Image: Frontier exploration farm-in agreed. Photo: Courtesy of Kristina Kasputienė from Pixabay. Beach Energy advises that it has reached an agreement with OMVGSB to acquire a30% participating interest in exploration permitPEP50119in the Great SouthBasin, offshore New Zealand.Under the agreement, Beach will acquire a 30% participating interest in the permit in exchange for funding a 30%share of the Tawhaki-1 well cost and the associated work program and budget. The estimated capital exposure is approximately $25million net to Beach.The transaction is subject to the New Zealand government and regulator approval. Following completion, Beach’s interest in PEP50119 will be 30%, with operator OMV holding a 52.93% interest and Mitsui E&P Australia holding 17.07%.TawhakiprospectThe PEP50119exploration permit contains the large Tawhakiprospectand other leads.Tawhaki is a basement drape structural trapwith up to 470km2under structural closure. The prospect is defined by modern, high-quality 3D seismic data and interpreted to have Cretaceous reservoirs of similar age and quality to the excellent sandstones encountered in Caravel-1, approximately 130km to the north in PEP38264 (Beach 37.5% and operator).The Tawhaki-1 well is planned to be drilled in early calendar 2020 by the COSL Prospector rig as part of a larger OMV-led drilling campaign Source: Company Press Release Beach will acquire a 30% participating interest in the permit in exchange for funding a 30%share of the Tawhaki-1 well cost and the associated work program and budget
View post tag: HMS Kent Royal Navy Type 23 frigate and Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender got underway from Portsmouth on Sunday to deploy for operations in the Persian Gulf and Asia Pacific.HMS Kent will relieve destroyer HMS Duncan of her duties in the Gulf and is scheduled to work alongside US partners as part of the newly-formed International Maritime Security Construct.She will be focused on providing regional maritime security, including counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling activities.She will also work alongside HMS Montrose to escort British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz, following Iran’s seizure of British-flagged tanker Stena Impero earlier this year.HMS Defender, a Type 45 destroyer, is deploying to the Asia Pacific region. The ship will take part in maritime security patrols aimed at protecting vital trade routes as part of a long-standing 30-nation maritime force. The Asia Pacific region is increasingly important to the UK for prosperity with more than one third of UK trade by value travelling from this area.“This is an opportunity for HMS Defender to demonstrate the global reach of the Royal Navy as well as the UK’s commitment to building relationships and maintaining stability in the Asia Pacific region,” HMS Defender CO, Commander Richard Hewitt, said. View post tag: Persian Gulf View post tag: HMS Defender View post tag: Royal Navy Share this article Photo: Photo: Royal Navy View post tag: Iran
This week, OUSU Council passed a motion that would see OUSU condemn the Iranian government’s oppression and imprisonment of protesting students.The motion also mandated the OUSU President, Stefan Baskerville, to issue a statement requiring the Vice-Chancellor to take an active position in support of the creation of the Neda Agha-Soltan scholarship.Baskerville stated, ” I believe that students should be able to propose motions to OUSU Council on the issues they consider to be important, and that the OUSU Executive should follow mandates set by OUSU Council. It is for students, not me, to decide what I should say on their behalf.”This motion follows one passed by Queen’s JCR in Michaelmas, which established a graduate scholarship in Philosophy in memory of Neda Agha-Soltan who was shot by Iranian police. The first recipient of the award was Ariane Shavisi.Last term, the Iranian embassy in London wrote a letter to the Provost of Queen’s College, accusing Oxford University of joining a “politically motivated campaign” which it felt lay “in sharp contract with its academic objectives”. They felt that this was part of a more general pattern of “British interference” following the Iranian presidential elections.At the time, Oxford was keen to stress that this scholarship was an internal matter for Queen’s College, and did not represent the university as a whole. However, the motion bought before OUSU encourages the Vice-Chancellor to take a more active position.Neda Agha-Soltan, a Philosophy student, was shot in June of 2009 during the protests in Tehran against allegedly rigged Iranian presidential elections. The motion noted that students have been “instrumental” in the wave of democratic protests in Iran, and that they are “routinely imprisoned and tortured” for their role in the democratic uprising.The motion had strong political overtones, which were absent from the original motion passed by Queen’s JCR. It resolves to condemn “imprisonment of student” and “attacks on Student Halls of Residence” as well as “the Iranian government’s oppression of pro-democracy activists in Iran”. The