Petrobras headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. (Credit: Eric and Christian/Wikipedia.org) Petrobras, following up on the release disclosed on November 19, 2019, informs that the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), in a Court session held on this date, approved the sale of Liquigás Distribuidora S.A. (“Liquigás”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petrobras, to the acquiring group composed of Itaúsa S.A. (Itaúsa), Copagaz – Distribuidora de Gás S.A. (Copagaz) and Nacional Gás Butano Distribuidora Ltda. (Nacional Gás), by signing an agreement (Agreement on Concentration Control – ACC).The agreement was proposed by Itaúsa, Copagaz and Nacional Gás and aims to meet the competitive concerns identified by CADE.The decision will be published in the Federal Official Gazette according to CADE’s regulatory term.In addition to this approval, the conclusion of the transaction is still subject to compliance with other usual precedent conditions. The amount of R$ 3.7 billion, subject to adjustments, will be paid to Petrobras on the transaction closing date. Source: Company Press Release The agreement was proposed by Itaúsa, Copagaz and Nacional Gás and aims to meet the competitive concerns identified by CADE
Back to overview,Home naval-today Five UK Submarine Dismantling Sites Taken into Consideration View post tag: Dismantling Sites View post tag: five View post tag: News by topic October 16, 2014 View post tag: europe Authorities Five UK Submarine Dismantling Sites Taken into Consideration Five UK nuclear facilities have been confirmed as potential sites to store waste from decommissioned nuclear-powered submarines.A public consultation process will run from 14 November 2014 until 20 February 2015 to help determine which site is selected.The sites, which already hold radioactive materials, are either owned by MOD, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) or industry. They are:– the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire which are owned by MOD and run by AWE plc;– Sellafield in west Cumbria, owned by the NDA;– Chapelcross in Dumfriesshire, owned by the NDA;– Capenhurst in Cheshire, which is run by Capenhurst Nuclear Service.Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne, said:“When the submarines in the Royal Navy fleet reach the end of their lives we need to dispose of them in a way that is safe, secure and environmentally sound.“This open and transparent public consultation process provides the opportunity to work closely with local communities near to potential sites to listen carefully to their views with the aim of delivering a solution that achieves these objectives.“We value the views of those who have something to say about the submarine dismantling project. All of them will be considered properly as part of our decision-making process.“After consultation we will publish a report on our findings and after we have selected a site, we will explain why we reached that decision.”The submarine dismantling project will oversee the disposal of 27 Royal Navy nuclear submarines that are due to have left Naval service by the mid 2030’s and be defuelled, including 19 submarines that have already left service and are stored afloat at Rosyth and Devonport.The submarines can only be completely dismantled once reactor components, which are categorised as radioactive waste, have been removed. The initial dismantling process will support up to 60 skilled jobs.There will be a series of exhibitions and workshops close to all 5 sites – which were previously announced on a provisional shortlist on 13 February 2014, plus 2 national workshops.The site chosen will be used for interim storage of reactor components until after 2040, when the UK Geological Disposal Facility is planned to come into operation. Share this article View post tag: UK View post tag: Navy View post tag: Taken View post tag: submarine Image: Darren MacDonald, Crown copyright View post tag: Naval View post tag: Consideration
March 18, 2020, by Damen: Combat systems installation, trials completed on Indonesia’s 2nd SIGMA frigate Share this article Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Damen: Combat systems installation, trials completed on Indonesia’s 2nd SIGMA frigate navaltoday View post tag: Damen View post tag: Indonesian Navy Damen Shipyards Group and its partner PT PAL recently completed installation and testing of combat systems to the second of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence’s SIGMA 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided missile frigates, the KRI Gusti Ngurah Rai (332).The PKR frigates are constructed via a modular process operating simultaneously at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in the Netherlands and the PT PAL shipyard in Indonesia.This method enables Damen to fullfil its commitment to the Indonesian Ministry of Defence to deliver a knowledge and transfer of technology (ToT) programme.A significant part of this transfer programme is the installation of combat systems along with provision of training to the crew in their usage and maintenance.