first_imgOffshore oil and gas explorer and producer Kosmos Energy has completed the acquisition of Gulf of Mexico operator Deep Gulf Energy (DGE).DGE assets in Gulf of Mexico (blue – producing, green – prospect, yellow outline – operated); Source: DGEKosmos said on Monday that the acquisition of Deep Gulf Energy included Deep Gulf Energy LP, Deep Gulf Energy II, Deep Gulf Energy III, and related entities.The company agreed the buy for a total consideration of $1.225 billion, subject to certain adjustments. Of the total amount, $925 million was in cash while $300 million was in Kosmos common shares issued to First Reserve, management, and other DGE shareholders.According to Kosmos, the acquisition of DGE adds to its deepwater Atlantic Margin portfolio with attractive assets and a strong record of growing production and reserves through infrastructure-led exploration.“This immediately accretive acquisition enhances the scale of the company and is expected to generate significant free cash flow, enabling Kosmos to return cash to shareholders through a dividend, beginning in the first quarter of 2019,” the company said.In a previous statement, Kosmos said that the acquisition would add approximately 25,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed) of production (around 85% oil), growing 2018 pro forma production by 50% from approximately 45,000 to 70,000 boed.Kosmos will also add estimated 2P reserves of approximately 80 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe), increasing total 2P reserves by 40% from over 200 mmboe to approximately 280 mmboe.last_img read more


first_imgStuff co.nz 26 August 2016Family First Comment: The sad reality of prostitution – irrespective of the age….“Lauren agreed to having sex for money – she wanted to get her mum out of financial trouble. But now, aged 23, she realises she was a vulnerable child and she is still paying the price and trying to make sense of the memories. Looking back she can see she was being groomed, heavily influenced by adults she trusted. And the world of prostitution was glorified.”Lauren Darlington looked every bit the sweet 16-year-old with a mouth full of braces when her mum forged her birth certificate so she could work as a prostitute. Seven years later she is real, raw about her demons, blogging to touch others.“I wasn’t eating well or sleeping and I was using drugs the clients would give me at work to keep me awake,” Lauren said of her time as an escort in Sydney, Australia.“Mum got half of what I made for ‘driving me around’.”Lauren agreed to having sex for money – she wanted to get her mum out of financial trouble. But now, aged 23, she realises she was a vulnerable child and she is still paying the price and trying to make sense of the memories.Looking back she can see she was being groomed, heavily influenced by adults she trusted. And the world of prostitution was glorified.“Mum’s friend spoke about how easy it was to sleep with guys for money. She saw them as bags and jewellery and new clothes. She had me around male friends older than me and was saying how beautiful I was and encouraged me to be with her friend, an older male.“Looking back she was grooming me to be a prostitute. She took me shopping, did my makeup, it was like a never-ending sleep-over,” Lauren said. “I became suspicious when I found business cards for an escort agency. She lied and said she cleaned banks of a night. But earned A$600 a night?”At the time Lauren and her mum were on welfare. Money was tight.“They did a lot of drugs around me and one day on the way to her drug dealer’s place it came up that she was a prostitute. Mum blurted out she had been one before so could never again and the talk of the money and how ‘easy’ it was. I offered to do it for us. And that’s something I have always said and held guilt around. It was my choice.”With a history of self harm and a fragile mindset, being plunged into the seedy adult world was damaging.“I was hit, degraded, the mind games … I was 16 and looked it and covered in fresh scars. But I turned off. The Valium mum would give me and lack of sleep helped.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/83588868/australian-woman-rebuilds-her-life-after-mother-forced-her-to-work-as-a-prostituteKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more


