The discovery was made after drilling the Enterprise 1 well in licence VIC/P42(V), in which Beach holds 60% stake Enterprise 1 well was spud from an onshore site near Port Campbell. (Credit: wasi1370 from Pixabay.) Australian oil and gas company Beach Energy has made a new gas discovery at its Enterprise 1 exploration well in the Victorian Otway Basin in Australia.The new gas was found at Enterprise 1 well in licence VIC/P42(V), in which Beach holds 60% stake and is the operator. The remaining 40% interest in the licence is owned by O.G. Energy.Beach said that the Enterprise 1 well was spud from an onshore site near Port Campbell and 8km from the Otway Gas Plant.The company has drilled the well using an extended reach drilling (ERD) approach to a total depth of 4,974 metres measured depth (MD).It has encountered the primary reservoir target of the Upper Waarre Formation 89 metres high to prognosis at a depth of 4,594m (MD).The drilled well intersected a 146 metre of gas column in the Upper Waarre Formation, including 115 metres of net gas pay with no gas-water contact found.Beach said that the sampling indicated a gas composition with 10% carbon dioxide by volume.Beach Energy managing director and CEO Matt Kay said: “To have our first exploration well in the Victorian Otway program deliver a successful result is an excellent outcome for the business.“This success enhances our plans to develop more supplies for the East Coast gas market. The Enterprise result also de-risks other nearby prospects, warranting their evaluation as potential future drilling candidates.”Enterprise 1 will undergo well test to confirm productivityThe company said that it is planning to case and suspend the well as a future producer.The Enterprise 1 will undergo a well test to confirm its productivity and provide data for the proposed pipeline to the Otway Gas Plant.The engineering work and regulatory approvals process for the pipeline is already underway.Recently, Red Sky Energy has entered into an agreement (SPA) to acquire Beach Energy’s stake in the Killanoola oil field in South Australia.
The 118-year-old house at 615 Wesley Avenue is considered architecturally and historically significant by the city. By DONALD WITTKOWSKIAn eyesore or historic gem?Unrepairable or a fix-it-upper?A historic home built only 23 years after Ocean City’s founding in 1879 as a seaside resort town by four Methodist ministers awaits its fate amid a fight over whether the deteriorated house should be demolished or saved.The now-empty home is located at 615 Wesley Avenue in the heart of the city’s Historic District, an area that roughly stretches between Third and Eighth streets and Central and Ocean avenues.On Sept. 1, the Ocean City Historic Preservation Commission, which approves demolition, new construction or rehabilitation projects within the district, denied the property owner’s request for permission to tear down the 118-year-old house to make room for a new duplex. Following up on the commission’s action, the city’s administrative officer also refused a demolition permit on Oct. 8.Now the property owner, a group called RJGVB LLC of Shippensburg, Pa., is appealing the denial of the demolition permit to the Ocean City Zoning Board. The zoning board is scheduled to consider the matter at its Dec. 16 meeting, which will be conducted online and by teleconference during the pandemic.The lawyer and an architect representing RJGVB argue that the old house is contaminated by black mold infestation, suffers from major structural defects and has been repeatedly damaged over the years by floodwater.“As the testimony will indicate, the building on the property contains hazardous mold infestation. The building was badly damaged during Superstorm Sandy and no remedial work was ever undertaken,” Avery Teitler, RJGVB’s attorney, wrote in a Nov. 10 letter to the zoning board appealing the denial of the demolition permit.Teitler included reports from an architect and a mold repair expert that describe the home’s deteriorated condition, including the mold contamination. Teitler also said the house has “major structural defects and a single stacked brick foundation that cannot be salvaged.”Overgrown vines and weeds are creeping up the front steps at the old home.George Wray Thomas, an architect representing RJGVB, said the house has been so radically altered and reconstructed over the years that virtually all of its historic features have been lost.“The Mansard roof is the only historical feature remaining and the original slate has been replaced with asphalt shingles,” Thomas wrote in a Jan. 20 letter to the Historic Preservation Commission.The home’s original history dating to 1902 isn’t immediately clear, but over the years it has variously served as the Genevieve Guest House and the Koo-Koo’s Nest bed and breakfast, according to online real estate records.Lately, it has been listed for sale at $999,000. The house includes five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms within 5,250 square feet of space, according to real estate records.The house has been classified as a “key building” in the Historic District, the highest ranking for historically significant structures, City Deputy Tax Assessor Mike Brady said.Ideally, the Historic Preservation Commission would like to see someone buy the house and restore it.“There’s so much to that original building that is still there. There’s no reason that building should be torn down. The building has a tremendous amount of street presence,” John Loeper, the commission’s chairman, said in a September interview.Built in the Second French Empire architectural style, the four-story house is part of a block of homes on Wesley Avenue dating to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.Although it is empty now, over the years the home served as the Genevieve Guest House and then the Koo-Koo’s Nest bed and breakfast, according to online real estate records.In its current condition, it has a weather-beaten exterior, long vines creeping up its steps and a battered white fence. Much of the facade is obscured by overgrown trees and shrubbery. The light green paint has long since faded, along with the burgundy trim.Loeper said the old house remains in good overall physical condition despite its deteriorated exterior.