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Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics says some 900 people who survived the Holocaust died from COVID-19 in Israel last year. The bureau reported Tuesday that about 5,300 survivors of the World War II-era mass murder of European Jews and other groups by the Nazis were infected in 2020 with the coronavirus. The pandemic began its global rampage about a year ago. About 17% of those Holocaust survivors died of the virus, similar to the percentage of others of the same age. All Holocaust survivors are at least 75 years old and COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, is especially lethal to seniors.
Alongside preparations for Harvey, the company’s focus remains firmly on reaching Final Investment Decision (FID) at the earliest feasible time on its Core Project, which comprises 410 BCF, of 2P+2C reserves and resources across six discovered Southern North Sea (SNS) gas fields.A number of well-funded potential partners are progressing their work as part the previously announced farm-out process. On success, this process could provide valuable funding optionality via a development carry which would significantly reduce the new capital required for its Core Project.Management expects to select a preferred partner in 1H 2019, thereby enabling an optimal choice between an industrial and/or capital markets funding solution for Final Investment Decision (FID). First Gas is planned to be delivered within 20 months of FID.Andrew Hockey, CEO of IOG commented: “We are very pleased to be working with Maersk Drilling, Halliburton and Fraser Well Management on the exciting high-impact Harvey appraisal well, which has the potential to significantly enhance our SNS gas project. The Maersk Resilient is an excellent rig which we have secured with a summer slot which, with typically more benign weather, should also help to minimize operational risks.“In parallel, we remain resolutely focused on progressing the Core Project, and in particular pushing ahead with the farm-out process. We continue to be encouraged by the progress made with potential farm-in partners and are focused on delivering an attractive transaction that allows us to progress to FID this summer.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options. Harvey objective Farm-out ahead The primary objective of the Harvey appraisal well is to confirm gas resource volumes which management estimate at 85/129/199 BCF Prospective Resources in the Low/Best/High case, with a 63% Geological Chance of Success. These estimates are the result of Pre-Stack Depth Migration (PSDM) 3D seismic reprocessing undertaken during 2018 which provided a more accurate map of the Harvey structure, which is held 100% by the company following the successful acquisition of the Harvey East license in the 30th License Round.The PSDM work also showed up prospects in the Harvey and Harvey East licenses that could be matured into further step-out exploration opportunities drillable from a future Harvey platform. The Harvey East license also contains the Redwell discovery on which further technical work is ongoing to establish commerciality.Harvey is centrally located within IOG’s asset portfolio, close to the fully-owned and proven 550 MMcfd capacity Thames Pipeline. IOG said that, if successfully appraised, the additional scale and synergies of a Harvey development could substantially enhance the portfolio’s overall value and returns. Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) has made progress with preparations to drill the high-impact Harvey appraisal well located in the UK North Sea. The company has selected a jack-up drilling rig, appointed a well operator, and is finalizing an agreement with Halliburton for the provision of offshore drilling services.Maersk Resilient rig. Source: Maersk DrillingThe company said on Tuesday it had signed a letter of intent with a view to contracting with Maersk Drilling for the 2008-built Maersk Resilient jack-up rig to drill the Harvey appraisal well.The well is planned to follow on directly from the rig’s current campaign, with the spud date at Harvey currently expected to be in July. Information on Bassoe Offshore shows that the rig’s dayrate under the contract with IOG will be around $80,000.According to Maersk Drilling’s fleet status report from February 2019, the Maersk Resilient was awarded a 120-day contract by Ithaca Energy in the UK with start date set for April.IOG said that, in the success case, with full coring and testing, the Harvey well would be expected to take approximately two months.The company is also close to finalizing a contract with Halliburton Manufacturing and Services to provide offshore drilling services on the Harvey well.Fraser Well Management Ltd has already been appointed as Well Operator for the well. The relevant geophysical and geotechnical surveys for the Harvey well have already been carried out by Fugro GB Marine Ltd in late 2018.Following the company’s successful equity fund-raise in April 2019, required long-lead items have been ordered and the relevant regulatory approvals and permits reflecting the choice of the Maersk Resilient are being submitted to the OGA for final approvals. These are expected to be granted at the relevant times ahead of the spud date to ensure timely operations.
