The preliminary estimates of the discovery is between 1 and 2 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable oil equivalents Image: The licensees are planning to assess the results of the well to further follow-up of the resource potential in the production licence. Photo courtesy of QR9iudjz0/Freeimages. DNO North Sea (Norge) and its partners have made minor oil and gas discovery at wildcat well 6507/7-16 S located near Heidrun field in the Norwegian Sea.Located in production licence 888, the well was drilled about 4km west of the Heidrun field in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea and 240km west of Brønnøysund.The well was aimed at proving petroleum in reservoir rocks from the Early and Middle Jurassic Age (the Garn, Ile and Tilje Formations).Following drilling, the well 6507/7-16 S encountered a total gas column of 52m in the Garn, Not and Ile Formations, of which 48m of sandstone with good to very good reservoir quality.In the Ile Formation, a four-metre thick oil column was found Under the gas column. The drilling also encountered net water-bearing reservoir rocks of about 75m deeper down in the Ile, Ror and Tilje Formations, mainly with moderate to good reservoir quality.Drilled to a measured depth of 3238m and a vertical depth of 3184m below sea level, the well was terminated in the Tilje Formation from the Early Jurassic Age.DNO used Island Innovator drilling facility to drill the well 6507/7-16 SThe well, which will now be permanently plugged and abandoned, was drilled using the Island Innovator drilling facility.The preliminary estimates of the discovery ranges between 1 and 2 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable oil equivalents.The licensees are planning to assess the results of the well to further follow-up of the resource potential in the production licence.NPD said that the well extensive volumes of data have been collected from the well and samples have been taken. It was not formation-tested.DNO holds 40% stake in the production license 888 while ConocoPhillips and Wellesley Petroleum each hold 30% stakes in the discovery.In August 2019, Aker BP said it has made gas discovery at the near the Bøyla field in the North Sea following drilling of wildcat well 24/9-13 and appraisal well 24/9-13 A in production licence 869 (PL 869).
View post tag: course Back to overview,Home naval-today HNLMS Johan de Witt Hosts Senior Maritime Security Course View post tag: de View post tag: Maritime View post tag: Defense View post tag: hosts View post tag: Witt View post tag: Johan View post tag: Navy View post tag: HNLMS View post tag: News by topic HNLMS Johan de Witt Hosts Senior Maritime Security Course View post tag: Naval Between 18 – 26 August 2013, EUCAP NESTOR organised a senior maritime security course for fourteen participants from the Horn of Africa region, on board EU Naval Force flagship HNLMS Johan de Witt.On 18 August the fourteen participants embarked HNLMS Johan de Witt in Djibouti and during the week long course, the Dutch warship sailed out in to the Gulf of Aden and provided a platform in support of the EUCAP Nestor maritime security training programme. The course participants disembarked back to Djibouti on Monday 26 August.The course focused on enhancing personal leadership skills and the participants’ knowledge of the legal and operational aspects of maritime security. In addition to traditional teaching methods, the course also focused on individual skills, knowledge and experience through case studies, group work and practical exercises.The close cooperation between EUCAP Nestor and EU Naval Force in organizing the course on board the flagship ensured that the theoretical teachings were further enhanced by practical sessions. This cooperation between the two EU missions for Somalia is part of the EU’s comprehensive approach to the region.Speaking about the course, the EUCAP Nestor Head of Mission, Mr Etienne de Poncins, stated ‘I trust that upon their return to shore, participants will be better equipped to be able to contribute to shaping and implementing a maritime security system in Somalia’.EUCAP Nestor is a civilian led European Union mission aimed at enhancing maritime capacities of countries off the Horn of Africa and the Western Indian Ocean.EU Naval Force deters, prevents and represses acts of piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia. EU Naval Force ships protect World Food Programme vessels delivering aid to Somalia and AMISOM shipping. EU Naval Force ships also contribute to the monitoring of fishing activity off the Somali Coast.[mappress]Press Release, August 28, 2013; Image: Navy Training & Education August 28, 2013 View post tag: Security View post tag: Senior View post tag: Defence Share this article
View post tag: Arrests Authorities Share this article October 12, 2015 Sri Lanka Navy assisted the Sri Lanka Coast Guard to arrest nineteen Indian fishermen along with two Indian fishing trawlers poaching in Sri Lankan waters.The culprits were poaching east of Point Pedro and Vettalakerni on October 9.The arrested fishermen, along with their trawlers and their catch, were brought to Kankasanthurai and handed over to the officials of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Jaffna) for onward action.[mappress mapid=”17159″]Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: Poachers Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka Navy Arrests 19 Poachers View post tag: Sri Lanka Navy Sri Lanka Navy Arrests 19 Poachers
