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OUSU electoral candidate asked to stand down

first_imgLauren McKarus was asked to withdraw her candidacy when the realisation was made that visiting students are not currently eligible to vote in or run for positions in OUSU electoral campaigns.It appears that McKarus was only allowed to run for the position of International Student Officer in the first place because Cooper did not realise that she was a visiting student. This is despite the fact that the process of submitting a nomination form involved McKarus presenting her Bod card, an enlarged copy of her Bod card and her manifesto to Cooper, all of which clearly stated that she was a visiting student.McKarus explained, “All [the documents] were accepted by the Returning Officer, Nick Cooper. I was told by him that I was officially a candidate and in the running for International Student’s Officer.“Since then, I have made copies of my manifesto and have distributed them around all of Oxford. I was also involved in the central hustings held at Corpus Christi on Wednesday 13 November (at which Nick Cooper was present) and told the Oxford students that I am a visiting student and presented my manifesto in the time allotted.”However, upon noticing on Monday that she had not received a voter code, as had none of her visiting student friends, McKarus emailed Cooper to discover why. In return, she received a “very apologetic email” which stated that a far greater issue than voter codes was coming to light, and asked her to withdraw her candidacy.As McKarus said in an email to Cherwell, “Not only are visiting students not allowed to vote (hence no codes) but we are also not allowed to run in OUSU elections. In his e-mail he [Cooper] admitted that it was an oversight on his part claiming that he didn’t even think to check if I was an actual student of Oxford because no visiting student has ever tried to run before. After being informed of this, I was asked to withdraw my candidacy.”McKarus has since refused to do so, and her case will be discussed in a Junior Tribunal which will meet to decide her eligibility. She said, “I refused to withdraw my candidacy because I did not believe that I would be honouring the very reasons for which I ran if I backed down for not being considered a “real student” of Oxford and did not stand by my manifesto in that I want to represent ALL international students. “The greater issue here is the lack of University wide representation of visiting students and hopefully this is only the beginning and will spark a change in the involvement and representation of visiting students at Oxford.”Officers at visiting student programmes at Oxford have said that they were unaware that OUSU’s claim to represent “all Oxford students” did not extend to visiting students.Nick Cooper told Cherwell, “We have, to our knowledge, never had a visiting student nominate themselves for election, and although it is indeed on Lauren’s Bod card, it is sometimes possible to miss things when you aren’t explicitly looking for them, which is what happened here.“Our definition of ‘student’ comes from the university’s, and this excludes visiting students because they are not matriculated. I have a duty to make sure the election is properly conducted, and both called a meeting of Junior Tribunal and apologised to Lauren accordingly as soon as I became aware of this problem.“Junior Tribunal will decide whether to remove Lauren from the ballot paper as this is beyond what I am permitted to do at this stage. This restriction will be made clear in next year’s Nominations Pack for candidates, as eligibility for running and voting is subject to the University’s definition of ‘student’.”McKarus, who is originally from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, is studying Politics, Philosophy and Linguistics at Wadham College for this academic year. She decided to stand for the role of International Students Officer two weeks before the election nominees were announced.last_img read more

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President Trump Set to Visit Evansville

