Santa Clara wedding vase by Nicolasa Naranjo (1907-2002) measures 12″ high and is just one of more than 50 items available at the Self Help 50thAnniversary Gala’s auctions. Courtesy/Self Help SELF HELP News:It’s an important year for Self Help, and everyone’s invited to help celebrate!Just a few tickets remain for a celebratory and fundraising gala 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church’s Kelly Hall benefiting Self Help’s work fighting poverty in northern New Mexico.Attendees will have an evening of food, conversation and great auction deals—all while supporting a great cause.The event will be a food and wine tasting extravaganza, featuring the talents of Pig + Fig and inspired by the west coast (with a menu preview available at tinyurl.com/selfhelp50).Tickets are $65 and include the food, wine, live and silent auctions and commemorative glass.Since 1969, Self Help has provided a safety net for people struggling with basic needs such as food and shelter throughout Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Taos and Santa Fe counties.Tickets can be purchased online at tinyurl.com/selfhelp50, or by contacting Self Help’s office at 505.662.4666 or email@example.com.LIVE AUCTION PREVIEWSelf Help is lucky to have a network of wonderful friends and donors who have provided an impressive array of items to auction at our event. There’s something for everyone—from the outdoor enthusiast interested in a new tent, to the foodie looking for a fine meal. In addition to some 50 silent auction items, attendees have a chance of bidding on the following hand-picked live auction items:A Santa Clara wedding vase by Nicolasa Naranjo;A whimsical sculpture crafted from scrap metal by beloved local artist Richard Swenson, featuring a roadrunner;Three lots of rare and exciting wines from the collection of Glenn Magelssen—including a one-of-a-kind ice wine, a set of wines inspired by the Loire valley, and a selection of old New York wines;A brand-new traditional blackware piece by Santa Clara potter Birdell Boudon; andAnd for opera lovers: a pair of tickets to the Santa Fe Opera’s 2020 season, plus passes to a backstage tour.
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[mappress]Press Release, June 19, 2013 Statoil has made a discovery of light, high-quality oil in the Flemish Pass Basin, offshore Newfoundland. Oil was encountered while drilling the Harpoon prospect (EL 1112), located approximately 500 kilometres north-east of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.“While it is still too early to determine Harpoon’s resource potential at this time, this is very encouraging for the area and especially for the Bay du Nord well planned for later this year,” says Erik Finnstrom, senior vice president for Exploration North America in Statoil.Finnstrom explains that Statoil’s exploration strategy to test high-impact oil prospects in the Flemish Pass Basin is on target and that the Harpoon results will contribute to a greater understanding of the area.“We anticipate there will be further appraisal drilling to mature this discovery in the future,” states Finnstrom. “We will continue to build this area as a core exploration region for Statoil.”The Harpoon discovery was drilled by the semi-submersible rig West Aquarius, in approximately 1,100 metres of water.Harpoon is located about 10 kilometres south-east of Statoil’s Mizzen discovery. The Mizzen discovery is estimated to hold between 100-200 million barrels of oil.As part of its 2013 three-well exploration program offshore Newfoundland, Statoil is currently drilling its Federation prospect, located in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin. The company will then return to the Flemish Pass Basin to drill the Bay du Nord prospect, which is located south-west of the Harpoon and Mizzen discoveries.Statoil is the operator of Harpoon with a 65 percent interest. Husky Energy is a 35 percent partner.Statoil is an international energy company with operations in 36 countries. Building on 40 years of experience from oil and gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf, we are committed to accommodating the world’s energy needs in a responsible manner, applying technology and creating innovative business solutions. Statoil is headquartered in Norway with 21,000 employees worldwide, and is listed on the New York and Oslo stock exchanges.
