Total-led consortium enters North Ras Kanayis block, offshore Egypt

first_img The exploration block spans an area of 4,550km2. (Credit: wasi1370 from Pixabay) A consortium led by French energy major Total has signed an exploration and production agreement with the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding (EGAS) for the North Ras Kanayis block, offshore Egypt.Contained in the Herodotus Basin in the Mediterranean Sea, the exploration block spans an area of 4,550km2. It is located from 5km-150 km from the shore, with water depths in the range of 50m-3,200m.According to Total, the Herodotus Basin is an underexplored area. The offshore block in the basin is expected to see a 3D seismic campaign taken up by the partners during the first three years of the agreement.In the consortium, Total is the operator with a stake of 35%. Its partners include Royal Dutch Shell with a 30% stake, Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC) with a 25% stake, and Tharwa with a 10% stake.Total exploration senior vice president Kevin McLachlan said: ‘‘Total is pleased to further strengthen its Eastern Mediterranean position as an operator of this exploration and production agreement.“We are excited by the exploration potential of the North Ras Kanayis Offshore block. It reinforces our presence in Egypt, following a gas discovery made in July 2020 with the Bashrush well on the North El Hammad license, to be developed through a tie-in to nearby existing infrastructure.”In the North El Hammad license, Total has a working interest of 25%.The block’s operator is Eni with 37.5% stake, while another oil and gas major BP holds a stake of 37.5%. The license is located in the Great Nooros Area in the Nile Delta, 11km off the Egyptian coast. The exploration block will see a 3D seismic campaign taken up by the consortium during the first three yearslast_img read more

