ExxonMobil files application for a fracking pilot project in Colombia. (Credit: jwigley from Pixabay) ExxonMobil has filed an application in Colombia to seek approval to undertake a fracking pilot project in the South American country’s Valle Medio del Magdalena basin.The US oil and gas firm has submitted its proposal to the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) for the Platero investigative project, reported Reuters.Should it get the approval, then ExxonMobil will be the second company after Ecopetrol to begin a pilot project for hydraulic fracturing in Colombia.ANH president Armando Zamora was quoted by the publication, as saying: “Colombia continues progressing in making the possibilities of extracting gas and oil from non-conventional fields viable with this proposal from ExxonMobil, which has extensive experience in this type of project.”The Colombian hydrocarbons regulator is said to have time until 29 March to review ExxonMobil’s plan.Last November, Ecopetrol won a fracking pilot contract in what was Colombia’s maiden auction of non-conventional drilling rights.As per a resolution published by ANH, the Colombian state-owned oil company pledged to spend at least $76m for carrying out exploration in the Kalé area in the Valle Medio del Magdalena basin.In October 2020, it was reported that Ecopetrol is looking to start its fracking pilot projects in the Andean country by the end of 2021.Currently, Ecopetrol’s pilot project in the Kalé area is moving forward with the company holding territorial dialogues and processing of the environmental licence in progress, reported EL HERALDO.Although the Colombian government has been promoting fracking in the country to help recover the economy, there have been significant protests against the same. If approved, ExxonMobil will be the second company after Ecopetrol to take up such a project in the Andean country
Proptech gurus James Dearsley and Eddie Holmes have launched their much-anticipated global hub, Unissu.com backed by £150,000 from several investors including a leading property finance firm.The pair, who are both consultants and leading lights of the UK Proptech Association, have compiled a directory of the world’s 6,000 proptech firms and say they want it to help property professionals make better tech investment decisions.Unissu lists 600 UK-based firms including hybrid and online agents such as HouseSimple, Ewemove, easyProperty, Purplebricks and OpenRent but also more purely tech outfits such as Yomdel, Homeflow, Eyespy360, Jupix and Dezrez.The fast-moving nature of proptech is also highlighted by the directory; it still includes now defunct players Tepilo and Hatched.One-stop shopUnissu is a free one-stop shop for anyone supplying or buying proptech services and includes a searchable database, a forum, articles and videos by proptech influencers plus a jobs board. Paying members can use the platform to analyse which proptech is best for their property business.“We have spent six months cataloguing and analysing PropTech products from around the world,” says Eddie Holmes (left).“Throughout this journey, we have focused on making it easy for property professionals to search, understand and select the products that are most appropriate for them and their businesses.”Darryll Colthurst, who has backed Unissu and is a director of bricks-and-mortar investment firm Palmer Capital, says: “As a technologist at a property investment firm which is really embracing technology, I am delighted that Unissu’s features give me greater transparency and insight when it comes to understanding the market and making purchasing decisions on PropTech services.”James Dearsley Eddie Holmes unissu January 7, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Crowded house! UK has over 600 proptech firms, new information service claims previous nextProptechCrowded house! UK has over 600 proptech firms, new information service claimsListings on Unissu reveal how the tech sector has expanded in recent years despite the demise of some companies such as eMoov and Hatched.Nigel Lewis7th January 201901,566 Views
Home » News » Thanks Rishi! Mortgage broker confidence soars thanks to Stamp Duty previous nextProducts & ServicesThanks Rishi! Mortgage broker confidence soars thanks to Stamp DutyLeading lender Paragon says mortgage brokers including those in agency branches enjoyed a bumper end to 2020.Nigel Lewis21st January 202101,136 Views Growing numbers of independent mortgage brokers including many of those working in estate agency branches have told a poll that their businesses remain unaffected by the Covid pandemic, helped by the mini-boom created by the Stamp Duty holiday.Buy-to-let lender Paragon canvassed brokers across the spectrum and found that 68% said they had shrugged off the economic problems caused by Covid, up from 59% last year.And 20% said their businesses were stronger than before the virus arrived in the UK, while only 9% reported plans to scale back their businesses.“During the early days of the pandemic, brokers were heading into the unknown, plus they were dealing with a complete lockdown of the housing market,” says Richard Rowntree, its Director of Mortgages (pictured).“The easing of that lockdown, combined with the demand for house purchase created by the stamp duty holiday, has meant brokers are far more confident about the longer-term prospects for their business.“Many intermediaries will be busy focusing on getting clients’ deals over the line ahead of the 31 March deadline.”But leading developer London Square is the latest blue-chip property company to warn that brokers’ confidence may be short-lived unless the stamp duty holiday deadline is extended.Deadline warningAdam Lawrence (pictured), its chief executive, is calling for the Chancellor to act now to extend the Stamp Duty holiday and not “abandon buyers” trying to meet an impossible deadline.“An extension to the Stamp Duty holiday needs to be followed by action to scrap stamp duty altogether.“The housing market is an essential engine room in the UK economy, with a ripple effect which extends across the furniture and furnishing industries, the removals sector, gardens and landscaping, and all the associated trades connected with homes such as decorators, plumbers and electricians, keeping people in jobs and businesses flourishing.”richard rowntree adam lawrence london square mortgage brokers paragon January 21, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
Alex Gyani (centre), a 3rd year at Pembroke, has expressed his frustration at an uncredited photo of him being used in press material for the Sony video game Singstar.The image was taken at this year’s Glastonbury festival, and shows the student enthusiastically singing ‘The Final Countdown.’Alex said, “I would quite like some recognition. I feel its unfair to use my image without permission.”He suggested a free copy of the game would be adequate compensation, “It feels like I’ve given the seal of approval to something that I haven’t really got to critique.”
