Strata-X Energy signs heads of agreement with Botsgas for the Serowe CSG Project. (Credit: Pixabay/bertholdbrodersen) Strata-X Energy has signed a heads of agreement with Botsgas aimed at fast tracking the appraisal and development of its Serowe Coal Seam Gas Project (Serowe CSG Project) in Botswana.According to Strata-X Energy, the heads of agreement covers a staged farm-out programme for de-risking the coal seam gas project located in the Kalahari Basin CSG fairway. The company, which owns 100% in the CSG project, said that the farm-out programme if successful will prove adequate reserves to secure a foundation gas sales agreement (GSA).Under the terms, should Botsgas complete all the four stages of the farm-out, then it will increase its interest in all of the Strata- X Energy’s tenements in Botswana to 49%, while the latter will hold a 51% interest.The heads of agreement permits the drilling of a firm vertical well with staged options for a further 18 vertical wells, which includes six additional appraisal wells and a maximum of three production pilots aimed at proving commercial gas flows and also for adding material reserves.Strata-X Energy will retain operating stake in the Serowe CSG ProjectFor the foreseeable future, Strata-X Energy will retain operational control of the Serowe CSG Project and expects to begin field operations early in the second quarter of this year.Strata-X Energy stated: “If the farm-out proceeds, BotsGas will have the option at the end of each stage to elect to proceed to the next stage or to end the farm-out arrangement. Once BotsGas elects to proceed with a stage then Strata-X and BotsGas must complete the stage within a 12 month period.“Each stage must be fully funded by BotsGas up to a capped cost which has been agreed between the parties on the basis of the estimated budget for each stage. Strata-X will only need to provide funding if there are cost overruns, which contribution will be made on the basis of 51% from Strata-X and 49% from BotsGas.”The farm-out programme will be subject to various preceding conditions such as satisfactory due diligence by BotsGas and board approvals of the agreement terms. A heads of agreement signed by Strata-X Energy aims at de-risking the Serowe CSG Project located in the Kalahari Basin CSG fairway
Coffee chain Starbucks has brought forward new plans to open a drive-thru café in Northfield on the southern outskirts of Birmingham.Starbucks has submitted an application with Birmingham City Council to open the venue on undeveloped land in Sir Herbert Austin Way, Northfield. It would be opposite Sainsbury’s, and create 15 full-time and 15 part-time jobs.There have been concerns raised about traffic and noise, but consultation is now under way with residents, councillors and Northfield MP Richard Burden, with comments invited until 17 March.The first drive-thru coffee shop in Birmingham was Costa Coffee, which opened in Edgbaston in 2014.
After celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2015, moe. continues to dominate with some top notch performances. Over the weekend, the Buffalo based jam band spent two nights at the Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD, with support on the bill from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Together, the two bands brought the heat, with moe. digging into their classic tunes for the run.The first night featured a sit-in from guitarist Cris Jacobs on “Happy Hour Hero,” amid classics like “Timmy Tucker,” “Buster” and so many more. The second night included a new cover debuted, as the band dove into “Way Down In The Hole” by Tom Waits. Waits’ song was used as the theme music for The Wire, the hit HBO drama that was set in Baltimore. moe.’s cover came in the middle of a powerful second set of night two, between “Bring You Down” and “Hi & Lo.” “Plane Crash” brought the whole run to a energetic conclusion.Thanks to taper Brian V., we have full audio to enjoy of both shows. Tune in below: Setlist: moe. at Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD – 2/26/16Set One: Not Coming Down > Wormwood > 32 Things, Canned Pastries, Nebraska, The Road > Timmy TuckerSet Two: Happy Hour Hero%, Mar-DeMa > Defrost > Akimbo, So Long > Spine Of A Dog > BusterEncore: Skrunk > head.% w/ Cris JacobsSetlist: moe. at Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD – 2/27/16Set One: Annihilation Blues, Bring It Back Home > Waiting for the Punchline, Captain America, Cathedral, Water > meatSet Two: White Lightning Turpentine, Big World > Ricky Marten > Bring You Down, Way Down in the [email protected], Hi & Lo > TailspinEncore: Plane [email protected] Tom Waits cover, FTPDon’t miss moe. when they hit New York, NY for three nights, from March 17-19. Details can be found here.
