8, 2013 at 7:27 AM LONDON, Oct. 8 (UPI) — The OPEC secretary general said London and Edinburgh may be better off staying together as part of an integrated United Kingdom. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond announced plans for a referendum on independence in 2014. His government maintains it could support itself financially in large part though oil and natural gas developments in the North Sea. Abdalla el-Badri , secretary-general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, said in an interview published Monday by The Daily Telegraph most of the reserves in the North Sea are depleted. The Scottish government, however, estimates there are more than 20 billion barrels of recoverable reserves left in the North Sea. Salmond released a paper in May saying the Scottish energy industry contributed about $39.5 billion to the gross domestic product in 2011. The British government challenges the claims. An audit last year by the Institute of Fiscal Studies in London said “an independent Scotland would face a bigger fiscal adjustment than the rest of the U.K.” Badri said both governments benefit from unity, adding the referendum has little to do with OPEC itself. “Myself, I don’t see how England will stay without Scotland and Scotland stay without England,” he said. “This is how we all grew up, with the U.K., not with Scotland and England.”
Judy O’Rourke to receive OBE from United Kingdom
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Judy O’Rourke O’Rourke is the Syracuse facilitator of the Lockerbie Scholarships, which allow two students from Lockerbie to come to Syracuse annually for one year of study. Nearly 50 young men and women from Lockerbie have come to SU since the program’s inception in 1990. “In everything she has done, Judy has gone far beyond what her job would require in providing support to the students who have gone from Lockerbie Academy to Syracuse University,” Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell told the Scottish press. “It is therefore fitting that she is honored for her outstanding and long-lasting friendship with Lockerbie and huge personal contribution she has made to U.S. and U.K. relations in the most difficult of circumstances.” “The Lockerbie Scholarship is something that is truly a life-changing experience, and Judy ORourke has helped provide that experience to close to 50 students now, says Fergus Barrie, a 2011-12 Lockerbie Scholar who is now a junior in sport management in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics . In August 2011, Judy greeted me at the airport with open arms and welcomed me into her home. Ever since then she has been there to help me throughout my time here. Now, two years after being a Lockerbie Scholar, she still shows the same amount of support that she did during my first weeks on campus. I know that this level of support and passion has been present ever since the first scholar came to Syracuse. Judys efforts throughout the past 25 years have been nothing short of phenomenal and she is a great example of the extremely strong bonds that Lockerbie now shares with Syracuse, Barrie says. O’Rourke also oversees SU’s Remembrance Scholarships, awarded to 35 SU students annually, and is the liaison between the University and the families of the student victims of the tragedy.