Noble secures more work for two offshore rigs

first_imgOffshore drilling contractor Noble Corporation has secured a contract extension for a drillship in South America and another one for a jack-up rig offshore the UK.Noble Sam Croft drillship; Source: Noble CorporationIn its fleet status report released on Thursday, Noble Corp. said that Apache had exercised two of three option wells for the 2014-built Noble Sam Croft drillship, extending the contract to March 2020.The drillship is operating in Suriname with one option well remaining. The rig owner has not disclosed the rig’s dayrate.According to an estimate by Bassoe Offshore, the dayrate for the Noble Sam Croft contract with Apache is $170,000. The rig’s previous dayrate with W&T in the Gulf of Mexico was estimated at $160,000.Furthermore, Spirit Energy has exercised final option well for the 2009-built Noble Hans Deul jack-up, extending the contract to April 2020. The rig is operating in the UK for an undisclosed dayrate.Bassoe estimates the dayrate for the Noble Hans Deul rig to be around $100,000.Noble also said that the 2014-built jack-up Noble Houston Colbert would start its contract in the UK with RockRose this month.The contract will last until April 2020 and it includes one one-well option. Bassoe estimates the rig’s dayrate to be around $95,000.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Soccer squad prepare for Germany Euro 2016 clash

first_imgThe Irish football and rugby squads will both be involved in training sessions this morning as they prepare for their massive matches against Germany and France respectively.Both coaches will be hoping for positive news from their medical staff on the fitness of key players.After his squad was only limited to a light work-out yesterday, this morning’s training session is Martin O’Neill’s only full tactical session with his players ahead of Thursday’s Euro2016 qualifier against Germany. The fitness of Seamus Coleman will be the main concern for O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane, while the management will also deliver an update on the availability of Cyrus Christie and Marc Wilson.Manager Martin O’Neill knows how tough Thursdasy match will be but he says that the side are capable.last_img read more

UEFA considers ‘all options’ for Champions League format

first_imgAccording to a UEFA document seen by AFP, August 29 could be chosen as the new date for the final.The New York Times reported Friday that the final would be moved from Turkey but that Istanbul could be chosen as host of a future final, when it is safe for fans to travel from abroad in large numbers.Turkey, a country of 83 million, has so far recorded 4,461 coronavirus-related deaths and nearly 161,000 confirmed cases.The country is currently in the process of loosening lockdown measures introduced to halt the spread of the virus and its domestic football season is set to resume on June 12.Changes could also be made to the format of the Europa League, the final of which was due to be played in the Polish city of Gdansk this week. Paris, France | AFP | UEFA is studying “all the options” for the format of this season’s interrupted Champions League, amid reports on Friday that European football’s governing body is considering moving the final from its scheduled venue in Istanbul.The Turkish city was due to host the final this Saturday at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, but the tournament was suspended in mid-March at the last-16 stage because of the coronavirus pandemic.UEFA still hopes to conclude the competition by the end of August, but with major changes to the format likely and games set to be played behind closed doors.“We are looking at all the options regarding the calendar and the format of the competition in the working group involving the clubs, leagues and national associations,” a UEFA spokesman told AFP.“No decision has been taken yet but there should be at the Executive Committee meeting on June 17.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

