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Alaska News Nightly April 29 2015

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first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioWalker Denies Request To Move Special Session To AnchorageAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauFor days, the executive and legislative branches have been stuck on  education funding, Medicaid, and the fundamental responsibility of paying for government. Now, they are disagreeing on where they want to disagree.As PAC Money Pours Into Runoff, Some Numbers Still MissingZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageCandidate Ethan Berkowitz has an overwhelming lead in terms of donors and funds, but with no polling data released by either campaign, the results are difficult to predict.EPA Head: Alaska ‘Uniqueness’ Could Mean Immunity From CO2 RuleLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageThe White House is reviewing a highly controversial EPA rule on streams and wetlands. Sen. Lisa Murkowski pressed the EPA boss on it, saying it has Alaskans from all sectors worried.Bethel City Council Votes To Deny Liquor LicensesBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelIt’s been four decades since Bethel had a liquor store, and for now, that status will continue. The Bethel City Council voted Tuesday to protest two liquor store license applications.A Moving Target: Postal Inspectors Root Out Liquor By MailBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelA small team of federal law enforcement agents with the United States Postal Inspection Service is working to keep alcohol out of the mail. It’s one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the country, a group with a unique mission that chases after each suspicious package.Kick The Bucket: Lack Of Funding Hampers Development Of Modern Sanitation In Rural AlaskaJoaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageMost of us have never lived with without running water at home. Today, we’ll learn about some people who are just getting used to it, and others who would like to get used to having running water.Anchorage Men Arrested For Stabbing Moose To DeathEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThree Anchorage men are under arrest and charged with cruelty to animals, wanton waste and tampering with evidence in a bizarre  moose killing in a city park‘Story Map’ Reveals Hidden Lives Of Anchorage BearsLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageA new map from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game offers a bear’s eye view of Anchorage. The “story map” draws on data and video collected from nine bears- six black and three brown- who wore cameras on special collarslast_img read more

ADEC approves waste management permit for tunnel excavation at the Palmer Project

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first_img“Agencies in the state of Alaska are very permissive when it comes to mine development, so this is what we expected. However, it does represent a step toward a very real hazard in our watershed,” Plachta said.  “There were some minor tweaks to some different monitoring levels and some flows and things, but in general it’s mostly the same as what was initially drafted and allows us to do all of the work we were initially planning to do,” Cornejo said.  Constantine developed a plan to treat and discharge the wastewater using a diffuser system. Cornejo estimates once they have secured the funding it will take about a year to construct the tunnel. It’s unclear how long the tunnel would stay in place, but she says that if a mine were developed in the future, the tunnel could be used as a secondary access point. Jessica Plachta is the Executive Director of Lynn Canal Conservation, one of the groups involved in the lawsuit. She says the permit decision is disappointing but not surprising.  A few years ago, Constantine’s permits for mineral exploration at the Palmer Project faced a lawsuit filed by the Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan and several conservation groups. The plaintiffs say that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) did not take into account the environmental impact of future mine development when it approved permits for the first phase of exploration. A federal court upheld BLM’s decision, but an appeal has been filed since then. “This is a major investment in the property and it’s going to require a lot of capital,” Cornejo said. “So we’ll be working toward putting that plan together, the budget and the contractors and the financing for that to hopefully get started next spring.” A Constantine employee examines an area of the AG zone. (Photo courtesy of Constantine Metal Resources) “With excavating a tunnel, you’re taking rock out of the mountain and then there is water that will flow through the cracks and come out of the mountain as well,” Cornejo said. “This permit allows us to have a plan in place that is pre-approved as a contingency plan if we do encounter potential acid generating rocks.” The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has approved a waste management permit for a controversial mineral exploration project near the communities of Klukwan and Haines. Constantine Metal Resources plans to excavate a mile-long underground ramp at the Palmer Project in order to carry out more exploratory drilling. Others raised concerns about water quality testing and the risk of avalanches dismantling the diffuser system in the winter.  Constantine’s Vice President of External Affairs, Liz Cornejo, says that a waste management permit was required in order to move on to the next phase of exploration at the Palmer Project. Shannon Donahue is the Chilkat Watershed Organizer for Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. She is worried about where the water coming out of the tunnel would ultimately end up once discharged through the diffuser system.  Although Constantine has secured a waste management permit, there are a few more steps before excavation can begin. The Alaska Mental Health Trust owns the land where the proposed tunnel’s entrance is located and will need to approve a final plan of operations. But Cornejo says that the biggest missing piece is funding.  “There was no dye testing or anything done to determine whether the surface water and the groundwater are connected,” Donahue said. “When you are looking at discharging wastewater into the ground through the diffusers, we don’t know whether that’s going to wind up in the surface water or not.”  ADEC did issue the waste management permit in the end. The agency altered the final permit based on some of the comments received, but Cornejo says that the changes are minimal and won’t affect the company’s plans. The public had 45 days to review the plan and submit comments to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) before the agency made a final decision on the waste management permit. last_img read more

