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NEO Energy completes acquisition of UK North Sea assets from Total

first_imgThe transaction consists of a material, cash generative portfolio of assets in four producing areas of the UK North Sea NEO Energy acquires UK North Sea assets from Total. (Credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay) NEO Energy, the full-cycle UKCS focused energy platform, announces the completion of the acquisition of a portfolio of operated and non-operated assets in the UK North Sea from Total Oil UK Ltd and Total E&P North Sea UK Ltd.The transaction consists of a material, cash generative portfolio of assets in four producing areas of the UK North Sea, with an average 2019 production of approximately 23,000 boepd and substantial development upside. In addition, the portfolio adds reserves of c. 51 MMboe to NEO Energy. The transaction includes operatorship of two asset clusters, the Quad 15 and Flyndre areas, and an operator organisation of more than 60 highly experienced employees and contractors.Paul Harris, COO and Interim CEO of NEO Energy, commented:“The expeditious completion of this transaction is a major milestone for NEO Energy as we build a next generation North Sea operator. I am extremely excited by the quality of both the asset portfolio and the group of over 60 outstanding professionals we have assembled.We have quickly established NEO as a leading UKCS independent with a solid platform from which to continue to deliver our sustainable growth strategy. Underpinned by a meaningful production base and development opportunities, I look forward to embarking on this next chapter in NEO’s development.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Tiffany Foster Top Canadian in $73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic

