Oregon hotel fires 2 men who mistreated black man

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland, Oregon, hotel has fired two employees it says were involved in the mistreatment of a black man kicked out of its facility.DoubleTree Portland tweeted Saturday that the two men’s “actions were inconsistent with our standards.”Jermaine Massey accused the hotel of racially profiling him after a security guard called police to remove him from the lobby.The guard told Massey that if he could not provide a room number, he would be asked to leave. Massey posted an Instagram video that shows part of the interaction with the guard.The hotel’s general manager said the hotel had reached out to Massey privately but attorneys for Massey said they want a public explanation on why he was told to leave.Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Massey’s lawyers intend to pursue legal action.___Information from: KOPB-, http://www.opb.orgThe Associated Presslast_img read more

SecretaryGeneral reports high number of attacks on UN staff overseas

United Nations civilian personnel at overseas duty stations have suffered an unprecedented number of physical attacks leading to hostage-taking, injuries and death, but the UN Security Coordinator’s office has been strengthened for an ever widening range of missions, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report on staff safety issued today.Since 1992, aside from deaths due to illness, or vehicle and aircraft accidents, 196 UN civilian staff members have been killed as a result of malicious acts, the report to the General Assembly says. Most of the victims killed were Palestinians working for the UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees, it said. The majority of the 34 persons being detained were also employees of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA).Five of the deaths occurred during the reporting period of 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003, which excludes the 19 August terrorist bombing of the UN’s headquarters in Baghdad that left 18 UN civilian staff dead, including top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.”Because of the dangerous environments in which they work, which are often characterized by high rates of crime and unemployment, United Nations staff members often become the targets of street crime,” the report says. “The increased number of physical assaults, thefts, attacks, incursions, hostage-taking incidents and kidnappings reported during the past year speaks to this most disturbing trend.”In the reporting period, seven incidents of hostage-taking, kidnapping and sexual assault, affecting 14 personnel, took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia.Of 258 incidents of assault on UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) personnel, 69 took place in Afghanistan, 30 in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory and 53 in Kosovo. In addition, 168 cases of harassment were reported. More than 30 bomb threats turned out to be hoaxes.At least 83 incursions into UN compounds took place, often non-violent political protests, along with 270 violent attacks on UN and NGO compounds and convoys. Incidents of theft of office equipment, official vehicles and personal belongings numbered 550. read more

Annan hails inauguration of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Liberias new president

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the inauguration of Liberia’s new president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman elected to lead an African nation.“I also congratulate the people of Liberia who, through a peaceful and transparent electoral process, have given Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf an historic mandate to lead the nation towards a future of lasting peace and stability,” Mr. Annan said in a message on the inauguration, which was held in Monrovia with numerous dignitaries in attendance, including the UN Deputy Secretary-General. The establishment of a democratically elected Government in Liberia culminates the peace process envisaged in the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 18 August 2003. During this period, the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL) supported national efforts to achieve the transition to democracy by providing a secure environment, disarming more than 100,000 ex-combatants, facilitating the return of tens of thousands of displaced persons and refugees, and helping organize the recent free and fair elections.The Secretary-General acknowledged that Ms. Johnson Sirleaf’s administration faces a number of pressing challenges in a country still reeling from the effects of war, including restructuring the security sector, strengthening economic governance, stimulating economic growth, strengthening the rule of law, protecting human rights, consolidating State authority and reestablishing basic services.“In the face of these challenges, the people of Liberia are being given a unique opportunity to join together, to build a just and inclusive society, which assures the participation of all people, irrespective of political or ethnic affiliation,” he observed. Mr. Annan called on the international community to assist the new Government in these endeavours and pledged the UN’s continued support “as Liberia lays the foundation for a better future built on peace, stability, democracy and rule of law.” read more

Has Kareem Hunt Hit A Wall

After a torrid start to the season, Kansas City Chiefs’ rookie running back Kareem Hunt has had a dreadful handful of games. What happened? Has he hit some kind of “rookie wall?” In the video above, we investigate.

