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first_imgThe Baltim South West gas field is located in shallow waters 12km off the Mediterranean coast of Egypt in the Baltim South development lease Image: The field’s first well, BSW1, is producing from a new offshore platform. Photo: courtesy of D Thory from Pixabay. Italian oil and gas company Eni and its partner BP have commenced production from the Baltim South West gas field offshore Egypt.Discovered in June 2016, the field is located in shallow waters 12km off the Mediterranean coast of Egypt in the Baltim South development lease and lies within the Great Nooros area.Eni said in a statement: “It lies 10km from the Nooros field, but still within the Great Nooros area. This is an area in which Eni first recognised great gas production potential and where it is conducting other new exploration projects.”The field is producing with an initial rate of 100 million scf/dThe field’s first well, BSW1, is producing with an initial rate of 100 million standard cubic feet per day (scf/d) from a new offshore platform, which is connected through a new 44km-long pipeline to the existing onshore Abu Madi Gas Plant.Further, the development at the field involves the drilling of an additional five wells to achieve a production target of 500 million scf/d by the second quarter of 2020.Volumes produced by Baltim South West will further contribute to Egypt’s natural gas export capacity. The overall gas potential from the Great Nooros Area is nearly 3 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas in place. While approximately 2tcf of gas in place is in the Nooros field, the remaining are in the new Baltim South West.Currently, Eni owns 50% stake in the license of Baltim South through its subsidiary IOEC, while BP holds the remaining.The project is executed by Petrobel, the operating company jointly owned by Eni and the state corporation Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) on behalf of Medgas.In 2016, Eni has upgraded the field potential of Baltim South West to 1tcf of gas in place, following the results of the estimation of reserves in the well Baltim South West 2X.last_img read more

first_imgAgents who cannot provide photographic evidence that they are displaying their letting fees both in their branch and on their company website will be referred to Trading Standards for further action by The Property Ombudsman (TPO), it has been revealed.The initiative has been launched jointly by TPO and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) both to improve industry compliance with the 2015 Consumer Rights Act, and also raise awareness among tenants and landlords about fees and create competition between agents.TPO members, who make up 85% of all UK letting agents, are bound to comply with its CTSI-approved lettings Code of Practice, which clearly states that agents must display their fees in accordance with the act.The joint campaign is to kick off in Dorset and Swansea before being rolled out across the UK and to enforce compliance, Property Ombudsman Katrina Sporle (pictured, above) says she will be working closely with Trading Standards Officers. Those found not to be displaying their fees can be fined up to £5,000.“Any agent that has failed to display their fees up until now must act,” says Adrian Simpson from the CTSI. “We are aware of Trading Standards Officers taking serious action against those that fail to comply.”Gerry Fitzjohn (pictured, left), TPO’s chairman, takes a similarly hard line: “We want our agents to lead from the front,” he says. “There can be no excuses – we’re zero tolerant on this issue. Letting fees are under the spotlight and firms would be well advised to get their house in order.” October 26, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » TPO to report agents who don’t display letting fees previous nextRegulation & LawTPO to report agents who don’t display letting feesOmbudsman and Trading Standards talk very tough on compliance and finesNigel Lewis26th October 20160577 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgRealtor Gloria Votta folds clothing that was collected during the 2018 clothing drive. By Donald WittkowskiGloria Votta remembers the father who walked into Ocean City’s Ecumenical Council Clothes Closet about two years ago accompanied by his young son, who was wearing only a T-shirt in the cold weather.“The father said, ‘He doesn’t have a coat. Do you have a coat that fits him?’” Votta recalled.Fortunately, the Clothes Closet had just received a new donation of coats then. Votta looked inside a bag of coats and found one that fit the young boy.Those coats were among the donations given at that time to the Ocean City Board of Realtors as part of its annual Warmth for the Winter Clothing Drive.Now in its ninth year, the holiday clothing drive is organized by the Board of Realtors in cooperation with the Ocean City Ecumenical Council, an association of local churches that helps needy families.Thanksgiving Day was supposed to be the last day for this year’s clothing drive, but Votta noted that the Board of Realtors will continue to collect donations from the community as long as they are made.Clothing donations may be dropped off at the Board of Realtors office at 405 22nd Street. To arrange for clothing pickups, people may call the office at (609) 399-0128. