Petrobras scoops six offshore blocks in 14th bidding round

first_imgBrazil’s oil giant Petrobras has acquired seven blocks in the 14th Round of Bids under the Shared Production regime, six of which offshore and one onshore Brazil. The bidding round was held on Wednesday by the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP).The ANP said earlier this week that the round had had the largest total signature bonus in history – over R$ 3.8 billion – and the two biggest offers for blocks – around R$ 2.24 billion and R$ 1.2 billion. It is worth noting that out of the 287 blocks available, 110 of those offshore, 37 blocks were acquired by oil companies.Petrobras will be the operator in all blocks acquired, including the offshore blocks, where it will hold 50% participation, in partnership with ExxonMobil, the state-owned company informed on Wednesday.The total amount of the signature bonus to be paid by Petrobras is R$1.8 billion ($565.6M), which represents 0.8% of the investments foreseen in the 2017-2021 Business and Management Plan, and will be reallocated within the currently approved budget.In addition to the signature bonus, the judgment criteria also considered in the public sale was the Minimum Exploration Program (EMP) to be applied on the block, expressed in Work Units (UTs) – covering the number of wells to be drilled, and the seismic extension to be employed during the exploratory activity.Petrobras said it acted selectively in the auction, reflecting its strategic vision and marking the beginning of the recomposition of its exploratory portfolio, which seeks to recover the relationship between reserves and production and ensure the sustainability of the company’s future oil and gas production. In addition, the operation in consortia is aligned with the strategic objective to strengthen partnerships, sharing risks, combining technical and technological skills and capturing synergies.In the Campos Basin, Petrobras acquired in partnership with ExxonMobil, the six sector blocks of the SC-AP3 sector, located in deep waters. Both companies identified a great geological potential in these areas which supported their competitive proposals, Petrobras noted. This was the most disputed sector in the public sale, having attracted interest from six other companies (Shell, Repsol, Total, BP, CNOOC and Karoon).  A total of 13 bids were submitted in the competition for the blocks of this sector.In the Paraná Basin, Petrobras acquired 100% of an onshore block at a new exploratory frontier area, with the expectation of discovering natural gas deposits in the vicinity of the Brazil-Bolivia gas pipeline. The block is located in the central part of the basin, close to the most developed region of South America, with high energy demand and inserted into the country’s largest consumer hub.After the auction held on Wednesday, there will be the qualifying stage of the winning bidders and subsequent signing of the contracts.In addition to the 14th Round, with areas in the post-salt, the ANP will hold, on October 27, the 2nd and 3rd Pre-Salt Bidding Rounds. The ANP recently revealed the list of companies that had qualified for the participation in the pre-salt rounds.last_img

Donna C. Hornberger

first_imgDonna C. Hornberger 71 of Celina, Ohio formally of Sunman passed away Monday April 9, 2018 at her home.  She was born on June 11, 1946 in Cincinnati to the late Robert and Margaret (Wogenstal) Clements.  Donna married Donald “Keith” Hornberger on November 11, 1978 and he preceded her in death on November 22, 2005.  She was a member of St. Pius Church for many years. Donna had worked at Rom-Weber Furniture, Hill Rom and a dispatcher for Baylor Trucking in Milan.  She enjoyed playing computer games, visiting casinos and spending time with her family.Surviving is a daughter: Mindy (Rick) Reilmann of Sunman, IN and four grandchildren.  Mother-in-law: Joy Hornberger; brother-in-laws: Kevin (Rita) Hornberger, Kendall Hornberger and Kris (Val) Hornberger; many nieces and nephews.  Donna is survived by her brothers: James Clements of St. Marys and Ronald (Mary) Clements of St. Henry, and two sisters, Betty Schueler of Cincinnati and Vickie (Oscar) Haynes of Celina. She was preceded in death by five brothers and sisters: Tommy and Donny Clements, Jeanne Dailey, Wanda Wahoff and Iona Palmer, grandson: Lucas Reilmann.Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday April 21, 2018 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home with Father Frank Eckstein officiating. Burial will follow in St. Pius Cemetery.  Visitation will be Saturday 12-2 p.m. also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to Ripley County Hospice. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 South Main Street Box 243 Milan, In 47031. Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img

