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Apache to Drill Phoenix South-1 Well in 2Q 2014 (Australia)

first_imgCarnarvon Petroleum Limited has been advised by Apache, the Operator of the WA-435-P permit, that the spud date for the Phoenix South-1 well is likely to be in the second quarter of calendar year 2014.Apache has advised the reason for the change in spud date is due to Apache’s operational timetable incorporating their other projects. Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Adrian Cook said,“While we understand that this timing might be disappointing for some shareholders, the moving of the spud date to later in the first half of this year significantly reduces the risk of cyclone activityaffecting the drilling of the Phoenix South-1 well, which then will reduce the likelihood of exceeding the recently increased well cap.”[mappress]Press Release, January 09, 2014last_img read more

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Donjon completes Gibraltar clear up

first_imgUnder a contract awarded on March 24 2009, Donjon Marine has worked to remove and dispose of the remnants of the ship.The work is now complete. The last phase of the work included removal of the 500 tonne main engine and final clean up of the work area. In addition, Donjon removed thousands of gallons of fuel and related contaminates which remained in the hull, accomplishing one of the primary goals of the project to protect the waters off the coast of Gibraltar and surrounding area.last_img

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BIMCO expels ShipNext

first_imgAccording to BIMCO, it has also terminated its agreement with ShipNext that had allowed the use of BIMCO contracts on the ShipNext trading platform.The termination follows repeated warnings by BIMCO which were ignored by ShipNext, states the organisation.BIMCO’s secretary general and ceo, Angus Frew, said that the company has on a number of occasions claimed in marketing material that its trading platform is supported by BIMCO, claims which could compromise BIMCO’s market neutral position.“The claims are a blatant abuse of the licensing and membership agreement that we have with ShipNext and is, in our view, a deliberate policy to mislead ShipNext’s customers. It compromises BIMCO’s position as a neutral and commercially independent association and is totally unacceptable behaviour,” added Frew.The association has said that it has never supported nor endorsed the ShipNext system, and no longer has any formal licensing agreement with the company. The use of BIMCO standard contracts on this system is no longer permitted.To date, a request for a response from the organisation that set up ShipNext has thus far not been forthcoming. www.bimco.orgwww.shipnext.comlast_img read more

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Father honoured at biker memorial

first_img Bikers hold a guard of honour for the late Mark Veldsman. The late Mark Veldsman. Family and friends are still in shock after Mark Veldsman died suddenly of a heart attack last week.Mr Veldsman, 51, from Kenwyn, was one of the founding members – along with his wife, Shelley, and daughter, Lisa – of the Matthew Veldsman Smile Foundation (MVSF) non-profit, which was launched at the end of February in honour of his son, Matthew, who died in November 2018 at the age of 22.Mr Veldsman was born in Wesley Street, Harfield Village, but the Group Areas Act later forced his family out of the area.The family moved to Primrose Park, Athlone, where he grew up with his two younger brothers, Jerome and Rodger.He worked as a fitter and turner for 10 years and later started his own business, working in the refrigeration and air conditioning trade.In November 2018, his son, Matthew, died in his sleep due to a connective-tissue disorder that caused his right coronary artery to rupture. Ms Veldsman said the family had started the MVSF to honour Matthew’s short but impactful life. “It was also a means for us to heal. Through healing others we learned to heal ourselves, and just as we started our healing journey, Mark passed away last Monday.” MVSF’s aim is to mould boys and young men into good citizens and role-models.Mr Veldsman was part of the Bikers Church Club and used to minister to the youth as part of the club. “Mark loved the freedom of being out in open spaces, connecting with like-minded business people and being able to share and minister with his friends,” Ms Veldsman said. About 30 bikers from different clubs held a memorial service in her husband’s honour at Sunrise Beach, Muizenberg, on Thursday July 23. Family and friends also attended the service.Mr Veldsman’s long-time friend and neighbour and fellow Bikers Church Club member, Trevor Abrahams, said: “It’s still surreal that he passed away. He had a big impact on people, and he always lit up the room.”Ms Veldsman’s uncle, Benjamin de Wet, described him as a “good man with good character who worked hard for his family and loved his family”.Ms Veldsman said she and her daughter and other members of the MVSF would continue the work of the organisation. Mr Veldsman’s funeral was held at the Southpoint Church in Ndabeni on Friday July 25. 1 of 2center_img The late Mark Veldsman.last_img read more

