Aker BP takes Prosafe flotel for Ula platform support

first_imgSafe Scandinavia – Image source: ProsafeOffshore accommodation specialist Prosafe has won a contract for one of its flotels in Norway.The Safe Scandinavia accommodation unit will be working for Aker BP in the Norwegian part of the North Sea. The flotel will be providing accommodation support at the Ula offshore platform.The firm duration of the contract starting in mid-August 2018 is seven months with eight one-month options.The total value of the contract, excluding the option periods, is around $25.5 million. The option periods, if exercised, have a total value of approximately $36.7 million.The contract will ensure employment of the Safe Scandinavia soon after the expiry of her previous contract that concluded end-June 2018.Jesper Kragh Andresen, CEO of Prosafe says: “Prosafe is very pleased with this contract, as it provides employment for the Safe Scandinavia for up to 15 months. We are also proud to again be chosen by Aker BP, this time to deliver first class safe and efficient accommodation services at the Ula platform.”According to info on Prosafe’s website, the Safe Scandinavia has been operating as a Tender Support Vessel since March 2016. The company has said that with minor modifications, the vessel will also be capable of conducting Plug & Abandon, Well Intervention and Decommissioning projects.last_img read more

ATV benefit in honor of former police chief

first_imgRising Sun, IN—An ATV benefit ride is being held to honor Officer David Hewitt, the former Rising Sun Police Chief who died in a car accident in February 2019. The Chief has been awarded inclusion to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC and all proceeds from the benefit will help with travel expenses for his family to attend the dedication.  The cost is $25 per unit and includes two meal tickets.  $10 for each additional rider and kids 12 and under are free.  The event will be held at the Ohio County Fair Grounds on April 18.  Registration starts at 9:30 a and the ride begins at 12:15 p.last_img read more

Napoli step up Fellaini interest

first_img Fellaini has only been at United for a year, but his future is in doubt following the arrival of Ander Herrera and the pursuit of Kevin Strootman. Big things were expected of Fellaini following his £27.5million transfer from Everton, but he failed to score in 21 appearances last year. Napoli have confirmed their interest in signing Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini. Press Associationcenter_img Now Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says he is ready to offer the Belgium international a way out of the Premier League club. “Fellaini is one of the names on the table, but not the only one,” the Napoli president told Italian radio station Kiss Kiss when asked about potential transfers for the upcoming season. De Laurentiis thinks Fellaini and Gokhan Inler would make a good centre-midfield pairing for Napoli, not because of their playing styles, but because of their respective hair styles. “They would make a nice pair,” said the Napoli president, who bizarrely made Inler wear a lion’s mask at his unveiling in 2011. “Fellaini has long hair, and the Swiss (Inler) is shaven. “Together they have a hairstyle that looks like a lion’s mane and three years ago I presented Inler with the mask of a lion!” Napoli won the Coppa Italia, finished third in Serie A and reached the second round of the Champions League under former Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez last season. last_img read more

