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Police remove barricades at Turkish-Bulgarian border

Share this: Amid growing tension between Sofia and Ankara, Bulgarian police on Friday removed barricades protesters had erected at at least two border crossings with Turkey. Bulgarian nationalists had attempted to prevent Bulgarian-Turkish dual citizens from entering the country to vote in Sunday?s parliamentary elections. Dozens of protesters carried banners bearing nationalist slogans such ?No to Turkish interference? at Kapitan Andreevo, the main checkpoint between the two countries. Caretaker Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov had called for the blockade to be lifted, authorities said. To continue reading, please click here. (Screenshot: Nova TV) /Politics Comments comments read the text Read the...

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Kosmos Resumes Senegal Exploration

US independent Kosmos Energy said March 24 it has begun the second phase of its multi-well exploration drilling program offshore Mauritania and Senegal.     The Atwood Achiever drillship is now on location offshore Senegal  in the Cayar Offshore Profond block and has started drilling operations on the first exploration well in the program targeting the Yakaar prospect (formerly referred to as Teranga West). The Yakaar prospect is located some 40 km west of the Teranga discovery. Kosmos indicated in January that its new programme will be targeting oil prospects further west of the gas discoveries it has already made. BP completed its roughly $1bn farm-in to Kosmos’ assets offshore both countries last month and is scheduled to become operator of the Tortue floating liquefaction project, for start up in the 2020s. The final investment decision is scheduled to be taken 2018. Mark Smedley Your first choice for Analysis, Insight and Information in the world of natural gas.   Link to article more...

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Norway Extends Sigyn Licence

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted consent for continued use of the subsea facilities on the Sigyn field in the North Sea from the end of 2017 until the end of 2022, it said March 23.  In its application, operator ExxonMobil refers to current estimates which indicate production until the end of 2022.     Sigyn?s subsea facilities comprise wells and a subsea template, a pipeline to Sleipner A, as well as an umbilical for controlling and monitoring of wells. A new development well was drilled on Sigyn in 2016, which has contributed to the extended lifetime. The Sigyn field encompasses the deposits Sigyn Vest, which contains gas and condensate, and Sigyn Ost, which contains light oil. The field was developed with a subsea template connected to the Sleipner Ost platform. Production started in 2002. Original oil deposits amounted to 7.5mn barrels and remaining oil to produce is estimated at 5.6mn barrels. Out of the original gas reserves of 8 million standard cubic metres, about 1 million remains to produce. Sigyn licensees are Exxon 40% and Statoil 60%. William Powell Test and Tips Read more...

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Ukraine bars Russia entry from Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Share this: Ukraine has barred Russia?s Eurovision contestant from entering the country because she previously performed in Crimea. Relations between the neighbors have deteriorated since Moscow?s 2014 annexation of the territory. Ukraine?s security service said Wednesday it had ?banned the citizen of the Russian Federation Yulia Samoylova from entering the country for a period of three years.? A spokeswoman said Samoylova violated Ukrainian laws when she toured Crimea in 2015 without entering the territory via the de-facto border with the Ukrainian mainland. To continue reading, please visit dw.de (Photo: eurovision.tv) Comments comments View articles read the...

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The Case Against Dana Schutz

