Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Ring In The New Year With Grateful Dead Classics At The Cap

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead put on a show for the ages last night, as they brought 2016 to a close with an epic New Year’s Eve performance at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The band filled the three-set show with a large helping of classic Grateful Dead material, impressive improvisation, and a few fun surprises that made for a truly special evening.Almost Dead started things off with a New Orleans-style march, as a horn section marched to the stage through the crowd. The New Orleans March led right into “Reuben & Cherise”, and that really got things going, with Tom Hamilton expertly leading the band through the Jerry Garcia-penned tune.Watch “New Orleans March” into “Reuben & Cherise”, courtesy of a few minutes of jamming, the band moved swiftly into the beloved Buddy Holly classic “Not Fade Away”. After some interesting improvisation, the band kept it moving with one of the most exciting pairings in the Grateful Dead catalog, “Help On The Way” and “Slipknot!”. The band eventually moved into a cover of The Band‘s “Life Is A Carnival”, after which the band took their first breather of the evening following an exciting opening hour of music.After a short break, Almost Dead picked things back up with a touching take on Phil Lesh‘s “Box Of Rain”. After finishing the emotional number, the band launched into a jam that eventually wound its way into one of their best songs, “The Music Never Stopped”, during which Nicole Atkins emerged. This song has been a standout for the band nearly every time they’ve played it, and they delivered another top-notch version on this night.Watch the jam in “The Music Never Stopped”, courtesy of favorite followed as the band jammed into a stunning version of “Eyes Of The World”, which eventually moved into “Dancing In The Streets”, which saw Atkins return to the stage. The band was surely on fire during “Dancing In The Streets”, harnessing the energy in the room brilliantly and providing a huge dance party for all at The Cap. The band took a quick time-out before turning in a remarkable “Truckin’” into that rocked The Cap to its core one more time before set two came to a close.To kick off the third set, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead started off with a “Drums” segment that featured special guest Sunny Jain. The percussion segment then flowed into a feature for the Masada Horns. The horns led the band towards midnight, at which tons of balloons dropped and the band kicked right into a feel-good version of “Good Lovin’”. The band brought things to another level with their spot-on performance of the “Terrapin Suite”, a fitting way to start the new year. A heartfelt “Wharf Rat” followed, eventually flowing into a high-octane version of “Loose Lucy”. The band completed the third frame with a run through the beautiful “Sugar Magnolia” / “Sunshine Daydream” pairing.For the encore, the band briefly took off their Grateful Dead hats and put on their Led Zeppelin hats, making a surprise appearance as their Bustle In Your Hedgerow counterparts with a lights-out performance of “Kashmir”, which once again saw Nicole Atkins join the band on vocals. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead then finished the show with a fun take on “One More Saturday Night”.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead take two weeks off before hitting the road for a quick run through the South in mid-January.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 12/31/2016Set 1: New Orleans March > Reuben & Cherise > Not Fade Away > Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Life Is A CarnivalSet 2: Box of Rain > The Music Never Stopped* > Eyes Of The World > Dancing In The Streets*, TruckinSet 3: Drums > Midnight Countdown > Good Lovin’ > Terrapin Suite, Wharf Rat > Loose Lucy, Sugar Magnolia/Sunshine DaydreamEncore: Kashmir*, One More Saturday Night*With Nicole Atkinslast_img read more

Camp Bisco Invites EDM Giants, Jamtronica Heavyweights, & Scene’s Rising Stars In 2018