TRAI Issues Guidelines to Stop Misleading Tariff Advertisements

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first_imgDo you think your telecom service provider has been playing an unfair game with you? Have you fallen prey to its exiting advertisements and opted to a plan that you never want to? It might have happened to many but henceforth, this might not happen again.In a bid to prevent the customers from being misled by the advertisements and subscribed to a wrong tariff, Telecom Regulator Authority of India (TRAI) has issued certain guidelines to the telecom operators in this regards.After holding a series of meetings with the stakeholders and engaging cross country open house discussions, TRAI has chalked out certain parameters that will help in deciding whether the advertizement of any service providers is sending a wrong message to its customers.Now, telecom operators have been directed that advertisements provided by them should be transparent, non-misleading and unambiguous; should disclose all material information in an unambiguous manner; contain the website address and customer care number of the telecom access service provider; and the advertisements issued in vernacular languages should contain all the mandatory disclosures in the same vernacular language.Meanwhile, the TRAI has mandated to maintain an advertisement register which should include a specimen of every tariff related advertisements by the telecom access providers. To ensure that the operators follow the guidelines, they have been instructed to carry out an internal audit and compliance to the Authority on half-yearly basis.According to the latest regulations issued by the TRAI, any advertisement that induces the consumer to subscribe to a tariff plan, which he would not have otherwise subscribed to, or if it contains an untrue statement or omits a material fact having bearing on the subscriber’s decision or fails to disclose attached limitations and restrictions, that would be considered as misleading of subscribers.last_img read more

Borderlands 2 may be on the way

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first_imgBorderlands is a wildly popular and successful game. With millions of sales and a wealth of downloadable content, a sequel seems like a obvious move. A source apparently informed Eurogamer that a sequel is more or less confirmed.Borderlands 2 has been the subject of a great deal of speculation as fans having been clamoring for a sequel to the critically acclaimed first-person shooter. Earlier this year in April, “Borderlands 2” was spotted on a game developer’s CV. All fingers pointed towards a statement at this year’s E3, but unfortunately, there was no word about a sequel.Following the CV discovery, though, Gearbox Software head Randy Pitchford said that the developer intended to return to the Borderlands universe, but he did not say when.Borderlands was released in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim. It was a new IP that gamers flocked to. Following the success of its new franchise, Gearbox consistently released DLC for the game.The game was so popular and engrossing that a dedicated fan saw fit to reach out to Gearbox to help him with his marriage proposal. Gearbox heard Ben’s request and constructed a video in which Claptrap tells Ben’s girlfriend that he has something important to say.A sequel to Borderlands, should it happen, would be one of the most anticipated video game sequels. Gearbox’s recent release was the long-awaited and largely-disparaged Duke Nukem Forever. Borderlands 2 would definitely help them save face.2K Games returned a request for comment with “No comment.”Via EuroGamerlast_img read more

ER to run 10 pairs of AC summer specials

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first_imgKolkata: For the convenience of passengers, Eastern Railway will run 10 pairs of AC weekly superfast summer special trains between Sealdah and Kamakhya stations via Dankuni. 02261 Sealdah-Kamakhya AC weekly superfast summer special will leave Sealdah station on every Friday between May 4 and June 29 at 23.55 hrs to reach Kamakhya at 18.35 hrs on the next day, while 02262 Kamakhya-Sealdah AC weekly superfast summer special will leave Kamakhya station on every Saturday between May 5 and June 30 at 23.05 hrs to reach Sealdah at 17.45 hrs on the next day. The trains will have only air-conditioned accommodation.last_img read more

