Byron expands footprint in Gulf of Mexico area

September 28, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgImage source: Byron EnergyOil company Byron Energy has been awarded three more blocks in the Gulf of Mexico by the U.S. government, following four blocks awarded to the company earlier this month.Byron said on Wednesday that the blocks were awarded to Byron Energy Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the company, by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on June 19.The company added that its South Marsh Island block 70 (SM 70), Vermilion block 232 (VR 232), and Vermilion block 251 (VR 251) at Gulf of Mexico OCS Lease Sale 250 held on March 21 was deemed acceptable by the BOEM.Byron was the high bidder on SM 70, VR 232, and VR 251 along with Eugene Island blocks 62, 63, 76, and 77 which were awarded on June 8.The company bid $1,101,100 for VR 232 as the lease bonus amount. Byron’s bid for VR 232 in OCS Lease Sale 247, in March 2017, was rejected and this amount represented the value placed on the block by BOEM. Byron has mapped a gas and gas condensate prospect on the block with an in-house calculated gross prospective resource potential of 11 Bcf and 170,000 barrels. This prospect could be tested from the Byron operated SM71 F platform, but there are currently no plans to drill VR 232 until production levels at the platform allow it to be produced efficiently in the event of success.Also, Byron identified two other higher risk/higher reward exploration prospects on VR 232 which require further geophysical evaluation before a drilling decision is made.According to a participation agreement between Byron and Otto Energy from December 1, 2015, Otto elected to participate in the acquisition of VR 232, pending award, for a 50% interest in VR 232.Under the agreement, Otto must pay an amount equal to a gross 133% of Otto’s 50% interest share of acquisition costs, which includes the dry hole cost of the initial test well, plus a gross fifty percent 50% of other past costs paid by Byron.In electing to participate in VR 232, each company will own a 50% working interest and a 43.75% net revenue interest in the block. Upon the award of VR 232, Otto has no further rights to participate in any blocks or projects, including SM 74, under the December 2015 participation agreement.Byron also said that it identified several higher risk exploratory leads on both VR 251 and SM 70. These leads will be evaluated once Byron completes its South Marsh Island project seismic reprocessing work in late 2018.Apart from VR 232, the company placed a bid of $225,520 for the 5,000-acre VR 251 block and a bid of $273,370 for the 5,468-acre SM 70 block. Byron does not currently carry any in-house reserves for either of these blocks.Maynard Smith, Byron’s CEO, said: “We are very pleased to have received all seven of the leases we bid for in Sale 250.”“We have greatly expanded our footprint in the SM71 area where we now hold working interests in seven leases. By the end of the year, we will have newly processed Reverse Time Migration seismic data and inversion data over all of these leases.“We look forward to working with Otto on VR 232 and building further value upon the success of SM 71. Otto has been a very good partner at SM 71 and has displayed great patience after the VR 232 bid was rejected last year.“[…] now, through Sale 250, we have added a total of seven new blocks to our inventory of future projects. Our team is currently focused on the final planning for Bivouac Peak as we prepare to initiate the drilling phase of that project in the second half of 2018.”last_img read more

