The two new GSPAs increases the firm’s total contracted gas sales from the Karish project to approximately 7.0 bcm/yr The Karish development forms part of the Karish and Tanin project. (Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay) Energean has signed two contracts for the sale of an additional 1.4 billion cubic metre (bcm) per year of gas from the Karish project, located offshore Israel.The two new gas sales and purchase agreements (GSPAs) increases the firm’s total contracted gas sales from the Karish project to approximately 7.0 bcm/yr on plateau. The deals represent more than $2.5bn in contracted revenues over their life.Energean said that majority of gas will be supplied to the Ramat Hovav Power Plant, a partnership between the Edeltech Group and Shikun & Binui.Represented by a second agreement, the remainder of gas will be supplied to an affiliate of the RH Partnership for existing power stations for 15 years.Energean CEO Mathios Rigas said that the flagship Karish gas project is on track to deliver first gas in 2H 2021.Rigas added: “We remain committed to continue bringing competition and security of supply to the Israeli gas market even after we fill the Karish FPSO to its maximum 8 bcm/yr capacity.“The new contracts we signed today further strengthen our secured revenues stream, which is well-insulated against future commodity price fluctuations, and provide cash flows that will support our strategic goal of paying a sustainable dividend to our shareholders.”Energean seeks buyers for remaining 1bcm/year spare capacityEnergean said it is seeking potential offtaker for the remaining 1bcm/year spare capacity in the Energean Power floating production storage and offloading (FPSO).In a press statement, Energean said: “Energean is assessing several opportunities in both the Israeli domestic market and key export markets in order to meet this target, alongside reviewing further growth opportunities across the nine exploration blocks that it holds in Israel to further expand its presence in the Eastern Mediterranean.”The Karish project, which forms part of the company’s Karish and Tanin project, is 70% owned by Energean while Kerogen Capital holds the remaining 30% stake.The field is planned to commence production next near. It is expected to reach peak production capacity in January 2024.Earlier this year, Energean has issued a warning of potential delays to deliver first gas from its Karish gas field due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
View post tag: Naval View post tag: team View post tag: completes February 27, 2012 View post tag: Oceanographic View post tag: Colombia View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Naval Oceanographic Office Fleet Survey Team Completes Mission in Colombia View post tag: Mission Research & Development The Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) Fleet Survey Team (FST) completed survey operations in the coastal waters of Cartagena, Colombia Feb. 23.The FST surveys of Cartagena Bay was part of Oceanographic-Southern Partnership Station 2012 (O-SPS 12) and provided an opportunity to assist Colombia in surveying the area including the Magdalena River in Barranquilla.“The Colombian Navy requested our assistance to map their coastal waters as their survey vessel had been undergoing extensive repairs,” said Lt. Keith Plavnick, FST officer in charge. “The hydrographers of the Colombian Navy’s Centro de Investigaciones Oceanograpficas e Hidrograficas (CIOH) were very enthusiastic and helpful in our survey operations. We had at least two Colombian Naval Hydrographers on board each day participating as equal partners during the daily subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE) by operating our systems and deploying our sensors from aboard our vessel.”Every aspect of survey missions serve as a form of SMEE, where host nations are encouraged to participate in the mission by working alongside the FST and assisting with handling sensitive equipment and collecting data.