Seismic services provider Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded a 3D seismic survey in the Eastern Mediterranean.One of Shearwater’s vesselsShearwater said on Thursday that the one-month survey would be executed in the fourth quarter of 2019.The company added that the survey would be executed using one of Shearwater’s highest capacity seismic vessels, with a 14-streamer configuration.“Shearwater has a long track record in the region, and we are pleased to return for this survey,” said Irene Waage Basili, the CEO of Shearwater GeoServices.“Our high-capacity seismic vessels enable efficient surveys which combined with the scale and flexibility of our fleet, have yielded a significant increase in utilization this year.”In related news, Shearwater has recently received conditional letter of award for a 2D seismic acquisition and fast-track processing project by Total in South Africa. This will be Shearwater’s first project offshore South Africa.Spotted 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.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald today,“Children of same-sex parents are doing as well or better than the rest of the population on several key health indicators, according to initial findings of the world’s largest study of such children. The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families collected data on 500 children nationally, up to the age of 17. Of the 315 gay, lesbian and bisexual parents who completed the globally recognised child health questionnaire, 80 per cent were women.”Here’s the problems: (according to expert advisers who can see through these BS studies)“The big problem is pretty much as it is with other such studies. 1) These are moms recruited through gay/lesbian community sites, orgs and bookstores, etc. Therefore they are more politically active and motivated than the general population.2) These are light years away from any kind of representative sample. They essentially admit that in saying their samples are “snowball and convenience samples.” That is like what a poor grad student would use.3) The moms all self-reported with no exterior objective checks. And they know they are participating in a major lesbian parenting study.Given these, it is a really laughable study of which nothing can really be determined.And the news outlets that report on it without even digging into it at the most basic level have no excuse.”And from another analysis“…the Sydney Morning Herald article makes several references, including in the headline, to “same-sex couples.” However, it is NOT a study of children raised by same-sex “couples”–it is a study of “children . . . with at least one parent who self identifies as being same-sex attracted.” The study design refers vaguely to “same-sex families,” which cleverly seems to IMPLY same-sex couples, but which actually, under the design of the study, could refer to a family consisting entirely of a male child being raised by a single female parent–if that mother merely happens to be sexually attracted to other females. Remember that one of the chief criticisms of Regnerus was that his subjects were not necessarily raised by same-sex couples, and therefore it was argued that his research was irrelevant to the debate over the redefinition of marriage. If that was true of Regnerus, then they ought surely to concede that the same is true of this study (but don’t hold your breath)! It also shares the sampling weaknesses of most other studies of homosexual parenting (but not Regnerus)–to quote, “Initial recruitment will involve convenience sampling and snowball recruitment techniques . . . Primarily recruitment will be through emails posted on gay and lesbian community email lists aimed at same-sex parenting.” This type of recruitment is anything but random, and will tend to bring out the “cream of the crop” of homosexual parents, eager to make a good impression.”What a shambles. They’re getting desparate – but the media are too thick to ask the real questions.
By Jerry MackeyWEST LIBERTY, Iowa – This Saturday night, July 16, racing action at West Liberty Raceway will feature a special event for the iWireless IMCA Late Models.The Ideal Ready Mix Tri-Track Challenge will award $2,000 to the winner of the 40-lap main event for the Late Models.In addition to the Late Model special event, a full program of Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Mach-1 Sport Compact racing will be held on the Muscatine County Fairgrounds ½-mile West Liberty oval.Hot laps will take to the track at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow at 7 p.m.
