Growth in online gambling outpaced a decline in land-based activity in Portugal in the first quarter of 2020, as total revenue grew 8.4% to €131.8m (£114.4m/$143.2m).Online gambling revenue grew by 47.5% to €69.8m for the three months to 31 March.This revenue figure was the highest ever for a quarter in Portugal, overtaking the previous quarter’s €65.4m, and also marked the first time that online gambling brought in more revenue than its land-based equivalent.Slightly over half of this total came from online casino, at €35.3m, which grew 56.5% to overtake the revenue from sports betting, which itself grew 39.2% to €34.5m.This growth in sports betting revenue came despite a 19.6% decrease in amounts wagered to €149.1m. Just under three quarters of bets (74.7%) were placed on football, with Portugal’s Premeira Liga the most popular competition for betting, earning 11.4% of all sports stakes, or 15.2% of football bets. Basketball followed with 11.1% of bets, with tennis (9.1%) and ice hockey (2.5%) following.Casino stakes, meanwhile, grew by 12.7% to €960.8m. Slots were by far the most popular online game, accounting for 69.8% of stakes. Roulette followed at 12.6%, while 6.4% was staked on blackjack.The Portuguese government took in €20.8m in online gambling taxes, up 40.1% year-on-year.The number of new online players in the quarter increased 25.8% to 157,400. However, the number of self-excluded players also grew, by 47.1% to 52,100.The number of online players aged 18-24 declined from 29.9% to 23.3%, while the 25-34 age group remained the largest, increasing from 33.3% to 38.4%. The 35-44 demographic moved into second with 23.8% of players, while 10.1% were aged 45-54, 3.2% aged 55-64 and 1.1% aged 65 or older.Of all Portuguese online gamblers, 41.2% gambled only on sports, 39.4% only on casino and 19.4% on both.Revenue from land-based casinos and slot arcades fell 17.5% to €62.0m. Of this total, €51.0m came from gaming machines, an 18.3% year-on-year decline. The remaining €11.0m came from land-based casinos, down 12.6%.Among casino games, American roulette saw the largest decline in revenue, falling 42.1% to €2.8m. Baccarat revenue, on the other hand, grew by 52.1% as the game became the largest source of revenue for Portuguese casinos, bringing in €3.3m.Blackjack revenue grew by 2.1% to €2.3m while Banca Francesa revenue fell 22.4% to €1.6m.The shutdown of casinos in Portugal in March, in order to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19,) contributed heavily to the decline in revenue in the land-based sector. After taking in €27.5m in revenue in January and €25.2m in February, Portuguese land-based casinos and slot arcades took in only €9.3m in March.Earlier this month (8 April), Portugal’s Parliament passed a bill requiring the government introduce some kind of restrictions on online gambling, which could go as far as banning it entirely, while the country remains locked down. Tags: Online Gambling Slot Machines Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 30th April 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Slots Casino & games Online powers Portuguese gambling growth in Q1 Growth in online gambling outpaced a decline in land-based activity in Portugal in the first quarter of 2020, as combined revenue grew 8.4% to €131.8m (£114.4m/$143.2m). Regions: Europe Western Europe Portugal
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Givetocharity.co.uk to launch next month 18 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Givetocharity.co.uk is a new secure on-line donation service for UK charities that will launch on 27 November. Provided by InteResource in association with DataCash, it is designed to make it “easy and secure for you to donate on-line to your favourite charity using your credit or debit card,” including anonymous donations. Charities can be selected from their classification lists or search facility.Before its launch, the site does not yet indicate the level of fees charged to charities for such donations.[The site subsequently did not proceed and was not launched]. Advertisement Tagged with: Digital AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 26 October 1999 | News
Foundation produces major donor fundraising toolkit 155 total views, 1 views today The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (CFNI) has produced a toolkit to promote the practice of major donor fundraising in Northern Ireland.‘Major Donor Giving in Northern Ireland’ was developed in response to a range of research which showed that major donor giving was not as advanced in Northern Ireland as in other countries.‘Blockers’ identified to growing philanthropic income locally include the view that there are not enough wealthy people giving to charity, or many who do give do not do so in a strategic way and, while many charities in Northern Ireland have a strong community fundraising, base they neglect or ignore the potential of major donors.This toolkit outlines the generally accepted principles and main elements of major donor fundraising and then reflects the experience of this project which worked with charities who wanted to take part in a major donor campaign.Some of the experience of the project showed that:• Donor motivation in Northern Ireland was similar to other countries but religious giving was more prominent• Local donors placed great importance on the strength of the case for support and were generally positive about partnership funding• It can be more difficult to locate major donors locally because of a legacy of secrecy and a reluctance to tell others about philanthropic giving• Major donor campaigns can make progress outside the convention of forming development boards• A successful ask can happen more quickly in Northern Ireland than standard practice• Donor stewardship can be neglected or regarded as an afterthought in local campaignsThe project concludes that local charities can be more successful if they undertake major donor campaigns using standard practice along while taking note of some local differences.The 20-page report can be downloaded from CFNI’s website. Advertisement 156 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Howard Lake | 6 December 2018 | News Tagged with: Big Gift Fundraiser Major Donor Fundraising Techniques Northern Ireland About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
