Lundin Energy drills dry well on Polmak prospect in Barents Sea

first_imgThe well showed indications of hydrocarbons in a 9 meter interval in poor quality reservoir in the targeted formation Lundin Energy is the operator of the Polmak prospect.(Credit: Lundin Energy.) Lundin Energy Norway, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lundin Energy, has announced the completion of exploration well on the Polmak prospect in the southern Barents Sea.The main objective of drilling the exploration well 7221/4-1 was to prove the presence of hydrocarbons in Triassic aged sandstones within the Kobbe formation of the Polmak prospect.According to the company, the well showed indications of hydrocarbons in a 9 meter interval in poor quality reservoir in the targeted formation.The exploration well 7221/4-1, which targeted the Polmak prospect in licences PL609 and PL1027, has been classified as dry.West Bollsta drilling rig drilled the exploration well 7221/4-1The West Bollsta semi-submersible drilling rig has drilled the exploration well 7221/4-1, 30km east of the Johan Castberg discovery.With 47.51% of working interest, Lundin Energy is the operator of the Polmak prospect.The partners include Wintershall DEA Norge with 25% stake, INPEX Norge with 10% interest, DNO Norge owning 10% and Idemitsu Petroleum Norge with 7.5% working stake.The West Bollsta drilling rig will now be moved to drill the Lundin Energy operated Bask prospect in licence PL533B.The exploration well 7219/11-1 will target the Paleocene aged sandstones which are expected to contain gross un-risked prospective resources of approximately 250 million barrels of oil (MMbo).Lundin Energy holds 40% working stake in the Bask prospect and its partners include Aker BP with 35% and Wintershall DEA with 25% stake.Recently, the company has secured drilling permit from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) for well 16/4-12 in production licence 981.The well 16/4-12 will be drilled about 1km west of the 16/4-6 S Solveig oil discovery, with the West Bollsta drilling facility.last_img read more

Philippine Navy Acquires Hamilton-class Patrol Craft From United States

first_img View post tag: Patrol Philippine Navy Acquires Hamilton-class Patrol Craft From United States View post tag: acquires View post tag: Hamilton-class View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: from Share this article View post tag: craft Equipment & technology March 7, 2011 Back to overview,Home naval-today Philippine Navy Acquires Hamilton-class Patrol Craft From United States View post tag: united View post tag: Philippine View post tag: Navy View post tag: states The Philippine navy has said it had bought a large Hamilton-class patrol craft from the United States to help it guard its waters, amid tens…([mappress]Source:,March 7, 2011;last_img read more

Senator Receives U.S. Navy’s Highest Civilian Award

first_img View post tag: U.S. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense Senator Receives U.S. Navy’s Highest Civilian Award View post tag: Navy View post tag: Civilian Back to overview,Home naval-today Senator Receives U.S. Navy’s Highest Civilian Award View post tag: SENATOR View post tag: highestcenter_img January 30, 2013 Authorities View post tag: Navy’s Senator Lisa Murkowski today received the United States Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award from U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus for her “selfless service to the Nation’s Sailors and Marines [that] ensured they were provided the resources necessary to support and defend the Nation’s interests around the globe,” according to the certificate. The Navy also recognized her Arctic leadership that guarantees “our combat forces are prepared to meet the challenges of a dynamic operational environment.”When presenting Senator Murkowski with the medal, Secretary Mabus  said “the award speaks for itself, but I want to thank you personally and on behalf of the Navy and Marine Corps for all you’ve done for us – for sticking up for us.”When Senator Murkowski received the distinction (attached) from Secretary Mabus, she admitted “I am really honored, truly honored” at the gesture of goodwill.  Mabus responded to her “you earned this.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 30, 2013 View post tag: receives View post tag: award View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

CHANNEL 44 NEWS: Teachers Receive Top Honors From UE

first_imgTeachers Receive Top Honors from UEFour educators in Evansville went to work thinking it was a normal day. But little did they know, they were being recognized for their efforts. The University of Evansville presented its Outstanding Educators of the Year awards. Staff and students…FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

