New Model for Coastal Louisiana

first_imgAs coastal lands in Louisiana erode, researchers, environmentalists and engineers are all searching for ways to preserve the marsh coastline.Now, a Florida State University researcher has developed a model to help stakeholders figure out what factors they need to consider to rebuild land in this fragile wetland.The model is outlined in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.“Coastal Louisiana is losing a lot of its wetlands — about a football field every hour,” said Jaap Nienhuis, assistant professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science. “It’s really, really fast.”The Mississippi River has been leveed to prevent occasional flooding. But the levees have also prevented sediment from coming through and building land to offset the subsidence and land loss.Engineers and coastal experts have been looking at ways to make small cuts in the levees to allow for some of that sediment to flow through. The idea of a sediment diversion has been around for a long time, but figuring out how much land will be built or how long it will take has been a challenging issue.That’s where Nienhuis’ model comes in to play. He and his fellow researchers created a simulation that took several factors into account to see how long it would take to build land under a variety of scenarios. They looked at water and sediment discharge, root strength and soil consolidation.The effectiveness of sediment diversions vary depending on wetland characteristics. When determining the best way to build land in these at-risk areas, researchers or engineers could plug the relevant data into Nienhuis’ model to sketch out potential outcomes.“We wanted to know what kind of wetland or what kind of diversion would be most conducive to land building,” he said. “It really is a very delicate balance looking at the sediment concentration, what vegetation is there and how much. It requires a lot of very good data.”In the “sweet spot,” Nienhuis said that, engineers could potentially build 30 to 40 square kilometers of land within a few decades. However, in areas where there might not be as much vegetation or too much sediment or water is allowed in, the areas could wind up eroding more sediment and causing land loss instead of land gain.“We can use models like this to tell civil and environmental engineers what is important for land building and what’s not,” he said.Nienhuis added that his model is relatively specific to the Mississippi Delta, but it could potentially be applicable to other areas as well.Other authors of the study are Torbjorn Tornqvist and Christopher Esposito of Tulane University.last_img read more

PNG LNG in mid-term deal with PetroChina

first_imgPNG LNG (Image courtesy of Oil Search)The ExxonMobil-operated PNG LNG project has entered into a mid-term sale and purchase agreement with PetroChina for the supply of liquefied natural gas starting in July 2018.The mid-term deal is for the supply of about 0.45 million tonnes of  LNG per year over a three-year period from the LNG project in Papua New Guinea, according to a statement by Oil Search that has a 29 percent interest PNG LNG.This deal takes the total contracted volumes from the LNG project to 7 mtpa, with 6.6 million tonnes of PNG LNG’s annual output already committed under long-term contracts to JERA, Osaka Gas, Sinopec and CPC.ExxonMobil, on behalf of the PNG LNG project participants, is negotiating with a number of other parties for potential mid-term LNG supply agreements in lieu of spot sales.These agreements are expected to be concluded in the near-term and increase sales under new mid-term agreements to 1.3 mtpa, the statement said.The LNG export project includes the gas conditioning plant in Hides and liquefaction and storage facilities near Port Moresby with a capacity of 6.9 million tonnes per year. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Plexus Buys into KMS