first_img Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Email* Harrie Smolders (NED) and Monaco, owned by Evergate Stables, LLC, hit the ground running with a blistering jump-off effort to take the title in the $73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI5* on Sunday, February 28, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) to close out the seventh week of the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).WEF 8, which runs on March 3-7 and is sponsored by Premier Equestrian, will feature the $150,000 Nations Cup, presented by Premier Equestrian on Friday, March 5, the $50,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m National Grand Prix and $37,000 Hermès Under 25 Semi-Final Grand Prix under the lights on Saturday, March 6, and the $214,000 Grand Prix CSIO4*, presented by JTWG, Inc., on Sunday, February 7.A total of 46 combinations challenged the opening round with 11 pairs qualifying to return for the jump-off. Smolders, ranked 20th in the world, piloted Monaco, a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Cassini II x Contender, to a double-clear effort over the 1.50m track set by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) and Andy Christiansen (ECU). The Flying Dutchman gave credit to his nickname as he edged the competition by just over a tenth of a second, in 38.40 seconds.“I thought I didn’t have the best start to the jump-off but my roll back to the liverpool [fence seven] was very good,” said Smolders on where he gained the edge to win. “I thought it was a very serious track. There were a lot of faults in the first round. [It was a] very good course but your horse needed to be in top shape.”It was Daniel Deusser (GER) and Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z, owned by Stephex and Scuderia 1918, who posted the time to beat ahead of Smolders, stopping the clock at 38.51 seconds. He and the 13-year-old Zangersheide stallion by Tangelo Vd Zuuthoeve x Mr Blue won Thursday’s WEF Challenge Cup Round 7 and continued their prosperous week with another fault-free outing to finish second. Deusser also picked up a win with Kiana van het Herdershof on Friday and finished fourth on Saturday night with Killer Queen VDM.“This week was definitely not a usual week,” said Deusser, who is poised to move up from third in the world rankings after a month of great results. “Every day I was in the top three and then fourth in the big class with three different horses. I’m very happy about it but I have to keep both feet on the ground and realize that’s not normal. It’s a luxury problem to have. If you have only one horse, it’s probably not fair to the horse because you ride them too many times. For you as a rider, it’s not good because you don’t get enough practice. To ride three or four different horses at this level, it improves you.”Rounding out the podium was Kent Farrington (USA) aboard Orafina, owned by Kent Farrington, LLC, who also finished double clear for a third-place finish. Farrington and the nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare by For Fashion x Canturo stopped the clock just off the mark in 39.35 seconds. Canada’s Tiffany Foster was fourth aboard Hamilton, a 2011 Holsteiner gelding (Quadros x Zerlina I) owned by The Hamilton Group, in 41.06 seconds.Smolders and Monaco, who was also awarded with the Champion Equine Insurance Jumper Style Award this week by Laura Fetterman, have experienced success all over the world as their partnership continues to reach new heights.“I got him when he was seven years old,” said Smolders. “He’s grown nicely to the highest level and is very good against the clock. He’s always a top horse to have in your string. He can do a fast class but when he needs to do the grand prix classes, he’s good [in those] as well.”With a busy competition schedule, it’s the team behind the scenes that gives Smolders the opportunity to continue producing clear rounds. Splitting time between competitions in the United States and Europe, the team at home keeps the horses in top shape.“We do a lot of flat training and when I go back and forth to Europe, I have very good staff here that I can really rely on. I think we have an amazing team. My two American owners/partners Evergate Stables and Copernicus Stables, they’re fantastic for me. They’ve been great supporters for years, and I hope we can continue the partnership for a long time.”Final Results: $73,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI5*1. MONACO: 2009 Holsteiner gelding by Cassini II x ContenderHARRIE SMOLDERS (NED), Evergate Stables, LLC.: 0/0/38.402. SCUDERIA 1918 TOBAGO Z: 2008 Zangersheide stallion by Tangelo Vd Zuuthoeve x Mr BlueDANIEL DEUSSER (GER), Stephex and Scuderia 1918: 0/0/38.513. ORAFINA: 2012 Dutch Warmblood mare by For Fashion x CanturoKENT FARRINGTON (USA), Kent Farrington LLC: 0/0/39.354. HAMILTON: 2011 Holsteiner gelding by Quadros x Zerlina ITIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), The Hamilton Group: 0/0/41.065. BALOUTINUE: 2010 Hanoverian gelding by Balou du Rouet x Landor SADAM PRUDENT (USA), Plain Bay Farm: 0/0/41.596. AYADE HERO Z: 2011 Zangersheide mare by Aganix Du Seigneur x C.heroine De ThieusiesSPENCER SMITH (USA), Ransome Rombauer: 0/4/39.127. DICAS: 2009 Rheinlander gelding by Diarado x Cassini IMARGIE ENGLE (USA), Storm Ridge Capital LLC, Show Horses, Garber & Gladewinds Partners LLC: 0/4/42.608. CHA MU 4: 2010 Westphalian gelding by Cornado II x RheinsbergMARTIN FUCHS (SUI), Lee Sportpferde: 0/4/43.489. DSARIE: 2008 KWPN mare by Veron x AhornBEAT MÄNDLI (SUI), Grand Road Partners LLC: 0/4/47.6910. CARACAS: 2009 Holsteiner gelding by Cachas x CosimoEUGENIO GRAZA PEREZ (MEX), El Milagro: 0/8/47.1911. BRIGHTON: 2006 KWPN gelding by Contendro II x Quick StarTIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms LLC: 0/RT12. CATINKA 25: 2009 Oldenburg mare by Catoki x LuxanoVANESSA MANNIX (CAN), Vanessa Mannix: 1/76.20 SIGN UP last_img read more

