Cybercrime law’s threat to freedom of information

first_img PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa October 9, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cybercrime law’s threat to freedom of information Photo : Tudla Productions Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Follow the news on Philippines The Philippines supreme court voted unanimously today to impose a 120-day temporary restraining order on the “Cybercrime Prevention Act 2012” pending hearings beginning 15 January to determine whether any of its provisions violate civil liberties.The court issued its ruling in response to 15 petitions against the law, known as Republic Act No. 10175, which President Benigno Aquino signed on 12 September.Reporters Without Borders takes the view that the amendments being proposed will not suffice and that the law should be repealed outright. Combatting cybercrime is legitimate but this law, which added online defamation to its list of “cybercrimes” at the last moment, poses too much of a threat to freedom of information.It is regrettable that the authorities did not consult sufficiently with civil society during the drafting process, which lacked transparency.Demonstrators gathered outside the supreme court building today in protest against the law, which has also prompted calls for an Internet boycott. Local activists and media groups have been expressing concern and campaigning against it since April.Reporters Without Borders is worried by the lack of a precise definition of online defamation, which exposes all Internet users to the possibility of prosecution. Many questions are being raised about the law:- Could an ordinary “like” on Facebook or an online comment about allegedly defamatory content lead to prosecution? Or could retweeting this kind of content lead to prosecution?- Would bloggers be held liable for the defamatory comment that visitors post on their blogs?- Could Internet Service Providers or other technical intermediaries be held liable for offending content posted by an unidentified person, as recently happened in Brazil? Would they be forced to adopt intrusive surveillance measures in order to identify Internet users liable for prosecution?In the Philippines, libel is a crime punishable by up to four years in prison and a fine of 200 to 6,000 pesos under article 355 of the 1930 Revised Penal Code. That’s bad enough, but under Chapter III Section 8 of Republic Act No. 10175, online defamation is punishable by up to 12 years in prison and a fine of 1 million pesos.Concern about possible abuse of the new law is justified given the frequency with politicians and other public figures have sued journalists and news media in recent years to get them to censor themselves.According to Sen. Edgardo Angara, one of its most enthusiastic advocates, the Cybercrime Prevention Act is meant to “encourage the use of cyberspace” and protect against its “abuse and misuse”But Global Voices quotes Internet users as describing the inclusion of online defamation in the law as a “clumsy cut-and-paste job” that is completely inappropriate to the Internet and could pave the way to abuses.The law’s articles on online defamation are an almost word-for-word copy of the definition of libel in article 353 of the Reformed Penal Code, simply adding that they apply to defamation committed by electronic means.Asia’s first murder of a journalists in 2012 took place in the Philippines, which continues to be one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the media and which was ranked 140th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. May 3, 2021 Find out more News News to go further News News Help by sharing this information June 1, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

October is the Month of Smiles

first_img Business News Oktoberfest, pizza month, and Halloween equals beer, pizza, and candies. The mere mention of these October celebrations is enough to make your teeth quake in its roots. Fortunately, October is also National Dental Hygiene Month, so it all peters out right?It does, if you practice proper dental hygiene.As part of National Dental Hygiene Month, which coincidentally this year marks the centennial celebration of the founding of dental hygiene in 1913, dentists worldwide are pushing for everyone to follow basic dental hygiene practices to keep your teeth and mouth healthy and clean.Remember the three steps to healthy teeth and gums:Brush. Brushing for two minutes, twice a day. The single most important method for reducing plaque and other oral problems, brushing for two minutes, twice a day is crucial for maintaining a healthy smile.Floss. Daily flossing removes plaque and other food particles that cannot be reached by a toothbrush, especially under the gum line and in-between teeth.Rinse. By rinsing your mouth everyday with an anti-microbial mouthwash, you prevent gum disease. Brushing and flossing takes care of your teeth, but what about the rest of your mouth? Antiseptic mouthwash takes care of the part of your mouth that brushing and flossing can’t get at.Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month every day with these three steps, and you’ll find your smile become healthy and glowing.But to have the perfect smile, sometimes daily oral care is not enough. Which is why a visit to your dentist twice a year is recommended. For the month of October, Flintridge Dental Studio is offering free whitening for life for any patient who comes in for their cleaning and keeps scheduled future appointments.What’s more, you can boost your daily oral care regimen with a free home whitening kit from Flintridge Dental Studio. Also, for every kept appointment in the future, you get free touch up whitening gels too.How’s that for complete oral care from Flintridge Dental Studio?For more information on Flintridge Dental Studio, its services, and proper dental hygiene, visit or call (818) 495-4969.Flintridge Dental Studio is located at 4542 Rinetti Lane, La Canada Flintridge. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Community News Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Living Now October is the Month of Smiles A lot of fun stuff happens in October: Oktoberfest, Pizza Month, and Halloween. And all can cause havoc on your dental hygiene. Good thing October is also National Dental Hygiene Month. By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 | 12:31 pm Top of the News More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Herbeauty7 Things You Should Never Share With Other PeopleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Kayaking makes ripples for Limerick tourism

