Shell changing North Sea rotas to 2/3 pattern

first_imgShell UK is changing its offshore operating model in the UK North Sea, meaning its offshore workers will be spending two instead of three week periods offshore.Photo for illustration only; Copyright: Shell International Ltd / Photographer: Ken TaylorSteve Phimister, Vice President for Upstream, UK, and Ireland, on Tuesday shared info with Shell staff at a townhall in Aberdeen.He said Shell UK would change offshore operating model on its central North Sea assets, which will include a change in the working pattern to a 2/3 cycle (two weeks offshore, three weeks field break) for Shell staff and its core crew.As reported earlier, the UK oil workers’ unions have been fighting against rotas forcing workers to spend three weeks offshore, citing a report by Robert Gordon University which found that workers on three-week, equal-time rotas were nearly twice as likely to experience ill health as those on two-on-two-off shifts.Shell on Thursday also said that it would combine its operations & maintenance teams, creating new multi-skilled operation & maintenance technician roles in the Shell organization.“Given the maturity of decommissioning activity, we don’t plan any changes to the operating model on our Brent Alpha or Brent Bravo platforms as we expect both platforms to downman in 2019, however, Brent Charlie will move to the new rota. We anticipate the above changes being implemented in Q2, 2019,” Shell said.The article has been amended as it previously stated Shell was changing the rota shifts to a 2/2 pattern. It is actually a 2/3 pattern.last_img read more

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St Kitts-Nevis reports double digit decrease in serious crimes

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet NewsRegional St Kitts-Nevis reports double digit decrease in serious crimes by: – February 11, 2012center_img 23 Views   no discussions Share Police Commissioner C. G. Walwyn BASSETERRE, St Kitts — (CUOPM) — Police in St Kitts and Nevis are reporting a significant decrease in the total number of reported incidences of crime in 2011 compared with the previous year.Police Commissioner C. G. Walwyn said statistics revealed that there was a 14.3 percent reduction of serious crimes recorded.“On our sister island of Nevis there was a 5.5% increase in the total number of crime reported overall compared with the previous year 2010. However, the detection rate in District C, Nevis Division stands at 47.4%,” said Walwyn, who pointed out that the law enforcement agency is also paying close attention to the percentage of crimes committed by juveniles in the Federation and will be endeavouring to intensify its crime prevention campaign in the present calendar year.“The last quarter of 2011 has recorded a reduction of crimes in the Federation on a whole. The total allocated crimes for the Federation decreased by 5% or 105 reports less than the previous year, with a 35% detection rate,” said the police commissioner.Walwyn said the police have intensified their efforts to improve the detection rates of all crimes, especially considering that 7.9% of the crimes detected in the past year have been committed by juvenile offenders. “As commissioner of police, I wish to record appreciation to those responsible citizens who are joining the law enforcement agency in implementing its crime prevention initiatives and to commend those who are partnering with government in boosting the crime fighting capabilities of the force for their valued support,” he said.Walwyn said, “As an agency for peace, law and order, it is our duty and our commitment to improve on our previous performance and we solicit the support of all in spreading crime prevention tips and not just in reporting incidences in a manner that, at times, results in the distortion of the facts.” Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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UCL: Valencia to attempt Atalanta comeback in empty stadium due to coronavirus

