HALIFAX — A third well exploration effort off Nova Scotia has failed to find commercially viable levels of oil in the deep waters of the Scotian Shelf.Hess Corp., the drilling partners on the BP-operated Scotian Basin Exploration Drilling Project, issued a news release Tuesday saying it will write off its share of the well cost, and BP will abandon the Aspy well.It is BP’s only well currently being drilled in the deep waters of the Scotian Shelf, an area about 330 kilometres from Halifax where the company holds multiple licences in waters over two kilometres deep.Environmental, fishing and Aboriginal groups have repeatedly criticized the various drilling programs as lacking sufficient response systems for potential blowouts, and their criticisms of the BP project heightened in June after a spill of 136 cubic metres of synthetic drilling mud from BP Canada’s West Aquarius drilling unit.Last year, Shell announced it would seal the second of two exploration wells off Nova Scotia after they also didn’t find commercial quantities of oil.Promoters had hoped deep water plays like the efforts by BP and Shell would help rekindle the industry off Nova Scotia, as the Sable Offshore Energy Project winds down in the shallower basins. The Canadian Press
Facebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of Enterprise ServicesA selection of pieces from the USS Olympia’s official presentation silver service are on display this month at Olympia City Hall. The antique silver set was presented to the historic U.S. Navy warship more than 100 years ago following local and statewide efforts to raise funds for the service.The silver pieces can be viewed between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the lobby at Olympia City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E.Featuring the state of Washington seal, oak and laurel leaves and the name “Olympia,” the presentation silver collection is steeped in military history: It was presented to commemorate the 344-foot steel ship’s heroic role in the Spanish-American War’s Battle of Manila Bay, under the command of Admiral George Dewey.Though most famous as Dewey’s flagship in the Spanish-American War, the USS Olympia served in both military and humanitarian roles in the U.S. Navy into the 1920s. Its last assignment prior to decommissioning was the return the body of the Unknown Soldier to the United States for burial. The vessel is now an exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia.On DisplaySilver set pieces on display include an ornate 20-inch oval tray and a small tureen with a lid, crafted by Shreve & Company of San Francisco. The pieces are part of a 29-piece collection on loan from the U.S. Navy to the City of Olympia and managed by the Department of Enterprise Services. The full set is usually on display at the Governor’s Mansion on the Capitol Campus, and includes a coffee and tea service, several trays, covered dishes and punch bowl.A selection of pieces from the USS Olympia’s official presentation silver service are on display this month at Olympia City Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Photo courtesy: Washington State Department of Enterprise Services“Each piece in the collection is a work of art,” said Marygrace Goddu, cultural resources manager for Enterprise Services. “It was designed to be over-the-top, a showpiece and a status symbol that would attest to Olympia’s culture and means, and lay claim to the city’s heroic namesake ship. Each piece was modeled and engraved by skilled silversmiths.”A Piece of Community HistoryAfter USS Olympia gained status as a legendary American ship in the 1898 Battle of Manila Bay, local and statewide efforts raised money to purchase the set for $8,750. The collection was officially presented to the ship on Sept. 26, 1899. Its assessed value in 2003 was just under $200,000.“The city of Olympia is extremely proud to display for the public this remarkable piece of our community’s history,” said Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby. “The silver service is a beautiful symbol of our relationship with the naval vessels that have borne our city name over the years and of our ongoing partnership with the state of Washington who has maintained the silver with such care. We are grateful to the state for their stewardship of these pieces.”The city’s display is coordinated with an upcoming visit by the crew of a more modern vessel that bears the city’s name — the USS Olympia submarine. Crew members of the 362-foot-long fast attack submarine are scheduled to visit its namesake city this weekend to participate in community service projects and other events.
“North Georgia Mountains are great because it’s a super condensed area of the Appalachian mountain chain. You really finish with a bang. You can bike backcountry and find big ridges and push your limits and that keeps me coming back.” said Gordon Wadsworth, BRO athlete and avid mountain biker, as I spoke with him about trails, “There’s so much condensed riding in North Georgia that it’s kind of impossible to ever want to leave.”Northern Georgia has been a big draw for mountain bikers for years, and we at BRO want to make sure you know the top 7 trails not to miss while traveling through the area.Jackrabbit MountainJackrabbit Mountain is a beginner to intermediate trail located near Hiawassee. It is a total of 11.3 miles with 693’ of ascent. It is a singletrack with a maximum of 12% gradient. The trail is well maintained and open year-round, with beautiful views of the Chatuge Lake.Moss CreekA three-mile intermediate trail, Moss Creek is home to some great singletrack. Smooth and flowy, this trail features more than 400 feet of elevation gain. Moss Creek continuously mixes things up, as there are climbs and descents, tight turns and switchbacks, and varied scenery.Bear Creek This intermediate trail is a 10-mile singletrack loop, with a 4,700’ elevation gain. This loop is part of the Pinhoti trail and is primarily ridden downhill. There are a few creek crossings and the trail overall is fast and flowy. The highlight of this loop is the Gannet Poplar, a giant poplar with a girth as wide as 6 adult wingspans. Jake MountainJake Mountain has improved greatly over the years. Formerly washed out, it has recently been revamped and is now a favorite among bikers of all skill levels. This 7-mile singletrack network that gains 600’. While much of the trail is flowy, it is considered intermediate because it enters a deep creek crossing, Jones Creek, and the climb back out is famously steep.Pinhoti Trail: Armuchee to Snake Creek GapThe Pinhoti trail is one of Georgia’s epics. Starting around Ellijay and finishing in Alabama, the trail is fast and flowy, but the actual technicality depends on the section you’re riding. This section is 15 miles long and rated an intermediate ride. The singletrack gains 2,800’ and is an out and back trail.Stanley GapThis advanced trail includes 10-miles of out and back singletrack with 2,100’ of gain. It is extremely difficult and and includes some bombing descents. Be prepared for some chunky downhill, and tricky ascents that require a significant amount of lung power.Pinhoti Trail: Mountaintown CreekTransformed from an old logging road, this advanced singletrack trail is 5 miles long with 3,000’ gain. An out and back trail, Mountaintown Creek features a lot of backcountry riding. Bikers should be prepared to get wet and and a tad torn up. But one of the best descents in North Georgia makes it all worth while. Note: The trail has several great views of waterfalls along the way, so be sure to keep an eye out as you zoom along. Special thanks to Gordon Wadsworth, Cartecay Bikes in Ellijay, and Mulberry Gap in Ellijay for contributing beta to this piece.Related:
Washington: Lee Duck-hee became the first deaf player to win an ATP main draw match, waiting out a rain delay to beat Henri Laaksonen in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The 21-year-old from South Korea was two points from victory when thunderstorms swept through the area. When he and Switzerland’s Laaksonen returned some five hours later Lee quickly polished off a 7-6 (7/4), 6-1 victory on Monday. “I never expected to get through this one,” said Lee, who had won the final three points of the first-set tiebreaker. “I thought that I was just going to do my best and try to stay focused, but I came out a winner.” Lee, ranked 212nd in the world, will play third-seeded Hubert Hurkacz, the world number 40 from Poland, in the second round. “I’m going to go to the match with the same attitude,” said Lee, who has pursued his tennis dream despite the difficulties posed by his disability. He turned pro at 15 and achieved his best ATP singles ranking of 130th in the world in 2017. “I’m going to do my best and see what happens,” he said. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. atpLee Duck-heetenniswinston salem open First Published: August 20, 2019, 10:07 AM IST