Norbit buys field monitoring specialist Aptomar

first_imgNorwegian technology group Norbit has acquired field monitoring specialist Aptomar.The Norbit group, headquartered in Trondheim, Norway, is an international conglomerate of high-technology companies with operations in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Iceland, UK, Brazil, Singapore, and the US.The recently acquired Aptomar is an international provider of products and services for integrated field monitoring. The company has delivered more than 100 field monitoring systems to oil companies and coastal authorities worldwide.Håkon Skjelten, CEO of Aptomar, said: “We are proud that Norbit has chosen to invite us into its family of technology companies. Together we will continue to serve our NCS and international clients, continuously expanding our product and service offering, enabling them to focus on their core business.”Norbit said on Thursday that it acquired Aptomar for an undisclosed price from a group of professional financial investors including ProVenture, Verdane Capital, Statoil Technology Invest, Investinor, SMN Invest, and NTNU TTO.The company added that Aptomar would be named Norbit Aptomar and would become a part of Norbit’s SubSea business.Per Jørgen Weisethaunet, chairman and group CEO of Norbit, said: “Our sonar and bathymetric systems have been very well received in the maritime and offshore market, resulting in an annual doubling of Norbit SubSea’s revenues for the past five years.“Combining our current offering with Aptomar’s field monitoring solutions will enable us to provide coastal authorities, oil companies, and vessel owners with an even more comprehensive offering.”Aptomar also has a 24/7 marine control center that offers monitoring, detection, and reporting on unintended oil spills, vessels on a collision course, birds and mammals, and drifting ice.last_img

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Barakah Offshore inks 5-year contract with Sapura

Malaysia’s Barakah Offshore has secured a long-term contract to provide offshore services to Sapura Exploration and Production in Malaysia.Image Source: Sapura EnergyBarakah on Thursday said the contract was for the provision of “Pan Malaysia Maintenance, Construction and Modification (PM-MCM) Contractor for 2018-2023 Package A (West Malaysia).”Under the contract, Barakah Offshore will provide maintenance, construction, and modification work for structures and facilities for the client’s oil and gas fields offshore Peninsular Malaysia.The total value of the contract is not fixed and will depend on the actual scope based on work orders to be issued by Sapura over the course of the duration of the contract.The Contract duration is for up to five years effective from July 11, 2018.Offshore Energy Today Staff

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Area Football Friday Scores (8-18)

first_imgWeek #1East Central  15     Lawrenceburg  14Batesville  49     Jennings County  24Milan  52     Rushville  27Franklin County  54     New Castle  35Union County  62     Oldenburg  7Shelbyville  31      Greensburg  10North Decatur  33     South Decatur  10Bedford North Lawrence  33     South Dearborn  6Connersville  22     Richmond  16  (OT)Bracken County  26     Switz. County  6Brown County  46     Edinburgh  14Madison  54     Crawford County  22last_img

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Mourinho: We need goals

first_imgJose Mourinho and Chelsea’s attentions return to the Barclays Premier League on Saturday after their midweek Swiss slip-up. The solution for Mourinho is simple. “We need to score goals,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV following the Basle defeat, Chelsea’s first in 29 group-stage matches at home. “When you don’t score goals you are in trouble.” Following the Basle blow the self-proclaimed Special One insisted he was happy with his strike options – Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba – despite lamenting the failure to find the net. The more worrying thing for the Portuguese may be that his side, unusually for a team under his stewardship, were porous at the back. Branislav Ivanovic is confident Chelsea can make amends in the Champions League. “It’s a bad start in the Champions League but it’s just the first game,” the Serbia defender said. “We have to stand up, show the character in other games and this situation has to be a good example for the future.” Chelsea have time to rectify their failings before their next European encounter, at Steaua Bucharest on October 1, with the immediate focus on domestic duty and fixtures against Fulham, Swindon in the Capital One Cup and Tottenham. Mourinho’s methods will be scrutinised – captain John Terry was left on the bench for a second successive continental clash and Spain playmaker Juan Mata remains a peripheral figure – and he will likely make changes against the Cottagers. Press Associationcenter_img Mourinho puts his unbeaten run of 62 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge on the line against west London neighbours Fulham in the week the Blues lost a home Champions League group game for the first time in nearly 10 years. Chelsea have also made their worst start to a Premier League season in a decade – winning only against Hull and Aston Villa, while drawing at Manchester United and losing at Everton – in an inauspicious opening to Mourinho’s second spell as boss. last_img

