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first_imgStatoil has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway to use Songa Dee for well plugging at Gullfaks Sør, in the North Sea.Statoil is the operator at Gullfaks Sør, located in block 34/10 in the northern part of the North Sea. The field has been developed using a subsea solution tied back to the Gullfaks A and C platforms. Production on the field began in October 1998.Statoil has now received consent to use the Songa Dee semi-submersible drilling rig to plug exploration well 34/10-52 A/B permanently. The well was drilled and temporarily plugged in 2011.The operation is planned to begin in late October and is estimated to last for 16 days.Songa Dee is a semi-submersible drilling rig of the Mitsubishi MD-602 type, built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd in Japan in 1984.The rig is owned and operated by Songa Management AS of Stavanger. It was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AOC) by the PSA in June 2009.The rig was recently moored at the Invergordon facilities deep water quay Queens Dock in September 2014 for a Special Periodic Survey work, and Songa Offshore informed that the rig is expected to leave Invergordon, Scotland, on 7 November 2014.[mappress mapid=”409″]last_img read more

first_imgPROSPECTS for the opening up of public transport in the biggest Dutch cities have fallen sharply, following an EU decision that cities with in-house operating companies need not call competitive tenders. The European Commission has retreated from its free-market approach at the behest of several member states, not least Germany. Taking advantage of this policy change, the Dutch parliament approved a motion in September reversing a law passed in 2000. This would have obliged the city authorities in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Den Haag to put their public transport services out to the market, starting with tram and metro routes from 2007 and buses from 2009. The cities are now free to retain GVB, RET and HTM as monopoly operators if they wish. Utrecht has announced that it still intends to contract out all public transport from 2009.Not surprisingly, the three main private operators in the Netherlands, Arriva, Connexxion (Keolis) and Veolia, reacted angrily to the change of rules mid-game. They immediately announced that they would be leaving the public transport operators’ association Mobis. But they have assured the Transport Secretary that they will continue to support the troubled OV-Chipkaart national smart card ticketing system which is n ow expected to roll out across the country in 2009.last_img read more

