Examining aftershocks with AI

first_imgIn the weeks and months following a major earthquake, the surrounding area is often wracked by powerful aftershocks that can leave an already damaged community reeling and can significantly hamper recovery efforts.While scientists have developed empirical laws to describe the likely size and timing of those aftershocks, such as Bath’s Law and Ohmori’s Law, forecasting their location has been harder. But sparked by a suggestion from researchers at Google, Brendan Meade, professor of earth and planetary sciences, and Phoebe DeVries, a postdoctoral fellow working in his lab, are using artificial intelligence technology to try to get a handle on the problem.Using deep-learning algorithms, the pair analyzed a database of earthquakes from around the world to try to predict where aftershocks might occur, and developed a system that, while still imprecise, was able make significantly better forecasts than random assignment. The work is described in an Aug. 30 paper published in the journal Nature.“There are three things you want to know about earthquakes: You want to know when they are going to occur, how big they’re going to be, and where they’re going to be,” Meade said. “Prior to this work, we had empirical laws for when they would occur and how big they were going to be, and now we’re working the third leg, where they might occur.”“I’m very excited for the potential for machine learning going forward with these kinds of problems. It’s a very important problem to go after,” DeVries said. “Aftershock forecasting in particular is a challenge that’s well-suited to machine learning because there are so many physical phenomena that could influence aftershock behavior, and machine learning is extremely good at teasing out those relationships. I think we’ve really just scratched the surface of what could be done with aftershock forecasting … and that’s really exciting.”The notion of using artificial intelligence (AI) neural networks to predict aftershocks first came up several years ago, during the first of Meade’s two sabbaticals at Google in Cambridge. While working on a related problem with a team of researchers, Meade said, a colleague suggested that the then-emerging “deep-learning” algorithms might make the problem more tractable. Meade would later partner with DeVries, who had been using neural networks to transform high-performance computing code into algorithms that could run on a laptop to focus on aftershocks.“The goal is to complete the picture, and we hope we’ve contributed to that,” Meade said.Meade and DeVries began by accessing a database of observations made following more than 199 major earthquakes.“After earthquakes of magnitude 5 or larger, people spend a great deal of time mapping which part of the fault slipped and how much it moved,” Meade said. “Many studies might use observations from one or two earthquakes, but we used the whole database … and we combined it with a physics-based model of how the Earth will be stressed and strained after the earthquake, with the idea being that the stresses and strains caused by the main shock may be what trigger the aftershocks.”Armed with that information, the researchers then separated the quake area into 5-kilometer-square grids. The system checked whether there was an aftershock inside each square, and asked the neural network to look for correlations between where aftershocks occurred and the stresses generated by the main quake.“The question is what combination of factors might be predictive,” Meade said. “There are many theories, but one thing this paper does is clearly upend the most dominant theory — it shows it has negligible predictive power, and it instead comes up with one that has significantly better predictive power.”What the system pointed to, Meade said, is a quantity called the second invariant of the deviatoric stress tensor, better known simply as J2.“This is a quantity that occurs in metallurgy and other theories, but has never been popular in earthquake science,” he said. “But what that means is the neural network didn’t come up with something crazy, it came up with something that was highly interpretable. It was able to identify what physics we should be looking at, which is pretty cool.”DeVries said that interpretability is critical because many scientists have long viewed AI systems simply as black boxes capable of producing an answer based on data.“When we first trained the neural network, we noticed it did pretty well at predicting the locations of aftershocks, but we thought it would be important if we could interpret what factors it was finding that were important or useful for that forecast,” she said.Taking on that challenge with highly complex real-world data, however, was daunting, so the pair instead asked the system to create forecasts for synthetic, idealized earthquakes, and then they examined the predictions.“We looked at the output of the neural network, and then we looked at what we would expect if different quantities controlled aftershock forecasting,” she said. “By comparing them spatially, we were able to show that J2 seems to be important in forecasting.” The impact of plate tectonics Related Harvard geophysicists show that concept applies on a continental scale And because the network was trained using earthquakes and aftershocks from around the globe, Meade said, the resulting system worked for many different types of faults.“Faults in different parts of the world have different geometry,” Meade said. “In California, most are slip-faults. But in other places, like Japan, they have very shallow subduction zones. But what’s cool about this system is you can train it on one, and it will predict on the other, so it’s really generalizable.“We’re still a long way from actually being able to forecast them,” she added. “We’re a very long way from doing it in any real-time sense, but I think machine learning has huge potential here.”Meade said he is now working to use AI technology to help predict the magnitude of earthquakes, with the goal of one day helping mitigate their devastating impact.“Orthodox seismologists are largely pathologists,” Meade said. “They study what happens after the catastrophic event. I don’t want to do that; I want to be an epidemiologist. I want to understand the triggers, causing, and transfers that lead to these events.”Ultimately, Meade said, the study highlights the potential for deep-learning algorithms to answer questions that, until recently, scientists barely knew how to ask.“I think there’s a quiet revolution in thinking about earthquake prediction,” he said. “It’s not an idea that’s totally out there anymore. And while this result is interesting, I think this is part of a revolution in general about rebuilding all of science in the artificial-intelligence era.“Problems that are dauntingly hard are extremely accessible these days,” he continued. “That’s not just due to computing power. The scientific community is going to benefit tremendously from this because … AI sounds extremely daunting, but it’s actually not. It’s an extraordinarily democratizing type of computing, and I think a lot of people are beginning to get that.”This research was supported with funding from Harvard University and Google.last_img read more

