Italy’s Eni wins new exploration license in Namibe basin offshore Angola

first_imgThe Block 28 is located in deep water in the unexplored Namibe Basin, and in water depth ranging between 1,000m and 2,500m The Italian firm will serve as operator of the block. Credit: Pixabay/C Morrison. State concessionaire for oil & gas rights in Angola, National Agency of Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels of Angola (ANPG) has awarded a new exploration and production license in the Namibe basin offshore Angola to Italian oil and gas company Eni.Following an international competitive Bid Round 2019n, Eni was awarded the rights for exploration and production in the Block 28, which is located in a frontier exploration area about 10km from the coastline.Eni said that the move further consolidates its long term presence in the Southern African country. The block is located in deep water in the unexplored Namibe Basin in water depth ranging between 1000m and 2500m.Eni to operate the Block 28 with 60% stakeThe Italian firm will serve as operator of the block with 60% stake while the other partner include Sonangol P&P with 20% interest. The remaining 20% interest is planned to be assigned to a third partner during the closing of the contract.The firm, in a statement, said: “The award comes as an outcome of the 1st International Competitive Bid Round where open blocks were offered by ANPG in the Namibe-Benguela Basin as a part of the oil gas licenses planned offer for onshore and offshore, in the period 2019-2025.”Last year, Eni announced oil discovery in Block 15/06, in Angola’s deep offshore. The discovery was the fifth in the offshore block.The firm drilled the exploration well on the Agidigbo exploration prospect, using the West Gemini drillship at a water depth of 275m, and reached a total depth of 3800m.Post drill analysis at Agidigbo-1 NFW indicated 300 to 400 million barrels of light oil reserves in place. The prospect showed a single hydrocarbon column composed by a gas cap of approximately 60m and 100m of light oil.With a presence in Angola since 1980, Eni currently accounts for an equity production of approximately 145,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.last_img read more

Area High School Bands Qualify for State Competition

first_imgArea High School Bands Qualify for State CompetitionOCTOBER 28TH, 2016 BRADEN HARP EVANSVILLE, INDIANA North High School’s marching band will soon have a larger stage.“State Finals Marching Band Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium and we are very honored to do that. Our group is comprised of woodwinds, brass, percussion, and color guard” North High School Band Director Jay Emmert said.This is the first time in North High School history the marching band has advanced to state finals.“We were close to making it to state the prior two years so it’s finally nice to make t the point where we’ve earned out trip to the state finals” Emmert said.Students say all the band members have worked extremely hard to get to this level. They say a few factors set this year apart.“We had a lot of dedication especially from our younger members. You know a lot of them this year and they’ve put in a tremendous amount of work and even when times got rough they still pushed and managed to do the best they could” North High Band Member Payton Tucker said.North High School seniors in the band say they this will be an emotional end to their high school marching careers.“Enjoyed being a part of it. I’ve been a part of it for five years and this is a really great group of people and I feel truly privileged to be a part of the program” band member Kenan Lochmueller said.“This is awesome. I’m proud to be ending my high school marching career at Lucas Oil Stadium” Payton Tucker said.Emmert says it all comes down to Saturday morning when the band performs at the state finals in Indianapolis.“I think it’s going to be exhilarating I’m super excited to go to Lucas Oil Stadium for the fist time in school history we say a lot that our show is a big party: a big fiesta, and we are taking our fiesta to Lucas Oil Stadium” he said.North High School isn’t the only school advancing to state finals.Bands from Mater Dei, Southridge, Forest Park, Boonville, Vincennes Lincoln, Jasper and Castle high schools are also heading to indy this weekend.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