first_imgTwitterFacebook The 45th president is set to visit Evansville next Thursday.The rally is expected to drum up support for Republican candidate Mike Braun who is facing Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly in the United States Senate race.The President is expected to talk about his accomplishments and the benefits of his economic policies for hardworking families.Political experts say President Trump is drumming up support to flip the U.S. Senate seat and take the majority.“It’s not surprising that he’s making his second visit this year to help this Republican nominee,” says Dr. Robert Dion, University of Evansville Political Science Professor. “This is one of the marquee races in the United States today. Hoosier voters have a chance to decide the future of American politics.”President Trump’s arrival next Thursday will be the first time a United States President will be coming to the Ford Center. The rally will be August 30th at 7 p.m.Many Democrats are responding to the news.“I would hope that the people that really care about all people will refuse to buy into the rhetoric and will not go out for the actual demonstration,” says Joselyn Whitticker, Indiana State Auditor candidate. “And that’s what it is, a demonstration. And with that, I hope those people choose, if they do go out, listen, and choose a different party.”Hoosier voters will make a decision this November that could determine the balance of power in Washington, but regardless Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says this will be good for Evansville.“There will be a variety of emotions,” says Winnecke. “I think whether one likes the President, or doesn’t like the President, or respects or doesn’t respect the President, I think the good news is Evansville is an important stop. So it will be a chance for the city to be highlighted yet again.”President Obama was the last sitting President to visit Evansville. That was in 2014. This will be President Trump’s third trip to Evansville since announcing his candidacy for President in 2015.There are a limited number of tickets still available for the public.Click here to register for tickets. President Trump Set to Visit EvansvilleAUGUST 22ND, 2018 MITCH ANGLE EVANSVILLE, INDIANAcenter_img CommentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Shore Medical Center Hosts Local Children for Holiday Celebration Wednesday

first_imgShore Medical Center is located at 100 Medical Center Way in Somers Point. Before the barbecues and fireworks start, Shore Medical Center is hosting a “Celebration of Independence” ceremony Wednesday, July 3 at noon in front of the hospital.The ceremony will include essays read aloud by local children from Ocean City and Somers Point schools on what independence means to them.There will also be an appearance and speech by an actor who portrays George Washington.Two Shore employees, Saundra Stokes and Michael Green, will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America.Shore Medical Center is located at 100 Medical Center Way. The program will be held on the lawn along Bay Avenue.Shore Medical Center is home to six Centers of Excellence for Cancer, Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Spine and Orthopedic, Emergency and Maternity and Pediatric care. Shore’s affiliations include Penn Medicine, Onsite Neonatal Partners, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Mayo Medical Laboratories, and Advanced Radiology Solutions. For more information about Shore Medical Center, visit read more

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Remembering The Raw Power Of The Band’s Richard Manuel On The Anniversary Of His Suicide [Videos]

first_imgRichard Manuel was an integral piece of The Band‘s soul. Although there were several strong lead singers in the outfit, Manuel came to be seen by many as their primary vocalist. His raw, soulful baritone became one of The Band’s main calling cards, helping give classic cuts like “The Shape I’m In”, “Whispering Pines”, “In A Station”, “Tears of Rage”, and their version of Bob Dylan‘s “I Shall Be Released” the emotionally potent quality that earned them such a reverent fan base. You can watch Richard Manuel lead The Band through “The Shape I’m In” at The Last Waltz below:The Band – “The Shape I’m In” – The Last Waltz[Video: WestLAGuy]In addition to piano and vocals, Manuel also taught himself to play drums during the band’s brief early split with Levon Helm. Once Helm returned to the fold, Manuel would handle the drumming duties when Levon would step out to play the mandolin. You can watch this alternate configuration with Helm on mandolin and Manuel on drums in action below on “Rag Mama Rag”:The Band – Rag Mama Rag[Video: styxfankc15]Manuel’s natural charisma was thoroughly appreciated by those around him. As Helm once explained:Richard Manuel was a whole show unto himself. He was hot. He was about the best singer I’d ever heard; most people said he reminded them of Ray Charles. He’d do those ballads, and the ladies would swoon. To me, that became the highlight of our show.Manuel’s close friend Eric Clapton frequently echoed those sentiments:I was madly in love with Richard… At the time, [1975] we had the same trouble. … I felt insecure and he was clearly insecure, and yet he was so incredibly gifted….For me, he [Richard] was the true light of the Band. The other guys were fantastic talents, of course, but there was something of the holy madman about Richard. He was raw. When he sang in that high falsetto the hair on my neck would stand on end. Not many people can do that.As Clapton noted, despite his affable, charismatic personality and “aw shucks” demeanor, Richard Manuel was a tortured soul. He struggled with alcohol and drug abuse for many years, to the point where it often became an issue within the band. By the time the Band joined back up (without Robbie Robertson) after an extended hiatus following The Last Waltz, Manuel had cleaned up his act. However, by ’84, increasingly disheartened with their trajectory, Manuel began using again.On March 4th, 1986, following a show in Winter Park, FL, Richard Manuel committed suicide by hanging in his motel room. He was 42 years old.The Band – “You Don’t Know Me” [Video: TheConneman]last_img read more

