Grace Potter Announces Stacked Lineup For Grand Point North Festival

first_imgGrace Potter has announced the lineup for the Grand Point North Music Festival, scheduled for September 17-18 at the Waterfront Park in Burlington, VT. The beloved annual tradition will see Potter headlining both nights, and will welcome a number of top artists for the two night run.The lineup features sets from Old Crow Medicine Show, Guster, The Wood Brothers, Kaleo, Blind Pilot, The Record Company, Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band and Eliza Hardy Jones. Two day passes are currently on-sale, and single day tickets go on-sale Friday, April 22 at 11am.“I’m thrilled to be able to FINALLY announce the official lineup for my festival, Grand Point North! This year’s lineup will include hand-picked local faves, regional and national bands as well as expertly curated best-of-Vermont-Food, drink, dance, performance, art, and mayhem” said Potter in a statement. “I hope you will all join me this September for another iconic weekend in the mountains of Vermont on the Burlington Waterfront. If you’ve never been, I DARE you to come. Be prepared to fall in love. This place is pure magic.”The festival is thrown in conjunction with Higher Ground, and more information can be found here.last_img read more

Homeless, hopeless, and sick

first_img ‘To be horrified by inequality and early death and not have any kind of plan for responding — that would not work for me’ Paul Farmer on Partners In Health, ‘Harvard-Haiti,’ and making the lives of the poor the fight of his life Shipping container at Divinity School provides ‘portal’ to teens half a world away With diabetes rapidly spreading around the globe, its prevalence among refugees and others fleeing war and natural disaster has also risen. But awareness of diabetes as a medical issue humanitarian workers should be ready to deal with has lagged.That can lead to poor blood-sugar control among migrating diabetics and an unprepared medical system receiving them. That combination can be deadly for those with Type 1 diabetes — dependent on injections of insulin — and potentially debilitating for those with Type 2.Lindsay Jaacks, assistant professor of global health at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Sylvia Kehlenbrink, an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and an endocrinologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have convened a symposium to raise awareness, share experiences from the field, and begin to shape a broad strategy to address this issue.Jaacks and Kehlenbrink discussed the April 4‒5 conference, at the Martin Conference Center in Longwood, with the Gazette, outlining the global diabetes landscape and noting the importance of players on the humanitarian scene — always struggling with scarce resources — coordinating efforts to address this challenge.Q&ALindsay Jaacks and Sylvia KehlenbrinkGAZETTE: How big a problem is diabetes globally? JAACKS: It’s approaching half a billion people with diabetes globally right now. About 80 percent of those people are in low- and middle-income countries, in large part because China, India, Brazil — big countries — are low- and middle-income countries, but also because of a high prevalence in many of these countries. In India, where I do a lot of work, the prevalence of diabetes is actually quite similar to the prevalence in the U.S., which is quite shocking. In Mexico, the prevalence is more than double that in the U.S. None of these countries has a plateauing or declining rate of diabetes, so it’s only going to get worse as time goes on.GAZETTE: Is this a relatively new phenomenon? Or is this something that has been going on for a long time and we’re just becoming aware of it?JAACKS: It’s relatively new, but it depends on the country. Going back to Mexico and India, in cities — even 10 years ago — the prevalence was pretty high, especially among high-income individuals. The most recent phenomenon is this spread to rural areas. So it isn’t necessarily new for diabetes to be in these countries, but it’s new for it to be everywhere.GAZETTE: Are we expecting it to become a bigger global problem, or has it plateaued?KEHLENBRINK: Unfortunately, the projections are for a 48 percent increase in diabetes prevalence globally by year 2045, according to the International Diabetes Federation. The most dramatic increases are expected to occur in Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean regions. So, the prevalence is expected to go up everywhere in the world but by far most dramatically in low- and middle-income countries. At current estimates, it’s going to become an overwhelming issue, because even under stable conditions many of these countries are already struggling to fund and treat diabetes.GAZETTE: In the context of the symposium and humanitarian crises, those areas that you mentioned — Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean — are where a lot of refugees and displaced people are from today.KEHLENBRINK: That’s exactly right. We’re currently witnessing the highest numbers of global forced displacement on record due to conflicts, disaster, and disease outbreaks. Most recently, the crisis in Syria brought the noncommunicable disease (NCD) issue to light. In the Eastern Mediterranean region, diabetes prevalence is extremely high. So, many refugees leave their country with diabetes but humanitarian organizations are not equipped to treat it. “The projections are for a 48 percent increase in diabetes