England win Girls’ Home Internationals

first_img4 Aug 2012 England win Girls’ Home Internationals England won the Girls’ Home International championship at Radyr, Wales, in a nail-biting, touch and go finish. The team came from behind to beat the hosts, Wales, 5-4 on the final day and secure the Stroyan Cup for the fifth year in a row. England finished with 2½ pt, Ireland 2pt (runners-up for the second year in a row), Wales 1pt and Scotland half a point. It fell to the last three players on the course to win their matches for England  – and they did it. Captain Chris Pascall said: “It was touch and go and it all came down to the last three matches. “It was tough – and it was a tough week. The standard gets better all the time and the girls have played extremely well.” England held a slender lead in the championship at the start of the final day, having previously beaten Scotland and halved with Ireland. The team knew that a win against Wales would secure the trophy. But Wales, too, had all to play for and came out, all guns blazing, to win the morning foursomes.  Only Elizabeth Mallett and Meghan MacLaren were able to secure their point for England, winning one up. As the singles got under Georgia Hall continued her excellent form to win her match 5/3 and level the scoreboard. Georgia, who is sixth in the women’s world amateur rankings, won five out of six points this week. But, when Elizabeth Mallett and Brogan Townend lost their matches, Wales needed just one more point for victory. England, however, held all the aces. They led in the three games still to finish – and duly won them all. Amber Ratcliffe beat Jessica Evans 4/3 after being three up at the turn, Gabriella Cowley beat Megan Lockett 3/1 after being all square at the turn, and Meghan MacLaren delivered the title-winning fifth point for England by beating Nia Greville 2/1, again after it was all square at the turn. England v Wales Foursomes Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) & Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) beat Georgia Lewis & Nia Greville  5&4 Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) & Shelby Smart (Knowle) lost to Megan Lockett & Jess Evans 1 down Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) & Gabriella Cowley (West Essex) lost to Chloe Williams & Ella Griffiths 3&2 Singles Hall beat Lewis 5&3 Mallett lost to Williams 2&1 Brogan Townend (Pleasington) lost to Griffiths 1 4&3 Cowley beat Megan Lockett 3&1 MacLaren beat Greville 2 &1 Ratcliffe beat Evans 4&3 In the day’s other match Ireland beat Scotland 5-4.   England’s girls beat Scotland 08 August 2012  Defending champions England beat Scotland 5½-3½ to take a slender lead after the second day of the Girls’ Home Internationals at Radyr. Tomorrow they play the hosts, Wales, knowing that a win will guarantee a successful defence of their title. England have 1½ points from two matches, Wales and Ireland have a point apiece, while Scotland has a half point. Today’s victory was hard fought. After England won all three morning foursomes the Scots came out with great determination in the singles. England captain Chris Pascall said: “They knew they had to win five matches and they just came at us. It’s been hard work and there was a lot of good golf from both sides.” But, despite the Scots attack, England managed to take 2½ points from the singles. Georgia Hall and Gabriella Cowley both won their singles games, while Shelby Smart managed a half, despite her opponent holing 15-footers on the 15th, 16th and 17th holes. Earlier, in the foursomes, Shelby had fired accurate shots into the three short holes on the back nine, each time finishing within 10ft – and her partner Amber Ratcliffe rolled in the putts each time. “They won all three par threes with twos,” said Chris. Meanwhile Georgia and Gabriella, who were paired in the morning, withstood a birdie blitz which pegged them back from five up after 10 to just one up after 14. They stopped the slide by halving the 15th and then managed their own winning birdie on 16 to move to two up, before closing out the match on the 17th. Elizabeth Mallett and Brogan Townend completed England’s clean sweep in the foursomes. They were never behind in their match, were three-up after eight holes and although the Scots won the ninth they were never able to improve on that position. England results v Scotland Foursomes Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) & Gabriella Cowley (West Essex)  beat Rachel Walker & Lauren Whyte 2&1 Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) & Shelby Smart (Knowle) beat Ailsa Summers & Clara Young 4&2 Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) & Brogan Townend (Pleasington) beat Lesley Atkins & Jessica Meek 2&1 Singles Hall beat Whyte 5&4 Mallett lost to Summers 4&2 Cowley beat Atkins 4&2 Olivia Winning (Rotherham) lost to Meek 4&3 Smart halved with Young Amber Ratcliffe lost to Walker 1 down In the day’s other match Ireland and Wales halved.   England’s girls halve with Ireland 07 August 2012 England halved with Ireland on the first day of the Girls’ Home Internationals at Radyr, Wales – thanks to the strong nerve of Meghan MacLaren. She was in the last singles match on the course and the day’s result depended upon the outcome.  