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Hogarty named VP for Campus Services

first_imgLisa Hogarty, a seasoned administrator with experience in academia and the health care industry, has been named vice president for Campus Services at Harvard University.“This position demands an executive who can manage the daily operations of a large institution while pursuing a strategic vision that bolsters the University’s teaching and research mission,” said Executive Vice President Katherine N. Lapp, who announced Hogarty’s hiring today (April 29). “Lisa has the perfect mix of leadership skills for the job.”Hogarty comes to Harvard after nearly eight years at Columbia University, where she served most recently as chief operating officer of the Columbia University Medical Center.She assumes responsibility of a newly configured department with 1,600 employees and oversight of essential operations at the University’s Schools and central units, as well as its emergency management program.“I am thrilled to join Katie Lapp’s team,” said Hogarty, who added that advancing efforts to integrate procurement and increasing coordination among the Campus Services units would be among her early priorities.“The most impressive thing to me is that many of these departments really perform at the best-practices standard, if not the gold standard,” she said. “How do we leverage that exceptional service and take advantage of the real leadership talent in place so that we can take it to the next level?”The vice president for Campus Services reports to the executive vice president and oversees Harvard University Hospitality and Dining Services, Harvard Real Estate, and University Operations Services. Hogarty also will have responsibility for the administrative and financial operations of Harvard Magazine.As part of her duties, she will manage Environmental Health and Safety and lead the University’s Incident Support Team, a cross-departmental group of senior managers charged with coordinating activities in response to any campus crisis.Hogarty joined Columbia in 2002 as executive vice president for student and administrative services, a role in which she oversaw the construction of a new campus teaching and learning center, redesigned many of the university’s business processes, and led the implementation of an electronic health record system.She was named chief operating officer of the Medical Center in 2007 and played a key role in restructuring critical areas of university operations. During her tenure, she oversaw the creation of a combined help line for information technology, human resources, and facility support, and the inauguration of an online application process for student housing.Prior to joining Columbia, Hogarty oversaw hospital operations, capital projects, procurement, and emergency preparedness for the Continuum Healthcare system in New York City and worked at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She holds a master of science degree from New York University and a bachelor of fine arts from Colby-Sawyer College.last_img read more

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#70: Dell EMC SAP Week Helping our Customers on their SAP Journey

first_imgDell EMC SAP Week – Heloing our Customers on their Sap JourneyDell EMC SAP Week is a one-day executive briefing where SAP subject matter experts deliver the latest technology advancements impacting our joint SAP customer initiatives and common technology requirements and pain points. Experts from SAP, Dell EMC, VMWare, Cisco, Virtustream and Dell EMC Converged Systems Group deliver a variety of General Sessions and Breakouts designed specifically to address SAP deployments.I sat down with Jim Franklin (@Jim_Franklin), Dell EMC SAP Workload Solutions and Dom Coppola (@KissMeImGeek), Dell EMC SAP Specialist NE/Canada to get the latest.The Source Podcast: Episode #70: Dell EMC SAP Week Helping our Customers on their SAP Journey  Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

