An onshore gas processing facility associated with the Raven field, the third stage of the WND development. (Credit: bp p.l.c.) BP has commenced production of gas from Raven field, the third stage of its $9bn West Nile Delta development (WND development) in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Egypt.Under the WND development, the company has been developing five gas fields, which span the North Alexandria and West Mediterranean Deepwater concession blocks.BP, which has an operating stake of 82.75% in the offshore project, is partnered by Wintershall Dea (17.25%).Currently, the Raven field is producing nearly 600 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (mmscf/d). At its peak, the offshore field can potentially produce 900mmscf/d along with 30,000 barrels per day of condensate.BP chief executive Bernard Looney said: “Completing this major multi-stage development in the face of many challenges is testament to bp’s long-term commitment to Egypt and our excellent working relationships with partners and the Government.“West Nile Delta will make an important contribution to meeting Egypt’s growing energy needs, by providing a cost-competitive and resilient gas supply from the country’s own resources.”Production at Raven follows the start of gas production from the second stage of the WND project in early 2019 through the Giza and Fayoum fields.The first stage of the project, which involved the development of the Taurus and Libra fields, was commissioned in 2017.The onshore facilities for the WND development, which includes the new Raven facility, have a total gas processing capacity of nearly 1.4 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day (bcf/d).Overall, the WND development has 25 wells that produce gas which is transported to the onshore processing plants via three long-distance subsea tie-backs.BP North Africa regional president Karim Alaa said: “The safe start-up of Raven in an extremely difficult period would not have been possible without commitment and close co-operation from the team.“Working together with the Ministry of Petroleum and our partners we can now explore the potential use of the West Nile Delta facilities for developing future infill and nearby exploration opportunities.” The Raven field is currently producing nearly 600mmscf/d
View post tag: made View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval July 10, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: crew View post tag: What View post tag: test The crew of the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins Class submarine HMAS Farncomb are preparing to test themselves in a realistic warfare scenario, off the coast of Hawaii.The submarine is here for RIMPAC 2012. With 22 nations taking part, it is the largest exercise of its kind in the world.HMAS Farncomb has travelled 7000 nautical miles to get to RIMPAC. For many sailors onboard this is their first experience of an exercise of this importance and size. Their Commanding officer, CMDR Glen Miles, says for some of his crew, this is also their first time in Hawaii.” They will see and do things here that they will remember for their whole careers,” CMDR Miles said. “Being a participant in the biggest-ever version of what is already the world’s largest maritime exercise is a great feeling. The interaction with each of the 22 countries cements a friendship that will last well into times of adversity.”The variety of submarines exercising alongside the Australians is also critical. It will give Farncomb vital experience as they operate with a range other nations.“South Korea has sent their Type 209 Na Daeyong, Canada has sent HMCS Victoria – an Upholder class SSK and the USN participants are USS North Carolina, USS Charlotte and USS Cheyenne,” CMDR Miles said. “We all relish the idea of being the bad guys throughout this exercise – the relative independence of submarines, operating far from home, without support and the disproportionate effects that a submarine can generate on even a very large, well equipped force makes this job the best there is.”CMDR Miles has also paid tribute to his American hosts. “The USN has always welcomed Australian submarines to Pearl Harbor. Our host boat, USS North Carolina, has been outstanding. Their hospitality has been overwhelming. The level of support and professionalism of USN submariners is legendary, and everything we’ve seen confirms that.“[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 10, 2012; Image: Australian Navy Training & Education View post tag: Farncomb View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Hawaii Share this article HMAS Farncomb Crew to Test What They Are Made of (Hawaii) Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Farncomb Crew to Test What They Are Made of (Hawaii)
Members of both the Thunder and Jazz went through warm-ups and starting lineup introductions at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City before the three-game officials huddled shortly before tip-off. After a brief conversation, the officials sent both teams back to their locker rooms. During the delay, which lasted approximately 35 minutes, the Thunder proceeded with their halftime entertainment. Finally, the Thunder’s public address announcer informed fans that the game would be postponed. “Fans, due to unforeseen circumstances, the game tonight has been postponed,” the public address announcer said. “You’re all safe. Take your time in leaving the arena tonight and do so in an orderly fashion. Thank you for coming out tonight. We’re all safe. … Please drive home safely. Goodnight fans.” The announcement came hours after NBA owners held a conference call to discuss the league’s coronavirus response plans that failed to produce a resolution, and shortly after a game between the Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder was abruptly postponed shortly before tip-off.