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The February Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live

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first_imgDEPARTMENTSTHE DIRTFreesoloist Austin Howell survives a near-death fall and keeps climbing.QUICK HITSLance wins a trail race—people get pissed • Chimney Rock expands • Former Olympian runs sub-five mile for 40th consecutive yearFLASHPOINTCut the carbs? Crank up the workout intensity? Juicy detox cure? 5 common fitness myths debunked.THE GOODSAdventure runner Phil Phelan’s go-to gear for multiday treks.TRAIL MIXFast Hands and Hard Truths: New albums from Larry Keel and Malcom Holcombe.FEATURESTAKING BACK THE GAULEY“Once I got out on the Gauley, my hands shook with each pull through the water, and in the opening rapids, I had trouble rallying the power that I needed to steer myself.”TRAIL HEROESThere aren’t many large black women lining up at the starting line of 62-mile ultras. That hasn’t stopped Mirna Valerio, a Georgia teacher and coach who is shattering stereotypes. Meet Mirna and four other inspiring trail runners from the Blue Ridge.BLUE RIDGE BUCKET LISTMake 2016 the year of no excuses. Check out these 41 regional events that are sure to make your quads crumble, your forearms scream, and your sides cramp. If you live here or play here, these are the must-dos.THE WAY FORWARDUltrarunning legend and multiple national champion Anne Riddle reflects on what the trail has taught her.APRÈS SKINo two words excite snowsports aficionado Graham Averill more than après ski, roughly translated from the French: ‘I drank too much champagne and fell in the hot tub while still wearing my ski boots.’DITCH THE GPSAdventurer Devon O’neil gets lost to find himself.last_img read more

Statoil: 2400 people to work on Johan Sverdrup hook-up. First group sails away

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first_imgStatoil is starting mobilization of 2400 workers who will work on the hook-up, finalization, and eventually start-up the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea.The Norwegian oil company – soon to be named Equinor – said that some 150 people will sail away later on Thursday aboard Prosafe’s floating accommodation vessel «Safe Zephyrus» from Mekjarvik outside Stavanger with the North Sea as their destination.The flotel will reach the giant Johan Sverdrup field during the weekend, marking the start of the offshore mobilization for the field which will be in production for more than 50 years.“This is a big day for Statoil and the Johan Sverdrup partnership. Today we’re sending the first group of people offshore to start the important work of hooking-up the growing Johan Sverdrup field center and preparing for production start-up late next year,” says Trond Bokn, senior vice president for Johan Sverdrup.As soon as “Safe Zephyrus” arrives at its destination, the work to finalize the riser platform – the first topside installed at the field – begins. Soon after, hook-up preparations will begin for the drilling platform, the next topside to arrive in early June. Related: PHOTO: Statoil installs first of four Johan Sverdrup topsides With two platforms in place, soon after the accommodation jack-up vessel – or jacktel – «Haven» will join “Safe Zephyrus” at the field to increase the bed capacity during the hook-up and finalization phase of the project to nearly 900 beds.Then as many as 2,400 people from Statoil and suppliers, spread across three shifts, will start calling Johan Sverdrup as their place of work offshore.Jez Averty, senior vice president for operations in the southern part of the North Sea said: “The next North Sea giant will after start-up – with a peak production of 660,000 high-value barrels per day with very low emissions – be one of the Norwegian continental shelf’s best assets, so we clearly have a vested interest in this going well.” Related: GALLERY: Statoil completes Johan Sverdrup riser platform installation “A lot of work remains, however, and there are no short-cuts to success offshore. To succeed requires that we remain alert and fully focused on completing the work ahead in a safe and compliant manner. And we have every intention to do just that,” Averty concludes.Johan Sverdrup is one of the five biggest oil fields on the Norwegian continental shelf. With expected recoverable resources of between 2.1-3.1 billion barrels of oil equivalent, it will be one of the most important industrial projects in Norway over the next 50 years.Johan Sverdrup will be developed in several phases. Phase 1 is expected to start up in late 2019 with production capacity estimated at 440,000 barrels of oil per day.Phase 2 is expected to start up in 2022, with full field production estimated to peak at 660,000 barrels of oil per day. Peak production on Johan Sverdrup will be equivalent to 25% of all Norwegian petroleum production.The plan for development and operation (PDO) for phase 2 will be submitted during the second half of 2018.Statoil is the operator of the field with 40,0267% interest, with partners being Lundin Norway 22,6%, Petoro 17,36%, AkerBP 11,5733% and Maersk Oil (a company of Total) 8,44%.last_img read more

