Oil production in Norway dipped below expected during July 2018 due to technical problems on some fields, according to a report on Thursday by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).For illustration purposes: Gina Krog; Image by: Øyvind Torjusen; Source: EquinorPreliminary production figures for July 2018 show an average daily production of 1,911,000 barrels of oil, NGL, and condensate, which is an increase of 64,000 barrels per day compared to June.Total gas sales were 10.8 billion Sm3 (GSm3), which is an increase of 1.5 GSM3 from the previous month.Average daily liquids production in July was: 1,525,000 barrels of oil, 357,000 barrels of NGL, and 29,000 barrels of condensate.Oil production is approximately 2.5 percent lower than the NPD’s forecast for July, and about four percent below the forecast this year.The NPD said that the main reasons that production in July was below forecast were technical problems on some fields.The total petroleum production for the first seven months in 2018 is about 135.3 million Sm3 oil equivalents (MSm3 o.e.), broken down as follows: about 50.8 MSm3 o.e. of oil, about 12.5 MSm3 o.e. of NGL and condensate, and about 71.9 MSm3 o.e. of gas for sale.The total volume is 4.5 MSm3 o.e. lower than in 2017.
A young squad of Badger swimmers will be making their way to the northwest for this year’s NCAA Championships in Federal Way, Wash., this weekend.The men’s swimming team had five swimmers qualify for the championships that will be held today through Saturday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Not one of those five swimmers is a senior; rather, there are three juniors (Scott Rice, Mike Desautels and Kyle Sorensen), a sophomore (Phil Davies) and one freshman (Mitch Buenger) making up the competing Badgers.“Heading into the NCAAs, we are going to try and improve from our showing at last year’s meet,” Badger coach Eric Hansen said.The Badgers have some work to do in Washington. Wisconsin finished 4-3 overall in dual meets this season but went only 1-2 in Big Ten competition, scoring their only victory over Iowa. The last two dual meets of the season were losses to Minnesota and Purdue on the first two days of February.However, Wisconsin does bring some momentum to the NCAAs. In their last high-stakes competition at the Big Ten Championships, Wisconsin finished seventh, one place higher than last year.Moreover, Wisconsin was able to place over No. 16 Penn State with a very strong last day of competition. Scott Rice led the charge on the final day, winning his heat of the 200-yard butterfly, affording him seventh place. And at the end of the day, a relay consisting of Desautels, Sorensen, Davies and Buenger finished fourth in the 400-yard freestyle race.“With all the elite competition, it will be tough to score individually,” Hansen said.”We are going to place a large emphasis on our relays, as they score double points.”The Badgers do bring some tough competitors to Federal Way. Rice finished second twice in Wisconsin’s losing effort at Purdue and had a third place finish versus Minnesota the day after. He will compete in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events at the NCAAs as well as the 200-yard individual medley. Hansen said that the Badgers would focus on the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays, which would feature the Desautels, Sorensen, Davies and Buenger lineup. Sorensen will swim in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races and compete with Rice in the 100-yard butterfly in addition to his role in Wisconsin’s relays.Davies is also slated to swim in freestyle races, competing with Sorensen in the 50- and 100-yard races. He will also be the only Badger lined up to compete in the 200-yard freestyle. The freshman Buenger is slated to be the anchor of the relays.“It’s kind of a shock,” Buenger said of participating as a freshman in the NCAA Championships with the Badgers.”I’m just trying to follow what the other guys do.”He also described the jump to the NCAAs from high school swimming as “the biggest there is.”Despite Wisconsin’s hopes to wrangle some success in the relays and through a few individual races, the heavy favorite for the National Championship seems to be the University of Texas. The Longhorns are looking to bring in their tenth championship in team history and look apt to do it after their 800-yard freestyle relay shattered American, U.S. Open, and NCAA records at the recent Big 12 Championships with a time of 6:10:55, breaking the old time by over three full seconds. The Longhorns also cruised to their 29th consecutive conference title and are the hot hand heading into the meet.Wisconsin swimmers have seen high levels of competition already in the season and should be ready for what is to come, though.“The Big Ten is a real deep conference,” Buenger said.”We may not have the powerhouses, but it’s real deep.”Wisconsin finished 29th last year in the NCAA and enters this year’s meet in roughly the same position.— UWBadgers.com contributed to this report. read more