News story: Government announces new housing measures

first_img Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Email [email protected] Measures to champion the rights of homebuyers and help ensure that when they buy a new home they get the quality of build they rightly expect. The New Homes Ombudsman will protect the interests of homebuyers and hold developers to account when things go wrong.The government is committed to delivering 300,000 homes a year by the mid 2020s and has today (1 October 2018) announced further plans to speed up the planning system as well as make better use of land and vacant buildings to provide the homes that communities need.This includes more flexibility to extend upwards on existing blocks of flats, shops and offices making better use of space by increasing housing density.Championing ambitious councils keen to make new garden communities a central part of their plans for housing and economic growth and have local support there will be clearer rules to give more certainty for communities when land is needed to make this a reality.Local authorities will also receive additional freedom to make the most of existing brownfield land and dispose of surplus land that could instead accommodate new homes.To support a successful Commonwealth Games in 2022 and create a legacy long after the games are over, £165 million has been announced to unlock up to 5,100 homes in Birmingham and provide the infrastructure to support these new homes.As part of its comprehensive programme to improve building safety following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the government has also confirmed that it will ban the use of combustible materials on external walls of high-rise residential buildings. The ban will also apply to hospitals, care homes and student accommodation over 18 metres.Support for homebuyers facing problems with their newbuildThe government has announced that there will be a New Homes Ombudsman – a watchdog that will champion homebuyers, protect their interests and hold developers to account.We intend to legislate to require all new developers to belong to a new homes ombudsman.House buyers should be confident that when they purchase a new home, they get the quality of build and finish they expected.We will work with consumers and industry to develop our proposals and publish more details in due course.In the meantime government expects industry to continue to improve the current redress arrangements and improve the consistency of quality for new build homes.Planning reformThe government set out a package of reforms to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid 2020s through planning reform and targeted investment.As part of this the government has announced plans to consult on further measures to speed up the planning system as well as make better use of land and vacant buildings to deliver the homes that communities need.This includes: General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 With construction due to begin in 2019, the government will work with the West Midlands Combined Authority and Birmingham City council to support these ambitious plans.Birmingham 2022 is set to showcase Birmingham, the West Midlands and the entire country to the rest of the world as a destination for international trade, education, world class sport and tourism.Building safetyFollowing the Grenfell Tower tragedy the government established a comprehensive building safety programme that included an independent review on fire safety and building regulations. In the summer the government published its response to this review and said it would ban the use of combustible materials on external walls of high-rise buildings subject to consultation.Following this consultation the government has today (1 October 2018) confirmed that it will take forward this ban on all high-rise buildings that contains flats, as well as hospitals, residential care premises and student accommodation above 18 metres.This ban will be delivered through changes to building regulations and will limit materials available to products achieving a European classification of Class A1 or A2. creating a Commonwealth Games Village – providing a home-away-from-home for athletes and officials which will be converted to housing in Perry Barr following the games clearer guidance to give more certainty for communities when land is needed to make a New Town a reality. a New Homes Ombudsman to support homebuyers facing problems with their newly built home plans to help provide the homes the country needs through planning reform plans to create a lasting legacy from the 2022 Commonwealth Games measures to improve the safety of high-rise buildings 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Office address and general enquiries Social media – MHCLGcenter_img giving local authorities more flexibility to dispose of surplus land that could instead accommodate new homes. Contact form https://forms.communit… The government will consult on these new measures in due course.Funding for 2022 Commonwealth GamesFunding to help deliver the 2022 Commonwealth Games Village, provide necessary transport improvements and create a legacy after the games has ended has also been announced.The government will provide a £165 million funding boost to unlock up to 5,100 homes in Birmingham and support wider regeneration of the Perry Barr area through major infrastructure projects: introducing a new permitted development right to allow property owners to extend certain buildings upwards, while maintaining the character of residential and conservation areas and safeguarding people’s privacy. Media enquiries providing road and public transport improvements including upgrading the railway station, to support both new and existing communities If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. The government has today announced: Twitter – – – read more

News story: £19 million package to mark armistice centenary

first_imgAn extra £10 million will go to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to support veterans with mental health needs that are not being addressed through current services. The Trust already receives £10 million a year, so for this centenary year, as the Chancellor announced at the recent Budget, this will be doubled. The Covenant Fund Trust makes grants to a wide range of hugely deserving organisations who support the armed forces community.To ensure that young people are given the opportunity to learn about the sacrifices made by previous generations, the Chancellor is also making an additional £1 million available to support First World War battlefields tours for school students. This will build on the success of the existing First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme which gives one teacher and two students from every state-funded secondary school in England a free accredited battlefield tour to the Western Front.And to make sure local communities can continue to remember the sacrifices of generations past, the Chancellor is also providing up to £8 million to help with the cost of repairs and refurbishments to village halls and Miners’ Welfare and Armed Forces Organisations facilities.Many of the 16,000 village halls across the UK were built as memorials to local people who lost their lives in the first world war, and also serve as vital social hubs. Armed Forces Organisations, such as the Royal British Legion, provide a focus in the community for veterans, and can support improvements to health and wellbeing.The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond said: We owe the men and women who have served their country a huge debt of gratitude, and I am determined to do everything I can to help remember their sacrifice. Through this funding, we are ensuring that young people can learn from previous generations and keep the memory of their service alive. By preserving our history, we can also provide vital social hubs for local communities. And by caring for today’s veterans we can show that their selfless service, and their sacrifices, will always be remembered, and are hugely valued by a grateful nation.last_img read more

