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Hydrocarbons in the marine environment

first_imgThe concentrations and distributions of alkanes have been determined in samples of sediment, fish, benthos and a land plant mixture from King Edward Cove, South Georgia. The fish muscle and water samples exhibited the relatively smooth envelope typical of this type of material whereas the plants, benthos, fish liver and sediments had a strong odd carbon predominance. No trace of fuel oil from previous spills or leaking storage tanks could be found in any of the samples examined although possible evidence of wastes from the whaling station were found in the deepest sediment layers in the centre of the Cove.last_img

Houston American Energy to acquire 20% stake in Permian Basin asset

first_img Image: Houston American Energy to take part in a new drilling program in the San Andres formation. Photo: courtesy of skeeze/Pixabay. Houston American Energy has agreed to acquire 20% stake in an existing 5,871 gross acre block in the San Andres formation in the Northern Shelf of the Permian Basin in the US from an undisclosed seller.Financial terms of the deal were not been disclosed by the Texas-based oil and gas producer.Under the terms of the agreement, Houston American Energy will bear 26.667% of the expenses incurred on an initial test well through the point at which it is drilled, completed, equipped and set for operation, production or disposal.All additional operations of the San Andres drilling programme will be carried out on a heads up basis, said the Texan oil and gas company.The agreement has also defined an area of mutual interest (AMI) of roughly 20,367 acres in the area of, and including, the existing acreage covered by the deal. As per the agreement, the parties will have the right to take part, at cost, in any interest purchased in the AMI in the next five years.What the acquisition means for Houston American EnergyHouston American Energy CEO Jim Schoonover said: “This agreement is the culmination of more than a year of effort to identify a suitable growth platform. We believe this agreement has the potential to be such a platform. We expect an initial horizontal test well will commence on the block before the end of 2019.“If successful, we believe the existing acreage will support drilling of up to 50 wells over the next 4 to 5 years with the acquisition of additional acreage under the AMI supporting additional wells.”Schoonover added that the acreage involved in the deal combined with the company’s existing holdings in Reeves County and Yoakum County in Texas positions it to gain sustainable growth in terms of reserves, production, revenues, and shareholder value.In June 2019, Houston American Energy and its partners completed frac operations on the Frost #1-H well in Yoakum County to bring it into production. The agreement enables Houston American Energy to take part in a new drilling program in the San Andres formationlast_img read more

Senate Committee Hears Testimony On Hate Crime Bill

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare By Emily KettererTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — La’Kysha Gardner’s 15-year-old son, Jason, was beaten nearly to death and left in a ditch because of his race. His attacker was sentenced to 30 days.“I sat in the courtroom yesterday and watched a young man who almost killed my child receive 30 days,” Gardner told the Senate Correction and Criminal Law Committee Tuesday as it heard testimony on bias crime legislation, Senate Bill 418. “Is that the going rate now for hate? Thirty days?La’Kysha Gardner describes her son’s beating to the Corrections and Criminal Law committee Tuesday morning. Photo by Seth Fleming, TheStatehouseFile.comIndiana is one of five states without a hate crime law. SB 418, in its current form, would allow judges to weigh everything from race and sex to gender identity and sexual orientation as aggravating circumstances in sentencing a criminal defendant. Hate crime legislation has been proposed in the past but was defeated.“If you’re going to adopt a bill, make sure that bill is for everyone,” Gardner said. “Make sure the police know they need help, they need guidance, they need extra training in this matter so we can work with them so the next family, God forbid, the next family that may have to go through this.”Eric Thiel, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in West Lafayette, said that he supported the bill as it would promote “Hoosier hospitality rather than Hoosier hostility.” His church was vandalized last week with slurs about race, minorities and sexual orientation.“I’m a straight, white male. I feel comfortable everywhere. Nobody is attacking me,” Thiel said. “All I want is for everybody else in the state to feel as comfortable as I do walking down the street, attending events, going to bars or going into churches.”Melanie Davis, a transgender woman from Bloomington, was shot at by a man who continued to shout hateful slurs at her. Davis supports the bill but said SB 418 must include transgender people.“’Will I be next?’ is constantly on our minds,” Davis said. “We simply ask for protection against the discriminatory violence we routinely face. Gender identity should be included in any law that addresses hate crimes.”Ryan McCann of Indiana Family Action said the bill is “the very definition of exclusivity” because it creates specially protected classes that treat victims of similar crimes differently.“We have pushed, especially last session, to have the bill be more inclusive and help more Hoosiers, and we were rejected,” McCann said, explaining he wanted a broader statement that didn’t single out any one group for protection.Micah Clark, president of the American Family Association of Indiana,  said a person who commits a violent crime should not be further punished because of their opinions.Micah Clark presents his thoughts on SB 418 in front of the Corrections and Criminal Law committee Tuesday. Photo by Seth Fleming, TheStatehouseFile.com“In America, we punish people on what they do, not what they think,” Clark said.Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, chair of the committee, withheld vote on the bill in order to go over the number of amendments to the bill and listen to all testimony. Sen. Tim Lanane said he believes one amendment would remove gender identity from the bill.Feeling the bill was in peril after the hearing, Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody released a statement urging Gov. Eric Holcomb to endorse the bill to lessen the GOP divide on the issue.Emily Ketterer is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.last_img read more