Biljana Filipovic goes back to France – Nice

3NIMES41171205440445-5 9BESANCON26174112440461-21 ← Previous Story Polish NT right wing Robert Orzechowski leaving MMTS Kwidzyn Next Story → Battle for EHF Cup F4: Danish and German derby! 7TOULON3017539404446-42 4HAVRE361791743241814 1METZ48171511515393122 French Nice struggling in the relegation battle in the French elite, but club’s management has strong fate and plans for the future. One important step to the better results in the upcoming years is connected with signing contract with experienced Serbian left back Biljana Filipovic (26), one of the tallest girls in TOP handball. She made her name in TOP handball in France, where Filipovic played for Arvor, who dissapeared after triumph in Championship 2011/2012 due financial problems. All the players were forced to leave the club and Filipovic choose Turkish Uskudar for the next destination.After only a season in weak Turkish championship, Filipovic is ready for a new beginning in French elite – of course, in Nice will play there in the next season. Contract is signed on two years… 2FLEURY4217121446240260 8DIJON26173311376437-61 10NICE25174013397461-64 Biljana FilipovicFrench handballNice handball 5MIOS3317728475492-17 6ISSY PARIS331780940839414 read more

Sean Quinn condemns bus set on fire outside his former company

first_imgSEAN QUINN HAS condemned an attack at a property owned by the Quinn Group and said the perpetrators are not acting in his name.However, Quinn was critical of the new owners of Quinn Manufacturing – now known as the Aventas Group – who had asked him to speak out against the attack.In a statement released this evening, Quinn said he had not owned the business since 2002 when he transferred it to this family, and said he had already condemned all attacks “in the strongest terms”.Quinn made the comments after a bus was parked at the entrance to a Quinn Group property in Ballyconnell in Cavan and set on fire at around 5.30am today. Gardaí said a technical examination has been carried out of the scene.“Today’s statement by the Aventas Group calling on the former owner of the Quinn Group to condemn the recent attacks is unclear as I have not owned the business since 2002, having transferred it to my family,” Quinn said.“While the statement does not specifically name me, I believe it is none the less important to reiterate that I have already condemned these attacks in the strongest terms, a fact that is widely reported in the national media”.“Least there by any doubt, I wish to reiterate in the most categoric terms that I condemn these unlawful acts and that any persons carrying out such acts are not acting in my name”.The Aventas group said the ongoing campaign to disrupt and sabotage the business would not lead to the reinstatement of the former owner.Quinn used the statement to attack Anglo Irish Bank, in which he invested and lost heavily, saying that the bank orchestrated a “covert and underhand takeover of the Quinn Group”.A number of attacks on Quinn Group properties and former properties have taken place over the past year, including a truck which was driven into a wall at a Quinn Group premises in Fermanagh.Read: Everything you need to know about the Quinn saga, but were afraid to ask > Read: Bus set on fire outside Quinn Group property >last_img read more

Man dies after suffering head injuries in horrific 12car pileup on M7

first_img By David Raleigh At least six fire trucks containing crews from Limerick City, and Newport, Nenagh, in Co Tipperary, as well as six ambulances from the region, have been dispatched to the scene.A crew of firefighters attached Limerick City and County Fire Service who had been attending a minor collision in Newport, were swiftly on the scene of the “massive pile up”, sources said.Gardaí have closed the southbound traffic lane between Junction 27 Birdhill and Junction 28 Castletroy and are awaiting a garda forensic collision investigator to conduct a detailed examination of the scene.Gardaí, paramedics and fire crews were alerted to the area after receiving reports of a number of collisions in the area.It’s understood up to 12 cars skidded off the road around the the same time after a heavy sleet shower struck.“There was a massive snowstorm and a heavy shower of sleet around the time of the fatal crash. There were at around 12 cars involved,” a reliable source said. Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 9:32 PM Source: Fiona Donnellan/Twitter https://jrnl.ie/3266271 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Man dies after suffering head injuries in horrific 12-car pile-up on M7 The collisions happened during a severe hailstorm at just after 7.30pm. The M7 at Castletroy Source: Google Maps The deceased’s car went off the road and crashed through a fence. His vehicle ended up on waste ground in a ravine just off the motorway.Traffic in the area was being turned around by gardaí and diversions have been put in place.Gardaí at Henry Street Garda Station, Limerick, are investigating. The road remains closed.Read: Garda was removed from task force due to relationship with woman from criminal family, court hearsRead: Nurses’ union agrees to meet with Workplace Relations Commission – but work-to-rule is still on PART OF THE M7 Dublin to Limerick Road has been closed after a motorist lost his life in a horrific 12-car pile up tonight.According to a reliable source, the man, aged in his 50s, suffered catastrophic head injuries and died after his car left the road between Birdhill and Castletroy, shortly after 7.30pm.It’s believed a freak hailstone storm which is reported to have hit the area at the time of the incident, may have been a factor in the multi-vehicle collision.According to sources there are reports of “multiple injuries” to a number of casualties, but these injuries are not believed to be serious.The deceased had been driving from Birdhill towards Limerick when his car left the road and crashed through a fence, a source said.The man’s body has since been moved to University Hospital Limerick where a post mortem is expected to be conducted.A “multi-agency response” is being carried out by emergency services. 75,790 Views Share516 Tweet Email2 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Serious delays on M7 S/B before J29 Castletroy due to crash, lots of emergency vehicles on the scene pic.twitter.com/74njaRoVrT— Fiona Donnellan (@fionadonnellan) March 1, 2017 18 Comments Mar 1st 2017, 9:32 PM Short URLlast_img read more

