New NUI test chambers taking shape

first_imgNUI new hyperbaric test chambers have recently arrived at the manufacturing facility for assembly. The smallest chamber has a maximum allowable working pressure of 1000 bar, equal to approximately 10.000 meter depth at sea. Bergen-based NUI is an independent third-party supplier of test, verification and analysing services. After that, the two systems will go to Bergen for installation and site acceptance test (SAT). Building of the new chambers was recently on hold, due to cost and complexity. In addition to a deep-water quay and connected subsea test areas NUI has both laboratory and pressure chambers up to a decent size of 50 cubic meter. New Test Chambers The manufacturer Optime Subsea is preparing the two test chambers for a factory acceptance test (FAT) early June. Both systems should be installed and operational in a purpose built chamber hall at NUI by end of July. Size of this chamber is 1.1 metre inner diameter and 3.5 metre inner height. Last year NUI signed a contract with Optime Subsea at Notodden for the delivery of two ultra-deep test chambers NUI believes will be able to cover the demand from the subsea industry for the upcoming years. Size of this chamber is 1.8 metre inner diameter and 3.5 metre inner height. A major part of the tests concern equipment and tools for subsea usage. There are also plans to expand the hyperbaric pressure testing service further. The idea behind ultradeep testing originated many years ago. Both chambers deliver tests in both wet medium and with gas. The largest chamber has a maximum allowable working pressure of 700 bar, equal to approximately 7000 meter depth at sea. Expanding services There may be a possibility to test smaller equipment up to 2500-3000 bar pressure in the future, but only if there is a demand from customers.last_img read more

Little hope for change with English’s abortion stance – lobby group

first_imgNewsHub 18 January 2017Family First Comment: Great!Abortion law reformists aren’t holding out hope for change under new Prime Minister Bill English – who says he wouldn’t support a woman’s rights to abortions under any circumstances.Mr English made the comment to Newshub while on his first overseas trip to Europe.The Catholic Prime Minister says he is “opposed to abortion in principle”.When asked whether he still believed that in cases of rape or incest, he replied: “Yes, but I accept that people deal with their own circumstances and make their own decisions. I don’t judge them for those decisions”.New Zealand Abortion Law Reform Association national president Terry Bellamak believes Mr English’s comments regarding rape and incest are “out of touch with the rest of Kiwi society”.“His stance is not principled, it is cruel.”She says Mr English’s stance will make their cause for changing the law more difficult, though they hadn’t made progress with the government when John Key was in charge.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/01/little-hope-for-change-with-english-s-abortion-stance-lobby-group.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Girls Golf Regional Results At Lapel

first_imgThe Girls Golf Regionals took place at Indianapolis Lapel’s Eggewood Golf Course on Saturday, September 26th.Cathedral was the Regional Team Champs.  Columbus North and Fishers placed 2nd and 3rd respectfully to qualify for The State Finals.  Franklin County placed in The Top 10 at 7th and Greensburg finished 15th.2015 Girls Golf Regionals @ Lapel (9-26)Courtesy of the IHSAA.last_img

Bouche Memorial for IMCA Stock Cars slated Saturday at Thunderhill

first_imgBy Edward AnschutzSTURGEON BAY, Wis. (May 19) – A $1,000 payday is in story for the winner of the seventh annual Nathan Bouche Memorial for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars this Saturday, May 23 at Thunderhill Raceway.The winner’s share of the purse is courtesy of the Bull Pen Bar & Grill, located in Forestville.All applicable IMCA points will be awarded. There is no entry fee.Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Local track historian Tom Wagner will take the microphone and call the night’s action.Spectator admission for adults is $10, for seniors and students $7 and $3 for kids ages 6-12. Children five and under get in free. Pit passes are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.Also on the evening program are IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and street stocks will compete.More information is available from promoter Woody Wodack at 920 743-7052, and at the track website, www.racethunderhill.com.last_img read more

Benzema ponders boxing career

first_imgRelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Karim Benzema has plans to pursue a boxing career when he hangs up his boots.The Real Madrid star has won three LaLiga titles and four Champions League trophies since joining the club from Lyon in 2009. He played a key part in Real’s LaLiga title triumph last season by scoring 21 goals as only Lionel Messi (25) netted more.In a YouTube interview with kickboxer Fouad Ezbiri, Benzema, 32, said: “I get a thrill out of combat sports, and I love to train.“Once my football career is over, why don’t I train with you for six months?“Then, if you think I am ready for a fight, there’s no problem as far as I’m concerned.“I swear to God, I’m up for it.” Benzema also revealed his admiration for boxing legend Mike Tyson.The 54-year-old will step foot in a professional boxing ring for the first time since 2005 when he takes on Roy Jones Jr on in an exhibition match on September 12.Tyson has teased a boxing comeback for months and is in top shape heading into the bout at Dignity Health Sports Park in California.Speaking about Tyson, Benzema said: “It’s his strength.“I have always admired his presence, his determination and attitude. Besides, he has come from nowhere.” Tags: Karim BenzemaLa LigaUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Roski’s internal issues cast doubts on value of MFA