individal advancing the motion urged the council to vote for it, stating “The University has not backed the Queen’s College scholarship because it is a political motion. It is incumbent upon us to make the University take a stand. Students across the world should stand up in solidarity with students under threat. Passing this motion may not render Iran a democracy over night, but it will certainly add to the sense of impunity felt at the lack of democracy in Iran”.JCR President of Queen’s College, Nathan Roberts told Cherwell, “When Queens passed the motion, the Provost was reserved in his support due to concerns for safety of the scholar. People have already tried to find the room number of the student who has taken the scholarship. The Queens motion emphasised giving Iranian students the opportunity to study at Oxford, rather than issuing a condemnation of Iran.”Commenting on the scholarship, Queen’s Provost, Professor Paul Madden, said, “Oxford is increasingly losing out to its competitors in the race to recruit top graduate students. Donations such as those that have enabled us to create the Neda Agha-Soltan Scholarship are absolutely vital for us to continue to attract and retain the best young minds.”However, Roberts expressed doubt over the future of the OUSU motion, due to its overtly political clauses which he feels the University will not want to be connected to. “I am concerned for the safety of the student, but I am also sceptical that this will get any further. As students, we can have a powerful voice on the international stage, and this motion does not seem to chime with British diplomatic efforts.”Hannah Cusworth, OUSU Academic Affairs and Access Officer, commented, “Student solidarity is important. I can see why the Vice Chancellor would be put off by the political aspects of the motion, but I hope it will be judged it on the merits.”The motion passed with no votes in opposition.
Brook Food Processing (Minehead, Somerset) has launched the Polin Frigocella Avant retarder prover. The unit incorporates an automatic ‘delayed oven-loading’ feature, which is said to be advantageous in situations where oven space is an issue, as it can perform an uninterrupted series of fast oven loads.Polin has also incorporated features such as rounded perimeter corners inside the units to make cleaning easier. It also has guards that keep racks the right distance from air ducts and protect structural parts of the unit. Polin’s entire range of bakery machinery, including the new Steam Tube oven and the Avant Force spiral mixers is available from Brook Food Processing Equipment.
Alex Brightman (Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser, Matthew Murphy, Bruce Glikas) Related Shows View Comments In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Alex Brightman originated the role of Dewey Finn in Broadway’s School of Rock and garnered a Tony nomination for his performance. Brightman will leave his pint-sized bandmates at the Winter Garden Theatre on November 6. In his Broadway.com Exit Interview, Brightman shares why he’s leaving, what he’ll miss and how the role has changed him.How did you feel when you first got this job?This was the phone call that you don’t even dream about. I stood on 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue. The phone to my ear. My eyes wide and beginning to water. I have had great successes over my short career, but this was just something that didn’t seem tangible until it did. There are billions of people in the world and only one of them, in that moment, gets to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s brand new Broadway musical. It’s still, to this day, indescribable. How do you feel now that you’re leaving?As I write this, I have 13 performances left. We have done almost 400 performances, not including the workshop performances, and this has been a gigantic part of my life. My heart is full of School of Rock, and it will continue to be full for a long time because of it. As the end of this road comes closer, I feel proud and happy. I don’t feel sad to be leaving. I’m thrilled to move on, knowing that I have done everything I could have ever done with this experience. On my final night in the show, there will be tears and frivolity and laughter. I can’t wait to pass the torch to the new class. They’re going to have a blast.What are three words you would use to describe your experience?Rip-roaring. Hard-won. Transformative.What was the easiest thing about this job?Showing up every day knowing that I was going to get to play pretend with my friends in one of the best playgrounds I have ever had the pleasure to help build.What was the hardest thing?Maintenance! Before this show, I was pretty sure that I was invincible, but I am thrilled to have been humbled by this monster of a role. This show/role is a full-time job. I wake up thinking about my voice and body. I go to sleep thinking about my voice and body. I am ready to be a little less selfish and give myself a bit of a break. The other hardest thing was saying goodbye to the wonderful young performers who graduated from the show. I would write them a little