Coronavirus: Germany hails couch potatoes in new videos

first_img– Advertisement – “And when the virus spread, I remained the same lazy sack of potatoes that I was before. But unlike me, the world had changed: to contain the virus, people were urged to stay at home, doing nothing suddenly became a public service, laziness could save lives and I was a champion in that.”last_img

Vaalco begins Avouma workover program. Clears all debt

first_imgHouston-based Vaalco Energy has begun workover operations to restore production to two wells currently shut-in on the Avouma platform offshore Gabon.Vaalco said on Tuesday that the workover operations on the platform began on May 17, 2018.The company added that the work on the platform entailed replacing electric submersible pumps (ESPs) on the Avouma 2-H and South Tchibala 1-HB wells.The ESP on the Avouma 2-H well failed in November 2017 and the well was temporarily shut-in. Vaalco also experienced an ESP failure in a different well on the same platform, South Tchibala 1-HB, on December 24, 2017, resulting in that well also being temporarily shut-in.According to Vaalco, net production of approximately 750 net barrels of oil per day (bopd) may be restored if both workovers are successful.Cary Bounds, Vaalco CEO, said: “[…] our workover operations to restore production from two shut-in wells on the Avouma platform have commenced. We are hopeful that modifications to the design of the downhole ESP equipment, improvements in the installation procedures and upgrades to the surface control systems on the platform will result in improved operational reliability.“With the additional 750 net bopd of production that these wells could bring back online if the workover operations are successful, coupled with higher Brent pricing, we will continue to enhance our ability to generate cash in 2018.”Vaalco also said that its subsidiary paid off the outstanding balance on its amended term loan agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC).On March 31, 2018, debt, net of deferred financing costs, totaled $7 million. The total payoff amount for the principal and accrued interest since March 31 was approximately $7.2 million.Vaalco now has no debt on the balance sheet for the first time since June 30, 2014. The company said that it saved over $0.3 million in interest over the next year.“We are realizing significant cash flow generation due to the strong improvement in Brent oil prices with no hedges currently in place. This is allowing us to eliminate all of our outstanding debt and strengthen our balance sheet. We are improving our financial position in anticipation of a development drilling campaign on our offshore Gabon asset in 2019,” Bounds said.last_img read more

Cape clears away to score

first_img Cape Clear Island continued to respond to pressure to get the better of Greatest Journey by a neck, with Rocky Rider a further head away in third. Co-owner Michael Tabor said: “I think the price tells you it was a surprise. He is a nice horse and hopefully he will improve on that. “I don’t know if he is up for going for the Dante or to Chester, as I don’t know if he is good enough. It is hard to say how good that race was.” Kurland created an instant impact on her racecourse debut after sauntering to an effortless success in the Montaz Restaurant EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies’ Stakes. Moving well throughout the five-furlong contest, the Martyn Meade-trained runner (8-1) was kept close to the front end of the race by Fergus Sweeney before smoothly asserting during the closing stages. Once in the clear, she only needed to be pushed out with hands and heels to come home three and three-quarter lengths clear of 40-1 runner-up Sakhee’s Jem. Meade said: “She is a very exciting prospect, who had always worked really well at home. She was prepared for the moment and she has shown she was good enough. “We will have a look at what time she did to see how good she is, then we can really get to work with her.” Held up at the rear of the field early on by the three-times champion jockey, the 14-1 shot joined the battle for the mile-and-a-quarter race late in the day. Long-time leader and favourite Rocky Rider looked to have fought off the bulk of his rivals from the front, but the Aidan O’Brien-trained winner and eventual runner-up Greatest Journey forged ahead inside the final furlong. Press Association Ryan Moore was seen at his strongest in steering Cape Clear Island to a battling success in the £200,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-0 Trophy at Newmarket. Winter House overcame early signs of greenness to come from well off the pace and open his account at the first time of asking in the Swan At Lavenham Wood Ditton Stakes. Favourite Fallen For A Star and the hard-pulling Bermondsey took the field along early on in the mile contest and were still well in contention entering the final two furlongs. As Bermondsey’s run came to an end, Fallen For A Star continued to battle on but was powerless to prevent both Mustaaqeem and Winter House powering past. It looked as though the Sir Michael Stoute-trained representative had got first run on the 8-1 shot, but with the post looming James Doyle managed to forge the son of Cape Cross into the lead to score by a neck. Winning trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: “He will learn a lot from this race. He has been doing well in the mornings, but he is still a bit green. He didn’t behave himself last year, but he is a different horse this year. He was only 80 per cent fit for today and I am sure he will improve for it. “The next race for him will be a Listed race at Windsor on May 11.” last_img read more