“In Colombia’s case, the survey team provided a group of expeditionary surveyors with Expeditionary Survey Vessels (ESV) for the express purpose of a SMEE event during O-SPS 12,” said Plavnick. “At the conclusion of the FST surveys, we provide a copy of all the collected data to the host nation and we discuss not only our techniques, but theirs as well during daily operations.”The FST utilized a 10 meter SeaArk survey boat that was transported to Colombia on a U.S. Navy C-130 cargo aircraft. The vessel is equipped with multiple types of depth sounding equipment, to include a Reson 7125 Multi-beam SONAR, ODOM CV200 Single-beam SONAR, Klein 3000 Side Scan SONAR, and an Edgetech 4125 Side Scan SONAR. Additionally, four Insitu Level Troll 700 Tide gauges were installed to measure the tides while conducting the survey operations.“It is very important to use the correct equipment for our surveys,” said Plavnick. “We conduct two main types of surveys; a safety of navigation survey, and an expeditionary survey. The equipment we use during the navigation surveys ensures accurate data is used for updating nautical charts of the survey areas, while the expeditionary surveys are used in identifying obstructions in a channel or harbor after a natural disaster, such as an earthquake.”Once collected, the data is processed at the Stennis Space Center, which is then sent to the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency to update the nautical charts for the areas just surveyed. The host nations receive a copy of the final dataset, which allows them to include the updated information in their charts.The FST has a diverse workforce maintaining four boat divisions, capable in both safety of navigation and expeditionary surveying. In addition, they maintain emergency fly-away kits for Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Response (HADR) purposes both within the U.S. and internationally, when needed. “Our safety of navigation survey team during the Colombian survey consisted of three enlisted, two officers and three civilians,” said Plavnick. “The expeditionary survey SMEE team consisted of three enlisted and one officer. Our surveys within the theaters of operations not only help the host nations and keep our skills fresh, but it also helps prepare the theaters on how to use our capabilities easily when disaster hits.”The FST conducts about 14 surveys a year around the world. The team uses the Chief of Naval Operations’ priority Oceanographic, Hydrographic and Bathymetric (OHB) list, and requests from component commanders like U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (USNAVSO) to determine where and when they will conduct their surveys. The surveys aid in the safe navigation of military and civilian vessels traversing the area.NAVOCEANO, part of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, collects and analyzes global ocean and littoral data to provide specialized, operationally significant products and services for military and civilian, national and international customers.Southern Partnership Station is an annual deployment of U.S. Navy ships to the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) area of responsibility in the Caribbean, Central and South America. The mission’s primary goal is information sharing with partner nation service members and civilians in the region.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 27, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: fleet Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: survey Naval Oceanographic Office Fleet Survey Team Completes Mission in Colombia View post tag: office
It will be a busy weekend as many people start to begin their early season visit to the shore. Fortunately, Mother Nature is supplying us with a mainly sunny and warm holiday weekend.On Saturday, plenty of sunshine with southwesterly winds which will push warm air over our area. Daytime temperatures should reach 60 degrees.Clouds will increase late in the day on Saturday as a weak disturbance moves through. This would be our only chance of seeing a passing shower, otherwise the weekend will be dry.Forecast Satellite Model shows clouds (NOT rain) moving in late Saturday & clearing out Sunday morning. (Courtesy:tropicaltidbits.com)Sunday will start cloudy but sunshine will return as a cold front approaches. Out ahead of it, temperatures will surge into the low 60s as winds begin to turn more westerly.By President’s Day, it will be sunny but breezy as slightly cooler air will settle in behind the front keeping high temperatures closer to 50 degrees.
