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Wellesley hits dust with North Sea well

first_imgOil and gas company Wellesley Petroleum has completed the drilling of wildcat well 35/4-2 in the North Sea offshore Norway. The well is dry. The well is located in production license 931 where Wellesley is the operator. The company received safety consent to drill the well using the Transocean Arctic semi-submersible rig in late November 2018 and a drilling permit for the well in December 2018.The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said on Friday that the well was drilled about 33 kilometers south of the 35/2-1 (Peon) gas discovery and 77 kilometers west of Florø, in the northern part of the North Sea.The objective of the well was to prove gas in reservoir rocks from the Pliocene Age (intra Naust Formation sandstone).The well 35/4-2 did not encounter sandstone, but did encounter a sequence dominated by claystone and siltstone in the Naust Formation. There were traces of gas in the top of the reservoir. The well is classified as dry. Data acquisition and sampling have been carried out.This is the first exploration well in production license 931, which was awarded in APA 2017.The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 770 meters below the sea surface and was terminated in the Naust Formation. Water depth at the site is 392 meters. The well has been permanently plugged and abandoned.According to the NPD, the Transocean Arctic drilling rig will now proceed to production license 871 in the central part of the North Sea to drill wildcat well 25/1-13, where Wellesley Petroleum is the operator.last_img read more

Indiana Seeks Full Court Review Of Same-Sex Debate

first_imgIndiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is asking for a full court hearing in the same-sex marriage debate.Indiana’s attorney general is asking for a full court review to decide the fate of the state’s gay marriage ban.The court has already scheduled briefing with a three-judge panel. Attorney General Greg Zoeller said moving the process to the full court of 10-judge 7th Circuit Court of Appeals would be an additional way to move quickly to resolve the uncertainty with the law.State agencies were instructed last week by the governor’s office to not recognize same-sex marriages that were conducted following the federal court order until an official determination is made.Additionally on Friday, Wisconsin filed a notice of appeal with the 7th Circuit, raising similar issues involving portions of Wisconsin’s marriage law, and noting the court’s recent decision to expedite briefing in the Indiana caselast_img read more

Everything but the Song: Genres change and evolve but R&B is far from dead

first_img10. “Little Bit” by Erika de Casier  “Music don’t feel the same because we barely have R&B, … R&B brung that balance to music … now everything is leanin one way smh so it gets played out quick! We need R&B for the balance no kap!” These words from rapper Young M.A’s Twitter account pinched a nerve. To give her credit, the last portion of her statement is a sentiment I relate to. R&B does bring a precise balance to more dynamic and intense-sounding genres that populate the charts — think pop, EDM and some rap, specifically trap-leaning songs.  7. “Sobriety” by Kaash Paige 1. “Paradise” by Daniel Merriweather  To Young M.A, my SZA whisper haters and more, there are a plethora of R&B artists to discover. To help your search, here is a mini-playlist of R&B tracks to rekindle your love for the genre and restore balance to your music library:  With millions of songs — new and old — available on streaming services and thousands of artists to discover, there is absolutely no reason why anyone should claim the genre of R&B is dead.  These two Dreamville-adjacent artists are just the surface of what R&B in 2020 has to offer. Beneath them (in popularity, not talent) are a host of other artists who critique the genre for having too many “whisper singers,” lacking singers who were raised in the church or sampling the classics too often, among a host of other critiques.  2. “Thing Called Love” by Kevin Ross Despite the truth in her tweet, R&B is very much present in today’s musical landscape. There are a host of artists like Jade Novah, Joyce Wrice, Kyle Dion, Tony Sway, BJ The Chicago Kid, Charity, Snoh Aalegra and more, whose music is reminiscent of the genre’s soulful roots. When people claim the style is dead or has lost its way, artists such as Baby Rose immediately come to mind; her voice sounds like it was plucked from the Motown archives. Or even Ari Lennox’s album-opener “Chicago Boy,” which would fit perfectly into any late-night radio format alongside the classics of Sade or Erykah Badu.  5. “In Love with You” by Al Bettis  4. “Damn” by Anthony Flammia  Lastly, we must be more ambitious about finding music that suits our needs. There’s no question that discovering music can be a daunting task. Where do you start? How do you move past Spotify’s or Tidal’s suggestions and personalized mixes? But just because it’s hard to find R&B you like doesn’t mean it’s not out there. center_img To the second point, please let ’90s R&B go. Yes, we love New Edition and covet singers with voices like Deborah Cox, but the era is not coming back. All genres go through tectonic shifts and will continue to evolve and change. Just because today’s artists aren’t fitting for the Love Jones soundtrack doesn’t mean the genre has been utterly disgraced. If ’90s R&B is what you crave, it’s readily available on all streaming platforms and you can head to YouTube to hear whatever Aaliyah is missing. Ellice Ellis is a senior writing about the music industry and social justice. She is also an Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Daily Trojan. Her column “Everything but the Song” runs every other Wednesday. I suggest combing through SoundCloud or following accounts like @RnBUntapped on Instagram. Soulection or @JoeKay’s Twitter replies are other great resources for discovering new talent in the genre, as well as COLORS.  3. “We Don’t Funk” by KIRBY  8. “Not 4 Nothin” by Alia Kadir  The answer: The beloved genre is deeply unreported on in tandem with our affinity for nostalgia and lazy music discovery efforts. To the first point, take a minute to conjure up two or three music outlets or music journalism products such as video series, web shows and Instagram accounts that focus on the genre. You probably can’t. Shout out to COLORS for consistently putting on new talent and a host of other smaller creators who are dedicated to the genre. But when it comes to the Complexes, Geniuses and Jon Caramanicas of the world, the focus of their R&B effort is tethered to major label talent and viral hits.  9. “Pan!c” by Audrey Mika 6. “Hands Off Me” by Chiiild 11. “Bittersweet” by Lianne La Havas That’s not to say there aren’t issues with R&B today. I was not too fond of Justin Bieber’s faux R&B album “Changes.” There are fifty-’leven British artists who sound very similar to Ella Mai and Mahalia. And last, but certainly not least, C*ris B*own makes the same song over and over again. But in any genre there exists bad, corny or played- out elements, so why does R&B face so much scrutiny? last_img read more

