Subsea World News has put together a recap of the most interesting articles from the previous week (October 23 – October 29). Shell UK has submitted an environmental statement to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in support of the field development plan for FRAM gas and condensate field in the Central North Sea.Shell UK proposes to develop Fram gas and gas condensate field located in Blocks 29/3a, 29/4c, 29/8a, 29/9c in the Central North Sea, approximately 221 kilometers east of Aberdeen. Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has announced intention to implement a restructuring of the company with approximately 250 jobs lost.The restructuring is related to the continuing low oil price and historic low investments in the oil and gas industry resulting in an increasingly competitive market. Aker BP has awarded a contract to DeepOcean for subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) activities.The contract has a total market value of minimum NOK 300 million during the initial three years, with an option to continue the activities for an additional six years (2+2+2). TechnipFMC has reported second-quarter 2017 net income of $121 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.26.Excluding charges and credits, adjusted diluted earnings per share were 39 cents. Profit for the prior-year comparable period was $327 million on pro forma basis. The principal owner of Frode Bjørn AS, Torpevikvegen 4-6 Eiendom AS, said it will sell 100% of Frode Bjørn AS to In Nord Vest after a restructuring has been completed.In Nord Vest AS is an investment company specialising in investments in OSV vessels controlled by Åge Remøy, Magnus Roth and Torsteinn Mar Baldvinsson, owning one third each.
“SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana)” 19 March 2019Family First Comment: “As the legal status of cannabis changes in many countries and states, and as we consider the medicinal properties of some types of cannabis, it is of vital public health importance that we also consider the potential adverse effects that are associated with daily cannabis use, especially high potency varieties.”Today, a landmark study published in the prestigious Lancet Psychiatry Journal finds that daily use of high potency marijuana is linked to greater rates of psychosis in Europe. According to the study, an estimated five in ten new cases of psychosis in Amsterdam and three in ten new cases in London are linked with high potency marijuana use.“This study is groundbreaking,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and a former Obama Administration drug policy advisor. “It is the first to show how marijuana impacts population rates of psychosis – and it’s results are chilling. For years we have known that low potency marijuana was damaging to mental health. Now the scientific literature is catching up with the rapidly increasing THC potency we are seeing on the market today.”Numerous studies have shown a causal link between marijuana use and onset of severe mental health issues, such as psychosis and schizophrenia, but this is the first study to showcase the link at a population level. The study finds that daily, average potency marijuana users were three times more likely to be diagnosed with first episode psychosis compared to non-users. With daily use of high potency marijuana, this number increased to five times more likely.“Our findings are consistent with previous studies showing that the use of cannabis with a high concentration of THC has more harmful effects on mental health than the use of weaker forms. They also indicate for the first time how cannabis use affects the incidence of psychotic disorder at a population level,” said Dr Marta Di Forti, lead author from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King’s College London, UK. “As the legal status of cannabis changes in many countries and states, and as we consider the medicinal properties of some types of cannabis, it is of vital public health importance that we also consider the potential adverse effects that are associated with daily cannabis use, especially high potency varieties.”Moreover, the study found that instances of first time psychosis in London would be cut by a third if high potency marijuana products were no longer available.Sabet continued, “Lawmakers considering marijuana legalization are not learning about studies such as this from the well-heeled marijuana industry lobbyists. We will get this study, and others like it, in front of lawmakers at all levels of government to educate them on the real impact of allowing the commercialization of high potency marijuana to spread.”https://learnaboutsam.org/groundbreaking-new-uk-study-confirms-link-between-daily-high-potency-marijuana-use-and-psychosis/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