Photo: Capacity Images Photo: Chris Capaci Load remaining images Photo: Capacity Images When it comes to live music in New York City, every week is special. This week should prove to be particularly notable, as Eric Krasno (Eric Krasno Band, Lettuce, Soulive) brings his friends along for a three-night run at one of New York’s most famous jazz clubs, Blue Note. Eric Krasno & Friends are doing two shows a night (8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.) through Wednesday, March 21st, with a different special guest announced for each night.For the first night of the run, on Monday, Krasno welcomed special guest Snarky Puppy organist Cory Henry and surprise performer Jon Batiste. The house band consisted of Chris Loftin (Brian McKnight) on bass, Louis Cato (Jon Batiste and Stay Human, the house band on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) on drums, and Nigel Hall (Lettuce) on the keys. As Nigel mentioned to the crowd before they took the audience on a funk journey, along with Krasno, this band was formerly known as Chapter 2.Seeing a show at Blue Note is unlike many shows because everyone is seated at a table, making for a more interesting dynamic between band and audience. To kick off the set, the band ripped right into a funky jam, with Chris Loftlin getting the crowd involved and clapping. Krasno had heads bopping at every table, as he offered some super funky guitar riffs while Nigel layering in some synthy rhythms.Before launching into the second song, “Be Alright”, Nigel told the story of how the number led him to initially get involved with Krasno. Nigel had been living in Bangor, Maine, at the time, and Kraz called him to play on a song. Nigel thought it was Ryan Zoidis of Lettuce messing with him and almost hung up the phone. Apparently, Zoidis is notorious for playing pranks. Once he realized it wasn’t a joke, Krasno sent him “Be Alright” to listen and add to, and Nigel fell in love with it. And it was understandable why: Nigel took us to church with his soulful voice, and everyone in the crowd was feeling alright.Four songs in, and the special guests in the crowd began to join the band onstage for sit-ins. First, it was Cory Henry, who joined Nigel Hall on the keyboard rig. They played a song originally written for Nick Daniels III and Dumpstaphunk called “Don’t Change For Me”. The joy in the room was evident, as Nigel could be seen slapping Cory on the back, and the audience, though seated, never stopped bopping and grooving.A couple of songs later, Jon Batiste was invited to join the group onstage. Batiste stepped in to join Nigel on the keys, and Cory Henry joined Krasno in the center of the stage on the harpejji. Rumor has it that Batiste did not sit-in during the early set, so this was a special treat for only attendees of the late show. The six of them stayed onstage together throughout the remainder of the set, which lasted four more songs. When the band finally launched into the Buddy Miles classic “Them Changes”, the energy was electric, and people clapped and sung along.It was a special Monday night of music in Greenwich Village. Watching such a talented, unique, diverse group of musicians onstage jamming together is quite an experience, as you can tell how much fun they are having exploring where they can take the music. As the band continues to warm up over the next two nights, Krasno will add in other special guests to the mix, including Questlove and Robert Randolph. You can check out photos from last night’s show below, courtesy of Chris Capaci.Photo: Eric Krasno & Friends | Blue Note | New York, NY | 3/19/2018 | Credit: Chris Capaci
In a paper published last month in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Dr. J. Allan Hobson, a psychiatrist and longtime sleep researcher at Harvard, argues that the main function of rapid-eye-movement sleep, or REM, when most dreaming occurs, is physiological. The brain is warming its circuits, anticipating the sights and sounds and emotions of waking.“It helps explain a lot of things, like why people forget so many dreams,” Dr. Hobson said in an interview. “It’s like jogging; the body doesn’t remember every step, but it knows it has exercised. It has been tuned up. It’s the same idea here: dreams are tuning the mind for conscious awareness…”Read more here
