Oil Exploration Techniques in North America

The old standard way for drilling for oil/natural gas was vertical drilling. The depths would go from a few thousand feet to five miles. Vertical drilling means that to gather all that is available in an area, multiple wells would need to be dug. Today, companies have a variety of choices fro drilling. These new choices allow companies to reduce their impact on any specific area including environmental sensitive ecosystems as well as wet lands. New methods also mean smaller holes, less noise and allows for the operation to be completed quicker.

These new methods include horizontal digging. These wells will start with a vertical hole, but then using steerable tools take a turn to go across land verses continuing down. This means that they can gather all of the resources over a wider area from one location. Extended Reach Drilling (http://www.offshore-mag.com/articles/print/volume-74/issue-9/drilling-and-completion/extended-reach-drilling-systems-address-downhole-challenges-p1.html) allows companies to tap natural gas and oil in areas where vertical wells will not work. This method can also be used off shore. It allows for multiple wells from one platform. Complex Path Drilling will have many twists and turns allowing to tap into multiple locations from one well. This method is more cost effective and produces less waste.

Companies are more aware of protecting the environment too. These new methods help by allowing the digging of wells in sensitive areas with much less disturbance to the environment. Also, using an advanced 3-D Seismic equipment to do a survey before digging is important. No more guessing if there is something there to dig for. Clean up is also an important factor in protecting the environment.

Cunningham Energy (https://twitter.com/cunningham_eng?lang=en) based in Charleston West Virginia is a great example of one company that has begun using the horizontal method. The company is responsible for acquiring, exploring and producing oil and gas in Appalachia, West Virginia, Illinois and the Williston Basins. The company is using new technologies and is making responsible decisions to protect our environment.

Undercover Colors: More than just Nail Polish

The Alarming Number of Rape Cases
It’s an unfortunate side of reality that no one wants to think about. It’s the fact that sexual assaults, rape, and cases of advantage happen everyday. People fall victim when they are least expecting it. Women fall prey to unwanted sexual advances often when they are in a public place such as a bar or a party where alcohol is involved. It can happen if a woman is out by herself, with a group of friends, or in a one on one setting. Now days, women have to be especially careful when online dating. They’re meeting up with someone they don’t know and sometimes that can be a recipe for disaster.

It’s Not Always Feasible To Keep An Eye On Your Drink
People always say that women especially need to be constantly vigilant when they’re drinking. They need to monitor their surroundings and keep their eye on their drink. They should do things like tell the bartender when they’re on a date with someone for the first time. As great of ideas as these are, they’re not always practical and sometimes people don’t always remember to do these things when they’re out having a good time. Unfortunately there are people out there who are looking forward to these opportunities so that they can do something sinister. There are serial rapists out there who know exactly what to look for in an unsuspecting victim.

A Genius Idea Is Born
Rape culture is somewhat of a taboo topic. People’s opinions differ on what exactly rape is, how often it happens, and what the criteria is. People shy away from discussing it an coming up with ways to prevent it. Thankfully, a group of male engineers didn’t let that deter them from coming up with a creative solution and prevention product when it comes to date rape. They have created Undercover Colors, a nail polish that will detect when something is put in a drink. The nail polish is designed to change color if a drink has been tampered with. It’s creative, it’s practical, and it’s saving lives.

How Does It Work?
All a lady has to do is apply the nail varnish to her nails. If she suspects that her drink has been tampered with, all she has to do is dip a finger into the drink. If her polish changes colors then yes it has been. It’s an easy way to quietly and safely test a theory. Many women are sexually assaulted in their lifetime and this is an easy way to either prevent it or put a woman’s mind at ease if she’s nervous that her drink has been altered. The product is called Undercover Colors and is expected to be available this year. Overall, it will change lives and help prevent date rape from occurring.

Venture capital trio brings hope to Connecticut

The venture capital market in Connecticut looks to have gotten a lot brighter. It has been announced that three new venture capitalist firms have laid stakes in the state. The three companies together are said to have brought an additional $130 million capital to existing and prospective businesses. All companies, from large scale to small ones, will be able to take advantage of this new resource in venture funding.

The three new venture capital firms coming to Connecticut are Enhanced Capital Connecticut, Advantage Capital Connecticut Partners under managing partner Ryan Brennan, and Stonehenge Capital Fund Connecticut. These new venture firms were developed after the state of Connecticut passed new incentive laws for insurance companies. The Insurance Reinvestment Tax Credit Program provides Connecticut insurance companies tax breaks and incentives to those who invest in high growth businesses through various fund managers. The new companies and their funds are said to be earmarked for Connecticut based companies and ones who have a workforce of 250 workers or less.

