Fugro deploys two vessels on seep hunting survey off Brazil

first_imgDutch geoscience company Fugro has deployed two vessels offshore Brazil on a seep hunting survey. Working for multi-client geoscience data company, TGS, Fugro continues the hunt for hydrocarbon seeps with two purpose-built vessels, Fugro Brasilis and Fugro Searcher.The vessels have been deployed to acquire high-resolution multibeam echosounder and sub-bottom profiler data in the Campos and Santos Basins, Fugro said on Friday.The survey is designed to mirror TGS’s 2016-2017 Gigante and Otos projects in the Gulf of Mexico in which Fugro provided similar services. Covering an area of approximately 200,000 square kilometers, Fugro will use these data to identify and recommend the most prospective locations to target for geochemical sampling.Fugro said that project deliverables will be used by energy companies to help optimize and refine their exploration and development activities in this prolific region.“Integrating our high-resolution modern multibeam systems with our expert interpreters enhances the services we provide for our clients,” explains Jim Gharib, Fugro’s Global Product Manager for Seep Hunting and Geochemical Campaigns.last_img read more

Venezuela sets 2012 presidential election date

first_imgNewsRegional Venezuela sets 2012 presidential election date by: – September 14, 2011 Sharing is caring! 12 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Mr Chavez – here wearing an indigenous head dress – says cancer will not stop his reelectionVenezuela’s presidential election will be held on 7 October 2012, the electoral authorities have announced. The date is earlier than expected, as Venezuela’s presidential polls are usually held in December. President Hugo Chavez has said he will seek another term to continue his left-wing “revolution”, despite undergoing treatment for cancer. The main opposition coalition will choose a candidate to stand against him in a primary on 12 February. Mr Chavez immediately expressed his confidence that he would win a third six-year term. He wrote on Twitter: “7 October 2012: your destiny is written! We will write another revolutionary victory on your page! We will live and we will conquer!”The left-wing leader, who has governed Venezuela since 1999, has said he wants to serve at least two more terms, which would take him through until 2025. Mr Chavez, 57, says he is now convalescing after having surgery for cancer in June and subsequent chemotherapy, but the exact nature and extent of his illness has not been made public. Speaking before the election date was announced, he promised an energetic campaign despite his ill health. “You won’t see Chavez hiding,” he said.“You’ll see a recuperated Chavez touring the country as a candidate, touring the streets at a rhythm set by circumstances.”ChallengersAs well as giving Mr Chavez time to recuperate, the October election date gives the opposition Table of Democratic Unity (MUD) plenty of time to campaign. The favourites to win the opposition nomination in February’s primary are the governor of Miranda state, Henrique Capriles Radonski, and the governor of Zulia state, Pablo Perez. Opposition leaders have welcomed the announcement of the election date, while expressing concern at the long transition period it will leave before the start of the next presidential term in February 2013. “This election date, two months earlier than is traditional, has an advantage in that we now have a date,” MUD executive secretary Ramon Guillermo Aveledo said. “But the disadvantage is that it extends the lapse between the presidential election and the taking of office,” he added. The opposition alliance says Venezuelans have had enough of what they say is Mr Chavez’s poor economic management and dictatorial style. They are also hoping that dissatisfaction with high crime rates, inflation and electricity shortages will boost their support. But Mr Chavez still has strong support, particularly among the poor who have benefited most from his socialist policies, which have seen Venezuela’s oil riches spent on services including health and education. Mr Chavez’s personal charisma and promise of revolutionary change have helped him secure repeated election victories since he first won the presidency in 1999. Parliamentary elections last year showed Venezuelan voters evenly divided between support for Mr Chavez’s socialists and the opposition. BBC Newslast_img read more