Is Dana Schutz allowed to paint Emmett Till in his coffin? Dana Schutz is a successful artist: Her painting Open Casket is part of the 2017 Whitney Biennial, a show whose mission is to indicate the country?s cultural temperature. The painting depicts the dead body of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy from Chicago who was brutally murdered. The piece has become the focus of controversy in recent days; the artist and writer Hannah Black has called for its removal and destruction. She and many others have pointed out that black suffering is not a material that white artists can just make use of, like oil paint or videotape?an argument made in many debates over cultural appropriation. But the case of Emmett Till contains an extra layer of difficulty. His mother, Mamie Till Mobley, dealt with her loss by controlling the postmortem narrative and the image of her son in death. ?I know that his life can?t be returned but I hope that his death will certainly start a movement in these United States,? she once said. It is a matter of both appropriation and of the history of American visual politics. Mamie Till Mobley in 1955.Afro Newspaper / Gado / Getty Emmett Till?s story begins in August 1955. While he was visiting family in Mississippi, Till and his cousins took a trip to a local grocery store, where 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant was working. Till bought a pack of gum and, apparently, interacted with Bryant in a way that offended her. A few days later, Carolyn?s husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam kidnapped and murdered Till. When authorities found his body three days later, his face was so disfigured that his uncle, Mose Wright, could only identify him by an initialed ring. His body was sent back to Chicago where, after seeing the brutalized body of her son, Mamie Till Mobley decided to have an open-casket funeral. Emmett Till?s mother displayed her son in public, even though his murderers had beaten his body beyond recognition. As Claudia Rankine wrote in her essay ?The Condition of Black Life is One of Mourning,? ?Mobley?s refusal to keep private grief private allowed a body that meant nothing to the criminal-justice system to stand as evidence.? She refused the etiquette that says grief should be a purely private hell. And she reversed the ?tradition of the lynched figure left out in public view as a warning to the black community.? Her son?s body would not be made into a spectacle nor be a symbol for black fear and white supremacy. By controlling the way that his body looked, Mobley was able to define its legacy. Although he was taken from her, the way lynched Americans were taken from their families, she was able to invert the final stage of public murder, which is spectacle. Her action was both brave and a strikingly effective piece of visual rhetoric, accomplished in the depths of appalling grief. Rankine quotes Mobley: ?Let the people see what I see.? Both of the murderers confessed, citing Till?s alleged actions toward Carolyn as their motivation. On the stand, Carolyn Bryant testified that Till had grabbed her and made lewd remarks regarding previous sexual relations with white women. ?I was just scared to death,? she said. She was a young...

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Bulgarian President Radev: Turkey?s interference in our elections is absolutely unacceptable

Share this: It is a fact that Turkey is interfering in Bulgaria?s March parliamentary elections and this is absolutely unacceptable, head of state President Roumen Radev said in an interview with public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television. Radev was speaking on March 17, nine days before Bulgarians go to the polls to elect a new National Assembly, and after weeks of controversy over Ankara intervening to back Lyutvi Mestan?s DOST party, a breakaway from the Movement for Rights and Freedoms that Mestan used to lead. Earlier the same day, Bulgaria?s State Agency for National Security announced that it had ordered the expulsion of a Turkish citizen, whose identity was not disclosed, as a threat to national security. ?Bulgaria is a sovereign state, a member of the EU and nobody has the right to violate international law, international law and EU rules. I want to call for more calm and not to escalate emotions around this intervention,? Radev told BNT. Radev said that he was sure that Bulgarian institutions and the relevant department were working actively to suppress any attempt to interfere in the country?s electoral process and in its domestic affairs. ?And they enjoy my unconditional support.? He said that it also was important how Bulgaria raised the issue within the European Union. Radev said that at the meeting of the European Council on March 9, he had raised the situation of Bulgaria in relation to Turkey?s intervention. He said that on March 16, he had held a meeting with the ambassadors of Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and France ?which analysed the situation?. ?I explained very clearly that the escalation of tension on the EU-Turkey axis is reflected most strongly in Bulgaria, because the risk is strongest for us. We are on the first line. ?The EU must have a clear, unified position and we expect a really quick decision by the EU, a joint solution,? Radev said. /Politics Comments comments WebSite >>> This Internet...

