Europa secures exploration permit for offshore Morocco acreage

first_img Image: Europa has secured exploration permit for offshore Morocco acreage. Photo: courtesy of QR9iudjz0/FreeImages. UK-based Europa Oil & Gas has secured an exploration permit for a large, under-explored area of Agadir Basin, offshore Morocco.The Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) will issue a formal letter of award to the oil and gas exploration company soon.Europa will hold 75% stake in the Inezgane Offshore PermitEuropa will be allocated a 75% stake in the operatorship of the Inezgane Offshore Permit, while ONHYM will hold the remaining 25% interest.In the Inezgane Permit, Europa will focus  on the Lower Cretaceous fan sand play, which is a producer in West Africa.The Inezgane Offshore Permit has an eight-year licence covering an under-explored area of 11,228 sqkm in the Agadir basin.The licence, which lies in water depths of between 600 and 2,000 metres, comprises three phases. The company will carry out reprocessing 1,300 km2 of 3D seismic data, as well as other technical studies during the two-year initial phase.Europa will have the choice to commit to drilling an exploration well in the second phase or to relinquish the licence at the end of the initial phase.The company said it had identified the main components required for a working hydrocarbon system namely source, reservoir and seal, within the license area.The permit area is identified to contain large structural traps located on the edges and above salt diapirs.The company plans to mature some of these stacked prospects, which it believes could each hold more than 250 million barrels of oil, to drillable status. The firm intends to attract farm-in partners to drill an exploration well during the license’s second phase.Europa CEO Hugh Mackay said: “The Inezgane Permit in Morocco is an excellent technical fit with Europa’s substantial licence position in the Porcupine Basin in Ireland where, among other plays, we are also targeting the Lower Cretaceous, a prolific producer in West Africa.“In terms of our investment criteria, Morocco ticks all the boxes: a stable country with a transparent business environment; excellent fiscal terms; and low political and regulatory risk.“From a technical, commercial and strategic perspective Morocco therefore represents an obvious new country for Europa’s technical team to deploy the first-rate knowledge and understanding of Lower Cretaceous plays it has gained through its work across our industry-leading licence position in offshore Ireland.” The Inezgane Offshore Permit has an eight-year licence covering an under-explored area of 11,228 sqkm in the Agadir basinlast_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Case counts, World Bank funding, newly affected nations, possible phase 6, vaccine for swine

first_imgJun 3, 2009Global novel flu count exceeds 19,000The global number of novel flu cases grew to 19,273 cases, including 117 deaths, in 66 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. Countries appearing on the list for the first time include Bulgaria, Egypt, Lebanon, and Nicaragua. The United States, Mexico, and Canada continued to lead the list; other countries with more than 300 cases are Australia, Chile, Japan, and the United Kingdom.[WHO update 43]US novel H1N1 cases surpass 11,000The number of novel H1N1 cases in the United States grew to 11,054, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. For the first time the total includes cases from the territory of Puerto Rico, which has confirmed 6 cases. The number of deaths reported to the CDC stands at 17, which doesn’t include new fatalities reported by Texas and New York or a death reported today in a 34-year-old Virginia woman who lived in a state-run facility.[Current CDC numbers]World Bank approves $500 million to fight new virusThe World Bank yesterday approved a $500 million program to offer developing and middle-income countries speedy access to funds to prevent and control novel H1N1 virus outbreaks. The amount will be added to an existing $500 million credit line established in January 2006 to help countries battle H5N1 avian influenza. The program helps governments buy items such as drugs and medical equipment and finance measures such as surveillance upgrades and communication campaigns.[Jun 2 World Bank press release]Saudi Arabia, Nicaragua, Bermuda report first casesSaudi Arabia, Nicaragua, and Bermuda are the latest jurisdictions reporting their first novel H1N1 cases, according to media reports. Saudi Arabia’s first case is in a nurse who got sick after arriving from the Philippines, Voice of America News reported. Reports on Nicaragua’s first case didn’t say whether the 5-year-old patient had a travel history. Bermuda’s case is in a 13-year-old visitor from the United States, according to a local report.[Jun 3 VOA News story]Chile reports first novel flu death in South AmericaChile’s health ministry yesterday reported that a 37-year-old man who worked as a plumber died of novel H1N1 influenza, the first death from the disease in South America, the Associated Press (AP) reported. The report said he died of “massive respiratory failure” but did not mention if he had an underlying medical condition. Chile has the most cases in South America with 313, according to the WHO’s latest count.Sources say WHO will declare a pandemic soonThree anonymous sources predicted that the WHO will raise its pandemic alert to its highest level within the next 10 days, Bloomberg News reported today. Raising the alert level to phase 6 may trigger new pandemic planning actions around the globe, but WHO officials have said they worry that the action could cause panic and that they are watching for further evidence of sustained community transmission outside North America, where the virus first gained a foothold.[Jun 3 Bloomberg News story]WHO boosts Nigeria’s antiviral stockpileNigeria’s news agency reported yesterday that WHO donated $2.8 million worth of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to the country’s pandemic stockpile, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency. The amount of medication is enough to treat at least 184,800 people. The WHO representative in Nigeria said the nation is one of 72 vulnerable countries to receive antiviral medications, which can also be used to prevent and treat H5N1 avian influenza.[Jun 3 Xinhua story]USDA to provide seed virus for novel H1N1 swine vaccineThe US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said yesterday it would provide a master seed virus that veterinary biologics manufacturers can use to make a novel H1N1 vaccine for swine. The agency expects to have the seed virus ready in early or mid July. Providing all manufacturers with the seed virus will save them time and lead to earlier availability of a vaccine in case the new virus spreads in swine, the USDA said. It said existing vaccines are not likely to protect animals from the new virus.[Jun 2 USDA press release]last_img read more

