USCG: GoM Oil Spill Surpasses Initial Estimates

first_imgThe amount of oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico a week ago may be around 16,000 barrels, almost double from the initial estimates, according to the United States Coast Guard.The offshore oil and gas operator LLOG Exploration Offshore earlier informed that the oil released from a damaged pipeline at the Delta House floating production facility was estimated in the amount of some 7,950 to 9,350 barrels.The USCG and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) have been coordinating with the responsible party and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to locate and respond to any oil that reaches the surface.Multiple daily over flights and remotely operated underwater vehicle inspections have been conducted with no recoverable oil detected.Skimming vessels from Clean Gulf Associates and the Marine Spill Response Corporation also remain on standby.USCG informed that surface and subsea trajectory models calculated by the responsible party and NOAA indicate that any discharged oil will drift in a southwesterly direction and is not expected to impact the shoreline.Calculations indicate that the discovery of any recoverable oil is unlikely due to the depth and pressure at which the oil was released.The oil was discharged from a small crack in a pipeline that was pressurized to more than 3,000 psi and located some 5,000 feet under water, 40 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana. This high-pressure discharge through a small opening likely caused the oil to be broken down into small particles and disperse into deep-water currents prior to reaching the surface.Water samples taken along the trajectory path at various depths have not detected the presence of oil, USCG confirmed.“While the reported discharge amount is very significant, we are confident in the calculations completed by the LLOG and NOAA scientists,” said Cmdr. Heather Mattern from US Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City, Louisiana. “Additionally, the lack of any recoverable oil identified by over flights and subsea inspections conducted throughout the past week supports this explanation,” Mattern added.The flowline release began in the morning hours of October 11 from a fracture in a jumper pipe leading from Mississippi Canyon Block 209, Well No. 1 to a manifold located on the seafloor.Once identified, the pipeline leak was isolated and stopped on Thursday morning, however, the incident was said to be the largest oil spill in the US since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, Bloomberg earlier reported. The cause of the incident is under investigation.last_img read more

Popular south African rapper stabbed to death

first_imgFlabba was a member of the popular rap group Skwata Kamp (Picture courtesy of African Hip hop artist Nkululeko Habedi has died. Nkululeko was popularly known as Flabba, and was a member of popular group rap Skwatta Kamp.Reports say the musician was reportedly stabbed to death at 2am in the morning at his family home in Alexandra in the early hours of Monday Morning.South Africa police confirmed the death of the musician on their Twitter page saying the 38 year old was stabbed to death.“#sapsGP Nkululeko Habedi, aka FLABBA, was stabbed & passed away; a woman is in custody,” the SA Police Service tweeted.Habedi rose to fame as part of award-winnning rap group Skwatta Kamp which was founded in 1996.last_img

Batesville Casket executives respond to settlement

BATESVILLE, Ind. – Two executives at Batesville Casket Co. have issued statements following an $18 million lawsuit settlement claiming  the company interfered with the business operations of a competitor.In a prepared statement, Joe Raver, CEO of Hillenbrand, Inc. and Kim Ryan, President of Batesville, acknowledged that Batesville entered into an agreement with Matthews International to settle an ongoing legal case dating back to 2010.“From the outset, we have vigorously defended our actions against these allegations. After 4 years, this case ends with no finding or admission of liability or wrongdoing, and we are free to continue to serve the funeral professionals in the New York metro area as we have been doing, with the highest level of quality and service,” said Kim Ryan.“The Hillenbrand and Batesville leadership teams collectively decided this was the best business decision for our company, our shareholders and our customers,” said Raver. “Bringing this matter to a close now allows our teams to get back to the important work of helping funeral directors serve families, and making investments that will move the industry forward.”Raver and Ryan expressed their appreciation to funeral directors in the metro area and across the US for the trust and confidence they continue to place in Batesville. read more

One killed in campground accidental shooting

first_imgOrange County, In. — Indiana State Police say a 21-year-old French Lick man was killed in an accidental shooting during a weekend camping trip with friends in Orange County.Friday evening deputies from the sheriff’s department were called to the Shirley Creek Campground to investigate an accidental shooting.State police detectives determined a 19-year-old man unholstered his weapon when he thought he heard something in the woods. When he attempted to re-holster the weapon one round discharged and struck Daniel Barrett Allbright, 21, in the head. Allbright was declared deceased at the scene.Police do not suspect foul play. Details of the investigation will be reviewed by the Orange County Prosecutor.last_img

