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Helicopter Crash Kills Four US Tourists And Pilot In Kenya

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Four Americans and a Kenyan have been killed after a helicopter that they were traveling in, crashed in Northern Kenya, police said Monday.

The helicopter crashed at Central Island, a volcanic island on Lake Turkana, Kenya’s national police said in a statement.

“Available information indicates that two helicopters had landed earlier at Labolo tented camp on the national park’s island, however only one managed to clear the area safely,’’ the statement added.

Helicopter crash kills four US tourists and pilot in Kenya

The wreckage of the helicopter was recovered in the early hours of Monday.

The cause of the accident remains unknown.

Police did not identify the victims, saying next of kin had to be notified first.

The crash comes less than a month after three Americans were among five who died in a plane crash in the west of the country.

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Data Emerges As Crucial Component Of Post-COVID-19 Oil Industry Recovery

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The ‘Leveraging the Power of Technology for Oilfield Optimization’ webinar was organized by Microsoft in partnership with Africa Oil & Power and the African Energy Chamber; Lower production costs are paramount to a revamped global oil sector with technology to spearhead cost reductions; The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated technology adoption as an integral component of oil and gas projects.

During a webinar organized by Microsoft and Africa Oil & Power under the theme ‘Leveraging the Power of Technology for Oilfield Optimization’ on Tuesday, panelists examined how digital applications are capable of uniting real-time data with advanced analytics to improve decision-making and boost efficiency and sustainability. As oil and gas companies continue to face threats to efficiency, sustainability, and profitability, digitalization and optimization of oilfield assets have emerged as principal cost-cutting mechanisms in the wake of the COVID-19 era.

According to Vaseem Khan, Global VP Digital, Analytics and Innovation and Chief Innovation Officer, McDermott, Africa has the opportunity to leapfrog traditional oil and gas operations thanks to technology.

“Technology is an enabler for sub-Saharan Africa to become more competitive and become one of the most prominent producing areas globally,” he said.

Multi-Cloud Specialist at Microsoft, Dizando Norton, presented to the large virtual audience Microsoft’s initiatives to boost technology adoption in the oil and gas industry while lowering carbon emissions footprint in line with Paris Climate Agreement. “By 2030, Microsoft will be carbon negative, reducing emissions by more than half. By 2050, Microsoft will remove all the carbon the company has produced since its founding in 1975,” he noted.

Microsoft is collaborating with Chevron and Schlumberger to deploy optimized technology-based processes looking to accelerate data analyzing, thus triggering new exploration opportunities and speed up a time to first oil.

According to Norton, there are a number of transformative projects currently taking place in the eastern and southern Africa energy space. “These projects are supported namely by Microsoft’s enabling cloud services allowing customers to increase efficiency while reducing operational costs.”

Looking at the perceived high cost of entry to technology, Dr. Babajide Agunbiade, Business Development Director at National Oilwell Varco believes the long-term vision is a crucial aspect of technology deployment. “Customers need to move away from the short-term financial aspect and look at the entire lifecycle of the project which can have up to a 30-year lifespan.”

Vaseem Khan further stated that “technology is becoming cheaper and more accessible. The cost of deploying technology is now a minor expenditure in the project. Technology is the most efficient when looked at as an integral part of the project. Implementing a holistic vision will allow decision-makers to implement technology in a stable and rational way, with immense rewards down the way.”

Osama Hanna, WW Energy Industry Core Team / Industry Digital Strategist at Microsoft gave the example of a project he led with an industry stakeholder regarding good corrosion. Following a government regulation regarding good maintenance, Microsoft implemented a real-time monitoring solution to proactively detect corrosion, ultimately reducing corrosion by up to 46%, thus avoiding a potential “plug & abandon” down the road.

Finally, the panel touched upon the role of technology in a post-COVID environment. According to Vaseem Khan, “COVID-19 has acted as a technology accelerator. Technology adoption has dramatically increased during the pandemic. It has allowed many projects to continue or resume faster and has shown many operators than remote work is an efficient way to maintain operations while lowering costs. The new normal is to use technology in order to deliver projects efficiently, in a cheaper manner. Technology is not an option for the future, it’s necessary at the present.”

Dr. Agunbiade stressed the importance of lowering costs thanks to technology in a context of long-term lower demand for oil: “COVID-19 has brought peak oil closer. Demand for oil is set to decrease continuously from here. This situation stresses the importance of lower costs in all aspects of the petroleum business: material selection, improved research, and development, remote work. All these crucial topics can and must be supported by technology.”

On a final note, Osama Hanna highlighted efficiency as the central topic for the post-COVID era. “Looking forward, efficiency will be a key challenge for all operators in the petroleum space. The price of a barrel is decided by the market, but companies can have an impact on their operational expenditure by optimizing efficiency across the value chain, whether we speak about human resources, equipment, technology, and so on.”

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#Debates2020: Social Media Reacts After Trump And Joe Biden Engage In Chaotic And Messy Presidential Debate

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On Wednesday morning, September 30, US President Donald Trump faced Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the first election debates.

The debate took place in Ohio and was moderated by Fox News anchor, Chris Wallace.

During the feisty debates which saw attacks thrown between the two candidates, Trump claimed he paid millions in federal income taxes after a New York Times report alleged he paid just $750 as income tax in 2016 and 2017.

Trump also refused to condemn White Supremacists telling them to ‘stand down and stand by’ while Biden told him to ‘shut up’ when he was constantly interrupted by the president.

#Debates2020: Social media reacts after Trump and Joe Biden engage in chaotic and messy presidential debate

Trump also brought up drug addiction allegations against Biden’s son, Hunter, while Biden said he will accept the outcome of the election no matter the results.

Social media users of course reacted to the cagey animal-like debate which saw both candidates come for each other with Trump mostly ignoring time warnings set by host Chris Wallace.

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#Debates2020: Social media reacts after Trump and Joe Biden engage in chaotic and messy presidential debate

#Debates2020: Social media reacts after Trump and Joe Biden engage in chaotic and messy presidential debate

#Debates2020: Social media reacts after Trump and Joe Biden engage in chaotic and messy presidential debate

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Thiago Alcantara Test Positive For Coronavirus

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New Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara who recently joined the club has test positive for Coronavirus.

Goal confirmed the report on their Twitter page.

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