RSF_en Follow the news on Tanzania TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedomsProtecting sources Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet Melo was arrested at his Dar es Salaam home yesterday after being harassed by the authorities for several months to reveal the identity of anonymous contributors to the site who have helped to exposed major corruption scandals involving leading privately-owned companies. Melo has so far refused to comply with orders issued under article 32 of the very controversial Cybercrimes Act, which gives the police the power to demand such information for the purposes of judicial investigations. In order to be able to respond to these requests, JamiiForums has repeatedly asked the police to say what offences its users are supposed to have committed, but the police have never been able to demonstrate that actual judicial investigations have been initiated. According to Melo’s lawyer, the police have referred their requests to a court for execution without every notifying Jamii Forums. Melo was arrested on the grounds that he did not appear in court for hearings, although he did not know they were taking place. He is facing at least a year in prison or a fine of 3 million shillings (or both) on a charge of obstructing an investigation under article 22 of the Cybercrimes Act although the police have not yet been able to demonstrate that any formal investigation is under way. “We condemn Maxence Melo’s arbitrary arrest, which is meant to intimidate him, and we call for his immediate release,” RSF said. “Judicial issues are being used for political purposes with the aim of gagging the government’s critics. John Magufuli has said a great deal about combatting corruption ever since he became president, but it is the people who exposed corruption who are now being harassed!” As well as asking the police to justify their requests for the identity of sources, Jamii Forums has been challenging the Cybercrimes Act’s constitutionality for the past few months, especially article 32 on disclosing the identity of sources and article 38 allowing interrogations in camera. According to some sources, the Cybercrimes law was drafted specifically with the aim of being used against Jamii Forums, a mainly Swahili-language website on which users can post information anonymously. The site guarantees the anonymity of its users but verifies their identity to prevent disinformation. When Melo met RSF in September, he said more than half of Tanzania’s parliamentarians were subscribers to the site. Several journalists have confirmed that many of their article about corruption were based on information originally reported by Jamii Forums users. Melo’s lawyer Benedict Ishabakaki said: “A source of information is a corner stone of democracy. Once the public is threatened to share information, they are indirectly silenced from demanding accountability and most importantly for advocating for their rights.” Under President Magufuli, who took office in November 2015, the Tanzanian authorities have taken a tougher line with the media. Several radio stations were shut down in the space of a few months and at least ten people have been prosecuted over their posts on social networks. Journalists have told RSF they are no longer free to criticize the president and his associates. If they do, an official soon telephones them and threatens them with prosecution. The Media Services Act that President Magufuli signed into law last month, replacing the Newspaper Act, which dated back to the 1970s, has been much criticized by media organizations and the Media Council of Tanzania, which deplored the failure to take its recommendations into account. The new law provides for heavy prison sentences and fines, and restricts the freedom of journalists by requiring that they be officially registered and by allowing more control of content. It also requires all social media users and contributors to be accredited. Tanzania is ranked 71st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News Organisation to go further February 4, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information November 27, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the detention of Maxence Melo, the co-founder and editor of Jamii Forums, East Africa’s leading website for anonymous citizen journalists and whistleblowers, and calls for his immediate release. November 5, 2020 Find out more News Reports News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedomsProtecting sources Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet Tanzanian media unable to cover Covid-19 epidemic December 15, 2016 RSF calls for release of whistleblowing website’s editor
