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Polarcus prepares for 3D seismic work in Middle East

first_imgOne of Polarcus’ vessels (For illustration)Marine geophysical company Polarcus has received a letter of intent from an unnamed client to pre-fund a multi-client XArray 3D seismic acquisition project in the Middle East. The project is due to start in the fourth quarter of this year and will run for approximately two months, Polarcus said in a statement on Friday.The seismic company added that it would be utilizing its XArray multiple source acquisition method during the project.According to Polarcus, XArray improves both in-line shots by 100- 250 percent and cross-line bin density by up to 400 percent on any streamer separation and can be tailored to provide higher fold data, increase crossline sampling and improve acquisition efficiency.The company did not reveal any financial details or the name of the vessel to be used for the project in the statement on Friday.Recently, Polarcus received a letter of award in late September for a broadband 3D marine seismic project in the Asia Pacific region. The project is also due to start in the fourth quarter 2017.last_img read more

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Yes, Me Before You is fiction – but so are most arguments for assisted suicide

first_imgThe Telegraph 4 June 2016Family First Comment: “The closer to reality of death and dying, the less support there is for legalising assisted suicide. Whereas a majority of the British public believe they need the “right” to die, the percentages go down in accordance to experience of death and dying. Less than half of all doctors support legalised assisted suicide. Of hospice doctors, 90 per cent oppose legalisation of assisted suicide. The closer to reality of death and dying, the less support there is for legalising assisted suicide. Whereas a majority of the British public believe they need the “right” to die, the percentages go down in accordance to experience of death and dying. Less than half of all doctors support legalised assisted suicide. Of hospice doctors, 90 per cent oppose legalisation of assisted suicide.”There is an outbreak of fictional assisted suicides, of which the film released this week, Me Before You, is simply the most recent example. Before, we had Million Dollar Baby, The Sea Inside, One True Thing, and episodes of Lena Dunham’s Girls, Coronation Street, and Hollyoaks. Such a plot-device is neither new nor “taboo-busting” – that taboo has been well and truly busted.It is interesting that the case for assisted suicide exists more in the fevered imagination of authors and screenwriters than in reality. Only a handful of Britons kill themselves in Swiss assisted suicide clinics every year; the rate of fictional representations to people actually killing themselves in Switzerland must be nearly 1:1. But Me Before You has sparked protests, mostly from disabled groups, because it implicitly asks the question: If you were quadriplegic (or severely disabled), would/should you kill yourself?Of course, the film is fiction and not particularly imaginative fiction at that, but there is a real context to the unease of groups of disabled activists like Not Dead Yet who have protested outside cinemas. Canadians with a “grievous and irremediable” medical condition (an illness, disease or disability) will soon be eligible for assisted deaths. The message is clear: don’t commit suicide. Unless you are disabled or elderly, in which case we may help you.The whole case for assisted suicide is fictional. Rather than empathy, it is based on anxiety in the worried well. “I’d rather die than suffer like you do”, some actually say out loud to disabled people, who, in my experience are a feisty lot who enjoy (and all too often must fight for) their lives. There are real disabled lives – and there is the narcissistic projection of gloomy imaginings onto the disabled.The case for legalised assisted suicide has at its heart a fictional scene – a relative near the end of her life wracked with pain, betubed and hooked up to beeping machines, looks pleadingly to her anxious family who in turn look to the doctor, who shakes her head sadly, constrained by a law founded on outdated religious mores.READ MORE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2016/06/04/yes-me-before-you-is-fiction—but-so-are-most-arguments-for-ass/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Three Premier League clubs eye Leeds defender

first_imgLeeds United defender, Ben White, has reportedly caught the eye of Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham during his impressive loan spell in Yorkshire. The 22-year-old is signed to Brighton having joined the Seagulls after a long spell in the Southampton academy, with a contract to 2022. According to Sky Sports, the Premier League trio have all extensively scouted White to gauge his ability to make it in the top-flight.Advertisement It is said that Brighton do not have a recall option on White’s loan deal for the January window, with Liverpool most likely to wait for the summer if they are to make a bid. Read Also:Ibrahimovic on target as AC Milan whitewash Rhodense 9-0 Chelsea in particular have been linked with a centre-back addition for the current window with Nathan Ake of Bournemouth one rumoured target. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World9 Most Disturbing Movie Dystopias9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch TodayThese Hilariously Creative Shower Curtains Will Make Your DayPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?last_img read more