Man Utd in serious Ighalo dilemma after stern Shanghai Shenhua demand

first_img Ighalo signed for United from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua on deadline day in January, in a short-term deal that it was initially hoped would tie the Red Devils over until the end of the season, following Marcus Rashford’s back injury. The Nigeria international had played above expectations before the season was halted, scoring four goals in three starts, and United boss Solskjaer admitted that he was considering offering the striker a permanent deal. Ighalo’s loan deal expires on May 31 and, unlike players contracted on a longer-term basis to Premier League clubs, the 30-year-old will not have his terms automatically extended to allow him to finish the season at Old Trafford. As such, United have been in talks to extend the loan deal for that purpose but the Evening Standard claims that progress on the matter has ground to a stop.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowDisney Princesses Reimagined As “GoT” CharactersThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Best Supercars In Movies You’ll Dream To Drive At Least Once Talks between Manchester United and striker, Odion Ighalo, about an extension to his loan deal have reached an “impasse”, according to a report. Loading… Shanghai Shenhua are reportedly “demanding” that Ighalo returns for the start of the new Chinese Super League season, pencilled in for July. Ighalo’s deal did not include an option to buy, it is claimed, as United saw it as a stopgap for covering for Rashford‘s injury. The newspaper says that, should United pursue a permanent deal for Ighalo, the striker would have to take a significant pay decrease from his current wages, said to be in the region of £300,000 per week. read also:Man Utd stars’ Pogba, Martial, Ighalo, others dominate Young Sport Rich List Previous reports claimed that Newcastle will look into signing the player if he leaves Old Trafford. In other news, United are reportedly close to sealing a deal to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img

The Triplett Family Establishes a Scholarship at the Ripley County Community Foundation

first_imgTom Triplett, Vickie Triplett (Tom’s sister), Jessie Triplett (Tom’s grandmother), G.A. Triplett (Tom’s grandfather), Earl Triplett (Tom’s father), and Louise Triplett (Tom’s mother). The occasion was the annual Indiana Pharmaceutical Association Convention where Tom’s father, Earl, was the President of the Association.Osgood, IN—The Ripley County Community Foundation is proud to announce the creation of The Triplett Family Scholarship. Tom Triplett, the grandson of G.A. and Jessie Triplett, states, “In the family’s 100-year presence in Osgood, the community has nurtured and benefited three generations of the Triplett family with values found only in this closely-knit town.  It is the family’s wish that its legacy continues through this scholarship.”In 1919, the Triplett family established roots in Osgood when G.A. and Jessie Triplett purchased the Dopp drug store.  Still operating in its original location, the Triplett family passed ownership of the drug store on to their cousins, the Buxton family, in 1974.The scholarship will be distributed annually at $1,500 to a student who is accepted to a two- or four-year accredited institute of higher learning, including technical schools.  Applicants must be a graduating senior from Jac-Cen-Del High School; be planning a career or be enrolled in a technical skill or a degree in an accredited STEM, educational, agricultural or language program; receive 2 letters of recommendation, one from a school administrator or teacher and the other from a coach, adult mentor, or employer; and submit a 200 to 300 word essay on his or her past involvement within their community, church, school, and other outside activities through participation and volunteerism.The Triplett Family Scholarship will be available beginning in 2021.  To learn more information, contact RCCF at (812) 933-1098 or  To make a donation to the scholarship fund, click here to visit the RCCF website.last_img

Barca yet to decide if Suarez ready to start

first_imgFC Barcelona coach Quique Setien has not yet decided whether their Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was ready to return to the team’s starting line-up.The La Liga leaders host Leganes in La Liga on Tuesday in their second game since the football restart. Setien started Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and February recruit Martin Braithwaite in the 4-0 win at Real Mallorca over the weekend.Suarez, the scorer of 11 league goals this season, who was fit again after injury, came off the bench for a 30-minute cameo in the second half.Suarez was initially set to miss the majority of the campaign after undergoing knee surgery in January before the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March.“I’ve not decided if Luis Suarez will start tomorrow (Tuesday). I have to talk to him,” Setien told reporters in a virtual news conference on Monday.“We have to be very cautious. It’s normal to have muscular injuries after a long injury layoff. “Griezmann has played almost every game. It’s true that there are more players now and the minutes will have to be shared…“Griezmann will continue to play a leading role. He is an important player.“Except in very specific cases due to their hierarchy, I don’t consider players to be starters or substitutes. I want everyone to participate… Any player can be on the pitch from the beginning.”Setien said rotation would be key as the fixture crunch would lead to player fatigue.“The idea is to make changes and there will be changes as the games go by,” he added. “We will see how fatigue affects the players. “My job is to try and get them all to the end of the season in the best condition so that the performance is not affected by the minutes.”FC Barcelona lead Real Madrid by two points with 10 games to go and Setien said there was no room for error in the title race.“I don’t know what factor will be the most decisive in La Liga,” the 61-year-old added. “What we have to do is win.“It’s going to be a fight in which we both know that losing is unacceptable.”RelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Reuters/NAN.Tags: BarcelonaLa LigaLine upLuis SuarezSquadlast_img