“A player on the Utah Jazz has preliminary tested positive for COVID-19,” the NBA’s statement read. “The test result was reported shortly before tip-off of [Wednesday’s] game. At that time, [Wednesday’s] game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena. The NBA is suspending gameplay following the conclusion of [Wednesday’s] schedule until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine the next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”Gobert was the Jazz player who tested positive for coronavirus, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation. The Athletic first reported Robert’s positive test. Gobert, who was initially listed as “questionable” with an undetermined illness, was ruled out before Wednesday’s game and was not on the court during warm-ups. NBA Suspends Season After Jazz’s Rudy Gobert Tests Positive For CoronavirusBy Ben Golliver WASHINGTON POST March 11, 2020 at 9:09 p.m. CDT Thousands of fans who remained in attendance slowly filed out, with some boos heard on the television broadcast. Both teams were held in their respective locker rooms for more than an hour after the postponement.The chaotic scene unfolded shortly after NBA owners failed to reach an agreement on an immediate plan for handling the coronavirus. While the league’s owners had weighed holding games without fans in attendance and postponing games, they initially decided to continue talks on Thursday. The NBA announced Wednesday that the 2019-20 season has been suspended indefinitely after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. The Washington Wizards, who played against the Jazz on Feb. 28 and announced they would continue to welcome fans to games at Capital One Arena, are in the process of seeking more information concerning the Jazz’s postponed game and the coronavirus. A Wizards official pledged that the organization “will take every precaution with their players.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Aerial picture showing the Green Bridge before extensive planting The green bridge was the centre-piece of our work to ensure the new A556 was the most environmentally-friendly road Highways England has ever built. We are delighted the planting has really taken hold (and as the drone footage shows it is particularly impressive from the air). We are looking forward to watching the bridge bloom for many years to come. Constructing the bridge cost about £890,000 with a further £273,000 on ‘greening work’ on the deck, which included planting trees, shrubs and grasses.The old A556 has also been ‘greened’ and turned into a £5 million B road with dedicated route for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders featuring an earth border planted with wild flowers to separate it from road traffic.The project’s green measures earned it a prestigious Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice last year.Construction of the new A556 link road, between the M56 and the M6, started in November 2014 and opened in March with the old road – now the B5569 – handed over to Cheshire East Council in November. The scheme has been delivered as part of the Government’s £15 billion government investment in motorways and major A roads by 2021 which is being delivered by Highways England as part of the Northern Powerhouse initiative.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. The £1.15 million bridge was one of 7 constructed across the new £192 million bypass which opened in March. Part farm access track and part wildlife corridor, the bridge, west of Mere, has been provided to maintain connectivity between habitats separated by the new dual carriageway.When the new bridge was used as the site of the official opening ceremony of the road in March, it had only just been planted with a mixture of hedging and plants.Now, 11 months later, the extensive planting has given birth to a flourishing green border which is providing a safe passage across the road for badgers, voles and other small animals, insects and birds. Aerial picture showing the Green Bridge after extensive plantingHighways England project manager Paul Hampson said:
The shared services strategy for government sets clear direction, and I am pleased to have been part of its development. This will be step change in shared services across the government, directly supporting civil servants in their roles, while also contributing significant savings to the public purse. By allowing civil servants to spend less time doing administration, they can spend more time delivering vital services to the public. By improving civil servants’ interactions with government back office services, the strategy will support a Civil Service, where civil servants can seamlessly move between departments and roles, allowing the Civil Service to deploy what we need to meet the challenges of the day.The strategy primarily focuses on driving value and efficiency for the taxpayer by moving to the latest cloud technology, promoting simpler back office processes across departments supported by automation, and meeting the needs of end users across the Civil Service, police, and the armed forces. Doing these things will enable a smarter and more flexible back office for the Civil Service.Once it has been implemented successfully, the new strategy will promote competition between shared services providers in the market, driving both performance for users, and value for the taxpayer by making service providers constantly improve their technology. By making the most of the latest automation, and robotics, we can make sure that civil servants are supported while they deliver public services.This strategy will be delivered by the newly formed Government Shared Services unit, from within the Cabinet Office, in collaboration with all government departments.Matthew Coats, Interim Head of Government Shared Services, and Chief Operating Officer of the Ministry of Justice said:
