Funding approved to support Saskatchewan’s oil and gas service sector. (Credit: (credit: skeeze from Pixabay) The Government of Saskatchewan is providing an update on the Accelerated Site Closure Program (ASCP). Launched in May, with the first approved projects announced in July, $34 million worth of work packages have been approved.“Saskatchewan-based service companies were among the hardest-hit sectors by COVID-19 and the OPEC+ price war, and it was crucial to get those workers—who form the backbone of the oil and gas sector—back on the job,” Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre said. “We are proud of the ASCP program, which has rolled out smoothly and efficiently, and very pleased that workers across the province are being employed by local oilfield service companies.”The current approved work packages make up Phase 1 of the program, which will allocate $100 million in funding for eligible oil and gas operators who collaborate with Saskatchewan-based service companies to undertake abandonment and reclamation work on inactive wells, facilities and flowlines.The Saskatchewan Resource Council (SRC), with SaskBuilds, is providing procurement expertise to ensure that Saskatchewan-based service companies are employed. The ASCP continues to approve new work projects and, over a two-and-a-half year period, will access up to $400 million in federal funding. Up to 8,000 inactive wells and facilities are expected to be abandoned and reclaimed over the life of the program, which is expected to support some 2,100 full-time equivalent jobs.“The Saskatchewan ASCP funding has made the difference from having six people employed to now having 25 people employed to undertake this work, which has tripled our company’s manhours since the funding came into place,” Prairie Dog Reclamation and Fencing owner and operator Jeff Loehndorf said. “I am so appreciative of the work this funding has generated in this province as it will go a long way to sustaining my business.”There are currently 11 operators and over 100 service companies involved in the approved work packages, which are evenly distributed across all four major oil-producing regions of the province. Approximately $4.4 million in work has been completed to date, including 172 well abandonments, 312 well reclamations, 41 facility decommissions, and 38 flowline abandonments.“Onion Lake Cree Nation Well Servicing GP is much appreciative for being called upon on the abandonment well program with CNRL,” Onion Lake Business Development Corporation Executive Director Tom Chief said. “Getting back to work has been a blessing in disguise as we didn’t have a clue where the oil and gas industry was heading with the uncertainty of the market, and we’re very hopeful this work continues and keeps us busy for the next couple of years.”In addition to cleaning up inactive wells through the ASCP, the provincial government remains committed to working with the oil and gas sector to strengthen liability management programs, including policies and regulations, to ensure that licensees are responsible for environmental liabilities and inactive wells are properly reclaimed. This builds on work already completed last year, by the Ministry of Energy and Resources, on the development of a new abandonment directive that led to a record number of abandonments in 2019.“Our strong, internationally-recognized regulatory framework will continue to serve us well by protecting the environment and supporting jobs and economic recovery,” Eyre said. “Saskatchewan’s oil and gas sector is one of the most environmentally responsible in the world, and our operators recognize the importance of the timely retirement of wells and facilities that are no longer economical.” Source: Company Press Release Approximately $4.4 million in work has been completed to date, including 172 well abandonments, 312 well reclamations, 41 facility decommissions, and 38 flowline abandonments
The winning entry in a 2014 sand sculpting contest. Winning entry in the sand sculpting contest earlier this summer on the beach at Sixth Street. Another contest is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6. THURSDAY, AUG. 7Twins Contest: Prizes for those who look most alike and least alike. Registration begins 6 p.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. For more information, call (609) 525-9300.Unlimited Rides at Playland: A benefit between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday helps the families of wounded soldiers. A $15 wristband is good for unlimited rides for the three hours. Read moreHistory of Ocean City Real Estate: Local agent Ken Cooper offers a history of Ocean City real estate in a free presentation 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Historical Museum. Read moreDinner and Auction for Costa Rica Mission: At 5 p.m. August 7, there will be an Italian buffet dinner at St. Peter’s Methodist Church (501 E. 8th Street, Ocean City, N.J.). The cost of the dinner is $5 paid at the door. At 6 p.m., there will be an auction to raise money for the Costa Rica Mission For Life. See more SUNDAY, AUGUST 3Boardwalk Art Show: The 52nd edition of the Boardwalk Art Show will be held Aug. 1 to 3 and will extend from 8th to 11th Streets on the boards. More than 60 artists will participate in one of the longest running fine art shows in the country. Artists from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, Maryland, Virginia and Florida will exhibit and sell their work. Hours on Sunday are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (609) 525-9310.Bizet To Broadway: Ocean City Pops presents a show at 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Join