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Encana closes on sale of Arkoma Basin natural gas assets

first_imgProceeds from the sale will be used to reduce the Company’s debt Image: Encana closes on sale of Arkoma Basin natural gas assets. Photo: courtesy of drpepperscott230 from Pixabay. Encana Corporation’s (NYSE, TSX: ECA) wholly owned subsidiary, Newfield Exploration Mid-Continent Inc., today closed on its previously announced sale of its natural gas assets in Oklahoma’s Arkoma Basin. Proceeds from the sale will be used to reduce the Company’s debt.Encana’s Arkoma assets included approximately 140,000 net acres of leasehold and production of approximately 77 million cubic feet equivalent per day (98% natural gas). The Company’s full-year proforma production guidance range of 560 – 600 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day remains unchanged.CIBC Griffis & Small provided advisory services to Encana for the transaction. Davis, Graham & Stubbs LLP served as Encana’s external legal counsel.Source: Company Press Release Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

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Claims that most landlords are rejecting rent waiver requests are ‘untrue’

first_imgHome » News » Associations & Bodies » Claims that most landlords are rejecting rent waiver requests are ‘untrue’ previous nextAssociations & BodiesClaims that most landlords are rejecting rent waiver requests are ‘untrue’Landlords and agents ARE supporting tenants across the UK and Generation Rent research is wide of the mark, says association.Sheila Manchester13th May 20200927 Views Generation Rent’s claim that the majority of landlords are failing to support tenants needing help during the COVID-19 pandemic is totally untrue, it has been claimed.A yet-to-be published survey by the National Residential Landlords Association of 4,500 landlords, has found that 90 per cent of landlords who had received a request for support from a tenant responded positively. The help given was in the form of a rent reduction or deferral, a rent-free period, early release from a tenancy or a refund on service charges included in rents for homes of multiple occupation. Of the landlords surveyed, 44 per cent had been asked for help by at least one tenant.Ben Beadle (pictured), Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association said, “Whilst many tenants have been able to continue paying their rents in full and on time, in accordance with Government advice, we recognise the strain that many others are under at this difficult time. That is why it is good news that, as our research shows, nearly all the landlords approached for help by their tenants are responding positively.“With no direct support aside from a mortgage deferment, landlords are playing their part to avoid unnecessary anxiety for tenants and our figures show that the vast majority of tenants and landlords have a good relationship with each other.”Real lifeThe figures are supported by a large number of case studies the NRLA has received from landlords seeking to support their tenants. For example, “Andy has successfully applied for a three month mortgage payment deferral and passed on the benefits to his tenants in the form of a rent payment deferral. He and his tenants have agreed on a repayment plan that works for them all.”Sian, a landlord in Manchester, has established a Whatsapp group so her tenants can easily keep in touch with her and has sent them care packages with food.Ben, a landlord in Twickenham, pro-actively contacted his tenants before the lockdown encouraging them to get in touch if they needed support. For some tenants he has agreed to a proportion of rents and, or, arrears to be deferred.Other landlords have offered accommodation free or at a reduced rent to those working in the NHS whilst others are supporting vulnerable tenants. One landlord tweeted: “My staff is compiling a list of elderly and vulnerable tenants, we have a lot, it’s what we do. Time to mobilise to help them in any way we can.”Read more about Generation Rent. NRLA National Residential Landlords Association Generation Rent Ben BEadle May 13, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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US Navy Brings Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Program to Rutgers

