Australian frigate seizes hashish, heroin in Arabian Sea

first_imgRoyal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized more than 2.1 tonnes of hashish and 345 kilograms of heroin in two boarding operations in the Arabian Sea.The Australian Navy said the seizures were worth approximately AU$105 million and AU$103.5 million respectively.The interceptions took place on 28 and 29 January 2019 as part of operation Manitou.Commanding officer of HMAS Ballarat, Commander Paul Johnson, said Ballarat conducted the flag verification boardings following the observation of two fishing vessels, known as dhows, exhibiting suspicious behavior.“The boardings were conducted under the direction of the Combined Maritime Forces in international waters,” Commander Johnson said.The interdictions follow three previous seizures during Ballarat’s current deployment, totalling 931 kilograms of heroin in December 2018 and 3.1 tonnes of hashish in early January 2019.“Ballarat’s success so far has been the result of a complex operation using sophisticated technology, information networks and careful surveillance to detect vessels suspected of narcotics trafficking,” Commander Johnson said.“Once detected, the ship’s boarding teams are dispatched to conduct detailed searches of the vessels.“All narcotics found are transferred to Ballarat for disposal to disrupt the trafficking of drugs, reduce the funding to terrorist organisations and ensure regional maritime security.”HMAS Ballarat is deployed to the Middle East under operation Manitou for counter terrorism and counter piracy operations in the North Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden.HMAS Ballarat’s current nine-month deployment is her second to the Middle East and is the 67th rotation of a Royal Australian Navy vessel in the region since 1990.Operation Manitou is the name of the Australian government’s contribution to support international efforts to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East. An enhanced security environment ensures Australia’s safe and open access to the region while fostering trade and commerce. View post tag: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: HMAS Ballarat View post tag: Counter-Narcoticscenter_img Photo: HMAS Ballarat’s Boarding Party conduct a flag verification boarding on a suspicious dhow resulting in a seizure of suspected narcotics. Photo: Royal Australian Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Texas man wanted for series of child molestations in Elkhart

first_img Facebook Google+ Twitter Texas man wanted for series of child molestations in Elkhart IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Facebook By Carl Stutsman – April 29, 2020 0 498 (“Court Gavel” by Best Law, Public Domain) A warrant has been issued for a Texas man connected to more than a dozen cases of molestation in Elkhart. The counts date as far back as 2004.45 year old Julio Rios of San Antonio is facing 13 counts of child molestation in the case. Details about the alleged molestation’s have not been released but court documents indicate there were five total alleged victims that were as young as five years old when the incidents began, and continued for several years.The Elkhart Truth reports that split between the various felony charges he faces a combined sentence of up to 272 years when or if he is tried.Read more here with The Elkhart Truth Google+ Previous articleSouth Bend man strands his car on the tracks; steals another and crashes itNext articleGreenleaf in Elkhart reports half of residents COVID-19 positive or presumed positive Carl Stutsman WhatsApplast_img read more

Lettuce’s Adam Smirnoff To Guest DJ On SiriusXM’s Jam On Ahead Of Fool’s Paradise

first_imgWith their funky festival just days away, Lettuce is building up some serious anticipation for what is sure to be a great event. In preparation for the Lettuce-hosted Fool’s Paradise festivities, which run from April 1-2 in St. Augustine, FL, the band’s guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff hit the SiriusXM Jam On studios to spin some of his favorite tunes.The guest DJ set, which premieres this Saturday, March 19th at 4 PM Eastern, will see Shmeeans throw down some of his favorite tunes, and talk about other artists that have inspired him. It’s sure to be a great listen for any fan of the funk, and it will run a handful of times over the next week.Be sure to tune in to SiriusXM Jam On, channel 29, and listen up! You can find out more about the station here, and more info about Lettuce’s festival Fool’s Paradise, which features GRiZ, Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, The Nth Power and more, can be found here.Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff’s Guest DJ ScheduleSaturday 3/19 @ 4PM ETSunday 3/20 @ NOON ETMonday 3/21 @ 9AM ETTuesday 3/22 @ 1PM ETWednesday 3/23 @ 5PM ETThursday 3/24 @ 11AM ETlast_img read more

