The number of offshore rigs in the U.S. increased to 18 units over last week, according to a Friday report by Baker Hughes, a GE company. Baker Hughes Rig Count: U.S. +5 to 1,013 rigsU.S. Rig Count is up 5 rigs from last week to 1,013, with oil rigs up 5 to 820, gas rigs unchanged at 192, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at 1.U.S. Rig Count is up 156 rigs from last year’s count of 857, with oil rigs up 132, gas rigs up 25, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 1.The U.S. Offshore Rig Count is up 2 rigs to 18 and down 2 rigs from last year’s count of 20.Baker Hughes Rig Count: Canada -9 to 93 rigsCanada Rig Count is down 9 rigs from last week to 93, with oil rigs down 3 to 38 and gas rigs down 6 to 55.Canada Rig Count is down 6 rigs from last year’s count of 99, with oil rigs up 5 and gas rigs down 11.
– Essequibo Islands Secondary and Parika /Salem Secondary to collide in openerTHE 7th Edition of the Digicel Schools Football Championship will kick off today with a solitary game at the Leonora Track & Field Centre, West Coast Demerara.In the opening fixture of this year’s event, Essequibo Islands Secondary will travel to take on Parika/ Salem Secondary in what is expected to be a keen and exciting matchup commencing from 14:30hrs.Play in the championship resumes tomorrow with another match at the same venue featuring Leonora Technical versus Professional Learning Institute from 15:30hrs.On June 14, Mahaicony Secondary tackles Belladrum Secondary at the Belladrum ground in West Berbice from 15:30hrs, while Vreed-en-Hoop and Patentia square off at L’Aventure ground from 15:30hrs.Over at Burnham Park in New Amsterdam, Berbice, Berbice High School collides with Berbice Educational Institute at 15:30hrs.Play continues throughout the week at various venues.One hundred and fifty schools, drawn from the ten administrative regions of Guyana, will once again vie for what is considered as the country’s ‘Holy Grail’ of schools football.One million dollars will go to the winning school for a project of their choice, while second, third and fourth placed teams will pocket $700 000, $400 000 and $350 000 respectively.However, the tournament which will see Georgetown being divided into north and south, will see the winners of each zone being awarded $100 000,to go towards a school project.Chase’s Academic Foundation are the defending champions in the tournament, while the Christianburg Wismar Secondary School, popularly known as ‘Multi’ is the most decorated team.The Linden-based team have played in every final since the inception of the tournament; winning four consecutive titles, only losing in the inaugural year to the Georgetown Technical Institute and in last year’s final.
USC coach Lane Kiffin has decided who will be the starting quarterback for the Trojans when they take the field Saturday against Pac-12 foe Washington State in their home opener.After rotating redshirt sophomores Cody Kessler and Max Wittek throughout the team’s first game against Hawai’i, it sounds as though the Trojan attack will be led by just one quarterback for the entirety of USC’s matchup against the Cougars – but apparently, no one outside of the program will find out who until the Trojans’ offense takes the field at the Coliseum.“You guys will see on Saturday who he is,” Kiffin said during a media press conference on Sunday.Kessler and Wittek have been battling for the starting job for all of spring and fall camp. Kessler generally put up better statistics and made less mistakes in practice and team scrimmages, and earned the starting nod against Hawai’i for the team’s season opener.But he didn’t perform with the same poise while playing the entire first half and parts of the second half against the Warriors, completing just 10 of 19 passes for 95 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Wittek eventually took over for Kessler and completed 5 of 10 passes for 77 yards, and Kiffin was noticeably less conservative in playcalling while Wittek was under center in the second half.Wittek was allowed to attempt three passes over 40 yards, with two deep balls being dropped by USC’s receivers, including a sure touchdown reception that slipped through junior wideout Marqise Lee’s hands, and another drawing a pass interference call from Hawai’i.Kessler, meanwhile, didn’t throw any passes more than 25 yards, and 16 of his 19 attempts traveled less than 10 yards downfield.Follow Will on Twitter @WillLaws