Jadestone Energy expects to record $50.5m impairment charge for relinquishing the licence. (Credit: Keri Jackson from Pixabay) Singapore-based Jadestone Energy and Total have voluntarily surrendered and terminated Service Contract 56 (SC56) in the Sulu Sea in the Philippines.In this connection, Jadestone’s fully-owned subsidiary Mitra Energy (Philippines SC-56) and operator Total E&P Philippines, a subsidiary of Total, have notified the Philippines Department of Energy of their decision.Jadestone Energy expects to record a one-time impairment charge of nearly $50.5m for relinquishing the licence.The amount is a total of historical capitalised exploration expenditures on the SC56 block, which is mainly associated with the company’s previous management.Jadestone Energy president and CEO Paul Blakeley said: “We remain focussed on our strategy of delivering value from producing fields and near-term developments in the Asia Pacific region, while avoiding early-phase greenfield exploration plays such as SC56, requiring multi-year capital programmes prior to production and cashflow.“Nor would the major investments in new pipelines and facilities fit our sustainability objectives which include a focus on maximising use of existing infrastructure.“SC56 was a legacy asset inherited from the previous management and only had option value through a carried well.”In December 2017, Mitra SC56 had filed a arbitration case against its partner Total alleging that the latter breached their 2012-dated farm out agreement.One of the accusations made by it on Total was that the latter did not drill an exploration well on the deepwater Halcon prospect in the SC56 licence.Total holds a stake of 75% in the offshore licenceTotal holds a stake of 75% in the offshore licence, while Jadestone Energy holds the remaining 25%.In January 2020, Jadestone Energy got a favourable ruling from the tribunal, which concluded that Total had breached the farm out agreement. The tribunal ordered Total to pay over $11m to its partner to settle the issue.Following the relinquishment and termination of SC56, the partners will have to make a payment for their unfulfilled work commitments at the offshore Filipino licence.Jadestone Energy’s share will be met partly from the proceeds of the arbitration ruling. The partners will be subject to a payment for not meeting their work commitments at the Filipino licence
View post tag: Mariners View post tag: skills View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: underway Back to overview,Home naval-today Canberra’s Mariner’s Skills Evaluation Underway Canberra’s Mariner’s Skills Evaluation Underway View post tag: Canberra’s Training & Education Newly commissioned Landing Helicopter Dock, HMAS Canberra, has proven she has what it takes to conduct a safe boarding operations recently, with tough couple of days of assessment from Navy’s Sea Training Group.The testing period forms part of the Mariner Skills Evaluation which checks a range of mariner competencies specific to maintaining the safety of the ship and ship’s company at sea. Canberra’s was tested on her ability to operate in a peace-time environment and overcome a range of potential emergencies.The first two days of evaluation were conducted alongside Fleet Base East before the ship sailed for the first time as HMAS Canberra to conduct the sea phase.The boarding operation was the second evolution to be assessed, with Canberra already having achieved the necessary standard for Diving Operations.Sea Training Group’s Fleet Direction Officer, Lieutenant Commander Aaron Scott, said that the aim of the evaluation was to test a basic low level boarding.“We conducted a training exercise with Canberra’s boarding party to ensure that it was safe and effective at going through their procedures for conducting low level boarding operations.“Canberra’s boarding team did really well, they were safe, effective and very enthusiastic. They performed their job to a good standard,” Lieutenant Commander Scott said.Canberra’s First Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander Michael Nipperess, said the ship had to work together to effect a successful boarding operation.“A boarding operation not only involves the teams that go out to board the vessel, but also the boat crews who take the teams out, the operations staff who provide the information, logistics personnel that sustain the team, and the others who allocate weapons, body armour and radios for the teams to prepare,” said Lieutenant Commander Nipperess.“It takes a range of teams from across the ship to be prepared so we can effect a professional, safe boarding operation which achieves the aims of the mission,” he said.Able Seaman Kye Jones said he enjoyed being part of Canberra’s boarding team.“In my role as crew security, I help keep the boarding team and the crew of the vessel being boarded safe,” said Able Seaman Jones.“Our boarding team has trained hard in a relatively short period of time to build a strong bond and I think that is what led to a good result,” he said.Canberra’s Boarding Officer, Lieutenant Ben Stewart, said he was very proud of the team.“We came together, did what we trained to do, and executed it well,” he said.Canberra sailed this month to conduct the at sea phase of Mariner Skills Evaluation prior to returning alongside Fleet Base East for a reduced activity period over Christmas.Press Release View post tag: Evaluation December 29, 2014
