pot voter, need to know that you’re being duped. Our current propositions to legalize marijuana are funded by deep pockets, to be sure. Recreational use is far different than medicinal use, and the lobbyists couldn’t care less about the communities in which they plan to place their shops.center_img As of the New Year, marijuana is going to be legal for either recreational or medicinal use in 29 states and the District of Columbia – over half the country. I apologize for being blunt about your blunt, but it’s true. But hear this: the current “fight” for legalization is much less about your freedoms and much more about big business making big money at your expense. It’s about lobbyists and an industry with no federal oversight. Since marijuana is illegal at the federal level, you get no quality standards or oversight on the conditions where it is grown, processed, packaged, or sold. It’s an industry where they need to create more users to stay in business. It’s about commercialization not decriminalization, not local folks making a living. Add to this the fact that the level of THC in today’s marijuana is literally mind-boggling, and due to its federal illegality, there are no guidelines or regulations on its potency. This is not the marijuana of the past, to be sure.READ MORE: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-i-still-oppose-recreational-marijuana-legalization_us_5a46710ee4b0df0de8b069e5last_img read more


Breaking: NFF appoints Joseph Yobo as Super Eagles’ Assistant Coach

Posted On Sep 22 2020 by

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child The Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former Super Eagles’ defender and captain, Joseph Yobo, as Assistant Coach of the team. He replaces Imama Amapakabo in the three-time African champions’ technical crew. Yobo, who played for the Nigeria U20 boys, Flying Eagles, during the FIFA World Youth Championship, now known as FIFA U20 World Cup, in 1999, won his first cap for the senior team in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match away to Zambia in Chingola in April 2001, and played in three FIFA World Cup finals in 2002, 2010 and 2014. The attack-minded defender also played in six Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013, capping it with leading the Super Eagles to their third continental title in South Africa in 2013. He played a total of 100 matches for Nigeria at senior level. A thoroughbred and dedicated professional who played his club football in five countries, including sterling appearances for Olympique Marseille in the French top flight, Fenerbahce in Turkey and Everton FC in the English Premiership, Yobo scored several crucial goals for the Super Eagles in important qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations. He was also among the scorers when the Eagles thrashed South Africa’s Bafana Bafana 4-0 in a group phase match in Tunisia 16 years ago. Born Joseph Michael Yobo on September 6, 1980, the flamboyant stopper also played club football in Belgium with Standard Liege, Tenerife in Spain and Norwich City in England, having started out with Michellin-Harcourt in Rivers State in 1996.Tags: Africa Cup of NationsJoseph YoboSuper Eagleslast_img read more


Di Canio: We gifted ‘rubbish’ goals

Posted On Sep 21 2020 by

first_img Press Association “The second goal was very poor. It came from nothing. My leader let the ball get away behind him and then tried to tackle the opponent and it cost us – the goal and the red card. “They took advantage from our mistake and they put everything on the field. They never gave up but to be honest their goals were very poor.” Palace manager Ian Holloway said he was pleased rather than relieved the Eagles had picked up their first league points of the season. There had been suggestions he was close to losing his job after defeats against Tottenham and Stoke but he was delighted to see his side pick up what could prove to be a vital win. “That is not the word I would like to use,” he said when asked if he was relieved to break Palace’s points duck. “All you can do is work on your performances. They scored and we didn’t wobble – we had a little spell when they put Fletcher on but that was a commanding performance. I was so pleased, it is not relieved. “I was very, very pleased with the determination, the work rate and the performance, some of that passing was nice to watch.” Holloway has been open in his quest to add more players to his squad before the transfer window shuts on Monday evening and he confirmed at least two are now set to move to Selhurst Park: Huddersfield’s Jack Hunt and Reading’s Jimmy Kebe. He said: “We’ve got Jack Hunt and Jimmy Kebe [coming in] – we are trying to sign another four, maybe even five, but I can’t tell you an update on it.” But the hosts hit back through a Dwight Gayle penalty, with Sunderland skipper John O’Shea sent off for bringing down Jason Puncheon, and a superb injury-time goal from Stuart O’Keefe. Di Canio said after the game that his team had gifted Palace the opening two goals, yet he had refused to blow his top at this players. “Today it was difficult to be angry,” he said. “Normally I can tell you I’m very angry, but today it was difficult – it was too poor that it was really difficult to say something. “I don’t think that even the most arrogant player in the world could argue if you said the first two goals were absolute rubbish. “My leader [O’Shea] was already in the dressing room and said sorry to everybody – how can you be angry? “They are intelligent and understand when they do something bad. I couldn’t be angry but obviously I was really sad.” The Italian felt his side were in the game after Fletcher had headed the visitors level just after the hour, and reasoned the penalty and resulting red card turned the game in Palace’s favour. “We were on top after we drew level,” Di Canio added. Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio revealed he could not get angry with his team following their 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace because they were simply too poor. The Black Cats have taken just one point from their opening three Barclays Premier League games and only briefly looked capable of leaving Selhurst Park with a positive result. Danny Gabbidon’s deflection gave Palace an early lead before Steven Fletcher came off the bench to equalise on his first appearance for five months. last_img read more


