Det norske, Spike swap North Sea assets

first_img[mappress]Press Release, June 17, 2014 Det norske oljeselskap ASA has signed an agreement with Spike Exploration to swap a 10 percent interest in licence 554/B/C containing the Garantiana oil discovery for a 20 percent interest in license 457 containing parts of the Ivar Aasen deposit, offshore Norway.Licence 457 is located adjacent and to the east of licence 001B (Ivar Aasen, DETNOR 35 percent and operator) on the Utsira High in the North Sea. Following drilling of the Asha discovery in late 2012 it was established that Ivar Aasen extends into licence 457.Unitisation discussions between the Ivar Aasen partners and the 457 licence partners are ongoing, with the aim to conclude such discussions at the end of this month.Licences 554/B/C are located north-east of the Visund field in the North Sea where drilling of the Garantiana-2 appraisal well is ongoing. After completion of the agreement, Det norske will hold 20 percent in licence 457 and 10 percent in licence 554/B/C.“With the Asha discovery entering a development and production phase through the unitisation with the Ivar Aasen field, Spike is pleased to conclude a deal with the operator of Ivar Aasen that will strengthen our appraisal and exploration portfolio, very much in line with Spike’s business strategy of being an exploration company,” said Bjørn Inge Tønnessen, CEO of Spike Exploration.The transaction is subject to approval from the relevant authorities.last_img read more

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War DVD review

first_imgCredit: Warner BrosDC’s animated series of films has delivered some really memorable moments over the last few decades. This current iteration of the DC Universe draws to a conclusion here with Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, an epic and brave finale that is packed to the rafters with action, adventure, surprises and shocks.The plot finds the heroes (and some villains) of Earth facing their gravest challenge yet. With reports of an imminent attack on the planet, Superman (Jerry O’Connell) takes a crew to face Darkseid (Tony Todd) head-on in a bid to save humanity. But when things go wrong, the whole fabric of the DC Universe is shaken to its core, leaving a dejected band of heroes the impossible task of mounting a final stand against the forces of darkness.What grabs you first is the sense of risk and escalation that this story projects. Literally from the opening scenes a high-risk factor is established, and this keeps its momentum throughout the film, making each scene a pivotal and interesting watch that serves the greater story. The 90min runtime is lean and full of action, and the events of the movie keeps die-hard fans of the DC Universe happy whilst also being easy to follow for anyone not familiar with all the ins and outs of the lore.Like I said before, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War has a real sense of danger and ominous, foreboding dread running nicely throughout. As a viewer, you really cannot tell how the outcome will play out and that makes for a refreshing watch. There are obvious comparisons with the events that take place in Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame. It too features a desperate band of surviving superheroes trying to bring down a greater evil for the fate of the world. The DC heroes here have a bit more baggage with them though which cultivates some great, tension-filled scenes between them.Credit: Warner BrosThe roster of familiar faces is big here, with heavyweights like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn sharing the screen with the likes of John Constantine, Raven, Bane, Trigon, Captain Boomerang and King Shark. There are a lot of famous faces here and for the most part, everyone has a chance to shine onscreen. But be warned, there are a few deaths on the cards here too, which means that a level of unpredictability shadows everything you see and that makes for a great watch.This is almost relentless in the action stakes and therefore it’s a joy to watch. From daring battles on Earth and in Space to Lois Lane ‘fight-clubbing’ Harley Quinn in an underground boxing ring, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War isn’t shy to shed the blood and celebrate the carnage of a war movie. And that is what this is – a war movie with casualties everywhere that keeps you on the edge of your seat.Credit: Warner BrosThe vocal cast are all superb and do exceptionally well here. The regular stalwarts all reliably deliver like Rainn Wilson (Lex Luthor), Jason O’Mara (Batman), Rosario Dawson (Wonder Woman), Rebecca Romijn (Lois Lane), Christopher Gorham (The Flash) and Jerry O’Connell (Superman) but the less mainstream characters do a lot of the heavy lifting here too. Matt Ryan reprises his role as John Constantine once again, and in many ways leads this movie (very well). Voice acting hero John DiMaggio is always a joy to listen to as King Shark and Trigon, Taissa Farmiga is brilliant as Raven, Hynden Walch is a joy as a maniacal Harley Quinn, and Tony Todd gives Darkseid the correct level of sinister malevolence to keep the stakes high throughout the story.With high-emotion balancing out nicely with the all-out action, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is a surprisingly poignant and memorable way for this animated DC Universe to bow out. With DC actively moving in interesting directions, I’m not sure what we have coming up next, but if their current iteration of Harley Quinn is anything to go by, we are in for a treat. Seriously, if you haven’t watched the Kaley Cuoco and Lake Bell starring series yet, you are massively missing out on one of the freshest and funniest shows in years. So the future looks bright for DC animation, and Justice League Dark: Apokolips War makes sure the final film in its series delivers a suitably awesome finale for fans to say goodbye, and provides a platform to launch new and exciting ventures from.Cast: Matt Ryan, Taissa Farmiga, Jason O’Mara, Rainn Wilson, Rosario Dawson, Rebecca Romijn, Hynden Walch, Christopher Gorham, Jerry O’Connell, Tony Todd Director: Matt Peters, Christina Sotta Writer: Ernie Altbacker, Mairghread Scott Released By: Warner Bros Certificate: 15 Duration: 90 mins Release Date: 18th May 2020 (DVD/Blu-ray), out now (VOD)last_img read more