USC drops second straight five-set match to CSUN

first_imgThe USC men’s volleyball team did not only have to prove they were the best team on the court last night — they had to prove they were the best team in the country.In a back and forth thriller with the intensity of national championship game, the No. 2 Trojans fell just short of No. 1 Cal State Northridge in five sets, their second consecutive loss on the road to a top-10 opponent.Not enough · Junior opposite hitter Murphy Troy had 19 kills. – Katelynn Whitaker | Daily Trojan “The atmosphere was pretty crazy,” USC coach Bill Ferguson said.  “It was real loud, a little bit hostile — we got booed a lot.  But we were our own worst enemy.”Before stumbling at No. 10 Pepperdine last week, the Trojans (6-3, 4-2) were ranked first in the country and were off to their best overall and league start since 2000. Now USC will have to regroup before Friday’s visit to UC Santa Barbara and next week’s rematch with Pepperdine.From the first set, the Trojans and Matadors (9-1, 6-1) looked as evenly matched as their rankings predicted. Both teams earned 15 kills apiece and tallied a nearly identical hitting percentage.But after seven lead changes, an untimely service error from Trojan junior opposite hitter Murphy Troy gave CSUN possession and a 26-25 lead. Two kills and a block from CSUN’s Mike Gaudino pushed the lead to 29-26, and a final service error from junior outside hitter Tri Bourne closed out a losing set for the Trojans.CSUN followed momentum into the second set, sprinting out to a 13-8 lead with the help of four Trojan service errors. Junior middle blocker Austin Zahn’s five kills helped rally the Trojans to an even match at 18, but the Matadors never relinquished the lead, riding sophomore Matt Stork’s 18 assists to claim the set 30-28.Down two sets, the Trojans answered emphatically, burying the Matadors 30-9 in the third set. Troy — who finished the night with a team high 19 kills and 13 digs — combined with Bourne, senior middle blocker Hunter Current and freshman outside hitter Riley McKibbin for 12 kills and 11 assists, and never let CSUN within six points.USC clawed to a 30-26 lead in the fourth to force a tiebreaker, but the Trojans impassioned comeback lost steam in the fifth and final set. With a decisive run, the Matadors raced to a 14-10 lead and won the set, match and nation’s top ranking on an ace from junior Tanner Nua.“They made a couple of great plays, and at that point I knew we were in a little bit of trouble,” Ferguson said.last_img read more

