Preventing Peanut Virus

first_imgSince there is no cure for TSW, prevention is everything — and the only thing — thatcan make a difference. But farmers now have a new tool to assess their crop’s risk for the deadly tomatospotted wilt virus. Now they can learn how to reduce that risk. In fact, about half the peanut butter produced in the U.S. is made from Georgiapeanuts. The average American eats about 3.3 pounds of peanut butter every year. Tomato spotted wilt is a viral disease that can wipe out a peanut crop. Georgia peanut farmers send about half their crop, nearly 700 million pounds, topeanut butter factories. It’s a virus, it’s incurable and it has cost Georgia peanut farmers more than $50 millionin just the past two years. The disease has infected Georgia peanuts only in the past 10 years. But it has becomemore important every year since it was found in 1986. In 1996, the scientists created a simple-to-use index of those risk factors. Farmers nowcan use the index to lower their risk of getting TSW in their peanut fields. Cochran used the risk index in 1996 and decided to change his peanut variety, hisplanting dates and how he treated for insect control. Brown said no single factor effectively controls the disease. But together they canchange how TSW affects peanut yields. “Peanut variety, planting date, plant population, virus history in the field andat-planting insect control all affect how likely the virus is to cause problems,” he said. Brown said the risk index is a unique way to manage a pest. “This is the first risk indexthat I know of,” he said. Albert Culbreath, a plant pathologist with the UGA Coastal Plain Experiment Station,said the virus attacks the plant, interfering with peanut production. Instead of growingleaves and peanuts, the plant begins making more viral cells. “There isn’t anything farmers can do for their crop once it’s infected,” said Steve L.Brown, an entomologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “We have toavoid high-risk situations.” In the past they’ve tried to control its spread by controlling the thrips that carry it fromfield to field. Those efforts have proven nearly worthless. By the time farmers spray tocontrol the tiny insects, the plants are already infected. The disease struck later in the season in 1996. The later it infests a field, the lower itsimpact on yields. It also makes the plant more susceptible to other diseases and more sensitive toenvironmental stress, including drought, excess moisture and insects. Research in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences shows thatmany factors affect whether and how severely TSW will infect a field. But they can change some practices that affect the disease’s severity. “We’ve got to approach this problem from several different directions to conquer it,”he said. Tomato spotted wilt virus struck fast and hard in nearly all of Georgia’s 533,000peanut acres in 1996. “We saw a higher incidence of it in 1996 than in 1995,” Brownsaid. “But yield losses were greater in 1995.” Worth County peanut farmer Johnny Cochran said TSW “nearly wiped out my 1995irrigated peanut crop — I had to do something!” Cochran figures he lost about 1,000pounds per acre. TSW cost peanut farmers as much as $33 million in 1995 — about 8 percent of thecrop’s total value. “Losses due to tomato spotted wilt were estimated to be greater than any other diseasein 1995,” Brown said. “You can’t cure it, but farmers can change their managementpractices to reduce the damage TSW can do.” “This isn’t the perfect answer to tomato spotted wilt,” Brown said. “But it’s a goodfirst step at dealing with the problem.”last_img read more

