Eni petrol station in Lentiai. (Credit: Petar Milošević/Wikipedia.) Italian oil and gas firm Eni has agreed to acquire a 70% stake in the Exploration Offshore Block 3, located in the north-west offshore of Abu Dhabi.With the stake purchase, a consortium containing wholly-owned subsidiary of Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) will hold the remaining 30% stake.Offshore Block 3 covers nearly 11,660km2 area and is said to be the largest among the blocks offered for commercial bidding by ADNOC in May 2019, as part of Abu Dhabi’s second competitive block licensing round.ADNOC Group CEO Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said: “This concession award reinforces ADNOC and Eni’s growing partnership across our value chain and deepens our relationship with Thailand’s PTTEP, one of the key markets for our crude oil and products.“This again validates our targeted approach to value-add partnerships that contribute the right combination of capital, technology, capabilities and market access to accelerate the development of Abu Dhabi’s hydrocarbon resources.”Under the terms of the agreements, Eni is expected to operate the concession to explore for oil and gas and appraise the existing discoveries in the block.The exploration phase is planned to have a maximum of up to nine years and the overall concession term, including development and production phases, is expected to extend up to 35 years after exploration phase, in which ADNOC has the option to hold a 60% stake.The company has already acquired the new advanced 3D seismic data for a part of the block, which is close to the existing large oil and gas producing and fields under development and is estimated to have a promising potential.The exploration targets showing near-field nature is expected to facilitate the exploitation of synergies with the existing infrastructure nearby.Eni has been operating in Abu Dhabi since 2018, with a 10% stake in the Umm Shaif and Nasr Offshore concession plus a 5% stake in the Lower Zakum concession, along with 25% stake in Ghasha concession that is approaching final FID.Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi said: “This award follows the one achieved by the same consortium in 2019 for offshore exploration Blocks 1 and 2 and represents a further important step towards the realisation of Eni’s strategy to become a leading actor in the development and production in Abu Dhabi.“It also further strengthens our relationship with our valuable partner PTTEP. Offshore Block 3 represents a challenging opportunity that can unlock significant value thanks to exploration and appraisal of shallow and deep reservoirs.” Offshore Block 3 was awarded through commercial bidding by ADNOC in May 2019, as part of Abu Dhabi’s second competitive block licensing round
View post tag: BAe Systems View post tag: AAV Spain could buy BAE Systems-built assault amphibious vehicles(AAV) following a US State Department approval for the possible sale of 11 AAVs to the European country.As outlined in the approval, announced on March 15, Spain is looking to buy 11 AAVs in three different configurations under a deal that would be worth an estimated $107 million.The state department’s approval does not indicate a contract was signed.Also included in the deal would be Enhanced Armor Applique Kits (EAAK), spare and repair parts, tools and training material.Spain currently operates 19 Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAVs) that can be deployed from the navy’s flagship aircraft carrier ESPS Juan Carlos I and ro-ro ship Martín Posadillo. View post tag: Spanish Navy Photo: US Navy file photo of an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) entering the well deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24). Share this article
83, of Bayonne, formerly of Ezaro, Spain, passed away on January 3, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was a member of The Spanish-American Citizens Club and lived in Bayonne for over 45 years. Dionisio is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Maria Carmen (nee: Beiro). Also surviving Dionisio are his daughter Maria and her family, Alejandro, Olivia and Alexandro Gonzalez and Dionisio’s son Jose and his family, Suzanne, Maia and Marcus Franco, as well as his two brothers Joaquin & Roberto in Spain. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Dionisio’s memory to The Alzheimer’s Association with envelopes provided at the funeral home or with a link found at www.MigliaccioFuneralHome.com. Funeral arrangements by MIGLIACCIO Funeral Home, 851 Kennedy Blvd.
