Highlights of the Week

first_imgSubsea 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).center_img 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.last_img read more

ANZ Stadium to stage World Masters Games Opening Ceremony

first_imgMinister for Tourism Jodi McKay today announced that Sydney Olympic Park’s ANZ Stadium will stage the Opening Ceremony of the world’s largest multi-sport event, the 2009 Sydney World Masters Games, on Sunday 11 October.Ms McKay said the Opening Ceremony will feature the largest athlete’s parade on earth, with an estimated 25,000 competitors from more than 100 countries to follow in the footsteps of Sydney 2000 Olympic athletes.”The Masters Games will be a great event for Sydney and NSW and an Opening Ceremony at ANZ Stadium is a fitting way to kick-off festivities,” Ms McKay said.”The Games are expected to contribute close to $50 million to the NSW economy and provide another opportunity to showcase Sydney and our world-class sporting venues.”Games organisers have appointed Out There Productions, the creative producers for World Youth Day 2008’s Papal Arrival at Barangaroo, Evening Vigil and Final Mass at Randwick Racecourse, to produce the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Games.”The Sydney 2009 World Masters Games Opening Ceremony at ANZ Stadium will celebrate Australian culture, Masters sport and, most importantly of all, the competitors themselves,” said Ceremonies Director Andy Lopez.Award-winning Australian producer Dein Perry and leading Australian creative director Rhoda Roberts will also be in charge of directing segments of the ANZ Stadium celebration.Ms McKay said the Masters Games is the world’s largest multi-sport event and the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games has already received 7,900 competitor registrations.”Everyone is invited to participate in the Sydney Masters Games irrespective of how old or how competitive you are.”The Games provide a unique opportunity to have an Olympic-style experience, from marching in the Opening Ceremony at ANZ Stadium to competing at other outstanding Olympic venues during competition.”Other key events on the Games social calendar include the Closing Ceremony in Darling Harbour (Sunday 18 October), a special performance of the Mikado by Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House (Monday 12 October) and the Masters Gala Ball at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre (Thursday 15 October).Highlights of the Games social programOpening Ceremony: ANZ Stadium (11 October)Closing Ceremony: Darling Harbour (18 October)Masters Gala Ball: Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre (15 October)Opera Australia “The Mikado”: Sydney Opera House (12 October)Sydney Olympic Park Club House: Brewery Bar (10-17 October)Health & Lifestyle Expo: The Dome (7-11 October)People wanting to find out more about the social calendar of the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games can visit www.2009worldmasters.com .To enter the Games people need to meet their sport’s minimum age, which ranges between 25 and 35 years. Registrations close on 31 July.Related Filesanz_stadium_to_stage_opening_ceremony-pdflast_img read more

10 months agoBrighton boss Hughton rules out loan departure for Gyokeres

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Hughton rules out loan departure for Gyokeresby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton has ruled out a loan departure for Viktor Gyokeres.Gyokeres has battled to make a breakthrough this season, but Hughton feels the Swede’s development is best served by keeping him close.There has been talk of Gyokeres being loaned out this month, but Hughton has shut that down.”Right now we’re leaning on keeping him instead of loaning him,” said the manager.Gyokeres could see action in the FA Cup this weekend against Bournemouth. last_img read more