speech/poem/etc. after curtain call, and that never got easier. They are wonderful people and I will miss them dearly.What was the highlight of your time at this job?The one true highlight (and trust me, there are thousands) for me was simply being able to create a performance that was supremely me. I have never had so much encouragement to play and think and invent in the exact way I would want to play and think and invent. The other highlight I should mention was going to and performing at the Tony Awards. I had never been before, and it was quite the experience that I will never forget.What skills do you think are required for future job applicants?Each Dewey is going to be different. That’s the beauty of the role. But the prerequisites are this in no particular order: stamina, ethics, absurdity, diligence, health and the willingness to leave part of yourself on stage every single night.What advice would you give to future employees in your job position?Bring your baggage in the door with you. This is a role that requires raw-nerve feelings and smash-cut emotions. If I have a bad day, I bring some of it to my performance that evening. Passion swings both ways and Dewey has the opportunity to access both nightly. My other piece of advice is to really get to know the young performers. The show hinges on the relationship between Dewey and the students. It’s important to realize that these “kids” are people. They are interesting human beings with amazing stories and backgrounds. It’s vital to have a friendship with them. It shows on stage.How do you think you’ve grown?Growing is incremental and relative. Through this experience, I have learned how to take care of myself better than ever. And I mean that on all levels. I have always been a “yes” man. I worried that the pressure and weight of this role would make me less of one. But I am proud to say that I have grown into someone who knows his limits. I am still a “yes” man. But I am also a smarter “yes” man. And having the great opportunity to carry and lead a show has given me the tools to do it again and again and again. I’m up for that task, and now I know that with confidence.Why are you leaving?I am leaving because I want a rich and varied career, and I can only do that if I continue to be artistically nomadic. I’m working on a ton of new things (writing, acting, etc.) and I can’t wait to devote some more attention to those projects. It’s important to risk things. I love not knowing what’s in front of me.What will you miss the most? I will miss it all. This has been the most fun I have had in any show I have ever done…ever. I will miss the young performers. They make me better. I will miss my friends. They make me better. I will miss the audiences. They make me better. I will miss this experience. It has enlightened me. And it has made me better. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 School of Rock – The Musical
Lawyer Advertising I read in the October 1 News some rather disturbing comments made by Robert Rush, a member of the Bar Advertising Task Force, relating to a suggested amendment to Bar rules prohibiting direct mail to criminal defendants for a period of 30 days. I was deeply disturbed by his comment that “there isn’t anything bad that can happen to you in a criminal case that can’t be undone by a competent attorney.” That is akin to saying you don’t need to have an attorney review a contract or release before signing it. I am concerned that fellow members of the task force may not understand how very critical it is to have representation immediately after an arrest. The comments reflect a misconception of what really happens in the early days of a criminal case. Let me give you several specific examples of how a delay in hiring an attorney can adversely impact a criminal defendant. In a multi-defendant homicide case, or in a multi-defendant felony murder case, generally there are varying degrees of culpability. In the first 30 days before the filing of the formal charge, a competent attorney may convince the prosecutor to either drop or reduce the charge against his client in return for cooperation and testimony. If successful, this negotiation may result in a client’s status changing from that of a defendant to that of a cooperating witness. This negotiation may also result in the filing of a lesser charge, such as second degree murder or manslaughter. Literally, immediate efforts by competent defense counsel in some cases make the difference between life and death sentences. Similarly, in most multi-defendant drug conspiracies, and in drug trafficking cases, there are minimum mandatory jail sentences. Often, the only way for the client to avoid the imposition of a lengthy mandatory jail sentence is to provide “substantial assistance.” In multi-defendant drug conspiracies and drug trafficking cases, a competent attorney, in the first few days following the defendant’s arrest, may be successful in negotiating his client’s “substantial assistance” in return for a reduced charge or a reduced sentence. This window of opportunity closes quickly. The unrepresented defendant is at a tremendous disadvantage, in that