NAL Resources has oil and gas operations in Alberta and Saskatchewan. (Credit: Adam Radosavljevic from Pixabay) Canadian oil producer Whitecap Resources has signed a deal to acquire NAL Resources, a subsidiary of insurance and financial services provider Manulife Financial, for approximately CAD155m ($118.59m).Under the terms of the agreement, Whitecap will issue 58.3 million shares to Manulife in exchange for all the issued and outstanding shares of NAL Resources.NAL Resources has oil and gas operations in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. It is currently producing approximately 27,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d).However, NAL Resources’ production is expected to decline in 2021 to reach average 22,000 boe/d.Whitecap seeks to consolidate assets in its core operating areasThe deal forms part of Whitecap’s long-term strategy to consolidate assets in its core operating areas.Whitecap Resources said in a statement: “The combination between the two companies will position Whitecap to further advance our internal opportunities, as well as our ability to selectively consolidate high-quality assets in our core areas of operation.”In addition to improving balance sheet and financial flexibility, the deal is expected to significantly help Whitecap increase free funds flow profile and long-term sustainability.Upon completion of the deal, Manulife will have approximately 12.5% stake in the combined entity.In a press statement, Whitecap Resources said: “NAL’s production and lands overlap more than 80% of Whitecap’s current asset base and provides for meaningful operational synergies and inventory optimization opportunities in west central Alberta, west central Saskatchewan and southeast Saskatchewan, enhancing our exposure to economically compelling plays which we currently operate.”Planned to be completed in January 2021, the transaction is subject to customary conditions, including the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals. Whitecap will issue 58.3 million shares to Manulife in exchange for all the issued and outstanding NAL shares
Experts who are adept at handling massive scientific data sets are examining ways that the revolution sweeping their field can address one of medicine’s biggest challenges: the spread of drug-resistant microbes.Maha Farhat, assistant professor of biomedical informatics and one of the organizers of a symposium on the topic, said antibiotic resistance has reached “epidemic proportions” but, with more data available than ever, there’s hope that medical science will discover ways to combat it. What’s needed, however, are better tools to analyze that data, she said. Related Heading off the post-antibiotic age “It really threatens one of the most core therapies that define modern medicine,” Farhat said. “We do think the problem of antibiotic resistance is at such scale that we should come at it from many different angles.”The symposium, “Data-Powered Strategies to Counteract Antibiotic Resistance,” held Wednesday at Harvard Medical School’s New Research Building on the Longwood campus, featured speakers who focused on three major areas: detecting and diagnosing drug-resistant microbes, applying big data to the problem, and developing new drugs to fight resistance.Speakers came from both academia and industry and represented Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, McMaster University, Boston Children’s Hospital, Entasis Therapeutics, and Accelerate Diagnostics.Harvard Medical School Dean George Daley introduced the session, calling the years after penicillin first became widely used in the 1940s a time of relative innocence. Penicillin was so effective in fighting infections that previously would have been fatal that it transformed not just the hospital, but the battlefield.The rise of drug resistance in the decades since, however, has resulted in some 2 million drug-resistant infections that kill 23,000 people in the U.S. each year. The resistance also costs the medical industry billions a year in higher medical costs.,Daley, who, before becoming dean directed the pediatric bone marrow program at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, said physicians there — concerned about infection because bone marrow transplants weaken the immune system — could see that the tools they had at their disposal were weakening.“The fact is that the diminishing potency of our prophylactic armamentarium really was quite frightening. There were lots of diseases and infections that, once they set in, despite our efforts at prophylaxis, it became very, very challenging,” Daley said. “In virtually every medical context, the physicians’ arsenal of antimicrobial therapies has become a rapidly dwindling set. New therapies are just not being developed fast enough.”The problem is alarming enough, Daley said, that in 2016 the World Health Organization declared it one of the greatest threats to global health and made it a top priority.Though improper use of drugs — for the wrong microbes, or in regimens that don’t completely eradicate the infection, leaving the hardiest surviving microbes alive to multiply — can increase resistance, it’s also a natural process, part of an ongoing arms race between microbe and host, Daley said. Research has found mechanisms of drug resistance in 30,000-year-old microbes frozen in permafrost, indicating that it is a natural phenomenon and not a result of poor prescribing practices and patient adherence.