Weatherford wins $220m directional drilling contract from ADNOC Offshore

first_imgAs part of the contract, Weatherford will deploy its Magnus rotary steerable system to help boost offshore production for the ADNOC subsidiary in the UAE The Weatherford Magnus rotary steerable system is said to be compatible with all standard drill-bit designs (Credit: Weatherford International plc) Weatherford International has secured a directional drilling contract worth $220m (£176.5m) from the Abu Dhabi Company for Offshore Petroleum Operations (ADNOC Offshore).Under the three-year contract, the oilfield service company will help ADNOC Offshore in boosting its offshore production in the UAE through its directional drilling services.In this connection, the company will deploy the Weatherford Magnus rotary steerable system in re-entry wells and also new wells.According to the oilfield services provider, the Magnus rotary steerable system addresses operators’ requirement for speed without compromising on directional control.The company claimed that its rotary steerable system has unique design elements which include a true inclination hold, making it one of the best in the market for maximising reservoir exposure and monetising the value of the well.Features of the Weatherford Magnus rotary steerable systemLaunched in April 2018, the Magnus rotary steerable system is said to combine reliable, high-performance drilling with precise directional control. The push-the-bit tool has been designed to be used in almost any drilling scenario, including high doglegs.The main features of the Magnus rotary steerable system are fully independent pad control, real-time BHA diagnostics, a fully rotating bias unit with minimal bottomhole-assembly (BHA) stabilisation, and autopilot functionality.The rotary steerable system is claimed to be made up of various modular components to enable quick and easy maintenance, even in remote locations.Weatherford Arabian Sea geozone vice president Tony Azizi said: “Operations in some of the world’s most challenging geophysical environments are proving Magnus’ ability to deliver very accurate wellbore placement and wellbore quality, in conditions requiring vertical, lateral or curved directional drilling.“Magnus’ independently controllable and addressable steering pads, in tandem with its unique modular design, allow for increased reliability, improved utilisation, efficient turn-around time of idle assets and local repair, all of which will drive greater benefits for ADNOC Offshore.”Earlier this month, the oilfield service company signed a five-year corporate procurement agreement with Saudi Aramco. Under the agreement, the company will supply cementation, completions, solid expandables, liners, and casing exit technologies to the Arabian oil and gas giant.last_img read more

