Genesis Energy expects the first deliveries of oil to happen in the second quarter of this year. (Credit: Pixabay/gloriaurban4) Genesis Energy has signed agreements with Fieldwood Energy and two entities managed by Ridgewood Energy to offer downstream transportation services for the crude oil production associated with the deepwater Gulf of Mexico Katmai field development.Production from the Katmai field development will be carried out through the existing Tarantula production platform, which is owned by Fieldwood.Located in South Timbalier block 308, the platform is capable of processing approximately 25,000 barrels of oil each day from the Katmai field development, which is located in Green Canyon blocks 39 and 40.The first deliveries of oil are expected in the second quarter of 2020At present, the Tarantula platform is connected to Tarantula lateral, which is wholly owned by Genesis. Later, the crude oil will be delivered to the company’s 64% owned Poseidon crude oil system for delivery to shore.The contracts for the Katmai field include life of lease dedications and no capital was required by Genesis to connect the Katmai production to its assets.Furthermore, Genesis Energy expects the first deliveries of oil to happen in the second quarter of this year.Genesis CEO Grant E. Sims said: “The dedication of the Katmai production is an exciting opportunity for us, and we look forward to working with Fieldwood, and the other interest owners, as they develop the Katmai fields.“This project, which follows our most recent December announcement of the dedication by Murphy Exploration & Production Company – USA of its crude oil and gas production from its Khaleesi / Mormont and Samurai field developments, is yet another example that illustrates the strategic positioning of our offshore footprint and how our available capacity and multi-market delivery options will allow us to provide Fieldwood and other producers in the Gulf of Mexico with attractive transportation alternatives for many years ahead.”In 2018, Genesis Energy signed agreements to sell its midstream assets in the Powder River Basin in the US to an affiliate of Silver Creek Midstream for about $300m in an all-cash deal. The firms will use the existing Tarantula production platform which is owned by Fieldwood to provide the transportation services
Thomas Zalewski Dear Editor Although the new DEP deserves credit for finally rejecting the Liberty National golf course proposal to lease the Caven Point natural area at LSP, the decision was made very easy for them. Judging by the DEP’s rejection letter to Liberty National, their proposal failed miserably to meet the requirements stated in the Request for Proposals. Not even the Christie administration’s DEP, which issued the RFP, could have approved it. Given this lame, incomplete proposal and the overwhelming public opposition to the Liberty National plan, the DEP’s decision was simple. Caven Point may be safe for now, but it’s far from protected.While Caven Point is often referred to as a “natural area,” it is not officially included within the elite NJ Natural Area System. That designation would protect it from privatization and development. Caven Point is qualified to be in the System because it’s a unique ecological community and rare / endangered species habitat. Now is the time for the DEP to classify Caven Point as an official NJ Natural Area, and give Caven Point the protection it deserves. Still hanging over LSP is the other eleventh-hour, Christie privatization scheme: the proposed Suntex marina along the Black Tom Island site on the south shore. If Black Tom Island was listed on the NJ Register of Historic Places, it would be protected from development schemes like the Suntex marina plan. In 1916, the historically significant Black Tom Island was the site of one of the worst acts of terrorism / sabotage in American history, and therefore qualifies as a Historic Place. The site is also where LSP was originally established in 1976, and should remain free and open for everyone to enjoy.Now is the time for the DEP to reject the marina plan, and protect this site by approving the application they received in December for the registration of Black Tom Island as a NJ Historic Place. Privatization and development threats at LSP continue to occur because whenever such threats have been defeated in the past, nothing was done to protect LSP from future threats. It’s time for the new DEP to represent a true departure from the privatization ploys of the prior administration. The rejection of Liberty National’s pathetic proposal was an easy first step. Simply by taking the additional steps mentioned above, the DEP can just as easily ensure the protection of Caven Point and Black Tom Island for future generations.
The farl is a brown loaf, aerated chemically, shaped similarly to scones, only four times the size. Volume is not attained by adding excess baking powder, but by thoroughly mellowing the gluten. Try out this recipe it should give the finest brown loaf you have ever made:Ingredients: 4lb wholemeal flour; 1lb white flour; 1oz salt; 3 pints fresh milk; 5oz lard; 2 eggs; 2oz treacle; 4oz mixed baking powder. The baking powder is prepared by mixing two parts of cream of tartar and one part of bicarbonate of soda.Method: Mix 3pts milk, 2lb wholemeal and 1/2lb white flour. Let it stand for 1 hour. Sieve the powder into the remaining meal and flour and rub in the lard. After the batter has been conditioning for 1 hour, mix all the ingredients to a soft dough. Scale at 2lb 4oz, mould round and treat as for round scones. Leave for 15 minutes before baking for 45 minutes at 410F. Either sieve meal on top or egg wash.
