Oil rig already in Cuban waters after US inspection

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share 18 Views   no discussions offshore drilling rig Scarabeo 9. Photo credit: saipem.comHAVANA, Cuba (South Sentinel) — The offshore drilling rig Scarabeo 9 has arrived in Cuban waters to kick off operations 22 miles off the island’s coast.The rig is to be operated by the Spain-based Repsol YPF oil company, which plans to take the drilling unit to northwestern Cuban waters, some 70 miles from the Florida Keys, which has raised concern in the United States about a possible oil spill.But in order to relieve such concerns, Repsol invited US inspectors to check the rig before it arrived in Cuban waters and the company committed itself to meet all established drilling requirements, although the operations will take place in the Exclusive Cuban Economic Zone in the Gulf of Mexico.A recent article published in the Houston Chronicle said that “officials with the Interior Department‘s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the US Coast Guard inspected the Scarabeo 9, a mobile offshore-drilling unit that privately owned Spanish company Repsol plans to use as close as 50 miles to Florida’s coast. While aboard, officials reviewed details about the vessel’s construction, drilling equipment and safety systems, the environmental enforcement bureau said.”The inspection concluded on Monday off the coasts of Trinidad, in what was considered to be an unusual agreement with Caribbean countries aimed at mitigating concerns of a possible oil spill that could contaminate US coasts.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Tweet NewsRegional Oil rig already in Cuban waters after US inspection by: – January 20, 2012last_img read more


GOtv Boxing Night 7: Joe Boy, Prince Nurudeen In Ultimate Grudge…

first_imgThe Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, will on 1 May witness one of the biggest grudge fights in Nigeria’s boxing history. It will see Nurudeen “Prince” Fatai, reigning national lightweight champion,  defend his crown against savage puncher Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph is the headline bout of GOtv Boxing Night 7, organisers announced in Lagos on Wednesday.The fight, which has twice been rescheduled on account of injury to the champion,  will offer Nurudeen the chance to redeem himself after being knocked out in the fifth round of their explosive challenge clash at GOtv Boxing Night 4. Jenkins Alumona, Managing Director of Flykite Promotions, organisers of the event, said at a press conference that the time is ripe for the two boxers to test themselves again.“The fight was twice shifted because of injury to Nurudeen, who is an explosive boxer in his own right. The challenger is one of the rising stars of Nigerian boxing and previous winner of the best boxer award at GOtv Boxing Night. The fight has all the ingredients of a thriller: grudge, determination, chance for glory and an eye on the N1million cash prize for the best boxer,” he said.Sponsored by GOtv, the event is sanctioned by the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control and supported by MultiChoice, Paragonis Multimedia Limited, Complete Sports, KSquare Security, Newsbreak,ng, Brila FM, Bond FM and SuperSports, which will broadcast it live in 47 African countries.Five other fights are lined of for the event. In the cruiserweight division, Idowu “Noble” Okusote will fight Chibuzor “Chibunky” Vincent. Another lightweight clash will see Osamudiamen “Shiso” Goodluck, a graduate of the GOtv Boxing NextGen Search, duel with exciting Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu. The middleweight category brings together Chukwuebuka “Wise King” Ezewudo and Ganiyu “Energy” Kolawole, both graduates of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search. Another graduate of the search, Godwin “Emirate” will make his professional bow when he takes on Ebenezer ‘Anambra Tiger” Okoli in a heavyweight challenge bout.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


Lease with mall, first construction contract signed by Mason City’s mayor for River City Renaissance project

first_imgMASON CITY — Mason City’s mayor says the first steps of the River City Renaissance project are officially underway with the signing of the first construction contract as well as a lease with Southbridge Mall.The City Council last week approved a revised lease agreement with the mall owner. The lease agreement is for an initial 20-year term, followed by four subsequent five-year terms for a total of 40 years. The cost of the lease starts at $199,000 a year for the first five years, increasing by 10-percent each subsequent five-year period.Mayor Bill Schickel says the mall owner agreed to the council’s amendments, including that back taxes be paid prior to any lease payments being made. “You might remember that lease includes provisions that no money will be paid in terms of that lease until all of the taxes are current on the mall.”Schickel says the contract has been finalized with Dean Snyder Construction of Clear Lake dealing with the demolition of the interior of the former JC Penney store area where a multi-purpose center will be constructed. “I’ve signed a contract for the first construction bid. Construction should be getting underway shortly in JC Penney area where the multi-purpose center will be built.”Some concern was raised at last week’s council meeting that the city did not meet the minimum requirements for posting the notice as part of the bid letting process. Schickel says a review shows the city followed the necessary requirements. “You may have heard that there were some technical issues with the bidding process. We’ve consulted with the experts. We’ve consulted with our staff and legal counsel. They informed us that the statutes were indeed complied with, and various deadlines were met. So we’re excited to be moving forward.”The city is currently accepting bids for the second construction package for the arena, which includes the structural steel, concrete foundation and ice plant components of the facility. Bids are due on January 31st, with the council scheduled to approve a winning bidder at their February 5th meeting.last_img read more


Saddam late strike sinks Express, Saints shock Villa

first_imgGeorge Senkaaba scored in either half to give the Namanve based side a deserved victory over the record league champions.FULL STORYSadolin Paints, URA fire blanksSadolin Paints 0 URA 0URA continued their uninspired season as they were held goalless by Sadolin Paints at Bugembe Stadium in Jinja on Tuesday.The result leaves URA in sixth place with 40 points, 12 behind leaders KCCA. Sadolin are a place and point below.FULL STORYShare on: WhatsApp By UPL co ugVipers 1 KCCA 0Ibrahim Saddam Juma earned Vipers maximum points against rivals Express with a late strike in a fiercely contested league match at Buikwe on Tuesday.Both sides went into the game fully aware that nothing short of maximum points will leave their title hopes in balance and played a physical but speedy game.George ‘Best’ Nsimbe’s side are now on 49 points in second position on the 16 team standings while Express drop to third on 48.FULL STORY (click)SC Villa face The Saints wrath  SC Villa 0 The Saints 2In their bid to stay up, The Saints have claimed another big side in SC Villa who they beat 2-0 in a match played at Nakivubo stadium.last_img read more


