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Talking the same language

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Hyperdynamics to start drilling operations offshore Guinea

first_imgPacific Drilling-owned drillship Pacific Scirocco has entered Guinea shelf waters and is starting drilling operations for the independent exploration company Hyperdynamics. Worth noting, by the start of drilling operations, Hyperdynamics does not mean the actual spudding, but the drillship preparations in general.According to Hyperdynamics’ statement on Wednesday, the drillship entered the waters on Sunday, May 21.Last week, Hyperdynamics’ subsidiary SCS Corporation and Pacific Drilling made effective an amendment to the drilling contract with a subsidiary of Pacific Drilling for the use of the Pacific Scirocco for mobilization for petroleum operations.The amendment stipulates the rates and timing related to installing on the rig some drilling-related equipment, stocking up materials and supplies for the subsequent spudding of the Fatala 1 well.Hyperdynamics initially hired the Pacific Bora drillship for operations off Guinea but later swapped it for Scirocco.Hyperdynamics President and Chief Executive Officer, Ray Leonard, said: “We are very pleased that the rig has arrived in Guinea and has commenced drilling operations as provided by the Third Amendment to the PSC and look forward to drilling the Fatala prospect as soon as the rig gets on board additional equipment and supplies.”About a month ago, Hyperdynamics and its project partner SAPETRO received notice of a Presidential Decree signed by the President of Guinea implementing the third amendment to its Production Sharing Contract that was signed on April 12, 2017, by the partners and representatives of the government.The third amendment approves the assignment of 50% of SCS’ participating interest in the Guinea concession to SAPETRO, and it confirms the two companies’ rights to explore for oil and gas on a 5,000-square-kilometer block offshore Guinea.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

M² Subsea Wins Pipeline Installation Support Job with TransCanada

first_imgM² Subsea has secured a multi-million dollar contract with TransCanada to carry out pipeline-span support on the company’s pipeline installation for the Sur de Texas-Tuxpan gas project in the Gulf of Mexico.The scope of work will see M² Subsea install grout supports along the southern leg of the pipeline to prevent stress during installation and hydrostatic testing.M² Subsea will manage the project working with local partner, Mexican-based Frontera Resources, utilising the Mexican flagged multi-purpose support vessel (MPSV) Tehuana.Mike Arnold, M² Subsea chief executive officer commented: “This is our second project with Frontera in the Mexican sector and we’re looking forward to building our relationship through the delivery of safe, sustainable subsea work scopes. Local content is an integral part of our growth plan and we are extremely proud of the strong partnerships we have built with all of our suppliers in Mexico.”The company’s Houston office will be responsible for delivering the workscope with support from the UK team and local partners in Mexico.last_img read more

Babies can hear and remember in the womb – study

first_imgNZ Herald 30 August 2013Parents-to-be who talk and sing to their unborn baby might be giving them a head start when it comes to developing their child’s language skills.Finnish scientists said babies still in their mothers’ wombs develop a memory of frequently-heard words.Minna Huotilainen said a baby is not a blank slate when it enters the world and has already learned how his or her family members speak before being born.She believes the research shows how well a baby’s brain adapts to sounds at a very early stage in its life.Professor Huotilainen, of the University of Helsinki, said: “It is a sign of very early language learning, or adaptation to the sounds they heard.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11116889last_img read more

Moyes: Essien my biggest transfer regret

first_img Loading… During his coaching stint at Everton, Moyes followed the 37-year-old midfield star when he was playing in Ligue 1 with Bastia and Lyon. The Goodison Park outfit was unable to complete a move for him, with Essien joining Chelsea for a then club-record fee of £24.4 million in August 2005. When quizzed about the players he regretted missing out on signing, Moyes named the two-time Premier League winner alongside Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas. “One of them would be Michael Essien [to Everton],” he told beIN Sports.Advertisement West Ham United manager, David Moyes, has named former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien as one of his biggest transfer regrets. “Toni Kroos would certainly be the one [to Manchester United]. “At that time we [Manchester United] were very much after Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas but I’ve got to say prior to that, at Everton, we were really close to a lot of good players. “We just couldn’t quite get them over the line on several occasions.” Essien spent nine years at Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Uefa Champions League trophy during his spell in England, before moving to AC Milan. read also:Enyeama makes Michael Essien’s African Team of The Decade List The former Ghana international is currently on the books of Azerbaijan Premier League outfit Sabail where he has played 10 league matches this campaign. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniversePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes6 Natural History Museums That Are Really, Really Goodlast_img read more

