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first_img Maersk Drilling selected for two-rig Suriname campaign by Total. (Credit: Maersk Drilling) Maersk Drilling has received a Conditional Letter of Award (CLOA) from Total E&P Suriname, Suriname Branch for the supply of two deepwater rigs, Mærsk Developer and Maersk Valiant, for an exploration and appraisal project in Suriname’s Block 58. The campaign is expected to commence in early 2021, with an estimated firm combined duration of 500 days. The estimated firm total contract value is approximately USD 100m, including rig upgrades and integrated services provided.The CLOA is conditional upon finalisation of the formal contract as well as certain other customary conditions. Maersk Drilling will provide an update upon conclusion of a formal contract.“We’re delighted to get this opportunity to add further to our long-standing relationship with Total through a two-rig contract, building on our previous collaboration on deepwater exploration projects and on Maersk Drilling’s recent experience with starting up operations in Suriname for Mærsk Developer,” says COO Morten Kelstrup of Maersk Drilling.Mærsk Developer is a DSS-21 column-stabilised dynamically positioned semi-submersible rig, able to operate in water depths up to 10,000 ft. It was delivered in 2009 and is currently operating offshore Suriname.Maersk Valiant is a high-specification 7th generation drillship with integrated MPD capability which was delivered in 2013. It is currently warm-stacked in Aruba after finishing a campaign in Mexico earlier this year. Source: Company Press Release The CLOA is conditional upon finalisation of the formal contract as well as certain other customary conditionslast_img read more


first_img View post tag: Minister View post tag: HMAS Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Coonawarra Hosts Parliamentary Secretary to Defence Minister October 31, 2013 Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval Parliamentary Secretary to the Australian Minister for Defence, the Hon Darren Chester MP, made his first visit to the Headquarters Northern Command and HMAS Coonawarra yesterday, where he met with personnel and toured the Navy’s most northerly base.After an invigorating physical training session with personnel from AWARE One, Mr Chester toured one of Navy’s 14 Armidale Class Patrol Boats and spent time speaking with personnel about the challenges of implementing the Government’s border protection policy.During his visit to the Headquarters Northern Command – also home to the Headquarters Joint Task Force (JTF) 639 – Mr Chester received a brief by Commander Northern Command, Air Commodore Ken Watson about current Defence involvement in Operation RESOLUTE, the ADF contribution to Australia’s whole of government domestic maritime border security effort. Mr Chester then embarked in HMAS Broome for an overnight patrol to get up close and personnel with Navy crew as they performed their duties. “Darwin is a gateway to our Northern neighbours and the Headquarters Northern Command and patrol boat base HMAS Coonawarra plays an important role,” Mr Chester said.“Six hundred Navy men and women work at the base supporting fleet operations. Each year the base hosts around 100 visiting Australian and foreign warships, which take part in important Royal Australian Navy and multi-national exercises.“Coonawarra is also home to 10 of the Navy’s fleet of 14 Armidale Class Patrol Boats and is a key element in the front line of Navy’s support to Operation Sovereign Borders.“The visit has been a great chance to see the facilities that support the boats and ships involved in border protection operations and meet the personnel that do this important work,” Mr Chester said.[mappress]Press Release, October 31, 2013; Image: Australian MoD View post tag: Australia View post tag: Coonawarracenter_img View post tag: hosts View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense View post tag: News by topic HMAS Coonawarra Hosts Parliamentary Secretary to Defence Minister View post tag: Parliamentary View post tag: Secretary Share this articlelast_img read more


first_imgReading the lyrics to Alkaline trio’s latest album Good Mourning, not dissimilar to trawling through the cringe-worthy efforts of some fifeteen year-old trying to put blood’ ‘death’ ‘stab’ and ‘tears’ into all possible combinations. It’s stage we all go through, but a trait of modern punk bands is that long after these teen angst sensibilities have been relevant to their own lives, they find themselves pushing thirty and coming up with lyrics like I’ve got a needle scratching me, injects the poison of alcohol I.V.”. Either the band are functionally illiterate or any image that could evoke a feeling of goth-like inarticulacy is worth a shot. Pop-punk is tired. It needs more than unimaginative pseudo-poetry.ARCHIVE: 3rd Week TT 2003last_img read more