What we learned at the BSB Spring Conference 2018

first_imgBread Ahead founder Matthew Jones and Barry Callebaut’s Beverley Dunkley were among speakers at the British Society of Baking’s (BSB) Spring Conference, which took place on Wednesday 25 April.Attendees were treated to a host of presentations at the National Bakery School, in London’s South Bank University, on topics including cutting-edge developments in chocolate, current thinking on emulsifiers and how Tesco turned around its fortunes in the bakery department.The evening before, attendees were treated to a session at Bread Ahead’s bakery school in Borough Market learning how to make focaccia and pizza from scratch.Here’s a round-up of some of the key take-home messages from the day.1. Academic studies are shaping the future of healthy bakeryWith the ancient art of bread- and cake-making, it can be easy to overlook the importance of scientific and academic studies in bakery. But they are shaping the sector and are the driving force behind major consumer trends.Some of the key strands of research, according to Professor Paul Berryman, food and drink investment specialist, Department for International Trade, include free-from, reformulation and snacking.“Gluten-free and dairy-free are the two biggest sectors in the free-from market and where we are seeing the biggest growth,” he said, highlighting a grant given to Warburtons to research how to improve the nutritional profile of gluten- and wheat-free products.Unilever, meanwhile, is investigating how improving crops could help to produce improved bread products for those suffering from type 2 diabetes.And, with sourdough’s rise in popularity, gut health is another trend making waves. Oxford-based Modern Baker is at the forefront of this, having received £763,000 in funding to conduct research by using fermented sourdough and producing healthier loaves on a mass-market scale.2. Functional and no-sugar chocolate is gaining paceFun fact: Chocolate has to contain 1% sugar to legally be called chocolate, otherwise it’s a compound, Barry Callebaut’s Beverley Dunkley noted during her presentation. This is increasingly relevant as bakers look to reduce the sugar content in their wares. Even more so because the chocolate supplier is working on exactly that – chocolate with 1% sugar content for launch in September.As demonstrated with brownies, the 1% sugar chocolate, which has yet to be named, still delivers a chocolatey hit for baked goods, but offers significantly lower sugar content when used in the same recipe as its standard 811 chocolate.Dunkley also noted increasing demand for vegan-certified and high-protein chocolate, both areas under development for Barry Callebaut. 3. “Cinnamon buns are the new doughnut…”…well almost, according to Bread Ahead founder Matt Jones, who noted they were on “an upward trend at the moment” proving popular for the London-based bakery.“In the food industry in general, you can do all the mad things, but people always come back to the classics. People know what they are, and are safe with them,” he said.This explains the popularity of Bread Ahead’s over-filled doughnuts as well as its sticky cinnamon buns. And, while others look to make sweet treats healthier, Jones believes in indulgence, suggesting he won’t be looking to reduce the sugar (or gluten) in his recipes any time soon.“We’re known for the naughty stuff,” he said. “That’s why people come to us. We get asked ‘do we have gluten-free options’, but they often buy something else anyway.”4.       Brexit presents opportunities but also challengesFood and drink suppliers exporting baked goods to the EU have been advised to brace for a hard Brexit, due to rules governing the origin of products.But, according to Professor Paul Berryman, it’s not all bad news. Responding to an audience question he said: “Brexit is a mixed bag, to be honest. In terms of exports it’s quite a good time to export because of the weak pound.”Canada and Australia have already been tipped as good export markets for baked goods, with companies including Renshaw and Bells of Lazonby already making headway in the latter. China, India, France and the USA were also highlighted as worth exploring.“If you’re an overseas company planning to invest for the first time in the UK that is a harder sell then before. But you must remember people don’t invest in the UK just because we are a member of the EU,” he added. “They invest because of things like the skills-based experience, the huge market we have and the fact we have good universities and R&D facilities.”5.       Food to go is on the menu at the BSB Autumn ConferenceWith one conference over, another is already on the horizon. Taking place on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 October, the BSB 2018 Autumn Conference will be all about food to go.“We’ve tried to build on a growing theme in the bakery fixture, which is out of home,” BSB chairman Paul Turner said. “We have a number of speakers lined up for the Autumn Conference to discuss out of home and the involvement they would like to see from the industry to support that category.”Roberts Bakery MD Stuart Spencer-Calnan and bakery technologist Stan Cauvain have already been confirmed for the conference, which takes place at Heythrop Park Hotel and Resort in Enstone, Oxfordshire.last_img read more