first_imgPlexus has made an investment of £735,000 to acquire a 49% interest in KMS, a precision engineering business focused on the oil and gas industry. The transaction is said to be in line with management’s strategy to position Plexus as an IP-led company based around its POS-GRIP friction grip method of engineering with a design, development and now a machining capability.KMS was founded in 2001 and manufactures parts used in harsh and demanding subsea environments within the oil and gas industry. KMS supplies a range of blue-chip international clients, including Schlumberger, Halliburton, GE Oil & Gas, NOV and Weatherford.Post the sale of its niche wellhead exploration equipment services business for jack-up applications to TechnipFMC in February 2018, Plexus is focused on commercialising and exploiting its existing IP as well as developing new POS-GRIP-enabled products either organically or with partners such as TechnipFMC, with whom the company has entered into a collaboration agreement.It is anticipated that KMS will provide Plexus with additional means by which to machine bespoke equipment for new applications and technologies as well as for R&D testing, and will potentially enable Plexus to more effectively supply specific markets.Plexus is acquiring its 49% interest in KMS by means of a subscription for new shares in KMS. KMS intends to use the proceeds from the Transaction to expand existing capacity and fund other growth initiatives. For example, KMS has recently acquired a new large bore machine which has already resulted in a significant expansion in capacity. KMS intends to use circa £310,000 of the proceeds arising from Plexus’ investment, in settlement for this piece of machinery. Under the terms of the transaction, Plexus will be entitled to future distributions/dividend payments which would provide an annual return on Plexus’ investment, subject to KMS’ profitability, in addition to any capital appreciation in the value of Plexus’ 49% shareholding in KMS. An additional cash payment of up to £150,000 may be payable by Plexus to the current owners of KMS, subject to the future performance of KMS in the year to 31 December 2018.Plexus’ CEO Ben Van Bilderbeek said, “As a highly experienced engineering company based in Aberdeenshire with a blue-chip customer base, KMS shares many similarities with Plexus. We already have first rate IP in the form of our POS-GRIP technology, and now thanks to today’s transaction, we are further able to support our programme to expand the application of our proprietary technology throughout the oil and gas supply chain and beyond into areas such as geothermal and decommissioning. Having established our jack-up exploration wellhead business as the dominant supplier to the North Sea HP/HT market, we know the challenges companies operating in the sector face. Therefore, we look forward to working with and supporting the KMS team going forward, as we look to grow our business substantially over the coming years.“last_img read more

Highlights of the Week

first_imgCSV Southern Ocean Stays with McDermott ROVOP Expands in Europe with New Office and Team Member Subsea World News has put together a recap of the most interesting articles from the previous week (May 20 – May 26). Reach Subsea Vessel to Support Titanic Survey Expeditioncenter_img Sonardyne Snaps Up EIVA DCN Diving Charters Another Solstad Vessellast_img

Hoosier canine team helps at the Camp Fire scene

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — An Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) search and rescue K9 team deployed to California Sunday to assist ongoing search efforts for missing and unaccounted victims of California wild fires, the agency announced.Lillian Hardy and K9 Eris deployed to Butte County on Sunday, Nov. 25, and will return on Dec. 10. Hardy and Eris will assist local and state officials in human remains detection in areas devastated by the Camp Fire. The Camp Fire began Nov. 8, and has claimed at least 85 lives and left nearly 300 missing.Hardy leads the IDHS search and rescue training program and also assists Indiana public safety agencies in search and rescue operations, when requested. Hardy and Eris are certified through the National Search Dog Alliance for land and water human remains detection, the National Association for Search and Rescue for disaster human remains detection, as well as IDHS for cadaver land and water search.The K9 search and rescue program provides training to search and rescue teams from across the country. The program consists of structured classes of varying levels and disciplines from basic foundation training to advanced skills.Follow the Indiana Department of Homeland Security on Facebook or Twitter for updates.last_img read more