Meghan, 18, had to win her game to secure the half for the team – and she duly delivered with a 2/1 victory. She’d never been behind during the match and had led for most of the way, getting to 2up with three to play. Her opponent won the 16th to reduce the deficit to one, but Meghan found the perfect answer when she won the 17th and closed out the match. Earlier England had won two of the three morning foursomes to take the advantage at the halfway stages. Georgia Hall, who is sixth in the women’s world amateur rankings, kept the momentum going when she won her singles point and Elizabeth Mallett added another half point to the tally. But then the Irish surged, winning the next three games to draw level. England are the defending champions in the tournament and are aiming to win the Stroyan Cup for the fifth successive year. In the day’s other match Wales and Scotland also halved. Now, England play Scotland while Wales take on Ireland. England results v Ireland Foursomes Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) & Gabriella Cowley (West Essex) beat Jean O’Driscoll & Jessica Ross 2&1 Elizabeth Mallet (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) & Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) beat Jessica Carty & Chloe Ryan 5&4 Olivia Winning (Rotherham) & Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) lost to Olivia Mehaffey & Ariana Coyle Diez 3&1 Singles Hall beat O’Driscoll 3/2 Mallett halved with Carty Brogan Townend (Pleasington) lost to Ross 2 down Shelby Smart (Knowle) lost to Coyle Diez 2/1 Cowley lost to Mehaffey 4/3 MacLaren beat Ryan 2/1   England girls bid for fifth title in a row 06 August 2012 England will bid for their fifth successive victory when the Girls’ Home Internationals get underway tomorrow at Radyr Golf Club, near Cardiff. However, it would not be a record sequence because England was the top side in the tournament for six years in succession from 2000 to 2005. Scotland broke the stranglehold to win the title in 2006 and 2007.   Wales has not won the Stroyan Cup since 1999 and Ireland has never won the tournament.   England, captained again by Chris Pascall, have four new caps in their eight-strong line-up. They are Gabriella Cowley (West Essex), third in the recent R&A Junior Open at Fairhaven, Junior Vagliano Trophy player Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer), Shelby Smart (Knowle) and Olivia Winning (Rotherham). The second Junior Vagliano Trophy player in the England line-up is Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) who has climbed into the top 10 of the women’s world amateur rankings on the back of an excellent series of tournament performances. She was runner-up in the English women’s amateur in May and reached the semi-finals of the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship at Carnoustie in June. The team is completed by three other established girl internationals: Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough), Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) and Brogan Townend (Pleasington).   Ireland finished runners-up in the Girls Home Internationals at Gullane last year when they beat Scotland and Wales but lost to England in the title decider. Ireland, captained by Niamh Kitching, has three new girl caps in its team – Mary Doyle (The Heath), Jessica Ross (Donaghadee) and Niamh Ward (Lurgan). Chloe Ryan (Castleroy) played for Ireland in last year’s Women’s Home Internationals as well as the Under-18s’ event. Scotland, captained by Elaine Cuthill, has three new caps in its line-up – Nicola Callander (Mill Green), 16-year-old winner of the recent Scottish Under-21 stroke play championship, Jessica Meek (Carnoustie Ladies’) and Eilidh Watson (Muckhart) who reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Ladies’ Amateur Championship in May. Clara Young (North Berwick) is another Junior Vaglian Trophy player.   Wales, captained by Kay Bradbury, has three new caps:  Ella Griffiths (The Grove), Megan Lockett (Huddersfield) and Lottie Turner (Aberdovey). Lottie is the daughter of the late Sue Turner, one of the most successful team captains in Welsh golf history who died last year before she could share in this year’s Curtis Cup triumph at Nairn. Sue had been named as GB and I team manager. The fourth Junior Vagliano Trophy team player in the tournament is Chloe Williams (Wrexham).   THE PROGRAMME   Tuesday, August 7 Wales v Scotland, Ireland v England.   Wednesday, August 8 England v Scotland, Ireland v Wales   Thursday, August 9 Scotland v Ireland, Wales v England.   THE TEAMS   ENGLAND                Chris Pascall, Captain              Gabriella Cowley, West Essex Georgia Hall, Remedy Oak Meghan MacLaren, Wellingborough Elizabeth Mallett, Sutton Coldfield Ladies’ Amber Ratcliffe, Royal Cromer Shelby Smart, Knowle Brogan Townend, Pleasington Olivia Winning, Rotherham                  IRELAND                Niamh Kitching, Captain                  Jessica Carty, Holywood Ariana Coyle Diez, Elm Park Mary Doyle, The Heath Olivia Mehaffey, Royal County Down Ladies’ Jean O’Driscoll, Muskerry Jessica Ross, Donaghadee Chloe Ryan, Castletroy Niamh Ward, Lurgan                  SCOTLAND                Elaine Cuthill, Captain                  Lesley Atkins, Gullane Ladies’ Nicola Callander, Mill Green Jessica Meek, Carnoustie Ladies’ Ailsa Summers, Carnoustie Ladies’ Rachel Walker, Dumfries and County Eilidh Watson, Muckhart Lauren Whyte, St Regulus Clara Young, North Berwick                  WALES                Kay Bradbury, Captain                  Jess Evans, Newport Nia Greville, Ashburnham Ella Griffiths, The Grove Georgia Lewis, Llanishen Megan Lockett, Huddersfield Lottie Turner, Aberdovey Bethan Williams, Holyhead Chloe Williams, Wrexham Image: Back row from left – Meghan Maclaren, Amber Ratcliffe, Georgia Hall, Gabriella Cowley, Brogan Townend, Olivia Winning. 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The US Is Downright Mediocre At The World Baseball Classic