Brioche Pasquier has started work on its first UK bakery.Key stakeholders attended a ceremony to mark the start of construction of international bakery giant Brioche Pasquier’s new factory in Milton Keynes.The 230,000sq ft site will open in December 2015 and is the company’s first in the UK.Senior figures, including the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Council CEO David Hill and development director of Hampton Brook Ian Jackson, which is handling the development, turned out to see the firm’s CEO Pascal Pasquier announce the first phase of construction.CompletedThe first 160,000sq ft bakery will be completed by the end of this year, followed by the addition of production lines, before becoming fully operational at the end of 2015. A further 70,000sq ft site is proposed within five years.Pasquier said: “We will continue our development in the UK through this new production site. Our objective is to adapt to the British market whilst holding onto our French traditions of production, using our unique baking methods. The new factory will also enable us to become closer to our customers and distributors within the UK.”Brioche Pasquier was founded in 1936 in France and now has operations worldwide, in regions including North and South America, Australia, Germany, Spain, Italy, Benelux, Asia and Africa. The French company first came to the UK in 2001.
Frozen bread and dough supplier Speciality Breads has set out new environmental targets, including a 50% reduction in consumption of single-use plastic by 2020.The Margate-based business, which supplies restaurants, pubs, cafés, caterers and hotels, is also aiming to:Make all its packaging recyclable or recycledIntroduce solar cooling to improve refrigeration efficiencyIntroduce low emission/hybrid cars where viable for sales staffAchieve zero to landfill status for the bakery.Speciality Breads managing director Simon Cannell said TV show Blue Planet had made the business look closely at what it could do to help protect the environment.“We have always prided ourselves on being a responsible business in everything we do, but the horrific images on David Attenborough’s Blue Planet were a real shock to the system,” he added.Cannell said switching to alternative forms of food packaging was not straightforward, however.“Many alternatives are not safe for food-contact packaging, some will affect shelf life, and some need certain conditions to degrade.“None of this deters us from our desire to reduce our reliance on plastics, though, and we believe that these initial targets are stretching, time-sensitive and deliverable.”In 2016, Speciality Breads won the Responsible Business Champion Award for South Thanet after being nominated by MP Roger Gale for the positive impact it has on its staff, the community, local businesses and constituencies.
In progressive Vermont, it’s an article of faith that spending a little extra for a bag of premium coffee beans with a Fair Trade label is a price worth paying. A new Janus Forum debate, titled “Fair Trade Coffee: How Fair is Fair?” will hold that axiomatic belief up for scrutiny, with informed experts arguing for and against the proposition. The debate, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 4 to 5:30 pm on October 20 in Ira Allen Chapel.Loraine Ronchi, senior economist for African Agriculture and Rural Development at the World Bank, will argue in favor of Fair Trade. Colleen Haight, an assistant professor of economics at San Jose State University and economics program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, will argue against it.According to Ronchi, writing in a paper titled “Fairtrade and market failures in commodity markets,” published by the World Bank, the rationale behind Fair Trade is that “â ¦ market power and a lack of capacity in producer organizations ‘marks down’ the prices producers receive.”On her website, Haight writes a countering opinion: “While Fair Trade-certified coffee is growing in consumer familiarity and sales, strict certification requirements are resulting in uneven economic advantages for coffee growers and lower quality coffee for consumers.”The debate will be moderated by Marselis Parsons, former news director and evening news anchor at WCAX. The Fair Trade debate is the eighth in the Janus Forum series, which was launched in 2008. The goal of the debates is to stimulate reasoned discussion on important social and economic issues facing society. The debates stress the contrast and relative effectiveness of solutions that rely on freedom of individual choice as opposed to governmental or regulatory-based approaches to problems.