The Pitchell Challenge: A New Journey

first_imgPost-race relief.I’ve never attempted to run a solo long distance speed record effort where it is just me, the trail, and my watch. No entry fee, no fancy aid stations, no finishers medal, no awards ceremony, no race t-shirt, no course markings, and not many folks to urge and cheer you onward; basically stepping way outside my comfort zone. In other words not much of a carrot was dangling in front of me as I hiked in the windy, cold dark of the night up to the tower on top on Mt.Pisgah. Once I got to the top, I was there all alone, no spectators, no competitors, no starting gun. So my challenge began at midnight with no hooplah that I’ve been accustomed to at race starting lines. My journey from here would take me approximately 66 miles with over 15k of climb along the Mountains-To-Sea Trail to the Mt. Mitchell observation deck.This challenge was conjured up by WNC trailrunner, Adam Hill some 7 years ago and he has finished it an amazing 4 times with the fastest time of 15:06, so the bar was set very high. Admittedly I’ve run very few miles in the dark, as I have purposely cherry picked many ultra races to avoid the discomfort of certain stresses and running in the dark has been one of them. I would now be spending the next 7 hours running in the dark, down the Shut In section of the MST and onward until daylight beckoned. Starting at midnight, in the dark on top of Mt. Pisgah all by yourself is a very surreal experience. I had my “A crew” (wife, Anne) waiting down below in the car as she decided the comfort of the car was too much to pass up.I wasted little time once I got to the observation deck. I checked out the amazing 360 degree views, bright stars and let out a howl and I started on my journey. Anne said she could see my headlamps on the summit (yes, I wore three lights- one on my head and two around my waist). I wonder if anybody else saw these lights bobbing their way down the trail, if so it probably made for some interesting discussion. The first few miles I settled into a nice rhythm and managed to run most of the time. Anne was there to greet me at our pre-arranged pit stops with my much needed fresh energy supplies throughout the night. After a couple hours I soon realized that running in the dark was not so bad. I started to forget about all my fears of not being able to run fast enough and all the scary creatures lurking in the night. Actually running in the dark forces you to keep a slower more consistent and deliberate pace, which is needed to control the temptation to start out too fast, something I’ve done more times than I care to remember. The only scary encounter that night was hurdling someone sleeping in a sleeping bag right in the middle of the trail at 2am. He was much more startled than I was as he never heard me coming. I guess he thought I was a bear looking for a late night snack.The first few hours passed rather quickly and I was soon approaching the Biltmore section of the MST/BRP crossing. As Anne handed me fresh supplies she told me she had a “run in” with a park ranger. He had asked what she was doing parked along the side of the BRP at 3am. The ranger was not at all interested in Anne’s explanation of why she was there. However the ranger eventually went on his way but warned her of all the dangerous shenanigans that occur at night and made it a point to say it was really dangerous for a lady to be out this late.I made it to the Folk Art Center around 6am and still had another hour to run in the dark. I knew the easier first half of the challenge was over and that I still had a good 9k of climb to get to Mt.Mitchell. I felt pretty good on the first climb up to Craven Gap but the long section from Ox Creek to Bee Tree Gap was where things got really ugly. I started to unravel quickly as my stomach which is usually never an issue for me started to not cooperate. I could not eat or drink very much. It did not take long for the dreaded bonk to hit me as I was not getting enough calories in my body. Just before Lane Pinnacle I was ready to call it a day, I was