Women’s Month launched in South Africa

December 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMinister Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya, right,with fellow cabinet ministers. Government would like to see more womenoccupying top positions in the private sector. Both public and private sectors will supportthe Take a Girl Child to Work initiative.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sibani MngadiSpokespersonWomen, Children and Persons with Disabilities+27 82 7720 161RELATED ARTICLES• SA women take the lead• SA women in the spotlight• Media awards for SA women• Hair academy empowers women• Celebrating the power of womenBongani NkosiThe public sector in South Africa is making “steady progress” in securing senior positions for women in the workplace, said Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya.The minister was speaking at the launch of Women’s Month in Pretoria on 2 August 2010.Although the entire month is dedicated to women, the public holiday on 9 August is particularly significant, as it marks the 54th anniversary of the women’s march to the Union Buildings, Pretoria, which at the time were the headquarters of the apartheid government.More than 20 000 women took part in this march to protest against racial segregation and the discriminatory pass laws, which restricted the movement of black people within declared “white areas”.This year government will use August to reflect on efforts made since then to empower women in rural areas, townships and cities.Women now occupy about 36% of senior-level jobs in government, Mayende-Sibiya said at the launch. “There is steady progress in the representation of women at senior levels of public services …”Similarly, this will be the focus of Public Service Week, which also falls in August.According to the minister, there are now more women in decision-making roles than there were in 1994, the year South Africa held its first democratic elections.Up to 44 % members of the legislature, on a national and provincial level, are women – this puts South Africa in third position worldwide for the greatest number of females in Parliament, Mayende-Sibiya said.The number of women ministers and deputy ministers has more than doubled over the past 16 years, growing from 18 % in 1994 to 40 % in 2010, she added.Transformation slow in private sectorWhile the South African government works hard to empower women and positively influence their role in society, other employers are lagging behind.According to the country’s Affirmative Action policy, the employment of women and previously disadvantaged individuals should be prioritised, but top private-sector positions are still dominated by white men, government said.Black, Indian and coloured South Africans fall into the “previously disadvantaged” category.At present, white men hold about 63% of senior management jobs in the private sector, while black, Indian and coloured women only account for 5%.While massive progress has been made in boosting female access to education, South Africa has to “ensure that skills development programmes focus on empowering women”, so they are able to follow “careers that are still male-dominated”, Mayende-Sibiya said.Speeding up transformationThe Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities is planning to introduce a new policy to “enforce gender parity measures across all sectors of society”.The Gender Equality Bill should be tabled by next year, Mayende-Sibiya said.The Bill reflects government’s realisation that it needs to act decisively to enforce change in the workplace. “Our analysis of various studies available indicates that if we continue at the current pace of transformation, it will take us almost 40 years to attain 50-50 gender parity.“We cannot allow that. Measures have to be taken to hasten the process of gender and racial transformation in our country,” the minister said.Empowerment projects in AugustGovernment is planning to launch a number of countrywide initiatives to empower women this August.Mayende-Sibiya said their projects are aimed at tackling challenges facing women, reducing poverty and improving the socio-economic status of women in South Africa.The Gauteng provincial government said it will launch 200 women-only schemes across the province from 9 August.The schemes will take the form of cooperatives offering cleaning and catering services in hospitals, according to Simon Zwane, spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development. “This is part of our agenda to empower women,” he said.Both the public and private sector will support the Take a Girl Child to Work initiative on 19 August, as has been done since the drive was launched in 2003.“To enforce mentoring of girls into various careers, we will all be supporting the campaign,” Mayende-Sibiya said.last_img read more

South African team uncovers answers to the origin of turtles