Michael Fosberg proudly refers to himself as AAA — Armenian African American.He didn’t find out about the African American part until he was a grown man.“My biological mother and adoptive stepfather raised me in a suburb just north of Chicago, and when they announced they were divorcing, while I was in my early 30s, I realized I knew nothing about my biological father whom my mother had left when I was just a baby,” he explained.So he tracked down his biological father, who informed Fosberg in that first, nervous phone call that he was black.“I was certainly shocked,” said Fosberg, “but not a shock of unacceptability, more of ‘Oh, my God, I knew this’ … or at least had a sense of this my entire life. I just never had the proof.”His life was changed forever. He tells his story all over the country in his one-man play, “Incognito,” which he’ll perform April 6 in Boylston Hall in an event hosted by the Du Bois Graduate Society, a student organization at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), and co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs at GSAS.Fosberg’s father shared stories of family members who played significant roles in African-American history: a distant relation to the abolitionist John Brown; a great-great-grandfather who served in the 54th regiment during the Civil War; and a great-grandfather who was an all-star pitcher in the Negro baseball leagues.Amazed by this wealth of new information, Fosberg was also resentful of his mother “for not having shared this vital personal identity information with me,” he said. “I had to confront her but didn’t know how while harboring all the anger I did.”When Fosberg was a baby, he lived with his mother in a Roxbury housing project. “I was actually born in Long Beach, Calif., where my mother had run away to after leaving Boston University while she was pregnant with me and disowned by her family,” he said. “She was urged to return to Roxbury by my father and there she was — a 20-year-old, living in a tough ‘hood, in a very racially segregated city, with a black man, and disowned by her Armenian family.“It was a dear friend who called me and helped me understand what my mother, a young woman, had gone through to raise me in Boston during the late 1950s … and I realized I could forgive her for having to make some very difficult choices at a very young age.”In February, Fosberg published his memoir “Incognito: An American Odyssey of Race and Self-Discovery”; he has been performing his play around the country for 10 years.“I think it’s pretty amazing that I get to practice my particular art, get to provoke amazing dialogue following each show about issues of race, identity, stereotypes, divorce, adoption, finding a father, family secrets, etc., and make a pretty decent living doing so,” said Fosberg.“I have an amazing family, a rich family history, connections to people all across the country — both through family and through doing what I do — and, most importantly, I feel like I really know who I am and what my place is. I get to help people by being a bridge for difficult and often sensitive dialogue.”“Incognito” will be performed in the Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall 110, from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 6. A discussion will follow. The performance is free, but seating is limited. Please rsvp to [email protected]
Caren and her son Moses are Kenyan-born restaurant and cultural center owners filling stomachs and hearts in Durham, North Carolina. Uli is a German-raised, Peru-born microbrewer uniting and energizing the quiet coastal town of Grandy. And Caro is an El Salvador-born fashion designer sparking pride and style in Raleigh and Sanford.These three immigrant entrepreneurs, hailing from across the globe and settling throughout North Carolina, now have something new in common: their stories and small businesses are being tied together through the pilot of a new social enterprise based at the Harvard Innovation Labs. The venture, called “Dream Across America” (DreamxAmerica) joins two seldom-paired elements — filmmaking and impact investing — to highlight and support immigrant entrepreneurs launching small businesses across the country. It is co-led by a team of Harvard Law students and award-winning filmmakers in North Carolina.The team’s common motivator: to redefine and advance the American immigrant story. The co-founders are joined by intimate connections to America’s rich immigrant story: Andrew Leon Hanna, J.D. ’19 — a social entrepreneur, author, and