Shell to sell its stake in Thai gas field

first_imgThe Hague-based LNG giant Shell said on Wednesday that it will sell its stake in the Bongkot gas field and adjoining acreage offshore Thailand to PTT Exploration & Production (PTTEP) for $750 million before tax.The transaction is expected to complete in the second quarter of 2018, Shell said in its statement.“Shell’s decision to divest remains driven by our strategy to sell non-core assets in order to re-shape Shell into a simpler, more resilient and focused company. This sale takes Shell a step closer to its divestment target of $30 billion,” it said.The agreement is for Shell’s stake in Blocks 15, 16 and 17 and Block G12/48. Following the completion of this transaction, PTTEP’s stake in Bongkot will increase to 66.6667%, with the remaining 33.3333% owned by Total. PTTEP is the current operator of Bongkot.last_img read more

Worker Safety in Grain Facilities

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — As local farm workers prepare for this year’s harvest, the Indiana Department of Labor reminds employers and employees about grain handling facility hazards and how to prevent occupational injuries and fatalities.On July 10, 2014 a 9-year-old boy died after falling into a grain bin in Lancaster, Wis., underscoring the dangerous conditions of grain facilities. In June 2013 a Hoosier farm worker in LaPorte County was killed in a grain bin accident.Grain bins across the U.S. have killed more than 180 people and injured more than 675 since 1980. Grain dust is highly flammable and is the number one cause of grain bin explosions.“The safety of our farm workers is of paramount importance to our Indiana agriculture industry,” said Commissioner Rick J. Ruble. “Grain handling facilities are extremely dangerous, and workers must recognize the dangers and take all necessary precautions.”Employees working in or near grain handling facilities should never work alone because they are exposed to significant occupational safety and health hazards including falls, electrocution, engulfment, auger entanglement and dust explosions. Working with a partner ensures help is always nearby.Additionally, employers and employees can reduce the likelihood of worker injury, illness or death by taking the following precautions:Prevent falls: Provide all employees with a body harness and lifeline, or a boatswains chair, and ensure it is properly secured before entering a grain bin. Prevent dust explosions: Prior to entry, test the air within a bin or silo for the presence of combustible and toxic gases and make sure there is sufficient oxygen for safe entry.Employers and employees are strongly encouraged to learn about safe grain handling procedures and take the necessary precautions. To learn more about safe grain handling practices click here. Prevent electrocution and auger entanglement: Before grain bin or silo entry, shut down and lock out all equipment power sources. Station an observer outside the bin or silo to continuously monitor and track the employee inside the bin.center_img Prevent engulfment: Prohibit employees from walking-down the grain or using similar practices to make the grain flow. Prohibit entry into bins or silos underneath a bridging condition or where there is a build-up of grain products on side walls that could shift and bury a worker.last_img read more

Quarterbacks coach Lester expects competition to heat up quickly

first_imgFriday, in Tim Lester’s mind, was the day the competition truly began.It was the first time that Syracuse practiced in full pads. It also was one of the first times that Drew Allen has been truly comfortable in the SU system. Until now, it’s been tough for Lester, the quarterbacks coach, to make any judgments on who will win the starting job under center.“There’s not much clarity yet,” Lester said, “but they’ve all been playing hard and learning.”Allen and Terrel Hunt are splitting snaps evenly at quarterback, Lester said, with Charley Loeb following behind. Days ago it seemed that Hunt was the frontrunner in the two-horse race. Now it’s a dead heat.The next few days will go a long way in separating the pack. The Orange practiced third downs for the first time on Saturday and will do further situational work in the upcoming practices. Those are when Lester will learn each quarterback’s “quirks.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWho holds on to the ball too long? Who can execute on third downs? Or in the red zone? It’s questions like those that Lester hopes will be answered in the coming days, and the answers will shed light on the outlook of the quarterback competition.“Today was good,” Lester said. “Real fun for me to see the guys in a unique situation because we’ve been doing first down for five days now.”Also adding some clarity is Allen’s rapid progression into the flow of the offense over the past few days.For the first few days he spent practicing with Syracuse, he had yet to familiarize himself.“He was just uncomfortable with everything,” Lester said.But he’s improved quickly, faster even than Lester expected, and is now on level footing with Hunt and Loeb.It’s helped make Hunt better, too. Lester said that Loeb and John Kinder pushed Hunt well in the spring, but adding Allen and freshmen Mitch Kimble and Austin Wilson has made for a crowded competition that has only elevated Hunt’s play. Over the next few days, though, there should be some clarity.Said Lester: “Now we’re into the unique things that make a quarterback special.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 10, 2013 at 12:43 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Sunday Feature: Freewill Baptist Church and Theurer’s Auction/Realty are on the move