Dedication leads Valentyn out of backstage, onto floor

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)If you’ve ever walked past Brett Valentyn on campus during a weekday afternoon, you probably didn’t give him much of a second glance.You probably didn’t peg him to be a college athlete, much less a member of the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, a program that has accepted 12 consecutive invitations to play in the NCAA tournament.And most fans of the team might not even recognize his name despite the fact that he has been a staple on the team for over four years now.Valentyn, a native of nearby Verona and former walk-on, spent nearly the entirety of his first four years with the Badgers in the backstage – practicing on the scout team and watching games from the bench.But lately, that trend has been shaken up a bit.After redshirting his freshman year, Valentyn averaged no more than just 2.1 minutes on the floor for the Badgers, with most of those minutes coming in “garbage” time, when the game already been convincingly decided.This year, however, his numbers have risen to 5.5 minutes per game, and Valentyn has found his number being called far before garbage time arrives.Against Michigan on Jan. 5, Valentyn played a career high 11 minutes – seeing time in both the first and second halves – where he went on to hit a pivotal three-pointer from the corner to extend a Wisconsin lead to 11 points with over three minutes left.“It feels good; it’s what I’ve been working for since I got here,” Valentyn said. “It’s always been my goal to get on the floor and play significant minutes in big games – it feels good to do that and I’ve got to work hard to continue that.”An AP all-state honorable mention his senior year at Verona High School, Valentyn turned down opportunities to play basketball at smaller schools outside of Division I – where he no doubt would have received more playing time – for a chance to attend the Wisconsin School of Business and join the basketball team as a walk-on.As far as appearances go, the 6-foot-4, 195 lb. shooting guard doesn’t quite radiate an air of basketball prowess, and even Valentyn himself admits that he wouldn’t describe himself as a “physical specimen.” But nevertheless, Valentyn has certain attributes that are hard to ignore.“He’s obviously pretty cerebral, he understands the game and he’s not going to make a bad decision,” UW associate head coach Greg Gard said. “Perimeter shooting wise, he’s very good; the odds of him knocking down shots are very good.”Valentyn found a way onto the squad prior to the 2006-07 season and quickly established himself as a marksman from the arc while his hard work and basketball smarts earned him the role of mimicking the future opponent’s most dangerous player in the backcourt during practice.Despite earning an important role in keeping the team prepared week in and week out, Valentyn’s presence on the floor didn’t increase too much, but that never resulted in a lack of effort.He wasn’t the only one, though. Senior guard Wquinton Smith, a good friend of Valentyn’s and another walk-on who also earned an increase in playing time this year, endured the unglamorous side of a collegiate athlete along with Valentyn.“Being a walk-on, we got to work a lot more harder than everybody else [to get noticed] so we make sure we work harder than everybody else and make sure we’re leading and get noticed, which happened to both of us this year,” Smith said.And noticed he was. After years of lifting weights, running hills and imitating upcoming opponents in practice, Valentyn now finds his number being called more often to help his team win.No. 15 has appeared in 11 games this year, already a career high, and has scored 16 points for the Badgers, also a career high.His biggest contribution still might occur in practice, away from the lights and cameras, but the rest of the Badgers know how important his presence on the team is.“The better he practices, the better it makes us defensively because we got to work that much harder to guard him in practice,” Gard said.And considering all the other options that Valentyn had to play basketball with scholarships offered up front, he still doesn’t regret the path he chose at Wisconsin.“I’m surrounded by great teammates, good guys, good bunch of friends, good coaching staff… I love it and I wouldn’t trade it for anything and all the hard work, it feels good that it’s paying off even more this year.”last_img read more

