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Eric Lamaze Places Third in €375,000 Grand Prix of Doha

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP Canadian Olympic champion Eric Lamaze closed out two weeks of competition in Doha, Qatar, with a third-place finish in the €375,000 CSI5* Grand Prix of Doha on Saturday, March 6. The event was part of the Global Champions Tour which opened its 2021 season in Doha.Riding Dieu Merci van T&L, Lamaze was one of seven riders to qualify for the jump-off in the state-of-the-art Al Shaqab Equestrian Center stadium. Niels Bruynseels of Belgium had the winning time of 39.93 seconds riding Delux van T&L while Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca was second in a time of 40.20 seconds with Nuance Bleue VDM Z. Lamaze was close behind with a time of 40.35 seconds to join the top three on the podium.Lamaze had been competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, prior to flying two of his top horses, Dieu Merci van T&L and his 2016 Olympic bronze medal partner, Fine Lady 5, to Doha for two back-to-back weeks of five-star competition. While Fine Lady 5, owned by Artisan Farms LLC, has been a mainstay in Eric’s competition string for the past eight seasons, Dieu Merci van T&L joined the line-up last summer when Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable Inc. purchased the horse in partnership with Mark Rein and his wife, Tara Dow-Rein.“If Tokyo goes ahead and I’m chosen as the Canadian representative, I will definitely go with this horse.”“I chose to go to Doha to give Dieu Merci some experience in a different venue,” explained Lamaze of the 12-year-old bay Belgian Sport Horse stallion (Toulon x Corrado I). “It’s a horse that has some experience at the two and three-star level, mostly gained at the same competitions in Europe. My strategy in coming to Doha was to bring him into a new venue with a championship feeling to it.“He proved he is more than capable of competing with the best in the world,” continued Lamaze, 52, who is a gold, silver, and bronze Olympic medalist. “I love the horse. He’s careful and he’s scopey. If Tokyo goes ahead and I’m chosen as the Canadian representative, I will definitely go with this horse.”The opening event of the Global Champions Tour also marked the first Global Champions League team event of the season. This year, Lamaze is riding as part of the Cascais Charms alongside Carlos and René Lopez, both of Colombia; Ahmad Hamcho of Syria; Under 25 rider Jodie Hall-McAteer of Great Britain; and team owner Sadri Fegaier of France.“We were one rail away from being on the podium this week,” said Lamaze of his Cascais Charms debut. “It was a great opportunity to be on the team with Carlos, Rene, and team owner Sadri Fegaier. Given the COVID situation, this is still a bit of an unknown year for competition but I feel like the Global Champions Tour team will do everything it can to make sure the events happen. Competing for the Cascais Charms will be my main focus this year along with preparing for Tokyo if I am chosen to go.”With competition concluded in Doha, Lamaze, as well as Dieu Merci and Fine Lady 5, will return to his European base in Écaussinnes, Belgium. After spending a week checking on operations and working with the younger horses in his training and sales program, Lamaze will return to Wellington, FL. He plans to compete during weeks 10 and 11 of the Winter Equestrian Festival with the horses that are still in Florida, including Chacco Kid. He is especially looking forward to contesting the $500,000 CSI5* Rolex Grand Prix, scheduled for Saturday, March 27, before returning to Europe.Lamaze has steadily been building a large sales and training program and recently began establishing a breeding program with three top stallions, including Dieu Merci van T&L. With bases in Europe and the U.S., Torrey Pines Stable is recognized as an international leader in horse sport sales. For more information, visit and Tags: Eric Lamaze, Al Shaqab, show jumping, Doha, Qatar, Dieu Merci van T&L, CSI5* Grand Prix of Doha, Email* More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.last_img read more

Years of Dishonesty Costs the GOP

first_imgYears of Dishonesty Costs the GOPMaking Sense by Michael ReaganI saw an honest Republican congressman on TV the other day.I was so shocked I can’t remember who it was or what channel I was watching.But he gave the most truthful explanation I’ve heard from aRepublican politician all year about why the GOP can’t get it together on health care reform.The congressman was asked the same simple question that House and Senate Republicans have been asked a million times before —- “Why didn’t you guys have a bill ready in January that would repeal and replace ObamaCare?”After all, for seven years Republicans had railed in unison against the stupidities, inefficiencies and inequities of ObamaCare.Republican candidates in flyover country had used the “repeal & replace” mantra to help them win dozens of governorships, House seats and Senate seats.The GOP-controlled House had bravely and boldly voted for bills to repeal it at least five hundred times.Then last fall Donald Trump shocked the world and Republicans even took narrow control of the U.S. Senate.Repealing ObamaCare suddenly became possible.But as the honest congressman I saw on TV admitted, the GOP wasn’t ready because “We never thought Donald Trump would win.”Like everyone else in the political and media establishment, Republicans in DC believed Hillary Clinton was sure to be the next president.With her and Bill in the Oval Office armed with their veto pens, the GOP had no serious plans drawn up for ending ObamaCare – or trying to do anything else.So when Trump won on Nov. 8, 2016,, Republicans in Congress basically said, “Oh, crap. What do we do now?”Overnight a whole bunch of Republicans became terrified about having to back up their tough repeal-and-replace talk with actual legislation.Eight months later they’re still looking for their conservative spines and trying to figure out what to do.They’re stuck between living up to their empty promises or losing their seats in Congress in 2018.They’re afraid to vote to take away the “free” or subsidized health care coverage ObamaCare gave millions of voters as it wrecked the already government- wrecked health care world.But if they lose control of the Senate in 2018, Republicans are done. They’ll see nothing passed if Chuck Schumer and the Democrats get to run the Senate.Schumer will do what Harry Reid did when he was boss —- make sure no House bill ever comes up for a vote in the Senate.At least this week the Senate took President Trump’s hint and put off their summer vacations for two weeks.Now GOP leaders are again promising us they’ll put together a health care reform package that Rand Paul, Susan Collins and 48 other Republicans can vote for.Ted Cruz announced Thursday that he’ll vote for the new bill as it exists at this point in time, but who knows what will change by next week.After all the tough talk, Republicans may end up having to sit down with Democrats to “repair” ObamaCare, which will mean we’ll never be able to shop for health insurance across state lines and idiotic things like mandated maternity benefits for grandmothers will live forever.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Organ Transplant Recipient Talks About the “Gift of Life”