Toutatis lastéroïde en forme de cacahuète va nous rendre visite mercredi

first_imgToutatis, l’astéroïde en forme de cacahuète, va nous rendre visite mercrediL’astéroïde Toutatis, de plus de 4 kilomètres de long et 2 de large, va s’approcher de la Terre à un minimum de 7 millions de kilomètres de notre planète. Les chercheurs en profiteront pour étudier l’étrange rotation de l’immense rocher afin de mieux connaitre la répartition de sa masse, et de là la composition de l’astéroïde. Toutatis passe dans notre voisinage tous les quatre ans.Par Toutatis, le ciel va-t-il nous tomber sur la tête? Car en dehors d’être la divinité tutélaire d’un célèbre gaulois petit et moustachu, Toutatis est également un astéroïde qui s’apprête à passer dans le voisinage de la Terre. Pas de quoi inquiéter les astronomes qui y voient une occasion de plus d’étudier cet immense rocher de l’espace. Surtout que, comme celui-ci leur rend visite tous les quatre ans sans jamais causer de soucis, ils connaissent bien Toutatis.N’en déplaise aux prophètes de l’apocalypse en herbe, Toutatis passera au plus près de la Terre le 12 décembre, et non pas le 21. A près de 7 millions de kilomètres de distance il se laissera admirer et étudier, d’autant que caillou céleste de 4,46 kilomètres de long et 2,4 kilomètres de large intrigue : il tourne de manière étrange et a la forme d’une cacahuète.Un astéroïde qui fait des cabriolesMichael Busch, du National Radio Astronomy Observatory en Virginie, a décrit la danse étrange de l’astéroïde à National Geographic. “Il fait des cabrioles. Il tourne autour de son axe long, qui lui-même effectue un mouvement de précession [à la manière d’une toupie en fin de course dont l’axe de rotation s’éloigne de plus en plus de la verticale] autour d’un cercle, comme un gyroscope.”À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreSon équipe avait déjà effectué des relevés radar lors des derniers passages de Toutatis en 2000, 2004 et 2008 et espèrent bien profiter de la prochaine rencontre pour améliorer leur modèle. En effet, chaque passage de l’astéroïde près du soleil modifie très légèrement sa rotation. L’intérêt de percer les mystères de ses mouvements est qu’ils permettent de connaitre comment se répartit la masse de Toutatis, et donc de mieux connaitre sa composition.La forme de Toutatis suggère qu’il pourrait avoir été créé lorsque deux corps célestes se seraient percutés : le plus petit serait alors resté enchâssé dans le plus gros. Dan Scheeres, un professeur d’astrodynamique à l’université du Colorado, pense même que si la rotation de l’astéroïde continue de s’accélérer, la partie la plus petite pourrait finir par être expulsée.Toutatis ne sera pas visible à l’œil nu le 12 décembre mais les astronomes amateurs pourront l’apercevoir dans leurs télescopes.Le 9 décembre 2012 à 15:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