Cliff Ellis returns to the Plains as a visitor

first_imgAUBURN – It took over 10 years for Cliff Ellis to return to Auburn’s campus.He didn’t miss much in his time away as far as basketball goes.Ever since his firing in March 2004, Auburn has been unable to replicate the success it saw under Ellis, the second-winningest coach in program history who led the Tigers to the 1999 SEC Championship and three NCAA Tournament appearances, including two Sweet 16s. Auburn has failed to make it to the Big Dance ever since.Ellis will get to see firsthand what he believes is the beginning of a resurgence of the Auburn basketball program under coach Bruce Pearl Friday night as he brings his Coastal Carolina team to the Plains.“It’s a different feeling when you come in as an opposing coach on a sideline at Auburn,” said Ellis, who went 186-125 overall and 73-87 in SEC play from 1994-2004. “It’s really unusual. It’s a strange feeling, is the best way that I can describe it but I’m glad to be back.”Pearl engineered Ellis’ return, which is part of a three-game deal between the teams with Auburn playing at Coastal Carolina in 2015 and the Chanticleers returning to the Plains in 2016. After gaining the support of Ellis’ former players during a letterman’s reunion over the summer, Pearl got the reluctant Ellis, who turns 69 Friday, to come around to the “win-win” idea.“Let us honor him, and let us remember all the good that was done. Let his former players that played for him kind of relish a little bit,” Pearl said. “I’m glad that Cliff was able to come back and play in a game. We wouldn’t play a 2-for-1 very often against (the Big South) conference, but we would for Cliff because he was a former coach here.”The 1998-99 Tigers, who Ellis led to a 29-4 record, SEC Championship and Sweet 16 appearance, will hold a private reunion after tonight’s game. Ellis described the “euphoria” of winning the 1999 conference title and the Cliff Dwellers at the old Beard-Eaves Coliseum.“Without question, it’s the most powerful team that Auburn has ever had,” Ellis said. “I will say this, and I hope it’s Bruce, the next guy who wins the regular-season championship, I will kiss his ring because I know how hard it is, and I think people associated with the program know how hard it is.”Ellis never imagined the program would see such dire times in the decade-long “slide” after his firing, though he acknowledged it’s a “hard job” for an array of reasons.“That’s surprised me,” Ellis said. “It’s a very difficult program to (make it to the NCAA Tournament) every single year here. Until the Auburn people realize that, if they ever get it going again, and I think they will, they need to understand that. They didn’t understand it at the time. It’s apparent. The next time around, I hope they learn from it.”After millions of dollars on facilities, including the $86 million Auburn Arena, and coaching staffs over the last 10 years, Ellis firmly believes Pearl is going to turn the program around.“He’s got a lot of energy, I can see it when I talk to him and visit with him,” Ellis said of Pearl. “He plays a style of game that we used to play when those championships were here. He’s pressing, he’s doing things to try to get possessions from those teams like Kentucky and people like that that are going to come in here and have all the All-Americans.“So he’s going to bring that style of play that fans like, fans are going to like him, and he’s going to get people involved and he’s going to recruit. If you do that, it’s good. I want to see it turned back.”For Auburn (3-3) to continue the turnaround this season it’ll have to get through Ellis’ Chanticleers before a nine-day break for final exams.The Tigers, who are 2-0 at home this season, are coming off a heart-breaking 46-44 loss at Texas Tech and can’t allow any carryover from Wednesday’s defeat in the closing seconds to affect Friday night’s game against a Coastal Carolina (5-2) squad that didn’t come to the Plains to lie down.“I’m here for Bruce, I’m here for Auburn, I’m here to come back but I’m here to win,” Ellis said. “and very thankful for the 10 years that I had the opportunity to coach Auburn.”Auburn vs. Coastal CarolinaWHEN: 8 p.m. todayWHERE: Auburn Arena, AuburnRECORDS: Auburn 3-3, Coastal Carolina 5-2ON THE AIR: TV – Fox Sports South. Radio – WMSP-AM 740, WLWI-FM 92.3AUBURN LINEUP: G K.C. Ross-Miller, 6-0, GS., 7.7 ppg., 2.0 apg.; G Tahj Shamsid-Deen, 5-9, So., 7.7 ppg.; G K.T. Harrell, 6-4, Sr., 17.2 ppg.; F Jordon Granger, 6-5, Jr., 5.3 ppg., 4.0 rpg.; F Cinmeon Bowers, 6-7, Jr., 13.3 ppg., 12.2 rpg.COASTAL CAROLINA LINEUP: G Warren Gillis, 6-3, Sr., 12.0 ppg., 2.8 apg.; G Shivaughn Wiggins, 5-11, So., 10.4 ppg., 3.9 rpg., 3.0 apg.; G Elijah Wilson, 6-4, So., 8.0 ppg., 3.7 rpg.; F Badou Diagne, 6-7, Jr., 7.4 ppg., 7.3 rpg.; F Tristian Curtis, 6-7, Jr., 3.2 ppg., 4.5 rpg.NOTEWORTHY: Former Auburn coach Cliff Ellis is returning to the Plains as part of a three-game deal between the programs, with Auburn going to Coastal Carolina in 2015 and the Chanticleers returning in 2016. Ellis’ 1998-99 Auburn team, which he led to a 29-4 record, SEC Championship and Sweet 16 appearance, will hold a private reunion after the game. … K.C. Ross-Miller has nine steals in the last two games. …. Graduate student Antoine Mason could miss his sixth straight game due to a sprained ankle. There is no clear timetable for the return of the nation’s leading returning scorer. … Chanticleers guard Warren Gillis had a 27-game streak of scoring in double-figures snapped on Tuesday. … Auburn is 2-0 at home and has alternated wins and losses thus far this season. … Auburn won the only previous meeting of the school, an 82-66 win in 1995, and is 14-6 all-time against Big South teams while Coastal Carolina is 3-12 all-time against SEC schools.last_img read more