Florida Tourism Warns Spring Break Threatened by Coronavirus

first_imgFlorida has declared a state of emergency to help fight the coronavirus outbreak as millions of Americans gear up for spring break. The state is a popular destination and its beaches draw crowds annually, but tourism officials said they are worried about the impact the outbreak will have on businesses this year. As Florida’s busy spring break season kicked off this month, coronavirus czar Vice President Mike Pence addressed something that’s been on the mind of tens of thousands of families preparing to travel to Orlando theme parks: Are they safe?Over the weekend, Pence stressed it is safe for healthy Americans to travel, noting “one of our favorite places to go when my children were young and even before my children came was in Orlando.”“Whether it be Disney World, whether it be other destination, whether it be cruise ships … those most at risk are seniors with serious or chronic underlying health conditions.”“Otherwise Americans can confidently travel in this country,” Pence said at a meeting with cruise industry officials in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.Many tourists are opting to drive rather than fly to Florida.Still, as COVID-19 concerns multiply, the issue weighs heavily in the tourism industry.last_img read more


Wildcats face many uphill battles this high school volleyball season

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsWhat the Mount Sentinel Wildcat lack in experience, the team makes up in hard work.That’s what head coach Glen Campbell witnessed at the opening tournament of the season in Creston.The Cats played hard but inexperience cost the team as Mount Sentinel lost in the semi finals of the Prince Charles Comets Invitational High School Boy’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday in the East Kootenay City.Selkirk Storm of Kimberley defeated the Cats 2-0 in the bronze medal game.“We are a young inexperienced team with only two returning starters from last year’s team,” Campbell said. “One of our returning players is Team B.C. player (Zach Grigg) who gives us that experience and leadership in a re-building year.”Mount Sentinel finished with a 1-2 mark in the four-team tip-off tournament to the B.C. High School Boy’s Volleyball season. Each match went three sets.Mt Baker Wild of Cranbrook defeated Mount Sentinel semi final action for the right to meet host Prince Charles in the final.Next up for the Cats is the UBC/O High School Invitational Tournament in Kelowna Oct. 1-2.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more


KIJHL governors in Nelson to map out game plan for upcoming Junior B Hockey season

first_imgTeams play home-and-away within the Conference with the remaining games in the 52-contest schedule played within the division.Saturday the other items on the agenda will be covered.One of those items is a report from the Nelson Leafs on progress of the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup.Nelson plays host to the B.C. Championship April 10-13, 2014.If necessary, any unfinished business is handled Sunday morning.New coaches for new seasonThe coaching carousel had begun with a couple of changes behind the bench in the Kootenay Conferene.After taking Castlegar to the 2013 KIJHL title, Steve Junker has resigned his position with the Rebels and is being replaced by assistant Jessie Dorrans.Meanwhile, in Fernie, former Princeton boss Dale Hladun, aka, Duner, has signed on as the Ghostriders new coach and GM.Two Rebels go off to collegeCastlegar lost of pair of key players off the 2013 KIJHL roster when goalie Jordan Gluck and defenceman Erik Alden signed letters with the Arizona State SunDevil’s- Division 1 team and Adrian College Bulldogs in Adrian Michigan, respectively.Leafs goes to howling to WolfpackThompson Rivers GM Chris Hans and head coach Don Schulz are pleased to announce that a second member of the Maple Leafs from 2012-13 has agreed to join the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League club in September.Colton Schell, a 5’11” forward from New Westminster, BC is the WolfPack’s 12th recruit committed for the coming season. The former Nelson Leafs captain will be enrolled in the Police and Justice studies course at Thompson Rivers.Schell joins teammate Cam Weir at the Kamloops-based University. Discipline is the key item on the agenda as the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League brain trust holds its annual general meeting beginning Friday at the Hume Hotel in Nelson.“We’re going to be talking a lot about supplemental discipline,” said KIJHL president Bill Ohlhausen from the league office in Okanagan Falls.“As you know Hockey Canada coming down hard on penalties like checking to the head and checking from behind. So we’ll be addressing those issues during the meeting.”Ohlhausen said each Junior B League in the province has had different ways of dealing with these types of penalties.Now the Junior B Director from the province, a la like Brendan Shanahan of the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety, will be the sole person to determine final suspensions or penalties.“We’re going to streamline all of the discipline handled by three leagues in BC to one,” Ohlhausen explained. “The playing rules are all the same now. Refereeing in all of the leagues will be called the same . . . everything be the same.”The one-fight rule continues in Junior B Hockey.However, players fighting more than twice will receive suspensions for each additional tussle.Other items on the agenda include welcoming the newest team to the fold, the 100 Mile House Wranglers.The Wranglers, formerly the Pentiction Lakers, join Kamloops Storm, Revelstoke Grizzlies, Sicamous Eagles and Chase Heat in the Doug Birks Division.Friday governors take to the golf course for a relaxing start to the meetings before hitting the boardroom to hammer out the 2013-2014 schedule.This season the Neil Murdoch Division — Nelson Leafs, Beaver Valley Nitehawks, defending KIJHL Champion Castlegar Rebels, Spokane Braves and Grand Forks Border Bruins — will play a home-and-away series against the Okanagan Division — Kelowna, Summerland, Osoyoos, Princeton and former North Okanagan while the Eddie Mountain teams cross over to the Doug Birks.last_img read more