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Petrobras: Binding-phase begins for Ceara cluser sale

first_imgBrazilian oil giant Petrobras has announced the start of the binding phase for the sale of its entire stake in the Ceará cluster, located in shallow waters in the Ceará basin, offshore Brazil.Image source: PetrobrasAt this stage of the project, Petrobras said on Thursday, process letters are issued to qualified interested parties with detailed instructions about the divestment process, in addition to guidelines to conduct due diligence and submit binding proposals.This phase follows the non-binding phase initiated in October 2017, regarding the assignment of all of its exploration, development, and production rights in seven sets of shallow-water fields located in the States of Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Sergipe, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo.At the non-binding phase, for each divestment opportunity, more detailed information about the assets was sent to the interested parties qualified.last_img read more

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Barbados rolls out red carpet for royal visit

first_img Sharing is caring! 42 Views   no discussions Share NewsRegional Barbados rolls out red carpet for royal visit by: – February 24, 2012 Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Princess Sophie. Photo credit: media.universalorlando.comBRIDGETOWN, Barbados — With much pomp and ceremony on Thursday, the Barbados government rolled out the ‘red carpet’ for the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Princess Sophie during a joint sitting of Parliament in the Senate Chambers.During an address before the Earl and Countess and their entourage, parliamentarians and senators, Speaker of the House, Michael Carrington, said Barbados would, forever, be indebted to Her Majesty for providing “that powerful and necessary symbol of continuity and assurance by remaining as the Head of State”.He added: “Her [Queen Elizabeth’s II] benevolent presence has given us the space and time to grow, not in revolutionary steps, but through sure and quiet progress. In the past 45 years, our democracy has flourished, our people have advanced and our institutions have grown stronger.”Reflecting on the significance of the signing of the 1652 Charter of Barbados, Carrington observed that securing the rights to self-rule, free trade, the right to property and the freedom from taxation without their consent through a general assembly, were at the core of the modern representative parliamentary democracy.The Speaker pointed out that although some critics were skeptical about the island’s capabilities to chart its own destiny in 1966, the architects of its Constitution were “sensitive to the anxieties of the people and conscious of the need to build on the foundations of the past. Thus, they sought to provide an environment of certainty and continuity, which would allow the new nation to develop in peace and grow in self-confidence”. Carrington acknowledged that while one cannot say what future constitutional requirements the country may require from government, he said the island would be forever indebted to Queen Elizabeth II.“We are all convinced of one thing; that the deep and enduring commitment of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Barbados, to her loyal subjects, the people of Barbados…will always retain an enduring place in our hearts…,” he underlined.Meanwhile, deputy president of the Senate, Kerry-ann Ifill, described Queen Elizabeth’s II 60 years of unbroken reign as a remarkable achievement and said that Barbadians of all ages held her in high esteem.“She has devoted her entire life to the solemn duties which destiny has required of her and for steadfast dedication to the service of her people within Great Britain and throughout the Commonwealth,” Ifill emphasised.Acknowledging that the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen’s reign came against a backdrop of uncertain economic circumstances, the deputy president urged Barbadians to be guided by a spirit of resilience and faith as espoused in the Queen’s Christmas Message last year.In response, Prince Edward thanked the government for the opportunity to represent the Queen at the historic joint sitting of Parliament and conveyed Her Majesty’s delight in the country’s development.“Barbados and Barbadians hold a special place in Her Majesty’s heart. She takes a keen interest in all that you do and is proud of your achievement, in particular, the progress Barbados has made in its 45 years as a sovereign state. Her affection towards you remains strong and constant as the day, 60 years ago, when she acceded to the Throne and pledged to dedicate her life to service of the people of her realms and territories,” he added. At the end of the historic sitting, the Earl, attired in a dark coloured suit and the Countess, in a beige and gold dupioni silk sleeveless dress by designer Maxmara, toured the Parliament Museum and National Heroes Gallery, along with government officials.The royal couple was able to get a picture of moments in Barbados’ history and learn about some of this nation’s finest citizens during the tour.Facilities coordinator David Best explained the significance of each exhibit. They showed keen interest in the displays, especially the life and history of Errol Walton Barrow, Sarah-ann Gill and Clement Payne, and the metallic sculpture by Dr Lance Bannister, among others.The Earl and Countess of Wessex were especially captivated by a video documentary of the life and times of Barbados’ only living national hero, Sir Garfield Sobers, and his knighthood by Her Majesty, The Queen, in 1977 at the Garrison Historic Area.At the end of the tour, they waved to a few supporters who lined the streets to get a glimpse of the royal party.Friday’s leg of the state visit will see the royal couple visiting a number of facilities. During the morning, the Countess will visit the Albert Cecil Graham Development Centre, while the Earl will present eight young Barbadians with Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards at Government House. Immediately following, they will attend a ceremony in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee at the historic Kensington Oval, where the Earl will unveil a plaque. National Hero, Sir Garfield Sobers, will also be in attendance. The royal couple will also meet and be entertained by students from select schools.The prime minister will host their royal highnesses at a lunch at Ilaro Court. Later that afternoon, the Earl and Countess will visit the Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum and the Mikvah (spiritual bath) in Bridgetown. Following this, the royal party will tour the Prince Cave Hall, home of the renowned Royal Barbados Police Force Band. The curtain will come down at 6:30 pm, when the royal party will host a reception before departing Barbados for St Vincent and the Grenadines.By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more