News story: Civil/crime news: privacy notices updated on application forms

first_img our requests for personal data and the way it is managed how to obtain a copy of the personal data we hold We have updated our application forms to include revised privacy notices following the rollout of new data protection legislation on 25 May 2018.Which application forms are affected?All our civil and crime application forms. Also, crime eForms.Why do we have privacy notices?Privacy notices set out certain standards which your clients can expect from the Legal Aid Agency regarding personal data.Among the areas covered are: Will old forms still be accepted?Previous versions of these forms will continue to be accepted in the coming weeks so that providers have time to adjust. But we would prefer you to use the new versions.Show all clients updated privacy noticesYour clients need to be aware of the updated privacy notices. This is especially important if you are submitting the older version of the form.It means directing your clients to the new privacy notices when you are collecting personal information.These privacy notices are on the new forms and you can use the links at the end of this article to help you.CCMS privacy noticesWe are working on integrating privacy notices into the Client and Cost Management System (CCMS).Until this happens CCMS users need to refer to the privacy notice available for download on the supporting guidance page for civil legal aid application forms. This was explained in our news article on 23 May 2018.Why is this necessary?These changes are part of a comprehensive review of our processes and systems in response to the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).What is GDPR?GDPR legislation came into force on 25 May 2018 and is the biggest change to data protection rules for 20 years. The aim is to harmonise data privacy laws across the European Union.Keeping you informedFuture updates on GDPR and privacy notices will be published on the legal aid news pages on GOV.UK.These will include letting you know when the new CCMS privacy notice has been integrated into the system.Further informationUpdated forms:Civil legal aid application formsControlled work application formsCriminal legal aid application formsCCMS privacy notice:Civil legal aid application forms: supporting guidance – to download ‘civil legal aid applications privacy notice’CCMS news story:Civil news: use revised privacy notice for CCMS applications – GOV.UK article 23 May 2018 what to do if your client thinks standards are not being metlast_img read more

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Share Video Of “Fortress > Time To Ride” From Last Colorado Show [Pro-Shot]

first_imgPigeons Playing Ping Pong has steadily grown in popularity throughout their existence. Touring extensively, the band has won a devoted nationwide fanbase and gone from playing small rooms to headlining large theaters in a matter of just a few years. This weekend, Pigeons will head to Colorado for a three-night, three city run. Tonight, they’ll stop in Vail to perform at the 36th annual Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships. On Friday, March 9th, the band will head to Durango for a performance at Animas with Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers. Finally, on Saturday, March 10th, Pigeons Playing Ping Ping will head to the state’s capital for a performance at the Ogden Theatre in Denver. The Saturday Ogden show will mark the band’s first-ever headlining performance at the storied theater.Today, ahead of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s upcoming Colorado run, the band has released a new pro-shot video from their sold-out October 6th, 2017 date at the Boulder Theater, their last show in the Centennial State. Watch pro-shot footage of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s “Fortress > Time To Ride” from 10/6/17 in Boulder, CO below:Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – “Fortress > Time To Ride” – 10/6/17[Video: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong]Pro-shot video of the full 10/6/17 performance is also available now via For more information, or to grab your tickets to any of Pigeons’ upcoming Colorado shows, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Flocktoberfest | Boulder Theater | Boulder, CO | 10/6/17Set 1: Too Long > The Liquid, ZydekoSunny Day > The Hop > F.U.^, Whoopie* > 1999* > Whoopie*Set 2: Pop Off, Henrietta*, Poseidon*, Offshoot* > Pink Panther* > Offshoot*, Penguins* > Funkijam* > Upfunk*, Fortress* > Time To RideEncore: HorizonNotes:^ w/ Casey Russell (Magic Beans) on keys* w/ Chuck Morris (Lotus) on percussiolast_img read more

