Equinor and YPF partner with Shell in the CAN 100 block offshore Argentina

first_img Equinor and YPF partner with Shell in the CAN 100 block offshore Argentina. (Credit: Equinor ASA.) Equinor and YPF have entered into an agreement with Shell to jointly farm-down 30% non-operated interests in the CAN 100 block, located in the North Argentinian Basin, offshore Argentina.In October 2019, Equinor farmed in to the YPF CAN 100 block and agreed to take over the operatorship. Equinor and YPF currently both hold 50% equity in the license, and will after the transaction hold 35% each, with Shell holding the remaining 30% in the block.The CAN 100 block comprises an area of 15,000 km2 and is the largest block in the North Argentinian Basin.The agreement is pending governmental approval. Source: Company Press Release Equinor farmed in to the YPF CAN 100 block in October 2019 and agreed to take over the operatorshiplast_img read more

US Navy MQ-4C reportedly shot down over Strait of Hormuz

first_imgAn MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft, the US Navy’s newest aerial drone, was reportedly shot down in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz on June 20.The surveillance system, which started entering service only a year ago, was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile, media outlets reported anonymous US defense officials as saying.Earlier this morning, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps claimed they had downed a Global Hawk drone in Iranian airspace north of the Strait of Hormuz, according to Iranian state media.The US Navy started MQ-4C Triton operations in June 2018 and announced plans to deploy the system to NAS Mayport, Florida, NAS Sigonella, Italy and the Middle East in the future. The system’s deployment to the Middle East had not been publicized. The MQ-4C can fly for up to 24 hours and reach altitudes of up to 55,000 feet.The reported shoot-down is the latest in a series of incidents the US has accused Iran of committing. US Central Command officials said that Iran tried to shoot down an MQ-9 Reaper drone surveying two tankers which US officials say were attacked by Iran. View post tag: MQ-4C Triton View post tag: US Navy Photo: US Navy file photo of an MQ-4C unmanned aircraft systemcenter_img Share this article View post tag: Iranlast_img read more

List of Beaches Protected by Ocean City Beach Patrol Starting Aug. 22

first_imgThe Department of Fire and Rescue Services announces that the Ocean City Beach Patrol will no longer guard the following beaches as of Monday August 22, 2016.Seaview RoadWaverly Blvd. (Surfing Beach)Atlantic Blvd.13th Street16th Street (Surfing Beach)17th Street20th Street46th Street48th Street60th StreetThe following beaches will remain guarded at least throughout the week of Aug. 22 to Aug. 28. Beaches are guarded from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. weekends and holidays and from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.Seaspray RoadSurf RoadNorth StreetStenton PlaceSt. Charles PlaceDelancey PlacePark PlaceBrighton Place5th Street7th Street (Surfing Beach)8th Street 9th Street                                 10th Street                                           11th Street 12th Street14th Street15th Street17th Street20th Street22nd Street24th Street26th Street28th Street30th Street32nd Street34th Street36th Street39th Street42nd Street44th Street50th Street 53rd Street55th Street       58th Street     Lifeguards will remain on duty at the Eighth Street, Ninth Street and 12th Street beaches until 8 p.m. This coverage will be seven days a week through Labor Day. These beaches are open due to the high volume of beach patrons as a way to provide extended coverage.The Ocean City Beach Patrol strongly urges bathers to swim only at guarded beaches.  If you have any questions please call 525-9200. For information on guarded beaches, watch Ocean City Government Access Channel 97. FOR ALL EMERGENCIES CALL 9-1-1 Please be aware of changing surf conditions and never take a vacation from safetylast_img read more