Tony Pulis watched from the stands as his new club Crystal Palace snatched just a second win of the season at Hull, breathing new life into their relegation battle. They were almost pegged back in the dying seconds when Livermore saw his effort bundled off the line and Liam Rosenior clattered a post from 25 yards, but Pulis will now take the hot seat with a spring in his step. Prior to that late drama it was a grim and forgettable outing at the KC Stadium, as notable for the home fans’ protests against the proposed renaming of the club as anything that occurred on the field. Owner Assem Allam looks set to proceed with plans to rebrand the side as Hull Tigers, but there was nothing for the locals to roar about as they turned in arguably their limpest display of the season. Hull were incensed by referee Anthony Taylor after just two minutes when he pulled back play for a clash of heads between Paul McShane and Marouane Chamakh. George Boyd was in a decent position to advance on goal when the whistle was blown but the lengthy attention – and twin bandages – required by both injured parties went some way to justifying Taylor’s call. Chamakh, in fact, never fully recovered and was replaced by Jerome in the 36th minute. Boyd and Robbie Brady were taking turns to push up in search of the flick-ons provided by centre forward Yannick Sagbo, although nothing concrete came through that route in the opening stages. At the other end, Kagisho Dikgachoi managed to get in front of McShane and into the area but his shot sailed high and wide. Caretaker boss Keith Millen, who will hand over the baton to Pulis, signed off his stint with a 1-0 victory, secured when Barry Bannan converted Cameron Jerome’s cut back in the 81st minute. By then Palace were down to 10 men and seemingly hanging on to a point after Yannick Bolasie was harshly dismissed for a lunge at Jake Livermore. Most of the best entertainment involved fan protests against the proposed name change, with a large ‘WE ARE HULL CITY’ banner being paraded around the stands before stewards waged an unsuccessful tug-of-war with the ring leaders. When the message was once again unfurled, it was met with deafening approval from all four corners. Hull attempted to draw attention back to the pitch, Tom Huddlestone and Boyd working a quick free-kick to Curtis Davies in the Palace box. The centre-half got a strong connection on his header but could not force it through a crowded area. By the time the sides headed for the tunnel, neither had mustered a goalscoring attempt worthy of the title, although a deflected effort from Boyd at least required Julian Speroni to make a save. Steve Bruce removed the ineffective Brady at the break, sending on Danny Graham in his place to increase Hull’s attacking options. Within seven minutes of the restart they created the best chance so far. Boyd found the run of Sagbo, but the Ivorian hesitated slightly when one on one with Speroni and saw his shot well saved. Palace countered immediately, Bolasie looking for the advancing Dwight Gayle only for Ahmed Elmohamady to make a vital interception. An unlikely breakthrough reared its head when Boyd tripped over the ball and then passed straight to Bolasie, but the winger screwed his shot wide of Allan McGregor’s goal. The tempo was picking up, Jerome and Robert Koren exchanging 20-yard strikes and Davies losing his footing when the ball dropped to him from a Hull corner in the 70th minute. The latter was actually an inviting chance by the standards on offer but the home captain could not even manage a solid connection. With 12 minutes to go, the door creaked open for Hull as Bolasie saw red sliding in on Livermore. But incredibly it was the visitors who took the lead just three minutes later. Hull were guilty of switching off at the back as Jerome jinked into the box and left them exposed as the striker reached the byline and rolled the ball across goal. Bannan was the man arriving to meet it and slid home to set up an unlikely success. Hull had the numerical advantage but limited time to make it count. As it was they almost levelled twice at the end of added time – Livermore’s attempt blocked on the goal-line and Rosenior’s sweetly-struck follow-up rebounding off the woodwork. Press Association
After being unveiled as the European captain at a press conference in Hong Kong, Miguel Angel Jimenez announced the first four automatic qualifiers for his 10-man team, with McDowell being joined by Wales’ Jamie Donaldson, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson and Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. The quartet secured their places on the team thanks to their final position in the 2013 Race to Dubai. The remaining spots in the European side will be taken from the leading four available players from the Official World Golf Ranking on February 3, 2014, the playing captain and one captain’s pick by Jimenez. McDowell, who won the US Open in 2010 and claimed the winning point at that year’s Ryder Cup, said: “I am really looking forward to playing the EurAsia Cup. “It’s a great concept to bring Asia and Europe together and I think it has a lot of potential to become a very big event.” The Northern Irishman added: “Everyone knows the standards in Asian golf are continually rising and I have no doubt it will be a tough job to go away from home and win. “But if we gel as a team and get the pairings right then we will have a chance because there will be a lot of quality and experienced players in the European Team and I am sure a few of them will be looking to sharpen their match play skills with an eye on the Ryder Cup next year.” Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee is captain of the Asian team. His team will include the leading four available Asian players from the final 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit, the leading three available Asian players invited on the basis of their Official World Golf Ranking, the playing captain and two captain’s picks. The EurAsia Cup will take place at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur from March 27-29. Former US Open champion and Ryder Cup winner Graeme McDowell will help lead Team Europe’s challenge at next year’s inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia. Press Association
Police are investigating the death of a 1-year-old girl who was left in her family’s Jeep in Tampa for almost a full day.Police said the girl was left in the Jeep Monday morning and that her family called 911 after finding her unresponsive in the vehicle that evening.Paramedics rushed the toddler to the hospital, where she was declared dead.The girl’s father used the vehicle the toddler was in to run errands throughout the day and then took separate cars to work, according to Steve Hegarty with Tampa police. “That caused him to forget that the child was in the back seat of the car, left, went to work, and then came home.”Authorities said the temperature reached 88 degrees outside, but due to the humidity, it felt more like 99 degrees.According to reports, police are calling the incident a tragic accident but have not closed the case at this time.
On a windy and overcast Tuesday afternoon in Stanford, Calif., the top-ranked USC beach volleyball team easily passed its road test, defeating the Cardinal 5-0 at Stanford Beach Volleyball Stadium in the first-ever meeting between the two Pac-12 programs. With straight-set sweeps on all five courts, the victory on The Farm pushes USC’s record to 26-0 on the season with a 56-match winning streak, while Stanford falls to 12-6 overall. It was a reunion of sorts for head coach Anna Collier and her Trojans, as first-year Stanford head coach Andrew Fuller served as an assistant under Collier from 2012 to 2015 and helped coach USC to its first AVCA National Championship back in 2015. However, it was the veteran who had the upper hand on her apprentice, as the Trojans seized control from the start and never relinquished their grip.Courts four and five kicked things off for the Trojans, with USC getting on the board first from the No. 4 spot. Sophomore Abril Bustamante and freshman Joy Dennis jumped on Stanford’s Catherine Raquel and Shannon Richardson early and did not allow any breathing room, running away with a 21-12, 21-12 sweep for the Trojans’ first point of the dual. It was the first match back for Bustamante, as the sophomore had missed the last few weeks due to injury.Soon thereafter, USC chalked up another straight-set sweep thanks to juniors Jenna Belton and Jo Kremer at the five spot, as the duo posted a 21-17, 21-13 win over Kat Anderson and Courtney Bowen for the second dual point. Kremer and Belton moved to 28-3 overall on the season with a 24-1 mark in duals, and they improved their winning streak to eight matches in a row. To close out the first flight of matches, sophomores Becca Dunn and Katrina Kernochan won their exhibition match against Jennifer DiSanto and Chelsea Red-Horse Mohl (21-16, 21-10). The dual was clinched at court two, as seniors Sophie Bukovec and Allie Wheeler defeated Payton Chang and Ivana Vanjak by a score of 21-16, 21-13 to mark their 13th win together on the season. Just a few minutes later, a win at the top court from seniors Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes over Stanford freshmen Jenna Gray and Kathryn Plummer (21-14, 22-20) gave the Trojans their fourth point. The victory improved Claes and Hughes’ all-time record to 123-4 overall. To sew up the 5-0 sweep, junior Terese Cannon and senior Nicolette Martin won their match at court three, 21-14,21-17 over Stanford’s Morgan Hentz and Caitlin Keefe. The win was Cannon and Martin’s 24th on the season and their 21st dual victory in 2017. Overall, USC has won 88 of its last 90 duals during its lengthy unbeaten run.It will be another short turnaround for the Trojans as they now head back down to Los Angeles to host two teams, No. 5 Long Beach State and Cal State Bakersfield, for a three-way dual meet on Thursday at Merle Norman Stadium. The Trojans have never lost to the Roadrunners, while the 49ers are one of just three teams to ever take a dual match against USC at home — most recently in 2013. Long Beach State (23-5) and CSU Bakersfield (1-12) will kick things off with a dual at noon, while the Trojans and Long Beach State are slated for a dual at approximately 2 p.m., which will be televised on Pac-12 Networks. To close out the meet, USC will take on the Roadrunners for a dual scheduled for around 4 p.m.