December 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_img4 September 2015Professor Gaberial Bever and the research team at Wits University’s internationally respected Evolutionary Studies Institute (ESI), believe their detailed analysis of the skulls of Eunotosaurus africanus confirms a definite link between pre-dinosaur reptiles and the modern turtle.Eunotosaurus is a lizard-like prehistoric reptile, first discovered in South Africa in the 19th century and long believed to be an ancestor of the turtle. It lived during the Permian Period, 30 million years before the first dinosaurs and 20 million years before Pappochelys, the creature uncovered in Germany in June 2015 that is believed to be the earliest-known turtle.At just 30cm long, Eunotosaurus had a wide and rounded ribcage and skull with similar characteristics to the modern turtle – one scientist famously described it as “a strange, gluttonous lizard that swallowed a small Frisbee”. These similarities have been the subject of much debate since its discovery.Bever told Reuters news agency this week: “Where turtles came from, evolutionarily speaking, and how they are related to the other major groups of living reptiles – lizards, snakes, crocodiles and birds – has been a topic of vigorous debate for as long as we’ve had a theory of evolution.”Using advanced scanning technology, the team digitally dissected the cranial bones of the skulls of the four fossil specimens available, to confirm Eunotosaurus as the oldest-known member of the turtle group. “Using imaging technology gave us the opportunity to take the first look inside the skull of Eunotosaurus. What we found not only illuminates the close relationship of Eunotosaurus to turtles, but also how turtles are related to other modern reptiles,” Bever said.With this new insight, along with information from previous research, including Pappochelys and another fossil found in China in 2008, the Odontochelys (a little younger than Eunotosaurus, at only 220 million years old), Bever’s team “now have a remarkable series of transitional forms that take us from an almost lizard- like creature to the modern turtle body plan that is so interesting and bizarre”.What has the skull revealed?ESI found that the Eunotosaurus’ skull is diapsid, with a pair of openings just behind the eyes that allowed its jaw muscles to flex during chewing. This is unique and distinctive in modern lizards, snakes and some birds, yet not found in modern turtles, which have the anapsid skull formation – fused directly to the jaw bone, giving the turtle its characteristic slow biting and chewing movements.The argument Bever and the research makes is that “if turtles are closely related to the other living reptiles, then we would expect the fossil record to produce early turtle relatives with diapsid skulls”.In terms of previous theories on the evolution, the anapsid-diapsid distinction was used to argue that modern turtles were from an ancient lineage, and not closely related to modern lizards, crocodiles and birds who have a diapsid ability. They are not.“The new data from Eunotosaurus rejects this hypothesis. and we can now draw the well-supported and satisfying conclusion that Eunotosaurus is the diapsid turtle. This is the fossil that science has been searching for, for more than 150 years,” Bever explained.“Imaging technology gave us the opportunity to take the first look inside the skull of Eunotosaurus, and what we found not only illuminates the close relationship of Eunotosaurus to turtles, but also how turtles are related to other modern reptiles,” Bever said.The next step for the Wits team is to use the same techniques to find links between other diapsid reptiles and the modern turtle, and build up a detailed family tree of the species’ journey to now.“The beauty of scientific discoveries is that they tend to reveal more questions than they answer, and there is still much we don’t know about the origin of turtles,” the professor concluded.The ESI is the largest palaeontological and palaeoanthropological research entity in Africa and one of the largest of its kind in the world. An amalgamation of the Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research and the Institute for Human Evolution, the institute publishes over 80 research publications annually based on global research collaborations, extensive fieldwork and some of the world’s most cutting-edge palaeontology technology.It is one of the world’s foremost brains trust for evolutionary study and research, and continues the work of and builds on the reputation of one of the university’s most beloved and globally celebrated palaeoanthropologists, the late Professor Emeritus Phillip Tobias.Bever’s full report and detailed video analysis has been published in the international science journal, Nature.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Sales to cooperatives under the new tax law