The dried vine fruit market in the UK, the largest market in the world for this category, yielded a 5% rise in imports for the first eight months of 2005 compared with 2004, says California Raisins (London).The rise is partly due to raisins’ healthy associations, says the company.Research from Texas A&M University has revealed that Golden Raisins are a high source of phenolic acids, several of which function as antioxidants.Other research indicates the potential role of phenolic compounds in reducing the risk of both heart disese and cancer. US government testing ranks California Golden Raisins among the top antioxidant foods.
DASA and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) Space Programme are hosting an event for the upcoming Space to Innovate competition, which is seeking proposals for novel and innovative solutions that can develop UK space capabilities.Suppliers will be given the opportunity to hear from DASA’s Innovation Partner and Dstl Space programme experts to better understand the challenge areas and the solutions we are seeking.To attend, sign up on Eventbrite. Registration closes at 5pm on 13 May 2019.
Chillfam Allstars include:Eric Gould (Pink Talking Fish)Elise TestoneNatalie Cressman (TAB)Richard James (Pink Talking Fish)Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu)Michelangelo Carruba (Turkuaz)Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band)Rob Volo (Deep Banana Blackout)Matt Wayne (Bobby Deitch Band) On Thursday, December 28th, a stellar group of musicians will come together to celebrate the music of Michael Jackson. After Phish’s opening night at Madison Square Garden, the “Chillfam Allstars” will keep the party going deep into the night with a party of the ages at the Highline Ballroom. The Allstars will include bassist Eric Gould (Pink Talking Fish), vocalist Elise Testone, trombonist Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), keyboardist Richard James (Pink Talking Fish), drummer Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu), drummer Michelangelo Carruba (Turkuaz), guitarist Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band), trombonist/guitarist/vocalist Rob Volo (Deep Banana Blackout), guitarist Matt Wayne (Bobby Deitch Band), and trumpeter Mike “Maz” Maher (Snarky Puppy).Michael Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer, dubbed the “King of Pop”, and was one of the most popular entertainers in the world. Jackson’s success started early in life with The Jackson 5, becoming famous through timeless hits like “I Want You Back” and “ABC”. Once he branched off to pursue his own career, Jackson become known for his lifetime of hits like “Billie Jean”, “Beat It”, “Thriller”, and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”. Today, his discography remains one of the most celebrated of all time.After three hours of Phish, fans in New York City will head to the Highline Ballroom for a late-night tribute to the late great Michael Jackson. The “King of Pop” will be honored with energetically charged covers of his greatest hits, while the band will groove into uncharted territories of improvisation. With members of Trey Anastasio Band, Pink Talking Fish, Turkuaz, Kung Fu, and more on the lineup, this after-party will guarantee a damn good time. Tickets are available here.Get psyched for this Chillfam Allstar tribute to Michael Jackson with the videos below!