TOP STORY Chairman of Board of Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Announces Resignation Published on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | 1:02 pm Community News More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Subscribe Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment William M. Paparian, former mayor of Pasadena, has announced his resignation as chairman of the board of directors of the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial amid allegations that the board treasurer provided fraudulent background information about himself, that the treasurer failed to follow California law regarding legal filings and that other board members did nothing to address it.â€œCalifornia law requires that the board of directors carry out their responsibilities in good faith and with such care, including reasonable inquiry, as would be used by an ordinarily prudent person,â€ said Paparian. â€œIt is my belief that the board has failed in that fiduciary obligation owed to the community.â€The memorial, approved by the Pasadena City Council in September 2013, has been scheduled to be completed and dedicated at the north side of Memorial Park in April 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the killing of 1.5 million Armenians over a three-year period beginning in 1915.On Aug. 6, the webmaster and social media coordinator for the memorial reported to the board that the bio of the treasurer had been removed from the website (www.pasagmc.org) due to the discovery that his claims of being a certified treasury professional and a former paid employee of the cities of West Hollywood, Sierra Madre and Pasadena were false.Three days later, Paparian informed the board that the report from the webmaster was corroborated by a background investigation by another municipality, which found that the treasurer had made material misrepresentations about his professional and educational background in his application for appointment to an advisory committee and that he had been removed as treasurer of an Armenian community organization in Pasadena for the same reasons.The Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Board of Directors severed ties with the webmaster and took no action on the allegations against the treasurer.On Aug. 27, Paparian was informed by the boardâ€™s independent certified public accountant that the treasurer had never registered the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial with the California attorney generalâ€™s Registry of Charitable Trusts as required by state law, although the treasurer informed the board on May 19, 2013, that he had filed the registration.Paparian also learned that no financial reports had been filed by the treasurer for the past two years with the California attorney general as required by state law. Paparian said he was shocked to learn that the board had been unintentionally receiving donations for the memorial illegally as a result.â€œMembers of the board include a retired police officer, an active duty police officer and a candidate for elected public office,â€ Paparian said. â€œIt is shameful that the boardâ€™s reaction to the treasurerâ€™s fraudulent background information and the unlawful receipt of donations has been denial and coverup. They have failed to take decisive action, which I believe makes them complicit with the treasurerâ€™s actions.â€The Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. The Internal Revenue Code prohibits direct or indirect participation in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for elected public office. Paparian said one of the board members is a candidate for the California Senate and that the board treasurer, who is the candidate’s campaign fundraiser, organized a fundraising event for the candidate in Glendale on June 26 during which attendees were urged to donate to the candidate because of his membership on the board of the memorial.â€œThis put the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorialâ€™s nonprofit status at risk and is shameful and disrespectful to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide this project is intended to remember,â€ Paparian said.â€œI am the first-born son of a survivor of the Armenian Genocide and have dedicated myself to the pursuit of justice for the Armenian nation all of my adult life, and this was a major focus of my 12 years as an elected public official,â€ Paparian said. â€œFor the past two and a half years I have worked tirelessly on the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial project.â€â€œMy fiduciary obligation as chairman of the board of directors is more than merely a legal requirement; it is part of an unspoken promise to honor and cherish the memory of those who perished in the Armenian Genocide and the triumph of those who survived,â€ he added. â€œI cannot continue to be associated with this board of directors since they continue to ignore the facts.â€ faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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Facebook Pinterest By News Highland – July 10, 2018 Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Harps come back to win in Waterford RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Facebook Man charged in relation to May disturbances in Derry A 50-year-old man is due at Derry Magistrates Court tomorrow charged with intentionally encouraging or assisting riot.The man was arrested near the scene of disorder in the city last night, however, the charge relates to an incident in Rossville Street in the city on May 28, 2018. WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleConwal footpath issues to be raised at September workshopNext articleMeghan and Harry ‘so pleased’ to be in Ireland News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest
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Feb 04, 12:07 pmUS hospitalizations at lowest point since ThanksgivingAcross the U.S., 91,000 patients are in the hospital with COVID-19– the lowest number since Nov. 28, which was two days after Thanksgiving, according to ABC News’ analysis of data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project.Hospitalizations have declined by nearly 30% in the last three weeks.In the span of three weeks, the national seven-day average of daily COVID-19 cases has declined by 45.6% — the steepest and most consistent non-holiday-related drop in cases the U.S. has seen since the summer.Feb 04, 11:25 amDenmark, Norway join growing list of European nations that won’t give Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to older age groupsDenmark and Norway have joined the growing list of European countries that have said they won’t recommend older age groups receive the COVID-19 vaccine developed by England’s University of Oxford and British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca until more data from clinical trails becomes available.The Danish Health Authority said Thursday that it will recommend the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to people under the age of 65 who are not at risk of serious illness from COVID-19. The drugs regulator citied a lack of documentation as to the vaccine’s efficacy in older age groups.Meanwhile, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said it will also limit use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to those under 65 because there had been few participants older than that in the trial conducted by AstraZeneca.Belgium, France and Germany have made similar moves recently, while Switzerland went a step further and declined to authorize the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for any age group, citing insufficient data.Feb 04, 11:02 amCOVID-19 fatality rate in Africa is now higher than global averageThe director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that the COVID-19 fatality rate on the 54-nation continent “is becoming very troubling,” as it climbs higher than the global average.John Nkengasong told reporters during a press conference that the death rate from COVID-19 in Africa, the world’s second-largest and second-most populous continent, is now 2.6% while the global rate is 2.2%.Nkengasong said 20 African nations, including South Africa and Sudan, have COVID-19 fatality rates higher than the global average as the continent grapples with new, more contagious variants of the virus. More than 3.5 million people across Africa have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and nearly 89,000 of them have died, according to the latest data from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The African Union regional bloc has secured 670 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from various manufacturers. In addition, the continent is expecting around 600 million doses from the vaccine-sharing facility COVAX.Feb 04, 9:59 amDoses secured to vaccinate all US Capitol Police personnelEnough COVID-19 vaccine doses have been secured to inoculate all U.S. Capitol Police personnel, according to Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman, who credited “efforts of the Congressional Leadership, especially House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Administration.”The federal police force has been hit hard by COVID-19 infections since the Jan. 6 siege at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.“The Department expects delivery of the vaccines to occur shortly, and is already working with the Office of Attending Physician on logistics to administer them to our employees as quickly and safely as possible,” Pittman said in a statement Thursday.Feb 04, 9:45 amDoses secured to vaccinate all Capitol police personnelEnough vaccine doses have been secured to inoculate all Capitol Police personnel, Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said in a statement, crediting “efforts of the Congressional Leadership, especially House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Administration.”The Capitol Police Department has been hit hard by COVID-19 infections since the Jan. 6 siege at the Capitol.“The Department expects delivery of the vaccines to occur shortly, and is already working with the Office of Attending Physician on logistics to administer them to our employees as quickly and safely as possible,” Pittman said.Feb 04, 8:54 amAnother 779,000 Americans filed for unemployment insurance last weekAnother 779,000 workers lost their jobs and filed for unemployment insurance in the United States last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday, as the pandemic-induced economic crisis continues to upend the labor market.This is a decrease of some 33,000 compared to the previous week’s figure, though the latest tally remains highly elevated by historical standards. Moreover, the Labor Department said that some 17.8 million people were still claiming some form of unemployment benefits through all programs as of the week ending Jan. 16. For the comparable week last year, that figure hovered just above two million. Thursday’s jobless claims tally comes ahead of Friday’s highly-anticipated jobs report — the first to be released since U.S. President Joe Biden took office. The report is expected to paint a more complete picture of the state of the U.S. labor market and the pace of the recovery.Feb 04, 8:51 amIsrael expands vaccination drive to anyone over 16Israel is now offering COVID-19 vaccines to anyone over the age of 16.