Back in the mid-nineteenth century British explorer James Clark Ross took his ships, HMS Terror and HMS Erebus, farther south than anyone else had been. He now lends his name to James Ross Island, a part-volcanic edifice that rises out of the sea off the north-east tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The island records a geological history dating back to the Cretaceous, though its great peaks are volcanic. The most recent rocks of the island record a monumental struggle between fire and ice, the volcanoes, and the ice sheets that cover them. The glacigenic sediments that are interspersed with the volcanic rocks contain rich fossil assemblages which suggest that at times, the climate was warmer, with the ice retreating. Their study may help us to delimit the patterns of climate change in the Antarctic Peninsula region as Earth’s global climate warms.
Total Exploration and Production UK (TEPUK) has awarded a general maintenance and operations support contract to PBS, a recently formed Aberdeen-based consortium. Total’s Culzean field in the UK North Sea; Source: TotalPonticelli, Brand, and Semco joined forces in 2019 to establish PBS, an integrated services consortium led by Ponticelli, to tender and prepare for the implementation of the general maintenance and operations support project.The contract with Total is effective from 2Q 2020, PBS said on Thursday.Under the terms of the five-year contract, PBS will manage asset integrity, maintenance and reliability, fabric maintenance, shutdowns and modification projects for all Total UK’s operated assets, which currently produce in excess of 250,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.PBS said it would standardize ways of working across TEPUK assets and make greater use of technology to improve efficiency and reduce operations and engineering costs.Commenting on the contract award on behalf of the PBS consortium, Thierry Le Gangneux, Group Executive Vice-President and Director for Ponticelli UK Limited, said: “This award represents an exciting formation of a new consortium based on shared values, visions and the need for change within the industry.“We have worked with Total previously in Europe and West Africa and this long-standing relationship means we are well positioned and committed to providing safe, reliable and efficient operational support in the delivery of their GMOC in the United Kingdom. By harnessing each of the PBS partners’ specialist capabilities and bringing them together under the consortium, TEPUK will benefit from our decades of collective knowledge and experience from within the wider Ponticelli, Brand and Semco business units.”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.
(Image: Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office)The Aurora Police Chief announced his resignation following his arrest last month. He will officially step down on Friday.Bryan Fields, 42, was arrested after a domestic dispute inside of his home on Dec. 15. Police say he and his wife Holly, 42, were in a physical confrontation when they arrived. She was later transported to the Dearborn County Hospital.The Aurora Board of Works voted to suspend him without pay days after the incident occurred.“It has been a privilege to serve the city of Aurora for the past 16 years, and my decision to resign was not made lightly,” the former police chief wrote in his resignation letter.He has been charged with one count of domestic battery and two counts of battery resulting in bodily injury, all class A misdemeanors.Ripley County Prosecutor Richard Hertel has been specially assigned to handle the case. A pre-trial conference is Jan. 30 with a trial set to begin in early March.