Kiss wary of French chaos

first_img Kiss believes Philippe Saint-Andre’s Les Bleus play on time-honoured perceptions of a talented, but disparate rabble. Defence specialist Kiss has warned the method in France’s madness could derail Ireland’s bid for a first win in Paris since Brian O’Driscoll’s 2000 hat-trick. Ireland know just a second victory in France in 43 years will hand them the Six Nations crown, the perfect send-off for 15-year veteran centre O’Driscoll in his 141st and final Test match. Kiss said Ireland’s meticulous back-room staff’s “forensic” examination of the French approach reveals a game plan designed to look shambolic, but that actually offers plenty of attacking avenues for their marauding finishers. “There’s a perception that they are dishevelled, that they are in a dishevelled place of chaos,” said Kiss. “But when you look at it as forensically as we have, you can see an order to that chaos, you can see what they’re trying to achieve, you can see that they do allow their individuals to put themselves into the game in dangerous situations. “So as much as they might look disorganised, there’s a certain way they play that you have to be aware of; they are a very dangerous team across the park. “And when you’ve got a back three of Brice Dulin, Yoann Huget and Maxime Medard, with Hugo Bonneval coming off the bench, it’s a dangerous mix and we have to be aware of that. “They keep threats across the field. “They move their forwards around and they have a group of four to five players who are very dangerous, the back three, the two halves, and then Bastareaud as the odd guy so they can shift the point of attack at any given time. Ireland must disregard France’s finely-rehearsed “dishevelled place of chaos” act to claim the RBS 6 Nations title in Paris on Saturday, according to assistant coach Les Kiss. “It’s based around this axis they build into their game. “It may look a bit left-of-centre, but there is a path you can understand.” Ireland prop Cian Healy trained fully on Tuesday, to complete a quick recovery from ankle trouble. The Leinster wrecking-ball spent Saturday night in a compression boot, a move that accelerated his recovery enough to leave him ready for action against France. Scrum-half Conor Murray also returned to full training after illness. Full-back Rob Kearney took time for extra tackling practice, after he was left “disappointed” to miss Leonardo Sarto for Italy’s sole score in Ireland’s 46-7 Dublin victory last weekend. “Rob just spent some time working on his technique for that kind of tackle,” said Kiss, who also challenged Ireland to pay special attention to “world class” wing Huget, especially when he roams into midfield. “I think he’s world class, his base skill-sets are very good, and he doesn’t just sit on his wing,” said Kiss. read more

Joe Schmidt a happy man as Ireland beat Romania at Wembley

first_img Losing Kearney would be a blow to Ireland but a number of players put their hand up for selection after a dominant performance against Romania. Schmidt made 12 changes with Italy and France in mind, but his altered line-up showed few signs of weakness, scoring six tries, including four in the second half. Tommy Bowe and Keith Earls crossed the line twice each, before Kearney and Chris Henry added two more late on, and Simon Zebo also staked a claim with an impressive display at full-back. “There were a number of players who performed really well and will create a big of selection headache for Italy,” Schmidt said. “I don’t think you’re ever totally satisfied. We know we’ve been imperfect but it’s a difficult thing to work through a couple of games where you’re heavily favoured.” Earls’ second try was his seventh at World Cups, bringing him level with Brian O’Driscoll as Ireland’s top-scorer in the tournament’s history. “It’s nice for him to be mentioned in the same sentence as Brian O’Driscoll,” Schmidt said. “Because that’s the standard that any Irish player in the backline wants to reach.” Earls’ milestone came in front of 89,267 fans at Wembley, a record attendance at a Rugby World Cup, beating the 89,019 that watched New Zealand beat Argentina earlier in the tournament. “It’s pretty empowering,” Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip said. “You try block a lot of it out during the game to be composed but their energy bleeds into the squad. “When you’re digging deep and you’re blowing hard they do pick you up. The support has blown the squad away to be honest.” Romania managed a consolation try late on through Ovidiu Tonita but they were largely outclassed and head coach Lynn Howells is also targeting the remaining games against Canada, who they play next, and Italy for a victory. “The first two games against France and Ireland, once we knew the draw, it was about competing and showing everybody we can compete at this level,” Howells said. “I think we’ve managed that. Now as far as Romania are concerned we’re probably playing a semi-final and a final now.” There was one success for the Romanian squad as scrum-half Florin Surugiu proposed to his girlfriend on the Wembley pitch after the match. “I tried to advise him not to but there you go,” Howells said. “She said yes. It’s too romantic for me but I’m sure she enjoyed every minute of it.” The 44-10 win at Wembley sees Ireland move to the top of Pool D but their progress to the quarter-finals will depend on tougher tests against both France and, more immediately, Italy next Sunday. Ireland can guarantee qualification to the knock-out stages if they beat the Italians at the Olympic Stadium but it will be important to finish first too, given reigning champions New Zealand could lie in wait for the runners-up. read more