HANDS reaches Saint Mary’s

first_imgFour years after it was conceived in South Bend, HANDS, a non-profit organization that provides yearlong volunteer opportunities with the goal of high social impact, continues to offer Saint Mary’s students the chance to assist Central American countries. Three Notre Dame students from Guatemala created HANDS in the summer of 2008. Maria Bosch, Stephanie Hurst and Mariana Diaz sought a way to make a difference in their country where poverty is a huge threat. The organization “creates alliances with organizations focused on sustainable development that assist economically distressed communities in Central America,” according to the HANDS website. According to the website, staff members at HANDS work year-round to “ensure a dynamic placement of volunteers that is in line with the interests of the volunteer and one that will integrate smoothly with the developing goals of the participating organization.” Meghan Lefeld, a junior at Saint Mary’s, is the HANDS volunteer recruiter for the College. “I volunteered abroad last fall break for HANDS,” Lefeld said. “I traveled with three other girls from Notre Dame and it was an experience of a lifetime.” Lefeld and the other students lived together with a host family in Antigua, Guatemala, and helped build a house for a low-income family. “I was involved in the housing and community development part when I stayed in Guatemala,” Lefeld said. “It was hard work, but so much fun at the same time.” As a volunteer recruiter, Lefeld said she informs Saint Mary’s students about the organization and encourages them to get involved with the non-profit. “HANDS gives Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame students the opportunity to help people in need in the areas of education, housing and community development,” she said. “This is a chance for students to make a real difference in developing countries.” While Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s are currently the only schools involved with HANDS, the organization hopes to reach out to other universities in the future. According to its website, “each month, the number of volunteers, projects and organizations supported by HANDS continues to rise, strengthening its effort and dedication to promoting social responsibility and action among youth around the world.” HANDS currently boasts 180 volunteers and supports 18 projects and 12 organizations, according to the organization’s website. “HANDS is available for students to volunteer over all breaks and they can apply on the website for volunteer work as well,” Lefeld said. Job and internship opportunities with HANDS can be found at www.handsorganization.org.last_img read more

Lecture examines role of sociology

first_imgJocelyn Viterna, associate professor of sociology at Harvard University, delivered a lecture on the interdisciplinary field of development, sponsored by the Kellogg Institute on Tuesday afternoon. She spoke about the history and “identity crisis” of the field and on how a renewed interest in the field is allowing development to once again gain prominence in sociology. “At the close of World War II, everybody was asking these questions: Why are some countries poorer than others and what can be done to raise the standards of living for everyone?” Viterna said. “Answering these questions was thought to be necessary by both scholars of academic institutions as well as by politicians.” Viterna said the dependency and world system theory started losing credit during the 1980s, causing many sociologists in that field to become less welcoming to interdisciplinary work and research. A lot of people who were researching related disciplines described themselves as working with another subfield. “Development sociology had a sort of identity crisis within its own discipline,” Viterna said. “Sociologists like to complain that we have practically zero presence in a lot of development institutions, but I think sociologists have to own up to the fact that although we have very important things to say, we didn’t exactly make ourselves easy to find.” The discrediting of the dependency and world system theory also gave way to what some scholars call “the new consensus.”“‘The new consensus’ is that there’s not a grand new theory, there’s not a grand new explanation of ‘what is development,’” she said. “Now what we’re finding is there is consistent relevance of certain factors — these are these are institutions, social divisions human capital and targeted interventions affected.”“The new consensus” is multidisciplinary, but, according to Viterna, it draws heavily from sociological concepts, such as institutions, mobilization and transnationalism. “If you look at the scholarship on institutes and sociology, institutions themselves are fundamentally cultural,” she said. “But the idea of institutions is that they are these durable structures of knowledge. They embody norms and practices and because we have these institutions that reduce the uncertainty of human interaction and problems of coordination.”Viterna also said many scholars are concerned with how the mobilization of resources function, specifically with how they encourage competition between developing areas and are used by institutions to coerce participation. She mentioned one agency that would only provide resources if enough women held positions on a local council. “There’s this idea that we’re empowering women by ensuring that 50 percent of the positions are filled by women, but we have to acknowledge that this is coerced participation and we don’t know what the consequences of that are,” she said. “Coerced participants are never as ideologically committed as those who do it for more intellectual, more philosophical reasons.” Tags: Jocelyn Viterna, Kellogg Institue, sociologylast_img read more