In Africa, success against AIDS

first_imgHarvard AIDS researchers gathered at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) last Thursday to mark 10 years of work under a key federal anti-AIDS program that has been instrumental in stemming the tide of a disease that once threatened to destroy entire societies.PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, began in 2003 and provided support at a critical stage of the global epidemic. At the time, a new generation of drugs was working miracles in industrialized countries but remained unavailable in poor countries, where AIDS raged unchecked.Tendani Gaolathe (left), director of the HSPH Master Trainer Corps Program in Botswana, and Richard Marlink, scientific director of the HSPH Aids Initiative, were among those who examined a decade of AIDS relief work. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerNations of sub-Saharan Africa were at the pandemic’s epicenter, with an AIDS diagnosis meaning almost certain death, and prevalence rates topping 30 percent in some countries. Because the disease struck sexually active adults, it targeted society’s most productive members, decimating professions such as teaching and nursing. Families likewise teetered, losing caregivers and breadwinners and creating ever-growing numbers of orphans to be raised by aging grandparents and distant family members.When PEPFAR was announced, HSPH researchers were in a unique position to respond because they’d already begun research programs and had partnerships with three African nations: Tanzania, Nigeria, and Botswana, according to David Hunter, HSPH’s dean for academic affairs, professor of epidemiology and nutrition, and Gregory Professor of Cancer PreventionThe result in the years since has been a suite of programs and research studies, strengthened infrastructure, and training programs that have not only brought Harvard researchers to those nations, but brought budding African scientists to Harvard to study. The effort has also resulted in training for hundreds of doctors, nurses, and other health workers in how best to respond to HIV and the AIDS it causes.An important factor in the success of the programs was that they were viewed from the start as partnerships between Harvard researchers and their host nations. In each case, according to Hunter, the presidents of those nations were supportive.“PEPFAR was a shining and early example of our translational mission,” Hunter said. “We’re not just here to do research and education.”The change in the pandemic’s course has been so dramatic that people can today conceive of “The End of AIDS,” as headlines have trumpeted recently, said Myron (Max) Essex, the Lasker Professor of Health Sciences and chair of the HSPH AIDS Initiative. Photo by Katherine Taylor/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe event Thursday, “PEPFAR in Africa,” was held at the HSPH’s Kresge Building and featured speakers from Harvard and the host nation for each program, including Richard Marlink, Beal Professor of the Practice of Public Health and scientific director of the HSPH Aids Initiative, and Tendani Gaolathe, director of the HSPH Master Trainer Corps Program in Botswana; Wafaie Fawzi, Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences and professor of nutrition, epidemiology and global health, and Roseline Urio, deputy director of programs at Management and Development for Health in Tanzania; and Phyllis Kanki, professor of immunology and infectious diseases, and Prosper Okonkwo, chief executive officer of the AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria.Hunter and Myron (Max) Essex, the Lasker Professor of Health Sciences and chair of the HSPH AIDS Initiative, offered welcoming remarks, and HSPH Dean Julio Frenk and Harvard Provost Alan Garber also spoke. The session was sponsored by HSPH and the initiative.Though the worst of the pandemic has passed in those three nations, it remains prevalent, with 25 percent of the population infected with HIV in Botswana, for example. Though that number is high, it is down from nearly one in three at the pandemic’s height. And, importantly, today almost all those who need antiretroviral drugs to treat the disease get them, resulting in a 61 percent drop in the death rate from AIDS-related illnesses.The change in the pandemic’s course has been so dramatic, Essex said, that people can today conceive of “The End of AIDS,” as headlines have trumpeted recently. That’s largely because of a new understanding that early treatment can equal prevention because the drugs keep levels of HIV low enough that transmission drops.There has been a resulting change in attitude, Essex said, from an acknowledgment that while treatment is important, we can’t “treat our way out of the epidemic,” to a feeling that just maybe we can.“I think many of us hope that there will be an end to AIDS,” Essex said.last_img read more