New AD hopes to continue athletic success at Bucksport

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020center_img Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at BUCKSPORT — Jared Foster has been at his new job for three weeks now, but it was his first day that was most memorable.No more than a minute had passed since Foster had sat down at his desk to begin his job as Bucksport High School’s new athletic director when he saw a sticky note and a piece of paper on his desk. When he picked them up to read them, he knew he was in the right place.“I walked in and saw this note with ‘STATE CHAMPIONSHIP BANNER’ written on it, and there was an order form for me,” Foster said. “If there’s a great thing to do on your first day, I’d say that’s it.”Foster quickly ordered the banner, which now adorns the rafters in honor of the softball team’s Class C state title win in June. Although he’ll never have to place an easier order, he’s aware it probably won’t be the last.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textHe might be new to the athletic director role, but Foster is plenty accustomed to the level of winning Bucksport’s programs have achieved. Between coaching baseball and golf at two Penobscot County schools, Foster has had plenty of success in the decade-plus he’s spent in high school athletics.A Mainer through and through, Foster graduated from Old Town and went on to play baseball at Husson University for three seasons before graduating in 2003. He later spent time as both assistant and head coach for the golf team during the school’s successful runs in both sports over the past three years.Foster also spent time as the baseball coach at Nokomis, where he received “Coach of the Year” honors from the Morning Sentinel in Waterville after the Warriors posted one of their best seasons in years in 2016. The team continued to build upon that success in 2017 by going 14-2 in the regular season and earning a first-round bye in the Class B state tournament.Over the summer, though, Foster felt it was time for a change. He’s held a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Maine since 2013, and when an opportunity to lead one of Hancock County’s top high school athletic programs presented itself, he decided to throw his hat in the ring.“I’ve had that degree for a few years now, and I’d been wondering what was out there,” Foster said. “Every coach and AD out there knows about Bucksport and everything the sports teams here have done, and when I saw this job while I was browsing online one day, I thought, ‘You know, I think that would be a good move for my family, myself — everybody.’”Foster replaces Ed Hatch, who served as athletic director and assistant principal at Bucksport before leaving to become athletic director and head principal at Deer Isle-Stonington High School last month. In addition to his role as AD, Foster also will take on Hatch’s assistant principal duties.Along with making preparations for the upcoming fall season and working on boys’ and girls’ basketball schedules for the winter, Foster is already hitting it off with players and coaches. An avid golfer, he played nine holes with the school’s golf team last week.“That was a great chance to get together with some of the students,” Foster said. “I think there’s a really strong connection between everybody from the students to the coaches and fans here at Bucksport. The coaches and even some of the teachers had been through my office within the first few hours. It’s a great school and a great community.”The softball team’s championship banner is the only major purchase Foster has had to make thus far, but that might change in the near future. Ever since a trophy commemorating that win was brought home in June, the case at the entrance to Ralph Jewett Gymnasium has become even more crowded.“There’s not a lot a lot of room in there,” Foster said. “With the tradition this school has, I know I’m probably going to have to get that checkbook ready again soon.”last_img

