PSA Inspects Pipelines Manufacture for Knarr Project

first_imgOn 21 and 22 November 2013, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway conducted an audit of the manufacture of pipelines for the Knarr project.The objective of the audit was to verify that the manufacture of the pipelines for the Knarr project complies with the regulations. A further objective was to verify BG Norge AS’s system for follow-up of suppliers.No non-conformities were identified.An improvement point was identified connected with the approval of governing project documents.[mappress]Press Release, December 12, 2013; Image: ShawCorlast_img read more

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Cousins DVD review

first_imgCredit: TLA ReleasingLucas (Paulo Sousa) lives with his religious aunt Lourdes (Juliana Zancanaro) and he helps her run religious meetings with the local ladies. Introverted, Lucas doesn’t have any friends apart from his student Julia (Duda Esteves) who is slowly becoming obsessed with him. Lourdes agrees to house another nephew Mario (Thiago Cazado), who is fresh out of prison and in need of a roof over his head to get back on the right path. At first Lucas is wary of his distant cousin but soon the attraction between the two boys becomes too strong.Cousins is written, co-directed and stars Thiago Cazado, and it’s a lighter look at what coming-to-terms with your blossoming sexuality can be like. The story is set in the middle of a religious community, which automatically makes its subject matter contentious. Add in that the film is made in Brazil given the current climate there for the LGBT community, and you have all the ingredients needed for conflict and matters of the heart.Credit: TLA ReleasingInterestingly Cazado and his co-director Mauro Carvalho don’t go down the well-trodden misery and tears route that so many coming-of-age films do. Instead they inject a sense of fun into the proceedings and the whole film has a zippy pace and wide-eyed optimism. There’s a wonderful moment where Lourdes checks on the boys and finds them in bed together asleep. At first it looks like she may have rumbled their secret love affair but instead she writes it off as a special love between cousins.Mario’s arrival brings Lucas out of his shell and gives him a purpose and enthusiasm for life he was missing before. As Lucas falls for Mario, he has to fight off the advances of Julia who goes to extreme lengths to be constantly around him. That storyline gets a little too far-fetched but the eventual comeuppance that you know she’ll get, is actually worth waiting for. There’s a random detour into witchcraft, which I presume was added for comedic affect, but the film really didn’t need it.Credit: TLA ReleasingIt’s actually pretty refreshing to watch a film like this and end with a smile on your face. While the final moments may leave you feeling that things were tied up all too quickly and conveniently, there’s something quite nice about a gay film that leaves you feeling happy rather than bawling your eyes out.The chemistry between Cazado and Paulo Sousa is electric. From the moment their two characters meet, you know it’s only a matter of time before their clothes come off and they give in to their desires. The sex scenes are surprisingly lengthy and if titillation is what you’re after than there’s plenty to be found here.Cousins is a light, fun and entertaining coming-of-age drama with a lot of heart and plenty of laughs. It’s not a perfect film but it breezes by nicely and will leave a smile on your face. As a gay man, I find it refreshing to watch a gay film that isn’t about the struggle and instead just embraces the passion between two boys (even if they are distant cousins!).Cast: Thiago Cazado, Paulo Sousa, Duda Esteves, Juliana Zancanaro Directors: Mauro Carvalho, Thiago Cazado Writer: Thiago Cazado Certificate: 18 Duration: 83 mins Released by: TLA Releasing Release date: 1st November (US) 9th December (UK) Buy Cousinslast_img read more

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Dominica at 2017 International Migration Summit in China