US-banned Islamic scholar begins Oxford teaching post

first_imgControversial Islamic scholarTariq Ramadan, who has in the past been accused of anti-Semitism and was bannedfrom teaching in the US, is aboutto begin teaching at Oxford.Professor Tariq Ramadan is to begin a visiting fellowship at the postgraduatecollege St Anthony’s which specialises in International Studies. He marked thestart of his new position by delivering a speech to the Oxford Union on Tuesdayevening. A spokesperson for the College describedRamadan as “an internationally recognised scholar” and said that St Anthony’sis “a forum for free academic exchange on the issues of our times and opposes allmanifestations of hate speech and intimidation designed to curb academicfreedoms”.Ramadan was named by Time Magazinein April 2004 as one of the 100 innovators of the 21st century forhis work to create an Independent European Islam. Mike Whine from the Jewish CommunitySecurity Trust accused Ramadan of speaking moderately in French and English butdelivering more radical messages in Arabic. In the televised debates between himselfand the French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, Professor Ramadan declined tocondemn the Islamic punishment of the stoning of women for crimes such asadultery and instead resorted to ijtihad, asking leading thinkers to comeforward to a solution to this doctrinal problem.In 2004 the US State department revokedProfessor Ramadan’s work visa at the recommendation of the department ofHomeland Security shortly before he was due to begin teaching Islam, Conflict Resolutionand Peace Building at Indiana’s Notre Dame University, citing a “publicsecurity risk”. Ramadan was recently appointed toan elite government task force that reports to Tony Blair and the HomeSecretary Charles Clarke in the wake of the Londonbombings to help combat the rise of Islamic extremism in Britain.Dr Edie Friedman, director of theJewish Council for Racial Equality said that “some members of the Jewishcommunity have had positive contact” with Tariq Ramadan.  Dr Friedman said that although she has heard “both positive and negativethings about him” she “welcomes his appointment” and “looks forward to workingwith him”.Jeremy Seeff and Tikva Blaukopf, co-presidentsof the Oxford University Jewish Society said, “Professor Ramadan has a fine academicrecord” and that as long as “any personal religious and political inclinationshe has do not affect his teaching and in any way sour the atmosphere on campus,JSoc has no objection to Professor Ramadan’s appointment”. Hassan Malik, President of OxfordUniversity Islamic Society, said that “one may have disagreementswith Professor Ramadan” but that “differencesof opinion are allowed within reason” and that “his appointment should be goodfor the Oxford community,as he has received some bad press and allegations which were totally unfounded”.He added that Professor Ramadan is“working to create unity amongst different faiths” and that “for this he should be commended”.Professor Ramadan told Cherwell, “I’m happyto be here”, and described his work as “important in bridging the gap betweentwo worlds. It is really interesting for me meeting interesting and challengingpeople, asking questions about the future of Islam in Europeand in Islamic majority countries”.ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005last_img read more

Council crackdown on student accommodation

first_imgOxford City Council is proposing a crackdown on student accommodation which is likely to result in a freeze in the number of available student houses in Oxford East. Other student accomodation will become subject to spot-checks. The Council plans to introduce new system whereby every landlord wishing to rent to students must apply for a licence. However it has also announced that it plans to refuse all planning permission applications for proposed student houses in Oxford East. Since these applications are a legal necessity for the licence to be obtained, this means that no houses there which are not already used by students will be able to be converted.If the proposals are accepted, houses where three or more unrelated people live together, known as Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), will also be subject to spot checks by the council. They will set standards for student accommodation and revoke licences from landlords whose properties are not up to scratch.The new initiative will affect around 5,000 properties across the city. The consultation concerning HMOs will be completed next month and it is expected to turn out in favour of the proposals.New legislation introduced in April means that those who want to convert their properties into HMOs will have to seek planning permission.While landlords who already own HMOs will not have to apply for planning permission, the Council have said they will not give planning permission for any proposed HMOs in the East Oxford HMO planning area.One local landlord said that she has not been able to obtain planning permission to convert a property in East Oxford into student accommodation, leaving four students potentially homeless next year.She said, “We are in legal limbo. I have a contract with these students which the Council is making it impossible for me to fulfill. Since the change in legislation came too late for my prospective tenants to find anywhere else to live next year, I can only hope that common sense prevails at the Council and we are at least allowed to work through pre-existing arrangements.” Students are concerned that lack of housing could push rents up and make finding a place to live harder.One second year student at St. Hilda’s said, “At lots of colleges you have to live out for at least a year. Finding somewhere to live is hard enough as it is, as competition is so fierce for the best properties. Rent is already too high and I’m worried properties close to town will be too expensive now.” However, the council insists the main objective of the plan is not to force students out. Oxford City Council’s health development manager Ian Wright said, “The main intention is to improve conditions within the properties and improve the management of them by the landlord.”Wright did admit to the Observer newspaper that “studentification” in Oxford is a problem, saying, “A lot of local residents have been quite alarmed about how studentification has affected their community. We know it’s been one of the top topics on the doorstep for local councillors.” Second year Modern Languages student James Mead welcomes the crackdown. He said, “I think this is a great idea. I’m very lucky in terms of my landlord – he is obviously keen to maintain his property for us and ultimately for himself in the long run.“I do, however, have friends who are treated very badly by landlords who never bother to reply to complaints or questions. They live in run down properties which are not maintained and not are fit for renting but students have no other choice. Giving the council such powers can only be positive in my eyes.”last_img read more