first_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayDid You Notice How Natural Simba’s Movements Looked In The Movie?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtEver Wonder What Keanu Reeves Spends His Paychecks On?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Absurd Ideas That Made Their Inventors Millions9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Of The Most Successful Female Racers To Know AboutWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There? Loading… Retrieving a 4-1 defeat from the first leg in Italy was always going to be a formidable task for Valencia but looks even more so after UEFA instructed their home tie at Mestalla be played in an empty stadium to limit the spread in Spain.Atalanta are based in Bergamo in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, one of the worst-hit areas in the country. Italy had registered more than 7,000 cases of coronavirus on Monday.Spain has been less affected so far, with just under 1,000 confirmed cases on Monday and 37 in the Valencian Community, which includes Castellon, Valencia and Alicante.Valencia announced on February 28 they would be suspending all non-sporting activity with the club’s first team players after a journalist attending the opening fixture against Atalanta on February 19 was confirmed to have been infected.It meant all engagement with the media before and after subsequent matches against Real Betis on February 29 and Alaves on Friday was cancelled, while a tribute to the club’s former player David Villa was also called off.But the last-16 meeting with Atalanta will be Valencia’s first to be contested behind closed doors and, in theory, puts them at a significant disadvantage in their bid to reach the Champions League’s quarter-finals.– Indignant –Valencia captain Dani Parejo expressed anger last week at what he perceives as inconsistency in the approach of the authorities to football matches.“I am the first to be concerned about the crisis and that is why I am also first to feel indignant when I see the measures taken are not consistent,” Parejo said.“I don’t understand how a global crisis can be managed in Spain depending on the region in which you live.”Parejo added: “If it’s dangerous for people to attend Mestalla, it’s also dangerous at the Parc des Princes, at Anfield, at the Red Bull Arena, at the Etihad [Stadium], at Camp Nou, at the Allianz [Stadium] in Turin and at the Allianz [Arena] in Munich.”Despite heavy restrictions on travel in and out of northern Italy, Atalanta were able to fly to Spain on Monday morning although media events usually scheduled for the day before a Champions League fixture were cancelled.Valencia captain Dani Parejo has criticised the decision to hold the team’s match against Atalanta on Tuesday behind closed doors.Read Also: PSG-Dortmund UCL clash to be played behind closed doors due to virus fearsAtalanta have played only once since their thumping first-leg victory over Valencia, a 7-2 win on March 1 away at Lecce, who are based in southern Italy. Atalanta fans attending the game underwent medical checks before entering the ground.Only five Serie A matches were staged on Sunday, with all of the games played in front of empty stands.Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora has insisted matches should be suspended completely and accused Serie A of being “irresponsible” for allowing some to go ahead.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Valencia will attempt an unlikely comeback without their fans on Tuesday when they play Atalanta in the Champions League behind closed doors due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Lady Cardinals And Lady Indians Split Volleyball Battle

first_imgThe Lady Cardinal 7th Grade Volleyball team fell to the Lady Milan Indians in their season opener 15-25, 25-16 & 15-7. The Lady Cardinals served strong in the first set but struggled in the last 2 sets. The top server was Rachel Suttmann with 10 points followed by Cora Roth 6 points, Jaelyn Owens and Kalli Obermeyer 5 points each, Lucy Abplanalp 4 points and Sophia Hohenstein and Ashley Hunter 1 point each. The offense was led by Suttman with the only kill of the night.The Lady St. Louis Cardinal 8th Grade Volleyball team defeated the Lady Milan Indians in their season opener. 25-5 & 25-11 Kate Weber and Lilly Schebler was strong at the serving line with 15 & 12 points respectively.  Ava Owens served up 3 points as well as Ingrid Tuveson, Ella Moster and Iza Wonnell served for 2 points each and Catherine Streator had 1 point. The offense was led by Claire Saner and Streator striking the ball 4 times at the net. The offense could not be strong without the passing abilities of Maggie Beiser and Rhea Miller.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.last_img read more

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Defensive woes mount for Mourinho