Massachusetts moves ahead with 1,600MW PV incentive plan

first_imgMassachusetts moves ahead with 1,600MW PV incentive plan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享MASS Live:State officials today announced the imminent launch of SMART — a long-awaited solar incentive program designed to add 1,600 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity to the Massachusetts energy portfolio.Following two years of planning and negotiation, the Department of Public Utilities on Wednesday approved provisions of the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target. The DPU order came days after a coalition of solar groups wrote to state energy officials urging that SMART, which was supposed to be launched over the summer, be implemented as soon as possible to maintain investor confidence in the industry.SMART features a flat tariff paid by investor-owned utilities to owners of solar arrays smaller than 5 megawatts, with added incentives for projects that meet certain policy goals. Commercial, industrial, and residential installations can qualify.“This is the most stable and predictable solar policy in the country,” said Patrick Woodcock, the state’s assistant energy secretary. SMART will replace solar renewable energy credits, or SRECs. The SRECs can be volatile because they are traded on an open market, said Woodcock. Projects that already generate SRECs will get to keep doing so for the 10-year life of the certificates.SMART contains an incentive for solar projects paired with storage. The technology, often in the form of batteries, helps renewable energy participate in wholesale power markets. Storage also helps utilities meet “peak demand” with low-emission sources. SMART also favors projects built on less-than-pristine sites — creating a disincentive for solar farms planned on clean agricultural or forest land.Massachusetts now has around 2,200 megawatts of solar capacity. Adding another 1,600 megawatts will push solar to around ten percent of the state’s annual electricity needs, according to the administration.More: State finally launches new solar incentive known as SMARTlast_img read more

Keeping Kids Cozy and Content all Winter Long

first_imgBrought to you by Big Agnes, the Mother of ComfortThe Clark family lives in the Great White North and can be found in down jackets and wool hats most of the year. As a family, they carve out big chunks of time for self-propelled adventures. They dress for winter whether it is on cycling adventures in Patagonia, or when paddling across the high arctic. Find out why Outside Online called the Clarks “The Most Adventurous Family in the US” at: http://www.outsideonline.com/2094321/tips-most-adventurous-family-us. Here are Big Agnes, we asked Dan about his sure-fire techniques to keeping his kids warm and smiling all winter long during any adventure. Here are his tips for every age:How many of us dream of a carefree winter vacation away from winter and our children? A week of relaxation at the beach is one solution to the cabin fever that sets in during the dark months of winter, but there are other options closer to home. Why not bundle up the whole family and be active this winter skiing, skating or snowshoeing?Here are a few simple tips garnered from a decade of family adventures in the white stuff.Age 0: Timing is EverythingIf changing a diaper or breastfeeding outside on a frosty day isn’t your idea of fun, make sure you start your adventure clean, fed and sleepy. Nap time can be a great time for a winter walk or snowshoe. Babies are most comfortable snuggled next to a parent, so leave behind the stroller and opt for a baby sling of some kind. Toss the baby in a snuggly, and zip up a Farnsworth Jacket or something similar. Pick an insulated jacket with a relaxed fit that will comfortably wrap around baby and parent.ba6Age 1: Snuggled in ComfortToddlers can be a bit hard to fit inside a jacket, so a stroller on skis may be your ticket to winter exploration. Be aware that kids get cold fast, so build them a plush cocoon inside your favorite stroller or sled. A sleeping bag like the Little Red 15 will allow you an extra hour of cross country skiing in the cold, especially if you put a few hot water bottles in the bottom.Ages 2-3: Patience Pays OffOnce your toddler is off on his/her own adventures, be prepared to play games within sight of the lodge. We enjoyed a few seasons learning balance on skis and socializing in the staging area in front of the lodge. Young kids don’t have much endurance, so make short forays outside and then warm up inside with a snack and hot drink before heading back out. Know that the time you put in at this age will make a huge difference teaching gross motor skills and instilling a love of winter in the years to come.ba3Ages 4-5: Mini-AthletesOnce kids start moving on skis, skates and snowshoes, there is no limit to the fun you can have as a family. Your imagination may be the only limitation! Keep in mind that kids still need a little help at this age. We continued to use our stroller as an option for a tired kid, either inside or towing behind. This allowed us to go further afield and explore places beyond the range of kids traveling entirely under their own power. Kids that are working hard often get too warm in traditional snowsuits, so mid-weight insulated jackets like the Ice House Hoodie are a good compromise for many active winter sports.ba4Ages 6+: Try to Keep UpKids that are six and older suddenly become capable athletes. Once our kids reached this age, they started seeking out the jumps and consistently pushing our comfort level. They have had a few spectacular crashes, but a soft cushion of white is a forgiving medium and they usually come up snow-covered and smiling.Call to Winter Adventure:It is never too early to get kids outside in winter. These curious little beings are up for almost any adventure, especially if it means spending some quality time with their parents. They will be happier for the time outside in the white stuff, and so will you!ba5last_img read more

