Take a Hike

first_imgI awoke Friday morning to the sound of hiking poles clicking against pavement.I unzipped the window of my SylvanSport Go and peered out from behind the mesh. An old man with a silver braid of hair hobbled along down the road toward Damascus, Va. His pack was a faded army green with loosely stitched patches and duct tape jobs. He wore sturdy boots that nearly met the hem of his khaki hiking kilt, and despite the almost pained limp with which he walked, he was singing.Trail Days had finally arrived.Trail Days-27Trail Days-16Every May, the town of Damascus commemorates past, present, and future thru-hikers by hosting a weeklong Appalachian Trail celebration. Brands and outfitters cram the park grounds, offering hikers gear repairs, free hair cuts, giveaways, discounts, and water gun blasts to the face, all in the spirit of the white blaze.There’s a reason this place is often referred to as the “friendliest town on the trail.” Not an hour after I saw the older gentleman in the kilt, a team of women appeared at the trailhead and set up shop to greet the hikers. They offered up water, a shaded place to rest, directions to a shower and a hot dog eating contest. One by one, the hikers made their way down the switchbacked ridge line to the south of town and emerged from the woods, tired, hungry, and ripe from weeks’ worth of sweat, and one by one, the ladies treated them each with the same hospitality and kindness, barely batting an eye at the stench of crusty socks.Which, if you’ve never smelled a thru-hiker’s socks, imagine catching wind of an animal carcass a week into its decay. It’s that bad.That evening, I found myself in the thick of that hiker fetor during the viewing of Chris Gallaway’s film The Long Start to the Journey. Packed shoulder-to-shoulder with hikers of every variety, the stuffy auditorium smelled much like that rotting animal corpse, except stuffed inside a sweaty shoe. The stale air hung in my face, and I fought the urge to dash from the room out into the cool spring evening. I sat cross-legged on the hardwood floor, uncomfortably shifting my position every few minutes, annoyed that more chairs hadn’t been supplied.This is going to be a long hour-and-a-half, I thought as the lights turned off and the movie began.But just 10 minutes into Gallaway’s film, I started to feel incredibly silly for thinking that. Brutal winter weather, unrelenting mosquitos, ravaged feet, and personal tragedy were just a few of the obstacles Gallaway was forced to overcome during his nearly 2,180-mile walk. That’s certainly more than I’ve ever had to overcome in six months, and certainly more worthwhile of a complaint than my temporarily sore bum and hunched back. By the end of the film, I had long forgotten the smell and the pain between my shoulder blades. As the crowd rose around me to give Gallaway a much-deserved standing ovation, I sat in speechless stupor with tears rolling down my eyes.Why? Because there’s something about a thru-hike that seems to speak to the most basic and primal nature of humans, an existence we’ve all but lost amid the gadgets and technology that consume our lives. On the trail, your day is invested in accomplishing one goal — to take one step, and then another, and then another, no matter the pace.Trail Days-25The following day, I found myself reflecting on this and Gallaway’s experience as I spoke with current thru-hikers who stopped by the Blue Ridge Outdoors tent. Though with nearly three-quarters of the trail still ahead of them, the daunting task of walking from this southwestern corner of Virginia all the way to Maine didn’t seem to phase them — they were taking it day by day, step by step, mile by mile.As someone who very easily gets overwhelmed in thinking about the “big picture,” I often lose sight of the process and wallow in its magnitude. As a writer, it’s downright paralyzing. And so, I decided, it’s time to do as these hikers have done and take a hike.MeetUp11Join me this Saturday, May 23rd, at Reeds Gap off the Blue Ridge Parkway (located at mile marker 13.5) at 9 a.m. I’ll be heading south along the Appalachian Trail with a team from the magazine and Blue Ridge Mountain Sports looking for hungry hikers in need of a little magic. Trader Joe’s has kindly offered up bread, meats, veggies, fruit, and water to our white blazers and I’ll be handing out Farm To Feet socks and LifeStraw water filters to those in need.Plus, two lucky hikers will receive the ultimate Charlottesville experience with free tickets to the Old Crow Medicine Show and The Devil Makes Three performance at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion. We’ve got a yard for camping and a ride back to the trailhead Sunday morning for the pair that wins.So pack a cooler, throw on your hiking boots, and hit the trail. Everyone could use a little magic in their lives.###Check out the Live Outside and Play Facebook album for more photos from Trail Days 2015. Happy trails, y’all!last_img read more