School responds to transgender teen bullying allegations

first_imgVancouver Public Schools reiterated its commitment to student safety after a woman alleged her niece, a transgender teenager, was punched at McLoughlin Middle School by a fellow student because of her gender identity.According to a Facebook post by the girl’s aunt, Leslie Goodnight, 13-year-old Lindsey Smith has been the victim of ongoing harassment by fellow students throughout the year. On Wednesday, she said a boy punched Lindsey in the face several times after shouting “She is a boy” at her in the hallway. Goodnight also shared a photo showing a bruise forming on Lindsey’s cheek.The post had been shared more than 7,700 times as of Thursday afternoon.“She has been harassed relentlessly, almost daily, since the beginning of last school year and nothing is getting better,” Goodnight told The Columbian.A Vancouver Public Schools spokeswoman, Amanda Richter, said the district is responding with “appropriate disciplinary action” against the aggressor.However, due to student privacy laws, she could not specify how the school will discipline the individual student.last_img read more

Chidambarams petition challenging CBI custody not listed for

first_imgToday, Mr Chidambaram’s petition challenging his CBI custody was not listed for a hearing in the Supreme Court. The five-day CBI custody of Mr Chidambaram ends, as the CBI is likely to ask for an extension of his custody at a special court. The court told Mr Chidambaram’s lawyer Kapil Sibal that it would be listed after “orders from Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi”. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us As per sources, the CBI is going to argue that new evidence has come to light during his interrogation in the past four days. The Enforcement Directorate has filed a money-laundering case which is linked to the allegations of INX Media. “Whether Chidambaram is Ex-Finance Minister and former Home Minister or an ordinary citizen, pre-arrest bail should not be granted and it will be a travesty of Justice if the top court considers the accused’s plea,” says the agency. On Wednesday evening, the senior Congress leader was arrested after his lawyers had failed to get the Supreme Court to urgently hear his request for protection against arrest by the CBI.last_img read more

Astronomers amazed at timing of Markarian 421 blazer

first_img(Phys.org) —The field of view from Earth is being flooded with the brightest display of gamma rays ever seen, the BBC is reporting, at a time when space researchers around the world have just coincidently trained their instruments in the direction from where it’s being emitted—the active galaxy Markarian 421. Hubble Legacy Archive WFPC2 image of Mark 421 and its companion galaxy 421-5. Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive No one knew that Markarian 421 was about to do anything special or unusual. Recently, a program was started to study the active galaxy as part of a routine inspection. But then, just after telescopes around the world focused their attention on the galaxy, it flared, giving observers a spectacular show. As if that weren’t coincidence enough, it also occurred during the annual meeting (April 13 through 16, in Denver, Colorado) of the American Physical Society (APS), which allowed those in attendance to compare notes as the flare-up was occurring.Markarian 421 is known as a “blazer” galaxy—it’s a term used to describe active galaxies with supermassive black holes that emit light across the entire light spectrum in jets that are trillions of times more energetic than the light that can be seen by the human eye—all pointing directly toward our planet. The jets go into overdrive, flaring up, as the black hole consumes matter that is drawn by gravity into their vicinity. Markarian 421 hadn’t shown much life since a flare-up back in 1996, thus there was no expectation that anything new was about to happen.But just as researchers around the world had trained various types of telescopes (from gamma ray to visible light spectrum) at Markarian 421, the blazer began emitting more gamma rays than has ever been witnessed before, giving those at the APS meeting a lot to talk about. The general consensus was that the event was both unprecedented and spectacular, leaving those studying it in awe.The program to study the active galaxy was aimed at attempting to better understand how such huge amounts of gamma rays can be created by the black holes. To that end, researchers were undertaking a project to study the galaxy across a broad range of light—the flare-up has given those working on the study much more to look at than any of them had imagined. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Transforming galaxiescenter_img Explore further Citation: Astronomers amazed at timing of Markarian 421 ‘blazer’ (2013, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-astronomers-amazed-markarian-blazer.html © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