The climb of her life

first_imgIn her mind’s eye, Pamela Thompson summits California’s 14,000-foot Mount Shasta on a beautiful day.“It’s absolutely clear. Blue sky. You can see forever,” Thompson said. “I really want to make it.”This month Thompson will climb Shasta — the second-highest peak in the Cascade Range — to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer prevention.Thompson, manager of adult education at the Arnold Arboretum, has raised nearly $8,000 for the nonprofit Breast Cancer Fund, whose prevention focus is on reducing toxins in our everyday environment. She’ll be taking part in the fund’s Climb Against the Odds from June 16 to June 21.Thompson, 51, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. The call confirming her lump was cancerous came while she was at her dying father’s bedside.“I took the call in the bathroom at the nursing home,” Thompson recalls. “I fell out of the bathroom … and fell into the arms of my family.”Thompson credits her 18-year-old daughter, Ailsa Jeffries, an incoming Harvard freshman, for taking a practical approach that helped her during those first difficult days.“As a family, we approached it as a problem that can be solved,” Thompson said. “It does turn your world upside down.”She underwent a year of treatment, including a single mastectomy for ductile carcinoma in situ — cancer in a milk duct that hasn’t spread — followed by reconstructive surgery.Thompson became interested in the climb when she came across one of the Breast Cancer Fund’s newsletters, and then applied.Never an avid exerciser or distance hiker, Thompson had just last fall started riding her bike to the Arboretum from her home in Milton. On hearing, in January, that she’d been accepted on the climb, she threw herself into training. She began walking and then running short distances, gradually lengthening to four or five miles. She also began hiking in the Blue Hills, first without a pack and then hauling up to 30 pounds. She has lost 10 pounds and today is running farther than she ever thought she would.In April, her preparations took a serious hit when she sprained her ankle during her first hike on Great Blue Hill. That forced her to take two weeks off of training. When she restarted, she built intensity slowly.Even early this month, the ankle still felt a bit dodgy, Thompson admitted — but better when she’s hiking. She has no intention of letting it interfere with the Shasta climb.“I’ve gotten this far, I’m not turning back,” Thompson said.Susanne Pfeiffer, Thompson’s sometime hiking partner and a horticultural technician at the Arboretum, said she has no doubt her friend will make it. After a long day of work, sometimes followed by a public event, Thompson and Pfeiffer will grab their gear and head to the Blue Hills for a hike.“Pam … has this burst of energy, a fire inside her. She just keeps going and going,” said Pfeiffer, who credited Thompson with inspiring her to get out hiking more often. “She’s up for the challenge. Pam’s a fighter. She’ll make it to the top and make friends along the way, because that’s how she is.”As Thompson’s departure approaches, mountaineering gear sent east by the San Francisco-based Breast Cancer Fund has been piling up in her living room: water bottles, a pack, specialized underlayers, trekking poles, and a warm down coat and shell. Thompson figures she’s pretty well equipped, except for food and a sleeping pad.Mount Shasta, a dormant volcano, is the fifth-highest peak in California. With warm weather below, part of the climb will be done in snow, by roped teams equipped with crampons and ice axes.The Breast Cancer Fund is working to prevent breast cancer by reducing toxins in household items such as food cans, cosmetics, cleaning products, and toys. Thompson said that with breast cancer rates for women 50 and older tripling in just a generation and just 5 percent to 10 percent of breast cancer patients having previous cancer in their family or known breast cancer genes, it seems that environment is an issue.“We’re not getting it from our mothers and grandmothers,” she said. “I’m the first one in my family. … I really would like answers. I’d like my daughter to know more.”Thompson flies out of Boston for California on June 14. She’ll spend the next day in “snow school,” learning crampon technique, how to hike roped in with other climbers, and how to use an ice ax, including the finer points of self-arrest should she start sliding.The next day, Thompson will meet with the group’s guides and the rest of the team. On Monday she’ll be briefed and go though gear checks.The climb starts Tuesday at a trailhead at 6,900 feet and proceeds up to a base camp at 9,600 feet. The plan calls for an early bedtime after dinner. On Wednesday, the group will rise at 1 a.m. for the 12- to 16-hour round trip to the summit, hiking up roped together in teams of five. They’ll spend that night back at the base camp before hiking out the next day.Thompson has imagined the hike, seeing footprints in the snow ahead as she and her roped-in partners trek relentlessly uphill.“I’ve seen myself taking steps through the snow. I want to go to the top,” Thompson said. “It’s mind over matter, but my body will tell me what to do.”Readers can follow the climb’s progress at the Breast Cancer Fund’s blog.last_img read more