first_imgLinkedin TOURISTS, and indeed, anyone with an adventurous spirit are now getting the opportunity to make a big splash while experiencing Limerick from a completely different perspective.Limerick City Kayaking Tours are offering the experience of paddling on the River Shannon and finding out all about it’s great history and surrounding landmarks. This unique two and a half tour is designed for paddlers of any level.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A sightseeing tour with a difference, it begins with a quick introduction to some safety aspects and kayak strokes before taking to the River to enjoy a mallard’s-eye view of King John’s Castle, the Treaty Stone and many other interesting sites.The brainchild of Dave Neville of Nevsail Watersports and Rock Climbing, the kayaking tour will show Limerick in a whole new light, giving adventurers the chance to relax and enjoy the abundant wildlife of the River Shannon.Dave also offers both adult and kids lessons in canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, rock-climbing, power-boating, surfing and in the current craze of stand up paddle boarding.“There’s an old saying that we turned our back on the river. It’s not used a great deal, so I think it’s important that we use it to its full potential. I have 15 kayaks down in Kilkee over the summer months and with the Shannon on my doorstep here in Limerick, I put two and two together to come up with the idea for the kayaking tours,” the Ennis Road native explained.“I took a trip down the Shannon myself recently just to explore it and it was just amazing. At high tide, the river flattens off making the tour ideal for beginners. It will include activity as well as some quirky history bits,” said Mr Neville.Warm winter wetsuits, life jackets and helmets are provided with sightseers asked to bring old runners, a towel and a swimsuit. The kayaking trips take place on Saturdays and Sundays with times dependant on tides and weather conditions.The experience costs €35 per person. For more information contact Dave Neville on 086-3308236 or email [email protected] TAGSKing John’s CastleMusic LimerickRiver Shannontourists Advertisement #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Previous articleNew strategy for stray horses demandedNext articleCity Travellers living in “extremely poor conditions” Alan Jacques Email #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook King John’s Castle Limerick reopens with new medieval themed outdoor games RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LifestyleLife & LeisureNewsKayaking makes ripples for Limerick tourismBy Alan Jacques – November 28, 2013 975 Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Printlast_img read more