Police ‘want to discuss sprinter’s Williams concerns after stop

first_img(BBC) Met Police bosses say they want to speak to a Team GB sprinter who is accusing officers of racially profiling her in a stop and search.Bianca Williams and Ricardo dos Santos, a Portuguese 400m runner, were stopped in Maida Vale, west London on Saturday.Ms Williams, whose three-month-old son was in the car at the time, called it an “awful experience”.Cdr Helen Harper said she was “really keen” to speak to the couple “to discuss… the concerns they have”.The Met had said that officers were patrolling the area in which Ms Williams was stopped because of an increase in youth violence.But the European and Commonwealth Games gold medallist believes the couple were targeted because they are black and were driving a Mercedes.“They [the officers] said there’s a lot of youth violence and stabbings in the area and that the car looked very suspicious,” she told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.“They see a black male driving a nice car, an all-black car, and they assume that he was involved in some sort of gang, drug, violence problem.”In a statement on Sunday evening the Met said the Mercedes was stopped after it was seen driving suspiciously, including being on the wrong side of the road, and that the driver had sped off when asked to stop.‘Getting ridiculous’But this was rejected by Ms Williams, who said: “That is false, we were never on the wrong side of the road. We were driving down through single-width roads.“We only found out about us driving on the wrong side of the road once they tweeted.“This isn’t the first or fourth or fifth time, it must be about the 10th. It’s getting ridiculous.“We are planning on taking it down the legal route. I feel very hurt by their actions, and to witness my partner being taken away and for me to be taken away from my son, my heart hurts.”The Met said officers from the Directorate of Professional Standards had reviewed footage from social media and officers’ bodycams and were satisfied there was no concern around the officers’ conduct during the stop and search of the two athletes.“That does not mean there isn’t something to be learnt from every interaction we have with the public,” Cdr Helen Harper said.“We want to listen to, and speak with, those who raise concerns, to understand more about the issues raised and what more we can do to explain police actions.“Where we could have interacted in a better way, we need to consider what we should have done differently and take on that learning for the future.”Speaking at a remote hearing of the House of Commons Human Rights Committee earlier, Baroness Lawrence said it was “ludicrous” that black people could not drive around in expensive cars.“Stop and search will continue to be an element young people go through on a day-to-day basis,” said the campaigner, whose murdered son was failed by an “institutionally racist” Met Police.“And when they are stopped, it is not just one officer or two officers, you have six or seven officers standing around one individual, a young person who is probably frightened to death because he doesn’t know what is going to happen to him.“So if now people have mobile phones and start recording what is happening to them, we have the issues where police say it is one thing and the individual says it’s another, and the authority believes the police over the individual.London mayor Sadiq Khan said he took allegations of racial profiling “extremely seriously” and he had raised the case with the Met.The Independent Office for Police Complaints said it has not yet received an official complaint.last_img read more