18 days agoNewcastle icon Shearer gives glowing praise for Longstaff brothers

first_imgNewcastle icon Shearer gives glowing praise for Longstaff brothersby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United legend Alan Shearer was full of praise from the Longstaff brothers after Sunday’s 1-0 win over Manchester United. Playing alongside brother Sean in midfielder on his debut, Matty Longstaff scored the winning goal to cap off a memorable day at St. James’ Park.”What an amazing day for the Longstaff family. Well done and congratulations,” Shearer wrote on Twitter.Speaking on Match of the Day, Shearer added: It had energy, it had legs in midfield, it had good shape and dangerous at times on the counter attack but the stars of the show were the two brothers in midfield, Sean and Matty. Wow!”From the first minute Sean got stuck in, won the ball and put Newcastle on the front foot. It’s what they did. It got the crowd up, (it gave them) a little bit of energy that was obviously missing last weekend and it was a sign of things to come (in the first minute).”Matty wasn’t frightened to have a go at all. Look at his brother before he hit the bar saying ‘Go on, have a shot Wor Kid – just hit it!’ And he did! Steve described it as the enthusiasm of him and his brother spraying the ball around – both of them can do that, no problem at all if you give them time on the ball.”Sean’s long ball to Almiron, a lovely weighted pass – he didn’t need to take that touch, just hit it now. But the pass from Sean was fantastic. They linked well together, they understand each other’s game and it was keeping Newcastle going forward.”His goal: what a moment for him, what a moment for his family. What an unbelievable strike and momen for him. It will stay with him for his whole life.”The two of them were fantastic and his Dad should be very, very proud. What an unbelievable day for them and a great day for Newcastle, because they needed that result.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Mike Tyson breaks ground on California marijuana ranch

first_imgCALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. – Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is becoming a California marijuana entrepreneur.TheBlast.com reports that Tyson and partners on Dec. 20 broke ground on a plot for a cannabis resort in California City, a remote Mojave Desert town that’s about a 110-mile (177-kilometre) drive north of Los Angeles.Partner Robert Hickman tells the website that the undeveloped lands are primed to be cultivated and that Tyson Ranch will be an oasis.In a video of the event, California City Mayor Jennifer Wood thanks Tyson for his commitment to the community, saying the industry will provide medical marijuana to people in need, revenue, jobs and income for residents.Calls and emails from The Associated Press to a Tyson representative and the mayor were not immediately returned Tuesday.last_img read more

Paris protesters try to revive yellow vest movement

first_imgPARIS — Hundreds of protesters are trying to breathe new life into France’s apparently waning yellow vest movement with marches in Paris and gatherings in other cities, but numbers appeared down on their first demonstration of the new year.There were no reports of violence on the eighth consecutive Saturday of yellow vest protests, in contrast to some December demonstrations that degenerated into chaotic violence. Paris Metro lines were open.Authorities have warned that they won’t tolerate illegal acts. One known figure in the movement, Eric Drouet, was detained overnight this week for allegedly organizing an illegal demonstration. On Friday, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said those still protesting “want insurrection.”The movement is named after fluorescent vests French motorists must keep in cars.The Associated Presslast_img read more

58% ads eye women only, 35% target both genders

first_imgMumbai: Marketers in India are missing potential opportunities to reach out to men in the categories where both genders are equal decision makers, according to a Kantar report. It revealed the disconnect between consumer and business opinions of gender portrayals in advertising. The AdReaction report noted that 58 percent ads on air target women exclusively, and only 35 percent are targeted towards both genders. While the clear majority of marketers globally (more than 75 percent) think they are avoiding gender stereotypes, 76 percent of female consumers and 71 percent of male consumers believe that the way they’re portrayed in advertising is completely out of touch, it said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIt noted that globally, gender-balanced brands drive greater brand value while brands that skew towards men tend to underperform and are valued on average $9 billion less, while only one in three brands achieve this balance in India. In the wake of the ‘MeToo’ movement, the industry globally claims they are actively designing for both genders and representing them in a progressive context. But less female marketers are convinced with the way theyre portraying men in the advertisements, it said. It observed that getting the gender placement right is important, especially from a digital and static perspective because it can be used as a targeting and optimisation variable in these channels. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIt also noted that new information has the highest receptivity in India, more than 50 percent men and women become more positive towards the ads that have new information. This is closely followed by humour which has a critical role to play in improving the ad receptivity with both genders. “The report highlights that the bulk of ads in India are targeted at women; but marketers appear to be targeting them led more by stereotypes. Gender targeting should not be an either or decision and we need to challenge these outdated assumptions. From a portrayals perspective, more emphases need to be made towards aspirational and authoritative roles. The industry as a whole needs to be more aware than ever that things need to change, said Vishikh Talwar-managing director- Kantar Millward Brown, South Asia.last_img read more