Blais, Shewit discuss plans for year ahead

first_imgIt was a busy summer for student body president and vice president Becca Blais and Sibonay Shewit. Between securing a bike-sharing program on campus, improving their diversity and inclusion initiatives, executing a Flick on the Field event and laying important groundwork with University Health Services, they’re ticking items off their to-do list every day.But as the year actually gets started, Blais said she is excited to focus on the students.“I think the biggest thing … is just a growing presence of student government in people’s lives,” Blais said. “What I want is, at the end of the day, if you pluck a random student off the sidewalk and say, like, ‘how does student government help you?’ they’ll be able to name something. We’re just doing small, tangible things.” Eddie Griesedieck | The Observer Seniors Becca Blais and Sibonay Shewit are focusing on connecting with the student body over the course of the upcoming year.That starts with her team — Shewit, her vice president and Prathm Juneja, their chief of staff, most immediately. “The three of us have been working together really well,” Blais said. “It’s very different from any partnership between a president, vice president and chief of staff before. We work in a very unique way. I like it a lot.”The camaraderie between the three, Shewit added, has led to enthusiasm about new ideas for the year.“We just complement each other and get so excited about things,” Shewit said.This excitement about the upcoming year is particularly evident every time they start to talk about their long term plans.“A big thing we’ve talked about is going back to how it was when we were campaigning — really reaching out to different student groups, getting input, getting more ideas,” Shewit said. “We did that a lot last semester and I think we just want to push that more, especially with the freshmen coming in.”The enthusiasm extends to the rest of the cabinet, and Shewit said they have “not slowed down” all summer. “They’ve been so on top of everything, they’ve made our lives so easy, too,” Shewit said. “With pretty much everything we’ve put on the platform, they’ve been able to give us really good updates, which has given us more time to focus on where student government is going as a whole and the big picture, too.”This pace has allowed for Blais and Shewit to stay on track toward their goals, and they’re “right where [they] want to be” as the year kicks off. “You always kind of freak out — like, ‘Oh no, are we where we’re supposed to be?’ — but the minute we talk to one of our cabinet members, we’re exactly where we need to be,” Blais said. “They all got what they needed to do done.”  Continuing to form and strengthen a relationship with the University’s administration has been “super helpful,” Blais said. “The administration has been super awesome about working with us and helping us get these things done. Even working with the administration, they’ll say like, ‘We trust your judgement on this, and we trust it because we’ve worked with you for the past two or more years.’ So that’s been really nice,” Blais said.“It’s skipping that learning curve and the getting-to-know-you process and just getting straight to the work,” Shewit added. “We feel really comfortable being open and honest with them.”Over the summer, at the request of many students, student government was able to get LimeBikes on campus, Blais said. “So [LimeBikes] have been worked on from a couple of different angles,” she said. “Student government people have been pushing for it to happen, so we partnered with the people in the office of sustainability, as well as different marketing classes, which was basically all of these people together. So they launched it in South Bend, and then we got 175 bikes on campus, for 175 years [since Notre Dame’s founding].”Shewit said she hopes to get more ideas from students just visiting the student government offices. “It’s very much like a think tank, with open discussion and creative spaces,” Shewit said. “It’s just so great because it goes beyond just the 22 people up here. You’ll just see people coming in and out of here, bringing their own ideas.”Tags: blais-shewit, LimeBike, Student governmentlast_img read more

‘Overdue and necessary change’: student advocates react to changes in sexual and discriminatory harassment policy