first_img Clodagh Halliday (aged 17, from Dumfries High School), with a geodesic dome model Molly Coxon and Annabel MacGregor (both aged 15 and from St Josephs College, Dumfries)holding laser-cut designs. The studio, at Unit 10, The Loreburne Shopping Centre, High Street, Dumfries, is a joint initiative by the Glasgow-based MAKLab network and Upland CIC – Dumfries and Galloway’s new organisation to support, nurture and train artists, makers and designers.Clare Hanna, Director of Upland, said: “Having a MAKLab in Dumfries is a huge leap forward, giving artists, makers, designers and young people the chance to use the latest disruptive technologies to create amazing artworks and products.“Up to now this kind of centre, and this type of equipment, has often only been available in major cities. It’s a real coup to bring all this to a rural area like Dumfries and Galloway – it has the power to transform what people in the region can design and make.“We have already had young people in to try out the equipment and the results have been brilliant, really firing their imaginations.”The MAKLab will also be a centre for textile work. Tuition will be available from Iona Barker, originally from Castle Douglas, who is a successful costume designer who has worked on costumes for world class performing artists including Beyonce, Prince and Lady Gaga.Iona, who went to Castle Douglas High School and art college in Dumfries, will be creating textiles courses and doing some tuition in Dumfries and is really looking forward to passing on her skills.She said: “As head of wardrobe at the SECC I had some wonderful opportunities – creating dresses for Beyonce and her dancers, making sure Katy Perry had enough rhinestones and creating ruffles for Prince.“Now I really enjoy teaching and am very much looking forward to helping people in Dumfries and Galloway learn to use our digital technology. There’s a huge amount already going on there, and all across Scotland, and I believe we can be at the forefront of textiles if people have the right skills and equipment.”The Dumfries MAKLab is opening on a pilot basis for three days a week and members of the public are encouraged to drop in for a look around.Richard Clifford, Executive Director, said: “When Upland invited us to look at Dumfries we were really impressed by the creativity down here and what could be achieved if people had access to the equipment and expertise we can offer.“This will give people the tools and the knowledge to really unleash their creative potential.“We want this to be a place which everyone of any age or level of expertise can use, whether they are trying to pick up new skills, experimenting with ideas and materials, or producing art, craft or commercial products.”People with business ideas are among those who could benefit most from MAKLab as they can create products at low cost, and with expert help, without having to invest in equipment such as 3D printers, which can cost anything from around £2,000-£20,000.Likewise it’s perfect for established artists, craft makers and designers wanting to try new ideas or branch out in a different direction.The studio is also for those who simply want to make things for their own pleasure, perhaps making models, dressmaking or digital embroidery.Members of the Dumfries workshop will have access to MAKLab equipment and expertise elsewhere in Scotland. They can even carry out substantial manufacturing work – for example producing furniture or even pre-fabricated buildings like pavilions.The equipment is so sophisticated that it can be used for incredibly complex projects. The Glasgow centre has helped make individually tailored bionic hands.The Dumfries initiative is supported by a range of funders. It has been granted £25,200 from CashBack for Creativity, a Scottish Government scheme to reinvest the proceeds of crime back into communities.Amy Marletta, Upland’s Professional and Talent Development Manager, said: “The Cashback funding, along with support from theAmy MarlettaHolywood Trust and the Big Lottery, will let us run free workshops for schools and young people.“One of the really exciting things we want to do is break down barriers and get young people in to have fun while they learn.”The programme for young people of 15-25 is still under development. It is hoped that it will inspire them to get more involved in creative activities and perhaps even consider a future in art, craft or design.Leonie Bell, Director, Arts and Engagement, Creative Scotland, said: “This is an exciting moment for Upland as they embark on this digital technology initiative for young people from all across Dumfries and Galloway.“It’s equally exciting for the CashBack for Creativity programme to be supporting this initiative in order that all young people in the area can access this new facility and engage in a free programme of creative learning with some of the latest high tech digital technology.“Enabling young people in rural areas to access this kind of facility has huge potential to inspire and progress a young person’s future and I look forward to following the programme over the coming months.”Photos by Colin Hattersley Photography – www.colinhattersley.com Clodagh Halliday (aged 17, from Dumfries High School), with a geodesic dome model Clodagh Halliday (aged 17, from Dumfries High School), with a geodesic dome model AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInUpland and MAKLab Open Hi-Tech Studio to Unleash CreativityTop technology for artists, designers and makers – plus textiles tuition from the costume maker who dressed BeyonceA hi-tech digital fabrication studio is being launched in Dumfries – opening up a new world of opportunities for designers, artists and craft makers of all ages.MAKLab gives easy access to advanced digital technology like 3D printers and laser cutters, enabling people to make everything from intricate jewellery, to furniture and sculpture – or create prototypes for commercial products.It will also provide exciting free programmes for young people – plus the chance to learn about textile design from a costume maker who has helped dress some of the world’s biggest stars.last_img read more