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiEvery year, on Sept. 15, Joe Pratt sends a “thank you” card to a family he has never met.That date is the anniversary of Pratt’s life-saving surgery in 2013. He received two transplanted lungs from an organ donor who was killed in a car crash and was just 23 years old.“This is all the information we have on my donor,” Pratt said of the man’s age and how he died. “I wish I knew more.”Pratt, 74, of Upper Township, sends the cards to his donor’s family members to thank them and let them know he is in good health now. The cards are forwarded to the family by the Gift of Life Donor Program, but Pratt has not yet received a reply.“Hopefully, one day I’ll have an opportunity to meet my donor family,” he said.Pratt shared his story Saturday with 15 people who came to the Macedonia United Methodist Church in Ocean City to hear about the national organ donation program and how it is literally “the gift of life.”“If it was not for my donor family, I would not be standing here today,” Pratt said.Pratt spoke from an organ recipient’s point of view, but the audience also heard from the parents of a teenager whose heart, lungs, kidneys and pancreas were donated to four people.Vivian and Tom Gano, of Cherry Hill, recounted the tragic day in 1986 when their 16-year-old son, Curtis, was hit by a van while riding his bicycle. Two days later, while he was in the hospital, Curtis was declared brain dead.“I feel very strongly that we made the right decision,” Vivian Gano said of donating Curtis’ organs. “I feel my son was a hero, because he saved lives.”Tom and Vivian Gano display a photo of their late son, Curtis, who was an organ donor.The Ganos and Pratt are volunteers with the Gift of Life Donor Program. They appear at schools and before other groups to urge people to sign up to become organ donors.“When the time comes, I hope you can donate the gift of life, like our son Curtis did,” Tom Gano told the audience at Macedonia United Methodist Church.Organ donors and their families may choose to remain anonymous, which explains why Pratt has never heard from his donor’s family. The Ganos never met the recipients of their son’s organs or their families.Pratt’s daughter, Joselle Pratt, said that 118,000 people nationwide are on a waiting list for organ transplants. Many don’t live long enough to receive them.“Twenty-two people die each day waiting for an organ transplant,” said Joselle Pratt, of Norristown, Pa.Joe Pratt was suffering from a debilitating lung disease when he was placed on the organ transplant list in 2013. At 11 o’clock, on the night of Sept. 14, 2013, he received a call that two donated lungs were waiting for him at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He underwent surgery the next day.“When I woke up, I had two brand new lungs,” he said.Pratt is a member of the Macedonia United Methodist Church. Joan Robertson, a church leader, said in a prayer that God had intervened to save Pratt and have him serve as an inspiration to others.“God has a mission for all of us,” Robertson said. “Brother Joe is a living example of organ donation. I thank God for the family that had the courage to give that gift of life.”Robertson also recited a prayer that paid tribute to the Ganos and their son.“He is living on in many places and in many hearts,” she said of Curtis.A sign on the door of the Macedonia United Methodist Church urges people to become organ donors. Organ recipient Joe Pratt is joined by his daughter, Joselle Pratt, at the Macedonia United Methodist Church in Ocean City.last_img read more

Fire devastates Speedibake bakery site in Yorkshire

first_imgA large blaze at the Speedibake factory in Wakefield has been tackled by more than 100 firefighters this weekend.The fire broke out Saturday lunchtime at the site in Colinsway, which produces doughnuts, mince pies and speciality breads, and fire services were still on-site on Sunday night, dealing with the situation.By mid-afternoon on Saturday, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue reported that 75% of the factory’s 80 metre by 80 metre ground floor was involved and that 140 fire fighters were on-site.Speedibake, which is part of the AB Grains business owned by Associated British Foods, said all staff had been evacuated and there were no injuries.The alarm was raised at 1.17pm on Saturday, with 20 pumps from across the county sent to deal with the blaze.At one stage, local people were told to stay indoors with their windows shut because of concerns over asbestos in the smoke plume from the blaze. It was later confirmed that no asbestos was present in the section of the building involved in fire.At 11pm on Sunday night, almost 36 hours after the fire was first reported, four fire service pumps and an aerial appliance were still on the site, and were expected to stay there overnight.Speedibake said it was “extremely grateful for the ongoing work and tireless support of the emergency services”, which had responded to a fire at its facility in Colinsway, Wakefield.“We continue to work with the fire service as they remain on-site and can confirm the building was evacuated swiftly in line with our procedures and there were no injuries reported to any of our employees. Speedibake’s other facility in Bradford remains fully operational.”last_img read more