SDA creates scholarship for LGBTQ+ students

first_imgSDA Dean David Bridel said the cabaret concert is the most fitting way to fundraise for this scholarship because of Billing’s background performing in cabarets. “[This scholarship] sends a clear message that the LGBT community is here and that they matter,” the fundraising website read. “It reaches out to young LGBT Americans searching for artistic expansion.” “I am overwhelmed and profoundly moved by this honor,” Billings wrote in her Instagram post. “As a 56-year-old mixed-race trans woman living with AIDS since the mid-1980s and having survived on the streets of Chicago as a sex worker, a heroin addict and being homeless for almost a year and a half, this sits in a place in my spirit that is truly humbling.” Billings, who has been acting for over 40 years and has performed in live productions and is known for her guest appearances on “How To Get Away With Murder” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” She also played Davina on the Golden Globe-winning show “Transparent.” According to the SDA website, Billings is also one of the first transgender actresses to play a transgender character on television. She has been recognized with five After Dark Awards and the Rainbow Spirit Award. Transgender actress and pioneer Alexandra Billings will launch a scholarship for LGBTQ+ students applying to the School of Dramatic Arts. Billings joined SDA’s faculty in 2017. (Sasha Urban/Daily Trojan) According to its fundraising website, Billings hopes the scholarship will send a message to the LGBTQ+ community that they belong at USC. Yahm Steinberg, a freshman majoring in theatre who identifies as pansexual, said she believes this scholarship will help queer members of the theater community feel validated. Billings is hosting a fundraising show May 1 at the Bing Theatre called “I’m Still Queer: A TransAmerican Cabaret.” At the time of publication, the scholarship has raised more than $10,000.center_img Actress and assistant professor Alexandra Billings announced on March 13 via Instagram the launch of a scholarship for LGBTQ+ students applying to the School of Dramatic Arts. Samantha Ruzon, a freshman majoring in theatre and political science, said she is worried about students applying to the scholarship who have not yet come out as part of the LGBTQ+ community. In 2018, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation  found that 8.8% of regular television characters identified as LGBTQ+. “That’s the difficult thing,” Ruzon said. “If [the student] gets [the scholarship], they shouldn’t have to advertise that.” “Even if you’re not gay, [you’re] being exposed to stories of people who are,” Kleinberg said. “Gay people are forced to conform to heteronormativity all the time, and I think it’s really cool that [this scholarship] is starting to break that idea [and] celebrate people in [these] communities.” “In addition to being a passionate advocate for the LGBT community, Alexandra Billings is one of the country’s great cabaret performers,” Bridel wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “It is especially fitting that [SDA] should choose to present her work in this format, as cabaret has always been a place to give voice to individuals and communities who have a vital message for society.”last_img read more

Grades: Taylor makes UW’s defensive play of year

first_imgDespite shooting poorly against KSU, junior guard Jordan Taylor came through with two crucial stops on defense to seal the win.[/media-credit]Every week, Herald Sports will look back at the last two games of the Wisconsin men’s basketball team and offer a report card grading the team’s performance.The Badgers’ season remains alive and well after two encouraging victories in the NCAA Tournament have earned them their fourth Sweet 16 berth since 2003.Out of the Southeast bracket, No. 4 Wisconsin topped No. 13 Belmont, 72-68, on Friday before winning a 70-65 thriller against No. 5 Kansas State in the third round Saturday.Wisconsin now begins preparations for No. 8 Butler, a mid-major team one year removed from a national championship game appearance that upset No. 1 Pittsburgh Saturday in a 71-70 instant classic. The two teams meet Thursday night in New Orleans, La.Offense – 4.5 out of 5You can’t ask for much more from an offense in the postseason. The Badgers shot .500 percent from the field and .545 from 3-point range against Belmont and then hit .420 and .450, respectively, versus Kansas State while hitting at least .800 from the free throw line in both contests.The scoring came efficiently and was well distributed. Senior Jon Leuer and junior Jordan Taylor, who combined for 43 points against Belmont, were the only Badgers in double figures in that game, but four other players converted at least one 3-pointer while the bench contributed 18 points.Wisconsin divided the scoring even better against Kansas State, as four Badgers finished in double figures, and seniors Keaton Nankivil and Tim Jarmusz chipped in another trio of 3-pointers.Meanwhile, sophomore Mike Bruesewitz hit a clutch 3-pointer with a minute-and-a-half remaining, and freshman Josh Gasser sealed the win with two free throws in the final seconds.Against a kleptomaniac Belmont defense that averaged 9.7 steals per game, though, Wisconsin, which averaged a national-best 7.5 turnovers per game in the regular season, committed 13, which prevented the Badgers from obtaining a comfortable lead against the cold Bruins until about nine minutes into the second half.Defense – 4 out of 5The Badgers effectively prevented the Bruins from getting hot from the field, as they shot just .367 and .273 on the night, but the Wildcats – namely guard Jacob Pullen – seemed to score at will on the Wisconsin ‘D.’Only three players from Kansas State scored points on the night, but despite the rest of the squad going 0-for-8, the three put together a .458 and .500 team clip.Pullen played like a true senior in the postseason, scoring 38 points on 13-22 shooting, including 6-for-8 from the perimeter, and almost single-handedly beat the Badgers.Furthermore, both Belmont and Kansas State penetrated inside effectively, scoring 22 and 26 points in the paint, respectively.Despite that, Wisconsin forced eight turnovers against Kansas State, and the offense nearly maxed out those opportunities by scoring 16 points off them. In a physical and bruising contest, the Badgers kept pace with the Wildcats in the rebounding game despite ultimately losing, 32-30, but dominated the undersized Bruins 33-22.Bench – 3.5 out of 5This season the Wisconsin bench has been, at times, dormant. But in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, it came alive.Against Belmont, reserves Bruesewitz, Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans combined for 18 points on 6-9 shooting and 14 rebounds.Bruesewitz stood out the most, grabbing nine of those rebounds against Belmont and six more against Kansas State. He scored eight and 11 points, respectively, in those games, all on a sprained knee he suffered in the Big Ten Tournament.However, against Belmont, Bruesewitz committed four turnovers, and Berggren, despite playing a total of 17 minutes over the last two games, committed five fouls.Player of the Week – Jordan TaylorTaylor’s performance against the Wildcats may not have been pretty – he made just 2-of-16 shots from the field on the night – but it was the junior guard’s play down the stretch that prevented the Badgers from closing the books on their season.In the final minute-and-a-half, Taylor stole the ball from Curtis Kelly and on the ensuing possession provided the assist for Bruesewitz’s critical three. With 10 seconds remaining, Taylor hit two free throws to give UW a 68-67 advantage.The much-hyped guard duel between Pullen and Taylor seemed to have been won by Pullen for much of the game, especially when he got the best of Taylor with a fake behind-the-back pass on a late breakaway layup. But Taylor won the game on UW’s defensive play of the year, blocking Pullen’s 3-point attempt that would have tied the game with two seconds left.Those late-game heroics, added with 21 points on 5-13 shooting with six assists against Belmont, give Taylor yet another player of the week selection.last_img read more

