GABON GROWTH “We looked at the possibility of a simple dual listing,” the CEO added. “Once Seplat is settled, we will ask ourselves the question again.” Henin said he was not considering moving the group’s headquarters to London, however, saying France’s tax regime was not less attractive than Britain’s. “For the company, as a holding, there is no advantage whatsoever to going to London,” Henin said. “The tax and legal frameworks are very favourable here. The French Treasury has organised that over the last 40 years, it’s been very well done.” Henin also confirmed the group’s 2013 output target for Gabon, Maurel & Prom’s main production area, of 27,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed), saying “we should be a little above that”. For 2014, Henin said he expected to reach production of 35,000 boed in Gabon. This would lead to bottlenecks in the Total pipeline to Cape Lopez which could be resolved using a neighbouring Shell pipeline, the CEO said. Henin also said the company had been recognised as an oil operator by the Iraqi government, which would help Maurel & Prom bid for permits from Baghdad. Tough terms and slim margins on Iraq’s service fee contracts are drawbacks to investment in southern Iraq and many oil & gas firms prefer to strike deals with autonomous Kurdistan, which the central government rejects as illegal. “We chose mainland Iraq rather than Kurdistan,” Henin said. “We would draw on our experience in Nigeria.
Jaguars Should Move to London Before Signing Tebow, but Embracing Debate Is Fun
Smith carnival barking their way through Tebow’s career to ratings and notoriety on First Takehave developed a cottage industry around the polarizing star. A protest, no matter how small, fits right in their wheelhouse for “embracing” debate. On Monday, a rally was staged by a selection of Jags fans in the parking lot ofEverBank Field that began at 3:16 p.m. ET to encourage the team to sign Tebow. Rally organizer James Stewart said”It’s the perfect time in our view to do a Tebow experiment. Whether you like him or not, I think everyone would watch. It would be compelling.” See, here’s the thing; these are not actually Jaguars fans, they are local fans of Tim Tebow dressed up as Jaguars fansor Broncos fans in some casesin an effort to put pressure on the local NFL team to employ their jobless hero. The media (myself included) took a bite on the story because it involves Tebow, the NFL and irrational fans. It has all three rings of a big top media circus. (Let’s hope every one of those protesters showed up in the same tiny car.) Don’t be surprised if the number of media members grows every Monday afternoon, if for nothing else to add to the body count and continue the conversation. While the Times-Union story suggested there were 40 people at the rally this week, the ESPN.com story suggested there were only 20, with another 30 media members who showed up to cover the event. Within a month, if the protests continue, ESPN will surely send First Take on location. It would be their Valhalla. The beauty of a story like this is that it could get bigger the longer Tebow is out of a job. Jacksonville’s schedule is brutal, with games at Seattle , home against the Colts , at the resurgent Rams and at the Broncos in the next four weeks.