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Total relinquishes operatorship of five blocks off Brazil

first_imgFoz do Amazonas blocks map; Source: Total Total said on Monday that the blocks in question were the FZA-M-57, FZA-M-86, FZA-M-88, FZA-M-125, and FZA-M-127 blocks. According tothe company, it notified its partners that it was resigning the operator role onAugust 19. The five blocks are located some 120 kilometres offshore. Through the alliance,the two groups are implementing R&D projects on topics such as artificialintelligence leading to efficiency gains, with direct applications in Brazil. In October 2019, a consortium led by Total was awarded Block C-M-541, located in the Campos Basin, in the 16th Bidding Round held by Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency (ANP). Total informedthe National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas, and Biofuels (ANP) of thisdecision, that opens a period of six months during which a new operator will beappointed and to whom the operated activities will be handed over. In 2017, Total and Petrobras formed a strategic alliance encompassing exploration and production and gas, renewables and power activities.center_img Total exploration& production portfolio currently includes 24 blocks, with 10 operated. In2019, the group’s production in the country averaged 16,000 barrels of oil perday. It is worthnoting that Total has been present in Brazil for over 40 years and has morethan 3,000 employees in the country. The company operates in all segments –exploration and production, gas, renewable energies, lubricants, chemicals, anddistribution. During thisperiod, Total must continue monitoring all regulatory processes on behalf ofits partners Petrobras and BP. French oil major Total has opted to resign from its role of operator for five exploration blocks, located in the Foz do Amazonas Basin offshore Brazil. The company entered the fuel distribution market in Brazil with the acquisition in December 2018 of Grupo Zema’s distribution activities. It owns a network of 280 service stations, as well as several storage facilities for petroleum products and ethanol.last_img read more


September 28, 2020 0

Community Sharing Night is Saturday at Cottage Grove

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – Cottage Grove Speedway will be back in action on Saturday, May 16 for Community Sharing Night.Fans bringing a can of non-perishable food will receive a $2 discount at the admission booth. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are both on the weekend card.Three races have produced as many different winners in the Modified ranks.  Jesse Williamson, Braedon Hand and Kinzer Cox have each scored one win thus far.Gene Ashley won the one previous feature event held for Northern SportMods.Pit gates open at 2 p.m., the front gate opens at 4 p.m., qualifying is at 5:30 p.m. and racing be­gins at approximately 6:45 p.m.last_img read more


September 23, 2020 0

ICC World Cup Shikhar Dhawan gets heartfelt message from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The India opener Shikhar Dhawan is officially ruled out of ICC World Cup 2019 after sustaining a thumb injury in the encounter against Australia. The wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who has featured in five one-day Internationals for India, will replace him. Rishabh Pant was called by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ahead of the marqee clash against Pakistan to join the team for precautionary measures. In the meantime, he was seen practising with the team, and also cheered from crowd at Old Traffors in Manchester. The moustache rolling southpaw has often been termed as the man of ICC tournaments, and even in the two games he featured this World Cup, he was looking in dazzling touch. Against the five-time champions, Australia, he even smashed a memorable hundred to set the platform for a big score. His contribution on and off the field will certainly be missed by India. Rishabh Pant, on the other hand, will be playing his first ICC 50-over tournament and will look to utilize his Indian Premier League (IPL) form in the games to come. However, with the playing XI looking settled, it looks highly unlikely that Rishabh will feature from the next game. On this, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his heartfelt feelings for India’s prolific opener. He took to the twitter and said, “Dear Shikhar no doubt the pitch will miss you but I hope you recover at the earliest so that you can once again be back on the field and contribute to more wins for the nation.”Here’s the Tweet:Rishabh Pant has scored 93 runs in the four innings, with the highest total of 36 runs against West Indies in the home series. He averages just over 23 in ODI cricket, which isn’t anywhere near to his own set standards. Interestingly, India has now four wicket-keepers in the squad – MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, and Rishabh Pant. Meanwhile, India will play their next game against the minnows of the tournament, Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Earlier in the tournament, India played against South Africa at the same ground and emerged as victorious.   last_img read more


