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US DOE authorises non-FTA exports from four LNG export projects in Texas

first_img Four LNG export projects in Texas get DOE nod for their non-FTA exports. (Credit: US Department of Energy/ The US Department of Energy (DOE) has authorised four proposed LNG export projects in Texas for exporting domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to non-free trade agreement (non-FTA) countries.The LNG projects, which have been issued long-term orders in this regard by the regulator, are Annova LNG, Rio Grande LNG, Texas LNG, and Corpus Christi LNG’s Stage III.Annova LNG Common Infrastructure, the holding company of the Annova LNG project on the Port of Brownsville, has been authorised by the DOE to export up to 0.99 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of LNG to any non-FTA country. The consent is for LNG exports made through ocean-going vessels to non-FTA countries on which there are no trade sanctions by the US.Likewise, the other three LNG export projects have been given similar authorisations by the DOE.The Rio Grande LNG project and the Texas LNG Brownsville, both located on the Port of Brownsville, have been authorised to export up to 3.61Bcf/d and 0.56Bcf/d volumes of LNG, respectively to non-FTA countries. The Corpus Christi Liquefaction Stage III project in Corpus Christi has been authorised to export up to 1.59Bcf/d of LNG to such countries.US Secretary of Energy’s comments on the orders issued to the LNG export projects in TexasUS Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette said: “The Trump Administration recognizes the importance and increasing role U.S. natural gas has in the global energy landscape.“The export capacity of these four projects alone is enough LNG to supply over half of Europe’s LNG import demand. With today’s authorizations, we are paving the way for more U.S. natural gas exports to bring energy security and prosperity to our allies around the world.”Last November, all the four LNG export projects in Texas were granted authorisation from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for their siting, construction, and operation.Under the FERC approval, the Annova LNG Brownsville Project will export up to six million metric tons per year of LNG, while the Texas LNG Brownsville Project will export nearly four million metric tons per year of LNG.The Rio Grande LNG Terminal and the associated Rio Bravo Pipeline Project will export 27 million metric tons per year, while the Corpus Christi Liquefaction facility, through its stage III project, has been approved by the FERC to export an additional 11.45 million metric tons per year of LNG.All the four midstream projects, including the Rio Bravo Pipeline Project, are expected to generate more than 5,000 jobs during peak construction, while representing a combined infrastructure investment of over $15bn, said the DOE. The LNG export projects in Texas approved for non-FTA exports are Annova LNG, Rio Grande LNG, Texas LNG, and Corpus Christi LNG’s Stage III last_img read more

Ozzy Osbourne Postpones All 2019 Tour Dates Following Serious Injury

first_imgOzzy Osbourne has postponed all of his 2019 tour dates due to complications from a fall he suffered in February that required surgery. He was also recently hospitalized due to complications from the flu. He will remain under doctor’s care in Los Angeles as he recovers.As Ozzy notes in the postponement announcement, “I can’t believe I have to reschedule more tour dates. Words cannot express how frustrated, angry and depressed I am not to be able to tour right now. I’m grateful for the love and support I’m getting from my family, my band, friends and fans, it’s really what’s keeping me going. Just know that I am getting better every day…I will fully recover…I will finish my tour…I will be back!”The Prince of Darkness’ shows will be rescheduled beginning in February 2020 and concert-goers are being asked to hold onto their original tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Because some of the 2019 dates were festival appearances, not all will be rescheduled. The Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl show will be rescheduled in July 2020, exact date TBA. The 2020 UK and European dates will be announced in the coming weeks.You can view a list of Ozzy Osbourne’s new North American dates below. For more information, head to Ozzy’s website.Ozzy Osbourne 2020 Tour Dates (Rescheduled From 2019)Wed 5/27 Atlanta, GA State Farm ArenaFri 5/29 Sunrise, FL BB&T CenterSun 5/31 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit UnionTue 6/2 Charlotte, NC PNC PavilionThu 6/4 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend AmphitheaterSat 6/6 Hershey, PA Hershey Park StadiumThu 6/11 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank PavilionSat 6/13 Bangor, ME Darling’s Waterfront PavilionTue 6/16 Montreal, QC Bell CentreThu 6/18 Hamilton, ON First Ontario CentreSat 6/20 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun ArenaMon 6/22 New York, NY Madison Square Garden ArenaWed 6/24 St Louis, MO Hollywood Casino AmphitheaterFri 6/26 Kansas City, MO Sprint CenterSun 6/28 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo ArenaWed 7/1 Milwaukee, WI Amer. Family Ins. Amp–SummerfestFri 7/3 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy CenterTue 7/7 Edmonton, AB Rogers PlaceThu 7/9 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers ArenaSat 7/11 Tacoma, WA Tacoma DomeWed 7/15 Portland, OR Moda CenterFri 7/17 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 CenterThu 7/23 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin PavilionSat 7/25 San Francisco, CA Shoreline AmphitheatreWed 7/29 San Diego, CA North Island Credit Union AmphitheatreFri 7/31 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden ArenaTBA July Los Angeles, CA Hollywood BowlView Rescheduled Tour Dateslast_img read more

