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Sparrows lands first rigging maintenance deal in Qatar

first_imgSparrows Group, a provider of specialist equipment and integrated engineering services, has been awarded its first contract for the provision of rigging loft maintenance services in Qatar. Image source: SparrowsSparrows said on Thursday that the four-year contract includes the provision of services for the refurbishment, repair, load test, and recertification of rigging lofts and contents.Management of the equipment will also include six-monthly rigging loft changeouts, provision of replacement or new equipment and ensuring availability of properly certified equipment as required offshore.In order to service the work, the company has established a new rigging loft management workshop within its Qatar facility.Stewart Mitchell, CEO of Sparrows, said: “This is the first contract of its kind that we are providing in the Middle East region, due to an increase in demand for specialist companies to conduct this work. It is a significant award for the business in Qatar and demonstrates our growth in the market.“The investment into our facility in Qatar will enable us to support other clients in the Middle East with these services as well.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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Drilon says revised ‘Build, build, build’ list an admission of failure

first_img The Ilonggo lawmaker has earlier branded the government infrastructure program as “a dismal failure” as only nine of the 75 flagship programs have started construction with two completed./PN The government earlier revised its Build, Build, Build list which now covers 100 projects from the initial 75. Some infrastructure projects were scrapped due to feasibility issues. “Obviously, dinagdag lang ‘yung 53 projects so that there can be some cosmetic and so they can say that things are moving,” Drilon said. “Dinagdag lang ‘yung 53 projects so that there can be some cosmetic and so they can say that things are moving,” says Minority House Leader Sen. Franklin Drilon. FILE PHOTO Drilon, meanwhile, noted some of 53 projects included in the revised list are already ongoing projects. “Hindi ko naman maintindihan kung bakit hindi aaminin? Why they can’t admit? Maybe there was over enthusiasm at the start of the administration when they listed 75 flagship projects. Ngayon in the middle of this administration, they realized na hindi kaya. Bakit hindi nila sabihin nang diretso?” he added.center_img The updated list covers flagship infrastructure projects under five categories, namely,  transport and mobility; power; water; information and communications technology; and urban development and renewal. MANILA – The revised list of “Build, Build, Build” program was a sign that the administration’s “ambitious” infrastructure program has failed, Minority House Leader Sen. Franklin Drilon said. The Ilonggo senator said in an interview that the revision of the administration’s earlier vetted projects was a ‘cosmetic’ move to show that the projects are moving. “Some of those 53 projects – it was admitted on record – are ongoing projects. So isinama doon sa flagship projects para sabihin siguro at the end of this administration, they can claim na out of 100 flagship projects, so many were done, so they will get good grades. There is nothing wrong with that but, maybe, transparency would be a better standard,” Drilon said.last_img read more

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Dacotah Speedway hosts $10,003 to win Legendary special for IMCA Modifieds

first_imgMANDAN, N.D. – Dacotah Speedway is excited to announce the $10,003 to win IMCA Modified Legendary 50 presented by Corral Sales scheduled for Friday, July 13.Many of the best drivers from across the United States and Canada will compete for the largest cash prize for an IMCA Modified race in North Dakota. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis and North Dakota State points, but no track points will be awarded. Entry fee is now $150.The main event is a 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier and will feature the 32 drivers who raced their way into the big show, plus one additional spot to be determined by presenting sponsor Corral Sales.Some time between lap 25 and 35, a caution will wave for mandatory pit stops. This allows drivers and pit crews five minutes to make any changes they need with the exception of changing tires. The leader at that point earns $500, as does one fan, chosen by drawing, in a contest to guess the leader at that yet to be determined point.New this year will be group qualifying to determine heat race lineups versus an old-fashioned pill number draw. Fans will want to come early to check out this rare sight. Drivers will then battle in their heat races and ‘B’ features to advance to the big show.Tickets are $20 for adults with kids 12 and under admitted free. Advanced, discount tickets are available at select Cenex locations in Bismarck, Mandan and Lincoln. Pit passes are $25.Pit gates at Mandan open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. on race day. Hot laps are at approximately 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.The Legendary caps off six straight days of racing on the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Modified Tour. Drivers must have competed at a minimum of three of those events to vie at the Legendary.The Legendary and all six series dates will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.After the conclusion of the Legendary 50, the Dirt Dominator racing special will hit the track, pitting the top 16 drivers in the Dakota Classic Tour standings not already qualified against each other.Drivers will be squared off in a racing bracket, much like March Madness, pitting two drivers at a time to race in a three lap shootout. The winner advances to the next round until only one car and driver remains. The Dirt Dominator winner will receive $1,000 and a chance to compete for $10,000 on October 24 in Waco, Texas.Camping is available at Dacotah Speedway but space is limited. Call 701-391-6211 or 701-240-2976 to reserve your spot today.last_img read more

