Saudi Aramco picks NPCC for four offshore platforms

first_imgSaudi Aramco has awarded a contract to Abu Dhabi’s National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) for four offshore platforms and associated subsea infrastructure for three offshore oilfields in Saudi Arabia.“These EPC contracts for Al Safaniya, Zuluf and Berri oilfields include engineering, procurement, fabrication, load-out, transportation, installation, hook-up and pre-commissioning work of four offshore platforms (SSS Wellhead Decks) with the associated four subsea pipelines, three submarine cables and downstream tie-ins,” said Aqeel A Madhi, CEO of NPCC.Madhi added that this third contract comes under the scope of the long-term agreement (LTA) between Saudi Aramco & NPCC, signed in October 2016, to help with offshore oil and gas producing platforms and related facilities in the Arabian Gulf. Saudi Aramco has signed a six year agreement with NPCC and other contactors.Under the agreement, contractors will be responsible for delivering a number of offshore oil and gas producing platforms, tie-in platforms, pipelines, power cables, and all the related facilities, as required under the current Master Plan for Saudi Aramco’s offshore fields.Madhi stated that carrying out these two new contracts will take 23 months and expressed his full confidence and trust in NPCC staff and their ability to deliver these projects on budget and schedule.“NPCC team is qualified and well trained, with years of experience of delivering such projects with NOCs and IOCs,” said Madhi.Madhi also said that NPCC would continue to pursue its strategy of increasing its share in international oil & gas EPC market by exploring new growth opportunities.last_img read more

UPDATE: Postponed- Area Plan meeting to hear Landfill zoning

first_imgOriginal Story:The Decatur County Area Plan Commission will meet at 6:30 p on Wednesday, February 5th.  This is a time change from their regular schedule.  The Commission plans to discuss the petition to change zoning to allow for the future potential development of the landfill.  Doors will open at 6:15 Greensburg, IN—Update: The petition to hearing proposed zoning changes for the property to extend the landfill has been postponed.  We will continue to update you as information becomes available.  last_img read more

Maloney magic wins it for Scotland

first_img Press Association In the 34th minute Mulgrew bulleted a header from a Maloney cross past the post from six yards as Scotland turned the screw and the home fans at last found their voice. Four minutes from the break, Fletcher failed to get on the end of a Maloney cross after the former Celt delightfully pulled a Russell Martin pass out of the air, and another opportunity for Scotland was lost. O’Neill’s side came out for the second-half in a more purposeful mode and in the 50th minute, from a fine McGeady cross, Hanley did well to challenge Walters and concede a corner which came to nothing. Moments later, from another Irish corner, Walters’ flick was helped on by Long from close-range with the home fans palpably relieved to see Marshall make the save. Fletcher was replaced by Chris Martin but Marshall again came to Scotland’s rescue by pushing an angled-drive by McGeady past the far post for another James McClean corner, which he confidently plucked out of the air. In the 65th minute, with the game tantalisingly balanced and not for those of a nervous disposition, Martin screwed a Steven Naismith pass inches past Forde’s left-hand post from eight yards out. Long and Darron Gibson were soon replaced by Robbie Brady and Stephen Quinn in a double substitution but to no avail. Off a whipped-in free-kick from Mulgrew, Walters headed the ball against the top of his own crossbar but the luck of the Irish immediately went missing. Maloney took a short corner to skipper Scott Brown, then took the clever return pass and curled the ball from 16 yards past Forde and into the far corner and Parkhead erupted. O’Neill threw on Keane for Hendrick and the Scots were forced into some desperate defending but saw out four additional minutes – in which the ball came off their bar in a last-ditch Irish attack – to the cheers of the home fans who may already have the scent of France in their nostrils. Scotland confirmed their 2016 European Championship qualifying credentials with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Republic of Ireland thanks to a wonderful second-half strike by Shaun Maloney Scotland go level on seven points with Ireland and Germany, with Poland Group D leaders taking 10, but there are surely twists and turns still to come before the two automatic qualifying spots and the play-off place are secured. There had been plenty of guesswork about personnel in an intense build-up to the game and the Scotland team sheet showed that Strachan, back at his former club, made three changes with left-back Andy Robertson, stopper Grant Hanley and midfielder Charlie Mulgrew returning as Steven Whittaker moved to right-back. Irish manager Martin O’Neill, another ex-Celtic boss, lost midfielders Glenn Whelan and James McCarthy to injury but the shock news was that skipper and top scorer Robbie Keane had been dropped to the bench. Republic fans had been officially allocated around 3,200 tickets but there were a few thousand more Irish accents in the ground at kick-off, helping create quite a din, albeit it took quite a while for the stadium to fill up to almost its 60,000 capacity. Amid a cracking atmosphere, the question of whether Republic of Ireland’s Scots-born winger Aiden McGeady would get booed on his return to his old ground was answered in the affirmative by the Tartan Army, who never let up. However, there was more for them to focus on in a frantic opening as Scotland keeper David Marshall was tested by Jon Walters before Scots striker Steven Fletcher headed a Maloney corner over the bar. A tetchiness then enveloped the match. In the 12th minute Hanley was booked by Serbian referee Milorad Mazic for a desperate tackle on Shane Long and then McGeady and Jeff Hendrick were shown yellows for fouls on Fletcher and Whittaker respectively. Gordon Strachan’s side had the best of a tense, frenetic first-half at Celtic Park but passed up a couple of good chances to take the lead. The visitors came out rejuvenated after the break but Scotland regained control with Wigan forward Maloney, back on his old stomping ground, curling the ball past David Forde in the 75th minute with technique fit to win any game. last_img read more