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Lambert sees Sinclair ‘potential’

first_img Villa have completed the protracted signing of the winger until the end of the season with a view to signing him permanently in the summer. The 25-year-old has made just 12 appearances for City since joining them back in 2012, with an inauspicious loan stint at West Brom last season. Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is ready to tap into Scott Sinclair’s “unfulfilled potential” after landing the winger on loan from Manchester City. Press Association “It’s nice to be able to get settled somewhere and be a part of something going forward. “It feels great to be here and that the deal is finally done. “I spoke to the manager (Paul Lambert) and he gave me his views on what he wants from me here at Villa. “I’m still hungry to play football, that’s what I told him, and I’m looking forward to getting started, hopefully playing every week and enjoying my football.” Earlier City boss Manuel Pellegrini said: “I am very happy for the player because it is an important chance to return in his career. “Maybe here he didn’t have too many chances here in Manchester City because we have important and top players in his position, but I am sure if he starts playing there he will demonstrate what a good player he is.” “I’m thankful we got the deal done because I think he’s a player with great unfulfilled potential,” Lambert said. “In hindsight, maybe for his own playing career, the Manchester City move was not a good one for him. But the opportunity to play for a club like that hardly ever comes to you and when it does, it’s very hard to turn it down. “I’m pretty sure he will have learned a lot in football terms from it, whether he realises it yet or not. “It will have been a great experience for him but now’s the time he can kick on and get his career up and running.” Sinclair, meanwhile, is ready to make up for lost time. “I believe I have my best years ahead of me,” he said. “This is a new challenge, a new chapter in my life, and hopefully I can settle in as quickly as possible, have a good start and go from there.” The former Chelsea youngster is eager to hit the ground running. “It’s taken a few weeks but I’m happy to be here, to be in the building and to be signing for the club and ready to play some football. last_img read more

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NBA’s ‘Stern’ policies afoul