Ocean City Gets Ready for the Holidays

first_imgShoppers dress in pajamas and festive costumes to get into the holiday spirit during the “Earlier Than The Bird” event each year in November. Downtown Asbury Avenue is decorated for the holidays, and a full schedule of special events is coming up quickly.  The celebrations in Ocean City begin with “Earlier Than the Bird” on Saturday, Nov. 23. The annual downtown shopping extravaganza takes place 8 a.m. to noon on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Jump-start your holiday shopping and shop in your pajamas for early-bird shopping specials at stores on Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 11th Street. Free turkeys will be awarded to the best-dressed, and shoppers can text in to win gift certificates and prizes from downtown merchants. Free coffee will be available at Jon & Patty’s (637 Asbury Avenue), Ocean City Coffee Company (917 Asbury Avenue) and Starbucks (1061 Asbury Avenue). Shoppers also can enjoy a free standard doughnut at Drip ’N’ Scoop (960 Asbury Avenue). Free horse-and-carriage rides will be available starting on the weekend of Nov. 23 and 24. Ride the downtown the old-fashioned way noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Board the carriages in front of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. The 12th annual Fast and Furriest 5K Turkey Trot goes off at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving morning on Nov. 28. The course for this 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race is on the Ocean City Boardwalk, and proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Ocean City. For more information, call 609-398-9500 (ext. 4) or visit  Ocean City’s small-town version of “Black Friday” takes place on Friday, Nov. 29. The Christmas in the Downtown – “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue” – takes place 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be a warm and entertaining time featuring carolers and performers throughout downtown Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 11th Street.  Downtown stores will offer discount shopping for gifts, and many Asbury Avenue restaurants will be open. Free horse-and-carriage rides will be available. Entertainment and Christmas carols will begin at 4 p.m. on the steps of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. The event culminates around 5 p.m. when Santa Claus will emerge on the rooftop of City Hall. With the help of an Ocean City Fire Department ladder truck, Santa will descend and help light the City Hall Christmas Tree and illuminate City Hall. Santa will make an appearance Friday, Nov. 29 for the Christmas in the downtown – “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue” — holiday spectacle. (Photo courtesy of City of Ocean City)The shopping discounts will continue on Nov. 30 as downtown merchants celebrate Small Business Saturday. On the evening of Nov. 30, music lovers can enjoy a special performance of the Ocean City Pops Orchestra. “Holiday Pops: Musical Sounds of the Season” will feature popular holiday and special performances by vocalist Scott Coulter and his cast of Broadway soloists. Children of all ages will enjoy the classic Christmas songs. Joining the show will be professional dancers from the Atlantic City Ballet’s production of the “Nutcracker.” The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $25 and $20. Call 609-399-6111 or visit The festivities continue with the annual Christmas Parade (Dec. 6), Ocean City Theatre Company’s “Lights, Camera, Christmas: 2019 Holiday Spectacular (Dec. 13-22, see for information and tickets) and the First Night (Dec. 31) and First Day (Jan. 1) New Year’s celebrations.  FIRST NIGHT BUTTONS ON SALE NOW: All-inclusive admission buttons for Ocean City’s popular and family-friendly First Night New Year’s Eve celebration are on sale now. The price is a discounted $15 through Nov. 30, and they can be purchased at or by calling 609-399-6111. You can also purchase tickets in person by visiting the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Ninth Street causeway, City Hall’s Welcome Center at 861 Asbury Avenue or the Welcome Center at 46th Street and West Avenue.  First Night includes more than 70 shows and activities at venues throughout Ocean City. Visit for more information. Fireworks will light up the sky to cap the First Night celebration and ring in the New Year.ALSO COMING UP: WOMEN OF WONDER LUNCHEON (Nov. 14): The Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation and the Cape May County Women’s Commission invite the public to the 2019 Women of Wonder Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City. Ocean City Free Public Library Director Karen Mahar will be honored, along with Stormy Freese and Shirley “Becki” Wilson. Tickets for this scholarship fundraiser are available by visiting or calling 609-463-3621.         BOZ SCAGGS (Nov. 16): Rescheduled from July 1, this sold-out concert featuring Grammy Award-winner and songwriter Boz Scaggs will bring chart-topping hits to the Ocean City Music Pier. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Call 609-399-6111 to check on last-minute availability.  CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AND BUSINESS AWARDS DINNER (Nov. 26): The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor Ocean City Primary School teacher Carrie Merritt as 2019 Citizen of the Year at its annual dinner 6 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Flanders Hotel. The Chamber also awards local businesses in a variety of categories. For more information and reservations, call 609-399-1412 or email [email protected]  POTTERY & MOSAIC SALE (Dec. 2 to 14): The Ocean City Arts Center (1735 Simpson Avenue) will host its Pottery and Mosaic Sale 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. A meet-the-artists reception will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.last_img read more

Giant oven to double Country Style’s capacity

first_imgCountry Style Foods plans to double capacity for artisanal breads at its Grimsby factory after investing in a giant new stone bake oven that can produce up to 4,000 loaves per hour.Due to be commissioned in July, the 250sq m travelling oven has been adapted by Country Style engineers with the addition of 10 tonnes of granite slabs. These will automatically transport loaves, such as ciabatta, sourdough and pain de campagne, through the oven while providing the constant bottom heat that is necessary for long-fermentation breads.The company, which supplies major multiples and foodservice customers, currently bakes artisanal breads on three stone-bottomed deck ovens, but demand has threatened to outstrip capacity in recent months.”The popularity of artisanal breads has increased by so much over the past few years that we wanted to develop a way to increase output and improve efficiency, while staying true to the artisanal baking process at the same time,” said Country Style founder Tony Wood.The company has bakeries in Leeds, Grimsby, Peterlee and Flint, and employs over 1,200 people.last_img read more

Northwest String Summit Announces Free Webcast

first_imgEvery summer, the beloved Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, Oregon hosts Northwest String Summit, showcasing the top and up-and-coming bluegrass bands and talent. This year’s event will take place from July 19th through 22nd, and luckily for you, if you can’t make the event, JamGrass TV will be streaming select sets throughout the weekend!Starting on Thursday, July 19th, Horseshoes and Handgrenades will get the webcast started, with performances by Steep Canyon Ranger, Railroad Earth, and Greensky Bluegrass to follow, on the webcast’s opening day.Friday’s webcast will feature sets from The Lil Smokies, Dustbowl Revival, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Yonder Mountain String Band. JamGrass TV will keep the virtual festivities going Saturday, with performances from Front Country, Keller & The Andys, Mandolin Orange, Fruition, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Leftover Salmon’s Funky Brass Breakdown featuring special guests Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman and Skerik. On Sunday, the festival’s final day, The Talbott Brothers, Jon Craigie, Music of Jerry & Dawg, Leftover Salmon, and The Infamous Stringdusters will be broadcast live.The full webcast schedule can be viewed at JamGrass TV. Tickets for Northwest String Summit can be purchased on their website.last_img read more