Association prepares for student elections

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) is preparing for elections set to take place at the beginning of March. The Observer reported Monday that SGA introduced a new organizational structure for the 2012-2013 school year. SGA held a meeting Wednesday night for potential candidates running for positions within the new structure in Senate, SGA, Student Activities Board (SAB), Student Diversity Board (SDB), Class Boards and Residence Hall Association (RHA). SGA chief of staff and senior Emily Skirtich gave attendees information about campaigning, highlighting its positive elements. “This should be a fun process for everyone,” Skirtich said. Students were informed about campaign platforms, which students will use to advertise their views, beliefs and why they want to run for office. Any student running for Senate will have their own personal platform, while students with running mates will have one platform for the entire ticket. There are specific guidelines that each candidate must follow in order to participate in elections, Skirtich said. Concerns about election violations, such as vandalizing another candidate’s poster or students voting for their own tickets more than once, were also addressed. All candidates must get approval for all campaign materials by the Elections Committee and the Office of Student Involvement, Skirtich said. For Senate and SGA, the last day to get approval is Feb. 24. Any student planning on running for election on a Class Board, SAB, SDB or RHA must get approval by March 2. Any student who may not get a position in the Senate or SGA still has an opportunity to be involved in one of these activities, Skirtich said. “There are plenty of ways to be involved, so do not be discouraged if you do not get the initial position that you want,” she said. Changes will be made to the voting process to raise awareness, SGA vice president and senior Jacqualyn Zupancic said. SGA has decided to not only send links by email, but also allow students to vote in the Student Center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Another informational meeting will be held tonight at 6 p.m. for interested students. Campaigning for office will begin at the end of February. Voting for SGA and Senate will take place March 1, while voting for Class Boards, SAB, SDB and RHA will take place March 8.last_img read more

