The operator has set a drilling date for late December 2019, pending rig availability Image: Houston American Energy has announced plans for drilling the Frost #2-H well. Photo: courtesy of David Mark/Pixabay. Houston American Energy Corp. (NYSE American: HUSA) today announced plans for drilling the Frost #2-H well, the company’s second San Andres well in Yoakum County. The operator has set a drilling date for late December 2019, pending rig availability. The well’s planned total depth is approximately 5500 feet with a 5,000-foot horizontal leg. Houston American Energy holds a 12.5% working interest in the subject 650 gross acre prospect.The initial Yoakum County well, Frost #1-H, is commercially productive.Additionally, the company announced that drilling activities on the Daisy-1 and Venus-1 wells in Colombia are on track with both wells anticipated to be drilled and completed in 2019. Source: Company Press Release
Located on Barrow Island off the northwest coast of Western Australia, the Gorgon LNG project has a total of three trains with a combined capacity of 15.6 million tons per year The Chevron Australia-operated Gorgon LNG Project in Australia. (Credit: Chevron Corporation) Chevron’s Australian subsidiary said that the restart date for LNG Train 2 of the $54bn Gorgon LNG project has been pushed back by another month to October 2020.The company said that it needs more time to complete repair work on the propane heat exchangers on the second liquefaction unit of the LNG project located offshore Australia.Chevron Australia had placed Train 2 under planned maintenance in May 2020 and a restart which was scheduled for July was postponed as a routine inspection detected weld quality issues at the heat exchangers.The company said that it wants to further refine its approach following an ongoing technical work which calls for additional work to be carried out on some welds in targeted areas.Located on Barrow Island off the northwest coast of Western Australia, the Gorgon LNG project has a total of three trains with a combined capacity of 15.6 million tons per year.Chevron Australia stated: “We continue to provide natural gas to the Western Australian domestic market and LNG to customers under our contractual commitments.“We have discussed our plans with the regulator and will maintain alignment on its requirements for inspections and repairs on the Gorgon heat exchangers and the sequencing of work on Gorgon Trains 1 and 3.“Insights gained from the Train 2 repairs will contribute to more efficient inspections and potential repairs on Trains 1 and 3.”Last month, Chevron was allowed by the Western Australian industrial regulator to shut the Train 1 and Train 3 for inspection and carry out repairs in stages, reported Reuters. Accordingly, Train 1 is scheduled to be shut next month, while Train 3 will be shut in January 2021.Stakeholders of the Gorgon LNG projectThe Gorgon LNG Project is operated by Chevron Australia, which holds a stake of 47.3%. The other partners are the respective Australian subsidiaries of ExxonMobil (25%), Royal Dutch Shell (25%), Osaka Gas (1.25%), Tokyo Gas (1%) and JERA (0.417%).The first cargo from the Australian LNG project was shipped in March 2016 and domestic gas supply to the Western Australian market began in December 2016.
A high street estate agent in Northern Ireland is experiencing every agents’ nightmare after local planners told the company it must tear down its recently-upgraded branch exterior.Four-year-old estate agency Adams McGillan operated until recently just a single branch in Coleraine. But earlier this year it opened a smart office in neighbouring Ballymoney and spent ‘thousands’ on a new interior and exterior for the building.Local planners took a dislike to the company’s design efforts and told it to take down the wood and grey castle-themed stone exterior.A planning battle lasting several months ensued but yesterday the company lost its appeal despite arguing that their new branch had transformed a previously damp old shop and also improved a relatively shabby street.Planning battle“We didn’t go for fluorescent pink lights and flashing neon, instead, we were sympathetic and introduced indigenous materials such as stone and wood with back lit signage,” said a joint statement to the local paper from its estate agent directors Ross Adams and Joanne McGillan.“It is with great regret despite our best endeavours that our local planners have insisted that 32 Church Street is an area of historical interest and none of our exterior may stay.”“We are not the type to shout and cry, it is what it is, we thought we would let you know why local planners prefer to move backwards rather than forwards.”Readers can make their own minds up about the firm’s design taste with these before and after pictures, top.Read more about Northern Ireland. adams mcgillan planning northern ireland September 5, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentRichard Rawlings, Estate Agency Insight Estate Agency Insight 5th September 2019 at 8:29 amQuite absurd! So sorry for you guys – you did a great job. There are so many shabby old fashioned (but hardly historic) shops in mediocre streets in NI and elsewhere in the UK where the high street is going backwards in terms of its appearance. Well done for your efforts to reverse this and shame on the planners for their bigoted lack of vision. Where does one go from here though?? Have a great day. Richard.Log in to ReplyWhat’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 » Estate agent told to tear down smart new branch exterior by planners previous nextRegulation & LawEstate agent told to tear down smart new branch exterior by plannersDespite replacing a shabby old shop and helping upgrade a formerly careworn street, Northern Ireland agency Adams McGillan has lost its planning battle.Nigel Lewis5th September 20191 Comment3,518 Views