J&P-Avax of Greece said it has signed a deal worth €125 million in Malta with Electrogas Malta.Electrogas Malta is a consortium comprising GEM Holdings Limited, Socar Trading, Siemens Project Ventures and Gasol LNG Import Limited.The project involves the Engineering, Procurement and Construction of an installation for the importation and storage of LNG and its regasification. The term of the contract is 18 months.The plant will supply natural gas to Malta’s largest energy station located in Delimara.The project includes all specialised technical equipment for the liquefying, storage and regasification of natural gas, control stations and the jetty required for continuous supply of the station with LNG from a floating storage unit.[mappress mapid=”16475″]Press Release; Image: Gasol
The Home Office has refused to consider redrafting its Offensive Weapons Bill with amendments suggested by magistrates and those working in the youth justice system who are worried about measures designed to prevent knife crime.Sajid Javid’s department was criticised for not consulting with the legal profession on introducing knife crime prevention orders (KCPO). Orders will be made when the court thinks they are necessary to protect the public and to prevent reoffending. Breaching the order, which can be imposed on children as young as 12, would be a criminal offence.The Magistrates’ Association worked with the Prison Reform Trust, Standing Committee on Youth Justice and the Association of Youth Offending Team Managers on amendments detailing how the orders should work in practice. These include requirements for what information a youth offending team (YOT) should include in reports to those applying for an order, ensuring the information is available to the court, and time limits for interim orders.With the help of Labour’s Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede (Frederick Ponsonby), the organisations hoped the amendments would be accepted at the bill’s third reading in the House of Lords, which took place yesterday. However, Lord Ponsonby was informed the day before the reading that the amendments were unnecessary.Baroness Williams of Trafford, who is responsible for Home Office business in the House of Lords, said the issues raised by the amendments ‘are not unclear in the bill as it stands’.Her letter stated that the Home Office thinks it is open to the court to require seeing the youth offending team’s assessment, ‘although this is not expressly stated in the bill’. A police requirement to consult with the YOT allows the two ‘to agree how best to carry out this consultation and to reassure the court that the consultation has taken place’, which the Home Office thinks is unnecessary to spell out in legislation. However, guidance will make clear that the department expects the police and Crown Prosecution Service to share with the court the outcome of any consultation with the youth offending team if requested. The message will also be reinforced during pilots.The Home Office does not think an ‘express power’ for the court to directly consult youth offending teams is needed. Neither does it think legislation should require courts to receive evidence from the team on the suitability and enforceability of KCPO requirements for under-18s. On time limits for interim orders, the bill’s approach ‘provides flexibility’.The Magistrates’ Association said it was disappointed that the amendments will not be considered ‘given the lack of opportunity to engage on the proposals for KCPOs’. It hopes the amendments will be put forward when the bill returns to the House of Commons.
INTERNATIONAL: Following a successful pilot programme running since September 2013, Zhijiang University in Hangzhou, China, is formally launching this month a postgraduate programme in safety and risk management in partnership with the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the UK universities of Birmingham and York.The partnership can be traced back to the aftermath of the serious accidents on Chinese main line and metro networks in 2010, most notably the collision at Wenzhou. Zhejiang University issued an invitation to tender to a number of organisations in the UK requesting proposals for the development of an appropriate MSc programme on safety and risk, which would be hosted primarily in Hangzhou. The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research & Education and the High Integrity Systems Engineering Group at York jointly submitted a tender covering two distinct inputs – railway engineering expertise and risk management skills. Following a review process, Lloyd’s Register then agreed to commit £1·5m over five years to sponsoring the programme with the support of Birmingham and York, and it is hosting a launch event in London in mid-February. The programme is open to students at four levels: Masters of Science, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, and as part of Continuing Professional Development. Staff at Zhejiang University selected an initial intake of 10 candidates, based on their performance in the first year of a postgraduate programme in automatic control. Lecturers from Zhejiang visited the UK in 2013 as part of the pre-launch pilot programme. Aidan Nelson, a former director of the UK’s Rail Safety & Standards Board, has been appointed as external advisor to oversee the development and implementation of the programme.
ITALY: A €300m corporate bond subscription agreement which will finance the acquisition of new passenger rolling stock for regional routes was signed by the European Investment Bank and national railway FS on December 23. The bond is guaranteed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments, and according to EIB is ‘highly innovative’ in its financial structuring and targeting of regional lines.The proceeds will be used to finance the acquisition of 49 multiple-units and 250 double-deck coaches for regional services in Lazio, Toscana, Veneto, Piemonte and Liguria. Passenger operator Trenitalia’s total investment in the five regions is put at €700m.‘For years the EIB has been at Ferrovie dello Stato’s side in all its investment, and I am especially proud of today’s announcement as it shows that Europe can be close to its citizens in a concrete way, including in the implementation of the new provisions of the Juncker Plan, whose financial arm is the EIB’, said EIB Vice-President Dario Scannapieco.
Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz were the biggest movers on the latest FIFA/Coca Cola Women Rankings after surging 7 places to no.64.Despite the move the Jamaicans, who are getting ready to contest the upcoming Concacaf Championships in Texas, are the second ranked team in the Caribbean behind Trinidad and Tobago who have dropped two places down to no.52 – despite being among the most active teams for the ranking period playing a total of nine matches.Haiti with the biggest drop of five places is now ranked no.72 while Panama re-enters the rankings at 66.Concacaf giants United States is still the no.1 ranked team in the world followed by Germany while England moved up one place to third with France slipping a place to 4th.Canada is the second highest Concacaf team at no.5 with Australia, Japan, Brazil, Sweden and the Netherlands rounding out the top ten.Venezuela (54th, up 4) have gone better still, setting a new Ranking best, while the likes of China PR (15th, up 2) and Croatia (50th, up 3) can also celebrate noteworthy rises.The next FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking will be published on December 7, 2018.