Obama Talks Haiti, Honduras with Dominican President

first_imgBy Dialogo July 14, 2010 US President Barack Obama thanked the Dominican Republic Monday for help in battling crises in Haiti, Honduras and on drugs trafficking as he hosted President Leonel Fernandez at the White House. Fernandez meanwhile praised Obama for keeping Latin American issues on his agenda, as he copes with economic and diplomatic crises on multiple fronts. “One of the first messages I wanted to deliver was our appreciation for the role the Dominican Republic played in helping the international community respond to the crisis in Haiti after the devastating earthquake,” Obama said. “The Dominican Republic’s role, President Fernandez’s role in particular, was extraordinarily important. It saved lives, it continues, as we look at how we can reconstruct and can rebuild.” Obama spoke in the Oval Office as Haiti marked six months since hundreds of thousands of people were killed in the massive earthquake, with multitudes of people still homeless and international aid only slowly trickling in. The US leader also praised the Dominican Republic for its role in feverish regional diplomacy following the ouster of former president Manuel Zelaya in a coup just over a year ago. Zelaya, now in exile in the Dominican Republic, accused the United States of having backed his ouster — a claim the State Department has denied. As always, when he meets leaders from Latin America, Obama stressed the need for a joint, region-wide effort to crack down on drug trafficking and related violence.last_img read more

New Bar program to assist lawyers and their clients

first_imgNew Bar program to assist lawyers and their clients April 15, 2001 Regular News New Bar program to assist lawyers and their clientsConsumers and attorneys can all breathe a little easier, thanks to the Bar’s new Attorney Consumer Assistance Program (ACAP), which rolled into action March 1. As part of the Bar’s Lawyer Regulation division, ACAP acts as a sort of pre-complaint intervention program to try to sort out attorney-client problems before an actual complaint is filed. “Our ultimate goal is to resolve as much as we can so that the public’s happy with the Bar. We’re trying to improve our image with the public. Our ultimate goal is to help the consumer and to help the lawyer,” said Donna Hostutler, Program Administrator for ACAP. “The wonderful thing about the service is that, since we’ve been up and running, we’ve gotten very positive feedback, not only from the public, but also from the membership,” she said. “Many, many attorneys who have been contacted by ACAP and given a `heads up’ to fix a problem have responded positively. Then we’ve got a happy client, we’ve got a happy lawyer, and everybody’s happy it’s a win-win situation.” The nine-member staff, which includes four attorneys and three program assistants, fields calls from consumers who think they may have a complaint against their lawyer. A program assistant initially answers the call, gathers general information about the consumer’s problem, then forwards the information directly to a staff attorney, who tries to help the person resolve their complaint before it reaches the lawyer regulation staff. The program assistants have done a fantastic job so far dealing with clients who run the emotional gamut, said Hostutler. “We’ve had criers, yellers, screamers, and lawyers complaining about other lawyers,” she said. ACAP staff attorneys may, in the course of a call, explain that a caller’s problem with their lawyer does not fall under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, and therefore, is not fodder for an official complaint. Staff attorneys also, if applicable, explain how to file an official Bar complaint, contact the caller’s attorney to discuss the situation, and list other options available to the caller, such as contacting outside counsel or grievance mediation. Like all Bar staff attorneys, ACAP attorneys are not permitted to offer legal advice over the phone. “The general feeling seems to be that a program such as this has been needed for a long time, and virtually all of the members have expressed gratitude for the opportunity to respond on an informal level to what previously would have required a time-consuming, not to mention stressful written response,” said Donald Spangler, ACAP staff attorney and former Tallahassee Branch Bar Counsel. The program is modeled after programs in place in several states, including Georgia, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. The Mississippi Bar also has a similar program, which ACAP staff members visited to witness in action and take notes. After one month of operation, “we’ve handled more than a thousand requests for assistance that otherwise would have gone to Lawyer Regulation in Headquarters or the branch offices,” said Spangler. During the month of March, the hotline received 3,018 calls, opened 1,132 cases, and sent out 395 complaint forms. “Normally, each call would have resulted in a complaint form being sent out. Now, we only send out about a third of what we used to, cutting the paperwork coming through the lawyer regulation office,” Hostutler said. “We’re all anticipating that the program will eliminate a certain percentage of the written complaints that previously went to the branch offices and necessitated the time-consuming process of requiring a written response, a rebuttal, and then a determination that there was no basis for referral to a grievance committee. If we are correct, this will obviously result not only in fewer complaints to be handled by the branch offices, but will also free up bar counsel’s time from having to handle meritless complaints,” Spangler added.last_img

