CNOOC Limited announces Caofeidian 6-4 oilfield commences production

first_imgCaofeidian 6-4 oilfield is located in the Midwest of Bohai CNOOC Limited announces Caofeidian 6-4 oilfield commences production. (Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay) CNOOC Limited (the “Company”, SEHK: 00883, NYSE: CEO, TSX: CNU) today announced that Caofeidian 6-4 oilfield has commenced production.Caofeidian 6-4 oilfield is located in the Midwest of Bohai, with average water depth of about 20 meters. In addition to fully utilizing the existing processing facilities of Nanpu 35-2 oilfield and Qinhuangdao 32-6 oilfield, the project has built a new central platform. A total of 42 development wells are planned, including 30 production wells, 12 water injection wells and water source wells. The project is expected to reach its peak production of approximately 15,000 barrels of crude oil per day in 2023.Guided by the vision of green development, Caofeidian 6-4 oilfield will actively promote green and low-carbon production. After putting into production, the project will achieve zero discharge of production and living sewage into the sea. With the introduction of onshore power engineering, it is estimated that about 16,000 tons of standard coal will be saved, and about 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide will be reduced annually.CNOOC Limited holds a 100% interest in Caofeidian 6-4 oilfield and acts as the operator. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Choosing to Believe

first_imgSir, I would like to set the record straight on the conduct of the schools which Richard Dawkins has attacked (‘Dawkins slams creationist schools’, 2 May). Your article wrongly stated that these schools reject evolutionary theory. What Emmanuel College and others actually do is clearly explain the possible theories which account for why we exist, including the eminently reasonable one that Personal God designed us and gave us personality. They then encourage the pupils to consider which might be right. For example, creationism perfectly compatible with a very old earth without implying that fullblown macro-evolution is correct. The Christians at Emmanuel College are so sure that Jesus is the Truth that they are very willing put His ideas out into the marketplace. Why does Dawkins want suppress sensible discussion? All of us studying in Oxford have a serious responsibility to be critical of all scientific research, even that of Pope Dawkins, in order to seek truth or, rather, The Truth, the One who, in astonishing love, has given us minds to consider these important questions about the Origin life itself and has offered us new life through his death on a cross and resurrection in history. Yours Faithfully, Josh Hordern, New CollegeARCHIVE: 2nd Week TT 2003last_img read more

Fireworks On The Ohio, July 4th

first_imgEnjoy Fireworks On The Ohio! This Event Is An AnnualTradition In DOWNTOWN EVANSVILLE.Festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Riverside Drive.Food trucks will have a wide variety of food for sell. NEW this year, a party dance floor at Main and Riverside. Join the party for dancing, face painting, henna tattoos and yard games!Fireworks will begin shortly after dusk, at approximately 9:15 PM.Fireworks on the Ohio is free to attend.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Controlling interest

first_imgBakers have embraced retarder-provers in recent years as the concept has developed dramatically, both in technology and the consistency of results. The latest machines employ sophisticated microprocessors and refrigeration advances, for perfect production in a variety of situations and with almost any type of bread and baked product. The result has been more flexible production runs, the ability to plan for and iron out production bottlenecks, ease of use and control by staff, faster overall production, lower production costs and, above all, improved product quality. The microprocessor revolution has allowed the ability to ‘bank’ temperature and humidity settings to create a smooth and controlled ‘microstep’ transition from cold to warm. This has been a revolution for bakers, allowing a better product than previously achieved with the erratic steps in temperature of older mechanical timers. If there’s one development in retarder-provers that has made the difference to the actual quality of baked product – as distinct from energy savings, staff training, running costs and administration – it’s the sharp and precise control and adjustment of humidity, temperature and airflow.Modular reach-in and roll-in chambers are also a popular development as they enable retarder-provers to be installed almost anywhere. They can also be enlarged easily or even reinstalled elsewhere if production needs change. For smaller facilities, reach-in cabinets offer a cost-effective solution while incorporating all the essential airflow, humidity and temperature precision of modular chambers. The latest retarder-provers also have an adjustable airflow pattern, checked and adjusted at the time of commissioning and whenever layout changes, to suit the working environment and production requirements of the baker. For perfect results, the air should be directed down the side of the chamber and drawn up through the centre. With airflow and environmentally-friendly highly-effective insulation also helping to make retarder-provers more efficient, recent models have seen a marked reduction in compressor capacity. This has meant less noise, lower energy consumption and, for the baker, potential tax rebates under the Climate Change Levy. Advances in microprocessor technology have also meant easier operation. Williams’ models, for example, are said to be as easy to use as ATM cash machines and this is a vital feature in a field where, while expertise in baking is as high as ever, operator training is increasingly expensive. Seven-day timers are now a common feature, allowing the machine to switch automatically from retard to recovery and prove cycle. The most modern controllers also incorporate time-flexible features, such as holding after proving to await staff who are tied up or ovens still busy baking other products. By selecting the right equipment bakers can be confident that they can deliver the best quality dough consistently and achieve the best results for baked products for many trouble-free years.last_img read more