Officials from all three of the new venture capitalist firms says they are looking to invest in a wide range of businesses and areas. Liddy Karter, the director of Enhanced Capital Connecticut, has raised about $30 million. Karter says that her firm will award monies in upwards of $3 million to qualified firms. This money would be released regardless of what stage that a business could possibly be in.

Advantage Capital has announced that they have supplied $72 million in funds to 8 different Connecticut based companies. Advantage has focused their efforts on the technology sector in the state by investing in software companies and retail websites.

Stonehenge Capital says that they are willing to invest up to $10 million in businesses and ventures that they seem fit. Since 2009, venture capitalist firms and investors have earmarked over $500 million in funds for Connecticut businesses.

Nutritional Supplement Company Expands Product Offerings Globally

With head quarters in Texas, Mannatech Incorporated (http://mannatechscience.org/) is a global company specializing in health and wellness. Their global operations supply products that transform lives. One of their main products is an exceptional line of essential oils. These oils are sent to Japan, Australia, Europe and South Africa. Mannatech has more than twenty years of experience in twenty-six countries.

At the annual MannaFest conference in Dallas, a new line of essential oils was revealed. This will be the first product available in the United States. This launch was so incredibly successful Mannatech is now supplying Taiwan, Canada and Korea as well.

Alfredo “Al” Bala is the companies CEO and feels this expansion is the beginning of a new era for Mannatech. His goal is to improve the lives of their customers with the marketing of their products across the world.

Mannatech has been able to formulate Glyconutrients into two different carrier oils. The first is a Sweet Almond and Aloe and the second a Fractionated Coconut and Aloe. The carrier oils will reduce potency since the concentration in the essential oils is so high. Several of the markets the company serves will also be offered Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint and Eucalyptus. These oils come from natural plants and different cultures have been using them for centuries for their many benefits. They give support emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.

There are numerous quality specifications Mannatech meets with their oils. They are tested for purity and do not contain any preservatives, synthetics or solvents. They are never tested on animals and meet all IFRA standards.

Mannatech has recently started supplying China with their Ambrotose products. The powder consists of aloe vera in a gel form. Also available will be a TruHealth system for the loss of fat, a nutritional shake and a product designed to boost the metabolism. The middle class in China is growing quickly and looking for a way to take care of the health needs of their families. This is why Mannatech created an e-commerce website to give these people access to the products they need.

Considering Mannatech has over a hundred patents in the global marketplace, they are able to offer a wide variety of products. All of the technology they use has been scientifically validated and published. These are natural products whose purpose is to ensure the health and well being of everyone they touch.

Tear Down This Mall? No, Reinvent it.

It was bound to happen. Sooner or later, the convenience of shopping online would become the “only” way to shop. Suddenly, the idea of the super malls on large acre sites is no longer the most desirable trend. Although it appears this may be the beginning of the end for these supersized shopping malls, commercial real estate planners and designers are already creating “malls of the future.”

Malls Downsize
The innovative real estate planners and designers of these futuristic malls have a better idea: Design malls that connect to the realistic type of shopping customers find most convenient. Shopping online does not fill all the needs of shoppers. However, surprisingly shoppers still want to  shop in high end stores with the most recognizable brand names. Think mini Rodeo Drive in local towns and cities.

Signs of Changes to Come in Shopping Malls
The loss of rentals of smaller shops in large shopping malls is proof shoppers are ready for big changes. Mall planners and designers are artisans when it comes to remodeling shopping malls.Their first challenge is to create new concepts that will encourage shoppers to want to step away from their online shopping sprees long enough to have a look at the items they need in upscale stores. The signs of changes to come in shopping malls have already begun in many states throughout the U.S.

If you look at mall developer Westfield, they tend to be creating these type of village shopping centers. Their CEO Peter Lowy recently spoke on the subject at a conference at UCLA on the matter. “As a landlord, we’re investing in the real estate that retailers want to be in.” And that is in this new model of shopping mall.

The New Way to Shop
Any plan or design for these new shopping sites would look more like an exclusive shopping “village.” The hours of operation depend on the specific site location. In some places, this might mean stores open with hours that cater to the needs of shoppers who shop early mornings or late at night.