“I’mjust asking for your disiplina. Kasi pag ayaw ninyo, ayaw ninyong maniwala, mag-takeover ang military pati pulis. I am ordering them now to be ready,” said Duterte in an address to the public on Thursday evening. President Rodrigo Duterte. PCOO Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque has said on Thursday that the government is considering a “total lockdown” if the public continues to disobey the guidelines set by Inter Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease. “Hindi po fake news na kinukunsidera ang total lockdown lalong lalo na kung magpapatuloy ‘yung mga pasaway sa ating mga kalsada,” Roque said. “Kapag hindi natin nabawasan ang mga kaso ng COVID, isa ‘yan sa option na ikukunsidera.”/PN “We understand the frustration on the part of President Rodrigo Duterte because despite knowing the danger of COVID-19 and repeated warnings, a lot of people continue to find ways and make excuses to violate the home quarantine and physical distancing rules,” Eleazar said. “The JTF COVID Shield is ready for any scenario and is always ready to comply with the President’s order,” Eleazar said in a statement. Eleazar also said that more cops have been deployed in public markets to ensure that social distancing is being observed. There are also additional forces along EDSA to curb the influx of non-essential vehicles. MANILA – President Rodrigo Dutertewarned he would order the military and police to enforce a “martial law-like” lockdownto stop people flouting the enhanced community quarantine imposed to curtailthe spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar, the commander of Joint Task Force COVID Shield, said that they have contingency measures ready to be implemented depending on what President Duterte will order. Since March 17, more or less 120,000 violators of the enhanced community quarantine have been recorded. A number of public utility vehicles have also been apprehended as their operations are temporarily banned. “Ang pulis pati military ang mag-enforce sa social distancing at ‘yung curfew. Sila na. Parang martial law na rin,” he added. “Mamili kayo. Ayaw ko, pero pagka naipit na yung bayan at walang disiplina kayo.”
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Meulensteen admits there will be talks about Berbatov’s future in January but denies he has told the Bulgarian he can leave. “What I said is I will not stand in anyone’s way if they wanted to leave. With Dimitar I had a good chat when I took over and he has been as good as gold to me, looking at the performance he has put in against Tottenham and Aston Villa,” Meulensteen said. “With him we are going to really focus on the four upcoming games we have got and from the performance levels that I have seen, I am sure everyone will agree if Dimitar plays at that level, he will be a very important player in the games to come.” On the transfer window, Meuelensteen added: “We will discuss when we get there. “For me it is a challenge as a manager. I have known him (Berbatov) for many years, I have worked with him for a long, long time and football will always be about opinions. The proof is in the performances on the pitch and so far I can only be pleased with how it has been going.” Fulham travel to Everton on Saturday where they have never won in the league and Meulensteen believes they can build on the 2-0 win last weekend against Villa. “There is only one medicine really and the best medicine is a win in football matches,” he said. “Good performances build confidence, good results build confidence. The team is in very good spirits. It is not always easy to turn on and off but do the basics right, build from there and hopefully more good results will come our way.” Berbatov’s agent has claimed the Fulham striker is unhappy at Craven Cottage and the suggestion was that he would look for a move in the January transfer window. But Meulensteen, who took over as head coach until the end of the season following Martin Jol’s sacking, wants Berbatov to keep turning in the committed performances seen in the last two matches against Tottenham and Aston Villa. Press Association Rene Meulensteen insists Dimitar Berbatov is key to Fulham climbing up the Premier League table. Meulensteen carved his reputation as a coach working alongside Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and he hopes that experience will serve him well as he tries to steer Fulham out of the relegation zone. He admits it has been a culture shock, moving from one end of the league table to the other. Meulensteen said: “I have come from an environment when it was just picking up three points week after week. Target setting is important, it gives a focus and a purpose. But I make sure the players concentrate on the performance rather than the outcome.” The Dutchman is a big admirer of Everton manager Roberto Martinez, who has taken the Goodison club to fifth place in the league playing expansive football. He said: “Everton has always been a good side. Every manager has his style and he has definitely put an ingredient in there which made them believe that to play in an attacking style can get results against top teams. “They play more freely, a bit more adventurous. Roberto likes to experiment with different line-ups. He does like to have an attacking slant to it and it has worked. Look where they are in the league and how they have done against the big teams. They are there for a reason.” Striker Darren Bent has recovered from a slight hamstring problem and will be available for the squad travelling to Everton.