The Latest: Orlando Magic arena becomes distribution center

first_imgOrlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the plan Friday, along with the Magic. The Amway Center, which includes the AdventHealth Practice Facility that serves as the Magic’s training home, will be used as a staging space for as long as is required. There are contingencies to continue if the need is still there when NBA play resumes.Dyer says the arena will be a hub for equipment and supplies that will go to 50 hospitals in Central Florida as well as facilities in seven other states.Magic CEO Alex Martins says conversations with AdventHealth and the city alerted the team to the need for such a space. “It is our honor to partner with the city of Orlando to provide assistance in the use of the Amway Center to meet AdventHealth’s and our community’s needs,” Martins said.The Magic have been very active in responding to the pandemic, with several players donating money to various causes and the DeVos family — which owns the team — pledging up to $2 million to assist Amway Center hourly workers for lost games.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Orlando Magic’s home arena will become a distribution center for medical equipment and supplies as part of the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic. Andrew Boselli says he’s looking forward to being around fellow students and teammates again but added a word of caution by writing “the only way for that to happen is listen to the experts and follow their guidance.”___Turkmenistan is set to restart its suspended soccer league amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Central Asian nation will become part of a small group of countries around the world where professional soccer is being played despite the virus outbreak. That includes the former Soviet nations of Belarus and Tajikistan, as well as Burundi and Nicaragua.The eight-team Turkmenistan league was suspended on March 24. The national soccer federation says it will resume on April 19. Fans will be allowed to attend games. A COVID-19 test unexpectedly showed he had the disease despite previously displaying no symptoms.Dalglish’s family says “prior to his admission to hospital, Sir Kenny had chosen to voluntarily self isolate for longer than the advised period together with his family. He would urge everyone to follow the relevant government and expert guidance in the days and weeks ahead.”The family statement concluded by saying Dalglish “looks forward to being home soon.”___The nationwide lockdown in Italy has been extended through May 3 but Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora is urging the country’s sports federations to develop health protocols in order to resume activity on May 4. The Latest: Orlando Magic arena becomes distribution center NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and All-Star forward Khris Middleton have contributed $100,000 each. All their Bucks teammates have committed to donate to the cause. Bucks ownership is matching all player donations.___Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says one team employee — not a player — tested positive for the coronavirus and is “on the road to getting better.”Rizzo says no players for the reigning World Series champions have shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at any point and so no one has been tested.He said the team’s medical staff checks in each day with every player and staff member. Spadafora urges sports authorities “not to let these weeks be lost” and to urgently make plans for when the lockdown expires.Previously, the lockdown was set to expire on Monday.The extension came as the number of people in Italian hospitals and intensive care wards eases and the growth in the number of new cases and deaths is narrowing. Experts have said it will take a decrease in the number of cases to enter a so-called Phase II, allowing more freedom of movement to individuals but with precautions to guard against any new outbreaks. Italy has suffered the most deaths of any nation, nearly 19,000, and is nearing 150,000 cases, hitting 147,577 on Friday. April 10, 2020 Associated Press Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of the coronavirus.___The Russian sports minister says it’s time for international authorities to “turn a new page” and forget the country’s Olympic doping ban because of the coronavirus pandemic.The World Anti-Doping Agency barred Russia from the Olympics for four years after ruling last year that doping data from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is to rule on whether the ban is valid but hearings have been delayed because of the health crisis.Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin says the virus outbreak means the parties in the legal proceedings should avoid a ruling against Russia because it would fracture the Olympic movement. The incident occurred on the island of Madeira, his birthplace. He was observed shooting a ball at a goal with someone playing goalkeeper, along with two other people. They all appeared to be several meters apart.“Cristiano did solely a few minutes of exercize and from that comes no harm to the world,” regional health authority Carlos Ramos said.“All citizens can go out and do some physical exercize as long as they do not gather in big groups and keep their distance from other people they may encounter while exercizing,” Ramos said. “So I think that Cristiano did only what we have seen.”Portugal has been under a state of emergency for three weeks. People are confined to their homes, but they can leave to exercize individually. The country has more than 15,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 435 deaths. ___center_img Southampton said Thursday that its players would defer three months’ wages.Premier League clubs as a collective had hoped squads would all cut wages by 30% but the players’ union rejected the proposal.___The family of Kenny Dalglish says the former Liverpool player and manager has tested positive for the coronavirus but “remains asymptomatic.”The 69-year-old Dalglish was hospitalized on Wednesday as an infection required intravenous antibiotics. ___The Milwaukee Bucks have established an emergency relief fund for part-time employees of FiServ Forum, the team’s home arena.The Bucks Emergency Relief Fund will provide financial relief for part-time employees of the arena’s food and beverage provider, housekeeping employer and parking partners.The relief fund also will assist part-time employees at the Menominee Nation Arena. That’s the home arena for the Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks’ NBA G League affiliate.So far, the Bucks have provided $500,000 in financial assistance to the part-time employees, and an additional $500,000 is on the way through the relief fund. Basketball’s Sabrina Ionescu, soccer’s Carli Lloyd and swimming’s Katie Ledecky are among the athletes who will help young girls and women stay mentally and physically fit during the coronavirus pandemic.The Women’s Sports Foundation and Yahoo Sports are launching #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT. They’ll join tennis great Billie Jean King and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking questions from young athletes and providing tips on resilience and training.King says it’s about “bringing together our community of prominent women athletes and leaders to empower, support and inspire young girls — and each other — during this unprecedented time.”Sports broadcaster Cari Champion will moderate the hour discussion, streamed on On what would have been the final day of the Masters, ESPN will show some masterful spellers.The network says it will broadcast a seven-hour marathon of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Sunday.This year’s spelling bee has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for late May at its usual location, a convention center outside Washington. Scripps hopes to reschedule the bee at an undetermined time this year.ESPN has televised the bee since 1994. On Sunday, it will first show the 1997 bee, which was memorably won by Rebecca Sealfon of Brooklyn, New York. Sealfon’s excitement when she was given her winning word of “euonym” — a name well suited to the person, place or thing named — became a classic spelling bee moment when she yelled out each letter.ESPN will also show the 2004 bee won by David Tidmarsh of South Bend, Indiana, and the 2008 bee won by Sameer Mishra of Lafayette, Indiana. West Ham has become the latest Premier League club to announce its players will defer some wages as the competition is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.The percentage of the wages being held back was not disclosed by the London club on Friday.West Ham did say manager David Moyes, vice chair Karren Brady and finance director Andy Mollett are taking a 30% pay reduction.Co-owners David Sullivan, David Gold and fellow shareholders are also injecting 30 million pounds into the club.West Ham says “the savings created by the measures above will support the entire infrastructure of the club and enable us to retain jobs and continue to pay 100% of staff salaries.” ___Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli says he had the coronavirus and detailed some of what his famous father went through in his own fight against COVID-19.The son of former NFL lineman Tony Boselli says in a first-person account he wrote for Florida State’s athletic department website that he dealt with the worst of the virus for about three days.The Seminoles’ lineman wrote that he wants “everyone to know just how hard it was. I spent days feeling miserable” and his healthy 47-year-old father with no underlying health conditions “spent three days in the intensive care unit.”Tony Boselli is now back home and Andrew Boselli says he and his family are recovering from the massive scare. He says his brother and mother also dealt with the virus. ___ The French tennis federation has set up a support plan worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help professional players facing financial problems because of the coronavirus pandemic.The FFT says it has approved the scheme that will also benefit clubs, coaches, instructors, officials and tournament organizers affected by the health crisis.The FFT says practical arrangements for the allocation still need to be discussed.The ATP and WTA announced this month that the men’s and women’s professional tours would be suspended until at least July 13. Wimbledon has been canceled because of the deadly virus while the start of the French Open has been postponed from late May to late September. According to Rizzo, the employee who got the illness was at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, and now is home and his quarantine has ended. Rizzo said the employee is fever-free and symptom-free.Rizzo did not identify the person who was sick other than to say it is not someone who plays for the Nationals — “and we’re going to keep it at that.” The GM said the person tested positive “well after” the Nationals already had shut down their facilities in Florida and Washington.Rizzo also said Friday on a conference call with reporters that the Nationals are partnering with chef José Andrés to distribute tens of thousands of meals per day to people in need in parts of Washington.__Portuguese officials have defended Cristiano Ronaldo after he left home and was seen training with other people at a soccer pitch amid a national lockdown to stem the coronavirus outbreak. He adds that “when you see that everyone is isolated and everyone is at home … people understand that now there are priorities and there are issues which go on the backburner. The priority is the future of the Olympic movement.”Matytsin says sanctioning Russia would damage the Olympic movement and says the country is prepared to host more international sports events once the virus outbreak recedes.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Azerbaijan are tops, Uganda 33rd as Islamic Solidarity Games end