AUTHOR’S NOTE: My first encounter with Guy, or Abdelhamid Yousif Ismail Adam, was at a function organized by the Harvard Hillel in mid-April. We talked and I was both shocked and mesmerized by his life story. The next day I met with Guy at Harvard Kennedy School, where I interviewed him for the first of three times. I wanted to write this not just to demonstrate the sheer diversity of Harvard’s student body, but also to bring to light violence that, despite no longer dominating news headlines, continues to rage on. In order to survive the slaughter in Darfur, it was the promise of education — the bedrock of democracy and freedom — Abdelhamid Yousif Ismail Adam clung to throughout his turbulent youth.U.N. Security Council estimates show that more than 2.7 million Darfuris have been displaced over the past 18 years. Many Sudanese have fled to neighboring countries — war-torn — to escape the violence and instability of their own.Adam, who said he changed his name to Guy Josif Adam to honor the people who helped him, is currently studying international human rights law at Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education. This is his story.Born on New Year’s DayFor Guy (who prefers to use his first name), a birthday celebration is a novel phenomenon. According to his Sudanese passport, his journey “from nowhere to somewhere,” as he puts it, began on Jan. 1, 1986. Yet he does not know the exact date of his birth and believes he is 24 to 26 years old. “The Fur tribe does not keep dates as Western cultures do,” he explained during our first meeting at the Kennedy School.Sipping a cup of steaming vanilla coffee, Guy began weaving from his painful childhood to the present day in a meticulous, almost rehearsed fluency that made me certain this was not his first interview. His advice to Google “Guy Josif Adam Darfur” if I encountered any biographical questions confirmed this suspicion.For bureaucratic and official documentation, most in Sudan follow a similar procedure. “If you ask most people in Sudan” Guy jokes, “they will tell you they were born on January 1. It would seem like an amazing coincidence that in the city of Darfur, with over 9 million inhabitants, almost everyone was born on the same day.”Guy was born in the village of Mara. His parents were farmers who tended livestock and cultivated crops to provide for their seven children. His schooling ended in the fourth grade because his father could no longer afford the tuition fees, and needed Guy to help support the family by working in the fields.Life in Mara changed forever in the summer of 2003 when 200 members of the government-backed Janjaweed — Arabic for “devils on horseback” — attacked the agrarian village of 2,000. The Janjaweed, rebranded as the Rapid Support Forces in 2013, were notorious for their indiscriminate violence, and were condemned by Human Rights Watch in 2004 for inflicting “a campaign of forcible displacement, murder, pillage, and rape on hundreds of thousands of civilians.” While no longer commanding headlines, Darfur continues to be the scene of horrific ethnic violence orchestrated by the regime in Khartoum and Arab militias like the Janjaweed.As members of Darfur’s predominant non-Arab Fur tribe, considered ethnically inferior by the ruling National Congress Party and the Janjaweed, Guy and his family were targeted and savagely beaten.“We were drinking tea,” Guy said. “My younger brothers were playing with our goats and scattering seeds to the doves in the yard when I suddenly heard gunshots. Several men appeared on horseback and began burning my family’s home.”The men brandished Kalashnikovs, and Guy instantly knew they were members of the Janjaweed. “There was no time to say anything to anyone in my family. I was only thinking about how to get out of there.”The image of a Janjaweed militant standing over his unconscious father, clenching a sharp wooden stick, would be Guy’s final memory of his home.Becoming GuyFleeing his village with a broken arm and bloodied leg, Guy had no plan. As dusk approached, his chances of surviving the treacherous terrain dwindled. “As I was walking, I saw a car approaching. It was a medium-sized van with blue and white labels on the side.” Officials from the United Nations, who were posted at a nearby village, found Guy, wounded and distressed, and took him with them to Khartoum.Living with Joseph, a British U.N. official in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, Guy grew proficient in English and enrolled at the local Young Men’s Christian Association. It was Joseph’s altruism and the intimate rapport he developed with a local pastor named Guy, that prompted Abdelhamid Yousif Ismail to convert from Islam to Christianity and change his name. (Neither Joseph nor the pastor’s last names were disclosed as a protective measure.)“I had seen what people in Sudan had done in the name of Islam,” Guy said. “Killing is a crime and is never justified by the Quran. I no longer trusted the Islamic religion and felt that I could no longer be a part of it.”