other co-defendants who are represented by competent counsel may offer their client’s cooperation first. In these cases, the result is that there is often a race by the various defendants to obtain a “substantial assistance” agreement. A delay in hiring counsel can result in a defendant coming in last in this race and receiving a mandatory sentence where otherwise he may have received a substantially reduced sentence or no sentence at all. After a defendant’s arrest and before the filing of the formal charges (usually in the first 30 days), quite often the defendant is subjected to additional interrogation. In the real world, the un-counseled confession is difficult, if not impossible, to overcome. It cannot be “undone.” The right to counsel is not just a token right. It is an important constitutional right. A Bar rule that would delay and prohibit attorneys from advising defendants of their constitutional rights for a period of 30 days has serious constitutional implications. The Bar rules presently require direct mail advertisements to be submitted to the Bar for approval. If, in fact, it is an approved communication and contains no impermissible content, then why delay its transmission for 30 days? Hindering or delaying a defendant’s hiring of counsel serves no legitimate purpose and, in many instances, results in irreparable harm to the client. Direct mail advertising by criminal defense attorneys serves a valuable purpose. It encourages clients to compare qualifications and experience. Often, it advises them of rights that may be inadvertently waived. It provides to the client a broader selection of attorneys. Contrary to the conclusions reached by some members of this task force, it provides a valuable service. The passage of Amendment 3, in my opinion, reflects the negative opinion of the general public against what they now perceive to be the “greedy lawyers.” In my view, this is in part due to the saturation of television advertising of some personal injury firms. Direct mail to criminal defendants, on the other hand, is the least offensive and the most informative of all forms of advertising. It reaches only those people who have a genuine need at the time. Peter D. Aiken Ft. Myers December 1, 2004 Letters LettersGay Adoption Overturning the ban on gay adoptions is important for two reasons: 1) it is in the best interest of children awaiting adoption in Florida; and 2) it is in the best interest of the membership of The Florida Bar. Overturning the ban is important to children because there are currently thousands of children languishing in foster homes, awaiting adoption. Many of these children have special needs, and are overlooked by heterosexual couples who are looking to complete a “perfect” family. The Florida Department of Children and Families will tell you that gays and lesbians have already taken many of these children into their homes as foster parents. However, adoption would allow these families to receive governmental recognition in areas such as Social Security and inheritance, and complete these families as deserved. Overturning the ban is also important to members of The Florida Bar. Gay and lesbian members with biological children are unable to allow life partners to adopt their biological children, in the event of their death. Despite the fact that this life partner may be the only other parent the child has known, under the current law a heterosexual stranger is preferred to an existing gay or lesbian parent. In a similar situation, a gay sister or brother is prohibited from the adoption of a niece or nephew, despite the fact that this may be the only family member available for, or capable of, adoption. This law destroys families, including members’ families. Opponents of overturning the ban will not be able to articulate a scenario under which keeping the ban in place will protect a single member of The Florida Bar. Instead, quite the opposite is true. Please also keep in mind that overturning the ban on gay adoption does not mean that gay and lesbians are automatically able to adopt children. Instead, it would just make gays and lesbian eligible to adopt, after going through the same application process that everyone else is required to go through. Patrick C. Howell Maitand On graduating from law school in 1975, I was encouraged and enthusiastic to join the ABA, a voluntary organization with a long, distinguished history of assistance and advancement of lawyers and the profession. I served on committees and remained a member for 26 years. Over that time, the ABA developed into a body that adopts and advocates positions on a plethora of disputed, political, social, economic, military, international, and religious issues. This is done, all the while taking and using the assessments of professional dues from its members, and even though on particular issues, the stances advanced by the ABA are inconsistent with the views of the large numbers of its members. That the ABA appears to regard itself as possessing independent authority to formulate, enunciate, and advocate positions on such issues is an affront to its members who hold different views, and