first_imgUganda’s only medalist at the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games was Halimah Nakaayi (L). Other medalists in the 800m event she competed in were Morocco’s Malika Akkaoui (C) and Benin’s Noelie Yarigo (R) . AFP PHOTOBaku, Azerbaijan | AFP-Services (text stories) |  The fourth Islamic Solidarity Games ended in Baku on Monday with hosts Azerbaijan topping the medals table after a relentess 11-day long battle with neighbours Turkey.Oddly enough, the Azeri team came up empty handed in terms of gold medals on the final day of action, the only time that had happened during the Games.But on the back of a superb Sunday which culminated in football gold, Azerbaijan were all but assured of top spot with a 75-68 lead and just 11 golds to be disputed on Monday.Uganda came 33rd overall out of 50 nations, with Nakaayi’s silver in the athletics 800m the country’s second medal ever at an Islamic Solidarity Games. (see full standings page 2)The country’s only other medal came at the inaugural Islamic Games in 2005.Uganda was represented at the games by an athletics, swimming, tennis , weightlifting team and the sport of Zurkhaneh.  Zurkhaneh ritual is a traditional heroic sport that has its roots in Iran. It combines martial arts, calisthenics, strength training and music. Turkey challenge Turkey edged closer to the top by bagging both tennis singles titles and adding one from the wushu martial arts, but that still left them four golds adrift at 75-71.The Turks had the consolation of ending up with the highest overall – gold, silver and bronze – medal haul with 195 to 162.Iran had a strong finish to the Games, lifting eight of the last 11 golds, six of those coming in wushu and they consolidated third place in the medals list with 39 golds and 98 in total.They were simply unstoppable in the wushu sanda events, underlining their supremacy by winning all of their bouts and storming to six of seven gold medals available.Azerbaijan had to settle for three silvers at the Baku Sports Hall after losing all of their finals to the implacable Iranians.The only gold to escape the Iranian stranglehold came in the 48kg division, in which there was no Iranian fighter. Turkey’s Mehmet Demirci took advantage to dominate Kyrgyzstan’s Turatbek Sulaimankul in the final.Iran also won both gold medals in the table tennis, the final gold medals of the games to be decided.The men’s outfit of Alamian brothers Noshad and Nima, as well as Afshin Noroozi, got the better of Turkey 3-1, after the women’s trio had claimed a gripping 3-1 victory over hosts Azerbaijan in the first final.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Why Residents Love Fair Haven