Colombia is back in the news after dramatic video emerged of a cargo plane clipping a fence as it overshoots the runway, briefly takes to the air and then crashes.The Aerosucre Colombia Boeing 727-200 cargo plane was carrying freight from Puerto Carreno to Bogota.The aircraft can be seen breaking through the airport perimeter fences and getting airborne before losing height about three minutes later and hitting the ground about 5 nautical miles from the airport.The Aviation Herald reported that four of the five-member crew died in the crash.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cold air starts to blast back into the state today. After a very warm weekend where all precipitation came as rain (and more rain, and more rain!!), we will see today act as a transition back to cold weather. We may not make it all the way to below normal levels today, but the rest of the week will be normal to below normal, and we see a reinforcing shot of cold air for late week and the weekend that will take us well below normal. Our precipitation outlook is fairly straightforward this morning and actually is significantly drier. That drier push comes because we are less concerned about a strong winter storm coming across the state to finish this week and weekend. In fact, that system looks to completely miss us, as such, the active pattern seems to fall apart going forward. After the rains we took this past weekend…that is good news, and no one should complain. Today we still have some lingering moisture drifting over the state and it may last all the way through this afternoon. Our strong lows associated with this weekend’s event continue to push off to the northeast, but the circulation is so strong, the geographical footprint of this system is still very big. This backside moisture will come with winds swinging more to the north and northwest. Temperatures today will be pulling back form weekend levels but may not be cold enough yet to promote all snow…so we look for a mix of rain and sloppy wet snowflakes over about 40-50% of the state. Liquid equivalent totals will be under a tenth or two in most areas that see precipitation. Tomorrow strong NW winds are in over the state, and that should allow clouds to break up in many areas. However, we do expect lake effect snows to develop in the typical areas in north central Ohio and northeast Ohio as winds come right across the Great Lakes and Lake Erie. These lake snows stay through Wednesday and we can see some minor accumulations north central and perhaps some bigger totals in NE Ohio. The rest of the state will turn out at least partly sunny, but colder. The rest of the week should be mostly dry, and the weekend as well. In fact, with the Friday-Saturday system basically gone (we may see some clouds in there, but nothing significant), we can be precipitation free from midweek this week through midweek next week. The exception will be NE Ohio, where lake effect snows try and ramp back up late this week into the weekend, as a secondary push of cold air comes across the eastern corn belt. Temps stay below normal through next Tuesday. The map at right shows temps compared to normal on Saturday morning…averaging over 10 degrees below normal. However, we still see signs of a significant warm up Wednesday through Friday of next week. Strong south winds drive that warm up, which could produce a similar ramp up to what we saw late last week ahead of the strong weekend event (namely fog and a very damp feel…not good drying). In the extended period, we have a few widely scattered showers and a lot of fog for Thursday and Friday, but then moderate rains are back for Sunday the 16th. Half to 1.5” rain potential would come with that event…making it eerily similar to this past weekend. Temps fall off fast behind it.
Tags:#NYT#Trends#twitter#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts dana oshiro The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Don’t pour your soul out into an email, don’t send an online mix tape and whatever you do, don’t write any poems longer than a limerick or a haiku. According to popular dating site OK Cupid, only 32% of dating site messages receive a response. Of the successful efforts, the majority of first contact messages are brief. The ideal message length from men to women is between 200-300 characters and from women to men it’s a mere 50 characters. This doesn’t bode well for chatty romantics, but power Twitter users may find themselves in their element. In a recent blog post, the company writes, “Almost 16% of first messages are over 2000 characters (roughly 400 words), and the average is 743! We’ve found that the most effective messages are much shorter.”After crunching the numbers, it appears that response rates to heterosexual males are extremely low. The baseline rate of reply to messages from men is only 22% and for women it’s over 40%. Essentially, messages sent by men are only half as likely to get replies than messages from women. It would be interesting to see how this dynamic shifts for same-sex dating sites. Nevertheless, one thing is certain across the board – brevity is the key to getting a response. Apparently “being yourself” is less about painting a picture and more about linking to one. Says OK Cupid, “After about 360 words (1800 characters), you start scaring people off, like the online equivalent of a face tattoo.”Given that Twitter offers the ability to link to videos, photos and profiles, what are the chances that microblogging dating has a future? Let us know in the comments below. Photo Credit: Lead – Postcards From Home and Inset – Lord Khan Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, joint Presidents of the charity Elephant Family, hosted a reception at Lancaster House in London this week in support of Asia’s endangered elephants.Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attend a reception in support of the Elephant Family at Lancaster HouseCredit/Copyright: www.princeofwales.gov.uk/The event highlighted a global “auto rickshaw”, or motorised rickshaw, race which will take place later this year. The race will involve a fleet of the vehicles, individually designed by international artists, milliners and fashion designers.In November some 30 rickshaws will journey 500km across Madhya Pradesh, India in support of the cause.The event is called Travels to My Elephant and is inspired by the charity’s late founder and The Duchess’s brother Mark Shand, whose rescue of an Asian elephant, Tara, led to its creation. His adventures were recorded in his best-selling book Travels on my Elephant.Mr Shand, who died in New York in April last year, dedicated his life to saving Asia’s elephants.His Royal Highness said everyone was at the event “to ensure that dear Mark’s hard-won legacy is maintained and enhanced”.The Prince added: “I can’t help thinking he would have been so pleased to know if he had been with us that we have just met the representatives of four conservation charities who are partnering with Elephant Family with the aim of unlocking GBP20 million pounds to secure 100 elephant corridors across India by 2025.“This evening’s events are designed to highlight the quest to save Asia’s endangered elephants from a frighteningly precipitous decline.“There may be no more than 50,000 left in total in the wild across the 13 countries where they are literally clinging to survival.“Sadly, it is the case that the pressures of finite space and the needs of an unsustainably growing human population have brought us into conflict with these remarkable creatures.“Witnessing this conundrum, Mark’s vision was simple but profound; the elephants can survive only if forests survive.”Later in the evening, the rickshaws were auctioned to support Elephant Family’s projects.Source:www.princeofwales.gov.uk