Women of Troy easily beat Sun Devils and Wildcats

first_imgUSC’s women’s tennis team picked up two crucial wins this weekend to move into sole possession of fourth place in the Pac-12 conference heading into the end of the regular season.Finisher · Junior Zoë Scandalis clinched both of USC’s matches this weekend, with 7-5, 6-4 victories against Arizona State and Arizona. – Jazmine Rolle | Daily TrojanThe No. 13 Women of Troy (16-6, 7-2) recorded wins over No. 19 Arizona State and No. 25 Arizona over the weekend at Marks Stadium in a victorious final homestand.USC came into the weekend trying to get back on track after suffering back-to-back losses at the hands of California and Stanford. Head coach Richard Gallien was impressed with his team’s ability to bounce back from the losses with two wins this weekend.“If we were at all limping after the Cal or Stanford weekend, this last weekend would have been really tough,” Gallien said. “Just from a mental toughness standpoint, I really give our team an A-plus because they were just very resilient.”The Women of Troy started off the weekend strong against the Sun Devils (18-6, 4-4) on Friday with a 4-2 victory.Since junior Sabrina Santamaria suffered a season-ending ACL injury in March, Gallien has used a slew of different lineups, which has made it difficult for the team to get into a groove.“It really did take us a while to get our sea legs back and almost find out our new identity,” Gallien said. “Had this happened in January, in some ways it might have made it a little easier for us.”USC’s doubles teams found their footing on Friday. Junior Gabi DeSimone and freshman Zoë Katz raced to an 8-2 victory on court three to get the Women of Troy on the right track. Next, senior Brynn Boren and junior Giuliana Olmos, playing on court two, clinched the doubles point with an identical 8-2 score to put USC ahead 1-0.Olmos, ranked No. 76 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, continued her success in singles, increasing USC’s lead to 2-0 with a dominating 6-3, 6-1 win over her opponent on court five. ASU would close the gap, though, when No. 49 Desirae Krawczyk topped Boren on court two.DeSimone put the Women of Troy up 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over her opponent, but the Sun Devils kept it close when Kassidy Jump defeated senior Kaitlyn Christian.With the score sitting at 3-2 in USC’s favor, No. 26 junior Zoë Scandalis clinched the match for the Women of Troy with a hard-fought 7-5, 6-4 win over 68th-ranked Stephanie Vlad on the top singles court.USC closed out its regular season home slate with a sweep of Arizona (16-5, 5-4) on Saturday.The Women of Troy came out of the gates strong, clinching the doubles point to go ahead 1-0. This time, Scandalis and Christian took home an 8-2 win on court one before Boren and Olmos topped their opponents, 8-4.Once again, DeSimone, Olmos and Scandalis carried their team to a victory in singles.DeSimone crushed her opponent by a 6-1, 6-1 score to put USC ahead 2-0. Next, Olmos dialed up a convincing 6-0, 6-2 victory on court five. For the second day in a row, Scandalis clinched the victory for the Women of Troy with a 7-5, 6-4 victory.Gallien praised his team’s ability to fight through injury and beat two top-25 teams over the weekend.“Right now we only have six people that are healthy,” Gallien said. “That doesn’t leave much margin for error. And of those six, believe me, half of them are playing hurt.”USC must now prepare to take on UCLA to end the regular season. The Bruins have come out on top in the teams’ two previous matchups this season, but Gallien insists his team will play to win.“You have to go there expecting to win,” Gallien said. “I think you have to have the mindset, even today, of visualizing things happening and playing well and not shrinking from it and not feeling sorry for ourselves.”USC takes on UCLA Friday at 12:30 p.m. in Westwood, Calif.last_img read more

Commercials crowned County Senior Football Champions

first_imgClonmel Commercials have been crowned County Senior football champions for the 17th time.Killenaule took command of the game early in the first half, chipping over four unanswered points.However, it wan’t long before Clonmel got into their stride, and held Killenaule scoreless for the rest of the half, running in 7 points to 4 up at half time. Photo © Tipp FM Killenaule again started the second half better, but a Richie Gunne Goal 23 minutes into the second half for Commercials proved to be the decisive score, pushing them four points ahead.They powered through, and a goal for Jamie Peters in the last minute of normal time put some real daylight between the sides.The game finished up: 2-09 to 8 points.last_img

Another Marley emerges in the reggae world

first_imgSOUTH FLORIDA – This summer, singer Hymn Marley is scheduled to release his first EP. Already, one song from the seven-piece project is available through his HYMNtertainment label which is distributed by Tuff Gong International.Since You’ve Been Gone is the name of that single, a ballad he wrote and co-produced. Its soulful tone is different from the militant reggae his grandfather Bob Marley, and his father Stephen Marley, are famous for.Marley, who began recording two years ago, stressed the importance of him marching to his own beat.“I live my life on my terms and my career is no exception. I want people to connect with what I’m saying and feeling genuinely. That can only happen as long as I’m the captain of my ship,” he said.According to Marley, the core of musicians he worked with on the yet-titled EP are from Miami where he lives. However, he is tight-lipped on its content.“So, this EP is a compilation of what’s in my head, basically. Most of the songs talk about what I’ve been through or experienced. I believe there’s a relatable track for everyone on this project,” he explained.Hymn Marley was born Stephan Nesta Marley in Jamaica but grew up in South Florida where the Marley family have had a presence for over 40 years. Two years ago, at age 24, he released his first song, Bad Without You, an acoustic ballad.He became the latest Marley offspring to launch a music career. His brother Jo Mersa, cousins Bambaata Marley (son of uncle Ziggy) and Skip (son of aunt Cedella) are also artists.Stephen Marley is a multi-Grammy Award-winning artist and producer who has worked with the biggest names in reggae and pop music. While determined to establish himself independently, Hymn says he is never afraid to call on his father.“My Dad is actually one of the first people I go to for advice. He will always be my Dad so the friendship we’ve developed over the years is something I hope I have with my kids one day,” he said.last_img read more