O’Neill plays down McLaughlin rift

first_img “Having gone on loan to Barnsley I think he has seen what it could do for him and his development.” McLaughlin is one of five uncapped players in the experimental 22-man squad O’Neill has chosen. Goalkeeper Trevor Carson, defensive duo Luke McCullough and Liam Donnelly and midfielder Paul Paton are the others in the party yet to make a senior international appearance. Portsmouth’s former Sunderland stopper Carson has also been in the squad before and has represented Northern Ireland B. Twenty-year-old ex-Manchester United academy member McCullough has been playing for Doncaster over the past season, while Donnelly, 18, is part of the youth set-up at Fulham that has been gaining considerable attention of late. Dundee United’s Paton was called into the last squad, for the goalless friendly draw in Cyprus in March, as a replacement for Sammy Clingan. There are several experienced campaigners who are back after missing the Cyprus game in QPR’s Aaron Hughes, fellow defender Chris Baird – now at Burnley – and Blackburn midfielder Corry Evans. Another midfielder, New York Red Bulls’ Jonny Steele, has also been recalled, and Kilmarnock’s Clingan is included again. But O’Neill is without a host of players, such as West Brom duo Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt and Hull’s Alex Bruce, who came off with an injury in Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal. Kyle Lafferty was not considered as his season with Palermo is still ongoing in Italy – O’Neill has stressed the striker is going to be a “big part” of his plans ahead of the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifying campaign – and with midfielder Paddy McCourt currently without a club and defender Craig Cathcart’s future with Blackpool uncertain, they were not included either. O’Neill added: “We have a few players carrying injuries. Jonny Evans has had problems since around November time and played about one game in the last three months of the season. “He came off against Everton when he wasn’t fully fit and there would have been no point calling him up as Manchester United would not have been keen to release him. “Lee Hodson has been struggling with a hip problem and Ben Reeves didn’t play for the last five games of the season or so and they are disappointed to miss out.” Meanwhile, it has been reported that Sheffield Wednesday striker Caolan Lavery is not in the squad because he has decided to attend a family wedding instead. And O’Neill said: “A few players (said they were unavailable) as they had a family wedding or other plans at that time. “Some opted not to try to change those commitments to play against Uruguay and Chile and that is disappointing.” Uncapped Liverpool right-back McLaughlin has returned to O’Neill’s squad for the away friendlies against Uruguay on May 30 and Chile on June 4 after last year making himself unavailable for international duty in a bid to focus on his club career. O’Neill was quoted in 2013 as saying he did not understand the rationale behind the 19-year-old’s decision to turn down the opportunity to play for Northern Ireland. McLaughlin – who is yet to feature for Liverpool but made a first-team breakthrough in 2013-14 with Barnsley on loan – is now back in the fold, however. O’Neill said: “Ryan’s situation has been very well documented but my conversations with him have been ongoing. “I have never fallen out with players for being unavailable for whatever reasons and I’m not going to start now. “The conversations I have had with Ryan recently have been very positive and he said he would like to be considered for the summer tour to South America, if selected. “I am very much thinking long-term and Ryan understands that and was happy to make himself available which is terrific for us. “He is delighted to be back involved in the international set-up and I am delighted to have him. “Players have a lot to deal with these days but there has never been any issue with Ryan. “The situation was quite simple; he didn’t think being away from Liverpool to go on international duty would be beneficial to him. Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill insists there is no problem between him and teenage defender Ryan McLaughlin. Press Associationlast_img read more

Osman waits to welcome new faces

first_img Osman said: “We try not to be distracted by speculation. But sometimes you can’t help but hear the rumours about who the manager wants to bring in to the club. “Besic should be completed in the next few days and we’re aware of the rumours about a couple more coming in. It would be good if any new arrivals could play in my testimonial.” Besic is on the verge of becoming Roberto Martinez’s second summer signing following a permanent deal for Gareth Barry. The 21-year-old played in all three of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s matches at the World Cup and is expected to finalise his switch from Ferencvaros next week. Everton also remain keen on Romelu Lukaku, who enjoyed a successful loan spell from Chelsea last season, netting 16 goals. Osman added: “It would be good to have Romelu back. We know the quality he’s got. “T here might be a bit more to do to get him back here but it would be great if he could come back in time to play in the game.” Osman’s testimonial sees the Blues entertain Porto at Goodison Park on Sunday, August 3 in the side’s only pre-season fixture in their own stadium. The England international has played at Everton for more than 10 years and says he would relish the chance to share a pitch with Besic or any other new arrivals. Leon Osman says Everton expect to sign Muhamed Besic within the next few days and hopes the new signing can make make a first appearance at his forthcoming testimonial. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Four Drug Companies Reach Last-Minute Settlement in Opioid Crisis, Avoiding Trial

first_imgNearly a half million overdose deaths between 1997 and 2017 are attributed to opioids.AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, McKesson and Teva are involved in the settlement, the details of which are expected later today.It’s not clear if a fifth defendant, pharmacy chain operator Walgreens Boots Alliance, was also part of the settlement. Four large drug companies reached a last-minute $260 million legal settlement over their role in the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic, averting the first federal trial that was scheduled to start Monday morning in Cleveland, Ohio.The trial, set to begin today, came as Ohio’s Cuyahoga and Summit counties were seeking $8 billion dollars for treatment programs and health care expenses.The Ohio counties, 4 drug firms reach $260 million settlement on eve of landmark federal trial over responsibility for opioid epidemic https://t.co/OnIjC1Ueuz— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 21, 2019last_img read more