The smaller “village” style shopping sites would necessarily provide casual and high end restaurants, jewelry, apparel and cosmetics.   Book stores for browsers are also a “must have.” These types of shops offer items that are not found online or would be too costly or to valuable to ship. By keeping these items solely for their onsite stores, customer patronage increases.

 

The Year Ahead: It’s Not a Startup Visa, but It’s Close

Nigel Sharp isn’t making any plans past May 2017. He’s a U.K. citizen trying to build a startup in the U.S., which means he can’t get a conventional employer-sponsored work visa. His temporary one, granted with the support of the University of Colorado at Boulder as part of an entrepreneurship program, expires on May 28. “I have no clear path on what happens afterward,” he says. “I’m sitting here in Boulder, panicking.” His last company, presentation-software business Lionsharp, got $550,000 from American venture funds two years ago but folded after failing to secure further investment. Too risky, he and his co-founders were told, until you can find a way to resolve your immigration status and stay in the U.S. for good.

That’s why Sharp, a fast-talking 31-year-old, is keeping close tabs on a proposal from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The inelegantly named entrepreneurial “parole” would allow visa-less startup types to stay in the country for two years, with a possible three-year extension, if they own at least 15 percent of a U.S.-based startup formed in the past three years that’s raised $345,000 in investment capital. Sharp has checked all those boxes before. (Lionsharp was incorporated in Delaware.) “It may be the salvation that allows me to stay in the U.S. this time around,” he says. His new venture makes software designed to automate data centers.

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Source: bloomberg.com

Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Contributes to Economic Growth

The United States has returned back to traditional oil and natural gas production when it comes to renewable energy. There have been advances in hydraulic fracturing that have allowed energy companies to access the world’s largest oil and natural gas reserves.

So how does hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” work? Fracking uses subterranean explosives to fracture rock formations. Then water and chemicals are pumped into the fractures. This helps to expand the cracks and release oil and natural gas. Fracking has helped rapid growth in the U.S. energy industry and seeing oil formations produce over a million barrels every day.

This has created jobs to grow by over 40 percent. IHS Global Insight estimates that by the end of 2015 the production industry will have created 870,000 jobs. Manufacturing growth in oilfield equipment leads to big jumps in profit, which require staff to for the demand from everything from rigs to pipes and pumps. Natural gas is producing jobs and economic benefits around the world.

It is so important to focus on reliable and affordable energy for our economy. Affordable supplies and equipment have helped process large amounts of natural energy production. This has helped invigorate the petrochemical industry that relies on feedstock to make plastics and the other building blocks of modern manufacturing. These supplies are strengthening America’s steel industry, which is building new mills and hiring more employees to support hydraulic fracturing. Areas where the production of hydraulic fracturing are occurring are experiencing economic growth, the creation of jobs and increased tax revenue.

One particular oil producer that engages in hydraulic fracturing is independent company, Cunningham Energy. Based in Charleston, West Virginia, Cunningham Energy (CunninghamEnergyNews.com) is a leader in acquiring, exploring and producing oil gas in the Appalachian, Illinois and Williston Basins. Recently the company announced plans for two new shallow horizontal oil wells to be drilled in Kanawha County.

They believe that data has shown strong oil production in these shallow horizons. Cunningham Energy relies on past experiences with ever changing technology to succeed in efficient energy production. Innovation in the fracking process especially with Cunningham Energy, can provide benefits by balancing environmental costs helping the United States catapult toward energy independence (SPE.org).

Large Mall Developer Bringing Tech into Retail Industry

The Westfield Corporation is a multi-billion-dollar retailer that operates more than 30 malls in the U.S. and the U.K. In the face of increased online competition; the company is seeking to embrace start-ups to breathe new life into the brick-and-mortar retail industry.

The retailer recently teamed up with advertising firm R/GA to help grow and promote start-up companies that will introduce new technologies into malls and develop programs that will incentivize customers to spend more time at physical shops.

New Accelerator Focusing On High Tech Start-ups

The list of companies that they have recruited includes Oak, which is a start-up that has developed an interactive fitting room mirror that lets customers interact with it and even checkout through it. Another start-up is Darkstore, which has developed a program that allows physical stores to act as local storage centers for online e-commerce companies, helping struggling retailers by providing another revenue stream.

What’s more is that the accelerator also seeks to connect these start-ups to established companies such as Macy’s and Walmart, to help them develop the industry connections they need to implement their products successfully.

R/GA will assist the start-ups with finding other investors and developing their brands and designs, and will work with them through the entirety of the three-month program, which is being held in San Francisco. All the while, Westfield Labs, a research arm of the Westfield Corporation, will be providing their tools and expertise to the companies.