the Pop’s favorite tenor, Richard Troxel with Metropolitan Opera Mezzo Soprano, Kirstin Chavez for an evening of Broadway and opera favorites from Carmen to Carousel. Tickets $20/$12, call the Music Pier Box Office (609) 525-9248 or www.ocnj.us/boxoffice. SATURDAY, AUGUST 2Boardwalk Art Show: The 52nd edition of the Boardwalk Art Show will be held Aug. 1 to 3 and will extend from 8th to 11th Streets on the boards. More than 60 artists will participate in one of the longest running fine art shows in the country. Artists from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, Maryland, Virginia and Florida will exhibit and sell their work. Hours on Saturday are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (609) 525-9310.Art of Surfing Festival 2014: The show takes place the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk: Hours Sat. noon to 10 p.m. A free, family event featuring original artwork from surfing’s biggest names, live music, and a chance to meet artists from across the country. Also features classic boards, memorabilia, free board appraisals and more.The Ocean City Pops 85th Anniversary: The Pops celebrates with a spectacular show featuring Richard Troxell, 6 p.m. at the Flanders Hotel, 11th and Boardwalk. Presenting the most popular tunes of each decade 1929-2014. Narrated by Daniel Pantano of the Academy of Vocal Arts and Concert Operetta Theater. Tickets $125 includes beverages, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert and complimentary parking and silent auction. Contact Mrs. Linda Herbert, H (609) 398-9132, C (609) 214-2135. EVERY THURSDAY THROUGH THE END OF AUGUSTMarket Days (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.): On downtown Asbury Avenue (6th to 11th streets), entertainment, face painters and balloon sculptors.Family Nights (7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) On the Ocean City Boardwalk (6th to 14th streets), musical and family entertainment at different blocks on the boardwalk sponsored by: Old Salt, Playland Castaway Cove, Johnson’s Popcorn, Haunted Golf and Congo FallsInn to Inn Tours (2 p.m. to 4 p.m) Commencing at 7th Street and Central Avenue, an old-fashioned trolley winds its way through center city neighborhoods for an intimate visit to four or five bed and breakfasts. Afternoon refreshments are offered at the conclusion of the tours. EVERY TUESDAY THROUGH THE END OF AUGUSTFuntastic Tuesdays (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.): On downtown Asbury Avenue (6th to 11th streets), entertainment, face painters and balloon sculptors.Mummers Night (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.): On the Ocean City Boardwalk (6th to 14th streets), sponsored by Shrivers, Surf Mall, Shirt Shack and Ocean Paradise.Beach Walks: Tickets may be purchased on-site, adults for $1 and children for 50 cents; South End at 9 a.m. at the 59th Street and Central Avenue entrance to Corson’s Island State Park; North End at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City-Longport Bridge Parking Lot (Gardens Parkway)‘Frozen’ Sing-Along: Join Queen Elsa and other characters in singing “Let It Go” and other favorites from the Disney movie. See more“Hands on History” at the Ocean City Historical Museum: Free program for children at 1 p.m. every Thursday includes hands-on activities related to various topics on Ocean City history. See more MONDAY, AUGUST 4G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE: 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, an alternative hip hop band from Philadelphia, known for its unique and laid back blues sound that encompasses classic R&B. Tickets $35 through TicketMaster, 1-800-745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com (additional fees apply) or at the Music Pier Box Office, cash and check only. For more information, call (609) 525-9300. EVERY SUNDAY THROUGH THE END OF AUGUSTCharacter Nights (6 p.m.) On the Ocean City Boardwalk. Boardwalk mascots will sign autographs in front of the Music Pier. Come join the fun and meet all the Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants’ Mascots. Sponsored by Manco and Manco’s Pizza and Gillian’s Wonderland Pier. EVERY WEDNESDAY THROUGH THE END OF AUGUSTFarmers Market (8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 10) On the Ocean City Tabernacle Grounds (Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue) every Wednesday, produce vendors as well as crafters will also gather to display their goods.Beach Walks: Tickets may be purchased on-site, adults for $1 and children for 50 cents; South End at 6:30 p.m. at the 59th Street and Central Avenue entrance to Corson’s Island State Park; North End at 9 a.m. at the Ocean City-Longport Bridge Parking Lot (Gardens Parkway)WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant: The world’s first and only event of its kind (no one else has dared to attempt it and for good reason) is set for Wed., August 6, starting at 1 p.m. near the volleyball courts at the 6th St. Beach. Past Miss Crustaceans include Crabapatra, Copa Crabana, Taxi Crab, Crabunzel, Pirates of the Crababbien, Craberet, etc. Entries are judged on the originality of the displays featuring the crustacean. No painting on crab’s shell is permitted. Register the day of the event on site at noon. Entry is free. The winner creeps down a flower bedecked runway while an enthralled crowd cheers and sings, “Here It Comes, Miss Crustacean.” The winner is also presented the “Coveted Cucumber Rind Cup,” a large loving cup with a cucumber stuck inside. A cucumber represents a year’s supply of food for a hermit crab.Lundberg Family Farms of the Sacramento Valley