Bentelimar scores for Barry

first_imgThe Shay Barry-trained Bentelimar claimed Listed honours in the I.N.H. Stallion Owners European Breeders Fund Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. A winner at Killarney, Wexford and Leopardstown in 2014, Bentelimar was 4-1 shot stepped up in class in the hands of Brian O’Connell. After tracking the pacesetting O Ceallaigh for most of the way, Barry’s charge found top gear and swept to the lead rounding the turn for home. Press Association Open Eagle was unsurprisingly all the rage as the 8-13 favourite for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh, but did not jump with great fluency and had to make do with minor honours behind 11-2 chance Total Recall. “He’s very tough. He needs a good gallop so Bryan went on – he stays forever,” said Hughes. “He doesn’t mind that ground and will have no problem stepping up in trip. “We’ll see how he is after that and then make a plan.” Embracing Change (7-2 favourite) was a comfortable winner of the Claim Your Free Trial At racinguk.com Grand National Trial for trainer Robert Tyner and jockey Phillip Enright. The trainer’s wife, Mary Tyner, said: “If we can find another long-distance race, something similar, he’ll go for it. “He enjoyed it today on the ground. The bit of extra distance makes it easier for him – it’s the trip he needs.” Lean Araig (11-1) edged out hot favourite Mydor in a pulsating climax to the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle, while Gordon Elliott’s point-to-point winner General Principle annihilated his rivals as the even-money favourite for the bumper. “He’s a lovely horse and obviously has a big future,” said Elliott’s assistant Olly Murphy. “We haven’t had him very long. He may have one more run in a bumper as we wouldn’t want to lose his novice status (over hurdles) this season. “I wouldn’t imagine he’d go to Cheltenham.” Odds-on favourite Quantitativeeasing proved a bitter disappointment as Peter Maher’s point-to-pointer Ballyboker Bridge clinched a 20-1 victory in the P.P. Hogan Memorial Cross Country Chase. He was a little slow at the final flight, but quickly picked up again and was well on top at the end. All Hell Let Loose was best of the rest in second, with the Mullins pair of Aminabad and Avant Tout both failing to get competitive. “He was getting under them a bit today. I think he’s a fairly nice horse,” said Barry. “He came on a good bit from Leopardstown. He was dropping back to two miles and Brian said he’s not slow. “He’s got a few entries at Cheltenham in the novices and we’ll see. I think the handicaps close next week and we might put him in a couple of them. “He’s a lad to look forward to. He wouldn’t want it too deep and likes a bit of nice ground. “Fair play to Philip (Fenton) for sending him my way.” November Handicap hero Open Eagle could finish only third on his jumping debut in the Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Maiden Hurdle as the Sandra Hughes-trained Total Recall claimed victory under Bryan Cooper. last_img read more

Football News Women’s team better than Men’s: Sunil Chhetri

first_imgSunil Chhetri believes Women’s football is better than men’s. The women’s side is currently at 62nd out of 152 nations.The men’s team is currently ranked 103rd out of 211 countries. India have been clubbed with hosts Myanmar, Nepal and Indonesia. All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel also congratulated the women’s side on its success.”Congratulations to our women’s football team for winning the SAFF Championship. You have once again proved that you are the true champions. Keep up the good work and add many feathers of success to your crown. Best wishes,” he said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: The world ranking says so and India football captain Sunil Chhetri too has no qualms in conceding that the national women’s team is better than the men’s side. The men’s team is currently ranked 103rd out of 211 countries. It was in the top-100 last year. The women’s side is currently at 62nd out of 152 nations.Chhetri, the poster boy of Indian football with second-most goals among active international players, praised the national women’s team for its fifth consecutive SAFF title win.”Extremely proud of all of you. I have always maintained that the women’s team is much better than the men,” Chhetri said in a release from the All India Football Federation.”Go there, and give your best in Myanmar. I have been keeping a track of all of you playing. Keep up the good work,” Chhetri said. The women’s team will feature in the round 2 of the Olympic qualifiers which which kick off in Mandalay, Myanmar from April 3.last_img read more