“The Promise” is a movie dealing with the Armenian genocide. America’s “promise” is cultural genocide. We are well on our way to the dust bin of history.During the Armenian Genocide in 1915, 1.5 million people were exterminated. An American diplomat was “lecturing” a Turkish official on the treatment of Armenians. What the Turks did was as bad as what Nazis did to Jews, Poles, Russians, etc. Only the scale differed. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The Turkish officials responded as follows. “‘Turkey’ the Ottoman Empire existed 600 years before America existed; we will be around when America is in the dust.” This is how people we lecture view America. This is no justification for genocides, but it does tell America where we are headed. America is a “fool nation.”America is ripe for dissolution. The people we are catering to, coming from afar by means other than legal (sensible), view themselves as citizens of the world. America is a stopover. The political class in America is the villain. The new arrivals are taking advantage of an opportunity to prosper at our expense. There are no good guys in this story, just villains and fools.As a child of the melting pot concept, I find I was played for a fool. I will join the other fools on the hill someday. Wiser yes, but gone. So will be America, gone.Extending hospitality to people who don’t respect your laws is a formula for self destruction.Edmond DayRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
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The East Java COVID-19 task force reported that post-PSBB, the COVID-19 attack and transmission rates in Surabaya have soared, in line with the lack of awareness among Surabaya residents of the importance of complying with health protocols.The attack rate is defined by the percentage of the population that contracts the disease during a specified time interval, while the transmission rate (RT) represents the average number of people who are infected by an infectious person.In Surabaya, the attack rate of COVID-19 has reached 139.7, meaning 140 in every 100,000 people is COVID-19 positive. This is the highest rate in the country. Meanwhile, the overall attack rate of East Java is 19.7.The transmission rate of COVID-19 in Surabaya is currently 1.2, compared to East Java’s 1.1. Read also: Palembang officially revokes PSBB policy despite high number of COVID-19 casesThe task force also reported that community compliance with health protocols in Greater Surabaya had declined, with the poorest compliance occurring in outdoor exercise spaces, followed by offices and factories, places of worship and traditional markets.“This is disappointing. Theoretically, under these conditions, we should revive the lockdown, or for us, the PSBB,” the task force’s curative management head Joni Wahyuhadi said on Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com.Joni added that the transmission rates had fallen to 0.5 in Surabaya and 0.86 in East Java during the PSBB period, stressing that such measures had proven effective in the curbing the spread of COVID-19.Echoing Joni’s statement, East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa also said the transmission rates in Surabaya and its satellite cities had fallen to below 1.0 during the PSBB period.“From June 21 to 26, Surabaya’s RT was below 1.0. Then, in Sidoarjo, for eight days from June 20 to 27, the rate was under 1.0. Gresik also had a rate under 1.0 for six consecutive days,” she said.As East Java had failed to maintain a transmission rate below 1.0 for 14 consecutive days, Khofifah said, the province was not yet ready to enter the so-called “new normal” phase.Greater Surabaya’s PSBB period lasted from April 28 to June 8, with two extensions. Despite having the partial lockdown in place, Surabaya was categorized as a “black zone” on June 3 due to its skyrocketing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.Read also: ‘Transitional PSBB’: A deciding chapter for Jakarta’s new normalSurabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini, who faces the burden of economic pressures, proposed terminating the PSBB measures to Governor Khofifah during an evaluation meeting earlier this month, arguing that many people had been forced to remain idle for too long.Unlike Jakarta, which is now transitioning to the “new normal” with the PSBB measures still in place, Surabaya removed the PSBB measures completely and is now implementing its own health protocols and relying heavily on the self-compliance of the community.Over the past month, East Java has consistently reported the highest number of new cases in the country. On Thursday, the province recorded 384 new cases, taking its overall tally to 8,917 cases and 664 deaths, according to the Health Ministry.According to the Surabaya administration, the city had recorded a total of 4,262 cases and 333 deaths as of Wednesday. The city has recorded an average of 100 new cases per day since the PSBB measures were revoked.Despite East Java’s occasional claims that the soaring number of cases are due to the province’s increased testing capacity, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that the province has a remarkably high positivity rate in testing.In its latest weekly situational report, the WHO reported that the positivity rate in East Java over the last two weeks was 31.6, far from the WHO’s provision of below 5.0 to impose “new normal” measures. None of the provinces assessed met this requirement.The East Java administration and the Surabaya administration are split on whether to revive the PSBB measures, with Surabaya insisting on “continuing to run the wheels of the people’s economy”.Read also: Epidemiologist claims easing PSBB could prolong COVID-19 crisis until 2024Experts have expressed dismay over Surabaya’s decision to ease the restrictions when conditions were not safe, fearing that without immediate controls, it could lead to an overwhelming of the healthcare system and resources.“Surabaya shouldn’t work alone. It must gather health experts to assess how significantly the impacts have been from easing the PSBB measures,” The University of Indonesia’s School of Medicine dean, Ari Fahrial Syam, told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Topics : The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Surabaya, East Java, has continued to spike after large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) were lifted, leading to many recommending that a partial lockdown be reimposed.Home to some 2.8 million people, the second largest city in Indonesia accounts for half of the total cases in East Java, the province that has replaced Jakarta as the country’s new COVID-19 epicenter since May 21.However, Greater Surabaya, which consists of Surabaya and its satellites cities Sidoarjo and Gresik, decided to end its PSBB measures on June 8.
Baghdad International Airport reopened for scheduled commercial flights on Thursday after months of closure during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit Iraq especially hard in recent weeks.Iraq suspended all flights to and from Baghdad in March, with only irregular or chartered flights operating and advance permission required for travel.The measures, which accompanied the closure of land borders and a general curfew that has been mostly in force since March, were taken to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus. Topics : Iraq has recorded nearly 100,000 cases of infection and more than 4,000 deaths from COVID-19. Health ministry figures now regularly show more than 2,000 new cases each day.Some passengers travelling from Baghdad airport are required to take a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test several days before their flights, depending on destination, a spokesman for the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority said.Incoming passengers are all required to take a test 48 hours before boarding Baghdad-bound flights, he said.Passengers were being scanned for temperatures as they arrived at the airport, Reuters reporters said, and some social distancing was enforced at stages such as passport control but not while people boarded flights.