Tricks of the Trade

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Enroll Now for Free 5 min read Trading Assistants are changing the face of eBay. Last year, more than 14,000 TAs were registered in eBay’s Trading Assistant Directory. In fact, helping others sell their goods on eBay was one of the hottest business ideas for 2005 and 2006, according to Christopher Matthew Spencer, an eBay Powerseller, Trading Assistant, instructor and author of The eBay Entrepreneur: The Definitive Guide to Starting Your Own eBay Trading Assistant Business.Although the Trading Assistant Program is fairly new, the concept has been around for some time. “We were trading assistants before they called us Trading Assistants,” Spencer, 37, says of his Burbank, California, drop-off store, The Spencer Company, whose 2006 sales are expected to reach more than $500,000. He says many eBay sellers go through a natural progression to becoming TAs: First they sell their own items, then they start selling things for their friends. Eventually, word spreads that they will help people sell on eBay, so they get business cards printed and start looking for people who need help selling their goods. Sound familiar?Some TAs sell anything and everything, while others work a specific niche or price point. They work out of their homes or through drop-off stores, full time or part time, according to Walt Duflock, eBay’s senior manager of seller development. The key to TA success, Duflock and Spencer agree, is tapping into the vast marketplace of people who want to sell online without spending time doing it themselves.Business SenseMeeting the minimum requirements for becoming a Trading Assistant is your first step. Those include: selling at least 10 items within the previous three months; having a feedback score of at least 100, of which 97 percent is positive; and maintaining an account in good standing. But there’s more to succeeding as a Trading Assistant than meeting these basic requirements. According to futurist Dan Nissanoff, author of FutureShop and co-founder of Portero, a New York City Trading Assistant business for companies that sell high-end consumer products, the Trading Assistant business can be very lucrative if you know how to run the business.First, decide what you want to accomplish and how much time you plan to spend achieving your goal. Do you want to be a stay-at-home parent and run your business part time out of your home? Do you want to make enough money to quit your job and run an eBay drop-off store full time? Or are your goals somewhere in the middle?Ron Mansfield, an eBay Trading Assistant, consultant and author of numerous books, including eBay to the Max, warns that running a TA business is a lot of work, though all that hard work can pay off in profits.Skip McGrath agrees. McGrath, a Trading Assistant in Anacortes, Washington, and author of various eBay guidebooks, points out that most financially successful Trading Assistants work full time (not necessarily in a drop-off store) and serve a particular niche.The key, McGrath and Mansfield stress, is to realize that being a Trading Assistant is a real business, and you must treat it as such. It is important to maintain a professional image and strong work ethic. Some other tips include:Invest in letterhead and business cards.Answer your phone in a professional manner.Dress appropriately when you meet with customers.Focus on customer service–for the seller and the buyer.Use written contracts.Develop good bookkeeping skills.Keep accurate records.File for a sales tax number and an employee identification number.Advertising AdvantageEffective advertising for your business is essential. “But that doesn’t mean you have to spend hundreds of dollars [on] advertising,” says McGrath.Start small, he advises. Word-of-mouth is very powerful, so be sure all your friends and family are aware that you’re available to help them–and anyone they know–sell items on eBay. Mention your business to people you meet at church or through clubs in which you’re involved. Offering to sell donated items for nonprofits is a great way to raise money for charity and also earn a nice commission (it’s a tax write-off for you, too). The key is to make yourself and your business known in the community.Another simple, inexpensive way to find customers is to visit garage sales late in the afternoon. McGrath found a saddle at one garage sale that the owner was trying to sell for $300. Because it hadn’t sold, McGrath offered to sell it on eBay. The saddle sold for $790–a terrific success for the saddle owner, the buyer and McGrath, who earned a 30 percent commission.Some other marketing ideas include:Classified adsCommunity bulletin boardsDoorknob hangerseBay’s Trading Assistant Directory: Visit www.ebay.com/ta for all the information you need to sign up.Product SelectionAs a Trading Assistant, it’s very important to know how to say no. “Junk is junk, and eBay isn’t going to magically make it valuable,” Nissanoff says.McGrath agrees. “Six of the seven calls I get a week I turn down,” he says. “They’re looking to sell lower-value items.”McGrath and Mansfield suggest the following:Set a minimum selling price. Determine what your time is worth, and don’t sell items for so little that you won’t make a good profit.Make sure there’s a market for all the items you’re selling. Also check the selling prices for similar items on eBay.Consider specializing in the types of items you sell, either by client or product.Be careful about agreeing to sell items with a high degree of product liability (such as baby products).Bright FutureThe importance of Trading Assistants hasn’t yet been fully realized, according to Nissanoff. “The Trading Assistant revolution will bridge the gap between eBay sellers and the general public,” he says.Spencer points out the virtually unlimited nature of the Trading Assistant’s market. “There’s lots of money in the Trading Assistant arena,” he says. “eBay has helped me become a millionaire.” Maybe it can help you, too.Lisa Stammer is a freelance writer based in Minneapolis. She specializes in topics related to business, health care, technology and parenting. October 20, 2006 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. read more