Survey: Flipping Trend Continues to Gain Momentum Among Investors

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: House Flipping Investors Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News About Author: Brian Honea Home / Daily Dose / Survey: Flipping Trend Continues to Gain Momentum Among Investors The rising trend of home flipping around the country seen in Q4 continued to build momentum among investors in nearly every market surveyed in Q1, according’s First Quarter 2015 Real Estate Investor Activity Report released on Monday.The percentage of investors surveyed who said they intended to flip the properties they bought rose by 6.5 percent in Q1 from the previous quarter, according to The rise of that trend was especially evident in the Western States, where the ratio of investors who preferred flipping as a strategy over renting was as high as three to one in some places. The percentage of investors in both California and Washington who said they preferred to flip was 75 percent, compared to 24 percent for renting. The percentage of flippers in Nevada and Idaho was 79 percent and 71 percent, respectively.“It seems clear that the unusually low inventory of homes for sale has led to higher home prices, which makes it challenging for investors to rent homes out at a rate that’s profitable, and still affordable for tenants,” EVP Rick Sharga said. “So in states like California, Washington, Nevada, and Arizona a large number of investors have decided that the best opportunity today is to meet the demand of prospective homeowners by buying, fixing, and re-selling investment properties.”Overall, 53.5 percent of investors surveyed said they preferred flipping, while 44.8 percent said they intended to rent the houses they purchased. A larger portion of real estate investors (55 percent) and investors working on behalf of another investor (66.3 percent) said they intended to flip, while a majority of investors making a one-time purchase (66.9 percent) said they intended to’s survey was collected from investors who bid on properties both online and at live events nationwide during Q1. Investors purchasing at live events generally preferred flipping over renting (62.1 percent compared to 36.7 percent), while investors purchasing properties online tended to lean toward renting over flipping (54.5 percent compared to 43.5 percent).The majority of investors who purchased only one property per year preferred a hold-to-rent strategy (60.8 percent), while more active investors tended to prefer flipping. Fifty-nine percent of investors who purchased between two and 49 properties during the quarter said they intended to flip, as did 53.6 percent of investors who purchased 50 or more properties.”Historically, individual investors have owned over 95 percent of the single family homes available for rent,” Sharga said. “It looks like these investors are coming back to the market, and filling a growing market need for rental units.”Click here for a video commentary from Rick Sharga on the latest survey. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articlescenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Survey: Flipping Trend Continues to Gain Momentum Among Investors The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Fannie Mae’s 2015 Economic Forecast Unchanged Despite Q1 Setback Next: Gap Between Foreclosure Completions and Alternatives Widens Further House Flipping Investors 2015-04-20 Brian Honea April 20, 2015 1,594 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. last_img read more

Suspect in deadly San Diego synagogue shooting linked to mosque arson fire: Source

