Dril-Quip Makes Management Changes

first_imgDril-Quip has appointed Jeffrey J. Bird as senior VP of Production Operations and CFO, following the retirement of James A. Gariepy, who served as senior VP and COO since 2011.James A. Gariepy has retired effective March 01, 2019, following 15 years of service with Dril-Quip.“We are thankful for Jim’s services and leadership over the past 15 years,” said Dril-Quip’s president and CEO Blake DeBerry. “He has been a key contributor to the company’s success and on behalf of the board and our entire company, we wish him well in the future.”Prior to this appointment, Jeffrey J. Bird served as Dril-Quip’s vice president and CFO since he joined the company in March 2017.Blake DeBerry added, “Jeff’s financial acumen and organizational leadership have benefited the company and its shareholders over the last two years. He has taken a lead role in our ongoing transformation initiative and has prior managerial experience with LEAN, supply chain and manufacturing so this will be a natural transition for him. In addition to his current responsibilities of finance, operational excellence and information technology, Jeff will now assume responsibility for manufacturing, supply chain and projects. I have every confidence that Jeff will succeed in this new role.”last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgSale went 6-11 last season with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts, the fewest in his career for a full season since 2012.In other MLB news:— Indians reliever Emmanuel Clase (klah-say) is expected to be out 8-12 weeks with a strained back muscle. Clase has a 100 mph fastball and was the centerpiece of an offseason trade that sent two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to Texas.— Cubs reliever Brad Wieck has had surgery for an abnormal heart flutter and is out indefinitely. The team says an irregular heartbeat was discovered during the 28-year-old left-hander’s spring training physical.— Freddie Freeman hopes to return to the Atlanta Braves lineup next week after his surgically repaired right elbow swelled and forced him out of action a few days ago. The four-time All-Star had three loose bodies removed from his elbow in October to address years-long pain that caused an ill-timed slump last season. February 27, 2020 Filip Petrusev (peh-TROO’-shehv) had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs in a 94-59 dismantling of San Diego. Corey Kispert scored 16 points and Ryan Woolridge had 15 for the 28-2 Zags, who rebounded from Saturday’s loss at BYU.Gonzaga has won 38 consecutive home games, the longest streak in the country. The Bulldogs are also seeking to play the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament in Spokane.In other top-25 finals:— D’Mitrik Trice hit his first five shots and scored 28 points as Wisconsin topped No. 19 Michigan, 81-74. Aleem Ford and Micah Potter each had 18 points to help the Badgers improve to 18-9 overall and 11-6 in the Big Ten. Zavier Simpson scored a career-high 32 points for the Wolverines, who were without guard Eli Brooks because of a broken nose.— Matt Bradley matched his career highs of five 3-pointers and 26 points in leading California’s 76-62 upset of 21st-ranked Colorado. Kareem South had 19 points and Paris Austin added 12 as the Golden Bears beat the Buffaloes for the first time in six tries. Tobias Harris scored 34 points to lead the short-handed Sixers to a 115-106 victory over the Knicks. Harris had 23 points in the opening half to help Philadelphia to a 61-46 lead at the break.Shake Milton scored 19 points and Al Horford added 15 as the 76ers handed New York its sixth straight loss.Embiid sat out with a shoulder injury and Simmons missed his third straight game with a back ailment that will keep him off the court for at least two weeks. The Sixers will have more information concerning Embiid’s injury on Friday.The win puts the 76ers in a tie with Miami for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.Checking out Thursday’s other NBA action: NEW YORK (AP) — Some key Kobe Bryant memorabilia, including two of his Los Angeles Lakers uniforms and cement handprints from his induction into the Grauman’s Chinese Theater hall of fame gallery, are going up for sale in April.Julien’s Auctions aid Thursday that the items would be up for sale on April 30 as part of its annual sports auction that also includes a silver medal from the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and a 2002 FIFA World Cup gold winner’s medal.Bryant’s items were already being planned for auction when he, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26. — Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points and the Thunder rallied from 19 down in the third quarter to beat the Kings, 112-108. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander contributed 20 points and Chris Paul added 17 as Oklahoma City won its fifth in a row and 14th in its last 17 games.— Domantas Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pacers to their fourth win in five games, 106-100 versus the Trail Blazers. Malcolm Brogdon had 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds, while T.J. Warren and Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) scored 15 points each for Indiana.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEGonzaga hammers San DiegoUNDATED (AP) — Third-ranked Gonzaga has nailed down its eighth consecutive West Coast Conference regular-season title. — Kaleb Wesson scored 16 points and had a career-high 18 rebounds in No. 23 Ohio State’s 75-54 thumping of Nebraska. Duane Washington Jr. made three straight 3s to open the game and finished with 14 points for the Buckeyes, who led 26-12 after hitting nine of their first 11 shots.NHL-SCHEDULEB’s win, Bolts fallUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have widened their lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division.David Pastrnak’s (PAHS’-tur-nahks) 46th goal of the season was the eventual game-winner as the Bruins topped the Stars, 4-3. The game was deadlocked, 1-1 until Brad Marchand and Nick Ritchie tallied 77 seconds apart late in the second period. — Bobby Ryan returned from a three-month injury absence and recorded a hat trick in the Senators’ 5-2 verdict over the Canucks. Ryan tallied twice in the final 2:08 for his fifth hat trick and first since December 2014.