The Florida Department of Health announced Thursday that screenings have begun at Palm Beach International Airport for all passengers arriving on flights from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.The action is part of the new executive order that Gov. Ron DeSantis issued this week to combat the coronavirus.The screenings are being conducted by the Florida Department of Health at the state level with assistance from the National Guard, says Florida Department of Health – Palm Beach County spokesman Alex Shaw.Shaw explains that when passengers arrive in Florida, each “traveler or responsible family member (if traveling as a family) will be required to complete an airport traveler form. The form requires key information related to the traveler’s history including contact information and trip details be provided to DOH.”The @HealthyFla is requiring all travelers to isolate for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the state of Florida or the duration of the travelers’ presence in the state of Florida, whichever is shorter. https://t.co/KKyDhWl9yb pic.twitter.com/cFDUC111Xy— FlyPBI (@flyPBI) March 25, 2020 The new executive order in Florida requires anyone traveling by airplane from the New York City area to Florida, or anyone who has traveled to Florida from that area in the last three weeks to self-isolate for 14 days.
Facebook just escalated its ongoing tension with President Trump.On Wednesday, the social media company said it had removed a post from the president’s page for containing false claims about the coronavirus.The post was comprised of a video of an interview the president gave to Fox News on Wednesday morning.“This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation,” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said in a statement Wednesday evening.pic.twitter.com/wxCTuk4GdP— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2020 He added that the specific comments that went against Facebook’s rules were Trump’s false claims about children being nearly immune to the virus.The same clip was posted to Twitter by the Trump campaign, which was then shared from the president’s main account.Although this is not the first time that Facebook has removed content from the president’s page, it is the first time a removal has been due to its COVID-19 misinformation rules.Neither the president nor the White House have issued a response yet to Facebook’s action.
Associated Press The multi-disciple event between various nations was scheduled for Oct. 23-25 at the Circuit Paul Ricard near designated host city Marseille. The new dates are Oct. 22-24 next year at the same place.The next games are set to see the introduction of rally and historic motorsport events.Paul Ricard also hosts a Formula One race. It is scheduled for June 28 but widely expected to become the 10th of 22 races this season to be called off amid the virus outbreak.___South Korea’s professional baseball league has decided to begin its season on May 5. April 21, 2020 The Latest: PSG president urges his players to take pay cut Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has urged his players to accept a pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic. Schaade says he would prefer testing to be focused on people who show symptoms or who are linked to an outbreak of the virus.Clubs are eager to resume the Bundesliga to avoid financial losses. They are negotiating a tricky political landscape and opposition from some fan groups.The governors of German states Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have called for a restart of soccer on May 9 but not all states are on board.___The second edition of FIA’s Motorsport Games has been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Al-Khelaifi says in an interview with RMC radio that he is “expecting them to make an effort for the club. They know their responsibilities.”Players on French clubs are all on temporary layoffs. That means a small cut in pay of 16 percent and the state picks up a portion of the rest.Players at clubs in other countries have taken large pay cuts amid the uncertainty.PSG’s squad includes world-class players Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Ángel Di María and Edinson Cavani.Al-Khelaifi says “our wage bill is of substantial volume” and “we risk suffering colossal losses” at the end of the season. The games will be played without fans until the risk of infection from the coronavirus is gone.The league plans to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but has decided scrap its all-star game and shorten the first round of the playoffs from a best-of-five to best-of-three series.The KBO says it could shorten the regular season if infections erupt. The league will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___UEFA vice president Sándor Csányi says playoffs to decide the last four places in the postponed European Championship could be played in October or November.The 16-nation playoffs have twice been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Euro 2020 has been delayed one year.Csányi tells Hungarian media that October and November are options while there is uncertainty about when soccer can resume in Europe. All 55 UEFA member countries are currently scheduled to play Nations League games in October and November.Hungary was drawn to play at Bulgaria in the single knockout Euro 2020 playoffs. The winner will host either Iceland or Romania with a place in the final tournament at stake. Hungary is one of 12 host nations of Euro 2020.___The deputy head of Germany’s national disease control center has cautioned against coronavirus testing for soccer players in order to restart the league.Regular testing of players and team staff is a key element of a plan to resume German soccer in empty stadiums next month.Robert Koch Institute vice president Lars Schaade says he doesn’t “see why certain sections of the population … should be routinely screened.”
