By Gary Truitt – Nov 9, 2012 Smith added that investing in the Illinois Basin has been and will continue to be strategic to the success of CountryMark. “Deploying advanced technologies in our exploration and production efforts, as well as our refining and logistics endeavors will be positive for our farmer owners, the Indiana oil and gas industry, the economic development opportunities of the tri-state area, and American energy security,” said Smith.CountryMark agreed to purchase the Continental East Region assets for $125 million. The transaction is expected to close prior to year-end and is subject to customary closing conditions and adjustments. On Thursday, Indianapolis-based CountryMark announced an agreement to purchase the crude oil and natural gas properties of the East Region of Continental Resources, Inc. With this purchase, CountryMark will add to its portfolio wells that produce an average of 1,100 barrels of equivalent crude oil per day. The majority of the oil and natural gas production is located in the geographic region known as the Illinois Basin, which encompasses much of southern Indiana and Illinois, and western Kentucky. CountryMark will also acquire from Oklahoma City-based Continental crude oil and natural gas properties in Michigan, Mississippi and Kansas. In total, the acquisition will give CountryMark interest in 121,000 acres across six states. “For years, Continental has been an excellent operator in the Illinois Basin,” said CountryMark CEO Charlie Smith. “This purchase brings to our company established production with upside potential for continued development and exploration. Integrating this well-run oil production business into our operation is a great opportunity for our company to secure feedstock for our refinery, while providing a good economic return for our farmer owners.” Facebook Twitter CountryMark is a farmer-owned cooperative and is Indiana’s only American-owned oil exploration, production, refining and marketing company. As the largest buyer of Illinois Basin crude, CountryMark refines 26,800 barrels of crude oil per day at its Mt. Vernon, Indiana, refinery. Located in the southwest tip of the state, the refinery opened in 1940. CountryMark entered the oil exploration and drilling business in 2008. Facebook Twitter SHARE CountryMark Acquires East Region Continental Resources Home Energy CountryMark Acquires East Region Continental Resources SHARE Previous article2013 Indiana State Fair to Feature PopcornNext articleNovember WASDE Report from USDA Gary Truitt
Sri LankaAsia – Pacific August 2, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President personally phones newspaper’s chairman to threaten him Receive email alerts Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge News Follow the news on Sri Lanka Sri LankaAsia – Pacific RSF_en to go further Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the threats that President Mahinda Rajapaksa made in a phone call to the chairman of The Sunday Leader, Lal Wickrematunge, on 19 July because of an article reporting that China had given the president and his son, parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, money to be used “at their discretion.”“We are extremely shocked that the president personally phones journalists in order to threaten them.” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is unacceptable that The Sunday Leader, Sri Lanka’s only independent English-language newspaper, should be subjected to such pressure. If the president disagrees with an article, he can respond to it and explain himself in the media. That is how issues are discussed in a democracy.“We condemn the president’s action as irresponsible. A country’s president is supposed to set an example. But Mahinda Rajapaksa is setting a bad one. It says a lot about the degree of respect he feels for media independence and his political readiness to establish the conditions needed for media freedom. We urge him to change course.“This is not the first time that a news media has been threatened by members of the Rajapaksa family. We urge the president to put an immediate stop to these warnings and threats against journalists. We also urge Sri Lanka’s media to join together in condemning such behaviour, which can have a real intimidatory effect on the entire media profession.”When Wickrematunge received the call from President Rajapaksa on 19 July, the president shouted: “You are writing lies, outrageous lies! You can attack me politically, but if you attack me personally, I will know how to attack you personally too.” Around 100 posters with the words “Do not lie!” and “The gods will punish you” also appeared on the walls of the newspaper’s headquarters. (see picture)Rajapaksa’s call was prompted by an article that editor Frederica Jansz published in the newspaper two days earlier reporting that China had made a grant of 9 million dollars to the president and half a million dollars to the president’s son, to be used “at their discretion.” The newspaper’s attempts to contact the president for an explanation had been unsuccessful.The Sunday Leader has long been targeted by the government. Lal Wickrematunge’s predecessor at the head of the newspaper, Lasantha Wickrematunge, was murdered on 8 January 2009. The murder was not investigated properly and the culprit was never caught, in a clear sign of ill-will on the part of the authorities. Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for a proper investigation.Lal Wickrematunge took charge of the newspaper after his brother’s murder. Now he is the target of intimidation attempts too. Organisation News News January 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists July 29, 2020 Find out more July 15, 2020 Find out more
