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Two firms team up to help turn aging rigs into reefs

first_imgOil and gas engineering and consulting company Xodus has teamed up with stabilisation and artificial reef specialist Subcon International to help operators who decide to turn their retiring offshore assets to reefs.The partnership has come up with what it calls the Integrated Rigs to ReefsTM (IR2RTM).“Whilst the reefing of retiring offshore structures makes sense to many, such projects often struggle to address the regulatory hurdles, public perception and who takes the enduring liability for the asset. The Integrated Rigs to ReefsTM (IR2RTM) solution resolves the many challenges owners face by augmenting and integrating the retiring assets into purpose built reefs,” Xodus said on Thursday.According to Xodus, the alliance combines Xodus’ decommissioning capabilities with Subcon’s extensive track record in the design and construction of purpose-built marine habitats.Enrico Salardi, Xodus Group’s Director of Decommissioning said: “IR2RTM is a decommissioning solution which provides many benefits to oil and gas operators, governments, local industries, communities and ultimately to the environment. The IR2RTM solution delivers material cost savings to operators whilst enabling them to turn a legacy asset into a positive legacy for the environment.“Importantly, this industry-first offering provides a clear pathway for the transfer of ownership to state agencies.”Who’s responsible for the “reef”? While the rigs to reef solution has a proven track record for generating decommissioning cost savings and for creating effective habitat, Xodus says, the question of who has enduring liability for the structure remains open.The company explains that the IR2R model employs methods of relocation, augmentation and integration to completely reinvent the retired structures as productive, purpose built artificial reefs. Ownership and liability for the new asset is then able to be transferred to appropriate government agencies.Subcon International CEO, Matthew Allen added: “Our collaboration with Xodus enables more operators to benefit from our innovative IR2RTM model. The creation of new, purpose built habitat through the integration and augmentation of retiring marine structures, means degraded habitats can be restored and new habitats established. It reduces costs for the operator, reduces waste onshore, and establishes a more vibrant and productive marine environment for future users. It is a true win-win for all stakeholders”.According to the statement on Thursday, there is already one project underway utilizing the new solution. Offshore Energy Today has reached out to Xodus, seeking more info. We will update the article if we get a response.last_img read more

Eagles Defeat Raiders In Middle School Soccer

first_imgThe JCD Eagles traveled to Versailles to play the Raiders in Jr. HighSoccer on Monday, September 11. The final score Eagles 1-0.JCD Scoring. Kameron Darnold 1 goal 4 shots; Luke Meyer 1 assist, 3 shots; Ryan Wilson 5 shots; Carson Hughes 2 shots; Brady Comer 1 shot; Levi Stratton 1 shot, 2 stops; CJ Kuhn 1 shot; Caleb White 4 stops; Evan Rinear 4 stops; Clark Dwenger 1 stop; Nathan Hoffman SHUT OUT, 5 saves.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.last_img

England suffer another setback

first_img Press Association Briggs levelled the scores with 20 minutes on the clock with a penalty of her own but England regained the lead just before the interval as Millar-Mills dove over the line following a powerful scrum. Mclean missed the conversion with the last kick of the half and Ireland were soon level after play resumed following the break, with Larissa Muldoon darting over from close range. Briggs hooked the attempted conversion well wide but made amends with what proved to be the winning penalty after England were penalised at the breakdown. England lost 13-0 to Wales in their first Six Nations fixture before beating Italy 39-7 at home. World Cup winners England suffered their second away defeat in the Women’s Six Nations on Friday, losing 11-8 to Ireland at Ashbourne RFC.center_img The visitors led 8-3 at half-time thanks to a penalty from captain Katy Mclean and a try from Harriet Millar-Mills, but were pegged back in the second period and lost to a late penalty converted by Niamh Briggs. Mclean missed a long-range penalty before giving her side the lead moments later, this time making no mistake with a penalty despite the windy conditions. last_img read more