UGA Studies Gymnasts

first_imgOver the years, gymnastics has become a sport for little women. No one knows why thatis, though, or even whether it’s good or bad. But Universityof Georgia scientists hope a new study will provide some answers.The scientists will study children 4 to 8 years old. They hope to find how intensiveathletics at a young age affects future health, said Rick Lewis, a foods and nutritionresearcher with the UGA College ofFamily and Consumer Sciences.Lewis will lead the $1.2 million study, which is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.He and his UGA colleagues began researching gymnasts’ health in 1993. They studied thesport’s impact on women of college age and those in their 30s and 40s.They thought they’d find that gymnasts’ higher risk for eating disorders and amenorrhea(absence of menstruation) could lead to a loss of bone mineral and to osteoporosis as thewomen grow older.”Instead, we found they had a much higher bone mass than nongymnasts,” Lewissaid. That was true even though many of the college-age women restricted their foodintake.Since that study, Lewis has compared college gymnasts with their peers. And for thepast two years, he has researched a dozen girls between 8 and 12 years old.But in all the studies so far, the subjects had been gymnasts for many years already.That made it hard to gauge the sport’s true impact.In the first studies, “the older women had started gymnastics training at about 12years old,” Lewis said. “Most of today’s college gymnasts started training whenthey were 6. And the trend is to start as young as 4.”Lewis plans to study 50 girls between 4 and 8 years old during their first two years ofgymnastics training. A control group will include some girls highly active in other sportsand others involved only in recreational sports.”Over the years, gymnasts who compete in the Olympics have become shorter andshorter,” Lewis said. “Is that a result of restrictive eating patterns and theimpact of high-intensity gymnastics on bone development? Or were these young women alreadygenetically programmed to have smaller builds and denser bones?”The study will look at whether gymnasts’ bones may develop differently as a result oftheir activity.”It may be that their bodies trade off bone length for bone density,” Lewissaid. “By spending two years following children just beginning gymnastics, we canassess whether gymnastics blunts growth velocity and significantly alters growthfactors.”Lewis will also study the sport’s psychological effect. In trimming their food intaketo stay thin, do young gymnasts develop attitudes that could place them at risk for eatingdisorders later?”The common assumption is that young women who engage in activities such asgymnastics and ballet are at especially high risk for developing eating disorders,”Lewis said. “But no large-scale studies of this issue have been conducted.”Young gymnasts do score higher on tests that indicate a higher risk of these problems.”But these scores may actually mean they have a healthy attention to mattersimportant to achieving athletic excellence,” Lewis said, “such as avoidingexcess body fat.”Young gymnasts eat fewer calories and calcium than is recommended for girls their ageand size. But so do girls who aren’t gymnasts.Lewis said it’s critical to study gymnasts’ dietary habits and energy expenditurebefore they begin training. And it’s vital to follow them over time and compare them withgirls with other and less intensive sports roles.By doing that, he said, “we should have a much clearer picture of the rolegymnastics plays in the diet of girls who excel in this sport.”last_img read more

Montana’s Colstrip bailout bill defeated, for now

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A bill meant to save the Colstrip power plant in Montana is dead for now, but NorthWestern Corp. hopes lawmakers will revive the idea in other legislation before the session ends May 1.The bill was one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in this year’s session. Republican state Sen. Tom Richmond’s initial proposal would have allowed NorthWestern, the state’s largest utility, to pass on $75 million to ratepayers to cover the cost of increasing its share by up to 150 MW in one unit of the beleaguered coal plant. The proposed bill came as other utilities in the Pacific Northwest pull out of Colstrip because of requirements in states such as Oregon and Washington to move away from coal-fired generation. The bill would have allowed NorthWestern to pass on the costs to ratepayers investments for “environmental, regulatory, and safety compliance and reliability” without review by the Montana Public Service Commission.But lawmakers stripped language allowing the company to skirt PSC oversight, leading some to wonder what the resulting bill was intended to accomplish. And on April 16 Montana house members abruptly rejected the measure by a 60-37 vote.Anne Hedges, lobbyist for the Montana Environmental Information Center, said in an email, “We’re hopeful that this concept is dead for the session but we are staying vigilant. There’s too much time left and too many opportunities for bill proponents to hijack other ideas and try to force people to vote for this bill.”Jo Dee Black, spokeswoman for NorthWestern, said in an email that the company “continues to track legislation as the 2019 Montana Legislature continues.” Black would not say whether the company would still attempt to increase its ownership in the unit from the undisclosed seller.Talen Generation LLC operates Colstrip, which has a generating capacity of 2,094 MW, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data. Owners include Puget Sound Energy Inc., of Bellevue, Wash., Portland General Electric Co. and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary PacifiCorp, both of Portland, Ore.; and Avista Corp., of Spokane, Wash.More ($): Colstrip bailout bill dies in Montana Montana’s Colstrip bailout bill defeated, for nowlast_img read more