first_img View post tag: Training Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Rutgers University President Richard L. McCormick participated in a signing ceremony March 21 to formalize an agreement to bring the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program to Rutgers for the first time.The new agreement between the U.S. Navy and Rutgers University provides an opportunity for Rutgers students to earn a commission in the United States Navy or Marine Corps through the NROTC program, and marks the first time since 1972 that the NROTC program is available to college students in the state of New Jersey.“I am pleased we are bringing professional military education and training to diverse, world-class educational environments like Rutgers,” said Secretary Mabus. “While this is a great opportunity for the Navy, Rutgers faculty, students and surrounding communities will benefit from the unique opportunity to know firsthand the pride, professionalism, and versatility of our Sailors and Marines.”NROTC unit staff will begin to arrive at Rutgers in the spring of 2012, and the first Naval Science classes will be taught in the fall semester of 2012. Rutgers’s diverse student population and stellar international reputation in engineering and the sciences makes the university a good fit for the Navy and Marine Corps as it seeks to meet global challenges during a time of increasing technological demands.“Rutgers is delighted to start the Naval Science program on the New Brunswick Campus and honored to offer a Naval ROTC experience to New Jersey students,” Rutgers University President Richard L. McCormick said. “The program will provide outstanding scholarship and career opportunities for those who enroll and prepare selected men and women for commissioned service in the United States Navy or Marine Corps.”“Establishing Naval ROTC at Rutgers enriches and strengthens the military and educational experience of Rutgers students, and also adds to the quality, effectiveness and diversity of our Navy and Marine Corps officer ranks,” Mabus said.The NROTC program develops young men and women morally, mentally, and physically, and instills in them the highest ideals of honor, courage, and commitment. The program educates and trains young men and women for leadership positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps.Devloping Navy and Marine Corps leaders and ensuring the professional growth of Sailors and Marines makes them invaluable assets to the Department of the Navy. Those programs are important parts of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 22, 2012; Image: navy US Navy Brings Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Program to Rutgers View post tag: News by topic View post tag: brings View post tag: US View post tag: Corps View post tag: Naval View post tag: Reserve View post tag: Officers View post tag: Rutgers View post tag: program Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Brings Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Program to Rutgers Authorities View post tag: Navy March 22, 2012 Share this articlelast_img read more

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Trade snapshot: Olympics 2012

first_imgBaker Sarah Gayton has issued a call to all small artisan bakers to stand up and be counted when the Olympic organisers come to awarding food contracts. She commis-sioned special Olympian Oatie mugs and sent them to David Cameron and Nick Clegg along with her biscuits to remind them of their commitment to a sustainable legacy.”The Olympic organisers have said they want small, British suppliers,” she said. “What the policy-makers are doing and saying are two different things. I want the organisers to put their money where their mouth is. We want little, rural artisan bakers to wake up to the opportunity of supplying the Olympics. Let’s wake up the Olympics to the fresh smell of proper British bread!”While major contracts are being awarded to large caterers, there will be opportunities for smaller suppliers. She said: “Let’s make this happen logistically it sounds difficult, but we can help drag the rural areas out of recession and provide jobs.”For details visit www.london2012.com/business and click ’Compete for’. Business Link is providing support to small businesses in the process or contact us at [email protected] if you’d like to get involved.last_img read more

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Strike action threat at Allied Bakeries’ Kingsmill site

first_imgAllied Bakeries faces strike action at its depot in West Bromwich in a pay row with drivers and engineers.Workers at the site, which supplies Kingsmill bread to Aldi, Asda, the Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco in the Midlands and north west, have grown “increasingly frustrated” with the company since pay talks started in May earlier this year, according to union Unite.Last month, Allied owner Associated British Foods said the bakery business’ margins had been hit by low retail prices, a resurgence of lower-margin own-label and inflationary cost pressures.Warning workers were at “breaking point”, Unite said it was highly likely members would back industrial action in a strike vote. “Unite members have become increasingly frustrated by Kingsmill and the bosses’ refusal to recognise their hard work with a cost-of-living pay rise,” added Unite regional officer Joe Clarke.“To add insult to injury we also have issues surrounding pay parity within the West Bromwich depot and pay inequality with other depots around the UK, in addition to the use of sub-contractors.”Clarke added the strike action would have “a major impact” on bread supplies to major supermarkets, although Allied Bakeries told British Baker it did not expect the situation to cause disruption to supply for its customers or consumers.“We have been discussing remuneration with our drivers at Allied Bakeries West Bromwich and their unions since May 2017,” added an Allied Bakeries spokesman. “Unfortunately, we haven’t yet been able to bring about a resolution that is satisfactory to all parties and are disappointed that the West Bromwich branch of Unite has chosen to ballot for industrial action.“We have made what we believe is a good offer to the drivers at the West Bromwich site, which is comparable to those offers accepted by all other locations in the UK. We are always open to discussions with our employees and have invited our drivers to join us for further conversations.”News of the strike action threat comes three weeks after Allied announced plans to close its Norwich distribution depot. The business has said there would be no compulsory redundancies among the 49 staff at the site, adding it hoped a “significant number” of employees would transfer to a third-party logistics provider that is taking on local deliveries.last_img read more