“The building stands there in the community in the same way it stood the day it was built,” he said.Michael Calafati, the architect representing the Historic Preservation Commission, believes the home should be saved, rehabilitated and reoccupied. He said in a report to the commission that the house is part of the “valuable streetscape” that is becoming “increasingly rare in the historic district and needs to be preserved.”Despite the changes to the house over the years, “the original building fabric does remain and the building’s original shape, form and massing immediately convey the image of a late 19th century Second French Empire Style home with a Mansard roof,” Calafati is quoted as saying in a Historic Preservation Commission resolution supporting the home’s preservation.According to the resolution, Calafati’s report also addresses the concerns about the hazardous mold infestation. The Historic Preservation Commission and Calafati believe the mold can be removed from the house.Environmental cleanup is a “routine undertaking when restoring old structures for a new life; this includes remediation of pervasive mold,” the resolution says, citing Calafati’s report.
Racha Kirakosian uses a rigorous approach in her class “Middle High German 200,” which explores the cultural context of German-language poetry and scientific and religious texts circa 1050-1500.But she has long been interested in attracting more students to a topic that could, to the uninitiated, seem daunting.“I wanted to create a course that would appeal to people who might fear the linguistic side of things,” said Kirakosian, an assistant professor of German and the study of religion whose research includes medieval German mysticism and medieval law.So she turned to the stage. A sometime actor and director, Kirakosian created “Women’s Voices in Medieval German Literature,” a spring offering that requires no previous experience with medieval languages. The course culminates with a performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday at [email protected] female voices at HarvardIn lieu of a final exam, students in “Women’s Voices in German Medieval Literature” created a final performance of spoken word and song. To help, as the syllabus reads, “elucidate the ways in which women expressed themselves in a world that was dominated by a male written culture,” Kirakosian brought three innovative approaches to class.First, she made her students act it out.Students took on the persona of certain characters from the course texts, to be quizzed by classmates about the characters’ actions.“It’s what I call learning through embodying,” said Kirakosian. “The students had assignments and a paper that combined close readings and historical study with a creative component of how to communicate insights in a performative way.”That reading included “The Nibelungenlied,” the epic poem in Middle High German about the hero Siegfried and the revenge taken by his widow, Kriemhild. During class, one student delivered a monologue as Brunhilde, the poem’s powerful mythic Valkyrie, who challenges the suitor Gunther to a test of strength. “I am Brunhilde, the woman of wonders, a wonder woman, former Queen of Iceland ― the Ice Queen. I was the most beautiful woman in the world, and I was once the strongest ― stronger, in fact, than any man. Anything they could do, I could do better.”The role-playing and dialogue are ways “to read between the lines,” Kirakosian added, “and acquire knowledge by actually embodying.”Kirakosian also read outside the lines. Content-wise, the study of Middle High German revolves around a certain set of canonical Christian-based texts. For a fresh perspective, she added Yiddish works to the mix. The addition offered her students new insights on the evolution of Middle High German and the female voice.A 17th-century autobiography of a Jewish woman stretched the Middle Ages into the early modern period, Kirakosian acknowledged, “but it helped us to have a dialogue.”“To integrate Yiddish as a language and understand how it actually related to German,” she said, “was truly a new component in the teaching of medieval German literature.”Her third innovation evolved as the class progressed. During the semester, Kirakosian challenged the students to think about how they could put their thoughts about some of their readings, which included “The Nibelungenlied” as well as volumes on gender theory and theater, into practice.Native Yiddish speaker Sonya Hamlin, a former dance professor at Radcliffe and Harvard, and Tal Katsir, an Israeli composer and singer who rearranges medieval melodies attributed to women, were special guests in class and helped develop the course’s final performance, which blends song with the spoken word.Emma Dowd ’15, who first connected with Kirakosian through the Harvard University Choir, in which they both sing, saw in the course a chance to have fun.“I thought, ‘I haven’t taken a class like that at Harvard before,’” said Dowd.Performing for an audience is the “perfect opportunity to share what we’ve been working on,” she said.Kirakosian agreed.“This is an attempt to reach a creative level of understanding, through putting theoretical and historical texts into practice.”Medieval female voices at Harvard (warmup exercises)In lieu of a final exam, students in “Women’s Voices in German Medieval Literature” created a final performance of spoken word and song. Here, they practice tongue twisters and other exercises to warm up their voices.