Tickets begin campaign for student body president, vice president

first_imgCampaigns for the student body government elections kicked off Tuesday after four tickets received the 700 required signatures to enter the race.Junior Elizabeth Boyle and sophomore Patrick McGuire, freshmen Carlston Chang and Kevin O’Leary, juniors Eduardo Luna and Haley Coleman and juniors Mario Markho and Charlie Ortega Guifarro form the four tickets running for student body president and vice president. (Editor’s note: Ortega Guifarro is a former Sports Writer for The Observer and Patrick McGuire is a former Scene Writer.)According to the judicial council’s website, a debate between tickets will be held Monday at 9 p.m. in the Duncan Student Center Midfield Commons.The student body president and vice president election will take place Feb. 6. Should no ticket receive a majority vote, a second debate will take place Feb. 10, followed by a final election Feb. 11.The Boyle-McGuire ticket, with the campaign slogan “Empower ND,” has three main modules: student empowerment, gender relations and dorm reform. The “student empowerment” section of the ticket’s platform breaks down into subcategories diversity and inclusion, sustainability, student life, community engagement and academics.Among other plans, the candidates aim to make diversity training mandatory for all students, to create a “department of student empowerment” within student government, to rewrite the University’s ​nondiscrimination clause ​to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” and to push for the removal of Cardinal McCarrick’s honorary degree, according to their platform.According to their campaign poster, the Chang-O’Leary ticket’s main plans include implementing a minor in the Moreau First Year Experience, renaming Keenan “South Stanford” and making South Quad a Safari. The candidates’ campaign slogan is “Inexperience is the best experience.”The Luna-Coleman ticket focuses on residential dining reform, diversity and inclusion, residential life and transparency and communication.Their platform plans include “benchmarking all outstanding maintenance requests around campus and ensuring the most timely responses” and publishing comprehensive reports assessing student government efficiency.The Markho-Ortega ticket divides its platform into three parts: taking action to improve student life, building on programs and groups that already exist and promoting clarity in student government and administration.Notable campaign promises include working with the Club Coordination Office to give priority funding to groups that “make students feel welcome,” publishing the Dean’s List and all professors’ Course Instructor Feedback and making the Office of Financial Aid release an annual tuition breakdown.Editor’s note: This report was updated at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to include the Chang-O’Leary platform and information about the election schedule.Tags: 2019 Student Government Election, campaign, Judicial Council, Student government electionslast_img read more

Unsure Insurance.

first_imgShad Dasher had catastrophic insurance coverage on his Vidalia onion crop, which pays a maximum of 70 percent of the crop’s market value per acre.With 95 percent of his crop ruined, the insurance would have given Dasher $1,800 an acre had the damage happened in the last phase of onion production, near harvest time.Dasher’s insurance adjuster, however, ruled that the damaged happened earlier, around a late frost, which means he will get only $1,080 an acre. That won’t cover the cost of his fertilizer, he said.Meanwhile, on the other side of Tattnall County, Kelly Folsom said he lost 70 percent of his crop but will be reimbursed for most of his costs. His crop was figured to have been damaged in the final production stage.Reid Torrance, the Tattnall County extension coordinator with the University of Georgia Extension Service, says the discrepancy between insurance companies is one of the issues making federal disaster relief a necessity for southeast Georgia onion farmers.”The lucky ones may get their production costs back,” he said. “But they will be the ones in the minority. That’s why the growers are petitioning to get some kind of emergency relief.”The number of Vidalia onion farmers has been declining in recent years. “If we don’t get any aid,” Torrance said, “I’m afraid we’re going to have even less onion growers than we had this year.”Torrance said several meetings have already taken place with Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) and Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.) to try to get federal aid for the onion farmers.There have also been discussions in the state legislature about standardizing the production stages insurance companies use to decide the amount of damages they pay a farmer.As it stands, Torrance said, the criteria vary among companies. They can become even more arbitrary with the interpretations of individual adjusters.last_img read more

Vermont Lt. Governor Brian Dubie Deployed In Hurricane Ike Disaster Response

first_imgVermont Lt. Governor Brian Dubie Deployed In Hurricane Ike Disaster Response(MONTPELIER) — (September 12, 2008) Vermont’s Lt. Governor Brian Dubie has been deployed by the United States Air Force to assist in disaster response in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. He will leave Vermont later today.Colonel Dubie serves in the Air Force Reserve and the Air Force Reserve’s National Security Emergency Preparedness Agency ( is external)). He will be responsible for helping to coordinate the airlifting of personnel and supplies to assist the victims of Hurricane Ike. He similarly served in response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.Dubie’s initial assignment will be to First Air Force at Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City, Florida. He may be reassigned as the effects of the storm take shape.Dubie said, “I am grateful to Governor Jim Douglas for his support during this deployment.”last_img read more

