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Senex Energy makes first gas sales from Surat Basin’s Project Atlas

By on May 7, 2021

first_imgProject Atlas was brought into production by Senex Energy in October 2019 Project Atlas gas processing facility. Photo: courtesy of Senex Energy Ltd. Senex Energy said that it has achieved first gas sales from Project Atlas, nearly two months after bringing the Surat Basin gas project into production.The onshore gas project is located on a 58km2 area near Wandoan and Miles in Queensland, Australia.The first gas sales were made into the east coast market ahead of schedule, said the company with the buyer being CleanCo, a Queensland-based power generator.Senex Energy said that production of sales gas had started after commissioning the first two trains of the project’s gas processing facility. The capacity of the gas processing facility is 15 petajoules per annum (40 TJ/day), which will come from a total of five trains.The company will start gas sales to its other customers CSR and Orora from 1 January 2020.Gas from the Project Atlas is supplied at the Wallumbilla Gas Hub in Queensland through a 60km buried pipeline. The pipeline’s construction was completed by Jemena in October 2019 and subsequently the same company wrapped up its work on the gas processing plant.Senex Energy managing director and CEO Ian Davies said: “With the support of the Queensland Government, Senex has successfully delivered this development within 18 months of grant of the Petroleum Lease. We have achieved this on budget and ahead of schedule, allowing early gas sales to be made to one of our foundation customers, CleanCo.”Senex Energy to complete initial drilling campaign at Project AtlasDavies added that the company is now focusing on completing the initial drilling campaign of nearly 60 wells by mid-2020, while ramping up production at Project Atlas to an initial plateau of 12 PJ/year by the end of fiscal year 2021.Senex Energy has drilled 23 wells so far for Project Atlas, of which 15 wells are on production. Currently, the wells are producing more than three TJ/day during the early stage of the ramp up period, which will last 12-18 months.The company is executing another natural gas project in the Surat Basin, called Roma North. Senex Energy expects Project Atlas and Roma North to produce 18 petajoules of gas annually by the end of financial year 2021.last_img read more

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Colombian K-9s Help Rid Country of IEDs