— Matt Dumba had two goals and an assist as the Wild blew out the Red Wings, 7-1 for their fourth win in five games. Kevin Fiala (fee-AH’-lah) also had a three-point night with a goal and two assists.NHL-CANUCKS-MARKSTROMMarkstrom out after ‘minor’ procedureVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom had a “minor lower body procedure” and will be reevaluated in two weeks. Update on the latest sportscenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULESixers win without Embiid, SimmonsUNDATED (AP) — No Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’). No Ben Simmons. No problem for the Philadelphia 76ers as they improved to an NBA-best 28-2 at home. — Colton Parayko’s wraparound goal in overtime capped the Blues’ comeback in a 3-2 win against the Islanders. Vince Dunn tied it with 1:44 left in regulation before Parayko sent St. Louis to its sixth straight win and a five-point lead over Colorado atop the Central Division. Jean-Gabriel Pageau (pa-ZHOH’) and Jordan Eberle had first-period goals for the Isles, who are two points ahead of Columbus for the first Eastern Conference wild card.— Winnipeg’s three-game skid is over after Connor Hellebuyck (HEH’-leh-buhk) stopped 34 shots in a 3-0 shutout of the Capitals. Kyle Connor and Mark Schiefele (SHY’-flee) each had a goal and an assist to support Hellebuyck’s fifth shutout of the season and 19th of his career. Washington’s lead in the Metropolitan Division remains four points over the Penguins, who have two games in hand.— William Nylander (NEE’-lan-dur) snapped a 3-3 tie with 11 minutes left in the Maple Leafs’ 5-3 victory over the Panthers. Auston Matthews, Kasperi Kapanen (kas-PEHR’-ee KAP’-eh-nehn), Mark Hyman and Justin Holl also scored and Frederik Andersen stopped 24 shots in Toronto’s third win in four games.— Ryan Strome’s (strohmz) two goals and one assist carried the Rangers to their fifth consecutive win, 5-2 at Montreal. Phillip Di Giuseppe, Adam Fox and Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kah zih-BAN’-eh-jad) also tallied after New York fell behind, 2-0.— Mikael Granlund provided the tying and winning goals in the Predators’ 4-3 overtime victory against the Flames. Granlund knotted the score with less than a second left in regulation and ended it at 1:20 of OT to give Nashville its third straight win. Associated Press Markstrom was hurt during a 9-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday, causing Vancouver to acquire veteran Louis Domingue (doh-MIHNG’) from New Jersey. Markstrom is 23-16-4 with a 2.75 goals-against average, a career-high .918 save percentage and two shutouts this season.MLB-NEWSSale to start season on injured listUNDATED (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale will start the season on the injured list. Manager Ron Roenicke (REHN’-ih-kee) says Sale will be placed on the 15-day injured list and will remain in Fort Myers, Florida, for extended spring training when the team breaks camp. Sale reported to camp with pneumonia and is behind schedule.Sale ended last season on the injured list with elbow inflammation, making his last appearance Aug. 13 at Cleveland, where he gave up five runs with 12 strikeouts in 6 ⅔ innings. Roenicke emphasized this trip to the injured list is not related to Sale’s elbow. — Kerwin Danley has been named the majors’ first African American umpire crew chief. The 58-year-old Danley has worked two World Series and been on the field for 10 other postseason rounds, including the AL Championship Series last year. MLB also says Alfonso Marquez is being elevated to the first Hispanic crew chief born outside the United States.— Members of Congress have sent a letter to the Baseball Hall of Fame asking that former major league outfielder Curt Flood be elected in December by the next golden era committee. The recognition would coincide with the 50-year anniversary of Flood’s defiant letter to baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn in which he wrote, “I do not feel that I am a piece of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my wishes.” Flood was traded by St. Louis to Philadelphia after the 1969 season and refused to report to the Phillies, instead sitting out the 1970 campaign and challenging the reserve clause.— Former Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is selling some baseball memorabilia and plenty of household items at a weekend estate sale. The baseball-related items for sale include framed jerseys, bobbleheads, commemorative Coca-Cola bottles, signed Red Sox photographs, and a Boston Bruins jersey with the name Ortiz and his No. 34 on the back.PGA-HONDA CLASSICLewis, English share Honda lead Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-roh-slahv hah-LAHK’) turned back 31 shots to help Boston end its first two-game losing streak in over a month.The Bruins now pace the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division races by seven points over Tampa Bay.The Lightning dropped their fourth straight since a team-record, 11-game winning streak. Dominik Kubalik (koo-BAH’-lihk) recorded his first career hat trick with three goals in the third period of the Blackhawks’ 5-2 victory at Tampa. The Blackhawks trailed 2-0 before scoring three times in the final period, including three in a 5:20 span.Slater Koekkoek (KOO’-koo) scored his first goal of the season and Brandon Saad (sahd) added his 20th as Chicago beat the Lightning for the first time in regulation since Dec. 13, 2009.Elsewhere on NHL ice: PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tom Lewis and Harris English each fired 4-under 66s to take a one-shot lead in the first of the PGA’s Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens.Lewis and English each made the field on sponsor exemptions after failing to qualify for the event.Zach Johnson shares second with J.T. Poston, Brian Stuard, Cameron Tringale (trihn-GAH’-lee) and Lee Westwood, who also made the field on a sponsor exemption.KOBE BRYANT-AUCTIONKobe Bryant handprints, other memorabilia up for auctionlast_img read more