PKS, governors urge Jokowi to revoke Job Creation Law

first_img“Workers have raised their objection,” Ridwan tweeted on Thursday afternoon. “We will send a letter containing West Java workers’ stance on rejecting the omnibus law and asking the President to issue a Perppu [revoking the Job Creation Law]”. Saya berdialog dgn para pengunjuk rasa di Gedung Sate & menyampaikan beberapa hal:1. Pemprov Jabar menerima perwakilan buruh yg menyampaikan keberatan atas pasal2 di kluster ketenagakerjaan di UU Cipta Kerja atau Omnibus Law yg dianggap merugikan buruh. #JabarJuaraLahirBatin— ridwan kamil (@ridwankamil) October 8, 2020Ridwan said the administration would deliver the letter on Friday. However, he asserted that the letter was not his personal opinion but rather the workers’ stance. “My position is in accordance with the workers. I’m sending the letter to convey the worker’s wishes, which is to reject [the omnibus law],” he said, adding that the central government had yet to communicate the law to his administration.West Kalimantan Governor Sutarmidji also called on Jokowi to issue a Perppu in a Facebook post on Thursday afternoon.  Several groups, including the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and laborers in West Java, have called on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to issue a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to revoke the Job Creation Law.West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said on Thursday he would send a letter to Jokowi to pass on the demands of the workers who had urged the President to issue the Perppu.Earlier on Thursday, around 2,000 workers took to the Gedung Sate gubernatorial office in Bandung to protest the contentious law, which includes several articles, including on severance payment, foreign worker permits, working hours and outsourcing regulations that workers have deemed unfair. “I, the governor of West Kalimantan, hereby implore the President to issue a Perppu to revoke the Job Creation Law as soon as possible to prevent conflict, which may become more widespread,” Sutarmidji said. “A good law should be in accordance with the public’s sense of justice.”The PKS also urged Jokowi to revoke the contentious law. “The PKS urges the President to issue a Perppu to annul the Job Creation Law. We also suggest the public appeal for judicial review of the law at the Constitutional Court,” PKS secretary-general Abu Bakar Al-Habsy said in a written statement on Thursday.He said Jokowi must take responsibility for the issuance of the omnibus law. “President Jokowi should not turn his back on the people. He should meet the protesters and take responsibility because the omnibus bill was proposed by the government,” Abu said.Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal could use Lucas Torreira as bait to land Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara in last-minute swap deal

first_imgArsenal are running out of time to sign Aouar from Lyon (Picture: Getty Images)With less than a week to go until the transfer window closes, Arsenal are now exploring alternatives and Rome-based newspaper Il Messaggero claims Diawara has emerged as a late target.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners have been linked with the 23-year-old previously, particularly before he left Napoli for the Italian capital, and they are now primed to renew their interest.Diawara has become unhappy at Roma after a bizarre incident at the start of the season where he was accidentally left unregistered for the opening game against Hellas Verona, in which he played, resulting in the side having to forfeit the result and registering a 3-0 loss.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHe was subsequently named on the bench for the following game against Juventus and is now considering his options, with both Arsenal and north London rivals Spurs in contact with his agent.Diawara joined Roma for around £19million last summer and the Serie A giants would expect a similar fee now, which represents a far more affordable deal than either Aouar or Partey. Diawara is highly rated and enjoyed a strong Serie A campaign last year (Picture: Getty)Roma, meanwhile, are fans of Uruguay international Torreira, who is surplus to requirements at the Emirates but yet to find a new club, so the midfielder could be included to lower the overall cash outlay.Torreira has endured a frustrating window with several moves falling through, having been in talks with Atletico Madrid and Torino among other clubs, and a return to Italy with Roma would no doubt appeal enormously to him.MORE: Lyon secure replacement for Arsenal transfer target Houssem AouarMORE: ‘I’m screaming’ – Tony Adams slams Mikel Arteta for dropping Gabriel in Arsenal’s defeat to LiverpoolFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. View 3 comments Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 29 Sep 2020 3:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.5kShares Advertisementcenter_img Arsenal could use Lucas Torreira as bait to land Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara in last-minute swap deal The Gunners are still looking to bring in a new midfielder or two (Pictures: Getty Images)Arsenal are considering a move for Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara and could be prepared to offer Lucas Torreira in part-exchange, according to reports in Italy.Mikel Arteta has been looking to bring in midfield reinforcements throughout the summer, with defeat to Liverpool only underlining that need, though attempts to sign top targets Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey have so far proven fruitless.Arsenal need to raise funds in order to meet Lyon’s asking price for Aouar, who are prepared to sell the young Frenchman, though Atletico Madrid are being far more stubborn over Partey. Advertisementlast_img read more