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SRA intervenes in Bradford legal aid fraud practice

first_imgMohammed AyubSource: Alex Cousins/SWNSAyub, 55, his brother Mohammed Riaz, 48, and the firm’s immigration supervisor Neil Frew, 48, were last month found guilty of conspiracy to defraud at Sheffield Crown Court.The men formed a sham company called Legal Support Services to claim inflated disbursements from the LAA for immigration and asylum contract work awarded to Chambers from September 2010 to October 2014. The postal address for LSS was Fulton Street in Bradford city centre – 20 yards away from Chambers Solicitors in Grattan Road.They were granted bail and will be sentenced in the new year.The SRA said it was ‘necessary to intervene in order to protect the interests of clients (or former clients) of Ayub or the beneficiaries of any trust of which he is or was a trustee’. The Solicitors Regulation Authority has intervened into the practice of a Bradford-based solicitor convicted of defrauding the Legal Aid Agency out of more than £300,000.According to a notice published today, there is reason to suspect dishonesty by Mohammed Ayub, former managing partner of Chambers Solicitors.last_img read more

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In Brief

first_imgn The summer timetable introduced on May 30 by SNCF saw the number of daily return TGV services on the Paris – Nantes route increase from 15 to 21, under a regular interval timetable with departures every 30min. The daily Brussels – Nice high-speed service is now worked by an SNCF Eurostar set.n On May 5 Renfe’s Suburban business unit opened Estadio Olímpico station in Sevilla, built at a cost of Pts140m by the Ministry of Development on the branch constructed to serve Expo 92. Adjacent to the city’s Olympic Stadium, the station was served every 15min by trains carrying 8000 spectators to the recent football match between Spain and Croatia.n German Railway has reopened two lines for day trippers every Sunday this summer. Four return trains are running from Wlast_img read more

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African leaders head to Ghana for new President’s inauguration

first_imgNigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu are expected to land in Ghana’s capital Accra for the inauguration ceremony of newly elected President Nana Akufu Addo as the President of Ghana scheduled to take place tomorrow.The two leaders are among 11 heads of state across Africa that are expected to attend the inauguration of the seventh head of state of Ghana. Presidents of Togo, Gabon, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Zambia, Benin, Nigeria and Guinea are expected to attend.Over 6,000 guests are expected at the ceremony that is set to be conducted at the Black Stars Stadium.The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Haile Mariam Dessalegn is already in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire’s President Alhassan Outtarra is a special guest of honour according to a report by My joy Online.Zimbabwe’s opposition leader of Morgan Tsvangari and his deputy Nelson have been invited to the inauguration, will leave Saturday morning for the event, according to Zimbabwe’s Daily News.Ghana’s incumbent government will be handing over power to an opposition party, an applauding milestone in the country’s democracy. Ghana’s current President John Mahama of the governing National Democratic Congress Party will hand over power to Nana Akufo-Addo Addo of the New Patriotic Party after losing the December 7 general elections.Incoming Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, will also take the oath of officelast_img read more

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Moffat Flying High With Title Of ‘Scotland’s First Eagle Town’