first_imgFacebook(SAN DIEGO) — The suspected gunman who allegedly opened fire with an assault rifle on members of a Southern California synagogue during a Passover service — killing one person and wounding three others, including the rabbi and a child — has been linked to a recent arson blaze at a nearby mosque, according to a law enforcement source.John Earnest, 19, was taken into custody after being confronted during Saturday’s attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego by an armed off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent working security at the temple, officials said.A law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the investigation told ABC News that Earnest has been identified as the suspect in a March 24 arson fire that damaged the Dar-ul-Arqam mosque in Escondido, a San Diego County town about 15 miles north of the synagogue in Poway.Earnest “is our guy,” the law enforcement source said of the arson at the mosque.In the mosque fire, Earnest, of San Diego, allegedly left behind a note referencing the March 15 attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. A 28-year-old Australian man, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, described by authorities as a white supremacist, allegedly killed 50 Muslim worshippers and broadcast part of the massacre on Facebook Live.In the Chabad of Poway synagogue attack, Earnest allegedly wore a helmet camera and was attempting to live stream the shooting, but his video equipment apparently failed to function, the source told ABC News.Prior to Saturday’s shooting, Earnest allegedly posted a 4,000-word letter on the dark web, professing to be a white supremacist and expressing hate for Jewish and Muslim people.Earnest was allegedly inspired by the mass shootings in Christchurch and at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where on Oct. 27 suspect Robert Bowers, who had written anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant messages on a website popular with white supremacists, allegedly killed 11 people and wounded seven others.The attack in Poway occurred exactly six months after the Tree of Life massacre.“It was only six months ago to the day that we became members of that tragic club of community-based shootings to which no one wants to belong. We know first-hand the fear, anguish and healing process such an atrocity causes, and our hearts are with the afflicted San Diego families and their congregation,” reads a statement from the leaders of the Tree of Life Synagogue.“These senseless acts of violence and prejudice must end. Enough is enough!” reads the statement.The Chabad of Poway synagogue shooting unfolded about 11:30 a.m. when Earnest allegedly fired at least 10 rounds inside the house of worship with a .223 AR assault rifle he purchased in recent weeks, the law enforcement source told ABC News.A U.S. Border Patrol agent, whose name has not been released, was working security at the synagogue when the gunfire erupted. He confronted the gunman and is being hailed as a hero for stopping the attack.The armed agent fired at the gunman, missing him but hitting his car as he drove off, authorities said.Earnest was taken into custody moments later when a K-9 officer saw him nearby, officials said. The suspect jumped out of his car and put his hands up, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said during the conference on Saturday.Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein was in in the middle of his sermon on the last day of the Jewish observance of Passover when gunfire broke out, witnesses said.Lori Gilbert Kaye, 60, a member of the Poway synagogue, was shot in the attack and later died at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, according to authorities and synagogue officials. Three other people hurt in the attack, including a young girl, were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Palomar Medical Center, officials said.All of the surviving victims have been released from the hospital, officials said on Sunday.Despite being shot in the hand, Rabbi Goldstein continued with his Passover sermon, witnesses told the police.Minoo Anvari said her husband, who was attending the service, called her from the synagogue immediately after the shooting.“The rabbi lost two fingers. But in spite of bleeding, he was trying to finish his speech,” Anvari said her husband told her. “He was telling all the people who know him, ‘Be strong. … God helps us, God helps [our] country.’”President Trump praised the border agent for his heroism.“Sincerest THANK YOU to our great Border Patrol Agent who stopped the shooter at the Synagogue in Poway, California. He may have been off duty but his talents for Law Enforcement weren’t!” President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday.During a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Saturday night, Trump said, “We forcefully condemn the evil of anti-Semitism and hate. It must be defeated. We will all get to the bottom of it.”In the letter he allegedly wrote, Earnest made a point of saying he is not a supporter of the president.John Sanders, acting commissioner of the Customs and Border Protection, said the Border Patrol agent is based in the region.“We have learned that one of our own off-duty Border Patrol agents was present and took actions that may have prevented additional loss of life,” Sanders said in a statement. “CBP will fully support our law enforcement partners who are investigating.”In an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Sunday, Poway Mayor Steve Vaus said his community is responding to the shooting with love.“You know, our community is doing as well as can be expected, and I just want to say first, our Jewish brothers and sisters from Chabad of Poway have to feel the love all of us are sending their way,” Vaus said. “We’re a close community and we’re going to be for them every step of the way.”He said security is being boosted at houses of worship in the area.“Every preacher on every pulpit in Poway will talk about this,” Vaus said. “It will be on people’s hearts and minds, and our law enforcement teams, who have been incredible from the beginning of this, are going to make sure our community is safe.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. 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NCAA Utah Golf Regional: 5/16

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNORMAN, Okla.-Wednesday, BYU men’s golf moved up two more spots in the standings to secure a spot in the NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships later this month, by placing second at the Norman, Okla. regional.The Cougars played impeccable golf Wednesday, playing a collective 278 -13 to finish second behind third-ranked Oklahoma, who won the regional. The Sooners shot 850 -14 to get the win. BYU’s overall score for the regional was 851 -13.BYU’s stars on the third day of competition were Patrick Fishburn who shot a 69 to finish 206 -10 and Peter Kuest who was 210 -6 overall for the tournament. Kuest bolstered the Cougars’ cause by birding seven holes Wednesday.Rhett Ramsussen was also solid for the Cougars on Wednesday, finishing at 215 -1.Other qualifiers for the NCAA men’s golf championships from this regional include Florida State, Auburn and Arkansas. The Seminoles tied BYU for second at 851-13 while the Tigers and Razorbacks tied for fourth, securing the last of the five available spots.The men’s national championship tournament is May 25-30 at Stillwater, Okla., hosted by the Oklahoma State Cowboys.STOCKTON, Calif.-Utah star freshman golfer Blake Tomlinson placed in the Top 10 Wednesday, giving the Utes a stellar performance during the final day of competition at the Stockton regional hosted by the University of the Pacific.Tomlinson finished ninth overall and was second among individual qualifiers, posting a three-day score of 5-under par Wednesday.Only the top three individual finishers advance to the NCAA men’s golf championships and Tomlinson missed out on this, finishing four shots behind Texas-El Paso’s Charles Corner (-9, 207) for the last slot.Wednesday, Tomlinson carded a 1-under (71), carding three birdies, an eagle, two bogeys, and a costly double-bogey, to go along with 11 pars on the day.Tomlinson’s three-round score of 211 ranks as the second-lowest for a Utah golfer in an NCAA regional, as only Dustin Pimm had a lower score (210) in 2007. Tomlinson and Pimm are the only two golfers in Utah program history to register a Top-10 finish in an NCAA regional. May 16, 2018 /Sports News – Local NCAA Utah Golf Regional: 5/16 Tags: Blake Tomlinson/BYU Men’s Golf/Patrick Fishburn/Peter Kuest/Rhett Rasmussen/Utah Men’s Golf Written bylast_img read more