National DAR Award Goes to Walden, Vermont, Filmmaker

first_imgThe National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) has awarded filmmaker Caro Thompson of Walden, Vt., its History Medal for her documentary “Champlain: The Lake Between.”The film, which premiered on Vermont Public Television as part of the Champlain quadricentennial, explores the diplomacy and trade between Native nations and Europeans that flourished in the region during the 17th and 18th centuries.  It details how Frenchman Samuel de Champlain arrived in what became known as the Champlain Valley in 1609 and changed the course of history. Thompson was honored Sept. 25, 2010, at the annual conference of the Vermont DAR in Montpelier.  The medal was presented by Diane Kreis, state regent, and Elizabeth Bicknell, Seth Warner Chapter regent.  The award letter from the DAR said, “Clearly, Ms. Thompson has contributed to the greater understanding of American history.”  Thompson acknowledged the collaborative process of making the film in her comments, saying, “I accept the award on behalf of the historians, culture bearers and re-enactors who guided and tutored me over the three years of the film’s development.”The film won a Boston/New England Emmy Award, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting gave Vermont Public Television its My Source Award for Education Innovation for the related educational activities.Thompson’s company, Broadwing Productions, was one of four partners in the Voyages of Discovery Project funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The other partners were the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Vermont Public Television and the Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes.Source: VPT. 10.4.2010Photo of (from left) filmmaker Caro Thompson; Elizabeth Bicknell, DAR Seth Warner Chapter Regent; and Diane Kreis, DAR Vermont State Regentlast_img read more

Brentwood Toddler Drowned in Backyard Pool

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 2-year-old girl drowned in the backyard pool of a relative’s home in her hometown of Brentwood over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Arlyn Vanegas-Luna was found unresponsive in an above-ground swimming pool on Chestnut Street at 4:35 p.m. Friday, police said.The victim, who lived next door, was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was pronounced dead.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img

Virus cases in hard-hit Australian state reach lowest in months

first_imgDespite the lifting of the curfew, Melbourne residents remain subject to a stay-at-home order and are only allowed to travel within a radius of five kilometers for a limited number of approved activities.Non-essential businesses are still banned from reopening, with restaurants only available for takeaway, a rule that has caused angst among many owners.On Monday, a Victoria state judge was scheduled to begin hearing a case challenging the validity of lockdown measures — specifically the now-scrapped curfew — reportedly brought by a cafe owner frustrated by plummeting revenues.Melbourne became the epicenter of Australia’s second wave after security bungles led to the virus escaping from hotels used to quarantine travellers returning from overseas.Overall, Australia has been relatively successful in curbing the spread of COVID-19, with just over 27,000 cases and 875 deaths in a population of 25 million.Most regions are now reporting few or no new daily infections, allowing restrictions to be rolled back across much of the country.The nation has maintained strict controls over its international borders, with limits on the numbers of citizens who can return from overseas and a ban on leaving. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the downward trend in new cases was “very, very significant”, suggesting more restrictions would be eased if it continued.”We are so close to being able to take a really big step — big step towards that COVID normal,” he told a press conference. Five million residents in Australia’s second biggest city emerged from an almost two-month overnight curfew on Monday as just five new coronavirus cases were recorded in worst-hit Victoria state.The figure was the lowest daily rise in infections in Victoria since June 12 and came as residents of the state capital Melbourne saw a raft other virus restrictions also eased.Curbs on industries such as construction and manufacturing have been lifted in Melbourne, with childcare centers reopening and small religious services allowed to resume.center_img Topics :last_img read more

How watching reality TV helped buy a house

first_img34 Gibraltar Drive, Isle Of Capri sold for $1.256 million at The Event on Sunday.REALITY television helped a Gold Coast family successfully bid on a waterfront house during a mega auction event.Bernadette Parzatka said she and husband Henry Parzatka “stood fairly firm” to outbid their competition and snap up a five-bedroom, three-bathroom home at Isle of Capri. The Isle of Capri home feaures five bedrooms and three bathrooms.“I think from watching all the reality TV shows … we know the tricks,” Mrs Parzatka said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoBidding on the property inched upwards before the Parzatkas took it from the underbidder by just $1000, for $1.256 million.It was one of $40 million worth of properties on the auction block at Ray White Surfers Paradise’s auction The Event on Sunday.Mrs Parzatka said she had an eye on a few properties she had viewed in the lead-up to The Event but was ultimately attracted to the Isle of Capri home for its weekly rental return of $1250. Pool and a view.center_img The 635 sq m property has multiple living areas.“We bought it as an investment property,” said Mrs Parzatka, who lives in an apartment in Surfers Paradise with her family.Mrs Parzatka has bought property through auction before but said The Event was the largest of its kind, and would recommend it to other buyers.“It is a bit scary … you just have to be careful not to get caught up in the action,” she said.last_img read more