first_imgBy Anastasia MillickerAs Fair Haven celebrates its centennial year, The Two River Times™ asked residents and business owners what they liked best about their hometown. From food to family, they echoed the town’s proximity to the beach and the sense of community.“I have lived here for 62 years. Everything is in walking distance. My doctors are right here, my dentist, everything is right here. For the 62 years I’ve lived here, I’ve been happy.”Lucile Herr, 88, Grange Avenue resident“I have grown up here and it’s a beautiful place to live. It’s in a great location where everything is close and it’s great being near the beach and parks. It’s also a safe neighborhood.”C.J. Singer, 25, River Road resident and Bike Haven employee“[I like] my friends here. [I go to school here]. I have good teachers.”Charlie Theodore, 7, Park Avenue resident“It’s definitely the community. This is our first year here. We moved here from California. People really seem to care about each other.”Claire Theodore, 39, Park Avenue resident“I have lived here for over 50 years. I like that I get to walk everywhere with my neighbor. I raised my kids here. The school system was good, very good. I can’t complain. It’s a school system. Did we have one or two bad teachers? Yes, but everybody does… What I like least about Fair Haven is that you have to pass through Red Bank to get anywhere like the parkway and such.”Debby Green, 72, Grange Avenue resident“It’s a family town. I like that you know everybody and they know everyone. You could go down the street and be stopped with a friendly greeting. Fair Haven is a great community.”Gianna Maita, 19, Buttonwood Drive resident, Rumson-Fair Haven graduate, and a J. Rooster’s waitress“Everything I need is right here. It’s a really nice neighborhood. It definitely has a community feeling. I moved here 40 years ago when I started working for Bell Labs in Holmdel. Now I’m retired and building and restoring boats in Fair Haven.”Dick Muise, 68, Lake Avenue resident, Two River Boat Works owner“People here are particularly nice. The restaurants and the services here are so nice… I lived here for 65 years… Not a lot has changed. New families move in and raise their kids here then move out and new families move in. This town appeals to a lot of new families and it’s a great place to raise a family.”Marie Knapp, 85, Woodland Avenue resident“It’s so aesthetically pleasing to look at, everywhere you look and the people here are so kind. One day I was out here [the Acme on River Road] and it was a particularly windy day and there was a grocery cart headed toward someone’s car. This guy, whose car it didn’t belong to, ran across the parking lot after the cart… That guy made the extra effort and people here do take the extra effort. People really do care.”Joan Hall, 68, Clay Street resident“Fair Haven has a good feeling to it and has good people plus the beach is right around the corner. I grew up here. I learned to cook here and started my culinary career 30 years ago here. I used to work in Corner Room in Fair Haven and learned to cook there. Then I worked in Fairwinds Deli in Fair Haven… I got my start here. Fair Haven is a great place full of old friends and good foods.”Dave Kearns, 41, co-owner of J. Rooster’s in Fair Haven and a former Fair Haven residentlast_img read more

LVR rocks Cats to claim Bomber Classic Hoop Tournament

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsL.V. Rogers Bombers continue to beat up on Kootenay competition.LVR came close to hitting the triple figures as the home squad dumped district rival Mount Sentinel Wildcats 90-55 in the final game of the Bomber Classic High School Boy’s Basketball Tournament Saturday at the Hangar.The victory gave the Bombers a 3-0 record and the overall title in the four-team tourney.LVR went on a 14-6 run to end the first period and never looked back building a 29-16 lead at the break. The Bombers increased the margin at recess, leading 50-20.Seniors Jason D’Andrea and Clay Rickaby led the Bomber charge with 24 and 21 points, respectively. Garrett Perry added 12 while John Zak and Adam Grace each scored six points.Replying for the Wildcats were Kyle Dodds with a game-high 26 points while Steven Hernandez had 10.Mount Sentinel played the game minus starter Zack Grigg who was in Penticton at the B.C. Volleyball U17 Provincial Team tryouts.LVR opened the tournament playing in front of the student body by slamming Selkirk Storm of Kimberley 66-52. It was the third victory of the season by LVR over the Storm.LVR led from wire to wire, 19-11 after one quarter, 39-16 at the half and 51-31 at three quarters.Zak, named LVR’s game star, led the Bombers with 21 points. D’Andrea had 12 while Rickaby’s checked in with 11 points.LVR then blasted Kalamalka Lakers of Vernon 73-56 Saturday afternoon.Rickaby, named the team game star, led the squad with 20 points. D’Andrea had 16, including four three pointers. Zak added 15 points, which two conversions from downtown.LVR held period leads of 36-19, 53-49 and 65-53.The Bombers return to the court Tuesday in Trail when LVR meets the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks in West Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball League [email protected]last_img read more

