OMV Petrom wins tender for exploration block II offshore Georgia

first_img OMV Petrom will undertake oil and gas exploration activities in Block II. (Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay) OMV’s Romanian subsidiary OMV Petrom has been selected as the winning bidder for the oil and gas exploration block, Offshore Block II, in the Black Sea offshore Georgia.The move follows the launch of an open international tender by the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia for the Offshore Block II earlier this year.OMV Petrom Upstream executive board member Peter Zeilinger said: “We continue our plans to expand our upstream activities in the Black Sea region. This is another milestone, after signing a contract to enter the Han Asparuh exploration license in offshore Bulgaria.“It is a natural continuation of our more than 40 years of experience in the Romanian Black Sea waters.”OMV Petrom to finalise production sharing contractThe block will be formally awarded to OMV Petrom subject to finalisation of a production sharing contract.Upon signing of the contract, OMV Petrom will have the right to undertake oil and gas exploration activities in Block II, which covers a total area of 5,282km2 located within the economic zone of the Georgia.OMV Petrom currently has exploration, development and production operations in the shallow waters (Istria block) as well as exploration activities in partnership with ExxonMobil in deep-water areas (Neptun Deep).Last year, OMV Petrom has completed the decommissioning of the Gloria jack-up rig, which had been producing from the Sinoe field in the Black Sea for more than 40 years.The Gloria offshore platform, which had reached the end of its economic lifetime limit, was transported to the Agigea harbour in Constanţa in southeastern Romania. The selection follows the launch of an open international tender by the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia last_img read more

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AskPorter gets £1.5m more to disrupt ‘inefficient’ property management sector

first_imgArtificial intelligence-based property management platform Askporter has won a further £1.5 million in funding from half a dozen venture capitalists.One of the backers, Woking-based Henley Investments, has used the announcement to claim that the property management sector is ‘inefficient and ripe for disruption’.Askporter, which still calls itself a start-up despite being three years old, is a proptech company that uses a digital platform including a ‘virtual assistant’ app to help property management teams run buildings more efficiently.It claims to help “cut costs and reduce the time spent on tedious tasks, all the while providing first-class support to occupants”.Property managementLtoR: AskPorter CTO Sam Tassell and CEO Tom Shrive.“Our success raising £1.5 million investment reflects wider changes sweeping the property industry,” says AskPorter CEO Tom Shrive (pictured, left).“Looking to the future, well-run properties will largely be managed by an AI assistant that has all the context of an actual manager and complete data transparency, freeing them up to focus on delivering value-added, human-touch experience to occupants.”Other companies backing Ask Porter in this latest fund-raising round include Californian investor Plug and Play, London fund Pi Labs, San Francisco seed funding specialist Venture University and German firm WISAG GM.Justin Meissel of  Henley Investments, says: “Askporter has assembled a top tier team, and their initial traction with key management companies is evidence that their innovative tech is transformative.”Six months ago, the company received an undisclosed but ‘significant sum’ from Google which at the time it said would be used to expand its central London based development team. August 1, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » AskPorter gets £1.5m more to disrupt ‘inefficient’ property management sector previous nextProptechAskPorter gets £1.5m more to disrupt ‘inefficient’ property management sectorThree-year-old artificial intelligence-based platform and app has now raised £2.3 million in total including ‘significant’ sum in December from Google.Nigel Lewis1st August 201901,827 Viewslast_img read more

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USNS Lewis and Clark Supports Koa Moana 15-3

first_img October 26, 2015 Share this article Military Sealift Command’s dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1) arrived at Tarawa, Republic of Kiribati, Oct. 24, as part of its continuing support of Exercise Koa Moana 15-3.Exercise KM 15-3 is a four-month international exercise with participants from the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and host nation participants from various countries in the Pacific Island Nations of Oceania.The first portion of the exercise was in the Tahiti, followed by a leg in Fiji where Marines conducted theater security cooperation (TSC) activities with those of host nation partners.After Tarawa, the Lewis and Clark, which is also part of Maritime Prepositioning Ships Squadron TWO (MPSRON-2), will carry her personnel and cargo to Vanuatu for more TSC events, then finish off the exercise at Timor Leste in November. The Lewis and Clark is scheduled to return to its home port in early December.Exercise Koa Moana 15-3 is a Marine Forces Pacific sponsored exercise designed to enhance senior military leader engagements between allied and partner nations with a collective interest in military-to-military relations; and to discuss key aspects of military operations, capability development, and interoperability.[mappress mapid=”17266″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Exercise Koa Moana 15-3 USNS Lewis and Clark Supports Koa Moana 15-3center_img View post tag: US Navy Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today USNS Lewis and Clark Supports Koa Moana 15-3 last_img read more