Model situation?

first_imgIn 2009, when the United States fell into economic recession, greenhouse gas emissions also fell, by 6.59 percent relative to 2008.In the power sector, however, the recession was not the main cause.Researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have shown that the primary explanation for the reduction in CO2 emissions from power generation that year was that a decrease in the price of natural gas reduced the industry’s reliance on coal.According to their econometric model, emissions could be cut further by the introduction of a carbon tax, with negligible impact on the price of electricity for consumers.”If the gas price continues to drop, you’ll continue to go down this curve so that you’ll knock out not just the really ancient coal-fired power plants, but maybe some of the more recent coal-fired plants,” said Xi Lu. Image courtesy of Bruno D. Rodrigues via FlickrA regional analysis, assessing the long-term implications for energy investment and policy, appears in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.In the United States, the power sector is responsible for 40 percent of all carbon emissions. In 2009, CO2 emissions from power generation dropped by 8.76 percent. The researchers attribute that change to the new abundance of cheap natural gas.“Generating 1 kilowatt-hour of electricity from coal releases twice as much CO2 to the atmosphere as generating the same amount from natural gas, so a slight shift in the relative prices of coal and natural gas can result in a sharp drop in carbon emissions,” explains Michael B. McElroy, Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies at SEAS, who led the study.“That’s what we saw in 2009,” he says, “and we may well see it again.”Patterns of electricity generation, use, and pricing vary widely across the United States. In parts of the Midwest, for instance, almost half of the available power plants (by capacity) were built to process coal. Electricity production can only switch over to natural gas to the extent that gas-fired plants are available to meet the demand. By contrast, the Pacific states and New England barely rely on coal, so price differences there might make less of an impact.To account for the many variables, McElroy and his colleagues at SEAS developed a model that considers nine regions separately.Their model identifies the relationship between the cost of electricity generation from coal and gas and the fraction of electricity generated from coal.“When the natural gas prices are high, as they were four years ago, if the gas prices come down a little bit, it doesn’t make any difference,” explains lead author Xi Lu, a postdoctoral associate at SEAS. “But there’s a critical price level where the gas systems become more cost-effective than the oldest coal-fired systems.“If the gas price continues to drop, you’ll continue to go down this curve so that you’ll knock out not just the really ancient coal-fired power plants, but maybe some of the more recent coal-fired plants.”The model also predicts that a government-imposed carbon tax on emissions from power generation would drive a move away from coal.“With a relatively modest carbon tax — about $5 per ton of CO2 — you could save 31 million tons of CO2 in the United States, and that would change the price of electricity by a barely noticeable amount,” says McElroy.The initial model was developed by Jackson Salovaara ’11, an applied mathematics concentrator at SEAS. His work was recognized as the “best senior thesis” in the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, earning him the Stone Prize in May 2011.Since then, the model has been “souped up,” incorporating more sophisticated regional data analysis, and producing not just the findings on 2009 but also predictions for more recent years.“While the data from 2011 are not yet available, based on the gas prices, we’re making a confident prediction that there should be a continued shift from coal to natural gas in 2011 as compared to 2008,” says McElroy.“That’s good news for the atmosphere.”The research was supported by the National Science Foundation.last_img read more