India hangs four over 2012 Delhi bus gang-rape

first_imgTopics : The brutal attack on Jyoti Singh sparked weeks of demonstrations and shone a spotlight on the alarming rates of sexual violence and the plight of women in India where around 95 rapes are reported daily.The execution sparked small celebrations outside the prison early on Friday.”We are satisfied that finally my daughter got justice after seven years,” the victim’s mother Asha Devi told reporters outside the jail. “The beasts have been hanged.””Today all Indian women received justice,” Delhi resident Meena Sharma told AFP, clutching an Indian flag.  India executed four men on Friday for the gang-rape and murder of a woman on a Delhi bus in 2012 that sparked huge nationwide protests and international revulsion.The four were hanged before dawn at Tihar Jail in the Indian capital, the head of the prison, Sandeep Goel, told AFP, in India’s first execution since 2015.”All four convicts [were] hanged at 5:30 am,” Goel said. ‘Bursting dam’ Nearly 34,000 rapes were reported in India in 2018, according to official data. This is considered the tip of the iceberg, with many more victims too scared to come forward.But Singh’s ordeal, and the fact that she was part of a generation of young women trying to break out of a still very traditional society, struck a chord.”It was like the bursting of a dam,” said Kavita Krishnan, a women’s activist who took part in the huge protests.”It was not restricted to seeking revenge. Women said they do not want to trade their freedom for safety… There was a social awakening of society,” she told AFP before the hangings.The uproar over the case led to tougher punishments for rapists including the death penalty for repeat rape offenders.Singh, nicknamed “Nirbhaya” (“fearless”), survived long enough to identify her attackers and all six were arrested. Four were convicted in 2013.A fifth, the suspected ringleader, was found dead in jail in a suspected suicide, while the 17-year-old spent three years in a juvenile detention center.India “has given a strong message to rapists that if you commit this crime you will be hanged,” tweeted Swati Maliwal, chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women.But for Krishnan, the executions mask the continued failure to provide justice and improve safety for women in the world’s biggest democracy.Almost 150,000 rape cases are awaiting trial in India’s dysfunctional criminal justice system.The government is “trying to fix the public gaze on the gallows to divert attention away from what it has failed to do,” Krishnan said. “I came here around 3:00 am in the morning. I waited here as today is a great day for us.”Singh, 23, was returning home from the cinema with a male friend on the evening of December 16, 2012 when they boarded a Delhi bus, thinking it would take them home.Five men and a 17-year-old boy had other, darker ideas.They knocked the friend unconscious and dragged Singh to the back of the bus and raped and tortured her with a metal rod.The physiotherapy student and the friend were then dumped on the road. Singh died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital from massive internal injuries.”A decent girl won’t roam about at 9 pm,” one of the perpetrators later told a BBC documentary that was banned in India.last_img read more