first_imgSince its inception back in 1999, Camp Bisco has been one of the Northeast’s premier summer music festivals. The namesake of the festival, the Philly-born Disco Biscuits are true pioneers of “trance-fusion,” as the band’s sound seamlessly melds jam and electronic. Thus, Camp Bisco became one of the first music festivals in North America to feature big names in both the jam and electronic scenes. In fact, some could argue that Bisco has always been ahead of the times, consistently drawing huge crowds with its diverse lineups for years by including EDM in a modern setting before it was standard.This year, Camp Bisco will return to its relatively new home at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania, for the fourth consecutive year in a row from July 12th through 14th. In addition to the Biscuits’ six sets, the band has tapped a number of repeat offenders to round out the headliners, including Bassnectar, STS9, Lotus, Tipper, Bonobo (Live Band), and Excision, along with newcomer, Illenium. Camp Bisco’s headliners are a testament to the festival’s ability to predict the success of major acts before they hit the mainstream, with many of the acts on the list having performed the festival for years and slowly worked their way up the bill as they gained national renown.Lotus – “Flower Sermon” > Legend Of Zelda Theme – Camp Bisco 11 – 7/13/2012[Video: Matthew Kaufman]However, while the headliners are primarily standouts in the electronic and jamtronica scene, the festival is by no means a one-trick pony. The rest of the lineup features a healthy mix of exciting jam, hip-hop, funk, and, of course, electronic acts, including Ghostface Killah, Lettuce, Boombox, The Floozies featuring The Terminus Horns, TAUK, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Papadosio, SunSqaubi, Big Wild, Naughty Professor, Kung Fu, 12th Planet, Space Jesus, Magic Beans, Mungion, Orchard Lounge, and many more.Wu-Massacre (Method Man, Ghostface Killah, & Raekwon) – “Ice Cream” – Camp Bisco 9 –  7/16/2010As always, Bisco has curated a lineup with crossover appeal, tapping major EDM giants while staying true to their roots in the jam world and highlighting their ability to pick out rising stars in the scene. Tickets for Camp Bisco 2018 are now on sale via the festival’s website. You can check out festival’s full lineup below. Enter To Win A Pair Of 3-Day Weekend Passes!<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Meet the Small and Mighty OEM Client Portfolio

first_imgOur customers have been asking for smaller, more stable products that deliver the performance they require. We’ve listened and delivered: meet the Small and Mighty OEM client portfolio.These innovative platforms deliver the small form factors needed for unique OEM environments. And in response to your needs, we have options that deliver stability and extended life, the industrialized and rugged durability to get work done beyond traditional IT boundaries, plus the performance required for mission critical operations.Small equals powerfulAll these products are tiny and capable of being tucked away into the tightest of spots, while still packing a mighty punch and delivering the compute needed to power innovative solutions. They can squeeze into places that competitive products are unable to match, but there’s absolutely no compromise on performance. In fact, our three latest smallest form factors deliver power you’d historically only get from a full tower. This gives you the flexibility to put the product anywhere, while still benefiting from great, high-end performance graphics and storage.Growing demandWe’re continuing to see strong OEM customer demand for high performing compute in a myriad of places, where size truly matters. This trend applies across the board but is particularly prevalent in manufacturing, industrial automation, marine, healthcare, military and defense as well as video safety and security.You might be asking, why a whole client portfolio? The answer is simple. For OEMs, we know it’s never a case of one size fits all. While these products are all tiny and powered by Intel processors, they come in different form factors and are designed for different use cases.Potentially explosive and rugged environmentsFor example, some are extremely rugged and perform well in tough, hot and dusty environments. Take the Latitude 7220 EX Rugged Extreme Tablet. This tough little cookie comes with MIL-STD-810G and up to IP65 MIL-STD-461F plus ATEX certification, making it intrinsically safe for potentially explosive environments like oil refineries as well as chemical, nuclear and power plants.Retail and digital signageOur customers already love the OptiPlex 7080 XE Micro, which offers commercial grade compute in a small micro form factor, ideal for retail, manufacturing, digital signage, healthcare, cloud services or election solutions. This little beauty provides multiple monitor support, M.2 NVMe fast storage and importantly is now available as an OEM XE extended life and stable product.Kiosks and tightest enclosuresA word of warning: don’t be fooled by the size of the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra. This is a great example of the best things coming in small parcels. This device comes ultra small but offers mighty flexibility and mounting. It’s great solution for high tech, kiosks or tight enclosures, say in a shopping mall or airport, where space is at a premium – along with other innovative uses that we know our OEM customers will amaze us with.Video and securityOn the workstation front, we’ve got you covered. Supporting up to eight displays, the Precision 3440 XE SFF workstation is ideal for entry level video safety and security environments. In addition to providing dense storage, high-end graphics and high reliability, this is also available as an OEM-XE extended life and stable product.Computer visionFinally, get ready to embrace the smallest of all our workstations, the new Precision 3240 Compact. A tiny compact form factor with graphics, this industrialized product is perfect for applications on the Edge, offering OEM industrialized attributes, like extended operating temperatures plus dust filter. Think challenging environments where high-end graphics are needed. For example, computer vision on the factory floor, where the Precision can be hooked up to a high frame rate camera to visually monitor product quality on the production line.Stability and extended lifeAs mentioned above, the OptiPlex 7080 XE Micro and the Precision 3440 XE SFF are part of our new OEM XE stability, longevity and visibility offering that provides up to nine months of extended product transitions, CPU stability and six months in-advance visibility to key product changes for client products. This is an important factor in many industries, where any change in configuration could potentially mean the solution re-undergoing validation testing and certifications.Looking aheadOn size, let me clarify that we’re not on a mission to get to the smallest product possible just for the sake of it. Our focus is rather on ensuring that we deliver the right balance of size and performance. And on that point, while we’re proud of the great performance we’re able to deliver today, we’re certainly not going to rest on our laurels. As our OEM Small and Mighty client portfolio comes accelerator-enabled, those high performance levels can be further increased with the integration of new, small but very powerful hardware accelerators.We understand OEM needs and the unique industries you serve. You’ve been asking for smaller, client compute without compromising on performance. We’ve now responded with a full portfolio. So small, they’re hidden. Small is no longer just beautiful – it also packs a mighty punch and comes in a range of form factors. Because, we know no one size fits all.Interested in learning more? Watch our Small and Mighty videoLearn more about the range of OEM client solutionsStay in touch. 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Views: The Running Community Is Getting A Makeover