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Fonte fronts up after error

first_img Southampton captain Fonte’s heavily undersold back-pass to keeper Fraser Forster gifted the lurking Robin van Persie the opening goal at St Mary’s. Dutch striker Van Persie then volleyed the winner in the second half after Graziano Pelle had dragged Saints onto level terms. Jose Fonte has admitted mistakes like his wayward back-pass in Monday’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United threaten to derail Southampton’s impressive Premier League start. Fonte shouldered the blame for Saints’ third straight defeat on his 200th club appearance – then challenged the squad to cut out the costly mistakes. “It was frustrating: apart from my mistake and that free-kick in the second half, we weren’t in danger,” said Fonte. “They didn’t create much, whereas we were in control of the game. “We were dominating, but we have to stop these mistakes and to try to avoid them because they’re costing us. “When you play in a game like this and play in the way we did – especially in the first half – then I think it’s disappointing for everyone. “We certainly didn’t deserve to lose. We were as good as, if not better than, them – that’s why it’s disappointing. “We lost the game because of ourselves.” Saints have slipped to fifth in the Premier League table after consecutive defeats to Manchester City, Arsenal and United. Press Association Southampton have struggled with the recent acid test of their top-four credentials and still face Everton, Chelsea and the return clash with Arsenal before the Christmas run abates. Boss Koeman admitted his side had only themselves to blame for Monday’s defeat to United, and Fonte could not argue. Saints travel to early-season strugglers Burnley on Saturday, with Portugal defender Fonte determined to put an end to the run of defeats. “Unfortunately, we made a couple of mistakes and that cost us some points,” said Fonte. “We need to learn from it quickly because, at the highest level, the big teams with top-class players will punish you – that’s what’s happened in the last three games. “I’m disappointed and frustrated, but we need to pick ourselves up because we have another game on Saturday and we need to get some points.” last_img

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Old Bridge book place in next round of Munster Junior Cup

first_imgTown lost 2-0 to Two Mile Borris.Clonmel Celtic, who are third, were beaten 3-2 by Peake Villa. They scored a 3-2 victory away to Leeview Athletic at the Mayfield all-weather pitch.Meanwhile, St Michael’s have closed the gap to leaders Clonmel Town at the top of the TSDL Clonmel Credit Union Premier League.The Tipp Town side’s trip to Bansha Celtic yielded a 3-0 victory, which leaves them a point behind with three games in hand.last_img

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March Madness 2019: Ed Morrow Jr. sums up Marquette’s disappointing day in 30 seconds

first_img March Madness 2019: Duke’s Marques Bolden to return, Jack White out for Round 1 The Golden Eagles had a rough afternoon against Ja Morant and Murray State on Thursday, and Ed Morrow Jr. just about summed it up in 30 seconds.First, the 22-year-old forward had his shot blocked by the rim. And then, he had it blocked again, but this time it was at least by a human.Marquette’s day in a nutshell. pic.twitter.com/oNwi4maDs5— Thomas Lott (@tlott33) March 21, 2019The Golden Eagles trailed by seven at halftime and were down by double-digits for much of the second half. Related News This sequence of events did not aid in a comeback. March Madness 2019: VCU star Marcus Evans (knee) expects to play in NCAA Tournamentlast_img