Welcome to Herald Sports, world of UW athletics

first_imgWelcome home, friends.That’s directed at everyone, not just returning Badgers. And for you freshmen and transfer students, it will sound right soon enough.Hopefully you’re reading this because you’ve got a love for Wisconsin sports. And hopefully you will continue to pick up this paper because we here at Herald Sports are striving to bring you some of the best sports coverage this city has to offer. Whether it’s football, basketball, soccer or tennis, we’re confident you can count on us to cover it better than anyone else.That’s really the beauty of it; no matter what sport you’re interested in, chances are the Badgers are performing well in it and will continue to do so.CBS Sports recently ran a series it called “The Flourishing Five.” Sportsline looked at the nation’s Division I schools and tried to rank the top five schools with the best combined football/basketball programs. To the surprise of some and outrage of others, UW clocked in at No. 4 in those rankings, behind Florida, Texas and Ohio State.Judging by the comments left by the all-knowing sports gurus that populate the CBS Sports community, there is some discontent when it comes to Wisconsin’s spot on that list.Haters gonna hate, I suppose.But the more you examine it, the more UW’s ranking makes sense. You might not put the Badgers that high on a football-only list, or on a basketball-only poll. But how many schools have the rare one-two punch of successful programs in both sports?If you’re building a short list, it probably looks about the same as the one CBS published. You could make cases for West Virginia or Oklahoma maybe, or USC, but where to after that?You can argue the Badgers are never in the national title discussion in either sport; UW hasn’t been to a BCS Bowl since 2000, or to a Final Four since that same year. Wisconsin is never a sexy pick, often because running the ball up the gut is about as attractive as the swing offense, which is about as attractive as a block of cheddar cheese (Some people really like cheese though – I don’t judge).On the other hand, UW has averaged 9.5 wins since Bret Bielema took over the football team. Wisconsin has played in four January bowl games since 2005 and dominated a hyped Miami team in last year’s Champs Sports Bowl.On the hardwood, all Bo Ryan has done is make the NCAA tournament, year after year after year. Ryan took over where Dick Bennett left off, and UW’s tournament appearance streak is at 12 straight years now. For reference, the only teams with longer active streaks are Kansas, Duke and Michigan State.An important thing to remember is these rankings took into consideration the past five years and the outlook for the next five. Yes, Bielema needs to legitimize Wisconsin football by winning a BCS bowl – and he could do that this year. Sure, Ryan hasn’t gotten the Badgers to the Elite Eight since 2005, but as long as he keeps making the tournament, he gives UW a chance to do so. There are few reasons to assume UW won’t at least maintain the same level of success. The Badgers might not be the first team you think of when talking about college football or basketball, but there’s something to be said of consistent successuccess.All things considered, Wisconsin packs a pretty powerful double-whammy. But what’s even better is the Badgers boast the vaunted trifecta, once you add men’s hockey to the list.Forget for a second the Badgers looked like the JV squad from the Minnesota School for the Blind against Boston College in the national title game in April. Instead, recall how Wisconsin owns six championships in men’s hockey — only three schools boast more, Minnesota notably not one of those three. And while the Badgers don’t overwhelm you with alumni in the NFL, and are especially sparse in the NBA, Dany Heatley, Joe Pavelski and Adam Burish can tell you a few things about succeeding at the next level.Keep looking and it gets more impressive. Mark Johnson and the women’s hockey team own three of the 10 national titles in the sport, and were close to winning four in a row. Ed Nuttycombe has made the Badgers the standard for Big Ten success in men’s track and field since he took over the program – winning the track triple crown (cross country, indoor and outdoor titles) in nine of the past 14 years. In 2007, UW became the first Big Ten school to win a national title in track and field, notching the indoor championship.Over in the Field House, Pete Waite looks to be on track to get Wisconsin back into the NCAA tournament groove in volleyball and UW is a trendy pick this year in women’s soccer. And if for whatever reason, you happen to be a fan of rowing, UW gives you ample opportunity to cheer on that front as well. As far as atmosphere, Badger fans not only come in droves to games, but bleed cardinal and white. UW consistently ranks tops in attendance in men’s and women’s hockey, volleyball and sells out Camp Randall regularly.There’s a lot to love about Wisconsin athletics, no matter what you’re into. And even better, there’s a lot to brag about when it comes to the Badgers, so you’re covered there as well. There are few schools as well-rounded as UW when it comes to sports — and here at the Herald, we’re hoping to be just as balanced in our coverage. Whether it’s in print or online, we’re going to do our best to give you the most extensive coverage of the Badgers — all of the Badgers — you’ll find. So crack open an ice cold Genny Light, sit back and enjoy the semester.Adam is a senior majoring in journalism. Want to debate UW’s athletic success? E-mail him at aholt@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