Temple Of The Dog returned to the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia last night for their second show together on their first-ever tour. The 90’s grunge supergroup features Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, and Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam. The setlist was almost exactly the same as the first night, featuring plenty of originals from their self-titled debut album, their recently recently released EP, Temple of the Dog pre-cursor Mother Love Bone, and a few choice covers by David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and The Cure, and more. To make the night unique, Temple of the Dog threw in some extra surprises, including a cover of Mad Season‘s “River Of Deceit.” Watch the video below via YouTube user mfc172:The night’s real highlight, in terms of rarity, was the debut of a never-before-heard Chris Cornell original “Missing.” As Cornell explained prior to the debut, the song dates back to the early 90s, around the time when he wrote “Spoonman” and “Seasons.” Watch fan-shot video of the performance below via YouTube user Jim Powers:You can see the full setlist below via setlist.fm. Temple Of The Dog continues their reunion tour continues tomorrow at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Scientists looking to nature for inspiration in solving humanity’s problems gathered at Harvard Medical School (HMS) on Friday to learn how robotics is helping to improve medical care.Participants in the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering’s annual symposium, called “Noise and Rhythm: Harnessing Complexity in Medicine and Robotics,” heard about how advances in the field are improving artificial limbs, about how other devices are teaching injured people to walk, about manufacturing and control of small flying robots, and about advances in “swarm intelligence” controlling bunches of machines.Wyss Director Donald Ingber, the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at HMS and professor of bioengineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, introduced the daylong event, which took place at HMS’s New Research Building.Ingber said the Wyss has come a long way in the three-and-a-half years since it began, and today has 300 full-time staff members, 100,000 square feet of space, 180 patents, 20 to 25 industry collaborations, and two clinical trials about to begin.Three speakers in the morning addressed the complexity of nature’s rhythms, highlighting research that explored irregularities in heartbeat, in nerve signaling, and in babies’ breathing while asleep. Ary Goldberger, a core faculty member at the Wyss and professor of medicine at HMS and at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said that the traditional view of medicine has been that health is a steady state disrupted by illness. Once the illness is overcome, the body returns to its normal state. The more researchers learn, however, the more they understand that health is not a simple steady state, but is complex and dynamic, which is an important lesson in understanding robotic design.Michael Goldfarb, Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Intelligent Mechatronics, described a new, powered, artificial leg that improves on current models that function passively. Passive prosthetics are hinged at the knee and work using the movement of a wearer’s upper leg to swing the lower leg into place.The passive legs, Goldfarb said, have several drawbacks, including the extra energy it requires to move. People using them walk slower and have trouble in places, such as on inclines and stairs, where those who have both legs can use muscle power to help.An answer to the problem was developed in Goldfarb’s lab, in the form of a powered prosthetic that provides a push from the forefoot with each step and that has been shown to improve the ability of amputees to climb and descend stairs and handle inclines.Arthur Kuo, professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan, spoke about how scientists are learning from nature about new ways to power mobile devices. Batteries are usually bulky and heavy, making up as much as 20 percent of the weight of prosthetic devices, while human body fat is much more energy-dense. Even a lean person has enough fat to walk for many kilometers, he said.“Is there some way to use fat to provide power in a useful way for mobile devices?” Kuo asked.Kuo investigated the human walking motion to see if it could provide an energy source. Energy is lost with every step due to collision forces occurring at the ankle and knee when the heel hits the ground. This understanding has allowed development of devices, one at the knee and one underfoot, that can generate power through the normal walking motion and that could power prosthetics.