Volga Gas releases preliminary results of the reservoir study on the Vostochny Makarovskoye and Dobrinskoye fields

first_imgThe Company appointed Schlumberger Ltd to conduct a comprehensive technical evaluation and reservoir study on the VM and Dobrinskoye fields. Volga Gas releases preliminary results of the reservoir study on the Vostochny Makarovskoye and Dobrinskoye fields. (Credit: skeeze from Pixabay) Volga Gas plc, the oil and gas exploration and production group operating in the Volga Region of Russia, is providing the following update on the preliminary reserves estimates in its Vostochny Makarovskoye (“VM”) and Dobrinskoye fields.As previously announced, on 17 July 2019 following unsuccessful sidetrack wells on the VM#2 well,  subsequent logging on the VM#3 well showed that the gas:water contact was higher than previously expected.The Company appointed Schlumberger Ltd to conduct a comprehensive technical evaluation and reservoir study on the VM and Dobrinskoye fields.  The study was completed recently and a re-calculation of remaining reserves in the fields is being carried out.  While the results are yet to be finalised, preliminary results have been presented to the Board of Company.These results indicate total preliminary estimates of oil and gas Proved reserves for the Group as at 31 December 2019 are 9.1 mmboe, a downward revision of 8.3 mmboe, or 48%.  This is made up of the preliminary estimates of Proved remaining reserves as at 31 December 2019 for the VM field of 2.9 million barrels of oil equivalent (“mmboe”), a downward revision of approximately 7.9 mmboe, or 73%.  The preliminary Proved reserves for the Dobrinskoye field, as at 31 December 2019 are 0.4 mmboe, a downward revision of approximately 0.6 mmboe, or 60%.  There are no material revisions to the oil reserves of the Group expected from the review.By way of geological background, the VM field is a carbonate reservoir exhibiting both matrix porosity, with the hydrocarbons held in pores within the rock, and fracture porosity, with the hydrocarbons present in fractures.  The majority of hydrocarbons in place are in matrix porosity.  The rising gas:water contact is presumed to lead to a barrier to production of gas from matrix porosity and this is the cause of the significant revisions to estimates of recoverable gas and condensate.  It is possible, though it cannot be assumed, that alternative production management procedures may enable a greater proportion of the hydrocarbons in place to be produced economically.  This could in time lead to future upward revisions to reserves.  Management will be evaluating the technical and financial effectiveness of such alternative production management regimes, including any incremental capital investment required.Production outlook and financial impactAs announced on 6 January 2020, production from the VM and Dobrinskoye fields totalled 4,062 boepd in December 2019.  Management currently expects this production rate to be maintained through 2020.The reserve revisions outlined above will lead to a material non-cash impairment charge on the carrying value of the VM and Dobrinskoye assets, as well as significantly increased unit non-cash depletion charges on production.Offsetting the impact on the Groups’ Income statement, the Group has operated in a cash flow positive basis during 2019 and expects to continue to do so in 2020.  As at 31 December 2019, the Group’s cash position totalled US$14.1 million with no debt.  Management believes this provides the necessary financial resources to undertake a programme of rebuilding value.Strategy updateAs announced on 3 December 2019, the Company has commenced a search process to strengthen the board by appointing up to two new independent non-executive directors, one of which would replace Ronald Freeman, who retired on 31 December 2019.  Further announcements on this will be made at the appropriate time.Separately, and in addition to management initiatives to rebuild the value of the Group’s assets, which will include exploration drilling on identified potentially oil bearing prospects in the Karpenskiy licence area with slim hole drilling, the strengthened Board will look at other areas to enhance shareholder value.Andrey Zozulya, Chief Executive of Volga Gas commented:“While the reserve downgrades at the VM field are disappointing, the Group’s total production from the VM and Dobrinskoye fields is expected to be maintained through 2020 at the current level of approximately 4,000 boepd.  In addition, the Group has the necessary financial resources at its disposal with the Group’s cash position at year end of US$14.1 million with no debt at year end and we will continue to operate in a cash flow positive basis in 2020.  Management is focused on optimising the recovery of gas and condensate from the VM field and is also actively seeking opportunities to build sources of additional alternative production.  Among these additional sources is the unexploited exploration potential for new oil reserves in the Group’s Karpenskiy licence area.  To that end, the Company plans to intensify its slim hole drilling activities.  This technique enables oil and gas production wells to be drilled at a fraction of the cost of a conventional well.  The Company has seen generally promising results from the first nine slim hole wells drilled during 2019.  More details on this will be provided with the full year 2019 Results.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Jesus makes charity video