“From this morning, anyone over the age of 16 can get vaccinated,” Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein announced via Twitter on Thursday. “Take advantage of the opportunity that almost no country in the world has.”The Israeli government aims to vaccinate the country’s entire population of nine million people against COVID-19 by the end of March. So far, more than 3.3 million individuals have received their first dose of the vaccine, including over 1.9 million who have also gotten their second dose, according to Edelstein.Israel has confirmed more than 672,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including just under 5,000 deaths, according to data complied by Johns Hopkins University.Feb 04, 7:25 amCOVAX unveils plan to distribute over 330 million vaccine doses to poorer nationsThe COVAX Facility has announced its plan to distribute more than 330 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to developing nations in the first half of 2021.In an interim distribution forecast published Wednesday, the vaccine-sharing facility said distribution would cover an average of 3.3% of total populations of 145 countries taking part in the first rounds. The allocation includes 336 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine — 240 million manufactured by the Serum Institute of India plus 96 million made by AstraZeneca — as well as 1.2 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.The COVAX Facility, which is coordinated by the World Health Organization, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, noted that the plan is “non-binding and may be subject to change,” with allocations and distributions subject to a number of caveats, including WHO emergency-use approval for vaccines and countries’ readiness.“We will soon be able to start delivering life-saving vaccines globally, an outcome we know is essential if we are to have any chance of being able to beat this pandemic,” Seth Berkley, chief executive of Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, said at a press conference Wednesday.Feb 04, 6:18 amUS death toll from COVID-19 tops 450,000An additional 3,912 fatalities from COVID-19 were registered in the United States on Wednesday, bringing the country’s cumulative total over the 450,000 mark, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Wednesday’s tally is still less than the country’s all-time high of 4,466 new deaths on Jan. 12, Johns Hopkins data shows.There were also 121,469 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed nationwide on Wednesday, down from a peak of 300,282 newly confirmed infections on Jan. 2, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend last month.A total of 26,557,031 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 450,805 have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of the pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4, then reaching 200,000 on Nov. 27 before topping 300,000 on Jan. 2.So far, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use — one developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, and another developed by American biotechnology company Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. More than 33 million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Ovidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER, IVAN PEREIRA and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 104.5 million people worldwide and killed over 2.27 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:
Emissions of methane (CH4) from offshore oil and gas installations are poorly ground-truthed, and quantification relies heavily on the use of emission factors and activity data. As part of the United Nations Climate & Clean Air Coalition (UN CCAC) objective to study and reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), a Twin Otter aircraft was used to survey CH4 emissions from UK and Dutch offshore oil and gas installations. The aims of the surveys were to (i) identify installations that are significant CH4 emitters, (ii) separate installation emissions from other emissions using carbon-isotopic fingerprinting and other chemical proxies, (iii) estimate CH4 emission rates, and (iv) improve flux estimation (and sampling) methodologies for rapid quantification of major gas leaks. In this paper, we detail the instrument and aircraft set-up for two campaigns flown in the springs of 2018 and 2019 over the southern North Sea and describe the developments made in both the planning and sampling methodology to maximise the quality and value of the data collected. We present example data collected from both campaigns to demonstrate the challenges encountered during offshore surveys, focussing on the complex meteorology of the marine boundary layer and sampling discrete plumes from an airborne platform. The uncertainties of CH4 flux calculations from measurements under varying boundary layer conditions are considered, as well as recommendations for attribution of sources through either spot sampling for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) ∕ δ13CCH4 or using in situ instrumental data to determine C2H6–CH4 ratios. A series of recommendations for both planning and measurement techniques for future offshore work within marine boundary layers is provided.