Neptune Energy secures drilling permit for two wells in North Sea

first_imgThe wells are the first and second exploration wells to be drilled in the production licence 882 offshore Norway The wells will be drilled nearly 10km northwest of the Snorre field. (Credit: FreeImages/QR9iudjz0) Neptune Energy Norge has secured a drilling permit from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) for two wells offshore Norway.The drilling permit has been given to the wells 34/4-15 S and 34/4-15 A in production licence 882 in the North Sea.The wells will be drilled nearly 10km northwest of the Snorre field, which is located in the Tampen area in the northern part of the North Sea.They are the first and second exploration wells to be drilled in the production licence 882, which was awarded in February 2017.Neptune Energy Norge is the operator of the licence with an ownership stake of 40%. The other licensees include Concedo, Petrolia NOCO and Idemitsu Petroleum Norge, with each owning a 20% stake.The drilling permit secured by the licence operator is subject to securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the start of the drilling activity.Neptune Energy to use Deepsea Yantai drilling facility to drill the wellsThe Deepsea Yantai drilling facility will be used to drill the wells after the completion of the drilling of production wells on the Duva field.The Duva field will be developed with a four-slot subsea template. It will be tied back to the Gjøa platform for processing and export.The field development will include drilling of three production wells, two oil producers and a gas producer.Recently, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has given consent to Neptune Energy to use the Deepsea Yantai drilling rig for production drilling at its Gjøa field, offshore Norway.Owned by the Norwegian offshore drilling firm Odfjell Drilling, the Deepsea Yantai semi-submersible drilling rig was built at the CIMC Raffles yard in China.last_img read more

Alonso cites need for an investigation

first_imgTo the Editor:As a Trustee on the Board of Education, I recently introduced six resolutions that our school district desperately needs to hold the line on taxes and restore our school system’s tarnished reputation.But before I could adequately explain them at the last meeting, I was shut down by a tone deaf gang of trustees led by Board President Joe Broderick.This group plotted to deny a vote on all six resolutions, and instead surreptitiously sent each of these pieces of legislation to a committee for “further review.”Taken together, each of my resolutions are designed to cut taxes and raise millions of dollars in new money to spare Bayonne taxpayers future tax hikes. My resolutions would also make our school district more efficient by offering the students more educational opportunities.Why, then, are the other trustees opposed to these positive proposals? Sadly, one is forced to conclude that they just do not care about our schools, the kids who go to them, or the taxpayers who pay the bills.Many of the other trustees are merely satisfied to sit on their hands and raise your taxes, and cover up one financial scandal after another.I introduced Resolution D3 for “A budget investigation, not an audit,” because the BOE fired school employees needlessly and raised taxes without reason. I want a criminal investigation, not an audit. And I know Bayonne wants one, too. We don’t want to find out 20 years from now what really happened. We want to know now.The trustees reviewing these matters are Broderick, Desmond, and Munoz. I urge Bayonne taxpayers to phone these three and demand an investigation. After all, it is your tax dollars that are being misspent. MICHAEL J. ALONSOSchool Board Trusteelast_img read more

John Mayer Invites Ryan Adams To Sit-In For California Show [Video/Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images John Mayer took to The Forum in Inglewood, California, last night, continuing his tour in support for his latest album The Search For Everything. While we don’t know whether Mayer has found everything he’s looking for, at last night’s performance, he did find Ryan Adam, who sat in with the full band during their reprise for a cover of “Come Pick Me Up,” a song off Adam’s debut album Heartbreaker. The brief cameo by Adams was short and sweet, with both Adams and Mayer exchanging verses and teaming up for the chorus in addition to Mayer adding his own soaring guitar licks to the track. You can check out last night’s setlist below, as well as a video of the special sit-in courtesy of Ross Sheingold and a full gallery of photos from Steve Rose.last_img read more

Hartlwrites Helps Businesses Communicate Effectively with Customers and Employees

first_imgHartlwrites Helps Businesses Communicate Effectively with Customers and EmployeesFairfax, VT — Kathy Hartl has started Hartlwrites to help Vermont businesses communicate more effectively to their customers and employees. Kathy helps her clients identify and clarify the unique benefits they offer. Then, she develops written materials to communicate those benefits to customers and employees.Kathy develops brochures, business letters, CD scripts, corporate image pieces, direct mail, internal and external newsletters, press releases, proposals, video scripts, web content and white papers. Kathy draws on over 10 years of corporate, technical and academic writing to help her clients identify and communicate their unique value. Call 802.849.9824 or email [email protected](link sends e-mail) for more information. www.hartlwrites.com(link is external)last_img read more

