Ophir ditches Ivory Coast block

first_imgUK-based Ophir Energy has decided to exit from Block 513 offshore Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), following an unsuccessful well at the acreage last year.Block CI-513 covers a gross area of 1,443km2  in water depths up to 3,000m. Ophir became the operator of the block after taking 45% of interest from African Petroleum in March 2016. African Petroleum has another 45% interest and the remaining 10% is held by PETROCI.In its 2017 full year results report on Wednesday, Ophir said it took the decision to exit the block at the start of 2018.In 2017, Ophir drilled the Ayame-1X exploration well in Cote d’Ivoire using the Seadrill-owned drillship West Saturn. The well was spud at the end of April 2017.No moveable hydrocarbons were encountered, and the well was plugged and abandoned as a dry hole in May last year. Ophir spent $13 million on the Cote d’Ivoire Block CI-513 well.Ophir’s exploration portfolio has now been reduced to concentrate its efforts and to better drive value. Namely, Ophir also exited seven deepwater PSCs: the DW2A PSC in Malaysia and the Mbeli, Ntsina, Nkouere, Nkawa, Manga and Gnondo PSCs in Gabon.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Quitting cannabis could lead to better memory and cognition

first_imgThe Guardian 30 October 2018Family First Comment: “We can strongly say that regular users will learn better when they abstain, and continuing to use the drug is likely to negatively impact the learning process,”#DrugFree2025www.VoteNo.nzUS research shows four weeks’ abstinence improved memory, but not attention skills.Abstaining from cannabis for a month can boost the memory performance of regular users, according to a study of young people who used the drug at least once a week.Researchers found that four weeks without cannabis led to a “modest but reliable” improvement in users’ memory test scores, which could be sufficient to raise students’ grades at school.“We can strongly say that regular users will learn better when they abstain, and continuing to use the drug is likely to negatively impact the learning process,” said Randi Schuster at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Addiction Medicine in Boston.The scientists recruited 88 participants aged 16 to 25, all of whom used cannabis at least once a week. Each was then randomly assigned to one of two groups. The first continued their drug use as before, while the second agreed to quit for 28 days. All gave regular urine samples to ensure they stuck to the arrangement.Over the next month, the participants took regular computer tests to assess their cognitive skills. While abstaining from cannabis had no measurable impact on attention skills, memory improved markedly, and particularly in the first week when much of the drug washed out of their system. The most notable effect was seen in a verbal memory test which recorded how well people could memorise and later recall a series of 18 words that flashed up on the computer screen.READ MORE: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/30/quitting-cannabis-can-lead-better-memory-cognition-us-researchlast_img read more

ICC declines Gbagbo’s request to have trial held in Abidjan

first_imgThe International Criminal Court has declined former Cote d’Ivoire president Laurent Gbagbo’s request to have his trial held in Abidjan, citing security risks and logistical difficulties.Gbagbo’s lawyers last month filed a request to have his impending trial moved to the Southern Ivorian capital, or alternatively in Arusha, Tanzania.The former president who was forced out of power by forced allied to Alassane Ouattara after refusing to concede defeat in the 2010 polls  is due to face the ICC alongside his former army chief Charles Ble Goude on November 10, over their roles in the post-election violence that led to massive loss of lives in Cote d’Ivoire.“After paying particular regard to the security risks and the logistical implications, the ICC cannot recommend that the opening statements be held in either Abidjan or Arusha,” a three-bench judge said in a court document.“For this reason the Chamber dismisses the request,” the judges said.Prosecutors however pointed out that possible benefit would be outweighed by the security concerns, including the fact that the hearings could lead to violent demonstrations.Gbagbo, who was transferred to The Hague in November 2011, is the first former head of state to be prosecuted by the ICC, the world’s only permanent war crimes tribunal.last_img read more