reduced to a slow hike and I had absolutely no energy. I was falling while walking uphill, a first for me and my mental state was in shambles. This all happened so quickly and I was concerned that Anne would start worrying, as I slowed quite a bit. My mental state was in shambles and I knew I had to try something to at least get me to my crew. This is where I had visions of dropping, going home and salvaging the day in front of a nice warm fire. As good as this sounded I knew I had to try something, so I choked down a double caffeine gel and took two S-caps. Within a few minutes I started to feel a little better and my mood began to brighten. I finally got to Anne, refueled and she urged my onward. I was still somewhat debating whether I could finish this monstrosity of a run as I had almost 18 miles left. Thankfully I took her advice to continue onward. I mumbled some choice words to myself and stumbled up the trail to Craggy Gardens.Some fifteen minutes or so later the MST trail became much tougher to follow. Partly because the blazes were not as good and partly because I had just run almost 50 miles, so my sense of direction was not all there. I quickly lost the trail and was wandering around looking for that damn white blaze which is the marking for the MST trail. Every tree looked like they had a white dot and I felt like I was in some sort of horror movie. I eventually found the trail after bushwhacking all over the side of the mountain. I was ready to hang it up for the second time. I was in a state of panic and I was letting my negativity get the best of me. I’ve had highs and lows in ultra races before but this was on a different level. I was actually so mad at the situation that I unknowingly started to run pretty fast, relatively speaking. I was on a mission now. I’m going to finish this challenge no matter how long it takes me.Just after getting past my second attempt at wanting to quit, Anne got her second run in with the park rangers. As I made my way down the trail into the Glassmine Falls Overlook, I saw two police cars surrounding Anne in our Subaru. I understood little at the time but I found out later that our dog Sadie was eating out of her bowl beside our car without a leash. The two rangers gave her quite a hard time and eventually wrote her a warning ticket. I quickly grabbed my fuel and got out of there not wanting to get involved especially the way I was feeling. She pleaded with the rangers to hurry up and write the ticket so she could keep crewing for me. Once again the explanation that I was running from Mt Pisgah to Mt Mitchell was met with looks of “should we just lock her up”?The last few miles were extremely tough due to all the climbing but as I got closer to my finish I became even more driven. I was running and power hiking in almost a euphoric state. As I got closer to Mt.Mitchell I was running more and hiking less. The last mile is straight up and I was giving every ounce of energy I had left. My back ached from all the steep climbs, my legs burned from the overload of lactic acid, and my face was contorted into a very painful dead looking stare. I felt relieved that the end was nearing but the steepness of the trail was warranting all my attention. Once the tower was in sight just a few hundred feet ahead it felt like I was about to win some big ultra race but this was even more rewarding. The tourists walking to and from the tower looked at me like some alien just popped out the woods. I did not care at all as this felt like my own personal Olympics.The moment I reached the observation deck it felt so good and I was proud of myself for not giving up. This challenge for me was so much more rewarding than a structured running event. This sixty six mile trek was about running for a different reason. It was a personal challenge on an entirely different level. It was a much less selfish running experience. I found out that I didn’t need that racing event carrot to test myself. All I needed was for my friend Adam Hill to decide back in 2004 that this was a worthy challenge. And so it was!last_img read more