GT Beer/BFA/Candy Boss & Antics Promotions Inter-Club 8-a-side football tournament

first_imgEdinburgh Gunners blast Rosignol United 3-0; … Berbice Police share points with Arsenals FCEDINBURGH Gunners shot past Rosignol United while Berbice Police and Arsenals FC battled to a draw as the GT Beer/BFA/Candy Boss & Antics Promotion’s inaugural invitational 8-a-side football tournament continued in Berbice over the weekend at All Saints Church ground in New Amsterdam.Edinburgh Gunners blasted Rosignol United 3-0 while Arsenals FC clung onto the youthful B” Division Police squad for a 2-all draw.The double-header matches, which were attended by a well-supported crowd, saw in the opening match between Arsenals FC and B’ Division Police team, Arsenals’ Derick Taylor opening the scoring in the 8th minute to take the lead after Lomar Reid failed to convert on the kick off with the long shot to goal for the lawmen.Reid, however, made amends to level the score 1-1. The discipline of the lawmen was demonstrated as they took possession of the ball over the experienced Arsenals players and dominated the game.Substitute Vivian Bowling Jr gave Police the lead once again with his first possession of the match. Bowling evaded two defenders and hit home the ball past Arsensals goalkeeper to see his team to a 2-1 lead at halftime.On resumption, Arsenals took the game to the lawmen, who demonstrated their discipline and executed the game plan set out by the technical staff, headed by Deputy Commander Senior Superintendent Edmund Cooper and coach Mark Bradford. They held off their opponent from scoring.But it was the determination of Arsenals forward Derick Taylor who converted in a goal area scrimmage and equalised at the end of regulation time 2-2.The supporting game saw Edinburgh Gunners thrash Rosignol United 3-0.Gunners marksman Joseph Giddings scored in the first goal in the 22nd minute of the game and scored his second three minutes later to give his team a 2-0 lead at halftime.Gunners’ Ronaldo August was bang on target in the 41st minute to seal victory for his team.Over 30 teams are competing in the tournament sponsored by Banks DIH Limited under GT Beer brand and several other organisations including the National Sports Commission, Jumbo Jet, Guyana Police Force, Homeline, Impressive Signs and Fly Jamaica.The final is set for New Year’s Day at All Saints Church ground.last_img read more