Experience is the best guide for credit union managers

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Daniel Mica Dan Mica, former head of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), established The DMA Group as a means to combine a myriad of experience into a one-stop consultancy. Elected in … Web: Details There are plenty of euphemisms about swimming upstream, forcing a square peg into a round hole, spitting into the wind, wearing skinny jeans after age 40… Basically any one of them would be appropriate for one of the biggest personnel management mistakes I have made in my 40 years of being a manager. When I look back over my career, both in public service and in the private sector, I can safely say that there are two things two which I can attribute almost any success I have had. I’m a natural born politician and a pure manager. As for being a politician, I will save that for another time. When it comes to management, my friends and family will tell you that I would delegate tying my shoes if I could.In many areas of personnel management there are often concrete identifiers that can drive a decision to terminate an employee or position. These identifiers can be financial, incident, results, or performance related. There are other situations, however, where the issue is less tangible and deals more with attitude or interactions of personnel and the executive team. Where there is a fundamental rift or issue that an employee has with their position or decisions that have been made at a higher level. Often this person is well qualified and productive so there may be a desire to find a way to keep them on or “bring them around” and back into the fold. Trying to do just that is one of the biggest management mistakes I have ever made.In this particular instance, I opened my door to an employee that was upset about a certain personnel decision that was made by me and my executive team with the help of an independent search firm. I was well aware of how this employee felt and wanted to provide an opportunity to let the smoke clear and see if we could get back to business. I wanted to believe that I could somehow calm the situation and satisfy the individual with a vision of the future that included potential advancement. One interesting thing to note, is that in this case there was not true conflict or misunderstanding to be resolved. This was purely a case of perception and attitude, areas that many HR metrics have a hard time addressing. Not making a timely hard decision was a big mistake!There is no shortage of resources for managers these days. It seems that everywhere you turn, certainly here in DC, you run into a management consultant, executive coach or strategic advisor. In fact a large portion of my current business is working in those areas. To this day I still partner with the same experts that I used to great success my entire career to assist with client work. One of the toughest things to advise or counsel executives on is when it is time to let go of an employee who is unhappy with management and/or decisions they have made. On the internet there is plenty of information about identifying disgruntled employees, managing disgruntled employees, firing disgruntled employees, and dealing with the fallout or possible repercussions. What there is not much information about is identifying the “moment of truth” so to speak when nothing can be done and ties must be severed.Often in cases like this, experience is the best guide. This is where the issue become purely subjective based on management experience and business acumen. Unlike situations where the numbers clearly don’t meet the goals, an objective is not met, or a project fails, this calls for the best management decision that can be made. Sometimes emotions begin to rule and this is often where mistakes are made. When your head and your experience tells you it’s time to make the change that is when it should be done. There are ways, however of applying principles and tools to help guide what would otherwise be subjective, or gut, decisions. A few traps to run:Discuss and correspond with parties close to the issue as is legal and appropriate. Just like other personnel decisions it is always important to have your ducks in a row.Encourage a concise written explanation of the issue from the employee in questions. Of course documentation is important but with gut decisions it is also nice to ensure that everyone is on the same page and you understand their position.Seek counsel outside of the sphere of direct impact. This could even be board members, executive colleagues at other institutions or professional consultants.Take the issue out of the realm of conceptual. Document, even just for yourself, a list of people and/or business areas impacted by an individual’s attitude or issue. You would be surprised at the clarity that comes from this and how it more directly can be translated to more measurable negative impact.Bottom line, a second chance can be a good thing. Third, fourth and fifth chances often backfire.last_img read more

Oscar 2016: ‘The Revenant’ & ‘Mad Max’ Lead Nominees

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The biggest night in Hollywood may finally see the long-awaited coronation of Leonardo DiCaprio after the Oscar-starved actor and the film he was nominated for, “The Revenant,” scored several high-profile Academy Awards nominations Thursday.“The Revenant” grabbed 12 total nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Actor in a Leading Role for DiCaprio, who has famously never won an Oscar despite five nominations, the most recent coming in 2013 for “The Wolf of Wall Street.”“Mad Max: Fury Road” was not far behind, securing 10 nominations. “Mad Max” will compete against “The Revenant” for Best Picture. Interestingly, Tom Hardy, the star of the audacious post-apocalyptic film received a nomination for Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in “The Revenant.” Where his loyalties lie will no doubt supply Hollywood with enough fodder to keep their awards season appetite in check until the Academy Awards air Feb. 28 on ABC at 8:30 p.m., with Chris Rock as the host.Rounding out the Best Picture category were six other films: “Bridge of Spies,” “Brooklyn,” “Room,” “Spotlight,” “The Big Short,” and “The Martian.” “Carol,” which was one of the best drama nominees at last weekend’s Golden Globes, was notably snubbed by the Academy. Momentum may very well be on the side of “The Revenant,” which took home the Golden Globe awards for drama, actor, and director during Sunday’s much-hyped but overwhelmingly dull awards program, despite Ricky Gervais’s snarky hosting.The Academy panel charged with the nominations once again presented a group of nominees lacking in diversity, selecting all white actors and actresses in the major acting categories. To some observers, Will Smith’s performance in “Concussion” and Michael B. Jordan’s impressive showing in “Creed” appeared deserving of nominations. Smith, it should be noted, received a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a drama. The critically acclaimed film “Straight Outta Compton,” which follows the rise of hip-hop group N.W.A., received a nod for best original screenplay, the only category it was nominated in, despite strong reviews. The Academy’s all white nominees for best actor and actress and supporting roles could be a source of consternation after the organization received a deluge of criticism for last year’s snub of performers and the director of “Selma.”In the category for Actress in a Leading Role, Cate Blanchett is vying for her third Oscars win, but she’ll have to earn it. She’s up against Brie Larson who won a Golden Globe for her performance in “Room,” and Jennifer Lawrence, who also walked away with a trophy during Sunday’s telecast. This is the 25-year-old Lawrence’s fourth Oscar nomination. Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”) round out the category.Actor in a Leading Role is made up of Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”), Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”), DiCaprio, Matt Damon (“The Martian”), and Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”).Kate Winslet, who is fresh off her Golden Globe win for her performance in “Steve Jobs,” is pitted against Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”), Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”), Rachel McAdams (“Spotlight”), and Rooney Mara (“Carol”) for Actress in a Supporting Role.Their male counterparts in the supporting role category are: Christian Bale (“The Big Short”), Mark Ruffalo (“Spotlight”), Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”), Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”), and Tom Hardy (“The Revenant”).Competing in the Directing categories are: George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), Lenny Abrahamson (“Room”), Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”), Adam McKay (“The Big Short), and last year’s winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“The Revnant”). Noticeably absent is Ridley Scott, who directed “The Martian.”Here’s a complete list of all the nominees.last_img read more

