Tambak-1 well is designed as both an appraisal of the northeast flank of the Mako gas field as well as an exploration test of the Tambak prospect Image: Coro Energy provides Tambak-1 operational update. Photo: Courtesy of MustangJoe from Pixabay. Coro Energy plc, the Southeast Asian focused upstream oil and gas company, is pleased to provide an operational update in relation to the drilling campaign in the Duyung Production Sharing Contract (“PSC”) in the West Natuna basin, offshore Indonesia, in which Coro holds a 15% interest.Tambak-1, located approximately 4.5 km north of the Mako South-1 well, has been drilled to an intermediate depth of 513 metres true vertical depth sub-sea (“TVDSS”). The well has intersected the intra-Muda reservoir of the Mako field and a full suite of wireline logs have been acquired together with a pressure survey and extensive fluid and gas samples recovered. These data have established the well as a successfull appraisal of the Mako gas field and confirm the large, areally extensive single tank model for the field.As previously reported, the Tambak-1 well is designed as both an appraisal of the northeast flank of the Mako gas field as well as an exploration test of the Tambak prospect. An independent review by Gaffney Cline & Associates had previously ascribed gross 2C resources of 276 Bcf (48.78 MMboe) of recoverable dry gas in the Mako field with gross 3C resources of 392 Bcf (69.3 MMboe) representing additional field upside.Coro management estimate that an increase in 2C resources of circa 100 Bcf is justified from the results of the successful appraisal drilling in both Tambak-1 and -2, representing a very significant value addition.As a next step, the well will be drilled to a total depth of approximately 1,370 metres TVDSS in order to test the potential of the deeper Tambak prospect. Coro estimate Tambak as having a mid-case prospective resource potential of 250 Bcf and a geological chance of success of 45%. The Tambak-1 well is planned to be plugged and abandoned once operations are complete.Further announcements will be made, as appropriate. Coro remains fully funded for its share of costs associated with the drilling campaign. Source: Company Press Release
Myles Garrett claimed Mason Rudolph used racial slur prior to Browns-Steelers brawl; ‘no such evidence,’ NFL says
During his appeal hearing with the NFL on Wednesday, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett claimed Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph called him a racial slur right before a fight broke out between Cleveland and Pittsburgh at the end of their “Thursday Night Football” game on Nov. 14, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson.An NFL spokersperson said the league looked into Garrett’s allegation but “found no such evidence” Rudolph uttered a racial slur, per Schefter. Garrett, however, indicated Thursday night on Twitter that Rudolph did say something objectionable.pic.twitter.com/IFKkZv5OC2— Myles “Flash” Garrett ⚡️ (@MylesLGarrett) November 22, 2019Rudolph earlier Thursday denied Garrett’s allegation through a Steelers spokesperson, who said Rudolph “will not discuss this accusation any further” and added “his focus remains on preparation for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.”Rudolph was not available to speak to reporters following the team’s Thursday afternoon practice, but his attorney, Timothy M. Younger, shared a statement on his behalf.MORE: Rudolph discusses role in Browns-Steelers brawl”According to ESPN, in his appeal, Myles Garrett falsely asserted that Mason Rudolph uttered a racial slur toward him, prior to swinging a helmet at Mason’s uncovered head, in a desperate attempt to mitigate his suspension,” Younger said. “This is a lie. This false allegation was never asserted by Garrett in the aftermath of the game, never suggested prior to the hearing, and conspicuously absent in the apology published by the Browns and adopted by Garrett.”The malicious use of this wild and