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint removers for consumer use. EPA has taken this action because of the acute fatalities that have resulted from exposure to the chemical.“After analyzing the health impacts and listening to affected families, EPA is taking action to stop the use of this chemical in paint removers intended for consumers,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Today’s decision reflects EPA’s commitment to ensure that chemicals in the retail marketplace are safe for the American public.”“This rule answers calls from many affected families to effectively remove these products from retail shelves and retail distribution channels, providing protection for the American public,” said Assistant Administrator for Chemical Safety Alexandra Dunn. In today’s final rule, EPA found risks to consumers to be unreasonable. Acute (short-term) exposures to methylene chloride fumes can rapidly cause dizziness, loss of consciousness, and death due to nervous system depression. People have died after being incapacitated during paint and coating removal with methylene chloride. A variety of effective, less harmful substitutes are readily available for paint removal.Paint removal products containing methylene chloride will not be able to be sold at any retail or distribution establishments that have consumer sales, including e-commerce sales. Those prohibitions start 180 days after the effective date of the final rule, which provides time for establishments selling this chemical to consumers to come into compliance with EPA’s ban. EPA expects that many suppliers will implement the rule much sooner. To the extent that consumers want to avoid the unreasonable health risks, consumers should not use methylene chloride for paint and coating removal.EPA is also requiring manufacturers, processors, and distributors to notify retailers and others in their supply chains of the prohibitions and to keep basic records. Once published, the final rule and supporting documents will be available in the Federal Register docket at: https://www.regulations.gov/ and by searching for EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0231.EPA is also soliciting public input for a future rulemaking that could establish a training, certification, and limited access program for methylene chloride for commercial uses.EPA is asking for input on the key elements required for such a program. Upon publication in the Federal Register of the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR), EPA will accept public comments for 60 days in docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2018-0844 on: www.regulations.gov.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Following A Level results last week, the latest UCAS statics revealed a 14% rise in acceptances for nursing and midwifery courses in England, with many more expected during clearing.Last month the NHS People Plan set out how the NHS will put staff wellbeing at its heart with a new recruitment, retention and support package. It sets out practical support for wellbeing, such as: It is fantastic to see we have record numbers of staff working in our NHS, and as set out last month in the NHS People Plan, we must strive to make the NHS the best possible place to work for all. This will help us retain more of our hardworking staff and ensure the NHS can continue to protect us, as we protected it throughout the peak of this pandemic. With the latest UCAS figures already showing a 14% rise in people accepting places on nursing courses in England, we are well on our way to delivering 50,000 more nurses by the end of this Parliament. We have protected the NHS, and we are investing record sums into the NHS, hiring more doctors and nurses so that the NHS is always there for you and your family. The number of nurses in the NHS in England increased by 13,840 compared with last year, and the number of doctors has risen by 9,306, figures published today up until the end of May show.All professionally qualified clinical staff, doctors, paramedics and support to clinical staff are now at record levels.Responding to today’s NHS workforce statistics, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: safe spaces to rest and recuperate wellbeing guardians support to keep staff physically safe and healthy The figures for May include some former healthcare professionals who bravely volunteered to return to the frontline during the pandemic. May figures also show that 592 returners were identified, of which there are 102 doctors and 157 nurses and health visitors. Not all returners are reflected in the monthly workforce stats as they could have been employed on fixed term, honorary or bank contracts, or via NHS Professionals.Background informationToday NHS Digital has published its monthly NHS workforce data for May 2020Over the last year (May 2019 to May 2020) the number of nurses has gone up by 13,840, from 281,781 to 295,620.Over the last year (May 2019 to 2020) the number of doctors has gone up by 9,306, from 111,950 to 121,256.Student nurses do not have full registration with the NMC, and so are counted as ‘support to clinical staff’. They are not included in the ‘nurses’ count. Medical students are on the same standing as Foundation 1 doctors, and so are counted as ‘doctors’ in the statistics.NHS Professionals is an organisation in the United Kingdom that supplies temporary staff to the National Health Service.
Hovis has signed up to a charter developed by the TUC to support employees with terminal illness.The Dying to Work charter is designed to make employers more aware of the impact of terminal illness, enabling them to support employees during an uncertain time.Hovis is understood to be the first business in the bread category to sign up to the charter, which commits it to providing terminally ill employees with security in their jobs.The charter is supported by several organisations and has been signed in conjunction with four unions: Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU), Unite the Union, United Road Transport Union (URTU) and Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW).“For those who are given a terminal diagnosis, it is important that they can focus on themselves and their families without the stress of needing to worry about their employment,” said Hovis HR director Pete Hill.“This is a practice that we have naturally adopted, so I did not hesitate in agreeing to sign the charter when asked to do so by our four unions, BFAWU, Unite the Union, USDAW and URTU.”TUC deputy general secretary Paul Nowak said a person’s job should be the least of their worries when they received a terminal diagnosis.“I’m delighted Hovis have shown real leadership in this area, working with unions to guarantee fair treatment for terminally-ill workers,” he added. “We now have a million workers being covered by the Dying to Work charter across the country, and we expect more employers to commit in the coming months.”BFAWU national president Ian Hodson said the union welcomed the work done between Hovis and the trade unions to guarantee peace of mind for any of their colleagues that found themselves being diagnosed with a terminal illness.“Hovis is the first employer in our industry to sign up for the charter and one of only a few private-sector employers to do so, and I hope today’s signing encourages other employers to provide the same support moving forward.”