Hanwha Life acquires ROX Tigers, forms Hanwha Life Esports

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first_imgKorean insurance company Hanwha Life has acquired the League of Legends team ROX Tigers, aptly rebranding it as Hanwha Life Esports. The team will continue competing in the League of Legends Champions Korea.The other teams under the newly-named ROX Gaming organisation will retain their names, namely the Tekken team ROX Dragons and the Vainglory team ROX Armada. From the 2018 LCK Summer Split and onwards, the League of Legends team will represent Hanwha Life.Prior to the acquisition, Hanwha Life had been the official sponsor of the ROX Tigers since the beginning of the 2018 LCK Spring Split in January. In the announcement made on Facebook, ROX Gaming explained that “we have also felt lacking whenever the management was unable to give more support because of the limitation of being a small club,” which led to Hanwha Life buying its LCK roster.The ROX Tigers were founded in 2014 and originally known as the Huya Tigers. From there, the team has undergone a number of name changes due to different sponsorships – this includes names such as GE Tigers, Koo Tigers, and most recently, ROX Tigers.ROX Tigers are the third team that competes in the LCK to undergo a rebrand in 2018, following on from KSV Esports’ acquisiton of Samsung Galaxy and Kingzone’s acquisition of Longzhu Gaming.Esports Insider says: We find it refreshing that both an owner and sponsor believed the team could be in better hands, so they decided to do what’s best for them. Even with ROX Tigers almost achieving a playoff spot in the most recent Split, ROX prioritised its players’ management and that’s commendable.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS START LIFE IN DIVISION THREE WITH EXCELLENT WIN AGAINST DOWNINGS

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first_imgLetterkenny Gaels Club News: The Senior footballers made their Division 3 debut at the weekend and recorded a good 1 point win in a tough encounter in Downings. Final score 1-11 to 1-12.Our Reserves also got their season off to winning ways winning on a scoreline of 1-08 to 2-12. Both teams are free this week and travel to Buncrana on Easter Monday.The U-18 lads had a free weekend and are due to play St. Eunan’s B next Tuesday at Pairc na nGael. Time to be confirmed.After their opening game against Robert Emmetts was rescheduled the U-16 footballers travel to Naomh Padraig Lifford on Sunday.The club are holding a bag pack in Tesco’s on Easter Saturday 4th April in association with Habitat for Humanity Ireland. If you can spare an hour on this day please contact 0868405785. The Underage Football Committee are holding a parents evening next Monday evening at the Club House where we will launch our Underage Football Development Plan. It is important that parents of any child playing for Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn attents. Light refreshments will be served. Start time 8pm.There will be an Underage Equipment Fundraiser in Arena 7 from 5 – 7pm on Good Friday, 3rd April. All facilities in the A7 complex will be available to enjoy. A great evening is guaranteed. See Club Facebook for more details.Club Members are requested to contact our Club Secretary for more information if they wish to obtain a Club Donegal Membership Card which covers Free Admission to all Adult Club Matches in the County for the 2015 Season and also included an item of Donegal merchandise.Our girls have resumed training at the Aura on Friday evenings from 7.30-8.30pm. This training is suited for girls from U-12 to U-16. Cost €3 per session. New members welcome.The Club are running Circuit training for girls & lady’s from 12 years and older in Woodland School Hall every Wednesday from 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Price €2 per person. All welcome. Underage indoor football coaching finishes this Friday evening and will resume on Sunday morning 12th April from 11-12pm at Pairc na nGael. New members welcome.Indoor Camogie training continues at the Aura on Mondays from 7-8pm for 5th & 6th Class & Secondary school girls while Wednesdays from 6-7pm at the LYIT is for 4th class & younger. Contact 086 8163605 for information. New players welcome. Please check club website and Gaels Camogie Facebook for Pairc na nGael training schedule commencing shortly.Indoor Hurling training is now finished for the season and we will be resuming at Pairc na nGael on 16th April. Please contact Dan Harnett 0867392780 or Sharon Harnett 0868405785 to book or for more information. New members always welcome.Lotto numbers for weekending 22nd of March are 2, 9, 16 & 22. Match 3 is Roisin Doyle, 8 Parkview, Letterkenny. For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelGAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS START LIFE IN DIVISION THREE WITH EXCELLENT WIN AGAINST DOWNINGS was last modified: March 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAALetterkenny GaelsNoticesSportlast_img read more