first_imgBlack Girls Run Brings More Color to the Starting LineCheryl Jackson went through a terrible divorce while going back to college and trying to put her own children through school. She was depressed and alone.“But then running saved my life,” says Jackson. “Running gave me hope, and it gave me friendships, and it gave me a chance to do things I only saw on TV.” At age 50, Jackson ran the Philadelphia Marathon, and she has since completed a duathlon and triathlon.She couldn’t do it without a little help from her friends at Black Girls Run. “The sisterhood is real,” she says, “and so is their mantra: No Woman Left Behind.”Let’s face it: there are many health issues that plague the black community more than others. Black people are 30 percent more likely to die from heart disease than whites, and black women are 60 percent more likely than white women to have high blood pressure. Black people are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure as white people.That’s why Black Girls Run was created a decade ago: To tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide support to both new and experienced runners. Today, there are more than 220,000 members in 71 groups nationwide.The black community has always been strong, because it had to be. In the U.S., black people have always had to rely on each other for support and celebration of the diaspora as we don’t often receive it outside of ourselves. More recently we have had to come together not only to combat political and socioeconomic injustices, but to support each other in leading healthy and active lifestyles.There’s a stereotype that black people aren’t active outdoors. For a long time, I feared I would never be able to find a fitness community I could love because of this stereotype.I struggled for a long time. Inside my head were the usual voices: “I can’t do it,” or “It’s too hard,” or “You can’t run.” I finally reached a breaking point: I could either keep sinking into the same negative ruts, or I could do something else. I decided to do something else.But what, exactly? I never liked to go to the gym. I wanted to be outside, and I also wanted to be part of a community.That’s when I stumbled upon some women with Black Girls Run t-shirts running together through Richmond. I started running with them, very slowly at first, once a week. It opened my eyes to a whole world of activity where I could be me and be more active outdoors.Running with my sisters at Black Girls Run has changed my life—and is changing the stereotypes, too.There is strength in numbers. As a collective, black women runners can achieve more and benefit exponentially. It can make us happier and lead to quality friendships. These relationships can help us to navigate the influences that others have over our lives. Expanding my fitness circle has allowed me to feel less isolated by the new lifestyle choices I’ve made, and these friendships help me combat the urge to regress into unhealthy habits.Running is not easy. And only recently has the running world been introduced to the non-traditional runner. Black Girls Run brings color to the running world—with curves and all shapes and sizes. Black women like me can join the running community, feel welcome in the outdoors, and feel confident in their own skin.last_img read more