Third Georgetown Grand Prix set for this evening

first_imgTHE third edition of the highly anticipated Georgetown Grand Prix will take place at the GT Motorsports track on Thomas Lands this evening.Several of Guyana’s top junior and senior drivers have been dusting the cobwebs off over the last week to get themselves ready for the event.The X30 juniors are expected to be the pinnacle of the event with a two-point difference between leader Zachary Persaud and Nathan Rahaman.With Zack at 111 and Nathan at 109, the battle could go either side with both youngsters understanding that the winner of the overall championship at the end of the year gets a MOTUL-sponsored seat at a U.S. event.They can also not underestimate the rest of the pack, as one good day for Rayden Persaud (82) or Paige Mendonca could jeopardise their championship hopes.With every point being important, the two points awarded for fastest lap in qualifying will be where the fun starts for these young daredevils.The X30 Senior class has its own fireworks with former junior champion Mikhail Persaud returning to action after missing the first two rounds because of academics.At the moment, it is Matthew Phang who leads with 103 points over Steven Nobrega (98) and John Phang (91) but things could go topsy-turvy with the right kind of action from any of those guys today.Elan Rahaman is in the mix as well, with 73 points and can cause some serious upsets.In the X30 Masters class, Shan Seejattan leads with 77 points ahead of Mahendra Boodhoo (51) and Vishal Sawh (48) but the addition of Raymond Seebarran, a former four-stroke champion could make things difficult for the trio.In the Easy Cup division, Naresh Alves leads after two rounds with 111 points ahead of Ackeem Thomas (99) and Rylie Ramroop (84).In the 60CC Kids Cup, Justin Ten-Pow holds a commanding 154-point lead over Nicholas Sawh and Ben Phang who are tied for second place on 90 points.Today’s event begins at 18:00hrslast_img read more

Veteran, Wife Go Further with Food in March

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena- If you told Patty and Tom Render that they would be preparing most of their meals without a source of meat, they’d probably look at you puzzled.“Meatless cooking can be healthy,” laughed the Vietnam Veteran who enjoys his meat and potatoes.As part of National Nutrition Month, the Alpena VA has been offering healthy cooking class to help veterans prepare small meals that can last a week. Dishes like a lentil and cauliflower chili can be packed away for a few days, easy to reheat. Combine it with a corn meal and you have a chili pie to increase flavor but still eat a nutritious, hearty meal.Melissa Tolan-Halleck is the VA Dietitian and has been teaching classes and presenting on healthy meal prep for the vets. Groups of three or four veterans and even their wives would get together to learn tips and tricks to staying healthy and losing those unwanted pounds.“It’s helpful, the knowledge… what to stay away from and what to choose, making the right choices,” said Patty Render.Today, veterans could drop in to taste samples and pick up recipes on different vegetable-centered dishes. Tolan-Halleck focuses on budget friendly meals incorporating a variety of spices. The hope is that veterans can take these lessons and incorporate them into everyday life. With more interest from the Veteran community in Alpena, the Render’s look forward to more classes based around living a healthy lifestyle.“It’s a good beginning, a good solid beginning.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Hillman Community Schools Plan to Start School Before Labor DayNext Field Trip Takes You To A Dance Class In Alpena!last_img read more