5 ways to control your business’ overhead costs

first_imgOperating a successful business takes work, dedication, and money—sometimes a lot of money. Giving your business its best chance at success requires funds to purchase equipment and supplies, pay for assistance and labor, and establish a storefront or office location. Operating costs and overhead expenses are necessary for success, but you can use strategies to keep them under control. The payoff is worth it, since growing a business offers outstanding potential returns for your invested dollars.1. Go PaperlessAccording to data from MultiBrief, employers spend an average of $80 per employee every year for paper. Fifty to seventy percent of office space is devoted to storing documentation, and searching through paper files can take up as much as 30% of employee work time.These direct costs are staggering, and they are further intensified by indirect costs such as time spent searching for lost paper documents, administrative costs related to managing information stored on paper, and office supply costs like printer ink, photocopiers, and office real estate space. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić on an official visit to the USA and France

first_imgDirector of the Main Office of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić will pay an official visit to the USA and France from November 27 to December 5, 2017, during which he will meet with numerous partners in these markets and discuss current cooperation and opportunities for further improvement of joint cooperation in the coming period, according to the CNTB.During his visit to the United States, Director Stanicic will attend a conference of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) in Miami, where he will meet with USTOA President Terry Dale. A meeting with representatives of the leading travel agency Kompas International USA is planned; and representatives of the Gate 1 Travel travel agency for European river cruising trips and personalized trips. In the continuation of the program, director Staničić will also meet with representatives of the association of travel agencies Signature Travel Network and representatives of associations of travel agencies Virtuoso specializing in luxury travel, with whom they will discuss activities and cooperation for 2018.During his official visit to France, Director Staničić will visit the Croatian stand as part of the nautical fair “Salon nautique de Paris”, which takes place from 2 to 12 December in Paris. As part of the fair, a business workshop will be held where the director of the CNTB will meet with representatives of numerous French tour operators and companies such as the airline Volotea, from which they are announcing three new flights to Croatia. The meeting will also be held with the largest French tour operator CLUB MED and the world leader in online boat rental Globsailor. Director Staničić will meet with representatives of Thalasso Numero1 and OVoyages, the largest French tour operator specializing in wellness tourism; Sansail, one of the world’s largest charter companies; representatives of Bemex tours, the only French tour operator that specializes in Croatia, and representatives of Voyamar, which will open production in Croatia next year.According to the eVisitor system, in the current part of the tourist year, 470.000 arrivals and 1,3 million overnight stays were made from the US market, which is a 35 percent increase in arrivals and overnight stays, while more than 540.000 arrivals were made from the French market. an increase of 9 percent and 2,1 million overnight stays, an increase of 5 percent.Representation of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Austria at the workshop of tour operator FTIThe Croatian National Tourist Board in Austria again participated in a large “road show” organized by one of the largest Austrian tour operators FTI. As part of this event, from 20 to 23 November, the hosts were the cities of Salzburg, Eagles, Hohenems and Linz, who hosted more than 500 agents.Regarding the representation of Croatia, in addition to the CNTB representation, the Kvarner Tourist Board also participated in the program this year. In addition to the general importance of participating in the program, performances in the provinces of Tyrol and Voralberg were especially important, where the Croatian tourist offer is growing from year to year, which in some parts has already overtaken the traditionally most sought after destination Italy.So far this year, according to the eVisitor system, 1.4 million arrivals and 7.6 million overnight stays have been made from the Austrian market. This is an increase of 8 percent in arrivals and 7 percent in overnight stays. Austrian tourists spent the most nights in hotels (2.8 million), and looking at destinations, they spent the most nights in Rovinj, Poreč and Umag.last_img read more