‘Stay indoor,’ says CM … cancels all rallies

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee cancelled all her political rallies scheduled on Friday and Saturday in the wake of cyclone ‘Fani’ and urged people to be safe and stay indoors.Banerjee will supervise the situation from Kharagpur in West Midnapore where she is currently staying. Expressing her concern, she advised people to stay indoors during the next 48 hours to prevent any untoward incidents. She also urged people to remain calm in the wake of this approaching natural calamity and not get swayed away by any rumours. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”Don’t stay in the mud houses as they may collapse during the cyclone, putting human lives at risk. I would also request the common people to stay indoors as much as possible in the next 48 hours. I will request those staying in dilapidated houses to move to nearby rescue centres. If one is left with no other alternative and has to go out, he/she has to be extremely cautious. Keep an eye on the trees and electric poles,” Banerjee added. She has also made an appeal to the people to switch off electronic gadgets and put off gas cylinders during the storm as preventive measures. She also directed those living in the coastal districts to seek refuge in the rescue centres that have been opened by the state government in various districts. She also reminded that the state government is absolutely alert and closely monitoring the situation. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen”I am continuously monitoring the situation and necessary instructions to the administration will be issued. The Chief Secretary of the state is also keeping an eye on the situation. I have also asked Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim to put in place all the necessary arrangements including the mobilisation of the disaster management forces to combat any untoward situation. The Mayor himself is monitoring the situation from the KMC headquarter,” she maintained. “People’s lives are more precious. Do not take any risk. I have also cancelled the election rallies that were supposed to be held through the next 48 hours to avoid any untoward incidents. The state government has sounded an alert to cope with the severe cyclonic storm. We are monitoring the situation from time-to-time,” Banerjee added. The state government has taken all precautionary measures in the districts including East Midnapore, West Midnapore, North 24-Parganas and South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Jhargram and Kolkata. “All arrangements have been made in the districts. Relief materials have been sent to the districts and we have opened one monitoring cell at the state secretariat 24X7 to keep a watch on the situation,” Banerjee stated.last_img read more

Class 10 result: Three Gurugram girls achieve 3rd rank in all India category

first_imgGurugram: In Gurugram, the girls again performed better than their male counterparts in the CBSE class 10 results.Among the students who obtained top position in Gurugram, three girls from the city achieved 497 out of 500 and obtained the third position in the All India category. The students who obtained pole positions from the city included Yatee Sukhani and Pia Gupta who are both studying in Amity school in Sector-46 and Mihika Parag Deshpande from the Suncity school. Overall in Haryana state, Divjot Kaur Jaggi of Convent of Jesus and Mary from Ambala Cantt was the topper with 499 marks. Priyanka who is from the same school came second overall with 498 marks. Yatee obtained cent per cent marks in Maths, Science and Sanskrit, 99 in social sciences and 98 n English Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThose who achieved the same marks as Priyanka included Rohan Batra and Kashvi Jain from Ambala, Stutee Dixit from Faridabad, Sakshi Saxena from Palwal and Drishti Gupta from Panchkula. The high competition among the students can be gauged from the fact that there were 59 students in all who got 497 marks out 500. CBSE had conducted the class 10th examination from February 21 to March 29. A total of 18, 27, 472 candidates were registered for the exam. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAccording to an official press release, a total of 40, 296 candidates appeared from 98 exam centres in outside India. Out of them, 20, 077 were male candidates and 20, 219 were female candidates while 197 were candidates with special needs. The highest number of candidates who registered for Class 10, Class 12 exams and overall were from Delhi. According to the statistics released by the board, 5,69,696 candidates had registered for CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 examinations from Delhi. This year maximum female candidates (2,72,271) appeared from Delhi and the maximum male candidates (3,38,613) appeared from Uttar Pradesh (UP).last_img read more