Jonjo Shelvey determined to make most of second England chance

first_img The Swansea midfielder, who won his only cap in 2012, has forced his way back into Roy Hodgson’s squad for next week’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Switzerland and San Marino after shining at club level this season. And 23-year-old Shelvey says he is ready to take his Swansea form into the international arena as England seek the six points that will book their place in France next summer. “I don’t want to just go there (with England) and not play,” Shelvey said after again impressing in Swansea’s 2-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday. “I want to get the chance to play a game. “If I get the chance I know I can show everyone what I am capable of because I’ve started this season well. “But there’s still a lot more to come and I will keep working hard and try to kick on.” Shelvey’s solitary England appearance came during his three years at Liverpool and there have been times at Swansea when it looked as if he would end his career as a one-cap wonder. Swansea manager Garry Monk told him to “wise up” last season and scolded him for being “lazy” after growing tired of his indiscipline, but Shelvey took the criticism on board and was rewarded with a new four-year contract in the summer. Since then he has been at the forefront of Swansea’s march into the top four of the Barclays Premier League, his range of passing providing the service for marksmen Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis and securing his route back into the England set-up. “Roy Hodgson is a tremendous manager and I’m sure if you are doing the business on the pitch then he can’t ignore you forever,” Shelvey said. Press Association Jonjo Shelvey is determined not just to make up the numbers after being handed a second chance by England. “I feel I have warranted a place since the back end of last year. But it wasn’t meant to be. Hopefully I can kick on now and really cement my place in the squad. “I’m not as rash with my tackles and I am trying to stay on my feet. That’s something the manager (Monk) and I spoke about. “If I kept going the way I was then I probably wouldn’t be playing at the club or for this manager, but I want to play my football here.” United suffered their first defeat of the season after Juan Mata had given them the lead three minutes into the second half, firing home Luke Shaw’s cross from close range. The Spaniard said lessons had to be learned and United’s next test – after the two-week international break – is a huge affair against Liverpool at Old Trafford. “I think they changed the shape (following the goal) and we didn’t read it quickly enough,” Mata told MUTV. “They then created two quick plays and scored two good goals. We are disappointed because we wanted to learn a lesson from last season where we did the same – score first and then lose the game. “Obviously it is a bad taste now and we would have liked a perfect end to this good run of results, which would have been a win. “We now have to rest and think about this whilst we’re away (on international duty) and know that we need to learn our lesson again.” last_img read more

WPB Police Enforcing Curfew, Protesters Descend on Clematis Street, Palm Beach

first_imgWest Palm Beach police have put a 72 hour curfew in place beginning at 9 PM Sunday until 6 AM. West Palm Beach joins Fort Lauderdale and Miami in implementing a curfew due to protests. Around three this afternoon protesters gathered at Rosemary Square and then made their way west along Okeechobee Boulevard to I-95. Then the crowd illegally marched on foot onto the interstate which was shut down between Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and Belvedere Road as a result. FHP and West Palm Beach police dispersed the crowds which then made their way back downtown to clematis Street prompting police to put a curfew in place.Also some protesters also have made their way over the bridge to Palm Beach which has heavy police presence.last_img read more

MYO take first innings lead against Ace Warriors in Noble House second-division clash

first_imgHOME team, Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO), will chase an outright win against Ace Warriors when play continues today in the Noble House Seafoods second-division two-day cricket competition.Fifteen of the 25 wickets that fell yesterday, on the opening day, belonged to the visitors.OUTSTANDING TEENSAce Warriors won the toss and opted to take first strike, but they were undone by the bowling of teenagers Joshua Gardner and Bryion Bowen, who restricted them to 89 in 23 overs.Bowen with his pace destroyed the top order, while off-spinner Gardner spun his way around the middle- and lower-order batsmen. A few of Ace Warriors’ lower order batsmen attempted the big shots, but Gardner had them in disarray, to finish with 6-36 from six overs.  Bowen, who also bowled two maidens, nabbed 4-33 from eight overs.Junior Phillips, who struck four fours in a quick 18, led ace Warriors with the bat.In reply, MYO reached 219 before they were bowled out in 39.1 overs. Skipper Khemraj Ramdeen led from the front with a half-century. Batting at six, Ramdeen was ultra-aggressive as he belted 12 fours in a score of 59. Earlier, openers Rudolph Singh 20 (3×4, 1×6) and Mohan Ramdeen 37 (8×4) had played a few shots, but Phillips and Mortland Ward sent back the top order with left-arm spinner Davendra Lall doing the damage in the middle.Lall, who opened the bowling, finished with 4-39 from 12.1 overs.MYO were well-placed with a 130-run lead, but Rawl Enmore, who finished unbeaten on 60 (7×4, 4×6), fought back. The opener has had little support at the other end, with Shaffiek Ishmael spinning his way to four wickets. At the close of play, Ace Warriors are on 97-5 from 17 overs.  Ishmael has so far taken 4-15 from five overs.last_img read more

