Zenith Energy sets up Norwegian subsidiary to participate in licensing rounds

first_imgThe company intends to use its subsidiary as a vehicle to take part in future licensing rounds conducted by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy The establishment of the new subsidiary follows the announcement made on 9 December last year (Credit: Pixabay/skeeze) Canada-based oil and gas production company, Zenith Energy has announced the creation of its completely owned Norwegian subsidiary, named as Zenith Energy (Zenith Norway).The establishment of the new subsidiary follows the announcement made on 9 December last year to use the subsidiary as a vehicle to take part in future licensing rounds to be conducted by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.Additionally, the new subsidiary has been formed to pursue the acquisition of ownership interests in mature energy production fields in Northern Europe.The Canadian oil and gas company intends to mandate a Norwegian law firm to secure pre-qualification status for the acquisition of participating interests in Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) energy production licenses.Zenith Energy is the operator of onshore oil field in AzerbaijanZenith Energy CEO Andrea Cattaneo said: “We are pleased to have formally established our presence in Norway and look forward to successfully obtaining pre-qualification status, the first step towards becoming a licensee.“The Company is exploring a number of avenues to enrich our portfolio at a time of great opportunity for counter-cyclical expansion.”The company is the operator of the giant onshore oil field in Azerbaijan following the signing of a 25-year rehabilitation, exploration, development and production sharing agreement (REDPSA), with State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) in 2016.Zenith also operates, or has working interests in many natural gas production concessions in Italy,  where it produces natural gas, condensate and electricity.In December last year, the Canadian oil and gas company scrapped its plans to acquire Norway-based oil and gas company Nordic Petroleum, owing to unexpected complications and high costs.Zenith has also acquired Coro Energy‘s producing assets in Italy for a total consideration of £3.9m.The acquisition is expected to position the company as one of Italy’s major natural gas producers and operators.last_img read more

Postdoctoral Associate – Molecular Genetics (57494)

first_imgA Postdoctoral Associate position is available in the Laboratoriesof Neurogenetics & Neuroscience (LNN) in the McKnight BrainInstitute at the University of Florida, focused on geneticdeterminants of brain health and disease. The research is fundedand directed by Prof. Matt Farrer in the Department of Neurology.Over the past 20 years, our team has helped define the geneticetiology of neurodegeneration using a combination of population andpedigree-based molecular genetics (high-throughput sequencing,genotyping and Sanger sequencing), bioinformatics (vcf tools,galaxy, python, perl, java) and applied statistics (R archive,(Plink, Beagle, linkage software). Dr. Farrer is best known for hiscontributions to Parkinson’s disease. The discoveries and insightsgained have improved diagnosis and have led to insightful models toadvance novel therapeutics into clinical trials.The successful applicant would join a team studying the majormolecular genetic determinants of neurologic disease and severalprojects are available (depending upon the aptitude and skill setof the applicant). The appointment represents a superb trainingopportunity to learn/apply a variety of molecular genetic,bioinformatic and statistical techniques for new Fellows or forSenior Fellows looking to make the transition to independentFaculty appointment.LNN is located in a vibrant neuroscience research atmosphere thatincludes the Center for Translational Research in NeurodegenerativeDisease, the Biomedical Sciences Center, the Center forNeurogenetics, the McKnight Brain Institute and the Fixel Institutefor Neurologic Disorders. The successful applicant will joindedicated, experienced and highly motivated teams. The research isfast-paced and exciting, the laboratories are modern andwell-equipped, and there are superb opportunities for advancedtraining in relevant techniques.A recent PhD, MD or MD/PhD, and experience in a field directlyrelevant to human genetics, molecular and/or population genetics.Applicants should have excellent oral and written communicationskills, and experience in the collection and analysis of data.Preferred candidates will have a strong record of productivity fromprevious training. They must have a high level of independence inthe design and execution of in vitro and in vivoexperiments. The position is initially available for one year withthe possibility of annual extensions. Salary will be commensuratewith experience and qualifications.Applications should include a CV, cover letter of intent, and alist of 3 references with contact information. Review ofapplications will begin immediately and will continue untilposition is filled. Questions may be directed to Dr. Matt Farrer [email protected] ; however,applications must be submitted online.All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employmentscreening which includes a review of criminal records, referencechecks, and verification of education.The selected candidate will be required to provide an officialtranscript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript willnot be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued toStudent” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institutionoutside of the United States require evaluation by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by the National Associationof Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/ .The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institutiondedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty andstaff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s SunshineLaw. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order toapply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the FloridaRelay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).#category=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

Sandwiches remain strong for Greencore

first_imgGreencore has announced its food-to-go sandwiches and quiche bakery business has delivered a “good sales performance” in its interim management statement.It said the good weather in the early part of the summer helped drive sandwich sales as well as salads and sushi. Within its UK portfolio, cakes & desserts saw a fall in sales, which was offset by a rise in food-to-go, prepared meals and ambient cooking sauces, with sales 1.8% ahead overall.Its UK Chilled Foods division saw volumes increase 4.4% for the four months to 24 July 2009, compared to the same period last year.The Irish firm said the UK environment remains challenging, however it said there had been a slight improvement in “consumer sentiment” in recent months.Looking ahead, Greencore said it “expects to deliver full year operating profit modestly ahead of FY08 on constant currency basis”.last_img read more