Governor Wolf Visits Centers of Excellence, Touts Strides Made in 2016-17 Budget to Combat Opioid Epidemic

first_imgGovernor Wolf Visits Centers of Excellence, Touts Strides Made in 2016-17 Budget to Combat Opioid Epidemic Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas visited two Centers of Excellence today to discuss the significant strides made in the 2016-17 budget to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania. The Wolf Administration successfully secured the necessary funding for DHS to open 20 Centers of Excellence (COEs) statewide by October 1, 2016.“I am thrilled that by working with Republicans and Democrats, we have achieved this level of funding for our fight against this public health crisis,” said Governor Wolf. “Now that this year’s budget is complete, it is imperative that we all continue working together to focus on Pennsylvania’s opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. While the budget allows us to expand treatment for individuals suffering from addiction, we can and should do more to address this matter that is plaguing all of our communities. My administration will keep its focus on this issue and I will continue preparing for the upcoming special session.”“The Centers for Excellence will provide vital, potentially life-saving coordination of care for Pennsylvanians struggling with the disease of addiction,” said Secretary Dallas. “Rather than just treating a person’s addiction, DHS will treat the entire patient through team-based treatment, with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care and, when necessary, evidence-based medication assisted treatment. As our strategy involves both behavioral therapy and FDA-approved medication that individuals take to help curb cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms, it can improve the odds of recovery.”Governor Wolf and Secretary Dallas visited Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Allegheny County and Esper Treatment Center in Erie.“Our mission to heal the body, mind, and spirit of people suffering from addictive disease is greatly enhanced by this progressive program to coordinate care between physical, behavioral and addictive treatment providers,” said Paul Bacharach, President and CEO of Gateway. “We applaud the governor and the legislature for their willingness to work cooperatively in creating and funding this effort to reverse the growth of the prescription drug/opioid epidemic and the toll that it has taken on so many individuals and their loved ones.”“Esper Treatment Center is honored to be selected as a Center of Excellence within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Jennifer Esper, President, Director, and CEO of Esper Treatment Center. “Our facility has 14 years of experience helping those that suffer from opiate addiction start on the path to recovery. We have the resources and the ability to help those who suffer not only with addiction but other external factors that can hinder their ability to start the process of recovery. We applaud all those individuals who are courageous enough to take the first step towards bettering their lives, and we will support them and help them on their journey as we always have. It is our hope that we can be the conduit for change and help put an end to this awful epidemic.”The current path of treatment for people who have opioid-related substance use disorders can be confusing and difficult to navigate. The links between behavioral health treatment and physical health treatment are often broken or not made at all. This means people may drop out of treatment after they receive care for their physical symptoms, bypassing critical components of care such as behavioral therapies and connection to community supports that can lead to meaningful recovery from substance use disorder.The Centers of Excellence are a central, efficient hub around which treatment revolves. These centers will have navigators to assist people with opioid-related substance use disorders though the medical system, and ensure they receive behavioral and physical health care, as well as any evidence-based medication-assisted treatment needed.The use of medication (like buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone), coupled with wrap-around supportive services, can prevent people from relapsing and improve their chances for recovery, ultimately driving the aforementioned statistics in the opposite direction.The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will license the COEs as drug and alcohol providers that provide one of the three FDA-approved medications.DHS is currently working with its actuaries to determine whether additional COEs can be funded by analyzing the impact they will have on the physical and behavioral health Medicaid managed care rates.For more information about the Centers of Excellence, visit www.dhs.pa.govLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf August 04, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Asante Kotoko handed two-match home ban

first_imgAsante Kotoko have been handed a two-match home ban by the Disciplinary Committee for misconduct by their Supporters.The Club have also been fined Gh¢6,000.00 after pleading guilty to both charges of misconduct. “The PLB in calculating the home ban should take into consideration the ban already served by Kotoko by virtue of the decision of the Executive Committee in respect of this match,” the Disciplinary Committee decision stated.Kotoko were charged for incidents in connection with the their Premier League match played with Hearts of Lions FC at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on 26th March, 2014.Two counts of misconduct were preferred against Kotoko after their fans threw water sachets and bottles onto the tracks of the stadium after the final whistle of their game with Heart of Lions. The fans of Kotoko also physically assaulted the match officials after the game.last_img read more

Celtics’ Marcus Smart fined $15,000 for criticizing NBA referees

first_imgMORE: Clippers fined $50K for Rivers’ comments about Kawhi’s health”I said (to one of the on-court officials), ‘If it was me, y’all [would] probably throw me out the game and everything. So either you clear it up, or I will,'” Smart said in reference to being shoved to the floor by Hornets forward Miles Bridges, who was given a technical foul after a review. Smart has earned a reputation for being an antagonist and a flopper on the court. Celtics guard Marcus Smart got the bill from the NBA on Friday for his bashing of referees a night earlier: $15,000.The league fined Smart for making critical comments Thursday in Charlotte, N.C., following Boston’s victory over the Hornets. He said, among other things, that officials treat him differently than other players. Smart said he felt the need to speak publicly in his own defense after having lobbied the officials.”I’m coming to y’all (officials) first, but at some point, as a player, as a man, you’ve got to protect yourself. . . . If that means I’ve got to lose a little bit of money, I’ve got to lose a little bit of money,” he said.Smart was whistled for five fouls Thursday, with Nos. 4 and 5 coming on consecutive possessions in the third quarter.last_img read more