Natural phenomena – added value of the tourism sector

first_imgTonight is one of the most beautiful celestial “events” of the year. It is, of course, the rain of Perseids, better known as the Tears of St. Lawrence. What exactly is it about?In the orbit of comet Swift-Tuttle, there is a cloud of debris composed of particles that emit the said comet in its 133-year orbit. Most of the debris in the cloud floats for about a thousand years, while there is also a relatively young layer of stardust formed in 1865 that allows night sky observers to witness indications of the phenomenon the day before the peak of the rain. Meteor rain has actually been visible since mid-July with the peak of activity between 9 and 14 August. During the peak, observers can witness a spectacle of 60 or more meteors per hour that can be observed from all over the world despite the fact that at this time of year the constellation Perseids is located in the northern hemisphere.It smells like a good bait for tourists, but also other lovers of celestial phenomena and the starry sky. What’s the story behind the meteor shower?Among the Croatian population, the name Suze sv. Lawrence. Lovro was one of the seven deacons of ancient Rome, and also a victim of the great persecution of Christians in 258 under the baton of no more and no less than the native Cibala Valerian. Where did the connection with the Perseids come from? The memorial of the saint’s martyrdom is traditionally from 258 BC. marks on the date of the 10th of August. Taken aback by the unusual celestial phenomenon and during the unstoppable process of Christianization, Catholics explain the meteor shower as the saint’s tears for which the earth, precisely because the place of his martyrdom and murder, is unworthy of falling on it. Logical. Except of course that one time a year.From infancy to the present day, religion has been the standard-bearer of actually good tourist stories because in its effort to explain the world, it has nurtured a tendency toward trivialization and a spectacle that can ultimately be packaged into a concrete product. Let’s just remember St. John’s bonfires and the longest night of the year.Also, another legend about Tears comes from the Mediterranean area which means it doesn’t bypass us again. Namely, as the saint was allegedly burned alive at the stake, by pure analogy these shooting stars then became sparks of the mentioned fire, but the story goes a step further and warns that after the night from the 9th to the 10th of August, a chilled fire can be found. on the ground under the plants.As there was a speech on the occasion of the feast of St. John and traditional St. John’s bonfires, this phenomenon can be capitalized on. In addition, it benefits from the fact that it happens regularly at the same time every year. However, it is completely free and can be seen literally from everywhere so at this point we can find the origin of the lack of initiative. But it’s not all in the money and we shouldn’t look at everything through numbers. It is true that certain locations, due to their exclusivity and uniqueness, can afford to pick up the cream from the mentioned phenomenon, but in order for that to happen, first of all, efforts must be made to map the space as exclusive.However, what we want to emphasize with this is not the financial benefit or the relative possibility of the same, but the immeasurable benefit from the marketing potential of the meteor shower.Fortunately, we are a tourist destination, our “sun and sea” are attracting enormous masses of people from all over Europe, but also from the rest of the world. Croatia fascinates and has an audience – an audience eager for content, something newer and fresh. Let’s suggest the following, the Croatian National Tourist Board starts shooting another promotional video, only this time – in addition to the beauties advertised by footballers, it proposes a selection of the most beautiful natural and untouched locations with excellent predispositions for watching parachutes. Then let’s think a little about the impact of such a promotional message on the average tourist and step up broadcasting times three, as can be done with much more banal things. And all this under the slogan – let’s investigate unexplored or similar.Once again, we have an example of an event with a far-reaching cultural-historical tradition and tourism potential which, although it cannot be viewed through the prism of financial gain, can certainly give a large share in the added value of the domestic tourism sector. And once again we have everything served on a platter: a natural phenomenon (meaning we can concentrate on attracting an audience at the start), a good story (for everyone: sky watchers, religious tourism stakeholders, adventurers, travelers…) and a record tourist season (meaning that Croatia is overloaded with various people).Instead of convincing us of the reasons why to use something, it might be better to answer the question – and why not? What are the concrete and well-founded reasons for the further lack of initiative ??last_img read more