USC opens season with busy weekend

first_imgThe USC women’s volleyball team looks to begin the year on a high note as it hosts the Luxe City Center Trojan Invitational at the Galen Center this weekend.Jump start · Junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter will once again prove to be a key component of the Women of Troy’s success this season. USC opens the season at the Galen Center. – Eric Wolfe | Daily Trojan The No. 10 Women of Troy face a full slate of matches, as they play three games in two days. They will first take on Loyola Marymount on Friday night, before playing both Bucknell and Cal State Fullerton on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively.USC will compete against schools that the current squad has little experience playing. The Women of Troy have never faced Bucknell, have not squared off with Fullerton since 1989 and last played LMU in 2007. But that is not to say that USC’s historical success against these schools is lacking — USC has never lost to either Fullerton or LMU, holding an all-time record of 21-0 against the Titans and 7-0 against the Lions.Nevertheless, the Women of Troy continue to work hard to prepare for all three non-conference opponents.“We’ve been doing really good scrimmaging against ourselves, trying to just get better every day and every game and make sure we push through and go hard,” said junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter. “We’re a lot more competitive and complete, so we’re just very excited to see what we can do against different opponents.”Despite the high expectations that remain for the Women of Troy, the team comes into 2010 looking much different than last year. One major change this season is the addition of six new freshmen — and so far the bevy of new talent has proven to be an added bonus for the Trojans.“It did change the chemistry of the team, and right now it’s for the best,” Jupiter said. “We want to make sure that we can all compete together and really find that team bonding when we’re in trouble against opponents.”Senior co-captain Geena Urango shared Jupiter’s praise for the team’s newcomers.“They’re bringing tons of energy to the court,” Urango said. “I’m so happy to have them on the team.”Even with a top-10 ranking and the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, the Women of Troy will still not have an easy time in the Pac-10. Seven of the conference’s 10 teams are entering the season with a top 25 ranking, making it that much more crucial for the Women of Troy to come away with wins early on in the season.“It’s definitely important to do well,” Urango said. “That helps confidence-wise. Going into the Pac-10, you know it’s going to be a lot of tough matches, and winning at home is also very, very important.”If the Women of Troy are able to come away with at least one win this weekend, they will help make history for coach Mick Haley. With 999 career victories in women’s collegiate volleyball, he is just one away from an impressive milestone — one his players would love to help him reach.“That’s something that not many coaches have, so hopefully we get it for him,” Urango said.last_img read more

Women’s soccer: Wisconsin cruises past Drake, begins week off

first_imgWith a 3-0 win over the Drake Bulldogs in Des Moines on Thursday night, the Wisconsin Badgers women’s soccer team improved its win streak to five games and will now enter Big Ten Conference play with a 6-1 overall record.The Badgers are now ranked 16th in the NCAA, and second in the Big Ten behind Penn State, who is ranked 5th overall. This Badgers victory was fueled in large part by their underclassmen.Preseason All-Big Ten sophomore forward Dani Rhodes continued her dominance this season with yet another goal, pushing her to a grand total of four goals. Sophomore defender Camryn Biegalski managed to score a goal as well, which was her first of the season. Two, freshmen Lauren Rice and Maia Cella, contributed with an assist each as well.Women’s soccer hopes to continue strong start against DrakeThe Wisconsin women’s soccer team is now riding a four-game winning streak since their 5-0 loss to No. 2 overall Stanford on Aug Read…The youth on this team continues to be a big factor and one of the biggest reasons the team has been playing so well thus far. Juniors Emily Borgman and Victoria Pickett also contributed with a goal and an assist.On the defensive side, the Badgers pitched yet another shutout thanks to the combined goaltending efforts of senior Caitlyn Clem and Jordyn Bloomer, who took over for Clem in the 54th minute of the game.The Badger defense only allowed 3 shots on goal the entire game. They have now let up only a single goal in their last five games.Any team capable of that kind of defensive dominance should be able to compete with nearly any team in the country. Clearly, the Badgers have made the necessary adjustments on defense after giving up five goals to number two overall Stanford. Coach Paula Wilkins has shown resiliency and a strong ability to bounce back after a tough loss. This is looking to be a very promising season for Wilkins’s girls.Women’s soccer: Head Coach Wilkins continues to build tradition of success in MadisonPaula Wilkins, University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team head coach, is one of the coaches with the most wins in Read…Following this victory over Drake, the Badgers now have nine days off in preparation for their Big Ten opener at home in Madison against the unranked Minnesota Gophers. The Gophers are now 3-1-2 on the season after a win in double overtime against Providence on Sunday.These Badgers have had plenty of preparation for Big Ten play with games against top five teams Stanford and Virginia, so they should be able to maintain this level of success against Minnesota and beyond.last_img read more