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Colombia’s FARC frees captives held for over a decade

first_img Santos, who is under pressure to end the conflict, has demanded the FARC free all its prisoners and cease attacks on civilian and military targets before any talks can take place. “As soon as the government considers there are sufficient conditions to initiate a process that would end the conflict, the country will know,” Santos said, in an apparent response to rumors of secret peace talks. Wearing olive fatigues and seeming well fed and relatively healthy, the 10 men stepped off a helicopter provided by Brazil after the Marxist rebels freed them in a remote area of southern Colombia. But many Colombians remain skeptical that the guerrilla group, which is still believed to be holding as many as 700 civilian hostages for ransom, will lay down its weapons after having used previous peace talks to strengthen their forces. Their release followed a series of messages from the FARC’s leadership, including a promise in February to stop kidnapping for ransom, that hints at a desire for peace. “To these victims of the intolerance and cruelty of the guerrillas, soldiers and policemen of Colombia, welcome to freedom,” President Juan Manuel Santos said from the presidential palace. “Freedom has been long delayed, but now it’s yours.” By Dialogo April 03, 2012 The four soldiers and six policemen were released to a humanitarian mission led by the International Committee of the Red Cross in what the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia called a gesture of peace. Smiling and joking with a medic, one soldier left the aircraft draped in the Colombian flag and skipping with joy. Each carried a plastic bag of belongings and one was accompanied by what appeared to be a small pig that had been his pet in the jungle. Another had what looked like a monkey on his shoulder. “In the meantime, everything else that has been said about this is no more than speculation.” The release could signal that the FARC is taking tentative steps toward a bid for talks that may end Latin America’s oldest insurgency after five decades of killing and destroying economic infrastructure. The 10 men were seized at the end of the 1990s when the FARC was at its strongest. They formed part of a group known as “canjeables,” or exchangeables, used to pressure the government for political concessions rather than for ransom payments. On 2 April, Colombia’s FARC rebels freed 10 members of the armed forces held hostage in jungle prison camps for more than a decade, the last of a group the drug-funded group had used as bargaining chips to pressure the government. last_img read more

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Bar governors reject three insurance ethics opinions