Press release: Highways England unveils favourite driving routes

first_img Many people have a favourite road they love driving on – and we want everyone to reach their destinations safely. We’re doing everything we can to make journeys as smooth as possible for those travelling and that’s why we’re keeping around 97 per cent of the road network we manage, free from roadworks. Safety is our top priority and we know from experience that almost half of breakdowns can easily be avoided if motorists carry out simple vehicle checks before setting off over this period. In a fun online poll, most people stated the rugged scenery and rolling hills of Cumbria and smoother journeys on the M1 near Lutterworth are why these are their favourite routes.Other favourite routes for motorists included the M5 in the South West and the A1 in Northumberland.The survey results come ahead of the late May bank holiday when Highways England lifts as many roadworks as possible at this popular time for travel.The company’s teams will be working around the clock to remove more than 700 miles of roadworks – meaning around 97 per cent of motorways and major A roads will be roadworks-free in time for Whitsun.With the roads prepared for the holiday getaway, Highways England is also calling on motorists travelling this bank holiday to make sure their vehicle is ready for the journey ahead.Research shows almost half of all breakdowns are caused by simple mechanical problems which could be avoided with simple checks and nearly a quarter are caused by tyre problems.Highways England’s customer service director Melanie Clarke said: The motorway and major A road network will be free of roadworks from 6am Friday 24 May until 12.01am on Tuesday 28 May.Before they set off, Highways England is urging motorists to:Check fuel: Make sure you have enough to get to your destinationCheck tyres: check your tyre pressure and the condition of your tyres, including the spare. Look out for cuts or wear and make sure the tyres have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, which is the legal limit.Check engine oil: Use your dipstick to check oil before any long journey, and top up if needed – take your car back to the garage if you’re topping up more than usual.Check water: To ensure you have good visibility, always keep your screen wash topped up so you can clear debris or dirt off your windscreen.Check your lights: If your indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reverse lights or brake lights are not functioning properly, you are putting yourself at risk. In addition, light malfunctions can be a reason for your vehicle to fail its MOT.Highways England is also reminding people to ensure that they have the correct licence and insurance to tow whatever the weight, make sure you have connected correctly, and always ensure your load is secure and within the limits for your vehicle before setting off.A series of specialist videos can be found online to help people carry out basic vehicle checks before they set off on their travels.Highways England is also urging drivers to stay safe by adhering to motorway signage, including the red X signals on smart motorways. Highways England close lanes for a reason and drivers ignoring red X signs put themselves and others at risk.Find out more about driving on smart motorways.Drivers planning to use the Dartford Crossing are reminded to pay Dart Charge in advance or by midnight the day after crossing.More information can be found on our website or by calling our information line (0300 123 5000).For more detailed information on how to carry out your vehicle checks, search Think!.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

Saltire Patisserie to sell pies and tarts via delivery service

first_imgCatering firm Saltire Patisserie has made packs of its hand-finished treats available direct to the public.From this month, the Edinburgh-based business has adapted its operations as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, launching a delivery and click-and-collect service.Established in 2006 as Saltire Hospitality, the business described itself as the only caterer in Scotland to have its own patisserie and bakery.It supplies bakery items, desserts and associated products to major hotel chains, restaurants, cafés and public shows, such as Gardening Scotland and The Royal Highland Show, and is particularly known for its strawberry tarts and steak pies.Following the lockdown and the closure of many restaurants, cafés and events, the company has modified its offer and, this month, officially launched Saltire Patisserie To You.The range includes The Bread & Patisserie Breakfast Box and the Treat Box for Two, and Saltire plans to change its offering on a regular basis.Many bakery businesses have adapted and found new ways of trading during the coronavirus outbreak. For more on such activity see our feature here.last_img read more