Americas greatest gift A Thanksgiving story

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first_imgWondering where I was going to get the pan drippings for the gravy and mashed potatoes I agreed to make for an expat Thanksgiving this year, I starting thinking about last year’s turkey. It was my first Thanksgiving in Costa Rica and away from family. As we sat down to the meal in Escazú, hosted by a Costa Rican family and complete with sweet potatoes and even canned cranberry sauce served in slices, I was struck by the endearing role reversal.Mercedes, the live-in maid of my partner’s father, served the half bird simply, lightly seasoned and roasted without much fanfare. How did this woman who knew so little about Thanksgiving get its culinary centerpiece so right? Nostalgia and a twinge of homesickness might have added their own special spice to the bird, but that does little to explain how the meat, so often dry and oft overcooked, came out so moist and flavorful with crisp mahogany skin.While we might not have had dressing and my grandmother’s pecan pie, the foods we celebrate over on Thanksgiving are part of the same culinary exchange that happened in Central America when Spanish conquistadors, indigenous Americans, and African slaves came together here in the isthmus and built a collective food culture over hundreds of years.Plus, turkey in Costa Rica is hardly the alien encounter it was for the Spanish conquistadors who first saw it served at Aztec banquets in Mexico hundreds of years ago. Native to the Americas, turkey has long been enjoyed in the New World and is a Christmas table staple here.Turkey has even been called “the greatest gift the Americas ever gave to the Old World,” according to food writer and poet Marjorie Ross, author of “Entre el comal y la olla: Fundamentos de gastronomía costariccense” (“Between the comal and the pot: Basics of Costa Rican Gastronomy”), which traces the history of Costa Rican cooking from its earliest incarnations.Ross points out in her book that many of Costa Rica’s national dishes — gallo pinto, casados, olla de carne — all have their roots in the first encounter. Spanish conquistadors brought sugar, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, rice, and wheat with them, along with their cooking styles, including ovens. The region’s indigenous inhabitants already enjoyed corn, beans, sweet and hot peppers, squash, tomatoes, potatoes, yucca, and cacao, among the wide array of fruits and other vegetables. A Caribbean-style casado served with chicken and patacones, a style of fried plantains. Alberto Font Any budget-conscious backpacker passing through Costa Rica has likely had a casado, a mix of rice, black beans, salad, beef (often served stewed in a sauce), sweet plantains, and sometimes a side of pasta. The carbo-loaded plate is a satisfying way to explore the marriage of ingredients that came out of the encounter between Europe and the Americas: beef and rice from Spain, and indigenous ingredients like beans and plantains from Central America.But gallo pinto, a mix of white rice, black beans, onions, sweet peppers and garlic, best embodies the mix of influences in Costa Rican cooking.Ross argues in her book that the dish brings together the three legs of the Tico table: Spanish, indigenous and African. The food writer says that while rice and beans came from European/Asian and American sources, it was African slaves brought to Central America who combined the two staples together into the iconic dish it is today.Ross likens the combination to the Southern classic Hoppin’ John, a rice and black-eyed pea dish cooked with spices, onions, and pork (smoked ham hocks if my dad’s making it).Colorful ears of corn are common decorations come November in the United States, but maize doesn’t reverberate there the same way it does with holidays here in Central America. Corn-flour tortillas have never gone out of style here and corn tamales are just as much a part of the Christmas table here as turkey is for Thanksgiving.    With the addition of milk and other dairy products to the Central American diet after European migrants brought cows to Costa Rica in the 16th century, staples like corn got a makeover, often as sweets. Costa Rican classics like churreadas, fried sweet corn pancakes served with sour cream, bizcochos, a simple cornmeal cake, and budín de elote, a syrupy moist dessert sometimes prepared with whole corn kernels baked inside, were all made possible thanks to sour cream.I like to think that the same kind of creativity that cooks in the isthmus channeled to make sense of new foods and create new flavors also manifested itself in Mercedes last year. Unburdened by Norman Rockwell notions of what a Thanksgiving Turkey is, serving a half turkey roasted flat without trying to stuff it or worry about last-minute gravy, she was able to approach the bird with a clean slate and just cook a damn good turkey.Maybe I’ll try my hand at it next year. But who am I kidding, I’ve got potatoes to mash. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