December 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Barry Ward, Director, Ohio State University Income Tax Schools, Leader, Production Business ManagementUpon passage and signing of the Tax Cuts Jobs Act in December 2017, Cooperatives suddenly had a decided advantage in buying over “independent” buyers of ag commodities. The new tax law had somewhat inadvertently included a “grain glitch” (which would have affected more than grain sales) that had effectively allowed for a 20% deduction on gross sales which conferred a decided advantage over sales to other non-Cooperatives. These sales to non-Cooperatives would only be allowed the QBID deduction as discussed previously in this article which effectively a 20% deduction on net income from those sales. With much hand wringing and angst in the ag sector, congress finally got around to passing a “fix” to this “glitch.”The “Consolidated Appropriations Act 2018” signed on March 23, 2018 “fixed” this inequity and but added more complexity to the reporting of sales to cooperatives. The 20% deduction calculated based upon their gross sales was eliminated and replaced with a hybrid Section 199A deduction. For those with sales to both cooperatives and non-cooperatives it will likely add some additional paperwork burden.To determine the IRC Section 199A Deduction for sales to cooperatives, patrons first calculate the 20% 199A QBI deduction that would apply if they had sold the commodity to a non-cooperative. Second, the patron must then subtract from that initial 199A deduction amount whichever of the following is smaller:9% of net income attributable to cooperative sale(s) OR50% of W-2 wages paid to raise products sold to cooperatives.Lastly, the allocable QBID deduction from the cooperative (up to 9%).Sales to coops may result in a net QBI Deduction. The net deduction may be greater than 20% if the farmer taxpayer pays no W2 wages and the cooperative passes through all or a large portion of the allocable QBI to the patron. Or the net deduction may be equal to 20% if the farmer taxpayer pays enough W2 wages to fully limit their coop sales QBI deduction to 11% and the coop passes through all allocable QBI.  Or the net deduction may be less than 20% if farmer taxpayer pays enough W2 wages to fully limit their coop sales QBI to 11% and the coop passes through less than the allocable QBI.The following examples illustrate how patrons calculate the QBI deduction at the indi­vidual level. QBI deduction for co-op patron’s sales — No wages paidPat Patron, a single taxpayer, is a member patron of Big Co-op. In 2018, he sold all his grain through Big Co-op. Big Co-op paid Pat a $230,000 per-unit retain paid in money (PURPIM) and a $20,000 end-of-year patronage dividend. Thus, in 2018, Pat received $250,000 ($230,000 + $20,000) from Big Co-op for his grain sales. Pat also had $200,000 in expenses, which did not include any W-2 wages. Pat had no capital gain income in 2018, but he received wages from an outside job. His taxable income was $75,000.Pat’s 2018 QBI is $50,000 ($250,000 − $200,000). Pat calculates a $10,000 (20% × $50,000) tentative QBI deduction. Pat’s taxable income is below the $157,500 threshold for single taxpayers, so his QBI deduction is not limited by the W-2 wages limitation. Because all of Pat’s ten­tative QBI deduction is attributable to qualified payments he received from Big Co-op, Pat must reduce his QBI deduction by the lesser of$4,500 (9% × $50,000), or$0 (50% of $0 W-2 wages attributable to Pat’s co-op payments)Because Pat paid no wages for his grain busi­ness, he does not have to reduce his QBI deduc­tion. Pat claims the $10,000 QBI deduction. Pass-through deductionThe facts are the same as in Example 1, except that in 2018, Big Co-op also allocated a $2,500 deduction to Pat for his share of the co-op’s QPAI. The deduction does not exceed Pat’s tax­able income after subtracting his QBI deduction ($75,000 − $10,000 = $65,000). Pat’s QBI deduc­tion is $12,500 ($10,000 + $2,500). QBI deduction for co-op patron’s sales —With wagesThe facts are the same as in Example 1, except that $25,000 of Pat’s $200,000 in expenses were W-2 wages that he paid to an employee. Pat’s tentative QBI deduction is still $10,000 (20% × $50,000). However, he must reduce his QBI deduction by the lesser of the following:$4,500 (9% × $50,000) or$12,500 (50% × $25,000) Pat has a $5,500 QBI deduction ($10,000 − $4,500). Transition rules for sales to cooperativesAlso as part of the “grain glitch” fix in March of this year, a transition rule was included in the Code regarding qualified payments made by a cooperative with a year that began in 2017 and ended in 2018 (Fiscal Year Cooperative). This provision indicates that any payments received by a patron (farmer) during 2018 that is also included in the cooperatives taxable year ending in 2018 is not allowed to be used in calculating Section 199A.The farmer will simply receive the DPAD passed through by the cooperative for that year (if any) and be allowed to only deduct that on their tax return. None of the qualified payments made to the farmer during the cooperatives fiscal year ending in 2018 are allowed for QBI. In other words, the farmer selling products to a cooperative with a fiscal year ending sometime in 2018 prior to Dec. 31, 2018 will not be able to claim the sales prior to the fiscal year end date as QBI for purposes of the QBI deduction. Not a great deal for farmers with sales to cooperatives prior to the cooperative’s fiscal year end date.Many cooperatives issued a Section 199 DPAD deduction in Dec. of 2017. This means that these farmers got a deduction in 2017 when rates were higher, however, due to the transition provision, these farmers will perhaps not qualify for much, if any Section 199A deduction in 2018 AND not receive any DPAD from the cooperative since it was “pushed” out in 2017. This is what we may call a “double whammy.”  The reason it may be so drastic is that many grain farmers receive most of the proceeds from their grain sales in the first few months of the year and then simply have little or no sales the remaining part of the year.The bottom line is that farmers who sell to a cooperative may not get the deduction they were planning on this year due to the transition rule.This also means that the cooperative will need to report to the patron the amount of qualified payments made to the patron in 2018 that was included in the cooperative’s Section 199 computation from Jan. 1, 2018 to the last day of the cooperative’s fiscal year ending in 2018.last_img read more