Robert Persaud acted outside powers

first_img– report cites unilateral appointments, ordering payment of phantom employeesForensic auditors who examined the books of the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) have concluded that formerFormer Natural Resources and Environment Minister Robert PersaudNatural Resources and Environment Minister Robert Persaud, on several occasions, acted contrary to the powers vested in him.The Gold Board Act vests in the Minister the power to give directions of a general or special character as to the policy to be followed by the Board and also requires the Minister to approve the appointment of, and the remuneration payable to, the General Manager, Secretary and such other officers and other employees.However, the 114-page report from the audit conducted by Chartered Accounting Firm Ram and McRae said Persaud was guilty of several breaches, including, on many occasions, acting contrary to the Act.Among those breaches, the auditors highlighted, was the appointment of Senior Policy Analyst/Adviser in the Ministry, Bobby Gossai, as Secretary to the Guyana Gold Board, which is contrary to the powers vested in the Minister.“In our opinion, the Act does not give the Minister the power to name or nominate the Secretary to the Board and the Minister’s action amounted to a usurpation of the Board’s authority,” the auditors said in the report.Unjustified expensesThe auditors added that included in the expenses paid by the Guyana Gold Board were payments made on behalf of the Natural Resources and the Environment Ministry, totalling $63.1 million for the period January 1, 2012 to May 31, 2015.Included in the above amount are mainly payments for salaries, gratuity, leave passage allowances and entertainment expenses.“The payments are clearly a means of circumventing the Appropriation Act and action should be taken against those responsible for the payments. However, the Directors of the Gold Board cannot escape culpability for the payments which were not proper expenses of the Board.    It should be noted that the Guyana Gold Board has not been reimbursed for any payments made on behalf of the Ministry,” the report stated.It added that the employment contracts of several individuals engaged to undertake duties at the Ministry were entered in to between the Guyana Gold Board and those persons.“The Board should terminate all current contracts for employees of the Ministry and have the Ministry issue such contracts directly,” it recommended.The auditors said that the then Minister and his Ministry may have misinterpreted the Gold Board Act and have, on occasion, given instructions to management on operational issues, including matters relating to contracts.It singled out one occasion when Persaud advised the Gold Board through Gossai that the termination package of the General Manager, Anantram Balram, who resigned on November 4, 2014, could not be negotiated by the Board.Gossai, the report said, stated that the Board has to fulfil the mandate of Cabinet.“He also voiced his disapproval in bringing back the General Manager for a week to “save face” and stated that this suggestion should be turned down,” the audit report stated.Improper conductThe auditors said that there was evidence which showed that Gossai forged the signature of the Board Chairman, Dr Gobind Ganga, which allowed the then General Manager to proceed on his remaining annual leave for 2014.“Acting on information provided to us, we confirmed that the signature of the Board Chairman was lifted from another document. This is a gross act of forgery that should be pursued by the appropriate authorities,” it stated.Meanwhile, this newspaper’s efforts to contact the former Natural Resources and Environment Minister for a comment or response to the allegations proved futile.last_img read more