The Wisconsin Badgers played a spoiler game against fifth ranked Louisiana State University with a 16-14 upset victory in college football kickoff.Saturday was part two of an opening game matchup series between the University of Wisconsin and LSU, which began two years ago in Houston, when the Tigers defeated the Badgers 28-24 after battling back from 24-7 deficit. But this year the Badgers had the last laugh.Wisconsin controlled the game through the entire first half, but failed to execute on a number of chances to build a crippling early lead over LSU. The 13-0 lead the Badgers had built up by the third quarter quickly faded after two consecutive LSU touchdowns, setting up a quite memorable fourth quarter and eventual Wisconsin win.Football: Wisconsin’s love for football showcased by historic game at LambeauIn it’s 59 year history of hosting some of the greatest moments in NFL, Lambeau Field will finally host just Read…Offensive Player of the Game: Kicker Rafael GaglianoneIt would be easy to chalk this award up to the Badgers’ starting quarterback Bart Houston after the fifth-year senior’s grit and poise to pull off this kind of upset, or even give it to running back Corey Clement for scoring Wisconsin’s only touchdown of the game on top of 86 yards on the ground. But make no mistake, Rafeael Gaglianone was the most valuable offensive player on the field Saturday.Gaglianone was three for three on field goal attempts for the Badgers, the game winner. Despite the pressure and stage, Gaglianone stepped up to the plate and nailed a 47-yard field goal to put the Badgers ahead 16-13 with 3 minutes 47 seconds remaining in the game.Defensive Player of the Game: Outside Linebacker Vince BiegelVince Biegel finished the game with a tackle for a loss, a sack and a total of four tackles. But what made Biegel the defensive player of the game was the pressure he put on LSU QB Brandon Harris, and more importantly his timing.With 1 minute 4 seconds remaining in the game, LSU was driving down the field and lining up only two yards behind field goal range on a first down. That same play, Biegel stormed through the LSU offensive line practically untouched and came face to face with Harris. Though Harris managed to escape Biegel’s grasp, Harris made a rushed throw off-target that landed securely in the arms of Wisconsin safety D’Cota Dixon for the game-ending interception.Turning PointThe third quarter. After the Badger defense forced an LSU three-and-out right out of the gate to begin the second half, Wisconsin traveled right down the field for a Clement touchdown run giving the Badgers a commanding 13-0 lead.Appearing to be in complete control of the game after another defensive stop, Wisconsin QB Houston threw a risky pass to a covered Rob Wheelwright, LSU cornerback Tre’Davious White intercepted the pass and returned it 21 yards for the Tigers’ first score of the game.Until that point, LSU’s offense had been practically nonexistent and lacked any sort of rhythm. Immediately after another Wisconsin turnover, the offense came alive. In two plays, LSU turned an fumble into another touchdown. In 61 seconds, the Badgers went from having the Tigers on a leash to facing a 14-13 deficit.When you knew it was overThe second Dixon’s shoulders touched the ground after intercepting Harris’ pass on the Wisconsin 25 yard line with 58 seconds left. If not that moment, certainly the moment that LSU’s Josh Boutte leveled a cheering Dixon on an unnecessarily dangerous cheap shot as the Badger safety ran across the field in celebration.Quotable“I’m really happy with this group of kids and what they did and how they did it, and I don’t think anything will top that.” — Wisconsin Head Coach Paul Chryst
The Referees Committee of the Ghana Football Association releases list of officials for the weekend’s final day matches in the Glo Premier League.Below is the list of referees and assistants for match-day-30 on Sunday.Sunday, June 23Match: King Faisal v LibertyVenue: Baba Yara StadiumReferee: S.B. Bortey Assistant 1: Mumuni IssakaAssistant 2: Osman Ouedraogou4th Official: Willliam AgboviMatch: Amidaus v KotokoVenue: Tema Stadium Referee: Nuhu LimanAssistant 1: Eric NantiereAssistant 2: Alhassan Yahaya4th Official: Solomon MordeyMatch: AshantiGold v RTU Venue: Len Clay StadiumReferee: Fred AndohAssistant 1: Kenndey BentilAssistant 2: Michael Asare4th Official: Daniel Dorgbetor Match: Heart of Lions v ChelseaVenue: Kpando ParkReferee: Samuel GyasiAssistant 1: Samuel BorquayeAssistant 2: Samuel Asiedu 4th Official: Silas OkineMatch: Aduana v Wa All StarsVenue: Tamale StadiumReferee: Jonathan TettehAssistant 1: E.O. Ankrah Assistant 2: Tijani Seidu4th Official: Ernest BaafiMatch: Arsenal v DwarfsVenue: Sekondi StadiumReferee: Reginald LathbridgeAssistant 1: Sarfo AdadeAssistant 2: Kofi Asare4th Official: Amofa SarkodieMatch: Medeama v EdubiaseVenue: T&A ParkReferee: Otis OppongAssistant 1: Joseph SeyAssistant 2: E.T. Alottey4th Official: O.B. AmankwahMatch: Hearts of Oak v Tema YouthVenue: Accra Sports StadiumReferee: Patrick KyerematengAssistant 1: A.S. MalikAssistant 2: Emmanuel Baah4th Official: Emmanuel Dally Gagba