first_imgLocalNews Thirteen confirmed cases of dengue reported by: – August 14, 2013 2 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share The Ministry of Health has revealed that there are thirteen confirmed cases of Dengue Fever in Dominica, an increase of 6 cases from last week.The Ministry announced last week that there was an outbreak of the fever on island after seven cases were confirmed.While most of the confirmed cases are from the Roseau Health District, there have been reports from the Grand Bay, La Plaine and Castle Bruce health districts.To date there have been no reported severe cases of the disease or deaths from Dengue Fever.Dengue is an infectious disease caused by a virus transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. People get the dengue virus from the bite of an infected mosquito. It is not transmitted from person to person.Dengue fever is also called Break Bone Fever which can become a serious public health problem.The Symptoms include high fever, intense headaches, severe joint and muscle pain, vomiting and a rash.Persons presenting with signs or symptoms of dengue fever should seek immediate attention at the nearest health centre or contact their personal doctor. The Ministry is also soliciting the assistance of the public in eliminating the Aedes aegypti mosquito by frequently checking and removing stagnant water on premises; by keeping the environment clean; covering all containers capable of holding water – (drums, cisterns, barrels and tanks); by keeping potted plants in wet soil and sand and getting rid of all old tires which may be used to landscape or grow vegetables.You may protect yourself from mosquito bites by using a mosquito repellent and mosquito nets when sleeping.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share 28 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share LocalNews Minister calls on nation to ‘light candles and pray’ by: – July 9, 2014 Minister for Housing, Settlements and Water Resource Management, Reginald Austrie (file photo)A government minister has called on the nation to offer prayers in light of a statement made by an Opposition Senator.United Workers Party Senator Danny Lugay said during a Party meeting in Soufriere on July 3, 2014 that some people deserved to die.Senator Lugay said further that if he wasn’t a believer, he would “take out some people” in Dominica, but because his heart is different, that’s the only reason why he wouldn’t do it.Minister for Housing, Settlements and Water Resource Management, Reginald Austrie called on citizens to pray for the nation during a radio program on Tuesday evening.“I would ask Labourites and right thinking Dominicans to start burning some candles and start praying for this nation and this country because what Danny has done, basically, is to finally unleash the devil in the politics of this country”. “What is frightening is the threat made by Danny Lugay that there are some people in the country that need to be killed, that need to die,” Mr Austrie said.Although Senator Lugay issued an apology on Tuesday morning, claiming that the statement was “unbecoming of me and are inconsistent with my personal beliefs and convictions”, Mr Austrie said the apology is even more serious than the initial statement.“In his statement he said, I am repeating something I said in Fond Cole, I have said it already in Fond Cole and I am repeating it here”.“So it appears to me that there is something that Danny Lugay has at the back of his mind that some people have to die,” the Minister stated.Mr Austrie also questioned whether the Senator’s statement was an “invitation for the thugs of the United Workers Party to heed the call of Danny Lugay and to do for Danny Lugay what he cannot do for himself”.Minister Austrie therefore called on citizens, especially supporters of the Dominica Labour Party to be careful and to be vigilant.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_imgMini-Circuits, in partnership with Modelithics, has released new high-accuracy simulation models for several packaged Mini-Circuits amplifiers. In total, 14 new substrate-selectable amplifier models have been developed.These data-based models were extracted by performing broadband S-parameter and noise-parameter measurements with a Keysight PNA-X vector network analyzer (VNA), as part of a Maury Microwave ultra-fast noise parameter measurement setup.Modelithics now offers over 68 models, representing over 130 individual Mini-Circuits components, that include amplifiers, filters and splitters, among others. All the new amplifier models are currently available FREE for use within Keysight Technologies’ PathWave Advanced Design System (ADS). The models can be downloaded from the Mini-Circuits MVP page on the Modelithics website. The models are also conveniently available to all Modelithics Library customers in the newest version, v20, of the Modelithics COMPLETE Library for Keysight ADS.Free 90-day trials of the Modelithics Mini-Circuits Library are also available for use in other EDA simulation tools through the Modelithics Vendor Partner (MVP) Program. These tools include AWR Design Environment/Microwave Office, Keysight Technologies’ Genesys, Ansys HFSS, Sonnet Suites, and Cadence Virtuoso Spectre RF.Click here to request a trial. The MVP program facilitates proactive communication and collaboration with leading component and integrated-circuit (IC) vendors as well as instrumentation and EDA software suppliers.last_img read more

first_img Vince McKee Related TopicsAmanda NunesMiesha TateUFC 200 LAS VEGAS, Nevada – UFC 200 is right around the corner, July 9th from the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Nevada. It is set to be the biggest card in UFC History because of a stacked card. We here at NEO Sports thought it would be a fun idea to break each match down one blog at a time. Because the card is so loaded we felt each match needed more than a few sentences. So over a 12 day stretch, you will see a breakdown of all 12 GIGANTIC matches. Enjoy!Today’s matchup is Miesha Tate vs Amanda NunesTate is living proof that perseverance pays off! After two crushing losses to Ronda Rousey, he UFC title dreams looked to be over. But the former Strikeforce Bantamweight Champion didn’t give up, and began to roll. She won five straight on her way to an upset victory for the title over Holly Holm back in March at UFC 196. Tate has used her smoking hot looks, combined with a competitive spirit in the cage to become the most popular female in UFC history. Her opponent on July 9th, isn’t as popular but every bit as dangerous. Amanda Nunes is 12-4 but lacks any wins against notable opponents. She will get her chance against Tate.I fully expect Tate to stay hot and walk away with an easy decision win in this one.You can follow Vince McKee on Twitter at VinceTheAuthor last_img read more