First-time student voters hit the polls for midterm elections

first_imgUSC students are among a growing number of new voters across the country registering to vote early or through an absentee ballot. (Sinead Chang | Daily Trojan)As a college campus, USC is home to many voters who are casting their ballots for the first time. Many students have already sent their absentee or early ballots in the mail and many more will go head the polls Tuesday. “I think young people are really energized,” said Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute for Politics Robert Shrum. “I think that to a large extent in our polling, in the USC Dornsife and L.A. Times poll, they disagree with [President] Donald Trump on the issues.”An unprecedented surge in votes cast early or by mail has caused the total number of voters this year to exceed that of the 2014 midterm elections, according to CNN.Krishan Patel, a freshman majoring in political science already sent his early ballot to his home city of Irvine, California. In California, residents get the option of voting at the polls on Election Day or sending in an early ballot as a convenient alternative. Patel believes that of the important issues at stake in the elections this year, climate change should be at the forefront of the conversation. “Due to corruption and a general denial of science, Republicans refuse to act on climate change by reducing CO2 emissions or implementing regulations,” Patel said. “Also due in part to the face that America is a gerontocracy, where older people are mostly in charge of Congress, I think it would help if Congress was a little younger … and if leadership was more environmentalist.”Patel is excited to be a first time voter and believes the midterm elections are an important moment in political history. He said that if millennials and Generation Z do not vote, they fail to exercise their political power to the fullest extent. “The government does not represent us,” Patel said. “This election is a referendum on the soul of the country, just as every election will be from now on.”Aidan Banfield, a freshman majoring in political science from San Francisco, is a first-time voter who believes that the most important issue this year is electing people in Washington who can compromise and work with one another. “I think it’s pretty ridiculous now how our government works, that you are tied down to … one entire set of beliefs just because of one party that you are a part of,” Banfield said. “I think that’s a big thing: finding people who are willing to work with anyone, not just the people who are motivated by working for their party.”Banfield said that while he is excited to be a first time voter, the act itself is simple and just another part of one’s civic duty. He also expressed that the movement to register more young people to vote is perceived as a partisan movement. “I think Trump kind of woke up a lot of young people,” Banfield said. “[But], I think moving forward, no matter if you are leaning left, right, middle, wherever, everyone should be encouraged to vote … And I think right now, ‘go out and vote’ is code for ‘go out and vote Democrat’ … But I think it should be a thing where everyone should be voting.”Annie Nguyen, a freshman majoring in theatre from Minnesota is not old enough to vote, but she urges all eligible youth to go to the polls. “People that choose not to vote [make] a very irresponsible decision,” Nguyen said. “If you have that privilege of deciding who is a leader in our country and decide not to use it, you are disregarding decades, if not centuries, of history and battle.” Nguyen also said she encourages all of her friends to become politically involved.“[The elections] affect everyone my age,” said Nguyen, 17. “It affects everyone older and younger than me, whether or not you are voting. Your life will be affected by the decisions that people make.”Aaron Sha, a freshman majoring in biological sciences from Oregon, said he will not be voting in the midterm elections due to the inconvenience of out-of-state ballots. “It is hard for me to acquire the means to vote,” Sha said. “I think that is a problem that plagues a lot of Americans. It is hard for people to access voting booths … A lot of people find it hard to vote and unfortunately I fell victim to that.”Trojan Advocates for Political Progress President Alec Vandenberg said he hopes to communicate to students that that their votes matter. “Something I think that [I] believe in is that politics is local.” Vandenberg said. “While we understand that it seems like we don’t really get a voice in these national conversations …  there’s so much on the ballot whether it’s the California state proposition or … city council. There’s so many races where our voices are magnified.”Vandenberg has also helped lead VoteSC, a bipartisan initiative to encourage students to register to votes through online registration platform TurboVote. VoteSC registered nearly  2,000 student voters this year compared to the 411 student voters who were registered in 2016.“There’s the voter education part, the voter registration part and, finally, the get out to vote part — knocking down those barriers and then letting students know that not only can so many of us vote but all of us should believe we have that right and have that privilege,” Vandenberg said.Shrum added that young voters who might be inclined to believe that their votes do not matter are misled on the issue. “Their vote does matter,” Shrum said. “Depending on which Congressional district they live in their vote can matter a lot in terms of who can control the Congress … I hate to say this, but when they say their vote doesn’t matter, they are wrong. I hope they don’t get into a situation where they regret that statement.”last_img read more