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Cuomo Takes Over Governors Group As Virus Batters States

first_imgNew York State Governor Andrew Cuomo wearing a mask. File image by Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Photo date: 06/24/20.ALBANY — The governor who in large measure has defined states’ up-and-down fight against the coronavirus, including occasional combat with the White House, is poised to widen his national spotlight.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the reins of the National Governors Association on Wednesday during a meeting held virtually because of the disease.Cuomo, who was tapped for the position in 2018, said governors who’ve shouldered the brunt of responding to COVID-19 will unite to prepare for the next virus and control a pandemic still taking the lives of thousands.The new chair said governors will push for a federally funded infrastructure plan, while asking for “unprecedented testing capacity” and stockpiles of protective gear, supplies and medicine. He said governors would help each other safely revitalize economies and schools and fix beleaguered public health systems. “There has never been a moment when state governments have been more instrumental in the lives of the people of this country,” he said, adding: “We now have shown what states can do.”The association representing governors in all 50 states and territories has long focused on training and lobbying for federal aid, but it’s emerged from the political shadows since the pandemic erupted in the U.S. The chairman who is handing off to Cuomo, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, has pushed the group to put bipartisan pressure on the Trump administration to provide supplies and budget help to the states.In a recent interview, Hogan noted times when President Donald Trump would “bristle because he wants people to thank him for the job he’s done and to say everything’s great.”“But my job as chairman of the governors was to stand up for the governors and kind of speak out,” Hogan said. “I’ve praised them when they made progress, but I’ve also been, as nicely as I could, you know, pushed them when I thought they needed to get something else done.”Cuomo signaled Wednesday he’ll follow his predecessor’s bipartisanship — but the governor hasn’t been shy from using the sharp-elbow approach when needed with Trump. While he has worked with Trump to secure more ventilators and has praised the president at times, he has blasted the administration in recent weeks.He criticized it for failing to mandate masks nationwide, waiting until mid-March to ban travel from Europe and not providing additional aid to state governments beyond an initial infusion of cash in early spring. Unlike Trump, Cuomo’s approval ratings have risen as he’s used highly-watched televised appearances to position himself as a steady, data-driven alternative.“Every American knows this was the worst government blunder in modern history,” Cuomo said earlier this week. “Not since the Vietnam War have Americans sat in their living room to see the numbers on the TV screen every night saying what a mistake it was.”Trump, for his part, has rarely attacked Cuomo — an indication of a begrudging respect between the two, who grew up in nearby Queens neighborhoods.That relationship could benefit the NGA, said political consultant Harry Giannoulis, a former senior aide to Cuomo’s late father and former governor, Mario Cuomo, said.Cuomo also has chastised governors in states where the virus is surging for failing to learn lessons about the coronavirus that New York grappled with this spring, when the dead piled up by the thousands in New York City. Cuomo himself has been criticized for New York’s high COVID-19 death toll at nursing homes.Cuomo will have his work cut out for him as he seeks consensus among governors across the political spectrum — currently 26 Republicans and 24 Democrats.“If someone doesn’t like it, they’re just going to quit,” University of Illinois at Chicago political science professor Chris Mooney said. The NGA’s “incentive is to keep as many members possible.”Cuomo’s elevated profile could help the governors association become more influential as it lobbies for $500 billion in unrestricted federal aid to states, which remains a contentious bargaining point as congressional Democrats and Republicans struggle to compromise on another big coronavirus relief package.“Here’s one of the biggest national crises going on in the country and these governors are in the spotlight, empowered on this issue,” Giannoulis said. “And here’s Andrew Cuomo, who’s widely seen as having handled this issue.”The third-term, 62-year-old governor has repeatedly said he isn’t running for president this year and claims he isn’t focused on politics. Cuomo has brought Northeast governors together to collaborate on issues such as travel restrictions and is now sending his staff to help other states with testing, tracing and protective gear.“What’s going to happen is Cuomo will continue to speak out probably,” said University of Illinois at Chicago political science professor Chris Mooney. “And then every time he speaks out, he’s going to be labeled as the chair of the National Governors Association.”The incoming vice chairman, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, said he isn’t concerned about Cuomo using the association as a platform to take digs at the Trump administration. He said the association is most effective when it advocates on behalf of problems facing all states, such as increasing virus testing and shoring up budgets.Cuomo could use his new national platform to seek more uniformity among the states in how they are responding to the virus surge, perhaps influencing national policy.“A lot of the most thorny political issues, you’re just going to leave off the table because you’re not going to have an agreement,” said former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat who led the NGA once Trump took office. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Huntington Carbon Monoxide Case Sparks Slew of Proposals