McIlroy: My strategy is right

first_img Press Association Rory McIlroy was today trying again to figure out the right plan of attack for Augusta National, albeit after starting the final round of the Masters far too early for his liking. Starting the day 12 shots behind joint leaders Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera, McIlroy birdied the par-five second, bogeyed the fourth and birdied the par-five eighth in an outward nine of 35. A par on the 10th left him four over par and in a share for 39th place alongside American Michael Thompson, who was producing one of the best rounds of the day at three under through 13 holes. McIlroy parred the 11th and birdied the 15th, meaning he had covered those two holes in eight shots fewer than yesterday, then almost holed his tee shot on the 16th to set up a tap-in birdie. That lifted him to three under for the day and two over for the tournament, the same score which was now leading in the clubhouse after a 67 from American Michael Thompson. Sandy Lyle signed off with a 71 on the 25th anniversary of his Masters triumph to finish nine over, while playing partner Guan Tianlang shot 75 to end an eventful week on 12 over. There was still two hours to go before Snedeker and Cabrera teed off in the final group, with Snedeker seeking his first major title and Cabrera a third to follow his Masters win in 2009 and 2007 US Open victory. Australia’s Adam Scott was a shot behind as he aimed to banish the memories of his collapse in the final round of the Open at Lytham last year. And with compatriots Marc Leishman and Jason Day a shot behind, the odds of an Australian winning the Masters for the first time looked good. Tiger Woods was poised just four off the lead, however the 14-time major winner was controversially handed a two-shot penalty on Saturday morning after taking an incorrect drop on the 15th hole of his second round. center_img McIlroy was within three shots of the lead after six holes of his third round, but dropped shots at the seventh and ninth before slumping to a back nine of 42. The world number two took seven on both the 11th and 15th in a round of 79, just one shot better than the nightmare 80 he shot in 2011 after taking a four-shot lead into the final. “I don’t know what I’m going to do,” the 23-year-old said of his approach to the course. “I feel like I played smart enough. I’m playing it the way I know you should play it. I’m not taking too much on, I’m not being too defensive. I feel like my strategy’s right, it’s just sometimes if your execution is just that little bit off you pay a big price for it.” last_img read more

Dyche backs Ings to stay focused

first_imgSean Dyche is confident Danny Ings will be in the right frame of mind for Sunday’s meeting with West Brom despite ongoing speculation about his future. Press Association Clarets boss Dyche revealed after last weekend’s defeat by Sunderland that he considered leaving Ings out of the starting line-up because of the effect the speculation was having on him. Dyche, who has made little secret of his frustration at the amount of attention focused on the future of his star striker, said: ” I think that’s the only game this season where it may have had an effect. “Players can just have a quiet day, and I thought he had a quiet day, so it might have been nothing other than that. But, with all the media speculation during that little window, I felt it did affect him slightly. “But I also said this week he’ll have a good week’s training, which he is doing, and he’ll be ready to go. “There are more players at this club than Danny. He’s a wonderful talent, I enjoy working with him. He’s a fantastic lad, I like him as a person and as a footballer, he’s learning, he’s improving; he’ll be ready to go hard and the rest of it will take care of itself. “I’ve been saying it for months. I’ll be saying it next week, the week after. I get it, it’s a topic, but he’s here to enjoy his football and that’s all I ever ask of him. “The main thing is to play with a smile and, when he’s like that, he plays well and we enjoy having him.” Unfortunately for Dyche and Burnley, Ings staying for the rest of the season was overshadowed by a failure to add to the squad on transfer deadline day. Dyche had hoped to bring in a couple of new faces to boost Burnley’s fight against relegation but could not complete any deals. That left defender Michael Keane, who turned his loan move from Manchester United into a permanent deal, as Burnley’s only bit of January business. Criticism from some supporters has followed, but Dyche said: ” It’s a tough market. “There were a couple of situations that were agreed and then went away, not from our point of view, from the other clubs. “I always say, it takes parties to agree, it’s not just money all the time. Money helps, of course, because that can open up a situation that maybe wouldn’t open up unless you throw enough at it. But the numbers we’re talking about are very large for a club like Burnley. “I knew the realities going into the window. It’s not a shocker to me personally. “There’s always an immediate reaction but I also know there’s thousands of Burnley fans out there who get it.” There were more unwelcome headlines when a letter the club sent to agents was published in a national paper and presented as a desperate move. “We’ve built a system,” said Dyche. “We’ve got a lot of eyes now on the road. We’ve been very active and that was just a little reminder because once the wheels start turning, and we all know agents are powerful in football now, one deal can lead to another, which opens up another. “You have to make sure people are aware we are in the market and we are active, so if anything comes up late on, let us know. That’s all it was.” The end of the January transfer window means Ings is certain to be at Burnley for the rest of the season but, with his contract due to run out in the summer, the subject is far from closed. There have been suggestions Liverpool and Real Sociedad are both looking to secure Ings’ signature on a pre-contract agreement, while the 22-year-old has also been linked with a number of other Premier League clubs. last_img read more

President Trump to Make Announcement About Census Citizenship Question

first_imgPresident Trump is expected to announce today that he’s taking executive action to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.It will be an executive “action” not to be confused with an executive “order” or Presidential memorandum.Trump tweeted this morning that after today’s social media summit at the White House, he’ll hold a news conference on “the census and citizenship” in the Rose Garden. The White House will be hosting a very big and very important Social Media Summit today. Would I have become President without Social Media? Yes (probably)! At its conclusion, we will all go to the beautiful Rose Garden for a News Conference on the Census and Citizenship.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2019 His administration’s efforts to add the question have been blocked in court so far.last_img read more

O’Brien receives Order of Merit

first_imgIVOR O’Brien, a former secretary of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) became the first Guyanese to be awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Order of Merit.O’Brien received the award for significant contribution to the Commonwealth sport movement. The award was conferred on the veteran sports administrator at a special ceremony in Edmonton Canada last month.The ceremony was attended by Prince Edward of England and president of the Guyana Olympic Association among others.last_img