Daniel Tosteson

first_imgAt a Meeting of the Faculty of Medicine, May 20, 2010, the following Minute was placed upon the records.Daniel Charles Tosteson, former Dean of the Harvard Faculty of Medicine and Caroline Shields Walker Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology died on May 27, 2009, after a long and courageous struggle with Parkinson’s disease. His 20 year’s leadership of the Harvard Medical Faculty was marked by innovation, change and renewal. His imprint on the Medical School will be felt for generations to come. The works of his stewardship included: a robust and revolutionary course-of-study for medical students; a vitalized graduate program in the medical sciences generally acknowledged for its excellence; exceptional appointments to leadership positions in basic and clinical departments; new initiatives in the social as well as the life sciences basic to medicine; improved and expanded physical facilities for teaching and research; and extraordinary increments to the Medical School’s resource base.Dan Tosteson was born in Milwaukee on February 5, 1925. His father, Alexis, was a civil engineer and his mother, Dilys, was the youngest of 13 children born into a Welsh coal mining family that had immigrated to the United States. Dan had a childhood interest in sailing begun with a small center-board boat on Lake Michigan. A daring skipper, he once capsized and sank his craft; this did not deter him from a life-long love affair with the sea and sailing. At Wauwatosa High School he played quarterback on the football team. On matriculating at Harvard College in 1942, he continued to play football, seriously injuring one knee.One of us (AR), started at Harvard College with Dan as Tuition Scholars working at the Harvard Union. Dan’s youthful enthusiasm and zest for life coupled with a fearless willingness to address problems made an impression on his classmate who thought of him as a “young Viking”, one with a vigorous and aggressive outlook. Both joined the Harvard program for training naval officers. Dan, taking the war-time accelerated plan, enrolled at Harvard Medical School in 1944.As a student at HMS, Dan was intrigued by salt and water homeostasis and spent a year working with Eugene Landis, Head of the Department of Physiology. This interest in ion-transport absorbed him for the rest of his life. During his residency at The Presbyterian Hospital in New York City he became curious about the properties of red-blood-cell membranes and pursued that curiosity as a post-doctoral fellow at Brookhaven, NIH, Copenhagen, and Cambridge.Dan’s first faculty appointment, in 1958, was to the Physiology Department at Washington University. Within three years, he was called to chair the Physiology and Pharmacology Department at Duke University, and later appointed a James B. Duke Distinguished Professor. While at Duke, he played an increasingly active role in the American Physiological Society, ultimately becoming its President. At the same time, he began to fervently address issues in the education of medical students, playing a major role in an imaginative curricular reform at Duke as well as actively engaging colleagues at the American Association of Medical Colleges. Addressing the Association as the Alan Gregg memorial lecturer in 1980, he said:“We are in early stages of a profound transformation of all aspects of medical education. The depth of this transformation reflects the radical changes in our views of man as organism that are arising from new discoveries in molecular and cellular biology. These changes constitute one of the great revolutions in the history of human understanding, comparable to the structure of the solar system, or of electricity, or of atoms, or of biological evolution … we are, in some ways, at dawn on the eighth day of creation”.Dan was clearly marked for high academic leadership. In 1975, he was appointed Dean of the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. Two years later, he was called by one of us (DB) to Harvard Medical School.With an ambitious agenda for his time as Dean of the Harvard Faculty of Medicine as well as Dean of Harvard Medical School, Dan’s first thought was to the organization of his office. He expanded the existing leadership group by creating separate offices for clinical, student, academic, and administrative affairs, recruiting senior individuals to fill those positions. He began immediately, as he did each summer, to review the situation at the School with this group and select a very short list of key priorities. He worked with them to develop a strategy for achieving each one and made sure throughout the year that he was never too diverted from his priorities by the endless duties and crises, great and small, which crowd the calendar of every dean. Once he chose an objective, he was tireless in pursuing it. When one goal was reached, he would turn his attention to the next. In any single year, the number of priorities may have seemed small. Over the entire span of his deanship, however, he was able to accomplish much more than he could possibly have done had he attempted to deal with every issue at once. The result was a record of accomplishment that is remarkable by any measure.His approach to reform of medical education is an example. He appreciated that the explosion in molecular biology and rapid advances in medical technology meant that the canon of medical knowledge would continually be modified in every medical student’s professional lifetime and preparation for rapid change needed to be the basis for learning the elements of biomedical and clinical science. Moreover, in addition to providing students with tools for gaining and evaluating new knowledge, medical schools needed also to be responsible for the acquisition of those skills and attitudes that all nascent physicians should share.At a summer decanal retreat in 1979, two years into his deanship, a three-part strategy was annunciated. 