prevalence globally by year 2045. … Even under stable conditions many of these countries are already struggling to fund and treat diabetes.” — Sylvia Kehlenbrink The unsavory side of sugar The not lost generation GAZETTE: What happens to a diabetic who has been displaced and isn’t getting medicine or taking care of themselves?KEHLENBRINK: Type 1 diabetes — that’s the autoimmune-mediated type of diabetes — is a lot less prevalent than Type 2 diabetes but a lot more deadly. High blood sugars due to lack of insulin can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis, which can be fatal within days or weeks if the person does not have access to insulin. So, if insulin is not available in the humanitarian responders’ medical kit, which it rarely is today, they will not survive. So this is an immediate need.If someone has Type 2 diabetes and doesn’t get their medicine for a couple of weeks or even months, they will likely survive. However, if people are displaced for years, which is the new norm — on average 20 to 27 years — and their blood sugars are high and out of control for prolonged periods, they’re at higher risk of infection, not healing from wounds, developing blindness or kidney failure. If you have Type 2 diabetes with underlying cardiovascular disease, the stress of the situation can potentially lead to an acute heart attack or a stroke, which can lead to debilitating long-term complications.Furthermore, Type 2 diabetes is occurring in younger people — 30s, 40s, 50s. Yesterday one of my colleagues at Doctors Without Borders was telling me that what has been so tragic to see in the field are young mothers with Type 2 diabetes. He’s seen quite a number who are blind from the disease and can no longer care for their children.GAZETTE: Of the 68.5 million people displaced today, do we have any idea what proportion of them might be diabetic? Is there any reason to think it would be higher or lower than the general population?KEHLENBRINK: There’s no clear data on that. That’s one of the reasons we’re convening the symposium, because the epidemiology and surveillance systems in the humanitarian arena do not routinely include noncommunicable diseases like diabetes.They’re not consistently monitoring it and it’s hard to know what to make of the data that’s out there. We published a series last week in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal on this very issue, looking at the literature on the burden of diabetes in a humanitarian context, and the data is really scarce.GAZETTE: Why aren’t humanitarian workers thinking about noncommunicable diseases? Is it more of a long-term problem and they’re focused on the immediate? Or does a traditional bias make them overlook it because it hasn’t been a problem in decades past?KEHLENBRINK: I would say all of the above. The topic has come up not infrequently over the past decade; however, organizations are confronted with competing priorities and the magnitude of the problem of diabetes and other NCDs has not been adequately recognized. I think organizations feel overwhelmed, because you have to treat NCDs regularly and you need trained staff and a system for continuity of care, which is difficult with groups of people on the move. How do you track their health needs over time? It’s not like a finite treatment course: a week with antibiotics for pneumonia.And insulin is currently expensive and the cost of care overall quite high, although I think with thoughtful systems and programs the cost ultimately can be manageable.GAZETTE: Let’s talk about the symposium itself. Where did this come from and who do you expect to attend?KEHLENBRINK: I’ve been working on diabetes in crises over the past several years. During this time, I’ve observed a number of organizations working on similar projects on this topic, but not communicating or coordinating. I thought that this was really unfortunate because there’s limited funding and few people working directly on this problem. We should complement one another and leverage each other’s strengths to move this field forward. So that’s how the idea came about.This is the first symposium on this topic. We now have about 100 people coming together, including representatives from the World Health Organization, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Doctors Without Borders, among others.I also want to point out that this issue is relevant to the U.S. as well. Natural disasters are increasing in frequency — I’m thinking about Puerto Rico and Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Harvey, which hit Houston — so this is not just an issue in lower- and middle-income countries. This is a high-income country issue too. It’s a U.S. issue.GAZETTE: What do you hope participants leave with?JAACKS: The ultimate goal is to bring everybody together to highlight the issues, to hear people in the field share experiences, to meet one another, and then to identify — because the needs are enormous — what are the most immediate needs, possible funding sources, and who can do what.What we’re hoping to have come out of this is a “Boston Declaration” that identifies the most immediate needs and barriers to diabetes care, and ultimately to NCD care at large. This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.center_img Related Symposium examines sweetener’s effects on human body and on public policy Face time with refugees Syrian asylees release documentary to highlight struggles of child refugees The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