first_img The dismissal did not sit well with Diokno as he questioned the Sandiganbayan for granting of Gimenezes demurrer to evidence only now when the case was filed in 1987. The anti-graft court in its verdict has granted the demurrer to evidence filed by the Gimenezes for “insufficiency of evidence” as there were only photocopied documents as pieces of evidence and proof that money was siphoned off to foreign countries. Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno “I think the government should revisit all of the pending cases against the Marcoses and find out what is going wrong and do something about it,” Diokno said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel. In a decision that was released publicly on Friday, the Sandiganbayan 4th Division dismissed Civil Case No. 0007 involving the forfeiture of an estimated P267-million ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses through spouses Fe and Ignacio Gimenez. Two months later, the Marcoses scored another legal victory against the government after the Sandiganbayan dismissed the P1.052-billion civil case against former Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco Sr. and some of his relatives, who allegedly served as Marcos dummies, due to insufficiency of evidence./PN “Why did it take the government this long to prosecute and for the court to decide the case?” Diokno said. “We have to get to the bottom of this. Anong nangyari du’n sa mga dokumento na ‘yun? Bakit hindi napresenta yung mga original?” In August, the Sandiganbayan Second Division also dismissed for insufficient evidence the P102-billion forfeiture case against the late former President Ferdinand Marcos, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, and other cronies. Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement that the Malacañang Palace respects the verdict of Sandiganbayan to dismiss another Marcos case. This is the third loss of the Presidential Commission on Good Governance and the Office of the Solicitor General this year. “The Administration does not interfere with the judiciary. The rule of law must always prevail in courts regardless of who are the parties. Their decision must be accorded respect and obedience,” Panelo added. MANILA – The government should exhaustall the remedies following the Sandiganbayan’s dismissal of another forfeiturecase against the Marcos family involving millions of ill-gotten wealth, veteranhuman rights lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno said. Diokno, who chairs the Free Legal Assistance Group, said in a television interview that the government must revisit all the charges against the Marcoses.last_img read more


first_imgDillsboro, Ind. — Dearborn County council members approved an allocation of at least $35,000 to repair an outdoor emergency siren in the Dillsboro area. Installed in 1979, the siren is the oldest in the county.Sources from the Dearborn County Register tell WRBI the council had considered nixing the sirens and going to a cell phone-based alert system earlier this year. Council members changed direction after hearing concerns from the Hidden Valley lake safety committee.last_img


first_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Great Entertainer Became A Milestone In The History Of CensorshipBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone Loading… Top seed and three-time US Open winner Djokovic – who has won five of the past seven Grand Slam crowns – has 17 slams, behind Nadal on 19 and Federer on 20.Also on Ashe Monday is top-seeded woman Karolina Pliskova, who goes up against 145th ranked Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine.Two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka is scheduled to play as well, but her status is in doubt due to a left hamstring injury that forced her to pull out of Saturday’s WTA New York final.Read Also: Platini questioned in Swiss probe of $2m FIFA paymentSerena Williams starts her bid for a 24th career Grand Slam women’s singles crown to match the all-time record set by Margaret Court on Tuesday.Women’s number one Ashleigh Barty and reigning champion Bianca Andreescu are among high-profile women skipping the event because of concerns about coronavirus.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Top favourite Novak Djokovic begins his quest for an 18th Grand Slam title on Monday as a unique, spectator-free 2020 US Open gets underway in a COVID-19 quarantine bubble at Flushing Meadows. The world number one headlines the opening day of a tennis major that promises to be unlike any other and which is missing several top players due to coronavirus fears. Djokovic takes on unheralded Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina in a round-one evening match at an Arthur Ashe Stadium that in normal years buzzes with 23,000 screaming fans. But due to strict measures aimed at keeping COVID-19 out of the US National Tennis Center, only players, officials and a handful of media will be watching in-person this year. “It is strange to see,” said Djokovic, crediting his love of playing on the New York hardcourts to Ashe, which he described as “the most dynamic and explosive court” in the game. “The circumstances are very unusual but we have to deal with it and try to embrace it,” the Serbian superstar added. The US Open marks the first Grand Slam of the coronavirus era, and the first since the Australian Open in January and February, after the global pandemic wiped out much of the season, including Wimbledon. Players are being kept in a tightly controlled environment to minimize the risk of infection and are being tested for coronavirus regularly throughout the tournament. The men’s draw was disrupted on the eve of the tournament Sunday when France’s Benoit Paire was removed after organizers announced that an unidentified player had been withdrawn after testing positive for COVID-19.center_img Under New York state rules, any player that tests positive is immediately withdrawn and must self-isolate for at least 10 days. Most competitors are staying at specific hotels and are not allowed to travel anywhere other than to and from the tournament site and their accommodation. Some players, including Djokovic, have rented private houses that must be guarded 24 hours by security to safeguard the quarantine bubble. Parts of the tennis center grounds were turned into makeshift hospital rooms during the worst of the pandemic in New York in April. Intense cleaning and safety protocols were put in place before the US Open allowed players into the bubble. And the number of support personnel for each competitor is limited, as is the number of players allowed into the locker room at any one time. Players are advised to wear masks when they are not on court and must wash their hands regularly. The absence of defending champion Rafael Nadal and Swiss legend Roger Federer gives Djokovic a prime opportunity to gain ground on his rivals in the chase for the all-time men’s Grand Slam singles title record. The participation of Japan’s Naomi Osaka at the 2020 US Open is in doubt because of injurylast_img read more