View post tag: Command ONI Holds Change of Command Ceremony Authorities Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and directorship of the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) held a change of command ceremony at the National Maritime Intelligence Center Sept. 30.Rear Adm. Elizabeth L. Train is the second Navy flag officer to lead both ONI and the NMIO.She previously served as director for Intelligence (J2) U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). Prior to that, she served as director for Intelligence, U.S. Pacific Command.“We are in a critical period of challenge and opportunity,” Train told the men and women of ONI. “Decisions made today will have long-term security implications. The intelligence to inform those decisions must be the very best so that we preserve our technological edge and protect our advantage over the adversary. Be bold and continue the mission.”The NMIO change of director ceremony was presided over by Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who praised outgoing Director Samuel J. Cox for a “phenomenal 33-year career,” which culminated in his directorship of the NMIO.“There is simply no other organization that can focus like NMIO can on such a complex national-level mission, integrating maritime information among globally disparate maritime partners,” Clapper said.Immediately after the close of that event, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, presided over the ONI change of command. Cox expressed his highest confidence in Train’s leadership. “I can assure the people of this command that you will be in great hands. Train is coming to ONI after a series of the toughest, most demanding jobs in military intelligence. She is tested and proven.”ONI is the leading provider of global maritime intelligence for the U.S. Navy and other national intelligence nommunity organizations. ONI specializes in the analysis, production and dissemination of vital, timely and accurate scientific, technical, geopolitical and military intelligence for key consumers worldwide.Born in Honolulu and raised in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, Train comes from a family of Navy leaders including her father, Adm. Harry D. Train, who served as 6th Fleet commander and commander-in chief Atlantic Fleet. Train’s grandfather, Adm. Harold C. Train, commanded USS Arizona, was director of Naval Intelligence and later commanded the 15th Naval District/Naval Coastal Frontier Panama and the Southeast Pacific Area in World War II.[mappress]Press Release, October 02, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defence View post tag: holds View post tag: change View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defense View post tag: ONI October 2, 2013 Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today ONI Holds Change of Command Ceremony View post tag: Ceremony View post tag: News by topic
Speed >30 knots Displacement Full: approx. 8,756 t [mappress]Press Release, February 21, 2014, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: USS Draft 9.4 m Complement 33 Officers, 38 Chief Petty Officers, 210 Enlisted Personnel Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Higgins Holds Remembrance Ceremony Training & Education Status In active service Range 4,400 nautical miles at 20 knots (8,100 km at 37 km/h) View post tag: Higgins February 21, 2014 View post tag: holds USS HIGGINS DDG-76 SPECIFICATIONS Beam 20 m View post tag: Remembrance View post tag: Navy View post tag: Ceremony Length 154 m View post tag: Naval The ship’s First Class Petty Officers Association (FCPOA) organized the event that included a brief biography of Higgins and excerpts from the Military Code of Conduct. Higgins disappeared Feb. 17, 1988, while serving as Chief, Observer Group Lebanon and Senior Military Observer, United States Military Observer Group, United Nations Truce Supervision Organization as part of U.N. peacekeeping mission. His remains were eventually recovered and his body was interred at Quantico National Cemetery, Dec. 30, 1991.Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Ramon Villarreal, FCPOA vice-president, said the first class petty officers on the ship wanted to hold the ceremony for two main reasons.“We believe he deserves recognition for his service,” said Villarreal. “And we wanted all the Sailors on board to capture the importance of the ship’s namesake.”Junior Sailors said they appreciated the ceremony being open to the entire crew.