“From the outset of this project DSNS and our partner Thales Netherlands have been fully committed to the development of the Indonesian defence industry and its supporting sectors. This commitment is demonstrated with a series of ToT and local content programmes starting in 2013 when project execution commenced,” Hein van Ameijden, managing director of DSNS, commented.The combat systems installed and tested include the following:• VL MICA for defence from airborne threats;• Exocet for defence from offensive targets at greater distance;• Torpedo system for protection against submarine threat;• 35mm rapid-fire cannon to respond to threats from both air and sea;• Electronic detection system to divert enemy attacks with electromagnetic redirection;• Modification of the computer operated operational system in order to operate the above.The final phase prior to handover was successfully completed on February 21 with sea-going trials – the sea acceptance test (SAT). The purpose of this was to demonstrate that installations throughout the entire chain of weapons systems meet desired efficiency and accuracy.“All our prior efforts paid off. Already at the start of the tests it was clear that installation had been carried out with great precision during construction and that preparatory alignment activities and agreements had been carefully followed.”“The second PKR vessel achieved similar results to the first one. This demonstrates that the complete concept implemented in the SIGMA PKR Class can be considered reliable and robust,” Van Ameijden concluded.The 105-metre, 2,365 tonne PKR frigates are designed to undertake a range of missions in and beyond Indonesian waters. Their primary mission is anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare. However, they are also equipped for maritime security, search and rescue, and humanitarian support tasks.Related:Indonesian Navy commissions second SIGMA frigate KRI I Gusti Ngurah RaiIndonesian Navy receives first SIGMA 10514 guided missile frigate
The Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) have kick-started this General Election year with a pledge to put in 2015 campaigning hours on the doorstep. On Monday night, about fifty OULC members gathered in Corpus Christi for a drinks event to mark the start of the campaign. In attendance were Andrew Smith, MP for Oxford East and former Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Work and Pension Secretary, as well as Victoria Groulef, the Labour candidate in the party’s target seat of Reading West. OULC announced they would be out in Oxford East every Sunday this term, as well as travelling three times to Reading West. Campaigning would include leafleting, canvassing, and doorstep encounters with voters. Hannah Lovell, co-Chair of OULC, told Cherwell, ‘‘OULC are really excited to announce our #2015hours campaign. The election coming up is one of the most important in a generation, and only a Labour government can protect and support students and young people.’’ Lovell encouraged students to register to vote at the event, reminding OULC members it was only “15 weeks and counting”. Groulef also spoke at the event, thanking OULC for their support over the past two and a half years. She commended Andrew Smith as “the best campaigning MP in the country” but argued this will be an essentially local election, fought over local issues. Given that the national Labour Students group aims to deliver 10,000 campaigning hours, OULC’s campaigning would constitute over a fifth of its doorstep activities. The OULC termcard shows that former Chancellor and Chair of the Better Together campaign Alistair Darling will be visiting the club on Saturday as part of the election campaign pledge. Members of both the Oxford University Conservative Association (OUCA) and the Oxford University Liberal Democrats (OULD) have responded to the news.“We’ve a full campaigning termcard in place for Hilary. This does not frighten us,” an OULD member remarked. One member of OUCA suggested OULC’s pledge would be dwarfed by the Conservatives’ Team2015 campaign. Conservative campaign leaders said, “Team2015 volunteers are working together to win a Conservative majority at the next election.”Reportedly, students consumed alcohol at this drinks event. In a speech at the gathering, Andrew Smith MP lambasted the Coalition government for bringing about “food bank Britain”, introducing “the wicked bedroom tax” and implementing ‘“cuts to council support”. He urged assembled members to campaign with “purpose, principle and passion”. Speaking to Cherwell he stressed, “There’s everything to campaign for, and OULC have a vital role to play. The more people we talk to the more people will vote for us.” The MP reminded OULC campaigners, “Never take a vote for granted”, but emphasised their record of speaking to between 30,000 and 40,000 voters a year as exemplary.