Thank you very much indeed Mr President and thank you to the High Representative for your briefing today and for the work of your office to maintain peace and stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina.Bosnia and Herzegovina has long been a very important issue for this Council. Almost a totemic issue, if one goes back to the start of the conflict in the early 1990s. For the United Kingdom’s part, we remain committed to the continuing role the High Representative and your office. The OHR as it’s known remains the final authority regarding the civilian implementation of the peace agreement, and this includes our support for the use of the Bonn Powers if the situation requires.We welcome the unanimous adoption of the resolution today, which authorizes EUFOR Althea or a further 12 months. This resolution demonstrates the United Kingdom and the international community’s commitment to security in Bosnia and Herzegovina.The OHR, Mr President, and also EUFOR Althea, are crucial vehicles to allow the international community to support the maintenance of Bosnia and Herzegovina‘s security, stability and territorial integrity, which are vital to the country’s future as a modern, democratic European state.As I said Mr President, there was once a time when this Council dealt with Bosnia every day of its existence. I have had the privilege of working on and off on the Balkans file for over 20 years. I feel some depression at what the High Representative tells us about how some issues are still not resolved and how they repeat themselves. But I also want to point out that the hard-won peace and stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina is fragile and it shouldn’t be taken for granted. While the current situation remains calm, threats to security remain alongside new challenges, such as an increase in migration, as the High Representative mentioned.It’s a very important issue for the EU and for Europe. It’s our regional crisis, if you like; it’s something in which the EU has invested a huge amount of time and effort, money and coaching and patience, and we will hear later from the EU ambassador who will be able to set this out more clearly. But I just wanted, Mr President if I may, to address briefly what the Russian ambassador said, speaking before the vote. Russia is a member of the contact group and a member of the steering group for Bosnia and Herzegovina. We would much rather see Russia trying to do everything it can to consolidate Bosnia and Herzegovina as a state to help modernize and to help it make progress towards those Euro-Atlantic institutions that have been, since Dayton, the foundation of its existence as a modern state in its region, Europe. And I think that would be the best service that we could all do Bosnia.I’d like to turn to the elections. The UK welcomes the calm and orderly conduct during these elections which were genuinely competitive, but we continue to be concerned by the level of ethnic division in politics and by report irregularities and the inability to resolve key issues of election reform prior to the elections was disappointing and it’s an ongoing concern. And the divisive and nationalist political rhetoric that was especially loud out in the run-up to the elections is dangerous and it creates an environment where real long-term security and stability will be difficult to achieve. It’s also backwards-looking, Mr President; what Bosnia needs most of all is to move forwards. Other countries in the Balkans regions are moving forward. They’re making progress on their EU accession arrangements. Where they wish to, they are making progress on getting closer to NATO. This is benefiting regional security and stability and once again Bosnia and Herzegovina risk being left behind from this regional modernization and progress. In particular, those in positions of responsibility should act in the interests of all citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina rather than spread divisive sentiment. I want to echo what the High Representative said about waiting until these leaders have taken office before we properly hold them to account, but I also want to set out that we will hold them to account. Political leaders need to show leadership. They need to sow tolerance. They need to help modernize their country. As a crucial time post-elections, political leaders must work together in a cooperative manner to form governments quickly so progress can be made on key reforms and on Euro-Atlantic integration and the 5+2 agenda. These reforms are important because they will bring improvements to the day-to-day lives of Bosnian citizens – all of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s citizens. They are also important, Mr President, because they help embed national and regional security and stability, an issue that as I said at the beginning has long occupied this Council.Those in positions of responsibility should act in the interests of all citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina and it is especially concerning this rhetoric and a reluctance to compromise is indicative of the wider political environment. We will be watching these developments closely.It’s also important that political leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina urgently address all judgements around elections to ensure all citizens have the ability to participate fully in the democratic process as they all deserve. And it’s regrettable that many of these issues have remained unresolved over several election cycles – a significant amount of time. Any resolution to these issues needs to meet international standards and uphold the principle of equality for all citizens, and this includes the ability to elect officials and to be elected.Conversely Mr President, we welcome the progress made by Bosnia and Herzegovina on certain aspects of reform. For example the adoption of agricultural and energy strategies and the eventual adoption of the criminal procedure code. Although the delay in doing so was regrettable, we also welcome the continued cooperation on women, peace and security, and encourage this to continue.Finally Mr President I want to echo what the High Representative said about reconciliation. Srebrenica remains the worst massacre in Europe since the Second World War. Eight thousand Muslim men and boys were taken from their homes and they were murdered. It is absolutely vital Mr President that reconciliation efforts are made in genuine earnest and that they are accelerated.Thank you very much.