An Amazing Year for Lesser Sports

first_img2018 REVIEW…2018 REVIEW…2018 REVIEW…Two standout events of 2018 were the World Cup in Russia and the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. The Super Eagles that represented Nigeria at the global football showpiece was the youngest of all the 32 teams. As the result of the experimentation of Franco-German tactician, Gernot Rohr, in his first two years in charge, nobody expected any miracle from happening at the Mundial. In this first part of the review of sports in Nigeria in 2018, DURO IKHAZUAGBE takes a look at the so-called lesser sports given little attention yet produce the best results when it matter most. In barely hour from now, the year 2018 would have become history. The journey of 365 days would have come to a full stop. As a FIFA World Cup year, Super Eagles performance at the Mundial in Russia appears to be the benchmark for gauging the success or otherwise of the sports sector in the country. The reason is because: Nigerians eat, drink and do everything that concerns the Beautiful Game with utmost passion. Whether such a decision is fair to the women’s game where the Super Falcons have bestrode the African Women’s Nations Cup like birthright with little accolade and attention from all that matter in the country’s sports, is a matter for another day‘Lesser sports’ like Table Tennis, Basketball, Wrestling and Badminton who exceeded what football brought to Nigeria in the year under review, have continued to remain in the background despite Aruna Quadri and colleagues winning silver in the team event of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia and Aruna in particular also went as far as the quarter final stage at the ITTF World Championship. In basketball, D’Tigress won the AfroBasket as well as bagged ticket to the 2019 World Cup. Their male counterparts, D’Tigers as defending champions went all the way to the final of the Men’s AfroBasket but lost and still qualified for the World Cup. Odunayo Adekuoroye won gold in freestyle wrestling at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast 2018. It was an addition to the gold she claimed at the 2014 Games in India as well as the World Championship bronze medal of 2016.2018 was also a very good year for badminton, a hitherto lesser sport totally ignored and left to rot like most other racket games. But Francis Orbih who took over the mantle of leadership at the BFN, has turned around the fortunes of the sport. It has continued its steady climb to the top in the continent. Through personal efforts like what Daniel Igali is doing for wrestling, Orbih has shown to the rest of Africa that Nigerian badminton players are podium stuff. From one competition to the other around Africa, Dorcas Adesokan and Aanu Opeyori have become the most feared  players in Team Nigeria. Yet, this is the same sport players have been begging for funds from the Federal Ministry of Sports to attend events before Orbih took charge.The story of Nigeria’s maiden outing at the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, North Korea reads like a fairytale. Team Nigeria’s Bobsled and Skeleton team, The ‘Ice Blazers’ made up of the quartet of Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeiga, Simi Adeagbo and Ngozi Onwumere created a new identify for Nigeria. Of course as novices in the sport who had less than few weeks preparation with no known coach of the sport as guide, they finished 19th out of the 20 teams in the event. They were celebrated for breaking new grounds in sports for Nigeria. For Adigun in particular, transiting from being a hurdler to Bobsled was simply an adventure.If Super Eagles could not go beyond the Group Stage at Russia 2018, celebrating those who were considered infinitesimal in reckoning but turned out the ‘head corner stone’ is definitely not out of place.Nigeria’s Special Sports athletes, like always have remained the bedrock of the country’s sports. In 2018 like in the previous years, they turned their disability to ability. The Para weightlifters took away the gloom that enveloped the country’s contingent when after several days of competition, there was no gold medal recorded yet for Nigeria at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Roland Ezuruike and Paul Kehinde won gold and silver in the men’s event while women’s heavyweight champions Ndidi Nwosu and Esther Onyema harvested gold in that category. Lucy Ejike narrowly lost the gold of that same class to settle for a precious silver. The medals they won contributed immensely in helping Team Nigeria to a decent finish on the final medals’ table of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.Four years ago Team Nigeria dominated the track and field events at Glasgow 2014 Games with Blessing Ighoteguonor Okagbare the star athlete winning the sprint double in the 100 and 200m. She left the long jump gold for her fellow Delta athlete, Ese Brume to smile away with. But this year, with an inconsistent season caused by recurring injuries, Okagbare was in Gold Coast for just the 4x100m relay event so as not to aggravate the healing process she was going through. But Oluwatobiloba Amusan ensured that Team Nigeria had a track and field gold to celebrate. She gave signal of what to expect at the Games when she dusted reigning World Champion Sally Pearson in the semi final of the World Indoor Championships. She shocked Jamaica’s 2015 World Championship winner, Danielle Williams to win the 100m hurdles gold in her season’s best time of 12.68sec. It was just three seconds short of the Games record of 12.65.After years in the doldrums, Handball found a new energy in Sam Ocheho. He disbanded the senior national team and introduced  the Prudent Energy Handball League. To ensure steady inflow of talents to the senior cadre, he introduced the Under-12 and Under-15 championship. In his words: “From what we have seen in the national team we need to start using younger players, we need to go back and start using fresh legs.“This game is very physical and if we need to regain the top stop in Africa, we must go back to the youths.”He did the self-reassessment of the Nigerian situation after the not to convincing performance at the continental championship in Gabon. Today, handball is creeping back into the consciousness of Nigerians.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more