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Health to the fore at BSB Conference

first_imgHealth is set to be a hot topic at the British Society of Baking’s Spring Conference. Two of the keynote speeches at the event will be ’Reducing salt in cakes and biscuits’ and ’Health and well-being’, delivered, respectively, by Dinnie Jordan and Laetitia Rocha.Jordan runs Kudos Blends, which formulates raising agents with zero or minimal levels of sodium, while Rocha is Holgran’s nutrition innovation manager.Other speakers at the conference include Finsbury Food Group CEO Dave Brooks, and John Gillespie, who will draw on his experience of 37 years in the baking industry, mainly with Macphie & Co.The conference is on 19 and 20 March at Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association in Chipping Campden.Contact Sharon Byrne on 01869 247098 or [email protected] for more information.last_img read more

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Warburtons makes £13.5m loss as sales decline 3.5%

first_imgWarburtons, which reported £20.7m pre-tax profit a year ago, has made a £13.5m loss as a result of restructuring costs and falling bread sales.With the core wrapped bread market continuing to decline, the company saw sales fall 3.5% year on year to £506.4m in year ended 29 September 2018.Despite the launch of products including a wrapped bloomer and sourdough Toastie loaf over the period, NPD did not offset the decline in the Warburton’s established core ranges. In the previous 12-month period, when the company had reported a 0.3% drop in overall sales, revenue had largely been held up by growth in non-bread lines, which include crumpets, bagels and teacakes.The company reported it had found it “challenging” to fully recover core cost increases in the past year, and that profits had been hit by £19.6m in exceptional costs.These included £5.7m after Warburtons ended bread production in Stockton-on-Tees, although it still produces crumpets at the site. In addition, the business also made around £6m in charges against plant and equipment it no longer required.A further £6.8m loan to Giles Food Limited has been written off. The business, which had produced own-label products including garlic bread, was shut down by Warburtons in summer 2017.“The wrapped bakery market continues to be very challenging and this, coupled with increased costs and some exceptional items, impacted our results for the 2017/2018 financial year,” said Warburtons chairman Jonathan Warburton.”However, excluding the exceptional costs, the underlying business remains profitable. During the same period, we also invested significantly in our business to meet changing consumer trends and to ensure we are well placed for long term growth.”Recent activity by Warburtons has included the launch of a new bagel range that is being promoted with adverts starring Robert De Niro.last_img read more

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Tedeschi Trucks Band Delivers Live In-Studio Set, Talks ‘SIGNS’ Ahead Of Chicago Shows This Weekend [Watch]

first_imgOn Thursday afternoon, Tedeschi Trucks Band headed to the WXRT-FM studio in Chicago to show off some of their new material ahead of the second half of their residency at the Chicago Theatre this weekend on Friday, January 25th and Saturday, January 26th. Tedeschi Trucks Band’s upcoming album, SIGNS, is due out Friday, February 15th via Fantasy/Concord Records.Following an intro from Marty Lennartz, the show’s host, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi and company dove into the recently-debuted “High & Mighty”, followed by SIGNS track “Shame”. A go-to cover of Sleepy John Estes‘ “Leaving Trunk” was up next before the band closed their four-song mini-set with Signs‘ lead single, “Hard Case”. Between songs, Trucks and Tedeschi spoke with Lennartz about the process of conceiving and creating SIGNS. You can watch a pro-shot video of the entire segment below.Tedeschi Trucks Band – WXRT-FM Studio Performance – Full VideoRelated: Tedeschi Trucks Band Releases Music Video For “Hard Case” Ahead Of Album Release [Watch]Tedeschi Trucks Band will officially celebrate the unveiling of SIGNS at an album release show at Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, NY on February 20th. As the band noted in their initial statement announcing the album, “SIGNS reflects on the losses suffered by the band in the past few years while still finding cause for hope and celebration in the beauty of life and nature.” The recent losses in the band’s extended family to which they refer include their friend and mentor Col Bruce Hampton and other greats like Leon Russell and Allman Brothers Band members Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman.For a full list of upcoming Tedeschi Trucks Band tour dates, hit the band’s website here.last_img read more

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Trey Anastasio Band Wraps 4-Night Run With Explosive Brooklyn Bowl Finale [Photo/Video]