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Belle has a ball in opener

first_img Owned by Lady O’Reilly, the daughter of smart Group One-placed mare Beach Bunny travelled nicely up to the leaders on the outside at the furlong pole under Chris Hayes and was well on top at the end, finishing two lengths clear of Bwana. The winner was a 7-2 chance in the face of support for Alertness, who was sent off the 7-4 favourite in her attempt to give Jim Bolger a fourth consecutive success in the race, which he won with future champion Dawn Approach in 2012. She held every chance before fading to finish fourth. Kevin Prendergast got off to a flying start in the new turf Flat season when Beach Belle took the Tally Ho Stud EBF Maiden at the Curragh, the opening race of the campaign. Press Associationcenter_img Prendergast said: “She’s quite smart, although I don’t know how she’ll do when the ground dries out a bit. She’s been quite good from the first bit of work she’s done and she may run in the Marble Hill Stakes back here, although I’d have to discuss it with the owner.” Beach Bunny, who also ran in the O’Reilly colours, won three races for Prendergast and was beaten a short head by Dar Re Mi in the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes five years ago. last_img read more

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Mother found dead, five-year-old missing

first_imgAuthorities in Sumter, South Carolina are currently searching for a five-year-old girl after her mother was discovered dead inside of their apartment Monday.The victim identified as 29-year-old Sharee Bradley, was found dead inside of the Lantana Apartments on Gamecock Village Court off Carolina Avenue by a relative around 6:00 pm. The relative also reported that Bradley’s five-year-old daughter Nevaha Lashy Adams was no where to be found.Authorities have since arrested 28-year-old Daunte Maurice Johnson, who was seen running away from the residence.It is unclear what role, if any, Johnson played in Adams’ disappearance.Authorities are now asking for the public’s help in finding five-year-old Nevaha. She is described as a 4-foot-3, 50-pound girl. She was last seen with braided black hair and colored beads.last_img read more

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GSA girls take second behind Orono

first_imgFOXCROFT — The George Stevens Academy girls’ outdoor track team took second in the Penobscot Valley Conference small school championship on Saturday at Foxcroft Academy.Orono dominated the meet, winning with 237 points. GSA followed with 79.5; Caribou placed third with 75; Central, fourth with 61; Bucksport, fifth with 24; Searsport, sixth with 21; Mattanawcook, seventh with 19.5; Dexter, eighth with 19; Washington Academy, ninth with 13; Penquis, 10th with 10; Piscataquis Community, 11th with nine; Bangor Christian, 12th with eight; Houlton, 13th with seven; and Fort Kent, 14th with one. Greenville and Sumner did not score.Orono won 13 of the 18 events, but two Hancock County girls managed to win individual titles. Morgan Dauk of GSA took first in the javelin throw with a distance of 112 feet and nine inches; and Mavis Taungatu’a of Bucksport won in shot put (35 feet and 6.75 inches). Taungatu’a also placed second in the javelin throw (105 feet) behind Dauk.Several GSA runners took second behind Orono’s powerhouse team: Zeya Lorio, Mary Richardson, Hanna Gutow and Eliza Broughton were runners-up in the 4×800-meter relay (10:19.54); Mazie Smallidge, Bella Cimeno, Zeya Lorio and Morgan Dauk in the 4×400-meter relay (4:23.99); Eliza Broughton in the 300-meter hurdles (50.61); and Mary Richardson in the 3,200-meter run (12:51.77).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBOYS’ RESULTSOrono also won the boys’ small school championship with 194 points. Caribou placed second with 103; Washington Academy, third with 64; GSA, fourth with 60; Mattanawcook, fifth with 30; Houlton, sixth with 29; Central, seventh with 25; Dexter, eighth with 21; Bangor Christian, ninth with 16; Calais, 10th with 14; Bucksport, 11th with 10; Deer Isle-Stonington, 12th with eight; Sumner, 13th with five; Penquis and Searsport, 14th with two; and Fort Kent, 16th with one. PCHS and Greenville did not score.John Hassett led GSA, collecting titles in both the 1,600-meter run (4:36.19) and the 800-meter run (1:58.98). Johann Bradley of Bucksport also won a first-place medal in the pole vault (13 feet).Five Hancock County boys were runners-up: Brendan Penfold of Deer Isle-Stonington in the 3,200-meter run (11:17.93); and John Hassett, Walker Ellsworth, Cameron Gordon and Ollie Dillon of GSA in the 4×400-meter relay (3:46.03).last_img read more