Man City to Honour Kompany with a Statue

first_imgVincent Kompany Manchester City will honour former captain Vincent Kompany with a statue of the Belgian outside the club’s Etihad stadium.Kompany will miss playing in his City testimonial on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, but was in attendance as the club also named a road at their training base after the centre-back.“The road connecting the City Football Academy youth and community pitches with the Club’s First Team Centre has been renamed ‘Vincent Kompany Crescent’ and is marked by a mosaic inspired by Vincent’s unforgettable goal-celebration in the 2012 Manchester derby,” City said in a statement. “At the unveiling, the Chairman (Khaldoon Al Mubarak) revealed to Vincent that the Club has also begun the process of commissioning a sculpture to publicly recognise and celebrate his achievements and contributions to Manchester City. When completed the sculpture will take pride of place outside the Etihad Stadium.”Kompany had been due to feature in the star-studded charity match that will see a City legends team face an all-star XI of former Premier League players to raise money for his homelessness charity Tackle4MCR.The 33-year-old left the Premier League champions in May to become player-manager at Anderlecht and, much like the latter half of his City career, was hit by a muscle injury in defeat to Genk last month.“Unfortunately I can’t start or even play. I have a slight hamstring injury and can’t risk it. It’s typical me,” said Kompany.However, the Belgian international played down his frustration at missing out with the most important goal raising funds for charity.Current City stars David Silva and Sergio Aguero will line-up alongside the likes of Mario Balotelli in a team managed by Pep Guardiola.They will face an all-star side littered with former Manchester United greats like Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, but also boasting Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie in attack.“We are specifically dealing with homelessness in Greater Manchester. You can’t have a successful project without Manchester United involved. We have our differences – that is clear – but if we can get together for these sort of events the city is stronger.”City failed to replace Kompany in the summer transfer window and are now short at centre-back with Aymeric Laporte facing a lengthy spell out injured.However, Kompany is confident that Guardiola will ensure Laporte’s absence is not as costly as it seems over the next few months.“By losing Laporte you lose a big player. You need big players in the bigger games but the key strength of this Manchester City team is relying more on the system than the individuals.“I don’t see City weakening. Pep is way too aware of this danger to let it happen.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wisconsin finally hits home ice

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAfter a tough four game road trip, the Wisconsin hockey team returns home to the Kohl Center this weekend to host a pair of games against border-rival Minnesota.For the Badgers (0-4, 0-2 WCHA), the home ice couldn’t have come at a better time.“Everyone is excited,” senior goalie Shane Connelly said. “One more weekend on the road would have been tough for this team. I think it is the perfect time to come home.”“Oh, definitely the team is excited about it,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “When the seniors leave here and they are asked by the athletic director, ‘What is your greatest memory?’ They talk about playing at home in front of the crowd here.”UW has dug itself into a hole early this season, losing to Boston College, New Hampshire and twice at Denver. Although all three of those teams are ranked among the top four, the Badgers feel they are overdue for a win.“I am four saves away from being 2-0,” Connelly said. “That is the biggest thing that bothers me, just two extra saves a game. Stats don’t mean anything — I just want to put a win in the win column.”The Gophers (2-0, 2-0 WCHA) swept their season opener against WCHA opponent St. Cloud State, and stack up evenly with the Badgers in many categories. Last season UW and UM split the series 1-1-2.The Gophers averaged 2.4 goals per game last season and have scored five goals in two games this season. The Badgers’ young defensemen have struggled to keep the puck out of the net this season, but shutting down a consistent offensive team might provide the boost in confidence they need.“I can’t tell the future,” Eaves said. “But it comes down to us controlling what we can control. … The Saturday night game in Denver was the biggest leap we have seen in their ability to shut things down and do the right things that the coaches are trying to teach them, so that was really encouraging. We are going to have a huge test this weekend, because we are playing a highly offensive team on a big sheet of ice.”Eaves has split time between Connelly and sophomore goalie Scott Gudmandson this season, starting each of them for two games.Connelly says he is hoping to play both games against the Gophers.“I have done a lot of conditioning over the summer,” Connelly said. “And the goal of that is to be able to go back-to-back nights. I really want to get a shot after these losses on Fridays and help the team come back on Saturday. … I am really hoping that I will get a win on Friday and then come back on Saturday and hopefully get the sweep.”Eaves, however, was unwilling to commit to starting Connelly for both games.“I don’t know,” Eaves said about Gudmandson. “We will play Mr. Connelly on Friday, and then as our policy has been, we will see how things feel on Saturday morning when we come back.”Despite starting the season 0-4, the Badgers remain upbeat about how they have played thus far. “I think that we are still pretty loose,” Connelly said. “We are not fighting for our lives yet. We know that we need to start to win, and we know that we need to win this weekend. This is the biggest game of the season so far, and we don’t plan to go 0-5.”last_img read more