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Comforters, blankets and bed sheets are among the items that have been donated.A large room in the board’s office remains crowded with items that have been donated so far. Tables and chairs are stacked with coats, sweaters, boots, hats, gloves, scarves and many other articles of winter clothing. Donations have also included comforters, blankets and bed sheets.Votta, chairwoman of the Community Services Committee for the Board of Realtors, said the organization hopes that the spirit of giving during the Thanksgiving season will result in more donations.The board is looking for clothing that is gently used or new. Although most of the donated items are used, some people will bring in brand new clothing with the price tags still attached.Some items are handmade by the people who donate them. Votta donated a white scarf that she had crocheted.In place of clothes, cash donations are also accepted. Votta said cash donations are used for shopping trips to purchase clothes for the needy, as requested by the Ecumenical Council Clothes Closet.Votta stands amid a roomful of donated items awaiting distribution to members of the Ocean City community.While Thanksgiving and other holidays are usually a time of celebration for most of us, they also serve as a reminder that many people need a helping hand, organizers of the clothing drive said.A little-known part of Ocean City is that there are pockets of poverty scattered throughout what is generally a well-to-do community of beachfront homes and trendy downtown boutiques.“It’s surprising, because it is a very affluent community,” Votta said.Clothing donations made to the Board of Realtors are distributed to the public at the Ecumenical Council Clothes Closet at Fifth Street and West Avenue. The hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday.Clothing is given away for free, although recipients must be residents of Ocean City. Any leftover clothing is donated to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter.In 2016, nearly 24,700 pieces of clothing were distributed throughout Ocean City, compared to about 21,700 in 2011, according to the Ecumenical Council website.For Votta, the memory of the father who needed a coat for his young son is the most touching example of how the clothing drive has helped the community. She also recounted stories of senior citizens, young families and victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 who were in need of clothes and received a helping hand.“There are senior citizens who come in. There are young families that are struggling. If you work in the Clothes Closet, they are the people you see who come in,” Votta said.Votta noted that the clothing drive is an example of a community-wide spirit to help the needy. The Board of Realtors also holds an annual food drive in February as well as a Toys for Tots campaign in December.Donations may be dropped off at the Ocean City Board of Realtors office at 405 22nd Street.Votta, an agent for Re/Max Realty Group, worked with fellow agent Anne Gallagher, of Grace Realty, to organize the clothing drive in 2009. They wanted to establish a clothing drive that would replace the one that had been organized by the former St. Augustine School in Ocean City. The school closed in 2008 due to declining enrollment.“There was a big need for coats for kids. So I called the Ecumenical Council and asked them what I could do to help,” Votta said, explaining how the Board of Realtors got involved in the clothing drive.All these years later, the need for winter clothing continues.“We’ll take everything anyone brings in,” Votta said. “When I talked to Anne Gallagher, she told me the need is very great this year.”last_img read more

first_img WhatsApp Indiana’s inmates still eating meals together amid pandemic Google+ Facebook Twitter Pinterest (“Jail cells at the Southborough Police Station” by my_southborough, CC BY-ND 2.0) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s prison populations are still eating meals together in large groups and mixing during outdoor recreation even as Hoosiers are keeping their distance as a stay-at-home order took effect Wednesday aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.The Indiana Department of Correction has suspended visitation at Indiana’s 20 correctional facilities and taken other steps in a recent directive.But The Journal Gazette reports that hundreds of inmates are still together during outdoor recreation and also eat meals together in large groups.The department says there are no known coronavirus cases among its 27,000 offenders, but concedes that it hasn’t tested any if those inmates. Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews By Associated Press – March 26, 2020 0 230 Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleIU postpones times for students to move things from dormsNext articleIndiana not detailing ICU capacity as coronavirus cases grow Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications.last_img read more