GLASS HOUSE TAKE OVERThe Sports Committee of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic on Thursday put to rest the ‘battle for the soul’ of Glass House following its insistent rulling that there is no crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation, as there is no dispute whatsoever that Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick remains the President of the nation’s football body.At an interactive session with top officials of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports led by the Youth and Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung and chieftains of the NFF led by 2nd Vice President/LMC chairman Shehu Dikko, the House Committee headed by Hon. Goni Bukar Lawan expressed concern that a group led by Mr. Chris Giwa had been threatening the peace of Nigeria football and courting a FIFA sanction for the country. The House Committee’s move followed a motion of ‘urgent national importance’ moved on the floor of the House of Representatives on Monday, 16th May 2016, and the nation’s lower parliament thereafter mandated its Sports Committee to handle the matter.At yesterday’s session at the National Assembly, Barrister Dalung, the Director of Legal Services in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Barr. Olatigbe Johnson and the NFF’s Head of Legal, Barr. Okey Obi fully established that there is presently no court order nullifying the election of the current NFF Board, or asking Chris Giwa to take over at the NFF.Minister Dalung remarked: “When the Giwa group served a notice of discontinuance to the court in October 2014, the court struck out the case and made it clear that the case was dead. I don’t know anyone else who has been able to raise the dead except Jesus Christ!“What the court did on April 8 was simply to re-list the case for hearing. It did not sack the NFF Board and certainly did not ask Giwa to go and take over the NFF.”Specifically, both Johnson and Obi read out the portion of the order made by Hon. Justice L. Allagoa, when the plaintiff withdrew the case in October 2014: “The Plaintiff having withdrawn this suit; all the orders made previously including the dissolution of the executive committee/Board of the Nigerian Football Federation vide the order of this honourable Court dated 23rd day of October 2014 seizes to have life and this matter stands struck out.”Additionally, Obi read out a clarification made by the Honourable Judge himself, dated 22nd April 2016: “For the avoidance of doubt, the Order referred to in Order 3 is the restoration of the Order made by my predecessor, my learned brother Hon. Justice L. Allagoa when he stated that:“Order 50 Rule 2 of the Federal High Court rules 2009”: The Plaintiff having withdrawn this suit, all Orders made previously including dissolution of the Executive Committee (Board of) Nigerian Football Federation vide the Order of this Honourable Court dated 23rd October 2014 seizes to have life and this matter stands struck out.”NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC chairman, Shehu Dikko, pointed out that in football, there are clear channels for dispute resolution, away from the ordinary court. He noted that Mr. Giwa had taken his case to the highest sports court – Court of Arbitration for Sports – and lost.“If he had won at CAS, everyone in the Nigeria football family would have been obliged to submit to him. He lost. So, he should respect football rules and wait for the next elections.“Some of the persons who took part in the ‘elections’ where Giwa claims to have been ‘elected’, also participated in the Warri elections that brought in Amaju Pinnick! Yet, some of them are strangely clinging to a ‘mandate’ supposedly given them alongside Giwa.”Dikko also referred to recent cases involving Egypt and Benin Republic, saying that the threat of a ban looms large. “FIFA recently slammed a two –year ban on Benin Republic from all competitions because some persons went to court and stopped the elections into the Executive Committee of its football federation.“We have the case in Egypt where some persons went to court against elections that were conducted in 2012, and the court gave a ruling that the Minister of Sports should dissolve the Executive Committee.The Minister of Sports in Egypt has refused to do that because he knows the consequences.”Article 68.2 of the FIFA Statutes states: “Recourse to ordinary courts of law is prohibited unless specifically provided for in the FIFA regulations. Recourse to ordinary courts for all types of provisional measures is also prohibited.”Articles 69.1 of the NFF Statutes states: “NFF, its Members, Players, Officials and match and player’s agents will not take any dispute to ordinary courts unless specifically provided for in these Statutes and FIFA regulations. Any disagreement shall be submitted to the jurisdiction of FIFA, CAF, WAFU or NFF.”However, it is important to understand that this rule does not deny a party with a complaint from seeking justice before a judicial body. Instead of going to a regular court, the aggrieved party should take the dispute to the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism.The House Committee on Sports members were unanimous that since the matter has such distinct clarity, Mr. Giwa has no reason to be laying claim to the office of NFF President.Vice chairman, Rt. Hon. Anayo Nebe, Hon. Ayodeji Joseph, Hon. Rotimi Agunsoye, Hon. Ayo Tajudeen, Hon. Nuhu Dambazzau, Hon. Mohammed Sheriff, Hon. Lazarus Ogbu, Hon. Samuel Ikon, Hon. Henry Ofongo and Hon. Prestige were among those who spoke at the session.