Press release: PM call with President Trump: 6 February 2018

first_imgA Downing Street spokesperson said,“The Prime Minister spoke to President Trump this evening.“They discussed the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act, due to be considered by the US Senate later this month. The Act covers how the US can access data stored in another country, when it is needed to prosecute serious crime or to disrupt terrorism. It will also authorise the US Attorney General to enter into agreements with like-minded allies like the UK to allow reciprocal compliance with US and foreign court orders. With it, law enforcement officials in the US and the UK will be empowered to investigate their citizens suspected of terrorism and serious crimes like murder, human trafficking, and the sexual abuse of children regardless of where the suspect’s email or messages happen to be stored.“The Prime Minister stressed the great importance of the legislation to the UK authorities in investigating criminal and terrorist activity in the UK. The Prime Minister and President Trump agreed the passage of the Act through the US legislative system was vital for our collective security.”last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Busts Out Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’ In Austin [Watch]

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee continued their tour of the Southern US last night, performing at the beloved Stubb’s Bar-B-Q venue in Austin, TX with opening support from TAUK. Umphrey’s brought the heat throughout the show, treating fans to a number of favorites including opening jam “In The Black.”The first set powered forward with tracks like “Intentions Clear > Partyin’ Peeps,” “Loose Ends > Hurt Bird Bath,” “Wife Soup,” and a set-closing “Comma Later > The Floor.” Lots of fun song segues and extended jam segments kept the fans in Austin grooving hard.Set two opened with fan-favorites “Educated Guess” and “Miss Tinkle’s Overture,” giving rise to “The Linear -> Make It Right.” After a fun “Phil’s Farm,” the band broke out into their first and only cover of the night, Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.” Busted out for the first time in 118 shows, the Floyd cover Watch fan-shot footage from Gus Hughes below:The set closed out with a combination of “The Fussy Dutchman > Rocker Pt. 2,” and UM ended the show with a two-song encore of “Upward > No Diablo.” The band is absolutely on a tear, and will continue that trend tomorrow, for one final night in Texas at the House Of Blues in Dallas, TX.Check out the full setlist from All Things Umphrey’s below:Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, Austin, TX – 4/22/16Set One: In The Black, Intentions Clear > Partyin’ Peeps, Loose Ends > Hurt Bird Bath, Wife Soup, Comma Later > The FloorSet Two: Educated Guess, Miss Tinkle’s Overture, The Linear -> Make It Right, Phil’s Farm, Comfortably Numb, The Fussy Dutchman > Rocker Pt. 2Encore: Upward > No Diablolast_img read more