“I kept on running” But Khartoum was far from a permanent safe haven, since apostasy there is a crime punishable by death. His close contact with U.N. official Joseph had fueled rumors that Guy was leaking information about the Janjaweed’s atrocities in Darfur to the wider international community.Arrested and brutally tortured on three on occasions by National Congress Party (NCP) operatives, Guy was given a week to flee Sudan or be killed. During one detention, Guy said “they kicked me in the head,” leaving a protruding dent at the far-left corner of his forehead, and “stomped on me and spat on me. One interrogator used my body as an ashtray and burnt me on my arm with his cigarette. I spent a couple of hours standing alone in a cell. There were metal spikes coming out of the walls of the cell that prevented me from moving. I saw other prisoners who were hanging by their arms above their heads being pulled by rope.”Escaping Sudan via Egypt and then Israel is a common but perilous route. This February, Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority reported that more than 15,400 people had fled from Sudan and sought asylum in the Jewish state between 2009 and 2017.Guy’s dream refuge in Israel stemmed from his belief that the Jewish people and Darfuris had both been victims of intolerance, conflict, and violence. “I knew nothing about Judaism or Israel until I started learning from the people at the U.N.,” he said. “Israel’s origin story with the Holocaust and all the Jewish people’s suffering resonated with me deeply after seeing my people’s suffering in Darfur.”,Of the 23 men with whom Guy escaped Sudan, on the eve of the first night of Ramadan, only 10 made it across the border unscathed. The rest were either shot by Egyptian border police or caught and tortured by Bedouin smugglers, who prey on Sudanese and Eritrean escapees for lucrative organ harvesting.“I took off my shoes and tied them to my waist”, Guy said, eyes clinched. “I saw a hole in the fence that I assumed had been made by people trying to cross the border before me. I started running straight toward the hole in the fence. The guy in front of me hit a trip wire. Immediately we heard gunshots being fired at us from the right side. I kept on running.”Finding freedom … and his brotherOn the Israeli side of the border, Guy spent a month at a refugee camp in the Negev Desert before being granted a temporary license (an I.D. card used to identify Sudanese asylum seekers in Israel so they could gain employment). Guy then moved to Tel Aviv. It was there he chanced upon someone he thought had been massacred at the hands of the Janjaweed: his brother, Adam Yousif Adam.“I was in shock when I saw my brother Adam again for the first time,” Guy said, grinning uncontrollably. “He had been shot while crossing the border from Egypt into Israel. I asked him about our family, but he said he did not know anything about them. We did not talk about the Janjaweed attack.”After five years in Israel, studying at Levinsky College of Education, volunteering at the African Refugee Development Center (ARDC), and working as a dishwasher and cook at a popular Tel Aviv café, Guy set his sights on America. His dream of studying in the U.S. was realized when he was accepted to study political science and international law at the College of Lake County in Illinois, graduating May 2016.Guy later applied to Harvard because he was drawn to the University’s legal studies program at the Extension School. He says he was also inspired by stories about Harvard’s diverse and multi-national student population and the respect extended to students such as Guy.With a graduation goal of 2020, Guy continues to participate in humanitarian work supporting Darfuri refugees in Israel and the U.S., and he remains vocal about the humanitarian crimes perpetrated by the National Congress Party. He is currently the partnerships editor at The Africa Policy Journal, a Harvard Kennedy School student publication.Guy says he dreams of harnessing his education to transform Darfur and the wider turbulent region. For him, the pursuit of education is a potent remedy to the Sudanese government’s brutalities and flagrant violations of human rights. “My people are not educated,” Guy said. “What I want to do is to help them go to school and study to try to protect our country. I believe that as human beings we are equal, whatever our color: black, white, pink, or blue.”Jonathan Harounoff is a British graduate of the University of Cambridge where he studied Arabic, Persian, and Middle Eastern studies. At Harvard University, Harounoff studied negotiation, diplomacy, and journalism from August 2017 to May 2018; he was also a graduate teaching fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health this past spring. Harounoff will be pursuing a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University this fall.