USC baseball might be turning the corner

first_imgThis city is one that’s supposed to have eternal sunshine and always be 75, without a cloud in the sky.But for some reason, Los Angeles decided to take a vacation last week and Seattle came and raided its house while it was gone.But while it was tough to figure out Los Angeles, it wasn’t tough to figure out the USC baseball team.Even rain, which causes frat houses to cancel parties, couldn’t stop the Trojans.Yes, they went 2-1 in their opening tournament at Dedeaux Field, losing 11-7 in the championship game to perennial top-20 team North Carolina, but after a 6-3 road win at UC Riverside that brings USC’s record to 3-1 on the year, the forecast is beginning to look sunny for the Trojans.These first four games are a sign that USC baseball is on the upswing.The Trojans showcased some great young talent, beginning with freshman Jake Hernandez, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs against UNC, freshman pitcher Kyle Richter, who picked up the win by pitching one and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief against Riverside, and freshman shortstop James Roberts, who has only two hits in 13 at-bats, but also has three RBIs and has started all four games.The Trojans also have a great new coach.USC made progress before the season even started by firing Chad Kreuter — who was a mediocre coach at best, compiling a 111-117 record in his four years at USC — in the offseason.In stepped Frank Cruz as the interim coach, and he’s done a fantastic job so far.The former manager of the USA baseball team, Cruz has been very proactive, getting a lot of players playing time early on so he can find the right mix while players gain experience all across the board.But I think the biggest positive  in these first four games is that in all four games, the Trojans left something to be desired.All weekend they left runners stranded, most of them in scoring position.All told, USC has left 36 players on base, which averages to nine per game.If USC can score just a quarter of those runners, it could be a very good team.Make no mistake, the Trojans still have a long way to go before being a consistently good team.I am aware it is still ridiculously early in the season. But they are rounding first.With a win at Rice tonight, the Trojans have a chance to be three games above .500 for the first time since April 2009.That just shows how bad USC has been recently.Three games above .500 won’t win you any NCAA Championships or even Pac-10 titles anytime soon.It might get you into the tournament.For a team predicted to finish ninth in the Pac-10, however, three games above .500 ain’t too shabby.To complement the young talent, USC has a solid squad of veteran players it hasn’t seen in a while.Junior Ricky Oropesa leads the way as a preseason All-American, and he hasn’t disappointed thus far.The first basemen is batting .267 with four RBIs, including a clutch two-out, bases-clearing double to tie the game at 7 against the Tar Heels in the bottom of the sixth inning. Senior Joe De Pinto is proving a leader as well, batting a monstrous .643 with six runs and three RBIs.Not to be forgotten, newcomer Austin Wood has proved a steady hand.The community college pitcher who was picked in the fourth round by the Tampa Bay Rays is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA so far.These three players, combined with another handful of juniors, give the Trojans depth but also stability as they look forward to this year.They have a very big challenge with three games at No. 22 Rice this weekend.If the Trojans can take two of three from the Owls, they will off to their best start in recent memory.Baseball at USC is a heritage, and an honored tradition that has been missing for dozens of years.Many current Trojans would probably find it hard to believe USC holds the record for national championships with 12, and has only won one of those since 1979.I don’t see a championship coming in the next year or two, but I do see a program on the rise that has been in the cellar for many years.Expect USC baseball to finish higher than ninth place in the conference this season as it begins to move toward a brighter future.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Fridays. To comment on this article e-mail Kenny at klegan@usc.edu or visit dailytrojan.com.last_img read more

Volleyball: No. 8 Wisconsin continues conference play against Terrapins and Buckeyes

