Image: All parcels offered receive bids at BLM-Eastern States oil and gas lease sale. Photo: courtesy of skeeze from Pixabay. In keeping with the Administration’s goal of promoting America’s energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States (BLM-ES) held a quarterly oil and gas lease sale December 12, 2019, that resulted in competitive bids on all of the twenty parcels offered for over 6,450 acres located in the Mississippi counties of Perry, Wilkinson, Amite, and Franklin; and Monroe County in Ohio.The combined bids plus fees from the sale brought in $184,779.00, which will be distributed between the Federal Government and the states of Mississippi and Ohio. The highest total bid of $62,600 was made by R & R Royalty, Corpus Christi, Texas, for a 50-acre parcel on the Wayne National Forest, Monroe County, Ohio, at $1,252.00 per acre.Oil and gas leases are awarded for a term of ten years and as long thereafter as there is production of oil and gas in paying quantities. The Federal Government receives a royalty of 12.5 percent of the value of production. Each state government receives a 25 percent minimum share of the bonus bid and the royalty revenue from each lease issued in that state.The BLM’s oil and gas lease sales support domestic energy production and American energy independence, and are aligned with the Administration’s America First Energy Plan, an all-of-the-above approach that includes oil and gas, coal, strategic minerals and renewable sources, all of which can be developed on public lands.The BLM’s policy is to permit oil and gas development if it meets the guidelines and regulations set forth by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and other subsequent laws and policies passed by the U.S. Congress. Source: Company Press Release Oil and gas leases are awarded for a term of ten years and as long thereafter as there is production of oil and gas in paying quantities
USS Jason Dunham Docks in Varna, Bulgaria View post tag: europe View post tag: Naval The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) arrived in Varna, Bulgaria, for a scheduled port visit, April 4, 2015.Jason Dunham’s presence in Bulgaria reaffirms to NATO allies that the U.S. Navy shares a commitment to strengthen ties, while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the Black Sea region.Jason Dunham is currently operating in the Black Sea, working with allies and regional partners to help develop and improve maritime forces, maintain regional security, and work towards mutual goals in order to advance security and stability in Europe.[mappress mapid=”15584″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Bulgaria View post tag: Varna View post tag: USS Jason Dunham Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Jason Dunham Docks in Varna, Bulgaria Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic April 5, 2015 Share this article
The moment for Kobe Bryant feels like “a blur.”The reason for his foggy memory does not necessarily have to do with reflecting on an incident that happened nearly a decade ago.Instead, the Lakers’ 37-year-old star struggled processing his career-high 81-point performance set Jan. 22, 2006 against the Toronto Raptors because the high-volume shooter scored seemingly every time he touched the ball. “I didn’t really understand or was able to grasp what happened,” Bryant said of the night, second in NBA history only to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in 1962. “It was very bizarre.” The Lakers trailed the Raptors by as many as 18 points early in the third quarter. But then, Bryant scored 51 of his 55 second-half points en route toward making 28-of-46 shots. He converted on an endless stream of pull-up jumpers, layups, reverse layups and dunks. He went 7-of-13 from 3-point range. He shot 18-of-20 from the free-throw line. Oh, and he led the Lakers to a 122-104 victory over the Raptors.“It means that anything is possible,” Bryant said. “Playing the game as a kid, you have a dream and even if the dreams are extremely wild and imaginative, you work hard. You believe certain nights like that can happen.”Bryant is far removed from those nights. The Lakers (9-34) consider Bryant as probable to play in Wednesday’s game against the Sacramento Kings (17-23) at Staples Center amid soreness in his right Achilles. In his 20th and final NBA season, Bryant has averaged 16.3 points on a career-low 34.6 percent mark from the field. When Bryant averaged a career-high 35.4 points per game on a 45 percent clip in the 2005-06 season, his supporting cast featured Kwame Brown and Smush Parker. “I was facing stacked defenses,” Bryant said. “I’m a scorer no matter who I’m playing with. I was going to score the ball. But on that particular team, it was just a lot harder to score.” Yet, Bryant scored at will against the Raptors, leading former guard and current ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose to frequently lament Toronto’s failure to double-team the Lakers star. “The real question is, ‘Why are you looking for double teams?’” Bryant retorted. “That’s like playing on defense and waving a white flag.” Luck and fortuneBryant has become nostalgic in recent years, something that has taken a bigger turn in his final NBA season. So he has routinely expressed gratitude for the Lakers securing his draft rights 20 years ago and the franchise building mostly talented rosters around him.But what if Bryant did not experience such fortunes? Could he have won five NBA titles with another franchise?“Come on, stop it. You know me better than that,” Bryant said to a longtime Lakers reporter. “I don’t care. I would’ve figured it out. I’m too stubborn not to. Even if I had to pull the whole organization someplace, we would’ve done that. There’s no way.”Injury updateThe Lakers listed Larry Nance Jr. as doubtful to play Wednesday against the Kings after a sore right knee kept him out of Sunday’s game against Houston. The Lakers also listed Brandon Bass as probable with a sore right foot, though he played Sunday following a two-game absence. The Lakers were off Monday and resume practice Tuesday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
The wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has revealed his life-long ambition is to bring his family to Co Donegal.Tony Blair wants to bring family to Donegal.Cherie Blair revealed the former Labour party leader’s plan is to one day is to revisit Ballyshannon and Rossnowlagh where he holidayed as a child.In his autobiography Mr Blair remembers fondly spending many summers at the Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh. Mrs Blair said herself and her husband have enjoyed several trips to Ireland.“I have brought my children here, absolutely,” she said.“My husband’s real ambition is to take the kids back to Ballyshannon, where he used to go as a boy.” BLAIR’S AMBITION IS TO BRING FAMILY TO DONEGAL was last modified: October 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Saturn’s giant moon Titan keeps revealing mysterious dynamics in the here and now, leaving interpretation to fallible scientists who sometimes predicted otherwise.Going the second Nile: A river valley rivaling Earth’s Nile has been found flowing into Kraken Mare, one of Titan’s large north polar seas. Live Science‘s article includes a video trip along its 250-mile length as revealed by orbital radar. Its blackness suggests it flows with liquid methane that rains down and flows through tributaries. New Scientist claims the river is the longest ever found outside Earth. Scientists believe the river tracks a fault line, even though they don’t believe Titan has plate tectonics.Icier than thought: Thoughts can be warm or icy, but when PhysOrg says “Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, icier than thought” they undoubtedly mean scientists were surprised (again). Indeed, “A new analysis of topographic and gravity data from Titan, the largest of Saturn’s moons, indicates that Titan’s icy outer crust is twice as thick as has generally been thought.” They didn’t specify the generals that thought that. Orbital dynamics shows either that Titan is misbehaving, or its human trainers were caught unprepared:From measurements of the observed gravitational field of Titan, one can compute what the shape of Titan ought to be. But the new data show that Titan’s shape is much more distorted than would be predicted by a simple gravitational model. That discrepancy means the internal structure of Titan isn’t quite so simple.Crater survey: Of many Titan conundrums (if the moon is as old as claimed) is its remarkable lack of craters. Either most have been covered by geological processes or there never were many impacts—hard to believe for the moon with the most gravitational pull. A new paper on Icarus found that most craters on Titan are shallower by hundreds of meters than similar ones on Ganymede, a comparably-sized moon at Jupiter. They proposed “aeolian infilling” (wind-blown particles) as the mechanism – a hypothesis subject to critique by the rates of crater formation, wind speed, and distribution of atmospheric movement. It might seem plausible, for instance, that if large craters formed in steady-state over billions of years, some would be deep and others shallow.Rate expectations: As Titan moves into Saturnian autumn, dramatic changes can be seen in the atmosphere. A press release from University of Bristol reported that the CIRS (Composite InfraRed Spectrometer) team “observed an enormous increase in Titan’s exotic trace gases over the south pole within a relatively short time.” The trace gases are formed by sunlight hitting Titan’s upper atmosphere, converting the methane into ions that recombine into complex gases like benzene and hydrogen cyanide. “[W]e did not expect such a large and rapid change: some gas concentrations increased more than a thousand times within only a few months,”one team member said. “Also surprising was that this was happening at altitudes above 450 km, much higher than initially anticipated.”Circulation models did not predict activity so high. “This calls into question our current understanding of how Titan’s atmosphere works and suggests new avenues to explore.” Needless to say, understanding that is called into question ceases to qualify as understanding. Any replacement model will also have to explain how this erosive process could have been sustained over Titan’s presumed billions of years, assuming we are not observing it under unique circumstances. Is it surprising that Space.com‘s coverage of this news began with the L-word? “Saturn’s cloudy moon Titan has a middle atmosphere containing organic compounds that could hold the potential for life.”The surface methane age problem: New papers come out occasionally trying to retrofit the data to falsified predictions that Titan would be found with a global ocean (it wasn’t). One such attempt in Icarus presented a new model for the atmospheric and surface liquid concentrations. They calculated that surface liquids should be dominated by ethane (56%) over methane (32%), with much lower concentrations at the poles. This seems to run counter to the observational evidence, where the only lakes found are at the poles, but the model appears to only discuss ratios, not bulk quantities. Another paper in Icarus proposed a wavelength-dependent model for methane photolysis, but more data is needed, they said.The atmospheric escape age problem: Another paper in Icarus discussed the rate of thermal escape of hydrogen from Titan’s upper atmosphere, caused by solar wind bombardment of methane. They found that dissipation of hydrogen and methane is similar to Jeans escape, meaning that molecules escape the atmosphere based on their