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Wildcats Netters Blank Patriots

first_imgThe FC Boys Tennis team traveled to Union County for a battle with a sectional opponent winning 5-0.The Cats made quick work of the Patriots in four of the five matches losing only two games in all four matches. At three singles, Kurt Oetzel mounted a come-from-behind three set victory to win the match 5-0. It was a great win for the Cats against a tough sectional opponent.The Cats will look to continue the momentum in a conference matchup against the Rushville Lions.Scores for the Cats Varsity:#1 Singles: Landon Bundy (FC) over Union County – (6-1, 6-1)#2 Singles: Trevor Murray (FC) over Union County – (6-0, 6-0)#3 Singles: Kurt Oetzel (FC) over Union County – (5-7, 6-3, 10-8)#1 Doubles: Braydon Ertel/Dylan Little (FC) over Union County – (6-0, 6-0)#2 Doubles: Dillon Lewis/Evan McMillin (FC) over Union County – (6-0, 6-0).Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Landon Bundy.last_img read more

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Kamaru Usman retains UFC welterweight title

first_imgRelatedPosts Sexual assault charge: UFC superstar denies allegation, released without charge 2,933 Nigerians evacuees return from UAE, 292 repatriated Masvidal calls for Kamaru Usman rematch Kamaru Usman has defeated Jorge Masvidal to retain his welterweight championship in a unanimous decision at UFC 251 in the United Arab Emirates.Masvidal, who was called in as a last-minute replacement after Gilbert Burns tested positive for coronavirus, had called Usman “mentally weak” prior to the fight. But the judges found Usman too strong as they scored the fight 50-45 50-45 and 49-46 in his favour, allowing the American to equal Khabib Nurmagomedov’s record with 12 consecutive UFC wins.Australia’s Alexander Volkanovski retained his featherweight title by defeating former champion Max Holloway for a second time.Volkanovski won via split decision, with the American strong through the first three rounds before takedowns in the fourth and fifth rounds sealed it for the Australian.Earlier, County Durham bantamweight Davey Grant survived a broken jaw as he claimed a knockout win over American Martin Day in the third round.Grant was dropped by a punch in the first round before slugging his way through the second and third until his left hook knocked Day to the canvas. In other bouts, Russia Petr Yan defeated Brazilian Jose Aldo with a technical knockout to claim the vacant bantamweight title, light heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir was knocked out by Jiri Prochazka and welterweight Muslim Salikhov claimed a split-decision victory over Elizeu Zaleski.Scotland’s Danny Henry fell to Makwan Amirkhani courtesy of an anaconda choke in the first round in the featherweight bout, while unanimous decisions went to Poland’s Marcin Tybura over Maxim Grishin in the heavyweight division and lightweight Leonardo Santos against Roman Bogatov.Amanda Ribas defeated Paige VanZant in the women’s flyweight and Karol Rosa of Brazil beat Vanessa Melo by unanimous decision in the women’s bantamweight.And American Rose Namajunas got revenge on Jessica Andrade fourteen months after losing her strawweight title in Brazil, with Namajunas using her footwork to claim a split decision victory.Tags: Gilbert BurnsJorge MasvidalKamaru UsmanUFCUnited Arab Emirateslast_img read more