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Lakers star LeBron James is tampering, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Alvin Gentry said it once, twice and then again: “We’re not trading him.”Furthermore, the New Orleans Pelicans coach told reporters at shootaround Friday at Staples Center that he believes recent statements by the Lakers’ LeBron James regarding Pelicans star Anthony Davis constitute tampering.“It’s B.S.; it’s tampering,” he said. “It’s tampering. Should we start having A.D. say, ‘Why don’t we trade for LeBron?’ I’m just saying, why is it not tampering if players are saying it?“There’s a distinction between someone talking about a player that’s under contract – I thought if you talk about a player under contract, it was tampering. But that’s just me. I’ve only been in the league 31 years, what do I know?” Davis – who wasn’t at shootaround because of illness – is averaging 28 points, 12.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 2.8 blocked shots and 1.8 steals per game this season for New Orleans.Because the dynamic 25-year-old big man is under contract with the Pelicans for $27.1 million next season, with a player option for 2020-21 worth $28.8 million, the Lakers would have to trade for the five-time All-Star if they wanted to acquire him before he becomes a free agent.This past summer, Davis split with the Wasserman agency, after which he signed with Rich Paul of Klutch Sports. Paul also is James’ agent. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error James’ personal relationship with Davis has no bearing on whether the public comments broke NBA rules, Gentry said.“Now we’re talking about relationships? What does that have to do with anything?” he said. “It’s either the rule or it’s not the rule – OK? That’s the way it is. It’s either tampering or it’s not, OK? That’s the bottom line.“The bottom line,” Gentry added, “is we’re not trading him anyway, so it doesn’t matter.”Later in his pregame comments, Gentry added that he thought James was possibly put in an unwinnable position when a reporter asked him what he thought about playing with Davis.“If he doesn’t answer it, then you guys talk about him not answering it,” Gentry said. “And he answers it, now everybody says he’s tampering, so I think it puts him in a bad situation. … I’m not sure how he’s supposed to handle it anyway.”While in New York, James also talked to reporters about Carmelo Anthony – a longtime friend who currently is under contract with the Houston Rockets, though not playing – potentially joining the Lakers.“We’ll see. I don’t run the team,” James said. “There are obviously things that need to be worked out on both sides. But I’ve always wanted to play with Melo, and if the opportunity presents itself, it’ll be great. So we’ll see what happens.”The NBA previously fined the Lakers $500,000 in August 2017 for communication between General Manager Rob Pelinka and Paul George’s agent. Also, Magic Johnson was fined $50,000 in February for comments about Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.McGEE MISSES THIRD STRAIGHT GAMEThe Lakers were again without starting center JaVale McGee, who was replaced in the lineup by back-up Ivica Zubac. It was the third straight game he had been absent with flu-like symptoms, and the Lakers clarified that the 30-year-old also has been suffering from a respiratory infection that has been further aggravating his health.Lakers coach Luke Walton said he had been away from the rest of the team since they flew back home. Fellow bigs Tyson Chandler and Ivica Zubac received IV bags on Friday morning as a precaution in the hopes that they would not catch what’s been ailing McGee.“If you’re trying to pin it on JaVale, I don’t think that is very cool, but I don’t know where it started,” Walton said. “But we got a travel party, you’re on that same plane, it’s one man goes down, normally a couple of other guys follow.”Zubac’s start was his first this year. Chandler started the previous two games in McGee’s place.JAMES SAYS NFL OWNERS HAVE ‘SLAVE MENTALITY’In other news on comments James made this week: In the latest episode of his HBO show “The Shop,” James lashed out at NFL owners.“In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality,” James said on the show, which aired Friday night concurrently with the Lakers’ game. “And it’s like, ‘This is my team. You do what the (expletive) I tell y’all to do. Or we get rid of y’all.’”The show, which features a rotating panel of entertainers and athletes, included Rams running back Todd Gurley on set when James compared NFL owners unfavorably to the NBA culture.James went on to say that he appreciated NBA commissioner Adam Silver for the more open way he’s dealt with athlete opinions on social issues, by and large allowing them to speak their minds.“It doesn’t even matter if Adam agrees with what we are saying, he at least wants to hear us out,” read more

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Rousseff’s pledge of Brazil ‘World Cup without racism’ puts more focus on old, hidden problem