Frosh-O changes planned

first_imgAt Wednesday night’s student Senate meeting, junior Deirdre Harrington, chair of the Student Campus Orientation Committee (SCOC), led a discussion on upcoming changes to the first-year orientation program, or “Frosh-O.” Harrington said Frosh-O weekend begins the Friday that freshmen move into their dorms and continues through Sunday evening. SCOC and dorm Frosh-O committees and commissioners, as well as the University administration, plan activities and information sessions within allocated times throughout the weekend, “In SCOC, we train all the staff for Frosh-O and go over programming and work on inclusion and having a fair and welcoming Frosh-O experience for everyone,” Harrington said.Harrington said this year, SCOC hopes to “change the culture that surrounds Frosh-O to make it a more welcoming and inclusive experience. …  A lot of people don’t have positive experiences with Frosh-O weekend, and that’s not a good welcome to Notre Dame.”Part of making Frosh-O a positive experience involves training dorm commissioners, Harrington said. “We’re training them to identify micro and macro aggressions,” she said. “The idea is that these commissioners become active bystanders within their Frosh-O committees and … make sure every person feels welcome.”Harrington said several changes to the Class of 2018’s Frosh-O weekend are not actually new developments, but rather technicalities that have been largely ignored in recent years. For example, serenading dorms with songs and dances will not be allowed before Sunday. “We’re also looking into changing the name of ‘serenades’ to something that doesn’t have such a romantic connotation,” Harrinton said. “We want to change it so it isn’t heteronormative and doesn’t make people feel uncomfortable. The point of serenades is not to seduce people; it’s dorm spirit.”Additionally, dorms will walk to Domerfest on their own instead of being paired with another dorm. “We want to ensure there’s no [forced] dates … it’s not conducive to forming friendships, and it’s awkward,” Harrington said.“It’s also a logistical problem,” student government chief of staff and sophomore Shannon Montague said. “There’s going to be a lot of construction by Stepan [Center], and we’re really not sure what it’s going to look like and how easy it will be to get people through.”Another initiative SCOC will put forth this August is to encourage more programming between same-sex halls “because it’s important to have friends of your gender from outside your dorm,” Harrington said.Several senators expressed concern that this change would alter the dynamic of Frosh-O. Alumni Hall senator and freshman Scott Moore said opposite-gender dorm programming encourages freshmen to make friends with people of the opposite gender — an important experience within the University’s single-sex residence hall system. Montague said the ultimate goal for Frosh-O is to promote a balance of events.“I know it’s a huge part of Frosh-O, but we’ve heard a lot of comments on the other side, where people feel like they only have same-sex friends that live in their dorm,” Montague said. “This year, we’re trying to split the time. We just want to make sure all those complaints are addressed.”Tags: First Year Orientation, Frosh-O, SCOC, Senatelast_img read more

Bringing only a travel backpack, Saint Mary’s student assists women in India during summer trip