first_imgA couple of nights ago, the “50 Most Spectacular Dunks of All Time” were featured on “Best Damn Sports Show Period.” It was an hour well-spent, watching some of the most awesome throw-downs from the likes of Dr. J, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James (in high school) and Vince Carter, the owner of the best dunk of all time. (Remember that slam in the 2000 Olympics, when he leaped completely over 7-footer Frederic Weis who didn’t even move? Unreal.)But at some point, it got me thinking … David Stern hates this stuff, doesn’t he? My God, the man’s going to put a ban on dunks soon, I just know it.Some of you may remember fellow Herald Sports columnist Andrew Kluger taking on Stern about three weeks ago. This would be considered a repeat column, except our favorite little nerdy commissioner has given me three new weeks of material to make a fuss over.Let’s recap, shall we?A few days after Kluger’s column came out, Jermaine O’Neal, the league leader in blocks, wore his wristband too far up his arm and gets hit with a $5,000 fine. His freaking wristband was an inch too high.We all know about Mike Vick paying up $20,000 for flipping off Atlanta Falcons fans a few days back, but only half of that fine was mandatory (the other half went to a charity of Vick’s choice, at the request of the NFL).So, Vick gets charged ten grand for showing an unbelievable sign of disrespect on camera and setting a terrible example for all the kids who look up to him, but Jermaine O’Neal pays half of that sum for failing to properly adjust a piece of equipment that no sane human being takes notice of.Sure, that makes sense.Last Sunday night against the Clippers, Denver’s Carmelo Anthony takes a back-door pass from J.R. Smith and throws it down with authority, firing up the Pepsi Center crowd. But instead of letting Melo celebrate the play, which helped the Nuggets beat up on a Clippers team that has dominated them over the last year and a half, the refs hit him with a technical for hanging on to the rim too long.I swear, I saw the same style of dunk over and over again on the Best Damn Sports Show Period, and none of those guys got a T.Oh, the technicals. This season, through 212 games, NBA players have accumulated 213 technical fouls (the New York Knicks lead all teams with 19). That’s over one technical called per game — the league’s on pace to call somewhere around 1,250 techs this season.To compare, three seasons ago there were a grand total of 1,172 technicals. A pretty good increase in T’s; if you ask me, that’s not necessarily good for the game, and it’s not necessarily the players’ fault.Nothing more exciting than watching a guy shoot a free throw shot with nobody there to rebound, right? In Stern’s mind, apparently not.Stern’s even got partners in crime. Hey, Chicago Bulls, what is your beef with headbands? You pay big bucks for your man, Ben Wallace, put a headband on him for advertising purposes, then suspend him for throwing one on during the game?Whoever made up that silly no-headband rule needs to be told that medical science has allowed trained doctors to learn how to surgically remove that abnormally large bug from his ass.I’m not going to get into the overly rehashed issues of the new dress code, the new ball, the no-ripping-off-of-the-warm-ups rule. But it’s all a part of what’s making college basketball, a game that remains so much purer than the pro game, that much more attractive than the NBA to the average viewer.I’ve heard it said that Stern is the best commissioner in sports. Roger Goodell is too new, Bud Selig has been tainted with the steroid issue and Gary Bettman made sure the NHL would get the worst ratings of all time by moving the majority of televised hockey games to Versus. Whatever the hell that is — the games might as well be on Cartoon Network.How are Stern’s efforts leading toward any different of a result than those of Bettman? Bettman may have went out of his way to cut down on the viewership by making a curious TV decision, but Stern is starting to deliberately come up with strange rules that aren’t going to change the league’s image for anything but the worse.And at least Bettman made some changes to the game of hockey — with the end result of higher-scoring games — that show an intelligent attempt at garnering popularity. I said I won’t get into that new-ball rule, but it’s clear — at least if you listen to any NBA star — Stern isn’t making any smart choices in terms of the play of the game either.As for baseball, when all the MLB talk centers around steroids, my interest in the game doesn’t go away one little bit. I do respect that this is different for purists who refuse to support a dirty game, but frankly, ‘roids or no ‘roids, I just want to watch a good game, and Selig has done a good job of providing that.But the problems in basketball right now can be much more costly than those of baseball. Any time I hear about the latest nonsensical fine, it gives the NBA this childish image that is turning off fans one by one. This keeps up, and pro basketball is just going to go by the wayside sooner rather than later.Somebody stop David Stern before the seats at NBA arenas are as empty as his head.Aaron is a sophomore who doesn’t know what to do with his weekends now that UW football is out of session until the bowl game. Share your disdain for David Stern at abrenner@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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Andy Ruiz Jr blames his diet for his loss against Anthony Joshua at ‘Clash on the Dunes’

first_imgLast Updated: 10th December, 2019 21:32 IST Andy Ruiz Jr Blames His Diet For His Loss Against Anthony Joshua At ‘Clash On The Dunes’ Andy Ruiz Jr suffered a loss against Anthony Joshua in their recent heavyweight encounter in Saudi Arabia. Ruiz now reveals what went wrong before the fight. LIVE TV Danish Ansari Andy Ruiz Jr shocked the world when he beat Anthony Joshua last June to capture the Brit’s heavyweight titles. However, he was outclassed by Joshua at the ‘Clash on the Dunes’. The Brit reclaimed his world titles in Saudi Arabia. Anthony Joshua defeated his Mexican counterpart in a points decision rematch on Saturday evening. Andy Ruiz Jr took on Joshua at a flabby 268 pounds. He was weighing in about 45 pounds heavier than the challenger. Also Read | Anthony Joshua Vs Andy Ruiz Jr 2: Fans Fear For Joshua As Ruiz Looks Scary In VideoAndy Ruiz Jr admits what went wrong against Anthony JoshuaAndy Ruiz Jr has now admitted that he ate everything and drank too many Coronas ahead of his encounter with Anthony Joshua. Speaking with TMZ, the former world champion was asked as to what had gone wrong heading into the fight. Ruiz stressed that he ate everything and gained so much weight. He admitted that he was having too much fun and was celebrating too much. Ruiz also added that he believes he performed pretty good, despite being out of shape. He also wished that he had taken it more seriously.Also Read | Anthony Joshua Vs Andy Ruiz 2: The Staggering Amount Of Money The Two Fighters Are Making Andy Ruiz Jr looks to fix his mistakes with a rematchAndy Ruiz has been keen on a trilogy fight against Anthony Joshua after the loss. He also insisted that he will train properly if he is given another shot at Anthony Joshua. He added that for the third fight, he will give it everything that he has got.  WATCH US LIVE First Published: 10th December, 2019 21:32 ISTcenter_img FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read | Andy Ruiz Jr Vs Anthony Joshua 2: Will Excess Weight Cost Andy Ruiz Jr The Fight?Anthony Joshua responds to Andy Ruiz Jr’s lack of professionalismIn an interview with Good Morning Britain, Anthony Joshua responded to Ruiz’s lack of professionalism leading up to the fight and stated that he would love to have trained the way Andy did. However, in reality, that is not the way of a champion. He also added that Andy knew he had a fight coming up and he knew the best way to prepare for it. He concluded by saying that life lessons come in different forms and for Andy, it was in the form of a loss.Also Read | Anthony Joshua Vs Andy Ruiz Jr Time, Date, Location, Live Streaming Details For ‘Clash On The Dunes’ COMMENT Written Bylast_img read more