1) generate faculty interest; 2) plan a new curriculum; and 3) obtain faculty approval. In time, a fourth imperative became apparent: find funding for the enterprise.Generating faculty interest was approached through a series of annual workshops and symposia. The symposia brought in outside speakers who addressed various educational issues inside and out side of medicine. The workshops were wide-ranging internal dialogues among the School’s students and faculty.In 1982, Dan felt there were sufficient numbers of faculty engaged to begin a planning process. Planning groups produced a thoughtful set of attitudes and professional characteristics, skills, and knowledge on which to build a course-of-study. Other groups built on these to fill out the details of a curriculum that would incorporate case-based, small-group learningIn the winter of 1985, this new curriculum, known as the New Pathway, was approved as a demonstration project for 24 students. The number was increased to 40 in the next year and in the following year was adopted for the entire first-year class except for those in the Harvard-MIT (HST) program. At the same time, a new educational building was completed, designed to accommodate the tutorials and societies that were hallmarks of the New Pathway.Dan’s aspirations for HMS went beyond the education of medical students. An active scientist from his days as a medical student, he had forged a noteworthy career in the field of membrane transport. He brought this interest with him on returning to Harvard; his wife Magdalena was an active collaborator and maintained their laboratory on a day-to-day basis. Thus, it was natural that Dan be concerned about the School’s activities in the sciences basic to medicine, as he called them. Shortly after his arrival a new Department of Genetics was established and one of us (PL) came from NIH to lead it. (Serendipitously, the MGH shortly afterwards started an effort in molecular biology which was incorporated into the new department, now represented both at the School and in a hospital.) In time, all with the interests of strengthening and integrating core basic sciences, other new or reorganized departments emerged representing contemporary thrusts in biomedical research. For each of these, a world-wide search was conducted to find the best possible leader.With this new emphasis, it was imperative to grow and reorganize graduate study in the Division of Medical Sciences. With dedicated work from within the science faculty, new courses-of-study were fashioned for graduate students and their numbers greatly increased. The program became and remains of the greatest attraction to undergraduates from this country and abroad. This emphasis on both medical and scientific education converged in the MD-PhD program, and this activity was expanded dramatically. At the same time, physical aspects of scientific research were not neglected; laboratories were refurbished and additional space created.The social sciences basic to medicine were also not overlooked. A Department of Social Medicine under Leon Eisenberg gathered faculty members concerned with anthropology, sociology, history, ethnography, and medical economics. A Department of Health Care policy was established under one of us (BM) with a span of interests that included: health care financing; quality of, access to, and costs of care; among other areas.Dan cared deeply about each function and every constituency of the Medical School. He cared about the achievements of faculty members, enjoying their successes and working tirelessly and fulfilling gaps wherever he detected them. He cared about students, not just about their education, but about the quality of the lives they led during their years at the School. One of us (RS) recalls fondly that whenever approached by a student, most commonly during his walks through the Quadrangle, he was always ready to listen and respond to student suggestions, providing prompt follow-up as needed. He was most proud of student achievements inside and outside of academia.Dan’s accomplishments were recognized both at home and abroad: ten honorary degrees including one from Harvard; the Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education; presidency of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; membership in the Institute of Medicine, fellowships in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Danish Royal Society; as well as appointment to numerous advisory and visiting committees.Despite all of this, he was easily approachable and a good listener. He was passionate about medicine and science and his enthusiasm for discovery was infectious. He was a tireless advocate for HMS: he took its causes seriously and wanted his listeners to feel them also. This sincerity is what made him such an effective spokesperson and fundraiser; under his stewardship the School’s endowment burgeoned.After retiring form the deanship, Dan was able to spend more time at his retreat on the Damariscotta River. He loved sailing with family and friends on his sloop, Balena, beyond the seal-packed rocks out of East Boothbay. On such occasions, he would often, and enthusiastically, sing sea chanteys; his intimates sung one as the bell sounded and his ashes distributed in this hauntingly beautiful surround.Dan Tosteson is survived by his wife, Magdalena, a brother, Thomas, his sons Joshua and Tor, his daughters Ingrid, Zoe, Heather, and Carrie; and five grandchildren. They are joined by many others in mourning the loss of his company.Respectfully submitted,Derek BokPhilip LederBarbara McNeilAlexander RichMichael RosenblattRobert SacksteinJames Adelstein, Chairlast_img read more