first_imgSouth Ripley defeats South Decatur 17-7 in 6 innings.Raiders busted open a 7-7 tie in the 4th inning and scored 10 unanswered through the final three frames to get the win.Ellie Waldron and Alexa Heidt each with their first varsity home runs. Halee Smith was 2-for-3 with a triple, a run and 2 RBI’s.Heidt and Hailey Brown each with 2 runs scored.Mady Tompkins winning pitcher. 6 IP, 7 Runs (3 Earned) on 8 hits with 11 strikeouts and 1 Walk .Raiders, now 3-0, host Switzerland County on Monday.Courtesy of Raiders Coach Rob Lafary.last_img read more


first_img Latest Posts GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017center_img ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Eagles, George Stevens Academy Eagles and Bucksport Golden Bucks all notched wins on the road in boys’ basketball outings Monday night.Ellsworth 78, Calais 71A 15-point overtime performance lifted the Ellsworth Eagles to a 78-71 win over the Calais Blue Devils after the two teams finished regulation play with the score knotted at 63-all in Calais.The 4-1 Eagles got a standout performance from Nick Bagley, who knocked down six three-pointers en route to a game-high 28 points.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth also got plenty of offensive help from Bryce Harmon, who added 17 points, and Alex Braley, who had four three-pointers and 16 points.In all, the Eagles connected on 13 of 18 attempts from three-point range.Travis Rhodes led Calais with 20 points, including six threes, and Tyler Niles had 19 points.GSA 58, Central 49A solid defensive effort helped the GSA Eagles knock off the Central Red Devils 58-49 in East Corinth.Kyle Ham, one of Central’s big post players, scored 12 first-half points but was held to just two in the second half.“We did a good job shutting down their offense after our halftime adjustments,” said GSA coach Dwayne Carter. “The team played good solid defense the second half, which got us the win.”That allowed the Eagles, who took a small lead in the first quarter, to stay in front the rest of the way in upping their record to 4-3 with their fourth consecutive win.GSA got balanced scoring with 15 points from Taylor Schildroth, 13 from Finn Davis-Batt and 11 from Jarrod Chase.Andrew Prescott led the 6-2 Red Devils with 24 points.Bucksport 54, John Bapst 42In Bangor, the Golden Bucks improved their record to 4-2 with a 64-42 win over the John Bapst Crusaders.With four starters on the bench in the first half due to foul trouble, the Golden Bucks trailed at halftime 23-19.But they rallied in the second half, outscoring the Crusaders 20-8 in the final period.Riley MacLeod led the way for Bucksport with 15 points, Alec Dyer added 12 and Asher Bowden chipped in with nine.Alex Mooney led the Crusaders with 13 points.In earlier action:GSA 77, DI-Stonington 32Kelsey Allen scored 17 points and Jarrod Chase was close behind with 16 as the GSA Eagles romped to a 77-32 win over the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners on Wednesday, Dec. 17, in Deer Isle.Jared Gove had nine points for the Mariners, who trailed from the start.Washington Academy 57,Bucksport 50A 22-point effort by Austin Seavey and 19 points from Gage Feeney led the Washington Academy Raiders to a 57-50 win over the Bucksport Golden Bucks on Wednesday, Dec. 17, in Bucksport.The Golden Bucks rallied from a 24-point deficit, outscoring the Raiders 23-6 in the final period, but came up short.Asher Bowden finished with 15 points and Tyler Pye added 14 for the Golden Bucks.GSA 84, MDI 76The GSA Eagles notched their third consecutive win on Friday in Blue Hill, knocking off the visiting Mount Desert Island Trojans 84-76.GSA got the job done from the foul line in the final period, connecting on 13 of 16 shots to secure the win.Kelsey Allen had a big game for the Eagles with 32 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.Jarrod Chase also contributed 15 points and Taylor Schildroth had 10 points and eight assists for GSA.Riley Swanson led the way for the still-winless Trojans with 24 points, Russell Kropf added  14, Graham Good had 12 and Aaron Snurkowski chipped in with 11 for MDI.Searsport 63, Sumner 50A slow start forced the Sumner Tigers to play from behind the rest of the way in a 63-50 loss to the Searsport Vikings on Saturday in Sullivan.Searsport jumped out to a 20-9 lead in the opening period and led 34-16 at halftime and 46-33 after three periods.Barrett Grant had a game-high 29 points, Troy Reynolds added 18 and Jake Powell chipped in with 14 for the Vikings.For Sumner, Joey Lamoureux connected on seven three-pointers for 21 points. Alex O’Hara added 12 and Issiac Christiansen had seven for the Tigers, whose record was evened at 3-3. Bio Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017last_img read more