How to know when to fire someone

first_imgI once worked for a credit union where employees dreaded calling the accounting department. There was an accounting specialist who was not friendly and often snapped at you if she felt you should know the answer to a question. She had been working there for over 20 years and had a reputation of not working well with people. But nothing was ever done about it. When she decided to retire, it was like the organization breathed a collective sigh of relief. The negative impact she had on the organization was gone, and it instantly elevated the working environment. Holding on to a negative employee has many consequences—it can be destructive to the team, frustrate other employees, and create a negative working environment. Sometimes the best course of action is to terminate. Deciding to terminate an employee can be a challenging and emotional decision. In my experience, most leaders avoid the decision and hang on to poor performers entirely too long, hoping the situation will get better. Instead, the situation usually escalates and causes more damage than if we had taken action earlier.When we keep underperforming employees, we undermine a healthy culture. I believe keeping low performers contributes to the leadership crisis we have in our organizations today. By not effectively dealing with performance issues, we create a cycle of mediocrity that ultimately damages exceptional cultures. You simply cannot create an exceptional culture if you tolerate low performance and negative people. Netflix is an example of a company that has created an engaged workplace built around excellence. In fact, one of their practices is, “adequate performance gets a generous severance package”. They believe a great workplace is “stunning colleagues”. Not mediocre, average, or solid colleagues. Stunning colleagues. This is a bold leadership approach that most leaders and organizations are not willing to take a stand for. Yet to create exceptional cultures, you need exceptional people. It is a disservice to your top performers to keep underperforming employees. Yet leaders often rationalize why to keep low performers. There are typically two reasons: tenure or results.Tenure—the employee has been with the organization a long time, which makes it hard to take action. The leader may have a personal relationship or friendship with this employee, which contributes to the challenge. So, the organization works around the employee, thereby lowering the standards.Results—the employee performs the technical aspects of the job extremely well. They deliver on the goals, but don’t get along with people. Perhaps they are negative or aggressive, but we overlook it since they achieve tangible results in other areas. To create a healthy, high performing organization, you need to have standards in place that take into consideration not only superior results, but also superior interpersonal skills. In exceptional cultures, you need to have the whole package. It is not enough to deliver on goals; employees must also have the qualities and attributes that contribute to a healthy culture—the ability to get along with people, foster positive relationships, and collaborate. So how do you know when it’s time to terminate an employee? As leaders, we have a responsibility to do all we can to bring out the best performance in each of our employees. And the employee also has a responsibility to live up to the values and expectations established by the organization. I believe most people want to do a good job. And once in a while, you will have someone who may exceed the technical job requirements but is a negative influence in the organization. Negativity, complaining, and blaming have no place in a healthy culture. They can quickly become a virus that is hard to bounce back from. These are people to take swift action on and move out of your organization—pronto.For all other performance issues, there are things a manager should consider before terminating an employee (I’m not talking about legal issues to consider in this article—you should always consult an employment attorney if you are concerned about terminating). As a leader, you should determine if you have done your best to help the employee succeed.Four things a manager should do before terminating an employee:Determine the root issue. Is the performance issue related to aptitude (knowledge and skills), attitude (confidence, focus, enthusiasm) or resources (equipment, time)? Understanding the underlying issue that is contributing to low performance can help you determine how best to work with the employee. You may decide that a training class may be necessary, or a higher-level intervention like working with a leadership or executive coach.Establish clear expectations. Does the employee understand what is expected? Beyond the technical aspects of the job, have you been clear about the qualities and attributes that are required to be successful (collaboration, positivity, ownership, etc.)?Provide meaningful feedback. Have you met with the employee to give honest and clear feedback on what is not working? Have you provided guidelines about what needs to improve to meet expectations? It is our responsibility as leaders to give employees information about their performance.Schedule regular coaching sessions. Beyond providing feedback, schedule time to coach the employee around the performance issues. While each situation is unique, this typically involves the manager working with the employee over a period of time to provide resources, suggestions, and instructions. Sometimes asking the right questions can lead the employee to discover the necessary steps to better performance. Once you have taken the steps above and done everything you can as a leader, it is up to the employee to take initiative to improve performance. If your efforts fail, it may be time to part ways. In my experience, most leaders don’t take action quickly enough. Poor performers undermine your culture, and keeping someone who does not meet expectations is doing a disservice to them and to the organization. Exceptional cultures are made up of exceptional people. If you want to elevate the culture in your organization, don’t delay action on performance issues. Your top performers will thank you. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Laurie Maddalena Laurie Maddalena is a dynamic and engaging keynote speaker and leadership consultant. She writes a monthly online column for next generation leaders for CUES and has published articles in Credit … Web: Detailslast_img read more