7 Beach Hacks: An Insider’s Guide to Long Island Beaches

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Editor’s note: this story has been updated.Seasoned Long Island beach bums know better than anyone that natural highlights, sun-kissed complexions and carefree attitudes worn proudly by frequent beachgoers do not manifest overnight.But, oceanfront homeowners aside, all of those trips to the shore aren’t free. It can take years to decode labyrinth park rules while trying not to break the bank 100 times over on parking fees alone. All while praying for the weather to cooperate.For those who have never dared to venture beyond Jones Beach State Park, the Press has compiled this Insider’s Guide to Long Island Beaches, highlighting hidden gems, loopholes and savings.And yes, this guide is specifically for south shore ocean beaches because, well, sand. Kick rocks, Long Island Sound.1. BUY IN BULKAsk any Costco shopper or sports fan season ticket holder: volume discounts are worth their weight in gold.An Empire Passport may cost a cool $80, but it spares drivers $8-$10 per vehicle at six LI ocean beaches run by the New York State parks department. They include Jones, Robert Moses, Hither Hills, Shadmoor, Camp Hero and Montauk Point. Go to these beaches any more than twice a month from May to September and it pays off—plus the pass is good for free entry to most state parks until Dec. 31.The Suffolk County Green Key—$30 for residents, $200 for non-residents—offers reduced admission to county-run beaches, such as Smith Point on the eastern tip of Fire Island, Cupsogue in Westhampton, Shinnecock East in Southampton, Meschutt in Hampton Bays and Montauk County Park. Reduced rates are also offered for seniors and veterans. Entrance is free for disabled veterans.The Nassau County Leisure Pass, available to Nassau residents only, costs $32. With it, access to Nickerson Beach in Lido is discounted from $35 to $13, meaning the pass starts saving money after just two visits. Discounts available for vets, elders, civic duty volunteers, and active military.2. THE GOLDEN HOURRather pay nothing to go to the beach? Just wait until dusk. While the state-run beaches stop charging for entry at 4 p.m. on weekdays and 6 p.m. on weekends, waiting until late afternoon when the town-run beaches stop collecting saves the most money.That’s because many town beaches charge exponentially higher fees for non-town residents. The best example is the Town of Oyster Bay’s oceanfront park, Tobay Beach, which offers $60 season passes for town residents and charges non-residents a whopping $50 per visit on weekdays (non-residents not allowed during weekends collection times).But, ticket agents stop collecting there at 6 p.m. and Tobay has three restaurants open til 11 p.m. The Crazy Oyster and the Mango Bay Latin Kitchen and Cantina, both on the bay, are open daily and oceanfront The Ocean Club is open 6-11 p.m. Saturdays.Rivaling those rates is the Town of Babylon, where residents can buy a season pass for $45 and non-residents are charged up to $30 per visit on weekends and $20 weekdays to super-popular Gilgo and Cedar beaches (non-Babylonians are shunned altogether from Overlook)—until 5 p.m., that is. Dedicated after-hours Cedar Beach visitors who find the lot full can walk from nearby Overlook Beach immediately to the east.Ticket collectors also go home at 5 p.m. at Town of Hempstead beaches, including Point Lookout, Lido, Lido West and Sands on the east end of Long Beach Island, where rates are $10 for residents and $25 for non-residents. Hempstead doesn’t have a town-wide park pass, but season passes are offered at individual beaches with deals such as 15 trips for $100.3. ONLY TOURISTS PAY FOR PARKINGEast of those beaches is Fire Island, where—aside from Robert Moses and Smith Point—a $19 round-trip ferry trip is generally required to mid-island hot spots that don’t allow vehicles. That means struggling to find parking at the ferry terminals, where lots quickly fill up on summer weekends.FI beachgoers who drive to the Bay Shore port can spare themselves ferry company parking lot fees if they find a free spot on a side street north of Montauk Highway and walk the half hour to the boats or hop a $5 cab, which is still cheaper than pay lots or fines. But, make sure it’s a 12-hour spot and don’t park there overnight or the summons will negate the savings. While that helps for those destined for communities between Kismet and Ocean Bay Park, parking at the Sayville train station also saves fees at that town’s FI ferry terminal to eastern FI destinations such as Fire Island Pines, Cherry Grove, Sailor’s Haven and Water Island.Those heading for Davis Park, where beachgoers leave from the Patchogue