“It is important to keep his spirit alive,” said Sonar Technician 3rd Class Jonathan Stewart, who attended the event. “He lives on through the 313 Sailors who work and live among the deck plates and steel of our warship.”The ceremony concluded with a moment of silence where crew members reflected on the life and death of Higgins. “Just as Col. Higgins espoused the Military Code of Conduct, so should we as we go about our daily routine,” said Cmdr. Allen Johnson, Higgins’ executive officer. “We can honor his memory through our actions and upholding the same high moral standards.”Higgins returned to its homeport of San Diego on Oct. 7, 2013, following completion of a deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation. View post tag: News by topic USS Higgins Holds Remembrance Ceremony USS HIGGINS DDG-76The crew of the guided missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) held a remembrance ceremony, Feb. 18, for Marine Corps Col. William Richard Higgins, the ship’s namesake, to recognize the 26th anniversary of his capture. Share this article
Computer network hackers calling themselves the Syrian Electronic Army earlier this week disrupted The New York Times’ website for nearly a day and electronic publishing on the Twitter social network for several hours. Also targeted were the Huffington Post and other media outlets.These cyber attacks, which involved hijacking the companies’ domain names by altering their numeric addresses, which in turn prevented visitors from seeing the websites, are just the most recent in a series of strikes on news organizations, including The Washington Post, The Associated Press, and the Financial Times, in the past few months.To better understand the attacks, Gazette staff writer Christina Pazzanese asked Harvard’s Jonathan L. Zittrain to comment by email on what happened and how institutions will have to react in order to protect themselves from future disruptions. Zittrain is a professor of law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School, and a professor of computer science at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is also co-founder of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. GAZETTE: Who is the Syrian Electronic Army?ZITTRAIN: It appears to be a confederation of computer hackers who support the Syrian government. How much the Syrian state actively supports it is not known, which is a common problem in trying to understand groups of this sort.GAZETTE: It doesn’t sound especially difficult to initiate a Domain Name System (DNS) attack. What’s involved?ZITTRAIN: A distributed-denial-of-service attack is common, in part because it’s easy to hijack many of the less-than-secure PCs connected to the Internet and use them to help overwhelm a website. There are even marketplaces in buying access to such PCs, so aggressors need not themselves be hackers. Websites like The New York Times tend to be well “bunkerized” against such attacks.But there can be other forms of disrupting access, such as reconfiguring a site’s domain name so that it points elsewhere — that’s what happened here. That could be catastrophic for a bank whose customers are used to logging in at a given name, unaware that the name is now taking them to a new site, and it can also make a real statement for those who try to visit a news site that has been diverted. It’s not supposed to be that easy to do. I imagine someone either hacked the password for the NYT’s account with its domain name registrar, compromised the registrar’s systems overall, or managed to “sweet talk” the registrar into doing a password recovery.GAZETTE: If it is fairly simple to do, does that make it potentially more of a threat to a greater variety of institutions than a server breach?ZITTRAIN: Both are threats. Rerouting DNS could also entail rerouting all of the company’s incoming email if it’s attached to the same domain. That could be terrible!GAZETTE: Are these website disruptions happening more frequently now, and, if so, why?ZITTRAIN: Yes, disruptions are happening more frequently, perhaps because they’re seen as having more impact. As more people use the Internet, more people will be affected by a blockage.GAZETTE: What can organizations do to protect themselves from this kind of attack?ZITTRAIN: StopBadware.org is an example of a nonprofit that began at the Berkman Center that’s now standalone. It provides webmasters with advice on keeping their sites safe.GAZETTE: What kinds of systemic changes need to happen to prevent vandals from disrupting global businesses?ZITTRAIN: Over the longer term, the ideal will be to come up with security strategies that don’t entail every site huddling under the umbrella of a couple massive Web-hosting providers. One set of thoughts on this topic is here.GAZETTE: What are the free-speech implications of attacks targeting media outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Financial Times?ZITTRAIN: There’s actually a divide in the broader hacker community about denial-of-service attacks. Some see it possible to do “properly” as a form of digital sit-in. Others think it’s a bad idea, full stop: that information should flow freely, regardless of source.