Slash Shares Update On New Guns N’ Roses Album, Fall Tour Plans

first_imgMembers of Guns N’ Roses continue to provide subtle hints on the famous rock band’s first new studio album featuring guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan since 1993’s “The Spaghetti Incident?”. The latest update related to the band’s progress on writing and recording new music comes from Slash, who shared some vague but encouraging details on what he and the GnR fellas have planned.Related: Axl Rose Teams With ‘Looney Tunes’ For First New Single In Years, ‘Rock The Rock’ Earlier this week, the lauded guitarist appeared on the “Meltdown” podcast operated by Detroit radio station WRIF, where he briefly addressed the status of the new material.“We hadn’t really done anything yet,” Slash said on the program. “I don’t like to say anything. You know how people use it to promote shit and lie through their teeth? So I just wanted to be honest about it, and so there was really no telling what we were gonna do at that point …. I do know that we are gonna do this run [of fall shows], and we’ve already started working on stuff. So, there you go.”Rumors of new material featuring 3/5 of the band’s beloved Appetite For Destruction-era lineup have been circulating amongst the rock community since Slash, Axl Rose, and Duff put their bad history behind them for their hugely successful Not In This Lifetime… Tour beginning back in spring 2016.More recently, Slash released his latest solo album with Living The Dream, featuring his backing band Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators. Slash and the band will be on tour throughout the summer beginning on July 15th in San Francisco and continuing until August 13th. Guns N’ Roses also began sharing their 2019 tour plans with scheduled appearances at festivals including both weekends of this year’s ACL Fest, Louder Than Life Festival, and Exit 111 Fest.Head to the band’s website for tour dates and ticket info.[H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

Are we rocking out yet?

first_imgMaybe you’ve seen it at a party or a family gathering: groups of people crowded around a TV screen—some wielding various toy instruments, vamping, jumping around. Players follow along with prerecorded songs, trying to match their respective parts as perfectly as possible, perhaps injecting a bit of style into the proceedings. They do it for points and the roar of a virtual crowd.These video games—two competing ones, Guitar Hero and Rock Band—offer players a chance to experience musicianship without ever having to practice an instrument. Or even leave their living rooms. Is this creative? Is it cheating? What does it mean for real-world musicianship? Why don’t these players just pick up a real guitar already?Ethnomusicologist Kiri Miller, R.I. ’11, a Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute and an assistant professor of music at Brown University, tackles these and other related issues in her current research; she’s writing a book about it, Playing Along: Digital Games, YouTube, and Virtual Performance (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). On Wednesday, Oct. 6, as part of the Radcliffe Fellows’ Presentation Series, she presented some of her research in a lecture titled, “How Musical Is Guitar Hero?”The musicality of Guitar Hero has been hotly contested since the game’s introduction. Clearly, the players aren’t really making the music—but they’re not just listening, either. “We don’t really have a big working vocabulary to account for forms of musicality that fall between musicianship and listenership, between production and reception,” Miller points out.Is a player just an automaton, or does he or she bring creativity to the game play? With a video excerpt, Miller introduced her audience to Freddie Wong, a video game virtuoso (he played Guitar Hero and Rock Band professionally for a stint) whose YouTube performances have garnered millions of hits. Whatever one thinks of his musicianship, the performative aspect of his game can’t be denied.Miller conducted ethnographic research—including interviews with players and game designers and a Web-based survey—to explore how virtual performance is changing what players think about creativity, musicality, and performance.Only time will tell whether Miller’s “virtual virtuosity” will prove to be what James Parker of the Atlantic called “another coup for the forces of unreality.” In the meantime, though, what 36 million players agree on is how very fun these games are: They continue to pick up their plastic guitars in the name of rock.Some of them may even learn to play a “realtar.”Read more about Kiri Miller’s work on her research blog, Playing Along.last_img read more