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
HoltBoise State’s comeback win over Virginia Tech was probably one of the best college football games I can remember watching. Oddly enough, four days later, there’s one thing I’ll take away from that game: How damn ugly Va. Tech’s uniforms were. Have you seen worse digs in recent memory? I doubt it.The rest of Nike’s Pro Combat line looks anywhere from acceptably decent to pretty cool, with the exception of the TCU and Tech editions. I get the feeling whoever was designing the line got halfway through the Va. Tech project and said, “Ah, screw it,” and submitted a half-finished disaster.When the Hokies came out of the tunnel, I was mildly intrigued by the black duds, a clear departure from the usual maroon and orange. Then I saw that hideously stupid circuit board pattern that faded down the numbers on the front and back and wasn’t sure whether to laugh or throw up. Tyrod Taylor looked like the rejected Halloween Power Ranger. Is that what football uniforms look like in the Matrix?It really shouldn’t matter what a team’s uniforms look like. The Arizona Diamondbacks won a World Series in some hideous purple digs, proof that looking like an idiot doesn’t necessarily translate to playing like an idiot.But as superficial and downright irrelevant to the game as it was, the minute I saw the Virginia Tech uniforms, I knew the Hokies would lose. I’ve seen my share of ugly jerseys before and been indifferent, but this was a special case; never before had I been so incensed about clothing. Va. Tech deserved to lose.As a sports team, your uniform is a big part of your image, like it or not. It won’t hold you back from on-field success if your jerseys look like something Cookie Monster threw up, but nobody likes staring at a bunch of grown men dressed like fools for three hours. If I were Frank Beamer, I’d blame the loss on Nike.FiammettaFirst, I need to get this out of the way – I absolutely loved those Boise State helmets. The awesome, giant oversized bronco logo on the left, the huge, bold numbers offset a bit to the right – just awesome. Awesome enough to use that word twice…or three times, I guess. Whatever. Just check them out for yourself if you didn’t watch the game, or if you did, look ’em up again.That aside, I’ll admit the rest of Boise’s unis were a bit weak Monday night. Grey jerseys are always hit or miss, and having two different shades definitely made the Broncos look a little funky. Additionally, you could barely see the “Boise State” across the chest on top of the numbers, sort of begging the question of why it was put there in the first place. Lastly – and I’ll admit I didn’t even notice this during the game – there was a “B” right above the left knee that just seemed too lonely, too out of place to be a solid addition.Yet, whether it’s because of the awesome, awesome, awesome helmet or just simply due to the overall quality of the game, the Boise State Pro Combat uniform doesn’t top my list of worst sports uniform in recent memory.If you’ve read this far, chances are there’s some mind-boggling (to me) reason you actually want to know what does. Either that, or you just missed the headline.With that, drum roll please, I give you the Seattle Seahawks alternate jerseys. Originally presented last September against the Chicago Bears, these atrocities featured lime green – yes, lime green – jerseys with navy blue sleeves. Forget that the helmet remained the same and the pants were simply navy – lime green jerseys?It seems completely conceivable that the Seahawks, either desperate for a PR stunt amidst a dismal 5-11 season or eager to adhere to Holt’s Power Rangers theme, let some 12-year old kid use the Madden “Create A Team” uniform generator to create the most bizarrely painful eyesore imaginable. Seattle could have come out wearing the jerseys of the long-defunct Memphis Maniax (quite possibly #2 on the list, if the XFL counts/counted as a sport) or even those Virginia Tech unis and the result would have been much, much better. Fortunately, Seattle’s lime green fiasco ended three months later when then-coach Jim Mora retired the alternates because his team “did not win in them.” I kid you not.