In City Hall in Indio, Calif., hangs the Ortiz Wall of Service, a plaque listing more than 50 names of military servicemen from Richard Martinez III’s family.“It dates back to the Mexican-American War — on the American side — and I’m the last name. I’m fourth-generation infantry,” said Martinez, a College freshman and an Army veteran who served in the 82nd Airborne Division.But Martinez, who is 21, ultimately wants his name not on a plaque, but heard making an impact on the community.“There is a van 10 minutes from my house in Fresno that takes workers to pick in the fields. There are younger kids starting from age 8 to people even over the age of 60. Some kids don’t go to school because they have to work and provide for their family,” he said. “It’s an image I grew up with, and something no other culture or race does, but it’s prevalent, and I’m tired of it.”Martinez grew up in a modest neighborhood of West Fresno, the son of two teachers (his father has a radio talk show called “To the Point with Super Mex”).“They gave me every opportunity they could with what they had,” he recalled. “My dad, who grew up very poor, thought the elementary school I attended was not a wholesome view of what the Hispanic community is. So in seventh grade I was sent to school in neighboring Madera, where there was a much higher percentage of Mexicans and minorities in general. It was culture shock and I literally and figuratively got my ass kicked.”Martinez returned to Fresno for high school at a public charter school that emphasized academics and the arts.“I was on the academic decathlon team, seven-time, back-to-back national champions, and we won the years I was on the team. I also won a national championship title in Greco-Roman wrestling,” said Martinez, who started wrestling at 7. He also performed in choir, feeding his lifelong love of singing.,But despite his academic success, while his friends were applying to college, Martinez enlisted to serve his country.“The Army was much different for me. In some ways, my life before the Army was harder. What I got was perspective. It was, in some ways, a safety, but a safety no one would ever look down on,” he said.In 2015, Martinez deployed to Iraq as a paratrooper with the mission to advise, assist, and train Iraqi soldiers — some of whom later died in action.“I realized what I have compared to what they have, and I have everything,” he said. “Being a soldier was the best they could do. It was the only steady paycheck they could find.”As his hitch wound down, Martinez decided to apply to college. He retook the SATs, then he aimed high.“I had a lot of time to think. I wasn’t satisfied with the bare minimum,” he said. “I hadn’t written anything in four years before writing the college application essays.”Last year Martinez stepped onto the Harvard campus with enthusiasm. He moved into Hurlbut Hall; dove into a philosophy seminar on Friedrich Nietzsche, “Ottoman State and Society,” and Expos 10 and 20; joined Arts and Humanities Dean Robin Kelsey’s student board; and made the wrestling team, another tight-knit band of brothers who helped him find his way as an older freshman.,“I don’t know what the school year would have been like without them,” he said.The reverse is probably true as well.“Richard has had many experiences that most of his classmates will never have. I’m always struck by how he doesn’t take anything for granted — about his schooling, or about being in the classroom,” said Rebecca Summerhays, a preceptor in the Harvard College writing program. “He seizes every opportunity to think critically and to become involved in the discussions. He would never sit quietly and let others have the discussion.”Summerhays has been struck by Martinez’ eloquence, and by the way he related personally to assignments. To write about the Harvard Art Museums, he toured them with a classmate who had never been in an art museum.“I know they had a meaningful conversation on how to approach art for the first time,” she said. “Richard became a role model.”That’s something Martinez says he hopes to be not just to his classmates, but to other Mexican-Americans and to military men and women of all backgrounds considering higher education. His Army buddies “are incredibly smart people,” he said, but many were surprised that he would apply to an Ivy League school.“They said, ‘Martinez, you’re crazy. It will never happen,’” he said. “They just think community college, but they could be here too.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 75-year-old Port Washington woman died Monday after she was struck by a box truck while crossing the street, Nassau County police said. The victim was identified as Sandra Samuels. Police said she was walking west to east inside a marked crosswalk on Waterview Drive in Port Washington around 8:15 a.m. when she was struck by a 2015 International box truck being operated by a 30-year-old male driver. Samuels, according to police, suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at North Shore long Island Jewish Hospital in Manhasset four hours later. Police performed a break and safety test on the truck at the scene. The investigation is ongoing, but police noted that there appears to be no criminality at this time.