unfounded allegation is an assault on Mason’s integrity which is far worse than the physical assault witnessed on Thursday. This is reckless and shameful. We will have no further comment.”Browns coach Freddie Kitchens affirmed his support for Garrett when asked about the ESPN report on Thursday, but Kitchens would not say whether Garrett made him aware of the accusation.Freddie Kitchens on Myles Garrett’s allegation that Mason Rudolph used a racial slur: pic.twitter.com/mjfy9OpBIZ— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 21, 2019During Wednesday’s media session, Rudolph accepted responsibility for not keeping his composure but made it clear he “definitely didn’t say anything” to anger Garrett to the point that he would rip off Rudolph’s helmet and use it as a weapon against Rudolph. Mason Rudolph addressed the Thursday incident in a prepared statement and brief Q&A before walk through.“I consider it a privilege, not a right to be a part of the NFL. To be part of a first class organization … and I fell short of that expectation last Thursday night.” pic.twitter.com/2OHiDWLEBm— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) November 20, 2019When asked immediately following the game if Rudolph had said something to upset him, Garrett paused before saying, “They’ve just got to go look at it.”I don’t know if the rumors are true and Rudolph called Garrett the N-word, but he definitely said something that upset Garrett.QUESTION: Did Mason say something – is that what started things?GARRETT: [long pause] They just gotta go look at it. And I’m not gonna comment on it. pic.twitter.com/dXEjUO4SHU— Roberto Shenanigans (@Rob_Shenanigans) November 16, 2019Garrett was suspended indefinitely for the helmet swing, and now that the NFL’s punishment has been upheld, he will remain out for at least the rest of the 2019 regular season and any potential postseason games. Rudolph avoided a suspension but was reportedly expected to receive a fine for his role in the fight.This article has been updated with Garrett’s statement via social media.
DES MOINES — It appears a Senate-passed plan establishing some restrictions if Iowa voters decide to automatically restore felon voting rights is on the fast track in the Iowa House. The bill is ready for debate in a House committee Wednesday after a subcommittee hearing Monday.“We knew from the beginning that we had to define what discharge of sentence looked like and this bill does a good job of carving that out and really dealing with some tough issues,” said Drew Klein of Americans for Prosperity.If Iowa voters eventually pass a constitutional amendment automatically grants felons the right to vote when they’re paroled, this bill would kick in. It would require felons to pay all the restitution they owe victims before they’d get the right to vote. Iowa Catholic Conference executive director Tom Chapman urged House members to reconsider and merely require felons to be current in a restitution repayment plan.“Requiring the payment of restitution is just,” Chapman said. “However, all repayment before the right to vote would be restored could end up keeping low income people from voting.”Greg Baker of The Family Leader said his group supports providing second chances to paroled felons and restoring their voting rights.“There has to be a point where we allow the person to move on and become a part of society again,” Baker said.But Baker said he doesn’t envy legislators wrestling with how to define when felons have completed their sentences. Former State Representative Clel Baudler, a Republican from Greenfield who’s a retired state trooper, urged the legislature to abandon the whole effort and keep the process requiring all felons to apply to the governor for their voting rights.“I oppose the whole notion that felons should be automatically be given something once they get out of prison,” Baudler said.Key House Republicans say the bill is likely to come up for debate in the 100-member House next week — and pass as is.