IOP announces fall fellows

first_imgThe Institute of Politics, located at the Harvard Kennedy School, announced the selection of an experienced group of individuals for resident and visiting fellowships this fall.Over the course of an academic semester, resident fellows interact with students, participate in the intellectual life of the Harvard community, and lead weekly study groups on a wide variety of issue areas. Visiting fellows join the institute for a shorter period and maximize their time meeting with students, faculty, and Harvard research center staff.“We are excited to welcome our fall fellows to Harvard,” said Trey Grayson, IOP director. “This accomplished group of practitioners with strong experience in governing, government relations, campaign strategy, journalism, and White House policy and political affairs is sure to captivate and inspire students and the University community.”The following resident fellows will join the institute for the fall semester:Christina Bellantoni, associate politics editor, Roll CallRon Christie, author and former special assistant to President George W. Bush and deputy assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney for domestic policy (2001-04)Tad Devine, Democratic political and media strategistLinda Moore Forbes, deputy assistant to President Bill Clinton and deputy political director, the White House (1993–2001); senior adviser to U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh (2001-11)Steve Grand, Republican political and media strategistDiane Casey-Landry, former chief operating officer and senior executive vice president, American Bankers Association; president and CEO of America’s Community Bankers (2000-07)In addition, Ed Rendell, a two-term Pennsylvania governor (2003-11), former Democratic National Committee general chairman (1999-2001­), and mayor of the city of Philadelphia (1992-99), will join the institute as a visiting fellow in early October.For more information.last_img read more

David Bowie’s Lazarus, Starring Michael C. Hall, Extends Before Opening

first_img View Comments David Bowie’s Lazarus is already a hit! The off-Broadway production, which will begin previews on November 18 and officially open on December 7, has extended three weeks and will now play through January 17, 2016 at New York Theatre Workshop. Directed by A View From the Bridge’s Ivo van Hove and created by Bowie and Once book writer Enda Walsh, the show will star Michael C. Hall. Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper and more.Inspired by Walter Tevis’ 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, Lazarus follows Thomas Newton (Hall), the alcoholic alien-turned-inventor portrayed by Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation. The show will feature original tunes by Bowie, as well as new arrangements of his known hits.The cast will also include Krystina Alabado, Sophia Anne Caruso, Nicholas Christopher, Lynn Craig, Bobby Moreno, Krista Pioppi, Charlie Pollock and Brynn Williams.last_img read more

Senators want answers from Equifax CEO about data breach

first_imgEquifax, the latest company to be embroiled in a massive data breach, is facing questions from two top U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle.According to a report in Reuters, Senator Orrin Hatch, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and ranking Democrat Ron Wyden want the CEO of Equifax, Rick Smith, to provide a timeline of the breach event. Specifically, they want information on when the breach happened, when the board and authorities were alerted and when the three executives who sold shares in August were notified. One of those executives is the CFO of the company.Backlash is mounting, particularly since a report surfaced that the three executives sold their shares immediately after the company discovered the cyberattack. “The scope and scale of this breach appears to make it one of the largest on record, and the sensitivity of the information compromised may make it the most costly to taxpayers and consumers,” the letter to Equifax’s CEO stated, as Reuters reported. Citing regulatory filings, Reuters previously reported that the executives sold the shares, which were worth around $1. 8 million, three days after the breach was discovered. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Loan Zone: CUSO bridges ‘justice gap’ for Texas CU members

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Mary, a single mom and disabled veteran, always had the dream of home ownership.  But the excitement of receiving approval for her first mortgage was quickly squashed when she learned she could not close on her loan, as she was still legally married to a man she had been separated from for three years. Although the separation was amicable, and even though they both had good jobs, neither Mary nor her estranged husband had the $2,500 to put down as a retainer to hire an attorney, and divorce had never seemed urgent. Now it was, with Mary’s dream of a home for her and her children hanging in the balance.Mary’s story is all too common. As Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht of the Supreme Court of Texas stated in his presentation to the 84th Texas Legislature:“Access to justice is a struggle, not only for the poor, but for many in the middle class and small businesses who need the legal system but find the costs prohibitive and are forced to try to represent themselves. There are lawyers looking for work, and clients who need lawyers, but the cost of legal services keeps them apart. This has been called ‘the justice gap,’ and it’s growing.” That’s why we formed Justice For Me Inc., a new credit union service organization headquartered in the Austin-San Antonio corridor. Justice For Me bridges the “justice gap” that Mary and millions of other Americans fall into by working with attorneys and their clients to facilitate manageable payment plans and eliminate the need for large, upfront retainers.last_img read more