first_imgTrey Anastasio Band continued their extended weekend run on Monday with their second and final performance at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY. One of the smaller rooms in which you’ll see TAB play, the Bowl was packed to the brim when Trey Anastasio‘s eight-piece solo outfit took the stage at the beloved concert venue/bowling alley for just the third time ever.Trey and company opened up the first set with “Blaze On”, which TAB debuted three nights prior at Anastasio’s Me & My Mind premiere and featured his fellow Phish bandmate Page McConnell. Moving out of the show-opening “Blaze On”, TAB offered up a hearty helping of setlist staples, including “Alive Again”, “Liquid Time”, “Burlap Sack and Pumps”, “Night Speaks to a Woman”, “Curlew’s Call”, and “Dark and Down”. TAB brought their first set to a close with “First Tube”, a tune that he debuted in 1998 with his 8 Foot Florescent Tubes one-off project at Burlington, VT’s Higher Ground.Following a brief setbreak, Trey and his cohorts returned to the stage to open up their second set with “Money, Love and Change”, highlighted by some ferocious guitar work from Anastasio. “Last Tube” and “Speak To Me” were up next, followed by “The Land Of Nod”, last played by TAB in 2017. The set continued with “Alaska” smoothly sliding into “In Rounds” before the band brought the set to a close with a silky-smooth pairing of “Shine” into “Rise/Come Together”. Unlike the previous night, where Trey emerged solo with his acoustic guitar, Trey Anastasio Band returned in full for their encore with a two-song offering of “Drifting” and “Ghost”.Next up for Trey Anastasio Band is a four-night run of shows throughout the Southeast, including performances in St. Petersburg, St. Augustine, and Atlanta. For a full list of Trey Anastasio Band’s upcoming performances, head here.You can stream a full soundboard audio recording of the show via LivePhish. You can also watch a selection of crowd-shot videos from the performance below:Trey Anastasio Band – “First Tube”[Video: brooklyntype]Trey Anastasio Band – “Ghost”[Video: brooklyntype]Check out a gallery of photos from the show below courtesy of photographer Andrew O’Brien.Setlist: Trey Anastasio Band | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 4/29/2019Set One: Blaze On, Alive Again, Liquid Time, Burlap Sack and Pumps, Night Speaks to a Woman, Curlew’s Call, Dark and Down, First TubeSet Two: Money, Love and Change, Last Tube, Speak to Me, The Land of Nod, Alaska > In Rounds, Shine > Rise/Come TogetherEncore: Drifting, GhostTrey Anastasio Band | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 4/29/2019 | Photos: Andrew O’Brien Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Top stories of 2016