first_imgOn Feb. 29, 1996, the Ad Hoc Committee on Gay and Lesbian Student Needs presented a report to the vice president of student affairs with 12 recommendations to address the needs of LGBTQ+ students on campus. The last of the 12 recommendations called for the non-discrimination clause be evaluated by the University.Years later, the University’s non-discrimination clause still excludes protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. However, Notre Dame recently updated its policies on discriminatory and sexual harassment to prohibit unwelcome conduct on the basis of gender identity.While this isn’t quite the policy change for which students and faculty have advocated for years, student activists see this change as a positive step towards providing protections for LGBTQ+ students on campus.According to Office of Institutional Equity officials, the University decided to make the revision after considering the Supreme Court decision in June, which ruled the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ+ employees from discrimination on the basis of sex, and the student activists who have been calling for revision of the policy for years.“It just seemed like the right time to be revisiting where we were in the other protected classes that we have listed within our policy,” Erin Oliver, assistant vice president in the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX coordinator, said. “And that’s a change that I will say that we’ve had a student voice asking for [a while].”Diane Park History of the non-discrimination policy and the fight for LGBTQ+ rights on campusIn the fall of 1985, the Gay and Lesbian Students of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s (GLND/SMC) began meeting unofficially in the University Counseling Center (UCC) after being denied official status by Notre Dame. Over the next 10 years, GLND/SMC attempted on numerous occasions to gain University approval, but failed to do so. In Jan. 1995, GLND/SMC was barred from meeting at the UCC after running an ad in The Observer publicizing their meeting location.In response to GLND/SMC’s ban from the UCC, hundreds of students, faculty and staff marched to demand Notre Dame recognize the group. The Campus Life Council passed a resolution calling the administration to give GLND/SMC official status, which the vice president of student affairs, Patricia O’Hara, rejected.“GLND addressed homosexual acts neutrally, and urged the University towards encouraging monogamous homosexual relationships,” O’Hara said to The Observer at the time.Instead, O’Hara announced the creation of the Ad Hoc Committee on Gay and Lesbian Student Needs to advise the administration. The committee submitted a report with 12 recommendations to O’Hara in March 1996, one of which requested O’Hara raise to University leaders the issue of altering the non-discrimination clause to include sexual orientation.While O’Hara accepted the recommendation in April 1996, University President Emeritus Fr. Edward Malloy announced his refusal to revise the clause in Aug. 1997.“Within society at large, the phrase ‘sexual orientation’ sometimes becomes a term that does not admit distinction between sexual orientation and the manner in which people live out their sexual orientation — a distinction that is critical to us as a Catholic intuition,” Malloy said in an open letter to the Notre Dame community.An LGBTQ+-affirming unofficial organization, which took the form a few different names, would apply for formal recognition by the University multiple times over the next 10 years, and in 2009, University President Fr. John Jenkins denied another appeal to add sexual orientation to the notice of non-discrimination after the Campaign for Human Dignity submitted a petition.Student activists fighting for LGBTQ+ protections at Notre DameIn 2010, the Senate passed another non-discrimination resolution, and students and faculty held a demonstration to demand a revision of the clause to include sexual orientation.Alex Coccia, ’14, said he remembers reading about the demonstration in an edition of Scholastic before he began his first year at Notre Dame.“I remember reading that thinking, well, this seems to be kind of inconsistent with the social justice missions that I’ve heard about as being relevant to Notre Dame and its mission of being a place where learning becomes service to justice,” Coccia said.Once he arrived on campus, Coccia joined the Progressive Student Alliance which worked closely with LGBTQ+ rights activists. He founded the 4 to 5 movement, created to increase ally awareness, lobby the University to change the non-discrimination clause and gain formal recognition for the Gay-Straight Alliance.In 2012, the University administration formally recognized a student organization designed to address the needs of LGBTQ+ students and their allies on campus, which would become PrismND.When Coccia became student body president in 2013, his administration amended the Student Union non-discrimination clause to include sexual orientation, gender identity and documentation status.“The hope there, of course, was that we would be setting the example for a broader policy change,” Coccia said.When Bryan Ricketts, ’17, was a sophomore, he became co-president of the newly recognized PrismND.“We focused mostly on providing a safe community for everybody,” Ricketts said. “You know, we had a lot of students who just came out while in college and are in an environment where they don’t know if they’re going to be supported.”When Ricketts became student body president his senior year, he continued to advocate for a LGBTQ+ protections and a more inclusive campus environment. While Ricketts said he was happy to hear about the addition of gender identity to the sexual and discriminatory harassment policy, he hopes students will continue to push the University to revise the non-discrimination clause as well.“Putting this in writing allows people to know that they’re going to be heard, and it’s really, really, really important, but on the other hand,” Ricketts said, “making it clear that they’re hearing what students are saying, that we want non-discrimination protections, and still failing to provide, like, the full measure of protection to students. I find that very frustrating.”The University declined to comment on changing the notice of non-discrimination in the future.Nick Ottone, ’20, who was on the gender relations committee his sophomore year and served as director for University policy in student government his senior year, considers the policy revision an “overdue and necessary change.”(Editor’s Note: Ottone is a former Scene writer for The Observer and provided a number of the archive links that appear in this story.)“I’m very happy that it happened because it’s going to make Notre Dame live up to its ideals of inclusion,” Ottone said. “In student government, I thought this was something that we should absolutely advocate for along with the non-discrimination clause.”Ottone remembers the 2016 election on campus as a political turning point for him and a catalyst to become more involved in issues on campus.“I realized that our country, but also specifically our campus was not nearly as inclusive as I thought it was, not just on LGBTQ+ issues, but also on racial issues,” Ottone said.Over the next few years, Ottone worked on a number of projects to promote diversity and inclusion on campus. He helped organize Notre Dame: Unfiltered, publicize reforming the parietals amnesty clause and coordinate a Campus Safety Summit, among other projects.While the change to the sexual and discriminatory harassment policy follows Ottone’s graduation from Notre Dame, he emphasized the importance of the work of students who came before him.“I think it’s just really important that students know that, number one, if they think that something’s not right, they’re not alone,” Ottone said. “That people have been thinking this for a long time and also to learn from the strategies and the rhetoric and the argument and the intellectual knowledge that has been built up by a lot of students in their place for decades.”After learning about the lack of non-discrimination protections against LGBTQ+ students and the extensive history of advocacy on campus, Kendrick Peterson, ’20, began to better understand why Notre Dame did not feel like a conducive environment for him to learn and live as a gay student when he first arrived on campus.“It seemed all the time that the University of Notre Dame, though a phenomenal institution, just felt behind a lot of other institutions generally,” Peterson said.Peterson became involved in PrismND, serving as president his senior year. He also served on vice president of student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding’s Advisory Committee for Student Climate Related to LGBTQ Students.Over the course of his time at the University, Peterson said he began to feel more hopeful the campus climate was changing in regards to LGBTQ+ issues. Though he appreciated how receptive Hoffmann Harding was to many of the committee’s comments, Peterson said he expects policies to change soon simply because the U.S. is progressing and to keep up, Notre Dame will too.Peterson said advocates do have to continue working, though, to see that change to fruition.“You can’t let that moment fade whether that be advocating for the marginalized people in black and brown communities or advocating for LGBTQ+ students,” he said. “Just because there’s a statute that’s done does not mean they’re not marginalized anymore. You have to keep working towards it otherwise that community will fade.”Former student body president Elizabeth Boyle, ’20, also worked towards changing the non-discrimination clause to include sexual orientation and gender identity over the course of her administration, and she said she was ecstatic when she heard the news.In many ways, Boyle felt she was passed down this fight from Coccia, Ricketts and many other alumni before her. She also credits the coalition of student groups that came together to advocate for this policy change, including student government, PrismND and students in the Gender Relations Center.“It felt like people at all different levels of student organizing leadership and advocacy we’re asking for the same thing, which makes it a lot more difficult for people to look away from it,” Boyle said.Although she is happy with the addition of gender identity to the sexual and discriminatory harassment policy, Boyle hopes the University will also change the notice of non-discrimination in time, and she urges student advocates to take up causes they are passionate about.“I would love if students at Notre Dame would be able to recognize more that these changes don’t happen just because of one person or one administration,” Boyle said. “It happens because of years and years of fighting and advocacy, and the more that we can recognize that, I think the better position will be to make these kinds of changes.” Tags: LGBTQ, non-discrimination clause, PrismND, Title IXlast_img read more