Image Courtesy: MarcaAdvertisement Arda Turan, the FC Barcelona midfielder who is currently on a loan spree away at Süper Lig side İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. has been give a suspension away from football after being charged with illegal possession of firearms and getting into a fight with Turkish singer Berkay Şahin, and also firing a gun in a hospital!Advertisement Image Courtesy: MarcaBack in 2018, the 32 year old got into a tussle with the music artist in a nightclub, and ended with the singer having a broken nose.Soon after the player arrived at the hospital where Berkay was admitted, and shot a gun in the premise, causing panic among the citizens.Advertisement The club has charged the Turkish international with a monetary penalty of 2.5 million Turkish lira, which roughly equates to about 350 thousand pounds.Turan has publicly apologised for the incident over social media.Advertisement “I learned lessons from these events. My greatest aim is to make my family, my dear wife, my club and friends proud.” he wrote on his Instagram today. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Arda Turan (@ardaturan) on Sep 11, 2019 at 1:47am PDTŞahin also spoke to journalists: “We have been waiting for an apology since the first day.”Turan, who has represented the country 100 times at the international level, left Camp Nou in January 2018, following a total of 0 appearances for the Blaugranas in the previous season. he still has a year left on his contract with the Catalans, who still retain the rights to sell him to any club. Advertisement
LONGSHOT YIANNIS SURVIVES INQUIRY TO WIN $75,000 SAN PEDRO STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER ESPINOZA; SADLER TRAINEE GETS SIX FURLONGS IN 1:09.67
ODDS-ON FAVORITE KENTUCKIAN STEADIES SHARPLY GOING TO FAR TURN AND RUNS THIRD ARCADIA, Calif. (April 12, 2015)–Longshot Yiannis showed good speed and motored to a 1 ¼ length win in Sunday’s $75,000 San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by John Sadler and ridden by Victor Espinoza, Yiannis came out and brushed with runner-up Serbian Syclone approaching the sixteenth pole, but survived a stewards inquiry to get the win in only his second start.A nose maiden special weight winner going 5 ½ furlongs on Jan. 31, the Kentucky-bred ridgling by Midshipman was off at 7-1 in a field of eight sophomores and paid $17.80, $7.60 and $3.60. Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, he was purchased out of a 2-year-old in training sale in March, 2014 for $560,000. With the winner’s share of $47,400, he increased his earnings to $81,000.“It looked like the other horse was getting a little a tired, so I didn’t think he was going by us,” said Sadler in defense of the stewards’ verdict. “The race he won has turned out to be a very productive race. We knew this was a pretty big jump in class, but the timing worked out well and he came into this a fresh horse.”Espinoza, who rode top Derby candidate American Pharoah to a sensational win in Saturday’s Arkansas Derby, notched his second win of the day aboard Yiannis.“He broke a step slow and I had to send him, but as soon as we had the lead, it was over,” said Espinoza. “I was a little nervous during the inquiry at one point, but then I watched the replay and I felt confident. It was a little close, but we didn’t have any contact with Serbian Syclone.Ridden by Tyler Baze, who had three winners earlier in the day, Serbian Syclone was off at 11-1 and paid $11.20 and $4.40.Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Kentuckian came off of an 11 length first out maiden score at Golden Gate Fields and was the solid 3-5 favorite with Rafael Bejarano and paid $2.40 to show.Breaking from post position two, Kentuckian layed third at the rail going into the far turn behind the winner and longshot Guy Code, had was forced to steady sharply at the three eighths pole and was shuffled back to fifth at that point.“He broke good, but he was a little intimidated by the rail and I had to take up when we got pressure from the outside,” said Bejarano.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.
Steve O’Meara is determined to take his chance to become Commonwealth champion this weekend.He faces Liam Smith for the vacant title on the same bill as George Groves’ showdown with Glen Johnson at ExCel London.O’Meara, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, has won his last three fights with early knockouts to put himself in the frame for a title shot.And he believes unbeaten Liverpudlian Smith will feel his power in their light-middleweight clash on Saturday night, which is being screened on Box Nation.“The training’s gone really well, everything’s spot-on, and I just can’t wait for it now,” O’Meara told West London Sport.“Liam Smith’s a good fighter and I do respect him, but I believe I’m going to have too much for him on the night.“People used to say I was a good boxer, if only I could punch. But I’ve added the power now as people have seen in my last few fights.“That means the opponent doesn’t know whether they’ll face someone who’ll box them or who’s going to try to knock them out, as I can do either.“Smith comes forward and I think if he does that against me he’s going to have a problem.”O’Meara, previously the southern area champion, has been in contention for a shot at the British or Commonwealth titles for some time.