FIFA Secretary General urges Uganda to fast track new Sports Law

first_imgFUFA  has been receiving Shs 10 billion annually from government since July 2018 as the most funded sports association in Uganda.Samoura also praised Kadaga and government of Uganda for supporting football.Samoura, who hails from Senegal, was elected  FIFA Secretary General in May 2016. She is visiting Uganda on the invitation of FUFA to witness the launch of FUFA extended headquarters and also projects such as stadiums in Lugazi, Lungujja and FUFA Technical Training Centre, Njeru.FUFA President, Moses Magogo informed Kadaga that Samoura will commission the FUFA headquarters, and also lauded FIFA for supporting the development of football in Uganda.Samoura will inspect, evaluate and commission FUFA projects financed under the FIFA Forward Programme including the headquarter expansion. The headquarter expansion project commenced in 2018 as a result of the FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s visit to Uganda in 2017.Her visit comes a month after FUFA President Moses Magogo returned to office after two months of suspension from all football-related activities. FIFA also fined him Shs 37 million for his role in the resale  of 2014 World Cup tickets.She however declined to comment on the impact Magogo’s suspension and plea bargaining has had on FUFA- FIFA relationship.******URNShare on: WhatsApp FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura and Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga. PHOTO via  @fatma_samouraKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Secretary General of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), Fatma Samoura urged Parliament of Uganda to fast track amendments to the Sports Law.Samoura made the statement when she paid a courtesy call to the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on Monday afternoon.She noted that the government of Uganda pledged that it would amend the National Council of Sports Act, 1964 by 2018 but this has not been done to date.The government has in the recent past promised to bring the Sports and Physical Activity bill to Parliament so as to repeal the National Council of Sports (NCS) Act and address deficiencies in the management and administration of the sports sub sector. Cabinet is yet to approve the bill.NCS is mandated to administer the sports sub sector which includes monitoring operations and also extend government funding to various sports associations and federations.The Federation for Uganda Football Associations – FUFA is among the 48 sports associations and federations currently recognized by NCS.Now, Samoura says that the current law is a challenge because FUFA’s legal status is not compatible with FIFA regulations. Therefore, amendments to the sports law will address the challenge, particularly the steps FUFA will be required to take to register its affiliation with FIFAShe says that her visit is an opportunity to remind officials about the need for a new sports law.The Speaker, Kadaga says that  she will ask the new sports minister, Hamson Obua on the progress of the bill and when it will be brought to Parliament for further scrutiny and enactment.Kadaga said that she was excited to meet Samoura in person, having watched her on TV giving interviews on her job as the first African and first female to hold the position of FIFA Secretary General.Kadaga lauded FIFA for extending $6million US dollars (approximately Shs 22 billion) annually to FUFA, but also urges FIFA to consider funding more infrastructure projects in Uganda especially stadiums to promote football at the grassroots.last_img read more

Saint Martin’s Harvie Social Justice Lecture Features Award-Winning Historian

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu. Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityDrawing on Martin Luther King Jr.’s writings and speeches, Michal Honey, Ph.D., will engage the Saint Martin’s community in a discussion exploring new directions to take in the wake of the 2012 elections. Honey’s lecture, “Post-Election 2012: Revisiting Martin Luther King’s Unfinished Agenda,” is the next event in the 2012-13 Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series. The lecture will take place at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, in Harned Hall, room 110, on the Saint Martin’s University campus, 5000 Abbey Way SE. The free event, followed by a book signing and social hour with the author, is open to the public.A former civil rights and civil liberties organizer in the 1970s, Honey holds the Fred T. and Dorothy G. Haley Endowed Professorship in the Humanities at the University of Washington, Tacoma and previously held the university system’s Harry Bridges Chair of Labor Studies. He authored Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign, and other books of labor and civil rights history. His Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle (1999) received an award from the Southern Historical Association (SHA), among others, and his Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights: Organizing Memphis Workers (1993) won SHA and Organization of American Historian awards. In 1985 Honey won the OAH’s Charles Thomson Prize for his article on white Unionist resistance to the Confederacy. His talks are well known for taking a critical perspective on the past and present, using narrative, images, and song.The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series, now in its seventh year, was created by Saint Martin’s University Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Robert Hauhart, Ph.D., J.D., chair of the University’s Department of Society and Social Justice, to raise awareness of social justice issues within the community and to honor the work of Robert A. Harvie, J.D., former professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Saint Martin’s.last_img read more