first_img Mourinho had hoped Terry would be fit for Tuesday’s Barclays Premier League game at West Brom after sitting out Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge with a double muscle injury. But the 33-year-old was again missing, with his absence felt as the Baggies staged a late second-half rally to grab a 1-1 draw following Branislav Ivanovic’s opener in first-half injury time. Hazard, however, believes the point could be an important one come the end of the season as the title race hots up between Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool. “It was a puzzling game,” Hazard told the club’s official website. “At 1-0 I thought we were managing the match well, but we couldn’t get the second goal which would have given us protection, and then the game became difficult. “I tried to play, we tried to play, but it was a very difficult game. “It was very complicated whenever I had the ball because there were two or three opponents there. “They had a plan to defend, as was the case when we played West Ham. “It was a similar situation except at the end West Brom pushed a lot, their crowd got behind them and it became complicated. “But it’s still a point even if many people are disappointed. I think this is a point that will count. “You cannot win every game and it was important we didn’t lose. We’ll improve in the future and we will try to win the next game.” Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is in danger of being without key central defenders John Terry and Gary Cahill for Saturday’s FA Cup clash at Manchester City. Mourinho will be hoping the additional game off will have allowed Terry sufficient time to recover ahead of the fifth-round tie with City. Terry’s presence is crucial as Cahill limped away from The Hawthorns with a damaged calf sustained shortly prior to Victor Anichebe heading home an 87th-minute equaliser, meaning he is now a major doubt for the trip to the Etihad Stadium. Cahill said: “Once I got the knock, I was struggling from then on. “It happened when a West Brom player went for a header and I was on the floor, and he landed just inside my knee/calf. “It’s sore and we’ll see what it’s like later.” The late goal and the injury completed an unhappy end to the game for Cahill as Chelsea missed the chance to open up a four-point cushion at the top of the table. Albion, however, performed admirably as they played the pressing game new head coach Pepe Mel has been demanding of his players. It meant Eden Hazard, the toast of the Blues following his hat-trick that sank Newcastle, was barely given space to breathe as he found himself shackled throughout. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Florida man arrested for allegedly sucking elderly patient’s toes

first_imgHospital security called the sheriff’s office after the victim reported the incident to a nurse.Beldorin was arrested and taken to the Lee County Jail without incident, where he remains in custody. A 23-year-old man who works at a Florida hospital caring for the elderly is facing charges after he was allegedly caught sucking a sleeping patient’s toes, according to arrest records.Police arrested Frantz Beldorin early Tuesday morning for battery on a person 65 years or older.Investigators say the victim, a patient at Gulf Coast Hospital in Ft. Myers, told the sheriff’s office they were woken up on Monday after feeling someone touching their foot. He said he felt something wet between their toes, and when he looked over, the victim said they saw Beldorin on his knees next to the bed.The victim said they “ripped” the foot away from Beldorin.last_img read more

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Bleach: If only Wisconsin had Leo