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — Punxsutawney Phil has emerged from his burrow to forecast there will be six more weeks of winter. The spectacle that is Groundhog Day at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, still went on this year despite a winter storm and the coronavirus pandemic. The prognosticator of prognosticators emerged at dawn on Tuesday. Members of his inner circle revealed he had seen his shadow, indicating six more weeks of winter. Phil this year, like many years in the past, gave his forecast during a major snowstorm that hit the entire Northeast.
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Hamilton to Land in Germany & the NetherlandsThe world is wide enough for Hamilton! Stage Entertainment is working on German and Dutch versions of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s gargantuan hit. According to Volkskrant, it will however, be at least three years before the Tony-winning musical reaches the stage in the two countries. The first international production of Hamilton is scheduled to begin performances at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre next year.Party With Mel B on New Year’s EveWhoopee! Mel B begins performances as Roxie in Chicago on December 28, but you’ll also be able to ring in the New Year with her. Scary Spice will be spicing up co-hosting NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly in Times Square; the broadcast is set to feature special performances from musical superstars Alicia Keys, Pentatonix and Blake Shelton.Condola Rashad to Star Opposite Chiwetel EjioforTony nominee Condola Rashad, who will next be seen on Broadway in A Doll’s House, Part 2, has boarded the cast of Netflix’s Come Sunday, Deadline writes. The film, headlined by Chiwetel Ejiofor, follows the true story of a well-known evangelical minister in Tulsa, who reveals that hell doesn’t exist.Bryce Pinkham Gets FancyHoliday Inn’s Bryce Pinkham and Lucas Caleb Rooney will co-host Zara Aina’s fourth annual Big Ol’ Fancy Pants Benefit on December 12. The pair founded the organization to help at-risk children in Madagascar expand their capacity for achievement through theatrical performance and storytelling. The one-night-only concert will take place at the Sheen Center’s Loreto Theater and include performances by Pinkham and more; you can buy tickets here.Comet Scribe’s Second New York ShowThe Great Comet’s mastermind, Dave Malloy, will soon have another tuner playing in New York. Beardo, with book and lyrics by Jason Craig, music by Malloy and directed by Ellie Heyman, is set to make its Big Apple premiere at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Brooklyn. The Russian indie rock musical, which examines royalty, peasantry, sex, dirt, grandeur and hemophilia, is scheduled to play a limited engagement February 3, 2017 through February 26. Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont announces expansion of benefits for nicotine replacement Products
BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF VERMONT ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF BENEFITS FOR NICOTINE REPLACEMENT PRODUCTSState’s Largest Insurer Leads New Tobacco Cessation EffortBerlin, Vt. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) announced today that it will extend access to low or no cost nicotine replacement products to all its members in an expanded effort to encourage smokers to quit.”Tobacco-related medical conditions contribute greatly to the high cost of health care, not to mention the personal cost to patients suffering from a preventable illness,” explained BCBSVT Corporate Medical Director Stephen Perkins, M.D. “Extending this program will help more of our members who want to quit smoking.”BCBSVT has covered nicotine replacement products for its members enrolled in fully-insured benefit plans since 2001 as part of a Vermont Department of Health tobacco cessation program called Quit Bucks”. Company officials said the decision to extend nicotine replacement benefits to all its members at no additional cost to the member or the employer should help lower the rate of smoking and mark a significant step forward in its attempts to reduce health care costs.BCBSVT is the first health insurer participating in the program to extend this coverage to all its members.The Quit Bucks program seeks to remove the high-cost of nicotine replacement therapies as an obstacle for Vermonters who want to quit smoking. The retail cost of nicotine replacement patches, gum or lozenges can be a barrier to participation. The insurance payment program enables eligible Vermonters who agree to use tobacco cessation counseling services to purchase nicotine-replacement patches, gum or lozenges for a $20 co-payment, much less than the retail value. For a limited time, a supplemental coupon is available to defray the co-pay, making the product cost free.More than 15,000 Vermonters have taken advantage of the statewide tobacco cessation programs and the prevalence of smoking among adults declined from 22.4 percent to 19.8 percent. The per capita cigarette consumption has dropped by 30 percent.”We all know how hard it is to quit smoking,” said Catherine Suiter, statewide tobacco cessation coordinator, “but you can double your chances of success by using nicotine replacement and by getting some coaching. BCBSVT has taken the lead in Vermont by providing patches, gum or lozenges to every member through the Quit Bucks program. We are very pleased to team up with BCBSVT to help Vermonters stop using tobacco.”For more information contact your local hospital for the Ready, Set&STOP program or call the Vermont Quit Line 877-YES-QUIT.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing health benefits coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.