Alpha Petroleum Resources, an upstream oil and gas operator focused on the UK sector of the North Sea, has appointed Charles Proctor, a former executive at BP and Genel Energy, as its new chief financial officer.Proctor has over 28 years of experience in the international energy industry having held senior executive positions at major corporations and worked with smaller, more entrepreneurial businesses.In his early career, he held several commercial and financial roles in BP’s businesses in the UK, internationally, and in the company’s corporate headquarters. He subsequently became CFO for BP’s major exploration and production businesses in Angola and later Azerbaijan. In 2009, he was appointed the head of the BP Group chief executive’s office and became Regional President for BP Middle East in 2010.In 2012, Proctor left BP to join the executive team of Genel Energy, an independent exploration and production company established in 2011 as Head of Commercial and regional president for Africa. Since 2015, he has been working as an industry consultant providing advisory services to several existing and start-up energy companies and is also an independent member of the supervisory board of Naftogaz of Ukraine.Andy Crouch, Alpha Petroleum’s CEO, said: “His [Proctor’s] considerable international experience at an executive level will greatly add to the team’s existing expertise. To welcome such a veteran of the sector who also understands the challenges that face a smaller entrepreneurial business such as ours will be invaluable as we continue to develop the Alpha proposition.”Charles Proctor added: “I am delighted to be joining Alpha Petroleum. The team’s strong industry experience and operational knowledge put the firm in a commanding position to take advantage of an opportunity such as Cheviot, which is already making swift and impressive progress.”The appointment of a CFO comes as Alpha Petroleum continues to make progress with plans to develop Cheviot oil field, one of the largest undeveloped fields in the UK North Sea.The company recently announced that GE Oil & Gas would partner with the firm on the advancement of the subsea infrastructure for Cheviot. In April, Alpha Petroleum announced it had entered into a Front-End Engineering and Design study agreement with Teekay Offshore Partners for its Varg floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit.Alpha expects to achieve sanction for the Cheviot development during the fourth quarter of 2017 and is targeting first oil production in 2019, at an expected rate of at least 30,000 barrels per day.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL LABORNFL players approve labor deal, including 17-game seasonUNDATED (AP) — NFL players have approved a new labor agreement with the league that features a 17-game regular season, higher salaries, increased roster sizes and larger pensions for current and former players. But there will be no NCAA Tournament this year. No upsets. No Sweet 16. No Final Four. No office pool. Now all sports fans can do is guess what might have been.The Kansas Jayhawks were steaming toward a top seed. Right behind them were Gonzaga, Dayton and Baylor. But as everyone knows, the tournament never goes to form. That’s why they call it March Madness. This year, though, to many players and fans it feels like “March Sadness.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPistons’ Wood tests positive for coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — A third NBA player has tested positive for the coronavirus. Update on the latest sports March 15, 2020 Soon after the union announced the voting results, it began discussing with the league the planned opening of the 2020 NFL business season on Wednesday with free agency and trades. A delay is possible given league restrictions on travel as a safeguard against the new coronavirus.A 17-game schedule won’t happen before the 2021 season. The mechanics for an uneven number of games — neutral sites or which teams get nine home games — will be worked out in the interim.MARCH SADNESSMarch Sadness: No brackets and no knowing what might’ve beenUNDATED (AP) — Before fears about the coronavirus scrubbed sports for the foreseeable future, Sunday was supposed to be the Big Reveal in college basketball. Selection Sunday — the day when Americans gathered around a TV for an hour to watch the brackets being revealed. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says Pistons forward Christian Wood has contracted the virus and is feeling fine. The team confirmed it had a player who tested positive without revealing his name.Wood’s diagnosis was revealed one week after he played against the Utah Jazz, spending much of that night matched up with Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’). The NBA opted to suspend its season Wednesday, immediately after Gobert became the first league player to test positive.Jazz teammate Donovan Mitchell also has tested positive.Wood was enjoying a breakout season, averaging career highs of 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds while starting 12 of 62 games. He’s been exception over his last 10 games, providing 24.