Yonder Mountain, Railroad Earth, Stringdusters Members To Host Bluegrass Supergroup At BCA

first_imgWith this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive event—scheduled for Sept. 23rd and 24th—expanding to two days with a massive lineup of over 150+ musicians and some of the most eclectic collaborations you will see this side of late-nights at Jazz Fest, we’ve decided to take a deeper look at some of the acts that appear on the bill. First up is the Metropolitan Jamgrass Alliance. The Alliance features some of the top bluegrass players in the scene, including violinist/guitarist Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), guitarist Andy Falco (The Infamous Stringdusters), and mandolinist Jacob Joliff (Yonder Mountain String Band), ensuring what will be a can’t-miss set.Brooklyn Comes Alive Announces Supergroup Formations, Daily LineupsAn original member of Railroad Earth since its inception back in 2001, multi-instrumentalist Tim Carbone‘s deft playing and understanding of the bluegrass, celtic, rock, and jazz genres are clearly witnessed both in the studio and in the live setting. However, his talents also lend themselves to having a keen ear behind the production booth, as Carbone has worked with bands/artists such as Greensky Bluegrass, David Gans, Great American Taxi, and many more over the years.Coming from Long Island, roots guitarist Andy Falco joined The Infamous Stringdusters during the early stages of the band’s career back in 2007. The group has been nominated for a Grammy Award and won several awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, including Emerging Artist of the Year back in 2007.  When not delving into deep, complex jams with the Stringdusters, Andy sticks close to home playing with his brothers Patrick and Tom, along with Fred Golik as The Falco Brothers.Mandolinist Jacob Joliff became an official member of long-time progressive bluegrass act Yonder Mountain String Band back in 2015 (after touring with the band throughout 2014) along with fiddle player Allie Kral. He began playing the mandolin at seven years old while growing up in Newburg, OR, and eventually went on to study at the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston. Joliff now resides in New York City and plays around town with various friends and his own Jacob Joliff Band when not on tour with Yonder.Each of the core three musicians on tap for the Metropolitan Jamgrass Alliance is based in the greater metropolitan New York area, which spurred the concept for their collaboration. They will also be joined by bassist Patrick Falco (Andy’s brother and bandmate in The Falco Brothers) and banjo player Ryan Cavanaugh to round out their crew. Together, these polished and seasoned veterans of the bluegrass scene are poised to deliver psychedelic, foot-stomping, barley-laced, ale-drinking, Appalachia-style music for the BCA faithful to enjoy. You can catch them on Sunday, September 24th, at Brooklyn Comes Alive.Metropolitan Jamgrass Alliance Full Band:Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth)Andy Falco (The Infamous Stringdusters)Jacob Jolliff (Yonder Mountain String Band)Ryan CavanaughPatrick FalcoSome of the other acts to appear on the lineup will be an Allman Brothers Band Tribute ft. members of moe., Snarky Puppy, Bernard Purdie and more, A Tribute to Jamiroquai ft. members of The Motet, TAB, and RAQ, moe.queous ft. members of moe. and Aqueous, Eric Krasno & Friends w/ John Scofield, George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, and more, and special sets from DJ Premier & The Badder Band, as well as The Crystal Method, and a list that goes on and on. Check out the full lineup, band formations and daily schedule below!Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, this unique event puts the focus on the artists, bringing over 100 musicians together to see their passion projects come to life, honor their musical heroes, and improvise with their friends and peers. The event pushes the boundaries of a traditional music festival model and creates an unprecedented experience for fans. The third year is positioned to be the best yet, so don’t miss out!Payment plans for Brooklyn Comes Alive are available for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.last_img read more

