first_imgOil company Aker Energy needs more time to decide whether to charter Ocean Yield’s FPSO Dhirubhai-1.FPSO Dhirubhai-1 / Image source: Ocean YieldThe two companies in February signed an option agreement for a 15-year charter of the FPSO. The option was to be exercised by May 1, with Aker also having the right to extend the option by 30 days.Aker Energy on Tuesday, April 30, exercised its option to extend the initial option period by 30 days.The FPSO Dhirubhai-1 was previously employed on the MA field located off the East Coast of India in Block KG-DWN-98/3 (KGD6) operated by Reliance Industries.Due to a natural decline of production on the field, Reliance Industries decided to shut down production on September 17, 2018. Reliance had the option to buy the FPSO following the expiry of a ten-year contract but decided not to exercise it.Aker Energy has said that, if hired, the FPSO could either be used to accelerate production from its Pecan development offshore Ghana or for other, potential developments dependent on volumes and geographical distribution of these.According to Marine Traffic, the FPSO Dhirubhai is currently moored in a port in Sri Lanka. Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more


first_imgMike Tomlin, head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, talks with reporters in the AFC Head Coaches Breakfast at the NFL football annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The NFL will place a heavy emphasis on enforcing its player conduct rules, something Rams coach Jeff Fisher calls “a front-of-the-book issue.”As the league’s spring meetings wrapped up Wednesday with Commissioner Roger Goodell saying expansion of the playoffs next season is possible, sportsmanship – and lack thereof – was the prime topic.“We’re going to clean the game up on the field,” said Fisher, co-chairman of the influential competition committee. “The in-your-face taunting, those types of things, the language. It’s all in the (rule) book. It’s all under unsportsmanlike conduct. There’s no change in our rule. We’re going to enforce the current rule.”That includes abusive and racist language.“It includes everything, yes,” Fisher said with emphasis.He noted that everyone is fed up when a lack of sportsmanship occurs: owners, coaches, fans, players.“The NCAA is hoping for us to do something about it and we’ve got to take the lead,” Fisher said, “and we’re going to do that.”The Miami Dolphins were plagued by a bullying scandal last season after tackle Jonathan Martin left the team. NFL investigators found that guard Richie Incognito and two teammates engaged in persistent harassment directed at Martin, another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer. Incognito was suspended for the final eight games of the season and no longer is with the Dolphins.Taunting penalties also were up last year, Fisher said, from “nine to 12 or 13.”“In the past, taunting, sportsmanship was in the back of the book under points of emphasis,” he said. “It is now in the front of the book. It falls in our book right after all the statistical things which were good about our game last year. It is now a front-of-the-book issue. And what we want to do is we want to be able to put it back in the back of the book.”While the owners voted or tabled a dozen rules or bylaw changes, expanding the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams – one in each conference – was discussed. Goodell is optimistic that’s coming, and he will discuss it with the players union April 8. A vote could come as early as the owners’ May meeting in Atlanta.Could two extra wild-card games be implemented for 2014?“It’s not out of the question,” Goodell said. “We have more work. I wouldn’t rule it out, but I wouldn’t say that’s the direction we’re heading.“I think there’s a tremendous amount of interest in this, possibly even to the point of support. But there also are things we still want to make sure we do right.”He believes expanded playoffs would make late-season division and wild-card races more compelling.And two more postseason games would increase TV revenues.Also on Wednesday, the owners:– Approved experimentation with extra-point kicks from the 20-yard line for two weeks in the preseason, but implementing longer PATs for the regular season has been tabled.– Adopted proposals to extend the length of the goalposts 5 feet to 35 feet to better determine if kicks are good; to no longer stop the clock on sacks; and to allow video reviews on plays with a recovery of a loose ball on the field even though the play had been whistled dead.– Rejected proposals to move kickoffs to the 40-yard line; to allow more than one player to be placed on injured reserve, then return to the roster during the season; to subject personal foul penalties to video review; to permit coaches to challenge any officiating decision except on scoring plays or turnovers, which automatically are reviewed; and to eliminate the first preseason cutdown to 75 players.– Tabled proposals to raise the number of active players for games not played on a Sunday or Monday, except for opening week, from 46 to 49; to raise the practice squad maximum from eight to 10 players; to eliminate overtime in preseason games; to allow trades after the Super Bowl and before the new league year begins in March; to permit teams to test at their facilities 10 players who attended the NFL combine; to place fixed cameras on the goal lines, sidelines and end lines to aid replay reviews; and to call pass interference in the area 1 yard or less from the line of scrimmage, where it does not apply now.On Tuesday, the owners approved allowing referees to consult with the officiating department in New York on replay challenges, and they voted to ban blockers from rolling up on the side of the legs of a defender. The league also barred players from dunking the ball over the crossbar in celebration.___AP Sports Writers Fred Goodall and Mark Long contributed to this story.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more