Brisbane fashion blogger sells Sunny Coast beach house

first_imgThis house at 46 Yorlambu Pde, Maroochydore, has sold.The pair also own a three-bedroom Queenslander style home in the inner Brisbane suburb of Paddington, which they paid $1.1 million for in 2015.Nikki founded her Styling You business in 2008 in the form of a blog, designed to help everyday women with fashion and style choices.The blog attracts more than 100,000 visitors every month and over 250,000 page views. NEW TOWER TO SOAR OVER BURLEIGH This house at 46 Yorlambu Pde, Maroochydore, has sold. This house at 46 Yorlambu Pde, Maroochydore, has sold. Nikki Parkinson working from her former home in Maroochydore. Picture: Glenn Barnes.SOCIAL media influencer, fashion blogger and stylist Nikki Parkinson has sold the Sunshine Coast beach house where she started her business for $550,000.The former journalist, who has nearly 56,000 Instagram followers, currently lives in Brisbane and has been renting out the three-bedroom home at 46 Yorlambu Pde, Maroochydore. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Nikki Parkinson with her husband, Kester Hubbard.The home on a 607 sqm block was advertised through Century 21 Grant Smith Property as an opportunity to live in, renovate or rebuild.It is within walking distance of Maroochydore and Alexandra Headland beaches. 67 HECTARES SELL FOR $2.90 SQM Nikki Parkinson working from her former home in Maroochydore. Picture: Glenn Barnes. The kitchen in the house at 46 Yorlambu Pde, Maroochydore.It was last listed for rent for $475 a week.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoRecords show she bought the property with her husband in 2007 for $470,000. BRISBANE ONE BEDDER SELLS FOR $2.6M last_img read more

BP allocates $100 million to tackle greenhouse gas emissions in upstream ops

first_imgOil and gas major BP has set aside $100 million to fund projects that will deliver new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions in its Upstream oil and gas operations.A BP platform. Source: BPThe amount of $100 million will be made available over the next three years to support new projects in the Upstream that will cut greenhouse gas emissions. Businesses and employees throughout BP’s Upstream operating businesses are being invited to come up with ideas and propose projects for this funding.“The new Upstream Carbon Fund will provide significant further support to BP’s work generating sustainable greenhouse gas emissions reductions in its operations,” BP said.BP said that, after it had set emission targets in April last year, its total direct GHG emissions fell by 1.7 million tonnes CO2 equivalent, despite a 3% growth in Upstream oil and gas production on the same basis.“By the end of 2018, BP had generated 2.5 million tonnes of sustainable GHG emissions reductions throughout its businesses since 2016. BP’s methane intensity for 2018 was 0.2%,” BP said.Upstream chief executive Bernard Looney said: “A year ago we challenged everyone at BP to reduce emissions in our operations and they have responded overwhelmingly. This $100 million investment is designed to build on that momentum. It will fund ideas both big and small because everything counts in our transition to a lower carbon future and everyone at BP has a role to play.”“A year ago we challenged everyone at BP to reduce emissions in our operations and they have responded overwhelmingly. This $100 million investment is designed to build on that momentum.”BP said the Upstream Carbon Fund would be in addition to the $500 million that BP invests in low carbon activities each year, including investment in venturing activities and into its alternative energy business. BP is also a founding member of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, which brings together 13 of the world’s largest energy companies and has set up a $1 billion investment fund to address methane emissions and other issues.last_img read more