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Woman arrested after flashing gun through the sunroof of her SUV

first_imgPolice arrested a 21-year-old woman who flashed a gun outside the sunroof of her SUV while driving on I-95, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.State troopers received multiple calls Friday afternoon about a gray Volkswagen Tiguan in which the driver was waving a gun through the sunroof while traveling southbound on I-95 in Palm Beach County, FHP Lt. Yanko Reyes said.A witness followed the vehicle while call alerting officials. The driver, Dwuarya Thomas, ventually stopped near the Atlantic Avenue exit in Delray Beach and was arrested.Thomas faces charges of improper display of a firearm and driving under the influence.She was released on her own recognizance. As a condition of her supervised release, Thomas must avoid alcohol or illegal drugs and submit to random drug testing.last_img read more

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Cricket News Australia – The country of ‘firsts’ in the world of cricket

first_imgAustralia played the first Test in 1877 against England in Melbourne.Australia also played the first ODI and first T20I in cricket.Ashes 2019 will be the first match in the new World Test Championship. New Delhi: When England and Australia walked out for the Ashes contest in Edgbaston in 2019, a new era was ushered in the world of cricket. The Ashes Test was the first in the new World Test Championship, a tournament which will span two years and will culminate in a clash between the two top sides in Lord’s on July 2021. The introduction of the new World Test Championship will see teams play six series, three away and three at home and it will give relevance to every bilateral series as sides aim to make the trip to Lord’s on June 2021. With the points-based system in place, teams will be gunning for more wins thus making Test cricket exciting and more competitive. For Australia, their first match in the new World Test Championship already adds to their gigantic contributions in the world of cricket. Australia is the only team to have played the first Test, first ODI, first Twenty20 International and the first Pink Ball Test, all new innovations in the World of cricket. Here is what happened in Australia’s first games in the world of cricket. 1) First Test – Australia vs England, Melbourne 1877The first-ever official Test in cricket took place between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground 142 years ago. Australia batted first and Charles Bannerman became the first individual to hit a Test century as Australia ended on 245 all out. Billy Midwinter became the first bowler to take a five-wicket haul as his haul of 5/78 gave Australia a lead of 49 runs. However, Australia fared poorly in the second innings with Alfred Shaw’s 5/38 bowling them out for 104. Chasing 153, Tom Kendall/s 7/55 bowled England out for 108, giving Australia victory by 45 runs.Also Read | My wife cried in front of my daughters: Justin Langer reveals Australia coach stress toll on his family2) First ODI – Australia vs England, Melbourne 1971The Test between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was in danger of being washed out due to rain. Fearing heavy financial losses and the threat of another draw which would further dull Test cricket, the authorities decided to unveil a new format in order to make up for the losses. A crowd of 46000 had assembled as the world witnessed the first ODI. John Edrich smashed 82 but England was all out for 190, with Ashley Mallett and Keith Stackpole taking three wickets apiece. In response, Australia was boosted by a knock of 60 from Ian Chappell and a solid 41 from Doug Walters as they won the match by five wickets.Also Read | England’s World Cup triumph will have no impact on Ashes: Steve Waugh3) First T20I – Australia vs New Zealand, Auckland 2005The 21st century witnessed the birth of a format which was even more pacy, dynamic and thrilling. The year 2005 saw the birth of the Twenty20 International, a match which would see only 20 overs per innings. The match between Australia and New Zealand was played in a carnival atmosphere with both teams sporting the retro look. Australia notched up 214/5 with Ricky Ponting blasting 98 off 55 balls with eight fours and five sixes. In response, Scott Styris hit 66 but Michael Kasprowicz took 4/29 and New Zealand lost by 44 runs. 4) First Pink Ball Test – Australia vs New Zealand, Adelaide 2015Test cricket witnessed a revolutionary evolution with the birth of Day-Night Test cricket. The matches would be played with the Pink Ball, with tea being taken first and dinner later. Adelaide was the venue for the historic Pink Ball Test between Australia and New Zealand. The Kiwis chose to bat but were undone by Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood’s three wickets as they were bowled out for 202. In response, Peter Nevill’s 66 and a controversial DRS reversal for Nathan Lyon enabled Australia to take a 22-run lead. Hazlewood took 6/70 as New Zealand were bowled out for 208. Trent Boult gave New Zealand some hope with 5/60 but Shaun Marsh’s 49 gave Australia a thrilling three-wicket win. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Randy Abbey now manages Hearts of Lions