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Bodies react to finals with stress, director suggests ways to cope

first_imgThe week of non-stop exams, papers and presentations known as finals is enough to make even the most levelheaded student feel a bit on edge. According to Catherine DeCleene, director of Women’s Health at Saint Mary’s College, stress is the body’s natural response to these psychological demands. “When our bodies and minds deal with stress on a constant basis, it starts taking a toll, both physically and mentally,” she said. DeCleene said stress is a normal part of life that can sometimes have benefits. “At its best, stress provides us with the means to express our talent and energy to pursue those things we want,” she said. “It can compel us to action and focus our intentions.” Although stress can focus a student’s efforts, it can also negatively affect one’s wellbeing, DeCleene said. “The demands of a college student are intense in a number of areas: academic stress, social stress and financial stress,” she said. “For some college students, stress adds up to the point where it starts to negatively affect their physical and emotional health.” DeCleene said unrelated stress-inducing events can compound the effects. “Very often, the physiological and psychological reactions to stress will tend to interact and react with one another to produce additional stress,” she said. Developing coping mechanisms is crucial to avoiding potentially serious complications, she said. “If we don’t begin to implement coping or stress-reduction strategies at this point, the stress can build to the point where more serious physical and emotional problems appear,” she said. While there are similarities to the stress college men and women both deal with, some stress is worse for women. “According to statistics collected from the American College Health Association, 91 percent of female college students reported feeling overwhelmed by all they had to do in the previous 12 months, 14 percentage points higher than college men,” she said. One of the ways women deal with stress differently than men is through seeking supportive relationships. “Findings suggest that while women are more likely to report physical symptoms associated with stress, they are doing a better job connecting with others in their lives and, at times, these connections are important to their stress management strategies,” she said. Both men and women default to some unideal common coping mechanisms, DeCleene said. “In general, though, both men and women tend to choose sedentary activities like reading, listening to music and watching television to manage their stress over healthier behaviors like seeing a mental health professional or exercising,” she said. DeCleene said some easy stress relieving strategies are taking breaks, making a list of goals, asking for help and participating in a fun activity. “Make sure you have some fun to break up the work,” she said. “Maintain a hobby, join a team, [or] spend time with friends.”last_img read more

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Critical issues debated among candidates

first_imgIn the final debate of the 2012 campaign on Monday, little contrast emerged between the foreign policies of President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, leading to what political science professor Sebastian Rosato called a ” thoroughly boring” debate. Rosato said the debate, moderated by CBS News’ Bob Schieffer at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., was far from contentious.  “In terms of performance, I think Obama by all accounts won the debate – that’s what the polls are showing,” Rosato said. “But I think this was just because he seemed more assured, it certainly wasn’t because he won any particular points.” Political science professor Michael Desch said Romney’s performance paled in comparison because he did not look the part of commander in chief as much as Obama did. “I think Romney faced two problems: One is that the incumbent tends to have decided advantages. The president’s been commander in chief for four years, the president has a [foreign policy] record and experience that he can point to,” Desch said.  “The truth of the matter is that there’s not much a challenger can really do that’s different from an incumbent, a lot of foreign policy is determined by factors that would push presidents from any policy in the same direction. “The one thing Governor Romney needed to do was to look presidential on the foreign policy stage,” Desch said.  “Especially after his missteps on his great European adventure this summer, it was even more imperative for him to establish his bona fides, and I don’t think he achieved that last night.” The discussion of the most recent conflicts in Syria and the tumult in Egyptian government made this awareness of the complex role of the U.S. very clear, Desch said. Desch said Romney’s overall performance did not overcome the strength of Obama’s foreign policy record in the debate.     After examining the statements by each of the candidates, Rosato said he found minor points of difference between the candidates. “I think [voters] are very inattentive to foreign affairs and the debate was reflective of that,” Rosato said.  “I think the debate will have no effect and I think the measure of that is that the candidates kept trying to talk about domestic policies … there was an awareness in the debate that foreign policy was not going to swing American voters.” This lack of fire can be attributed to the recent laser-focus on domestic issues, Rosato said.  Few people are voting based on foreign policy, but if that were to be made the deciding factor the choice would be unclear, Rosato said. “The argument that it is a lack of American leadership that was responsible for the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt or the lack of a resolved civil war in Syria is not one that you’d want to make seriously. They’re much more complicated issues,” Desch said.  “In particular, the issue of what you do about the [former Egyptian president Hosni] Mubarak government highlights the complexity of the issue facing the United States, and it was telling that Romney was not very critical of President Obama [on this issue].” Political science professor Robert Johansen said he believed the most important issue pertaining to U.S. national security is determining how to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Though the motivation for guarding the United States’ position as the world’s economic leader is obvious, the candidates used this reasoning as an excuse to revisit domestic politics, Rosato said. “Because [Barack Obama’s] hawkish, it’s very difficult for Mitt Romney to differentiate himself from Obama – I mean, what’s he going to say: ‘I would have already attacked Iran?’ [or] ‘I would have stayed in Iraq longer?’” Rosato said.  “There’s nothing he could say – you can’t be more hawkish than Obama without sounding as if you want to wander all over the world getting into wars, and no candidate wants to say that.” “This debate was about foreign policy, and about a quarter of the air time was taken up with domestic policies and saying points again like Romney’s $5 million tax cut and Obama’s inability to create jobs,” Rosato said.  “The question is why did this happen?  If you think about it cynically, they didn’t find anything to disagree with on foreign policy, so they started talking about the domestic economy because at least there they can separate themselves.” “The two candidates did not significantly disagree last night on how to proceed, although Romney had previously sounded more belligerent toward Iran and ready to threaten war against Iran,” Johansen said.  “Romney clearly was moderating his stance to appear more peaceful than indicated in previous statements.” “When they were talking about Iran, Obama said that an Iran with a nuclear weapon is unacceptable to the United States, while Romney said Iran with a nuclear capability is unacceptable to the United States,” Rosato sad.  “That is a subtle difference that might have bigger implications.”last_img read more