“I’m just glad it’s on now and I’m looking to get in there and do the job,” he added.“I’ll have good support there and this is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for.”West London Sport will have live updates from ExCel London during Groves and O’Meara’s title fights.See also:O’Meara stuns Toms in west London clashTrainer eyes title shot for O’MearaO’Meara aiming for title gloryO’Meara tipped for title glory in 2012Victory moves O’Meara closer to title shotSteve O’Meara v Tony Randell in picturesO’Meara to fight for Commonwealth titleGroves believes he can stop JohnsonGroves and DeGale in new war of wordsSteve O’Meara ‘excited’ as he prepares for his title clashWatch O’Meara and Smith weigh in ahead of their title fightDuo weigh in ahead of title showdownsDeGale backs O’Meara to win 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Passengers waiting in a Qantas lounge of the future to board the airline’s aircraft of the future would be able talk to an intelligent personal assistant running advanced artificial intelligence algorithms to act as a personal companion and guide.They would have already checked in sophisticated luggage that pairs with a Q bag tag to track belongings anywhere across the world. The smart travel companion would be able to follow its owner, weigh itself and could be remotely locked or unlocked.As the passenger boards, sensors in the overhead lockers detect whether or not a locker is full and a LED strip indicates if there is space for carry-on luggage.The traveller would settle into a business pod that would synchronise their personal devices with high definition screens complete with data feeds, video conferencing and a “surround’’ entertainment system that syncs with electronic pyjamas to allow passengers to feel their favourite movie. Mixed reality glasses with see-through holographic lenses will also provide digital experiences such as travel alerts and interactive entertainment.These would be complemented by lightweight, wireless stereo earphones capable of blocking ambient noise and able to play up to 1,000 songs.Helping passengers remain comfortable would be high-tech cushioning connected by Bluetooth to the personal inflight entertainment system. Sensors would monitor a passenger’s heart-rate, respiration, posture and sitting habits to provide personal health and comfort recommendations.The system would alert them to poor posture or recommend when it was time to do a lap of the cabin.A smart cup would also monitor water intake and alert customers to the need to hydrate recommend optimum consumption levels for particular beverages.And for those wanting to go a step further, an adjustable headset could monitor brainwaves and adjust the environment, mealtimes and entertainment to their emotional state.Meanwhile, smart LED strips would project the outside view or scenes such as an ocean dawn or desert night sky on the cabin roof. The aircraft would be powered by biofuel produced from sustainable sources to reduce its impact on the environment and datalinks to ground staff would boost safety.Qantas admits some ideas for its aircraft of the future concept may be of the “blue sky” variety but it argues aviation has been, and will always be, a source of great innovation.“It’s why airlines and aircraft manufacturers are constantly trying to evolve the customer experience,’’ a spokesman says. “Qantas has a proud record of pushing the boundaries being the first airline to operate jet services across the Pacific and in 1971 we were the first airline to introduce Business Class.“It remains to be seen how many of these concepts get off the ground but rapid improvements in technology are allowing us to already use big data to analyse the best flight paths across the Pacific and give customers the ability to stream entertainment to their own devices.’’In fact, many airlines are taking a hard look at what the technology in new “connected’’ planes can offer as technology continues to change the way people travel. On-board Wi-fi, once shunned by travellers, is now being widely adopted to provide the inflight connectivity craved by a new generation of passengers .Technology company SITA estimates the proportion of airlines offering on-board internet to passenger’s devices will jump from roughly a third today to 74 per cent by 2019, with 70 per cent offering multimedia file streaming.Departure halls have already been transformed by the introduction of self-service kiosks and the International Air Transport Association expects this to continue with the migration to smartphone apps that allow people to check in outside the airport. This may one day render on-airport check-in facilities obselete, according to some predictions.SITA expects mobile phone boarding passes, already widespread, to be “almost universal’’ by 2019 and believes almost half of airlines will offer smartwatch boarding by this date.More than half of airlines are expected to trial wearable technologies over the next decade and there will be a similar move towards a single biometric travel token for identity management.A smaller but sill significant 44 per cent say they will look at artificial intelligence in the next 10 years and 37 per cent expect to look at virtual reality.A number