first_imgIn the 1990s It was 1999 when Brooks — who grew up in McAlister, Okla. and was living in Wichita — received a phone call from a church, which was in desperate need of a pastor.Desperate may be an understatement. Freewill at the time was the smallest church in Wellington. How small? Call it four members small.At one point Freewill Baptist Church had four members. Today it has more than 300.It hadn’t always been like that. Freewill Baptist had an interesting beginning. It started in 1957 and was the first church built by Roe Messner, who would build more than 1,700 churches worldwide. Messner was the second husband of Tammy Faye Bakker – who you may remember as the high-profile evangelist caught up in a scandal with her first husband Jim Bakker.The church had survived for four decades, but by Jan. 3, 1999 the congregation was down to a woman, a man, and a husband and wife.“They met with me and wanted to pay me $50 a week,” Brooks said. “I so wanted to be a pastor in Wellington I would have paid them $50 a week.”He said one woman in particular made a huge difference — Inez Russ. Even though the church had dwindled to near extinction, Russ never gave up hope. Some Sundays she would come in turn on the lights. No one else would show up – no other member, no preacher. She would pray by herself, turn off the lights and go home.“Her family in Alva, Okla. pled with her to go to a different church,” Brooks said. “She said ‘no, this was her church.’”Brooks said after the four members all voted “yes” to become their pastor, Russ gave him the one small key to the church put it in his hand, and told him “it’s yours.”The thing is three months later, Russ suffered a stroke and would never be the same.Brooks thinks back reflectively.“The Bible says timing is everything,” Brooks said. “Had she had her stroke three months later I may have never found a church to go to, this building may have been sold to someone else, I would have never moved to Wellington and my whole life would have been different.”For Larry Theurer, his circumstances were different. Theurer’s, located in downtown Wellington, was looking at expanding. The auction business was booming. Farm sales, collectibles, personal property — you name it — there was a need to move wares from one owner to the next.Lying vacant in east Wellington with a huge parking lot was the old Wal-Mart building. It was a perfect match. Theurer needing the space and at the old Wal-Mart there was plenty of real estate to work with. Theurer’s made the move to the 28,000 square foot building and started to hold big auctions.“This building was ideal for what we were doing at the time,” Theurer said. “We were holding live auctions three to four times a month.” Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (10) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +21 Vote up Vote down citizen · 318 weeks ago I praise God for giving this town Pastor Zane Brooks. He is a wonderful, compassionate man who lives his life with a passion to see souls saved. It’s good to see that church grow the way it has. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down Local · 318 weeks ago What a great story! God is so good. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 318 weeks ago I’ve ran into pastor Zane a couple of times, and have always been impressed by him. I’m not really the church going type of person, but I’m glad to see things are working out his way. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 318 weeks ago Pastor Zane and I exchange a hug every time we meet. I don’t go to his church as I have my own I attend regulatory. He respects my religion and the fact I worship and am saved. He is just a neat man that cares about everyone. Also congrats to Larry and his team. A Wellington business well worth thanking for years of service and dedication to the community. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Scott Campbell · 318 weeks ago I thank the Lord every day for Pastor Zane and the First Free Will Baptist Church. Excited about this move into the new location. The Lord is in the restoration business and we can help. There is hope for the hopeless. Scott Campbell Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Georgia · 318 weeks ago Yes Pastor Zane is the greatest. He loves everyone. We are very Blessed to have him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down terry sizemore · 318 weeks ago Praise the Lord for this opportunity tohelp more people know the Lord.Am so proud to be going to the First Freewill Baptist Church and am very proud of the man who leads us by the grace of God. Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Chef Bismark · 318 weeks ago splendid!!!!!!!! Super excited for this transition and what God has in store for our wonderful community!!! Great Job Tracy! Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 318 weeks ago Such a great write up. THANK YOU LORD! for guiding us to the First Free Will Baptist Church, Pastor Zane, & all the wonderful people that attend. Not to mention the most talented gospel singing you’ll ever hear! Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Alishia · 318 weeks ago I remember the year The Brooks family came to Wellington. Before he started preaching here, I got this phone call looking for my mother. When I told him that she was at a different number, he didn’t get off the phone right away. The guy doesn’t know any strangers, only friends. Glad that the church is still growing. Means that God’s not dead! 🙂 Report Reply 0 replies · active 318 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Things changed…Brooks took the job of being pastor of Freewill and ran with it. And whether it was the Holy Spirit at work or the fact Brooks has a dynamic, passionate personality that draws people to him, Freewill grew and grew to over 300 regular worshipping members.Zane Brooks, pastor at Freewill Baptist Church.By 2004, a new sanctuary and foyer was built.Today, the church has outgrown its premises. The location – once ideal for its small congregation – is now a problem. For one thing the church is landlocked.