in California announced recently that it will sponsor Ocean City’s Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant on Aug. 6. The deal was sealed during a meeting between Mayor Jay Gillian and Emily Arentz, area Marketing Manager for the environmentally friendly company established in 1937. In 2001, Ms. Arentz’s pet, “Crablantis,” won the title and crept off with the “Coveted Cucumber Rind Cup,” symbol of Crustacean comeliness. Here Mayor Gillian displays a box of the tasty, flavored Crabby Rice while Arentz shows off her vintage Cucumber Rind Cup.King of Klutz: The Miss Crustacean Pageant is followed by the exciting King of Klutz Hermit Crab Races held at the same location on the 6th Street Beach. Crabathletes race over a 6 ft. plywood oval with the winner receiving the King of Klutz Plaque. Entry is free. Register day of event at noon.Sand Sculpting Contest: The low-key competition open to individuals and families will be held on August 6th starting 9 a.m. on the 6th St. Beach. Entry is free. Categories include 5 years and under, 6-8, 9-12, Teens, Single Adults and Families. Bring buckets, shovels and your imaginations.Pops Potpourri: The Ocean City Pops presents POPS Potpourri! 8 p.m. at Music Pier. Singers Dominic Inferrera and Elisa Matthews /Songs by Lerner and Lowe, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Kern and many more. Tickets $15 at Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or www.ocnj.us/Boxoffice. TUESDAY, AUGUST 5National Night Out: The Ocean City PBA, Local 61 presents NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, America’s Night Out Against Crime, 5 to 9 p.m. at the Richard Grimes Recreation Complex, 6th and Bay Ave. This is a free, family oriented, carnival style event that includes live music, food, dunk tanks, moon bouncers, interactive games, face painters and informational booths. Call (609) 525-9108.Shalom Broadway!: Ocean City Pops presents a show at 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Jewish favorites and Fiddler on the Roof. Featuring Broadway artists Netanel Bellaishe, Jim Clow and Cantor Andrea Rae Markowicz. Tickets $20 at Music Pier Box Office, (609) 525-9248 or www.ocnj.us/boxoffice. FRIDAY, AUGUST 8South Jersey Lifeguard Championship: Ocean City Beach Patrol defends its title in the annual South Jersey Lifeguard Championship on the beach at 34th Street 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 8. The event pits beach patrols throughout the Jersey Shore against each other in rowing and swimming competition. Free to attend.SATURDAY, AUGUST 9Miss Ocean City Pageant: The pageant takes place at the Ocean City Music Pier, sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club, 7 p.m. For information: www.ocexchangeclub.org.39th Annual Boys and Girls Surf Fishing Tournament: 9 a.m.-Noon at north end beach adjacent to the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. Registration 9 a.m.-10 a.m. at the Longport Bridge Parking Lot. Fishing from 10 a.m.-noon. Parental supervision required. Must bring your own bait. Awards presented in various age groups 8 to 16 years. Casting and fishing instruction will be provided. Rain date Aug. 16. For information, call (610) 793-1970.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebook
When Dan Marro needed a visual co-star for the music video for his song “Look Back on Me” the choice was easy: Ocean City.Marro, known to local diners as the acoustical “human soundtrack” at Docs restaurant in Somers Point, recently released an album “SNAFU” on which the song appears. The video features Marro at the piano of the Flanders Hotel’s second floor lobby and walking along a deserted boardwalk.“The folks at the Flanders knew me from playing numerous events there,” said Marro, 45, and they allowed me (to shoot the video). That lobby is such a majestic setting, just beautiful,” he said.Interspersed in the video are scenes of a brooding Marrow walking along the rain-soaked boards and looking out to sea.On the day of the shoot in early 2016, Director Dominic Gibase and Marro went outside the hotel and were stunned by what they saw.“There wasn’t a soul out on the boardwalk,” Marro said. “It was a dreary day that perfectly captured the mood of the song. You couldn’t pay enough to have such a great setting,” he said. “The city would have had to shut down everything. But there it was for us.“I love Ocean City, there’s nothing else like it,” said Marro, a native of Hammonton who used to come to the boardwalk as a kid. “To remember what that boardwalk is like in the summer, packed with thousands of people, and then to see it cold and isolated and lonely, it was just perfect for the video.”Gibase, of 80 South Productions, went to work and recorded some remarkable visuals for the song. It can be viewed here:Marrow’s eight-track “SNAFU” record, featuring all original music, marked a new career direction for the talented musician. For the last 15 years he has been the resident musician at Docs on Friday and Saturday nights, doing a non-stop four-hour set. He takes requests and plays “whatever comes into my head.”Largely self-taught, Marro plays piano by ear. “I started with the keyboard, and when I picked up a guitar, it just made sense to me,” he says. In addition to playing classic rock and other genres of music, Marro is also a talented mimic. He can channel numerous artists, including two of his top influences, Buddy Holly and the the Beatles. At Docs he sits in a corner of the room with just his guitar, almost part of the furniture. But his playing usually makes him the focus of attention.