MILAN (AP) — Italy’s president has opened consultations aimed at identifying a sustainable coalition majority, after Premier Giuseppe Conte was forced to resign when a small party yanked its support. Sergio Mattarella met in Rome Wednesday with the speakers of both houses of parliament on the first day of meetings. The more critical talks are scheduled for Thursday, when Mattarella meets with former Premier Matteo Renzi — who leads the tiny party that triggered the crisis — and Friday, when he sees three right-wing opposition leaders who are seeking new elections.
The series follows a group of mail detectives in the Dead Letter Office, who deliver every dead and missing letter to its true owner just when the recipient needs it most. Both legends will appear in the revolving role of the team’s supervisor. Best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda, Harper, who has been battling inoperable brain cancer, recently appeared on Dancing With the Stars. A Tony nominee for Looped, her other Main Stem credits include Take Me Along, Wildcat, Subways Are For Sleeping, Something Different, Paul Sills’ Story Theatre, Ovid’s Metamorphoses and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang legend Van Dyke made his Broadway debut in 1959 in The Girls Against the Boys, before going onto appear in Bye Bye Birdie. Broadway vets and screen icons Valerie Harper and Dick Van Dyke have both signed on to guest star in Hallmark’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered. According to Deadline, Harper will appear in the first two episodes and Van Dyke in episodes three and four. View Comments
View Comments The dastardly cast assembles! John Rapson and Kevin Massey will headline the national tour of the Tony-winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. Following previews in Schenectady in September, the tour will begin performances in Chicago and go on to play numerous cities across the U.S. including Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Tempe, Houston and Seattle.Rapson takes on the role of the colorful assembly of D’Ysquith heirs (all eight of them), while Massey will play Monty Navarro, the charmingly devilish young man out for their blood. Joining them will be Kristen Beth Williams as Sibella Hallward, Adrienne Eller as Phoebe D’Ysquith and Mary VanArsdel as Miss Shingle.Rapson heads to the tour after making his Broadway debut in Les Miserables. Massey appeared in the Great White Way company of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, where he understudied the role of Monty. He’s also appeared in Memphis, Tarzan and Big River. Williams’ Broadway credits include Pippin, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Anything Goes. A recent grad of NYU Tisch, Eller previously appeared regionally in The Little Mermaid and Hairspray. VanArsdel previously appeared in the national tour of Mary Poppins.Rounding out the cast are Christopher Behmke, Sarah Ellis, Matt Leisy, Megan Loomis, Dani Marcus, Lesley McKinnell, Kristen Mengelkoch, David Scott Purdy, Chuck Ragsdale and Ben Rosenberry.A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars. Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance…and be done in time for tea.The musical opened at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre on November 17, 2013, and went on to become the most nominated and honored production of the 2013-14 Broadway season. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder is the winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Direction of a Musical (Darko Tresnjak), Book of a Musical (Robert L. Freedman) and Costume Design of a Musical (Linda Cho).