Leeds fans are loudest tweeters

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_img Supporters of the Sky Bet Championship club came out on top in the study, averaging 7.7 tweets per fan over the last six months. Fellow Championship side Middlesbrough were second in the study at 6.6 tweets per fan, while Everton were the leading Barclays Premier League club with 6.3 tweets, ahead of Arsenal on 4.7. The study, conducted by social scores network CrowdScores, looked at fans’ interaction with their club’s official Twitter accounts. They compared how many followers each club’s official Twitter account had against the number of mentions of that Twitter handle. It also analysed the sentiment of each tweet, marking each as positive or negative. David Walker, CEO of CrowdScores, said: “When you combine Leeds United’s rich heritage with the various goings-on during the last season, it may not seem too surprising that their fans are vocal on Twitter. “But to see them top all 92 teams demonstrates just how passionate they are. Football fans are increasingly taking to social, forums and in-app discussions to praise and vent about their teams before, during and after the big matches. This is only set to increase and we look forward to the various debates in the upcoming season.” The most positive fans, according to the study, were those of Sheffield United, who posted nine times as many positive tweets compared to negative ones. QPR fans were found to be the most negative, with almost twice as many tweets about the London club deemed to be pessimistic rather than optimistic. There were some surprising results among the clubs with the biggest Twitter followings. Manchester United have more than 5million followers but mustered only 1.8 tweets per fan – sixth out of Premier League clubs. English champions Chelsea have 6million followers but managed only 0.95 tweets per fan, to leave them a disappointing 12th. League Two Northampton punched well above their weight, taking eighth place overall. Peterborough had the lowest engagement figures out of all 92 clubs in the study. Newly-promoted Preston were fourth overall in the study with 6.1 tweets per fan, with Arsenal in fifth. Leeds fans are the most vocal on Twitter out of all 92 English professional clubs, a new study has found.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