“When I start out around 5 p.m. it’s the early-bird crowd which is older, and by the time I’m done, the audience is largely 40 and up.”In addition to Docs, he plays regularly at the Avalon Country Club, in a duo with Tom Reilly, and at the Country Club Tavern in Swainton on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.Though working regularly, about two years ago Marro decided to make some major changes in his life.“I had gotten really heavy I was looking to change my life’s path,” he said.He proceeded to drop more than 70 pounds in just a few months. There was no real trick to his weight loss.“I decided I wanted to be thin more than I wanted that candy bar or that doughnut. Nothing tastes better than size 32 jeans.”He doesn’t like to call his weight loss the result of a diet. “If you go on a diet that means at some point you are coming off the diet. I changed my eating habits and the way I thought about food.”One of his sons, 20-year-old Brendan (14-year-old Dalton is his other son) followed Dan’s musical footsteps and is a member of local band Shut up Justice and plays Paul McCartney in a Beatles tribute show.“Brendan has a closet full of Beatle costumes and I can actually fit into some of them.” Dan says.Along his new path, Marro’s self-discovery turned to his music.“I had been playing other people’s music and trying to sound like them for so long,” he said. “It was time to find my own musical voice.”Marrow always “dabbled in songwriting,” he said, but as the physical and lifestyle changes progressed, the songwriting took on a more serious bent, and almost before he knew it, there was material for SNAFU.The EP captures Marro’s struggles with love abandonment, depression, but also hope and promise of personal renewal and re-invention.The genre has been described as “indie rock” “adult alternative” and “vocal pop.”His fans simply call it “great music.”More information on Dan Marro can be found on his Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/dan.marro.9
Hovis has teamed up with a former employee of Diageo Africa to kickstart its marketing agenda and ramp up innovation.Philip Gladman, former marketing and innovation director at Diageo Africa, has worked to refresh the Smirnoff brand globally and will be tasked with boosting the Hovis brand within the £4bn baking industry, along with the rest of his team. The four-strong team will begin working with Hovis on 1 September.The focus on marketing follows the launch of Hovis as a private company in April this year, when it announced plans to invest £200m in its growth strategy over the next five years, including a “significant” marketing spend.Product developments brought to market this year include breads flavoured with sundried tomato, pesto, and fiery red peppers and the extension of the Seed Sensations range into a granary nine-seeded batch loaf.Bob Spooner, chief executive of Hovis, said: “We are delighted to announce this collaboration with Philip Gladman and the appointment of a team of outstanding marketing and innovation professionals to boost our marketing and innovation capability.”One of the key strands of our growth strategy is innovation and this move will enable us to accelerate our new product development pipeline. We are already enjoying success with Hovis, but we know we can grow our fantastic brand further and faster.”We are already famous for our healthy, natural and tasty credentials. We call this ‘Hovis goodness’ and it will be a key platform as we build the business beyond traditional sliced bread, creating real value for our customers and consumers.”
At least five countries were represented at the event: Australia, Korea, Bolivia, Peru and Mexico. Students and faculty mingled from table to table, sharing ice cream and conversation with the new students. Some Saint Mary’s students shared their own stories about studying abroad. “I think it’s really important that the students hosted this event, so the international students wouldn’t feel shy to ask questions,” Morgan Gay, a senior on the Student Diversity Board, said. Conversation topics at the tables varied from weekend activities to questions about the international students’ experiences in their home countries. The international students discussed how life is different in the United States. Sarah Power, an international student from Australia studying law, noted a big difference in the classes in the U.S. versus Australia. “It’s the little things that are different, like the other day when our teacher mentioned the First Amendment, we didn’t know what that was,” she said. “Or, it’s certain words like ‘Congress.’” Some international students said dorm life is significantly different, especially those who had lived at home. “We would never think about going to class in our pajamas back home, so I brought mainly dress clothes,” Power said. For some international students, Saint Mary’s is their first time in college. The College Student Diversity Board hosted its first ever international meet and greet and ice cream social Sunday. The event welcomed new and returning international students. “I studied here my senior year of high school and am now studying as a college freshman here, but I did get to go home for the two months of break,” Carolina Tapia Nieto, a freshman international student from Peru, said. Kelly Reidenbach, the vice president of the Student Diversity Board, emphasized the importance current Saint Mary’s students play in helping these students, and she also mentioned the importance that international students play in helping Saint Mary’s students. “I’m a junior and have only met a few international students in my time here so far,” she said. “This event is a great way for students to learn about each other’s cultures.”