Morrisons and Amazon are extending their same-day delivery service to more cities across the UK, including Glasgow, Newcastle and Portsmouth.The Morrisons at Amazon service is currently available to Amazon Prime Now customers in four cities – Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, and parts of London and the home counties.The service is now beginning to be rolled out to other parts of the UK including Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Sheffield and Portsmouth with further cities expected to come on board in future years.Customers can order a Morrisons shop online, which is then picked at a local Morrisons store, and delivered by Amazon. The option of delivery within one hour of the order being placed is available for many customers across these cities.Several own-label bakery items are available via the service, including Morrisons White Tortilla Wraps, Mini Breadsticks, Plain Naan Bread and Sponge Fingers.The expansion will see Morrisons become a retailer on Amazon’s Prime Now website and app, while continuing to act as a wholesaler for all Amazon’s other UK grocery offers.“Amazon has been a valued partner of Morrisons for over three years, and we are pleased to be expanding our relationship together. Continuing to partner with the best digital operators such as Amazon is a significant, capital-light growth opportunity for Morrisons,” said Morrisons chief executive David Potts.The Morrisons store on Prime Now first launched in the UK in 2016, under an agreement that saw the supermarket provide a wholesale supply service to Amazon for a range of its ambient, fresh and frozen products.Doug Gurr, Amazon UK country manager, added: “We are committed to growing our grocery business so that we can continue to deliver what we know our customers will always care about – low prices, vast selection and fast delivery – and our relationship with Morrisons is an important part of that long-term growth. With the Morrisons store on Prime Now, many Prime members can do their full weekly grocery shop online through Prime Now with ultra-fast same-day delivery.”
For all those fans who were upset about Dead & Company’s seeming avoidance of the West Coast, the band has made things right! The newest Grateful iteration has announced six new tour dates, spanning the West from Washington down to California.The original tour announcement focused heavily on the East Coast and Midwest, with a few Colorado dates in the mix. The new tour dates begin about a week after the first tour dates end, kicking off on July 22nd in Portland, OR. From there, the group will spend one night at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA, before heading South for four shows throughout California.You can see the band’s full schedule below, with ticket on-sale times in parentheses. All tickets go on sale at 10 AM local time, and more information can be found via the band’s website.Dead & Company Summer 2016 Tour6/10/16: Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion6/12/16: Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival6/16/16: Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center6/17/16: Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center 6/20/16: Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion6/21/16: Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center 6/23/16: Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live6/25/16: Flushing, NY – Citi Field6/26/16: Flushing, NY – Citi Field 6/28/16: Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre7/2/16: Boulder, CO – Folsom Field7/3/16: Boulder, CO – Folsom Field7/7/16: Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre7/9/16: Alpine Valley, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre7/10/16: Alpine Valley, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre7/13/16: Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion7/15/16: Boston, MA – Fenway Park7/16/16: Boston, MA – Fenway Park 7/22/16: Portland, OR – Moda Center (3/19)7/23/16: George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre (3/19)7/26/16: Irvine, CA – Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre (3/26)7/27/16: Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre (3/19)7/29/16: Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre (3/26)7/30/16: Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre (3/26)[Cover photo via Erik Kabik]
