Reuters: Petrobras could cancel two FPSO orders

first_imgBrazilian oil giant Petrobras is on the verge of cancelling two Floating Production Storage Offloading vessels orders, Reuters has reported.According to the news agency, Alexandre Lindenmeyer, mayor of Rio Grande municipality, where the FPSO units are being built, has said that the reason for the potential scrapping of the orders is the fact that the consortium building the units has asked for more cash.Reportedly, the consortium, formed by Queiroz Galvão and IESA has required an additional 10 percent on top of the originally agreed price, as Petrobras has allegedly asked for several contract modifications for the FPSO P-75 and P-77 units respectively.The Brazilian consortium is responsible for modules and integration with the hulls. The hulls of the two FPSOs were converted from Very Large Crude Carriers.Furthermore, Reuters reports, Lindenmeyer has said that Petrobras and the contractors are set to meet on Wednesday to discuss a possible resolution of the issue.The FPSO units, scheduled for delivery in 2016 and 2017, will have production capacities of 150,000 barrels per day each. The FPSOs are planned to be deployed at the Buzios field in the Cessao Onerosa area, offshore Brazil.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Ghita releases video for On My Mind

first_imgGhita has released the self-directed music video for her track On My Mind.She filmed the video in her homeland of Morocco. In the video Ghita and her friends move from urban locations to the country’s beautifully desolate wilderness. Watch the video below:Ghita commented, “On My Mind is about the deeply personal nature of each individual’s journey through life. I believe in my dreams and my ambitions, and I want to inspire people to do the same. I also wanted to address female empowerment. In Morocco, more and more women are fighting for their right to be heard. They’re standing up for emancipation, for equality between genres, and to bring down this patriarchal society.We had a lot of fun making the video. I got to meet an amazing group of women and it was hilarious from start-to-finish, as if we’d known each other forever. I hope we can be reunited soon.”Ghita is inspired by North African rhythms and the vibrant world of Afrobeats as well as elements of R&B, rap and hip-hop. She sings in English, French (her mother tongue) and Arabic.For her tracks so far, Ghita has already hit 5 million streams, with fan favourite HateULoveU hitting Spotify’s Global Viral Top 50.last_img read more

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JA Education Minister visits South Florida to join fight against child…

first_imgEducation Minister Ruel Reid Newly appointed Jamaica Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Ruel Reid, takes the campaign for child abuse awareness to South Florida this Saturday, as scheduled keynote speaker for the PROTECT THEM Gala. Hosted by the local NUH GUH DEH campaign against child abuse in Jamaica and the Diaspora, Minister Reid will address the nation’s current efforts in protecting its children, and outline ways the Diaspora can contribute.Child abuse prevention will be a critic issue under his tenure, says Minister Reid in an interview with National Weekly. “We are working with UNICEF [United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund] to train our teachers to spot abuse, as well as change how they relate to their students,” said Minister Reid. “We are also working on our parenting program to better equip our parents on how to handle discipline.”But meaningful change will also require a cultural shift in discipline, says Minister Reid, particularly for children with behavioral conditions, as too often children with developmental challenges suffer abuse because parents and institutions are unable to manage.“We need to understand more as a society about childhood development,” says Minister Reid. “If children have biological challenges, schools and families need to recognize and accommodate children that need special support. They can’t be abused because they behave differently.”The Minister is encouraging the Diaspora to contribute in any way they can to the Ministry’s new initiatives targeting these needs, from provide safe facilities for children escaping chronic abuse, to curriculum reform to help integrate students with behavioral conditions such as autism.“The Diaspora can contribute by fundraising. Children in abusive environments need to be in safe homes, and homes and boarding institutions require extensive funding,” says Minister Reid. “The Diaspora can also help by speaking out. Write articles, post on social media. Make your voices be heard though your consulates. Collective influence can bring pressure on this issue.”“We thought it ideal for Senator Reid to be invited to address this critical manner of preventing child abuse affecting children in Jamaica, the USA and elsewhere,” said the founder of the NUH GUH DEH campaign, Lavern Deer. “We are extremely pleased that even as the new administration in Jamaica grapples with the challenges of government, Senator Reid, who has three very critical portfolios coping with, has taken time out to attend the gala and join us in this very important struggle.”Senator Reid who is also the principal of Jamaica College (JC), one of Jamaica’s oldest high schools, took leave from that institution to accept Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ invitation to join his Cabinet after the Jamaica Labor Party’s general election victory on February 25.Referred to as the “reluctant politician” Senator Reid is generally regarded as an “outstanding educator” among Jamaica’s education circles, and has been targeted by previous administrations to serve under the education portfolio.Kevin Turner of Miramar, who was a senior at Jamaica’s Munro College when Senator Reid began his teaching career there in 1996, describes the minister as “not only an A-class educator, but someone who take the positive development of youth very seriously. He’s ideal for addressing the need to protect young people from all forms of abuse.” . Senator Reid was conferred with the Jamaican Order of Distinction (Commander Class) in 2011, and formerly served as chairman of Jamaica’s National Council on Education, and chairman of the National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training.Also at Saturday nights Gala, Florida State Representative, and Hazelle Rogers, and Angela Messam, wife of Miramar’s mayor Wayne Messam, will be honored with the PROTECT THEM Humanitarian Award. Both women are being honored for “their outstanding efforts in the community to educate, integrate and motivate via information-sharing, as well as their proven ability to make a difference in the lives of the people they’ve touched through their work and community involvement.”The gala will take place on Saturday, April 23, starting 6 p.m. at the Carolina Golf Club in Margate.last_img read more

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St. Cloud High School Sports Highlights For 2019-2020 Season

first_imgHigh School sports may have come to an abrupt halt in Minnesota last month, but there were plenty of memories made throughout the fall and winter. Here’s a look at a few of our favorite moments from the year in sports.St. Cloud Sports Year In ReviewPHOTO: Dave OverlundSartell FootballSartell topped Alexandria in the snow to snap a skid. PHOTO: Joel BaumgartenRocori FootballThe Rocori Football team took home the section 8AAAA championship in snowy Alexandria. PHOTO: Sarah MuellerRocori FootballRocori fans braved the cold to cheer on the Spartans at the State Tourney.PHOTO: Sarah Mueller, WJONRocori FootballRocori Fans at US Bank Stadium for the state semis.PHOTO: Sarah MuellerRocori FootballROCORI QB Jack Steil calls the signals for the Spartans at the State Tourney .PHOTO: Dave OverlundCathedral Hockey 2019Cathedral clobbered Greenway in a state tourney rematch .PHOTO: Dave Overlund, WJONCathedral HockeyCathedral takes 6A Title.PHOTO: Dave Overlund Cathedral HockeyJack Smith warms up before Cathedral’s semifinal game against Hermantown.PHOTO: Dave Overlund (AM 1390 Granite City Sports)Apollo vs Sauk Rapids-RiceApollo girls hoops takes on the Storm in Sauk Rapids.PHOTO: Dave OverlundSartell Youth Hockey WildThe MInnesota Wild came to Sartell for their Youth Hockey Spotlight. PHOTO: Dave Overlund, WJONMike Modano SartellMike Modano behind the Sabres’ bench.PHOTO: Kelly McCarneySartell-St.-Stephen-Dance-Team-2-Courtesy-Kelly-McCarneySartell Dance at State. PHOTO: Roger MischkeSauk Rapids WrestlingSauk Rapids-Rice wrestler Andrew Wollak won his 100th match. PHOTO: Dave OverlundApollo BasketballThe Apollo boys basketball team celebrates their section title.PHOTO: Dave Overlund Apollo BasketballApollo captures section title.last_img read more

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