first_imgBrazil’s Dani Alves, third from left, plays with the ball as he practices with teammates during a training session of the Brazilian national soccer team at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Former Brazilian national midfielder Arouca, playing for Pele’s old club Santos, was doing a sideline TV interview a few months ago when opposing fans began to chant “monkey, monkey, monkey.”Those taunting hit him with another jab: Go to Africa and find a team. Get out of here.President Dilma Rousseff, who has pledged a “World Cup without racism,” tweeted quickly: “It is unacceptable that Brazil, the country with the largest Black population after Nigeria, has racism issues.”It does, and Brazilians are slowly waking up to it.Still, they are more accustomed to saying this is a country free of prejudice, and the subject is rarely discussed openly and seldom makes the news. Many hold to the myth of a “racial democracy” because the country never had laws separating the races.“The Brazilian form of racism is worse than apartheid because it works on the basis of deception,” said Elisa Larkin Nascimento, director of the Afro-Brazilian Studies and Research Institute in Rio.“There is denial,” she added. “Many people – particularly the ruling class – say there is no racism. With that stance, you are left with nothing to talk about.”Over the last few decades, Brazil has begun to introduce affirmative-action programs, African diaspora history is being taught in schools, and a cabinet-level position has been created to deal with racial equality.“The biggest leap was to get the society to talk about racism and realize that, in fact, it does exist in Brazil,” said Larkin Nascimento, who wrote the book “The Sorcery of Color: Identity, Race and Gender in Brazil.”Settled by Portuguese and a mix of other Europeans, Brazil imported about 5 million slaves – 10 times more than the United States – and ended slavery in 1888. That was 25 years after the United States banned the practice.Blacks in Brazil earn about half of what Whites do, and there is only one Black minister in Rousseff’s cabinet. The first Black justice on Brazil’s Supreme Court – Joaquim Barbosa, who rose to chief justice – recently announced his retirement. Magazine covers seldom feature a Black face, movies often feature all White casts and the very popular soap operas feature mostly White actors.Brazil’s present World Cup team is made up of 90 percent Black or mixed-race players, though Brazilian fans attending World Cup matches – and Brazil’s club matches during the season – are predominantly White. Its most famous player was Pele, who was known as “The Black Pearl.” He would have been banned from playing early in the 20th century when the game, introduced by Europeans, was closed to non-White players.Much of the game is still closed to the Black and poor.“Nobody like me could ever get in there to watch,” said Joacy de Silva, a dark-skinned man picking through an orange trash bin on Wednesday just 25 yards from an entrance to Rio’s Maracana stadium where Spain faced Chile in the World Cup.He stuck his head and hand deep into a smelly mess of cans and rotting food, then came up to finish his thought.“I can’t say I am angry,” he said. “I don’t know. I have my life and the rich have their life.”Black and brown-skinned people are rarely customers in top-notch restaurants, elegant shopping malls or airports. They tend to be cleaners, nannies or kitchen workers.Most have been priced out of many of the 12 World Cup stadiums, built or renovated at a cost of $4 billion – 80 percent public money.Figuring out who is Black in Brazil can be tough, and a so-called “Black community” doesn’t exist. Brazilians self-identify. A light-skinned person may choose to seen as Black, but others judge, too.At the University of Brasilia, identical twins applied for admission under an affirmative-action program. Only one was judged to be Black.“There is no sense here of anyone belonging to the Black community,” said Larkin Nascimento, who is White, was born in the United States but has lived in Brazil for more than 30 years. “Here you have a person who is Black that yearns to be White and does everything in life that they possibly can to be considered White.”Until the abolition of slavery, perhaps 80 percent of Brazil was Back. That was followed by a government whitening policy until the middle of the 20th century, when Europeans, Japanese and other non-Africans were recruited to dilute the African dominance.The Brazilian government in a household survey several decades ago asked people to describe their color. It came up with about 150 descriptions. Some of those, translated into English by the website Africa Is A Country, include snowy white, pinkish white, black-brown, reddish, chestnut, half-black, read more

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Nadal beats Delbonis and meets Pablo Carreño in Australia’s third round

first_imgPhoto: Reuters Neither the ‘drive’ nor the two-handed setback was at its best level, but it was much more regular than that of AZul, condemned for its 43 unforced errors, 14 less than the Spanish, which concluded the duel of two and a half hours with 33 winning strokes and better sensations.After wasting six breakage options, Nadal managed to break the second Delbonis service and close the first sleeve without fuss. But what was presented as a possible easy scenario, it was not in the second, where the 2009 champion did not take advantage of any of the ‘break’ balls he had in four of his opponent’s six serves.The Argentine was gaining confidence and managed to reach the always uncertain ‘sudden death’. Nadal was solid and saved any kind of trouble to take the set and find a downhill to the third round. The next obstacle of Manacorí in the tournament to be in the round of 16 will be his compatriot Pablo Carreño, who won his ticket for the third round after winning four sleeves (6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 ) to German Peter Gojowczyk.The Asturian tennis player, twenty-seventh favorite, dominated with solvency the first two sleeves against a rival classified from the previous one and despite the dismissal of the third set, remained calm to avoid an always complicated fifth partial.In addition, Fernando Verdasco, semifinalist in 2009, also got into the third round, where he will face the German Alexander Zverev, after tracing his game against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili and prevailing 4-6, 7-6 (5 ), 6-4, 6-4. The Madrid was replaced by the loss of the first set and go with ‘break’ down to leave out the 26th series head supported by his powerful ‘drive’.As for the defeats, the Balearic Jaume Munar said goodbye to Melbourne, eliminated by the Australian Alex Popyrin (6-2, 7-6, 6-2) and the Valencian Pedro Martínez, who could only disturb a set to the Russian Daniil Medvedev before losing 7-5, 6-1, 6-3. The fourth favorite in the first ‘big’ of the year connected 19 direct serves and a total of 40 winners. Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal qualified on Thursday for the third round of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season, after beating Argentina’s Federico Delbonis 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-1 and meeting with his compatriot Pablo Carreño, survivor of the day with Fernando Verdasco.After a placid premiere on Tuesday against Bolivian Hugo Dellien, the world number one faced a more expert opponent who again finished at a better level after a game not too bright and could be complicated by his lack of success in break opportunities.The Balearic had up to 20 break opportunities, but was only able to convert three of them, one in the first set and the other two in the third. In return, he did not grant any to the Argentine, who barely won a score of points from the rest to his rival, who still has to refine his tennis.center_img The world’s number one won the Argentine 6-3, 7-6 (4) and 6-1Pablo Carreño was the other survivor of the day with Verdascolast_img

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