40% prevention rate for colorectal cancers

first_imgAccording to a large, long-term study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), 40 percent of all colorectal cancers might be prevented if people underwent regular colonoscopy screening. The new research also supports existing guidelines that recommend that people with an average risk of colorectal cancer should have a colonoscopy every 10 years.The new study helps address previous uncertainty about the effectiveness of colonoscopy in reducing colorectal cancer incidence and mortality — particularly among people with cancer that originates in the proximal, or upper, part of the colon.
The study will appear in the Sept. 19 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in the nation.“Colonoscopy is the most commonly used screening test in the U.S., but there was insufficient evidence on how much it reduces the risk of proximal colon cancer and how often people should undergo the procedure,” said Shuji Ogino, co-senior author and associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH. “Our study provides strong evidence that colonoscopy is an effective technique for preventing cancers of both distal and proximal regions of the colorectum, while sigmoidoscopy alone is insufficient for preventing proximal cancer.”According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 137,000 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2009, and nearly 52,000 died that year from the disease. Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in the nation. The researchers analyzed data from 88,902 participants in two long-term studies: the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. Based on data from questionnaires that participants filled out every two years between 1988 and 2008, the researchers obtained information on colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy procedures. They documented 1,815 cases of colorectal cancer and 474 deaths from the disease.They found that both colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy, which screens for tumors in the distal, or lower, part of the colorectum, were associated with decreased risk of either getting colorectal cancer or dying from it. Only colonoscopy decreased the risk for cancers originating in the proximal colon, but not to the degree of its protective effect against distal colorectal cancers. The researchers suggested that colonoscopy’s smaller effect in reducing risk for tumors in the proximal colon might be due in part to molecular or biological differences in those cancers.Other findings include:• The researchers estimated that if all participants in the study had undergone colonoscopies, 40 percent of colorectal cancers — including 61 percent of distal cancers and 22 percent of proximal cancers — would have been prevented.• Sigmoidoscopy alone is likely insufficient for reducing the incidence or death risk of colorectal cancer that originates in the upper colon.• People who get a clean bill of health after a colonoscopy have a significantly reduced risk of colorectal cancer for up to 15 years after the procedure, although the data support repeat screening at shorter intervals among individuals with a personal history of adenoma — a benign tumor of glandular origin that can become malignant over time — or a family history of colorectal cancer.• Colorectal cancers diagnosed within five years of a colonoscopy had different molecular characteristics compared with cancers diagnosed more than five years after a colonoscopy, and they may be difficult to detect or completely remove.“Each year, more than 1.2 million people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer worldwide. Our findings could help improve and strengthen the current guidelines for colorectal cancer screening,” said Reiko Nishihara, lead author and research fellow in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH.Support for the study came from the National Institutes of Health, the Bennett Family Foundation, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation through the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance.last_img read more

17-Year-Old Noah Altshuler Will Pen Tom Sawyer Stage Adaptation

first_img The play will primarily lift elements from the popular 1876 novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but it will also draw inspiration from Twain’s other works about the beloved southern boy along the Mississippi, including Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective. Altshuler’s work primarily focuses on gender roles in adolescence. In 2014, he was the youngest playwright featured in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his play Making the Move. His upcoming sequel to the piece, Last Call for Providence, will premiere there later this year. View Commentscenter_img Tom Sawyer could be heading to Broadway, but not in a Big River revival. Noah Altshuler, a 17-year-old high school senior from Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been tapped to pen a stage adaptation of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The work will be commissioned by Hartford, Connecticut’s Mark Twain House & Museum, where Altshuler serves as Playwright-in-Residence. Though the new play reportedly has its eyes set on the Great White Way, no official plans for a Broadway bow have been announced.last_img read more