In spat EU Parliament stops talks with EU Council

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first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) ErrorOK… ErrorOK Four benefits of having a wireless security system Comments   Share   ___Don Melvin can be reached at http://twitter.com/Don_Melvincenter_img Associated PressBRUSSELS (AP) – Just as voices across Europe are calling for stronger governance in response to the financial crisis _ a surer hand at the wheel _ one branch of the EU said in a fit of pique Thursday that it was suspending cooperation with another branch on a range of important security issues.The European Parliament, feeling slighted it was not consulted on a proposal the Justice and Home Affairs Council made earlier this month on curbing the free movement of people across national borders, announced it would stop working with the Council on five law-enforcement proposals. They relate to the border controls as well as to fighting cybercrime, improving cooperation among national police forces, finalizing the internal security budget, and crafting an anti-terrorism proposal requiring airlines to supply information on passengers to EU member countries. Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family “This is quite drastic action,” acknowledged Armin Machmer, a spokesman for Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament.A British member of the Parliament, Anthea McIntyre, put it another way. “We should not react with a childish tantrum and throw our toys out of the pram,” she said.The immediate flashpoint was the proposal this month by the Justice and Home Affairs Council, which is composed of officials from the 27 EU national governments, to amend the way the Schengen open-borders agreement allows national authorities in some instances to temporarily close their borders. The Parliament, made up of elected representatives from around Europe, felt it should have helped develop the proposal rather than having it presented to them on a yes-or-no basis.But beyond that, the Parliament has felt ignored or consulted only as an afterthought on a variety of issues, including on the European Union’s response to the financial crisis now threatening the euro currency.The Schengen Agreement, allowing people to move unhindered across the national borders of 26 European countries, is considered one of the EU’s proudest achievements. Tinkering with it arouses strong emotions. Parents, stop beating yourself up Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates “This is a very sensitive point,” Machmer said. “That also in part explains the fury.”The decision to suspend cooperation was made by a majority vote of the Parliament’s Conference of Presidents, a group composed of Shulz and the leaders of the Parliament’s political groups.“It is without precedent that in the middle of the legislative process, one co-legislative chamber excludes the other,” Shulz said in a statement. “The JHA Council’s approach of 7 June represents a slap in the face of parliamentary democracy and is unacceptable to the directly elected representatives of European citizens.”Morten Bodskov, minister of justice for Denmark, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency at the moment, said he regretted the Parliament’s decision.“A good cooperation is to the benefit of all, especially during the present economic crisis,” Bodskov said.Jochen Mueller, a spokesman on home affairs issues for the Council, could not be reached for comment.But Timothy Kirkhope, another British member of the Parliament, denounced the decision to suspend cooperation with the Council.“The European Parliament is now threatening public safety in order to make a political point,” Kirkhope said. Members of Parliament, he added, were “putting their own self-aggrandizement ahead of safety and security.”last_img read more

Singapore defines Casinos and luxury

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first_imgSingapore is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. Not to mention the fact that if you are looking for luxurious casino resorts then you are in the right place. Marina Bay Sands is a world of fine dining, high-end shops, Broadway shows and infinity pools.Source: BBClast_img

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Father of dead baby to remain in custody until trial

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first_imgThe father of a three-month-old baby who died from severe head injuries will remain in custody until the trial at Paphos criminal court begins next month while the mother was released on bail.The couple, aged 29 will head to trial on April 18, the court ruled on Monday.The father faces two charges, manslaughter, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, and causing death through a reckless or dangerous act. The mother only faces the second charge.The baby died on February 22, four days after his father rushed him to Paphos general hospital in a comatose state.He was transferred to Makarios children’s hospital in Nicosia where a head scan showed brain injury and an epidural hematoma.The parents had reported that their son sustained the injuries by falling from a couch but they were arrested after a post-mortem revealed that the severity of his injuries was not consistent with a fall from a 70cm-high sofa. According to the pathologists in charge of the case, such injuries can only be caused by a fall from a greater height.Court ruled the father remain in custody while the mother was released on conditions of a €70,000 bail, handing over travel documents and presenting herself to a police station on Mondays and Thursdays between 7pm to 9pm.Her name has been placed on a stop list.Prosecution argued there was high risk the father could return to their native Romania and as such should remain in custody. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Gas exploration moves to exploitation