to those members who desire for the ABA to serve its members in their labors in the legal profession, not to champion partisan positions on disputed issues. With cowardly timidity, in silence, I hung on and hung in. Meanwhile, other lawyers, with far greater stature and courage than I, long ago acted on their discernment and principles, and resigned. With some sadness and chagrin at myself, eventually I shook myself from my coma-like slumber, and followed their lead. Now, The Florida Bar, a mandatory body for licensure to practice law in Florida, proposes to surpass the ABA, grinding salt into the wounds of members who neither agree with, nor wish for, The Florida Bar to take and advocate a position on such issues — most recently homosexual adoption. It is flatly unacceptable for a professional body, purportedly devoted to the goal of improving the legal profession and assisting it members, to interject itself — with the compulsory membership and financial resources of those members — in urging particular positions on contested issues about which those members themselves have clashing points-of-view. I never desired to join the camaraderie of licensed attorneys in Florida for the requisite, organized body to advocate, articulate, and urge positions and political action on such issues, as if it spoke with authority and approval of its membership. The astonishing fact is that, although there are ample organizations and bodies for each of us to join, contribute, participate, and advocate; that is neither enough, nor acceptable, for those who wish not only to capture The Florida Bar to their viewpoint, but also to push and coerce those who disagree into accepting the promulgation of that viewpoint from the mouth of The Florida Bar itself. The result is that the Bar organization becomes the vulnerable mouthpiece for whatever point-of-view can wrest control of the organization. As an individual attorney, I am a follower of the Son of God, committed to practicing law in a way that uses intellectual acumen and professional skill to pursue “justice, mercy,. . . faithfulness,. . . and the love of God,” as He instructed. Matt. 23.23 and Luke 11.42. I have strong, solid positions on many issues. Doubtless, there are others who take opposing positions. Nevertheless, I do not expect – or desire – The Florida Bar to be an advocate or spokesman for the truths of the Christian faith. Neither can I accept that The Florida Bar has any business being an advocate or spokesman for positions that are repugnant to those truths. Our cherished constitutional freedoms allow us, individually and collectively, to speak and write our viewpoints, to advocate and promote our positions, in the unrestrained competition of ideas and expression. We neither need, nor have any right, to seize independent, professional — and compulsory — organizations like The Florida Bar to do that, however. Let lawyers be lawyers; and if they also want to be a gay lawyer, a secularist lawyer, an atheist lawyer, or a Christian lawyer, they have the freedom to do that, without securing the imprimatur of the mandatory Bar. Russell W. LaPeer Ocala Post election media assessment is declaring that it wasn’t just about economics, and only to some extent, was it about the war against terrorism; but, rather, the outcome hinged upon family values. The moral conscience of America has opened its eyes. Gay adoption, abortion, victim rights, and the panoply of other moral issues are now substantially influencing the voting public. The pendulum has passed its liberal amplitude and is now on its return swing toward equilibrium. Political parties will adjust or face destruction. The Florida Bar, however, is not a political party. It must not lobby the cultural sentiments of its lawyers even if that persuasion would represent the majority of the membership; to do so would destroy the efforts of generations of lawyers. I agree with David Young’s letter of November 1. Those who would lobby the cultural issues “should not involve the rest of the lawyers who are constrained to be members of The Florida Bar in order to practice law.” When the morass of public opinion has nothing to do with fundamental, constitutional rights, The Florida Bar should hold its tongue and await the decision of the people. Even if the majority of the membership believes a constitutional right is at issue, The Florida Bar must take care to speak only to the Constitution and not seek to represent the moral opinion of its members. Craig S. Dyer Ft. Lauderdale Regarding recent letters in News, it appears that some members of the Bar advocate a policy that places political ideology, personal fulfillment of gays/lesbians, and administrative convenience ahead of the social welfare of Florida’s children. While the majority of those who write to oppose changing F.S. §63.042(3) bases its opposition upon the divisiveness of the issue rather than upon its merits, proponents of gay adoption implicitly associate those who advocate the status quo with unenlightened, knuckle-dragging Neanderthals. Yet contrary to what proponents of gay adoption would have us believe, the body of scientific