first_imgJennifer Bailey is about to open the curtain on her third act in Ocean City.The Barefoot Market — a neighborhood grocery featuring organic produce and gourmet food to go — will open on the 200 block of West Avenue sometime in early March.Bailey and her ex-husband opened the Fourth Street Cafe in the early 1990s and helped it earn a reputation for its scones and as a popular year-round gathering place in Ocean City. She moved from Fourth Street to open the Who’s on First Cafe in 2009.Who’s on First closed last month and a sign now directs customers to the new Barefoot Market. It had been set to reopen in late January. But final preparations and approvals, and a family matter in California, pushed back the opening to March, Bailey said.The market first opened in August, featuring local organic eggs, cheese and produce. The newly launched store also will have a kitchen preparing sandwiches and soups, pastries and homemade breads, available for takeout.Bailey envisions the market as a place to get a cup of espresso or coffee in the morning, a hot panini sandwich in the afternoon and products such as grilled salmon, local honeys, jellies or chutneys to take home.The market is located at 214 West Avenue and is part of a growing year-round community in that part of town. Bailey purchased the building and lives above the market. She said she’s excited her new venture will be part of the neighborhood.“It’s something new for Ocean City,” she said.***Barefoot Market214 West Avenue609-399-0221Follow on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgEarlier last week, we reported on a missing persons case involving a fan who was heading to Saratoga Springs, NY to see Phish over July 4th weekend. Jason Czech, 39, was reported missing on July 2nd, after leaving for the Phish run on July 1st. He had not been heard from or seen since, and, while many were hoping that Czech had simply gone on tour, it appears the reality is much more tragic.According to new reports from Branford Police Department Captain Geoff Morgan, Czech’s car was discovered near his hometown in Meriden, CT, along with the body of a deceased person inside the vehicle. A full medical examination will be necessary to confirm the identity of the body, but it is assumed to be Czech’s, considering the circumstances. We’ll be sure to update this article as this story develops. Our hearts go out to Czech’s loved ones during this difficult time.[Via Meriden Record Journal]last_img read more


first_imgAs Bruce Springsteen continues his tour through Australia, one 14 year old fan named Nathan Testa couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see his idol in concert. Testa not only skipped school to catch Springsteen at the Brisbane Entertainment Center, but held up a sign proudly stating that fact. The sign also included that Testa wanted to come on stage and play “Growin’ Up” with Springsteen, something that The Boss took him up on.“Do you know the song?,” said Springsteen. “You know it on guitar? Well, come on up!” And thus, this happened:Amazingly enough, this isn’t a one time experience for the young Testa. Three years ago, he also worked his way onto the stage to jam with Bruce Springsteen at the age of 11. Three years later, Testa has all but cemented his reputation in the eyes of The Boss. Springsteen said, “I have seen the future of rock and roll and his name is Nathan Testa!”Springsteen does have a long history of inviting fans on stage to perform with him. Watch him dance with an 89-year-old grandmother from this article written in February 2016.[H/T Daily News]last_img read more


first_imgIf you haven’t heard of Los Colognes yet, you will soon. The Nashville-based indie jam band has slowly been rising the ranks within the jam-band scene—over the summer, the group made its debut at LOCKN’ Festival, and has since been tapped to support Blues Traveler for the group’s extensive fall tour in addition to a string of dates with Hard Working Americans. Back in May, Los Colognes released their third album, The Wave, which was an impressive offering from the band composed of Jay Rutherford (Vocals, Guitar), Aaron Mortenson (Drums, Vocals), Gordon Persha (Bass), Micah Hulscher (Keys), and Chuck Foster (Keys).The Wave shows Los Colognes at their finest. The album is thoughtful and meticulous crafted, with a feel-good vibe that taps into the group’s innate pop sensibilities. However, while The Wave may be somewhat on the poppier side, with frequent well-placed synth, the album overall stays true to the group’s inherent rock roots. Today, Los Colognes has just released a brand-new forty-three-minute animated video to accompany the entirety of The Wave. The psychedelic music video was directed and animated by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard, and is a must-watch for fans of the group, new and old.Enjoy the full-length animated video for Los Colognes’ The Wave below. If you’re digging what you hear, you can catch the band on the road with Hard Working Americans this weekend or with Blues Traveler once they set off on their extensive monthlong tour that spans mid-October to mid-November. For more information on Los Colognes, you can check out their website here or follow their Facebook page here. Upcoming Los Colognes Tour DatesWith Hard Working Americans:10/4 Ponte Vedra, FL Ponte Vedra Music Hall10/5 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse10/6 Birmingham, AL Iron CityLos Colognes Only:10/7 Alexandria, LA FunktoberfestWith Blues Traveler:10/11 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse10/13 Philadelphia, PA TLA10/14 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore10/15 Norfolk, VA The Norva10/17 Richmond, VA The National10/18 Raleigh, NC The Ritz10/20 St Petersburg, FL Jannus Live10/21 Ft Lauderdale, FL Revolution Live10/24 Mobile, AL The Steeple10/26 Austin, TX Emo’s10/27 Dallas, TX House of Blues10/28 Houston, TX House of Blues10/30 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom11/1 Minneapolis, MN The Pantages11/2 LaCrosse, WI The Court Above Main (Los Colognes Only)11/3 Indianapolis, IN Vogue11/4 St Louis, MO Del Mar Hall11/5 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre11/7 Las Vegas House of Blues11/8 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot11/10 Boise, ID Knitting Factory11/11 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom11/12 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market11/14 San Francisco The Filmore11/15 San Francisco The Filmore11/17 Los Angeles, CA Belasco11/18 Anaheim, CA House of Blues11/19 San Diego, CA House of Blueslast_img read more