Rosemary H. “Rosie” Prickel

first_imgRosemary H (Rosie) Prickel, age 86 of Batesville, died Saturday, August 11, 2018 at St Andrews Health Campus in Batesville. Born April 6, 1932 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Olivia (Nee: Dietz) and Fred Scheele. In 1953 she married Alvin “Buster” Prickel in Batesville and he preceded her in death August 30, 1991. Over the years Rosie touched many lives in her work at Hill-Rom and the Batesville schools.  Her favorite work and passion was catering.  Many thousands have enjoyed her famous roast beef.  Rosie and Buster also owned and operated The Clay Chalet for several years.Rosie was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Batesville Firemen, Knights of St John and Fraternal Order of Eagles.  She was a lifelong member of St. Louis Catholic Church, a founding member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and a longtime member of Rosie Reds.She is survived by her children, Joan (Jay) Wagner of Batesville, Jerry (Jan) Prickel of Batesville, Karen (Joe) Enneking of Batesville, Kathy (Mike) Ferringer of Chicago, Peg (Ron) Fasbinder of Oldenburg, and Rick (Shelly) Prickel of Batesville; sister Louella (George) Voegele of Batesville and brothers George Scheele of Batesville and Fred (Ruth Ann) Scheele of Florida; eighteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by her sister Arnelda (Mark) Prickel.Visitation is Wednesday, August 15th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday, August 16th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Shaun Whittington officiating followed by burial in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice or the St. Louis Cemetery Fund.last_img read more

Franklin County Memorial Service planned

first_imgBrookville, In. — A Memorial Service for Franklin County first responders will be held Friday at 6 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. All residents are invited to pay respects to fallen members of the emergency service community.During the ceremony, sheriff Peter Cates will read the names of the fallen, Father Vincent Lambert will offer prayers and Terry Schwab will play “Taps.” Members of the American Legion are also participating.Though the event is weather dependent, residents are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets.last_img read more

Coronavirus Vaccine Study Expands to Include Older Americans

first_imgA U.S. study of a potential COVID-19 vaccine is being expanded to include older adults, the age group which is said to be most at risk from the new virus.The shot, which is being made by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., is now being tested in healthy young and middle-aged adults in the Seattle and Atlanta areas.Moderna announced on Thursday that the study is expanding to include older adults. They are being divided into two age groups – 51 to 70 and those over 70.NIH said it is seeking 60 older adults, in order to have 105 people in the initial phase.Additionally, Moderna also announced that it has received funding from the U.S. government to expedite development of the shot code-named mRNA-1273.Earlier this week, NIH infectious disease chief Dr. Anthony Fauci said the safety study showed “no red flags,” and that he hoped the next testing phase could begin around June.The NIH’s shot is one of three leading candidates in the international search for a COVID-19 vaccine.A possible vaccine made by CanSino Biologics is now in the second phase of testing in China. Meanwhile, another potential option, made by Inovio Pharmaceuticals, began its first U.S. study last week and received funding to begin similar test vaccinations in South Korea.last_img read more

Ikoyi Club Honours Swimfest Winners

first_imgThe chairman of the swimming section of the club, Oloyede Obatoyinbo, said he was elated about the development which is a big boost to the talent development drive of the club.Prizes were given to some of the swimmers who excelled at the Germany event as a way of appreciating their efforts.A young male swimmer, 11-year-old AbdulJabar Adama who won 11 individual gold medals and one relay silver was the best performer at the event.12-year-old Kayo Adeniji, also a male, received the overall second prize for winning four gold, four silver and two bronze medals at the event. Adeniji also won one relay gold and a relay silver at the tournament.Two swimmers – a female, Maria Perner,(14), and nine-year-old Kolashope Obatoyinbo – were joint third. Perner won four gold, three and two silver medals while Obatoyinbo won same number of medals at the international swimming fiesta. Club’s swimming section chairman, Obatoyimbo said the club was proud of producing future champions for Nigeria.“The way we are grooming swimmers here gives me hope that very soon, Nigeria will be competing keenly at continental and global stage.“We are so proud of these young swimmers and will continue to encourage them to attain higher heights,” Obatoyimbo noted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Swimming Section of Ikoyi Club 1938 witnessed a glamorous Sunday as the club staged a reception party in honour of the victorious swimming team that emerged winners of this year’s Neptun-Nehein Swimfest in Arnsberg, Germany.It was an amazing day for the swimmers who maintained the country’s number one position at the Swimfet meet. Nigerian team emerged champions back-to-back-to-back between 2017 and 2019.The young swimmers from the club amassed 42 gold, 48 silver and 27 bronze medals to beat other swimmers from 11 countries from various parts of the world to the number one position.last_img read more