Syracuse turns to bulldozing duo in revamped goal-line package

first_img Published on October 6, 2012 at 2:20 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 One was a linebacker by title and a special teams lifer by all remaining criteria. The other was a stingily used sophomore running back that came to college overweight and still needed to shed a few pounds this past offseason.Until Saturday, both were basically irrelevant through the first five weeks of Syracuse’s 1-3 start. The former, Lewellyn Coker had registered a single tackle, while the latter, Adonis Ameen-Moore, had yet to step on the field in 2012.But during the bye week, and following consecutive dismal performances in goal line situations, their numbers were called by the Syracuse coaching staff. Coker switched positions — changing sides of the ball from defense to offense to become a lead-blocking fullback. And Ameen-Moore would finally assume the role his 5-foot-10-inch, 239-pound frame was meant to play: wrecking ball.“I said, ‘Hey, let’s put Adonis in and find a fullback. I don’t care who it is, whoever is going to knock somebody’s head off,’” Syracuse offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said.It marked the birth of a duo that can only be described as bizarre, that could have never been predicted and that proved wildly effective in Syracuse’s (2-3, 1-0 Big East) 14-13 win over Pittsburgh on Friday. Running behind Coker and a jumbo-sized left side of the offensive line, Ameen-Moore pounded home the Orange’s only offensive touchdown and ran out the final 1:36 of the fourth quarter with a hard-nosed nature unseen so far this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe new tight red zone package, aptly named “Tank,” erased the ugly memories of SU’s goal-line woes in a narrow win over Stony Brook and a 17-10 loss on the road at Minnesota two weeks ago. Eight times the Orange failed to punch the ball in from inside the 5 yard line against SBU, a Football Championship Subdivision team. Against Minnesota, quarterback Ryan Nassib threw a costly interception with no reliable running attack with which to feel comfortable.“We’re this spread team, up-tempo, fast,” Hackett said. “But damn, what the hell do we do down there? And I think that was what messed us up.”The frustration for Hackett and head coach Doug Marrone boiled over shortly after the loss to Minnesota. The following Monday and Tuesday brought sleepless nights for both men, and a commitment to improving one of the team’s most glaring weaknesses.Trial and error ensued. Hackett said they tried one running back sets, overload formations and “a million different things” before settling on the Ameen-Moore/Coker combination.It looked good on tape toward the end of this week — Hackett said the Tank package was practiced every single day since last Thursday — and Ameen-Moore barreled his way into the end zone on his very first attempt from the 1 yard line to give Syracuse a 7-0 lead early in the opening quarter.“It feels great,” Ameen-Moore said. “I haven’t scored a touchdown since the 12th grade. … It felt wonderful, and I am just glad coach Marrone gave me the chance.”He ran behind the left side of an offensive line that benefitted tremendously from the return of All-Big East left tackle Justin Pugh. The 6-foot-5-inch, 297-pound senior missed the first month of the season after having offseason shoulder surgery and returned with a fiery passion his teammates fed off.Between Pugh, Coker, left guard Zack Chibane, tight end Beckett Wales and extra offensive lineman Nick Robinson, the Orange coaching staff gave Ameen-Moore a 1,322-pound wall to run behind that overwhelmed Pittsburgh’s defensive front. It ensured the one goal line play Hackett said they installed — the wonderfully descriptive “Run Left” — would work.“I went f***ing crazy when Adonis scored,” Hackett said. “I was so fired up.”The feeling resurfaced during the Orange’s final drive of the game, which began with 4:52 remaining and had the sole purpose of running out the clock to preserve a one-point win.After Syracuse picked up three first downs to melt the clock inside two minutes, Marrone and Hackett sent the “Tank” package back on the field to finish the game with one final move of the chains. Ameen-Moore carried the ball four consecutive times behind Coker and Co. for 13 yards, sealing the victory and igniting a wild celebration on the SU sidelines that shook off a five-game Big East losing streak.“(The coaches) were very pleased with Adonis, and he’s worked extremely hard to be in that position,” Marrone said. “Obviously it’s a very important position, so you have to have a very high level of trust.“(Coker) did a very good job in that fullback position. I was very proud of him.”Hackett said after the game that he apologized to Ameen-Moore during the bye week for not installing the goal-line package earlier, especially after making a promise to do so before the season even started.But his sophomore bludgeon wasn’t angry, upset or even frustrated. Instead he met with Hackett 24 hours after the package was put in place with a “glimmer in his eyes” that showed he was embracing his moment.Said Hackett: “When he looked at me and said, ‘I’m always ready,’ that was the best line.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more