BI expects Q1 economic growth to drop to 4.9% as virus hurts tourism, trade

first_imgTopics : “That’s why we revised our economic growth forecast for 2020 down from between 5.1 and 5.5 percent to between 5 and 5.4 percent,” Perry added.The central bank governor mentioned that the growth projection would be made possible if there was a “very strong and coordinated effort” to support the economy.Read also: Bank Indonesia cuts rate, revises down growth target amid virus outbreak“Stimulus needs to be done by the government; BI is doing its part and also the OJK [Financial Services Authority],” he said.The government has launched a Rp 10 trillion fiscal stimulus package to support the tourism industry and boost consumer spending to counter the economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. BI has also launched five measures to stabilize the rupiah, including buying government bonds in the secondary market and cutting the dollar reserve ratio of banks to free up billions of dollars to support the rupiah.Worldwide, more than 90,000 people have been infected with the virus and more than 3,000 have died. Read also: Bank Indonesia announces 5 measures to support rupiah amid market rout“Recovery is likely to take place in the next six months after bottoming out in February and March,” Perry said as he briefed media leaders at the central bank’s headquarters in Jakarta.“Our economic growth in the first quarter is likely to drop to 4.9 percent according to our assessment. That’s not a doomsday scenario but based on the V-shape scenario that we project.”Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.97 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019, the lowest in three years. Perry predicted economic growth would bottom in the first quarter before picking up to near 5 percent in the second quarter, 5.1 percent in the third quarter and 5.2 percent in the fourth quarter.center_img Bank Indonesia (BI) is predicting that weakening economic activities, especially involving tourism, exports and imports, would drag down the country’s economic growth to 4.9 percent in the first quarter before picking up again in the following months.BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said on Wednesday the coronavirus had hurt export-import businesses and tourism-related industries in February, adding that he expect the trend would likely continue, but finally bottom out in March.The same trend was also seen in the financial market with foreign investors selling a net Rp 30.8 trillion (US$2.17 billion) through February until Feb. 27, of which Rp 26.2 trillion was in government bonds and Rp 4.1 trillion in stocks, said Perry.last_img read more

Trump, Biden head into first debate with presidency on the line

first_imgHard and low Trump, who fancies his skills as a verbal pugilist, is expected to hit hard and low.For months he has painted Biden as senile. As the debate approached he increasingly focused on his claim that Biden takes performance enhancing drugs.Biden has laughed off the suggestion, but Trump, a past master at getting slurs to stick to his opponents, is doubling down.”Joe Biden just announced that he will not agree to a Drug Test. Gee, I wonder why?” Trump tweeted Monday.Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield responded in kind, saying that if Trump wants the debate to be conducted through “urine” samples, “he can.”Trump, arguably, has little to lose. His hardcore support is already baked in and Americans are by now almost incapable of feeling shocked by his convention-wrecking style.He also goes to Cleveland with what he hopes will be his own silver bullet — the nomination of conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.If Barrett is quickly confirmed, as the Republican-led Senate expects, Trump will have managed to tilt the highest court firmly to the right for years to come.Democrats are crying foul over the rushed timing on the eve of an election, but Trump expects the power play to energize many conservatives. Blue collar boast The president is sure to go heavy on previous claims that Biden’s son was involved in corruption in Ukraine. Last year Trump was impeached for using the power of his office to try and pressure the Ukrainian government into publicly backing that theory.Biden, as frontrunner, wants to stay steady, but he has a reputation for losing his cool when challenged in public.”I hope I don’t get baited into a brawl with this guy, because that’s the only place he’s comfortable,” he said.Biden will instead aim to keep his sights trained on the coronavirus pandemic, which polls show about two thirds of Americans say Trump handled badly.He will also shoot back at the filling of the Supreme Court seat, saying that Trump’s plan is for the court to restrict abortion and reverse the Obamacare health program — two areas that could worry swing voters.But the most fiery moments may come when Biden himself gets personal, painting Trump as a spoiled playboy who only poses as a friend of the white working class that helped him get elected in 2016.Biden, who spent his early childhood in the rough-edged town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, is increasingly mocking Trump’s glitzy New York roots, calling it a “Scranton vs Park Avenue” election.Trump points out that Biden only lived in Scranton as a young boy and spent most of his life in Congress. But the Times report on the president’s ability to avoid almost all federal income taxes will give Biden a trove of new ammunition. Topics : There’ll be no handshake, but venom to spare when President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden meet in Cleveland on Tuesday for the first of three televised debates that could shake up an already volatile race for the White House.COVID-19 restrictions will give the debate moderated by Fox News star Chris Wallace a streamlined look with a smaller audience. Naturally, there won’t be the once standard — even if occasionally forced — show of goodwill in shaking hands as the rivals go on stage.What the 90-minute clash will have is a chance for Americans finally to see Trump, 74, and Biden, 77, go head to head. With Trump claiming Biden is virtually brain dead — “Biden doesn’t know he’s alive” — and Biden branding the president “a toxic presence,” it won’t be for the faint hearted.Significantly behind in the polls, Trump is in fighting mode, embarking on an endurance-testing schedule of rallies in key battlegrounds several times a week.Biden, though, comes hoping to press his advantage.And he arrives aided by The New York Times’ publication of a report purporting to reveal the contents of Trump’s deeply secret tax returns — finding that the self-proclaimed billionaire and champion of the working class avoids paying almost all federal income taxes.last_img read more