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Community and School Gardens

first_imgIn early 2016, UGA Cooperative Extension Agents report they are working with over 550 community and school gardens across Georgia and this number will increase. The popularity of these types of gardens continues to grow because people enjoy the comradery of community gardens and growing their own food. School gardeners plant pollinator gardens, math gardens and history gardens. County agents support these gardens in a number of ways: Local Extension offices hold workshops and trainings on horticulture. Gardeners learn which vegetable varieties grow best in their area, how to handle garden pests and ways to create healthy soil. The needs of school and urban or suburban community gardens are somewhat different than that of traditional home gardens or larger-scale agriculture. UGA Extension agents can offer access to research-based, Georgia-specific tools, information and resources to help make these gardens as successful as possible.Extension agents share their expertise as invited speakers to community garden associations, school parent teacher associations and gardening clubs. In addition to horticultural topics the agents can provide guidance on the best way to start a community garden and how to garner support for a school garden within the school administration.UGA Extension’s Master Garden Educational Volunteers train in how to best help community and school gardens. Often, they choose these gardens as special projects helping to organize volunteers and provide educational support. Some master gardeners organize after school garden clubs.For teachers, UGA Extension agents offer school garden trainings focused on gardening basics and how to integrate gardens into their daily lesson plans. These trainings are offered during the summer months at various locations across the state. UGA Extension has compiled a clearinghouse of the best school garden resources and lesson plans developed by experts across Georgia and by teachers throughout the United States extension.uga.edu/k12/school-gardens/. The blog also offers gardeners a chance to share notes with community and school gardeners across the state and talk about their challenges and successes through an associated Facebook page. For an up to the minute discussion of Georgia’s community gardens, workshop announcements, timely garden solutions and the latest in community and school garden news from across the United States, gardeners can visit UGA Extension’s Community and School garden blog at extension.uga.edu/k12/school-gardens/ . UGA Extension is in the business of helping community and school gardens succeed by offering as much or as little support as the gardeners want or need. Each garden is unique. Extension Agents understand this and work to meet the needs of each garden.last_img read more