A Harvard researcher studying the evolution of drug resistance in cancer says that, in a few decades, “many, many cancers could be manageable.”“Many people are dying needlessly of cancer, and this research may offer a new strategy in that battle,” said Martin Nowak, a professor of mathematics and of biology and director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. “One hundred years ago, many people died of bacterial infections. Now, we have treatment for such infections — those people don’t have to die. I believe we are approaching a similar point with cancer.”Nowak is one of several co-authors of a paper, published in Nature on June 28, that details how resistance to targeted drug therapy emerges in colorectal cancers and describes a multidrug approach to treatment that could make many cancers manageable, if not curable.The key, Nowak’s research suggests, is to change the way clinicians battle the disease.Physicians and researchers in recent years have increasingly turned to “targeted therapies” — drugs that combat cancer by interrupting its ability to grow and spread — rather than traditional chemotherapy, but such treatment is far from perfect. Most targeted therapies are effective for only a few months before the cancer evolves resistance to the drugs.The culprit in the colon cancer treatment examined in the Nature paper is the KRAS gene, which is responsible for producing a protein to regulate cell division. When activated, the gene helps cancer cells develop resistance to targeted-therapy drugs, effectively making the treatment useless.To better understand what role the KRAS gene plays in drug resistance, a team of researchers led by Bert Vogelstein, the Clayton Professor of Oncology and Pathology at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, launched a study that began by testing patients to determine if the KRAS gene was activated in their tumors. Patients without an activated KRAS gene underwent a normal round of targeted therapy treatment, and the initial results — as expected — were successful. Tests performed after the treatment broke down, however, showed a surprising result: The KRAS gene had been activated.As part of the research, Vogelstein’s team analyzed a handful of mutations that can lead to the activation of the KRAS gene. To help interpret those results, they turned to Nowak’s team, including mathematicians Benjamin Allen, a postdoctoral fellow in mathematical biology, and Ivana Bozic, a postdoctoral fellow in mathematics.Analyzing the clinical results, Allen and Bozic were able to mathematically describe the exponential growth of the cancer and determine whether the mutation that led to drug resistance was pre-existing, or whether it occurred after treatment began. Their model was able to predict, with surprising accuracy, the window of time from when the drug is first administered to when resistance arises and the drug begins to fail.“By looking at their results mathematically, we were able to determine conclusively that the resistance was already there, so the therapy was doomed from the start,” Allen said. “That had been an unresolved question before this study. Clinicians were finding that these kinds of therapies typically don’t work for longer than six months, and our finding provides an explanation for why that failure occurs.”Put simply, Nowak said, the findings suggest that, of the billions of cancer cells that exist in a patient, only a tiny percentage — about one in a million — are resistant to drugs used in targeted therapy. When treatment starts, the nonresistant cells are wiped out. The few resistant cells, however, quickly repopulate the cancer, causing the treatment to fail.“Whether you have resistance prior to the start of treatment was one of the large, outstanding questions associated with this type of treatment,” Bozic said. “Our study offers a quantitative understanding of how resistance evolves, and shows that, because resistance is there at the start, the single-drug therapy won’t work.”The answer, Nowak said, is simple: Rather than the one drug used in targeted therapy, treatments must involve at least two drugs.Nowak isn’t new to such strategies. In 1995 he participated in a study, also published in Nature, that focused on the rapid evolution of drug resistance in HIV. The result of that study, he said, was the development of the drug “cocktail” many HIV-positive patients use to help manage the disease.Such a plan, however, isn’t without challenges.The treatment must be tailored to the patient, and must be based on the genetic makeup of the patient’s cancer. Perhaps even more importantly, Nowak said, the two drugs used simultaneously must not overlap: If a single mutation allows the cancer to become resistant to both drugs, the treatment will fail just as the single-drug therapy does.Nowak estimated that hundreds of drugs might be needed to address all the possible treatment variations. The challenge in the near term, he said, is to develop those drugs.“This will be the main avenue for research into cancer treatment, I think, for the next decade and beyond,” Nowak said. “As more and more drugs are developed for targeted therapy, I think we will see a revolution in the treatment of cancer.”