Vietnam to expand restrictions to fight avian flu

first_imgApril 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnam will get rid of small live-poultry markets, cull ducks, and convert to factory-style farming in 15 cities and provinces to beat back the H5N1 avian influenza virus, under plans announced yesterday.An existing ban on poultry raising in Ho Chi Minh City will be extended to Hanoi, Hue and Danang, Quang Ninh, and the Mekong Delta province of Can Tho, among other places, according to a report published yesterday by Agence France-Presse (AFP). Free-range waterfowl breeding will be banned, the Agriculture Ministry announced.Poultry vaccinations will begin in August, and the program will expand to high-risk areas in early October, AFP reported. The estimated $6.3 million for each year of the 2-year program will be paid by the Vietnamese government.Compliance with the existing rules for containing avian flu has been spotty, according to a Bloomberg News story.A government report issued April 18 said poultry checks remain inconsistent at international borders, many farmers don’t know how to prevent flu among birds, dead poultry are not properly disposed of, and sick poultry continue to be consumed, according to the Bloomberg story. In Ho Chi Minh City, where poultry raising has been banned, chickens still roam freely, the story said.”The awareness of people and administration at all levels of the danger of the disease is not yet complete,” the report said. “The implementation of our laws on animal health is not yet serious, especially on reporting about the epidemic, trading, transportation, and the slaughter of poultry.”As Vietnam pushes for internal changes, Asian nations are emphasizing collaborations among countries. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ended a 2-day conference in Bangkok today by pledging greater cooperation in fighting avian flu. Specifically, the conference emphasized developing vaccines, improving data-sharing, and defining public health responses, AFP reported.Asian countries should push harder to stockpile antiviral medication and develop vaccines, experts said.”Each individual country should develop their own bird flu vaccine, and we should not be preoccupied and worried about the infringement of intellectual property,” said Senator Kraisak Choonhavan, chairman of Thailand’s senate foreign relations committee, as the conference wrapped up today.A World Health Organization (WHO) official emphasized speedy sharing of information.”Collaboration in research can lead to a better understanding of the problem, and this is important because this is an evolving or changing infectious agent,” the WHO’s Southeast Asia regional director, Samlee Plianbanghcang, told AFP. “The avian influenza virus can modify and change itself, so we need to be constantly updating, exchanging information between countries.”last_img read more

Sirius Petroleum closing in on financing deal for Nigeria block buy

first_imgOil and gas development and production company Sirius Petroleum is pushing on with discussions regarding funding of an acquisition of a stake in the shallow-water OML 109 block offshore Nigeria.Sirius said on Monday that it was in advanced stages of discussions on funding.The completion of the negotiations would enable the company to conclude a funding facility to be deployed towards the execution of a minimum work program on the Ejulebe field located in the block.Namely, Sirius agreed to acquire a 75% stake in Precision Energy Tetra 109 (Sirius JV) from Precision Energy Group (PEG) back in early December 2018.Under the acquisition agreement, the company will pay only a nominal consideration of £1 payable on the acquisition, which is conditional upon Sirius JV sourcing for $40 million of external debt funding.The funds will be deployed towards the execution of a minimum work program commitment on the Ejulebe field, a producing field located in the northeast corner of OML 109.Ejulebe work programThe Ejulebe work program is separated into two phases. Stage A is designed to boost current production on the Ejulebe Field from 250 barrels of oil per day to over 5,000 bopd, by providing a workover on one existing well and the drilling of one new development well EJ-9 and, as an option, two additional work-overs or side-tracks of existing wells.Stage B of the program is one exploration well on the EJ-WSW prospect which holds gross unrisked P50 resources of 32-38 mmboe.“The transaction was conditional upon, among other things, Sirius having arranged for debt funding to be provided to fund certain capital expenditure on the Ejulebe field. The proposed debt provider views the transaction positively and has agreed that the transaction should now proceed on the basis that Sirius be both the borrower and guarantor of the proposed facility,” the company added on Monday.In accordance with the AIM rules, Sirius shares have been suspended from trading on AIM with immediate effect and will remain suspended until an AIM admission document has been published or until the company confirms that the transaction is not proceeding.OML 109As for the block, OML 109 is an Oil Mining License in shallow waters offshore Nigeria located approximately 30km south of OML 95, where the Ororo field is located.Encompassing 191,000 acres or 773 square kilometers, the block has only been addressed with three exploration wells in its entire history, the first in 1966. Extensive oil and gas infrastructure exists in and around the block, including that of the Ejulebe field.The field comprises some 15 hydrocarbon-bearing horizons, producing oil, associated and non-associated gas with gross remaining 2P reserves of 4.7 mmbbls.It is worth noting that Sirius completed its due diligence regarding the acquisition of a stake in OML 109 last week. Also, partners in the block agreed to extend the transaction period for a further 45 days until March 31.In other company news, Sirius said on Monday that the drilling of the Ororo well was still on hold because the Shelf rig was working on its prior engagementslast_img read more