Adam Schultz / Biden for President / (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden’s doctor says he will likely require a walking boot after slipping while playing with his family’s dog over the weekend.Dr. Kevin O’Connor, Biden’s primary care doctor since 2009, says the 78-year-old has a hairline fractures in his “mid-foot.”“Initial x-rays did not show any obvious fracture, but his clinical exam warranted more detailed imaging,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor said Sunday. “Follow-up CT scan confirmed hairline (small) fractures of President-elect Biden’s lateral and intermediate cuneiform bones, which are in the mid-foot. It is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks.”Earlier Sunday, Biden’s office announced he was going to be examined by an orthopedist “out of an abundance of caution” after he twisted his ankle playing with his dog Major on Saturday. Biden, who celebrated his 78th birthday on November 20, is set to be the oldest president in US history.During the campaign, the Biden campaign released a summary of Biden’s medical history, which showed the former vice president was healthy and fit for the presidency.The Biden family has two dogs, Major and Champ, both German Shepherds.The Bidens fostered Major from the Delaware Humane Association and made his adoption official in November 2018. Champ joined the Biden family during the presidential transition in December 2008, weeks after Biden became vice president-elect.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)
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The University of Georgia faculty and staff at the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center in Watkinsville will host the center’s annual corn boil and open house on June 28 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.Every year the center grows acres of sweet corn as part of a sustainable farming research project. During harvest, the center invites the public to partake in the fruits of their effort and learn about the work that is being done at the center.Guided farm tours, which are free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon. Attendees will learn about solar pumps for livestock water troughs, rainfall simulation and erosion, satellite guided tractors, living mulch systems and cover crops.Lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m. and include corn, hot dogs and accompaniments. Attendees should park at 1420 Experiment Station Road for lunch and for tour shuttles.After the U.S. Department of Agriculture closed the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Natural Resource Conservation Center in August 2012, UGA took over management of the facility.It has since become a hub for researchers across disciplines to study ways to make farming more sustainable.The center’s fields, pastures and labs allow UGA faculty to continue research into sustainable agriculture and natural resources conservation. It currently houses about 30 ongoing UGA research projects on sustainable farming systems, nutrient cycling, water quality, organic production, livestock grazing systems, forage breeding and variety trials.The Campbell Center also serves as a center for hands-on education through the office for UGA Cooperative Extension in Oconee County.For more information about the J. Phil Campbell Research and Education Center visit www.caes.uga.edu/center/campbell.html.
By Dialogo June 13, 2016 The Marines will deploy in various stages starting this week. With the approval of the Government of Honduras, the unit will be based out of Soto Cano Air Base and their deployment will last through November. The Marines are postured to quickly consolidate personnel and equipment throughout the region if called upon to respond to an emergency situation. Special-Purpose Marine, Air, Ground Task Force-Southern Command (SPMAGTF-SC) is set to deploy to Central America over the next several weeks as the rapid response force assigned to the U.S. Southern Command’s area of responsibility. In addition to the security cooperation events, Marine engineers with the SPMAGTF will conduct community service projects in Gracias a Dios, Honduras. Approximately 180 of the nearly 300-member unit will remain in Soto Cano as part of the headquarters element, logistical element, and aviation element that will support the four CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with the SPMAGTF. The remainder of SPMAGTF-SC will be dispersed among Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, at the invitation of their governments to conduct training and security cooperation engagements that are tailored to each partner’s needs. SPMAGTF-SC-16 is assigned to respond to and assist partners within the region in the event of a major disaster. This deployment coincides with hurricane season, which is the most likely emergency the unit could respond to during their time in the region. For more information on SPMAGTF-SC, please contact the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South Public Affairs Officer, Maj. Armando A. Daviu, email: [email protected], phone: 305-437-2554, or the Public Affairs Chief, GySgt. Zachary Dyer, email, [email protected], 305-437-9014.