Bayelsa Thrashes Delta, Wins Female Basketball Final

first_imgThe championship which was organised by WESIE in collaboration with the Bayelsa State Sports Council which was represented by Mr Daniel Igali, two-time Olympics champion and Commissioner for sports in Bayelsa, saw the girls show exceptional brilliance during the game.The event also witnessed Ekiti placing third while Cross River came fourth during the well-attended tournament.Other states which took part in the all-girls championship were Katsina, Edo, Rivers, Imo, Anambra and Ebonyi.Founder and Director, WESIE, Funke Adeniji, said the programme was part of the organisation’s objectives to empower women in the country.“We focus predominantly on females because we do not think that women have enough opportunities to play sports. This is a platform for them to showcase their talent, develop themselves and have fun.“We also use the opportunity to raise health awareness with our medical team on ground and screening for some chronic diseases.“Though our focus is not on international scouts, but on local opportunities or talents, its an opportunity to compete in real game situations. But we have a number of scouts here including Peter Ahmedu, national team coach and others. They came from across the country.” In terms of collaboration with the government, this is a sports council, so we cannot come here without them. There have been a few challenges, but we always like to come here because of that partnership as we have done in Imo, Enugu, Cross River, Lagos.“Sports can be a tool to change communities, improve their wellbeing and there are cash prizes for them too” she said.In his comments the Assistant National Coach, D’ Tigress and Head Coach Dolphins Female Basketball team, Lagos, Peter Ahmedu, expressed delight at the level of competitiveness in the tournament.” We give kudos to those who have the hearts to give back to the community, especially to the girl child. The girl child has been pushed to the backdoor. So, its impressive.“We beg the sponsors to come out and assist so in the next five years, there will be great improvement. Mali is doing well, Senegal has, Rwanda has come up with one. So, in Nigeria, we also need a big arena.“The future of female basketball ball in the country still looks dim in the sense that there are not many competitions. The one for this year, which is 25, is the highest we have had in about 10 years” he said.Also speaking, Igali said at the junior level the basketball team in the state had done well, stressing that the level of competitiveness was exciting.” This is the future of basketball and WESIE is doing a great job. The athletes are doing well. This is exciting , so the level of competitiveness is high. Let me also thank the Bayelsa government for the help they rendered” the commissioner said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Emmanuel Addeh in YenagoaThe Bayelsa State female basketball team has beaten their counterparts from Delta to emerge winners in the 7th edition of the 2019 annual Women Elite Empowerment Initiative (WESIE) tournament.During the finals of the 10-team championship drawn from all parts of the country, at the indoor hall of Sampson Siasia stadium, Bayelsa out-played the Delta team, defeating them 29-17.last_img read more

Boateng commits to Milan

first_imgGhana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has dismissed suggestions that he could leave Milan in favour of a switch to Bayern Munich.The Ghanaian hasn’t had the easiest start to the season and a January move to the Bundesliga has been suggested.“I’ve heard the story that I’m off to Bayern, but there is no truth in that,” the attacking midfielder noted. “It’s just a rumour.“I can say something very clearly and that is that I am happy at Milan and I am not ready to leave this club.“I owe a lot to Milan and I’m not thinking about Bayern Munich or any other team.”Boateng, whose brother Jerome is at Bayern, joined the Diavolo in 2010 from Portsmouth, via Genoa.last_img