Professor offers advice in ‘Last Lecture’ series

first_imgThe Last Lecture series kicked off on Monday evening in Washington Hall with a talk by Maria McKenna, senior associate director of the Education, Schooling and Society minor. McKenna is also an associate professional specialist in the Department of Africana Studies. Sponsored by the academic affairs department of student government, the series asks student-nominated professors, “What wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?”McKenna said she prepared her lecture by thinking about what she would want to say if she were giving a final speech to her four children.“If the only people who were in this room were my four kids, what would I want them to know?” McKenna said.She then began her speech by reading off a list of quotes and advice from her family and friends whom she asked for help in preparing her lecture. Although the content of each piece of advice differed, McKenna said she found a common theme of “keeping it real” and staying honest to yourself and those around you. She said she realized the importance of this maxim from an early age and throughout the rest of her life.McKenna said she assumed an incredible amount of responsibility in her family at an early age and was afraid to communicate her fears and insecurities to her parents. Ultimately, she was able to find a way to be honest with them and find peace. Even still, McKenna said relationships and life in general are inevitably messy despite what the culture around us says.“The world we live in tells us we have to look put-together,” McKenna said.McKenna said she is able to find happiness in the messiness and imperfection in her life, whether they be a massive pile of dirty laundry or commitments to taking care of others.“The faster we come to realize things are messy, the sooner we will be happy,” McKenna said.According to McKenna, everyone has many identities in life — from roles as family members and friends to jobs and duties — but individuals must not compartmentalize everything they do and risk losing their integrity.“Don’t confuse what you do with who you are,” McKenna said.McKenna said relationships are essential to finding stability in life, citing the support of her husband. When she was plagued with anxiety and considering suicide, McKenna said her husband saved her from despair and made sure she recovered. She said the honesty in their relationship was the basis for everything they accomplished.“You can’t be afraid of telling the truth in relationships,” McKenna said.McKenna quoted former Notre Dame professor Carol McLeod, wife of former Notre Dame basketball coach John MacLeod, who said relationships are a “90/10 deal and not a 50/50 one” and in order to have a successful relationship, you have to be willing to be on both sides of the split.Concluding her lecture, McKenna said when she finally dies, she hopes that people will remember her integrity and her willingness to give her all in whatever she did. Tags: Academic Affairs, Education Schooling and Society, Last Lecture series, Maria McKenna, Professor Maria McKennalast_img read more

Cluff completes North Sea farm-out deal with Shell

first_imgCluff Natural Resources has received the required regulatory consent from the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) in relation to the farm-out of Licence P2437 to Shell and the farm out has been completed.Cluff Natural Resources entered into a binding, conditional farm out agreement and a three-month exclusive option with Shell in relation to the company’s Southern North Sea Licenses P2252 and P2437, respectively, back in February 2019.Shell exercised its option to farm into Licence P2437 at the end of April 2019 with a commitment to drill an exploration well on the Selene prospect “at the soonest possible opportunity.”Following receipt of OGA approval and signing of the Joint Operating Agreement, Shell has been assigned a 50 percent working interest in License P2437 which contains the Selene prospect, Cluff said in a statement on Tuesday.The company will now receive the balance of the $600,000 initial consideration (being $300,000) from Shell within 30 days of completion. Cluff retains a 50 percent working interest in Licence P2437 and will act as Licence Administrator until a well investment decision in made.Shell has indicated its intention to commit to drill an exploration well on the Selene Prospect at the soonest possible opportunity.Once a well investment decision is made, Shell will pay for 75% of the cost of an exploration well, including testing, subject to an aggregate cap of $25 million.Licence P2437 is located adjacent to existing Shell-operated infrastructure and contains the Selene Prospect which is estimated to contain a P50 Prospective Resource of 291 BCF (gross).Commenting, Cluff’s Chief Executive Graham Swindells said: “The UK’s Southern Gas Basin is coming under increased focus currently with several highly material exploration campaigns ongoing around our acreage. As such, we are delighted to have formally completed this farm out agreement with a committed partner such as Shell, to de-risk and ultimately drill the high-impact Selene prospect.”The Selene prospectLicence P2437 was awarded to the Cluff in the UK’s 30th Licensing Round and has an effective date of October 1, 2018, with the first term of the licence running for a period of six years.The prospect is imaged by high quality 3D seismic data and is highly analogous with a number of nearby fields including the Shell-operated Barque gas field.The license commitments associated with Phase A of the license have been discharged and the company will be working with Shell to ensure that exploration drilling on the license can take place at the soonest possible time.P2437 contains the Selene prospect which is estimated to contain unaudited mean GIIP of 509 BCF (equivalent to approximately 90 mmboe) in a four-way dip closed structure in the Leman Sandstone. P50 Prospective Resources associated with the Selene Prospect are estimated at 291 BCF (or approximately 50 mmboe).The Selene prospect is considered low risk with an estimated Chance of Success of 39%.The prospect is located approximately 20 kilometers from infrastructure associated with the Barque gas field which ultimately feeds the Bacton gas processing plant.A number of other prospects have also been identified on the block which are covered by existing seismic data and will be evaluated in due course.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