Douglas urges financial security

first_imgVermont Jump$tart, inconjunction with the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal FinancialLiteracy, is an all-volunteer coalition of individuals, businesses, andorganizations seeking to promote financial literacy among Vermont youththrough classroom instruction and co-curricular programs to give young people the financial knowledgeand tools they need to become successful adults. Vermont Jump$tart isalso committed to working with youth-oriented organizations. Contact: JasonGibbs (802) 828-3333 GOVERNOR “Learning how to earn, save and manage money is a veryimportant skill for young Vermonters to learn,” the Governor said.  “I am pleased to join with VermontJump$tart to urge young Vermonters to learn more about this important lifeskill.” prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”/>State of VermontOFFICE OF THE GOVERNORFor ImmediateRelease:Thursday, April 13,2006 To learn more about their resources, programs and initiatives, pleasevisit is external). JAMES H. DOUGLAS Governor Urges Young Vermonters to Hone FinancialSkills Montpelier, Vt.–Governor Jim Douglas today joinedthe Vermont Jump$tart for Personal Financial Literacy (the Vermont Jump$tartCoalition) to urge young Vermonters to develop strong financial literacyand management skills and declare Financial Literacy for Youth Month.   Governor Douglas said it is important for youngVermonters to learn the value of properly managing financial assets.  ###last_img read more

Vermont Biosciences Alliance and Governor Douglas launch statewide network on June 23

first_imgAll are made by Vermonters who are launching the new Vermont Biosciences Alliance.  These products come from just a few of over 100 companies and researchers in this diverse, innovative and rapidly growing sector of Vermont s economy. Governor Douglas will participate in this first gathering of the Vermont Biosciences Alliance in June.  Leaders of bioscience businesses and research in Vermont will explain their Top Ten lists of do s and don ts for major challenges facing bioscience business and research ventures.What do these products all have in common?  ·        Antibodies for the diagnosis of cardiovascular and infectious diseases,·        Microscope imaging systems to help researchers find cures to devastating diseases such as Alzheimer s, Parkinson s and Autism,·        Diagnostic test devices for the prevention of heart attack, stroke and the complications of diabetes,·        Precision optics to help diagnose cancers and assist genetic research,·        Infusion syringe pumps for automated medication delivery. Governor Douglas will participate in this first gathering of the Vermont Biosciences Alliance in June.  Leaders of bioscience businesses and research in Vermont will explain their Top Ten lists of do s and don ts for major challenges facing bioscience business and research ventures:·        Developing angel funding for biotechnology and life science business ventures.·        Building industry relationships to support and fund research.·        Valuing and commercializing your intellectual capital.·        Growing the successful technology-based business.The event is free to anyone interested in the growth of biosciences. The gathering includes a reception with Governor Douglas plus leaders from the legislature and Vermont s Congressional delegation. This is a great opportunity to meet Vermont s leaders and get to know many people from Vermont s vibrant bioscience community.Attendance is limited to the first 100 people who register in advance. To register for this free kick off event go to the Vermont Biosciences website ( and click on Register. Much more information about the goals and activities of the Vermont Biosciences Alliance is also available at the website.    – 30 –last_img read more