U.S. Commits to Sharing Responsibility for Security in Latin America

first_img The first thing that USA needs to do is control its borders and prevent drugs from entering since it is the world’s biggest consumer of drugs, therefore if they manage to control their borders, they will not need to interfere in the lives of Columbian and Mexican citizens. By Dialogo June 17, 2011 The United States announced that the crisis of citizen security being suffered by Latin American nations such as Colombia and Mexico is a “shared responsibility,” according to Arturo Valenzuela, in charge of U.S. diplomacy in the region. “The United States is enormously committed to Colombia, to Mexico, to Central America, in this great challenge that is the issue of citizen security. We know that we have a shared responsibility, and solving it is a priority for us,” the official indicated after attending a meeting of chambers of commerce from the Americas in Cartagena. The U.S. diplomat called on the governments of the region to invest more in education and social issues. “What Latin America needs now is to take another step, a strong and significant step, to improve its competitiveness and productivity on the international level,” he affirmed, speaking to reporters. According to Valenzuela, that will be possible to achieve “only if the governments of the region commit to greater investment in educational and social issues,” he said, after emphasizing that under Barack Obama’s administration “more solid bridges have been being built” between his country and Latin America. Colombia is Washington’s chief strategic ally in Latin America, thanks to military collaboration and the anti-narcotics fight, including the receipt of more than six billion dollars since 2000 as part of Plan Colombia. In addition, in 2006 the two countries signed a free-trade agreement, which awaits ratification by the U.S. Congress. last_img read more

Big South Carolina win gives Joe Biden campaign new life; Super Tuesday looms

first_imgAn outpouring of black voter support propelled Joe Biden to a convincing victory in South Carolina’s Democratic primary on Saturday, resurrecting his faltering White House bid and giving the former vice president a chance to claim he is the moderate alternative to front-runner Bernie Sanders.The decisive win gives Biden a burst of momentum in the Democratic race to challenge Republican President Donald Trump, which broadens quickly with Super Tuesday primaries in 14 states in three days that will award one-third of the available national delegates.It was the first presidential primary win ever for Biden, who is making his third run at the White House. He immediately took aim at Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont and self-described democratic socialist whose surging campaign and calls for a political revolution have rattled a Democratic establishment worried he is too far left to beat Trump in November.”Democrats want a nominee who is a Democrat,” Biden told cheering supporters in Columbia, South Carolina, in a jab at Sanders. “Win big or lose, that’s the choice. Most Americans don’t want the promise of a revolution. They want more than promises they want results.”Biden beat Sanders among a wide range of demographic and ideological groups, including those who said they were “very liberal,” according to Edison Research exit polls. The polls showed Biden, vice president under former President Barack Obama, with 61% of African-American support to Sanders’ 17%.In the wake of his decisive victory, Biden was endorsed by Terry McAuliffe, a former governor of Virginia and ex-chair of the Democratic National Committee, and U.S. Representative Bobby Scott, an influential African-American lawmaker from Virginia – a possible sign the Democratic establishment was starting to coalesce around his candidacy. Biden must now hope a flurry of media attention and his name recognition will help him in Super Tuesday states, where Sanders’ prolific fundraising has helped him build bigger organizations and broadcast far more advertisements. Sanders leads opinion polls in delegate-rich California, where 3 million early votes have already been cast.Biden and all of the other Democratic contenders also will face competition for the first time on Super Tuesday from billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has blanketed the country with half a billion dollars in advertising. Bloomberg skipped the first four state primaries.But at least five states – Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Virginia – have big blocs of African-American voters that could help Biden make a comeback.Supporters listen to Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden at his South Carolina primary night rally in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S., February 29, 2020. (REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz)Biden’s dominance in South Carolina raised questions about the continued viability of most of the other contenders. Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar all were well behind in the state and have dwindling chances to mount a comeback.With 99% of the precincts reporting, Biden had 49% of the vote and Sanders was a distant second with 20%, according to official state results. Billionaire activist Tom Steyer had 11% and all of the other contenders were well behind with single digits.Edison Research estimated 530,000 votes were cast in the Democratic primary, well ahead of the 371,000 cast in 2016 and about the same number as 2008.Democratic Presidential candidate entrepreneur Tom Steyer talks with supporters as he leaves following his announcement that he is suspending his campaign at his election night party on the day of the South Carolina Presidential Primary in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S., February 29, 2020. (REUTERS/Mark Makela)STEYER DROPS OUTAs the vote count rolled in on Saturday night, Steyer, who had spent heavily in South Carolina to court African-American voters, ended his presidential bid as it emerged he was coming in a distant third.Biden desperately needed a win after poor showings in the first two nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire and a second-place finish in Nevada. He had viewed South Carolina, where his popularity among the state’s big bloc of black voters proved decisive, as his firewall against disaster.The resounding margin could slow the momentum of Sanders, who had grown stronger with each contest, finishing in a virtual tie for first in Iowa with Buttigieg, before notching wins in New Hampshire and Nevada.”You cannot win them all,” Sanders told supporters in Virginia Beach, Virginia. “This will not be the only defeat. There are a lot of states in this country and nobody wins them all.”Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders greets supporters at his South Carolina primary night rally in Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S., February 29, 2020. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)Biden, a mainstream Democrat with decades of experience on the U.S. political stage, was powered in South Carolina by support from a broad range of voters, including men and women, black and white, middle-aged and old, those with and without college degrees, independent, liberal and conservative, exit polls showed.The data showed Biden beating Sanders, who has touted his ability to bring out new voters, among those who were voting in a Democratic primary for the first time.Exit polls found about six of 10 of South Carolina voters said influential black congressman James Clyburn’s endorsement of Biden on Wednesday was a factor in their decision. Clyburn introduced Biden at his victory rally.”My buddy Jim Clyburn, you brought me back!” Biden told the No. 3 House Democrat before addressing supporters.Biden was projected to win at least 32 of the 54 pledged delegates in South Carolina and Sanders 11, with more to be allocated. No other candidate was projected to have won any delegates in the state. Heading into the primary, Sanders had 54 delegates, Buttigieg 26 and Biden 15.A candidate needs at least 1,991 delegates to win the nomination outright at the party’s convention in July.Exit polls showed about half of voters wanted a candidate who would return to Obama’s policies, a key argument of Biden. Nearly eight of 10 voters in South Carolina said they had a favorable view of Biden, compared with five of 10 who saw rival Sanders favorably.The polls also showed Buttigieg and Klobuchar, who had done relatively well in predominantly white Iowa and New Hampshire, had low single-digit support among black voters, raising questions about their path forward as the race moves into more diverse states in March.Warren, who finished fifth with 7%, congratulated Biden on his victory at a rally in Houston but made clear that she would go on fighting for delegates.”I’ll be the first to say that the first four contests haven’t gone exactly as I’d hoped,” she said, before urging supporters to donate to her campaign. “My campaign is built for the long haul and we are looking forward to these big contests.”Topics :last_img read more