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Stenson Seals Race to Dubai, Fitzpatrick Wins Tour Championship

first_imgOpen champion Henrik Stenson sealed the Race to Dubai title as Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick won the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai by a stroke.World number four Stenson was 12 under and shared eighth place, regaining the European Tour crown he won in 2013.Fitzpatrick, 22, one behind overnight, birdied the last for a 67 to finish 17 under and win his third tournament.Tyrrell Hatton bogeyed the last for a 68 and was second, with overnight leader Victor Dubuisson four adrift.World number two Rory McIlroy, who needed to win the tournament and Stenson to be outside the top 45 to have any chance of winning the Race to Dubai for a third successive year, had seven birdies and an eagle in a closing 65 and also shared eighth.Sweden’s Alex Noren, six strokes behind overnight, would have claimed the $1.25m bonus prize for winning the European Tour money list prize had he won the tournament, but he could only post a 71 and finished eight under.Masters champion Danny Willett needed at least a top-four finish to have any chance, but dropped to joint 51st place after a third-round 76, and he finished with a 70 to tie for 50th, 16 strokes off the pace.Hatton, who secured his first European Tour victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews last month, looked set for another when he holed a bunker shot for a par at the 17th to retain a one-shot lead.But his final drive found the stream meandering through the 18th fairway and he took six.Fitzpatrick, however, who made his Ryder Cup debut this year, played a masterful shot from the fairway bunker at the last and holed from four feet for victory.The Sheffield golfer is expected to move into top 30 following his victory and he said: “It’s happened so fast it’s difficult to take in some of the time, but this week has been a special one.”A winner of the 2015 British Masters and the Nordea Masters in June, he added: “I just did everything really well and putted out of my shoes. It was fantastic all week and I think that’s where I gained on the field.”Stenson, 40, who won his maiden major with victory at Royal Troon and then added an Olympic silver medal in Rio said: “I’ve had the best year in my career.”The Swede likes to write his goals down at the start of the year and, asked what they might be for 2017, he added: “I can just cut and paste this year.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Hearts share spoils with Aduana at home

first_imgHearts of Oak’s poor run in the 2012 Glo Premier League continued with a listless 1-1 drawn game against Aduana Stars at the Accra Sports Stadium.The game was not without incident as Hearts fans cursed at referee Ernest Baafi who they accused of biased officiating, especially in the second half and registered their displeasure by pelting him with sachet water and other foreign materials.It was Aduana’s Samuel Asiedu who put the visitors ahead in 4th minute of the game in what could be described as an early scare for the Phobians.But Hearts’ Romeo Abban rallied back to level things up ten minutes later for the Phobians.The visitors were dominant in the first half and could have wrapped things up but lacked ideas in front of goal.Back from recess, Hearts skipper Mahathma Otoo will rue the many missed chances that came his way and some of them were criminal. Ashitey Ollenu in one of his many rampaging runs on the right, set Otoo up with an immaculate cross but right in the six yard box, Mahatma fired way above the goal post much to the chagrin of the supporters.Goal Keeper Tetteh Lugard kept the Phobians in the game after he pulled some excellent saves from the many set pieces that came the way of the visitors.The Hearts keeper again parried an excellent goal bound volley but charged on referee Baafi for a foul he accused the referee of not giving.He was yellow carded for his troubles and that sent the Hearts fans angry.From the stands they cursed and chanted at the referee whilst a few threw materials on the pitch. The police together with some of the Hearts players pleaded for patience. Aduana appeared content with the results and resorted to playing a delay tactic which worked to perfection.One all it ended at the Accra Sports Stadium, a result which put the Phobians 14th on the league table and the visitors second on the league log.Results of Match 12 DayHearts 1-1 Aduana StarsTema Youth 0–1 Heart of LionsDwarfs 0–2 AmidausAll Stars 1–0 LibertyChelsea 2-0 KotokoMedeama SC 3–0 ArsenalsEdubiase 1-1 AshgoldKing Faisal 1-0 RTUlast_img read more