Combined Grid Solution Converter Ready For Energization

first_imgAs eastern Denmark and Germany are two different synchronous areas, a frequency transformation is necessary. This will be done by two converters that convert the alternating current from the Nordic synchronous area into direct current and directly back to AC, now adapted to the European synchronous area. The so-called back-to-back converter is being installed in Bentwisch near Rostock, Germany. The project will connect the Danish region of Zealand with the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The interconnector will allow electricity to be traded in both directions – from Denmark to Germany and from Germany to Denmark. The energization will include all converter components as well as the expansion in the substation in Bentwisch, and control technology, 50Hertz said. Developed by Denmark’s Energinet and Germany’s 50Hertz, the Combined Grid Solution is the world’s first project which will combine grid connections to offshore wind farms with an interconnector between two countries. center_img The converter for 50Hertz and Energinet’s Combined Grid Solution interconnector in the Baltic Sea is ready for energization. The 400MW interconnector will link the 288MW Baltic 2 wind farm in the German Baltic Sea with Denmark’s 605MW Kriegers Flak wind farm which is yet to be constructed. The Combined Grid Solution project is financially supported by the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR).last_img read more

Come, follow me!

first_imgFaithLifestyleLocalNews Come, follow me! by: – January 23, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Share 33 Views   no discussionscenter_img Come follow me. Photo credit: sugardoodle.netWe tend to interpret a call from God in dramatic terms, largely because that’s how it’s commonly described. The classic example is the boy Samuel’s call in the middle of the night. In the light of Samuel’s experience, a call is felt to be something you literally hear, to which you are to respond immediately. But a call is not a literal voice; it is someting that corresponds to where your heart has always unknowingly led you. Awareness of a call may come upon you suddenly, but there’s always a subterranean growth that preceded awareness, and a slow process of understanding that follows afterwards. In today’s reading we have the first disciples called – again dramatically. They are doing what they normally do, fishing and mending their nets. Jesus appears, and says you come, you come, you come – and they all leave their nets immediately and follow him. All very dramatic and tailored, and that’s why we have to exercise care in how we understand what we read.Jesus didn’t appear out of the blue. He was known to the disciples before he appeared by the sea that day. John the Baptist had previously invested him with Messianic significance, and we know that expectations of a Messiah were rife at the time – expectations, that is, of a national leader who would lead the Jews from bondage under Rome to freedom. Agaisnt this background, when Jesus appears and says: you come, you come, and you come, it’s received as a summons by a possible Messiah to join him on his way to restoring the Jewish kingdom. Who could say no? These are fisherman suddenlycalled to big things far beyond their dreams. Of course, they drop everything and follow him. The rewards are, as I say, beyond anything they could imagine.We get some idea of how they thought at this time from a later occurrence. Jesus, we are told, caught them arguing one day as to who was the greatest. And we can sense immediately what was going on. Who gets called first would be significant, as opposed to who gets second, third, fourth, fifth, and last call. It’s how we rank importance and standing in some contexts. The founding members of a political party, for instance, are more important than those who possess a party card through application. Party-card members don’t count in quite the same way.The disciples learned only very slowly what following Jesus meant. They thought they knew, and they had to unlearn what they thought; and that did not occur immediately. It took time and came about slowly. As they progressed, they encountered hurdles of a deeper kind, affecting their entire sense of themselves. After being with Jesus for some time, they clearly got to appreciate and love him. This led Peter on a famous occasion when he sensed that there was potential trouble ahead for Jesus to declare. “If these others should leave you, you can always count on me.” But Peter didn’t know himself. He only thought he did. At the first sign of the anticipated trouble, Peter abandoned the one he promised he would stand by.Following Jesus means being open to learning about yourself and not flinching. One must put aside rationalizations and pretenses, and learn that the only way to be before God is in nakedness and confidence. When Peter began to see that, that was when he began to resemble the Master.Following Jesus differs from individual to individual. It’s the most personal of joumeys. It takes you where it does, where sometimes you would rather not go. It has demands that seem particularly difficult or hard – and yet in the doing, in the meeting of these demands the experience is that the yoke is sweet and the burden light. But that is the experience of doing, not of thinking.Today we open our hearts again to following, to the journey we must each make, to learning and unlearning, to humility, confidence, and growth in resemblance to the Master. Let us place ourselves in his company, with all who have given over their lives to him, in obedience to his call: Come, follow me!By: Father Henry Charles PhD Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Batesville Fire Chief Releases Monthly Report

first_imgFirefighter Brian Hardebeck and Safety Officer Steve Macke decorate near the firehouse Monday.The Batesville Fire Department released a monthly activity report at a recent City Council Meeting.According to Fire Chief Todd Schutte, the department responded to 67 emergency runs including seven alarms for vehicle accidents in October.“It just depends on the month,” said Schutte. “Last month was busy but we have had busier months.”With 18 volunteer firefighters, the fire chief added the department is dealing with low staffing and currently accepting volunteer firefighter applications.Interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter? Apply here!We’ve had some cold weather so far this year and with winter around the corner, we will be returning to cold conditions.Schutte said that it is a good idea to have your furnace checked out by a professional in order to prevent a fire in your home.“They should have maintenance done on their furnace and have those checked. If they burn wood, they should definitely have their chimney inspected,” advised Schutte.last_img read more