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lawmakers in a half dozen municipalities across Long Island have expanded carbon monoxide detector mandates last month after the poisonous gas recently killed one person and sickened 27 others at Walt Whitman Shops.Nassau County as well as the towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Brookhaven passed laws requiring CO detectors in commercial establishments and places of public assembly while Suffolk legislators approved a measure requiring them in county buildings. Oyster Bay town officials said they are sending letters this week to businesses requiring them to do the same under current town code, or face fines. And similar proposals are being debated elsewhere on LI and in the New York State Legislature.“What is so frightening about carbon monoxide is that it is truly the silent killer,” said Mark Cappola, one of the EMTs sickened while treating patients during the Feb. 22 Legal Seafood incident, to the town board as it debated adopting a similar code last month. “It’s odorless, colorless, non-irritating and impossible to detect without equipment. We never smelled, tasted, felt or in any way knew we were being exposed to this poison. We simply went about our business of treating our patients, and all the while we were inhaling the toxic gas and becoming victims ourselves.”New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code requires CO detectors in residential buildings, but not commercial structures. A handful of proposals pending in Albany include bills that would require the devices in schools, college dorms and would create tax credits to help owners buy them—in addition to one requiring them in commercial establishments statewide. Some local politicians that passed their commercial CO-detector codes urged state lawmakers to do the same.More than 400 people nationwide die annually of CO poisoning—and over 20,000 are hospitalized—often as a result of using gas-powered generators indoors, running vehicle engines while parked in unventilated garages or trying to heat a home with a gas range, oven or BBQ grill, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The Legal Seafood case was attributed to a malfunctioning water heater flue pipe and went unnoticed, since there was no CO detector, until a staffer fainted.“I hope the state follows Nassau’s lead by implementing this legislation state-wide,” Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) said of the new code in that county, which gives existing businesses until 2015 to install battery-operated detectors and requires new or renovated commercial structures to install hardwired detectors.Supporters of expanding the mandates include Jack McCarthy, president of the Suffolk County Restaurant & Tavern Owners Association, Brian Rosenberg of the Long Island Restaurant and Hospitality Association and Neal Lewis, executive director of The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, who had been pushing to raise awareness of the issue prior to the Huntington case.The Town of Babylon, where seven people reportedly suffered CO sickness at a West Babylon business this week, is encouraging builders to install the devices in new structures and is considering drafting similar legislation. A Southold building inspector said his town is also considering drafting legislation. Riverhead, East Hampton and Shelter Island town officials said they have no such proposals. Smithtown, Islip and Southampton officials did not respond to requests for comment.Cappola, the EMS worker who was among the staff and first responders sickened at Legal Seafood, recalled that the gas was filling the restaurant that Saturday night, and they were moments away from more fatalities in addition to the 55-year-old manager, Steven Nelson.“What happened at Legal Seafood was a warning shot that cannot be ignored,” he said.last_img read more

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Two months earlier, the tourist turnover realized last year was exceeded

first_img “The fact that more than two months earlier we exceeded the tourist turnover achieved in the whole of last year is an excellent result of Croatian tourism and a clear confirmation that this tourist year, despite all challenges, was excellently implemented by the entire Croatian tourism sector. We are optimistically entering 2020, which will also be demanding, and our primary goal will be to maintain Croatia’s competitive position in Europe, but also to further position ourselves in new distant markets, ” said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that we will end October with ten percent growth compared to the same month last year, which testifies to the better affirmation of Croatia as a destination that offers much more than sun and sea. So far this year, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Poland, Italy, the Czech Republic and Great Britain, while, looking at destinations, most overnight stays were realized in Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Porec, Split, Medulin, Umag, Vir, Mali Lošinj, etc. Observing the results achieved by type of accommodation, most overnight stays were realized in household facilities (38,8 million), hotels (24,4 million) and camps (18,8 million). According to the first data of the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in the commercial and non-commercial segment and nautical charter, in Croatia on today, October 25, 19.722.582 arrivals (+ 5%) and 106.162.242 overnight stays were realized. ), which exceeded the tourist turnover realized in the whole of 2, when 2018 arrivals and 19.719.329 overnight stays were realized. center_img “This result is proof that the Government of the Republic of Croatia is seriously approaching the development of tourism and considering innovative ways of conducting tourism policy, but also confirmation of the synergistic action of all stakeholders in the tourism system, public and private sector, and especially tourism workers.” would be possible. This year will be remembered as a turning point in which the entire tourism legislation was changed, and I believe that in 2020, when the new tourism laws will be applied, we will work even better and more sustainably, ” concluded Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli.last_img read more