Do you have anything pressing you’ve been meaning to ask former Grateful Dead backing vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux? Well, you’re in luck! Godchaux will field questions from fans as part of a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session on Friday, March 30th. The Q&A will take place from 7pm to 9pm ET on the Grateful Dead “subreddit” page.Godchaux and her husband, keyboardist Keith Godchaux, were members of the Grateful Dead from 1972 to 1979. Keith passed away in a car accident not long after their departure from the band, and Donna went on to record with a number of other projects—such as the Heart of Gold Band—in the ensuing years Prior to her time with the Grateful Dead, Donna worked as a session singer at some of Muscle Shoals, AL’s most respected studios, where she contributed vocals to classics like Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman” and Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds”. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 as a member of the Grateful Dead. In 2016, Godchaux performed with Grateful Dead spin-off Dead & Company during a few shows, including shows at Boston’s Fenway Park and Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.Fans that would like to ask Godchaux a question or two will need to create an account on Reddit. You can find out how to do that here.Watch Donna Jean Godchaux’s AMA announcement video below:[Video: C Melmel]
Lake Street Dive has announced their plans for New Year’s 2018. First, on Saturday, December 29th, and Sunday, December 30th, the Boston-native, Brooklyn-based band will hit Portland, ME’s historic State Theatre for a pair of performances. The following night, on New Year’s Eve, Lake Street Dive will head back to their hometown to ring in 2019 at Boston, MA’s Wang Theatre.Lake Street Dive is in the midst of a tour supporting their most recent album, Free Yourself Up, released this past spring. The announcement of their New Year’s run comes on the heels of their successful Red Rocks headlining debut last weekend, where they welcomed surprise guest Miranda Lambert for an onstage collaboration.Tickets for Lake Street Dive’s 2018 New Year’s run go on sale on Friday, September 14th at 10 a.m. via the band’s website.You can check out a list of Lake Street Dive’s upcoming tour dates below.Lake Street Dive Upcoming Tour Dates*newly added dates boldedSeptember 13 – Woodinville, WA Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery #September 14 – Portland, OR Revolution Hall # SOLD OUTSeptember 16 – Templeton, CA Whale Rock Music and Arts FestivalSeptember 18 – San Francisco, CA The Fillmore #September 19 – San Francisco, CA The Fillmore #September 20 – Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern #September 22 – Glen Ellen, CA Sonoma Harvest Festival > SOLD OUTSeptember 27 – Oklahoma City, OK The Jones AssemblySeptember 28 – Columbia, MO Roots N Blues BBQ Festival >September 29 – Memphis, TN Levitt Shell >October 11 – London, UK O2 Shepherd’s Bush EmpireOctober 25 – Louisville, KY Brown TheatreOctober 26 – Milwaukee, WI Pabst TheaterOctober 27 – Chicago, IL The Riveria Theatre >October 29 – Indianapolis, IN The VogueOctober 30 – Madison, WI The SylveeNovember 1 – Nashville, TN Ryman AuditoriumNovember 2 – Columbus, OH Newport Music HallNovember 3 – Ithaca, NY The State TheatreNovember 5 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre >November 6 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre > #November 9 – Washington, DC The AnthemNovember 10 – Upper Darby, PA Tower TheatreDecember 29 – Portland, ME State TheatreDecember 30 – Portland, ME State TheatreDecember 31 –Boston, MA Wang Theatre~ Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear supports+The Rad Trads support# Robert Finley supports> Non-bundle dateView Upcoming Tour Dates
Notre Dame’s runners can look forward to another chance to test their fitness this Saturday at the ROTC-sponsored Warrior Run. Previously named the Race for the Heroes, the third annual 10K run will support of the Wounded Warrior Project, an initiative that aids wounded veterans and their families. This event, sponsored by the service organizations of Notre Dame’s Navy, Army and Air Force ROTC battalions, calls on the community to band together to raise money in support of these heroes. Patrick Kelly, Navy ROTC’s public affairs officer, said the idea behind this event was to solicit campus-wide support for the heroes who have given so much for their country. “It’s a great organization in general, and when the run started three years ago I