first_imgEight Harvard University faculty, including four from Harvard Medical School, have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) this year, honored for “their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research,” the NAS announced Tuesday.Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research.Those elected include David Charbonneau, professor of astronomy, Department of Astronomy, Center for Astrophysics; Noam D. Elkies, professor of mathematics, Department of Mathematics; David D. Ginty, investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and Edward R. and Anne G. Lefler Professor of Neurobiology, Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School (HMS); Barbara B. Kahn, vice chair for research strategy and George R. Minot Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Ariel Pakes, Thomas Professor of Economics, Department of Economics; Madhu Sudan, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Rachel I. Wilson, Martin Family Professor of Basic Research in the Field of Neurobiology, Department of Neurobiology, HMS; Junying Yuan, Elizabeth D. Hay Professor of Cell Biology, Department of Cell Biology, HMS.The eight are among 84 new members and 21 foreign associates recognized by the NAS this year.The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit society of distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. It is committed to furthering science in America, and its members are active contributors to the international scientific community. Nearly 500 members of the NAS have won Nobel Prizes, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, founded in 1914, is today one of the premier international journals publishing the results of original research.last_img read more

first_imgThe creative team behind the Spring Awakening movie, who had been hoping to go into production in 2013, is still aiming to get the musical onto the silver screen sooner rather than later. Composer Duncan Sheik revealed to U-T San Diego that he and lyricist/book writer Steven Sater are “trying to get the the Spring Awakening movie made this year. It’s in process.” Sheik has good reason to be hopeful: “We have a fancy director (McG) and a fancy producer (Playtone, Tom Hanks’ company) involved. So fingers crossed we’ll be diving into it.” There’ll also be a new song. “It’s the only way you’re eligible for an Academy Award.” View Commentscenter_img No word yet on who will star in the film, but whomever boards has big shoes to fill—the original 2006 Broadway cast included Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff. Spring Awakening depicts how young people navigate the thrilling, confusing and mysterious time of their sexual awakening. The story centers on a brilliant young student named Melchior, his troubled friend Moritz and Wendla, a beautiful young girl on the verge of womanhood. The Tony-winning show is based on the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind.last_img read more

first_img View All (7) Neil Patrick Harris James Monroe Iglehart Jefferson Mays Ramin Karimloo Joshua Henry View Comments Danny Burstein Star Files Jarrod Spector The 2014 Tony Awards are less than three weeks away…and the anticipation is killing us! As the excruciating countdown to June 8 continues, Broadway.com is bringing you a series of Tony Award playlists, available to stream and share for free on Spotify. This week, we’ve created a mix of tracks sung by the stars nominated for the Best Actor and Best Featured Actor in a Musical categories at the Tony Awards. We’ve got Les Miz headliner Ramin Karimloo crooning Oklahoma! (Broadgrass-style, of course), Beautiful’s Jarrod Spector belting the Beatles, Aladdin standout James Monroe Iglehart serving up “Big Love” from Memphis and tons more. Click below to stream the playlist!last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Dow Jones:Norway’s sovereign-wealth fund said on Thursday it may stop buying oil and gas stocks, a move that would deprive the energy sector of investment from a $1 trillion asset manager.The Norwegian central bank, which uses the fund to invest the proceeds of the country’s oil industry, said that investing money back into the energy sector amplifies the government’s exposure to the price of crude, particularly given the country’s majority stake in Statoil ASA.Oil and gas equities currently account for around 6% of the Government Pension Fund Global’s benchmark index, or just more than 300 billion Norwegian kroner ($36.49 billion).The Stoxx Europe 600 Oil & Gas index drifted lower on the news of the potential divestment, before recovering. Shares in Statoil fell by as much as 1%. The fund also owns large stakes in most of the world’s oil majors, including a 0.92% stake in Chevron Corp., a 0.82% stake in Exxon Mobil Corp., 1.65% in BP PLC and 2.23% in Royal Dutch Shell PLC as of the end of 2016.