first_imgHead of Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Unit, Ambassador Emmanuel NanthanPress ReleaseShanghai, China (April 20, 2017) — The Head of Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Unit, Ambassador Emmanuel Nanthan is in Shanghai, China where he is participating in the 2017 International Migration Summit.The three-day citizenship and residence conference began on Wednesday, April 19th and will end on Friday April 21st and is being attended by more than 300 immigration professionals. Among the numerous programmes on the agenda at the conference is the United States of America’s EB-5 and E-2 Visa Programme and Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme.Dominica’s Nanthan delivered the keynote address on Wednesday which focused on the features that have made Dominica’s CBIP arguably the most popular investor immigration programme in the world. It was only recently that the Investment Migration Council (IMC), an international self-regulating body of citizenship and residence by investment professional referenced Dominica’s programme as one of the best programmes worldwide.Reacting to that reference, Ambassador Nanthan stated, “They keep telling me Dominica is their best Programme, and that it is doing exceedingly well. The fact that the IMC itself is pointing this out stands as further testimony to the fact that Dominica is on top.”Dominica’s programme features two options for pathways to citizenship: a US$100,000 donation to the Economic Diversification Fund (EDF), or a US$200,000 investment in an approved real estate project..Ambassador Nanthan stressed that Dominica’s CBIP will continue to do well because it will keep on evolving, and respond responsibly to the needs of applicants and of the people of Dominica – present and future. He highlighted one example where Dominica plans to launch an online, multi-purpose system. The system will allow Dominica’s CBI Unit to upload and store applicant information, enable agents to track the status of their clients’ applications, and provide applicants with the opportunity to pay due diligence fees online. Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 183 Views   no discussionscenter_img BusinessInternationalLocalNewsPrint Dominica at 2017 International Migration Summit in China by: – April 20, 2017 Share Sharelast_img read more

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Iso happy to leave pro game to follow dream at OSU

first_imgFor Ariko Iso, a stint with one of the NFL’s perennial powerhouses may have only been a path to achieve her ultimate goal.Iso, who worked for the six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers as an assistant athletic trainer for the past nine seasons, became head trainer for the Oregon State University football program over the summer. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS She had no hesitation whatsoever to apply for the vacancy when the school’s athletic director, Bob De Carolis, phoned her in mid-May.“While there are nearly 200 schools in the NCAA, you don’t really have a chance to be a head trainer,” Iso told The Japan Times in a recent telephone interview from Oregon. “So when I received the call, I couldn’t believe it.”Iso, a graduate of OSU, joked that her father back in Tokyo was skeptical about her decision, perhaps because the transfer from a professional club to a college didn’t seem like a promotion to him.But not only she was able to become head trainer, returning to her alma mater to work was also something she had dreamed of since she left there as a student. For her, it was clearly worth it.“I’ve been working since I graduated in ’93 from Oregon State University,” said the 40-year-old, who had worked as the head football trainer of Portland State University in the Football Championship Subdivision before heading to Pittsburgh.“I wanted to become an athletic trainer at such a big school like Oregon State. That was my dream that I had in mind when I graduated.“I’ve been blessed to be able to experience a lot of things, but I’m now back where I originally wanted to work, so certainly I want to enjoy every moment here.”But her departure from the Steelers, with whom she made three Super Bowl trips (two of them won), wasn’t easy.Yet, fortunately or otherwise, because there weren’t any players around the facilities due to the NFL lockout, Iso didn’t have to go through the sorrow of parting with them.“It wasn’t easy for me to say goodbye to the Steelers staff,” said Iso, who, as the first full-time female athletic trainer in the NFL, was something of a celebrity. “But had the players been around, it would’ve been much more difficult.”John Norwig, the Steelers’ head trainer under whom Iso had worked for all those years, said in an email that he would certainly miss her, giving her the utmost praise as a co-worker and person.“Ariko was an integral part of the Steelers sports medicine staff for nine years,” Norwig said. “She took a great deal of pride in providing quality care to the athletes. She is a tireless worker, who shows compassion and dedication in taking care of the injured athletes. She did not have an enemy in the organization. She was respected by all.“She is a loyal friend. I will miss her at work, but I know she has a big challenge with her own program at Oregon State.”As Norwig pointed out, the responsibility as head trainer will be drastically different from that of an assistant.Iso said that aside from taking care of the players’ injuries and rehabs, she is now required to constantly communicate with the coaches, team doctors, staff and athletic director, while also attending team meetings every day.But she didn’t sound overwhelmed by her new duties. Instead, she seems to be enjoying the fresh challenges.“My responsibility is certainly big,” said Iso, a Tokyo native. “But it’s very challenging and a worthy job for me.”Iso said that she is still learning about the school and football program, and has not been able to feel like she has made a contribution yet. She would like to give the best service and medical care possible to the program sooner than later.Over 18 years of experience as an athletic trainer, it looks like Iso has achieved a career goal by taking the OSU position. But what is her next destination? A return to the NFL, this time as a head trainer? Or a return to her native Japan to convey what she has learned in America?Asked the above, Iso replied that she has not thought over anything yet.“Well, I haven’t been able to afford to think about it yet,” she said. “Right now, I’m only thinking of making the OSU program better and have no idea what I’ll do beyond that.”After all, for the “tireless worker” Iso, the stint at OSU may lead up a different path. center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Back to school: Ariko Iso has fulfilled a long-held ambition after becoming head football trainer for Oregon State University this summer. | OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICSlast_img read more