A mass of Christian burial was celebrated March 17 at St. Aloysius Church, Jersey City, for Doris Liptak. She passed away at her son’s residence on March 12. A proud, lifelong Jersey City resident, Doris worked for over 28 years in production and manufacturing at Block Drugs, retiring at age 65. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved to bake wonderful treats for her family. Doris was a longtime, devoted communicant at Saint Aloysius where her husband had served as deacon prior to his death.Doris was predeceased by her husband, Stephen Liptak, Jr., her great grandson, Anthony Liptak, Jr. and her sister, Kathleen Gentile. She is survived by her sons, Stephen J. Liptak, III and his wife Marlene, Kevin Liptak and his wife Christine; grandson, Anthony Liptak and his wife Digna; granddaughter Joanna Liptak; sister, Joyce Chiara and her late husband Daniel; brother, Joseph Meehan, Jr. and his wife Barbara and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.Services arranged by the McLaughlin Funeral Home, Jersey City.
People might think it strange that a road authority would get involved in the survival of a rare ant but they are so endangered every nest counts. We carry out regular surveys at the nest sites and have an ongoing habitat management plan including scrub and grass clearance as these ants are very particular about where they live. As more areas of wildlife habitat are lost a wide variety of insects, plant and mammals are finding a safe haven on our roadside verges and by ensuring our network is as wildlife friendly as possible and by enhancing habitats alongside our roads, we might, ultimately, be able to contribute to the halt of biodiversity loss in the UK. We’re proud that the narrow headed ant’s last refuge in England is on the nature reserve we manage at Chudleigh Knighton Heath. The presence on the roadside verge of one of Devon’s busiest roads is a reminder just how precarious the state of much of our wildlife is. We hope that in the future it will spread to find a secure home elsewhere. In the South West, we’re working with partners including Devon Wildlife Trust, Buglife and Natural England on the ‘Back from the Brink Project’ . The aim is to conserve and enhance the overall status of narrow-headed ants as part of an overarching project to save 20 species from extinction and benefit over 200 more throughout England.Andrew Bakere, Devon Wildlife Trust’s nature reserve officer for Chudleigh Knighton, said: We’re committed to a national Biodiversity Plan which is being supported by a £30 million national investment programme over the next five years. The plan recognises road verges and associated land can be managed to provide areas of habitat, relatively free from human access, that may be scarce in the surrounding landscape.These road verges can also be used to connect fragmented habitats in the wider landscape, enabling plant and animal populations to move and interact, and so become stronger and more resilient.Narrow-headed ant facts The narrow-headed ant is England’s rarest ant, with the only English population remaining on a small nature reserve run by the Devon Wildlife Trust and the A38 trunk road verge near Chudleigh Knighton.Highly territorial, this rare woodland creature might be tiny at 10-12mm long but has big importance to the entire ecosystem with the seeds of many plants dependent upon them in areas of newly regenerating forest.The nests, which can contain several queens and up to 1,000 worker ants, are nestled on a lush A38 verge and adjoining land. We’ve joined forces with Devon Wildlife Trust and charity Buglife to try and secure a future for these miniature heroes in the UK’s ecosystem.Highways England ecologist Leo Gubert said: General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. You can identify the Narrow-headed ant by the deep notch at the back of its head. The narrow-headed ant lives at woodland edges, heathlands and open areas within forests, and is associated with areas of forest regeneration. High territorial narrow-headed ants stalk other invertebrates, and will cooperate to take prey larger than themselves. When attacking prey or if threatened, they have a secret weapon – acid! A gland in their abdomen produces formic acid, which they can fire up to 10cm, with great accuracy. They have also been known to jump on the backs of other species of ants and rip their heads off. This ant once lived throughout the UK, including the New Forest, Dorset, the Isle of Wight and Cornwall.