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgNFL-TITANS-JOSEPHTitans agree to terms with veteran CB Johnathan JosephNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph as they continue to revamp their secondary.The two-time Pro Bowl selection spent the last nine seasons with the Houston Texans after beginning his career with a five-year stint in Cincinnati.The 2006 first-round draft pick from South Carolina has 750 tackles and 31 interceptions in his 14-year career. — Soccer players in Spain have returned to their team’s training camps for the first time since the country entered a lockdown nearly two months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. Players for Barcelona, Real (ray-AL’) Madrid, Atlético Madrid and other clubs started preparing for the return to training this week. They are all expected to be tested for COVID-19 and should be cleared to practice once the results are back. Most clubs are expected to resume practicing by the end of the week.— The Spanish soccer federation is proposing an end to this season’s women’s league because of the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal is expected to be approved by the federation’s board on Thursday.— Belgium’s prime minister says all sporting competitions in the country will remain suspended until July 31 because of the pandemic. The Belgian soccer league says it will respect the decision by the national security council. The league recommended last month ending its season with the current standings declared final.— The Turkish soccer league plans to resume on June 12, a month and a half after it was suspended because of the outbreak. The president of the Turkish soccer federation says he hopes to finish the season by the end of July and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August. The games will be played without spectators and the Turkish health ministry and its scientific advisory council will determine the conditions and guidelines under which the games will go ahead.— WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman expects professional boxing to return without spectators and with judges officiating by video from home. Sulaiman said the World Boxing Council has produced a protocol for fights during the coronavirus pandemic that limit, for instance, a four-fight card to about 40-50 people at a venue. Those numbers include one handler for each fighter, boxing commission supervisors, media and TV production crews. May 7, 2020 Commissioner Roger Goodell mapped out several phases of protocols in a memo obtained by The Associated Press. The first phase to deal with the coronavirus pandemic would involve a limited number of non-player personnel. That number initially would be 50% of the non-player employees and up to a total of 75 on any single day being approved to be at the facility. But state or local regulations could require a lower number.The individual clubs would decide which employees could return to the facility and when, once the buildings reopen. No players would be permitted in the facility except to continue therapy and rehabilitation for injuries that were underway when facilities were ordered closed in late March.Goodell noted that the league is actively working on the next phase of reopening, which will involve both more staffers and players. He said the players’ union is also being consulted on these steps.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— NBA teams have been asked to help the Mayo Clinic with a study that could help researchers come closer to finding a solution to the coronavirus problem. The NBA and its players are partnering with Mayo Clinic officials who need volunteers for a study largely centered around antibodies. Additional goals of the study include being able to identify more patients who could donate plasma and improve care for patients who are dealing with the coronavirus, plus potentially move researchers closer to a vaccine. Update on the latest in sports: Associated Press — Fans will be allowed to enter baseball stadiums Friday for games in Taiwan for the first time this season. It is part of a gradual easing of restrictions amid the pandemic. The China Professional Baseball League said up to 1,000 people would be permitted to enter ballparks after an agreement between the league and Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center.— A person with knowledge of negotiations tells The Associated Press the Maryland Jockey Club and NBC Sports have set aside three possible dates for the running of the Preakness. The NBC affiliate in Baltimore reported the Preakness will be run Oct. 3. The person tells the AP that is one of the three possible dates, along with one each in July and August. The Preakness was originally set for May 16 as the second jewel of the Triple Crown. The uncertain timeline allows for the possibility of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont being run out of order.— The head of the Australian Open says various contingency plans are read more

The Latest: Bulgarian club finds 16 positive virus cases

first_imgThe China Masters in Lingshui was canceled after already being moved from February to May and then to August.It was to be the first comeback event but that’s now expected to be the Chinese Taipei Open in Taipei from Sept. 1-6.The Dutch Open in Almere in October was also put off for this year.___More AP sports: and July 7, 2020 The league says each club must provide receipts and test results to prove that all players have been tested on a weekly basis since play resumed on June 5 after a 12-week break.The investigation comes after last-place Kapfenberger SV apparently breached the anti-coronavirus rules by failing to structurally test its players.The league opened proceedings against Kapfenberg on Monday.___Two more badminton tournaments have been canceled in the revamped calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Sixteen players and officials from Bulgarian soccer club Cherno More have tested positive for coronavirus. The club from the Black Sea town of Varna says 12 players are among the positive cases and adds “all players who tested positive are quarantined and we have taken the necessary precautions.”Cherno More played a league game against Tsarsko Selo in Sofia on Thursday. The laboratory that conducted pre-match tests admitted the following day that it had not announced that one of the players on the team from Sofia had tested positive.Cherno More says the club is still ready to play on Tuesday against Arda Kardzhali despite the positive tests. The quarantined players would be replaced by members of the team’s junior squad.___The Austrian soccer league has started an investigation into the coronavirus testing procedures of all 16 second-division teams after three players from one club tested positive over the weekend. Associated Press The Latest: Bulgarian club finds 16 positive virus caseslast_img