Hungary v Belgium: Euro 2016 live stream commentary on talkSPORT

first_imgEvery Game, Every Goal, Every DayWales will be watching on with keen interest as Hungary and Belgium clash in their last 16 tie for the right to play Chris Coleman’s side on Friday in Lille.Hungary shocked Group F by finishing first ahead of Portugal, Iceland and Austria, while Belgium qualified in second position despite losing their first game of the Championship.Going into the tournament, Hungary were ranked the 22nd best side out of the 24 countries competing and were given a 400-1 chance it, but have impressed so far.The two countries have only faced each other once in the last 20 years and the Belgians dominated that game 3-0 which was in Ghent in 2009.LIVE on talkSPORT: Hungary v Belgium – click here for live commentary from the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse at 8pm (BST) on June 26, 2016.Confirmed team news:Hungary XI: Kiraly, Kadar, Guzmics, Juhasz, Lang, Nagy, Gera, Lovrencsics, Kleinheisler, Dzsudzsak, SzalaiSubstitutes: Dibusz, Korhut, Fiola, Elek, Nemeth, Bode, Pinter, Nikolic, Stieber, Priskin, Bese, GulacsiBelgium XI: Courtois, Meunier, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Nainggolan, Witsel, De Bruyne, Mertens, Romelu Lukaku, HazardSubstitutes: Mignolet, Fellaini, Carrasco, Denayer, Origi, Kabasele, Dembele, Benteke, Jordan Lukaku, Batshuayi, Ciman, Gillet 1last_img read more

Hearing set in inmate beating

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Moore was beaten inside a jail parking garage after he was arrested for allegedly threatening the mother of his child, Jagels said. He died of head injuries. Bravo and Romero posted bail Thursday, but the judge denied bail for the three defendants facing murder charges. BAKERSFIELD – An arraignment for three Kern County sheriff’s deputies charged with beating an inmate to death is set for Dec. 15. Daniel Thomas Lindini, 48, Ralph Contreras, 32, and Roxanne Fowler, 41, appeared Monday in Kern County Superior Court on murder charges in the killing of James Moore. Two other deputies, Angel Lopez Bravo, 34, and Lisa Diane Romero, 20, are charged with assault for their alleged connection to the killing. All five were arrested last week and accused of beating Moore, 30, on Aug. 15 while his hands and feet were shackled, said District Attorney Ed Jagels. last_img read more