CUs committed to DEI, providing financial inclusion and access to capital

first_imgCredit unions recognize that financial inclusion and access to capital are critical to ensuring the survival of many of our nation’s most vulnerable small businesses, especially women- and minority-owned businesses (MWBEs), CUNA wrote to the House Financial Services Subcommittee on diversity and inclusion Wednesday. The subcommittee conducted a hearing Thursday on challenges facing MWBEs accessing capital and financial services during the pandemic.“During economic and financial crises, credit unions have stood out with their focus on mission and we have continued lending to help members navigate through tough times while banks were more concerned with preserving capital, Indeed, credit unions are more likely than other lenders to continue to lend during recessions.”Credit unions are also unique in the financial services industry because they lead the way when it comes to gender diversity with 52% of credit union CEOs being women compared to 5% of bank CEOs. In addition, despite field of membership restrictions and no Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) requirements, credit unions advance financial inclusion and access by locating roughly 70% of credit union branches in racially/ethnically diverse areas compared to roughly 60% of bank branches. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Push back against overdraft/NSF fee demand letters

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » Fully disclosed overdraft programs have been widely accepted as a part of a community banking for more than a decade. When consumers understand how much of an overdraft limit they have, these programs provide a reliable solution for emergency needs or just-in-time financing. Financial institutions like yours find these programs provide a valuable service with a low risk of capital loss. For many consumers, the need for short-term access to funds occurs just before payday. How short-term is the need? According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, most consumers will cure their overdraft balances in only three days.As we end 2020, the regulatory demands on overdraft programs have not significantly changed. Existing regulatory guidance and banking rules on overdraft programs have been in place for years without an adjustment. Financial institutions consistently provide a disclosed overdraft service to consumers who use the program without complaint. Additionally, heavy overdraft users often receive counseling about alternatives to the fee-based overdraft program—which may or may not change their behavior.Yet, the threat of compliance risk has increased exponentially because of aggressive litigation targeting these programs. Some law firms have focused on sending demand letters to financial institutions threatening class-action lawsuits.  The demand letters tend to name an account holder of the financial institution who would represent a proposed class of consumers who have allegedly been improperly assessed overdraft fees when their accounts held enough funds to cover the transactions. The letter may also claim that the financial institution’s account agreement is vague. The letters also generally cite several federal district court cases that were decided in plaintiffs’ favor. This post is currently collecting data…center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, March 2