first_imgBar governors reject three insurance ethics opinions Bar governors reject three insurance ethics opinions Senior Editor After hearing there might be procedural problems, the Bar Board of Governors has rejected three proposed ethics opinions dealing with attorneys hired by insurance companies to represent policy- holders. The Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, which had heard from several insurance company representatives the day before the board’s December 15 Coral Gables meeting, unanimously recommended that the opinions be rejected. “We were concerned by the procedures under which the opinions were promulgated [by the Professional Ethics Committee],” said board member Manny Morales, chair of the BRCPE. “One of the concerns that was raised by a representative of the insurance industry is our rules apparently do not allow for the procedure that was carried out here.” Morales said the committee didn’t necessarily agree that an error was made, but, “We reached the conclusion it was in the best interest of the Bar not to go forward because the rules are not 100 percent clear.” Insurance representatives said Bar rules require opinions come from questions asked by Bar members who actually face the ethical dilemma they are inquiring about. The three insurance opinions came after a Board of Governors member asked the Professional Ethics Committee for advice about potential conflicts for attorneys who are hired, both on staff and as outside counsel, to represent policyholders after they are sued. The three proposed advisory opinions have been under deliberation for around two years. All involve the obligations of attorneys hired by insurance companies to represent policyholders when they are sued. The proposed advisory opinions are: • PAO 99-2, which holds that an attorney hired by an insurance company to represent an insured may not provide information relating to the representation to an outside auditor at the request of the insurance company without the specific consent of the insured. Such consent cannot be implied by the contract between the insured and the insurance company. • PAO 99-3, which holds that an attorney is ethically prohibited from entering into an agreement with an insurance company to represent insureds where the attorney’s independent professional judgment and the client’s rights will be affected by restrictive billing practices imposed by the insurance company. • PAO 99-4, which holds that an attorney paid a salary by an insurance company to defend company insureds faces a potential conflict of interest. Absent an actual conflict, however, the attorney ethically may undertake such representation only if: the attorney reasonably believes that he or she can adequately represent the insured’s interests; the insured consents after consultation; the attorney’s professional independence in representing the insured is assured; the attorney honors the duty of confidentiality owed to the insured; and the attorney is not assisting the insurer in conduct constituting the unlicenced practice of law. Morales also recommended, and the board approved, having the Bar rule for promulgating ethics opinions reviewed to clear up the ambiguity that surfaced with these three PAOs. Morales said the Disciplinary Procedure Committee probably would be asked to look at the issue. The board’s action pleased the insurance representatives. “The flawed process used to develop the proposed advisory opinions led to significant substantive errors in the opinions,” said Katherine Giddings, who represents the American Insurance Association, one of about a half dozen insurance industry interests at the meeting. “We are very pleased with the board’s rejection of these proposed advisory opinions based on the flawed process,” she added. Giddings said the representatives will be working with the Bar on a related issue, a rule change requiring that policy- holders, when they are sued and an attorney is appointed to represent them, be given a statement outlining their rights. “We look forward to working with the board in implementing the statement of client’s rights once it’s approved by the Supreme Court,” she said. Board member David Bianchi, who chaired the special committee that proposed the insured client’s rights statement, said that would be going to the Supreme Court in February. The board approved a slight change in that proposed rule on Bianchi’s recommendation. He said the change, proposed by city attorneys, clarifies the rule does not apply to governmental entities, who frequently have their staff attorneys named to defend them. January 1, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

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Attorney advertising bill stalls