Some of the more conspicuous wildflowers that garner the most attention are goldenrod, swamp sunflowers and cosmos. Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) provides one of the last big color shows of late summer and fall. Like Indian corn, pumpkins and corn shocks, goldenrod is one of the true harbingers of fall. Goldenrod is often wrongly accused of causing hay fever and allergic reactions. The real culprit is usually windborne pollen from ragweed that blooms during the same time. Ragweed produces inconspicuous green flowers. There are 10 goldenrod species native to the Southeast. Goldenrod grows 3 to 6 feet tall and is a perennial that forms long, spreading rhizomes that make large colonies. Stems are usually straight and unbranched below the flower. Leaves are alternately arranged. The large, bright yellow flowers are branching and often arching in many species. They are frequently found in low, wet sites along roadsides, fence rows and ditches. Flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies, and songbirds eat the seeds. Goldenrod prefers morning sun and afternoon shade. It also likes moist, well-drained soil. Cut back plants in early spring to encourage new growth for the season. Divide goldenrod plants in late winter or early spring for transplanting. Collect seeds in the fall when flowerheads dry and become fluffy. Seeds can be planted right away or held dry at 40 degrees Fahrenheit for later planting. Temperatures of 70 F or higher will enhance germination. Cosmos bipinnatus are the annual wildflowers you may have seen planted alongside the exit ramps on Interstate 75 in Georgia that tend to stop traffic. Cosmos grow 3 to 5 feet in height and truly provide a “wildflower look.” Flowers are 2 to 3 inches wide and range from stunning magenta red, to white, soft pink, lilac and lavender in color. Cosmos are open, sprawling plants that also make a good cut flower. Cosmos require very little moisture once established. A native of Mexico, it can easily adapt to all regions of the United States and performs best in full sun. Leaves are deeply dissected, almost threadlike in appearance. Although most annual wildflowers are seeded in the fall, cosmos seeds can be sowed in early spring for summer blooms. If the plants begin to decline in summer, re-sow the seeds directly into the beds, in and among plants already there. The second planting will keep the color through the fall. Narrowleaf, or swamp, sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius) is a large, perennial plant (5 to 8 feet tall) with multibranched stems. Leaves are rough textured, 3 to 6 inches long and a half-inch wide, lance-shaped, with an occasional purple tinge. Numerous showy, yellow flower heads, 2 to 3 inches across, appear from September to October in terminal clusters. Ray flowers (petals) are bright, golden yellow and disk flowers (center) are red-brown to purple. Swamp sunflower will adapt to dry habitats, but it grows shorter when moisture is limited. A lemon yellow variety found in the trade is one of the latest blooming sunflowers, adding a splash of color to the late fall landscape. The flowers attract butterflies, finches eat the seeds and deer like to graze on this plant. Swamp sunflower is easy to cultivate. It thrives in sun or partial shade and moist soil. It does not like dry sites. It may need staking in wet years. It spreads by rhizomes and may require periodic thinning, especially on damp sites. Pruning in mid-summer encourages more compact growth and branching. Divide plants in the spring for transplanting. Collect seeds in November and plant them directly in flats maintained at 70 F. Germination should occur in about two weeks. Keep in mind that many wildflowers are very prolific seed producers and can spread rapidly. Depending on perspective, one person’s wildflower is another person’s weed. Be prepared to contain them in a small area to keep friends and neighbors happy.
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Christine DiGangiThere are so many kinds of credit cards, it can be hard to sort through them and determine the pros and cons of the kinds of plastic you have (or want to have) in your wallet. Chances are the institution you use to manage your finances has some sort of credit card offering, but that doesn’t mean you’re limited to their products. It’s always a good idea to shop around for the best deal you can get, whether you’re looking for a new credit card, an auto loan, a mortgage or anything else.If you’re weighing credit card options from a large bank or a credit union, there’s not really a difference, as far as product function goes — applying for a credit card results in a hard inquiry on your credit report (which causes a minor, temporary hit to your credit score), and your balances and payment history on the card will be reported to the major credit reporting agencies. The fundamentals are the same, so you’ll only want to spend a small portion of your credit limit before paying it down (keeping your balance at less than 30% of your limit is a good benchmark), and you should always make payments on time, even if you’re not paying in full.The difference between a credit card from a credit union and one from a retailer or bank is often the interest rate, according to Jason Steele, a frequent contributor to Credit.com on credit card issues. continue reading »