“What it says is that the constant battle between pathogen and host … has been an ancient battle. It’s now playing out in the human body,” Daley said.While Daley said that new antibiotic drugs are needed, progress in fighting resistance will come from other sources as well, including leveraging insights about bacteria gleaned by analyzing the large data sets newly available. One potentially fruitful area, Daley said, is the vast amount of genomic data now available that can provide a better understanding of a microbe’s weaknesses.Thousands of tuberculosis genomes have been analyzed, for example, as researchers look to better understand patterns of drug resistance in a bacterium that ranks high on a global list of the most worrisome drug-resistant infections.,One important area where progress is being made is in rapid diagnostics. A severely ill patient suffering from an infection is usually treated right away, without waiting for lab results to provide information about a particular strain and its susceptibility to antibiotics, which can take days. James Collins of MIT, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and Romney Humphries of Accelerate Diagnostics presented two early talks about rapid diagnostics.Humphries described her company’s phenotype-based test, which cuts diagnosis time from several days to about seven hours. That’s still too late to inform the first application of antibiotics, Humphries said, but could allow physicians to shift medication strategies for second and subsequent doses should a strain be determined to be resistant to particular drugs. What’s needed, she said, are diagnostics available within 30 minutes, so physicians can avoid prescribing inappropriate or ineffective medicines from the start, which not only do the patients no good, but risk enhancing resistance.Collins, the Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Science at MIT and a founding core faculty member at the Wyss, described the development of engineered bacteria that function as living diagnostics, and of inexpensive, paper-based diagnostics that can be used in remote locations.He also described a new approach to fighting infection by harnessing the microbiome. Researchers in his lab seeded the intestines of mice with a microbe found in dairy products, one that they’d engineered to detect cholera and that in its natural form makes the gut more acidic. That makes the gut a more hostile environment for the cholera bacterium, staving off its potentially deadly symptoms.“This opens up a broad range of possibilities,” Collins said. “This is something you can have in a simple pill or literally spike in yogurt or fermented dairy products” when a pandemic threatens. Big data, massive potential Across Harvard, programs and researchers are mining vast quantities of computerized information, sometimes revolutionizing their fields in the process Symposium explores the science and business of limiting resistance to drugs
As part of an irrigation efficiency study by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, a 29-person team of social scientists, agricultural economists, climatologists, agricultural engineers and UGA Extension agents from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is studying agricultural irrigation in order to increase the water-use efficiency in row crops common to southern Georgia.Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for UGA Extension, started the project in response to a report issued during the Georgia-Florida water wars, a legal dispute over water from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers. During the trial, Georgia was criticized for agricultural water use that, according to the report, had remained largely unchecked, Johnson said. “We’re working all the time to be more efficient and effective with our water use,” Johnson said. “(We’d) like to be able to show that we have promoted the adoption of technology and that we can document a decrease in agricultural water usage or at least obtain a higher (water use) efficiency with our water usage.”The team consists of 13 Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) agents from Extension’s Southeast and Southwest districts. This year, each agent identified two local cotton farmers who they felt were progressive and willing to adopt technology. Three soil water-tension probes, each with three sensors, were installed in each of those farmers’ fields. The farmers irrigated using data from the probes, and they verified the information provided by an irrigation-scheduling smartphone app developed by team member and UGA precision agriculture expert George Vellidis.“We have to increase production with equal or less water. We feel like you can do that by adopting technology that helps you better schedule your irrigation,” said Calvin Perry, team coordinator and superintendent of UGA’s C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park in Camilla, Georgia. “We’ve seen through research that, over a growing season, when you apply water is often as important or more important than how much water you apply. You can potentially increase yields and quality with the same amount of water if you put it on at those critical times.”This project allows for irrigation experts like Vellidis, Perry and Assistant Professor Wes Porter to familiarize county agents and farmers with Vellidis’ SmartIrrigation Cotton App and soil moisture sensors in an effort to increase adoption rates of these water-conserving