The C-M-541 block is located in the pre-salt Campos Basin, in a water depth of about 3,000m Image: Drilling at the first exploration well in the C-M-541 deep offshore block is planned to commence in 2021. Photo courtesy of Kasey Houston/Freeimages. France’s Total-led consortium has been awarded exploration rights in the C-M-541 block offshore Brazil.The exploration rights have been awarded as part of the 16th bidding round held by the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP).Located in the pre-salt Campos Basin in a water depth of about 3,000m, the block will be operated by Total with 40% interest while Qatar Petroleum and Petronas will have 40% and 20% stakes respectively.Drilling on first exploration well to start in 2021The consortium, which also comprises Qatar Petroleum and Malaysian oil and gas company Petronas, plans to commence drilling at the first exploration well in 2021.Total chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanné said: “Total is pleased to expand its footprint in the Campos Basin with this new operated exploration block, alongside two strategic partners. It is another demonstration of our ability to seize high quality exploration acreage in a key growth area for the Group.“This is in line with our strategy to continue building our operator positions in Brazil’s deep offshore, where we can add value thanks to our deepwater competencies.“It follows on from our acquisition in 2016, through successful direct negotiations with Petrobras, of operatorship of the Lapa field and an interest in the Iara concession.”As part of the bidding round, Petronas through its subsidiary, Petronas Petróleo Brasil (PPBL) also secured exploration rights for Blocks CM 661 and CM 715, offshore Brazil.Additionally, Qatar Petroleum won the exploration rights for blocks 659 and 713 in the Campos basin as part of a consortium comprising affiliates of Shell with a 40% interest, Chevron 35% interest, and Qatar Petroleum 25% interest.Qatar Petroleum president and CEO Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi said: “This successful result is the fourth of its kind, which further strengthen Qatar Petroleum’s footprint in Brazil, marking yet another successful step towards realizing our international growth strategy, and turning Brazil into a cornerstone of our international portfolio.”
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Merton College JCR has voted to ban The Sun from its common room in protest against Page 3.The motion, which passed at the JCR meeting last Sunday, was proposed by Merton’s Equal Opportunities Officer Hamish Forbes and seconded by OUSU’s Rent and Accommodation Officer Sophie Terrett.27 members voted in favour of the motion, with 13 opposing it. There were only two recorded abstentions in what the JCR Vice-President Liz Milne described as a “high turnout”.Forbes said the idea was to send a message to the Sun, as well as to show solidarity with the national ‘No More Page 3’ movement. He explained, “It’s important that we passed this motion in order to demonstrate to the Sun’s editors that we as a leading educational institution are opposed to Page Three in its current form”.He went on to stress that the initiative gained strength from the number of members. “Every added organisation or institution to the list of those supporting the campaign is important”, he said.The decision was not an easy one for all members of the JCR to take. PPE student Jonas Müller voiced opposition, warning that banning one newspaper would “lead to a slippery slope”. He added that “banning things for moral reasons is concerning,” and that if the nudity was the source of people’s worries the motion was pointless, as “12 year olds can watch porn online anyway”.LGBTQ Rep Alex Beecham made the argument that the motion should be a protest about the objectification of women and not about nudity. Other speakers at the meeting concurred. Forbes agreed too and an amendment was made in order to clarify this point.Information and Returning Officer Joe Hackett was worried about increasing the effect of the ‘Oxford Bubble’, noting that Merton JCR does not subscribe to the Daily Mail, and thus by banning The Sun would have no access to Britain’s first and second most popular newspaper. Finalist Chris McCabe worried that the lack of the Sun would lead to a lack of working class representation in the JCR’s media subscriptions. The ‘No More Page 3’ campaign has gathered pace in recent weeks, gaining the backing of several well-known institutions and individuals. Edinburgh, Durham, UCL, Manchester and Oxford Brookes are just some of the 27 universities to have stopped stocking the paper. On top of this the campaign has received backing from politicians, unions, charities and celebrities. 151 MPs signed a letter asking for the Sun to end the feature, and Russell Brand published a photo of him wearing a No More Page 3 T-shirt.