Oshoala Nets Brace in Barcelona Ladies 6-2 Demolition of Sevilla

first_imgAsisat Oshoala Super Falcons forward, Asisat Oshoala, Wednesday scored a brace as Barcelona Ladies thrashed Sevilla 6-2 to keep up the pressure on Liga Iberdrola leaders Atletico Madrid.Oshoala struck in the 30th and 34th minutes to help the Blaugrana win the contest at the Miniestadi.The 24-year-old was replaced by Candela Andujar in the 67th minute. Oshoala who is on loan with Barcelona Ladies from Chinese club Dalian Quanjian has now scored seven goals in six league appearances for the club.The game against Sevilla was her first start in over two months for Barcelona after she missed their last six games in all competitions as a result of hamstring injury.She only return to action last Sunday in an UEFA Champions League clash against Bayern Munich which Barcelona won 1-0 away from home.The return leg comes up on Sunday at the Miniestadi with Barcelona in good position to reach their first ever final in the competition.Her return to form will surely delight Super Falcons head coach Thomas Dennerby who will be banking on the former Arsenal and Liverpool Ladies starlet to help his team make a positive impact at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer in France.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

‘Don’t just think about your bellies; elect Drogba as FA President’ – Bance tells Ivorian club bosses

first_imgBurkina Faso striker, Aristide Bance has pleaded with club officials in the Ivory Coast to back Didier Drogba’s bid to become the country’s football federation president.Bance believes Drogba’s ideas could ensure the transformation of football in the Ivory Coast for the better.The club officials are set to vote in August for the new head of football in the country, with Drogba facing stiff competition from Sory Diabate.Having started his career playing in Abidjan, which is his hometown, Bance joined Guinean giants AC Horoya in May last year, the 22nd club he’s played for.However, Bance keeps a close eye on football in his home country and according to him, the current system is not beneficial to the players, some of whom have to go without a salary for months “The players of the Ivorian championship are not considered at all. There are players who do not receive their wages for three to four months,” Bance said on Facebook.“There are players in the Ivorian championship who receive 50 thousand FCFA (R1500) in the month … For a championship like that of the Ivory Coast, I think it is unacceptable.Bance accused some club Presidents of caring more about themselves than the progress of their clubs making reference to the country’s most popular club, Asec Mimosas being without their own training ground.“There are club presidents who are bad. They only come to get rich. Despite the millions they have, apart from ASEC Mimosas, there is no club that has its own training ground.”“Look in Zambia. There are clubs that pay better than in Ivory Coast. Even in Guinea, there are players playing in the first division who have cars, but in Côte d’Ivoire, how many players have a car.” He urged the club Presidents to vote for Drogba in August’s elections and not think about their “own bellies.”He believes a Drogba FA Presidency is what Ivorian players want.“You leaders don’t just think of your pocket. Think about the future of these kids who play for you and who can make your clubs great. There are presidents who don’t give a damn and who only think of eating.”Today, I am happy that Didier Drogba is a candidate because he is someone who has a fairly full address book of contacts. We can’t even argue that and there are a lot of young players who want Drogba to win. So, I ask club presidents to talk to their players before the vote. Don’t just think about your belly.”Drogba’s quest to take up the role hit a snag when he was rejected by the Former Footballers Association.None of the 14 members of the Former Players’ Association voted for Drogba in the recent polls, with 11 of them backing his rival, league president Sory Diabate, while three persons abstained.The results of the election, which was done via video conferencing,  sparked a massive debate in the Ivory Coast.Drogba had been the massive favourite going into the polls, particularly after experienced administrator Eugene Diomande withdrew from the race and publicly backed the former Ivorian captain.He had also been endorsed by 48 professional clubs in the country.According to Afrik Foot, Drogba will hope to have better luck when club Presidents cast their votes on August 22.They are vying to replace Augustin Sidy Diallo as President.Follow @EdKwakofiMore from Citi Sportslast_img read more