South Korea1471.79 Australia19-3.73 Teams are ranked according to the Simple Rating System (SRS) for all WBC games since 2006, with extra weight applied to games in later rounds.Source: Wikipedia China28-6.12 Japan — not the U.S. — dominates the World Baseball Classic Puerto Rico1380.67 Cuba1480.67 COUNTRYWINSLOSSESWEIGHTED SRS United States1010-0.41 National pastime or not, America’s unexceptionalism probably won’t improve until the U.S. starts treating the WBC less like an exhibition event, and more like the international showcase other countries already think it is. Share on Facebook Italy47-1.49 Dominican Republic1441.49 American fans like to think of the U.S. as the home of baseball; they even tried to mythologize it into the game’s place of origin at one point. And, yes, the majority of the game’s best players are from America. But in the World Baseball Classic, arguably the highest-profile event in international baseball, the U.S. is merely ordinary: It’s 10-10 over the tournament’s history, despite playing a relatively weak slate of opponents over the years. What gives?The WBC has always held more appeal for international players and fans, whose national teams take it far more seriously than the U.S. team does. The U.S. seldom sends its best players to the event, for better (it reduces the risk of key injuries in games that are essentially treated as exhibitions) and worse (it deprives the game of its best players playing on a worldwide stage). That means we won’t be seeing the likes of Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw in this year’s Classic, much less living legend Mike Trout.As a result, the U.S. has gotten mediocre results on the field, far from what might be expected out of a country that still considers itself baseball’s standard-bearer. To get a schedule-adjusted ranking of how countries have performed at the four World Baseball Classics,1Including 2017’s games, as of March 8. I calculated Sports-Reference’s Simple Rating System (SRS) for every WBC game since the event began in 2006.2A few more details: I gave more weight to games that took place in later rounds (first-round games had a weight of 1, second-round games a weight of 2, WBC semifinals a weight of 4 and WBC finals a weight of 8.) I also used a home-field advantage term of +0.16 runs per game, matching what it is in MLB since 2006. Among the 13 teams that have played double-digit WBC games, the U.S. ranks just seventh — far behind No. 1 Japan, who has dominated the tournament more than any other country. Mexico69-2.05 Chinese Taipei39-3.26 Venezuela107-0.22 Netherlands910-1.20 Japan1973.40 read more