Half-time: Liverpool 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgEden Hazard’s coolly struck penalty gave Chelsea the lead after an intriguing first 45 minutes in their Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg tie.Hazard stroked home the 18th-minute spot-kick after he was fouled by Emre Can following some excellent approach play by Cesc Fabregas.The Blues, with John Mikel Obi preferred to Oscar in a more defensively minded midfield, had to withstand strong Liverpool pressure throughout.But Jose Mourinho’s men, winners at Anfield in their previous two meetings, were happy to surrender possession and grew in confidence, restricting the Reds to half-chances.The hosts caused a couple of nervy moments but the only save the recalled Thibaut Courtois had to make was from a dipping Steven Gerrard strike.Gary Cahill also had to make a fine clearance, but with the Reds looking increasingly threatening, Hazard netted from the spot.Liverpool continued to have more of the ball, but Chelsea’s quality on the counter-attack could easily have led to a second away goal.A three-on-one break should have produced a chance and Hazard and Fabregas were finding space.The home side had a shout for a penalty of their own in injury time when they claimed handball against Diego Costa, but the ball appeared to hit his hand from close range. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Mikel; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Oscar, Remy, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Draymond Green pooh-poohs the fatigue factor: ‘Ain’t no Shaqs today’

first_img“Ain’t no Shaqs … (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON – In this age of small ball, Draymond Green has seemingly infinite responsibilities. Green won’t complain about the hefty workload. Instead, he sounded aware what life could be like if he played in the NBA when dominant big men ruled the league.last_img