first_imgFormer Spokesperson of the Ghana FA, Randy Abbey has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Ghana Premier League side Kpando Heart of Lions,The experienced  football administrator and executive member of the GFA was officially introduced to the technical team and playing body on Thursday.The ambitious former Accra Academy graduate has been tasked with the responsibility of running the day-to-day administration of the club.“I can confirm to you that Mr. Randy Abbey has been appointed as the Managing Director of  Heart of Lions,” PRO Collins Odoom said.“Mr. Abbey brings massive wealth of experience to the job and has been tasked to run the day-to-day administration of the club.“Club owner Victor Ahiakpor will work behind the scenes to support him to ensure we attain our goals.” Abbey who is the head of Ghana’s referees’ appointment committee is expected to add his rich expertise to enhance the image of the club.Lions have been impressive so far in the league as they lie in the top-four.They will play Hearts of Oak in the top-of-the bill clash at home on Sunday.last_img read more

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Jasprit Bumrah loses top spot in ODI bowler rankings after poor NZ showing

first_imgAdvertisement gycNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs94uWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9dzkq6t( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8p3Would you ever consider trying this?😱dulCan your students do this? 🌚dyd7dRoller skating! Powered by Firework Following India’s dismal performance in the recently concluded ODI series against New Zealand, strike bowler Jasprit Bumrah lost his top spot in the latest ICC ODI Bowling Rankings. The Mumbai Indians pacer dropped 45 rating points –  slipping down to the 2nd position, after the Men in Blues were whitewashed by the Kiwis in the 3-match ODI series. Meanwhile, Trent Boult claimed Bumrah’s place despite not participating in the ODIs against India with a hand injury.Advertisement Picture Credit: Cric TodayVirat Kohli’s Team India failed to take advantage with the new ball against New Zealand as Bumrah completed the series wicketless; the first time in his entire career. In these three games, he bowled 30 overs for 167 runs with 1 maiden and lost his crown to Boult.Virat Kohli, on the other hand, still remains the No. 1 batsman in ODIs with 869 points, but the gap between him and 2nd placed Rohit Sharma (who missed the series with a calf injury) is getting smaller, as Kohli too struggled in the recent fixtures.Advertisement The Indian skipper finished the series with 75 runs in 3 games; failing to deliver during the absence India’s other premier batsmen, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan in the 3-match ODI series in New Zealand.Babar Azam, the Pakistani star batsman retained his position (3rd) on the recently updated list with 829 points, while Ross Taylor, after his heroics in the series was promoted one spot upward and stands on fourth with 828 points.As for the Indians the only positive to take out of this disappointing series loss are Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal’s ranking upgradation. Jadeja moved 3 spots upward and now stands at No. 7 in the all-rounder’s rankings while leggie Chahal also climbed 3 places higher to the 13th spot after his fine performances in the Kiwi series – finishing as the top the wicket-taker with 6 wickets to his name despite playing the last 2 matches.But the most notable promotion in the updated rankings came through the form of Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi. The all-rounder overtook Ben Stokes, England’s World Cup final hero and is now the No.1 ODI all-rounder according to ICC. You may also like:Virat Kohli gives the reason as to why India were trashed by NZ in ODI seriesVirat Kohli breaks 5 year old horrible batting record against New Zealand Advertisementlast_img read more

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‘Home is where the heart is’ as SJ Belangel commits to Ateneo

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Belangel averaged 17.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.7 steals in his senior year in Ateneo last UAAP Season 80, where he earned a spot in the Mythical Five and steered the Blue Eaglets to the juniors’ championship.The 18-year-old guard’s arrival boosts coach Tab Baldwin’s stacked backcourt, which features Matt Nieto, Anton Asistio, Gian Mamuyac, Aaron Black, Tyler Tio, and the comebacking Adrian Wong. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES MOST READ UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer He announced his decision on Thursday on his Twitter account, writing: “Home is where the heart is.”Home is where the heart is 💙🦅 #ThankyouGod pic.twitter.com/hmv5UoDfedFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk— Sj Belangel (@sjbelangel) March 8, 2018center_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSJ Belangel is staying home.The 6-foot playmaker has committed to remain in of Ateneo where he will bolster the Blue Eagles’ already potent backcourt rotation.ADVERTISEMENT Balanced attack helps Sta. Lucia in rout of Cignal Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

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