tools. “The (Cotton App) consistently increases both water use efficiency and cotton yield over a standard ‘checkbook’ practice, both in wet and dry years,” Porter said. “This project is pivotal in leading an effort at advancing irrigation scheduling tools and technology adoption on farms across our state.” Johnson enlisted the help of Abigail Borron and Jessica Holt, assistant professors in the college’s agricultural leadership, education and communication department, to measure and understand producer and agent perceptions and behaviors associated with technology adoption. They are studying certain ideas, attitudes and beliefs to provide producers with water-use information, training and technology in the future. Agricultural economists Adam Rabinowitz and Amanda Smith are examining the economics behind the implementation of these irrigation efficiency practices, including costs and producer behavior. Gary Hawkins, a UGA Extension specialist in water resource management and policy, is working with Extension 4-H specialist Melanie Biersmith and agricultural climatologist Pam Knox to share the knowledge gained from this research with policymakers, Georgia residents and youth. “Extending the knowledge gained on the farm to these other citizens helps spread the word that farmers are working to better manage water resources to produce the food and fiber we use and consume daily,” Hawkins said.Ian Flitcroft, who manages the UGA Weather Network, and Extension ANR Program Development Coordinators Bobby Smith (Northeast District), Jule-Lynne Macie (Northwest District), Wade Parker (Southeast District) and Scott Utley (Southwest District) are part of the team.“Putting too much water on the crops does not help and can reduce water availability for other people,” Knox said. “Our project on the use of smart irrigation techniques that includes the monitoring of soil moisture will help make sure there is enough water available for everyone.”For more information on water conservation, visit caes.uga.edu/about/hot-topics/water.html.
By Dialogo March 25, 2013 Two new fluvial hydrographical vessels have joined the Brazilian Navy’s fleet. Their mission: to help produce nautical charts of the Amazon river basin, facilitating a more accurate hydrographical mapping of this region, which covers five million square kilometers. Officials say this will eliminate a cartographical vacuum that exists in the states of Amapá, Amazonas, Roraima, Acre, Pará, Maranhão and Mato Grosso, all of them part of the Amazônia Legal. Maps will be produced at a scale of 1:100,000, and the Navy will update existing data on a myriad of rivers in this vast region encompassing 59 percent of Brazil. “This is the second vessel of the four that are in the pipeline for the Navy,” said Carlos Alberto de Freitas, regional manager for the Defense Ministry’s Operational Center of the System of Protection of the Amazonia (Censipam). “The project also includes a hydro-oceanographic vessel.” The first vessel, Rio Tocantins, started operations in July, and the second, Rio Xingu, sailed on Feb. 6. The other two — Rio Solimões and Rio Negro — will be handed to the Navy sometime this month. All four were financed by the Amazon Cartographical Project, which was launched in September 2008. This all-encompassing project involves the entire Brazilian Armed Forces, de Freitas said. The Navy is responsible for the nautical charts, while the Army and Air Force will compile land maps. Brazil’s Geological Services will develop the geological charts. Total investment in the three comes to $107 million, according to Censipam. “Each partner will generate the desired cartographical products, based on the federal investment,” Bruno da Gama Monteiro, manager of the Regional Censipam Center of Manaus — which covers the states of Amazonas and Roraima — said in comments to Agência Brasil. “This will improve planning for the work in Amazonia, including the building of major roads and hydroelectric plants, because the project will present regional maps in greater detail.” The Navy did not have the means to maneuver and do surveillance in the Amazon Basin’s extensive rivers and tributaries, officials said. These smaller ships will map interior waterways, using bathymetric sensors that measure river depth when they touch the bottom. This initiative will update 74 nautical charts, 18 have already been completed. Officials said the work is being done in accordance with the Brazilian National Defense Strategy objectives of increasing Brazil’s GDP. But it is particularly important, they say, because it contributes to better navigation security and safety, especially in border areas. It is a pity that the Brazilian press does not publish such matters as important as these. I found this article lost at â€œO Globoâ€ newspaper secondary pageâ€™s footer. In a country with a serious press, this subject would be at the front page, but unfortunately this does not happen at our nation. It is very clear for me that our countrymen there are doing a precious work, theyâ€™re just fulfilling their honorable commitment with Brazil. Nevertheless, It wouldnâ€™t cost the midia, instead of highlighting this so-called â€œunilateral truth commissionâ€, to publish this work that benefits all our people. I think it is good for the safety of Amazonia, for the industrialization of its forests, rivers and oceans, but behind it all it seems to be a military strategy for possession of the hydrographic territories in Amazonia.