Unevolved Arthropods Found in Amber

first_imgThe new record holders look identical to those alive today.Claimed 230 million years old, 100 million years older than the previous record holders, fossils of arthropods in amber (fossilized tree sap) were reported in PNAS (Schmidt et al., “Arthropods in amber from the Triassic Period,”  PNAS August 27, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1208464109).  The little bugs, including two mites and a fly, haven’t done much evolving in all that time.  Science Daily and PhysOrg both quoted co-author David Grimaldi, a curator in the American Museum of Natural History’s Division of Invertebrate Zoology “and a world authority on amber and fossil arthropods,” expressing his surprise at this example of extreme evolutionary stasis:Two of the specimens are new species of mites, named Triasacarus fedelei and Ampezzoa triassica. They are the oldest fossils in an extremely specialized group called Eriophyoidea that has about 3,500 living species, all of which feed on plants and sometimes form abnormal growth called “galls.” The ancient gall mites are surprisingly similar to ones seen today.“You would think that by going back to the Triassic you’d find a transitional form of gall mite, but no,” Grimaldi said. “Even 230 million years ago, all of the distinguishing features of this family were there—a long, segmented body; only two pairs of legs instead of the usual four found in mites; unique feather claws, and mouthparts.”He didn’t specify who would think that.  Presumably, he was referring to himself, or to other evolutionists.  According to the BBC News, Dr. David Penney (U of Manchester) was just as surprised: “The results presented here skip the Jurassic entirely and go back a step further to the Triassic,” he said.  “This was not expected.”Another evolutionary conundrum is that most living gall mites feed on flowering plants, which (in evolutionary time) would not appear on the scene for another 90 million years.  The article offered the following theory rescue device:The ancient mites likely fed on the leaves of the tree that ultimately preserved them, a conifer in the extinct family Cheirolepidiaceae. Although about 97 percent of today’s gall mites feed on flowering plants, Triasacarus fedelei and Ampezzoa triassica existed prior to the appearance and rapid radiation of flowering plants. This finding reveals the evolutionary endurance of the mites.“We now know that gall mites are very adaptable,” Grimaldi said. “When flowering plants entered the scene, these mites shifted their feeding habits, and today, only 3 percent of the species live on conifers. This shows how gall mites tracked plants in time and evolved with their hosts.“The amber droplets were found high in the Dolomite Alps of northeastern Italy.  To explain why they showed up there, Science Now explained, “were probably trapped during a 10-million-year climatic shift that caused the trees to produce more resin than usual,” without commenting on what this could imply for today’s political controversy over climate change.  “Their presence in 230-million-year-old amber, researchers say, shows for the first time that mites evolved long before the appearance of flowering plants.”It shows no such thing.  These are not “ancient” mites.  They are identical to modern mites, so they are dead modern mites, OK?  Grimaldi said so; he expected transitional forms, and they were not there.  Why do we need evolutionists to explain away the evidence?  This story is another example of how to understand the real finding, you first have to work your way past the Darwin Party guards who try to explain what you are about to see.  Just let the evidence speak for itself.  Notice their surprise in the abstract, and the immediate retreat to just-so storytelling:Antiquity of the gall mites in much their extant form was unexpected, particularly with the Triassic species already having many of their present-day features (such as only two pairs of legs); further, it establishes conifer feeding as an ancestral trait. Feeding by the fossil mites may have contributed to the formation of the amber droplets, but we find that the abundance of amber during the Carnian (ca. 230 Ma) is globally anomalous for the pre-Cretaceous and may, alternatively, be related to paleoclimate. Further recovery of arthropods in Carnian-aged amber is promising and will have profound implications for understanding the evolution of terrestrial members of the most diverse phylum of organisms.So let’s get this straight. Some highly complex creatures (complete with articulated limbs, mouth parts and specialized organs), which are also “very adaptable,” just lived in their little conifer-feeding niche for 230 million Darwin Years, having billions of kids exposed to a world of change – mutations, cosmic rays, meteor strikes, global extinctions, glaciers, earthquakes, tectonic plate subductions, volcanoes, mountain uplifts and climate shifts – to say nothing of the incessant evolutionary pressure to evolve –  but lived out their entire history in some evolutionary Brigadoon.  (This is known, we are told, as “evolutionary endurance.”)  Now they show up in amber with no transitional forerunners and no morphological changes, oblivious to the Darwinian tale of the emergence of flowering plants, dinosaurs, mammals and man.    Yes indeed: this will have profound implications for understanding evolution.Actually, the “understanding” produced, and the “profound implication” is this: evolution has been falsified (again).  It’s not surprising, therefore, that complex, fully-functional arthropods are also found in  the Cambrian explosion, where there are no transitional forms, either.  David Grimaldi may be a world authority on amber and fossil arthropods, but not on following the evidence where it leads.  “You would think,” he said, “you would find a transitional form.”  In psychology, this is known as projection.  One can only hope he would not think of imposing his anti-empirical thoughts on others.  Now go show this to Bill Nye. 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Ohio State offers programs to support Ohio women farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rarely is the image of a farmer a woman.And yet, among all of Ohio’s farms, 40 percent are managed or partly managed by women. Nationally, women made up almost one third of all farmers, according to 2012 census data, the most recent year available.With women playing such a significant part in running or helping to run farms across the state, Ohio State University Extension connects women farmers and provides support for them to thrive and continue the healthy growth of women in the field.The number of female farm operators in the state has been rising since 1978 when it was first tracked.“It’s surprising to people to find out how many women are involved in agriculture even though women have had an important role since the beginning of agriculture,” said Emily Adams, an OSU Extension educator in Coshocton County.Between 2007 and 2012, there was a slight dip in women as principal operators on farms both in Ohio and the U.S. In the Buckeye state, the number declined by 5 percent. A new census is currently underway.For women in counties across the state, OSU Extension hosts educational workshops to help them improve their farming and management skills and network with other women farmers.Some of the challenges women in farming face are the same ones their male counterparts confront: planning for their successors on the farm as well as contending with insurance, liabilities and financial challenges.But a lot of women say they are especially challenged by tending to the needs of their family members and the constant demands of the business, Adams pointed out.“Women working in agriculture are trying to balance work and family responsibilities, and the two are interwoven because as women farmers, they often are working with family members 24/7.”“We strive to empower women with information and knowledge so they are prepared for situations. Hopefully, they will worry less and recognize the influence they can have over a situation.”Among the offerings that OSU Extension provides for women farmers is Annie’s Project, which is part of a national effort to enhance the farming and business skills of women involved in all aspects of agriculture.Two weekend conferences will be held for women in agriculture as part of Annie’s Project. The events will be Jan 25-28 at Salt Fork State Park Lodge and Conference Center, 14755 Cadiz Road, in Lore City, Ohio, and Feb. 2-4 at Western Buckeye Christian Camp, 5455 Roeth Road, in Houston, Ohio. For more information, visit go.osu.edu/annieretreat2018last_img read more