first_imgTHE curtains of the Stag Elite League will come down tonight with a triple-header at the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Ground, Camp Ayanganna.A Victoria Kings versus Monedderlust clash at 16:00 hrs will kick off the day’s proceedings, followed by Top XX tackling Buxton United, while the final game of the evening brings together the home side (GDF) and rivals Fruta Conquerors.The GDF by virtue of their superior points (27 points) were already crowned champions of the league, which means the outcome of their clash with Fruta Conquerors (22) game will not change the present standing of the top two teams.This leaves the two top teams playing for their pride with GDF wanting to maintain their unbeaten run and Fruta Conquerors wanting to prove that Army men are not unbeatable.However, in games one and two, there is a lot to play for since should Victoria Kings (11), lose to Monedderlust (3) and Top XX (4)lose to Buxton United (12), there will be a change at the bottom of the table with Monedderlust FC moving to fifth place and Top XX FC to the bottom of the table.Should Victoria Kings win against Monedderlust and Top XX defeat Buxton United, then there will be a mid-table change with Victoria Kings moving into third place and Buxton United to fourth. The table will remain the same if both Victoria Kings and Buxton United win their respective games.In summing up the second installation of the STAG Elite League, Guyana Football Federation’s Competitions Director,Ian Alves believes “the newly-added clubs demonstrated improved play as the league progressed. However, there were some challenges with the condition of venues which resulted in venue changes to at least two matches.”This final match-up of the season will also signal the top four teams which will advance to the ‘Big Four’ tournament. The bottom two teams will find themselves in relegation zone.The Stag Elite League is the senior league of the GFF and seeks to, among other things, provide a space for consistent and competitive engagement of footballers while facilitating disciplined players of a high technical and tactical ability to be identified and or selected for national duties.Meanwhile, a release from the GFF stated that patrons will be given a chance to win fabulous prizes including family meals,compliments of Church’s Chicken;jerseys and caps,compliments of Jialing, and cash vouchers and Gilette hampers compliments of Ansa Mc Al.The grand patron prize will be a JIALING 250cc motorcycle,compliments of Automobile Power Products. Admission to the venue is GYD$500.last_img read more


first_imgAs photos and stories from Haiti continue to catch the public eye, students and professors on campus have undertaken various efforts to provide whatever help they can.Much of Haiti has been ravaged and hundreds of thousands left dead by the large-scale earthquake that struck last week. To honor those lost and to help those in need of aid, the USC Office of Religious Life hosted a vigil Tuesday and the Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism hosted a CrisisCamp volunteer session Sunday.Photo courtesy of The Los Angeles TimesStudents and community members came together Tuesday at the interfaith vigil.“The event was all about healing and grief, but it’s also about learning, and getting background,” said Rev. Jim Burklo. “Education is a big part of it; we want to get people interested in the history of the country as well as a spiritual response.”The vigil began with Varun Soni, the dean for the Office of Religious Life, who gave the audience of about 25 a brief recap of what occurred in Haiti and of the earthquake’s destruction and its effects.“Today we come together to support the people of Haiti and to support each other,” Soni said in his opening speech. “Today we bring together the spiritual and scholarly resources of our university in order to raise money and awareness for Haiti.”Allyson Salinger Ferrante, a graduate student who is working on her dissertation on Caribbean literature, followed with a poem by René Dépestre titled Ballad of a Little Lamp.“As students and members of a privileged community who have access to education among other basic things like food, clothes and shelter, we may feel that we are too small to really effect any change, but that’s not true,” Ferrante said. “Every dollar counts and the spread of information counts, and that doesn’t cost anything.”Students who attended the event said they felt it was important to show support as a group.“I think its important to unite our campus because a lot of us know people whose family members have been affected,” said Jillian Angeline, a sophomore majoring in broadcast journalism. “As the Haitian community is uniting, the students on campus should as well.”Erica Edwards, a senior majoring in English who attended the event, said she hopes other students understand what happened.“It’s important to take some time to reflect on Haiti, it’s really important to look at the larger picture and to see the world and see life globally as opposed to just our own life,” said Edwards. “It is important to make time for those who are in need. One day it could be us.”Beyond the vigil, faculty and community members met Sunday to use their technological skills to help the relief effort as part of CrisisCamp Haiti, a program hosted by Annenberg.More than 40 volunteers worked on various projects, including an open street map of Haiti and a family locator system. Others helped by translating messages into French and Haitian Creole.“The idea was just to get people together and see what we can do,” said Andrew Lih, the Annenberg faculty member who organized the event in Los Angeles. “It’s tough to figure out the impact of what is going on here in Haiti, but at least we can use the technology to help.”Lih said he is trying to organize another event but emphasized that volunteers should also undertake crisis-relief projects on their own.“Events like this are really time sensitive, and some people say that even waiting a week to meet is too late,” Lih said.last_img read more