Access, America

first_imgPerhaps no single journey holds more mystical fascination for Americans than the cross-country road trip. Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, and Hunter S. Thompson famously wrote about the open road as a metaphor for personal and intellectual freedom and a vehicle for self-discovery and social commentary. And for decades, it’s been a summertime rite of passage, uniting everyone from families in station wagons to intrepid campers to vagabonds and outlaws, all eager to hit the pavement and experience the nation from sea to shining sea.Kunho Kim, a Harvard College sophomore raised in South Korea, knew that one of the things he absolutely had to do while living in Cambridge was travel around the nation. Brad Riew ’17, whom Kim met on his first day of freshman year during tug-of-war at Thayer House, got on board right away. The pair began planning their itinerary in earnest last spring, picking up two more like-minded travelers along the way: You-Myeong Kim (no relation) ’17, and Cynthia Cheung, a recent graduate of the University of Bath in England.[googlemaps https://mapsengine.google.com/map/embed?mid=zt8y4eCJt8Yg.knLDuJy8lL2M&w=640&h=480]Interactive map: Ride along with Harvard College sophomore Kunho Kim and friends as they hit 20 cities on a cross-country road trip to find wheelchair-accessible options for budget travelers. Map by John McCarthy/Harvard StaffClick here for a full rendering of the interactive map.But it wasn’t long before their plan ran into a snag. Kunho Kim has needed a wheelchair to get around since a ski-jumping accident in Montana in 2010 left him paralyzed from the waist down. While researching hotels, restaurants, and sightseeing attractions that would be accessible to him, it became clear that such information, if available at all, was surprisingly hard to find. Despite more than 20 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law, if the information wasn’t buried deep in the back of guidebook and website listings, it was incomplete or used confusing terms.Frustrated, Kim and the group refocused their trip with a higher purpose: to gather accurate, reliable data for wheelchair travelers so others won’t have to slog through the same uncertain terrain or endure unexpected discomfort and inconvenience.“For example, getting a cab. It says they have 14 wheelchair-accessible vans, but if you actually call them, they’re like, ‘You have to wait an hour and 30 [minutes],’” said Kim. “And if you ask them how many vans they have available right now, they say, ‘We only have one running now.’” Although museums generally have wheelchair ramps and accessible entrances, he added, “You kind of need to know where to go. But that information is not readily available, so I thought that’s something I could do for people like me.”On July 10, the group piled luggage, camping gear, a cooler, and Kim’s wheelchair into a rented Ford Expedition in San Francisco and began snaking across country, hitting 20 cities and three national parks, including Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, before pulling into in Cambridge on Aug. 24. They created a blog called “Wheel Project 2014” about their trip and will use their findings to assemble a guidebook to wheelchair-friendly travel on a budget, to be published next year as part of Harvard Student Agencies’ “Let’s Go” travel series.According to U.S. Census data, about 3.6 million people over age 15 use a wheelchair; another 11.6 million require a cane, crutch, or walker to get around.Kim found that the accessibility information provided by hotels was often flat-out inaccurate, creating major headaches. Budget hotel websites that assured prospective guests that they had “roll-in” bathrooms frequently turned out to be misleading. Either the designated rooms were already booked when they checked in, or they were not truly accessible.“We asked a couple times, ‘Do you have a wheelchair-accessible bathroom?’ But once we get into the hotel, either they have a tub, or it’s not accessible and totally different from what we expected,” said Kim.“A lot of them aren’t practical. Sometimes they’ll be missing a bench, sometimes the railings would be far from the hand control, sometimes the shower nozzle would be so far apart that it would be impossible” to get wet, said You-Myeong Kim.To pay for the trip, the group raised just over $6,600 from families, friends, and other supporters through a crowd-funding website and received a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which funds research and advocacy for curing spinal-cord injuries.Now back at Currier House, Kim said that despite public awareness and sensitivity to the need for accessibility, even getting around Cambridge’s uneven brick sidewalks or in and out of its older buildings is still pretty difficult.“Harvard Square is one of the worst,” he said, noting that crossing the Yard or visiting Riew and You-Myeong Kim at Eliot and Kirkland Houses, respectively, is tough because of the narrow old doorways and steps.The ongoing House renewal program, under which renovations to Leverett House’s McKinlock Hall and Quincy House’s Stone Hall were recently completed, will bring full accessibility, including elevators, to all of Harvard’s historic undergraduate housing, said a University spokesman.Exhausted since returning to Harvard and jumping into a new semester, Kim said he’s happy the trip ended safely. And while the experience was certainly fun and exciting, just as he had hoped, it wasn’t without some trying times.“At some point of the trip, I just wanted to quit everything and wanted to leave,” he said. Fortunately, the group helped pick him up in his darkest hours. “The positivity they had was the drive to help me withstand the pressure and the stress” of traveling and producing a book. “What I learned by the end of the trip is to enjoy the trip and worry about the book later.”All in all, Kim said, “It was the best summer I had so far. I can say that proudly.”last_img read more