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Bond measure may be tough sell, poll shows

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER — A newly released scientific poll shows that it will be an uphill struggle to get voters to approve a $40 million bond issue to build a new police station. The poll — conducted by Public Opinion Strategies — showed that less than 60 percent of the voters would support a bond issue. A two-thirds vote is needed. This is despite the fact that about 70 percent of voters think the city is on the right track and approve of the job being done by the Whittier City Council. The City Council at the 6:30 p.m. meeting today will review the poll and decide whether to place a bond issue on the ballot.last_img read more

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SA to crack down on violent protests

first_img15 May 2013 People using protests as a cover for criminal activities or for incitement to violence will be identified, arrested and charged, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele warned on Tuesday. Tabling his department’s budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town, Cwele said the country’s Constitution gave South Africans the right to protest peacefully. However, while most protests in South Africa were peaceful, some were violent and disruptive, leading to intimidation and loss of life. “Let us be up front and loudly state that in terms of our law, it is a crime to incite or participate in acts of violence during protests. Both the organisers and participants must take full responsibility for the consequences of such violent action, including destruction of life and property. As a state we can no longer tolerate such abuse,” Cwele said. Referring to President Jacob Zuma’s 2009 State of the Nation Address, Cwele said the President had called on the security service to restore the authority of the state. “The whole security cluster is increasing its capacity to focus on this scourge. We now have a plan and are ready to deploy the full capacity of the democratic state to identify, prevent or arrest and swiftly prosecute those who undermine our Bill of Rights by engaging in acts of violence,” Cwele said. He called on all South Africans to join hands with the security forces and law enforcement agencies to ensure that “these perpetrators” did not prevail.Illegal trading Cwele also told Parliament that the illicit economy, such as illegal trading in cigarettes, illegal mining, copper theft, and trading in stolen goods, was undermining South Africa’s real economy. This illicit trade obstructed economic development, undermined government policy and the rule of law. It also supported corrupt practices, funded organized crime, and undermined investment in legitimate manufacturing, employment and innovation. “The sale of illicit cigarettes and tobacco products, has, for example, increased over the past four years. By the end of 2011 the illegal sale of cigarettes was more than 25 percent of market sales in South Africa. The estimated loss to the South African fiscus is R4-billion in unpaid taxes per year.” In addition, retailers lost R7-billion in turnover and R750-million in annual profits. In employment terms, this meant the loss of almost 10 000 jobs in the tobacco industry over the past 10 years. An interdepartmental task team comprising members of the SA Police Service, SA Revenue Service, Asset Forfeiture Unit, Financial Intelligence Centre and National Prosecuting Authority has been formed to deal with this, Cwele said. “We expect to see positive results as soon as a result of this intervention.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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I am still the boss, says Suresh Kalmadi