On Sunday night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead closed out their weekend run with a performance at Bonner, MT’s gorgeous KettleHouse Amphitheater. The show marked JRAD’s debut performance in Montana.JRAD opened up their first set with “Samson and Delilah”, giving Joe Russo a chance to flex his chops behind his drum kit out of the gates. The fierce “Samson” opener coasted into a bouncy “Dancing In The Streets”, highlighted by some explosive guitar work from Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger. Dancing smoothly segued into “The Wheel”, which featured teases of Bob Dylan‘s “What Was It You Wanted”, American Babies‘ “Jolene”, and “Cassidy”. The quintet charged forward with “New Speedway Boogie”, played for the first time in 2019.KettleHouse’s natural beauty brought out the best in the mastermind musicians, as they coasted out of “New Speedway Boogie” into an improvisational “Jam” segment, which was followed up by a dark and raucous take on “The Other One”. Russo and bassist Dave Dreiwitz locked into a heavy-hitting rhythmic pocket, presenting an opportunity for Hamilton, Metzger, and keyboardist Marco Benevento to sail away to a jazzy, spacey realm. Joe Russo’s Almost Dead closed out their first set with an open-ended “Shakedown Street”, featuring teases of Phish‘s “Stash”, along with “King Solomon’s Marbles” and “Shakedown Street”.Following a setbreak, the band returned to give “Shakedown” the proper treatment with a “Shakedown Street Reprise”, featuring a full band tease of “Dancing In The Streets”, as well as a funky tease of Phish’s “Bathtub Gin” out of Hamilton’s corner. The glorious “Shakedown” finale made way for a unique rendition of Bob Weir‘s “Gonesville”, off of his 2016 Blue Mountain solo LP. “Gonesville” segued into a tender “Jack A Roe” before the band landed into “Eyes Of The World”. Hamilton and Metzger traded off a series of ever-evolving solos, which eventually brought the band into “Estimated Prophet”.The five-piece powerhouse was preaching on the burning shores of the KettleHouse Amphitheater, backed by Joe Russo’s octopus-like moves and impressive flips of his drum sticks. “Estimated” was followed up by “Jack Straw” before the band brought their second set to a halt with “Morning Dew”. The band delivered a lone encore of “Promised Land”, played for the first time since March 15th, 2018 in Syracuse, a gap of 48 shows.Next up for Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is a pair of festival appearances at Bethel Woods, NY’s Mountain Jam and Manchester. TN’s Bonnaroo. For ticketing information and a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, head to Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s website.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | KettleHouse Amphitheater | Bonner, MT | 6/2/2019Set One: Samson > Dancing In The Streets @ -> The Wheel # -> New Speedway Boogie ## -> Jam -> The Other One -> Shakedown Street $Set Two: Shakedown Street Reprise % > Gonesville -> Jack A Roe -> Eyes Of The World ^ -> Estimated -> Jackstraw > Morning DewEncore: Promised Land &@ – With a DD Solo that teased “Drive My Car” (The Beatles)# – With a “What Was It You Wanted” (Bob Dylan) Tease (MB), a “Jolene” (American Babies) Tease (Band) and a Cassidy Tease (TH)## – Not played since 2018-10-25 Hulaween – Amphitheatre Stage, Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park Live Oak, FL, a gap of 24 shows$ – With a “Stash” (Phish) Tease (SM), King Solomon’s Marbles Teases (Band), Dancing In The Streets Teases (Band), Unfinished% – With Dancing In The Streets Teases (Band), “Bathtub Gin” (Phish) Teases (TH), Not played since 2018-04-21 Sweetwater 420 Festival, Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, GA, a gap of 45 shows^ – With Dancing In The Streets Teases (SM) and a Ruben & Cherise Tease (MB)& – Not played since 2018-03-15 Landmark Theatre, Syracuse, NY, a gap of 48 Shows
Though it may have been years since they walked the Yard or mere days before they leave it, more and more graduates are choosing to support the College through an immediate use gift. Also known as current use funds, these resources are critical in advancing the Harvard experience today and in the future.Harvard’s newest alumni were the first to reach their participation milestone with a record-breaking Senior Gift Campaign. The Class of 2011 achieved an 82 percent participation rate, with 1,236 seniors helping to set a new record for the third year in a row. In addition, the class reached a new record for associates-level giving, a gift of $250 or more for young alumni, and had 450 seniors sign the “Senior Gift Promise,” a nonbinding commitment to give back to Harvard every year until their Fifth Reunion.How did they do it? Class of 2011 co-chairs Seth A. Bour, Courtney A. Cronin, Zachary M. Frankel, Casey L. O’Donnell, and Alexandre J.C. Terrien were not afraid to make some substantial changes from Senior Gift campaigns of the past. They eliminated the traditional House competition in favor of a unified class campaign; hosted additional Senior Gift events; and produced eight different Senior Gift videos, a number unprecedented in previous campaigns.“Giving back through Senior Gift is a way to show support for future students, in the same way that past seniors and alumni have supported us. We are proud of the Class of 2011 for setting both participation and associates records this year, and we plan to continue the tradition of giving back as we enter the alumni community,” say the co-chairs.The tradition of supporting the next generation of students at Harvard has always been an integral part of reunion giving. “Harvard has been a very powerful force in our lives,” says Joel Getz of the Class of 1986. “In particular, I think the need for financial aid really resonates for many people.”As a participation chair for his 25th Reunion Class, as well as a reunion planning chair, Getz worked with classmates Suzy Le Boutillier and Steve Kovacs to champion a herculean effort to update contact information and get in touch with as many classmates as possible with extensive peer-to-peer outreach. Getz hopes this will inspire higher giving levels and increased attendance at reunion. Already, the class has seen a record number of submissions for the Harvard College Class Report.For Getz, the collective response was the most exciting. “Our gifts advance excellence and leadership in higher education,” he says. “Together, we can provide Harvard with ample resources to support the minds and skills that can help solve the world’s most pressing problems.”Maximizing the impact of a gift has also been critical for Tadhg Sweeney ’61, B.Arch. ’68. A loyal donor for many years, he wanted to do something significant in honor of his 50th Reunion. Together with his wife, E.V. Sweeney, he gave a $100,000 immediate use, unrestricted gift to the Harvard College Fund and then took it one step further.He challenged his classmates to achieve 61 percent participation in honor of their reunion. If they reach this goal, the Sweeneys will give another $150,000 to the Harvard College Fund Scholars Program, thus creating scholarships for six students in the next year. The recipients will be known as the Class of ’61 scholars.“We wanted to give a gift that would draw in as many of my classmates as possible,” says Sweeney, whose class is closing in on the goal.For his classmates, he says, it has been especially motivating to know that their cumulative gift has the clout to make a big difference for future students. More than 60 percent of enrolling students in the Class of 2015 will receive need-based scholarships, averaging more than $40,000, and they will benefit from a record $160 million in financial aid.“It’s not necessarily the size of the gift, it’s the impact of the gift,” Sweeney says. “People like the fact that their donation counts.”
