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CGG has started acquiring a large BroadSeisTM/BroadSourceTM 3D multi-client survey in the Northern North Sea offshore Norway.The Horda survey will be the largest broadband multi-client program CGG has acquired in NW Europe as well as the largest multi-client 3D survey ever shot by any company in Norway.Extending from the Horda platform in the southeast to the Sogn Graben in the north, the 19,000-km2 survey program includes the entire quadrant 35 and large parts of quadrant 31, 32 and 36 and covers more than 80 production licences such as Troll, Brage, Fram and Gjøa.The survey is being acquired by the Viking Vanquish, and a second vessel will join later in the season. The acquisition program will continue in 2015.Following several recent discoveries the greater Horda area has become an area of high exploration activity. The survey program’s main objective is to provide a large, uniform dataset with increased seismic resolution which will offer a platform to improve industry understanding of the regional geology.The survey has received high prefunding from the industry. Early participants have had the option to recommend priority areas and will also be invited to monitor the data processing which will be conducted in CGG’s Oslo subsurface imaging center.Jean-Georges Malcor, CEO, CGG, said: “CGG is deploying its latest broadband acquisition and subsurface imaging technology on a seismic project of this magnitude in order to meet the industry’s need for state-of-the-art broadband data delivered in a cost-effective manner for a large area offshore Norway where no equivalent data of this quality exists. The Horda project has already been well received among the key players in the Northern North Sea and we expect the survey to generate a significant uplift in data quality and provide a valuable tool for all stages of ongoing and future E&P activity in the region.”[mappress]Press Release, April 08, 2014
Pre-salt production remains above 1 million boedOil and gas production operated by Petrobras in the pre-salt layer remained above 1 million boed in October, with an average volume of 1.005 million boed, 2.3% down on September (1.028 million boed).Oil production operated by Petrobras in the pre-salt stood at 809,000 bpd, again 2.3% down on September (828,000 bpd). Oil and gas production abroadPetrobras produced 194,000 boed abroad, 3.4% more than the previous month’s figure of 188,000 boed. This increase was chiefly due to the high performance of new wells in the Rio Neuquén field (Argentina) and the completion of cleaning operations on the export gas pipeline in the Akpo field (Nigeria).Oil production averaged 99,000 bpd in October, 2.8% higher than the 97,000 bpd recorded in September.Natural gas production abroad averaged 16.1 million m³/d, 4.1% up on the 15.5 million m³/d recorded in the previous month, due to the high performance of new wells in the Rio Neuquén field. Image: PetrobrasPetrobras’ average oil and natural gas production in October, both in Brazil and abroad, reached 2.76 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed), 1.6% higher than the 2.72 million boed recorded in September.Domestic production of oil and natural gas averaged 2.57 million boed in October, 1.6% up on last month’s figure (2.53 million boed). Oil and gas production in BrazilPetrobras’ own production in Brazil totaled 2.10 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) in October, an increase of 2.1% on the September figure (2.06 million bpd).According to Petrobras, this increase was due to the completion of scheduled maintenance operations, halting production on the large platforms in September.Own natural gas production in Brazil, excluding liquefied gas, totaled 74.7 million m3/day in October, remaining steady compared to the September figure (75.0 million m³/day).
The big, but not new, idea is a voluntary Digital Copyright Exchange (DCE), described as the world’s first – a one-stop shop for buying and selling rights on a legitimate basis: transaction costs are reduced and rights holders keep control of their content. A senior figure will oversee its development to an ambitious timetable. The lack of detail has led one commentator to describe it as a ‘big internet flying machine thingy, added at the last minute to ensure the review had something novel in it’. There are many practical issues with regard to turning this into reality. How will it be run, governed and policed? How will pricing work, how will complex limitations (for example, territorial restrictions) be simplified? And how will it dovetail with existing arrangements, including collection societies? The proposal that Digital Economy Act sanctions would apply only to infringements involving rights in the DCE – with larger damages for infringement of DCE rights – could mean the DCE acquires significant market power. It might become an issue for the competition authorities. But this is running ahead; first the DCE has to be developed. The interest here is not so much the proposals, but the analysis. Hargreaves states: ‘Given its importance, you would think we would have a very clear picture of the scale and dynamics of online piracy, but this is not so.’ The review examines an array of studies. Two points stand out. First, the methodological weaknesses: many of the studies do not give details of methods, sampling, response and data sources (usually a giveaway for an unsound survey). Second, even if the numbers are to be believed, Hargreaves’ ‘worst case’ estimate of the total cost of IP crime is between 0.1% and 0.5% of economic activity. The message is understated, but clear: Hargreaves does not subscribe to the view that piracy is killing content-based industries, nor does he believe in more aggressive enforcement. Alongside a softer strategy of education, he suggests the development of new business models to encourage more consumers in developed and emerging markets to pay for content. Of course, Hargreaves may be complacent. Illicit behaviour is difficult to research; consumers may not reveal their behaviour in surveys. Furthermore, generations raised with one attitude towards creative content (won’t pay) may not be enticed by these business models. Hargreaves notes the apparent decline in investment in new talent. Many will see Hargreaves as underwhelming. It would take more than this review to turn Shoreditch into San Jose. While the review identifies the direction of travel, it is sometimes light on how to get there. This becomes apparent in the government response. While the government has accepted the main conclusions of the review, in nearly every case there are further pieces of work planned or there are considerations that will determine whether the individual recommendations are implemented. The response highlights even more practical issues that have