first_imgA Spokesperson for Visit Moffat said “The celebrations will start with an Eagle Festival, from September 13th to the 20th. Please put the date in your diary.Moffat Academy, Moffat Mountain Rescue, Moffat Farmers’ Market and several businesses are already onside, so we are now inviting the whole town to join in.Why Golden Eagles? Well, the Moffat Hills are often described as mini-highlands, owing to our 300 sq kms of hills, outstanding scenery and rich wildlife. Less than a mile from the motorway, we are ideally situated to become Scotland’s First Eagle Town, to host the first Eagle Festival, and to celebrate the Golden Eagle – very probably Scotland’s most iconic species. These are unique reasons for visitors to stop and explore Moffat before they pass through the Southern Uplands.Our aim is to establish Moffat as not only Scotland’s First Eagle Town, and the first place to see Golden Eagles in Scotland, but also to establish Moffat and the Moffat Hills as a leading nature-based visitor destination, and to create a lasting legacy.”Here are some suggestions from the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project staff, volunteers and partners for what they could provide for the Festival:• A visit from a Golden Eagle: Ray, from the Kielder Bird of Prey Centre, presents Mac, the male Golden Eagle and a host of other raptors from the UK and beyond.• A Programme of Speakers: a collection of speakers presenting talks on the Golden Eagle and other related topics. We aim to secure high profile talks from well-known public figures with a background in eagles.• Stalls promoting the work of SSGEP, RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Forestry, Scottish Land & Estates, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels, Wild Eskdale, and the Scottish Raptor Study Group.• Training – Raptor ID Course: learn how to recognise raptors in Eagle Country and, for example, to tell the difference between an eagle and a buzzard.• Guided Walks: in conjunction with Moffat Mountain Rescue – step out into Eagle Country with a guide from the Eagle Project to enjoy the wildlife of the Moffat Hills.• Through the Eyes of an Eagle: climb into an Eagle Eyrie with Wild Tree Adventures and see Moffat through the eyes of an eaglet in the nest.• Name an Eagle: Enter an online competition to name a young eagle from the 2020 release. Winners will be announced at the Festival.• Learn with Laurie Campbell: join Scotland’s Premier wildlife photographer Laurie Campbell on an instructional workshop to explore new approaches to your photography.• Eagle Run: enter our predator/prey style hill run as either an eagle or its prey.• An Eagle Information Centre: a permanent area in which a flat screen TV and several information panels can be displayed, so that visitors to the town can find out more about the Eagles.• A Lasting Legacy: to leave behind a legacy of eagles in Moffat – A sculpture or installation which identifies Moffat as Scotland’s very first Eagle Town. WELCOME TO MOFFAT – Scotland’s First Eagle TownHere are some suggestions for how local businesses might contribute:• Eat Like an Eagle: hotels, cafes and restaurants to feature an eagle addition to the menu; possibilities include an Eagle Burger (which may be a special venison burger only available during the festival or similar).• Eagle Whisky and Ales: the addition of an Eagle Whisky or Beer to bar menus.• Eagles in Art: a venue on the High Street to host an exhibition from local artists featuring Golden Eagles or the land in which they live.Here are some suggestions for how our community might contribute:• Golden Eagle Fancy Dress: a fun fancy-dress competition for the whole family.• Moffat Wildlife Club: members to lead a guided walk around the nature reserve.• Street BBQ: an approach to Dougie McKenna, a local venison merchant, to provide a BBQ for visitors on the High Street.• Eagle Scouts: local Scout Groups to be involved in a variety of tasks as part of their Eagle Champion Badge.• Eagle Schools: hear from students of Moffat Primary’s ‘Eagle School’, one of the first schools to be awarded the title in all of Scotland.The Spokesperson for Visit Moffat continued “Although this is a great opportunity for us, it certainly won’t be successful without the enthusiastic involvement of as many businesses, clubs, associations, residents and visitors as possible. Our next stage is to put together a plan for the Festival. It will be a one-off event, and whilst we don’t want to set up big committees, we will need help and a sense of fun to make it work. So if you’d like to do something really useful for our community, please let us know by sending an email to Similarly, if you have experience of managing events, we’d love to hear from you.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe Team from ‘Visit Moffat’ Have worked with the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project for the past 18 months and are delighted to announce that Moffat is to become Scotland’s First Eagle Town. last_img read more

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White Police Officers Kill Another Unarmed Black Man, Protestors Resort to Arson