COVID-19 spoils appetite for wild meat

first_imgRead also: Wuhan’s ‘wet markets’ struggle after virus lockdownBut the pandemic has cost more than just people’s appetite; it has brought forth a social and economic crisis, in which losses in income are expected to exceed US$220 billion in developing countries, according to some estimates.The effects have not only been felt in the country’s eastern regions, where such unorthodox fare is more commonly consumed.Markets in Surakarta, Central Java, known to sell meats such as dog, snake and bat have also seen fewer customers as of late.In March, the Central Java Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), together with the Surakarta Agriculture, Food Resilience and Fisheries Agency (DPKPP), found a strain of betacoronavirus in bats at the Depok Market.Luckily, humans have yet to contract the virus.Surakarta resident Darmanto, 45, who used to consume bat meat to treat his asthma, said he was currently too afraid to eat bat.“I didn’t used to think about the health risks, unlike now. Maybe because every day we hear about people getting sick and dying from the coronavirus,” he said.Read also: Indonesia, time to ban wildlife markets: Activists’ take on Wuhan coronavirusMeanwhile, many local administrations have already tried to discourage residents from eating wild animal meat.The Tomohon city administration has tried to put a cap on the trade of wild meat by limiting the supply of bats and snakes from outside North Sulawesi, while also urging vendors to sell more common farmed meats such as pork, chicken and beef.“We have activated two posts to stop the shipment of bat meat from outside North Sulawesi to Tomohon Market,” city secretary Harold Lolowang said. He noted that some 90 percent of wild meat in Tomohon came from other parts of Sulawesi.Meanwhile, Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi “Rudy” Rudyatmo said that although his administration could not forcibly close down wild meat vendors, they would be supervised and persuaded to change products.“We promote healthy living, so if consumers are aware [of the underlying health risks], they will no longer consume wild meat. In turn, these dog, snake and bat meat vendors will have to try out other professions,” Rudy said.Although wild animal meat might be a central part of the traditional diet of some cultures, experts say consumption of such meat should be discouraged, especially in urban centers where people have easy access to farmed meat.Glorious alternatives: Food is displayed at Bonga Bonga restaurant in Cilandak, South Jakarta. The restaurant prides its self on being a halal ‘lapo’ (Batak eatery), in contrast with traditional ‘lapo’, which offer dishes made with pork or dog meat. (The Jakarta Post/A. Muh Ibnu Aqil)Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) biologist Sigit Wiantoro said that contact between human and wild animals would always contain the risk of animal-to-human transmission of zoonotic diseases.“Consumption of wild meat should be discouraged,” Sigit told the Post recently.“Not only will it reduce the potential for disease transmission, but it also makes sure those animals live peacefully in their natural habitat and continue playing their role in the ecosystem.”Stricter regulations to protect wildlife from humankind were in order, he said, as well as efforts to educate the public on the risks of eating wild animals for the environment and for public health.Even for indigenous societies that live deep in the forests with few alternative sources of food, wild meat can still be hard to come by, as it was not necessarily sold directly to the communities that consumed it, said Robert Nasi, director general of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).“Urban consumers don’t need to eat these wild animals as they have access to many other forms of protein or fat. This ‘luxury’ consumption of wildlife by urbanites has no raison d’être and should be stopped,” Nasi told the Post in a recent email.Read also: Halal food rising in popularity amid COVID-19 pandemic, reports indicateHowever, the means for stopping people from consuming wild animals are scarce.Some 919 wild species of animals and plants are protected by law, according to Environmental and Forestry Ministerial Regulation No. 20/2018.However, the hunting and selling of wild animals not included on the protected species list is not illegal, although one might argue that consuming such animals could upset nature’s balance.Nasi said it was a bad idea and called for more awareness campaigns on proper sanitary methods for processing wild meat to be run in rural areas.“Wild meat is neither more dangerous nor more unsafe than improperly processed domestic meat,” he said.“The main issue is that very often the processing of carcasses and the markets where the meat is sold have very low standards of hygiene and cleanliness.”And even if wild animal consumption can be curtailed, other exploits by mankind can still upset the ecological balance of nature and lead to a zoonotic disease outbreak, said John E. Fa, a researcher at Manchester Metropolitan University.“It is not good to blame a particular species of wild meat and people. It is more to do with how we disrupt nature and do away with the balance of nature that creates new conditions for viruses and pathogens to jump,” the CIFOR senior associate said in a recent online discussion.Topics : Like any other Saturday, 41-year-old Roy Nangka patiently waits for customers at his stall at the Beriman Market in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, a market notorious for selling wild animal meat, from snakes to rats, bats and other critters.In spite of recent studies linking wild meat consumption with the transmission of COVID-19 to humans, exotic animal meat-based cuisine remains a large part of Minahasan culture.But as countries wrestle with the loss of life and economic instability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the knock-on effects are felt even at Tomohon’s markets. Roy said he used to sell up to 200 kilograms of paniki (bat meat) every week, priced at around Rp 100,000 per kilogram. But now he said he was lucky to sell 20 kilograms, for Rp 40,000 per animal.“Locals eat paniki almost every day, but lately the number of consumers has been decreasing. Not because they fear the coronavirus, but because there is not much money [to go around],” Roy told The Jakarta Post.Scientific research suggests that the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is present in bats and might have been passed on to humans through pangolins.One of the possible sources of the outbreak of COVID-19 was traced to Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, China, where live animals and seafood were sold.last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino says he wants to kick Paul Merson for saying Arsenal would ‘rip Spurs to shreds’