18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Henry MeierIf not, then they can no longer be classified as exempt employees and must get overtime. According to this morning’s news reports, that’s the core part of proposed regulations updating the Fair Labor Standards Act to be released by the Obama Administration’s Department of Labor later this week.Under existing regulations, one of the conditions for an employee to be classified as exempt is that he or she makes a little more than $23,000. Critics point out that this threshold requirement is so low that it has allowed employers to contravene the intent of federal law by classifying an employee as the supervisor and expecting them to work 50-60 hour weeks without overtime pay. They argue that a $50,000 threshold simply adjusts the Act to where it would be had it kept pace with inflation.Opponents of this well-meaning but fatally misguided view correctly point out that a $50,000 threshold won’t increase the salary of many employees, but simply decrease the amount of hours existing employees work and, in a best case scenario, encourage the hiring of more lower-paid employees. continue reading »
25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson is co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, a marketing company that serves fintech and asset/liability management firms. Previously, she was executive editor of Credit Union Times. She has more … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Details To the untrained eye, Kanye West is a trainwreck. Okay, he is a trainwreck. But what do people do when they see a trainwreck? They give it their full attention. They can’t look away.If you’re Kanye West, that’s a good thing, because eyeballs are his currency. After meeting President Trump in the White House on Oct. 11, Kanye followed with a bonkers social media rant about mind control and then flew to Africa to donate shoes and money to an orphanage. As a result, Kanye’s Google search trends 30-day ranking topped out at 99 out of 100 on Oct. 12 He scored a perfect 100 on Sept. 30 after his SNL performance.For context, a newly pregnant Meghan Markle only scored an 82 this week using the same measures. The death of billionaire Paul Allen only produced a score of 73 for the Seahawks owner.Many of you will shake your heads and assert that he’s not getting the right kind of publicity. You’re wrong.According to the YouGov website, which ranks the popularity and fame of politicians, celebrities, technology, business and just about anything you can think of, Kanye is the 123rd most popular musical artist, but he’s the 9th most famous. Fifty-two percent of people have a negative opinion of him. That’s not surprising, but what is a shocker is that twenty-three percent have a positive opinion. That’s the same or more than his contemporaries. Only 21% have a positive opinion of Trey Songz. Only 18% like Lupe Fiasco. Only 14% like A$AP Rocky. Who are they?Exactly. Compare him to Jay-Z – perhaps you’ve heard of Jay-Z? He’s only the 473rd most popular musical artist and the 39th most famous. Thirty-seven percent of people have a negative opinion of him and 32% have a positive opinion. He’s a little better liked – not a lot – and not nearly as famous. And he’s Beyonce’s husband!Beyonce, by the way, slays everyone in these rankings because of course she does. And Beyonce and Jay-Z are some of the richest people on Earth.So surely Kanye is broke, right?Nope. According to Celebrity Net Worth, which released new numbers on Kanye this week, the 41-year-old is worth $250 million. And that’s just Kanye’s money, that’s not Kardashian money. How is that possible? Because Kanye does more than just rap. He’s also the producer of some of today’s most popular acts, a smart real estate investor and a fashion designer.Yes, but those shoes. Nobody buys them, right?Wrong. Adidas’ market cap has skyrocketed since Kanye released his first pair of Yeezys, from $15 billion in 2017 to its most recent measure of nearly $45 billion. Kanye alone can’t take credit for the leap, but he is definitely a material part of Adidas’ rebranding effort that increased American sales.But this Trump thing. This in the nail in the coffin, right?Wrong again. Remember, this is Kanye who said slavery was a choice. He stole Taylor Swift’s moment in the sun during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. He blurted out that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” during a live TV fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. For crying out loud, he was handcuffed, thrown into an ambulance and rushed to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation two years ago.With each stunt, the media declared Kanye’s brand dead. And each time, they’ve been wrong. That’s because Kanye can get away with it. Crazy has always been a big part of his brand. It’s the same reason why a recent CNN poll revealed that nearly half of Americans believe Trump will win re-election in 2020, very close to the same numbers Obama had eight years ago. How can that be? Because like Kanye, Trump has always been contemptible. There’s really nothing he can do to hurt his image. Heck, if he got impeached it would only make him the most famous president in history.No wonder Trump and Kanye admire each other. People don’t fall from grace because they do something offensive. They lose favor they’re exposed as a fraud, caught doing something that is the exact opposite of who they claim to be.The lesson here is to be authentic. Authenticity trumps everything.Like it or not, that truth supports Kanye’s claim that he really is smarter than all of us.