first_imgThe Mind Brain Behavior Interfaculty Initiative has selected its undergraduate Mary Gordon Roberts Thesis Fellows for summer 2017. These fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to students who will be conducting thesis research this summer, and include grants to enable this research. Support for these fellowships have been provided by Mary Gordon Roberts, the Gordon family, and the Office of the President and Provost.The 2017 Fellows are Defne Altan (Neurobiology), Julie Baldassano (Neurobiology), Lucas Conti (Neurobiology), Melanie Fu (Neurobiology), Norma Hylton (Neurobiology), Rebecca Krane (History and Science), Allura Landsberg (Neurobiology), Kayla McGarrell (History and Science), Jerry Nelluvelil (Linguistics and Neurobiology), Daniel Pohl (Neurobiology), Anna Riley-Shepard (Psychology), Lauren Sweetland-Martin (Neurobiology), and Yixuan (Melody) Tong (Neurobiology). Read Full Storylast_img read more


first_imgI consistently hear from customers that one of their biggest challenges is how to best manage and learn from the ever-increasing amount of data they collect daily. It’s a significant contributor to why the artificial intelligence (AI) market is forecasted to increase from more than $640 million in 2016 to nearly $37 billion in 2025, with AI workloads growing at an estimated annual rate of 52%1. The rapid growth of data and new technology advancements has made it economically viable to adopt machine learning to disrupt new markets, improve operations, and pave a competitive advantage. Working with our strategic technology partners, we’re able to bring these powerful capabilities to organizations of all sizes and industries in more ways than ever before.At this week’s Supercomputing 2017 conference, we unveiled THREE new solutions that converge our HPC and data analytics expertise along with next generation strategic partner technology and equip organizations to unlock faster, better and deeper data insights. First, what we coin as the ‘bedrock’ of any modern data center, the PowerEdge C4140, an ultra-dense, accelerator optimized server platform designed to handle intensive AI workloads. Coupling the C4140 with our HPC knowhow, we’ve built a new family of Ready Solutions; the Dell EMC Ready Bundles for Machine Learning and Deep Learning enable organizations to realize advancements across a wide array of use cases.When you consider the applications of machine and deep learning in areas like strengthening security with facial recognition, improving health care, and understanding human behavior in retail, the possibilities are endless and exciting!Take, for example, these customer stories:MasterCard leverages artificial intelligence to help protect consumers against credit card fraud. With approximately two million applied rules to automate spend tracking; they handle 160 million transactions per hour and 52 billion per year. Utilizing Dell EMC machine learning technologies, they’ve accelerated the speed with which they can retrieve and validate transaction data, as well as apply new rules to prevent authorized card usage. Of equal importance to stopping unauthorized charges is ensuring that genuine charges are not falsely flagged as fraudulent and prohibited. As their machines become more intelligent, MasterCard is moving closer to a model of complete and proactive oversight, where inaccuracies are prevented before they occur, and customer disruption is minimized.The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin is a leading academic center that uses machine learning for critical scientific discoveries, such as identifying brain tumors, developing cures for cancer, and forecasting severe weather conditions, like tornados. In partnership with Dell EMC, Intel, and Seagate, their “Stampede 2” supercomputer is ranked No. 12 on the latest TOP500 list as one of the most powerful computer systems in the world with its more than 18 petaflop performance. These technologies empower them to support thousands of researchers running simulations too complex for their normal desktop environments.As another example, Simon Fraser University’s “Cedar” supercomputer is helping researches in Canada to study DNA bacteria patterns for collaborations with worldwide public health agencies.  Unlike the many HPC systems built for narrowly targeted applications, Cedar is designed to run a wide variety of scientific workloads, including those related to personalized medicine, green energy technology, AI and the AI sub-fields of machine learning and deep learning. Simon Fraser’s research findings are leading to better and faster infectious disease control measures, like new vaccination programs, to help keep humankind safe.We’re at the forefront of many incredible breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, stemming from the mastery of machine and deep learning, and only scratching the surface of what’s possible.  We told you in October that we’re committed to investments in this space and making AI a reality for all customers. We’re making excellent headway as a company and have already made several exciting announcements, including accelerated computing platforms to support our customers’ unique AI performance needs.Working with the best and brightest minds to better the world is what energizes me and our Dell EMC teams every day to propel our HPC mission towards artificial intelligence-based customer and industry outcomes. Stay tuned for even more announcements and customer successes in this space, as together we advance technology to drive human progress.1 Tractica, Artificial Intelligence Revenue to Reach $36.8 Billion Worldwide by 2025, Aug 2016last_img read more