Stanford Knight-Hennessy Scholar — is a first-generation Egyptian-American, and David Delaney Mayer — a Duke basketball player turned award-winning filmmaker — is the grandson of a refugee who immigrated from Germany after World War II.The venture’s filmmaking side aims to create greater unity and mutual understanding, across political divisions. DreamxAmerica is partnering with David Delaney Mayer Films to produce a docuseries of intimate portraits of the entrepreneurs. As producer Matt Brondoli noted, “It’s been inspiring to watch these [entrepreneurs] work. We try to convey their energetic spirit in the details of our footage — it’s in the small moments where the most inspiring things are found.”On the impact investing side, the goal is to partner with the featured entrepreneurs and enable small-business support. Kyrsten Lundh, J.D. ’19 talked about the aspiration: “These folks are already creating impactful legacies within their local communities. By facilitating opportunities for connection, support, and both social and financial investment, we want them to be empowered to cultivate their businesses and continue positively shaping those communities that rely on them.” As Adabelle U. Ekechukwu, J.D. ‘18 put it, “Being the daughter of two Nigerian immigrants who run their own small practices, I’ve witnessed how those deemed ‘other’ disproportionally struggle to find capital and support. [DreamxAmerica] presents an opportunity to help break down entry barriers that several immigrant entrepreneurs face in this country.”Looking forward, DreamxAmerica will launch in 2020 with its pilot, “DreamxNC,” and already has a letter of intent from PBS’s North Carolina affiliate to distribute its premiere season. It then plans to expand across the country, featuring and supporting small businesses in a range of local communities. Harvard Law professor and DreamxAmerica advisor Esme Caramello, J.D. ’99 summarized the effort’s unique vision:“A good story helps us to understand the world more deeply and with more nuance, priming us to act to promote justice. This project is extraordinary because it both brings us the stories that activate us and takes action itself.”
After a recent review of the Transpo weekend bus system, student government officials said the initiative has been a “popular” and much-appreciated service for students since it began operations Dec. 4, 2009.Student body president Grant Schmidt said he is pleased with the ongoing value Transpo has provided to members of the Notre Dame community by enabling Notre Dame students to travel to popular off-campus establishments for free.“Overall I think that this has been a great collaboration with Transpo and essentially, the city of South Bend,” Schmidt said. “It’ been a convenient way for students to go off campus and a safe means of them getting home.”On the first Friday Transpo was available, 496 Notre Dame students used the service. Since the second weekend of operation, the number of riders has consistently totaled roughly 150 students on Fridays and Saturdays, with the only major decreases occurring on the weekends of midterms and finals.The high rider numbers have led to a certain amount of foot traffic at pick-up locations near the local restaurants and bars Transpo serves, Schmidt said.“All of the establishments on the Transpo route seem to have a heavy amount of traffic, especially during late-night hours when demand is high for a cab,” he said.Schmidt said the Transpo system came from a student government concern about safety of students traveling to off-campus venues. After the Jan. 17 assault of three Notre Dame students who were waiting for the Transpo bus, Schmidt said student government has taken additional measures to ensure the continued safety of students using Transpo.“The day after that happened, I talked to Transpo about how to address future incidents,” he said. “Student government also printed maps on cards with the Transpo route and times on it. It was one initial way to inform students of where they should be and at what time.”Schmidt said the incident was “extremely unfortunate” but pointed out it was the only violent altercation that has occurred in relation to Transpo.Ryan Brellenthin, Schmidt’s chief of staff, said the exchange was regrettable but overall, Transpo has been a “phenomenal” service over the past few months.“From the beginning, Transpo has been all about safety of students when they are off campus,” Brellenthin said. “The incident was isolated and I think people would be hard-pressed to say that Transpo caused the incident.”As a result, student government has taken steps to ensure University students are never waiting around for the bus and thereby exposing themselves to potentially danger