think they were looking to do something that the entire campus could take part in,” Kelly said. “In the fall [Navy ROTC] does a 24-hour run to raise money … but we’re looking for something that everyone could take part in.” Lizzy Schroff, President of Trident Naval Society [Navy ROTC’s service organization], said the Warrior Run really hit home with the cadets. “It is a dangerous job in the military… many of us will probably be deployed to and in situations of combat,” Schroff said. “I think it really hits home for us because these people that we’re helping to support will be the men and women that we’ll be serving with when we graduate.” The Wounded Warrior Project provides crucial services to veterans and their families, Schroff said. “They provide a lot of different programs, such as financial aid, a combat stress recovery program, physical health programs and financial training,” Schroff said. Schroff said the Project builds a network among veterans, providing a crucial venue for communication between disparate recovering veterans. “It’s an open line of communication between veterans,” Schroff said. “Veterans are able to email each other, talk with one another and [have] a collective voice to make their needs and the needs of their families known.” Schroff said the proceeds will be given to the Wounded Warriors Project. She said she has high hopes for a large turnout despite the close proximity of the Holy Half to the Warrior Run. “Last year we raised about $5,000, so if we could reach that mark that would be great and if more that would be even better,” Schroff said. Registration begins at 8 a.m., Schroff said. The race will start off with a tri-military color guard featuring the Glee Club singing the national anthem. Schroff said the race starts at 9:30 with ROTC and non-ROTC divisions for male and female runners. “We have a lot of participants who are from our battalions from ROTC,” Schroff said. “We also have a lot of people from outside Notre Dame who are in the community [participating in the race]. It’s a great way to get everyone involved.” Kelly said the entire community should feel welcome to participate in this race. “I think people should know that even though at a lot of ROTC events people might feel like they’re not wanted or shouldn’t be included, we really want the entire Notre Dame community to get involved with this and to feel they should be a part of this,” Kelly said. Michael Falvey, sophomore midshipman in Notre Dame’s Navy ROTC battalion, said the service men and women are fighting for everyone in the community. “This is something that intimately involves everyone in the community. I think that it is imperative that the community supports these heroic individuals because these individuals give everything they have for the community,” Falvey said. Chris Patterson, treasurer of Trident Naval Society, said he wants to expand this event in coming years. “What we do here is close to everyone’s hearts. This is the job we’re going to be doing and these are people who have already sacrificed for their country,” Patterson said. “I want to make this event bigger to reach more people and to get more participation.” Patterson said this run is special because it’s for a cause greater than the concerns of a single individual. “I think we try to make it seem as though the run is really a run for something greater than yourself, a run for people who have done very important things for the country,” Patterson said. “We hope to spread that feeling throughout the community.”
View Comments Related Shows Wicked P.J. Benjamin in ‘Wicked'(Photo: Joan Marcus) from $95.00 Some familiar Ozian faces are heading to Wicked on Broadway. P.J. Benjamin will return to the Gershwin Theatre to reprise his performance as the Wizard, while Chad Jennings will take on the role of Doctor Dillamond direct from the musical’s national tour. The two will begin performances on February 7.Emmy winner Peter Scolari and Michael Genet will take their final bows as the Wizard and Doctor Dillamond, respectively, on February 5.In addition to playing the Wizard previously in New York and on the road, Benjamin has appeared on Broadway in Chicago, Ain’t Broadway Grand, Wind in the Willows, Torch Song Trilogy, Sophisticated Ladies and Charlie and Algernon. Jennings’ additional tour credits include War Horse and South Pacific.Benjamin and Jennings will join a cast that currently includes Jennifer DiNoia as Elphaba, Kara Lindsay as Glinda, Sheryl Lee Ralph as Madame Morrible, Michael Campayno as Fiyero, Dawn E. Cantwell as Nessarose and Zachary Noah Piser as Boq.