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105-year-old Frenchman cycles into history with hour-long ride

first_img(REUTERS) – A French centenarian, Robert Marchand, made cycling history yesterday by covering 22.528 km (14.08 miles) in one hour on a track near Paris at the age of 105.Marchand has a huge following in France and was cheered on by hundreds of fans as he rode round the velodrome at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, clad in yellow and blue with the number 105 on his back.However, he fell short of his own previous best of 26.927 km in the over-100s category, which he set in 2014 at the age of 102 years old.Marchand, a tiny, bird-like figure, beamed at his success after his one-man race was over, telling journalists he could have done better.“I didn’t see the notice telling me I had 10 minutes left,” he said. “If I had, I would have been a bit quicker. I would have done better.”He said he would celebrate by having “a bite to eat with all my pals.”He was philosophical when asked if he would turn out again on the track in two years’ time. “You are nine months in the making. But it takes you only 30 seconds to drop dead,” he said.Born in 1911 in northern France, Marchand started riding a bike when he was 14 but only took up cycling seriously when he was 67.He trained for six months for his performance yesterday.In 2012, when he was 100, he set a record for his age of covering 100 kms in four hours 17 minutes 27 seconds.last_img read more

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Flanagan is first American woman to win NYC Marathon in 40 years

first_img(REUTERS) – Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman to win the New York City (NYC) Marathon in 40 years when she claimed a dominant victory over Kenyan three-times champion Mary Keitany on Sunday.The men’s title went to Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor, who held off countryman Wilson Kipsang.Flanagan, who had never won a major marathon, clocked two hours, 26 minutes 53 seconds for the stunning victory at the age of 36.Keitany struggled home in 2:27:54 for second with Ethiopia’sMamitu Daska third in 2:28:08.“This is the moment I have dreamed off since I was a little girl,” Flanagan said after the race, tears streaming down her face.Shalane Flanagan celebrates her historic win. (Elsa / Getty Images)“It’s been a tough week for New Yorkers and a tough week for our nation and I thought of what a better gift than to make Americans smile today,” she said, referring to Tuesday’s truck-ramming attack that killed eight in what authorities described as a terrorist act.Thousands of police lined the course as part of heightened security because of the incident.“So I was thinking of other people when it started to hurt,” said Flanagan, the 2008 Olympic 10,000 metres silver medallist.American women had not won in New York since Miki Gorman claimed her second consecutive title in 1977.Keitany, winner of this year’s London Marathon and the fastest ever in a women’s only marathon, had been expected to run away with the race but a slow pace allowed Flanagan and others to stay with her early.When crunch time came it was Flanagan, not Keitany, who dominated, impressively leading the final three miles.While Flanagan was an overwhelming winner, Kamworor was not assured of his first major victory until the closing metres.After taking the lead in the 23rd mile, the 24-year-old 2015 New York runner-up had to contend with Kipsang, whose final push brought him ever so close to his countryman.But in the end it was Kamworor who won by three seconds in 2:10:53 with Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa third in 2:11:32.“This is fantastic for me for this is my first victory in (a major) marathon,” said Kamworor, who was running his fifth marathon.Former winner Meb Keflezighi, who was running his final competitive marathon at age 42, finished 11th in 2:15:29.Swiss athletes swept the wheelchair titles.Manuela Schaer stunned five-times champion Tatyana McFadden in the women’s race, defeating the American by almost three minutes in 1:48.09.McFadden clocked 1:51:01 and third went to compatriot Amanda McGrory in 1:53.11.Repeat winner Marcel Hug gave Switzerland the men’s title in equally dominant fashion, defending his championship in 1:37:21, more than two minutes ahead of British runner-up John Charles Smith. The title was Hug’s third in New York City.Japan’s Sho Watanabe took third in 1:39:51. ….Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor wins men’s titlelast_img read more