Former Manchester City Winger Arrested For Drink-Driving

first_imgFormer Manchester City winger Trevor Sinclair has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, common assault and criminal damage.Sinclair, 44, who played 12 times for the Three Lions of England was arrested after a woman was left with minor injuries from a car accident on Sunday night.Lancashire Police officers immediately responded to the incident and thereafter confirmed Sinclair’s arrest.A force spokesman while confirming his arrest said:“A short time later, officers found the vehicle which had been involved in a collision with a woman pedestrian on Clifton Drive. She received minor injuries.”“The driver, a 44-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving, common assault and criminal damage.“He is currently in custody.” the spokesman added.London-born winger and soccer pundit Sinclair grew up in Manchester and played for clubs like Blackpool, QPR, West Ham, Cardiff and Manchester City during his football career.Trevor Sinclair also played for England (on 4 occasions as part of his 12 caps) at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan.RelatedFormer Liverpool Star, Craig Bellamy Convicted Faces 18 MonthsMarch 27, 2019In “Lifestyle”Football Hooligan Jailed For Attack On City Star SterlingDecember 20, 2017In “England”Wayne Rooney Arrested For Drink-DrivingSeptember 1, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Industry approval drives Betting on Football 2018 growth

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Betting on Football is ready to get even bigger in 2018, after 97.4% of delegates that completed a survey from this year’s event said they would recommend it to a colleague.The fifth edition of the largest international football betting conference, headline sponsored by OPTIMA and VSoftCo, will return to Stamford Bridge from 20-23 March to address key industry issues ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.More than 1,500 delegates are expected to attend #bofcon2018, with all those who purchase tickets before Friday 1 December eligible for the 50% off Super Early Bird price.Along with an unparalleled access to industry decision makers, delegates will also be treated to parties at Kensington Roof Gardens and Under the Bridge, the same two venues which produced networking opportunities rated at more than 70% excellent in 2017.Meanwhile, plans are well underway for an agenda featuring up to 180 speakers across multiple targeted conference tracks, including a full day dedicated to Russia 2018, and specific tracks around sponsorship and market profiles across the globe.Alongside the three conference rooms, it looks set to be the busiest Betting on Football exhibition on record, given that 100% of this year’s exhibitors expressed an interest in returning for future events organised by SBC.Those wanting to make use of both the conference room and exhibition hall will be aided in their efforts to plan via an improved Betting on Football app. More than 70% of those that downloaded the app from iOS or Android this year said that it had proved useful.Lee-Ann Johnstone, CEO at Best Odds Marketing, said: “Betting on Football is one of the most well organised events I’ve attended. If you are in the sports industry and you want to get ahead with your business, find the latest trends and learn about regulation in this space, get yourself a ticket.”Golden Race CEO Martin Wachter added: “Betting on Football is an incredibly valuable event in the sports betting calendar. It’s now very much established and has grown year on year to the extent that for us,it’s second only to ICE in terms of business importance.”Super Early Bird tickets are available for just £349 (+VAT) until 1 December. After this date, ticket prices will revert to the standard rate of £699 (+VAT). To get your tickets today, click HERE. Related Articles Golden Race’s virtual sports products get Swedish certification June 18, 2020 Share Share Golden Race gains ISO certification May 29, 2020 The industry wakes up to virtual sports potential June 26, 2020last_img read more