first_img“I am still the boss of the Commonwealth Games”, embattled Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi insists, while making it clear that he is not a quitter and the spate of corruption allegations will not force him to step down at this stage.Kalmadi said delivering a good Games was a challenge he has taken up and there was no question of resigning from the post as he had done nothing wrong. He also sought to scotch the perception that his wings have been clipped in the wake of the corruption scandals.Asked specifically whether he was still the boss of the Commonwealth Games after the government set up an empowered committee of bureaucrats, Kalmadi said, “Yes. Organising the Games is my responsibility. I am continuing with it.””Group of Ministers was there. The committee of secretaries under Cabinet Secretary was always there. The Prime Minister had a meeting and he has asked all these committees to get more active and give more support. I am getting more support from government and I am the OC chairman,” Kalmadi told PTI in an interview here today.”CGF chief Michael Fennell had come and he had given a good report. So I welcome all this because of the circumstances,” he said.The build-up to the October 3-14 Games has been marred by a series of corruption scandals and construction delays but Kalmadi said things were now under control and his team was capable of delivering a “good and transparent” Games.”I don’t know why all these campaigns started. Everything was smooth till the last 15 days or so. All the foreign countries are saying there will be a good Games. I am ready to face any inquiry after the Games,” he said.advertisement”Our reputation is at stake and after all these years of hard work I don’t want to go down in this manner. That is why I want this inquiry,” Kalmadi pointed out.Asked whether the thought of resignation had crossed his mind in the wake of these allegations, he said, “No. This is a challenge I have taken up. I had promised the CGF when we won the bid that I will deliver a good Games. So there is no question of any such thought.”Kalmadi admitted that he had a tough time in lifting the morale of his team after the alleged corruption scandals came out in the media.”It was not so much a distraction for me but it was for my staff. I have to keep up the morale of my staff, definitely I had a tough time on that,” he said.”Naturally I have to see that the morale of my staff is OK. I have to see that this does not happen again. I have to put them on track. I have addressed them and told them to go ahead without worry,” he added. . On whether the negative publicity that the Games have got was part of a bigger political game masterminded by his own party colleagues, Kalmadi said, “I don’t want to say anything, let them say. I don’t want to respond. I will ensure the Games go off well.”The PM has supported us to a great extent. So no worry on the count that we will deliver the Games. We are focused now. Next one month I will be fully focused and I am not distracted,” he said.Asked if too much work was left for the last minute considering the bid was won in 2003, Kalmadi said, “Initially the question of sanction was there. You have to get certificates to start work. You have to go to the MCD, NDMC and various agencies. Then there were environmental issues and finally somebody went to court. All these processes took time.”Infrastructure, we have got a little late but now everything is under control. For overlays, we have less time.We are racing against time in overlays but we will do it,” he said.Kalmadi refused to take any responsibility for the scandals that have rocked the Games, saying his job was to deliver a good Games.”I have to deliver the Games and I am doing that. That is my most important responsibility. After that there is the inquiry and let us see who has done what. Let us see.”All the allegations are exaggerated like Rs 4000 for toilet paper. Is it possible? These are all wild allegations… we will see after the inquiry. We will give all the things (for inquiry). I am sure all charges will be proved wild charges,” he asserted.advertisementOn whether India’s future bids for mega events like Olympics and Asian Games would be affected in the light of the controversies, Kalmadi said “it is normal for every Games to have some charges or the other”.”When we bid there is euphoria. There is disenchantment when the reality sets in. Then there is search for the guilty.It is the pattern for every Games. Then there is persecution of the innocent and finally there is successful Games and glorification of the uninvolved. This is the pattern everywhere,” Kalmadi said.He said the OC will try to get the people of Delhi involved in the Games.”Next one month will be focused on Delhi. Delhi government is doing its bit, we are doing our bit. My message is have faith and trust in us. We will give a good Games and a very transparent Games,” Kalmadi said.last_img read more

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Diego Maradona lives like he played, with blatant disregard for the rules and norms