Henderson pens new long-term Man U deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Leicester keeper Schmeichel defends under-fire De Gea Solskjaer tips England’s number one goalkeeper Ighalo joins Man U training Saturday Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has agreed his new six year contract worth up to £120,000 a week.The 23-year-old has been in training at Carrington ahead of his call-up to the England squad on Tuesday and United have taken the opportunity to accelerate talks over a new long-term deal. They wanted to reward his progress after a stand-out season on loan at Sheffield United and tie him down to the club until June 2025 with the option for a further year.Henderson said: “The pathway that I have been on for the past five years has been fantastic for my development and the invaluable loan period at Sheffield United has been part of that.“The goalkeeping department at United is excellent; there are three top-level goalkeepers who have achieved so much in the game and I look forward to working with the group.“The faith that the manager and the club have shown in me with this contract means a lot to me and will continue my progression as a goalkeeper.“I’ll be giving everything to improve every day so that I can play as many games as possible for this great club. “Now I am looking forward to joining up with the England squad and then preparing for the season ahead.”Tags: CarringtonDean HendersonManchester United goalkeeperlast_img read more

Moore equaliser frustrates Canaries

first_img Substitute Norwich forward Grant Holt was lucky to escape punishment for a nasty challenge on Chico Flores that saw him stamp down on the defender’s shin. Goalkeeper Mark Bunn, back for the home side after serving a one-match ban, lasted only 15 minutes after appearing to injure his groin during a clearance, so Lee Camp stepped off the bench. Only a fine diving save from Michel Vorm denied Turner from close range, but had the shot been struck just a little harder the ball would have evaded the Holland keeper. Touches of class from Jonathan de Guzman and Michu saw the visitors take a deserved lead in the 35th minute. De Guzman weaved a path to the byline and then squeezed a pass between two Norwich defenders to the feet of Michu who rifled the ball into the roof of the net with his first touch. Nathan Dyer could have made it 2-0 a moment later and Swansea lamented the miss in the 40th minute when Norwich equalised. The visitors were caught on the counter with Elliott Bennett delivering a pinpoint cross to the far post where Snodgrass produced a successful diving header. Norwich had grown in confidence since Snodgrass’ equaliser and with a little help from some weak defending they took the lead 15 minutes after the interval. A free-kick was despatched to Turner at the far post and the defender, who was unmarked after being allowed to roam free, had the time and space to drive the ball home. With both teams struggling in defence, it was only a matter of time before the next goal arrived and this time it was delivered by Swansea. Angel Rangel’s cross was headed into the path of an unmarked Moore, who buried the chance to grab the point and deny the home side of a much-needed win. Norwich failed to distance themselves from the Barclays Premier League relegation battle after Luke Moore rescued a 2-2 draw for Swansea at Carrow Road. Suicidal defending at both ends contributed to an entertaining afternoon that could have seen either team finish winners, with the most frenzied action unfolding during a roller-coaster second half. Norwich pegged back Michu’s opener with goals from Robert Snodgrass and Michael Turner that appeared to have secured three important points, but Moore had the final say 15 minutes from time, denying the Canaries only their third Premier League victory since December. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Holy Schott! Firing opens new doors for Marty to succeed

first_imgHoly Schott! What are the Chargers thinking?Late Monday evening the San Diego football franchise reportedly terminated the contract of the NFL’s winningest active — at least before the axe fell — head coach, Marty Schottenheimer.The reason? General manager A.J. Smith and Great Schott couldn’t agree on who to hire to replace several Bolts’ assistants who were plundered by the NFL’s doormats after the season came to a close.It’s easy to make a case for why Schottenheimer should be dumped like Kevin Federline and last Wednesday’s garbage, despite his 200-126-1 record. His zero career Super Bowl appearances give him the dubious title of winningest coach to never reach an NFL championship game.He also hasn’t won a playoff game since 1993, meaning that the careers of the Backstreet Boys, Armed & Famous, Ruben Studdard and Ricky Williams have all risen, crashed and burned in the time since Marty last picked up a “W” in the postseason.But for all that, it is the Chargers who are sure to be the losers in this deal. Recall where San Diego was when Schottenheimer was hired — the team was still living the nightmare of having basically sold its soul for the services of Ryan Leaf, roughly equivalent to trading both your kidneys for a bowl of the soup du jour at Sizzler.Despite the ludicrous nature of his firing, Schottenheimer is sure to catch on somewhere, and rebuild yet another team to the brink of ultimate glory.It may appear that Marty Ball will not be played any time in the near future, since the bespectacled sideline stomper was fired so late into the offseason. But think again. There are in fact several places where an old Schott Glasses-wearing coach could find a home in time for next season.The Dallas CowboysSure, the job may not technically be open right now, but Jerry Jones just hired quite possibly the least inspiring head-coaching candidate this side of Rich Kotite in Wade Phillips. It should take about five seconds — or three Tony Romo interceptions — for Jones to bring in Schottenheimer as a consultant.Once that happens, the Ranchers need only follow the blueprint set by Pat Riley, when he unceremoniously dethroned Miami Heat head coach Ron Jeremy and went on to win an NBA title, saying that Phillips had to leave to spend more time with is family, or even with his ant farm. Once Schottenheimer takes over, it would be a fast track to rebuilding. Terrell Owens would surely find his way to either the waver wire or the Oakland Raiders faster than you can say “dropped pass” and Romo’s inability to throw the ball would be a negligible issue, since Marty would just want to hand it off anyway.And what could better turn around the fortunes of Marty’s Jim Kelly-esque bad luck in the postseason than to coach a team with as much of a winning tradition as the Heffer men?Iona College GaelsWith his patented “Jump Schott” offense, Marty is sure to be able to transition seamlessly to hoops, just like Shaq did into rapping. While Marty could be a perfect fit at almost any mid-major –where postseason expectations are minimal and regular season dominance is paramount — a spot presiding over the Gaels seems particularly fitting. First off, after an 0-22 start, Iona will be starved for wins. Marty can deliver immediately, especially since the Gaels are a solid recruiting locale, proven by the fact that they were in the NCAA tourney just a year ago. Secondly, a 0-10 NCAA tournament record would be a true badge of honor at Iona, which would never be expected to win a game at the Big Dance. It would fit Marty’s profile like Uggs on a coastie.U.S. Ryder Cup teamUltra-conservative Marty Ball is exactly what the United States needs to beat the Brits in the international competition for golf supremacy. No more drivers for Phil and the rest of the crew — minus Tiger, of course, it’s 7-irons all the way.Long Schott has proven to be an excellent handler of stars in the past, and he surely would do with Tiger just what he did with LaDainian Tomlinson — just give him the ball and watch.So long as the match doesn’t go to a playoff, Marty should be in good straits.Sonya “The Black Widow” ThomasIn the high-pressure — blood pressure, that is — world of competitive eating, Sonya Thomas is the ultimate second banana, in the mold of Scottie Pippen to Michael Jordan, Roger Moore to Sean Connery and Nick Saban to somebody honest.Thomas certainly is no slouch when it comes to scarfing down Nathan’s hot dogs, Moon Pies or creamed spinach casserole.But, she can’t beat Kobayashi, the Roger Federer of digestion. Ol’ Tabasco Schott knows a little bit about eating, as legend has it he once out ate the entire Charger offensive line at a team lunch meeting. He might not get her to the top, but the practice throw-downs should be more fun than watching sumos high dive.Dave McGrath is a senior majoring in English and journalism. If you’d like to hire Marty Schottenheimer as your __________, you can reach him at [email protected]last_img read more