Trump Putin speak over phone on trade wildfires

October 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWashington: US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a phone conversation regarding bilateral trade and the raging wildfires in Russia’s Siberia, the White House has said. “President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Vladimir Putin today (on Wednesday) and expressed concern over the vast wildfires afflicting Siberia. The leaders also discussed trade between the two countries,” the White House said in a statement, reported Xinhua news agency. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The Kremlin said late on Wednesday that the two leaders held a telephone conversation at the initiative of the US, according to Sputnik. During the call, Trump offered to help cope with the wildfires, while Putin considered the offer as a sign of potential restoration of bilateral relations. Russia has declared a state of emergency in four regions of Siberia and the Far East because of the wildfires. According to latest data from the Russian Aerial Forest Protection Service, by Wednesday, fires were raging on an area of nearly 3 million hectares and active extinguishing activities were going on for an area of 107,123 hectares.last_img read more

3 things to watch for from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday

October 13, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWASHINGTON – On the day when Janet Yellen will hold her final news conference as Federal Reserve chair, the Fed has left little doubt what it plans to do Wednesday: Raise its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year.The increase would be in line with the series of incremental rate hikes the Fed has been making to keep up with a steadily rising U.S. economy. Over time, the rate increases could mean somewhat more expensive business and consumer loans, including mortgages.But investors have barely blinked at the prospect of higher rates. The financial markets appear confident that the economy remains vigorous enough to withstand slightly higher borrowing costs.It’s a testament to how far the economy has come: In the midst of the 2008 financial crisis, the Fed slashed its key rate to a record low near zero — and then kept it there for seven years to support a fragile economy that had endured the Great Recession. The central bank finally raised rates modestly in December 2015 and then again in December 2016 and in March and June this year. Even so, the benchmark rate remains in a still-low range of 1 per cent to 1.25 per cent.Investors seeking clues about what the Fed may do in the coming months will scrutinize its updated economic outlook Wednesday and assess Yellen’s remarks in her last meeting with reporters before Jerome Powell succeeds her in February.Here are three things to watch for after the Fed’s meeting ends:___STATE OF THE ECONOMYThe Fed will update its economic outlook, which it does four times a year. The outlook includes its projections for inflation, unemployment, economic growth and the path of rate increases. Since the Fed’s last update in September, Congress has moved to the edge of passing a tax bill that could have far-reaching consequences. Some analysts say the tax cuts could slightly raise economic growth but also swell federal deficits, which might eventually compel government spending cuts.Analysts will be watching to see whether the prospect of an economic stimulus, in the form of $1.5 trillion in tax reductions over a decade, leads the Fed to cast a brighter outlook for the economy. If so, that, in turn, could make it likelier that the Fed would decide at some point to accelerate its rate increases.In September, the Fed projected economic growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, at 2.4 per cent this year but then slowing over the next three years until reaching 1.8 per cent growth in 2020. That’s far below the expectations of Trump, who has boasted that his economic program would double the lacklustre 2 per cent average growth during the Obama years to 4 per cent annual GDP growth or better.The Fed’s forecast in September had estimated that unemployment would be 4.3 per cent at year’s end. The rate has already reached a 17-year low of 4.1 per cent. The Fed also put its long-term unemployment rate — the level it sees as achieving its goal of maximum employment — at 4.6 per cent. If the Fed lowers that figure, it could suggest that the policymakers are willing to accept lower unemployment without worrying about inflation.Likewise, the Fed target for average annual inflation is 2 per cent. Yet inflation has remained below that level for more than five years. Fed officials have blamed temporary factors for the slowdown. But analysts will watch to see whether the Fed reduces its inflation forecast or still projects that it can achieve its 2 per cent target.___DOT PLOTSThe Fed will issue a diagram showing where each official expects to see the path of interest rates in coming years. These forecasts appear as dots representing the anonymous projections of each Fed policymaker. Analysts study any shifts in the so-called dot plot for signals about the Fed’s likely rate plans.Powell stressed during his confirmation hearing that he planned to continue Yellen’s gradual approach to raising rates. Many economists expect the Powell Fed to raise rates three more times in 2018. But some predict four hikes next year on the belief that the Fed will feel compelled to accelerate its rate increases to prevent the economy, fueled by Republican tax cuts, from triggering high inflation.___YELLEN’S GOODBYEThe Fed will hold one more policy meeting before Yellen’s four-year term ends Feb. 3, but Wednesday will mark her final quarterly news conference as chair. Yellen has also said that she will give up her board seat once Powell is confirmed by the Senate as the next chairman.Still, she will likely face a flurry of questions from reporters trying to determine how the Fed might respond to chronically slow inflation in 2018. Fed officials have spent much of 2017 debating what the puzzling slowdown in inflation might be signifying about the economy. Yellen is certain to be asked about that debate.Yellen, the first woman to lead the nation’s central bank, will likely face questions about Trump’s decision to break with a long tradition of offering a sitting Fed chairman a second four-year term. Trump chose Powell rather than renominate Yellen — as a way, he acknowledged, to put his own stamp on the Fed.At her final news conference, many Fed watchers say it’s unlikely that Yellen will deviate from her typically cautious demeanour, in part out of concern that in speaking her mind, she might jeopardize what she is hoping will be a smooth handover to Powell.last_img read more