“I’m surprised it took so long to happen,” said one first-year of the motion. “And even more surprised that some people voted against it. “Although I can understand maybe why they thought it was a bit unclear”.One JCR member maintained, “A lot of people seemed unsure about how effective the whole thing was. I mean I get the idea that we’ll achieve more as part of a wider movement, but how much pressure will The Sun really be feeling as a result?”Another Mertonian was concerned about how lightly some of the undergraduates were taking the new rulings. They explained that some older students, having discovered that it is impossible to appeal a motion within two years of its passing, were “talking about simply buying the Daily Sport instead”. This would “totally defeat the purpose of the motion”, they claimed.Merton joins a host of other colleges in banning the paper. Brasenose, St Hugh’s, New, University and Teddy Hall have all outlawed the tabloid in recent times. New College student Verity Bell commended Merton’s decision commenting, “I’m glad that Oxford undergraduates are tackling the everyday objectification of women in the tabloid press directly.”One Brasenose student said, “Taking these sorts of decisions has a positive direct effect; but the largest impact comes from the publicity generated in doing so. When Merton become another addition to the colleges that have taken a stand against The Sun, the message will gain further traction and hopefully be considered at a higher level.”The No More Page 3 campaign acknowledged Merton’s efforts by retweeting Hamish Forbes declaration of success. read more
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Man Pulls Knife On Deputy Outside Of CourthouseA Bloomington man is in custody today after threatening a deputy with a knife and attempting to grab another deputy’s Taser.The incident began just before noon when a deputy assigned to the Vanderburgh County Courts Building responded to a report of a vehicle parked on the sidewalk near the north steps of the Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union Plaza Building. Finding no one inside the vehicle, the deputy went inside the plaza building to check for the owner. The deputy located the owner, who later identified himself as Mr. Abraham Loganray. Mr. Loganray admitted to being the owner of the vehicle, but quickly exited the building despite the deputy asking him to stop.The deputy followed Mr. Loganray outside and once again ordered him to stop. Mr. Loganray then produced a flashlight, which he shined into the deputy’s eyes. He then removed a folding knife from his pocket, which he opened and began waving around. The deputy pointed his service pistol at Mr. Loganray and ordered him to drop the knife. Mr. Loganray then closed the knife and entered his vehicle. The deputy then attempted to remove Mr. Loganray from the vehicle as he started the engine. Additional deputies arrived to assist. During the struggle, Mr. Loganray grabbed a deputy’s Taser and attempted to remove it from a retention holster. Mr. Logan struggled during the arrest, refusing to be handcuffed and forcefully preventing his hands from being placed behind his back. Mr. Loganray was eventually overpowered and was able to be handcuffed without further incident. Mr. Loganray sustained minor abrasions and contusions as a result of the struggle.Mr. Loganray (who is also known as Mr. Charles Logan Ray) remains lodged in the Vanderburgh County Jail with no bond yet set.ARRESTED:Abraham Loganray (aka: Charles Logan Ray), 26, of Bloomington. Disarming a Law Enforcement Officer as a Level 5 Felony, Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon as a Level 5 Felony, Resisting Law Enforcement as a Level 6 Felony, Disorderly Conduct as a Class B MisdemeanorFOOTNOTE: Presumption of Innocence Notice: The fact that a person has been arrested or charged with a crime is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law. read more
12Working it out. 2Reuben Stern ’20 (left), Professor Noam Elkies, and James Hotchkiss ’18 discuss beats in classical music in the fourth floor math lounge at the Science Center. 7Freshmen Shelly Tsirulik (from left), May Wang, and Ariella Kahan do homework together. 9Essential chalk! 6Some visit for quiet contemplation. At almost any time of day, you’ll see students working out problem sets, attacking homework, or chilling with headsets in the Austin and Chilton McDonnell Common Room.“Many students who work in the math lounge might not know that they are actually at the place the legendary Ahlfors has worked,” says mathematics Professor Oliver Knill. Lars Ahlfors was known for his work in complex analysis. Knill says other famous mathematicians are also linked to the room, including Oscar Zariski, Raoul Bott, and Jean-Pierre Serre.“Who knows, maybe one day, one of the students working there will develop new ideas shaping the next century of mathematics.” 3A math lounge blackboard sports writing dealing with a discrete dynamical system, part of linear algebra. 1The lively Austin and Chilton McDonnell Common Room is on the fourth floor of the Science Center. 10Zijian Yao, a Ph.D. candidate in mathematics, offers insight to fellow candidate Jeremy Hahn. 4Gray Putnam ’17 (left) and graduate student Lily Yichen Shi work on a physics lab report. 8Kevin Yang ’17 shares a laugh of frustration while trying to solve a problem. 11Timers are ready for challengers. 5Math department welcome parties are held in the Austin and Chilton McDonnell Common Room. read more
The White House and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced Friday that Leahy Chief of Staff Ed Pagano will begin work next week as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senate Liaison.Leahy is the Senate’s second-most-senior member and chairs two major Senate panels, the Judiciary Committee and the Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations. Pagano started his public service career as an attorney in Leahy’s office in 1993 and has headed Leahy’s staff since 2005, managing his offices in Washington and Vermont and overseeing Leahy’s work on the Senate Judiciary, Agriculture and Appropriations Committees. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont and also an alumnus of the Catamounts’ basketball team, where he played power forward from 1981 to 1985 (wearing Number 42). He earned his law degree from Fordham Law School.During his tenure as staff chief Pagano has advised Leahy on the recently enacted Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the first major reform of the patent system in 60 years; on the hearings and confirmations of Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, and, most recently, on Leahy’s difficult and successful work in securing disaster relief and renovation funds after Tropical Storm Irene ravaged Vermont last August. He previously served as Leahy’s Senior Counsel on the Judiciary Committee, where he focused on economic and criminal justice legislation including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the USA PATRIOT Act, anti-crime and victims’ assistance programs, Leahy’s Bulletproof Vest Partnership Act, and the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. He headed Leahy’s work in drafting the charter for the nation’s first-responder grant program, which Leahy included in the USA PATRIOT Act. Leahy’s all-state minimum grant formula in that charter has brought more than $100 million to Vermont’s first responder firefighters, police and emergency rescue squads in the last four years. He started his public service career as an attorney in Leahy’s office in 1993. Leahy said, ‘Ed is as exemplary and honest and modest a public servant as any I have known. Now he is taking on another big job, with huge challenges, and it is a testament to Ed’s stature and skill set that the President has picked the best person for a tough and vital job.’Source: Leahy’s office 1.13.2012 read more
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American Airlines plans to cut much of its service to London next month from major U.S. airports due to weak demand in the pandemic, the carrier said Sunday.The move comes as coronavirus cases have climbed in both countries and officials instated new restrictions in response to help curb the spread of the virus, driving down demand on what was one of the most profitable and popular international routes pre-pandemic.The carrier won’t operate flights from Charlotte, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Chicago O’Hare to London Heathrow next month. Customers in Chicago and New York can alternatively book on British Airways, American’s trans-Atlantic partner. American will continue to operate cargo-only flights from Chicago and New York and London, “until daily passenger service resumes in January,” a spokeswoman said in statement.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – An American Airlines Boeing 777-200 aircraftNicolas Economou | NurPhoto | Getty Images “We’re constantly evaluating our network to match supply and demand and have been making regular schedule adjustments since March,” the spokeswoman said. “In an effort to match low demand resulting from coronavirus (COVID-19), we continue to operate a reduced schedule.”Delta and United didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on their plans.Airlines, including American and British Airways, have been urging officials on both sides of the Atlantic to replace travel restrictions, such as those that bar most Europeans from entering the U.S. and quarantine requirements for Americans entering the U.K., with Covid-19 testing. – Advertisement – read more
Supplementing antivirals?Antiviral medications have been the gold standard for H5N1 treatment, but they are mainly effective when given within 24 to 48 hours of symptom onset, and health officials have voiced concerns about antiviral-resistant strains of H5N1 and seasonal influenza that have surfaced in recent years. Feb 22 NIAID press release As a treatment, if mAb trials are successful in humans, it could be difficult to get the treatment to large groups of people, because it would likely be given intravenously or at least through an injection, he said. “To treat flu in advance would be logistically elaborate and expensiveit’s not as easy as giving a pill.” For seasonal influenza, treatments using mAbs could be used for those who have immune-system impairments, the NIAID said. In a pandemic setting, this group and others at risk, such as first responders, healthcare workers, and those exposed to the virus, could also benefit from mAb prophylaxis or treatment. The findings raise hopes for a universal flu vaccine and shed light on new options for preventing and treating influenza infections, researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Center, Burnham Institute for Medical Research, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported yesterday in an early online edition of Nature Structural and Molecular Biology. The study was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Monoclonal antibodieshighly specific infection-fighting proteins derived from the same cell lineageare being used to treat some cancers and immunologic diseases. Physicians sometimes used a basic form of the therapy during the “Spanish flu” pandemic of 1918-19, by administering blood products from recovering patients to sick patients. Antibody treatment, also called passive immunotherapy, has been used to prevent infectious diseases such as hepatitis A and B and respiratory syncytial virus infections. The conserved region in the neckrather than the constantly mutating headof the protein could provide a useful and stable new target for vaccine developers, Marasco said, adding, “An important goal is to redirect the immune response of vaccines to this invariable region of the hemagglutinin to try to obtain durable lifelong immunity.” “This is an elegant research finding that holds considerable promise for further development into a medical tool to treat and prevent seasonal as well as pandemic influenza,” Fauci said in the NIAID press release. He added that mAbs could be used along with antivirals to contain an outbreak until a vaccine is available. Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the NIAID, told CIDRAP News that he was very pleased with the findings, and though it can be difficult to extrapolate from mouse studies, they represent a very significant advance. He said he hopes the agency will remain involved in the group’s next research steps. Billions of antibodies scannedA team from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, scanned billions of mAbs produced in bacteriophages and found 10 that were active against the four major H5N1 virus subtypes, according to a press release from NIAID. Collaborating with a researcher from the CDC’s influenza division, they found that three of the mAbs had broad neutralizing effects when tested in cell cultures and mice against other known influenza A viruses, including H1 seasonal strains and the one that caused the 1918 pandemic. At the same time, the Dana-Farber group worked with researchers at Burnham to visualize the x-ray crystal structure of an mAb that was bound to the H5N1 hemagglutinin. The image shows one arm of the mAb inserted into a genetically stable pocket in the neck of the hemagglutanin protein, which blocks the structural change needed to allow the virus to enter host cells. The antibodies could be frozen and have a fairly long shelf life, Fauci said. He added that mAb therapy typically provides potent protection for the first few weeks but wanes over the next few months. Implications for vaccine developmentWilliam Schaffner, MD, chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, told CIDRAP News that the findings might change the way healthcare officials approach seasonal and pandemic flu, but he cautioned that the research is still in the early stages. Sui J, Hwang W, Perez S, et al. Structural and functional bases for broad-spectrum neutralization of avian and human influenza A viruses. Nature Struct Mol Biol 2009 Feb 22; early online publication [Abstract] Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, called the new study a very important scientific development that raises hopes for a universal flu vaccine. He commended NIAID for supporting the study and said several more similarly well-done studies are needed to identify the right vaccine candidates. Schaffner, who is also president-elect of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, said he sees two implications of the study, one focusing on vaccine development and the other on the development of new antibody treatments. However, he said he’s a little more excited about what the findings mean for the future of vaccines. Feb 23, 2009 (CIDRAP News) In a development that could create new tools to prevent and treat seasonal and pandemic influenza, researchers have identified and tested human monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that can neutralize influenza A viruses, including lethal H5N1 avian influenza. “The holy grail of vaccine research is finding some part of the flu virus code that is conserved among different strains,” he said, adding that if the protein the researchers found is successful in future trials, the method could be used to provide long-lasting immunity against a host of strains. As a result, scientists wouldn’t need to develop a new vaccine every year, and people might need only periodic boosters, as in tetanus immunization, Schaffner said, adding that the prospect of saving money and having a healthier population is very exciting. Wayne Marasco, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at Dana-Farber, said in the press release that humans rarely make antibodies to the highly conserved region in the neck of the hemagglutinin protein. “We believe this is because the head of the hemagglutinin protein acts as a decoy by constantly undergoing mutation and thereby attracting the immune system to producing antibodies against it, rather than against the pocket in the neck of the protein,” he said. Therapeutic mAbs are more costly to produce than other influenza drugs, but they can be readily manufactured and stockpiled, according to the Dana-Farber press release. In a pandemic, mAbs treatment could be used with antivirals until a vaccine specific to the circulating strain becomes available. However, he said the world still doesn’t have an economic model or the infrastructure to support the widespread use of seasonal influenza vaccine, much less a universal flu vaccine, if early scientific findings lead to a finished product. “There’s no magic bullet unless you have a gun to shoot it from and money to buy the bullets,” Osterholm said. The human mAbs are ready for advanced preclinical testing, and the next step will be to test the antibodies in ferrets, which have sialic acid receptors in their respiratory tracts resembling those in humans, Marasco said. Then researchers will develop a clinical version of one of the mAbs for use in human trials. He said that if mAbs are safe and effective in humans, a licensed product could still be several years away. See also: The new strategy would offer an advantage over current seasonal flu vaccines, which are sometimes ineffective because they don’t match circulating flu strains. Though vaccines developed against the H5N1 vaccine have been promising, none have elicited a broad response in humans to different H5N1 subtypes, according to a Dana-Farber press release on the findings. Feb 22 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute press release read more
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