“Parking here is horrendous.” Brooks said. “We don’t have enough of it. And people have to park too close to other people’s driveways. I know if I lived around here, I wouldn’t like it.”The fellowship hall is too small. The Sunday School rooms are too small. Both he, and his wife Charlotte share a cramped office.Then there is the address at 1219 N. Plum which creates great confusion with another church Wellington Baptist Temple, located just two blocks south at 1022 North Plum St.,“You don’t know the half of it,” Brooks laughs over the confusion of the two churches.Brooks said the church could no longer grow at its current location.The first thought was to build a new church on the east edge of town. But the cost to procure property and construct a new temple would be $1.5 to $2 million — to pricey for what Freewill could afford. There was a chance to expand by buying neighboring property. Again, it was a dead- end.“I didn’t see much sense in buying a house for $100,000 only to tear it down,” Brooks said.So Freewill Baptist started looking at existing buildings.Theurer was ready to sell.When the auction/realty center started the Market Center in 1992, the personal nature of auctioneering was dominate and the World Wide Web had yet to make itself known. That changed quickly.The E-bay website was created and all its knockoffs arrived. And suddenly instead of going to an auction, people could bid on items within the compounds of their own home.“Today, more than 90 percent of home buyers begin their search for properties on the Internet before actually contacting an agent,” Theurer said. “They search online rather than spending hours at a live auction. Because of the Internet, we no longer need to warehouse personal property in order to sell it at auction.”Thus, Theurer’s no longer needed the space or the expense of maintaining such a big building.So when Freewill Baptist ready to buy, Theurer’s was happy to sell. They looked elsewhere and found the 3,000 square-foot Tan Express Building – which was a venerable tan salon and gift shop run by Lisa Allton before she closed the business in 2011.It was a perfect fit for Theurer’s.This picture, taken in 2011, was Tan Express. It will soon be the future home of United Country Theurer Auction/Realty. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A church and a real estate auction company are not normally linked so closely together. But in Wellington it marks the evolution of change.Freewill Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Zane Brooks, is buying the Theurer Marketing Center building at 802 E. 16th Street in Wellington. In turn, United Country Theurer’s Auction/Realty is moving east to 1101 E. 16th  to the former Tan Express Building.“An opportunity like this doesn’t present itself very often,” said Larry Theurer, owner of Theurer Auction.It’s an example of one business, and yes a church is a business, needing a bigger building and another needing a smaller building.And whether it’s the work of the Lord or the realities of tomorrow, Freewill Baptist and Theurer’s will now forever be linked. The future…Brooks looks wistfully into the future. The opportunities of expansion is endless.“The goal is to bring Wellington closer to God,” Brooks said. “We will be so much more visible in our new building. I want someone to drive by and see our big sign and our new church and think to himself: ‘man I need to so something with my life, because what I’m doing is not working.’“I believe there is a heaven and there is a hell and most people want to go to heaven. And that’s why we are here.”The sale is expected to close in the near future. Brooks said the church would like to move east and open in January or February of 2015.What about the old church building? Brooks said that has been quite a process finding some takers. After calling every church in town, and actually having a trade out in the works a couple of years ago, the church had yet to sell. However, Brooks is pleased to say that two parties are interested and one offer is on the table — which is actually church related.“We aren’t going to make any money on this building, but we have to do what we have to do,” Brooks said.As far as the new building is concerned, there’s a lot of work to be done Brooks said.“I want it to look as if no one would recognize that it was once the old Wal-Mart building,” Brooks said. “We have extensive remodeling in front of us.”As for Theurer’s, the company will continue to do what they always do – auction and real estate. They will emphasize their online auctions. You can see the latest online auctions by clicking on their ad on the right side of this page that is linked to their website.Their live and online auctioning of farm machinery, heavy equipment, personal property, commercial property, will continue.“Since 1976, our ‘golden rule of service’ has been, ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” Theurer said. “We are dedicated to that principle.”As far the community of Wellington is concern, a larger question now persists — where will large groups of people gather? Theurer’s was the host of several community functions throughout the year including the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce banquet and the annual Kansas State Catbacker banquet. With the Wellington Steakhouse reception rooms still vacant, and Memorial Auditorium still without air conditioning, the need for a large space for gatherings becomes more significant.Theurer Market Center has hosted several large community functions throughout the years including the K-State Catbackers Banquet held last week.But just as the winds of change came to both Freewill Baptist and Theurer’s, now comes a new issue for the community of Wellington.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more