first_imgSaint Mary’s senior Grace Erving traveled to Kolkata, India, this summer to participate in a missionary program with the Missionaries of Charity. The social work major made the trek to India with only a travel backpack, spending one month serving the dying and destitute at Prem Dan, one of the Missionaries of Charity’s six facilities in Kolkata. Prem Dan, meaning ‘Gift of Love,’ specifically caters to the needs of the elderly and dying in the poorer areas of the city. “These women come to Prem Dan because they have been abandoned by their families and have nowhere else to go. Most people come to Prem Dan in a really bad state, and it’s incredible to see how they progress to become so happy,” Erving said in an email. The daily routine allowed Erving to connect with both her fellow volunteers, as well as the wider community. “Every day we would go to Mass with the sisters. Mass felt homey and reverent since they always took their shoes off before entering the sacred space,” she said. “After, all the volunteers would eat together and head to our assignments. Every day I walked through the slums. People on the streets recognized who we were and where we were going, so they would greet us every morning and try to speak English to us.” It was in the tiny acts of service, she said, that allowed her to connect with the women at Prem Dan.“Every morning we would go make beds and wipe everything down. Since some people can’t get out of bed, we would go back and make sure we fed them,” Erving said. “I think this was the most rewarding thing we did. It’s an incredibly humbling experience to feed them and just sit and be with them.” For Erving, being able to help provide both material and emotional support for these women was one of the greatest lessons. “It’s one thing to feed someone’s material needs and give them a bed, food and water. But people thirst for that intimacy and proximity to people,” she said. “As Christians, we are called to see Christ in everyone, and by sitting and feeding people you don’t even know, you start to see Christ in them.”While the trip wasn’t without its challenges, Evring said it ended up being one of the most transformative experiences. “While there was a language barrier at first since I didn’t speak Bengali, I ended up learning to communicate in ways I didn’t think I could before,” she said. “The women there were awesome. It was such a gift to just be able to go and spend time with them.”Erving said the greatest lesson she learned was how much your heart can open up to a new experience. “After doing something like this, your heart grows in its capacity to love,” she said. “The world is not scary at all. People are people. There are good people wherever you go. You will find so many people along the way when you just open yourself up to the possibility of going and seeing how it goes.” Tags: India, Prem Dan, Saint Mary’s College, summer abroadlast_img read more

Indonesia’s forex reserves hit record high in August

first_img“The forex reserves level will remain adequate, supported by stability and a positive outlook for the economy, in line with various policy responses to push for economic recovery.”The government faces a daunting task as it looks to raise Rp 900.4 trillion from the issuance of sovereign debt papers in the July-December period to cover for its budget deficit of 6.34 percent of gross domestic product as tax collection and proceeds from nontax income fell amid slowing economic activity due to the coronavirus pandemic.It previously planned to raise $5.5 billion in loans from multilateral organizations.The government has collected Rp 601.9 trillion in tax income as of July, down 14.7 percent year-on-year (yoy) and around 50 percent from this year’s target. Meanwhile, nontax income from oil and gas amounted to Rp 44 trillion as of July, down 34.8 percent yoy. Indonesia’s foreign exchange (forex) reserves soared to a record high in August mainly due to the government’s foreign borrowing, proceeds from oil and gas, as well as tax collection, Bank Indonesia has announced.The nation’s forex reserves rose by US$1.9 billion to $137 billion, surpassing the previous record of $135.1 billion a month earlier. The latest reserves position would allow for the payment of foreign debt and nine months of imports.“Bank Indonesia views the forex reserves level as adequate to support external stability and maintain macroeconomic and financial system stability,” the central bank said in a statement. “Although the downside risks for Indonesia’s economy from the COVID-19 pandemic has declined, the risks still remain and that places some uncertainty on the domestic financial market,” said Bank Mandiri economist Andry Asmoro.The delays in foreign direct investment during the pandemic, which could trigger capital and financial outflow, would put pressure on forex reserves and the rupiah exchange rate, he added.The rupiah appreciated 0.14 percent to 14,730 per US dollar as of 12:30 p.m. Jakarta time after suffering heavy losses last week amid concerns over Bank Indonesia’s independence following a new legislative proposal to revise central bank regulation.Andry expects the rupiah exchange rate to be at around Rp 14,296 per US dollar at the end of 2020, adding that the country’s current account deficit (CAD) would narrow to 1.49 percent of GDP.“Imports are decelerating faster than exports due to postponement in production and investment activities amid the pandemic,” he said, adding that the CAD would shrink as a result and therefore support the country’s balance of payments.Topics :last_img read more