Ebbe Groes, EveryMatrix: Providing operators with an unprecedented freedom to innovate

first_img Related Articles MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Submit PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Share Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Share SBC News caught up with EveryMatrix CEO Ebbe Groes, who shared his excitement over the company’s new sports betting offering, including the OddsMatrix Aggregator and the “time-tested” OddsMatrix Sports Data Feeds. This also includes a set of new sportsbook additions for EveryMatrix to ‘pitch’ in 2019 – starting at next week’s ICE exhibition – such as a Web API that allows clients to build a front-end from scratch, a standalone bonusing component that can be delivered to those not using the full platform, and monthly coverage of more than 1,200 esports events.SBC: Ebbe, thank you for talking to us. A new year for betting, and one in which the industry will inevitably become more data-centric and technology-sophisticated; how is EveryMatrix adapting to the increasing demands?EG: Leveraging data and technology is more decisive than ever for an operator’s long-term success and profitability. The sports betting business is indeed data-centric itself and is evolving at the same fast pace as technology. There are many providers with the necessary infrastructure, technology, and software platforms to handle day-to-day operations, however, ambitious operators are always on the hunt for boosting coverage, ensuring automatic failover, minimising bet suspension time and maximising betting margins and profits. It’s almost impossible to remain in this competitive market without a high degree of automation and a vast collection of data sources.Our newly launched product, OddsMatrix Aggregator, caters precisely to this specific demand. It is a unique sports aggregation technology which allows sportsbook operators to combine odds, settlement, score feeds from multiple providers into a single aggregated feed, all processed in real-time. Moreover, operators can set priority between providers in an easy-to-use interface and at an arbitrary fine granularity, down to a specific sport or market level.This allows operators to easily add new sources with zero development cost and fast turnaround, with everything handled by OddsMatrix, and then test how much each added source can contribute and compare with existing sources. SBC: Which other elements of your sports offering are you most excited about for this year?EG: OddsMatrix is already a strong brand on the market and we have many new things to pitch, besides the Aggregator, all very exciting for me.We’ve always prided ourselves on having a very strong selection of events on offer, in particular for live betting, but with our OddsMatrix Sportsbook, we’ve increased our ability to easily add new betting markets and sports. This shows now in our increased live offering (reaching 35,000 events in peak) but also in our recent breakthrough of esports betting, where we already have a dozen of esports disciplines available with many more to come. All sports and esports we cover are part of the OddsMatrix Data Feeds, a complete and time-tested solution for delivering betting odds, scores, and real-time settlement. Other two key areas where we are particularly strong is on API and bonusing. For API, we’ve developed and extensively tested a Web API allowing clients to build their own front end from scratch, rather than getting a customised template from us. This gives unprecedented and much-needed freedom to our customers. We already have two clients live with their own front-end, one a web front-end, another a mobile app, and a third now under development. For bonusing, we’ve taken another extraordinary step and completely separated bonusing from the gaming product and the platform wallet into a standalone component covering and combining sports and casino. We have a dedicated team only for this and have achieved great agility and productivity in terms of new features by doing this separation. In 2019, we will see bonus capability delivered to clients not on our platform.SBC: How can your API service all the components of betting’s complex value chain – i.e. pricing, odds compilation, operations, data, insights and settlement?EG: The key reason is that our application itself is split into modules, themselves interacting via APIs. This structure allowed us to e.g. take the Aggregator out and market separately. Overall, we have many specialised API and granular methods and topics that permit precise data queries. The API allows you to both query data and to subscribe to updates of data e.g., query for all markets for a specific event and then get push notification for all odds changes for that event or query for all matches for a league and get push notifications for matches added or removed. This allows for a true real-time front-end experience with minimal data transmission between the server and front-end application.SBC: How much control does the OddsMatrix sportsbook allow for in terms of module development, front-end design and third-party integrations?EG: Thanks to being API Driven, OddsMatrix offers unprecedented flexibility and can be easily integrated with existing platforms. Furthermore, we offer full control over the front-end design and functionality to operators because we understand the need to tailor the user experience according to the needs of the target market and player base. This gives unprecedented freedom to innovate for our customers. It’s been a massive success for our casino product where most of our top clients fully control the front-end and now we are aiming to repeat this for our sportsbook.SBC: Finally, which technology trend do you think will dominate the industry agenda in 2019?EG: Sports betting is a big business and getting bigger while being disrupted by technology advancements and, of course, regulatory changes worldwide.For technology, I believe that we will gradually see monolith sportsbooks being broken up, allowing access to third-party specialists to deliver for instance player risk profiling, odds modelling, or as we do, data aggregation. I also see more sophisticated business intelligence being at the convergence of sports and technology, driving the next-generation of punters, empowering a data-driven sports culture with fan-centric offerings and social betting.Finally, I’ll put some money on the individualised front-ends. Offer the tools and technology and step aside while letting operators design and build, and we will see ways of sports betting vastly different from what everyone offers today. Our API is still first generation, albeit in production for more than 18 months by now, and it will surely improve further, making it even easier to build front end from scratch.last_img read more