terminal, find that being a Brookhaven resident with a $15 park pass ($5 for vets, handicapped, and elders) good for two years beats paying much more for parking without. Everyone else can park free at the Watch Hill ferry terminal—or the train station a block away if that lot is full—then take the Watch Hill boat to get across the bay and walk 15 minutes west to Davis Park. But watch out, there’s a 20-minute walk back to the car from the Davis Park ferry terminal if not returning via the Watch Hill boat, which stops running earlier.4. HOOF ITThere are a few bucks to be saved for those that don’t mind putting some work into it with these two tricks.Save on ferry fare by parking at Robert Moses State Park’s field 5 and taking the scenic 1.7-mile stroll east to Kismet, the westernmost residential community of FI, home to two spunky bars/restaurants. Those game for adding another mile on that hike—or bring an off-road bicycle to ride down unpaved Burma Road—are rewarded with Fair Harbor, the only other western FI community with a restaurant before unpaved roads farther east make it impossible to ride without a fat-tired beach bike. Beachfront walkers beware: naturalists have been rebelling against a post-Sandy nude beach ban at Lighthouse Beach.While that trick has been around, this one is new. The new pedestrian path connecting Jones and ToBay beaches is another way non-Oyster Bay town residents can avoid paying parking fees. The path starts at Cedar Creek County Park in Seaford, which makes it a good way to catch some sun without burning a hole in the wallet.5. SAIL AND SAVEMost marina docking fees are around the same or steeper than parking lots, but Gilgo Beach and ToBay Beach offer boaters bargain pricing. At Gilgo, after purchasing a $50 boat-docking pass for the season, the daily fee is $5 for small boats. At ToBay, residents for can purchase full-season boating passes as low as $65-$90. Both vary with the size of the boat.Breaking down docking fees in even greater detail are the experts over at Boating Times Long Island, who regularly update their handy Marina 411 feature. The editor also notes that boaters can also simply anchor their vessels for free in areas such as Hemlock Cove near Cedar Beach, wade to shore and then walk to the beach.For those without a boat to call their own, Long Island Rail Road offers combined ferry fare and cab packages. For under $50, it includes ferry fare and three-course meal at one of three Ocean Beach restaurants: McGuire’s, The Island Mermaid or Bocce Beach. The catch is the deal is only offered Monday through Thursday, but that’s a steal for the notoriously expensive barrier island.6. SHACKING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANSRivaling the celebrity of its residents are some of the Hamptons famed beaches, which have ranked in recent years on Dr. Beach’s prestigious nation-wide Top 10 list, including Main Beach in East Hampton and Coopers Beach in Southampton.The rate at Coopers Beach is $50 per day, but drivers can park on Halsey Neck and walk across to skip the parking fee, notes Nicole B. Brewer, executive editor and publisher of Hamptons.com. Otherwise, drivers should check the signs to ensure parking is allowed on side streets, as it usually isn’t. Every other beach requires a permit, including Main Beach, which charges $30 for residents and non-residents alike.Park at the Montauk Lighthouse to save on parking fees at Ditch Plains Beach, the Montauk home of the famous surf spot and infamous Ditch Witch truck, or take advantage of the Hamptons Free Ride from Southampton to Montauk and beaches along the way for free from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, added Brewer.Of course, an even better idea is finding a friend or relative who rents or lives on the South Fork to save on the parking tickets that wind up on vehicles driven by tourists that inevitably confuse the rules. That doesn’t mean be like the stalkers who were arrested after making themselves at home in mansions owned by Sean Combs and Jennifer Lopez.7: OT BY THE SEAThis one is for those looking for more nighttime fun at the beach can stay at the shore beyond the park-closes-at-dusk rules.There are three oceanfront Tiki Joe’s (formerly Beach Huts) on the barrier islands, including ones in Smith Point, Meschutt Beach and Cupsogue Beach. All are open until 9:30 p.m.—plenty of time to chill out after the 5 p.m. free entry starts. Most locations offer live music nightly, same as the above-mentioned restaurants in Tobay open til 11 p.m.The eponymous Gilgo Beach Inn that also sits bayside hosts the occasional live band and stays open until sundown, too.last_img read more

Digital lending optimizes the member experience. Are you on board?