Generic view of main beach at Noosa, talk about how much they like Noosa , and its approach to tourism and tourists , as opposed to Byron Bay, Sunshine Coast, QLD.IT TRULY is a women’s world in the sharing economy with new data showing that the majority of Airbnb hosts across Australia are women.According to data provided to realestate.com.au from Airbnb, 64 per cent of Australia’s hosts on the platform are women.That means that there are about 60,000 women across Australia making extra cash by listing a room or a property through the app.On average the typical woman host on the platform made $5400 last year through the platform.Airbnb’s head of public policy in Australia and New Zealand Brent Thomas said women were the big winners from the booming popularity of the app.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago“While hosting on Airbnb is not a panacea or cure-all, it is making a difference in empowering women,” he said.“As the data shows, hosting with Airbnb is providing Australian women greater economic security and independence.”The Sunshine Coast in Queensland and Byron Bay in northern New South Wales had the highest proportion of women hosts at 73 per cent.In Brisbane 63 per cent of hosts were women, and in Melbourne it was 60 per cent.Sydney had one of the lower proportions of women hosts at 59 per cent.
312 Formosa Road, GumdaleThere is little reason to want to go on holiday if you are the owners of 312 Formosa Road at Gumdale.The acreage estate has the look and feel of a Balinese resort, from the buddhas that greet you as you enter up the front path, to the soothing sounds coming from the water fountains as you lay bedside the pool.It was an effect the owners were hoping to achieve when they set about building the property about 12 years ago. The house is surrounded by tropical gardens.At the time, ready to start a family and having grown up on acreages themselves, the owners went in search of a property that would offer the same freedoms and privacy that they had enjoyed as children. They eventually stumbled upon the 2.5 acres at Gumdale and moved into a ramshackle house that stood at the front of the block, while they set about building their family dream home on the 2.5 acre plot backing on to it. The kitchen is the heart of the home and has a butler’s pantry.“There were a lot of early mornings being woken up to hammering and drilling, but it was worth it,” one of the owners said.Not originally part of their master plan, but influenced by their designer, the owners fell in love with the Balinese theme. “We loved that idea of indoor-outdoor living, where the inside spaces flow to outside. We’re entertainers, so there are plenty of outdoor areas with the space to have several people around. The tennis court and basketball hoop.Being on an acreage you don’t have to worry too much about the noise either.”To add to the Bali resort-style authenticity, the owners sourced many of the materials used in the build, such as the stone walls and statues, from Indonesia. As easy as it is to feel like you are living in a holiday resort, this property is and has always been a solid, functional family home, with interiors that have withstood the passage of time. The expansive bar area in the open-plan living space.Over the years it has stood up to the demands not only of the owners but of their three children, aged between 8 and 11.The house has four bedrooms, to accommodate a growing family, but the master bedroom, with its ensuite and walk-in robe, is located away from the others to give parents peace and privacy. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours ago The home’s cinema room.The heart of the home, however, is the kitchen, which features custom-designed cabinetry, a large stone benchtop and butler’s pantry.The rest of the living spaces emanate from here, including the living room, dining room and an entertaining area with a large bar.Elsewhere in the house is a cinema room, games room and study, which could easily be turned into a fifth bedroom if needed. The indoor living areas spill out to the wraparound patios outside.Outside the property has expanses of lawn and tropical landscaped gardens along with a pool, water features, full tennis court and basketball hoop. It is these things in particular and the active lifestyle that they present that the owners say they will find hardest to leave behind.“We’ll miss that sporting lifestyle of being able to have a game of tennis, then go for a swim, and do activities with people when we entertain rather than just sit around.”The family are moving to be closer to where their children attend school and the owners hope the house will go to a family who can enjoy everything they have over the years.The estate is on the market open to expressions of interest.