Erickson: Early thoughts on men’s hockey

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_imgIt’s never too early to talk hockey.After spending about a month-and-a-half in Canada this summer, I have never been more excited for the hockey season to start.From my personal observations, it is no exaggeration to say Canadians are obsessed with hockey. During my visit, their equivalent of ESPN always had at least one hockey-related story, and more often than not, multiple stories. Being inundated with hockey for six weeks only made me long for Oct. 7.So while Wisconsin’s season opener is still over a month away, here is an early look at what to expect this season.Inexperience in goalThere are three goaltenders listed on the Badgers roster, and not a single one of them has seen time in a collegiate level game.Of the three, two – Joel Rumpel and Landon Peterson – are freshmen, while junior Mitch Thompson completes the trio.In an interview last November with Madison.com’s Andy Baggot, head coach Mike Eaves said he expects Rumpel to take the vacant No. 1 spot with Thompson at No. 2. That statement has not changed or been updated further in the last year.Last season, Rumpel minded net with the Pentiction Vees (BCHL) and finished the season with a .911 save percentage and a 2.53 goals-against average with an overall 27-12-3 record. The 6-foot-3,190-pound freshman will have to catch on quick to fill in for Scott Gudmandson, who finished last season as one of the nation’s top 15 goalies with a .921 save percentage.Despite being in his third season with the Badgers, Thompson has yet to see any game action, sitting behind Gudmandson and Brett Bennett both seasons. Before walking on to Wisconsin, Thompson played in the Northern Pacific Hockey League with the Bozeman Icedogs. In the 2008-09 season, Thompson went 20-7 with a .906 save percentage and a 2.93 goals-against average.There’s no doubt that Eaves is taking a risk heading into the season with a class of untested goaltenders. Rumpel must overcome any first year jitters and, like any smart goalie, realize he’s there to stop the puck.In light of the uncertainty that currently surrounds the goaltenders, Eaves told UWBadgers.com when Rumpel was signed that he is “going to jump right into the pipes and play immediately for us.”Let’s just hope Rumpel gains some confidence quickly.Offense needs new leadersOf Wisconsin’s top five goal scorers from last season, only one of them is returning – and he’s a defenseman.At the end of last season, both defensemen Justin Schultz and forward Craig Smith said they would be returning for their junior seasons. But in mid-July, Smith decided the time was right to move on to the National Hockey League with the Nashville Predators, leaving Schultz as the only Badger from last season to have scored double-digit goals.Although Schultz is one of the nation’s top defensemen, in a general sense, the forwards should be the ones carrying the offense. With Smith gone, there isn’t a clear leader among them.Unless the forwards improve drastically from last year or the freshmen step up, UW will have some issues. Of the top five returning forwards, only sophomore Mark Zengerle has more than 20 points with 36, but with only five goals. Sophomore Michael Mersch had the most goals of the returners from last season with eight goals and a total of 19 points.Last season, the 11 returning forwards combined for a total of 33 goals. The top five scorers scored a total of 78 goals, 18 of which came from Schultz.The stats are undoubtedly lopsided. Sure, turnover happens at a much faster rate in college hockey, where it’s rare for players to stay for all four years. Regardless, the forwards have no choice but to step up and produce many more points this season if they hope to stay competitive in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.Schultz will make headlines, againTwo seasons ago, the Badgers finished their season playing for a national title. While they were only runners-up that year, Wisconsin received something just as special: Blake Geoffrion brought home UW’s first Hobey Baker Award.Last year Wisconsin had another chance at the Hobey Baker as Schultz was named one of the 10 finalists. With his aforementioned 18 goals, Schultz scored the most goals by a defensemen in the league in eight seasons and was the only blueliner to be among the nation’s top 40 goal scorers.And he was only a sophomore at the time.Returning for his junior year, Schultz will assist fellow defenseman John Ramage in captaining the team and add to his record-breaking collegiate career.As the strongest returning player, all eyes are already on Schultz. With a Hobey Baker nomination last season and a team-leading 47 points, Schultz should pick up right where he left off. If he plays better than he did last season, there’s a solid chance he’ll be a finalist again.But don’t get expect him to bring home UW’s second Hobey Baker. The award traditionally falls in the hands of a forward. For Schultz to have the best chance possible at winning it, the Badgers would also have to perform better as a team this year.Hockey season may still be several weeks away, but at least that’s enough time for the young Badger team to gain some confidence and hopefully turn this not-so-positive outlook around.Kelly is a junior majoring in journalism. What are your fears or expectations for this hockey season? Let her know at kerickson@badgerherald.com or follow her on Twitter @kellyerickson4.last_img read more


Women’s basketball: Badgers drop third straight in matchup with last-place Illinois

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (10-13, 2-10 Big Ten) lost their third straight game after falling to the Illinois Fighting Illini (10-14, 2-11) Sunday afternoon, 78–68.Another disappointing loss for the Badgers came as a result of continued inconsistent play and lack of depth on the offense.A big reason for the Badger loss was the exceptional play of Illinois’ senior forward Alex Wittinger, who continued to assert her dominance over Wisconsin. In her freshman year against the Badgers, Wittinger amassed 16 points on just 10 shots to go along with six rebounds. The only current Badger to play in that game is senior Marsha Howard — she didn’t put up a shot in just seven minutes that night. As seniors, their stat lines looked much closer, but the victory once again went to Wittinger and the Illini as they showed more depth in successful bench play. Illinois leaned on some star performances to pull away late over the Badger defense.A look at the camaraderie, culture surrounding Wisconsin men’s basketball programFrom 1999-2017, the Wisconsin men’s basketball program had reached the NCAA tournament in 19 consecutive seasons, a streak that was Read…Those Illini stars included Wittinger who dazzled with 24 points — 16 of which came in the second half. Junior guard Brandi Beasley added 16 points of her own, along with nine assists and just one turnover. Arieal Scott scored 10 points off the Illinois bench.As for the Badgers, Howard pitched in 19 points while playing the entire contest excluding just one minute. Freshman Imani Lewis scored 16 points and snagged seven rebounds in just 22 minutes of play due to foul trouble.Aside from a lack in depth, Wisconsin’s struggles at the free throw line continue to haunt their season. Wisconsin converted on only 12 of their 23 tries at the line. Conversely, Illinois was able to knock down 12 of their 14 shots from the line. Wisconsin’s bench was outscored 22–9 as Abby Laszewski was held to just three points after multiple promising performances over the past couple of games.Women’s basketball: Badgers seek victory on road versus IllinoisLooking to get back into the win column, the University of Wisconsin Women’s Basketball team (11-12, 2-7 Big Ten) eyes Read…While Illinois maintained a small lead throughout the game, and despite their less-than-stellar performance at the charity stripe, the Badgers took a 52–51 lead midway through the third quarter. But, once again, it was Wittinger who quickly regained the lead which only climbed for the Illini.Long, inactive stretches led to the Badgers only scoring nine points in the fourth quarter. This made an otherwise surmountable double-digit lead for Illinois look overwhelming for Wisconsin.These stretches of low offensive productivity are nothing new to this young Badger squad. Limiting the length and volume of these inactive stretches could be critical in their final six contests — including another matchup with Illinois at home.Wisconsin will keep fighting for Big Ten wins Thursday night at 7 p.m. as they welcome the No. 24 Michigan State Spartans to the Kohl Center and look to stop this losing skid. The game will air on BTN plus and broadcast on 1310 AM radio.last_img read more