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 30 Aug 2019 6:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link624Shares Comment Mauricio Pochettino was unimpressed with Paul Merson’s comments (Picture: Getty)Mauricio Pochettino has joked that he would like to kick Paul Merson after he claimed that Arsenal would ‘rip Tottenham to shreds’ in Sunday’s derby.Arsenal head into the game against their north London rivals as slight favourites having won two of their opening three Premier League games compared to Spurs’ one.Merson certainly fancies his former club to take all three points at the Emirates, saying on Tuesday: ‘I think Arsenal will win the game quite comfortably, 4-1. I think they will rip Tottenham to shreds.‘I think Tottenham are struggling at the moment and if Arsenal get going then they could score a few. The Man City game has covered over the cracks at Spurs.’ADVERTISEMENT Mauricio Pochettino says he wants to kick Paul Merson for saying Arsenal would ‘rip Spurs to shreds’ Advertisement Advertisement Tottenham suffered a demoralising defeat to Newcastle last weekend (Picture: Getty)Ahead of the game, Pochettino was asked which of Arsenal’s players – past or present – he would like to have managed at Spurs and the Argentine flipped the question to aim a dig at Merson.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Maybe play against? Yes, I want to play against Paul Merson. I would like to kick him,’ he said with a smile to an amused press room.Spurs have finished ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League table in each of the last three seasons with Pochettino establishing the club as a regular in the top-four places.However, Spurs failed to beat Arsenal in either league game last season, with the Gunners winning 4-1 at the Emirates before drawing 1-1 at Wembley after Hugo Lloris saved a last-minute penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMerson’s prediction that Arsenal will win comfortably against Spurs isn’t a universal view amongst Sky Sports’ pundits as Danny Mills selected only two of Unai Emery’s players in his combined XI from both sides.Pochettino also dismissed speculation that he could leave the club after the game saying: ‘What I can say about it is that is stupidity and rumour.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

Mesut Ozil admits he does not see ‘eye-to-eye’ with Arsenal manager Unai Emery

first_imgMesut Ozil admits he does not see ‘eye-to-eye’ with Arsenal manager Unai Emery Comment Mesut Ozil has made just two appearances for Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil insists he respects Unai Emery, despite not always seeing ‘eye-to-eye’ with the Arsenal manager.The former Germany international has been restricted to just two appearances in all competitions so far this season and has been omitted from the three most recent matchday squads.Ozil was regularly left out of the team last season for tactical reasons, particularly away from home and against elite level opposition.Arsenal’s Head of Football, Raul Sanllehi, told a fan forum event earlier this week that Ozil needed to contribute more in training in order to win his place back, while Emery has previously stated others are more deserving of first team opportunities.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe former Real Madrid playmaker, Arsenal’s highest earner on £350,000-a-week, admits he has been disappointed by his lack of playing time but insists he is confident of resurrecting his career in north London. Youngsters like Bukayo Saka have been given first team chances ahead of Mesut Ozil this season (Picture: Getty)He told the Athletic: ‘It’s disappointing, of course. But as a professional footballer, I have to respect the decision of the coach. Not being involved, watching from home, makes me feel helpless.‘I want to be part of the side, I want to support my team-mates to succeed. I’m not training all the time just for the sake of it, I’m ready to play. This should not be about me or the coach, only the club. I have to give everything, be fit and focused, and I’m training hard to be ready.‘Pre-season went very well and although things were disrupted by the [moped] attack, since then I’ve been fully available and when the coach has selected me I’ve been ready, played and always tried to give my best.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I’ve trained at the same level my whole career but because I’ve not had minutes recently, I’m doing extra work with the fitness coach and in the gym to get even fitter than normal. I know what is needed and believe in myself.‘I’ve worked under some of the biggest coaches in the world — Arsene, Jose Mourinho, Joachim Low — and always I show respect. It’s the same for Unai.‘We might not see eye-to-eye on everything but that’s normal, it’s life and it’s the same with my family and friends. You have to accept it and go forward.’‘I will play. I believe in myself to do what he asks of me and I want to help the club to reach our goals.’Who will last longer at Arsenal?Unai Emery0%Mesut Ozil0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsenal issue Alexandre Lacazette injury update ahead of Sheffield United clashMORE: Mesut Ozil insists he’ll see out Arsenal contract despite struggles under Unai Emery Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 17 Oct 2019 1:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12Shareslast_img read more

Budget 2017: What Queensland first home buyers need to know to get on the property ladder faster