first_imgHalfway through the match between Argentina and Nigeria it looked as if something had begun to take hold as the image of Diego Maradona seemingly asleep in his VIP box appeared on TV screens all over the world. In reality his appearance had raised questions from the moment he entered the stadium. Memes of his demoniac look, arms crossed across his chest, had gone viral, as did the gif of him dancing with a woman in the crowd. Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Twitter As a footballer he was out of this world. A “cosmic kite from another planet” the Uruguayan commentator Víctor Hugo Morales described him on air, narrating the second goal against England in 1986. The goal, the narration and the commentator have become legend.What Maradona could do with a ball was proof if any were needed that football at its best is an art form. His entire being, body and mind, could do with a ball what the greatest composers in history have done with musical notes, the most notable artists with a brush and some paint, the best writers with words, pen and paper.Diego “rewrote the 10 commandments of football” and performed miracles. His ability to rotate his ankle 360 degrees was matched by his peripheral vision, able to make out detail and movement all around him. When he became a celebrity in reality TV dance shows, fat and unfit, he showed once more his hips can also turn right round, and although we have never literally seen his head spinning, metaphorically it clearly does.He lived and played with a blatant disregard for the rules and laws of man. The cocaine abuse was but one manifestation, a handball-goal and shooting at journalists door-stepping his home when his daughters were little a couple of other examples. His final bow on the World Cup stage was when he walked off the pitch led by a nurse in 1994, for a dope test which came back positive. He re-emerged from the ashes of that disgrace, and became Argentina’s 2010 World Cup manager, seducing the world yet again on football’s biggest stage. ‘It was win or die’: Argentina savour their great World Cup escape Share on Twitter Facebook On that occasion he was accompanied by his then best friend, manager and sidekick Guillermo Coppola. “Guille,” Diego called out as he dived into the crowd and dribbled himself out of it on to the road where Coppola had stopped a pink convertible Rolls-Royce that happened to be passing and brokered a ride for them both. Maradona jumped in and off they went; the entire swift move had taken a few seconds. Share via Email Diego Maradona People often say he “was clever with his feet” but not with his head, or “great as a player but not as a person”, as if one could be separated from the other. Maradona’s popularity worldwide would probably be best explained if we could accept contradiction as truth; Maradona’s extremes are not so much a case of someone swaying between good and bad but more the embodiment of both simultaneously. Excess is his preferred modus operandi – a life as close to the edge as his has landed him in hospitals and emergency rooms more than once. Those who have had a chance to deal with him, whether doctors, judges or psychiatrists, often like to tell the tale, so we get to hear details such as the fact that admission to a private clinic in Uruguay after a particularly intense New Year’s Eve celebration was more a matter of consumption of pizza and champagne in wholesale quantities than recreational use of illegal pharmacology.Amid the madness, he has always been coherent. His “performance” during the Nigeria-Argentina game in St Petersburg naturally ended with medical professionals to hand. One of the most controversial and charismatic celebrities alive, whose private life has been public for as long as any of us can remember, infamously fell out with Coppola over financial dealings gone wrong 15 years ago.They had not met again until St Petersburg, a selfie of them reunited in a hug that went viral. Maradona is estranged from his first wife and two daughters, for decades the women of steel who held him together and kept him alive, and a poignant tweet from his eldest daughter, Dalma, perhaps best summarises how we all might feel if he were to, unspeakably, one day not walk among us. “I don’t know if I miss you more on or off the pitch. I think both.” World Cup 2018 qualifiers World Cup Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks.center_img Read more Pinterest Diego Maradona gestures to the crowd during the game against Nigeria, which Argentina won 2-1 to qualify for the knockout stage of the World Cup. Photograph: Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images Share on WhatsApp Topics features Football It looked like a man under the influence. Maradona’s well-documented history of substance abuse, both legal and illegal – an issue he has been openly discussing for decades – gave us a clue as to what was going on but he says he has been clean for years and told reporters afterwards he had “only” been drinking white wine.The man who has been described by many as the best footballer to have lived has been present at all three Argentina matches, held firmly in the grasp of some sort of security personnel as he teeters on the edge of the balcony much as he has done on the very edge of life throughout a turbulent existence.He walks in and commands the chants of thousands, the focus of the world’s cameras and the response of online communities who faithfully ensure his every move goes viral as he prays, celebrates, applauds, insults, swears and expresses time and again what every man, woman and child feels at some point.It is a laugh a minute with Maradona, always has been. I first met him when he was planning to launch a union to represent players’ rights against Fifa. Inside a five-star Paris hotel he said, “Let’s go and get some pizza,” and as we were stepping on to the pavement he warned us, “There’s going to be a lot of people here; watch out.” No sooner had he spoken than he disappeared into the heart of a demented mob chanting his name, hands stretched out, clamouring for a chance to glimpse and touch him. Diego Maradona receives medical treatment after Argentina victory His entire being, body and mind, could do with a ball what the greatest composers have done with musical notes World Cup 2018 Read more Argentina Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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10 months ago’No idea’ – Benitez remains in dark over Newcastle transfers

first_img‘No idea’ – Benitez remains in dark over Newcastle transfersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says he has “no idea” about the club’s January transfer plans. The Spaniard has expressed concerns over recruitment as he attempts to save Toon from relegation.The Magpies are currently five points above the drop zone. But with owner Mike Ashley looking to sell the club, it is unknown how much funds will be given, if any, to bolster Benitez’s squad. Asked after Wednesday’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool if he was expecting to sign players late in the window, Benitez said: “I have no idea.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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4 days agoEibar coach Mendilibar: Barcelona should be happy with Valverde

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Eibar coach Mendilibar: Barcelona should be happy with Valverdeby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEibar coach Jose Luis Mendilibar was full of praise for his former teammate and Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde after their 3-0 loss.Valverde got the better of Mendilibar in this one and the Eibar coach reflected on Barcelona’s up-and-down start to the season.”It’s not normal for them to lose twice early on, when they usually lose just a couple of times over a whole season,” he said after the match.”They’re a great team and they have a great coach.”Don’t doubt him at any point because he’s the best Barcelona have.” last_img read more

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