first_imgEureka >> It’s the diagnosis no parent wants to hear, but on August 5, St. Bernard’s athletic director and head coach Matt Tomlin and his wife, Oriana, faced the brutal reality of just that — their daughter, Reve, had cancer.“There are no words to describe it,” Matt Tomlin said, recounting the moments of a day that changed his life forever. “We had a family friend who was a doctor and she took a look at the CAT scan. She called and she’s crying on the phone. She said her body was full of that. …last_img


first_imgProgress must be made with gains, not losses.Evolutionary biologists like to attribute every change to evolution. Their task, however, is to explain the tremendous rise in complexity from the first replicator to a human brain. Destroying and removing things is not the way to get there.Implications of lemuriform extinctions for the Malagasy flora (PNAS). ” Using statistical models and morphometric analyses, we demonstrate that the extinction of large-bodied lemurs resulted in a significant reduction in functional morphological space associated with seed dispersal ability.”Eyeless cave shrimp senses light and can live frozen in ice (New Scientist). It’s pretty neat that a blind cave shrimp can sense some kinds of light and survive frozen in ice. Still, it’s not the first case of living frozen (just the first in a cave environment), and it is a sad situation to lose one’s eyes. Where is a case of an eyeless animal in a cave being introduced to the sunshine and evolving eyes?Amazing Blind Cavefish Walks Up Rocks and Waterfalls (Live Science). A blind fish in Thailand can struggle up walls of its cave using its fins. Live Science gets excited about how this “could reveal much to scientists about the earliest stages of tetrapod evolution,” but the fins are not legs yet after however long the species has lived in the cave. The eyes, though, have been completely lost.Research reveals trend in bird-shape evolution on islands (Science Daily). A study claims to support the evolution of flightlessness on islands.“I would be shocked if a hummingbird or tanager or fruit-dove ever lost the ability to fly entirely,” Wright said. “It’s central to how they make a living. But these birds are still reducing the size of their flight muscles when relief from predators allows them to do so.”The paper on PNAS celebrates the predictability of evolution on islands. “Islands with fewer predator species were associated with more dramatic shifts toward flightlessness, implicating reduced predation pressure as the most likely cause of this trend,” the summary states. “These predictable evolutionary changes likely exacerbate the vulnerability of flighted island birds to introduced predators and reduce the potential for small-island species to give rise to subsequent radiations.” Yet where are any ecosystems where predators were introduced, and ground birds evolved flight?Interstellar cloud could have wiped out the dinosaurs (New Scientist). The famous “iridium anomaly” that is supposed to be the smoking gun of the impact that supposedly killed off the dinosaurs may have come instead from Earth’s passage through a giant molecular cloud in the Milky Way, these scientists suggest. If so, it’s a double loss: loss for a popular theory, and loss for the dinosaurs.Planets stripped bare by host stars (BBC News). The theory of evolution is not purely about biological change. It’s an entire worldview package encompassing the entire cosmos, from big bang to galaxy evolution, to stellar evolution, to planetary evolution, to the origin of life and biological evolution. This article, based on a paper in Nature Communications (“Hot super-Earths stripped by their host stars”) doesn’t help super-Earths hoping to grow their own evolutionary trees.Co-author Dr Guy Davies, from the University of Birmingham, said: “For these planets it is like standing next to a hairdryer turned up to its hottest setting.“There has been much theoretical speculation that such planets might be stripped of their atmospheres. We now have the observational evidence to confirm this, which removes any lingering doubts over the theory.”You can’t win a race by running backwards.Observational science: degeneration, de-evolution, and extinction. Evolutionary hope: steady progress up the tree of life. Don’t ask the storytellers about evolution. Ask the blind cave fish. (Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man City midfielder Rodri: Season far from overby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri does not believe the club’s league season is over.Some fans and pundits are already declaring Liverpool hot favourites for the Premier League, given they have a five point lead over City.But Rodri knows that it is still early days, and that every team will slip up in the title race.”The season is very long,” he said to City’s website.”You are going to have matches like this, at least two or three. It’s normal. We are not perfect, and the good thing is we are at the start of the season, not the end.”That’s the only positive thing we can say. We are five points behind the leaders and that’s bad news but we are working and we will keep pushing.” last_img read more


first_imgSeptember 12, 2007 Paolo Soleri traveled to Albuquerque on 9/7/07 at invitation of the The lecture drew a full house with standing room only for some participants. Paolo always has a question and answer period at the end of a lecture. September 7. was declared Paolo Soleri Day with a Joint Proclamation by Lemoyne F. Blackshear, AIA, State of New Mexico Staff Architect, and Isaac Benton, AIA, City Counselor for City of Albuquerque. [Photo: tt & text: sa] The Monday evening lecture took place at Pulliam Auditorium in the Burton Barr Central Library on 1221 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix, AZ. Paolo spoke again to a room filled to capacity. [Photo: tt & text: sa]last_img