first_imgIn the latest in a series of events that spell trouble for the Roski School of Art and Design’s M.F.A. program, esteemed Roski professor Sharon Lockhart resigned last week, further illuminating  the abhorrent structural issues within the program and reviving the conversation concerning the value of a graduate art education.Lockhart’s resignation comes at the heels of the withdrawal of Roski’s entire M.F.A. Graduate Class of 2016 last spring in protest of various bureaucratic changes within the administration and the program they had initially enrolled in. Now infamously dubbed the “Roski Seven,” the students do not plan on returning, even after Dean Erica Muhl attempted to address their concerns in a letter sent as a response to the students’ initial dissent. In fact, the students responded by circulating a petition via Change.org that mandated Muhl resign, an appeal that has received more than 800 signatures.The students’ choice reflected that their trust in the school they first enrolled in appeared to be nothing but a pipe dream, ruined by several changes made by administration. In addition to changing the name from the Roski School of Fine Art to the Roski School of Art and Design, a choice that illustrates the ever-increasing preference of design to fine art within higher education, several key faculty members have recently left and the curriculum has switched from emphasizing studio visits to emphasizing criticism and theory.The fact that several professors — some even tenured — chose to leave the school abruptly in the last year and a half indicates massive internal problems within the school. Though Muhl said that the curriculum has been changed to meet the requests of the students, the fact that they will not return does not provide much confidence in Roski moving forward. The fine arts program itself was once highly regarded, but in light of the nationally covered news of the Roski Seven, it’s hard to imagine that the school’s name hasn’t been tarnished at least in some respect.The students’ choice to leave their graduate degrees unfinished also begs the question if a degree is needed at all in order to be an artist in 2015, considering that many artists in both history and pop culture today have made a successful living without going to school for their craft. As tuition continues to rise and student debt comprises one of the most prominent issues in the 2016 presidential debate, the risk of student loans post-graduation does not appear to be worth it for some after all.Additionally, as ever-expanding internet platforms continue to produce scores of talented new musicians, writers, directors, performers and artists every day, the need to tout a degree on a curriculum vitae is less important. Perhaps in more esteemed and private art circles nationwide the need for a degree is still relevant, but today it seems that both undergraduate and graduate degrees are unimpressive.Some might argue that graduate education is crucial. Indeed, as more and more students are choosing to go to college and obtain their undergraduate degrees — according to the National Center for Education Statistics, enrollment rates have increased 24 percent from 2002 — the need for an even more prestigious degree seems important. As more saw the need for a master’s, however, the job market became inundated and oversaturated with similar degree-holding candidates, causing a hysteria within the job market for young millennials and even those in Generation X. A tradeoff was then born: the degree that created massive debt or the self-made work in the studio that provided a steady job.Perhaps, Roski must save face by doing the unthinkable: provide free tuition for the next fortunate — or unfortunate, depending on how you look at it — artists seeking their master’s degree. Considering that New York City’s famous Cooper Union College, one of the few colleges that formerly offered a full ride to those 8 percent of applicants who were admitted, has just recently required students to pay, offering free tuition might be the only salvation for Roski in the end. This choice would not only encourage young artists — who would have thought a master’s degree unattainable due to their financial burdens — to apply, but also convey to the general public that the administration has seen their errors and are looking to repair the damage.Ultimately, the Roski Seven, in addition to shedding some much-needed light on the school administration, have brought up relevant and pertinent questions regarding the usefulness and relevance of art school today.Multimedia by Michelle Tak and Kevin Reeves.last_img read more