“An orderly divestment process over a period of time won’t significantly impact share prices,” said Jefferies analyst Jason Gammel.Norges Bank, the central bank, made the proposal to Norway’s Ministry of Finance on Thursday, saying that, given its size, the fund accounts for an increasingly large share of the nation’s wealth and is an integral part of government fiscal policy. That means that the vulnerability of government wealth to a permanent drop in oil and gas prices would be reduced if the fund pulled out of the stocks in that sector, Norges Bank said.More: Norway Considers Pulling Its $1 Trillion Wealth Fund Out of Oil Stocks $1 Trillion Norwegian Fund Weighs Dropping Oil and Gas Stockslast_img read more

first_imgI went into my first live experience with The Cave Singers cold and was smitten from the start.I had never heard the band play the first song, but I was at a festival and they were on stage, so I checked it out. I was mesmerized from the get go and hung on every chord, every note, every raw, melodic moment.For months after, No Witch, their 2011 release on the Jagjaguwar label, was on my regular rotation. The Seattle alt-rockers followed that with Naomi, also on Jagjaguwar, in 2013, and are now about to hit the road to support Banshee, their fifth long player, which they self-released.Considering that The Cave Singers are about to spend much of the next couple months on the road, I figured I would dig in with Derek Fudesco and pepper him with questions about life on tour.BRO – City you can’t wait to visit again?DF – Tofino, British Columbia.BRO – City that made you think, “Yeah, I could live here.”DF – St. Augustine, Florida.BRO – Favorite on stage libation?DF – Fernet.BRO – Stage you haven’t played but would love to?DF – Red Rocks.BRO – More exciting mile – the first mile after you leave for tour or that last mile before you get home?DF – The first mile after you leave.BRO – Must have item in the green room?DF – Solitude.BRO – One item you won’t leave home without?DF – My phone.BRO – Band you would like to hit the road with?DF – Anonymous Choir.BRO – Stage you have played that make you think, “Damn. I can’t believe we are playing here.”DF – 2 Kolegas in Beijing.BRO – Three items you would like to add to your rider, just to see if you could get them?DF – I played a show in L.A. where the promoter rented a portable hot tub for the headliner. Three of those would be pretty good.The Cave Singers are about to hit the road for the first half of April. The band will be stopping in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Utah, and Idaho before taking a break until mid-May. From there, The Cave Singers head toward more northern climes, with shows across the Midwest, Northeast, and Canada through the middle of June.For more information on The Cave Singers, when the band will be on stage near you, or how you can get a copy of the new record, please check out the band’s website.last_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr 3 tips for the workplace.by: Romie Mushtaq, M.D.Google, eBay, Intel and General Mills offer classes on it. So do Harvard Business School, Ross School of Business and Claremont Graduate University, among other campuses. Mindfulness–being focused and fully present in the here and now–is not just a corporate trend, but a proven method for success, both for individuals and for businesses.Even if a company doesn’t make it part of the culture, employees and managers can substitute their multi-tasking habits with mindfulness to reduce stress and increase productivity. The result that you and your colleagues will notice is that you’re sharper, more efficient and more creative.Many scientific and medical studies have documented that practicing mindfulness, whether it’s simply taking deep breaths, or actually meditating or doing yoga, has been shown to alter the structure and function of the brain, which is what allows us to learn, acquire new abilities, and improve memory.Advances in neuroimaging techniques have taught us how these mindfulness-based techniques affect neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to change in function or structure based on new experience.Multi-tasking, on the other hand, depresses the brain’s memory and analytical functions, and reduces blood flow to the part of the right temporal lobe that contributes to our creative thinking. In today’s marketplace, creativity is key for innovation, sustainability and leadership.So how can people practice mindfulness in a workplace where multi-tasking is the norm, and concerns for future profits can add to workplace stress? Try these techniques. continue reading »last_img read more