first_imgAttorney advertising bill stalls May 1, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Attorney advertising bill stalls Senior Editor A bill that would ban some lawyer advertising has apparently stalled in the Florida Legislature after its sponsor told Florida Bar officials he wants time to address concerns before bringing the bill back next year.Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, said he hopes the Bar and the Florida Supreme Court will address lawyer advertising before the 2005 session, or he expects to reintroduce — and pass — legislation that prohibits lawyers from running ads soliciting clients to file lawsuits.Simmons’ HB 1357 passed the House of Representatives 104-8 in late March and was sent to the Senate. It was taken up in the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 12, and temporarily postponed. Since that committee wasn’t expected to meet again this session, it is very unlikely the bill will be acted on by the upper chamber.Bar legislative consultants said if taken up by the entire Senate, the bill likely would have passed and been sent to the governor.Despite disagreement of some experts, Simmons, in an interview with the News, said he thinks his bill is constitutional and is necessary to protect the future of the legal profession.He noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld regulations that ban in-person solicitation by attorneys. “I don’t believe someone should be able to go in the back door and solicit by advertising when they can’t go in the front door [with direct solicitation],” the representative said. “I think it is inaccurate to suggest the strength of television advertising is less than a person appearing personally.”While he said he strongly supports the Bar, he added its advertising efforts have fallen short, either through a lack of resources in enforcement or through weak regulations. “In many ways it [his bill] is a shot over the bow, it’s a wake-up call to The Florida Bar and the Florida Supreme Court and attorneys,” Simmons said.The danger from not regulating ads is the bad advertisements cause the public to mistrust the legal profession. That creates pressure in the legislature for laws that are ultimately damaging to the profession and the legal system, he said. As an example, Simmons noted that last year’s workers’ compensation changes severely limited the role of attorneys in representing injured workers.An expected review of PIP insurance cases in the next year or so could produce the same result, Simmons said, and there are also efforts to reduce the participation of plaintiff attorneys in personal injury cases.“I am one of the strongest proponents for the legal profession there ever was in the legislature, but I assure you unless attorneys get control over their own advertising, we’re going to see the future and it’s not bright for attorneys,” he said. “The compelling state interest is we need attorneys involved to represent people who are injured and who have their rights violated, and the way things are headed, there is going to be a significant effort to exclude attorneys from all of these processes. . . . “I am watching the burning of Rome, and if the attorneys sit around and fiddle, we’re going to see the end of the legal profession the way we know it.”Simmons said he knows about the special advertising task force created by President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson to look at Bar advertising rules, and he is considering addressing that panel. He said he was less familiar with the Bar’s statewide advertising grievance committee, created a couple years ago to handle advertising cases and has recently stepped up its enforcement efforts.Simmons’ HB 1357 would make it illegal to run an ad in electronic or other media that urges a potential client to file a lawsuit. The bill would allow public service ads as long as there was no solicitation for clients. Ads that give a law firm’s name, area of practice, and informs an aggrieved person of his or her right to seek redress in the courts are also allowed, as are ads that meet the “safe harbor” provisions of the Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 4-7.2(c)(11).The bill also has a finding that such advertising “destroys personal responsibility of individuals, fosters frivolous litigation, and demeans the judiciary and the practice of law.”The bill imposed a penalty of $1,000 for the first violation and $10,000 for each succeeding violation, and delegates enforcement responsibilities to The Florida Bar and the Florida Attorney General. Those agencies would also be able to collect fees and costs for any successful prosecution.Another bill, HB 1821, on medical negligence contained a provision banning lawyer advertising that would solicit clients to file a medical malpractice claim. That bill was stalled on the House floor as this News went to press.In response to the bill, the Bar Board of Governors, at its April 2 meeting, approved a legislative position that the Bar would support legislation imposing the strictest legislation of attorney advertising consistent with constitutional limitations.last_img read more

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In 2019, over 5 million visitors visited Croatian museums

first_imgSource: DMC / Photo: Archaeological Museum of Istria Out of 160 museums registered in the Register of Public and Private Museums, data were obtained from 134 museums, which represents a response of 83%, and 12 museums that are not in the Register, but are part of MDC’s Register of Museums, Galleries and collections in the Republic of Croatia, according to the MDC. Source: MDC “According to the categories we follow, the largest increase was recorded in visits to permanent exhibitions, which has increased by 2018 thousand since 200, which was largely due to the increase in foreign tourists in this category of 160 thousand. The biggest drop was recorded in occasional exhibitions from 1.193.435 to 752.002 visitors, but it is not worrying because last year’s jump was the result of 400.000 visitors, which one museum counted in the squares of several cities.”Point out from the Museum Documentation Center. It is the most visited museum this year as well Archaeological Museum of Istria with 575.294 visitors, it is in second place Museum of the City of Split with 389.814 and an increase over last year of 66.196 visitors, a Klovićevi dvori Gallery is in third place with 353.262 visitors. Dubrovnik museums are in fourth place with 234.457 visitors and an increase of 63.024 compared to 2018, and Museums of Hrvatsko Zagorje (265.706) in fifth place with an increased visit of 31.404 visitors. Croatian museums recorded 2019 visitors in 5.235.765, which is 211.116 fewer visitors than last year, according to a survey conducted by the Museum Documentation Center (MDC).center_img Among the nine museums that had more than a hundred thousand visitors this year are the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum (194.850), the Zadar Archaeological Museum (121.418), the Museum of Broken Relationships (111.798) and the Mimara Museum (101.671). The continuous decline continues in educational programs, which dropped from 264.739 users in 2016 to 136.582 or 51,5% in just three years. The number of children and young people in museums also continues to decline slightly. On the other hand, the number of visits by foreign tourists has increased by almost 200 this year, but the recorded number of 1.228.216 tourists does not correspond to the real situation because some museums still do not keep records of tourist visits, according to the DMC. Attendance at events, openings, promotions and actions, which jumped from 2016 thousand in 206 to 675 thousand in 2018 or fell by 228% in 2019 by 50.000. In this category, the strongest are Klovićevi dvori with their 280.000 who enroll thanks to the Festival of Light and Advent in Klovićevi dvori. Museum Night and International Museum Day in 2019 recorded a decline – Museum Night from 216 thousand in 2018 to 169.314 last year, and International Museum Day from 16.771 to 15.940 in 2019. Of the total number of visitors, 1.554.025 or 29,6% visited state museums, and 3.681.740 or 70.4% museums of other founders.last_img read more