Share Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Kamla Persad BissessarPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has announced that the state of emergency in Trinidad and Tobago will be extended with reduced curfew hours. The prime minister said on Monday, “We are considering and indeed we will extend the state of emergency to a further period. We have not decided the length of that time but we continue to monitor it.“What we want to do is also reconsider the curfew hours, as I have been advised by my national security teams and joint forces. We would want to take their advice in terms of reducing the curfew hours so that there could be more normal business, but at the same time allow the protective services to do their job within the curfew hours and the state of emergency throughout the land.”She assured citizens there was a plan in place to deal with any acts of revenge from criminals at the end of the state of emergency. “We have plans in place to deal with that after the state of emergency. But first we go to Parliament on Friday to debate the statement of the president which was the rationale given for the state of emergency,” she said.The prime minister said it was significant that there were no killings since the measures were adopted. “That is a major, major breakthrough in the fight against crime. I want to give you the assurance as your member of parliament and of course as your prime minister that we will continue to do all that we can in this fight against crime.”“It is a very hard time for all of us but it is also a very good time for all of us because we can sleep safer in our beds when the night comes.”A total of 820 people have been arrested since the state of emergency was declared on August 21. The figure was given on Monday by Commissioner of Police Dwayne Gibbs, at the daily national security press briefing. Of those arrested, 298 are related to gang activities. Other highlights of the press conference were: • 31 people were arrested between Sunday and Monday; five for alleged involvement in gangs; six for drug-related offences; one for breaching the curfew order; 16 for serious offences and two on outstanding warrants; • Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said prior to the State of Emergency 231 firearms and 4,356 rounds of ammunition were seized;• 15 guns and 1,000 rounds of ammunition have been seized during the State of Emergency;Meanwhile, Persad-Bissessar said the 14-year-old girl who posted a verbally obscene video about her on two social networking sites should not be punished and she would like to meet with her to find out why she felt it necessary to do what she did.Persad-Bissessar said, “I saw in the newspaper today that there is a 14- or a 15-year-old girl, it is alleged that she made some abusive remarks about me on Facebook and the AG had talked about it, and said it was in the hands of the police and the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions).“And then I’m reading today that this young girl has apologised on the Facebook. And I would like to say that I am a mother and a grandmother and this is a teenager, this is a child and I am sure you will agree with me when we say that I should meet her, that I should accept her apologies.“And we should find out why, as a young girl she felt it necessary to do such a thing. I am not of the view in the circumstances that she should be punished in any way. I think first we should talk with her and see what help we can be, all these things are possible.”The girl’s video was first posted on YouTube and then Facebook and contained abusive and threatening language towards the prime minister.Attorney General Anand Ramlogan made a public appeal over the weekend for the teen to give herself up to the police after she apologised.Caribbean News Now Tweet Share NewsRegional State of emergency to be extended in Trinidad with reduced curfew hours by: – August 31, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share 21 Views no discussions
The Queen, the palace added, “isfollowing all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare”. LONDON – The Prince of Wales has tested positivefor coronavirus, Clarence House has announced. Both Charles and Camilla are nowself-isolating at Balmoral. A Clarence House statement read:“In accordance with government and medical advice, the prince and theduchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland. (BBC) Buckingham Palace said the Queen lastsaw her son on 12 March, but also “remains in good health”. Prince Charles, 71, is displaying mildsymptoms “but otherwise remains in good health”, a spokesman said,adding that the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, has been tested but does not have thevirus. Prince Charles, 71, is first in line to the British throne. He is experiencing mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health.” REUTERS
Joe Radvansky served as City Judge in Batesville from 1989 to 2007.As an honor to a former city judge and policeman, Joseph Radvansky Sr., flags will fly at half-staff on Batesville city buildings and grounds through Sunday, April 6.Mayor Rick Fledderman announced the tribute in memory of Radvansky, 84, who passed away on Thursday.Radvansky joined the Indiana State Police in 1956 and started the post in Versailles. He retired after 21 years of service in 1977. He later became the City Judge of Batesville and held the position from 1989 to 2007.Along with his wife, Barbara, he resided in Batesville for 56 years.
North Vernon, In. — A report from the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department says the chief of the Holton Volunteer Fire Department has been arrested for methamphetamine possession.Gabriel Cruser, 40, of Holton was arrested Saturday evening around 9:35 p.m. for possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia. He was being held in lieu of a $3,155 bond. No other details are available.Cruser was just recently selected as the fire chief.