literature that examines how children fare in gay/lesbian households reaches different conclusions regarding this issue. Could it be that the American Academy of Pediatrics and other publications have agendas of their own? Research indicates that a married man and woman raising children together best ensures the welfare of the children. The God-given mother/father relationship is the proven framework by which relationships among mothers, fathers, and children are established and maintained. Current law is consistent with the cumulative experiences of Western civilization and the beliefs of all major world religions. The fact that single parents may legally adopt is no reason to change the law and use Florida’s children in a grand social engineering experiment. Moreover, the fact that a child is “welcomed into a loving home” does nothing to ameliorate possible long-term effects of abuse, neglect, or abandonment — a fact to which DCF case workers would attest. Gay couples are inherently unstable because there is no marriage relationship. Since Florida does not recognize same-sex “marriages,” gay adoption cannot provide the stability and support that children need. However, altering §63.042(3) and implementing an “individualized assessment of all prospective adoptive parents” will surely result in increased instability and litigation — and who could possibly be in favor of that? Peter J. Sziklai Ocala December 1, 2004 Letters
Otherwise, Chair Airlines has been operating under this name since the summer of last year. It was formerly known as Germania Flug. It was created with the collaboration of German Germania and the Swiss travel company Hotelplan. A few months after Germania declared bankruptcy Germania Flug changed its name to Chair Airlines. The company has in its fleet two A319 aircraft capable of carrying up to 150 passengers. Thursdays: Sundays: With this new line of Chair Airlines Split and Zurich will be connected with as many as four airlines, with Chair Airlines will operate on the same route Croatia Airlines, Edelweiss and Condor Airlines. The Chair Airlines line will be in service from April 25 to October 24, 2021, almost the entire summer flight schedule. The Chair Airlines line Zurich – Split – Zurich will be in operation two times a week, every Thursday and Sunday evening. A company for the summer of 2021 between these two cities has a total of 15.900 seats on sale. Photo: Chair Airlines Facebook The announcement of the introduction of the Zurich – Split route by Chair Airlines comes just a few days after the news that it will German Condor also operate on this line in the summer flight schedule next year. Zurich 18:40 – Split 20:10Split 20:55 – Zurich 22:30 According to the portal Croatian Aviation Twice a week, Chair Airlines will connect Split and Zurich in both directions. Namely, the Swiss airline announced its network of destinations for the summer flight schedule next year. There is also the already mentioned line Zurich – Split. Red flying by 25. 04. to 24. 10. 2021. Zurich 17:20 – Split 18:50Split 19:35 – Zurich 21:10
Not a city hotel, but a suburban Brisbane home.Not a bad move for the Brisbane’s suburban elite.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or facebook on Kieran Clair — journo The ensuite continues the high-quality theme.There’s even a city view from the huge upstairs front balcony. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoFinishes throughout are of an excellent standard. There’s a big outdoor space for entertaining with an expansive outlook.But the clincher has to be the reported “accommodation for a minimum of 5 vehicles” — a number that could be stretched with some clever car manoeuvres. This Brisbane home has plenty of space for car-lovers to show off their collection.Suburban Brisbane has seen a number of substantial homes hit the market of late with glass-walled pools to bowling alleys all on offer.But if you’re a car-lover who loathes step-based cardio classes, then 31 Waroon St, Stafford could be the house for you.Positioned on a 630sq m allotment, the two-level contemporary home provides five-bedroom, three-bathroom accommodation across 578sq m of floor area.The finish is high end with Bosche appliances, butler’s pantry, security-gated entry and ducted airconditioning all listed among the inclusions. ‘There’s nothing else for it — we’re going to have to buy more cars!’In addition, the timber panelled internal lift will allow the owner to exert little effort in rising from the garage to the upper level.
EC volleyball traveled to FC tonight and walked out with straight sets win at all three levels.Varsity won with the scores of 25-13, 25-9, 25-13.EC vs FC VB (10-7)We played flat tonight and lacked intensity. These last couple weeks are preparation for sectionals. We have to treat every team like we are playing for a championship. We improved throughout the match, but as we face some bigger schools and strong competition, we cannot start so flat.Varsity is now 23-6 on the season.Next up: ECVB travels to Connersville on Thursday for another EIAC match-up starting at 5.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.