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Boutique estate in Upper Kedron is powering through the sales

first_imgStylemaster Homes are one of the builders in boutique estate Ellendale at Upper Kedron.Mr Ashen said the sales staff, in particular Ian Watts and owners Jeff and Sharon Piconi were very helpful, providing an abundance of information to meet all of their queries, but the deal was sealed by personal experience.“Stylemaster built mum’s home around 10 years ago and did an excellent job from start to finish and mum only had great things to say about them,” he said.Colliers International sales agent Daniel Hirst, who is marketing the estate, said the first stage of 143 lots was under construction with the second stage also underway and two-thirds sold.“There are only a number of home sites available in the first stage ranging in size from 320sq m to 626sq m, which are priced from $316,000 to $399,000,” Mr Hirst said.“The majority of purchasers are owner occupiers, with a high proportion being second and third home buyers. “People are also attracted to the natural, bushland setting and undulating topography of the site, and the fact that the lots are being fully benched and retained, with reticulated gas and NBN provided.” The estate backs onto the South D’Aguilar National Park, and approximately 40 per cent of the 227ha site is being dedicated to Brisbane City Council as green space. Ellendale estate in Upper Kedron is ticking all of the boxes for a boutique estate lifestyle only 12km’s from the CBD.The couples checklist included being close to the city for work, having a community feel to socialise in the street, lots of green space and no apartments, units or townhouses.“We live in The Gap at the moment and it offers all of these things but we couldn’t find our perfect home in The Gap and the blocks of land we have seen for sale in The Gap and Ashgrove were all very small, especially for the cost to purchase them,” Ms Inwood said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoThe couple have chosen to build with Stylemaster homes being impressed by the quality and detail in their homes and also the staff and owners.“We viewed a lot of display homes all over the greater Brisbane area and Stylemaster’s homes are so much more stylish and contemporary than any of those offered by the major players,” Mr Ashen said.“We considered engaging a private builder, but economically, we get better value for our money through retaining Stylemaster to build our home.” Kris Ashen and Kaela Inwood are looking forward to their eventual move to Ellendale estate at Upper Kedron.A LONG wish list has been met for this young professional couple who have found the perfect place to build their first home on Brisbane’s northside.Kris Ashen and Kaela Inwood have purchased a 540sq m block in Upper Kedron’s new boutique estate, Ellendale, just 12km’s from the CBD.Developed by Cedar Woods, the estate is powering through the sales averaging 13 per month since its launch mid last year.Mr Ashen said they were originally looking for a home to buy for around 15 months but came across Ellendale estate and found it met with the couples list of needs and wants.“We are fussy, though we knew what we wanted and didn’t want to settle for anything less,” he said.last_img read more