first_imgInception, the most wonderful movie in all of 2010, came out onDVD Tuesday, which can mean only one thing…It is gimmick column time.For those of you who have not seen it yet – and my heart breaks for you – Inception is based on the idea that Leonardo DiCaprio can infiltrate someone’s mind and plant an idea that the victim will believe to be his or her own. This leads to lovely second-guessing in all aspects of life, but lends itself to some enjoyable sports hindsight in particular.If I were as commanding as Leo, as wry as Eames or cute as a button like Ellen Page, these are the top five inceptions I would have made on the Wisconsin sports landscape since the turn of the century.1. Jeff Suppan – The most obvious idea will also go first on the list. The Brewers gave Suppan four years and $42 million during the 2006 offseason with the hope that a seasoned innings eater would lead the Crew to the playoffs. From that extremely narrow point of view, the move kind of worked. The Brewers did reach the playoffs. Of course, CC Sabathia started every three days and closed out on the other two to push the Brewers in, while the offense did the rest.And seeing as Suppan threw up a 4.96ERA(85ERA+), 1.542WHIPand just 177 2/3 innings in 2008, he probably doesn’t deserve much credit.With a -0.4WAR(Baseball Reference style) I’m thinking Doug Melvin could have probably found the same production out of the average triple-A hopeful for $10 million less a year.For the four years of the contract, Suppan compiled a 4.95ERA(85ERA+), a 1.36 SO/BB ratio and a 1.585WHIP. One of his top comparisons on Baseball Reference is Kyle Lohse. So he’s got that going for him. Which is nice.Yeah, if I could have hired Leo to fix this problem, I would have said yes faster than Jayson Werth.2. Mike Sherman as Packers General Manager – Even as a wee 13-year old, I questioned the logic of making Sherman the coachANDgeneral manager of the Packers. I believe the conversation went something like this:13-year-old-Me: “Wait…So the Packers are letting Sherman beG.M.and coach?Dad: “Yup.”13-year-old-Me: “But…Didn’t Mike Holmgren want the same thing?Dad: “Yup.”13-year-old-Me: “Holmgren won a Super Bowl…and Sherman was a tight-ends coach with Green Bay, who’s greatest previous accomplishment was coachingUCLAwith Jonathan Ogden?”Dad: “Yup. With a questioning analytical nature like that, you are going to co-author one hell of a blog some day.”Dad is a wise man.Also, unless you are Bill Belichick, no one should ever run both the general manager and coaching positions. If Leo could have helped Wisconsin out, the names Ahmad Carroll, Joey Thomas and BJ Sander wouldn’t cause involuntary shudders.3. Brewers Logo – From 1978-1993 the Brewers put together 10 winning seasons and boasted one of the most clever logos in baseball. Then they got rid of it for reasons that remain unclear. Since 1993, the Brewers have made the playoffs once. If that isn’t a damning correlation, I don’t know what is.It is a baseball glove and ball – wait for it – annnnndddd an ‘M’ and ‘B’. Boom. Mind blown. I cannot tell you how many people I have seen first “get that” and giggle with delight.Instead we now have an M with a wheat stalk for a tip. How hick are we?As usual, Bud Selig deserves some blame for this. Just because he is Bud freaking Selig. And the amount of good Inception could do in that mind is incalculable.Also, if we could bring the logo of a barrel man back for some retro jerseys that would be pretty sweet too.4. Wisconsin Hoops Dreams – Not many people know this, but both Evan Turner and Manny Harris heavily considered going to Wisconsin back in 2006 before choosing Ohio State and Michigan, respectively (though Turner was probably closer than Harris). Both were heavily recruited by the Badgers – Turner still maintains ties with former assistant coach Howard Moore – with UW ending up as the probable second choice for both.The thought of that class on the floor together is mind-boggling. In this dream within a dream, the Badgers could currently throw out a starting five of Jordan Taylor, Harris, Turner, Jon Leuer and Keaton Nankivil.!!!!!!!!National Championships. Undefeated season. Beating the Bucks in an exhibition game. Anything could have been possible with that lineup.Wisconsin Hoops Dreams Part Deux: On the other end of the spectrum, players who came to Wisconsin/Marquette but left a year too soon, the Dwayne Wade/Devin Harris fantasy is just as titillating.If Wade or Harris had stayed just one more year for the Warriors (Yes, the Warriors) and Badgers the respective lineups would have looked like this:Warriors – Travis Diener, Wade, Joe Chapman, Steve Novak and Scott Merritt (who was absolutely born to be the fourth scorer on a great college team by the way. I have never been more certain of anything.) That is three futureNBAballers, a strong Euro baller and some other guys. Back to back Final Fours, easy.Badgers – Harris, Kamron Taylor, Clayton Hanson/Sharif Chambliss, Alando Tucker and Mike Wilkinson. The two top Badger players of the decade together. Shooting everywhere. Brian Butch and Michael Flowers on the bench. Even a little Zach Morley action coming at ya. And you can never get enough Zach Morley action.Alas, like Leo, the dream world can be more appealing then reality.Some dreams – such as any about Natalie Portman – are just too good to be true.Michael is a senior majoring in journalism. He is the co-author of Paulbunyansaxe.com, can be reached at bleach.michael@gmail or follow him on Twitter @michaelbleach.last_img read more

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‘Outrageous gamble’ to bring Cathal Barrett back into Tipp hurling panel

first_imgIt would be an ‘outrageous gamble’ to bring Cathal Barrett back into the Tipp hurling panel, according to a former player.Lorrha-man John McIntyre was responding to widespread criticism of Tipperary’s defensive lines last weekend, and calls for Barrett to be brought back in to the fold for the All Ireland semi final against Galway.McIntyre thinks it’s unrealistic to expect a player to make it to the level necessary to positively impact the game, when he’s been out of inter county action for so long. The former Galway hurling manager says it could also be bad for morale in the squad to bring Barrett back now… Photo © Tipperary GAAlast_img