September 19, 2020 0

US Ambassadors discuss diplomacy in East Asia

first_imgThe USC Center on Public Diplomacy held a Conversation in Public Policy event with U.S. ambassadors to several Asian countries at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism on Tuesday afternoon.Down to business · Alexander Feldman, above, President and Chief Executive Officer of the US-ASEAN Business Council, speaks on campus. Tuesday. – Christine Yoo | Daily TrojanThe panel was composed of the United States ambassadors to Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore and Malaysia, as well as the president and CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council, Alexander Feldman. Professor Gabriel Kahn, co-director of the Media, Economics and Entrepreneurship program at Annenberg, mediated the conversation.ASEAN, or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is a political and economic organization made up of 10 countries that have seen years of economic growth. Over the last few years, increased trading with countries that are part of ASEAN has had a positive effect on the American economy and California’s economy in particular.The conversation revolved around trade and economics. To open the discussion, Feldman asked the ambassadors if they ever felt it was part of the challenge to overcome the dominance that the China-U.S. trade and economic relationship poses in order to develop a true economic policy geared toward ASEAN.“The United States invests $200 billion in ASEAN and $158 billion of that runs through Singapore,” said Kirk Wagar, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore.The ambassadors said that they had different economic and diplomatic focuses.Robert O. Blake Jr., U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, mentioned the importance of utilizing social networking in nations which do business with the United States. He explained that because Indonesia’s population is largely juvenile, he and his team took part in creating a 21st-century cultural center in Jakarta. The center, named @america, invites young Indonesians to explore and discuss ideas about the United States. These kinds of projects familiarize Indonesians with the United States.Kimiya Shokoohi, a recent Annenberg graduate, attended the conversation because of her interest in America’s influence in public policy abroad.“I didn’t realize the magnitude and presence of the U.S. in ASEAN,” she said. “There is a great potential for increased trade in all of Asia.”Some of the ambassadors stressed the importance of using public diplomacy to help American companies in foreign countries, as well as express humanitarian values. Blake described how in late September a province in Sumatra enacted into law a bill that implements a stricter version of Islamic Sharia law in the town’s criminal law. The law would allow for corporal punishment against homosexual sex on both Muslims and non-Muslims. The embassy’s response was to release a tweet reflecting that in their opinion it was an unfortunate decision.Blake further explained that American responses like these affect Indonesian business decisions.“It’s also important for [Indonesian businesses] to know that if they are trying to attract American investment and if they’re trying to attract American tourism, these kinds of things are not going to attract those objectives,” he said.William Todd, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, concluded the conversation by encouraging the students in attendance to consider a career in foreign service. He explained that one thing all of the ambassadors present had in common was strong enthusiasm for their jobs.Mary Phung, a senior majoring in international relations, came to the event due to her interest in foreign service and ASEAN.“I have been interested in joining the foreign service. It was great to find out what kinds of activities our ambassadors impart in,” Phung said.last_img read more


September 17, 2020 0

Rugby Cranes off to Zimbabwe

first_imgRugby Cranes have this morning set off for Harare where they will face off with the Zimbabwe Sables in the Rugby Afrique Tier 1A.The Cranes honestly are counting their chances; Zimbabwe was humiliated by Kenya 61-15 while we lost to Namibia at home 40-31 in an epic encounter.Namibia last weekend embarrassed a resurgent Kenya with a 56-21 scoreline, much to the regret of the Cranes as we literally threw away our game against the African champions.On the back of that performance, the Cranes are in a buoyant mood to upstage the Sables on home soil; reason being, it is the one honest chance they have of staying in the elite Tier 1A. It is unlikely we shall beat Kenya at home next weekend. StatisticsNamibia has 2 winsKenya has 1 win and 1 lossZimbabwe has 1 lossUganda has 1 lossThe team: Masendi Robert, Odongo Brian, Kitooke Elijah, Kimbowa Collin, Uhuru Odong Charles, Wandicho John Willam, Asaba Brian,Oketayot Byron, Mpande Arthur Joshua, Ogena Puis, Kalyango Thomas Oscar, Okorach Michael, Lubanga Chris, Magomu Ivan , Arthur Watum Cyrus, Odongo Marvin Harold, Mugerwa Asuman,Kiwalabye Davis Kayongo, Odong James, Wokorach Phillip, Ssebuliba Lawrence,  Jawdong Aredo Joseph, Kasita EricShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more