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Physician survey shows mixed views on pandemic risk

first_imgJun 6, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Fewer than half of physicians who responded to a survey at a recent conference in Europe said they thought an influenza pandemic was very likely in the next few years, according to a report in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood. The researchers also asked if attendees had gathered a supply of the antiviral drug oseltamivir for personal or family use. Only 11 (7.9%) of 139 respondents said they had. By training level, only 1 of 27 infectious disease specialists reported having acquired the antiviral, but among those in infectious disease training, 5 of 24 (17.2%) had their own supply. The findings, published early online, revealed that only 72 (44.7%) of respondents took the view that an avian influenza pandemic is “almost inevitable” or “very likely” within “the next few years.” Seventy-three physicians, or 45.4%, thought a pandemic was “possible” in that time span, while 16 (9.9%) viewed such an event as unlikely or very unlikely. Sarah Long, MD, chief of infectious diseases at St Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, said she has spoken at the same Oxford conference before and knows the audience. “It’s a very educated group, with a lot of doctors in training,” she told CIDRAP News. The survey was an anonymous electronic poll conducted at a pediatric infectious disease course at Oxford University in England. The group included 161 physicians, mostly from Europe, with half from the United Kingdom. The poll was conducted by Nigel Curtis of the University of Melbourne (Australia) and Andrew Pollard of Oxford. Peter M. Sandman, PhD, a risk communication expert from Princeton, N.J., and a columnist for the CIDRAP Business Source Weekly Briefing, questioned the authors’ interpretation of their survey findings, saying they equated pandemic inevitability with pandemic imminence. “We are on solid ground when we say another flu pandemic is nearly inevitable. We are on extremely weak ground when we say that it’s probably imminent, and we are doing terrible science and terrible risk communication when we conflate the two claims,” he told CIDRAP News. Sandman said that in the face of a dramatic decline in media coverage of H5N1 avian flu, the finding that 45% of physicians thought a pandemic was inevitable or very likely represents a sustained concern, rather than complacency. “The data suggest, if anything, that European physicians share the hunch that H5N1 makes a pandemic likelier than usual,” he added.center_img The authors concluded that the survey contains some mixed messages about physicians’ perceptions of pandemic risk. Despite widely publicized evidence that the world faces a serious threat of a pandemic, more than half of the respondents “did not believe the risk of an imminent influenza pandemic was more than a possibility,” the report says. However, a “significant minority” of the doctors believed the risk was high enough to warrant gathering their own antiviral supply, despite recommendations against personal stockpiling. Concerning antiviral stockpiling, Long said, “I’m pleased that such a small number [of survey respondents] have their own stockpile.” Antiviral supplies should be reserved for early responders and patients who need them, but other countries may have different views on physicians’ keeping their own supply, Long added. “If the perceived risk of an influenza pandemic observed in our survey is reflected in the wider medical community then it is perhaps not surprising that doctors are largely silent about this issue,” the authors write. They add that the reasons for physicians’ attitudes warrant further investigation if they are to help alert the world to the threat of a pandemic. Long wasn’t surprised by the survey results, but she said they may give a false impression that physicians don’t take the pandemic threat seriously, because qualifiers such as “possible” may not accurately gauge what people think. “Some might think ‘probably’ is associated with inevitable in the next 2 or 3 years,” she said. “Some of us are lumpers, and some of us are splitters.” “It is good news that many of Curtis and Pollard’s respondents still think a pandemic may well be imminent,” Sandman said. “But it would be better news if they realized that nobody has a clue whether a pandemic is imminent or not, and if they understood that preparedness doesn’t depend on whether a pandemic is imminent or not.” Curtis N, Pollard PJ. Physicians’ perception of pandemic influenza. Arch Dis Child 2007 May 10 (early online publication) [Abstract]last_img read more

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Zagreb County gives one million kuna for the organization of tourist events

first_imgZagreb County has announced a public tender worth 1.000.000 kuna for the award of grants to events important for the tourist offer of Zagreb County in 2018.The right to support for events important for the tourist offer of Zagreb County can be exercised by public institutions, cultural institutions, local self-government units, tourist boards and associations of craftsmen registered in the Zagreb County and organizing events in its territory.The applicant can apply for and receive grants for a maximum of two events, and the grant can amount to up to 75 percent of the eligible costs of the event for public institutions, cultural institutions, tourist boards and associations of craftsmen. Cities and municipalities can realize from 60 to 100 percent of the project value, depending on the development index of the local self-government unit.Funds from the tender can be used to co-finance equipment rental, procurement of working / consumables related to the organization of events, rental of event space, rental of vehicles for the purpose of transport of organizers and contractors related to the organization, accommodation costs, travel costs, promotion costs, services security services and other costs of direct organization of the event.The maximum amount of support for an individual event is 100.000 kuna per individual user, and the tender is open until July 12, 2018. Find out more in the attachment.Side dish: Public tender for the award of grants to events important for the tourist offer of the Zagreb County for 2018last_img read more

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