Betting on Sports to deliver biggest ever exhibition space

Posted On Aug 30 2020 by

first_img Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation   August 26, 2020 With just over three months to go until the doors open at Betting on Sports, time is running out for companies to book their spot.Giving the chance to meet and talk to over 160 gambling operators, Betting on Sports – which returns to Olympia London from 17-20 September – is now firmly established as the leading sports betting industry event. This time around, it is expected to attract 3,500 delegates – a 30 per cent increase on last year’s event.The exhibition floor was increased by 25 per cent to over 6,300 sqm, but already 85 per cent of this total space has been sold, highlighting that interest from exhibitors looking to showcase their latest products and innovations is at peak demand. Over 100 of the biggest platform providers, affiliates, operators and payment firms have already confirmed their places.Companies including OPTIMA, SG Digital, Golden Race, BetConstruct, SB Tech, FSB, Digitain, Betradar, Sporting Solutions and Intertops have all joined the exhibitor line-up, making it a must-attend event for the igaming industry. The return of the Payment Expert Forum has also led to an increased presence of payment sponsors and exhibitors such as Cardpay, Cryptopay, Ecommpay, Emerchantpay, HiPay, Pay360, Ozan, Processing.com, SticPay, and Trustly.Keith O’Loughlin, SVP Sportsbooks and Platforms at SG Digital, explained: “It’s a fantastic event. I don’t think there is any other event where you get all the key people from the industry in one place. It’s taken me 20 minutes to walk to one end of the exhibition as you keep meeting people that you know and want to speak to.”Meanwhile, exhibition stands hosted by Catena Media, Betgenius, Perform Group, Pinnacle and the Press Association will embrace the importance of producing engaging digital content and leveraging the power of sports data.Reflecting on last year’s event, Richard Gale, Head of UK at Catena Media, said: “The Betting on Sports conference was great. I thoroughly enjoyed it, with some great contacts and business coming out of it. Normally very sceptical of industry events to be honest, but this was the first time I’ve left wishing I’d spent more time at one!”Rasmus Sojmark, CEO and Founder of SBC, commented: “Following the huge success of Betting on Sports last year, we felt it necessary to increase the exhibition floor space to accommodate the number of companies looking to participate at this year’s event. Showcasing some of the biggest and best names in the industry shows why this event is such an important date in the calendar for these globally recognised brands.”For more information please go to the Betting on Sports website. For sponsorship or exhibition opportunities, please contact us on sales@sbcgaming.com StumbleUpon Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Sharelast_img read more


Arizona Coyotes’ Rick Tocchet replaces fired Gerard Gallant as Pacific Division coach at NHL All-Star Game

Posted On Aug 14 2020 by

first_imgMORE: Everything you need to know about the NHL All-Star Skills Competition 2020Over the course of his 18-year NHL career, Tocchet attended four NHL All-Star Games representing the Flyers three times and the Pittsburgh Penguins once. He compiled a 2-2 record for the Wales Conference and netted four goals and three assists. The 1993 NHL All-Star Game in New York saw Tocchet replace teammate Mario Lemieux who was undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Darcy Kuemper was set to be the Coyotes lone player representative; however, he has been out since mid-December with a lower-body injury and was replaced on Wednesday by the Calgary Flames netminder David Rittich. Clayton Keller was listed in the “Last Men In” vote but lost out to Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes. Tocchet is the second-ever Coyotes head coach to be behind the bench for an All-Star Game. Jim Schoenfeld served as an assistant coach for the champion Team North America at the 1999 event.The 2020 NHL All-Star Game will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25 in St. Louis with the All-Star Skills Competition on Friday night. With Gerard Gallant’s firing by the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, a spot opened up to coach the Pacific Division at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game. On Thursday, the NHL filled the spot with Arizona Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet.Tocchet’s Coyotes currently sit in first place in the Pacific Division with a 26-18-5 record. He will join the Boston Bruins’ Bruce Cassidy (Atlantic), the Washington Capitals Todd Reirden (Metropolitan) and the hometown St. Louis Blues’ Craig Berube (Central). last_img read more