A clearer role for MOOCs

first_imgMassive open online courses, or MOOCS, will not destroy the university as we know it, says Lawrence S. Bacow, member of the Harvard Corporation and former president of Tufts University. While this burgeoning educational trend may seem poised to undercut four-year residential colleges, it may not be the cost-conscious alternative it seems. But it may offer new opportunities — and new ideas — to revitalize higher education.Bacow, J.D. ’76, M.P.P. ’76, Ph.D. ’78, delivered a talk titled “Online Learning: The Scourge or Savior of Higher Education” at Sanders Theatre on Thursday at the start of the Harvard IT Summit. Kicking off the IT summit, Bacow’s keynote speech discussed the promise and the challenge of this technological dimension to traditional, classroom-based learning.Online learning, Bacow began, has been promoted as a solution to the biggest concern facing higher education: cost. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerOnline learning, Bacow began, has been promoted as a solution to the biggest concern facing higher education: cost. Although Harvard has been able to do more than many institutions to keep college affordable, he said, it is bucking a national trend. In 2001, Bacow noted, college tuition cost 23 percent of the median household income. By 2010, that had risen to 38 percent.Much of this increase, he said, is due to factors beyond colleges’ control: Incomes stagnated during the recession, for instance, and the government cut its support for public institutions. Whatever the causes, the effect has been dramatic, putting four-year college out of the reach of many and even prompting some 2016 presidential candidates to question the validity of college as a legitimate aspiration for the average American student. This concern extends to elite universities as well, Bacow noted, as rising costs threaten both charitable donations and public backing for programs that support research, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.Online learning promises a ready fix, offering apparently cheap (or free) courses to all. However, it is not the answer by itself, Bacow said, in part because it is a misnomer. “Content has always been available,” he said, citing the example of public libraries. “But content does not equal learning.” Students still need guidance in their studies. In addition, states look to institutions of higher learning as engines of growth.Online learning does have the potential to revolutionize education, however. “It will democratize education,” said Bacow, “opening up access.”This new technology must be understood to be utilized properly by universities — and by informed consumers. For starters, despite the apparent cost savings, online learning is actually expensive. Like most startups, it currently lacks a coherent business model, with the vast majority of costs falling to the university, or content provider. In addition to the expense of creating a class — including faculty training and salary — online learning requires up-to-date technological infrastructure to optimize delivery. Furthermore, even existing courses need to be redesigned for online presentation, and not all work as well in the alternative format.At this early stage, online learning still has many unresolved issues. Who is responsible for curating the content of a MOOC? How will revenues be shared? Who owns the IP of an online learning center? While faculty and their institutions have developed protocols to cover the authorship of a textbook, for example, the creation of an online course is new territory. Pedagogical issues abound. The best teachers, as Bacow pointed out, do more than teach content, and faculty value the interaction with students, something that has yet to be duplicated in a virtual environment.The promise of online learning, however, is great. Bacow noted that the field is still in its infancy, and has yet to realize its full potential. He mused about a shared campus of the future, where students could gather and interact with faculty — but also participate in courses or mine information sources from around the world.“Students still crave a residential experience, so campuses will spring up,” he said. “People are looking for ways to come back together.”last_img read more

Your Southern Garden

first_imgPropagating from stem cuttings, changing hydrangea colors and building a hydroponic garden are featured on “Your Southern Garden” with Walter Reeves April 23 at noon and 6:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting.With just a few quick tips, gardeners can learn to propagate shrubs from cuttings. University of Georgia horticulturist Paul Thomas will show Reeves how to do it right. Then Reeves will demonstrate how to change the color of hydrangea flowers. If you’ve ever wanted to experiment with hydroponics or grow a lettuce farm by your backdoor, you can learn to do both. Reeves visits with University of Florida horticulturist Tom Wichman to make a hydroponic setup in a plastic tub. “Your Southern Garden,” produced by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UF IFAS Extension, is a one-of-a-kind program specifically for the Southeast. The program is made possible with sponsorship from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Clemson Cooperative Extension.Watch “Your Southern Garden” on select public TV stations in Alabama, South Carolina and Florida. Check local listings for details.last_img read more

Legislators say statutes must ensure merchants protect consumers’ info

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A stable law to ensure merchants are appropriately protecting consumers is needed, said Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) in a subcommittee hearing Tuesday on elements of potential data breach legislation.The House subcommittee on commerce, manufacturing and trade discussed the specifics of such legislation and heard from a panel of experts on the matter.Tuesday’s hearing is likely to be the first in a series of hearings on creating data breach legislation, and it saw many of the themes that are likely to emerge when creating such a bill.The members of the subcommittee all agreed at the outset of the hearing that data breach legislation that is universal and includes standards for consumer notification is needed. There are currently 47 different state laws dealing with data breach notification and 12 state laws governing commercial data security.The subcommittee chair, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), said Congress has a real opportunity to set a single national data security standard, which is a key component to combating the effects of data breaches. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) said that he would not support any bill that supersedes strong state protections with a “weak federal standard.” continue reading »last_img read more