Poison in Arctic and human cost of ‘clean’ energy Hydroelectric energy may be more damaging to northern ecosystems than climate change Instead, distant parts of the globe would feel the effects. The ocean is not a bathtub, but Greenland’s meltwater would have to go somewhere.That scenario, described by Mitrovica in his talk at the Geological Lecture Hall, would also apply to glaciers and the other major ice sheet scientists say is endangered by climate change: the West Antarctic. In that case, the falling sea level would be near Antarctica and the highest rise would be offshore of Washington, D.C.“The moral is what you’re going to see depends on where you are,” Mitrovica said.Mitrovica’s talk, “Ancient Eclipses, Roman Fish Tanks, and the Enigma of Global Sea Level Rise,” examined the dynamics of sea level rise and debunked the arguments of climate-change deniers.Using levels inferred from Roman fish holding tanks and records of ancient eclipses, scientists have determined that average sea level rise in the last century has been the most significant in 2,000 years. Further, Mitrovica said, it appears that the rise over the last decade has been the most dramatic in a century.Recent research conducted at Harvard fine-tuned estimates of the average global sea level rise across the 20th century, pegging it at about 1.2 millimeters a year. That was a downward revision from the previously accepted figure of between 1.5 and 1.8 millimeters a year. The revision isn’t good news, however, because it means sea level has been rising faster in more recent years. Satellite measurements of 3.4 millimeters annually in recent years appear to be correct, Mitrovica said.One important result is that flood zones are rapidly moving inland. Areas that used to be endangered by 100-year floods are now in the 20-year flood zone.The sea level picture isn’t all bad news, Mitrovica said. Some have worried that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet could undergo catastrophic collapse, raising the sea level enough to inundate many cities. The fear emerged because the bedrock underneath the sheet is below sea level. If seawater were to penetrate and lift the sheet, the thinking goes, its collapse could happen fast.The gravitational effect of the ice, however, alters that scenario. As the ice melts, the nearby sea level will fall, reducing the risk of catastrophic collapse. Still, a single bright spot doesn’t change the worry that sea level could rise a meter over the next century, Mitrovica said.“We are changing this planet and sea level [rise] will accelerate. One meter more of sea level won’t appear evenly. It depends on which ice sheet melts.” Funny thing about sea level rise: Sometimes it falls.While many of us think of the oceans as a bathtub in which the level rises evenly as it fills with meltwater from glaciers and ice sheets, the reality is not so neat, Professor of Geophysics Jerry Mitrovica said Monday.The ocean, it turns out, is not a bathtub, and the ice melting thanks to climate change is not a spigot. That ice is vast, however. The Greenland Ice Sheet alone is more than a mile deep and extends beyond 1,000 miles.The ice exerts a gravitational pull, as do all things with mass. As it melts, the pull relaxes, causing the nearby sea level to drop even as meltwater pours into the ocean.“Sea level after a melting doesn’t remotely resemble a bathtub,” Mitrovica said.On a global scale “nearby” can cover a lot of territory, he pointed out, extending more than 1,000 miles. In other words, were Greenland’s massive ice sheet to collapse, nearby regions such as Iceland and coastal Europe would not be inundated. Related
The stage adaptation of the classic 1998 film Bull Durham, which will play a previously reported limited engagement at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta this fall, is eyeing a move to the Great White Way. Book writer Ron Shelton told newsobserver.com: “We run that for five weeks, then if all goes well, we’re on Broadway next spring.” Directed by Kip Fagan, the tuner will also feature music and lyrics by Susan Werner. No word yet on casting. Shelton, who received an Oscar nomination for the Bull Durham screenplay and also helmed the film, revealed about Werner’s work: “I’m crazy about the music she’s written, it’s very un-Broadway. It’s real roadhouse. You pull over to the side of the road, back in the day, in North Carolina or Mississippi, this is the music that might be going on.” View Comments Bull Durham is inspired by Shelton’s time on and off the Minor League Baseball field. The musical tells the story of veteran catcher “Crash” Davis who is brought to the Durham Bulls to prepare rookie pitcher Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh for the majors. Annie Savoy, the muse of the Bulls, has a tough choice to make – each season she converts one player from an also-ran to an all-star by sharing her wisdom and her bed. The love triangle heats up, as each character fights with their own wants and hopes for what the future holds.
The Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund is awarding $86,500 this week in new grants to 48 small business impacted by flooding. To date, the Fund has granted $289,000 to 167 businesses located in 10 of Vermont’s 14 counties. The Fund has received 239 requests for assistance, with applicants estimating losses totaling in excess of $25 million ‘ with insurance covering only an estimated 20% of the damage.The Fund has received more than 400 donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations from around the United States and even overseas. Two recent grants from the Argosy Foundation ($50,000) and the Newman’s Own Foundation ($30,000) have boosted the Fund’s capacity to continue making grants. ‘The outpouring of support to help the business community recover has been incredible,’ notes Kate Paine, Executive Director of the Women’s Business Owners Network, who serves on the Fund’s seven-member application review panel. ‘It really speaks to the special nature of our state when people respond so willingly with financial resources and as volunteers to help out in times of great need.’Charlie Wilson, Chairman of the Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores, has also helped review applications to the Fund. ‘It has been both incredibly rewarding to be able to help direct money as an outright grant to so many business owners in need of relief, and frustrating that we couldn’t give them all more,’ he notes. ‘I hope we’ve been able to help, even in a small way, these businesses get back on their feet.’ ‘It has been absolutely heart-wrenching to learn about the nature and extent of the flood damage to the small business community,’ says Hal Cohen, Executive Director of the Central Vermont Community Action Council. Cohen’s agency is the fiscal agent for the fund and he also serves on the application review panel. ‘It’s clear that we face a long road to recovery, but I know Vermonters will continue to help in whatever ways they can until our communities are made whole again.’About the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund (www.vtirenefund.org(link is external)) Founded in August 2011 by Montpelier resident Todd Bailey for the purpose of raising money to support small businesses damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene. After a grant application review process, all funds raised will be directly awarded to Vermont businesses in their efforts to rebuild from damage or losses sustained. Grant applications can be obtained online at www.vtirenefund.org(link is external) or by calling 802-552-3449. Fiscal Agent: Central Vermont Community Action Council Founded in 1965, Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) helps people achieve economic sufficiency with dignity through individual and family development. CVCAC is part of the nationwide network of Community Action Agencies; a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency and a Community Development Corporation. The organization serves over 18,000 low-income Vermonters each year in Washington, Orange and Lamoille counties and offers a number of statewide programs. www.cvcac.org(link is external) Member of the VT Irene Flood Relief Fund Advisory Committee: · Todd Bailey ‘ Associate at KSE Partners (www.ksepartners.com(link is external))· Andrew Brewer, Owner, Onion River Sports· Hal Cohen, Executive Director, Central Vermont Community Action Council· Andrea Cohen, Executive Director, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility· Kate Paine, Executive Director, Women Business Owners Network and Principal, Kate Paine Associates· Shawn Shouldice, Principal, Capital Connections, LLC· Charlie Wilson, Chairman, Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores· Kevin Wiberg, Fund Administrator,
I’ve been meaning to pay a visit to NoDa Brewing for a couple of years now, but could never seem to make it to the Charlotte, NC, brewery in person.They have a small, 15-barrel brew house that’s been gaining a lot of attention for their weekly one-off experimental brews and wicked-good IPA’s. Finally, like a dream come true, NoDa Brewing came to me. Sort of.I was in my local beer shop and found a four pack of Hop, Drop ‘n Roll — NoDa’s flagship IPA that’s getting ridiculously good views.I bought a four pack of tall boys and worked my way through them fast, enjoying the citrusy hop bomb that NoDa has created.Hop Drop ‘n Roll is one of the better examples of an IPA you can find in the South, coming out of a tiny, hyper-local brewery that most of us living outside of their small distribution area wouldn’t be able to experience if it weren’t for one of the greatest inventions of modern time: The mobile canning system.Imagine a van that drives around the country, visiting small breweries who make amazing beer, like NoDa, but don’t have the space or capital to buy a canning line of their own. The van pulls up with the canning line in tow, and “Bob’s your uncle”—that tiny brewery gets to can a small batch of their beer. Asheville’s Pisgah Brewing got to can a run of their uber-popular Pisgah Pale thanks to a mobile canning system. Devils Backbone, Hardywood Park, and Wild Wolf have all used mobile canning systems in the past. Even tiny nano-breweries working on two-barrel systems have been able to get in on the caning action because of these mobile canning systems.The breweries are still hyper local, and their distribution is still small, but with one-off canning runs, they have a chance to get their beer into the hands of more people. People like you and people like me. So keep an eye out for unfamiliar labels in your local beer shop: The cans are coming.