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team finally has the opportunity for a full week of practice, before facing Ohio State and Maryland this weekend in the Field House.Several times over the past few weeks, the Badgers had Wednesday night away matches, which limited practice time. As a young team with lots of learning to do, they sometimes do not have enough time to improve on their mistakes from the previous match.The No. 8 Badgers will face Ohio State for the first time this season Friday night, and the Badgers will meet the Terrapins for the second time this season Saturday night.Ohio State is led by junior setter Taylor Hughes. Hughes is an aggressive lefty who is not afraid to take a swing at the ball and take the offense into her own hands when she sees an opportunity. Wisconsin’s middles, Tionna Williams and Dana Rettke will have to pay attention to Hughes, beneffiting the Buckeyes. With Wisconsin’s middles focusing on Hughes, their hitters will have a gap in the block, providing more space for kills.Ohio State is led in kills by Luisa Schirmer. She adds 3.09 kills per set and is one of her teams better with servers, averaging .20 aces per set. Ohio State averages 15.06 digs per set, which is the fourth highest in the conference. This means Wisconsin will have to work for their points and try to wear out the Ohio State defense by extending rallies.The Badgers have already defeated Maryland this season, when they won in a three-set sweep in College Park. Last week, the Terrapins pulled an upset win over then No.17 Purdue, a testament to hard work and top recruits. Maryland had a top 20 recruiting class in the nation last year and secured a top 10 recruiting class this year.Maryland is ranked fourth in the conference in number of aces per set, boasting an average of 1.40. They are led by freshman Erika Pritchard in this category. The Badgers are most successful when they are able to get their middles involved in the game, but to do this, they will need to pass well off of tough Maryland serves.Both Maryland and Ohio State are tied for eighth in the Big Ten conference, while the Badgers sit at sixth with a conference record of 6-6. Despite only having a.500 record, the Badgers are still the eighth-ranked team overall in the country. This is a testament to the competitiveness of the Big Ten and the Badgers having the second most difficult schedule in collegiate volleyball. The Badgers are aiming to pick up two home wins this weekend before going on the road for four consecutive matches.The games will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening at the UW Field House and will be available to stream on BTN Plus and 100.9 FM.last_img read more

Syracuse’s next opponent: What to know about No. 1 Duke

first_img Published on February 22, 2019 at 10:24 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 A Zion Williamson-less Duke Blue Devils team enters the Carrier Dome on Saturday for a 6 p.m. tip against Syracuse. The on-campus attendance record is projected to be broken by eight people as the Orange look to beat Duke twice in just over a month. The Blue Devils are coming off a loss to No. 8 North Carolina, while SU beat No. 18 Louisville, 69-49, on Wednesday night.Here’s what you need to know about Duke.All-time series: Duke leads, 7-6Last time they played: On Jan. 14, the Orange pulled off a massive, 95-91, win in overtime at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Junior guard Tyus Battle led SU with 32 points. Four other Syracuse players scored in double-figures: Elijah Hughes (20 points) Frank Howard (16), Oshae Brissett (14) and Paschal Chukwu (10 plus 18 rebounds). Duke’s Cam Reddish did not play and point guard Tre Jones missed most of the game.Said SU head coach Jim Boeheim of SU’s offensive strategy: “We did a lot of ball screens with Tyus and Frank, try to get them to go downhill,” Boeheim said. “If they switched, they had a center. If they tried to get over them, they had an edge to get to the basket.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Duke report: The Blue Devils have the best two offensive players in the conference, both of whom are still teenagers: RJ Barrett (23.1 points per game) and Williamson (21.6). Their entire offense is balanced and potent, with multiple ways to score from the inside and outside. With Williamson out, Duke’s interior presence is significantly reduced. Barrett, Reddish and Jones will have to try to pick up the slack because either Barrett or Williamson has led the team in scoring every game but one. Until Wednesday night’s 88-72 loss at home to UNC, Duke hadn’t lost since the Syracuse game — the Blue Devils had won nine in a row. They edged Virginia at home. Then they blew out five-straight teams before beating Virginia again. In the past two weeks, they came back from a 23-point deficit at Louisville and smacked NC State, 94-78. They’re tied for first in the ACC, with only three losses all season long — one of which came against Syracuse. How Syracuse beats Duke: The road to a win got significantly less cluttered with Williamson’s injury. The Blue Devils do, however, still maintain a strong frontcourt. SU probably will see Reddish and Jones in earnest, unlike the teams’ last meeting. Senior point guard Frank Howard, who’s been streaky of late, may be tasked with one of the nation’s premier defenders. Duke’s glaring weakness: shooting. The Blue Devils aren’t good from the free throw line, and they don’t shoot well from beyond the 3-point arc. A strong perimeter defense from SU could be the ticket to a win. Stat to know: 13 — Duke ranks 13th out of 15 ACC schools in 3-point field-goal percentage. The Blue Devils are shooting just 30.6 percent from deep, worse than Syracuse (11th — 32.4 percent) and nearly 9.8 percent worse than ACC-leading Virginia Tech. When the Blue Devils are forced to shoot contested 3s, their offense could be slowed, at least slightly. KenPom odds: KenPom gives Syracuse a 20-percent chance to beat Duke and predicts a 77-67 Duke win. Player to watch: RJ Barrett, freshman forward, No. 5Barrett is the Blue Devils’ leading scorer and, with Williamson out, all eyes will be on him. At 6-foot-7, he’s a difficult matchup who can score from just about anywhere near the basket. His placement in the 2-3 zone offense will be key for Duke: He had 23 points and 16 boards last time against SU. He’s coming off a 33-point, 13-rebound explosion against UNC, and he’s averaging 23.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this season. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