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Increasing competition from fintech companies in the traditional lending arena, decreasing profit margins and rapidly changing member preferences are driving credit unions into the digital lending space to stay relevant. Depending on where you are in your digital transformation and because the digital landscape is quickly changing, you may be facing an overwhelming frontier. Credit union professionals can gain a lot from observing how fintech companies are disrupting traditional lending processes and services and apply this knowledge when planning for their own digital transformation. Here are a few examples of current fintech industry disrupters: Gamifying online lending toolsAdding customer service chat bots to websitesUsing data mining to assess risk and creditworthinessIn order to compete with so many cutting-edge digital solutions offered by fintech companies, start by focusing on their alternative lending models. They are lean, agile and offer faster approvals and funding than traditional legacy processes used by many credit unions. Traditional credit union legacy processes and systems are not as responsive, and many members are subjected to a longer lending processing timeframe. If you’re ready to start streamlining lending at your credit union, take a comprehensive approach by looking at both your front and back end processes. This includes: Data inputWorkflow routingMember communications The challenges you’ll face with digitizing traditional lending services revolve around interpreting regulatory requirements for the digital space to keep your credit union compliant. The easiest adjustments to your lending practices that you can make include lower risk credit-line renewals while the hardest services will be mortgages given stricter regulations. Mortgage lending remains a vital part of credit union loan portfolios, so investing in digitizing mortgage lending at your credit union is worth considering. While fintech companies may be leading the way in incorporating technology to serve its customers, credit unions have a long-term regulatory advantage. By upholding the strict NCUA and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulatory requirements that fintech companies currently skirt, credit unions gain a more comprehensive understanding of proper risk management and can offer stronger member protection. Considering the heightened national attention on cybersecurity in the wake of several high-profile data breaches, stronger data security protections may be a compelling angle, especially if you can combine it with nimble lending options like e-mortgages.If you’re looking for a deeper understanding of digitizing lending and current industry regulations to help you with your digital transformation, you can join industry peers and experts at the 25th Annual CUNA Lending Council Conference, November 3-6, 2019 in New Orleans. You’ll cover today’s lending hot topics including a session on digitizing the mortgage process and panel discussion on where digital mortgage lending is heading in 2020. You’ll also get an economic outlook and opportunities to collaborate with your peers to discover new ways of incorporating the latest industry insights into your lending strategy.  Learn more today. last_img read more

Wolf Administration Takes Next Step in Updating Charter School Regulations

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Takes Next Step in Updating Charter School Regulations Education Harrisburg, PA – The reform to Pennsylvania’s flawed and outdated charter school law is moving forward with the process of developing regulations by opening a public comment period to gather information on the need for charter school reform, Governor Tom Wolf announced today. The governor outlined a three-part approach earlier this month that includes executive action, regulations, and legislation to provide comprehensive charter school reform. Gov. Wolf encourages education stakeholders to submit comments to inform the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s proposed regulations.“Pennsylvania’s charter school law is one of the worst in the country and is failing students, teachers, school districts and taxpayers,” said Governor Wolf. “We cannot wait any longer to take action. Improving transparency and holding underperforming charter and cyber charter schools accountable will level the playing field with school districts and help to control costs for taxpayers.”Brick-and-mortar charter and cyber charter schools, and for-profit companies that manage many of them, are not held to the same ethical and transparency standards of traditional public schools. Charter schools cost taxpayers $1.8 billion last year, but school districts and the state have limited authority to hold charter schools accountable.At the direction of the governor, the Department of Education is developing new regulations for charter schools. The regulations will include:• Allowing school districts to limit student enrollment at charters that do not provide a high-quality, equitable education to students.• Requiring more transparency with charter school admission and enrollment policies to prevent discrimination.• Holding charter schools and the for-profit management companies to the same transparency standards as public schools.• Establishing the same ethical standards for charter school Board of Trustees and management companies that apply to public schools.• Requiring regular financial audits and public contract bidding.• Establishing requirements for charters to document costs to prevent school districts and taxpayers from being overcharged.In addition to developing regulations, the Department of Education is creating a fee-for-service model to recover the department’s costs for implementing the charter school law.The governor’s vision of charter school reform also includes legislation. The governor will work with the General Assembly on a proposal to hold low performing charter schools accountable and cap their student enrollment, require charter school management companies to be subject to the Right to Know Act and create a moratorium on new cyber charter schools. Rising charter school costs, which elected school boards cannot control, are a key reason for school property tax increases.“There are good charter schools in Pennsylvania, but we must do more to hold underperforming charter schools – especially cyber charter schools – accountable to students, parents and taxpayers,” said Governor Wolf.A recent report from Stanford University found overwhelmingly negative results from Pennsylvania’s cyber schools and urged the commonwealth to enact reforms.The governor’s push for charter school reform has received support from many education community leaders including the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, Education Voters of Pennsylvania, Research for Action, American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania State Education Association.Comments about the proposed charter school reforms can be submitted to: Office of the Secretary, 333 Market Street, 10th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126.center_img August 26, 2019last_img read more