first_imgA Jesus College Charity video, aiming to raise awareness for the College’s Charity Race Night, features the college’s principal Lords Krebs and Butler John Jackson among a number of Jesus students. The video was the brainchild of Aida Alonzo, Jesus College JCR Charities Representative, who recruited a contingent of Jesus College students and officers to participate in a sprint race.Alonzo said, “I asked some of the characters of college… and a selection of staff to take part, and Lord Krebs and John Jackson the college butler agreed.”The recruits were then filmed competing against each other in a short “mad dash” on Angel Meadows.Some of them sported exercise gear, including “Hello Kitty Sports” armbands and green Hi-Vis shirts.Lord Krebs is seen performing the thigh muscle stretch, sticking out his tongue and remarking, “Any student who beats me gets sent down.”Ariel Gregory, Jesus College MCR President, said, “I think that Aida did a great job in garnering support from members of the staff, SCR and JCR.“Both Lord Krebs and John [the college’s butler] were especially good sports about collaborating – which is unsurprising, given their participation in the Town and Gown 10K every year – and it seems to show both the community and sense of humour we’re lucky to have at Jesus.”Another Jesus College student shared similar sentiments, stating, “I think the video was a really great idea: it managed to get everyone in college involved – including the kitchen staff, porters, our principle, and some of college’s least athletic names.”She added, “It really raised awareness for the event, and made a big contribution toward charity. It was funny rather than serious which I think made all the difference.”The oddball mixture of contestants, dubbed “Jesus’s finest specimens,” also lifted some eyebrows. A Jesus College student said, “One of the contestants arrives in high heels and a feather boa. She made a surprisingly good attempt at the race though however.”Likewise, Lord Krebs’s efforts did not stray from the lime light. As another member of Jesus College noted, “It’s just so funny seeing the principle in his race gear.” The Jesus College Charity Race Night, which the video was made for, saw students bet on a multitude of horse racing clips. The winner received a £40 bar tab and two runner-up prizes were also on offer. In accordance with Jesus College’s bar policy, no real money exchanged hands.The evening also featured popcorn and candy floss stalls, and numerous fairground games, such as apple bobbing and ball toss.Aida Alonzo added, “The event was to raise money for charities that will be elected in the end of term ballot, so they have still not been decided.”The Charity Video proved popular and has currently garnered 44 Facebook likes.Lord Krebs ultimately finished second, behind Jesus College Academic Affairs Representative Jamie Tabbert. It is yet unclear whether Tabbert will receive the professed punishmentlast_img read more