5 students injured after WBTC bus collides with school bus

first_imgKolkata: A West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) bus collided with a school bus under Kankurgachi rail bridge on Wednesday morning injuring five students less than 13 years of age. All of them were rushed to ESI Hospital near the HUDCO crossing where the doctors treated and discharged them.According to police sources, an empty WBTC bus that was being used for Gangasagar pilgrims was headed towards Maniktala from Kankurgachi. At the same time, a school bus full of students of a private English-medium school in the Ruby Park area was also headed towards Kankurgachi. Under Kankurgachi rail bridge, the WBTC bus hit the right portion of the school bus as a result of which five students fell inside the bus and got injured. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalOn-duty traffic police personnel rushed to the spot and evacuated the students. With assistance from locals, police rushed the injured students to ESI hospital. Meanwhile, the school authority was informed and another bus was arranged. After a while, the other school bus arrived and picked up the other students and dropped them at school. They were all taken for a check-up to a local hospital but none was found to be injured. Later, police seized both the buses and detained the drivers. Both the buses were removed to Phoolbagan police station. A case against the offending WBTC bus driver was initiated on charges of rash driving or riding on a public way (279 IPC) and causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others (338 IPC).last_img read more

Mortgage Rates Sink While Fed Holds Off on Taper

first_img in Data, Origination September 19, 2013 424 Views Mortgage Rates Sink While Fed Holds Off on Taper Weak economic news provided some drag to mortgage rates this week, bringing them down again.[IMAGE]””Freddie Mac’s””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ Primary Mortgage Market Survey has the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaging 4.50 percent (0.7 point) for the week ending September 19, down from last week, when it averaged 4.57 percent. A year ago, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.49 percent.The 15-year FRM averaged 3.54 percent (0.7 point) this week, down from 3.59 percent in the last survey.Movements were similar for adjustable rates. The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.11 percent (0.5 point), down 11 basis points [COLUMN_BREAK]week-over-week, while the 1-year ARM averaged 2.65 percent (0.4 point), down 2 basis points.Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist for Freddie Mac, pointed to disappointing data for retail sales, industrial production, and consumer sentiment as the culprit for the week’s decline. However, mortgage rates weren’t the only thing affected by lackluster economic news.””This, in part, was why the Federal Reserve chose to maintain its MBS [mortgage-backed securities] and bond-buying program at its September 12th and 13th monetary policy committee meeting. It also cited the tightening of financial conditions observed in recent months, which in the case of the housing market means the rise in mortgage rates since May,”” Nothaft said.””Bankrate.com””:http://www.bankrate.com/ also reported a pullback in interest rates in its weekly national survey. The site recorded the 30-year fixed average at 4.66 percent (from 4.71 percent) and the 15-year fixed at 3.70 percent (from 3.75 percent).The 5/1 ARM sank to 3.55 percent, down a tenth of a percentage point from last week.””Mortgage rates have been down for two weeks in a row and with the Federal Reserve deciding not to start scaling back their stimulus, this will keep a lid on mortgage rates for the time being,”” Bankrate said. “”However, once the tapering inevitably starts, mortgage rates will likely resume the upward climb.””center_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Federal Reserve Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2013-09-19 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

Getting the Most Out of the SFR Space

first_imgGetting the Most Out of the SFR Space November 3, 2016 555 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology Single Family Rental Market technology 2016-11-03 Seth Welborncenter_img By Kendall BaerIndustry leaders discussed how to maximize efficiency and profits when managing and rehabilitating single-family rental properties at the Single Family Rental Summit’s second day, Thursday. Greg Rand, CEO of OwnAmerica, said that he hoped attendees were able to come together to continue to grow their businesses and learn from each others’ experiences.”This is a pilgrimage those in the SFR industry should make every year. Someone has finally created a home for them and their business type,” said Rand. “These are people that have been basically ignored by the residential real estate business and the conferences they can go to that are designed for investors are usually get rich quick schemes. But this conference is a legitimate business conference for serious rental property investors.”Speakers focused their discussion on management and rehabilitating properties in their portfolio not just to effectively manage maintenance and costs but to also improve upon the entire rental experience, for not just the investors and tenants but everyone involved in the SFR industry.When asked what investors should take away from the discussions in order to best manage rehab costs, Sam Tucci, VP Business Operations for U.S. Best Repair Services said, “There are times when we can’t do our job as contractors unless we have utilities on at a property, so to avoid unnecessary charges, property owners should be sure to turn on the utilities on site.”Speakers also emphasized the value of technology when it comes to managing not only properties but attracting tenants and retaining them. Technology in the SFR space can be used to a variety of ways including setting investors’ properties apart from the competition. Even more specifically, mobile technology is shrinking the world and making scatter site operations, renovations, and management possible.”Managing single-family at scale is possible but only if you enable your operation with mobile technology. It is a big part of successfully running and managing portfolios that are quite large,” said Doug Brien, Co-CEO for MYND. “Without this technology, if you are away from your computer you would have the ability to get the information that you needed to make decisions while you are at the property and you wouldn’t have an efficient means to put data into the system based on whatever you are doing at the property. Whether it’s doing a scope or going and collecting rent, it is having that information in real-time that makes it all possible.”While the single-family rental market continues to redefine its borders, navigating this complex and dynamic terrain takes careful planning and strategic partnerships. The Single-Family Rental Summit provided an important conduit for SFR leaders to have conversations that will continue to push the industry forward for years to come. Sharelast_img read more