The program is part of an industry-wide push to start integrating new technologies in existing malls. Kevin McKenzie of Westfield Labs said in a recent article how the company is “committed to infusing digital into our physical shopping environments to create new customer experiences.”

The Westfield Corporation is giving up to $120,000 to the start-ups in return for an up to 5% stake in the new companies. The program will end with an exclusive event where the ten companies will present their business models and products to technology and retail industry leaders and also potential investors.

The Westfield Corporation

The Westfield Corporation was originally part of the Westfield Group, which was founded in 1959 by Frank Lowy in Sydney, Australia.

The corporation itself was established in 2014 when the Westfield Group decided to spin-off its international operations into a new company.

Westfield has two brothers serving as co CEOs: Steven and Peter Lowy

The relatively new Westfield Corporation manages and develops malls in the U.S., the U.K., and Italy.

How an Essential Oils Diffuser Can Change Your Life

Trends come and go quicker than days it seems, but one that seems to have stuck around is the use of oil diffusers. An oil diffuser can come in many shapes and sizes but all use water and essential oils to put out a mist that fills your home with a wonderful scent and great health benefits. Now, this may all seem like a big hoax for someone to sell you expensive devices and oils to make some quick money. This is not true and there are so many benefits from these oils that it is hard to name them all. I have highlighted a few that are more researched and more common to use in your house below.

Lavender
This oil has been used for centuries in calming soaps, lotions and even burned as a way to help one wind down after a long day. When you diffuse this oil in your home it has those same benefits. It is great to use to help those who have restless nights and has been shown to slow the heart rate and decrease blood pressure. I recommend this oil for everyone because we all need a natural way to help ourselves relax in our busy lives.

Rosemary
Normally, you would think to use this in your pasta sauce or with your fish to give it a strong herb flavor, but that’s not quite how it will be used in an oil diffuser. Rosemary has been proven to help with cognitive skills and heightens the parts of the brain responsible for memory. Whether you are a college student who needs a little extra help when studying or a mom with a busy schedule rosemary is great to have throughout the day to help keep your brain alert.

Breathe
Now, your first thought may be that this is another relaxing oil, which it is in a way. Breathe is a great oil to use during allergy seasons or when congestion strikes. The sharp contrasts of scents in this oil are sure to help clear up any congestion and is healthier than chemical rubs that can be harmful to the skin. This is a must have oil for families or anyone who has issues with their sinuses.

You may still not believe me on all these facts so I challenge you to try them yourself and see how the benefit your home. An excellent place to purchase your diffuser and oil is Mannatech, a global health and skin care company that is headquartered in Texas. They are a well-known company with all the essentials you need to get started on your own journey of aroma therapy through diffusers.

Innovative Products that Ensure a Safe Night Out

A night out with the girls, a few drinks with the guys or any reason that you may find yourself in a situation where some fun and relaxation is being had shouldn’t be weighed down with fear or trepidation. Just like there are those out there with bad intentions, there are also those who work hard to keep those unsavory individuals from accomplishing those ugly intentions. It is no secret now that drugging the drink of an unsuspecting someone has become a threat. Well be of good cheer, like that small container of mace spray or alarm whistle that is tucked away for emergencies, there is now a defense against such threats as the use of the drug GHB (a.k.a. the date rape drug) and other similar attacks.

One of the most common defense tactics available now are testing kits. Because of price and their easy concealment, they have been gaining popularity. With such product names as the Triple Play or the Customized Coaster, these testing tools will reveal if any tampering has occurred by displaying a coded color to alert the user that a potential drug is present in their drink.

In addition to these easy to use and easy to carry test kits, there are now even more subtle testing options. Companies are now developing stirs or straws as well as cups and glasses that will also detect these drugs, again such tampering using Rohypnol or Xanax can be easily discovered.

When innovations in technology and advancements in products come together, it is often a really good thing. There are now even cups and nail polish products like Undercover Colors that are designed to detect these drugs that are used to take advantage of people. It is good to know that some really sharp minds are working for the good of everyone and helping to keep us all safe.

So the next time it is the right time for a night out, some laughs and drinks, go ahead. Just remember that at ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Thankfully the threat and worry of date rape or other related crimes doesn’t have to dominate our minds or our world, we just need to be aware, smart and proactive. Go ahead and get out there and have a good time, and have what you need to make sure it stays a good time.