By on December 20, 2020

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo August 01, 2017 The use of dogs has grown in Colombia over the last 10 years. With 2,797 dogs, the Colombian Army provides nationwide coverage for detecting narcotics and explosive substances, doing search and rescue, and detection and tracking. With the excellent results that have been achieved, the goal now is to increase their participation in all operations. The United Nations recently certified a group of Colombian K-9 teams trained in humanitarian demining, with which the units were ready for deployment across Colombian territory. Following the certification process, U.S. Army South veterinary personnel visited the Canine Training School at Fort Tolemaida in June with the purpose of learning about the Colombian experience in breeding and training dogs to detect landmines as part of a humanitarian demining program led by the National Center for Countering IEDs and Mines (CENAM, per its Spanish acronym). Both armies exchanged knowledge on breeding and training dogs for this purpose as well as shared information on the veterinary care each undertakes. . Aligned procedures “At the end of their tour [of the visit], and after all of the program presentations, their conclusions recorded the points that our two armies have in common when using dogs under the same conditions, both in the way that [we make use of] their capabilities and our rigorous training and breeding methods, as well as in terms of health and hygiene,” Colombian Army Colonel Jorge Armando Ramírez Troncoso, head of the Canine Directorate at CENAM, told Diálogo. “With regard to this last point, we got specific feedback on veterinary care and the use of medications,” he added. In Colombia, dogs are used especially for detecting explosive substances. “Since 1998, when we began [devoting them] to the detection of explosive substances, these little animals have made a great contribution to the Army,” Colombian Army Colonel Eddy Bladimir Moscoso Castiblanco, commander of CENAM, told Diálogo. “Today, the K-9 team is essential for detecting explosives, working together with a metal detector, hook-and-line equipment, and the explosives technician.” More dogs and resources The Canine Directorate has big projects within its program, which includes building four modern hospital units that will be strategically distributed across the country. The Warren Buffett Foundation awarded a $16 million donation for the development of this project. The dog breeds that perform best in the training, and afterwards, in the most grueling weather conditions and terrain, are Labradors, Belgian Malinois, and Golden Retrievers. Dog training takes four months, and it starts at the same time with the service member for that K-9 team. Their relationship cannot be dissolved except in extreme circumstances. A dog trained to detect explosives has an active service life of five years. The Colombian Army soon expects to have the 5,000 dogs it needs for its operations. “We are lacking dogs and resources. Currently, we are purchasing between 600 and 800 dogs a year. That’s why we started breeding them in kennels. The goal is to become self-sufficient in the short term. [The dogs] are put through a rigorous selection process. Not all of them meet the requirements,” Col. Ramírez said. CENAM’s strategy The Canine Directorate was established in 2016 as part of the National Center for Countering IEDs and Mines, which was created in 2012 because of the country’s internal conflict, and as a response to the need arising from the indiscriminate use of mines and IEDs by guerrilla groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the National Liberation Army, and by drug traffickers against the civilian population and infrastructure, and directly against members of the Colombian Army and National Police. This specialized unit was needed in order to learn everything about explosive substances, the ways in which mines are used, and the emergence of IEDs made from a wide range of supplies. “A solid structure was needed to counteract the use of these mines,” Col. Moscoso stated. “We need to see explosives as a system, and it is only through a well-coordinated system that we will be able to reduce the use of these explosive charges.” More than 23,000 explosive devices destroyed In Colombia, the problem of mines and explosives of all kinds has had critical periods. According to official sources, these events increased to an average of 2.5 injuries per day since 2008. By 2012, the outlook for victims of explosives was devastating. The statistics at that time said there were more than 7,000 victims. The creation of CENAM became a priority for the Colombian government and for the Colombian Armed Forces. “Throughout this process, SOUTHCOM made a definitive contribution. It was, and is, our greatest ally. From the start, it helped us with the creation of this unit,” Col. Moscoso explained. “They sent personnel to orient us on how to set up a functional structure. We received instruction, training, supplies, financing, and resources. It’s a collaboration that continues today and is still evolving. Right now, our main effort is framed by humanitarian demining,” he explained. CENAM operates along three lines of action—preparedness, prevention, and protection—and through six bodies: the Directorate of Military Demining, the Directorate of Investigation, the Directorate of Innovation, the Directorate of Humanitarian Demining, the Directorate of Mine Warfare, and the Canine Directorate. From 2013 to 2017, these law-enforcement bodies destroyed 23,878 explosive devices.last_img read more

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Compliance: NCUA releases new call report form, instructions

By on December 17, 2020

first_img continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA has released its new call report form and accompanying instructions, which become effective Sept. 30. For credit unions engaged in commercial lending, most notable are the updates reflecting the January 2017 changes to the member business lending (MBL) rule.The MBL rule creates a distinction between MBLs and commercial loans, and the new call report form is updated to report the separate categories.The call report instructions contain a list to help clarify the distinction between the two loan types, similar to the chart created earlier this year by CUNA compliance staff.The Instructions also explain that the reporting of commercial loans will be broken down into subcategories such as:last_img read more

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Meet the 2020 Credit Union Rock Stars

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first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Thirty-nine credit union professionals and volunteers have been named as 2020 Credit Union Rock Stars by Credit Union Magazine.The Credit Union Rock Stars program, sponsored by Fiserv, recognizes outstanding credit union professionals and volunteers from a wide range of disciplines who use their unique strengths to advance the mission of their credit unions. This year’s winners, representing 27 states, were selected for their exceptional creativity, innovation, and passion.“We’ve been witnessing firsthand the impact that credit union employees are making during the coronavirus pandemic,” says Ann Hayes Peterson, vice president of publishing at CUNA and editor-in-chief of Credit Union Magazine. “This year’s class of Credit Union Rock Stars elevates their commitment and compassion to members, community, and their own staff during this trying year.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Netflix’s ‘The Irishman’ has ties to Endicott mobsters

By on December 8, 2020

first_img“While he was here he was listed a repairman for the beverage company which Joe Barbara owned,” said Titti. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The Irishman, now in select theatres and streaming on Netflix, brings to life a book based largely on mobsters with ties to the Southern Tier. Endicott resident and genealogist Joe Titti is able to trace Buffalino’s ‘business’ back to when he lived in Endicott in the early 1940s. The Martin Scorcese movie is based upon the book ‘I Heard You Paint Houses.’ Local business owner Rob Salamida landed a role as an extra in the movie after applying online. The film tells the story of famous real-life members of the mafia, like Russell Buffalino, whose portrayed by Joe Peschi. “To have that movie that’s based on a book that has a lot to do with our area I think that’s a tribute to it,” said Salamida.last_img read more