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Variety of homes on offer at Gold Coast auctions this weekend

first_img38/18 Macarthur Parade, Main Beach.Marketing agent Barbara Posch, of Lucy Cole Prestige Property, expected the apartment, which was listed on April 14, to sell at auction.“We’ve had extensive interest — we’ve had about 70 parties through to date,” Mrs Posch said.“It’s an absolutely stunning property with never to be built out views.”Agency managing director Lucy Cole said the location was a major drawcard because Main Beach was slowly being built out, blocking water and skyline views.“All of a sudden it’s like a little Manhattan now,” Ms Cole said.“(Potential buyers) are really wanting something that has that open view.”At Tamborine Mountain, a multi-level home with panoramic views of the coastline will go under the hammer on Sunday at 10am.The four-bedroom, two bathroom home at 13 Jenyns Rd sits on an 835sq m block that backs onto the Mountain’s golf course.It is abstract in its design with multiple windows and balconies making the most of the vistas from Moreton Bay to NSW.13 Jenyns Rd, Tamborine Mountain. 9 Bedara Ct, Mermaid Waters.THE Gold Coast may be in for a relatively quiet auction weekend but there are still plenty of properties to satisfy every buyer’s taste.A modern Mermaid Waters home is one of 26 properties scheduled to go under the hammer this weekend, according to realestate.com.au.Ray White Broadbeach/Mermaid Waters principal Mitch Palmer said the two-storey home at 9 Bedara Court had attracted a mixture of buyers in the four weeks it was on the market.9 Bedara Ct, Mermaid Waters. 9 Bedara Ct, Mermaid Waters. 38/18 Macarthur Parade, Main Beach. 9 Bedara Ct, Mermaid Waters.“It’s just a really good family home … (but) it’s not a humongous home so it’s had an appeal to older couples as well,” Mr Palmer said.“We’ve had well over 60 inspections (and) there are numerous parties that are showing interest.”He said its coastal inspired style with industrial accents as well as its position backing onto a park attracted potential buyers.“I think the proximity to the park is the big selling factor,” Mr Palmer said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We’re hopeful and confident it will sell.”It will be auctioned off on Saturday at 11am.At Main Beach, a sub-penthouse in Yachting Towers is expected to attract plenty of spectators when it goes under the hammer on Saturday at 10.30am.The three bedroom, three bathroom apartment at 38/18 Macarthur Parade has been extensively renovated, with a blue, white and beige palette giving it a beachy style.38/18 Macarthur Parade, Main Beach.last_img read more

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This regal mansion in the UK could be yours for the price of a six pack

first_imgYou could roll up in your very own Rolls RoyceIt sits on 10 acres of landscaped grounds, has a detached four car garage, three hole golfing greens, an indoor heated swimming pool, a gym, a fully-stocked bar and wine cellar and a separate leisure complex.“With the Rolls Royce in the driveway, a fully stocked bar and wine cellar, a heated indoor pool, and huge grounds to enjoy, you will want for nothing,” according to millionairemansion.co.uk“Furnishings, fixtures and fittings are included and the owners are even leaving a stock of 600 spare light bulbs for every lamp and fitting in the house.” This could be yours for about $18.GOT royal fever? Here is the perfect tonic. This mansion in the UK could be yours for about $18.Located in Devon in southwest England, the luxury residence is valued at $4.2 million and even comes with its own Rolls Royce. The heated indoor pool is perfect for a dip on a grey and miserable English dayMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoBuilt in the 1900s, the estate is about three hours from London and features a large reception area with an impressive staircase and fireplace, a grand drawing room, dining room and bar room with access to an entertaining terrace.There is also a library, two WCs – that’s bathrooms in Auslish – and a fully equipped kitchen-breakfast room with French doors leading to a walled garden. The dining room is perfect for a regal high tea, or in the event Coldplay’s Chris Martin pops inIn the basement there is a utility room, freezer room, wine cellar and storage area. Upstairs, the house has four large ensuited bedrooms. The master suite features a dressing room, sitting room area and bathroom with large whirlpool and mood-lit bath.Outside there is also a detached four-car garage with a separate apartment above, and the separate leisure complex has an indoor heated swimming pool with doors leading to a paved patio area, a gym, changing rooms, shower and WC (yes, another bathroom).Other features include electric gates to both the main and tradesman’s entrance, CCTV and an alarm system. And when one wants to rest their weary head, the master has all of the required comfortsTickets have been opened up globally and cost $18.30 each – that’s about the price of a quality six-pack or a decent cab sav – and the proceeds going to various charities.The winner will then be drawn on November 30 unless all one million tickets sell out first.First prize includes the property, the Rolls Royce, the UK stamp duty paid, and fully-funded housekeeper and gardener for a year.There is even over $90,000 in cash to splash, and no rules preventing the winner from renting the property out or even selling it As well as the main Millionaire Mansion prize, there are nine $18,000 runner-up prizes to be won. To find out more visit millionairemasion.co.uklast_img read more