USC waiting on impending sanctions

first_imgReported and promised many times over, the NCAA Infractions Committee again did not deliver its final verdict on USC’s infraction hearing from February of this year on Friday — as had been expected — leaving the university and the Trojan faithful on edge for at least a few more days.Still waiting · The sword of Damocles hangs over first-year coach Lane Kiffin, pictured here at his introductory press conference in February. – Tim Tran | Summer Trojan University officials, including President Steven Sample, Athletic Director Mike Garrett and former USC coach Pete Carroll, sat with the NCAA in Tempe, Ariz., earlier this year to discuss possible infractions surrounding USC’s athletic department. Under scrutiny at the meetings were allegations of improper benefits given to athletes, including former Trojans O.J. Mayo and Reggie Bush.In similar situations in the past, the NCAA’s infractions board had delivered verdicts within eight to 12 weeks, prompting many to believe that the news would break before graduation in May. However, the end of the semester came and went without a decision, leaving national news sources scrambling to anticipate the announcement.Two weeks ago, word came from a variety of sources, including Yahoo! Sports, that the committee was ready to release its findings, yet no announcement was made.As May came to a close without a hint of a resolution, the first week of June again brought speculation that an announcement was imminent;  again, the promised day passed by without any decision or clarification from the NCAA.Although difficult to anticipate, USC Assistant Vice president for Media Relations James Grant told USA Today that common protocol for such announcements includes 48-hour notice for the university before the committee makes an official announcement. In the past, the NCAA has also given the university in question a copy of the report up to 24 hours prior to the NCAA calling any news conference regarding the matter.USC coach Lane Kiffin, whose football team will be at the center of the committee’s findings when the sanctions are announced, appeared on ESPN’s talk show Jim Rome is Burning Monday afternoon and told Rome that he had not heard any news regarding an impending announcement.The allegations surrounding Bush stemmed from his relationship with sports marketing firm New Era Sports & Entertainment during his time at USC. Bush recently settled a civil dispute with New Era co-founder Lloyd Lake to avoid submitting a public disposition on the matter.Mayo’s one year at USC has also stirred controversy because of the relationship among the former Trojan point guard Mayo, confidant Rodney Guillory and the university.In January, USC took steps to stem the tide of the investigation by self-imposing sanctions on the men’s basketball team because of the controversy surrounding Mayo, forgoing the right to postseason play and reducing the number of basketball scholarships available.Among its decisions, the committee will decide whether the self-imposed sanctions for the team were adequate or require a more severe punishment.News outlets are reporting that the sanctions will be released this week, citing an anonymous source in the athletic department.last_img read more

Back tackling is a ‘non-negotiable’ expectation for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Five, four, three, two, one.When any Syracuse player turns the ball over, the internal clock starts to count down for how long they have to regain possession.“It’s really critical, those first five seconds,” senior midfielder Laura Hurff said. “Someone gets the ball from you and their head’s probably not up.”The instant back pressure No. 7 Syracuse (10-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) deploys on opponents after a turnover is called back tackling. It requires little skill, maximum effort and is a “non-negotiable,” Hurff said. Back tackling will be crucial when No. 4 Virginia (11-2, 3-1 ACC) comes to J.S. Coyne Stadium Saturday, as SU will attempt to slow down UVA’s potent offense, which averages more than five goals a game.“Your work’s not really done,” Hurff said, “even if you lose the ball.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIf a player loses possession, she immediately turns and guards the opposing player who forced the turnover. She attacks for possession until a turnover is forced or, when back tackling fails, the player passes off.One of the most important things about back tackling, junior forward Jennifer Bleakney said, is instantly recognizing a turnover and in that moment switching from offense to defense.“We always say, there is no skill in back tackling.” Bleakney said, “… The will to get the ball back is all you need.”When forward Elaine Carey turns it over, she angles to be in the hip pocket of whoever she is trying to dispossess, making it hard for any offensive maneuvering. Speedier players like Bleakney and Hurff race back between the opponent and goal before attacking the ball carrier head-on to win possession.Although back tackling rarely is required from defenders, because more turnovers occur on the offensive end, All-Americans Lies Lagerweij and Roos Weers use their size to cut off a potential free rush at goalie Borg van der Velde. Lagerweij and Weers are two of the tallest players on the team at 6-foot-1 and 5-foot-10, respectively.How SU gets the ball back, head coach Ange Bradley said, is unimportant. That it gets it back is what she cares about.“When you lose the ball,” Bradley said, “do you want to work for it to get it back?”Virginia features back-to-back national player of the year Tara Vittese. Both Vittese and teammate Pien Dicke average more than one goal a game and have a combined 39 goals on the season. SU has just 35 goals as a team.To help stop the Cavaliers from pressuring the Orange, back tackling will be critical. Successful back tackling keeps the ball forward and allows SU to maintain its attack.“Once you lose the ball,” senior midfielder Erin Gillingham said, “you just have to sprint your butt back to get what you lost.” Comments Published on October 12, 2017 at 12:01 am Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