News story: 2018 GCA Conference – Speaker presentations

first_img Christine Tacon: GCA Annual Report and Review 2017 to 2018 (PDF, 2.06MB, 20 pages) Gavin Ellison (YouGov): GCA Annual Sector Survey – the results (PDF, 1.94MB, 24 pages) Christine Tacon: GCA forward look 2018 (PDF, 1.59MB, 13 pages) Darren Blackhurst: Darren Blackhurst – Group Commercial Director at Morrisons (PDF, 126KB, 9 pages) The Groceries Code Adjudicator 2018 Annual Conference took place on 25 June 2018, at Church House, Westminster. Over 250 people registered to attend to hear from the Adjudicator and a range of other speakers about progress over the past 12 months, current Code related issues in the groceries sector and plans for the future.The theme of the conference was “Strong Progress: Fresh Challenges”Speakers and their presentations:last_img read more

News story: Ofqual response to Pearson update on A level maths breach

first_imgThe exams regulator has responded to the update from Pearson on the A level maths exam paper breach with the following statement:An Ofqual spokesperson said: “Students, parents and teachers have been understandably upset by the rare, irresponsible actions of one centre which breached the security of Pearson’s maths exam taken on Friday. This is completely unacceptable. The integrity of the exam system relies on the trust and diligence of exams officers, teachers, students, exam boards and their suppliers and social media companies – the vast majority of whom take seriously their responsibilities. When that trust is breached our priority, and that of exam boards, is to protect the interests of hard working students.“We have a team closely monitoring Pearson’s investigation and its approach to awarding the qualification. Our aim is that the outcomes are fair to students. We have been assured by Pearson’s prompt action on Friday to identify the source of the breach and the involvement of the police. As a result of risks identified during its investigation, Pearson has taken the precautionary decision to protect students by replacing the paper for Thursday’s A level further maths exam.“We will continue to work with the exam boards to make sure the remaining exams of the summer are safely taken. Once results are issued, we will review the summer, including this incident, and consider what more can be done to protect the integrity of the exam system.”last_img read more

Genesis Crafty invests £750k and creates new jobs

first_imgNew contracts have prompted Genesis Crafty – which was sold in pre-pack deal a year ago – to invest and take on new staff.The company, which produces the Genesis Crafty range and own-label cakes and breads for retailers including Marks & Spencer and Waitrose, was sold as a private investment to Paul Allen, CEO of Tayto Group, last August.Genesis Crafty is now launching a recruitment drive for 35 staff and investing £750,000 in the business after winning new contracts for all year-round and Christmas products. The positions include machine operators, supervisors, engineers and skilled bakers.The company currently employs more than 350 staff, producing goods including pancakes, scones, cakes and bread.“This shows the significant progress that Genesis has made in the last number of months,” said Allen.“We have consolidated our operations, refined our distribution and sought to build upon the strong relationships that we have with premium retailers across the UK and Ireland.”Allen said this was an “exciting new era for the company”.Genesis Crafty was founded by Joe and Roberta McErlain in 1968.last_img read more

Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command Supports Guatemala in Urban Combat