first_imgInternationalNews White Police Officers Kill Another Unarmed Black Man, Protestors Resort to Arson by: – June 15, 2020 A medical examiner in Atlanta, Georgia, has declared the death of an African-American man to be homicide after he was shot in an encounter with police.Rayshard Brooks died while fleeing from two white police officers in a restaurant car park late on Friday.Protests erupted after his death, weeks after another black man, George Floyd, was killed in custody in Minneapolis.Atlanta’s police chief quit and the police officer suspected of shooting Mr Brooks was fired.Following his death, the Wendy’s drive-through restaurant where he was stopped was set on fire on Saturday.Thousands of people joined Black Lives Matter protests across the US at the weekend.In Chicago, a statue of the first US President, George Washington, was spray-painted with the words “slave owner”.Washington was an active slave holder for 56 years. While spoke of his desire to end the practice, at the time of his death in 1799, 317 enslaved people lived on his Mount Vernon estate. The founding father left instructions in his will for the 123 slaves he owned outright to be freed, only once his wife Martha had died. Sharing is caring! 129 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Share Share Crowds also gathered again in Washington DC near the White House while in Los Angeles, a large number of LGBT protesters marched with rainbow flags to denounce what they said was police brutality, racism and transphobia.And anger over the killing of Mr Floyd, who died as a police officer held his knee on his neck on 25 May, fuelled new protests over the weekend in the UK.On Sunday evening, more than 100 people turned out in the rain at the site of the shooting for a peaceful protest.According to the Fulton County medical examiner, the manner of death of Rayshard Brooks was “homicide.” He suffered two gunshots to the back that caused organ injuries and blood loss.Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard told CNN that three charges could apply against sacked police officer Garrett Rolfe: murder, felony murder and aggravated assault.“But I believe in this instance, what we have to choose between, if there’s a choice to be made, is between murder and felony murder,” Mr Howard said.The Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) says officers were called to the fast-food restaurant because Mr Brooks had fallen asleep in his car, which was blocking the drive-through lane.Body camera footage released by the police department shows the two officers administering a sobriety test – where a suspect is asked, for instance, to walk in a straight line – and then a breathalyser test, with Mr Brooks’s permission.The two officers then try to handcuff him, at which point their body cams fall off, but security camera video shows them struggling with Mr Brooks on the ground.He then grabs an officer’s Taser (electric stun gun) and breaks free from the officers, running away.As he is chased, Mr Brooks is seen turning around and pointing the Taser before continuing to run and then being shot.“As I pursued him, he turned and started firing the Taser at me,” Mr Rolfe told a supervisor after the shooting in a videotaped conversation. “He definitely did shoot it at me at least once.”GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said she could not confirm whether Mr Brooks had indeed fired the Taser, the Associated Press reports.Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she did not believe the shooting was a “justified use of deadly force”.This is the 48th “officer-involved shooting” the GBI has investigated this year, according to ABC News. Of those cases, 15 were fatal.last_img read more

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Researchers Find New Low Cost Method to Produce Graphene Printed Electronics

first_imgResearchers at The University of Manchester have developed a low cost method for producing graphene printed electronics that speeds up and reduces the cost of conductive graphene ink.Printed electronics offer a breakthrough in the penetration of information technology into everyday life. The development of printed conductive inks for electronic applications has grown rapidly, widening applications in transistors, sensors, antennas RFID tags and wearable electronics. Current conductive inks traditionally use metal nano-particles for their high electrical conductivity. However, these materials can be expensive or easily oxidised, making them far from ideal for low cost IoT applications.Published in Nature Communications, the research team, in its result has found that using a material called dihydrolevogucosenone known as Cyrene is not only non-toxic but is environmentally-friendly and sustainable but can also provide higher concentrations and conductivity of graphene ink. According to research member, Professor Zhiurn Hu, the work demonstrates that printed graphene technology can be low cost, sustainable, and environmentally friendly for ubiquitous wireless connectivity in IoT era as well as provide RF energy harvesting for low power electronics.According to Professor Sir Kostya Novoselov, another research participant, Graphene is swiftly moving from research to application domain. Development of production methods relevant to the end-user in terms of their flexibility, cost and compatibility with existing technologies are extremely important. This work will thus ensure that implementation of graphene into day-to-day products and technologies will be even faster.Kewen Pan, the lead author on the paper believes this perhaps is a significant step towards commercialization of printed graphene technology. According to him it would be an evolution in printed electronics industry because the material is such low cost, stable and environmental friendly.The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), who were involved in measurements for this work, have partnered with the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester to provide a materials characterization service to provide the missing link for the industrialization of graphene and 2D materials. They have also published a joint NPL and NGI a good practice guide which aims to tackle the ambiguity surrounding how to measure graphene’s characteristics. According to research member Professor Ling Hao, materials characterization is crucial to be able to ensure performance reproducibility and scale up for commercial applications of graphene and 2D materials. The result of this collaboration between the University and NPL is mutually beneficial, as well as providing measurement training for PhD students in a metrology institute environment.Graphene has the potential to create the next generation of electronics currently limited to science fiction: faster transistors, semiconductors, bendable phones and flexible wearable electronics.last_img read more

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