Arsenal manager Unai Emery ‘amazed’ by Mesut Ozil bounce shot goal against Bournemouth

first_img‘We are doing a plan for a lot of matches,’ said Emery. ‘Each match is different. Home, away, depending on the opposition.‘The most important thing is every player is OK for tomorrow.’Ozil has rarely featured away from home in recent months due to illness, injury and tactical reasons but his absences haven’t resulted in improved results on the road.On how the 30-year-old has reacted to being left out so regularly, Emery revealed: ‘He had injuries, his back, then he was sick. That’s the reason.I spoke with him, I spoke to yo telling that when he can be consistent, available for training, it’s better for us.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Arsenal manager Unai Emery ‘amazed’ by Mesut Ozil bounce shot goal against Bournemouth Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Mar 2019 2:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link532Shares Comment Mesut Ozil returned to devastating form against Bournemouth in midweek (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery admits he was ‘amazed’ by Mesut Ozil’s goal against Bournemouth in midweek but refused to confirm the mercurial playmaker will maintain his place in the Arsenal team ahead of Saturday’s north London derby.Ozil was handed his first Premier League start in a month on Wednesday and rewarded his manager’s renewed faith with a virtuoso display which included his first goal since October as he showcased his trademark bounce finish.‘Each player has their skills. Ozil has the confidence to shoot like that, I think it’s amazing that football can have players can have this skill and do different things on the pitch,’ said Emery.AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite his impressive return to form, Emery refused to offer Ozil any guarantees ahead of the trip to Wembley where the Gunners will look to reduce the gap to their great rivals to a solitary point.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMesut had to let the lads know about that finish ??Baller. pic.twitter.com/0XgIEXxMU9— MSP2 (@MSPMSPMSP12345) February 28, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

Mikel Arteta told Arsenal players to ‘run like a wolf’ in half-time team talk against Leeds