of airlines have already joined Qantas in using streaming technology to allow people to access inflight entertainment on their own devices and there is a big move towards phone apps that provide functionality beyond a boarding pass. Air New Zealand customers, for example, can order a barista-made coffee before they arrive at the airport lounge.Other ground-based technology that aims to make trips simpler includes biometric bag drops and a plethora of apps that do everything from booking a flight to helping you pack or checking to see if a better seat is available.Some of those apps, such as Kayak and Worldmate, consolidate the flow of information to give fingertip access to hotel and flight bookings while building an itinerary and allowing you track flights.Hopper analyses billions of airfares each day to predict future flight prices and tell travellers the best time to book. Its makers claim it predicts future price prices with 95 per cent accuracy and it has already collectively saved users tens of millions of dollars.Seat Alerts monitors available seats and lets you know if a window or aisle seat becomes available so you can jump on the phone to the airline.Apps also help travellers navigate unfamiliar airports, where negotiating passport control is getting easier with the increasing use of technology that uses biometric information stored electronically on passports to process travellers through automated gates.Technology is also beginning to ease the pain of negotiating security checkpoints as airports look at new security scanners that cut queues and allow people to leave items such as laptops in bags.Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and London’s Luton Airport have introduced computed tomography (CT) scanners which generate 360-degree three-dimensional images able to more quickly process bags and cut wait times by as much as half. The scanners also include automated belts that pull bags into the machine and return empty trays to the start of the checkpoint.The technology, which has also been trialled at Singapore’s Changi Airport and is due to be part of pilot program in Phoenix involving American Airlines, is able to run bags continuously through the system without the need to remove liquids, gels or laptops.
20 December 2013The decision by international ratings agency Fitch to affirm South Africa’s credit rating is fair given the tough global economic climate and the government’s commitment to its fiscal plan, the National Treasury said in a statement on Wednesday.The government was responding to Fitch’s affirmation of the country’s long-term foreign and local currency issuer default ratings at BBB and BBB+, respectively.Despite being concerned about the slow pace of growth, the ratings agency said South Africa’s floating exchange rate and inflation-targeting framework acted as effective “shock absorbers” in the South African economy.Ratings on its senior unsecured foreign and local currency bonds were also affirmed at BBB and BBB+, respectively.Fitch said the outlooks on the long-term issuer default ratings were stable. The country ceiling has been affirmed at A- and the short-term foreign currency issuer default rating at F3.South Africa’s Treasury said that South Africa’s strong banking system and “deep local financial markets” were also among the factors that influenced the affirmation of the country’s rating.“The ratings agency said that government debt was largely denominated in local currency and has a high average maturity and this limited exchange rate and financing risk,” the Treasury said.“Fitch also indicated that weak economic growth and a widening current account deficit were downside drivers preventing the economy from achieving a more positive rating.”The “counter-cyclical approach” was one of the toughest decisions that the government took to survive the aftermath of the 2008 recession. It did this by allowing the budget deficit to increase during bad times, before reigning it in when times improved.Standard and Poor’sOn Friday, the Treasury said it had noted Standard and Poor’s (S&P) decision to affirm the country’s longterm foreign currency credit rating at BBB and local currency credit rating at A-2.The rating agency maintained the negative credit outlook on the rating.The Treasury said on in a statement that the government’s view was that “S&P’s rating opinion did not take adequate account of progress made in addressing the issues that S&P had raised as potential drawbacks to their initial downgrades in 2012”.S&P said the ratings affirmation was based on the following factors: that the government would ensure broad, largely pragmatic, policy continuity; tensions in the mining sector had been reduced; GDP growth remained lacklustre; current account deficits were relatively high; general government debt was sizable; and portfolio flows are relatively volatile.According to S&P, South Africa’s recent lacklustre economic performance, external imbalances and labour tensions could affect its macroeconomic policy framework beyond the agency’s expectations.“The government’s view is that S&P’s rating opinion did not take adequate account of progress made in addressing the issues that S&P had raised as potential drawbacks to their initial downgrades in 2012,” the Treasury said.Treasury said government will continue to invest in infrastructure with the view of enhancing the productive capacity of the economy and the competitiveness of local industries.“This will be done in a manner consistent with fiscal sustainability as tabled in the 2013 Medium Term Budget Statement,” the Treasury said. Source: SAnews.gov.za