March 2015 was warmer and drier than usual for most of Georgia. While the warmth encouraged rapid growth of planted corn and other crops, cold conditions late in the month may have caused some damage to fruit blossoms. The warm and dry conditions also increased soil moisture shortages across the region. Planting is in high gear across the state. Soil temperatures increased quickly due to the warm and dry conditions, and observers in southern Georgia reported rapid growth in planted corn. However, dry conditions were a concern for some farmers worried about germination. Abnormally dry conditions expanded from 9 to 42 percent of the state over the month, according to the National Drought Monitor. Frost hit the northern half of Georgia late in the month. Some damage to fruit blossoms in bloom at the time was expected to occur, but no estimates of damage were available at the time this report was written. If you have damage to report, please email Pam Knox at [email protected] The outlook for April shows that warmer- and wetter-than-normal conditions should occur across most of Georgia for at least the first half of the month, with wetter-than-normal conditions expected to continue through June under the influence of the current El Niño. This should help to alleviate current dryness. Warmer-than-normal conditions have a slightly above average chance of occurrence over summer and fall based on long-term trends in temperature. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 57.6 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.3 degrees above normal; in Athens it was 56.8 F, 2.5 degrees above normal; in Columbus it was 60 F, 2.2 degrees above normal; in Macon it was 58.4 F, 1.6 degrees above normal; in Savannah it was 62 F, 2.8 degrees above normal; in Brunswick it was 62 F, 1.7 degrees above normal; in Alma it was 62.1 F, 1.9 degrees above normal; in Augusta it was 58.3 F, 2.4 degrees above normal; in Albany it was 63 F, 3.8 degrees above normal; and in Valdosta it was 64.6 F, 4.5 degrees above normal. In Athens, for most of the month, both maximum and minimum temperatures were above normal values. Athens set a record high of 87 F on March 16, breaking the old record of 85 F set in 2012. Savannah set a record high of 87 F on March 11, surpassing the old record of 85 F set in 1990. Several record highs were also tied during the month. Cold temperatures near the end of the month also set records. On March 29, Macon set a new daily record low of 27 F, breaking the old record of 30 F set in 1966. The highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was 3.04 inches in Augusta (1.14 inches below normal) and the lowest was in Savannah at 2.02 inches (1.71 inches below normal). Atlanta received 2.98 inches (1.83 below normal), Athens received 2.79 inches (1.64 below normal), Macon received 2.28 inches (2.27 below normal), Columbus received 2.46 inches (3 below normal), Albany received 2.17 inches (2.88 below normal), Brunswick received 2.37 inches (1.51 below normal), Alma received 2.51 inches (2.24 below normal) and Valdosta received 2.50 inches (2.37 below normal). No daily rainfall records were set in March this year. The highest single-day rainfall, as recorded by Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) stations, was 1.93 inches near Lake Park in Lowndes County on March 23, followed by a Thomas County observer in Thomasville reporting 1.88 inches on the same date. The highest monthly total rainfall was 7.49 inches, observed east of Helen in White County, followed by 5.18 inches measured near Cherry Log in Fannin County and 5.17 inches measured near Ringgold in Catoosa County. Several observers reported a small amount of snow on March 6. In March, there was only one day of severe weather recorded in the state. On the last day of the month, strong winds and scattered hail were observed at a number of locations around the state. This is the first time since official records began in 1950 that there was not a single tornado observed in Georgia in March. For more information, please visit gaclimate.org .