Renshaw owner Real Good Food (RGF) has appointed Steve Dawson – who helped to turn around the Bahlsen US business – as an independent non-executive director.Described by RGF as an experienced specialist in food and beverage brands in the UK and in North America, Dawson is founder and managing director of BrandGrowth, a consultancy advising food and drink brands on how to achieve success. Its clients have included First Milk, Burton’s Biscuits and Bahlsen.Dawson’s appointment follows a troubled time for RGF, which has been hit by a string of difficulties including the exit of founder and executive chairman Pieter Totté. The company has also issued a number of profit warnings and is improving its corporate governance and reporting after admitting standards had been below those investors “might reasonably expect”.The turnaround has included raising additional funding and selling off parts including Garrett Ingredients and Haydens Bakery. RGF still owns cake decorating business Renshaw, Chantilly Patisserie and Brighter Foods, which recently announced investment in a new site.“On behalf of the company, I am delighted to welcome Steve to the board. His extensive experience in both the USA and in food brands will undoubtedly prove to be very useful and will add significant value to the company,” said RGF CEO Hugh Cawley. “I look forward to working with him as we continue to improve the group’s performance.Before founding BrandGrowth in 2016, Dawson was CEO of the US division of Walkers Shortbread from April 2007 to December 2015. Before that, he was managing director of Food From Britain North America for eight years.In August 2016, Dawson was appointed as interim CEO of Bahlsen North America, with the aim of returning the business to profitability. In 2017, the business was stabilised, with operating losses cut by two-thirds, reported RGF.When he left Bahlsen in May this year, the business was projected to break even and generate double-digit net sales growth by year-end.
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Myles Cullen / White HouseWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says that federal officials are developing guidelines to rate counties by risk of virus spread, as he aims to begin to ease nationwide guidelines meant to stem the coronavirus outbreak.In a letter to the nation’s governors, Trump said the new guidelines are meant to enable state and local leaders to make “decisions about maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other measures they have put in place.” States and municipalities would still retain authority to set whatever restrictions deem necessary.“I think we can start by opening up certain parts of the country: you know, the farm belt, certain parts of the Midwest, other places,” Trump said Thursday in an interview with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity. “I think we can open up sections, quadrants, and then just keep them going until the whole country is opened up.”The president has been trying for days to determine how to contain the economic fallout of the guidelines issued by his administration as well as local leaders to slow the tide of infections. “Every day that we stay out it gets harder to bring it back very quickly,” Trump said during a Thursday press conference.Last week Trump unveiled a 15-day program advising against large gatherings and calling for many Americans to remain at home. The guidelines, issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are voluntary, but many state and local leaders have issued mandatory restrictions in line with, or even tighter than, those issued by the CDC.The White House was still developing the new guidelines and gathering the data to back them up, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coordinator for coronavirus response, told reporters Thurday.“What we are trying to do is utilize a very laser-focused approach rather than an generic horizontal approach,” she said.Birx acknowledged concerns that people could simply move between areas with different infection risks — and potentially different restrictions on movement and gathering amid the outbreak.“Part of this will be the need to have highly responsible behavior between counties,” she said, saying the administration would provide additional guidance to states next week, once the new plan is finalized.Two administration officials said it would not involve any restrictions on travel between hotspots and those with lower rates of infection.Trump announced Thursday that he would visit Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday to see off the USNS Comfort, the 1,000-bed hospital ship heading to assist New York in responding to the virus.Still, he dismissed desperate calls from governors, including New York’s Andrew Cuomo, who have pleaded for additional ventilators to help treat patients with COVID-19.“I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators,” Trump said, referencing New York’s request of the federal government.On a conference call with governors Thursday, Trump stressed the need to reopen businesses and to recognize regional differences in the virus’ impact.“We all have to get smart,” Trump said on the call, audio of which was obtained by The Associated Press. “We have to open up our country, I’m sorry.”Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, who has not ordered business closures or limits on social behavior, thanked Trump for recognizing that the virus has affected states differently and “one size does not fit all.”“I appreciate you realizing that,” Reeves said.The announcement of the forthcoming new guidelines comes days after Trump said he hoped to “reopen” the country by Easter.“I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” he said Tuesday during a Fox News virtual town hall. Easter is just over two weeks away — Apr. 12.Health experts have made clear that unless Americans continue to dramatically limit social interaction — staying home from work and isolating themselves — the number of infections will overwhelm the health care system, as it has in parts of Italy, leading to many more deaths.And scientists, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, have cautioned against artificial timetables.“And you’ve got to understand that you don’t make the timeline, the virus makes the timeline,” Fauci told CNN Wednesday. “So you’ve got to respond, in what you see happen.”White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Trump developed the Easter date as a goal to give people “hope.”“I think, Easter, the president was giving people a lot of hope and basically telling us it won’t last forever, and we’ll see what happens over time,” she told reporters Thursday.While the worst outbreaks are concentrated in certain parts of the country, most significantly in New York, experts warn that the highly infectious disease is certain to spread.Trump said the rollout of additional testing will enable more nuanced recommendations that would allow some lesser-impacted parts of the country to regain a sense of normalcy sooner.“Our expanded testing capabilities will quickly enable us to publish criteria, developed in close coordination with the Nation’s public health officials and scientists, to help classify counties with respect to continued risks posed by the virus,” Trump said.Trump, appearing to allude to the forthcoming guidelines, promised that there would be new favorable “statistics” and “facts” coming from the federal government in the next two days.“Some good statistics are coming out which will make your lives easier,” Trump said.