Earlier Tuesday, before Buffalo played Syracuse, UB star CJ Massinburg checked his ESPN app for its prediction of the night’s game. ESPN gave the Bulls a 35 percent chance to win. “I feel like people, they respect us, but they don’t really, aw, it could be a fluke,” Massinburg said. “… People don’t really think that we are a valid team. But we knew what we had in our locker room. I feel like this win, and if we can get one at Marquette, will really get us the respect we deserve.”The Bulls (11-0) proved that prediction wrong on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome, as the No. 14 team in the country came back to handle Syracuse (7-4), 71-59. With Buffalo off to its best start since 1930-31, Tuesday was just another example to the Bulls of the type of team they’ve built, a team that beat Syracuse for the first time since 1963. A halftime deficit didn’t phase them, and neither did the NBA potential of a couple Syracuse players. UB felt it was the better team.“I think we do have better players,” UB head coach Nate Oats said. “I told our team going into this game, ‘Hey, we’re the better team. I think we play harder.’”Earlier this year, the Bulls beat then-No. 13 West Virginia in Morgantown in overtime behind 43 points from Massinburg. They’d risen from outside of the AP Top-25 to 14th. Their roster has five seniors and a handful more players who’d contributed to an upset of Arizona and eventual No. 1 NBA Draft pick DeAndre Ayton in last year’s NCAA Tournament. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe evidence of their success was there, but the Bulls wanted revenge. Last year, against Syracuse, UB led with three minutes to go before the Orange stormed back to win by seven. Seven players who played in that game for the Bulls remain on their roster. And they got a reminder during the week when reviewing the film from last year. They saw how they’d blown a chance at a marquee win a year ago.“I came here with a chip on my shoulder knowing that we fell short last year,” UB guard Davonta Jordan said. “We’re not a team that’s gonna get happy just because we came close. This year, I just feel like we had the team just to go ahead and beat them.”Early in Tuesday’s game, the Bulls couldn’t make shots. Oats had been worried that Syracuse would come out flying after a loss, and UB didn’t help its own cause, starting 0-for-8 from the floor. Offensive rebounds created second chances, but they couldn’t finish them. Buffalo had opportunities to cut into a Syracuse lead, but then the Bulls traveled or lost the ball in the lane. Even with all of that, including an eventual first-half shooting line of 11-for-31, the Bulls went into halftime down just four.Oats didn’t feel he had a reason to be upset in the locker room at the break. He liked his team’s effort. And when he walked into the locker room, he saw senior Nick Perkins speaking with the rest of the Bulls.“I walk in the locker room and hear Perkins, basically, ‘Hey, we’re gonna get through this. We played an awful first half,’” Oats recalled Perkins said. “Awful in that we couldn’t make a shot, had a bunch of turnovers. Only down four. That was the players’ mindset, kind of my mindset, too.”At that point, Oats felt fine. He knew his team wasn’t worried. And although the Bulls didn’t start the second half perfectly, they found their groove. After Elijah Hughes hit a 3 to put Syracuse up six, Jordan drove and threw a wraparound pass to Massinburg for a lefty layup with about 12 minutes to go. A few trips later, Montell McRae hit nothing but net on a 3 from the left wing. A minute later, Jeremy Harris remained confident amidst shooting struggles, knocking down a 3 to give the Bulls their first lead with 9:40 to go in the game. He shot just 2-for-12 from deep, but still finished with 18 points.