WWE SmackDown: Here’s how The Rock influenced the word ‘Smackdown’

first_imgFINALLY…I come back home to my @WWE universe.This FRIDAY NIGHT, I’ll return for our debut of SMACKDOWN!LIVE on @FOXTV.There’s no greater title than #thepeopleschamp.And there’s no place like home.Tequila on me after the show 😈🥃#IfYaSmell🎤 #Smackdown#RocksShow #FOX pic.twitter.com/V5i4cxqIqH— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 30, 2019 Written By LIVE TV Also Read l WWE Hell In a Cell: Will Seth Rollins slay ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt? Last Updated: 3rd October, 2019 19:42 IST WWE SmackDown: Here’s How The Rock Influenced The Word ‘Smackdown’ The debut of WWE SmackDown on FOX will be filled with electrifying energy as WWE legend The Rock makes his comeback to the blue band show. COMMENT How did @TheRock get #SmackDown into the dictionary??? Let @IncredibleCulk explain…@MerriamWebster pic.twitter.com/czM6QFuic1— WWE (@WWE) October 3, 2019 Also Read l WWE SmackDown preview: Kofi to face Lesnar, The Rock returnsThe ‘Most Electrifying Man in All of Entertainment’ has provided WWE with some legendary matches on SmackDown. The Rock was also a part of the main event of SmackDown when it was first introduced two decades ago. Surely this Friday night will also become memorable after the people’s champ enters the ring. But did you know that the great one had a big impact on the word SmackDown? Also Read l Roman Reigns: Here are the toughest fights of the WWE superstarWWE SmackDown: How ‘The Rock’ influenced the brand name It all started in 1998 when The Rock was hyping his match against Ken Shamrock at that year’s WrestleMania. The Rock said a word that would not only change the face of sports entertainment but even the English language. A word despite its humble beginnings would cement itself into the vernacular, the word was SMACKDOWN. In 2007, the word SmackDown was formally recognised by Merriam-Webster. But the question is, how did the great one do it? First Published: 3rd October, 2019 19:42 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Adil Khan Contrary to popular belief, The Rock didn’t coin the word ‘Smackdown’. The word was used by many newspapers and magazines since way back. But the word was not traditionally used as a compound word, people used it as ‘Smack Down’. But in 2007, the word was considered as a compound word and was included in the dictionary. Though the word has been in existence since at least the 1930s, it took the power of The Rock to awaken it from decades of dominancy to propel it into pop culture.  Also Read l WWE Crown Jewel 2019: Team Hogan to square off against Team Flair The debut of SmackDown on FOX will be filled with electrifying energy as WWE legend The Rock makes his comeback to the blue band show. Not just that, there are many major matches scheduled to be played on Friday Night SmackDown. SmackDown can be watched live on Ten Sports on October 5, 2019. WWE SmackDown is scheduled to start at 5:00 am IST. The Jumanji and Fast & Furious star confirmed his return to WWE SmackDown on Twitter. FOLLOW USlast_img read more