We are often inspired by creators who see the world in the widest range of colors. Emerging technologies and tools continue to provide content creators with more precise, accurate and consistent color experiences, maximizing their creative potential. A recent Dell-sponsored IDC research study1 further concluded that with the adoption of immersive technologies, it will necessitate more advanced monitors designed to support new emerging workloads like data-centric and design tasks. As the world’s number one monitor company2, we are relentless in our pursuit to help unleash creativity and maximize productivity for the ultimate visual experience.Today at Adobe MAX, Dell is excited to introduce the Dell UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor (UP2720Q) – the world’s first 27-inch 4K monitor with a built-in colorimeter and ThunderboltTM 3 connectivity3 for content creators who require color-critical performance.Beginning in January 2020, photographers and still or motion picture editing professionals will be able to use this monitor to fully maximize the Adobe RGB color gamut and create brilliant content with precise color and amazing detail. The Dell UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor offers 100% Adobe RGB, 98% DCI-P3 and 80% BT2020, providing a wide range of color reproduction across different color space standards. DCI-P3 is increasingly being adopted as a color standard on more devices like smartphones, web browsers and television due to the larger color gamut and higher color accuracy, leading to more content being developed in the DPC-P3 color gamut space.The built-in colorimeter helps users stay productive and get work done faster with quick and easy calibration – on-demand or scheduled after hours for consistent and optimized color performance every time. Users will also experience a more efficient workflow with a responsive built-in colorimeter that maintains consistency from production to delivery. The UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor is a CalMAN® Ready monitor and works seamlessly with CalMAN® color calibration software (sold separately) to perform a variety of tasks, including calibration with a built-in or external colorimeter.Creative professionals will also appreciate the finer details that show up crisply with 4K Ultra HD resolution. The high contrast ratio and low dark luminance offer impressive contrasts and deep blacks. Any unwanted glare and reflection on the monitor from sunlight or overhead lights can be reduced using the easy-to-attach shading hood.This performance-packed monitor offers ThunderboltTM 3 with speed up to 40Gbps4 – the fastest5 and most versatile connectivity with two ThunderboltTM 3 ports, and can charge up to 90W to a connected notebook while simultaneously transferring video and data signals6. You can daisy chain up to two 4K monitors with ThunderboltTM for multitasking efficiency and increase your productivity by up to 21%7. Finally, the Picture-By-Picture (PBP) feature is ideal for comparing visual content side by side, allowing users to view the same image in different color spaces, or compare images from two different sources.The Dell UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor will be available Jan. 15, 2020 worldwide starting at $1,999.99 USD.Be sure to stop by our booth at Adobe MAX, located at booth #901 to check out the monitor as well as other creative solutions from Dell Technologies! For more information, see the press kit here.__________________________________________________________________________ Source: Based on IDC Infobrief – Future of Work Embracing New Dynamics, Creating New Experiences, sponsored by Dell, September 2019. Full report: https://www.dellemc.com/resources/en-us/asset/white-papers/dell_monitors_idc_infobrief_fow_embracing_new_dynamics_creating_new_experiences.pdf Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker, Q2 2019 Based on Dell analysis of publicly available data, July 2019 Data transfer speeds may vary among different USB devices, system configurations, and other factors. As compared to other PC I/O connection technologies including eSATA, USB, and IEEE 1394 Firewire†. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software used. Must use a Thunderbolt-enabled device. Thunderbolt™ 3 provides DisplayPort, which can natively connect to all displays with DisplayPort and mini-DisplayPort, and via adapters can connect to all other modern display interfaces, including HDMI, DVI, and VGA. Source: Based on Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell, “Improve productivity with the new Dell P Series monitors in a dual-display configuration”, November 2018. Actual results will vary. Full report: https://www.principledtechnologies.com/Dell/P2419H_monitor_productivity_1118.pdf
The law firm of Valsangiacomo, Detora and McQuesten, P.C., opened a full-time branch office in Burlington. VD&M’s new office is located in the historic Maltex Building at 431 Pine Street.The trial firm, headquartered in Barre, opened the new office earlier this year to better serve its growing client base in Chittenden County.”We’ve established a solid reputation in Central Vermont for straightforward and cost-effective representation,” said Oreste Valsangiacomo, Jr., a founding partner. “And that’s earned us a growing number of clients in Burlington. This new satellite office allows us to be more accessible and more responsive to our northern clients.”VD&M was founded in 1977. Its seven staff attorneys offer experience in many areas of the law but the firm’s major areas of emphasis are personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death cases.For more information, please visit their website at www.vdmlaw.com(link is external), or contact them in Barre at 476-4181 or in Burlington at 658-7444.
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