Culinary Center building beef demand through education

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest What once was an Italian restaurant, serving chicken parmesan and lasagna on the outskirts of Wooster, Ohio, now only has one thing on the menu — beef.The hostess station and the full bar is all that remains from the once garlic-filled establishment, but what Certified Angus Beef has added to the facility, now known as The Culinary Center, is something that will continue to bolster demand for beef products.“We realized about five years ago that there was a huge need out there with the partners we work with from the grocery business, food service, chefs and everyone in between,” said Mark McCully, Vice President of Production with Certified Angus Beef. “They had a lot of questions about meat production and agriculture so we made the decision to create a venue to bring those folks in and teach them about where the cuts come from, beef fabrication and merchandising, beef quality and the job farmers and ranchers do to supply high-quality meat.”The Culinary Center consists of a world-class culinary team that is very passionate about beef quality and the Certified Angus Beef brand. These experts help others along the supply chain, from packers to chefs to consumers, learn the ins and outs about beef with demonstrations in a meat lab showcasing top-notch carcasses and learning sessions in a gourmet kitchen on how to best prepare the many cuts that beef has to offer.“We knew when we built The Culinary Center that there was a need for something like this, but we were surprised with how extensive that need has been,” McCully said. “We have people visiting us from literally around the world to spend a few days with us and submerse themselves in Certified Angus Beef brand products.”Those visits almost always include a field trip for guests to see an area farm producing Certified Angus Beef. This is an important part of the whole experience given how many people, including those that prepare food, have no farm experience.“For everything taught inside The Culinary Center, we know how important it is to show our guests a working farm and let them meet the people that are making their livelihoods raising cattle,” McCully said. “A fashionable idea in the food service industry today is locally grown and taking groups out and helping them understand how cattle are raised and how those farming families take care of the animals and the land is vital. It is incredibly rare that we have someone come back from those farm visits where they are not all in and any skepticism they might have had in the past is essentially gone.”The advantage of hosting high-caliber chefs and other members of the food service industry is that while they learn more about Certified Angus Beef, they are also able to share some of the food trends being seen across the globe, which keeps The Culinary Center ahead of the curve.“It is definitely a two-way street,” McCully said. “We have the luxury of bringing a group of chefs in and taking a cut of meat that may not be utilized to its fullest and collectively brainstorm some different applications. Chefs are artists and many come back time and time again because they affectionately refer to The Culinary Center as a playground where they can come in and try some different things that they may not be able to try at their restaurant and there has been a lot of creativity in that kitchen.”For those not so savvy in the kitchen, beef can be a bit complicated with a wide variety of cuts and uses. That is why The Culinary Center also invites in supermarket personnel to educate them about the versatility of Certified Angus Beef brand products, in hopes that those ideas will be passed on over the meat counter.“Today, employees of your local grocery store’s meat department wear so many more hats and have responsibilities that span farther than being behind the counter,” McCully said. “We have created video training guides in this facility for major retailers to use as education tools to keep their associates current with questions that may be coming from customers or a newer cut that may being promoted or a new recipe application. There is no such thing as too much education and there is always an opportunity to learn more and get better and that is the goal not only for us with The Culinary Center, but for everyone that pays us a visit.”Providing education about Certified Angus Beef at every level of the supply chain will enhance the experience with beef at the dinner table which, in turn, promotes demand, which has been perennially strong in the U.S. Now, the beef industry is setting its sights on growing that demand overseas.“Last year, we sold a little over 1 billion pounds of product and about 15% of that would have gone outside of the U.S. borders,” McCully said. “We sold into almost 50 different countries last year as more and more consumers crave high quality, highly marbled, grain-fed U.S. beef and they are looking at Certified Angus Beef to deliver that product.”The largest growth for Certified Angus Beef in 2016 was realized in Japan, where 31 million pounds of beef equated to a 153% increase year-over-year. That country was the No. 2 importer of Certified Angus Beef last year. Of course Japan is no stranger to beef, specifically high quality Wagyu and Kobe varieties, so positioning Certified Angus Beef in that part of the world is different than here in the U.S.“Here, Certified Angus Beef is positioned as the premium beef but Japan has beef that sells for hundreds of dollars a pound,” McCully said. “So there we are positioned as the premium of the imported beef and we have to understand that they don’t enjoy a steak the same way that we do. They prefer more thinly sliced cuts and smaller portions, so it is a different market, but they do understand quality and that’s why we are having a lot of success in that region.”Also in the top three as far as importers of Certified Angus Beef are Canada and Mexico. There has been a lot of discussion lately about trade with our northern and southern border neighbors and the beef industry is keeping a close watch.“If we can sell some cuts in other parts of the world that we can’t sell domestically then we can drive more value back to the total carcass,” McCully said. “We see that there is a need for healthy, sound trade agreements that allow beef to move where the market dictates and we think that is a good recipe for growing beef demand for U.S. cattlemen.”last_img read more

Supreme Court: Software is Patentable… Sometimes

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Tags:#Government#NYT#web A decision has finally been reached in the Bilski case, a pivotal patent law case that has been in the appeals process since 2008. According to TechDirt, the Supreme Court narrowly ruled that Bilski’s specific patent was invalid while supporting the Federal Circuit’s “machine-or-transformation” test.The key question in the Bilski case was whether or not business methods are patent-eligible subject matter, and today’s decision said that business methods – as some software patents might be considered – are permissible, but that Bilski’s specific method was too vague.When we first wrote about this case last month, it was in the context of a film about “how software patents broke the system” called Patent Absurdity. The film’s website identifies the Bilski case as “a case that could have profound implications for the patenting of software.” Venture capitalist Brad Feld, who talks about the “ridiculous nature of software patents,” blogged about the film, saying that the problem with software patents is that large corporations create patents, and then “almost every start-up software company is at some point being shaken down by software patent holders.”We asked Feld today what he thought about the decision. He said he was “profoundly disappointed” and that the courts had failed to support technological innovation:They had a chance to address a serious and deep issue surrounding innovation in the software industry. Instead of taking a clear and forward looking position, they effectively punted on the hard stuff, surrounded it with ambiguity, and increased the mess we find ourselves in surrounding software and business method patents.The legal blog of patent lawyer Michael Feigin seems to agree with Feld, but phrases its conclusion in a different way, saying that the court’s decision created “wiggle room to argue that greater things are patentable, including [and] especially software” and that “the exact contour of what is patentable will remain an enigma and this must be so.” mike melansonlast_img read more