Broadway Balances America View Comments You’ll get a kick out of this! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, returned on September 22 with a behind-the-scenes look at the tour of the Tony-winning Kinky Boots. Correspondent Amber Milt travels to New York and talks to the show’s Tony and Grammy-winning composer Cyndi Lauper and producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig about how the musical’s uplifting message is inspiring fellows from Lauper’s True Colors Fund for LGBT youths. Milt also speaks with star Kyle Taylor Parker about how Kinky Boots has touched his life. Click play!
Vermont Receives nearly $800,000 in Byway GrantsMONTPELIER (November 24, 2008)- The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) announced today that three Vermont byways have received $797,000 in federal grants to help promote some of the Green Mountain State’s most celebrated roadways.The grants come at a particularly opportune time as this fall Vermont joined most of the other states across the country and began actively marketing its five designated byways.”Byways are created and maintained at the local level, and they provide a community or state region with a vehicle to tell their story to visitors.” said John LaBarge, Vermont’s program manager for byways. “The local residents decide what stories about their regions to share with visitors. In the process, many of them discover even more about how special their home really is.”Grants, which were made available as part of the National Scenic Byway Program, were given to the following Vermont byway organizations.* Lake Champlain Byway: $376,300.00 for the third phase of the River Walk Project in Vergennes, $73,840.00 for a corridor management plan, and $28,000 for recreational access inventory.* Connecticut River Byway: $251,360 for the production of sightseer guides to history on the Connecticut River Byway.* Stone Valley Byway: $67,500 for the development of promotional materials/website etc.The National Scenic Byway Program was designed as a vehicle to get travelers off the interstates and into towns and villages to learn about the culture and history of different areas around the United States. Information on Vermont’s byways can be found at http://www.vermont-byways.us(link is external).Byways are established around one or more of six intrinsic qualities: Archaeological, History, Culture, Scenic, Natural and Recreational. Grants can be used for a number of purposes including planning, marketing, interpretation, building waypoint/welcome centers, restoring historic sites, preserving land within a view shed, and updating or building recreational areas, overlooks and trial heads.”The byway program is a wonderful tourism and marketing tool,” LaBarge said.” They can help revitalize our villages and downtowns by providing visitor services, educational and recreational opportunities.”Vermont has five designated byways. They are:* The Connecticut River Byway: a two-state byway traversing over 425 miles along both sides of the Connecticut River.* The Lake Champlain Byway: which runs from Alburgh to Charlotte along Route 7 and also includes roadways in the towns of Vergennes and Middlebury.* The Mad River Byway: which runs along route 100B to route 100 and including the towns of Middlesex, Moretown, Waitsfield, Warren, Granville Gulf Reserve, Fayston, and Buell’s Gore to the top of the Appalachian Gap.* The Molly Stark Byway: which is located on Route 9 from Bennington to Brattleboro and honors the memory of General John Stark and his victory at the Battle of Bennington.* The Stone Valley Byway: which runs along Route 30 from Poultney to Manchester through the Mettawee Valley.