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Norway’s December oil output lower than expected over Goliat stoppage

first_imgNorway’s oil production in December 2017 was lower than expected by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), a government agency in charge of regulating the petroleum resources in the country.The NPD said on Tuesday that preliminary production figures for December 2017 showed an average daily production of 1,932,000 barrels of oil, NGL, and condensate, which is an increase of 26,000 barrels per day compared to November.Total gas sales were 11.2 billion Sm3 (GSm3), which is an increase of 0.3 GSM3 from the previous month.Average daily liquids production in December was: 1,538,000 barrels of oil, 363,000 barrels of NGL, and 31,000 barrels of condensate.The oil production was approximately four percent lower than the NPD’s forecast, and about 1.7 percent below the forecast this year.According to the NPD, the main reason that production in December was below forecast is that Goliat was closed until the 17th of December and also due to technical problems and maintenance work on some other fields.The total petroleum production in 2017 inclusive preliminary December figures was 238.7 million Sm3 oil equivalents (MSm3 o.e.), broken down as follows: 92.3 MSm3 o.e. of oil, 22.2 MSm3 o.e. of NGL, and condensate and 124.2 MSm3 o.e. of gas for sale. The total volume is 6.0 MSm3 o.e. higher than in 2016.Final production figures from November 2017 show an average daily production of about 1.510 million barrels of oil, 0.396 million barrels of NGL and condensate, and a total of 10.9 billion Sm3 saleable gas production.last_img read more

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Not so friendly skies for drug runners.

first_img Share Share 49 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel Not so friendly skies for drug runners. by: – June 25, 2012 US aerial drones to monitor Caribbean sea lanes for drug traffickers.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday June 25, 2012 – More famously known for their targeted assassination techniques in the Middle East, the United States “Predator drone” technology is now being brought into the drug-trafficking fight in the Caribbean.Reports coming out of the US are that the Department of Homeland Security has been testing its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) over the Bahamas for more than a year and is ready to go operational over areas used by smuggling boats in the sea lanes of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.US Customs and Border Protection has reportedly asked for US$5.8 million in additional financing to further push its drone operations into the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.The US military is also said to be establishing a new control station in Corpus Christi, Texas this month, a base that will allow Predator drones to perform flights over a larger portion of the Gulf of Mexico; while in Cocoa Beach, Florida, a single new drone will be added to the military’s fleet to monitor water over the Caribbean.The Los Angeles Times reported that the Department of Homeland Security already has nine Predators, most of which are assigned to the Mexican and Canadian border areas. Adding the Gulf and Caribbean to the patrol area will more than double the square miles currently covered.This move has reportedly come about because, while the United States has been operating several high-tech aircraft in the area, those flights have apparently failed to fight speed boats and other craft used to smuggle drugs into the United States.However, some scepticism remains as to whether this new technology will be any more effective. Officials told the LA Times the Predator has not proven particularly successful at detecting small boats on the open sea.The technology being deployed in monitoring drug trafficking routes over the Bahamas border agents reported used a special variation of the Predator B UAV known as “The Guardian”. The UAV was equipped with a SeaVue radar system that is capable of scanning large areas of open water. The Guardian is able to check a ship’s unique radio pulse through a database which can identify the boat’s owner and ship type.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

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