Spain’s Iberdrola moving forward with hybrid 320MW solar, wind project in South Australia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:A 320MW hybrid wind and solar project near Port Augusta in South Australia will begin construction in June after its new owner, Spanish energy giant Iberdrola, gave final approval for what will be its first investment in Australia.The Port Augusta Renewable Energy Hub has been developed by DP Energy, and has taken various forms over the last couple of years. The first stage, now comprising 210MW of wind capacity and 110MW of solar capacity, has been sold to Iberdrola, while DP Energy retains ownership of a proposed second stage featuring more solar PV and a big battery.Iberdrola has taken the decision to fund the $500 million balance sheet from its own resources, and there is no bank finance involved at this stage. Nor is there an off-take agreement. Iberdrola is big enough to take on the merchant risk itself, but discussions are likely to be held with various off-takers.The project adds to the slew of new developments in Port Augusta, once home to the state’s two highly polluting coal power stations. The 212MW Lincoln Gap wind farm is already operating, and nearly complete, and will feature a 10MW/10MWh big battery, and the Bungala solar farm is also operating, although Enel Green Power’s Bungala’s second stage has hit technical hurdles that have limited its output.The Port Augusta Renewable Energy Hub will result in a significant increase in the share of wind and solar in the state’s grid, and has been welcomed by the Liberal state government, which aims to reach “net 100 per cent renewables” by around 2030, and will likely do so well before then.Iberdrola’s Country Manager Fernando Santamaria said securing the company’s first project in Australia was an important milestone. “A 320MW hybrid wind and solar project is of great significance to our team and we look forward to working with local communities in South Australia throughout the lifetime of the project,” Santamaria said in a statement.[Giles Parkinson]More: South Australia’s biggest wind solar hybrid project gets financial green light Spain’s Iberdrola moving forward with hybrid 320MW solar, wind project in South Australialast_img read more

Dubai and Paris top the ranking of destinations according to the amount of visitor spending

first_imgBangkok, London and Paris are the most visited destinations in the world by the number of international visitors according to the results of the annual analysis of the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index, which brings a list of 162 most visited cities in the world.In a world characterized by the rise of nationalism, international travel is becoming increasingly important – it breaks down barriers, broadens horizons and has a positive impact on economic growth. Leading cities owe their position to the ideal combination of business and leisure and strong local cultures.Asian and European metropolises are still the most visitedThe Mastercard Index not only presents a list of the most visited tourist destinations but offers a much deeper analysis and growth forecast for 2018 based on the number of visitors and spending last year. For the first time, the analysis provides an overview of the average duration of stay and the amount of daily consumption of tourists.Positive economic flows also influenced the increase in international travel. Thus, the ranking of the 10 most visited destinations in 2017 shows an increase in the number of visitors in almost all top destinations. The only exception is South Korean Seoul, which has experienced a decline. The forecast for 2018 indicates the continuation of the positive trend in all ten destinations, with Istanbul expecting the largest increase in the number of visitors – by almost 20 percent. With about 20 million international visitors staying overnight, Bangkok remains at the top of the rankings and growth projections for 2018 show that some other city will hardly surpass it. Interestingly, visitors tend to stay in Bangkok for 4,7 nights and spend an average of $ 173 a day. Source. MasterCardDifferent consumption in different destinationsThere are also differences when it comes to the amounts that visitors spend during their stay. Dubai is still at the top of the list of destinations in terms of the amount spent by overnight visitors, who spend an average of as much as 537 US dollars a day. The ranking of the top 10 destinations in terms of total consumption of international visitors in 2017 also included Mecca in Saudi Arabia, which is in second place, and Palma de Mallorca in Spain and the Thai island of Phuket. Of the most visited cities, tourists spend at least $ 108 a day in Istanbul.”International travel is crucial for the economies of many cities, and enriches the lives of locals and tourists themselves. The scale has been raised high and cities must be innovative to provide visitors with an unforgettable and authentic experience. We work closely with cities around the world to ensure the development of technology and positively influence the way they attract tourists, while preserving the original spirit of cities that makes them special. “, said Miguel Gamiño Jr., Executive Vice President for Development of Innovative Urban Solutions at Mastercard.Source. MasterCardlast_img read more