Nigeria hikes tax to fund budget Nigeria hands MTN US$2 billion tax bill TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY BEN SIMONTwo vendors chat at Oshodi market in Lagos, on February 25, 2015. Congested streets lined with shops selling everything from plastic sandals to instant passport photos and hawkers shouting for customers above deafening car horns: the Oshodi market offers a snapshot of life in Nigeria’s largest city. Like other parts of Lagos, Oshodi has seen outbreaks of political violence in the run-up to March 28 general elections, much of it blamed on “Area Boys” — gangs of youths readily available for mercenary work. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images) A trader holds 20 and 500 denomination naira banknotes at the Swali market in Yenagoa, Nigeria, on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. With his security forces engaged in fighting Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency in the north, President Muhammadu Buhari can’t afford renewed rebellion in the delta. Photographer: George Osodi/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesNigeria has increased Value Added Tax (VAT) from 5 percent to 7.5 percent to raise revenue but exempted many foodstuffs from VAT to alleviate the cost burden from consumers.Effective February 1, 2020, VAT will not be charged on bread, cereals, cooking oils, culinary herbs, fish, flour and starch, fruits, meat and poultry. Others are milk, nuts, pulses, roots, salt, vegetables, natural water, table water and sanitary towels.President Muhammad Buhari on January 13, 2020 signed into law the 2019 Finance Bill, increasing VAT, but also exempting companies with less than $82,000 (N25 million) capital from paying tax.According to Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity Office of the Vice President, the new law seeks to consolidate efforts already made in creating the enabling environment for improved private sector participation and contribution to the economy as well as boost states’ revenues.“It (Finance Act) is designed to promote fiscal equity by mitigating instances of regressive taxation; reforming domestic tax laws to align with global best practices; and to introducing tax incentives for investments in infrastructure and capital markets.“It is supporting micro, small and medium-sized businesses in line with the administration’s Ease of Doing Business Reforms; Raising Revenues for Federal, State and Local Governments,” Mr Akande said.In Nigeria’s revenue sharing formula, 85 percent of collected VAT goes to states and local governments.Contributions to pension and retirement funds, societies and schemes are now unconditionally tax-deductible.With the new Act, the N50 ($0.14) Stamp duty charge is now applicable only to transactions amounting to N10,000 ($27.55) and above, a significant increase on the former threshold of N1,000 ($2.75).Related Thousands of Nigeria IDPs could face severe food shortages
Lebanon, a country of around 4.5 million people has been disproportionately affected by the war in neighbouring Syria with an influx of an estimated 1.5 million refugees. Twin explosions kill 44 in Nigeria Egyptians in Lebanon advised to avoid protest areas Tributes to Nelson Mandela Smoke rises from an explosion site at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 4, 2020. The two huge explosions that rocked Lebanon’s capital Beirut on Tuesday left dozens dead and injured, al-Jadeed TV channel reported. (Xinhua/Bilal Jawich)Countries around the world have been paying tribute to victims of two deadly blasts in Beirut on Tuesday and sending offers of assistance to Lebanon, a country already reeling from the effects of overlapping crises before disaster struck its capital.UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his country stood ready to provide any support it could to help.”The pictures and videos from Beirut tonight are shocking. All of my thoughts and prayers are with those caught up in this terrible incident. The UK is ready to provide support in any way we can, including to those British nationals affected”,Boris tweetedBoth Iran and Israel say they are ready to send supplies, while Gulf nations including Qatar and Kuwait say they would dispense emergency medical aid.Iran’s top diplomat expressed Tehran’s support for the “resilient” people of Lebanon after the blasts.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the great and resilient people of Lebanon,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.“As always, Iran is fully prepared to render assistance in any way necessary,” he said. “Stay strong, Lebanon.”Elsewhere in Africa,Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta also joined in message of solidarity and encouragement to President Michel Aoun and the People of the Lebanese saying :”President Kenyatta expressed Kenya’s sympathy for the Lebanese people and wished them God’s comfort as they come to terms with the regrettable destruction of their iconic capital city.“My thoughts and heart are with people in Beirut, Lebanon, who lost loved ones or were injured in the explosion this afternoon,” World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted Tuesday, expressing his support for a country already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic among other crises. Related The WHO’s director-general added that his organization “stands ready to support the government and healthworkers in saving lives”