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Women’s volleyball preps for top 25 pair

first_imgJunior outside hitter Alyse Ford leaps to spike a ball past two defenders in a game against Arizona at the Galen Center. Photo by Alex Zhang | Daily TrojanThe No. 17 USC women’s volleyball team takes on two more top 25 matches at home this week. The Trojans host No. 15 Utah on Thursday and No. 25 Colorado on Saturday. The Women of Troy (18-7, 10-4 Pac-12) carry a three-match win streak into two of their final three home matches of the season after sinking Arizona State 3-1 and narrowly escaping Arizona 3-2. This is the third occasion this season that the team has put together a three-match win streak. The team should have a good shot at extending its win streak to five matches — tying its longest of the season — as the Trojans are 8-1 at home on the season. Last time the Women of Troy and the Utes (18-7, 9-5 Pac-12) met, the Trojans edged out the Utes 3-2 in Salt Lake City. Utah enters the Galen Center having swept Washington State before losing to Washington the previous weekend. Utah is offense-heavy as it is once again led by Adora Anae (4.21 kills per set) who put up 14 kills against USC the last time they played. She is joined by Carly Trueman (2.72 kills per set), Berkeley Oblad (2.47 kills per set) and Tawnee Luafalemana (1.96 kills per set) to steer the Utes’ offense. Both Luafalemana and Oblad also lead the Utes in blocks per set at 1.18 and 1.12, respectively. Utah is hoping to bounce back this week against USC and UCLA after a 1-1 split last week.After Utah, Colorado (19-6, 9-5 Pac-12) makes its way to the Galen Center to play the Trojans. The last time the Women of Troy and the Buffaloes met, the Buffaloes completed a 3-0 sweep in Boulder. In that game, Brittany Abercrombie was the only Trojan to record a double-digit kill at 12, and the team collectively hit .067 to couple with 23 errors. This time around, the Women of Troy are looking to turn the tables on the Buffaloes. The Buffaloes are led by Alexa Smith, who sports a 4.07 kills per set and struck for eight kills in the previous matchup against USC. Frankie Shebby (3.34 kills per set), Naghede Abu (2.15 kills per set), Joslyn Hayes (2.04 kills per set) and Anna Pfefferle (1.59 kills per set) are all dependable attacking threats. Setter Brynna DeLuzio is currently averaging 11.06 assists per set and delivered 37 assists last time against USC. To pick up two more wins at home, USC will need continued strong performances from its pin hitters. Sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier, who returned to playing this past weekend, is a dependable hitter. This past weekend, she put up 36 kills in the team’s two wins which was the team-high. Freshman outside hitter Brooke Botkin has been a strong addition to the powerful Women of Troy offense. Botkin tallied 19 kills in the team’s wins against the Arizona schools.On the opposite side, senior opposites Abercrombie and Niki Withers continue to play well. Abercrombie had 23 kills despite hitting .153 over the weekend. Withers had 13 kills over the weekend with 11 coming against Arizona. Abercrombie is averaging 3.15 kills per set and Withers is averaging 2.60 kills per set on the season, and the two should seek to continue their consistent play this week. Setters Reni Meyer-Whalley and Cindy Marina continue to run an effective offense, generating 43 assists against Arizona State and 52 assists against Arizona. The two are averaging a combined 11.56 assists per set, and both have been effective at taking turns in setting up attacking opportunities for the rest of the team. The Women of Troy will play No. 15 Utah at 6 p.m. on Thursday and No. 17 Colorado at 1 p.m. on Saturday.last_img read more

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