“Jeremy missing shots is not for the lack of him working, he works on his game all the time,” Oats said. Syracuse tied it up, though. Massinburg answered with a 3 to take the lead, then Tyus Battle answered him with a 3 to tie it right back up. Then, Jordan grabbed a rebound inside of Oshae Brissett, even though he checks in at six inches shorter than the SU sophomore. His putback gave the Bulls a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. After Jordan put the Bulls ahead, it was their star that finished off the big win. Massinburg scored 10 more points from that time on, turning a barnburner into a blowout. With 2:34 to go, during a timeout, Oats pointed at the scoreboard and reminded his players where they were last year at a similar juncture: ahead. “Here we are, just under three, we’ve got to grind some stops out here, we’ve got to take this thing,” Oats said he told his team in that timeout.When Massinburg knocked down a 3 with 2:09 to go and put Buffalo up 10, it was a dagger in Syracuse’s hopes and Oats’ worries. A contingent of Syracuse fans seated near the Orange bench rose up and left.By the game’s final seconds, the result wasn’t in doubt. But SU’s Hughes rose up for a 3 from the left wing, and he missed. It didn’t matter for the scoreline, but, fittingly, the ball landed in the arms of Massinburg. Buffalo’s best player, a senior and UB’s fourth-all-time-leading scorer wrapped his arms around the ball tight and kissed it.“At the end of the game, honestly I’m lost for words,” Massinburg said. “… Just leaving, driving down here to Syracuse a lot of people from Buffalo were hitting my phone, ‘You gotta get them, this is really big for the city.’“When we go back there, we’re definitely gonna feel the love. So it’s a big win for the city.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 19, 2018 at 12:48 am Contact Billy: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Wheyen3
Related Articles Golden Race continues LatAm expansion through Universal Soft May 26, 2020 Codere chooses Solitics’ data management & automation platform March 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Peter Nolte lays out Patagonia Entertainment’s 2020 LatAm vision December 12, 2019 Submit Luis Traversa – BetmotionLegacy South American online bookmaker Betmotion has confirmed the successful migration of its online gambling verticals onto a new ‘mobile-first’ omni-channel platform powered by Patagonia Entertainment.Operating since 2009, Betmotion reveals that it has chosen Patagonia platform provisions to revamp its LATAM profile, delivering a seamless and adaptable operating system supporting multi-market expansion initiatives.Updating stakeholders, Betmotion’s COO Luis Traversa said: “The first half of the year has been one of relentless growth for the business and our migration to the Patagonia Entertainment platform sets us up perfectly for accelerated expansion. Our mobile-first strategy and dedication to offering the best user experience possible is key to further success in LATAM.”Moving forward, Betmotion details a number of Patagonia-led enhancements that will accelerate the firm’s LATAM ambitions, with Betmotion amplifying its selection of third-party games and customer engagement functions.Betmotion enhancements include a new player account area, displaying clear information on bonusing and customer transactions. Furthermore, Patagonia has delivered the South American bookmaker a new player loyalty and VIP programme, bolstering retention dynamics.Patagonia Entertainment’s Global Business Development Manager Victor Arias said: “Our omni-channel platform will enable Betmotion to diversify its offering and continue its strong growth in Latin America. We’re thrilled to welcome Betmotion as a partner and give our games extra exposure”.
