first_imgSpectrum Geo is set to acquire broadband 2D multi-client seismic survey over the Joint Management Area (JMA), managed by Joint Commission, located on the Mascarene Plateau between Mauritius and the Seychelles.This new dataset, covering 20,000 km, lies within exploration blocks already delineated by the proactive Joint Commission under their Hybrid Open Door Licensing System.This is the first agreement of its kind following the ratification of landmark treaties between the two countries in 2012 which concerned management of the continental shelf of the Mascarene Plateau region, and extended their joint jurisdiction by 396,000 km2, the company explained.Despite its location in the middle of the Indian Ocean, approximately 20% of the JMA area is in shallow water of less than 1000 meters.Spectrum has modeled gravity response over the JMA to be compatible with a fragment of the Madagascar-West Indian Jurassic and Early Cretaceous Crust.Neil Hodgson, executive vice-president Geoscience at Spectrum, said, “Our basin modelling puts the potential Seychelles style pre-volcanic source rocks into the oil window; this is corroborated by the presence of high quality oil slicks above the prospective area captured on satellite data. A live working hydrocarbon system lying unexplored below the basalts across this whole area is clearly demonstrated. Modern seismic acquisition and broadband processing techniques will allow us to reveal the oil potential of this fascinating basin.”Pre-funding opportunities for this seismic program are available now, the company added.last_img read more

first_imgThurles CBS are through to the All-Ireland Post Primary School final after running out 18 points to 1-12 winners over St Peter’s College Wexford this afternoon. At half time both sides were level with CBS scoring 0-12 points to St Peter’s 1-9.The Tipp school last won the Croke Cup in 2009 and they’ll play the winners of the second semi-final on Saturday between St Kieran’s College Kilkenny and Presentation College Athenry.  Thurles CBS manager John Devane was pleased with his side’s determination to come out on top.Raffaele Rocca was at the game for Tipp FM Sport.last_img read more

first_imgAfter scoring a sensational goal on Saturday that had pundits struggling to find enough superlatives, Wayne Rooney’s modest response was simply: “I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite.”“Wow. It’s a Beckham. It’s another Beckham one”Hull boss Steve BruceThe England striker’s lob from just inside West Ham’s half was reminiscent of a similar goal scored by David Beckham for Manchester United against Wimbledon back in 1996.But when asked if his was better than Beckham’s, Rooney quipped: “Of course.”On a day when 30 goals had already been scored in the Premier League, it might have been easy to believe that the late game between West Ham and Manchester United would be a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show. Evidently, Wayne Rooney had other ideas.Barely 10 minutes into the game, the England striker outmuscled James Tomkins on the halfway line and let the ball bounce in front of him before launching a pin-point lob from well over 40 yards into the back of the net. Hammers keeper Adrian, who had strayed off his line, was left scrambling back in vain, his face sporting a look of stunned disbelief.Cue photographers pointing their cameras up to the boxes where a watching David Beckham smiled wryly.What they said: “What a goal by Wayne Rooney!!! Everyone in the stadium was looking at each other in disbelief!! How…what the…no way….wow!!!” – Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand. Hull manager Steve Bruce was conducting his post-match media conference when he saw the goal on a monitor: “What a goal. You’ve gotta see that. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. You’re never gonna see anything like it again. Wait till you see this. That’s more important than me. Wait till you see this. Wow. It’s a Beckham. It’s another Beckham one. [Long pause] Awwww, no! Look at the goalie! He’s run the wrong way.Wow Wazza. Wow. Wow. Wow. Jesus! Jesus!David Beckham (Manchester United)Wimbledon 0-3 Manchester United, Premier League – 17 August, 1996 In United’s opening match of the 1996-97 season at Selhurst Park, Beckham spotted goalkeeper Neil Sullivan off his line to score a famous goal in United’s 3-0 victory.His response was to raise both hands in the air and understandably, smile smugly. It was a goal that would instantly turn the young, floppy-haired midfielder into a household name.What they said: “He just picked it up and hit it. I just realised it was going beyond me and it dropped under the crossbar and that was it. The whole Manchester United team at the time were special but but I didn’t expect anything like that. I made that boy, but I still think he would have done all right without me!” – former Wimbledon goalkeeper Sullivan.last_img read more

first_imgAuthorities of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) on Monday arrested two persons who attempted selling about 30 bags of dried bush meat at the Clay Check Point on the Monrovia-Bomi highway.The FDA’s action was in compliance with the regulation banning commercial hunting of endangered forest species and the sale of the bush meat.An FDA official said 195 carcasses of bush meat were seized from three known Gbarpolu County-based sellers in Western Liberia. About 785 pieces from the slaughtered animals were counted in the presence of the sellers, identified as Betty James, Botoe Kenneh and Gladys Weah.When the counting was completed, FDA officials resolved, based on the regulation, to burn all the confiscated meat.In separate remarks, wildlife and conservation representatives reminded the meat sellers that the preservation of the endangered species was a paramount concern of the FDA and international conservation groups.“We are not going to compromise the commercial hunting regulation that bans the illegal killing of endangered species in our country for the sake of protecting our businesspeople,” an FDA representative warned.“I must admit to you all here that we have committed ourselves to the protection and conservation of all endangered animals in our country,” he added. FDA Assistant Communications Director, Richie Grear, earlier told the Daily Observer that two weeks ago, FDA rangers arrested some women with large quantities of bush meat from the Lofa Bridge area in Gbarpolu County. Mr. Grear said the latest action by the FDA should serve as a warning to would be violators of the seriousness management attaches to the enforcement of the commercial hunting regulation. During investigations held at the head offices of the forest agency by the Wildlife Department, the meat sellers were found in violation of FDA regulation banning commercial hunting.“As a result of the latest action by the FDA management, forest rangers have begun to step up the search and seizure of bush meat throughout their operational areas,” Grear disclosed.Following questions from the wildlife and conservation representatives, the meat sellers admitted to the crime.At the FDA investigation on Monday before a panel of wildlife and conservation representatives, the meat sellers appealed to the FDA management to provide them alternative business opportunities.The women also disclosed that they have been involved in the bush meat trade for several years and abandoning it could be a loss of income to sustain their families. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more