‘Firewalls’ sought vs coronavirus before Chinese New Year exodus

first_imgThe Department of Health shouldimplement “strict quarantine protocols” especially this month when“millions of Chinese nationals are expected to travel” to the countryto celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday, Senate Health Committee chair Bong Gosaid. How the new coronavirus developed Authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 use thermal imaging cameras to detect travelers with signs of coronavirus. CNN PH “With more than half a millionpeople also in evacuation sites in Batangas, one could imagine how a contagiousvirus could wreak havoc on our people who are displaced,” he said,referring to Filipinos displaced by the recent eruption of the Taal Volcano. “Hinihikayatko na paigtingin ng DOH at DOTr ang kanilang mga scanning procedures sa lahat ng mga international airports sa bansa, lalong lalo na ‘yung merongdirect flights mula mainland China,Hong Kong at Macau,” he said. Airportofficials in the Philippines’ largest and busiest airport in the capital regionhave started screening passengers, while quarantine officers outside thecapital manually take travelers’ temperatures. “Let us not wait for this to go out ofhand. Let us sound the alarm now and prepare for a worst case scenario.” The Health department should also put upisolation wards where suspected carriers of the Wuhan virus can stay“without having to go inside the main wards” to prevent a possibleoutbreak, Red Cross chair and Senator Richard Gordon said in a statement.center_img The health department said it wasprobing the case of a 5-year-old boy who traveled to Wuhan, China and hadtested positive for the coronavirus. Whilethese measures are in place, passengers should continually read about the newdisease, be vigilant against its symptoms, and find ways on how to avoidspreading the virus, Go said. (ABS-CBN News/PN) “Inaasahanna milyon milyong mga Chinese angmagbibiyahe. All the more that we should safeguard our people from thispotential health risk,” he said, noting that 3 Chinese tourists who arrived inKalibo exhibited symptoms of the deadly virus strain. Several airports across the Asia-Pacifichave tightened security measures for travelers, especially from China afterauthorities said the virus – which has infected some 440 people in Asia’slargest economy – could mutate and be transmitted through the respiratorytract. “Every hospital, every healthfacility public, private or run by local governments have to put in placecontingency plans for patients who are consulting for runny nose, cough, sorethroat and fever,” Gordon said. MANILA – Government agencies in thecountry were urged to put up “firewalls” – or stricter quarantine areas – fortravelers who will test positive for the Wuhan coronavirus, a communicableillness that has killed nearly a dozen in China.last_img read more

Ohio Crash Claims Jennings County Couple

first_imgWAYNESVILLE, Ohio — A North Vernon couple was killed in a three-vehicle crash in Ohio on Tuesday afternoon.Authorities say the crash happened after an Ohio woman failed to stop her car at an intersection in Waynesville, about 35 miles northeast of Cincinnati.The Republican is reporting that the car struck a box truck, leading to a head-on collision with a minivan driven by Robert Large, 66, of North Vernon. A passenger in the vehicle was identified as his wife, Margaret Large, 66.The couple was pronounced dead at the scene.The drivers of the car and truck were taken to the hospital with injuries. No word on their current condition.The crash remains under investigation.last_img read more


first_imgFollowing the incredible success of last year’s extravaganza, the Four Masters Ladies have joined with Breast Care Clinic Letterkenny to bring “The Ultimate Ladies Day out” back to the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town. The event will be taking place on Sunday 13th October from 1-6pm.The event promises to have everything a woman needs with beauty, pampering, hair and fashion suppliers all offering their services free of charge or at a reduced show price as well as numerous pop-up shops selling fashionable items on the day. Added to this throughout the day there will be talks and fashion shows to keep you entertained, this includes a motivational talk as well as a talk on image, hair and make-up.Nicola Dunnion, one of the organisers commented, “tickets went on sale on Friday 13th and are priced at only €25, which is great value for an amazing day out, there really is something for everyone and it will be a great fun filled day out. All proceeds are in aid of Breast Care Clinic Letterkenny and Four Masters Ladies GAA. The first 400 tickets sold obtain a goodie bag to the value of €20 as well as being entered into a competition to win a make-over to the value of €700! Last year was such a huge success and this year promises to be even bigger and better. We also have a surprise or two up our sleeves to keep you amused! We promise it will be an event that you will not forget. Any businesses who would like to get involved are more than welcome to contact any of the organising committee to arrange having a stand on the day”. Tickets went on sale from Friday 13 September. They can be purchased from the Abbey Hotel, Pure Indulgence and BFit, Donegal Town, as well as through any of the organising committee. For further information please contact Nicola Dunnion (087)2449129; Kelly Lacey(087)9919035; Louise Jordan(087)2970956 or Karla Gallagher(087)3899965.Ultimate Ladies Day Out 2013 THE ULTIMATE LADIES DAY OUT IS BACK was last modified: September 19th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Breast Care Clinic Letterkennyultimate ladies day outlast_img read more