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vkQ3SBwuU4″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/1vkQ3SBwuU4/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClXC_CHuRPA” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/ClXC_CHuRPA/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> The first autonomous, entirely soft robotPowered by a chemical reaction controlled by microfluidics, 3D-printed ‘octobot’ has no electronicsDeveloped by a team of Harvard researchers, the first autonomous, entirely soft robot is powered by a chemical reaction controlled by microfluidics. The 3-D-printed “octobot” has no electronics.O’Neal, MacGraw revisit youthful ‘Love’In return to campus, a look back at film that made them starsActors Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal returned to Harvard to revisit the scene of their iconic movie “Love Story.”SaveSaveSaveSaveSave In many ways, 2016 was one for the history books. Few years have seen so much political upheaval, cultural shifts, and scientific progress. As New Year’s Eve approaches, the Gazette looks back on some of the year’s most popular and substantial articles.True to form, students and faculty excelled, with five students named Rhodes scholars and Professor Oliver Hart awarded the Nobel Prize in economics. A College fencer represented the U.S. at the Olympic Games in Rio, while three Harvard Divinity School students took a Nimbus 2000 to the top of the iTunes podcast charts with “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.”Steven Spielberg gave the Class of 2016 villains to vanquish, and Stephen Hawking explained how strange our universe is beyond our tiny blue home. Babar the Elephant stopped by the Houghton Library, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Larry Wilmore tickled our funny bones, and Toni Morrison and Rashida Jones appealed to our greater humanity. Exhibits and excavations revealed Harvard’s past as never before, while The Gazette photographers took us behind the scenes of campus rituals and daily life at Harvard.Out of Harvard’s labs came leaves that generate fuel, diamonds that transmit signals and monitor neural pathways, organs-on-a-chip that perfectly mimic an individual’s own organs, and 3-D printed flowers that dance and bloom when dropped in water. Millions marveled at an autonomous little octopus that moves without electronics, while others watched in sober awe as bacteria overcame heavy doses of antibiotics in just 11 days.The University took a bold step with the decision to place limits on single-gender final clubs, and tempers flared at the Institute of Politics’ quadrennial “debriefing,” where top campaign aides took the gloves off after a contentious election. President Drew Faust assembled the Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging, and scholars offered deeper understanding about the vexing stubbornness of American inequality. With their future uncertain, undocumented students stood strong, and the University heard their voices and supported them.Here is a selection of Gazette stories that resonated with readers in 2016, along with videos and photos shared across the internet:After printing, the 4D orchid is immersed in water to activate its shape transformation. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University4D-printed structure changes shape when placed in waterWyss, SEAS researchers create shape-shifting architectures that mimic plant movementsA team of scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has evolved their microscale 3-D printing technology to the fourth dimension, time.Gut-brain connection moves into MS territoryBWH researchers find evidence that diet and gut microbes can influence brain inflammationUsing pre-clinical models for multiple sclerosis and samples from MS patients, a Harvard-affiliated team found evidence that changes in diet and gut flora may influence astrocytes in the brain, and, consequently, neurodegeneration, pointing to potential therapeutic targets.A cinematic approach to drug resistanceScientists film bacteria’s maneuvers as they become impervious to drugsScientists at Harvard Medical School and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have built a giant petri dish to visually demonstrate how bacteria move as they become immune to drugs.Illustration by Kathleen M.G. HowlettThe costs of inequality: When a fair shake isn’tHarvard researchers, scholars identify stubborn tenets of America’s built-in inequity, offer answersFirst in a series on what Harvard scholars are doing to identify and understand inequality, in seeking solutions to one of America’s most vexing problems.For President Trump, the road aheadHarvard analysts ponder changes across the American and global landscapesNoted faculty across Harvard weigh in on the election of Donald Trump and what his presidency is likely to mean for the economy, presidential politics, and more.Where runners go wrongResearchers seek clues among an exceptional group: The injury-freeA new study out of Harvard Medical School and the National Running Center at Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital examined why runners get injured so often.The Morris Loeb Lecture in Physics and The Black Hole Initiative Inauguration. Stephen Hawking (pictured) delivers a talk in Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerHawking at HarvardAt packed Sanders Theatre, theoretical physicist and cosmologist tackles the contradictory qualities of black holesAcclaimed theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking discussed the mysterious qualities of black holes during his lecture at a packed Sanders Theatre.Spielberg: Find a ‘villain to vanquish’Filmmaker urges graduates to make their ‘character-defining’ choices wiselyIn his Commencement address, veteran filmmaker Steven Spielberg urged the members of Harvard’s Class of 2016 to stick to their morals and act when necessary.Freshman move-in day at Harvard University. Cars and trucks parade into Harvard Yard filled with freshmen, their belongings, and their anticipations. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe Yard awakens as freshmen arriveMembers of Class of 2020 find their way to new homes at HarvardAfter nearly 13 weeks of summer quiet, Harvard Yard awoke again as the Class of 2020 officially arrived on campus this morning.Joining the ranks of RhodesRealizing dreams, Harvard’s newest scholars unveil plans for Oxford yearsSpencer Dunleavy, Nancy Ko, Maia Silber, and Anthony Wilder Wohns were among the 32 American students named as Rhodes recipients.Harvard restores its famed Glass Flowers Harvard’s Glass Flowers, the famed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, have returned to display in a refurbished gallery, which shows the iconic collection in new light — literally. Putting the Glass Flowers in new lightGallery set to reopen after major renovationThe famed Glass Flowers gallery will reopen May 21 after the most extensive renovation in its history.‘If you’re not failing, you’re probably not trying as hard as you could be’Interview with geneticist George Church as part of the Experience series.Stories of learning, teaching, and turning points, in the Experience series.Books of their youthScholars explain staying power of certain literary encountersThe Gazette asked a group of Harvard professors to talk about a book from their student days that has since gained in resonance or meaning.Potential diabetes treatment advancesDevice shields beta cells from immune system attackResearchers at MIT’s David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, in collaboration with scientists at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and several other institutions, have developed an implantable device that in mice shielded insulin-producing beta cells from immune system attack for six months — a substantial proportion of life span.Introducing the Octobotlast_img read more

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Greece, France sign $2.8 billion fighter jet deal

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece has signed a 2.3 billion-euro ($2.8 billion) deal with France to purchase 18 Rafale fighter jets as tensions grow with neighbor Turkey. The French defense minister is in Athens and signed the agreement to deliver 12 used and six new aircraft built by Dassault Aviation over two years, starting in mid-2021. France has sided with Athens in a dispute over boundaries in the Aegean Sea and eastern Mediterranean that has brought NATO members Greece and Turkey to the brink of war several times in recent decades.last_img

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Canada to Build Haiti Police Headquarters

first_img Canada will build a new headquarters for Haiti’s national police after the original was destroyed in the January 12 earthquake, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon announced on 4 November. The 9.5-million dollar construction project will “augment the capability of Haiti’s national police to coordinate their daily activities” such as stemming “violence, smuggling and human trafficking,” he told a press conference. “All Haitians will benefit from improved security,” the minister added. Cannon also announced 1.3 million dollars in funding to teach Haiti’s 7,000 policemen first aid over the next two years. Canadian police have been helping to train Haiti’s police since 1993. Their numbers rose to 134 after the earthquake from 90. At least 250,000 people were killed in January’s devastating 7.0 earthquake which flattened much of the capital Port-au-Prince. Haiti is now also struggling to contain an outbreak of cholera which hit last month and has already claimed more than 440 lives and sickened almost 6,800 people. By Dialogo November 08, 2010last_img read more

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