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Broome County Landfill to resume collecting hazardous wastes June 3

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first_imgCounty residents may begin dropping off their waste and electronics on June 3. Drop off hours will be from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, click here. TOWN OF NANTICOKE (WBNG) — The Broome County Landfill will resume collecting household-hazardous waste and electronics in June. Additionally, the residential compost giveback program will resume the same day. The drop-off days were oringinally suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone at the landfill is required to wear a mask.last_img read more

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Gotze won’t be coming to EPL

By on September 16, 2020

first_imgThe attacking midfielder, who scored the winning goal for his country in the 2014 World Cup final, has returned to Borussia Dortmund after spending three seasons at German champions Bayern Munich.Meanwhile, Liverpool look like they’ve secured another transfer target.It’s reported that the reds have agreed a 25 million pounds fee with Newcatsle for Giorginio Wijnaldum.  The 25-year-old attacking midfielder has 30 caps for the Netherlands.last_img

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Henry, Vieira reunion ends in stalemate on Cote d’Azur

By on August 13, 2020

first_img“A point is not enough, but we could also have been talking about a defeat here,” he said.Vieira’s Nice, meanwhile, have lost just once in 10 league matches but might regret dropping two points in their quest to qualify for Europe.“Thierry can be pleased, but that said the draw was the right result,” admitted Vieira, who took over last year after leaving New York City FC.– Fabregas absent –Henry, 41, has now won just twice in 11 league games since being appointed to his first coaching job in October, although performances have improved since the turn of the year.He will also wonder how this game might have ended had new signing Cesc Fabregas been available.The Spaniard — another former protege of Wenger’s at Arsenal — joined from Chelsea last week and made his debut at Marseille on Sunday.Unveiled to the media earlier on Wednesday, he was nevertheless ineligible for this match because it was originally supposed to be played in December before being postponed due to security concerns linked to the ‘yellow vest’ protest movement in France.Fabregas instead watched from the stands, and he saw Saint-Maximin, a former Monaco player, put Nice in front on the half-hour mark, running through to score after some sloppy play from the home side.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Paris, France | AFP | It was honours even between Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira as the old France and Arsenal teammates clashed for the first time as coaches on Wednesday in a controversy-laden 1-1 draw between Monaco and Nice.The presence of the two greats in the respective dugouts made an international event out of what is usually little more than a hotly contested local derby on the Cote d’Azur.It was a spicy encounter, with Allan Saint-Maximin putting Nice ahead before youngster Benoit Badiashile levelled for the hosts in the second half.Nice played half the game with 10 men but also saw Saint-Maximin miss a great chance to win all three points when he had a late penalty saved.Members of France’s 1998 World Cup-winning side and later colleagues for six years in Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal team, Henry and Vieira embraced warmly before kick-off at the Stade Louis II.They did so again at full-time, both allowing themselves a smile even though the stalemate did not satisfy either man.“It was strange,” Henry said about taking on his old friend.“We played together for a long time and we came up the steps together,” from the dressing rooms. “We had a little chat but we were both focused on the match.”Henry’s side are scrapping to pull away from the relegation zone in Ligue 1, and they remain 19th in the table, three points adrift of outright safety. They have still not won at home this season.last_img read more

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Pope brings familiarity with offense to Steelers