Interest in ’rare’ Clayfield house

first_img22 London Rd, ClayfieldBRISBANE’S auction market is slowly starting to wake up following the traditionally sleepy summer holiday period.Ray White Ascot selling agent Damon Warat is predicting a big sale result this weekend at 22 London Road, Clayfield.“I am definitely expecting it to sell under the hammer on Saturday,” Mr Warat said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago“At this stage I have at least three bidders, possibly four and there has been heaps of enquiry.“I have had lots of locals look at it plus there’s been interest from Sydney. “I have had local families who want to renovate and lift it.” 22 London Rd, ClayfieldThe home goes under the hammer at 3pm on Saturday with chief auctioneer Philip Parker calling the action live on-site.“It is quite rare and it is in an original form. It is the last of a rare kind of property in Clayfield which sits on a large 810sq m.”last_img read more

Mitsui starts compulsory acquisition of remaining AWE shares. ASX delisting expected by end of May

first_imgMitsui’s A$580 million takeover bid for all of the shares of Australia’s oil and gas company AWE closed at 7 pm Sydney time on Thursday. At the time of closing Mitsui had a relevant interest in 96.47% of AWE’s issued share capital.“As announced on 24 April 2018, Mitsui has commenced the compulsory acquisition process for the remaining AWE shares in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth),” AWE said on Thursday.To remind, Mitsui in January filed a takeover offer A$0.95 per share, beating a previous offer made by Australia’s Mineral Resources.In a statement on Thursday, Mitsui said it would delist AWE from the Australian Securities Exchange. This is expected to be completed by the end of May 2018.AWE is an independent oil and gas company with offshore and onshore oil and gas operations in the Asia Pacific region.It’s been reported that the interested parties have been particularly in awe of AWE’s large Waitsia gas field near Perth, Australia.This was confirmed in December by one of the bidders, China’s CERCG who said: “…CERCG Australia acknowledges that the Waitsia Gas Field, and its increasing 2P Reserves and future development, has the potential to return value to AWE Shareholders in the longer term…”CERCG had offered $0.73 AWE share, but it later withdrew from the bidding race. In its recent annual report, AWE said it optimized its assets to focus on gas in the near to medium term “and is aligned with strengthening Australian domestic gas markets.”The company’s priorities focus on on the development of Stage 2 of the Waitsia gas project in Western Australia and securing new gas sales contracts for Casino and BassGas on the east coast at substantially higher prices.AWE discovered the Waitsia field in September 2014. Further drilling and testing through to late 2017 culminated in AWE increasing its estimates of 2P Reserves for the field to 820 PJ (100% basis, 410 PJ AWE share) in December 2017, and the Waitsia field now ranks in the top five largest onshore gas discoveries in Australia.Waitsia is located in an established gas producing region of Western Australia, close to existing gas transportation and storage infrastructure and the Perth metropolitan demand center.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