UW drops OT thriller to PSU, 24-21

first_imgRedshirt sophomore Kyle French (94) missed a 44-yard attempt in overtime Saturday, ending Wisconsin’s regular season with a 7-5 record.[/media-credit]STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – With two overtime losses in its last three games, Wisconsin’s lone overtime series Saturday evening at Beaver Stadium followed an all-too-familiar path.It all came tumbling down when defensive end Sean Stanley climbed through the Badgers’ offensive line to sack quarterback Curt Phillips on the second play of the drive and the UW offense stalled before Kyle French sent a 44-yard field goal wide left. And that missed try from the beleaguered kicker was enough for Penn State (8-4, 6-2 Big Ten) to end an emotional Senior Day with a 24-21 win over Wisconsin (7-5, 4-4).“I felt like I hit it really well actually,” French said. “All day I was hitting it very well, and when I looked up the ball was just to the left of the upright and I saw it slowly sailing back and I thought it actually had a pretty legit shot at going in.”The Badger defense held the Nittany Lions to a Sam Ficken field goal on the opening possession of the extra period. But senior tailback Montee Ball appeared to have a clear path to the end zone and the game-winning score on the second play of the drive until PSU defensive tackle Jordan Hill jumped into the gap and flattened Ball after a 1-yard gain.Hill – who proved a constant menace to Phillips, logging two sacks, three tackles for a loss and 12 total tackles – made what UW head coach Bret Bielema described as an “unbelievable play.”“I thought I was gone,” Ball said of the play. “Eyes got really big, but we knew what [Hill] was capable of doing and he made a great play.”After a dominant second half from Penn State in which senior quarterback Matt McGloin threw for 153 of the 200 yards he finished with, it took another late drive form Phillips to even force extra time. For the second time in as many games, the fifth-year senior led the Badgers to the game-tying score, this one covering 66 yards to tie the game with 18 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.With flurries pouring down over a raucous Beaver Stadium crowd, Phillips rolled right before finding a diving Jeff Duckworth in the front of the end zone to knot things up at 21.But for the third time in four games – the two previous overtime losses coming against Michigan State and Ohio State – the late drive proved fruitless. Both Bielema and UW players seemed at a loss for words for what left them with a string of painstakingly close losses.“It’s incredibly disappointing,” Phillips said. “We’ve been in positions to win them and we just haven’t done it. We have to figure out what this is that’s holding us back from finishing them and learn from it.”Wisconsin’s offense opened its regular season finale with a renewed spring in its step, as Phillips hit redshirt freshman running back Melvin Gordon along the right sideline for a 57-yard touchdown pass less than two minutes into the game. Penn State answered quickly behind the physical, intelligent running of 6-foot-1 redshirt sophomore running back Zach Zwinak.Zwinak found plenty of room in the middle of the Badgers’ defensive line and powered his way through defenders for extra yards to finish with a career-high 179 yards on 36 carries.Wisconsin’s second score came in historic fashion, as Ball handled a toss to the right side before tiptoeing his way along the right sideline and into the end zone to earn his 79th career touchdown and making him the NCAA’s all-time career touchdown leader.The momentum from the senior running back’s historic tromp into the end zone, along with strong play from a Badger secondary that limited McGloin and co. to 47 yards through the air in the first half, made it appear UW was on pace for its first win in two weeks. But Ball’s yards per carry dropped from 6.5 in the opening half to 4.1 by game’s end as Wisconsin’s offensive momentum came to a screeching halt in the third quarter.“We were able to get on the perimeter with some edges and then they started widening their technique, started playing outside in and we never really got back on rhythm with that,” Bielema said of Penn State’s defensive adjustments. “I thought there were quite a few critical third-down drops where we had some guys that were open in that stretch.”Those adjustments from the Penn State defense – a unit playing without senior middle linebacker and emotional leader Michael Mauti – limited the Badgers to 38 yards on the ground in the second half.The Nittany Lions appeared to tie things up at 14 after McGloin launched a pass into the hands of wide receiver Brandon Moseby-Felder in the back of the end zone early in the third quarter. But an official review ruled the redshirt junior bobbled the ball on his way down and forced the home squad to settle for a field goal.Wisconsin’s offense failed to answer, logging four consecutive three-and-outs, and Penn State capitalized with another Ficken field goal. After that, a 41-yard touchdown pass to speedy tight end Jesse James handed the Nittany Lions their first lead of the game.From there, it was d?j? vu.“You can sit here all day [and play out] ‘what ifs,’ but the biggest thing is not putting ourselves in situations where we can have ‘what ifs,’” defensive end Brendan Kelly said. “I think we have to do a better job of finishing and just having more urgency about our finish in the future.”last_img read more

Sen. Stamas Sponsors “Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Act” Amendment

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisPrior to his passing, late State Representative Peter Pettalia sponsored a bill to cap the number of fundraising license plates available in Michigan. On Tuesday, State Senator Jim Stamas sponsored an amendment to the bill in honor of his late friend and constituent. House Bill 5447 will now be named the Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Act if the bill is signed into law. Representative Pettalia made the bills a priority during his time in Lansing, and Senator Stamas said it will be an honor to recognize Pete’s work and his memorial with the amendment. Stamas called the legislation excellent because it balances safety on our roads, making it easier for law enforcement to identify plates on the roads. Pettalia also viewed it as a cost saving measure for the state, as it will prevent the overprinting of plates. The Michigan Senate adopted Stamas’ amendment and approved the bill. The bill now heads back to the House for concurrence and is expected to be sent to the governor to be signed.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: bill, fundraising, lansing, license, memorial, MICHIGAN, peter, pettalia, plateContinue ReadingPrevious Northeast Community Foundation Goes Big On Giving TuesdayNext Over 30 Boys and Girls Shop With a Hero for Christmas at Meijer Alpenalast_img read more