After 55 years chairman emeritus Laurent Beaudoin bids adieu to Bombardier

October 13, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMONTREAL – The man who steered Bombardier from snowmobile maker to global transportation giant says the founding family’s voting control protected the company through tough times.“If we had given up the minority voting shares I think you would not be here today, you would not see Bombardier as it is,” former CEO and chairman Laurent Beaudoin said Thursday at his last Bombardier annual meeting.He said the recent development of the C Series that nearly drove the company into bankruptcy was difficult, but surviving the 1973 oil crisis was more challenging because Bombardier then only had one product, the Ski-Doo.“It’s often during these difficult times that you make the best decisions,” he told reporters after a video tribute that prompted a standing ovation from shareholders.For example, he said Bombardier got into the public transit business in 1974 at the urging of former Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau, later becoming a global railway manufacturer. It then entered the aerospace business by taking over Canadair in 1986, becoming the world’s third-largest maker of civil aircraft and one of the largest business jet producers.Those deals took the company from 700 employees in 1963 to 80,000 today including Bombardier’s aerospace and railway businesses plus Bombardier Recreation Products, which was spun off several years ago.“We passed a difficult period in the last few years but I’m happy to see that now we are looking at growth again and I’m really leaving at the right time. I’m leaving with the recovery,” he said.The son-in-law of company founder Joseph-Armand Bombardier retired Thursday after 55 years with the company. He took over the Valcourt, Que.,-based company several months after Bombardier died at age 56.The Beaudoin-Bombardier family has occasionally been criticized for holding the voting advantage that gives it 10 votes for each Class A share.Karl Moore, professor at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, says the family’s long control kept the company in one piece and preserved its global headquarters in Montreal.“The C Series I don’t think would have been in the air today without the family and indeed I would suspect that the company would have been split up into a couple of parts and sold off except for the family,” he said in an interview.Moore called Beaudoin one of the world’s best entrepreneurs who successfully transformed it into Canada’s greatest global company.He said Beaudoin’s biggest failure was trying to replace himself as CEO. He attempted the move several times, by appointing Robert Brown, Paul Tellier, son Pierre Beaudoin and Alain Bellemare.“It’s hard for one person to be the right CEO through all of that, so I think replacing himself was probably the thing he struggled through the most.”Beaudoin himself said he wished the company could have retained full control of the C Series program, but added that the sale of a majority stake to Airbus will help the commercial aircraft to reach its full potential.“In the best of worlds it would have been preferable to continue developing it ourselves, but I think the association of Airbus gives us the real possibility of reducing our costs and to be even more competitive and to aspire to have a bigger market,” he said, adding that he’s happy the technology for the largest plane built in Canada was developed in Quebec.Beaudoin bid adieu, acknowledging he will miss the action of being involved with the transportation company.“After 55 years in the company I think it’s time to turn the page and I have other projects that keep me busy.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B, TSX:DOO)last_img read more

The Latest Widower stunned by allegations against doctor

October 13, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio — The Latest on wrongful death lawsuits filed against an Ohio doctor accused of ordering potentially fatal doses of pain medicine to near-death hospital patients (all times local):2:20 p.m.An Ohio man says he was stunned to learn of allegations that his wife’s hospital death last year was caused by a doctor’s order for a fatal dose of pain medication.David Austin, of Columbus, says he called the ambulance after his wife, Bonnie Austin, complained of trouble breathing in September.A lawsuit alleges the 64-year-old woman was killed negligently or intentionally when she was given the painkiller fentanyl and a powerful sedative ordered by a doctor who said she was brain-dead.The lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Dr. William Husel (HYOO’-suhl), Mount Carmel Health System, a pharmacist and a nurse.Austin said Wednesday he felt “like somebody kicked me in the chest” when he learned of the allegations months after his wife’s death.___10:45 a.m.An attorney says a second wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against an Ohio doctor accused of ordering that near-death hospital patients get potentially fatal doses of pain medicine.The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System announced this week it has fired the doctor, notified authorities and removed 20 employees from patient care pending review.The new lawsuit alleges 64-year-old Bonnie Austin, of Columbus, was killed negligently or intentionally in September when she was given the painkiller fentanyl and a powerful sedative ordered by a doctor who said she was brain-dead.The lawsuit was filed against Dr. William Husel (HYOO’-suhl), Mount Carmel, a pharmacist and a nurse.Court records list no attorney for Husel, and phone numbers linked to him haven’t accepted calls.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Passenger train engine catches fire in MP; none hurt