kinetic energy derived from temperature. Jeans escape is also a function of the mass of the molecule, atmospheric density and mass of the planetary body. While the summary did not appear to discuss age issues, the authors said, “A global and temporal description is required to model Titan’s upper atmosphere.”Does Titan ice float? A curious paper in Icarus asked whether ice would float in Titan’s polar seas. The answer: maybe. Under certain assumptions of porosity and density, methane and ethane ice chunks should float, but then again, they might alternately float and sink. Maybe this will fuel dreams of an epic movie, The Titan-ic.It glows: We close with a factoid to amuse your friends: Titan glows in the dark. That’s what Astrobiology Magazine and Live Science claim, at least. When charged particles hit the atmosphere, the nitrogen gas lights up like a fluorescent tube. At a millionth of a watt, though, you couldn’t see it, even if floating in a balloon with a very thick Christmas sweater. Contrary to expectations, some of this “airglow” comes from deep down in the atmosphere—too deep to be caused by solar radiation or magnetic fields. Cosmic rays? Chemical reactions? Imaging scientist Robert West remarked, “It tells us that we don’t know all there is to know about Titan and makes it even more mysterious.”Titan remains a fascinating and enigmatic world, illustrating two common principles of planetary science: (1) Scientists never predict what they find, and (2) Data do not cooperate with long-age assumptions. Everyone can agree that having raw data is much better than listening to groundless speculation.
Manchester City v Liverpool Aguero becomes top-scoring non-European player in Premier League history Last updated 2 years ago 20:04 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City v Liverpool Sergio Agüero Manchester City Liverpool Premier League The Argentina striker set the mark in the first half of City’s match against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Sergio Aguero set the record for most goals scored by a non-European player in Premier League history with his first-half strike against Liverpool on Saturday, The Manchester City striker netted his 124th career Premier League goal to go past Dwight Yorke’s mark of 123.Man City 7/1 to beat Feyenoord 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Kevin De Bruyne sent the Argentina striker through in the 24th minute, and Aguero rounded Simon Mignolet and slotted home to give City a 1-0 lead. 124 – Sergio Aguero is now the top scoring non-European player in @PremierLeague history (124), overtaking Dwight Yorke (123). Record. pic.twitter.com/UvK9nIt0xp— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 9, 2017The 29-year-old initially joined City in 2011 from Atletico Madrid, and has helped the Blues to two Premier League titles during his time with the club. Aguero has also now scored in all six Premier League home games he has played against Liverpool. 6 – Sergio Aguero has now scored in all six of his @PremierLeague appearances at home against Liverpool for Man City. Expected. pic.twitter.com/BbNiazVprj— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 9, 2017Ahead of the game, Aguero had been told by his manager Pep Guardiola that he would have to expect to start some games on the bench this season due to rotation.However, he rewarded Guardiola’s decision to start him alongside Gabriel Jesus by breaking the deadlock against their Premier League title rivals. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd linked with Juventus midfielder Emre Canby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are interested in signing Juventus midfielder Emre Can, according to reports.The Germany international has endured a tough season at Juve, with new boss Maurizio Sarri leaving him out of the club’s Champions League squad.Calcio Mercato says United are fans of the 25-year-old and would welcome his arrival at the club.Can, of course, played for United’s bitter rivals Liverpool between 2014 to 2018.He made 166 appearances for the Reds before joining Juve as a free agent.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday, April 8, issued a statement that the Executive Board is expected to meet to consider Jamaica’s 48-month arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF), by the end of April. The following is the statement issued by the IMF:“Since the conclusion of a staff-level agreement with the Jamaican authorities in February on an economic programme that can be supported by the Fund, the authorities have submitted documentation to the IMF to confirm that all prior actions have been met. In addition, the Fund has engaged with the authorities and its development partners on the financing for the programme, including through important contributions from the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank.“The Fund welcomes the progress that has been made in the implementation of the programme thus far including the authorities’ efforts to complete the prior actions and structural benchmarks, and on the assembling of a financing package. On the basis of this progress, Fund management will submit to its Executive Board a 48-month arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) in the amount of SDR 615 million (about $958 million, or 225 percent of quota), with the recommendation that it be approved. It is expected that the Board meeting would take place by the end of April.“The success of this programme crucially depends on full and timely policy implementation by Jamaica of a coordinated set of reforms, to strengthen the public finances, restore debt sustainability, enhance growth, and bolster the resilience of the financial sector. Recognizing the sacrifice involved for the Jamaican people, the strategy also aims to minimize the impact on the poorest and most vulnerable.”