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo September 26, 2017 Guatemalan Army engineers and members of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC) are building training areas for urban operations within the 3rd Infantry Brigade “General Manuel Maximiliano Aguilar Santamaría,” in Jutiapa, Guatemala. The goal is to step up the fight against transnational criminal groups that operate in border areas. The construction project is part of the cooperation agreements between the Guatemalan government and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), within the framework of the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle, designed to reduce crime rates in the border areas of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. “Due to the threats we have on our southern border, SOUTHCOM’s Office of Security and Cooperation [OSC] and the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense [MINDEF] have agreed to build a MOUT [Military Operations in Urban Terrain] training site,” Marine Corps Colonel Ariel Salvador De León, the director of Logistics for MINDEF General Staff, told Diálogo. “[This] is to reinforce our units’ training and improve the cooperative efforts that the nations of the Northern Triangle are currently making.” In this context, 60 SPMAGTF-SC Marines are in Guatemala to exchange knowledge and experience with the Guatemalan Army Corps of Engineers. As a result, the service members are building a 1,000-square meter MOUT training site in the department of Jutiapa, 118 kilometers from the Guatemalan capital. The construction, valued at approximately $85,000, will have a practice area and four buildings with steps, hallways, and multiple rooms for military operations, two of which will be two stories. Military officials estimate that the work will be completed by December 2017 or January 2018. “The urban operations site will allow our personnel to train on complex military situations and tactics in urban terrain and on restricted movement and fast maneuvers above, below, and over the terrain,” said Guatemalan Army Corps of Engineers Second Lieutenant Sindy Cuculista, who is in charge of coordinating the work with Marines from SPMAGTF-SC. “They’ll also be able to practice the taking of buildings to clear or infiltrate them and hostage prevention and rescue.” Each building will have a raised area that will allow the instructors to observe and examine the actions of Guatemalan service members during training. “Applying these techniques and tactics will enable our combatants to carry out successful operations against criminal groups,” 2nd Lt. Cuculista added. In accordance with the MOUT site development plan, the group of marines decided to use special building materials, such as cinder blocks and stonework, to give the training a greater sense of realism. “This important, large-scale military initiative will boost our response strategy in the event of natural disasters and humanitarian aid in border areas,” Col. De León noted. Recovering capacities “Within our Integrated Defense Planning and Management System [SIPLAGDE, per its Spanish acronym], our cooperation with SOUTHCOM signifies the recovery of capacities to be more effective at the border,” Col. De León stated. SIPLAGDE is part of the transformation of Guatemalan Defense over the next 20 years. It was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Institutional Reform Initiative, which promotes results-based planning according to capacities, programming, performance, and budgets. “The cooperation between Guatemala and SOUTHCOM is of high strategic value, given how these emerging threats have the capacity to move quickly because they manage quite important resources,” Col. De León underscored. “Limitations of personnel, equipment, and training would not allow us to carry out security operations in certain border spaces.” Guatemala shares more than 458 kilometers of border with El Salvador and Honduras. It has seven ports of entry at the border and 59 illegal vehicle crossings. These three countries, which comprise Central America’s Northern Triangle, are developing the Tri-National Task Force and Plan Fortaleza (Strength) to shield their shared borders and fight latent threats such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, arms trafficking, contraband, kidnapping, and gangs. With support from the United States, Plan Fortaleza is being implemented for the purpose of countering drug trafficking organizations that use the Transversal del Norte and El Naranjo routes to smuggle drugs and money. “SOUTHCOM is of enormous help to us in this process of defense transformation,” Col. De León said. “Thanks to their help, we can adjust our needs for developing the capacities that we require, in order to focus on the mission of border security.” Strong and solid institutions In addition to reinforcing training, equipping, and doctrine, Guatemalan Army personnel, and SPMAGTF-SC marines are giving their full dedication and professionalism to faithfully and efficiently completing their assigned mission. “The MOUT site initiative is a great opportunity to keep making our maximum effort to maintain strong and solid institutions,” 2nd Lt. Cuculista stated. “The knowledge learned and shared with the marines helps us in our professional achievement. We’re seeing ourselves involved in more and more projects.” Second Lieutenant Cuculista emphasized the teamwork and responsibility of participating in the development of the urban combat training site. “We get along quite well with the U.S. marines. The MOUT site is being built professionally and tailored to our actual needs. This is a job with quite a lot of responsibilities that strengthens our capacities, our bonds of friendship, and our reciprocity with Southern Command,” she concluded.last_img read more

‘This is just another bump in the road’ Binghamton Rescue Mission asking the community for help

first_img“We are in dire need of support from our community. Right now, we’re asking for financial donations to be able to keep our doors open at the mission,” she said. “A lot of the people we serve don’t have a place to go, they don’t have a place to turn. And that’s the Rescue Mission.” Stanis says any amount will help and if you’d like to donate you can do so by clicking here. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Rescue Mission on Whitney Ave is used to helping people in the community – now they are asking the community for help themselves. Now the Binghamton Rescue Mission is asking the community to help them keep their doors open, and in turn help them continue to assist individuals experiencing hunger and homelessness. Despite the current setbacks, Stanis says she is confident the organization will be able to weather the storm. “This is just another bump in the road we hope to be able to overcome with the support and generosity of the community.” Now with Governor Cuomo’s New York State on PAUSE order forcing all non essential employees to stay home, the mission finds itself in trouble. “The homeless population is one of the most vulnerable during this outbreak because they simply can’t stay home,” Stanis said. Stanis says with the coronavirus forcing many in the Southern Tier to stay inside, the mission’s work is more important now than ever. “We had to close our Thrifty Shopper stores,” she said “They’re vital. We have over fifteen stores across central New York and that accounts for more than sixty percent of our operating income.” “We provide shelter of course, we provide three meals a day, seven days a week. We also provide case management so we can help individuals find a job,” said Executive Director Jessica Stanis.last_img read more

CERP has made a new decision to collect bids for the sale of the Hotel Maestral in Dubrovnik

first_imgThe Center for Restructuring and Sales (CERP) passed decision, which defines the procedure for collecting binding offers for the purchase of a majority stake of 68,94 percent of shares in Dubrovnik’s Maestral Hotels at a starting price of HRK 126,8 million.Only bidders who purchase the bid documentation have the right to submit a binding bid, and the cost of the same is HRK 100.000, as well as to enclose a guarantee of HRK 2,5 million with the bid.The best bidder will be considered the best bidder, but CERP has the right not to accept any bid. For more details on the purchase of shares in Hotel Maestral doo, see HERElast_img read more