Live Video Platforms Give Brands a direct channel to reach consumers

first_imgDigital marketing has emerged as a formidable challenger to traditional mediums globally and India is at forefront of tapping the impact of this disruption. Indian companies are leveraging the potential of Digital tools and platforms to share their message across the target audience. The most common form of marketing is SEO and SMO on Google, Facebook and their allied platforms. Making a content viral has become the benchmark for success on these platforms and youtubers reviews of products or services have turned into a reference point for potential purchasers before settling on a choice. Though, various studies are indicating the trend that traditional digital platforms are facing incumbency as they deliver a non-interactive mode for audience to consume content; the contemporary generation is found to be seeking more dynamic mediums where they can also be involved in content creation and not just as a passive audience. Also Read – The Puja carnivalLive Video Streaming Platforms such as BIGO LIVE have thus emerged as a panacea for the both content creators and consumers as they empower them via a platform that makes digital interaction interactive and engrossing. Platforms such as BIGO LIVE have spawned a fresh talent pool of influencers who showcase their talents and have been able to amass their own fanbase. This presents an excellent opportunity for brands to collaborate with these emerging artistes via the platform to create exciting campaigns with out of the box ideas that enables them to reach out to their consumers in an innovative manner. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraThe live video platform can be integrated within main marketing campaign and can be leveraged to stimulate interest of the masses on ground level. Some positive qualitative outcomes of these campaigns are: 1. Transparency: A live video stream allow a brand to gain trust of the audience as impromptu and unedited live videos are more realistic when compared a normal video upload on traditional platforms. A live video review of a product or service creates a sense of authenticity for the audience and allows brands to position themselves as transparent in approach and open to feedback. 2. Interaction with Brand Ambassadors – Live streaming is a perfect medium for celebrity and KOL brand ambassadors to interact with their fanbase. Live Streaming also removes resource limitations since only a smart phone and data is needed; they can come online and instantly connect with their audience at any time of day. This adaptability enables the brands to reach out directly to a global audience where they are able to ask questions relating to the product or service and receive an instant answer. This is a win-win situation for both target audience and brand with instant gratification. 3. Trust is a two way street – During live streaming, brands not only can interact with their intended interest group but can build trust among the user group. The genuine question and answer will help brands understand customers requirement and offer either immediate resolution or gather information for innovation purposes. Brands who wish to gain unfiltered reviews from their target group can utilise this channel. 4. Announcements/Launch : A top management personal can use this platform for both internal or external announcements thus sharing the new updates on real time basis. Similarly, a brand can use their designated live streamers to propagate the news about their new offerings via these platforms by choosing to share the announcement with few and creating a chain of event or video logs about the news, thus making it viral among the selective audience or masses. 5. Campaigns: Brands can create video campaigns and ask users to participate in the same in the form of talent hunt, best review, behind the scenes footage, webinars, quiz contest or anything else which may suffice the brands objective. The hashtags associated with these campaigns can become viral when they are simultaneously shared on various other platforms thus enabling a wider reach without relying on mass media platform for its content to be consumed by many. Brands can use video streaming platforms to measure the impact of their campaigns by using whole set of social media app bouquet, thus generating the numbers that they may need to call their campaign a success. The number of impressions, shares, likes etc can be mapped to see the impact it has had on the minds of target audience. They can groom their own set of influencers on this platform who can very well act as brand ambassadors and help take the brands to the next level. Platforms such as BIGO Live provide a never seen before opportunity for brands to engage with the masses. Their rapid rise combined with extensive user adoption will see video streaming platforms emerging as the mainstay of digital campaigns in the future. The evolution of these platform presents an infinite scope of creativity and is only limited to the imagination of the brands and streamers. The live video streaming platforms are thus the truly democratic and empowering mediums that have the power to revolutionize the entire marketing domain and alter the way we communicate over social and digital medium.last_img read more