Blackthorn Golf Club opening on March 26th

first_img Google+ Blackthorn Golf Club opening on March 26th Facebook Pinterest (“Urbanowicz_Krzysztof_GOLF” by Krzysztof Urbanowicz, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)) Blackthorn Golf Club says they will be opening Thursday, thanks to the Governor’s recent announcement that stated courses can continue operations.The course says they will be open for walking only, and the clubhouse will be closed. All rounds of golf will have to be prepaid in the online store. There are no tee times and the driving range is closed. There are a few other requirements and procedures, which they posted on their Instagram: WhatsApp Previous articleMichigan adds more than 500 new cases to their COVID-19 totalNext articleSuspect at-large charged with murder at South Bend gas station Tommie Lee Google+ By Tommie Lee – March 25, 2020 0 446 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketSportslast_img read more

Press release: Report 02/2019: Self-detrainment of passengers onto lines that were still open to traffic and electrically live at Lewisham

first_img Two are directed at Southeastern and concern ensuring that it has a suitably large pool of staff to support train crews during incidents and that the essential needs of train passengers during extreme weather emergencies are reasonably met. The length of time during which train 2M50 was prevented from moving into a platform was extended due to a decision to route it directly behind train 2M48, which then struggled to move. This meant that train 2M50 came to a stand at a signal beyond the point at which it could have been diverted into another platform. Having made this decision the signalling staff still had the option of applying a Rule Book regulation known as emergency permissive working. This procedure would have allowed train 2M50 to pass the stop signal and enter the platform once train 2M48 had moved far enough clear. However, the first passenger left train 2M50 before signalling staff decided to implement this regulation. It is likely that the delay in making this decision arose because the train was not declared as stranded in a timely manner, and inadequate management of the disruption caused by the adverse weather.Because the emerging situation at Lewisham was not recognised as a serious incident sufficiently quickly, key decisions were not made to define and implement plans to manage the circumstances. Other factors included informal communication using inappropriate channels, poor presentation of key operational information and ill- defined incident management processes.RecommendationsThe RAIB has made five recommendations: Newsdate: 25 March 2019 unlike many locations in Kent, the conductor rails in most of south-east London are not heated the last application of anti-icing fluid was about 19 hours before the incident, and it is likely to have ceased to be effective due to the implementation of a special timetable, and previous train delays, no train had operated over the affected route for 90 minutes – if trains had run during this period they would have removed ice from the conductor rail and helped prevent it accumulating a near-by mobile operations manager, who was trained and equipped to de-ice the conductor rail, was not alerted for 40 minutes. 190325_R022019_Lewisham SummaryAt about 18:41 hrs on 2 March 2018, a passenger got out of Southeastern train 2M50 and went onto the track near Lewisham station when it was unsafe to do so. Adjacent lines were still open to traffic and the electric third rail traction power system was live. By the time that this had occurred the train had been held at a signal outside the station for over an hour because the train in front, 2M48, was having difficulty drawing power and being able to move forward due to ice accumulation on the conductor rail. Train 2M50 stopped across a key junction and caused the train that was following it, 2S54, to block another junction. This resulted in a further seven trains being unable to move.The electric traction power was turned off in the immediate vicinity within about three minutes of the driver informing the signaller that a passenger was on the track. However, while the electrical control operator was finalising the isolation three passengers also got off train 2S54 and crossed lines that may have been live at the time. Around a further 30 passengers exited train 2M50 of their own accord and went onto the track; a few possibly did this when the lines were still live. Within 45 minutes passengers had got off at least two other trains. The uncontrolled nature of the detrainments delayed traction power reinstatement and resulted in trains being stranded for around four and a half hours. Emergency services attended and helped with incident management and recovery. Although no-one was seriously injured, conditions on all of the stranded trains became very difficult for passengers and staff.The RAIB’s investigation has focused on the safety learning relating to the initial unsafe passenger detrainments. While incident and recovery management actions are broadly described, they were not the subject of detailed examination by the RAIB.The initial detrainment occurred because of the time the train had been held at the signal. Passengers were getting increasingly uncomfortable in crowded carriages with no toilet facilities. Ultimately the motivation