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Barbara Dawn (Hill) Johnson, Topeka: Aug. 28, 1939 – Feb. 18, 2014

first_imgBarbara JohnsonBarbara Dawn (Hill) Johnson of Topeka went to be with our Lord on February 18, 2014.Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. In lieu of flowers the family has established a memorial with the Washburn University Memorial Fund. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.She was born August 28, 1939 to the late Marion Mittchell and Lucille Mae (Davidson) Hill in Wellington, KS. She was a graduate of Wellington High School, Class of 1957.Barbara worked at Kats and Josten’s in Topeka Kansas, Home Oil Co. and Johnson Auction Service in Osage City, KS. She began working at Washburn University in 1994 and retired in 2005. She enjoyed continuing to work a few days each semester during enrollment in the Washburn Business Office. In her younger years she enjoyed riding motorcycles and held an AHRA Drag racing record. She was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an active member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the American Legion Auxiliary, Topeka Chapters.She is survived by her children; Mittchell Elmore of Topeka, KS, Debra Cox of Wichita, KS, Linda Griffin of Osage City, KS, her grandchildren; April Liang of Topeka, KS and Megan Sornson of Olathe, KS and her great- grandchildren; Kingston Sumpter, Kellen Sornson, Mollie Sornson and Karter Liang. Barbara was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Jane Hill and grandson Kelly Cox.Âlast_img read more

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It is President-elect George Weah

first_imgMonrovia, Liberia | AFP | Ex-football superstar George Weah was announced the winner on Thursday of Liberia’s presidential run-off, beating Vice President Joseph Boakai in the first democratic transfer of power in decades following two devastating civil wars.Weah is set to replace incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who took over at the helm of Africa’s oldest republic in 2006.The National Election Commission (NEC) said Weah had won an insurmountable 61.5 percent of Tuesday’s vote, which was delayed several weeks after a legal challenge from Boakai.The NEC said that with 98.1 percent of all votes counted, Boakai had only secured 38.5 percent support.Ahead of Thursday’s results, armed and helmeted police deployed outside the poll body’s headquarters and some of Weah’s supporters were already rejoicing.“The Liberian people clearly made their choice… and all together we are very confident in the result of the electoral process,” tweeted Weah before the official results were announced.Weah topped the first round of voting in October with 38.4 percent of ballots but failed to win the 50 percent necessary to avoid a run-off. Boakai came second with 28.8 percent.Liberia election Results Dec 28 by The Independent Magazine on Scribd – ‘President Weah?’ –Weah is the only African ever to have won FIFA’s World Player of the Year and the coveted Ballon D’Or. The 51-year-old starred at top-flight European football clubs Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan in the 1990s before playing briefly in England for Chelsea and Manchester City later in his career.Chelsea icon Didier Drogba from neighbouring Ivory Coast already sent Weah a congratulatory message.“Is it President Weah?” said the New Dawn newspaper on Thursday, referring to a man who has the backing of heavyweights including former warlord Prince Johnson and apparently the covert support of outgoing president Sirleaf.Her office said it had set up a team “for the proper management and orderly transfer of executive power from one democratically elected president to another”, adding that it included several ministers.Sirleaf’s predecessor Charles Taylor fled the country in 2003, hoping to avoid prosecution for funding rebel groups in neighbouring Sierra Leone. Two presidents who served prior to Taylor were assassinated.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more