Huge gas find scuppers Cyprus plans to sell gas to Egypt

first_imgBy Elias HazouCyprus’ plans to sell its offshore gas to the Egyptians are most likely dead in the water, following the announcement of a 30 trillion cubic feet (tcf) gas find off the coast of Egypt.Although the government tried to put on a brave face about ENI’s massive discovery – the spokesman saying they are ‘evaluating the situation’ – the reality is that for Cyprus the Egypt option is off the cards.Likewise energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis, who commenting on the development, brushed aside the notion that it adversely impacts Cyprus’ plans to sell gas to Egypt.Lakkotrypis said he spoke on the phone with his Egyptian counterpart on Monday morning, and that plans to transport Cypriot gas to Egypt via a subsea pipeline remained on track.He said also that since the Zohr find is in close proximity to three of Cyprus’ licensed offshore blocks (10, 11 and 12), that could revive hopes for more gas discoveries on the Cypriot side.Should the Zohr discovery be verified, this would have “geological, geopolitical and commercial ramifications,” he added.But for one energy expert, it is too little, too late.“Our plans to sell natural gas to Egypt, always financially non-viable, are now completely scuppered,” Charles Ellinas told the Cyprus Mail.To call ENI’s 30 tcf Zohr prospect a game-changer is an understatement, Ellinas said. Not only does the new find negate Egypt’s need to import Cypriot gas, but Israeli gas as well.Putting things into context, the expert said that once the Zohr field is developed, its total capacity potential is estimated to be around 30 billion cubic meters (bcm).Egypt needs approximately an additional 2 to 3 bcm to cover its domestic energy consumption shortfall. And as far as LNG exports go, the two liquefaction plants in Egypt, operating at full capacity, would generate a combined 17 bcm. All in, that works out to 20 bcm.So the Zohr prospect covers both Egypt’s domestic and export needs, with lots of gas – around 10 bcm – to spare.As ENI itself stated, the Zohr field can help meet Egypt’s gas needs for decades. It is the largest ever natural gas discovery in the Mediterranean, larger even than Israel’s Leviathan field, which holds an estimated 22 tcf.Moreover, as things stand, the prospect can be developed faster than any other new project proposed to Egyptian officials.Ellinas estimates that appraisal, or follow-up drilling, at the Zohr well will take place sometime next year, with the first construction – an FPSO sitting on top of the well, plus a pipeline to the Egyptian shore – likely to begin in 2017. Actual production from the field could therefore be possible by 2020.Plus, it is the cheapest option, as Egypt has no reason to pay a premium for importing gas from either Cyprus or Israel, when it has its own gas.The 30 tcf is a preliminary assessment, with a 50 per cent probability, and more prospecting will be needed to narrow down the number.But as Ellinas points out, the amount announced by ENI is quite reliable, since it is based on both earlier seismic data as well as the results of the first drill at Zohr.Additionally, Zohr may eventually yield more hydrocarbons. As ENI stated in a press release, the “structure has also a deeper Cretaceous upside that will be targeted in the future with a dedicated well.”So what next for Cyprus? Ellinas says the government urgently needs to formulate a Plan B for developing the Aphrodite reservoir.The two options are well-known: a pipeline to Turkey, and then possibly onto Europe; or combining the resources of Leviathan and Cyprus’ Aphrodite fields via an LNG plant here, for export to Europe.You May LikeDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoHonest To Paws31 Tourist Attractions That Most People Wouldn’t VisitHonest To PawsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more