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgGuna: The engine of a Guna-bound passenger train caught fire Tuesday between Taravat and Bilonia railway stations in Madhya Pradesh, but nobody was injured in the incident, a railway official said. After spotting the fire, the loco pilot of the Gwalior-Bina-Damoh passenger train applied the brakes, following which passengers got off on the tracks. Guna station falls under the Bhopal division of the West Central Railways. “Nobody was injured in the incident which occurred around 12:40 pm,” said Guna-Gwalior section engineer Chandra Prakash Gupta. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ A relief train from Guna reached the spot, and flames were doused by separating the bogies from the engine. According to eye witnesses, railway staff and local villagers offered water to the panicked passengers. The train remained stranded on the tracks for nearly two hours, before another locomotive was brought in which pulled the train to Guna station, around 10 kms away from the spot, the official said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.last_img read more

Ohio State womens volleyball victorious in first conference road games extends win

September 28, 2019 0 Comments

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate during a game against Iowa on Oct. 2 at St. John Arena. OSU won 3-2. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi / Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (16-2, 5-1) is showing the Big Ten that it is a force to be reckoned with, grabbing wins its first two road games of its conference schedule this weekend — including another win over a ranked foe — to stretch its winning streak to five.No. 9 OSU took a pair of victories in Illinois, topping Northwestern (11-6, 3-3) on Friday night in Evanston, before taking down No. 13 Illinois (11-6, 2-4) on Saturday in Champaign.In Saturday’s win over the Fighting Illini, OSU got big contributions from across the board as it came away with a four-set victory (25-20, 24-26, 25-18, 27-25).Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell helped guide the Buckeyes with her ninth double-double of the year (18 kills and 13 digs) and added four block assists, giving her a team-leading 20 points. Reigning co-Big Ten Player of the Week Audra Appold was close behind with 19.5 points on 17 kills and two blocks (one solo). The freshman outside hitter also had a career-high 19 digs for her second double-double on the season.Junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (10 kills, six blocks) and senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell (11 kills) also broke the double-digit point mark, while freshman setter Taylor Hughes notched a career-best 52 assists to go along with five kills and five blocks. Junior libero Valeria León had 19 digs, and sophomore outside hitter Luisa Schirmer picked up 10. Mitchell had seven of her 11 kills in the first set, as OSU never trailed after taking an early 5-4 lead.The second set saw Illinois lead the majority of the way. A late charge from the Buckeyes tied things at 24, but the Fighting Illini captured the final two points to tie the match at one.OSU had seven of its 13 blocks for the game in the third set — including three each from Hughes and Sandbothe — as it came out firing to take a quick 5-0 lead that it would not surrender.In what would prove to be the deciding fourth set, OSU found itself in a 9-3 hole, but clawed its way back at 14 and again at 24. The Buckeyes didn’t take their first lead until late but it came at the right time, as they came away with a 27-25 win to take the match.The win over Illinois marked OSU’s sixth win over a top-25 opponent on the year and its third in Big Ten play.Behind a proficient .356 attack percentage, OSU swept its first match of the weekend on Friday, topping Northwestern in three sets (25-19, 25-20, 25-18). Appold kept her hot streak rolling, leading the Buckeyes with 19.5 points on 18 kills and two blocks (one solo), while fellow freshman Hughes did a little bit of everything, picking up 33 assists, three block assists, two aces and one kill. Sandbothe added 11.5 points on nine kills and three block assists.The first set was hotly contested, with 14 ties and seven lead changes, but OSU was able to pull away late with a 9-1 run to take the early lead.After going down early in the second set, the Buckeyes used a 5-0 run to take the lead, 10-8, and didn’t look back, powered by seven kills from Appold.The freshman had seven more kills in the final set, in which OSU led the whole way after breaking a 2-2 stalemate early on.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to return to the court next weekend when they host No. 12 Purdue on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Indiana on Sunday at 1 p.m. in St. John Arena. read more