The search for terrestrial exoplanets is heating up by finding them around cooler stars. Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics Justin Crepp was part of team that recently discovered the most Earth-like exoplanet to date, Kepler-186f, around an M-star, the most-stable, slowest-burning class of star in the universe.“This one is special because the planet is 1.1 Earth radii,” Crepp said. “Kepler-186f is the most Earth-like planet that we have found yet. 1.1 Earth-radii is in the habitable zone — and the error-bar overlaps; it could be the size of the Earth, maybe a little more real estate than the Earth.” The planet was detected as part of NASA’s Kepler Mission, a research project based on using the titular telescope to monitor some 150,000 stars hundreds of light-years away and to uncover potential exoplanets via the transit method, Crepp said. Since detection relies on planets passing in front of the star and blocking some portion of its light- – that is, transiting – it turns out that it is relatively easier to pin down a planet transiting a smaller star because it blocks a greater fraction of the light, producing a larger signal for researchers, Crepp said. This is the case with the M-star Kepler-186f, a class of star comparatively tiny on the stellar scale, and this fact entails other exciting implications.“The habitable zone is closer because the star is smaller and has a lower luminosity,” Crepp said. “So if you’re giving off less light, then the planets need to be closer to be in the warm/temperate region where they could have liquid water. Last time, we called this region the ‘Goldilocks zone,’ where it’s not too hot and not too cold. Well, we’re again looking for Goldilocks-like planets, and Kepler-186f is in the habitable zone. But it’s closer to the star, and this is important because it increases the probability of the transit.”Crepp’s previous work uncovered larger exoplanets of super-Earth-sized radii orbiting stars around a still larger star in the Kepler-62 system. What makes this finding so incredible is the smaller size of Kepler-186f, which means that the composition is almost certainly rocky, he said. “If I did the thought experiment where I made all the material completely gaseous, I have to heat it up to room temperature because it’s in the habitable zone,” Crepp said. “Well, it turns out that it’s not massive enough; if it’s all hydrogen and you heat it up it will just evaporate – it will just go away. You have to have so much mass, so how do you do that? You have to have really high density. So what’s that made out of? Rock. We suspect strongly that it’s high-density, that it’s rock. It turns out, unfortunately, that we cannot measure the mass, only the radius, for this particular planet.”The type of star the exoplanet orbits is intriguing as well, Crepp said. The super-sized, self-destructing supernovae-to-be that are O-stars are at one extreme of the size and volatility spectrum, with our sun, a G-star, somewhat intermediate in both size and volatility. “And the other extreme is an M-star, so small that it’s just barely fusing hydrogen,” Crepp said. “So it’s sitting there, just burning, burning very slowly, very stably. And the age of universe is 13 billion years. This star, Kepler-186, will burn its hydrogen for 56 billion years. So why should you care about that? Well, that gives you a lot of opportunity for life to develop.”One of the more provocative realizations from the Kepler project is the sheer abundance of this phenomenon, Crepp said.“Why is this profound? M-stars are 75 percent of all stars,” he said. “And we can calculate the occurrence rate of planets around these kinds of stars, and we find that it’s tens of percent – it’s not one percent or 0.1 percent; it’s tens of percent. One out of every five stars has a terrestrial planet in the habitable zone. This is a result that Kepler is telling us – we did not know this a few years ago.”Not only are the chances of finding an exoplanet similar to Earth around any given M-star surprisingly high, but also the enormous number of these systems in the universe makes finding an incredibly Earth-like entity almost a foregone conclusion.“There’s another thing that’s going on here,” Crepp said. “How many stars are in the Milky Way? 400 billion. So 300 billion of them are M-stars. Kepler is telling us one out of five – so 60 billion, to an order of magnitude – 60 billion stars with a terrestrial planet comparable in size to the Earth, in or near the habitable zone. 60 billion. And that’s just one galaxy. There are a trillion galaxies. … I do this for a living, and I still don’t comprehend it.” To further the search for these highly probable occurrences of exoplanets, Crepp is building the iLocater, a near-infrared Doppler spectrometer to be used in the ground-based Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona, which will work with NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) to gather data on nearby exoplanets.“So here’s the problem: Kepler-186 is 500 light-years away,” Crepp said. “If it has life, even if it can communicate with us, it’s a really slow chess game. Even if you travel at the speed of light, it takes 500 years to say ‘pawn to E6.’ So, we’re building an instrument at Notre Dame, iLocater, and it’s going to find these planets around that type of star. It’s specifically designed for infrared wavelengths; it turns out that to see an M-star, you can’t just look up in the sky and say, ‘Oh, there’s a nice M-star, and there’s a nice M-star.’ Your eyes aren’t sensitive to the light they emit, near-infrared. So there’s a technology hurdle there; iLocater works in the near-infrared, and it’s going to find planets around M-stars that are ten light-years away instead of 500. And we know, thanks to Kepler, that they must be there.”In addition to finding these Earth-like planets much closer to Earth, the iLocater will gather unprecedented data on the planet’s mass and atmosphere to complement the radius measurements from TESS.“And here’s what’s really profound about iLocater: When a planet transits, some of the light goes through the atmosphere, so you can actually figure what it’s made out of because it will absorb some of that light,” he said. “iLocater’s not just going to tell us the mass of the planet – by the way, when you combine mass and radius, you get the density of the planet, and that tells you what it’s made out of – iLocater’s also going to tell us the composition of the planet’s atmosphere. It’s going to give us low-resolution spectra. iLocater is tuned to find planets in the habitable zone around the stars that Mother Nature likes to make the most and also the planets that Mother Nature likes to make the most.”Although there’s still a lot of work to accomplish, Crepp said he plans to have the iLocater launched in 2017-2018. “It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “I insist upon having fun at work. It’s basically my one rule.”Tags: exoplanet, Physics
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Scammers are reportedly targeting small businesses with fake offers to receive assistance from the Small Business Administration.The Better Business Bureau says it’s seen a few scams claiming federal grants are available as a form of Coronavirus relief.In one example, business owners receive an e-mail with an application from someone claiming to represent the SBA.Once the application is received, the business owner receives an approval and request to pay a processing fee that can be thousands of dollars. In some instances scammers are even hacking Facebook accounts and using them to endorse the fake services. Experts say real government assistance never requires a processing fee in advance.Authentic agencies also use e-mail addresses and host web-sites using the extension dot-gov.Relief to small businesses is generally only available in the form of loans. Non-profits and educational institutions are typically the only organizations that can qualify for grants.
Farmers and industry supporters are invited to the annual University of Georgia Cotton and Peanut Research Field Day to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, on the UGA Tifton campus and UGA research farms in Tift County.Members of the UGA Cotton Team and UGA Peanut Team will discuss research pertinent to variety selection, plant disease, insect pressure, soil fertility, plant physiology and irrigation needs.“This is always an important day for our farmers. Cotton and peanuts are high-value crops for farmers in Georgia, and our research has a direct impact on their farming operations,” said Jared Whitaker, UGA Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist. “We strive to bring research that has significance for producers in Georgia and enjoy the opportunity to share what we’ve been working on this year.”Those attending the field day should meet at the north parking lot of the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center at 8 a.m. Field day participants will visit the Rural Development Center (RDC) pivot farm, located across from the conference center, and the UGA Ponder Farm on Ty Ty Whiddon Mill Road before returning to the conference center where UGA Extension economists will discuss market outlooks for both commodities.There is no cost to attend the field day, but attendees are asked to RSVP to Jeannie Evans by Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at 229-386-3006 or [email protected] In addition to funding many of the university’s cotton and peanut research and education efforts, the Georgia Cotton Commission and the Georgia Peanut Commission are sponsoring the field day’s lunch.“The level of research we’re able to conduct on the UGA Tifton campus would not be possible if not for the financial support of the different commodity commissions. Our responsibility as scientists is to share information that we get from these projects with the different industry groups that are supporting us,” said Scott Monfort, UGA Extension peanut agronomist.