to be dealt with in setting up the DCE than were specified in the Hargreaves report itself. However, behind the understated prose, there is some content. If they are implemented, the proposals for extensions to copyright exemptions are useful steps to improving the credibility of the current regime. But there are caveats in the government’s response. The detail of any revisions has still to be determined. There is much still to play for and groups on both sides of the argument will be preparing for an extended debate. To avoid over-regulation, further exceptions to copyright are called for to allow limited private copying (format shifts, CD to iPod etc), non-commercial research, library archiving and parody. Copying a CD onto a music player will no longer be a crime (not that most people are aware that it is). Enabling non-commercial research is deemed highly beneficial and library archiving is a no-brainer. In respect of parody, the chanteurs of Newport can relax. Newport Stateof Mind – their video parody of Jay-Z’s song, Empire State of Mind – achieved more than 2.6m views on YouTube, but was pulled from the site. Not by EMI or EMI Music Publishing, but by the songwriters. However, it is unclear how the proposals for parody will work in practice given the complexities in the copyright chain. Keep an eye on YouTube and the courts before and after the parody exception is invoked (assuming, of course, that it is). Copyright licensing Conclusion The review explores why the UK’s IP framework has faced difficulties in adapting to change and notes a ‘failure of public policy’, because even when the law is clear, policy is rarely grounded in economic priorities or evidence. Hargreaves calls for a revamped IPO, institutionally and legally, with new duties and powers, and a more forward outlook; the latter to identify changes in technology/markets that require the IP system to adapt. While this is sensible strategic positioning, in practice we suspect the forward-looking aspect will be of limited value. Combinations of technologies, individual behaviour and entrepreneurship shape future uses (or abuses) of IP and all are very difficult to predict. A system responsive to change On 3 August, the government published its response to the independent review of the intellectual property framework carried out by the journalist, academic and public servant, Professor Ian Hargreaves. The review set out to determine whether copyright laws obstruct innovation and economic growth, preventing companies such as Google (that relies on fair-use policies) from setting up in the UK. Prime minister David Cameron’s aim for the review was to ‘see if we can make [copyright laws] fit for the internet age’. He wanted to ‘encourage the sort of creative innovation that exists in America’. So, does the Hargreaves review promise radical change? No, it does not. Reassuringly for all copyright owners, Hargreaves rejected transplantation of an American-style fair-use doctrine because it would be unworkable in UK and European law. Hargreaves does, however, reject the apocalyptic claims of some rights holders about the extent of piracy, on the basis that estimates of its extent (at 13% to 65% of downloads) are too wide-ranging and that the evidence on which many of these claims are made is rarely robust. The message is that content owners must find new business models and markets, rather than expect legislators to protect their revenues through more penal or intrusive enforcement. For most, four of Hargreaves’ 10 recommendations would have most impact. Rights enforcement Limits to copyright Alison Sprague and Mark Beatson are consultants for FTI Consulting. Sprague specialises in strategic, regulatory and policy issues in the media sector, and Beatson in regulation and public policy
The Seahawk helicopter was moved from its base at Utapao Airport in the Rayong province to one of CEA’s facilities in Laem Chabang, where it was processed and shipped to Australia for a full refit.The helicopter’s main rotor blades were packed into a military cargo crate, while the tail rotor blades were placed in a CEA custom made crate and surrounded by rubber to avoid any damage during transportation.A 25-tonne capacity crane and Modulift spreader bars were used to lift the helicopter onto a CEA Air Ride trailer, before being lashed, strapped and covered with tarpaulin for the 60 km journey to Laem Chabang.The helicopter was then lifted from the trailer using a CEA reach stacker and placed on a 40 ft flatrack for the short journey to the port, where the rotor blades and other accessories were packed into a 40 ft container and loaded onto a vessel bound for Australia.CEA Projects is a member of the Project Cargo Network (PCN) representing Thailand. www.ceaprojects.comwww.projectcargonetwork.com
Personal injury firm Minster Law will close its signature York office next year to centralise operations in the latest fall-out from the personal injury reforms. Several jobs are risk. Staff will relocate over the next 18 months to an existing office in Wakefield, which will be refurbished to house all 620 employees, the firm said. Last week the firm announced it would fully automate its service to adapt to reforms of the personal injury market likely to come into force in October 2018. The York office will be vacated within a month of the reforms being implemented.Managing director Michael Warren said the Wakefield move would involve a small number of roles being placed ‘at risk’, but it was necessary to transform the business.‘Centralising our legal services and support functions will create a consistent experience for customers and ensure a closer and more productive relationship between our teams, and I fully expect that Minster Law will deliver a step change in performance as a result,’ he said.‘The majority of all other York-based employees who are happy to move to Wakefield will retain their positions. Colleagues who choose not to move have 18 months to determine what’s best for them with a range of support being offered to help them do so.’Moving to one Yorkshire site will reduce overheads and free up extra resources for further investment in the business, he said. Newly appointed chief operating officer Shirley Woolham said the business has evolved in the last three years to make a single Yorkshire office possible.She added: ‘We’ve embraced change in order to strengthen our business despite uncertainties in the personal injury sector. Improvements in open plan office spaces, streamlined management structures and agile working have all contributed to making a single Yorkshire site a reality.’Minster was founded in 2003 and has 80 legal professionals among its 620 employees. As well as personal injury, it also offers advice on wills, probate and employment law. An existing office in London is not affected by today’s announcement.