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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Dorian strengthened Friday afternoon to a Category 3 storm with 115 mph winds as Floridians brace for the extremely dangerous storm to hit.Dorian is forecast to make landfall along Florida’s east coast overnight into Tuesday as a Category 4 storm.Forecast to approach Florida with winds of 140 mph, Dorian, should it make landfall at those wind speeds, would become just the ninth hurricane to do so, dating back to 1851.Dorian could be the biggest hurricane to hit the Miami area since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.The latest forecast shows Dorian making landfall Monday night into Tuesday morning between Vero Beach and Fort Lauderdale, but different models show the hurricane taking different paths after landfall.Most models are predicting Dorian will make a sharp turn north.If Dorian continues on that track, Orlando and Jacksonville may see heavy rain, gusty winds and significant flooding. Dorian would then move north to coastal Georgia and South Carolina, where rain, storm surge and flooding is a threat.Other models forecast a path across Florida, into the Gulf of Mexico and then by the Panhandle.Dorian is a relatively small hurricane, leaving a lot of uncertainly — any change in the atmosphere can move the storm in a different direction or change its speed.“No matter where the hurricane makes landfall, it could impact the majority of Florida,” Peter Gaynor, acting administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), told “Good Morning America” on Friday.By Saturday, Dorian is likely to reach a Category 4 with winds of 130 mph.“The clock is ticking and now is the time for residents of Florida, south Georgia to make preparations,” Gaynor said. “Don’t take this storm lightly.”President Donald Trump on Friday approved an emergency declaration for Florida, where a state of emergency was issued in every county.Residents on Florida’s east coast are waiting in massive lines to stock up on food, water and gas, and scrambling to board up their homes and businesses. The University of Florida is closing its campus and canceling classes for Tuesday.“We urge all Floridians to have seven days’ worth of food, medicine and water,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday. “This is potentially a multi-day event where it’ll churn slowly across the state.”“If you’re in an area that has an impact from this storm, you should assume you’re gonna lose power,” he said. “If you’re in an area that flooded during Hurricane Irma [in Sept. 2017] and you’re impacted by this, you should assume that you’re gonna see flooding again after this storm. So be prepared.”The biggest threat will be storm surges — ocean water pushed on shore by hurricane winds. One to 2 feet of rain is forecast for the east coast of Florida, and flash flooding is expected.“You will see evacuations,” the governor said. “If you’re in an evacuation zone and you’re ordered to evacuate, please do so.”By Monday morning, the center of the storm will be passing over Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, with winds possibly close to 140 mph — a Category 4 hurricane.Storm surge in the Bahamas could reach up to 15 feet and many islands are already under evacuation orders.“Let me be extremely clear, those who refuse to evacuate, place themselves in great danger from this very powerful and potentially life-threatening hurricane,” Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said Friday. “Do not be foolish and try to brave out this hurricane.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article Giving HR what it was crying out forOn 18 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. A new web site claims to offer a completely automated, Internet-based recruitment system, and its creators are bullish about what it can do for the status of the profession.Activerecruiter.com, developed by Job Partners, may at first appear little more than a well-rounded administrative support site for HR managers, but closer inspection reveals that it could save time, money and dramatically reduce admin associated with recruitment. “With ActiveRecruiter.com, companies have a single point of access and control for all their recruitment activities and can conduct quantifiable and accountable campaigns – the accepted norm in sales and marketing campaigns,” claims Patrice Barbedette, CEO and co- founder with Julian Kulkarni.Both worked for the SAS Institute where they developed customer relationship management software. “We did our own research and found that HR was crying out for customer relationship management for employees,” says Kulkarni. He believes that the accountability and exposure it offers HR managers will improve the standing of HR in a company. “HR staff will be able to show people what they do; it will give them more credibility.”Activerecruiter.com works like this: a line manager logs on to his or her company’s own customised area in the site and posts a request for staff to the HR manager. It could then be discussed with other relevant managers, the position defined and a candidate profile agreed. The HR manager sends the job to the media channels of their choice: press, on-line or off-line recruitment company, corporate web site or university. (The client still pays the media or recruitment company direct.) Responses are screened, scored and ranked, and a shortlist of candidates come up with more quickly than with a traditional recruitment campaign.If the HR manager chooses an on-line recruitment company as one of the channels, the first screened CVs could be sent to their desktop later the same day. It costs £200 per “campaign”, which translates as £200 for each profile generated.Users to date include Corporate Information Partners (CIP), an international finance and HR consultancy, as well as HR consultancy Elgin Scott. Jesper Volk, CEO of CIP, has used the service to hire 21 staff since he set up the company 14 months ago. The advantages he cites are time savings and the fact that he can now scour the globe for suitable candidates and therefore widen his search for the staff who are in short supply. Volk confirms that in terms of finding candidates with the right profile and company “fit” it has been highly accurate and he plans to further use the service to grow his company of 25 to between 80 and 100 in the next nine to 12 months.The service is available in France, Germany and the Netherlands and the company plans to expand worldwide later this year. To try out the site go to www.activerecruiter.com and select the “Take a Look” option. We will be testing the site in a future issue with the help of an HR manager.