a month ago​Inter Milan look to China for new shirt sponsor

first_img​Inter Milan look to China for new shirt sponsorby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChinese real estate group Evergrande could become the main shirt sponsor of Inter Milan’s in 2021, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.Exploratory talks have reportedly taken place between the two parties over potential partnerships in the future, including Evergrande possibly replacing long-term shirt sponsor Pirelli when the tyre brand’s contract with the club expires in 2021.The Italian club have had Pirelli’s logo on their kit dating back to the 1995/96 season, which currently earns them €10.5 million (US$11.6 million) per year, but Gazzetta says Inter owner Zhang Jindong is seeking greater revenue opportunities for the team as they bid to stay in touch with the rest of the European elite.Apparently helping Evergrande’s cause is that it has in the past worked closely with Jindong’s company Suning Holdings Group, which acquired a majority stake in Inter for a reported €270 million (US$299 million) back in June 2016.Evergrande is already closely involved with soccer after buying Chinese Super League team Guangzhou Evergrande in 2010, currently managed by former Inter defender Fabio Cannavaro. TagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

7 days agoBrambati: AC Milan refused to sign Ribery for Gattuso

first_imgBrambati: AC Milan refused to sign Ribery for Gattusoby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Serie A defender Massimo Brambati says AC Milan were wrong to dump Rino Gattuso.Brambati also insists Gattuso was blocked from signing Franck Ribery before he joined Fiorentina.”I still don’t understand why Milan took this long path round with Marco Giampaolo only to then get Stefano Pioli,” Brambati told TMW Radio.“It was better to stick with Gattuso and follow his ideas, as in a meeting he had asked them to sign three experienced players, including two who were free agents.“Gattuso had requested Ribery as one of the names, who was then brought to Fiorentina by Luca Toni and is doing a great job there.“Instead, Milan rejected Gattuso and all his proposals.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Amari Cooper Froze Up At The Mic On Family Feud

first_imgLane Kiffin talking to Amari Cooper.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 15: Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin of the Alabama Crimson Tide converses with Amari Cooper #9 prior to facing the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Former Alabama star and current Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper will be appearing on a celebrity edition of “Family Feud” this Sunday. Alongside Steve Smith, Brandon Marshall and others, Cooper will be representing the “AFC Offense” against an “NFC Defense” squad that includes Arizona Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu, Philadelphia Eagles DB Malcolm Jenkins and Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis. In his match-up with Mathieu, Cooper beat the ex-LSU star to the buzzer when asked to name someone people are excited to see once a year. From there though, Cooper got stage fright, and could only manage some awkward laughter. The video of the clip, released in advance of the show, can be found below. The episode featuring Cooper will air at 8 p.m. ET Sunday night on ABC. Hopefully the rest of Cooper’s appearance went more smoothly than that clip did.[ SDS ]last_img read more