Stanley Cup Final 2019: Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron confirms he played through groin injury

first_img Stanley Cup Final 2019: Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly wins Conn Smythe Trophy The fact is, though, Bergeron was clearly not at his best and it showed in his numbers, especially in his play in 5-on-5 situations. The Bruins’ best player was compromised during the Stanley Cup Final.Patrice Bergeron told reporters after the team’s 4-1 loss in Game 7 to the Blues on Wednesday he was playing with a “banged up” groin during the Final. Bergeron said he’s been playing through a “banged up” groin.— Joe McDonald (@JoeyMacHockey) June 13, 2019There was a lot of speculation Bergeron was playing hurt, especially after Game 2 in which he looked noticeably limited on the ice.But he followed that game up with a goal in a 7-2 rout in Game 3 and that speculation seemed to go away. Related Newscenter_img Stanley Cup Final 2019: Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo hands off cup to Jay Bouwmeester Boston had possibly the best line in the NHL this year with Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand, but there were noticeable moments where it couldn’t get anything going in the playoffs.Some of that had to do with Bergeron being injured.But, give the center credit, he still found a way to contribute as he was consistently winning faceoffs and giving his team chances to score, but ultimately, it just wasn’t enough.last_img read more

We have more enemies now’ admits PSG coach Emery

first_imgParis, France | AFP | Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery believes it reflects well on his team that Europe’s traditional powerhouses now see the French club as “enemies” after their unprecedented close-season spending spree.PSG spent a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) to sign Neymar from Barcelona and also welcomed Kylian Mbappe from Monaco on an initial loan deal that is set to become a permanent move for 180 million euros next year.After failing to make it past the quarter-finals of the Champions League in the last five years — and following their humiliating loss to Barcelona last season — those deals were the clearest signs yet of the determination of PSG’s Qatari owners to win the European Cup and they have upset their rivals in the process.“When I was in Spain, I watched the big clubs — Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, the Manchester clubs, Juventus — and I saw that every year they would buy the best players in the world,” said Emery, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Bayern in Paris.“The team here has taken big steps towards competing with the best sides. Today, in sporting terms, we have more enemies.“They see that we are a serious team with the players we have bought in the past and also this year, and now we can also be among the candidates to win the Champions League.“That is why for other teams we are now the sporting enemies and people talk more about us. Lots of things are said, some true, some not. But I think it’s good that people are talking a lot about PSG because PSG are among the top clubs in Europe.” The president of Spain’s La Liga, Javier Tebas, recently accused PSG of “laughing” at UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules with their signings of Neymar and Mbappe, who had also been a target for Real Madrid.Wednesday’s opponents Bayern have been critics of the French side too.Bayern president Uli Hoeness told German magazine Kicker this week that spending 100 million euros on a player would be “unacceptable” for his club.Meanwhile, Bayern winger Arjen Robben mocked PSG before the German side’s departure for Paris on Tuesday, reminding them that “money doesn’t score goals”.PSG and Bayern are level on three points each in Champions League Group B ahead of Wednesday’s game, having both won on the opening matchday. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

New faces in England women and girls’ squads

first_img27 Oct 2016 New faces in England women and girls’ squads Lancashire’s Louisa Brunt, Cornwall’s Georgia Price and Yorkshire’s Olivia Winning are new members of the England Golf women’s squad for 2016/17. They will join Cheshire’s Gemma Clews and British stroke play champion, Sophie Lamb of Lancashire, for the winter training programme.  The England girls’ squad has five new members, including Surrey’s Annabell Fuller who will join her sister, Sammy, in the squad. The other new squad members are Lily May Humphreys of Essex, Sophie Johnson of Shropshire, Mimi Rhodes of Somerset and Hannah Screen of Hertfordshire. They will train alongside Martha Lewis of Surrey, Emily Price of Worcestershire & Herefordshire, Bel Wardle of Cheshire and Amelia Williamson of Norfolk. The women’s squad players: Louisa Brunt, 17, (Royal Birkdale) is an England girl international who won the Pleasington Putter, was third in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and ninth in the English women’s stroke play. Gemma Clews, 22, (Delamere Forest) represented England in the world team championships and has had a string of high finishes, in events including English women’s amateur and in the English and Welsh stroke play championships. Sophie Lamb, 18, (Clitheroe) is the British women’s stroke play champion and was fourth in the English amateur and sixth in the English stroke play. She also helped England win the Women’s Home Internationals, alongside Clews and Winning. Georgia Price (Bude and North Cornwall) was runner up in the English stroke play and third in the British stroke play. She tied for the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy (image © Leaderboard Photography) Olivia Winning, 21, (Rotherham) won the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play this year for the second time. She was in England’s winning team at the European championships and the Home Internationals. England Girls’ Squad Annabell Fuller, 14, (Roehampton) won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and was runner-up in three Scottish girls’ championships, at U14, U16 and U18 level. Samantha Fuller, 17, (Roehampton) was third in the English girls’ championship and 11th in the English women’s stroke play. She tied for the Irish girls’ stroke play last year. Lily May Humphreys, 14, (Channels) has won the Fairhaven Trophies, the English U16 girls’ open championship and the North of England U16 championship in 2016. She was also third in the European Young Masters. Sophie Johnson, 15, (Telford) was third in the Scottish U18 championship, fourth in the North of England U16s and eight in the Scottish U16s. Martha Lewis, 16, (St George’s Hill), helped England U16 girls beat Switzerland. She was also 11th in the English U16 girls’ championship, 15th in the Scottish U18 girls’ championship and 22nd in the English women’s amateur. Emily Price, 17, (Cleobury Mortimer) is the English women’s stroke play champion, the Scottish U18 champion and the winner of the Leveret and the Whittington Trophy. She was runner-up in the English girls. Mimi Rhodes, 14 (Burnham & Berrow) has had impressive results in women’s competitions including top 30 finishes in the English amateur and the Spanish stroke play. She was runner-up in the West of England amateur. Hannah Screen, 16, (Berkhamsted) won the Scottish U16 championship, was third in the North of England U16 girls and fifth in the English U16 girls’ championship. Bel Wardle, 16, (Prestbury) was runner-up in the British girls’ championship and tied first in the Royal Birkdale Scratch Trophy. Her other high finishes include 5th in the English girls’ championship and eighth in the St Rule Trophy. Amelia Williamson, 16, (Royal Cromer) is the English schools champion and runner-up in the Fairhaven Trophies, the English U16 championship and the North of England U16 girls.last_img read more