of passengers to leave the train outweighed the effectiveness of encouragements to stay on board.The accumulation of ice on the conductor rail, which prevented train 2M48 from drawing power, is a known problem that the railway industry seeks to mitigate with a range of measures. In this instance weather forecasts had warned Network Rail and Southeastern that there was a high risk of ice forming on the conductor rail and they had implemented arrangements to manage this. These arrangements proved ineffective for the following reasons: PDF, 2.93MB, 69 pages the management of conductor rail ice risk the process for the timely identification and management of train stranding events the visibility and communication of information to and within railway control centres. Three are directed jointly at Network Rail and Southeastern and concern: The RAIB has also identified two learning points. These concern: The implementation of safety learning identified in this report would have greatly reduced the impact of the incident on other trains that became stranded, and the wider service disruption that occurred as a result.Simon French, Chief Inspector of Rail Accidents said:“To be stuck on a train that is not moving can be an unpleasant experience. Add to this a crowded commuter service, limited information and no toilet facilities, and the result is a situation that none of us would want to be part of.“Our investigation has focused on the circumstances which led some passengers to get out of the trains and walk along the tracks which were still open to traffic, in proximity to a live conductor rail. We have considered what could have been done to prevent a relatively minor event involving one train escalating to involve numerous other trains and thousands of passengers. Our investigation highlights the importance of decisive action in the early stages of an incident involving a stranded train.“Our major cities are reliant on rail services to convey many millions of passengers on a daily basis, relieving pressure on road networks that are already congested. Achieving this herculean task requires a high frequency of train services and rolling stock that is capable of conveying large numbers of people. Generally, the rail network is able to meet this challenge. However, on such high density routes, serious delays can themselves be a safety issue because on-board conditions can deteriorate rapidly and frustration and discomfort can lead to people taking matters into their own hands, putting themselves at risk of being struck by a train or electrocution.“Professionalism in railway operations includes the ability to anticipate how a situation may develop. Today, signallers and operations controllers oversee large areas of the rail network which means that they have the role of front-line managers for incidents like this. It is important that the training they are given equips them for this role. When conditions outside are challenging, and things are not going entirely smoothly, thinking in a more precautionary manner about the possible consequences of a particular move may pay dividends. In this case, bringing a train close up behind another that was having trouble moving forward blocked a set of junctions in a way that soon trapped eight trains. Furthermore, prompt application of existing emergency working procedures, which had been designed for just this situation, could have unjammed the railway and got trains on the move, and people safely on the way to their destinations.“We are recommending that the railway industry takes action that will minimise the risk of trains becoming stranded in icy weather. However, since the effects of the British weather can never be entirely overcome, and given the range of other factors that can disrupt the operation of the railway system, our other recommendations relate to the need for better management of the consequences of a stranded train, so that the railway remains in control of events and people are not put at risk.“As the railway continues to create signalling centres covering huge geographical areas, and embraces more and more digital technology, its ability to manage operating incidents in an efficient manner should be significantly enhanced. However, I fear that this opportunity will be lost unless the railway develops an overarching ‘control and command’ strategy. Such a strategy could define the ways in which system designers and railway system managers should jointly address the need for efficient incident management on the modern railway. It should include good practice and high level principles governing the design and subsequent operation of large control and command facilities, such as signalling centres and operational control rooms.”Notes to editors The sole purpose of RAIB investigations is to prevent future accidents and incidents and improve railway safety. RAIB does not establish blame, liability or carry out prosecutions. RAIB operates, as far as possible, in an open and transparent manner. While our investigations are completely independent of the railway industry, we do maintain close liaison with railway companies and if we discover matters that may affect the safety of the railway, we make sure that information about them is circulated to the right people as soon as possible, and certainly long before publication of our final report. 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