FCPPL matchday preview: Kotoko, Chelsea top liner as Hearts await salvation

first_imgThe #JoySports team looks ahead to week 22 of the First Capital Plus Premier League as the race for the title tightens and the relegation makes for great viewing. Following the dramatic shake up at the top of the table last week, many teams will be hoping to consolidate or, better still, improve on their standings on the table.The subplots are many, too.EDITOR’S UPDATE: BA United lost 0-2 to Inter Allies on Saturday. [Click here for match report]Hasaacas drew 1-1 with Wa All Stars, also on Saturday.Aduana v Hearts of Oak Aduana are in Dormaa as Hearts of Oak come to town. All eyes will be on the Phobians following their managerial problems. Earlier in the week, Herbert Addo was let go along with his assistant and the team’s woes worsened when they lost in the Elite Cup against Dwarfs. Eddie Ansah, the goalkeeper’s trainer, has been put in charge of the team and will be hoping to get the Phobians their first win in four matches.“I believe I am more capable to handle Hearts of Oak. I do not have any working experience because I have not coached any team, but I believe I can do a good job,” Ansah told Oman FM. “I will lead the team to a respectable position if I am handed the job,” he went on.Aduana will want to take advantage of Hearts’ troubles to compensate their loss to AshGold last wekend. The Dormaa side are still in the haunt for the title and a win could see their chances boosted especially when Ashantigold face a trick test in Kpando. Aduana (4th) last five games: L W L W LHearts (12th) last five games: L D D L WLions v AshGoldThe league leaders will travel to play Hearts of Lions. It appears this “Hearts” are also struggling. Just like Hearts of Oak, Lions lost their last game to WAFA and have tasted a sanction from the FA for supporter violence.  After hitting the 40-point mark, AshGold’s seven point gap lead does not appear to be in trouble soon. They will be hoping to continue from where they left off when they beat Aduana by a lone goal. Having been awarded a new contract this week, Bashiru Hayford will want a win to crown off a successful week for him as they seek to tighten their grip on the league title.He said: “If we have stretched the lead by 7 points, then we are cruising towards the winning of the league but I’m not saying it is automatic. No!””Anything at all can happen but we are going to guide against things that will may be prevent us from winning the league. I think we are on course.” Lions (14th) last five games: L D L D LAshGold (1st) last five games: W L W D WKotoko v Berekum ChelseaThe encounter will see a resurgent Chelsea, who moved to second in Week 21, face Kotoko in Kumasi.Kotoko’s loss to Dunkwa, a Division One side, in the Elite Cup exposed their deepening cracks.Hearts’ woes may have shifted the attention from the Porcupines but not its problems. Chelsea will hope to capitalize on this to increase their chances of catching up with AshGold at the top. The Berekum side have an abysmal record away from home having last won in March 2013. Their last trip to Kumasi ended 2-1 to the Porcupines. Should Solomon Odwo and his charges mount a title charge, this poor form away must be halted and what better place to stop the rot than Kumasi?Kotoko (10th) last five games: D W L W LChelsea (2nd) last five games: W D W L W Olympics v Bechem United.Great Olympics will be come into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Inter Allies two weeks ago. Olympics have however been boosted following two successive weeks in the Elite Cup. Bechem United also come into the game after winning at home against Liberty in Week 21. The Bechem Side have a potential game changer in Cofie Bekoe in their ranks and will be hoping the former Petrojet player can produce a stelar performance to fetch them all three points.Olympics (15th) last five games: L W L L L Bechem (11th) last five games: W L W D W Liberty v Medeama SCThe last time both teams met, the game ended 1-1.The teams will be hoping to settle it this time round. Although they sit comfortably around the middle of the table, their last few matches have not gone quite well.Liberty will hope that home fans will spur them on for their first victory in three matches. Kennedy Ashia is in top form for the Dansoman side having scored five goals in his last four matches for the scientific soccer lads.He faces his rival for the goal king, Nathaniel Asamoah, who has not been prolific in the road for the Tarkwa side. More frightening for Medeama will be the fact that Ashia has scored four in his last two games.The MTN FA Cup finalists will be counting on two goal hero Kwasi Donsu to perform my heroics should Nathaniel Asamoah continue with his poor run away from home.Liberty (8th) last five games: L L W D WMedeama (9th) last five games: D L W L DEdubiase FC v WAFANew Edubiase sit just a point above the relegation zone with 26 points after 21 games. Edubiase’s last encounter with Berekum Chelsea end 2-0 in favour of the latter. While Chelsea shot to the 2nd on the log from 5th, Edubiase went down to 13th from 9th. They will hoping to compensate for that loss in front of their home fans when they take on third place WAFA who won their last game against Lions 2-1. Edubiase (13th) last five games: L W D D L WAFA (3rd) last five games: W L W D D –The Joy Sports Team will be bringing live updates on Sports Arena on Sunday from 3pm, anchored by Gary Al-Smith. Follow minute by minute updates on Twitter and Facebook with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

