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

Mike Hopkins’ Kobe Bryant story

first_img Published on January 4, 2016 at 12:00 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse In April, when time officially catches up with one of the best scorers in NBA history, just about everyone in professional basketball will have their “Kobe Bryant story.”It could be playing alongside Bryant in his final season with the Los Angeles Lakers. It could be facing or teaming up with him in what will be, come February, his 18th NBA All-Star game. It could be as small as guarding him on one possession as Bryant’s farewell tour snakes through North America.Mike Hopkins, who has one game left as Syracuse’s interim head coach and will take over the program in 2018, crossed paths with Bryant while working as a court coach for USA basketball. In the summer of 2012, while Bryant, Hopkins and Team USA were preparing for the Olympics in London, the two engaged in a post-practice game of one-on-one. If the team wasn’t meeting with U.S. military members later that evening, a coach who witnessed the game joked that it would have never ended.“It was arguably one of my greatest moments ever in basketball,” Hopkins said, and here is how he recounted it in an October interview.***AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile Team USA was preparing for the 2010 FIBA World Championship, Hopkins developed a workout routine with star Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant.Durant moved to five different spots on the floor to work on one-on-one moves. Hopkins defended him aggressively, talked trash and playfully smacked the ball out of Durant’s hands in between plays. After a while, Hopkins and Durant did this before and after every practice and that continued during preparation for the Summer Olympics in 2012.“Hop come on, let’s go!” Hopkins remembers Durant saying to him after practice one day, and Durant and LeBron James went to the far basket at George Washington University’s gym.While they went through the five spots, with Hopkins closely defending two of the world’s best players, Bryant and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook took jump shots on the main court. Hopkins noticed Bryant watching him drill Durant and James. When they finished up, Hopkins walked across the court to say hello to current Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala.Then he got a tap on the shoulder. He turned to see Bryant standing with a ball in his hand. The two had never met.“Yo you want to do some of that mid-post stuff you were doing down there with those guys?” Bryant asked him, and Hopkins stumbled on his words before saying yes.Because he didn’t know Bryant, Hopkins was hesitant to play him too hard. They set up on the elbow and Hopkins handed him the ball. Bryant took a hard jab step before hitting his patented fadeaway jump shot. Hopkins went to get the ball out of the net then handed it to him again.But Bryant had watched how hard Hopkins defended Durant and James and wasn’t satisfied.“Are you going to play defense?” Hopkins remembers Bryant asking him.“You want me to play defense?” Hopkins asked back.“Oh I want you to play defense,” Bryant answered, smirking at Hopkins.And off they went. Hopkins started hitting Bryant’s arms and pushing him away from the rim. When he went for a block and tipped Bryant’s shot he started trash talking. Hopkins was only playing defense and they moved to every spot on the floor, both drenched in sweat, as Bryant surgically created space and poured jumper after jumper through the hoop.The rest of the team was out of the gym. The media wanted to talk to Bryant but he told them to wait. Team USA and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski wanted to introduce Bryant to his grandchildren but he told them to wait, too.Finally, after an hour or so passed, Hopkins and Bryant had to stop because Team USA was meeting with U.S. military personnel. Both were reluctant to leave the court. Hopkins shyly asked Bryant if he could take a picture with his son Griffin, and Bryant smiled for Hopkins’ iPhone camera before hitting the showers and calling it a day.A video was taken of the game by Fairport (New York) High School head coach Scott Fitch, but it hasn’t been recovered from a cracked iPad. Three years later, Hopkins wants to see the video but he can also replay it all in his head. The way Bryant brought a different, detailed approach to each spot. The way his feet moved like a ballerina’s. The way he tirelessly competed in an empty college gym while only a few people were watching.It’s a Kobe Bryant story Hopkins will never forget.“There was no other place on the planet Kobe would have liked to have been at that moment,” Hopkins said. “You see what the best have, and it was just awesome how much fun it was for him to play the game. I got to be a part of that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

RCMP investigating incidence of shots fired in Grande Prairie

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Police in Grande Prairie are investigating a firearm-incident that took place on the city’s west side yesterday.On Wednesday, July 6th at approximately 2:30 p.m., the RCMP received a report of shots fired at a business. After a confrontation inside of the business, a lone male suspect left the area, and returned driving in a vehicle a short time later. The suspect was then seen brandishing a firearm, firing it in the direction of the business’ patrons.The suspect fled the scene a second time and engaged in a police pursuit which ended several blocks away. The man was arrested and is currently in police custody.- Advertisement -No one was harmed. The investigation is on-going.If you have any information about the incident, you’re asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP detachment, or call Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Declare Abhinandan Varthaman’s moustache national moustache: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

first_imgAdhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, on Monday demanded that Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s ‘gunslinger moustache’ be declared the ‘national moustache’. He also said that Abhinandan Varthaman should be awarded for his bravery.Addressing the lower house of Parliament, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, “Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman should be awarded and his moustache should be made ‘national moustache’.”Abhinandan Varthaman’s moustache became the talk of the town after he returned two days after he was captured by Pakistan when his MiG-21 crashed in the country.Congress Lok Sabha leader, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in Lok Sabha: Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman should be awarded and his moustache should be made ‘national moustache’. (file pic of Abhinandan Varthaman) pic.twitter.com/0utFf61wwlANI (@ANI) June 24, 2019Abhinandan Varthaman was captured after the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) violated the Indian airspace and shot down his MiG 21 aircraft in an engagement at the Line of Control (LoC).The Wing Commander was released by Pakistan two days later “as a peace gesture”. Addressing a joint session of the National Assembly, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said the India-Pakistan situation should not “get out of hand” and announced that Abhinandan Varthaman will be released.Abhinandan Varthaman was released on March 1, 2019.Reacting to Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s demands, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that he looks forward to seeing all his friends in the Congress sporting “Abhinandan taches”.The Congress wants India to have a national moustache’. I look forward to seeing all my friends in the Congress sporting Abhinandan taches https://t.co/XCg38R6IsRadvertisement Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) June 24, 2019PM Modi big salesman, Congress failed to market product: Adhir Ranjan ChowdhurySpeaking in the Lok Sabha on the Motion of Thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind’s address, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a “very big salesman” while, he said, “the Congress failed to market its product in the Lok Sabha polls”.Targeting the Modi government, Chowdhury said the country is reeling under drought, but the government is not worried. He said BJP MPs did not take steps to alleviate miseries of the people as they think PM Modi will do everything.”They think that praising Modi is sufficient, he will help them sail through [Modi baba par lagayenge],” he said. Adhir Chowdhury also reminded the NDA members that several infrastructure projects were initiated by the Congress governments.Adhir Chowdhury said several major public sector undertakings (PSUs) were also set up under the Congress rule. He alleged the BJP government renamed several schemes initiated by the Congress government to benefit the poor.Also Read | IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman returns to his men and machines in SrinagarAlso Read | Ganga and ganda naali: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on motion of thanks, dares Modi govt to jail Rahul and SoniaAlso Watch | Someone must have killed Sohrabuddin, police should find out culprit: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhurylast_img read more