first_img Phil HaighMonday 6 Jan 2020 11:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShares Mikel Arteta told Arsenal players to ‘run like a wolf’ in half-time team talk against Leeds Comment Martinez had a busy night against an impressive Leeds side (Picture: Getty Images)‘He was really angry but that’s what we need. We can’t switch off after a good win against Manchester United and I think we did in the first five minutes, we did switch off and that shouldn’t happen especially at home.’The Gunners came into the match against Leeds after an encouraging 2-0 win over Manchester United in the Premier League, but there was a notable drop off in performance in the first half against Leeds, which Martinez struggled to explain.‘It’s difficult to explain because maybe we didn’t expect them to be so aggressive in the first five minutes but at half-time we knew how they played and in the second half we played our game.’Arteta admitted that he was not impressed with the application of his side in the first 45 minutes, especially after warning them of what Leeds would bring to north London.‘When I see what I don’t want to see – and I’m not talking about technically or tactically – what I expect from them and the standards that we want to set in certain areas, I cannot be happy and I have to let them know,’ he said.‘I tried to convince them before the game with what to expect – they (Leeds) battered every team in the Championship every three days.‘The way they play makes it very difficult and uncomfortable. Everything is man-to-man across the pitch so it becomes a transition game. Everything is duels and 50/50s. If you’re not ready for that game, you’ll get exposed and get done. Obviously the second half was a different story.’Arsenal’s victory sets up a fourth round clash with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium and they are back in action on Saturday in the Premier League at Crystal Palace.AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Mikel Arteta says Arsenal players ignored his advice in poor first-half showing against LeedsMORE: Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette reveals Mikel Arteta unleashed hairdryer treatment at half-time against Leeds Advertisement Mikel Arteta wanted his side to ‘run like wolves’ against Leeds (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta told his Arsenal players they needed to ‘run like a wolf’ in a half-time dressing down against Leeds United in the FA Cup on Monday night, according to goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.The Gunners went on to beat the Championship side 1-0 at the Emirates, but only after they were dominated in the first 45 minutes by the underdogs.The Yorkshire team played with an incredible tempo and pressed hard, forcing mistakes and creating plenty of chances in the opening minutes.Arsenal struggled through to the break and Arteta managed to sort them out, telling them in no uncertain terms that they needed to work harder or they would be out of the competition.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMartinez told Arsenal’s official website: ‘They were pressing really hard and it was very difficult to get out how we did in training but in the second half, the manager said, “If we don’t win 50/50s, we are going to lose the game.”‘The lads went out there and, the gaffer says we need to ‘run like a wolf’ and have that animal side to us. I thought we did really well, we ran like we should have from the first minute. We’re delighted for the win and we move on. Advertisementlast_img read more

Swire Oilfield Services branching out with aviation company takeover

first_imgSwire Oilfield Services, a provider of offshore containers and oilfield services, has made an acquisition of Aberdeen-based specialist aviation service company Gordon Engineering Services (GES). The acquisition of GES comes as Swire Oilfield Services looks to expand aviation services across its North Sea and global operations, the oilfield services company said on Tuesday.Swire stated that the two companies will offer a combined end-to-end aviation service with the benefit of increased capabilities through the introduction of friction testing and custom-built helicopter refueling systems.GES was established in 1995 by Phil Gordon and specializes in aviation services including design, manufacturing, inspection, maintenance, training and rental of helifuel systems for the global oil & gas industry. Gordon will remain with the business as a manager supporting the aviation and fabrication division.He commented, “The acquisition by Swire Oilfield Services will help us enhance our capabilities, service offering and global reach and allow us to continue offering the high quality and cost-effective service to all our customers.”CEO of Swire Oilfield Services, Manfred Vonlanthen, said: “This strategic acquisition forms an integral part of our ongoing commitment to the development and diversification of our service offering. As the industry continues to demonstrate signs of recovery we are looking at opportunities across the board to develop our service offering and strengthen our position as an integrated and reliable partner for our customers.“This acquisition represents an exciting and positive step forward for the growth of Swire Oilfield Services and reinforces the continued and long-term commitment of our owners, John Swire & Sons, to our business.”last_img read more

U.S. offshore rig count stays flat for another week

first_imgU.S. Rig Count is down 695 rigs from last year’s count of 946, with oil rigs down 595, gas rigs down 101, and miscellaneous rigs up 1 to 2. The U.S. Offshore Rig Count is unchanged at 12 and down 13 year-over-year. Canada Rig Count is up 10 rigs from last week to 42, with oil rigs up 4 to 10 and gas rigs up 6 to 32. Canada Rig Count is down 85 rigs from last year’s count of 127, with oil rigs down 75 and gas rigs down 10. U.S. Rig Count is down 2 rigs from last week to 251 with oil rigs up 1 to 181, gas rigs down 3 to 68, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at 2. The U.S. offshore rig count has not changed for the third week in a row now, according to a Friday report by Baker Hughes. Baker Hughes Rig Count: Canada +10 rigs to 42 rigs Baker Hughes Rig Count: U.S. -2 to 251 rigs Header photo by SP Maclast_img read more