Fall seasons look promising for Wisconsin teams

first_imgView Gallery (3 Photos)In addition to the football team, a number of other Wisconsin teams have promising prospects heading into the 2013 fall season. Cross-country eyes new success despite loss of key veteransAfter 14 straight Big Ten titles and its third consecutive trip to the NCAA winner’s podium, the Wisconsin men’s cross-country team is the essence of Badger achievement.But crucial holes exist in the team’s running field for the 2013-2014 season that need to be filled if the Badgers are to continue reaching unprecedented successes. And those leading roles are not going to be easy ones to fill.Last season’s unstoppable senior trio – Mohammed Ahmed, Reed Connor and Maverick Darling – earned All-American honors in their final season as Badgers and all placed in the Top 15 in the NCAA tournament to earn the team a second place finish in the national competition.Redshirt junior runner Alex Hatz will be one Badger likely taking on a leadership role as the team’s top returning runner. The New York native finished 113th overall in the NCAA tournament, fifth for Wisconsin, and set a personal best time of 24 minutes 14 seconds in the 8,000-meter run to place third on the team in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational last October.Yet Hatz will to improve on a personal level and his teammates will need to do the same if UW is to stay atop national rankings. Sophomore Michael Van Voorhis and senior Alex Brill will likely look to make a push to the top of the Badger lineup after finishing sixth and seventh for UW in the final race.With head coach Mick Byrne returning for his sixth season at Wisconsin, this Badger team has the potential to continue finding success. After all, he hasn’t failed at bringing the Big Ten trophy back to Wisconsin yet.Coming Up in Madison:This fall Wisconsin will hold its season opener at the Zimmer Champion Course Sept. 6 and return Oct. 19 to host the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational.Young women’s soccer squad has experience under its beltAfter earning an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament last season with five freshmen in the final starting lineup, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team is poised for another winning season.Now entering their second season, midfielders McKenna Meuer and Kinley McNicoll were leaders on the flanks for UW early on as freshman. The two recorded a total of 21 points in the Badger score book (12 McNicoll, 9 Meuer) and showed signs of gradual improvement all season long. With the first year of adjustment to the college game under their belts, McNicoll and Meuer will look to improve this season. Head coach Paula Wilkins should expect even more out of these young stars.Up top, junior Cara Walls had a breakout freshman season in 2011 under the guidance of then-senior Laurie Nosbusch and found similar success last year, leading the team with 10 goals and 21 points. Now as an upperclassman, the natural leader is a model of excellence for the eight incoming freshman this season, and UW will need her lightening quick speed.Of the new Badger recruits, several will have an immediate impact on the field, including midfielder Micaela Powers. The 2012 Ohio Player of the Year scored 82 goals in her final prep season and, with shoes needing to be filled in the midfield, Powers will likely see significant time on the field from the start.Defensively, redshirt junior goaltender Genevieve Richard returns having won the confidence of Wilkins to serve as the Badger goaltender in postseason play last season. But the 5-foot-11-inch keeper will not be without competition for the starting spot this season. Incoming freshman Caitlyn Clem brings top-level experience to the net having competed for national championships at the club team level, and TopDrawerSoccer.com rates her as a four-star goalkeeper.While experience and depth bode well for UW this season, a highly competitive Big Ten field awaits the young team.National runner-up and 2012 Big Ten champion Penn State will maintain its top-tier status, returning four of its five top scorers. While Wisconsin will have both home-field advantage and time to prepare – facing the Nittany Lions midway through the season Oct. 4 – back-to-back away games against Michigan and Michigan State will be a tough early challenge for UW.A top-four finish in the conference and second-straight bid to NCAA tournament are realistic goals for the team, and if they can sustain growth throughout the season, a deeper push into the Big Dance is attainable. Coming up in Madison:UW will host Vanderbilt Sept. 6, in-state rival Milwaukee Sept. 15 and Green Bay Sept. 18 before kicking off its Big Ten home season against Penn State Oct. 4.Ladies of the Field House ready with new facesIn his opening season as the Badgers’ head coach, Kelly Sheffield has already shown signs he could be the man to bring a mediocre volleyball team to the next level. Wisconsin’s 2013 recruiting class ranks fourth in the nation with four top players ready to adorn the cardinal and white. Highlighting the freshman roster is the overall No. 1 best player in the class nationally, Lauren Carlini. Carlini is a more-than-likely starter for a Badger team that finished just over .500 last season with an overall 17-16 record. Also likely joining the Badger lineup early on is Taylor Fricano, who chose UW after previously signing with Dayton, where Sheffield coached in 2012.UW also returns three top players with senior Annemarie Hickey, junior Ellen Chapman and junior Courtney Thomas. The threesome competed this summer wearing red, white and blue as part of a U.S. Women’s National Volleyball training program and will return this fall with experience playing alongside the best players in the nation.Coming Up in Madison:The team will begin its home season with the InnTowner Invitational at the UW Field House Sept. 13-14 before opening the Big Ten season Sept. 27 against Purdue.last_img read more