By on August 12, 2020

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—Leonard Pope smiled, shook his head and rolled his eyes incredulously. Then he politely answered the question.Pope was the only unrestricted free agent the Steelers signed in the offseason, and questions for the 6-foot-8 tight end keep coming back again and again to one subject. Not the 102 receptions or nine touchdowns he has totaled in his six-year NFL career, and not his appearance in the 2009 Super Bowl. Not even his nickname, “Champ”—or the fact he saved a 6-year-old boy from drowning in a swimming pool last summer.All anyone wants to talk to Pope about is his familiarity with Todd Haley’s offense. Haley was hired in February as the Steelers first new offensive coordinator in five years. No surprise, Pope arrived in Pittsburgh weeks later.Wherever Haley has been the past six years—from Arizona to Kansas City and now Pittsburgh—he’s taken Pope with him.With the Steelers feverishly studying to master the new offense, Pope is a man everybody wants to speak with about it.“Every day—all day, every day,” Pope said with a chuckle. “And I give the same answer: I’m here learning the new playbook just like the rest of the players are. So my story ain’t gonna change.”A story Pope is much more eager to tell is how he potentially saved the life of the young child of a friend at a party in his hometown of Americus, Ga., last June.The only person at the party who knew how to swim, a fully-clothed Pope jumped into the pool, grabbed the boy, Bryson Moore, by the waist and pulled him out of the water to safety.“It was an act born out of the fact of me being a father and having kids,” said Pope, who recently threw a pizza party for the boy’s class. “Like I told people, I would want someone doing the same for my child.”That story has made its way among his new teammates.“I guess you can check the ‘Performs Under Pressure’ box for that,” fellow tight end Heath Miller said.Providing depth to Pittsburgh’s tight end corps isn’t a life-or-death issue. But with David Johnson having been moved to fullback and Weslye Saunders suspended for the season’s first four games due to a violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy, the 272-pound Pope will likely see plenty of reps this season for the Steelers.“He’s a big boy,” tackle Marcus Gilbert said. “He’s aggressive, he’s bright-eyed, he just loves to come in and stick his hand in the pile and try to help us win.”A third-round pick by the Cardinals in 2006, Pope clearly has the size to help in the blocking game—a trait the Steelers have sought in their tight ends in recent years.He also has shown an ability to be a weapon in the passing game, evidenced by the five touchdown receptions he had during his second year with Arizona or the career-high 24 catches he had last season with Kansas City.“I try to tell people, ‘Please don’t sleep on me. When you sleep on me, that’s when I get you,’” Pope said. “You think I’m going to block all day, then I’ll run a route past you. You think I’m going to catch all day, I’ll block.”Pope said his grandfathers and father used to argue about who deserves credit for bestowing the nickname “Champ,” given to him as an overly active and rambunctious boy.Pope even dubbed his foundation aimed at disadvantaged families that emphasizes physical fitness, C.H.A.M.P. (Creating Hope And Making Progress).But one thing Pope is not yet is a Super Bowl champ. He was with the Cardinals when they lost to Pittsburgh in the 2009 Super Bowl.“I want to be on the other side to not have that feeling again,” Pope said.Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin cited the hunger Pope has after being “on the wrong side of the confetti” that February night in Tampa three years ago. Tomlin mentioned that when asked about Pope before he mentioned the player’s history with Haley.That’s the way Pope would prefer it. Contrary to conventional opinion, Pope did not sign with the Steelers just because of Haley.“I came here because I had a job opportunity,” he said.Haley was the offensive coordinator in Arizona for Pope’s final two years there, including the NFC championship season. When Haley was hired as head coach of the Chiefs, Pope was signed soon thereafter.Haley was fired by Kansas City late last season, and the Steelers hired him to replace Bruce Arians less than three months later. Pope was signed in April.Haley’s fiery sideline demeanor, combined with the fact the affable Arians had a warm relationship with most of his players, have led to much discussion in Pittsburgh about Haley and the offense.Pope might not be willing to speak too much on Haley’s Xs and Os, but he will endorse Haley the person.“I love Todd,” Pope said. “He’s a great coach, and hopefully the guys are starting to see that right now.“I know a lot of people see the negative picture of him yelling on the sidelines and all that kind of stuff, but he’s a real humble person and has a great passion for what he does.”NOTES: Linebackers coach Keith Butler said that reserve LB Jason Worilds had offseason wrist surgery and that Pro Bowl LB James Harrison has not been practicing with the team because of knee inflammation. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wife Ashley are expecting a son later this year. Roethlisberger released the news on his official website. PROVIDING DEPTH AT TIGHT END—Pittsburgh Steelers Leonard Pope (45) stands with Heath Miller and the other tight ends during a break at practice. Pope signed with the Steelers as a free agent during the offseason, reuniting with offensive coordinator Todd Haley after playing for him in Arizona and Kansas City. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) last_img read more

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Action Plan Casts A Net To Pull Together Ocean Guardians