first_imgAmerica must stop plundering the worldThe United States has a long, sordid, bi-partisan history of ousting democratically elected governments in Latin America, through force or sanctions, in order to appropriate resources.Truman started the School of the Americas (Assassins), teaching torture, killing, overthrows, etc., in 1946. It is still in operation.A partial list of U.S. presidents and their interference, incursions, coups and invasions includes: Eisenhower (Guatemala 1954, Haiti 1959, Ecuador 1960); Kennedy (Cuba 1961, Brazil 1962); Johnson (Dominican Republic 1965); Nixon (Bolivia 1971, Uruguay 1972, Chili 1973); Reagan (Nicaragua 1981, Guatemala 1982); Bush (Peru 1989); Clinton (Haiti 1992, Colombia 1999); Bush (Venezuela 2002); and Obama (Honduras 2009, Nicaragua 2015).Our deadly interference in Latin America increases the numbers of refugees fleeing the negative consequences of violent dictators. I won’t get into the oily chaos created by our $4 trillion illegal wars on Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria. Let’s stop plundering the world!Peter LookerGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionExcited over first woman presidentSenator Kamala Harris was asked at a town hall event whether Democrats had to nominate a man to defeat the president in 2020. It’s dispiriting that this is one of the first questions faced by Sen. Harris as a presidential candidate.  With Amy Klobuchar’s announcement, at least five women will be vying for the presidency in 2020, and they all boast impressive legislative resumes.  These candidates, in many ways, feel empowered and driven to answer the call for the nation’s highest office in rebuke of a president who has been a demagogue since before he was elected.I’m inspired by the women who have announced their candidacy. Personally, women in leadership roles and political office is not a second thought; it’s a way of life in New York.  As a constituent, I’m represented by Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, and Senator/Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand (who also announced her candidacy for president). The narrative in 2020 shouldn’t be that women are running for office, but about the fact that they seemingly are the most qualified.   The Democratic field is the most diverse in United States history. This group of candidates leaves me hopeful for our republic and confident that our political system is yet able to remove those who abuse power. I’m excited that we have an opportunity to check that “first ever” category for the office of president of the United States and elect our first “Madam President.”E. Hyde Clarke Albanylast_img read more

State Deploying Additional Resources to Supplement Erie Winter Storm Response

first_img December 26, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today said that multiple state agencies are working with county and local authorities to supplement the winter storm response in northwestern Pennsylvania as state and local agencies tackle a record amount of snow fall across the area over the last several days.“Our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of people in the area,” said Governor Wolf. “Multiple agencies are working with local officials to address the snowfall and ensure that requests for state help are processed quickly and so there’s no delay in delivery of whatever is needed. Please help first responders by being safe and avoiding travel if possible.”The Department of Transportation has deployed additional plow trucks, heavy equipment and personnel to Erie County to assist with snow removal for the duration of the storm. At the same time, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is working closely with Erie County emergency management personnel to assist the county with any needs.PennDOT has restricted commercial vehicle travel on Interstate 86 and a portion of Interstate 90 in Erie County. The restriction is in place for Interstate 86 and Interstate 90 from the New York state line to the Interstate 79 interchange. Included in the restriction are lightly-loaded or empty semi-trucks, double trailers, recreational vehicles, non-commercial vehicles towing trailers, and motorcycles.State officials are urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on Interstate 90, Interstate 86, and Interstate 79.Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.center_img State Deploying Additional Resources to Supplement Erie Winter Storm Responselast_img read more

Pacific Drilling: Two rig contracts in, one out

first_imgDebt-laden offshore driller Pacific Drilling has managed to secure two contracts for its drillships.The driller, which on Monday said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, has found more work for its Pacific Bora and Pacific Santa Ana drillships.Oil company Erin Energy has exercised its option to extend the contract for the Pacific Bora. The previous operations completed on October 3, 2017. The new, one-well, contract starts late in November, and is on a dayrate of $150,000.Offshore Energy Today previously reported, based on data from VesselsValue, that Pacific Drilling had secured a deal with Petronas.This has now been confirmed by the drilling company, who on Monday said that Pacific Santa Ana drillship would be performing integrated services for a plug and abandonment project in Mauritania, for the Malaysian company.According to Pacific Drilling, the contract is estimated at 159 days with an option to extend.Worth noting, the dayrate for the Pacific Santa Ana is higher than the one originally reported by VesselsValue.Pacific Drilling, with a fleet of seven ultra-deepwater drillships, on Monday revealed the dayrate with Petronas $265.000. VesselsValue had reported a dayrate of $170,000.For comparison, Pacific Santa Ana’s previous long term contract with Chevron, which ended in January 2017, the rig had a dayrate of more than $480.000.While securing new contracts for the two drillships, the company saw its contract with Pacific Scirocco expire. The drillship was let go by Hyperdynamics which recently failed to find oil in its Fatala-1 well offshore Guinea, meaning the oil company decided not to extend the contract for three optional wells.This now leaves the drilling company with three rigs under a contract, and four stacked in Tenerife, waiting for work.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more