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After losing superstar Kawhi Leonard in free agency last month, it’s highly unlikely that the Raptors will repeat as NBA champions in 2020. But on some level, Leonard’s departure could make Toronto the league’s most interesting club this season.The team was an impressive 17-5 during the regular season1Although it’s worth pointing out that the Kawhi-less Raptors were 13-0 against teams that failed to reach the postseason, while going just 4-5 against clubs that made the playoffs. when Leonard sat out. The Raptors play in the weaker of the two conferences, and might be looking at an Eastern Conference in which three or four rosters, at most, will enter the campaign clearly more fortified than their own. Forward Pascal Siakam showed signs last year of being a burgeoning star and now, without the ball-dominant Leonard, will likely be asked to do far more on the offensive end.There’s an additional aspect of the Raptors worth watching. The team has a number of solid vets on the team who are headed into the final season of their contracts, leaving Toronto in a spot where it could push as far as possible for a playoff run, or, if its ceiling becomes obvious, pivot and trade to bolster their future.If Toronto is to exceed expectations again, Siakam — the league’s Most Improved Player — would almost certainly have to take another step (or spin move) forward by becoming the team’s No. 1 offensive option. And while there are some metrics that inspire confidence on that front — his field-goal percentage last season, for example, was almost as good without Leonard on the court as it was with him2It was just over 55 percent when Siakam shared the floor with him, and 54 percent when Leonard was on the sideline. — there are a handful of things to look for, and perhaps even some reasons to doubt that another seismic leap is on the way. For starters, his usage rate last season, at just under 21 percent, was one of the NBA’s lowest among those who averaged 15 or more points per game. His usage will almost certainly need to increase, which could then dent his efficiency. (As a sidenote: This concept is what made Leonard’s ascent in San Antonio so incredible. His usage spiked, but he was somehow just as efficient despite taking on more offensive responsibility.)Though it seems easy enough to accept the notion that Siakam will need to shoot more, it’s worth considering at least two more things. First, he’ll likely see each team’s best defender now that Leonard is gone; and secondly, without Leonard, he won’t be able to play off the ball as much.The second factor is significant because of where Siakam is most comfortable shooting. He developed into a solid 3-point shooter from the corners — where he could hang out while sharing the floor with Leonard and All-Star Kyle Lowry — last year, at better than 41 percent. But Toronto’s need for him to handle the ball,3Related in all this: The 33-year-old Lowry has set career-lows in free-throw rate each of the last two seasons, perhaps an indication that he’s been less aggressive the past couple years as he’s beginning to age. especially in screen-and-roll scenarios, will likely put Siakam at the top of the key more often, which complicates things since he shot just 27 percent from above the arc, tied for the NBA’s 10th-worst mark.4Of those who took at least 50 such shots.If Siakam isn’t quite ready for the role of a lead scorer night in and night out, it helps that the Raptors are a team that often thrived without relying too heavily on one player throughout most of the 2018-19 regular season. Of course, Leonard was an enormous part of that and picked up all the necessary slack come playoff time. But no other club enjoyed such a variety of players driving to the basket. Backup point guard Fred VanVleet shone in the later stages of the postseason and can play with the starters at times to help ease the ball-handling responsibilities on Siakam and Lowry.One other key in all this: Toronto may not have to score all that much. Yes, Leonard and Danny Green were huge contributors to the Raptors, who ranked in the top five in effective field goal percentage defense. But even without those two, Toronto enjoys a pretty solid defensive core that can still orchestrate switches (they were this postseason’s most efficient switch defense by a mile) and reliably step up in help scenarios, while Lowry is one of the best charge-takers in the game. OG Anunoby, who missed the playoffs after an emergency appendectomy, will be integral in replacing Green on that end. Aside from him, Toronto picked up a pair of free-agent wings in Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson, who underwhelmed in their initial stops after being taken in the first round of the 2015 draft, but are low-risk gambles for a team that’s looking for more young talent to put around Siakam.In a way, Hollis-Jefferson and Johnson being under the microscope is emblematic of the team as a whole. Team president Masai Ujiri is going to want to take constant stock of just how good this team is to get a sense of how he should handle things come February, when his phone figures to be ringing off the hook ahead of the trade deadline. Lowry, VanVleet, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka are all set to be free agents next summer,5Potentially leaving Toronto with considerable cap space next July and could appeal to teams seeking to make the sort of magical run Toronto did last season.Barring an injury or something else unforeseen, the Raptors should still have more than enough to make the playoffs this season. FiveThirtyEight’s projection model gives them an 85 percent probability of reaching the postseason, and a 4 percent chance of reaching the NBA Finals. But it will be even more interesting to see exactly where Ujiri’s dividing line falls, between deciding that it’s worth pursuing another deep playoff run versus selling off assets to pivot toward the future.