By Carolina Contreras/ Diálogo July 06, 2016 Love to see the Chilean and US forces working together, sharing knowledge, and helping one another. At the invitation of the Chilean Army’s Ground Operations Command (COT), a delegation from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), South Pacific Division, visited Chile for the first time to conduct training activities based on its Urban Search and Rescue Program, which the Military deploys in emergencies and disasters. The joint operation took place within theframework of “Cycle for Sharing Experiences in Emergencies and Catastropheswith the United States Army – South/Corps of Engineers,” conducted June6th-10th in an auditorium at the Chilean Army Engineering Command (CINGE) inSantiago. “Disasters occur all over the world and it isimportant to know how to respond to these emergencies,” said Colonel EricMcFadden, USACE Deputy Commander, South Pacific Division. “This is anopportunity to exchange information regarding our organizations and take awayanything that allows us to improve our response capabilities.” Sharing experiences As part of its annual program for Education,Instruction, and Training, COT scheduled this activity with USACE to learnabout its experiences with employing emergency units in support of search andrescue during disasters, specifically in collapsed buildings. The activity wasorganized by Colonel Juan Jara Lamas, Chief of the First Planning Department,Chilean Army Ground Operations Command. The U.S. delegation was led by Col. McFadden,and included a team of three engineers with structural expertise from theSearch and Rescue (SAR) Team, who are members of the Task Forces available inthe event of a national or international emergency. Tom Niedernhofer, anengineer and the head of the SAR program, was also part of the U.S. team. The Chilean contingent included a group of 50service members from the Engineering Command, specialists from various ArmyPlanning and Execution Bureaus throughout the country, and guests from theChilean Firefighter Search and Rescue team, who comprise a Task Force for catastrophesthat occur in the Andean nation. “This was mutual cooperation between the twoArmies,” Col. Jara stated. “We held several lectures on how they operate inemergencies, which will doubtlessly be a significant contribution to our work.” The subjects taught focused on evaluating damageto buildings as a result of catastrophes; safe entry to buildings; and how toensure mobility in a disaster site, allowing for the rescue and lifesavingoperations to take place. The lessons were based on doctrine, classroomtraining programs, and standards for operations in response to a structuralcollapse. USACE members explained the work they performedin the past, such as the 1995 attack on a government building in Oklahoma City,the 2001 attack on the Twin Towers in New York City, or the assistance theyrendered after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Using these cases as illustration,they explained how the Military units are organized, how work is coordinatedwith civilian corps of engineers, how the warning processes are employed,planning, and how all teams are integrated to assist in emergency and disastersituations. “It was especially interesting to learn aboutthe U.S. Army’s experiences to train our military teams for emergency events,”Col. Jaras explained. Floods and earthquakes Personnel from the Chilean Army GroundOperations Command and the Corps of Engineers spoke about their work duringvarious national emergencies and catastrophes, such as floods and earthquakes.Master Sergeant José Gatica, a specialist in heavy machinery from the ChileanArmy’s Horizontal Engineering Company, discussed his experiences during the2010 earthquake in Haiti. The exchange activities also included a field tripto the Chilean National Firefighters Academy, located 50 kilometers fromSantiago. At the Academy, USACE personnel demonstrated the equipment they useto analyze collapsed structures and their work methods, while Chilean Army SARunits demonstrated their work in search and rescue. “Though both Armies have similar capabilities inseveral respects, we approach the situations differently. The point is to beable to learn so as to respond better to disasters,” Col. McFadden said. The United States Army Corps of Engineersconsists of active-duty Military combat engineers and a corps of civilianengineers. USACE has 32,000 professionals throughout the United States who havebeen trained to respond to emergencies and disasters. At the end of the lecture cycle, both countries’delegations exchanged formal gifts and ceremonial salutes. “It was an interesting experienceprofessionally, but also interesting because it reinforced the bonds of friendshipand camaraderie between the two Armies,” Col. McFadden stated.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A reputed former leader of the Brentwood chapter of MS-13, the violent street gang, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for murdering two men and assaulting a third three years ago.A jury had convicted 24-year-old Carlos “Silencio” Ortega in March at Central Islip federal court of racketeering, murder, assault with dangerous weapons and related firearms and conspiracy offenses.“He will now have the rest of his life to contemplate the just results of his allegiance to the killing machine known as MS-13,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Ortega, who joined the gang in his native El Salvador, shot and killed 21-year-old David Sandler, whom the gang believed was a member of the rival Latin Kings street gang, in Brentwood in February 2010.Ortega also shot and wounded Sandler’s friend, 20-year-old Aaron Galan, who was standing next to Sandler at the time.Weeks later, in March 2010, Ortega killed fellow MS-13 member Mario Alberto Canton Quijada on a Far Rockaway beach when that victim attack rivals on the gang’s behalf.Ortega initially tried to shoot Quijada, but the gun jammed and Ortega hacked the victim to death with a machete and the help of other MS-13 members instead.He was arrested following an investigation by the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force, which prosecutors said helped secure convictions for more than 200 LI members of MS-13, one of the largest gangs on the Island.