first_img Share RelatedRio History: Treasure Hunting on Padre IslandBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS I received the following email. Mr. Hathcock, While I was studying up on treasure hunting on the Texas coast I came across an article from a guy you took out treasure hunting and found it very fascinating and interesting and it really got my…March 3, 2017In “News”Rio History: Metal Detecting TipsBy Steve Hathcock Special to the PARADE To me, Spring Break is the unofficial opening day of a new metal detecting season. Thousands of college kids partying on the beach, losing coins, jewelry and sunglasses. Ahh yes, just beneath the warm sands of South Padre Island, lies a veritable treasure…February 21, 2020In “News”Rio History: Sea-beansBy Steve Hathcock  Although sea-beans have been washing onto beaches for tens of thousands of years, most beachcombers are unaware of their origins.  Most true sea-beans (numerous varieties of beans with hard outer shells that are long distance drifters) found on Padre Island come from the tropical forests of southern…May 1, 2020In “News” By STEVE HATHCOCKSpecial to the PRESSMr. Hathcock, I found a shell while vacationing last September on South Padre Island. I was very surprised to find it in an unbroken condition. My husband says it was probably bought at a shell shop because of its condition. Is this shell normally found on Padre Island?Thank you,Marifel LovellHi Marifel,Congratulations on your find! The shell you found, the Atlantic Tun, belongs to the group of Prosobranchiata and the family of Tonnidae.The shell, which is thin-walled but very strong, ranges from pale yellow to brown and can grow as long as 7 inches. Because of its light weight, the tun oftentimes floats ashore intact and can be found near the trash or wrack line left by the high tides. The top, or apex, is usually darker and has seven spirals. The snail itself is usually lightly colored with dark toned spots and is larger than the shell it lives in. During the day, it lies buried beneath the silt, venturing out only after dark. It moves about with the help of a large, flat foot, usually in shallow water. A predator, it feeds on shellfish, crabs, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and other smaller animals. It dissolves the shells of other animals by means of an acid secretion from its salivary glands and then pulls its prey from the shell and eats it.Because their free-swimming larval life is quite lengthy, they range out over great distances. Around 20 species exist worldwide. In North America, the tun can be found from North Carolina to the southern tip of Texas. I’m not sure if they are edible but would imagine there are those chefs who will attest to its flavor.The name, tun shell, means “cask shell” or “wine jar.” In merry old England, a tun was the volume of wine held in a wooden cask (eight barrels or four hogsheads) whose combined weight equaled our modern ton.The shell you describe — if purchased in a shell or souvenir shop — would cost around $13.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

first_img Matt Loede CLEVELAND – It was ‘Kluber Day’ on Tuesday at Progressive Field, and per usual Corey Kluber did enough for the Indians, striking out seven and allowing one run on seven hits as the Indians topped the Brewers 3-2.The odd two-game short set will conclude today at 1:10pm, as the Indians look for the sweep before another off day Thursday and then a road trip that will start Friday in Detroit.Tuesday saw Kluber and two relievers hold Milwaukee in check, and the offense pushed across three runs, with Lonnie Chisenhall and Jose Ramirez providing punch at the plate to secure the one-run win.Here’s a preview of the finale of the quick series today at Progressive Field.Time: 1:10 p.m.Starting Pitchers: RHP Chase Anderson (4-4, 4.45) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (6-4, 4.50)TV: SportsTime OhioOnline: MLB.TVRadio: WTAM 1100am, Indians Radio Network Pages: 1 2 3 4 Related TopicsBrewersCarlos CarrascoChase AndersonIndiansMLB Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

first_img Matt Loede You never know who is going to get the ultimate scoop in sports these days, like the guy who works at the airport seeing a player getting on a plane, or a waiter at a restaurant who gets told by a trainer of a team that a player is getting traded.Now that LeBron James is with the Lakers, there’s folks that have said they knew James was going to head to Los Angeles all along, but there is one Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model who claims she had the scoop on James some 16 hours before the announcement was officially made.That model is Chrissy Teigen, who is a pretty interesting follow on Twitter. She claimed on Twitter at 1:19am Sunday morning that she spotted James getting his name embroidered on a blank Lakers jersey.Here’s the tweet with a pic of (allegedly) James leaving an embroidery shop – a tweet that had quite a bit of play on social media.Ok got him leaving the basketball jersey embroidery shop. This is downtown LA pic.twitter.com/fMhrjFJKgz— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 1, 2018Teigen with great satisfaction went on Twitter after the official announcement came down on Sunday, with a simple two word statement about James coming to the Lakers.told youuuu https://t.co/ENTrEuq0NC— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 2, 2018Who knows if she was right or not, but as usual in this day and age of social media, it’s always funny to see folks who claim that have that ‘scoop’ and even more funny when the scoop ends up coming true. Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.center_img Related TopicsChrissy TeigenLebron Jameslast_img read more