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Economic Growth Delinks from Emissions: IEA

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) March 17. The US and the UK both saw a lot of coal displaced from the power generation sector, with more power generated by gas than coal in the US last year for the first time — something that the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecast a year ago. Global emissions from the energy sector stood at 32.1 gigatonnes last year, the same as in the previous two years, while the global economy grew by 3.1%, according to estimates from the IEA. Carbon dioxide emissions declined in the US and China, the world?s two-largest energy users and emitters, and were stable in Europe, offsetting increases in most of the rest of the world. The biggest drop came from the US, where carbon dioxide emissions fell by 3%, or by 160mn metric tonnes, while the economy grew by 1.6%. Emissions were at their lowest level since 1992, a period during which the economy grew by 80%. There could be more to come. Gas production in the US could keep growing strongly which would boost domestic manufacturing, supply more competitive gas to Asia through to LNG exports, and provide alternative gas supplies to Europe, the IEA said. In the European Union, emissions were largely stable last year as gas demand rose about 8% and coal demand fell 10%. Renewables also played a significant, but smaller, role. The UK saw a significant coal-to-gas switching in the power sector, thanks to cheaper gas and a carbon price floor. (Credit: IEA) All this represents a ?sign that market dynamics and technological improvements matter […] especially true in the US where abundant shale gas supplies have become a cheap power source,? said IEA executive director Fatih Birol (pictured above) although he added that it was too soon to say that global emissions have definitely peaked. In 2016, renewables supplied more than half the global electricity demand growth, with hydro accounting for half of that share. The overall increase in the world?s nuclear net capacity last year was the highest since 1993, with new reactors coming online in China, the US, South Korea, India, Russia and Pakistan, the IEA said. William Powell Your first choice for Analysis, Insight and Information in the world of natural gas.   more info » more...

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?Blic Online? on refugee crisis: Serbia will defend borders using weapons

Share this: Serbia wants to enforce its borders. Just like neighbouring Bulgaria, Belgrade believes the E.U. Turkey Deal might burst, with consequences for the country?s borders, which would consist of a lot of movement across the latter. The Serbian government even wants to use the military to curb that movement. A few days ago, Bulgaria?s caretaker Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov had announced, Bulgaria had taken ?additional measures?, by enforcing the southern border. The country is increasingly getting nervous because of the latest threats from Ankara, according to which the border might be opened to refugees any time now. An ?increased flow of migrants? was possible ?within the next few days?, Gerdzhikov said on Tuesday. So far, no borders have been opened anywhere. And maybe it won?t happen, since 3 billion (U.K. English: milliard) Euro in E.U. money for Turkey is a pretty good argument to leave it that way. Now Serbia is preparing for the ?darkest scenario?, as the publication ?Blic Online? puts it. But the government would ?always protect the country and the population?, Labour Minister Aleksandar Vulin said, according to the daily. Vulin was also quoted saying, in no way would there be uncontrolled movement in Serbia and the country would ?not allow any large influx of people who come here without proper documentation?. Vulin vowed, Serbia would be ?able to defend its territory?. The Serbian publication even claimed it had ?learned? that Serbia was ready to use the military, in order to defend its borders against refugees. Not only that, but the military ?would have the authority to use weapons?. Apparently, there are politicians in Belgrade, who are a bit shaky on international law and Human Rights. Only some 20 years after the latest in a long series of Serbian wars of conquest, which included genocide, observers believe that statement is even more scandalous than it would have been without the country?s recent violent history. Using weapons against defenceless asylum seekers is pretty much the worst crime any country could commit. At this stage, Serbia accommodates about 8,000 refugees. About 1,000 of them, mostly boys and men, were forced to spend the harsh winter in an abandoned warehouse in Belgrade, without heating or anything. The number 8,000 is harmless. In the fall of 2015, this number of refugees came through Serbia every single day. Absolutely all of them were sent to Hungary and Croatia. Photo: Belgrade Comments comments Read more … go...