Gold Coast property market prepares for auction blitz

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoPool with a view. It’s the first time 104/3645 Main Beach Pde has been listed for sale since 1986.THE Gold Coast’s summer selling season is set to start with a bang, with some 36 properties scheduled to go under the hammer across the region this weekend. A Main Beach penthouse is expected to attract plenty of attention when it goes to auction on Saturday. It’s an iconic penthouse with a vista to match.Tolemy Stevens of Harcourts Coastal said he had 80 groups through the DeVille Apartments penthouse at 104/3645 Main Beach Pde over four weeks. “In 14 years of selling luxury beachfront properties this is the biggest response I’ve had,” he said. “It just goes to show trophy real estate can still attract a crowd.”Other properties set to hit the auction block range from an Isle of Capri waterfront lifestyle home, to a chateau-style mountainside residence in Tallai. 104-106 Red Oak Drive, Tallai has a grand ballroom, spa, waterfall and pool. Picture perfect poolside. 46 Salerno St, Isle of Capri is set to sell.Hundreds of properties are anticipated to go to auction over summer, drawing huge crowds and attention, in a final selling blitz before the Commonwealth Games.last_img read more

Riverfront dream 2km from CBD

first_img The home has a bar.Anyone going to the open home will find a 787sq m home on the 1,115sq m block with over 15m of river-frontage — and it also has a private pontoon for mooring.There’s also a master floor with bedroom and ensuite, two walk-in robes, a home office with private entrance and a large outdoor riverfront deck which has its own putting green. Malouf makes a motza on property Horizon pool and large outdoor entertainment space.The property sits on a massive 1,115sq m block right on the water a short distance to the Eleanor Schonell Bridge — aka the Green Bridge — which links Dutton Park with the University of Queensland in St Lucia.The home, which is open for inspection on Saturday from 10.45am, has been marked to go to auction on Sunday October 27 at 11am. The home easily accommodates growing families.Mr Lordi said there had been an increase in enquiries from local, national and international buyers for luxury properties throughout Brisbane.“Brisbane has exceptional value — and these buyers see that and want to invest in the market before it’s too late,” he said. “We put all of these buyers in competition which in turn produces an above market result.”The property is open for inspection from 10:45am to 11:15am on Saturday. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The putting green on the outdoor deck on the master floor.Appliances in the entertainer’s kitchen are Miele and there’s also a butler’s pantry in the living floor which has several formal and informal zones, a media room, storage room, workshop, plus a huge outdoor riverfront recreation area.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe home also has a horizon edge pool with water feature, self-contained accommodation, a dedicated bar, kitchenette and temperature-controlled wine cellar. A home built to pamper.Mr Lordi said it was a prime piece of riverfront real estate walking distance from the centre of Brisbane.“This property is truly immaculate,” Mr Lordi said. “Spread over four storeys with suspended concrete slab and located only 2km from Brisbane CBD, this home is the definition of riverfront inner city luxury living.”center_img 9 Borva Street, Dutton Park, Qld 4102A stunning home spread across four storeys is expected to generate strong interest given its riverfront location just 2km from the Brisbane CBD.The five bedroom home at 9 Borva Street, Dutton Park, hit the market this week, with agent Joseph Lordi, McGrath Bayside — Manly and Cleveland — set to take it to auction in October. How to keep your cool whien househunting MORE: Region now a millionaire magnet Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

Coastal Conservancy Gets $2M for Wetland Restoration

first_imgThe California State Coastal Conservancy has received $2 million in grant funding for coastal wetland restoration from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program.The grant program annually provides grants of up to $1 million to coastal and Great Lakes states, as well as U.S. territories to protect, restore and enhance coastal wetland ecosystems and associated uplands.This year, $1 million each was awarded to the Big Canyon Wetlands Restoration Project in Newport Beach, and the Elkhorn Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Phase 2 Project in Monterey County.“National Coastal Wetlands Conservation funding only goes to projects of national importance,” said Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer of the California State Coastal Conservancy. “The two Conservancy projects funded this year will restore diverse and complex ecosystems that are part of the nation’s natural heritage.”Big Canyon Wetlands RestorationThe California State Coastal Conservancy will restore 9.6 acres of coastal wetlands and associated uplands draining to Upper Newport Bay in the 60-acre Big Canyon Nature Park in Newport Beach, California.The project goal is to restore a self-sustaining coastal wetlands complex across the tidal to freshwater to uplands continuum. Specifically, the project will restore and enhance 1,000 feet of channel and instream habitat, 5.8 acres of riparian scrub, 0.5 acres of alkali meadow and 3.3 acres of coastal sage scrub.Elkhorn Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Phase 2The California State Coastal Conservancy, in partnership with the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, will restore approximately 30 acres of tidal wetlands in Elkhorn Slough and establish perennial grassland on five acres adjacent to the restored tidal wetlands.last_img read more