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SKK Migas lowers oil and gas targets, seeks fiscal stimulus

first_imgA government upstream oil and gas agency has caved in to global economic pressures, revising down Indonesia’s production and earnings as first quarter production falls 9.6 percent below target.The Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Taskforce (SKK Migas) announced a 4 percent cut to production on Thursday to 725,000 barrels of oil per day (mbopd) this year from the initial target of 755,000 mbopd.SKK Migas also cut the gas production target by 14.2 percent to 5,727 million metric standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) from 6,670 mmscfd. Indonesia’s Finance Ministry has revised down the country’s economic growth projection to 2.3 percent, the lowest since 1999, and many multinational oil and gas companies, including major investors in Indonesia such as Medco Energi, ExxonMobil and BP, have slashed their annual capital expenditure plans by about 30 percent.SKK Migas expects upstream oil and gas revenue to be 38 percent lower than expected at US$19.96 billion, assuming that the Indonesian Crude Price (ICP) – as projected by the Finance Ministry – averages $38 per barrel this year. The ICP was last recorded at $34.23 per barrel in March.Due to falling revenue, Indonesia’s non-tax state revenue from the oil and gas industry is projected to reach only $6.7 billion, 53.7 percent lower than initial expectations.SKK Migas plans to lobby the government and regional administrations to introduce a fiscal stimulus and cut bureaucratic red tape for upstream oil and gas companies respectively.Despite the lost income, SKK Migas deputy for business development Sulistya Hastuti Wahyu said oil and gas companies had not furloughed employees.“So far, there have been no requests sent to SKK Migas from oil and gas companies to terminate employment (PHK) in relation to COVID-19” he said.The oil and gas industry, which is a major contributor to Indonesia’s non-tax state revenue, has an advantage over most other industries as it is exempt from mandatory workplace closure under large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).SKK Migas said Indonesia’s first quarter oil and gas ready-to-use production, also known as lifting, was 1,749 mboepd, which is 90.4 percent of the state budget target.Taskforce data shows that, out of the top 15 oil producers, Jakarta-based Medco EP Natuna exceeded its target by the widest margin (117.6 percent) while Kuala Lumpur-based Petronas Carigali fell below its target by the widest margin (71.4 percent). The former produced 15.08 mbopd and the latter 9.19 mbopd.Out of the top 15 gas producers, London-based Premier Oil exceeded its target by the widest margin (111.2 percent) while Jakarta-based Pertamina Hulu Energi Jambi Merang missed its target the widest margin (72.1 percent). The former produced 239 mmscfd and the latter 94 mmscfd.Topics : “We are dealing with falling oil prices and a weak rupiah,” said SKK Migas head Dwi Soetjipto in a video conference about the industry’s first-quarter performance. “We are also struggling to tackle the spread of COVID-19.”Many such companies face lower productivity, delivery delays and slower mobilization times due to coronavirus emergency measures, all which were implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia’s hardest-hit country in terms of reported fatalities.“We are looking for ways out so that changes don’t turn out that big,” added Dwi.His statement signals that SKK Migas has backtracked from a previous commitment “to ensure production targets are not affected by falling prices” – a commitment announced on the eve of an oil price crash on March 9. The world’s economic outlook has spiraled since that day.last_img read more

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