first_imgThe USC Fisher Museum of Art held its fourth annual Celebration of the Arts this Saturday, hosted by Students with Fisher@USC. The Celebration of the Arts is an afternoon filled with music, live entertainment, interactive art and free food. Students with Fisher@USC, an organization created by the museum to generate student interest in the arts, ran the celebration in the theme of one of the museum’s current exhibits, “Triumph of Philippine Art.”Dance at the museum · Kristal Ha, a junior majoring in biochemistry, performs at the Festival of Arts, which took place on March 8. – Christine Yoo | Daily TrojanDanielle Acheampong, the education and outreach coordinator for the Fisher Museum, explained the work that went into planning the event.“The Students with Fisher@USC group thought it would be a good idea to kind of take a cultural or international perspective for our event, especially given how diverse our campus and community is,” Acheampong said in an email to the Daily Trojan.Acheampong noted that planning the Celebration of the Arts took a lot of teamwork and manpower in order to ensure a successful event and collaboration with the vendors and performers.“We wanted the booths to relate to the theme in their own way and also have an interactive art piece for people to have fun with,” Acheampong said in an email.Some of the many booths set up by vendors, nonprofits and USC organizations included 31 Bits, which sells eco-friendly jewelry made by women in Uganda, and Troy Philippines, a cultural organization at USC that seeks to promote Filipino culture, dance and music throughout campus.“[Troy Philippines] wanted to be a part of the event, promoting the [Filipino] culture and helping out, especially because of the Philippine art exhibit that’s at Fisher right now,” said Zach Chaco, president of the group.Troy Philippines’ interactive art booth had attendees make flowers for the Panagbenga Flower Festival, an annual celebration in Baguio, Philippines similar to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif.Ani Mnatsakanyan, a junior majoring in art history, is part of Students with Fisher and helped organize the event. She expressed that events like the Celebration of the Arts are important to USC because art speaks to everyone.“It doesn’t matter if you’re an art major or anything,” Mnatsakanyan said. “If you live in this world, you already have some relationship with art. That’s all it takes.”Many of the students who came to enjoy the Celebration of the Arts supported this belief of interacting with art no matter your academic background.Anthony Ge, a first-year graduate student majoring in mechanical engineering, said that he is interested in different forms of art and that his hobby is to interpret the art process.“We don’t get enough exposure to modern arts in class, and I like that I can interact with different arts and art students today,” Ge said.Acheampong stressed that the Celebration of the Arts gives students a way to interact and view art in a way that is not traditional.“An event like Celebration gives students a chance to engage with art outside of an academic setting,” Acheampong said in an email. “It’s a chance to learn more about their campus and the campus community.”Frieda Leung, a freshman majoring in accounting, noted that the Celebration of Arts was unique in the fact that it offered an experience often hard to find on campus.“USC has a lot of performing arts, like Visions and Voices, but there aren’t a lot of opportunities for visual and interactive art that we had today,” Leung said. “The Celebration of the Arts provides that experience.”last_img read more