“It’s a work in progress in a sense,” Smith said Wednesday. Officials from Rural/Metro Medical Services and Teamsters Local 375 confirmed Wednesday that they hope to return to the bargaining table soon. Rural/Metro is Buffalo’s exclusive provider of ambulance service. It also provides emergency medical services to many neighboring localities, including Niagara Falls, Lockport, Medina and the towns of Cheektowaga, Hamburg and Evans. The company would work with “municipal partners,” nursing homes and local hospitals to try to avoid service disruptions in the event of a strike, Smith added. “That’s the last thing we want,” he said. “We have not sent the company a strike notice, even though we haveauthorization from the union to strike.” Last week, the company’s emergency medical technicians and paramedics overwhelmingly rejected a proposal advanced by a federal mediator. Employees took a strike vote in June, but union President Joseph Sorrento said all parties are hoping a walkout can be avoided. Rural/Metro spokesman Jay Smith said company officials are hopeful the labor dispute can be resolved. “We’re still confident they’re going to work things out,” said Smith. Working conditions have been the main points of contention, said Sorrento. Negotiators haven’t even started to address wages and other economic issues. However, the union and Rural/Metro have come to terms on health insurance coverage. Buffalo officials have been monitoring the labor struggle. First Deputy Mayor Steven M. Casey said Wednesday it’s premature to speculate on what steps might be taken if emergency services workers go on strike, because all parties are hoping to avoid such an action. But he said one option might involve reaching out to other private ambulance companies to help grapple with any gaps in service. If EMTs and paramedics walk off the job, what type of contingency plan does Rural/Metro have in place? BUFFALO, N.Y. — Negotiations are expected to resume next week as bargainers try to avoid a strike by workers who provide ambulance service to many localities in Erie and Niagara counties, including Buffalo.
UK-based petroleum exploration and production company, EnQuest, has completed drilling of the Eagle exploration well in the UK North Sea and confirmed it as a discovery. In the second quarter of 2016, EnQuest undertook the drilling of Eagle exploration well on a 100% working interest basis.Eagle was acquired along with EnQuest’s other interests in the Greater Kittiwake Area (GKA) in 2014. EnQuest’s partner in the GKA is Dana Petroleum with 50% interest.According to the company, after the exploration well was completed and confirmed, assessment of the results is underway and preliminary analysis indicates Fulmar oil bearing reservoir was encountered with a vertical thickness of 67ft and excellent reservoir properties.Additionally, the company said, no oil water contact was encountered, representing potential upside volumes on the flank of the structure. EnQuest explained that the encouraging results of the initial analysis lead the company to anticipate gross total recoverable reserves to be a similar size to those in the nearby Gadwall producing oil field.Gadwall is part of GKA and was returned to production by EnQuest in H2 2015; it is estimated that total gross ultimate recovery from Gadwall will be approximately 6 MMstb. Further evaluation of the Eagle results is ongoing, said the company.Neil McCulloch, EnQuest’s President, North Sea said: “I am now also pleased to confirm that the initial results of the drilling of the nearby Eagle exploration well have confirmed a new discovery. Following last year’s production growth and unit operating cost reduction successes at GKA, this latest success demonstrates EnQuest’s ability to create value from maturing assets and from near field exploration opportunities.”Furthermore, EnQuest added, drilling of the Scolty/Crathes development wells was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. The Scolty reservoir was on prognosis and the Crathes reservoir exceeded expectations, with a small reserves upgrade.EnQuest’s Scolty/Crathes development was approved and sanctioned with a net development cost of approximately $125 million in December 2015. The fields will be tied back to the Kittiwake platform where the production fluids will be processed and then exported to shore via the Forties Pipeline System. First oil from Scolty/Crathes is expected by the first half of 2017.
Chelsea are close to signing Real Madrid forward Robinho, according to Blues chief executive Peter Kenyon.“Everybody expected negotiations to go close to the wire and that’s what it will do but we’re confident it will happen,” he told BBC London 94.9.“There are no hitches it’s just a lengthy process.”Reports have suggested that the 24-year-old Brazil international, who is contracted to Real until 2010, could cost the Blues about £30m.Kenyon added that AC Milan forward Kaka, who the Blues have also been linked with, would not be joining his compatriot Robinho at Stamford Bridge.“Everybody identifies Kaka as one of the world’s best players,” said the Chelsea chief executive. “All I can say it’s flattering to be associated with the player, but there won’t be anything happening this window or this season.”He added: “Our manager Luis Felipe Scolari identified a couple of players he wanted, one was Deco, and we’ve seen the impact he has made, and the other was Robinho.“It’s important we supported Luis.”Source: BBC