Over the last five years, vinyl sales have essentially quadrupled in a resurgence that has seen the dying art once again become the hip thing, and a topic of conversation to make yourself seem cooler than you are. Qrates and Vinylize.it are collaborating to allow music listeners create their own custom playlists via Soundcloud to be pressed to vinyl and added to their personal collections.Even with the recent demand for more vinyl, most artists have difficulty selling their music this way, due to most companies only allowing for orders of 500 pressings or more. It is still costly for artists and small labels to sell their music through this method, with not much promise of a return, if any at all. Qrates is a service that is attempting to cut out the middle man and make small orders of vinyl easy to produce. According to FACT Magazine, “it’s a crowd-funding vinyl scheme that cuts out the middle man: buyers pledge in the form of generously priced pre-orders, and when, let’s say, 100 copies are ordered, Qrates manufacture them for the label. It can, however, simply operate as a straight-up service for labels: the label can simply pledge all orders themselves, and get a good rate on a limited run of records, while also designing the record via an easy-to-use interface.”Unfortunately, there seems to be two issues that the Qrates and Vinylize.it will figure out moving forward that have been aptly pointed out, namely that a particular track needs to be requested a few hundred times before it can be printed, and the need for permission from the artists and record label to get the master version of the track for optimal listening quality [via Go Hard In Daa Paint]. If this start-up service is able to figure out these major points of concern, they might just stand a chance.
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…although announcing 3rd discoveryBritish-owned Tullow Oil has made its third oil discovery offshore Guyana but despite finding high-quality crude this time, the company has decided against commercialising the oil.Tullow Chief Operating Officer Mark MacFarlaneIn a statement on Thursday, Tullow explained that its latest find at the Carapa-1 well on the Repsol-operated Kanuku licence was approximately four metres of net oil pay based on preliminary interpretation, which is below pre-drill estimates.According to the British-owned oil company, the Valaris EXL II jack-up rig drilled the Carapa-1 well to a total depth of 3290 metres in 68 metres of water. It added that “…the well will now be plugged and abandoned”.Nevertheless, Tullow noted that this find has extended the prolific Cretaceous oil play into the group’s Guyana acreage. The company pointed out that preliminary results of drilling, wireline logging, pressure testing and sampling of reservoir fluid indicate the discovery of oil in Upper Cretaceous age sandstone reservoirs.In fact, it added that rig site testing has indicated that the oil is 27 degrees API with a sulphur content of less than one per cent. Detailed laboratory analysis of the oil quality will follow in due course.“The Carapa oil discovery suggests the extension of the Cretaceous oil play from the Stabroek licence southwards into the Kanuku licence. While net pay is lower than pre-drill forecasts, the 27-degree API oil supports the significant potential of the Cretaceous play on both the Kanuku and adjacent Orinduik licences,” it noted.According to Tullow Chief Operating Officer Mark MacFarlane, the Carapa-1 result is an important exploration outcome with positive implications for both the Kanuku and Orinduik blocks.He added “…While net pay and reservoir development at this location are below our pre-drill estimates, we are encouraged to find good quality oil which proves the extension of the prolific Cretaceous play into our acreage. We will now integrate the results of the three exploration wells drilled in these adjacent licences into our Guyana and Suriname geological and geophysical models before deciding the future work programme”.Repsol is the operator of the Kanuku Block with a 37.5 per cent stake. Tullow Guyana BV also holds an equal 37.5 per cent stake while Total E&P Guyana BV has the remaining 25 per cent.This is Tullow’s third oil find offshore Guyana. However, in November, the company revealed that samples from both discoveries at the Jethro-1 well in August and Joe-1 well in September in the Orinduik Block showed heavy crudes with high sulphur content – a variety of oil that is less economically viable than the light, sweet crudes found by United States oil giant ExxonMobil right offshore Guyana in the neighbouring Stabroek Block.Despite this, however, it was reported in November that the British-owned oil company will continue drillings this year with hopes of finding better quality crude.Tullow holds a 60 per cent stake in the Orinduik Block, while Total E&P Guyana BV has 25 per cent and the remaining 15 per cent being held by Eco (Atlantic) Guyana Inc.Head of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe, had indicated at the time that such discovery is not unusual circumstances.“Most of the finds that are often announced, are announced based on a single well that is drilled. After that, the companies go back in to do appraisal drills. That appraisal drill may then help them to find additional types of fuel. So you can have in the first field, heavy fuel and later on, you can find lighter fuel. It’s not homogenous,” the Energy Director noted.However, when Tullow had announced its first discovery of oil in commercial quantities, the companies’ shares had jumped by over 19 per cent on the London Stock Exchange. But its November announcement of the low quality and unprofitable crude caused the companies’ shares to tumble.The British-owned oil company’s troubles continued to the end of 2019. In fact, its shares dropped to a 20-year low of 72 per cent as the group cut its oil production forecasts for the coming years and announced the resignation of its Chief Executive Officer Paul McDade as well as its Exploration Chief Angus McCoss.A similar drop in shares was seen on Thursday when the company announced that it will not be commercialising its latest find at the Carapa-1 well. At the open in London, Tullow’s stock fell as much as 20 per cent but narrowed later in the day to under seven per cent. read more
The Donegal GAA Health & Wellbeing Committee in association with the Donegal Youth Council recently launched an important campaign as part of World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2017.The campaign aims to send out a simple but important message to remind people to mind their mental health and that of their family, friends, colleagues and community.The simple message is easy to remember – think of the four Ls to start making a difference to all our mental health. The 4 Ls messageListen, out for our family, friends, neighbours, community and be available to them in a time of needLook, out for each other, the young, and the elderly those who are vulnerable, those living alone, those who are being bullied and those who might be sadLaughter, laugh at ourselves, laugh with others, life can be serious but your smile could warm up someone’s day. Link up, stop talking about it and go and do it. Make that link, connection, phone call, text, e mail, card, or better still a visit from you Donegal people reminded of four ‘L’ words this World Mental Health Day was last modified: October 10th, 2017 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:Donegal GAA Health & Wellbeing CommitteeDonegal Youth Councilmental health read more