Managed migration is the key to meeting skills shortages and developing aneffective asylum system in the UK, Home Secretary David Blunkett has announced.The UK government launched its Highly Skilled Migrant programme on 28January, which will increase the number of well-qualified staff permitted towork in the UK. Blunkett said: “We must have managed migration and inward migrationpolicies to make sure those seeking work here or escaping persecution elsewhereare manageable within the social cohesion of the UK.” He added: “Offering alternative routes [to claiming political asylum]seems to me a prerequisite to getting the rest of the programme right.” Other economic migration initiatives include changing work permit proceduresto make extension easier, and increasing the period of validity of the permitsfrom four to five years. A new scheme will allow seasonal and less skilled workers to secure permits,and overseas graduates will now be able to apply for a work permit directlyfollowing their studies. UK tackles skills shortages with refugee programmeOn 1 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article
He said, “some say that now is not the time to invest, but the bottom line is that the downturn is no time to slow down our investment in science but to build more vigorously for the future. And so we will not allow science to become a victim of the recession – but rather focus on developing it as a key element of our path to recovery.”Brown also highlighted the importance of quality science education. He said, “one of the biggest stumbling blocks in science education is that in the comprehensive sector only a minority of schools offer three separate sciences as opposed to combined science qualifications.” He added that the government’s aim is to double the number of pupils in the state schools taking triple science by 2014.Krisztina Csortea, an Exeter student, commented, “overall it was an interesting hour, made even more so by the mounted police and the protesters outside. I think it was very appropriate to talk about science, as we were celebrating Darwin just a few weeks ago, and this topic was much less controversial than Gaza. He also made the speech even more relevant by mentioning the credit crunch or animal testing.”Annabelle Chapman, a first year PPE student said, “I think the lecture showed Gordon Brown in a positive light; he looked better than on television, and though unremarkable, the speech was delivered naturally and sometimes filled the Sheldonian with polite laughter. At the same time, there was a sense of ”don’t mention the Economics-word,” let’s talk about mixing chemicals in a test tube – at least that works.”She added, “I was a bit disappointed by the choice of topic; it would have been more appropriate for a Nobel Prize winner, who could have shared his insight. A politician, who knows nothing about the reality of being a scientist, was bound to give the standard answer of ‘pride in our scientific heritage,’ followed by a pledge to maintain it via ‘investment’ and ‘innovation’.”Marcus du Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics and Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford welcomed the Prime Minister’s policies. He added, “I personally was really interested in what he had to say about scientists rising to the challenge of communicating their ideas and discoveries. I know my colleagues at Oxford are already doing an enormous amount of work in this area – something that is crucial if we are to ensure that people are equipped to take part in debates in which the role of science is central.”Prior to the lecture, the Prime Minister visited Oxford’s new Biochemistry building, where he met scientists from across the University for a roundtable discussion. After the lecture, he joined various members of the University at a reception in the Divinity Schools. Gordon Brown’s speech in the Sheldonian was marred by protests, as demonstrators chanted audibly outside while the Prime Minister lectured on the importance of scientific research.The protesters gathered to express anger at government bank bail outs and UK foreign policy. They chanted, “free, free Iraq” and “education for the masses, not just for the ruling classes” throughout the lecture.Emily Dreyfus, one of the protesters, said, “given that in our very own city 850 auto workers lost their jobs last week at Cowley Mini plant due to the current government’s catastrophic role in and mishandling of the global economic crisis, it was ironic that Gordon Brown felt qualified to give a lecture on the economy.“BMW Mini’s profits have in fact increased this year, therefore they have no justification for firing these people, but rather were simply acting in an opportunistic manner to cut corners and reduce costs at a time when they could claim it was necessary because of the credit crunch.”She added, “I’m sure Gordon Brown could hear that we were protesting, and it was important too for the people on the street to be aware that we care about these domestic and international issues. We will take action to protest against war criminals such as Gordon Brown who are responsible and demand they change their policies to reflect the opinions of their electorate.”Dominic Williams, one of the protesters, said, “we got no response from Brown or officials other than requests to be quieter and a mixed reaction from people passing by.”But he hailed the demonstration as a success, “we were loud and noisy so a lot of people knew we were there including Gordon Brown, apparently we were audible during his speech. “Brown’s speech stressed the importance of scientific research as a route out of the current economic crisis. He pledged to make long-term science funding a “national priority” and to increase the status of science in education.