The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center has cancelled all public events for the fall semester in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to press release published Wednesday.The facility will instead be used for physically distanced classrooms, as the teaching days will be extended. Those who hold Presenting Series season tickets were notified and given the option for refunds, exchanges or account credit.Executive director Ted Barron said the Center will likely open in January 2021 for scheduled programming.“Since March, we have all been challenged, committing to choices in the short term to mitigate longer-term impacts,” Barron said. “That’s why the Center is supporting our communities’ healing and comfort until we can again welcome you and many more to premier arts experiences.”Tags: COVID-19, DPAC, pandemic, Presenting Series
Furthermore,Shell will also pay 100 per cent of all studies and manpower costs through tothe well investment decision on the licences. “We will now focus on completing the licence assignments and transfer of operatorship to Shell and progressing the planned appraisal activity on the Resolution and Endeavour gas discoveries. The first part of this work programme will be the acquisition of a marine 3D seismic survey”. Namely, 400 square kilometres of 3D seismic must be acquired in P1929 and P2304 by 31 May 2021 or the operator will be forced to relinquish the licences. The carry onthe acquisition costs will be capped at $5 million gross, beyond which Egdonwould pay 30 per cent of the survey costs. The other condition was demonstrating that the licensees were on track to deliver a future program of 3D seismic data acquisition across both licences. Also, onewell in either P1929 or P2304 must be drilled to a depth of 1,700 metres true verticaldepth subsea (TVDss), or 75 metres below the Base Permian Unconformity by 30November 2022. With bothconditions now fulfilled, Egdon said on Monday that the initial term of the licencesshall be extended to 31 May 2024 with amended work obligations. Followingthis new extension, Egdon will progress the assignment of the licence interestsand operatorship of the licences to Shell. Oil major Shell farmed into the two licences in late January. Namely, it agreed to acquire 70 per cent stakes in both licences. Egdon’s UK subsidiary would retain the remaining 30 per cent interests. Shell will also be appointed as the licence operator. Mark Abbott, managing director of Egdon Resources, said: “Working closely with our partner Shell, we are pleased to have reached an agreement with the OGA to extend the licences coupled with revised work obligations and timelines. OGA granted extensions for the P1929 and P2304 licences, which contain the Resolution and Endeavour gas discoveries respectively, to Egdon until 31 May 2020, subject to securing a farm-in agreement by 31 January – a condition fulfilled by the Shell farm-in. The UK’s Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has granted extensions to Egdon Resources for P1929 and P2304 licences offshore the UK. It is worthnoting that a competent person’s report prepared by Schlumberger reported meancontingent gas resources of 231 bcf of gas, with a P90 to P10 range of 100 to389 bcf, attributable to the Resolution discovery. Under theterms of the farm-in, Shell will pay 85 per cent of the costs of theacquisition and processing of the 3D seismic survey covering both the Resolutionand Endeavour gas discoveries. Location of the licences; Source: Egdon Additionally,Egdon estimates that the Endeavour discovery contains mean contingent resourcesof 18 bcf, with a P90 to P10 range of 10 to 28 bcf.
Mumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said he will visit the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office on September 27 in connection with a money laundering case filed against him by the agency. Addressing media here, Pawar also questioned the timing of the ED move, which comes days before the October 21 Maharashtra Assembly elections. Pawar said he will visit the ED office at 2 pm on September 27 to submit “whatever information” sought in connection with the Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank scam. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “I will be mostly out of Mumbai for Assembly poll campaigning. The agency officials shouldn’t misunderstand that I am unavailable. I will go to them and give them whatever information they want,” Pawar said. Pawar said he believes in the Constitution of India. “Maharashtra follows the ideology of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. We don’t know bowing down before the Delhi takht (throne),” Pawar said. The ED has filed a money laundering case against Pawar, his nephew Ajit Pawar and others in connection with the bank scam. The case is based on a Mumbai Police FIR which had named former chairmen of the bank, Ajit Pawar and 70 former functionaries of the cooperative bank.