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Nigeria Qualifies for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

first_imgAt the FNB Stadium in Soweto on a sunny afternoon, Nigeria made the brightest start with stand – in Captain Ahmed Musa watching his shot held by goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune in the 6thminute, and two minutes later Nigeria had the ball in the net after a sweet combination by Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho.But Gambian Referee Papa Gassama ruled it off-side, on the prompting of the assistant referee.A minute later, Nigeria pushed their noses in front as Samuel Kalu, playing in an unaccustomed wing back role, outpaced Sfiso Hlanti and pulled out, only for Buhle Mkhwanazi to divert it past Khune into the net.In the 11th minute, Bafana had a glorious chance to equalise as the irrepressible Percy Tau got behind the Nigerian defence, only to be thwarted by Kalu.It became a ding-dong as the match gathered some vibrancy, with Captain Thulani Hlatshwayo arriving late for a free-kick and Mothiba wrong-footed, and at the other end, William Ekong’s run to a good chance from a corner was foiled and Kalu shot too high from an Ahmed Musa corner.Bafana were level in the 26th minute though, as the nimble-footed Tau, appropriately named Man-of-the-Match, left Ekong and Omeruo in no-man’s-land and drilled a selfless pass to Mothiba, beyond a sprawling Ikechukwu Ezenwa, to slot into an empty net.Nigeria could have reclaimed leadership in the 36th minute, but after Musa did all the work, Iheanacho’s atrocious first touch bungled the opportunity.In the second period, both teams sought to conserve energy in a high altitude environment.Two minutes before the hour, midfielder John Ogu’s header from another Nigerian corner was headed for the net before Themba Zwani headed it away, and 15 minutes later, Kenneth Omeruo’s lofty header from yet another corner missed narrowly.In the 83rd minute, another big talking point surfaced when Musa ran onto a great pass and slotted past Khune, only to be deemed off-side.Having missed the last two AFCON finals, Nigeria have now joined hosts Cameroon, Madagascar, Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and Uganda as the teams already guaranteed slots at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, to be hosted by Cameroon.An ecstatic President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, heaped encomiums on Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and the federal government for providing the conducive environment for Nigerian football to continue to thrive, while praising specially Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State who led the Nigeria delegation to the big match.“This is a great day for Nigerian football. Just as it happened in the qualifying series for the FIFA World Cup, we have won the ticket to the AFCON with a match to spare. This victory is for President Muhammadu Buhari and the government and people of Nigeria. We commend the technical crew and the players, and I must praise Governor Simon Lalong who is here with his wife to support the team.“He has been a pillar of support. I also congratulate the members of the NFF Executive Committee, NFF management and staff, members of the NFF Congress, football stakeholders and the media.“We will begin the preparations for the AFCON immediately. As I have said several times, we do not want the AFCON ticket just to go there and make up the number, but to make a massive impact at the finals,” said Pinnick, who is also the President of the AFCON Organising Committee, aside being the 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).The Nigerian delegation is expected to fly back to Asaba, Delta State in the early hours of Sunday. The Super Eagles have a friendly international with the Cranes of Uganda at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Tuesday evening.South Africa, who host Paraguay in the annual Nelson Mandela Memorial Challenge in Durban also on Tuesday, must avoid defeat to Libya in Tunisia in March to qualify for the 2019 AFCON, while Nigeria have a relatively easy session at home to Seychelles.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Three-time champions Nigeria flew majestically back to the biggest football houseparty on the continent after being held 1-1 by South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday.It was certainly not one of the classics, but the result meant only one other team in Group E (either Libya or South Africa) could end up with the same 10 points that Nigeria already have, by the of the qualification series in March 2019.But Libya’s 8-1 defeat of their hosts Seychelles on Mahé Island would create real fear in the Bafana Bafana going into that last battle against the Mediterranean Knights in Tunisia.last_img read more

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