Former NFL star Arian Foster dunks on Florida’s pandemic response

first_imgDeSantis has faced extreme pressure to limit movement in his state due to the pandemic, and his slow approach to the issue compared to other large states has prompted backlash .— feeno (@ArianFoster) April 1, 2020MORE: 2020 NFL Mock Draft The video Foster shared comes from the Nov. 15 meeting between Kansas and Monmouth. In the clip, Hawks player George Papas steals the ball and dunks on Kansas while trailing 110-55. He talked trash to the Jayhawks afterward, despite the lopsided score.Foster — now a musical artist under the name “Bobby Feeno” — has always been outspoken about his beliefs, dating back to when he played in the NFL. He has publicly taken up causes relating to social justice and NFL head injuries .He rushed for 6,527 yards and 54 touchdowns before retiring at the age of 30. Former Texans and Dolphins running back Arian Foster sharply criticised Florida’s pandemic response on Wednesday as the state’s COVID-19 tally continued to rise at a staggering rate.Foster used Twitter to call out Gov. Ron DeSantis for implementing a stay-at-home order after more than 6,000 people have become infected. Through a video highlight, Foster compared shutting things down now — after DeSantis refused to do so for weeks — to dunking in the final seconds of a basketball game while already down 50 points.last_img read more

Twitter trolls British Airways after Faf du Plesiss’ complains on kit bag loss

first_imgAdvertisement 9a2gs5NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsankWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ehi67le( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) h2rWould you ever consider trying this?😱4rmCan your students do this? 🌚e2Roller skating! Powered by Firework South African batsman Faf du Plessis, blasted on the famous airline company British Airways, saying “today was one of my worst flying experiences where everything went wrong” on twitter. India will face South Africa in a three-match Test series which begins on October 2 at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.Advertisement The former Protea captain, wasn’t part of the T20I series and is now on his way to India to join his teammates. But it appears that du Plessis had a bit of delay and will miss the connecting flight from Dubai to India. He voiced his frustration on Twitter about British Airways.Advertisement Moments later, he elaborated on his bad experience through a light jokes adding: “When life gives you lemons , make lemonade .My cricket bag hasn’t arrived !!!!!!!!!! Actually can just smile about it but, wow @British_Airways today was one of my worst flying experiences where everything went wrong. Now just hoping I’ll have my bats back eventually,” tweeted the South African.The British Airways replied unconvincingly and the fans trolled in response for their careless mistake.Currently, the India vs South Africa three-match T20I series is underway. The first  match was washed away, while the second one saw an inspirational Virat Kohli fire India to a comfortable victory with one over to spare. The India captain was unbeaten at 72 in Mohali.The third and final match will be held at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. Advertisementlast_img read more