India has for long lived in denial of the environmental hazards surrounding its citizens. Water levels have risen, flash floods have devasted thousands, earthquakes have become commonplace in hitherto unfamiliar terrains, uncontrolled construction in sensitive zones have brought forth nature’s fury, but we, as a country, have lived in denial followed by acute inaction. Therefore, it was a welcome Independence Day speech from Prime Minister Narendra Modi that pledged to act against single-use plastic from October 2, Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyIt is heartening to see the Indian government finally making some much-needed announcements regarding the environment, used to as we are of hearing news of ecological devastation. Whether it is the metro rail car shed construction threatening to wipe out large sections of Mumbai’s green cover in Aarey Colony or intermittent news of destroying the Aravallis, foam-spewing Bengaluru lakes or anti-green industrial activities—much of India’s progress and development has been coming at the cost of nature and our own future. Holding up this bleak prism in front of us, the restriction of single-use plastic is the first of several steps urgently needed for the nation to go green. Corporates such as Goldman Sachs, Infosys, Flipkart, Samsung, RPG Group, Mahindra Group, and Godrej Group have already started efforts to eliminate single-use plastic. Also Read – The future is here!Single-use plastic essentially means plastic that is discarded after it is used once. Those thin, white/transparent grocery bags, bottles, straws, milk packets, plates, cutlery etc. made of plastic qualify as ‘single-use’ according to the United Nations. India is now set to adhere to these strict definitions. It is about time that we start becoming more conscious about sustainable living. Carrying reusable glass or metal bottles in place of plastic, taking cloth or jute bags for grocery shopping, opting for environment-friendly material for packaging and in the F&B industry, would contribute towards sustainable living. While becoming conscious and aware is welcome, there are mixed thoughts on a complete blanket ban on single-use plastic given its ramifications on the Rs 2.25 lakh crore plastic industry that employing 4.5 million (according to the All-India Plastics Manufacturers Association). As per the India Brand Equity Foundation, the industry has 2,000 exporters and over 30,000 processing units, 85-90 per cent of which are small and medium-sized enterprises. A complete ban on single-use plastic would make this labour-intensive industry deeply vulnerable, and that too at a time when the country is already battling slowdown. Forcing yet another industry into crisis when others are already reeling under the after-effects of demonetisation and GST compliances would be imprudent. Reports also indicate that India is hardly the leading culprit in plastic generation contributing only 4.49 million tonnes compared to China’s 59.08 million tonnes and US’ 37.83 million tonnes of plastic waste in 2010. In India, the lacuna lies in the proper segregation, collection, and recycling of waste and this is where proactive action is needed. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), India generates 26 metric tonnes of plastic every day but 11 metric tonnes of plastic remains uncollected. Some Gurugram residential colonies, for example, have taken up the task of proper collection and recycling of garbage very seriously and invested in intensive training sessions for residents and domestic help. Ultimately, much more of these efforts will have to be made to ensure that India doesn’t mismanage its plastic waste. The images of dead whales stuffed with plastic are heartrending and there is no denying that plastic poisons the earth. But banning it completely is not as simplistic as it sounds. Plastic obviously, still has enormous practical use. It’s been that necessary evil that brings down the cost of production, packaging, preservation, transportation etc. It’s that cheap material that has since 1957 provided the best economical way of living life, doing business, and indulging in consumerism. As an industry, it provides jobs and livelihood to lakhs of people. Therefore, a more concerted effort needs to be implemented to wean citizens off the use of plastic where ever possible, bring in eco-friendly processes in business (come on, Amazon! You really don’t need that much plastic for packaging) while ensuring that the plastic industry too gets adequately rehabilitated. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) stated that in 2015-16, the National Rural Road Development Agency laid around 7,500 km of roads utilising plastic waste. Ingenuous ways of using plastic along with better collection and recycling would be a step in the right direction without delivering yet another shock to the already sensitive Indian economy. (The writer is an author and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)