“We want to make sure that the students that receive the scholarships are somebody that uphold his values, that believe in the industry, [that they] aren’t looking to go into the industry because [they want to] make a lot of money,” Jim Accardi said. “It’s really about making an impact in the work they want to do.” One year later, Accardi would have been 21 years old. Justin Accardi’s parents founded The Justin Accardi Foundation for the Arts in honor of their son’s life and his creative passions. (Photo courtesy of the Accardi family) “Justin was a unique person and no one will ever be quite like him, but there are so many other people out there who are just as passionate and just as ready to pursue their creative ideas,” Saulnier said. “We should be able to create without limits and without restriction and without fear because I think there’s something really beautiful in just being able to go for what you believe in. I know that he would have loved to see whatever comes of it and whoever gets to benefit from it.” “I still remember that [day] and feel happy, but it’s just so sad that this year’s different,” said Saulnier, a junior majoring in creative writing and French. “We were in the same Intro to Cinema class and after every movie we watched, it would take me a few minutes to still decide whether I even liked the movie or not, but he had a full-blown analysis already ready of the movie and all of its pros and cons, and what he thinks about that,” Chawla said. “So it used to be really fun to talk to him about anything creative.” Accardi passed away Sept. 5. He had battled depression for many years and died by suicide. Chawla, a junior majoring in cognitive science, was the initial founder of the sketch comedy group that led her to connect with Justin. She had reached out to people over Facebook to encourage them to join and gather ideas for the group. Accardi was one of the first people to respond. On Justin Accardi’s birthday last year, his two best friends Prerika Chawla and Marcelle Saulnier took him out to brunch in downtown Los Angeles. They spent the day exploring the city and wandering through the dim maze of books in The Last Bookstore. The three friends had bonded over a sketch comedy group their freshman year, so celebrating the day surrounded by words, history and art couldn’t have been more perfect. Though the foundation is new, Accardi’s parents hope to give at least one scholarship to a student at their son’s high school, Cherry Hill High School East in Cherry Hill, NJ, where he cultivated his passion for performing arts. Ultimately, however, they hope the money will go toward students at USC and from the surrounding community. UnderSCore a Capella, a student organization that Justin was a part of, began a fundraiser in November. It started as a GoFundMe for the recording of a tribute song titled “Say Love” but flourished into a larger fundraiser to support the foundation. “He had such a passion for music and cinema and media and was also just naturally brilliant, just naturally intelligent,” said Selena Accardi, Justin’s mother. “[He] cared about the world and politics and nature and the environment and just everything. When you have a child like that from an early age, it makes you pay attention to things bigger than yourself.” “He just messaged me with a whole list of ideas that we could do for our sketches, and through that, since we’d be meeting every week and just trying to make new videos and content, we’d … write a lot of jokes all the time,” Chawla said. “We just became super close from that.” In honor of their son, Selena and Jim Accardi have launched a foundation that will provide grants and scholarships for students studying cinematic arts. Accardi’s parents officially announced the foundation’s launch Monday, what would have been his 21st birthday. The Justin Accardi Foundation for the Arts will provide funding for student projects and films “that capture Justin’s visionary spirit and reflect his positive impact through the arts,” the website read. From that point on, Chawla and Accardi’s friendship grew out of their shared love for acting and comedy. Creativity was something that enthralled both of them, and they spent hours together bringing their ideas to life through sketches and videos. Their favorite activities included watching films or old episodes of “Seinfeld” and having long, in-depth talks about what they thought. read more
Liam Cahill’s team take on Waterford in a Munster Championship play-off in Walsh Park a 2 o’clock this afternoon.Victory will take Tipp straight through to the provincial semi-finals but if they lose then they’ll have to face Clare in another play-off early next month.Liam is pleased with the panel he has assembled.