Governor Shumlin recently appointed three members to the State Board of Education. Sean-Marie Oller of Bennington was appointed for a six-year term. William Mathis of Goshen was appointed to complete four years of a vacated term. Stephan Morse of Newfane was reappointed to the Board for six years after completing a previously vacated term.William J. Mathis is the Managing Director of the National Education Policy Center, University of Colorado at Boulder. Previously, he served as Superintendent of Schools for the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, Brandon, Vermont. In this capacity, he was a National Superintendent of the Year finalist, Vermont Superintendent of the Year and president of the Vermont Superintendents’ Association. Bill has published or presented over 200 national research papers, policy briefs, newspaper columns and monographs on accountability, school quality, financial equity and adequacy, assessment, school vouchers, cost-effectiveness, history, and Constitutional issues. He frequently speaks before professional, policy, legislative and lay groups across the country on the purpose of public education, equality, and federalism. His current work focuses on the financial, programmatic and assessment aspects of accountability systems.He has worked full-time or part-time at eight colleges and universities in various teaching, research and administrative capacities. Previously, he served as Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Education, as a guidance counselor and as a school psychologist. He is a veteran and resides in Goshen.Stephan Morse was born in Springfield, Vermont on April 1, 1947. He served as Newfane Zoning Administrator from 1971-74; on the Board of Selectman from 1974-77 and as chairman from 1975-77. Morse served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1977 to 1984. He was Assistant Majority Leader in the Vermont House of Representatives in 1979 and Majority Leader in 1980. He served as Vermont Speaker of the House from 1981-84. He served as President and C.E.O. of the Windham Foundation until 2008. Most recently he served on the Next Generation Commission in 2006 and was appointed to the District #2 Environmental Commission in 2008. Previously Morse chaired the task force examining the Vermont State Colleges and University of Vermont systems to determine what academic and administrative efficiencies could be achieved through their consolidation.Sean-Marie Oller was born in Ohio and raised in New York City. She got to know her future home when she came to Bennington College, where she graduated in 1979. Oller continued her studies in early childhood education at New York University in 1983 and was the administrative director of the Washington Market Montessori school in lower Manhattan.Oller moved to Vermont in 1990. As she and her husband Rick raised their two children here, she worked with the Bennington College Early Childhood Center. Oller has been a mentor and project coordinator since 2003 for Quantum Leap, an organization that works with teenage students who are at-risk of dropping out. She worked with Vermont youth circuses Circus Smirkus and Circus Minimus and also volunteered with Molly Stark Elementary School in Bennington. She completed mediation training at Woodbury College in 2004. Oller was also a member of the Governors Institute board from 2006 to 2008. Oller was first elected to the Mount Anthony Union School Board in 1995, and has served as chairwoman for the last six years. She has represented Mount Anthony on the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union School Board since 2000. Mount Anthony Union serves students in Bennington, North Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury and Woodford, and is the third largest school district in Vermont.Oller and her husband Rick have two children, Olivia and Jackson, who graduated from the Mount Anthony schools.The next meeting of the Board will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier at 9 a.m. A complete agenda can be found at http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/board/schedule.html#schedule_agend(link is external)…
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced loans and grants for more than 500 agricultural producers and rural small businesses across the country to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations. Vermont receive more than $250,000 for solar projects in Windham County. ‘This funding is an important part of the Obama Administration’s plan to help the nation’s farmers, agricultural producers and rural small businesses conserve natural resources, create more green jobs and lead us on the path to becoming an energy independent nation,’ Vilsack said. ‘These projects are in addition to the more than 900 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects recently announced during the President’s Rural Economic Forum.’ The grants and loan guarantees are being provided through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), a 2008 Farm Bill initiative. REAP offers funds for farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy-efficiency improvements. These federal funds leverage other funding sources for small businesses. In all, USDA announced today more than $27 million in energy grants and guaranteed loans for projects. According to State Director for Rural Development, Molly Lambert, ‘the REAP program is helping many agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy consumption and improve operations.’ – For example, in Putney, David Major of Vermont Shepherd, LLC was selected to receive a $49,000 grant and a $98,000 loan guarantee to install a 28kw solar photovoltaic system which will create more than 38,400 kilowatts per year of electricity. In East Dummerston, Deborah Titus of Sweet Tree Farm, LLC was selected to receive a $24,940 grant to install a 16.56kw ground mounted solar photovoltaic system to replace their farms current electrical usage, with all excess power generated will be sold to the local utility. High Meadows Farm and Greenhouses in Putney received a $49,750 grant for a solar project. And the West Hill Shop in Putney received a $44,850 grant for a solar project. In total, Vermont received $168,540 in grants and $98,000 in loans in this funding round. The Obama Administration has set a goal of making 10,000 new flex-fuel pumps available to America’s drivers within the next five years ‘ a five-fold increase from today’s level. By building infrastructure to put biofuels produced in America in our fuel tanks, USDA is supporting the clean energy economy we need to ensure our long-term prosperity and help us out-compete the rest of the world. USDA is working to support the research, investment and infrastructure necessary to build a nationwide biofuels industry that creates jobs in every corner of the country. Funding of each award is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant or loan agreement. Grants can finance up to 25 percent of a project’s cost, not to exceed $500,000 for renewables, $250,000 for efficiency. For a complete listing of Rural Energy for America Program recipients announced today, click here.Today’s announcement further demonstrates the investments the Obama Administration is making to help create jobs and grow our rural economy. On September 8, President Obama presented the American Jobs Act in an address to Congress. The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans. The American Jobs Act is specific, it will put people back to work right now and it won’t add to the deficit. Through a combination of direct spending, such as infrastructure investments, and tax relief, such as an extension of the payroll tax cuts, it will lead to new American jobs. Since taking office, President Obama’s Administration has taken significant steps to improve the lives of rural Americans and has provided broad support for rural communities. The Obama Administration has set goals of modernizing infrastructure by providing broadband access to 10 million Americans, expanding educational opportunities for students in rural areas, and providing affordable health care. In the long term, these unparalleled rural investments will help ensure that America’s rural communities are repopulating, self-sustaining and thriving economically. USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $155 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.MONTPELIER VT, Sept. 26, 2011 ‘
Floyd Fest, the eclectic music festival set in, perhaps, one of the most idyllic spots in the Blue Ridge, kicks off today.Making the trek in from Denver for the festival are roots rockers Strange Americans.Festivarians who are fans of honest to goodness, fuzzed out, guitar and groove heavy rock and roll would do well to seek out the Strange Americans this week. The band will be rolling into Floyd hot on the heels of the release of it’s third record, Borrow You, Brother, which dropped last week. This quintet of Rocky Mountain rockers, who have made precious few visits to the eastern side of the country, are destined to turn some heads on this latest swing through the region. My guess is this won’t be the band’s last trip east, either.Joining Strange Americans on the Floyd Fest bill are heavy hitters like Thievery Corporation, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Railroad Earth, along with regional favorites like Keller Williams, Larry Keel, The Steel Wheels, and Rising Appalachia.I recently caught up with Strange Americans and peppered them with questions about life on the road.BRO – One piece of gear you can’t leave home without?SA – Swimming shorts.BRO – City you have played that made you think, “Yeah, I could live here.”SA – Hood River, Oregon.BRO – One thing you don’t want to hear the sound guy say?SA – “Are you gonna tune that?”BRO – Worst state to drive through?SA – Wyoming.BRO – Festival you have played that you also enjoyed as a fan?SA – SXSW.BRO – Favorite thing to do in town when you have a few hours to kill?SA – Water parks, pools, oceans, lakes, rivers. And breweries.BRO – Any pre-show rituals?SA – We usually do a quick huddle up, pep talk, and cheer.BRO – Favorite on stage libation?SA – Local IPAs.BRO – Three items you’d like to add to a rider, just to see if you could get them?SA- Three shake weights, a pyramid of Valencia oranges, and a sack of California double cheeseburgers.Floyd Fest kicks off today, and Strange Americans have sets scheduled for tomorrow and Friday.For more information about Strange Americans, be sure to check out the band’s website.If you want to find out when and where Strange Americans are playing at Floyd Fest as you plan your festival weekend, check out the festival schedule here.Also, be sure to check out “No Punches,” the lead track from Strange Americans’ brand new record, along with tracks from Sammy Brue, Tom Forrest, The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, and many more on this month’s Trail Mix.