Doctors are warning drug resistance against HIV is increasing and is a problem that concerns not just sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, but economically-developed and wealthy nations as well. The report follows a study of thousands of HIV patients in thirty-six countries across all continents.
Share Cancer survivors and supporters attended the ecumenical service at the St. Alphonsus Church on Sunday, 23rd JuneThe Dominica Cancer Society, in an effort to show support for and encourage cancer survivors, held an ecumenical service at the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church on Sunday, 23rd June.“We are here, not to lament that cancer is that ‘C’ word that we all fear, not just to grieve over those we have lost to the war that continues to wage against us, but to celebrate the life that we have, the hope that we can conquer this disease and live life to the fullest,” president of the Society, Kathleen Cornelius said. Mrs Cornelius noted that the service was also an opportunity to reflect on the goodness of the Lord and their continued hope for a cure.Statistics from a Ministry of Health survey indicates that those who succumb to cancer are usually within the age group of 25 to 45. This age group represents the most productive sector of the economy. Ministry of Health statistics also indicate that between the period 2006 and 2010; there were 95 cases of breast cancer, 96 cervix, 54 prostate, 18 stomach, 33 throat and mouth and 22 colon. The four most common types of cancer in Dominica are breast, cervical, colon and prostate. “It is this hope that brings us here together. Thus, we choose to celebrate under the theme; “Supporting The Fighter, Admiring The Survivor, Honoring The Taken, And Never, Ever Giving Up Hope,” Mrs Cornelius said. The survivors also participated in a candle lighting ceremony, symbolic of remembering those who have succumbed to the disease and as a sign of hope for those who are alive as well as prayers.Meanwhile, St Alphonsus Parish priest Monsignor Eustace Thomas encouraged the survivors to ask God for healing with faith that he is able to do it.He noted that all humans are prone to sickness which is no respecter of persons.“Sickness; whether it is AIDS, cancer, leprosy, Leptospirosis, whatever, reminds us of our own weakness for we are all in need of healing,” he said. Fr Thomas also urged all to show support for the survivors and remind them that they will never walk alone.President Eluid Williams and Mrs Williams attended the service. [nggallery id =316]Dominica Vibes News 16 Views no discussions Tweet LocalNews Cancer survivors urged to celebrate life by: – June 24, 2013 Sharing is caring! Share Share
EducationLocalNewsSecondary 74 graduate from the Dominica Grammar School by: – June 20, 2017 Sharing is caring! 701 Views 2 comments Tweet Share Share Share Valedictorian, Caleb ToussaintCaleb Toussaint was named Valedictorian of the Dominica Grammar School on Monday 19 June 2017.Seventy-four (74) students graduated at the Arawak House of Culture on Monday under the theme ‘You are not a product of your circumstances. You are a product of your decisions’. Toussaint, who graduated with honors, received five subject prizes for Biology, Geography, Physics, Accounts and Physical Education and Sports, Academic Excellence in his form, as well as the prizes for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Outstanding Sportsmanship Male Athlete. Salutatorian, Ja-Juana Baptiste also graduated with honors, and copped the subject prizes for English Language, Office Administration, Spanish and English Literature, application in her form as well as the PTA Award for Conduct and Deportment. Clint Lecointe was the other honor student taking home subject prizes for Mathematics, Chemistry and Integrated Science, Application in his form, as well as the PTA Award for Academic Excellence. Student of the Year went to Sheldon Piper, who took the awards for Excellent School Spirit and Leadership.In his valedictory speech, Toussaint advised his fellow graduates to continue to work hard and follow their dreams, while wishing them success. “We will be going out into the world, each of us to different paths following different dreams. May you have every success, may you work hard and play safe, may you hold your head high, may our paths still cross from time to time, and may you go with all your heart,” Toussaint stated. Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Petter Saint Jean commended the graduating class for having defied the barriers of society, and demonstrating that despite their ethnic backgrounds, sex, color or social standing they were able to achieve throughout the past five years. “Your decisions and your commitment to your own development is paramount, and irrespective of your social circumstances, the choices that you will make ultimately determine how successful or how unsuccessful you will be in achieving the goals that you have set for yourself. But, the initiative for self-improvement should be determined by no other person but by you,” Saint Jean further advised. – / 87