The power of social media: How a Facebook group has become a resource for Broome County

first_img“One thing I do as a hobby, I’m medically disabled so I don’t work, I’ve been running Facebook groups for various things. And it just occurred to me, this would be perfect, I could put together a centralized resource where people could find things,” he said. While the group covers a ton of people, it also covers a ton of topics. “We did not think that it was going to get this big this quick,” said Heather. BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) — Once the coronavirus pandemic made its way to the Southern Tier, people were looking for answers. Todd and his wife Heather started the Facebook group, ‘COVID-19 Broome County NY Support.’ From school updates, to donation drop-offs, to creative ways you can get involved in the community. They say they are appreciative of those who have stepped up to become moderators, ensuring the group runs smoothly. “So they have literally an access to all the local information right on their phone,” said Todd. “It brought out a lot of people that want to help in their communities,” said Todd. As of Thursday morning, the group had nearly 9,000 members. According to the most recent census data, that’s just under 5% of Broome County. And the number continues to grow. Todd thought he would be able to help out. The Quigleys started groups for surrounding counties as well, being run by volunteers. “We try to make as many resources as possible for our community because there’s so many needs everywhere and this way people know exactly what is happening right now,” said Heather. “Local friends were having difficulty finding things to buy. People were hoarding, people were running out of toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and I just saw a lot of people asking where they could get things,” said Todd Quigley of Endicott. And not only is it keeping people informed, it’s bringing Broome together when people need each other most. Click here to get to the COVID-19 Broome County NY Support group on Facebook. “We’ve been averaging about a thousand people a day joining,” said Heather. It’s all material available at your fingertips. “I think that’s just really amazing that our group inspired others to start helping out,” said Todd. “Surprisingly enough, we started getting members from all around the world actually. People who live in the area would invite everyone they knew on their friends list, or people who used to live in Binghamton,” said Todd. Reminding people while they’re isolated, it’s important to stay connected, even if it’s through a screen.last_img read more

Aker BP posts loss in 3Q. Oil output below expected due to Valhall delays

first_imgThe Norwegian oil company Aker BP has posted a net loss for the third quarter, and a below expected production due to delays in the Valhall field well stimulation program.The Valhall field; Image source: Aker BPAker BP reported revenues of $723 million for the quarter down from $966 million a year ago, and also down from 785 million in q2 2019, citing lower oil and gas prices, partly mitigated by an increase in sold volumes.The company’s net loss for the quarter was $43 million, down from a $63 million profit in Q2 2019, and a drop compared to a net profit of $116 million in the third quarter of 2018.Explaining the net loss, Aker BP said: “Profit before taxes amounted to USD 143 million. Taxes amounted to USD 186 million for the third quarter, representing an effective tax rate of 130 percent.The tax rate was negatively impacted by the impairment of technical goodwill, which is not tax-deductible, in addition to currency movements during the quarter. This resulted in a net loss for the third quarter of 2019 of USD 43 million, compared to a net profit of USD 62 million in the previous quarter.”The company’s net production in the third quarter was 146.1 (127.3) thousand barrels of oil equivalents per day (“mboepd”). Net sold volume was 143.3 (140.7) mboepd.The production volumes, while higher than in the second quarter, were below Aker BP’s plan. The reason for this lays in delays in the stimulation program at the Valhall field in the Norwegian North Sea following the planned maintenance shutdown in June.The average realized liquids price was $62.0 (2Q $69.3) per barrel, while the realized price for natural gas averaged $0.16 (Q2 0.16) per standard cubic meter (“scm”).“Stimulation operations have been performed at the southern flank and the field center in order to bring new wells on stream. A second stimulation vessel was contracted in order to mitigate delays in the stimulation program. Slot recovery commenced on the field center in preparation for drilling operations and development of the lower Hod formation,” Aker BP said.Looking ahead the company forecast full-year 2019 production would be circa 155 mboepd, around the low end of the previously communicated range of 155-160 mboepd mainly due to the delays in the stimulation of new wells at Valhall.Further down the road, production is expected to be boosted significantly as the giant Johan Sverdrup field was brought on stream early October, and Valhall Flank West remains on track for first oil later this year.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted 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