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?Blic Online? on refugee crisis: Serbia will defend borders with weapons

Share this: Serbia wants to enforce its borders. Just like neighbouring Bulgaria, Belgrade believes the E.U. Turkey Deal might burst, with consequences for the movement of refugees across many borders. The Serbian government even wants to use the military. A few days ago, Bulgaria?s caretaker Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov had announced, Bulgaria had taken ?additional measures?, by enforcing the southern border. The country is increasingly getting nervous because of the latest threats from Ankara, according to which the border might be opened to refugees any time now. An ?increased flow of migrants? was possible ?within the next few days?, Gerdzhikov said on Tuesday. So far, no borders have been opened anywhere. And maybe it won?t happen, since 3 billion (U.K. English: milliard) Euro in E.U. money for Turkey is a pretty good argument to leave it that way. Now Serbia is preparing for the ?darkest scenario?, as the publication ?Blic Online? puts it. But the government would ?always protect the country and the population?, Labour Minister Aleksandar Vulin said, according to the daily. Vulin was also quoted saying, in no way would there be uncontrolled movement in Serbia and the country would ?not allow any large influx of people who come here without proper documentation?. Vulin vowed, Serbia would be ?able to defend its territory?. The Serbian publication even claimed it had ?learned? that Serbia was ready to use the military, in order to defend its borders against refugees. Not only that, but the military ?would have the authority to use weapons?. Apparently, there are politicians in Belgrade, who are a bit shaky on international law and Human Rights. Only some 20 years after the latest in a long series of Serbian wars of conquest, which included genocide, observers believe that statement is even more scandalous than it would have been without the country?s recent violent history. Using weapons against defenceless asylum seekers is pretty much the worst crime any country could commit. At this stage, Serbia accommodates about 8,000 refugees. About 1,000 of them, mostly boys and men, were forced to spend the harsh winter in an abandoned warehouse in Belgrade, without heating or anything. The number 8,000 is harmless. In the fall of 2015, this number of refugees came through Serbia every single day. Absolutely all of them were sent to Hungary and Croatia. Photo: Belgrade Comments comments Info Source and...

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EC OKs Belgian Nuclear Extension

The European Commission said March 17 it has approved Belgium?s state aid package extending the operating life of three ageing nuclear power plants there run by Engie subsidiary Electrabel and by EDF Belgium. Separately the EC has cleared a multi-billion dollar divestment by UK National Grid. The Belgian subsidy package will now ensure that a significant share of the country’s power generation will continue to be provided by nuclear, rather be subsituted by coal or gas. The package relates to the Tihange 1 and Doel 1 (both Engie) and Doel 2 (EDF) nuclear reactors and follows agreements in 2014 and 2015 reached with the owners to extend their operating lifetimes that were notifed to the EC six months ago. Under the agreements, the two companies committed to invest around ?1.3bn in return for authorisation to run the plants for another ten years. The companies will receive financial compensation, if Belgium decides to close the reactors before that ten-year period ends, or modifies the level of nuclear tax to be paid by the owners, or makes other major economic changes. Although the commission found that the guarantees to Engie and EDF go beyond what they would have been entitled to under general Belgian law, it concluded that the Belgian government had shown that the package ?avoids undue distortions of the Belgian energy market? by including an obligation on dominant Engie to sell on regulated electricity markets each year a volume equivalent to Engie?s share of annual production from the three reactors. IEA data shows that of Belgium’s 67 TWh power generated in 2015, 39% was from nuclear, compared to gas 32%, renewables 23% and coal 6%. The European Commission has also cleared National Grid?s sale of a 61% stake in NGGD, its medium-pressure UK gas distribution business, to a seven-company consortium led by Australia?s Macquarie. The commission noted that Macquarie controls two gas-related companies in the UK ? Energetics, an independent gas network; and Corona Energy, a gas marketer to large industrial and other clients ? but concluded the proposed deal raises no competition concerns. When the deal, valuing 100% of NGGD at £13.8bn ($17.1bn), was announced three months ago by NGrid, it expected its completion by the end of March 2017 subject to approval from Brussels. Mark Smedley Your first choice for Analysis, Insight and Information in the world of natural gas.   more titles more computer...

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