John: Marrone bound to receive Coach of the Year consideration

first_imgDoug Marrone doesn’t spend time thinking about which bowl his team will play in at season’s end. He doesn’t lament the significance of what he, his staff and his players have accomplished at Syracuse this season. The week-to-week rigors have kept him from doing that. Seemingly every week, the same words are uttered from his mouth: ‘We just need to keep moving forward with our nose to the grindstone.’ It’s not his nature to sit back and dwell on such things in the midst of competing for the Big East crown. This is the same guy who, during SU’s bye week, finally went back and looked at an album New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton made of a playoff run the Saints went on when Marrone was there four years ago. ‘There really isn’t a lot of time to talk to someone on the phone, e-mail, text or talk about the season, where it is going, what happened, what we’ve accomplished,’ Marrone said Monday. ‘We’re on to the next opponent — win or lose.’ Regardless of what happens Saturday against Connecticut — win or lose — what Marrone has restored at SU is quite remarkable, even if he is reluctant to acknowledge it at this point in the season. This weekend, the Orange can move into a tie for the lead in the Big East standings if it wins and Pittsburgh loses. That’s something few people outside the program ever envisioned back in August.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Marrone’s squad was projected to finish seventh in the conference in the preseason Big East poll. Ten weeks in, the Orange sits in second place in the conference and finished the season 4-0 on the road in the conference. SU has already locked up its best season since 2001 and will be headed to a bowl for the first time since 2004. Exceeding expectations the way Marrone has this year usually leads to Coach of the Year talk. Though Marrone will undoubtedly balk at the notion, saying he’s just doing his job, he’s no doubt on the verge of getting serious consideration in both the Big East and nationally. ‘The sense is that I’m happy for the players, the seniors, people in the community, the faculty and the alumni,’ Marrone said. ‘I try to tell people all the time that I’m really just doing my job. I don’t look at it as being extraordinary. I’m doing what I was brought here to do.’ The fact is, in just his second year at the helm, Marrone is already exceeding outside expectations. As recently as this week, Marrone admitted he’s not surprised at the early success. After all, he’s just doing his job. Part of that is convincing people to buy into what he’s doing at SU. And with each win, his concepts and principles are further solidified among those taking this ride with him. ‘Winning is important to him,’ fullback Adam Harris said. ‘But it’s important to him to build an all-around program, both on and off the field. … That’s something we’ve all bought into.’ The veteran players who have been around for the darker years of the program see the difference. Memories of the two-win and three-win seasons aren’t so distant. Perhaps that’s partially why what Marrone has already accomplished is so incredible. The Orange only won seven games in the previous two years. Nine games in the previous three years. And 14 games over the previous five years. Since he took over last year, Marrone said he and his staff have been ‘winning battles’ here and there, though it doesn’t always show up in the win column. Now they do. ‘Everybody that is around the program, from the strength and conditioning coaches to all the assistant coaches, the equipment guys, it’s everybody in the program who has had a part in turning this program into a winning one,’ senior center Ryan Bartholomew said. ‘It starts with Coach Marrone.’ For the first time in years, the SU community is still talking about football three weeks into November. Instead of shifting attention to a local basketball team with Final Four aspirations, people are talking about a team that still has a chance to go to a BCS bowl. And all this with two games still remaining. Whether Marrone will admit it or not, that’s quite remarkable around here. Andrew L. John is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] Comments Published on November 18, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more