Judy Kuhn Begins Performances in Fiddler on B’way

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016 View Comments Fiddler on the Roof Judy Kuhncenter_img Related Shows Miracle of miracles! Tony nominee Judy Kuhn will start performances in Fiddler on the Roof on November 22. She takes over for Jessica Hecht as Golde in the the Main Stem revival, which is helmed by Bartlett Sher and stars Danny Burstein. The production is scheduled to play its final performance at the Broadway Theatre on December 31.Kuhn earned her fourth Tony nomination for her performance as Helen Bechdel in Fun Home, which concluded its Broadway run on September 10. She also received nominations for She Loves Me—Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s predecessor to Fiddler—Les Miserables and Chess. Her additional Broadway credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Rags and King David on stage and the singing voice of Pocahantas in the 1995 Disney animated film.In addition to Burstein, the current cast of Fiddler on the Roof includes Alexandra Silber as Tzeitel, Samantha Massell as Hodel, Melanie Moore as Chava, Adam Kantor as Motel, Ben Rappaport as Perchik, Nick Rehberger as Fyedka, Adam Dannheisser as Lazar Wolf, Alix Korey as Yente and Dee Roscioli as Fruma Sarah.last_img read more

Seaport Global analyst: U.S. thermal coal ‘could be a disaster zone in 2020’

first_imgSeaport Global analyst: U.S. thermal coal ‘could be a disaster zone in 2020’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):In the second quarter of 2019, average quarterly U.S. coal mining employment declined to the lowest level since the first quarter of Donald Trump’s presidency as production in the first half remains significantly lower than the first or second half of 2018.Average employment in the sector fell by about 2.7% from the first to the second quarter of 2019 while coal production held roughly flat in the same period, S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis of federal data shows. Employment and production figures could look even starker in the next quarter. Blackjewel LLC sent hundreds of miners home and operations were idled in the wake of the company’s bankruptcy early in the third quarter while export markets that propped up the industry in recent periods are showing signs of weakness moving forward.Seaport Global Securities LLC analyst Mark Levin recently wrote that there are few new metallurgical coal projects in the pipeline worldwide as “producers continue to struggle to offset depletion, particularly because geology is getting more difficult, and a lot of excess cash is being returned to shareholders rather than reinvested in new projects.” Domestic thermal coal in the U.S. has long been in decline, but “could be a disaster zone in 2020” based on an expected drop in demand, Levin wrote.Coal production and employment trends vary significantly by location. The nation’s most productive coal region, the Powder River Basin, produced significantly less coal in the first half of 2019 than in the first or second half of 2018. The area produces thermal coal and has limited access to export markets, making it particularly susceptible to a secular decline in U.S. utility coal consumption.Unless other coal producers pick up the slack, quarterly coal production could take a significant dip in the third quarter as Blackjewel’s Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines remain closed since July 1 after initial financing for the company’s bankruptcy fell through. The mines accounted for 7.9 million tons of coal production in the second quarter, roughly 11.1% of the 71.4 million tons of coal produced in the period. Contura Energy Inc. is currently negotiating with federal officials to resolve issues with Contura’s proposed purchase of the mines, which it sold to Blackjewel in 2017.Despite a significant amount of production going offline due to the closures, Peabody Energy Corp. President and CEO Glenn Kellow reported that even a month after the Blackjewel mines stopped producing, prices did not change due to ongoing competition from low-priced natural gas and renewables. Peabody and Arch Coal Inc. recently announced they are working toward a joint venture of their operations in the Powder River Basin and Colorado.More ($): U.S. coal employment, production slides as market poised to get even tougherlast_img read more