PBA now ‘letting players play’

first_imgUnification bout: Joshua won’t take Parker’s drug-cheat bait Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Now, we’re letting the players play, provided they play within the rules,” said technical director Eric Castro.READ: Mamaril says ‘physicality’ in Aces-B.Pier series an ‘acting job’Castro cleared the PBA is not going back to the days when they it incorporated the no-harm, no-foul rule.“We’re not going back to that. We’re just trying to incorporate everything that works,” said Castro. “Like I told the players, we’re going to let you play because that’s what the fans want, but we’re not going to allow you to hurt each other.”“Basketball is a physical game and players will bang bodies but what we don’t want is for them to hurt one another.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “One of the things we told the referees is to be firm when they make calls especially when they’re sure of it to keep them from reviewing plays too often,” Marcial said in Filipino during the PSA Forum Wednesday at Tapa King Farmers Market at Araneta Center in Cubao.READ: ‘Marcial law’: Belga, Brondial first to swap fines for community serviceFEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAmong the ways to keep the games going are resumptions after a dead ball are quicker and so are player substitutions.As far as the officiating goes, the players are given more room to operate. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial. photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPBA Officer-In-Charge Willie Marcial said the league has now become lenient when it comes to the physicality during games.Apart from that, Marcial said games are also played at a faster rate since he filled in as interim commissioner following the resignation of Chito Narvasa last month.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

Brexit will not affect lending to Caribbean – EIB Vice President

first_imgWith the European Investment Bank (EIB) set on rekindling bilateral relations with Guyana by investing in some major projects here, there are some concerns of its financial capability in light of the fallout between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) following June’s historic vote on the ‘Brexit’ referendum.On June 23, 51.9 per cent of the UK voted to leave the economic trade bloc. This was despite a 48.1 per cent vote from London, Scotland and Northern Ireland, who were backing to stay within EU.EIB Vice President Pim van BallekomSince then, there have been many uncertainties about the future relation between the UK and Guyana and consequently the EU and Guyana. However, both UK and EU officials here have assured that this will not affect relations with Guyana nor the Caribbean region.This assurance was reiterated by Vice President of EIB responsible for lending in the Caribbean, Pim van Ballekom, who told the local media during a press briefing on Friday that there will be no difference in the money that is available for lending by EIB to the Caribbean as a result of the UK’s intention to leave the EU.“We don’t have specific amounts available for specific countries or regions or projects or sectors. We are looking to the quality of the project and if it’s in answer to our balance sheet, then we will put it in our balance sheet.”Having pointed out that the UK’s exit from the EU would result in less money being available for lending by the bank, Ballekom explained that the EIB has other shareholders and is eager to pick up those shares. He added too that the bank finances itself on the capital market so in that sense, it will not be a problem.Nevertheless, he noted that EIB is very saddened with the possible loss of a major shareholder but stated that there are other investors that it can capitalise on:“It’s always a pity to lose a strong shareholder, that is for sure, but we will continue to do business and that is the purpose of the bank. But I’m pretty sure that there are other member states who are willing to pick up the shares.”On this note, the VP recalled in the 1990s, where 10 member states joined the EU and at that time, their economies were quite small. He however pointed out that those economies have done quite well since then and their economic shares in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the EU are now comparable to the era surrounding the 1990s.“So I could imagine that those countries are interested to pick up more shares,” he added.Moreover, Ballekom outlined that there is no certainly about what is going to happen in the near future as it relates to Brexit, having regards to the fact that the UK is a shadow of the European Investment Bank:“I’m told, but I’m not a politician, that the negotiations on Brexit could take two or three years before an ultimate agreement is signed and I don’t know if our political leaders will decide that the UK has to sell their shares…if they are obliged to sell then we will go to length to United Kingdom via a mandate,” the banking executive declared.To this end, Ballekom outlined that there is expected to be some sort of an arrangement with the UK to continue lending to the EU economy, not as a member state but as a third country: “But let’s see what happens, up to now it’s pure speculation what is going to happen but it will not influence our commitment or activities in the Caribbean.”Furthermore, the VP highlighted that the EIB also lends to non-EU members like Guyana as well as to Turkey, where it has a portfolio of 2.5B a year.last_img read more