The Telegraph Business of Sport event this year included a sizable band of esports folk.From Fnatic CEO Wouter Sleijffers to Twitch’s Chris Mead and Ceirnan ‘excoundrel’ Lowe, the esports crowd was out in force amongst the speakers when compared with some other traditional sports. It was undoubtedly a learning curve for many attendees, not least veteran sports writer Jim White, who moderated the final panel featuring Fnatic’s Wouter and Duncan McMonagle of Minute Media (the company who recently launched DBLTAP). White, who was flabbergasted at the discovery that Fnatic have been around since 2004, asked the usual questions of what traditional sports can learn from esports and what it’s doing differently. Wouter answered: “One part is the level and rate of innovation. Esports is also a very dynamic space, new games do emerge and in turn create new opportunities.”McMonagle added: “As traditional sports organisations in 2017 you have to adapt and digitalise. There needs to be a shift to attract a younger audience.”White went on to ask McMonagle, whose company Minute Media was a sponsor of the event, whether esports is now the key part of their product roadmap. Minute Media also has the likes of 90min under its umbrella. McMonagle responded: “In terms of rights acquistions and what we’ve achieved in esports, simply put there’s no way we could have done the same in football for instance. Our deals with the big hitters of ESL and DreamHack are huge, and right now such deals are undervalued.”“The value of these will go up and that’s why we’re delighted to have ‘got in early’. Being able to combine offering a voice for fans with the exclusive content and access that these brand partners give us is going to make for an exceptional platform. The numbers from the past month are excellent for DBLTAP and we’re beginning to make a name for ourselves.”McMonagle also gave a word of warning for any brands considering the move into esports. He noted: “You have to be sympathetic to the audience you’re targeting, and there are a number of distinct communities within the umbrella term of esports.”Fnatic’s Sleijffers added: “It’s rough at times. Even at Fnatic sometimes we’ve done things that people don’t like and haven’t responded well to. It’s a case of doing and learning, but first and foremost you have to know your audience as well as you possibly can.”Earlier in the day the audience heard from one of Vfl Wolfsburg’s FIFA players David ‘DaveBTW’ Bytheway who delivered a presentation on the title’s global appeal, the Wolfburg story and also balked at an enquiry as to whether he plays PES. An earlier panel saw Chris Mead of Twitch, Christian Weiglin Thorn the Head of Marketing at Audi Denmark, Ceirnan ‘excoundrel’ Lowe and Chester King of the British Esports Association sit down for a chat. As moderator, Lowe led them through a series of topics, but early on Mead pointed out that, in his mind, no doubt about it esports are sports. Chester King explained to a diverse sporting audience that there are around 35 different esports titles right now, and that the fans dictate which are ‘in charge’. He also gave a glowing comparison of major live events in esports when compared with traditional sports: “Esports live are so much more engaging and thrilling than traditional sports.”Thorn discussed Audi’s work in esports to date, which saw the company sponsor Danish side Astralis for the ELEAGUE Major. Thorn explained that whilst they’ve found KPI’s tricky to establish they have found that only 1/10th of conversations were based in Denmark. As such it was a far more global activation than they expected, which has reportedly led to a number of conversations regarding their future in the space. Mead followed up on this point: “Once sponsors realise the diversity and breadth of this space, that gamers and esports fans are across demographics, then more will inevitably enter.” As for sports clubs moving in he said: “There’s an opportunity to get ahead right now and reach a new audience. In terms of reaching a younger audience and tapping new markets globally, in Asia for instance, esports is an excellent route. Ajax are a great example of this.”There was talk of ‘toxic chat’ in certain communities and the potential for it to put off possible sponsors. Mead pointed to the moderation suite they’ve built and continue to work on at Twitch to combat this issue, but Lowe also rightly pointed out that “this isn’t a gaming problem, it’s an internet problem”.Esports Insider says: The Telegraph BOS was one of those events at which it seemed that for the majority of the audience this was something of a journey of discovery in terms of learning about esports. It showed that the wider sports industry, in the UK at least, remains perhaps not as knowledgable about esports as we might think, but events like this are an important tool in providing this education. Fingers crossed this will lead to notably better coverage of esports in the mainstream press than what we’ve experienced to date. Disclaimer: Esports Insider was an official media partner of Telegraph BOS