first_imgQueensland first home buyers now have more incentive to get a foot on the property ladder. Picture: Brendan Radke.IF you’re a first homebuyer in Queensland, this is the lay of the land in the wake of the federal budget.You now have more incentive to get a foot on the property ladder, but put these dates in your calendar to take full advantage of the savings measures.From July 1, you can start saving for a home deposit by salary sacrificing into your super fund.Withdrawals will be taxed at a lower rate, but the amount you can contribute is capped at $15,000 a year and $30,000 all up.Both members of a couple can take advantage of the scheme.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenBudget 2017 – What does it mean for the property market? 01:45The Government says this will help first home buyers to save a house deposit 30 per cent faster.Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford has welcomed the scheme.“We know saving for deposit is a really big barrier for getting into housing market,” he said.“We think this will hopefully provide an extra incentive for people to get into home ownership.”But while one measure is being introduced, part of another will be taken away.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020From midnight on June 30, the Queensland government’s $5000 increase to the first home buyers grant expires, so you only have about seven weeks to build or buy a new home in the state before it reverts back to the original $15,000.“We strongly encourage the government to consider extending that $5000 boost,” Mr Mountford said.“It’s a fantastic mechanism to encourage people into their first home and also to encourage economic activity across the state by creating jobs in the construction phase.”The First Home Buyers Stamp Duty Rebate — up to $8,750 — still applies for all first home buyers who are buying an existing home or building a new home in Queensland, when the value of the property is less than $550,000.Another measure in the budget that could free up more family homes and ease house prices is enabling downsizers over the age of 65 to make a non-concessional contribution of up to $300,000 into their super fund from the proceeds of the sale of the family home.Queensland retirement village developer Chiou See Anderson said the measure would free-up well-positioned homes for young families.“Coupled with the new First Home Buyers Super Savings Scheme, this incentive will be a tremendous economic kick for the nation,” he said.QUEENSLAND FIRST HOME BUYERS — WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW*June 30 — Queensland First Home Buyers Grant increase expires, dropping from $20,000 to $15,000*July 1 — The First Home Super Saver Scheme kicks in, allowing first home buyers to funnel up to $30,000 into their super account at a lower tax rate*The First Home Buyers Stamp Duty Rebate still applies for buying an existing home or building a new home when the value of the property is less than $550,000last_img read more

PGS kicks off GeoStreamer X seismic survey in Brazil

first_imgSeismic services provider PGS is back in Brazil in 2020 with a Ramform Titan-class vessel to acquire the first GeoStreamer X MultiClient 3D seismic survey in the region.Ramform Titan vessel; Source: PGSThe Campos Deepwater GeoStreamer X project will deliver high-quality, long offset, multi-azimuth seismic data over the deepwater portion of northern Campos Basin and the first data will be available in 4Q 2020,  PGS said on Monday.According to the company, the survey will provide the first 3D data over blocks offered in the upcoming 17th Bidding Round, will inform operators on drilling decisions in 14th Bidding Round blocks, and will improve subsurface imaging of the presalt section outboard of Campos Basin oil giants, including Roncador, Albacore, and Marlim.The Ramform Titan vessel arrived in Brazil on schedule and started operations on February 25, just north of the Tropic of Capricorn and west of the Marlim field in the Campos Basin.PGS stated that its flagship seismic survey vessel was towing the largest acquisition spread ever deployed in Brazil, comprising over 140 000 meters of active multisensor streamers.GeoStreamer X for Campos Exploration OpportunitiesPGS’ Campos Deepwater GeoStreamer X program targets Campos Basin presalt open acreage, blocks acquired in the 14th Bidding Round, as well as open acreage offered in the 17th Bidding Round that is scheduled for late-2020. The survey will cover an area of approximately 14 500 square kilometers and overshoot PGS’ existing orthogonal MC3D, which is currently being reprocessed.Final multi-azimuth products on Campos Deepwater GeoStreamer X, available in 4Q 2021, will include TTI Kirchhoff and RTM (45 Hz) PSDM. These will benefit from both the new GeoStreamer fidelity and broadband reprocessing of the legacy data. PGS will also be offering a high-resolution PSTM to aid in shallow drilling hazard analysis, gravity and magnetic data for regional basin analysis, as well as standard field deliverables. Fast track products will be available prior to the 17th Bidding Round, scheduled for late-2020.Barrett Cameron, Vice President New Ventures NSA for PGS, commented, “PGS is delighted to return to Brazil in 2020 with the first GeoStreamer X project in this region, in the under-explored presalt play of the Campos Basin. Our previous campaigns, in Potiguar and Sergipe in 2018, proved the unique capacity of our Ramform Titan-class vessels towing large spreads to deliver efficient and safe operations in the challenging environment of Brazil.“We are looking forward to better illuminating this portion of the Campos Basin, potentially containing large exploration opportunities. By combining a tailored GeoStreamer X design with an efficient and cost-effective Ramform Titan-class and leading-edge imaging technologies, we anticipate a step-change in image quality to enable future discoveries and provide an excellent baseline 3D survey.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more