Jemez Riders News:The Jemez Riders are organizing a cleanup event 8 a.m. to noon for this Saturday, June 6th. Volunteers will be located at both the Anderson Overlook and the Y Parking Area handing out supplies. There will be safety vests, trash bags, trash grabbers, gloves, sunscreen, water and donuts available. Jemez Riders Atomic City, USA t-shirts will be given to the first 10 volunteers who show up to help out. For those not able to volunteer, be patient when traveling down the Main Hill Road on Saturday morning. 8:00 – 12:00.
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U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline have announced over $1.6 million in federal funding from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program.Rhode Island Sea Grant will use the funds to continue work on the state’s Shellfish Management Plan.In addition, with construction of the five wind turbines for Block Island waters underway, Rhode Island Sea Grant will be updating the Ocean Special Area Management Plan, which is helping to ensure that the new wind turbines have a minimal effect on existing ocean users like fishermen and recreational boaters.“Rhode Island’s coastal habitat and fisheries are an essential part of our culture and economy. The University of Rhode Island is a national leader in ocean research and conservation, and the Sea Grant program has been a vital partner in carrying out cooperative research and strengthening our coastal communities. I will continue working to keep federal funding flowing to URI to conduct this important research and protect our oceans,” said Senator Reed, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS), and Related Agencies, which oversees NOAA funding.Administered by the University of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program supports research, community outreach, and education programs aimed at better understanding and preserving coastal communities and marine environments. The program focuses on four priority areas: healthy coastal ecosystems; sustainable fisheries and aquaculture; resilient communities and economies; and environmental literacy and workforce development. Recent initiatives have included developing guidelines for offshore energy and commercial ocean development, such as Rhode Island’s Ocean Special Area Management Plan, and protecting important fishing grounds to help preserve the state’s vital fishing industry.Image: reed.senate
Otto Energy has encountered hydrocarbons shows at its exploration well, offshore Palawan in the Philippines, but the volumes appear to be sub-commercial.According to a partner in the project, Red Emperor Resources, the exploration well named Hawkeye-1 was drilled to the planned total depth of 2,920m with the top reservoir intersected at 2,710m.Hydrocarbons were logged between 2,710m – 2,737m in reservoir of variable quality. The upper reservoir section between 2,710m – 2,724m is interpreted to be gas bearing at sub-commercial volumes. The second, poorer quality reservoir (2,724m – 2,737m) provided evidence of fluorescence, usually an indicator of liquid hydrocarbons, from hand cutting returns, the company said.Unfortunately, Red Emperor Resources said, even if confirmed oil bearing, the combination of poor reservoir and low net pay would render the potential oil leg sub-commercial. Below 2,737m water was inferred from log observations in a reservoir sequence of good quality. The well is being drilled using the Maersk Venturer drillship.“While the Hawkeye-1 exploration well has proven the existence of hydrocarbons in SC55, the hydrocarbon size discovered appears to be at the low end of expectations and not likely economic to develop. Hawkeye-1 will now be plugged and abandoned with results from the well to be analysed with respect to other prospects, including Cinco, in the license that potentially share the same charge source. The drilling program has been executed smoothly, ahead of schedule and significantly under of budget. Based on a potential estimated total well cost of USD$25m, Red Emperor expects to retain a cash balance of approximately $12m AUD (£5.66m) after operations are completed. The Company remains focused on identifying new opportunities while continuing to efficiently manage the existing assets in its portfolio,” Red Emperor said in a statement Monday.
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$1.1 billion Zika funding bill fails in Senate SHARE WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) — The Senate rejected a $1.1 billion bill to combat the Zika virus Tuesday, failing to garner the 60 votes needed for passage.Democratic Senators opposed provisions that would have blocked funding for Planned Parenthood and that would have allowed Confederate flags to fly at military veteran cemeteries.Republicans added those provisions to the measure in June, along with spending cuts to help pay for the Zika bill, saying they are reasonable priorities that reflect their control of the House and Senate. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Republicans had “loaded it up with poison pill riders to assuage the hard right.”The bill garnered 52 votes Tuesday, eight shy of the number it needed.“It’s hard to explain why – despite their own calls for funding – Senate Democrats decided to block a bill that could help keep pregnant women and babies safer from Zika,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “It’s also hard to explain why – despite the array of terror attacks we’ve seen across the world – Senate Democrats decided to block a bill that could help keep the American people safer from threats.”The Zika threat hasn’t gripped the public nationwide as Ebola did two years ago, but pressure is building as dozens of mosquito-transmitted Zika cases have been confirmed in the political battleground state of Florida since lawmakers left Washington in July.It’s the third time a federal Zika funding package has stalled amid a partisan fight. An earlier $670 million in repurposed funds earmarked to investigated the disease and develop a vaccine is running out.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. Published: September 6, 2016 6:33 PM EDT Updated: September 6, 2016 6:58 PM EDT Author: CNN Newsource Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.
EXPANSION of the 1520mm gauge Russian rail network is once again in prospect. Prof Sergey Zakharov of the All-Russian Railway Research Institute told the 7th International Heavy Haul Conference in Brisbane of proposals for modernising the 86660 km network over the next 30 years. Several major projects will add 15000 route-km by 2030, including dedicated heavy haul lines and high speed routes. New lines are planned in western Siberia and in the northern Urals, and plans to build a link to the island of Sakhalin are firming up. Over 8000 km will be upgraded for 200 km/h passenger trains, and the Sokol prototype developed by RAO VSM is likely to become the standard high speed train. The proportion of lines electrified will increase from 47% to 52% by 2010, and new electric locos will have self-steering bogies, microprocessor controls and electronic fault diagnosis.Work is in hand to develop gas turbine traction, and a prototype loco powered by natural gas is expected to begin trials by 2005. The Institute is meanwhile testing a pair of eight-axle diesel locos with General Motors EMD engines, and both are to be trialled on the RZD network.Heavy haul developments will see train weights increased progressively to 16000 or 18000 tonnes – tests have already taken place with a train grossing 42000 tonnes.
EUROPE: Russian Railways’ construction subsidiary RZDstroy and Austrian civil engineering group Alpine Bau signed an agreement in Wien on January 29 establishing an equally owned joint venture to undertake railway construction work in Russia, Austria and elsewhere in Europe.According to RZD, the joint venture’s first projects will be related to the Brenner base tunnel project in Austria and the construction of two tunnels in Sochi as part of preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Alpine has brought all its rail activities together at a single site with the opening of a headquarters building at Traun in Oberösterreich.