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating a pair of home invasions 19 miles and about three hours apart, including one in which a victim was assaulted by a group of gunmen last week.In the first case, up to four men armed with handguns broke into a house on Newkirt Avenue in West Babylon and forced three women, one man and five children between the ages of 2 and 9 into a bedroom shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday, police said.The assailants assaulted a male caretaker, who suffered injuries to head, face and body, police said. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.The suspects fled with cash in an unknown direction. Investigators believe the house was targeted.Then at 11 p.m. Thursday, three men entered a house on Nottingham Avenue in Patchogue, where they stole money, a cell phone and jewelry, police said. Three people who were inside at the time were not injured.No arrests have been made in either case. No description of the suspects was available. Detectives are continuing the investigations.Anyone with information about either case can call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Playwright Lyle Kessler’s dark drama, “Orphans,” which has broken box office records around the world, opened at Huntington’s Conklin Barn to a sold-out house on Aug. 20.Directed with finesse by Jim Bonney, the play explores the primal fear of abandonment and its power over our behavior. Two brothers, Treat (Aaron Dalla Villa) and Phillip (Jay William Thomas), have been dealt a cruel blow by fate. Orphaned as young children by their father’s desertion and the death of their mother, they live hand-to-mouth in a rundown North Philly row house.Older brother Treat, interpreting the role of a father, supports the pair through petty thievery. To ward off any further abandonment, Treat has instilled Phillip with an intense fear of going outside and limits his access to any kind of knowledge that might empower him. A shut-in who spends most of his time watching The Price is Right, Phillip’s world has eclipsed into a few tiny rooms yet he harbors secrets that would make Treat angry. Hidden under the sofa are books and a painful remnant from the past—one of his mother’s shoes.The dynamics unexpectedly shift when Treat brings home Harold (Sean King), an inebriated businessman. Although Treat ties Harold up when he goes out to gather information about his ‘kidnap’ victim, Harold easily eludes these restraints and begins to assume the upper hand, both physically and psychologically.It turns out that Harold himself grew up in a Chicago orphanage. A man with a shady past whose enemies have followed him to Philly, the idea of hiding out while taking these two young men under his wing appeals to him. Harold wants to give these new age “dead end kids” the father figure he never had. Despite his best intentions, will it be easy to usurp the paternal role from Treat?Harold patiently encourages Phillip to slowly abandon his timeworn routines, delight in new discoveries and venture out into the world. At the same time, he is training Treat to be his emissary in a world in which he no longer feels safe. Treat has never known trust and does not do well when it comes to following rules and handling responsibility. When he feels that this interloper is trespassing on his relationship with his brother, a power struggle ensues.Audiences will find that the role of Harold, who has unexpectedly found his calling, provides King with the perfect vehicle for doing what he does best: turning the tables to his advantage and waxing nostalgic. His touching soliloquy about his days as an orphan paperboy in Chicago paints an eloquent picture which brings the audience to that windy night that cost his friend his life. It’s a stand-out.Dalla Villa shines as Treat, the older brother who has been jaded by life, having borne the weight of protector and breadwinner for far too long. Beneath the easy charm and cocky confidence of a streetwise con artist is a seething anger that threatens to boil over at any minute. And erupt it does. Dalla Villa deftly juggles these disparate emotions while maintaining the intensity that the role calls for throughout his performance.Thomas excels as the otherworldly Phillip, the wide-eyed innocent man-child who delights in Harold’s simple gift of a map of North Philadelphia and views the nightly illumination of the streetlamps as miraculous. He envisions beauty in simple things that Treat can no longer see. Phillip personifies hope.The ending wields an unexpected blow. What audiences come away with is that none of us are so different from these orphans. Love or any form of emotional attachment is inevitably coupled with risk and the pain of loss. What makes Bonney and King’s production of ‘Orphans’ so extraordinarily moving is that it touches those vulnerable places in the heart that reside in all of us.The Conklin Barn is located at 2 High Street off New York Ave. in Huntington. The show runs through Sept. 5. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com. On Sept. 4, theatergoers can meet the playwright, Lyle Kessler, who will engage in a Q&A session after the performance.