28 Sep

Petrobras output in September on par with August levels

first_imgBrazil’s oil company Petrobras has reported that its total production of oil and gas, including natural gas liquids (NGL), in September 2018 was 2.47 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed), on par with production in August.FPSO P-69; Source: PetrobrasPetrobras said that, of the 2.47 million boed produced in September, 2.35 million boed were produced in Brazil while 125 thousand boed were produced abroad.The production in September was on the same level as the previous month when the company also produced 2.47 million boed.Total production operated by the company (Petrobras and partners’ share) was 3.18 million boed, with 3.02 million boed in Brazil.The company added that it achieved the monthly record of utilization of gas produced of 97.1%.Petrobras said that it maintained its commitment to the production target disclosed in the Business and Management Plan 2018-2022, considering the ramp-up production of the platforms that have already started operation this year.The company referred to the P-74 in the Búzios field, FPSO Cidade de Campos in the Tartaruga Verde e Mestiça field, and P-69 in the Lula field as well as the beginning of the production of new systems planned for the fourth quarter of 2018.last_img read more

25 Sep

Islamic State claims deadly attack in Mali

first_imgThe authorities first reported theattack in Indelimane, Menaka region, on Friday, but gave a lower provisionaldeath toll. Malian soldiers on parade in Bamako last year. At least 53 soldiers and one civilian were recently killed in an attack on an army post in northern Mali, according to the government. GETTY IMAGES/THE NEW YORK TIMES BAMAKO – At least 53 soldiers and onecivilian were killed in an attack on an army post in northern Mali, thegovernment said. The militant group has posted dozensof claims for the attacks in several countries since the United States specialforces killed its previous leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last weekend.center_img Islamic State claimed responsibilityfor the attack on Saturday, without providing evidence. Thirty-eight Malian soldiers were alsokilled on Sept. 30 in coordinated attacks on two army bases in central Mali,which has slipped from government control despite the presence of the Frencharmy and other international forces.(Reuters)last_img read more

16 Sep

Clare manager hits out at Championship format

first_imgAnd manager Com Collins says a change in the Championship structure is needed.Roscommon are through to the Connacht Football Championship final for the first time since 2011.They came from 0-8 down at half-time to beat Sligo by 4-16 to 2-13 in their semi-final at Dr Hyde Park.Donegal eased in to the Ulster Football Championship semi-finals.A goal in either half from Odhran MacNiallais helped them beat 14-man Fermanagh by 2-12 to 0-11.In the Leinster Football Championship, Meath set up a semi-final date with old rivals Dublin.Mickey Newman scored 0-7 as they beat neighbours Louth by 0-20 to 1-13 at Parnell Park.Westmeath are through to face Kildare in the other semi after they edged Offaly by 0-13 to 0-12 at Cusack Park.Meanwhile, the GAA will confirm times and venues for 1B of the football qualifiers later today.After losing to Westmeath yesterday, Offaly will meet London while Fermanagh’s defeat to Donegal sets up a meeting with Wexford.Also in Division 1B it’s Down v Longford and Antrim v Limerick.The matches will be played on June 25th and 26th.This coming Saturday in 1A it will be Laois and Armagh in Portlaoise from half-three while Derry now meet Louth in Owenbeg at 5pm and it’s Carlow and Wicklow at Netwatch Cullen Park at 7pm.On Sunday, Leitrim and Waterford do battle in Carrick-on-Shannon at 2pm. Clare football manager Colm Collins has described the Provincial football championships as “dinosaurs”.They lost to Munster Champions Kerry by 2-23 to 0-17 in their semi-final at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday.Clare haven’t played a game since their Allianz League Division 3 final win over Kildare at Croke Park in April.last_img read more

3 Jan

Spector judge changes his mind

first_imgBut Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler called jurors in and asked them how the court might help them break the deadlock, which the foreman said is a 7-5 split without indicating which direction the panel was leaning. Several jurors spoke up, citing differences of opinion among them on the evidence and on the concept of reasonable doubt. The judge said outside their presence that he would have to tell the jury that deciding reasonable doubt is “an individual determination” that is part of the deliberation process. However, he later decided to withdraw a jury instruction that seemed to confuse a few jurors. In order to convict Spector of second- degree murder it required them to find that “the defendant must have committed an act that caused the death of Lana Clarkson.” It went on to specify that the act was pointing a gun at her, which resulted in the gun entering her mouth while in Spector’s hand. TRIAL: He says deadlocked jury would be influenced if he let it consider lesser charge. By Linda Deutsch THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The judge in Phil Spector’s trial retracted his idea of giving the deadlocked jury a new instruction Wednesday on a lesser charge than second-degree murder, saying it would be tantamount to telling them to convict the record producer of involuntary manslaughter. “I think some jurors may have a question about whether every element of that instruction must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt,” one juror had said. The judge said that after re-reading the instruction, he decided that it misstates the law and was going to withdraw it. The defense objected, saying he would be sending a message to jurors who relied on the instruction that they had been wrong in their opinions. Fidler offered defense attorneys a chance to present new final arguments on the issue but they declined, saying that would just draw undue attention to it and would allow the prosecution to present a new theory of the case. The defense once more moved for a mistrial, which the judge refused. The possibility of giving the jury a new instruction to consider involuntary manslaughter was raised by the judge after the impasse was revealed, but he ultimately reasoned against it. “We’d all like this case to get resolved and have the jury arrive at a result,” said Fidler, who cited the five-month ordeal for jurors, the defendant and the family of Clarkson, the actress who died of a gunshot in the mouth at Spector’s mansion in 2003. “But at a certain point in deliberations after the jury has arrived at an impasse, to give them a new offense ? is essentially saying to them, `If you can’t find him guilty with what you have, try this,”‘ he said. “It would be inappropriate to instruct the jury at this time on a lesser offense of manslaughter,” he said. The judge rejected strenuous arguments from prosecutor Alan Jackson urging the instruction and accepted equally vigorous statements of law by defense attorney Bradley Brunon, who noted that the prosecution had never asked for an instruction on involuntary manslaughter and would be changing their theory of the case in midstream. Jackson said he wasn’t changing his theory, which could be applied to manslaughter as well as murder. But the judge challenged him: “If the facts are so clear why didn’t you argue them? Why didn’t you ask the court to include lessers?” Jackson said it was “our strategic position at the time.” More than an hour of arguments revolved around interpretations of California Supreme Court precedents, one dating to 1904. Fidler had thrown defense lawyers into a panic Tuesday when jurors reported the deadlock and he suggested that a case he had found might support giving an instruction on a lesser offense. But overnight, he said, he did further research that changed his mind. He said a new instruction would be perceived as telling them what to do. Spector, 67, is charged with murdering Clarkson in his Alhambra mansion on Feb. 3, 2003, a few hours after she met him at her job as a nightclub hostess and went home with him. The defense maintains Clarkson, 40, was depressed and shot herself either on purpose or by accident.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img