BW Offshore gets termination notice for New Zealand FPSO

first_imgA contract for the BW Offshore-owned FPSO Umuroa, operating offshore New Zealand, has been terminated. BW Offshore said on Monday it had been notified by the client Tamarind Resources that the contract for the FPSO Umuroa, currently operating on the Tui field offshore New Zealand, would not be extended.The effective termination date will be December 31, 2019. The FPSO’s previous contract extension, which is set to expire at the end of the year, was agreed in July 2018.BW Offshore will now start preparing for the demobilization of the unit from the Tui field. The FPSO has been operating on the field since 2007.The Tui Area Oil Project constitutes three fields, Tui, Amokura, and Pateke, which started production on July 30, 2007, and produce from four horizontal wells flowing to the FPSO Umuroa. The oil is processed on the Umuroa before being exported via export tankers destined for refineries on Australia’s eastern seaboard. The FPSO has a storage capacity of 700,000 barrels of stabilized crude oil.The Tui area was previously operated by AWE until Tamarind took over operatorship in March 2017.In related news, Tamarind in September 2019 reportedly put its New Zealand offshore drilling plans to a halt after being unable to reach an agreement with offshore drilling contractor COSL.last_img read more

Geoscientists Explore Use of OWF Cables as Seismic Sensors

first_imgA team of geoscientists led by Caltech has used fiber optic communications cables stationed at the bottom of the North Sea as a giant seismic network, tracking earthquakes and ocean waves.The project was, in part, a proof of concept. Oceans cover two-thirds of the earth’s surface, but placing permanent seismometers under the sea is prohibitively expensive. The fact that the fiber network was able to detect and record a magnitude-8.2 earthquake near Fiji in August 2018 proves the ability of the technology to fill in some of the massive blind spots in the global seismic network, explained Caltech graduate student Ethan Williams.“Fiber optic communications cables are growing more and more common on the sea floor. Rather than place a whole new device, we can tap into some of this fiber and start observing seismicity immediately,” Williams said.The project relies on a technology called distributing acoustic sensing, or DAS. DAS was developed for energy exploration but has been repurposed for seismology.DAS sensors shoot a beam of light down a fiber optic cable. Tiny imperfections in the cable reflect back miniscule amounts of the light, allowing the imperfections to act as “waypoints.” As a seismic wave jostles the fiber cable, the waypoints shift minutely in location, changing the travel time of the reflected light waves and thus allowing scientists to track the progression of the wave.The DAS instrument used in this study was built and operated by a team from Spain’s University of Alcalá, led by study co-author Miguel Gonzalez-Herraez.Recently, Caltech’s Zhongwen Zhan began deploying DAS for seismology. For example, he and his colleagues tracked aftershocks from California’s Ridgecrest earthquake sequence using fiber that stretches along the state’s 395 freeway and also have tapped into the City of Pasadena’s fiber network to create a citywide earthquake-detecting network.“Seafloor DAS is a new frontier of geophysics that may bring orders-of-magnitude more submarine seismic data and a new understanding of the deep Earth’s interior and major faults,” said Zhan, assistant professor of geophysics and coauthor of study.For the North Sea project, Williams, Zhan, and their colleagues employed a 40,000-meter section of fiber optic cable that connects a North Sea wind farm to the shore. There are millions of tiny imperfections in the cable, so they averaged out the imperfections in each 10-meter segment, creating an array of more than 4,000 virtual sensors.“With the flip of a switch, we have an array of 4,000 sensors that would’ve cost millions to place,” Williams said.Because of the network’s fine degree of sensitivity, the North Sea array was able to track tiny, non-earthquake-related seismic noise (or “microseisms”) and found evidence that supports a longstanding theory that the microseisms result from ocean waves.In 1950, mathematician and oceanographer Michael Selwyn Longuet-Higgins theorized that the complex interaction of ocean waves could exert enough of a rolling pressure on the sea floor to generate so-called Scholte waves—a type of seismic wave that occurs at the interface of a liquid and a solid. By tracking both ocean waves and corresponding microseisms, the North Sea array revealed that the microseisms could be the result of ocean-wave interactions.Funding for this research came from Caltech; JPL, which Caltech manages for NASA; the National Science Foundation; the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia; Innovacíon y Universidades; and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.last_img read more

Multiple Arrests Reported On Whitewater River

first_imgFile PhotoAs people enjoy the warm weather, a popular summer stop is the Whitewater River near Brookville. Indiana Conservation Officers were busy there this weekend as they arrested and issued multiple citations for suspected illegal activity.Conservation Officers made multiple arrests on Saturday in a targeted enforcement effort on potential problems caused by recreational canoeists along the waterway.They issued 32 citations and arrested 16 people. Charges had a wide range of including fishing without a license, littering, minor consuming alcoholic beverages, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.Conservation Officers were assisted in transporting the subjects to jail by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and the Brookville Police Department.last_img