Questionable savings from charter change

first_imgRe Oct. 15 letter, “Kelly supports better Spa City government”: Jeff Altamari, the architect of the Saratoga Springs Charter Commission’s misleading financial analysis of the proposed charter, may know Wall Street, but he doesn’t know Main Street. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Mr. Altamari’s confidence in the savings he claims will accrue from a change to a city manager form depends heavily on the elimination of the four existing commissioners and the five full-time deputies.This assumption is especially stunning, since for all the interviewing, they like to say they did, the commission never talked to the deputies to find out what they do. Curiously, they haven’t actually eliminated these positions in the charter, but provided that the deputies will “serve at the pleasure of the City Manager.” (Section 8.09.)Mr. Altamari displays no understanding of how civil service and public employee unions figure into the elimination and reconfiguration of work responsibilities. City Hall isn’t the corporate world, where jobs are eliminated and employees assigned new responsibilities at the discretion of the boss.He and the Charter Commission and their supporters may find they are in for sticker shock when the true value of the work the deputies do is assigned to a new and more expensive civil service positions by the new city manager.Jane WeiheSaratoga Springscenter_img More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Indonesia hits consecutive record highs in coronavirus cases

first_imgThe government’s latest data reveal that Indonesia recorded 4,634 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the total tally to 262,022. The number of fatalities stands at 10,105, while the number of recovered cases amounts to 191,853.Indonesia’s previous highest one-day spike was recorded on Wednesday with 4,465 cases.Read also: ’COVID-19 is real’, govt says as public denial persistsThe task force’s spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito has blamed ignorance among the public for causing the widening virus transmission as people have neglected to abide by health protocols by maintaining safe physical distancing and wearing face masks, among other requirements.“We see that more and more people have started to neglect the health protocols as time goes by. They seem to have no empathy for COVID-19 victims,” Wiku said in his daily press briefing on Thursday.The task force has consequently initiated so-called “behavioral change” units to work together with the authorities in reinforcing the need to adhere to health protocols in society.According to, Indonesia has the second-highest number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia, just below the Philippines, which has recorded more than 296,000 cases.Topics : Indonesia’s one-day increases in COVID-19 cases have continued to hit consecutive new highs in the past few days as the country has constantly recorded more than 4,000 new infections each day.According to data released by the national COVID-19 task force, the country’s coronavirus infections first topped 4,000 cases on Saturday, followed by bleak records that continued to be broken over the past four days.The country had never seen a daily increase above 4,000 prior to mid-September.last_img read more

Origin closes A$1.6bn Lattice Energy sale

first_imgSydney-based Origin Energy, the holder of a 37.5 percent stake in the Australia Pacific LNG project, has completed the A$1.59 billion ($1.24 billion) sale of its conventional upstream oil and gas business, Lattice Energy, to Beach Energy.To remind, the deal was announced back in September 2017.“After adjusting for settlement of the acquisition by Lattice Energy of Benaris’ interests in the Otway basin (A$190 million), transaction costs, adjustments and taxes, the balance of the sale proceeds will be used to close out of oil forward sale agreements (A$266 million) and pay down debt (approximately A$1 billion),” Origin said.As a result of this transaction, Origin expects to record accounting charges of approximately A$220 – $240 million, primarily comprising a non-cash post-tax impairment charge of $170 – $180 million as a result of recognising Lattice Energy earnings from 1 July 2017 up to the 31 January 2018 completion date, it said.last_img read more

Marriage Is Good for Couples’ Finances. Are You and Your Spouse on the Right Track? 23 August 2016Family First Comment: “People who never married are at 3.3 times greater risk of experiencing “negative wealth”—that is, having debt that exceeds their assets—compared to continuously married individuals, the study found. And people who are separated or divorced have between a 2.2 and 3.0 greater risk of experiencing negative wealth than people who stayed married.”People who are married are in better financial shape than others when they reach their fifties. Tell us your stories and advice about working as a team.Money can tear couples apart, but those who stay together tend to amass more wealth than those who never marry, who divorce, or who live together without marrying, new research finds.“Married people do better,” says Amelia Karraker, assistant professor at Iowa State University and co-author of a recent working paper on marital histories and financial security in midlife. Specifically, people who stay married to their first spouse enjoy higher net worth on average.The Iowa State study looked at people’s finances when they hit the 51-to-56 age bracket, a point in midlife when income and assets frequently peak and retirement planning needs to be in high gear. People who never married are at 3.3 times greater risk of experiencing “negative wealth”—that is, having debt that exceeds their assets—compared to continuously married individuals, the study found. And people who are separated or divorced have between a 2.2 and 3.0 greater risk of experiencing negative wealth than people who stayed married.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more