Men’s Basketball: Could Badgers really have captured 2020 national title?

first_imgIn a strange, unofficial end to the 2020 Wisconsin men’s basketball season, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index christened the Badgers as national champions of Joe Lunardi’s final projected bracket standings. This is all fine and dandy and yes, we should absolutely hang a banner from the rafters of the Kohl. But the question remains — could the Badgers really have won this tournament?I mean, don’t get me wrong, they were catching fire at just the right time and captured their first regular season title since 2015. Yet, with a plethora of talented teams waiting for them in the Big Ten Tournament and an even larger set of challengers awaiting in the greater tournament, their chances were slim to say the least. We’ve done a deep dive into how exactly the Badgers ended up on top according to ESPN’s BPI, but let’s introduce a little anarchy into the system.It stands to reason the best case scenario for the Badgers — as unlikely as it may have been — is the Big Ten tournament was cancelled due to Covid-19 but the NCAA tournament was not. This would effectively allow them to claim at least a share of the Big Ten title without having to relitigate their wins over Michigan State, Maryland, Michigan and other potential competitors. Men’s Basketball: Badgers declared NCAA National Champions in ESPN simulationThe Badgers have done it, they have pulled off one of the greatest turnarounds in college basketball history. The Big Read…To continue with our theme of bracket anarchy, let’s use Andy Katz’s projections for tournament seedings instead of those by ESPN. Now, Katz had the Badgers sitting at a five seed behind both Michigan State at No. 4 and Maryland at No. 2 in their respective sides of the bracket. Assuming chaos reigns supreme and the Badgers have an equal share of the Big Ten title going into the tournament, we can split the difference and declare them as the No. 3 seed in their side of the bracket. This would demote Kentucky to the four seed and Oregon to the five seed — we’ll call this retribution for their 2019 tournament upset over the Badgers. With the Badgers now sitting even more primed for a deep tournament run, could they really have taken the title as predicted by ESPN’s closed door, papal white-smoke simulation? Assuming they would defeat No. 13 seed Belmont in the first round of the tournament, the Badgers would then move on to play No. 6 seed BYU. Oddly enough, this was the matchup that ESPN’s simulation had as the tournament’s championship game. If we can borrow some BPI wisdom, maybe all the Badgers would have to do is take down BYU in the second round before coasting to a title — who am I to say? Moving forward, just to get out of their bracket they would most likely — barring any extreme upsets of top seeds — have to take down No. 2 seed Seton Hall and either No. 1 or No. 4 seeds Gonzaga and Oregon. Men’s Basketball: Senior send-off for Brevin PritzlWith the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s season coming to an abrupt end due to the coronavirus, Badger fans Read…Seton Hall would be the toughest test for the Badgers in this endeavor to complete one of the greatest season turnarounds of all time. Their senior duo of Myles Powell and Quincy McKnight would have the potential to wreak havoc on the Badgers’ frontcourt as the Badgers were known to give up their fair share of deep balls throughout the season. Their backcourt combo of Pritzl, Potter and Reuvers would be better fit to lock down the Pirates. Even if the Badgers managed to squeeze their way past this game, difficult competitions are anything but scarce during March Madness. Outside of hoping all the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds get upset to lighten the on-paper talent they have to face, there is not much the Badgers could’ve done to lighten their load on the road to the finals. So when considering whether or not the Badgers could have actually captured the title, I have to lean towards no. Now, it is certainly a possibility as is nearly any outcome in the NCAA tournament. No. 1 seed Virginia lost to No. 16 seed UMBC by 20 points. No. 8 seed Villanova captured the title against all odds in 1985. Anything is certainly possible. The real success of this team isn’t being handed the national title by a robot. Instead, it’s demonstrating that they had the chops to go toe to toe with the best their conference had to offer even after a rocky start to the season. The Badgers return nearly every single key contributor for next season and also have an incredible recruiting class coming in. All of these factors also seem to have ensured Greg Gard is no longer on the hotseat. Men’s Basketball: Brad Davison’s recent success is sign of things to comeIn the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s disappointing 18-point Feb. 5 loss at the hands of archrival Minnesota, there Read…No, the Badgers did not capture a national title and they most likely would not have been able to if the tournament did occur as planned. Yet, their future is bright, and perhaps more than just a ESPN-BPI national title is on the horizon.last_img read more