August 13, 2020 0

New Decision limits use of video evidence in golf

first_img The R&A and the USGA have issued a new Decision on the Rules of Golf to limit the use of video evidence in the game which takes effect immediately.The two organisations have also established a working group of LPGA, PGA Tour, European Tour, Ladies European Tour and PGA of America representatives to immediately begin a comprehensive review of broader video issues that arise in televised competitions, including viewer call-ins.New Decision 34-3/10 implements two standards for Rules committees to limit the use of video: 1) when video reveals evidence that could not reasonably be seen with the “naked eye” and 2) when players use their reasonable judgment to determine a specific location when applying the Rules. The full language of the Decision can be found on the R&A website.The first standard states “the use of video technology can make it possible to identify things that could not be seen with the naked eye.” An example includes a player who unknowingly touches a few grains of sand in taking a backswing with a club in a bunker when making a stroke.If the committee concludes that such facts could not reasonably have been seen with the naked eye and the player was not otherwise aware of the potential breach, the player will be deemed not to have breached the Rules, even when video technology shows otherwise. This extends the provision from ball at rest moved cases, which was introduced in 2014 (Decision 18/4).The second standard applies when a player determines a spot, point, position, line, area, distance or other location in applying the Rules and recognises that a player should not be held to the degree of precision that can sometimes be provided by video technology. Examples include determining the nearest point of relief, or replacing a lifted ball.So long as the player does what can reasonably be expected under the circumstances to make an accurate determination, the player’s reasonable judgment will be accepted, even if later shown to be wrong by the use of video evidence.Both of these standards have been extensively discussed as part of the Rules modernisation initiative and The R&A and the USGA have decided to enact this Decision immediately because of the many difficult issues arising from video review in televised golf.The standards in the Decision do not change any of the current requirements in the Rules, as the player must still act with care, report all known breaches of the Rules and try to do what is reasonably expected in making an accurate determination when applying the Rules.Video-related topics that require a deeper evaluation by the working group include the use of information from sources other than participants such as phone calls, email or social media and the application of penalties after a score card has been returned.Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We have been considering the impact of video review on the game and feel it is important to introduce a Decision to give greater clarity in this area. Golf has always been a game of integrity and we want to ensure that the emphasis remains as much as possible on the reasonable judgment of the player rather than on what video technology can show.”USGA Executive Director/CEO Mike Davis said, “This important first step provides officials with tools that can have a direct and positive impact on the game. We recognise there is more work to be done. Advancements in video technology are enhancing the viewing experience for fans but can also significantly affect the competition. We need to balance those advances with what is fair for all players when applying the Rules.”The R&A and the USGA will consider additional modifications recommended by the working group for implementation in advance of 1 January 2019, when the new code resulting from the collaborative work to modernise golf’s Rules takes effect. 25 Apr 2017 New Decision limits use of video evidence in golf last_img read more


August 12, 2020 0

The 4-H International Exchanges is Looking for a Few Great Host…

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of Commissioners Experience the richness of the world in your own home this summer.Washington 4-H International Exchange offers families statewide the opportunity to host a youth delegate from Japan or South Korea for a four-week homestay. Youth delegates are ages 12-17 and eager to make new friends, improve their English, share their culture, and experience real American family life in Washington.Host families need to have a child of the same gender and within 3-4 years of the delegate’s age. We’re currently recruiting host families for boys ranging in age from 13 – 17. Host families provide a bed and meals. No special activities are required and host families do not need to be members of 4-H.Do you have room in your life this summer for an amazing cultural experience?For more information contact State Coordinator, Dianna Ullery at 360-867-2153, [email protected] Summer, 4-H KidsYouth ages 6-12 are invited to join us for the 4-H GROWS! summer program at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, June 26 – 29, 2018.Get your green thumb warmed up and learn how to design, plant, grow, prepare, and eat your veggies. Become a 4-H Junior Master Gardener and even show off your garden and produce during the Thurston County Fair, August 1-5.This 4-H program is open to youth ages 6-12 and 4-H membership is not required. Cost is $90 for the four day program, June 26-June 29. Each child should plan to bring their own lunch, but snacks, a t-shirt, and loads of fun are included in the registration fee. Scholarships are available.For more information and registration contact the 4-H office at 360-867-2157.last_img read more


August 5, 2020 0