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first_imgCyprus is on the verge of moving from natural gas exploration to exploitation, Minister of Energy Giorgos Lakkotrypis said on Tuesday.Four years after the initial exploration well in block 12 in Cyprus’ EEZ, US Noble Energy will shortly submit a development plan for the commercialisation of the 4.50 trillion cubic feet reserve of natural gas found in the Aphrodite well, declaring it commercially viable.“Cyprus is at a turning point as for the first time we are progressing from exploration to exploitation,” Lakkotrypis said, addressing the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Conference that began in Nicosia on Tuesday. “Cyprus today is indeed progressing towards the monetisation of its natural resources,” he added.Earlier in the day he was present in a meeting between President Anastasiades and Noble, after which the company’s Vice President for the Eastern Mediterranean Keith Elliot said it plans to declare the commerciality of the Aphrodite field and to submit the reserve’s production plan in a few weeks.Elliot said Noble was “bringing the Aphrodite discovery to the next phase of exploitation, it’s something that we have been looking forward to for some time now and it is a tremendous opportunity that we hope will bring prosperity to both the people of Cyprus and the government of Cyprus, as well as the other countries in the region.”“I cannot emphasise strongly enough the significance of this development,” Lakkotrypis said.Noble’s Vice President for communications and government relations Ben Dillon said that Aphrodite is the third most significant discovery following Israel’s Leviathan and Tamar fields, also operated by Noble, adding it has the potential to supply Cyprus’ domestic market and meet the strong regional demand.Due to the size of the Aphrodite play, which holds proven reserves of between 3.6 to 6 trillion cubic feet (tcf), it’s understood that a pipeline is the likeliest development option.Dillon reiterated his company intends to commercialise the Aphrodite gas both through exports as well as supplies to Cyprus for domestic electricity generation.Under the agreement with Noble, Cyprus is part-owner of any gas discovered.Dillion went on to say that “Noble remains committed” to the eastern Mediterranean despite difficulties encountered with Israeli authorities over tax and anti-trust issues.So far Noble has discovered 40tcf of gas in the eastern Med, the bulk of which is in Israeli fields.Meanwhile, the ENI-KOGAS consortium will also announce “soon” the results of their exploratory drilling at the offshore Amathusa prospect, Lakkotrypis said.A previous drill by ENI-KOGAS in another prospect, Onasagoras, did not find enough gas.On Total, which has concessions on offshore blocks 10 and 11, Lakkotrypis said the company would continue with geological and geochemical surveys.An updated bilateral agreement between the French energy giant and the government would be signed shortly, the minister said.Back in January, the government announced that Total could abandon a search for oil and gas off Cyprus after failing to find tangible evidence of reserves. The government was nevertheless keen to keep the company’s Cyprus operations going.After the disappointing results, the government is now focusing on the Aphrodite prospect in Block 12, operated by Noble Energy.Minister of Finance Harris Georgiades said that the revenue stream generated by natural gas complements but does not substitute the efforts to consolidate and reform the economy.After signing a €10 billion bailout in 2013 to avert the collapse of its banking sector and cover its fiscal needs, the government has embarked on a fiscal consolidation and reform programme agreed with its lenders, namely the European Commission, the ECB and the IMF collectively called the Troika.Energy policy has been elevated to a major government policy, Georgiades told the conference, noting that gas reserves are very important for the local economy and the region, as well.“We strongly believe that a reformed economy with sound public finances and sound competitiveness can absorb future revenue,” he said.Energy “is a complement and not a substitute to the effort to put our house in order,” he added.Lakkotrypis said Cyprus’ energy strategy is focused on three main pillars: attracting investment in the entire value chain of the oil and gas industry; ensuring revenues from the sale contracts related to hydrocarbons; and creating a knowledge-based oil and gas sector, making use of the “human talent available in Cyprus”.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. 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Modi may fervently

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Modi may fervently want this vigilante thing to wind up.

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