OTTAWA – Federal cabinet ministers have fanned out south of the border in hope of energizing U.S. supporters of the beleaguered NAFTA deal as yet another critical round of talks is set to begin in Montreal later this month.In this latest effort to sing NAFTA’s praises to the Americans, the stakes appear highest for Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay.On Sunday, MacAulay will deliver Ottawa’s message from a big stage in Nashville, where he will become the first Canadian cabinet minister to deliver a keynote address at the annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation. The conference is a huge gathering of more than 5,000 delegates from across the U.S. agricultural industry.MacAulay’s speech comes at a crucial time for the future of the deal, which he says has had big impact on the continent’s farming sectors.But the significance of his address will be even greater given the higher-profile event on the convention calendar expected in the days after his appearance — a speech by U.S. President Donald Trump.Trump, who will become the first American president to address the convention since George H. W. Bush in 1992, has repeatedly threatened to begin withdrawing the U.S. from the agreement.“It’s without a question a big deal,” MacAulay told The Canadian Press in an interview when asked about speaking before Trump at the same convention.“This is very important, this meeting, in my opinion, and I’m very pleased to be there and hopefully it works well.”Fortunately for MacAulay, the U.S. farming lobby has been a leader in opposing the push to abandon NAFTA, which means his pro-trade message is likely to get a warmer reception than that of his presidential counterpart.In his address, MacAulay is expected to remind the crowd how about 80 food and agriculture organizations sent a warning to the U.S. administration that pulling out of NAFTA would immediately hurt their industries and kills tens of thousands of jobs.MacAulay, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale have all been meeting political and business leaders in the U.S. this week to promote NAFTA’s benefits.Their visits come ahead of the next round of bargaining, which starts Jan. 23 when negotiators from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico reconvene in Montreal.Goodale met with strong pro-NAFTA officials in Kentucky, including Gov. Matt Bevin and the leaders of the state’s chamber of commerce.In prepared remarks for his speech Friday, he stressed the importance of identifying and dealing properly with any genuine unfairness in the deal, rather than “tanking the whole relationship.”Meanwhile, McKenna travelled to California for meetings Friday with officials, including Gov. Jerry Brown, who also supports NAFTA.Canada’s message hasn’t changed as it renews its defence of the trade deal, said McKenna, who continues to repeat the mantra that NAFTA is key to tackling environmental challenges and boosting economic growth in all three countries.“I think what we’re doing is just looking at all the opportunities to make the case for why NAFTA is really important,” McKenna said.One U.S.-based trade expert said the “maple charm offensive” by Canadian political leaders over the past year has been effective at providing outside support to pro-NAFTA supporters in the U.S. Congress.But Dan Ujczo, a lawyer for Dickinson Wright in Columbus, Ohio, doesn’t think the needle has moved much for those opposed to or even undecided on the deal.“I don’t think hearts and minds have been changed,” said Ujczo, who wants Canada to deploy a fresh set of messengers — and messages.It’s time to go beyond touting NAFTA’s benefits and start acknowledging that there have been some losers in North American integration, Ujczo said — and explain how best to help those people.Canadian businesses should also be playing a bigger role in the U.S. outreach effort, he added.January is likely to be a critical month for NAFTA, since it includes another round of potentially substantive negotiations as well as Trump’s latest State of the Union address.Until then, Trump’s NAFTA message Monday will be “an important measuring stick” on how the administration plans to proceed, he said.“While I don’t expect the president to make any promises about not withdrawing from NAFTA, I think his comments will add some clarity as to how effective the farm lobby’s advocacy has been.”— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Passenger Transportation Board of B.C. has ruled in favour of Greyhound’s application to halt passenger bus service in Northeast B.C. as of June 1st.Last August Greyhound Canada announced that it was planning to cut nine routes across the province, including the Dawson Creek – Whitehorse and Prince George – Dawson Creek routes. The company is also seeking to greatly reduce service on other routes in Southern B.C. after saying that many of its routes are no longer profitable.Greyhound says that ridership on routes connecting the northern half of B.C. with Prince George has declined by 51 percent since 2010, including a 30 percent drop in the last five years. In its ruling, the Passenger Transportation Board explained that Greyhound’s routes in the Peace Region and along Highway 16 have extremely low ridership and very large operating losses that impair the company’s viability.“Greyhound is a for-profit company,” read the Board’s decision. “A review of the company’s financial information demonstrates that the cross-subsidization model of the past no longer holds true. There are insufficient profits on the profitable routes to subsidize its losses on these routes.”Greyhound told the board that by eliminating 1.6 million scheduled miles in the province, it will be able to retain a remaining 3.7 million scheduled miles. “Keeping a viable inter-city passenger bus service in at least some parts of the province is preferable to no service from Greyhound.”However, the Board also found that the public’s need would not be met if Greyhound were allowed to eliminate the four routes without adequate notice, due to the reliance on current service.“Immediate stoppage on these routes and route segments would endanger public safety given the harsh winter climate, inhospitable terrain, and the isolation of those living and working along these routes.”However, the Board ruled that weather conditions should improve by May 31st to a point where public safety would no longer be at risk.During a series of public hearings on the application, Greyhound said it is losing $35,000 per day, which works out to a loss of nearly $13 million per year. The company has called on the provincial government to subsidize intercity bus travel, similar to the subsidies provided to municipal transit.