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr On October 17, 2018, Acting Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) (previously the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – CFPB), Mick Mulvaney, announced at the Mortgage Bankers Association, that the Bureau has set out on an agenda to better define the term “Abusive” in the Unfair, Deceptive, and Abusive Acts or Practices (UDAAP).The first version of UDAAP, formerly referred to as Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act, was introduced in 1938. In 2004, the FTC expanded the section to include deceptive and unfair acts and practices, and UDAP was born. After that, the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act introduced the “abusive” statutory standard, changing UDAP to UDAAP, and refocused regulatory attention on this area of compliance. When the law was enacted, it also gave the primary UDAAP rulemaking authority to the CFPB. Now, enforcement of UDAAP for institutions over $10B is done by the CFPB, while institutions under $10B are enforced by FTC, the Attorney General, as well as Federal and State Regulators. The overall intent of UDAAP is to detect and prevent misleading or harmful behaviors by those who offer financial products or services to consumers.This new agenda to clarify the standards has caused many questions and struggles as financial institutions try to understand UDAAP. The challenges are due in part to any number of factors, such as: continue reading »
Another year is wrapping up, and it’s time to think about your retention strategy for 2019 if you haven’t already. Bonuses, gift cards, and extra time off are three can’t-miss rewards for a service rep’s stellar performance on the job. Without a doubt, they’ll be appreciated. But there are additional offerings you can make to these vital CU workers — and they’re apt to be just as well received! Ongoing Training Smart member service representatives know they can be transformed into great ones if their manager is willing to take the time to uncover their hidden strengths and foster professional growth. Whether your organization’s MSR job description emphasizes service, sales or some combination of the two, it’s important to provide the educational foundation necessary to ensure uncompromised, individual success. Every employee is entitled to a career development plan that assesses each individual’s talents then provides ways to perfect these talents and compensate for any weaknesses. Some MSRs are geared primarily to service. They are nurturers who can empathize with others, make members feel appreciated, resolve problems and retain business. Teach these more cautious employees everything they need to know about effective communication, call control, phone etiquette, conflict resolution, and rapport building. Keep them current on the latest trends, policy changes and rules. The more they know about any given situation, the more independent, effective, and productive they will be.Other MSRs exhibit a definitive flare for sales. With some solid coaching and sincere encouragement, MSRs possessing an assertive, competitive personality can often readily convince members to consider additional services. Boost the potential for their rate of success by role-playing, providing incentives, and offering to lend extra support when needed. Improved CommunicationSome people seldom provide specifics when giving directions, relaying information, and answering questions. They speak in odd generalities and may seem to leave out entire verbal paragraphs when sharing their thoughts. These are big-picture individuals – their need to focus on results dominates their world and makes them uninterested in fine points. This mindset is most commonly seen in leaders, sales personalities, and other intense competitors. However, typical MSR personalities need details. They simply can’t afford to take chances, make broad-based assumptions, or be wrong. Be sure to offer them ample guidance, clarification, and direction. Service personnel can provide better service, solve problems, or avert a possible member-related crisis if they have a clear understanding of situations and objectives. Encourage managers to make lists, assemble thoughts, stay accessible, and provide thorough instructions and guidance to the MSR team. Flexible Schedules, Telecommuting OptionsWhile working non-traditional hours or from home is not everyone’s idea of a perk, it ranks highly on most service personnel’s list of enticing benefits. As generational shifts occur throughout the banking world (as well as every other industry!), more emphasis will be placed on a heightened corporate social responsibility. New generations of workers are increasingly insisting that companies respond to their strong desire for life-work balance, and more relaxed work settings can help employees achieve this.While a company’s lack of flex schedules or telecommuting options may not be the underlying factor in an MSR’s decision to leave, it can certainly influence it. ConclusionGood MSRs will thank you not only for tangible rewards but also for those that can’t be wrapped in glittery paper or presented with fanfare. One of the greatest gifts you can give your MSRs is an ongoing effort to ensure they will withstand the rigors of their job and succeed. Be creative! Find out what really motivates your MSR personalities to do their best, stay loyal, and increase productivity. Arrange brainstorming sessions or casual lunches where ideas can be exchanged, objections raised, and goals reassessed. What do these employees really enjoy? Once you know, show them how they can have more of it.If the culture is right and the appropriate compensation is in place, MSRs are more apt to perform at their highest level. However, CU call center leaders need to recognize the unique needs of their staff, as well as any personality differences and behavioral changes, in order to best determine how to maximize those performances. Though excellent customer service is vital to a credit union’s long-term success, it does not just happen by accident. It’s the result of a conscious, continuous effort by managers to develop, implement, and refine procedures so as to meet the ever-changing needs and expectations of their staff. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Carletta Clyatt Carletta Clyatt, a popular seminar speaker, is the SVP at The Omnia Group. She offers clients advice on how to manage more effectively and gain insight into employee strengths, weaknesses … Web: www.omniagroup.com Details