London Olympics: Hope floats for Gutta and Ponappa after 8 badminton players are thrown out for underperforming
Contrary to widespread belief that their appeal has been rejected, India’s ace doubles shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa hopes she and Jwala Gutta would make it to the quarterfinals of the women’s badminton event after four pairs were disqualified from the London Olympics on Wednesday for “not using one’s best efforts to win a match”.”We are not sure what the scenario is right now. We are waiting for the decision and we hope to make it to the quarters. As far as I know, the officials are discussing the issue and we will get to know in some time,” Ashwini said.”We have given our best and that is all we could do,” she added.The meeting of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) is currently underway at the Wembley Arena, the venue for the badminton event.The suspended pairs are: Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China; Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari of Indonesia; Jung Kyung Eun and Kim Ha Na of South Korea; and Ha Jung Eun and Kim Min Jung, also of South Korea.However, they are not from Group B, of which the Jwala and Ashwini were a part of. The Indians finished third in their group.Ashwini said they had won more matches than the other teams who are in contention for moving to the quarters.London Olympics chief organiser Sebastian Coe described the incidents as “depressing”, saying “who wants to sit through something like that”.International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said that such incidents were “not acceptable”.advertisement
Story Highlights She said the visit, which took place in the context of the 30th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of CARICOM, “provided a wonderful opportunity to engage at the highest level on a variety of areas of strategic importance.” Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has extended condolences to those who lost loved ones in Cuba, following a tornado that hit the country on Sunday (January 27).“The Government and people of Jamaica express our deepest condolences to those who are mourning and wish a speedy recovery to the many who were in this tornado,” she said.In a speech read by the President of the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson, Minister Johnson Smith said the tragic loss of lives, injuries and damage to the infrastructure throughout Cuba are a reminder of the vulnerability of small island states.“It is a stark reminder of the vulnerability that we share as Small Island Developing States and demonstrates the importance of the assistance granted by Cuba to countries like Jamaica in this area,” the Minister said, adding that Cuba has provided invaluable support to the region in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.The Minister’s message was read at a reception on January 31, at the Spanish Court Hotel, in Kingston, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution National Day.Senator Johnson Smith highlighted the friendship between Jamaica and Cuba since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1972.“Both countries have shared multiple technical cooperation initiatives over the years, in pursuance of our respective development priorities which span the areas of healthcare, education, security, sports, agriculture and culture,” she said.The Minister mentioned the visit to the island by the President of the Councils of Ministers and President of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Miguel Diaz-Canel, at the invitation of Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.She said the visit, which took place in the context of the 30th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of CARICOM, “provided a wonderful opportunity to engage at the highest level on a variety of areas of strategic importance.”The Minister said that Cuba’s support to the process of nation-building across the region has been demonstrated in various other fora, such as the Association of Caribbean States, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the United Nations.At the United Nations, she said that Jamaica and other CARICOM countries continue to advocate for the ending of the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed against Cuba.“Jamaica is committed to strengthening our partnership with the beautiful and culturally rich neighbour, the Republic of Cuba, through meaningful dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation in the years ahead,” the Minister added. “Jamaica is committed to strengthening our partnership with the beautiful and culturally rich neighbour, the Republic of Cuba, through meaningful dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation in the years ahead,” the Minister added. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has extended condolences to those who lost loved ones in Cuba, following a tornado that hit the country on Sunday (January 27).