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court appointed environment watchdog EPCA has urged the apex court to remove the cap imposed on the number of auto-rickshaw permits issued in Delhi. Environment think tanks welcomed the suggestion as this would make the better public transport system.EPCA officials noted that Delhi’s transport system need a boost and this step would mean that public transport system will become better which the EPCA earlier suggested as one of the most important ways to curb the city pollution. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”Why are these vehicles, that were initially restricted for fouling up the air, coming back without fetters on their numbers to reduce pollution? While this might sound like an oxymoron to some, this is actually a unique case in which the technology clean up has converged with mobility solution to set the next generation roadmap for intermediate public transport in Delhi and other Indian cities. Circumstances have changed considerably since 1997 when these vehicles were powered by extremely polluting two-stroke engines or small diesel engines that made a cap on their numbers necessary. The autos were also moved to run on CNG,” observed Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to the Economic Survey of Delhi 2018-19, around 32.5 lakh cars and 70.8 lakh two-wheelers are registered in the city. Between 2016-17 and 2017-18, the number of cars has increased by roughly 1 lakh and two-wheelers by over 4.7 lakh. At the same time, the number of registered taxis has reduced marginally, from 1,18,308 to 1,18,060; while auto-rickshaw growth has been capped at 1,00,000. This, combined with the insufficiency of public buses, gives no alternative but to use personal vehicles, which is apparent from the exponential growth in this segment. EPCA, in its report, noted that it is “important that there is a balance in the supply of all kinds of para-transit so that there is a viable mode of public transport for all sections of society.”
Chennai: Skipper Rohit Sharma struck his first half-century of the season before Chennai Super Kings bowlers fought back brilliantly to restrict Mumbai Indians to 155 for four in an Indian Premier League match here on Friday. Rohit top-scored for MI with 67 from 48 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes, but it was Kiwi left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner who starred with the ball for CSK with brilliant figures of 2 for 13 from his four overs. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuSent in to bat by stand-in captain Suresh Raina after Mahendra Singh Dhoni was ruled out of the match due to fever, MI couldn’t capitalise on a good start, faltering against some accurate bowling by the home team. From 103 for two in 13 overs, MI could only muster 52 runs in the final seven overs. The big-hitting Hardik Pandya (23 not out off 18 balls, 1×4, 1×6) and Kieron Pollard (13 off 12 balls, 2x4s) couldn’t do much damage but still managed to get MI past the 150-run mark. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersRohit led from the front with a typically elegant half-century, his first of the season, during which he hit some big sixes and looked in control for the most part. He was holed out to Murali Vijay at long-on off Santner, who bowled a brilliant spell. Krunal Pandya, pushed up the order in a bid to speed up the scoring rate, fell for just one run, caught by Santner in the deep off Imran Tahir’s bowling. West Indies power-hitter Evin Lewis (32 off 30 balls, 3x4s, 1X6) added 75 runs with Rohit for the second wicket and took the attack to the CSK bowlers. The fast improving Deepak Chahar got the first wicket for CSK in the form of dangerous Quinton de Kock (15 off 9 balls, 1×4, 1×6) with a slower ball. The South African’s attempt to turn the ball to leg-side resulted in a top-edge which was taken by Ambati Rayudu, donning the big gloves in place of the indisposed Dhoni. Earlier, CSK won the toss and elected to field but were dealt a big blow ahead of the match with captain Dhoni missing out due to fever. Also, Faf du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja missed out and Santner, Murali Vijay and Dhruv Shrorey came in. Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians: 155 for 4 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma 67, Evin Lewis 32; Mitchell Santner 2/13) vs CSK.