By on August 4, 2020

first_imgStory and photos by Joseph SapiaYears in the  making, a draft of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan has been released by a group composed of federal, state and American Indian agencies and now awaits comment from the public.The 134-page draft, which covers Atlantic Ocean coastal waters up to 200 miles offshore from New York to Virginia, deals with a variety of issues, including transportation, commercial fishing, wind power, recreation and national security.The draft, released July 6, is open for comment until Sept. 6. Then, the draft’s author, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB), will review the comments and is expected to submit a finalized plan to the National Ocean Council by the end of the year.The National Ocean Council is expected to either approve or turn down the plan in early 2017.The importance of the plan is that it puts various agencies of the federal government, American Indians and New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia – which the Sandy Hook-based American Littoral Society (ALS) estimated at 140 or so agencies – talking and sharing information, rather than working independently only to later find out there is disagreement.“It’s them coming to the table to work that out,” said Sarah Winter Whelan, ALS’ ocean policy program director. “The hope is to head that off before it happens.”“One of the really positive things is all the relationships (between) the agencies,” said Cindy Zipf, executive director of the Sandy Hook-based Clean Ocean Action.“I think they’ve come a long way,” said Matt Gove, Mid-Atlantic police manager of the Surfrider Foundation, a surfing-environmental group. “I think they’ve made a historic first step in managing the ocean, bringing agencies together.”Gove, Whelan and about 45 others attended an open house – the second of five scheduled – at Monmouth University Thursday, July 14.Three open houses – in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware – also have been held. The last of the open houses is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, New York.At the Monmouth University open house, agencies represented as part of the RPB included the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), federal Department of Transportation (USDOT), Coast Guard and Navy. The RPB is part of the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.“This is an effort to pull together all the diverse agencies to better collaborate,” said Elizabeth Semple, acting manager of the DEP’s Office of Coastal and Land-Use Planning.Kevin Hassel, the DEP’s coordinator of Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning, said the plan does not impose new regulations. Instead, “it’s a huge help in how we manage everything,” Hassel said.“I think it’s really awesome, great,” Fred Akers, administrator of the Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association in South Jersey, told the agencies panel.But Akers expressed disappointment the draft made no mention of federal national scenic and recreational rivers, such as the Great Egg Harbor River.But representatives at the Monmouth University open house welcomed input from stakeholders, such as environmental groups and the general public. People’s voices show “everyone cares about the ocean,” said John Kennedy, director of the USDOT’s Maritime Administration.“You can actually change the course of our discussions,” Kennedy said.Specifics of the draft include such things as: mapping shifts in ocean species and habitats, developing a strategy for debris reduction, addressing navigation needs, conducting an inventory of obsolete pipelines and telecommunication cables, and identifying priority research needs.Those attending the open house praised the way those behind the draft sought public input.“That kind of response of ‘Yes’ and ‘Please, more’ I’ve never seen in a public meeting,” said Anne Merwin, director of ocean planning for the Ocean Conservancy.“The plan does a good job of recognizing stakeholders be involved,” said Lyndie Hice-Dunton, ALS’s Mid-Atlantic ocean planning manager.Various groups such as ALS and the Surfrider Foundation said they were preparing comments in response to the draft.While many may view the ocean as open water, it is a complicated map of transportation lanes, telecommunication cables, commercial fishing areas, recreation uses and so on.The draft has two main components: a healthy ocean and human uses of the ocean, Kennedy said. The RPB will monitor the plan and the idea is to update it every few years, Kennedy said.“I feel the plan is almost there,” said Whelan, adding she thinks, perhaps, it could be strengthened by showing how it will implement its ideas.As for the plan in general, the various agencies, despite different jurisdictions and missions, “may have more in common than they realize,” Whelan said.“The plan would help them implement better,” she said.The plan has its roots in 2009, when President Barack Obama created the Ocean Policy Task Force to foster better stewardship of the oceans and Great Lakes. In 2010, Obama created the National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts and Great Lakes.Now, to see how the plan takes action.“The theory is they’re going to put all this great work into their daily business,” Gove said. And did Whelan think this plan would work, considering it was trying to bring together almost unheard of collaboration?“If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be here,” she said. The draft of the Mid-Atlantic RegionalOcean Action Plan is available at www.boem.gov/Ocean-Action-Plan/. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is at 1849 C Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20240; 202-208-6474.Comments on the draft can be sent to [email protected] or Robert P. LaBelle, Federal Co-Lead, Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body, BOEM, 45600 Woodland Road, Mailstop: VAM-BOEM DIR, Sterling, VA, 20166.last_img read more

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