first_imgAs students whiled away their summers at internships and seasonal jobs, sophomore Maria Wesler saw her original play, “Unlocked”, selected for a stage reading at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago on July 29. Wesler received an email earlier in the month confirming that her play would be featured in the theater’s biennial Latino Theater Festival, but she said it took some time for her to believe that her play had been selected. “When I checked my email … I screamed at the top of my lungs. I had to reread the congratulations about five times to realize I wasn’t hallucinating, and I still checked the email for the next three days to solidify the reality – my play was chosen,” Wesler said. Wesle said her play was selected as one of the amateur works chosen to highlight the Latino-American community by staging plays and dramatic readings.  She said her play calls for the audience to open their imaginations and to find a new perspective through the characters.  Wesler said the plot revolves around the main character’s family and his involvement in a local gang. “‘Unlocked’ is the story of Santiago Ramirez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, who feels trapped in his family’s chase for the ‘American dream.’ Stuck on the East Side of Los Angeles, Santiago feels disconnected from his busy family, his first home and America [while] stuck in Boyle Heights, a predominantly Latino community,” said Wesler.  “To cope with his loneliness, he joins a gang called Hazard. The play is about the Ramirez family confronting Santiago and trying to persuade him to leave the gang behind.” Wesler said she consulted Giannina Reyes-Giardiello, a Spanish professor at Saint Mary’s College, when developing the play. Wesler began writing the play after spring break of last year and then submitted it to the Goodman Theatre’s amateur competition. The idea for the play’s theme arose from Wesler’s relationship with a Lithuanian friend who had crossed the Canadian border illegally, Wesler said. “Not many people think of Lithuanians when they hear the term ‘illegal immigrant,’” Wesler said. “My friend was one of the most remarkable women I’ve ever met. Strong, funny, independent, and so intelligent she was transferred into an academy after her freshmen year. She was going to be a neurosurgeon, that was, until she didn’t get accepted into a single university. It wasn’t because she was unqualified; it was because she was illegal. She told me how she felt trapped, locked inside this American dream that proved more to be a mirage than a future goal.” Wesler said she had some difficulty relating to her characters because her background was very different than the Latino community she depicts in “Unlocked.” Wesler grew up in the Chicago suburbs with little exposure to the topic of immigration. She said her father once asked her, “No offense, sweetie, but what does a white girl from the Chicago suburbs know about illegal immigrants?” Wesler said the best part of the festival was sharing the experience with family and friends.   “Hearing people laugh at the jokes and seeing my imagination come to life was more than enough, but it was the sight of my friends and family who came to support me that was the icing on the cake,” Wesler said.  Katie Sullivan, associate professor of theatre, said she is eager to hear about what Wesler will do next.   “She is clear that she wants to become a playwright. [She] told us this when she arrived on campus a year ago. It is really exciting that she has achieved such a feather in her cap at this early point in her life as a writer. We need more women playwrights,” Sullivan said. Theatre professor Susan Baxter said Wesler’s play shows a great deal of talent.  “Maria is a remarkable person with a lot of passion. She’s already demonstrated focused [and] abundant talent for dramatic writing,” Baxter said. Wesler said she tries to invite her audience to look at the world through a magnifying glass, and that she intends to write more plays to broaden her audience’s perspectiveslast_img read more