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest.Meanwhile, Gobert has donated $500,000 to support health services in the U.S. and France and employees of the team impacted by the coronavirus. His donation was announced by the Jazz, who said some of the money will go to COVID 19-related social services relief in Utah, Oklahoma City and within the French health care system. Results were announced Sunday.The deal, which runs through the 2030 season, was accepted by the 32 team owners last month. The NFL Players Association’s membership spent the last week voting on the 439-page document after its executive board narrowly rejected it by a 6-5 vote. The player representatives voted 17-14 in favor, with one abstention.The total vote, among the nearly 2,500 union members who participated, was 1,109-959. Ratification required a simple majority.There was some strong player opposition to the collective bargaining agreement. Many stars, including Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, J.J. Watt and Todd Gurley, spoke out against it.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell praised the players’ acceptance of the new CBA. Goodell said in a statement that it will “provide substantial benefits to all current and retired players, increase jobs, ensure continued progress on player safety, and give our fans more and better football.” In other developments related to the virus:— Cleveland State women’s basketball coach Chris Kielsmeier has tested positive for the coronavirus. CSU has issued a statement saying Kielsmeier is the first confirmed case of the virus at the school, as confirmed by Cuyahoga County health officials.— In Los Angeles, the Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Staples Center have joined together to set up a fund to provide financial help to all hourly arena workers impacted by the stoppage of games. The fund will help compensate for lost wages through the end of the NBA and NHL regular seasons. Payments will go to over 2,800 workers.— The United Center ownership and the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks say they will pay day-of-game employees through the end of their scheduled seasons. The NBA and NHL seasons have been suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement attributed to Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz and Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, the teams say their employees “are family, and we will navigate this unprecedented situation together.”— Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche ownership Kroenke Sports & Entertainment says it will pay its part-time and hourly employees impacted by the cancellations due to the coronavirus outbreak for the next 30 days. The company also is calling on its vendors and partners to do the same. KSE has suspended all events at the Pepsi Center, home of the Nuggets and Avalanche, Paramount Theatre, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, home of the Colorado Rapids, and the 1STBANK Center for 30 days.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisPresque Isle — On a perfect morning for a photo shoot, models posed in 1800s style-dresses featured in HBO’s hit series of the summer “Sharp Object.”The costumes featured in the fifth episode entitled ‘Closer,’ were designed, pieced together, and brought to life by Recollections, a small shop that creates women inspired historical clothing in Hawks, Michigan.“When you see the fruition of your work on the screen, it’s just so exciting, it’s kind of like winning the super bowl,” said Marketing Director Donna Klein.The process began back in February of 2017 when a representative of the show reached out to the small shop for a sample of their work. The ladies at Recollections crafted and shipped their work. A large order was placed by the show and the women went to work, crafting different costumes with a wide array of designs for women and girls. In total, Over 20 dresses, different garments, hats, and head pieces made their way on set.“The little girls were so happy to be dressed up in these old-fashioned clothes and the other actors and people on set were admiring them also,” said Klein, according to reports from the set of the episode.Liesa Joslin is one of the models for the history-inspired store. She knows the amount of dedication and attention to detail that goes into creating and wearing one of these spectacles of the past.“Some of them are really heavy to carry around in but you get used to it,” said Joslin, who has been modeling for over 10 years.The shop doesn’t operate a brick and mortar store. Most orders are handcrafted and shipped out to places all over the world. The future is bright for the small shop in Hawks. The woman-owned and operated store will put together more dresses and costumes for an upcoming independent film and a few community theater productions. Actors who bring history to life in historical reenactments also utilize the shop to give folks a taste of the times and attire. Most of the businesses is done online by the click of the mouse.“We are steeped in history but we definitely have our foot in the modern world,” said Klein.For more information on Recollections, visit their website https://recollections.biz/For more information on Sharp Objects, visit HBO. Dresses like the ones above were featured in the fifth episode of HBO’s ‘Sharp Object.’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 1800s, Closer, Donna Klein, Dresses, Garments, Hawks, HBO, Liesa Joslin, MICHIGAN, New Presque Isle Lighthouse, Recollections, Sharp ObjectsContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for August 27Next What’s Trending for August 28