RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Generation AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Featured image: Stock Sustained low natural gas prices and evolving global supply dynamics are pushing natural gas players to innovate and find flexible solutions to meet market needs. This is according to a newly released report by EPC firm Black & Veatch, 2017 Strategic Directions: Natural Gas Industry Report.The report examines how organisations are planning for long-term, sustainable operations that can accommodate rising supplies and deliver them to markets eager to use natural gas as a cheaper and cleaner power generation source.Natural gas marketThe EPC firm explained that key report findings reflect the growing role of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade in shifting oversupply from countries like the United States to growing demand centres in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and India.“Global LNG activity is impacted by a number of factors including foreign relations, emerging production leaders and available infrastructure,” said Hoe Wai Cheong, President of Black & Veatch’s oil & gas business.“Some of these issues may be perceived as challenges, but many industry leaders are now keeping a close watch on international events to proactively map out future business opportunities.”The US-headquartered EPC added: “The report emphasises calls from the industry to fund the infrastructure investments that will be pivotal to accommodating increased LNG imports and exports, including floating LNG (FLNG) applications and natural gas-based combined-cycle plants.”“Production efficiencies made in recent years have stoked a steady increase in global supply,” said John Chevrette, President of Black & Veatch management consulting.“However, the ability of emerging markets to absorb this supply, given the lack of terminals, pipelines and other infrastructure, will require collaboration with end users and gas-to-power integration experts.” Read more…Key report findingsOther key findings include:One of the most dramatic swings from previous years’ surveys is the expectation for sustained lower global crude oil prices between now and 2020. Nearly half of the industry respondents now expect prices to only be between $40 and $50 per barrel. In the 2016 report, merely 7% listed this price range as their expectation. Oil and gas prices have historically been indexed in many markets, signaling a shift in survey respondents’ outlook for the industry.Survey results show that the industry sees building pipelines (32%) and investing in LNG (27%) as the most critical investments for growth.Nearly one-third of respondents (27%) are planning to balance new renewable energy with gas resources.Less than one-third of respondents (32%) are using data to manage risk, with other key management functions like budgeting, strategic planning and daily operations even less reliant on data (30%).Impending final rules from the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) could make business more difficult and increase costs for customers, according to 44% of natural gas storage operators.The report also analyses how natural gas providers are focusing on finding operational efficiencies, divesting non-core assets and comprehensively strengthening their organisational foundations to remain competitive.Organisations such as storage operators are also implementing varied strategies to cope with a changing regulatory landscape.“Those who do not commit to optimising internal processes now, or see the bigger global picture in terms of where the market is headed, risk being unable to capitalise on big opportunities down the road,” added Cheong. BRICS Previous articleS&P Global and Moody’s downgrade Eskom’s credit ratingNext articleAfDB to tackle Africa’s climbing youth unemployment rate Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. Featured image: Stock UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Finance and Policy
The most misused word in Independent India is “secularism”. If we do not go into its esoteric meaning, then the simplest meaning is to give equal opportunity to followers of all religion and not giving support to any particular religion. In fact, there was only one religion before foreign invaders entered India. Later, other religions emerged due to circumstantial reasons, however, there was no conflict among different religions. The problem arose when the Mughals and the European powers began to establish a foothold in India who indulged in the conversion of natives by force or inducement.In order to prove themselves these neo converts indulged in the propagation of hatred which continues even today.When the Indian constitution was adopted, there was no mention of Secularism. It was inserted later inserted in 1976 through the 42nd Constitution Amendment due to inherent reasons. Yet, secularism in Indian context differs from that of Western nations. And India does not totally separate the state and religion. Perhaps this is where the misuse of this concept started which continues till now on account of vote bank politics.In actuality, a nation cannot be secular in the true sense. If a person is not an atheist then he follows some religion. The religious faith knowingly or unknowingly gets reflected in his or her actions on many occasions. The same applies to every official sitting in government or members of civil society. So where is the concept of secularism?Even if we assume that declaring India as a secular state, then the question arises as two why it was not implemented in its envisaged form till now. On the contrary, behind the guise of this pseudo-secularism concept, there has been a continuous effort for religious polarization and appeasement. If we look back over past 73 years, it is seen that whatever has happened in our country in the name of secularism, there has been a tilt in favour of a particular minority community and against the majority community. All this happened due to political consideration of the fact that majority community voters are fragmented on the caste as well as faith basis. In the contrast, minority community votes en mass to a particular political party or conglomeration on the perceived dollops.Hence, learning important lessons from the experiences of the past eight decades, it is the high time that this concept now is redefined. As it is a well-established fact that someway or other, every person, society or nation takes shelter behind religion unless entire society is atheist. If that be so then where is the need of pseudo-secularism. All religions and faith be given equal importance and opportunities without fear or favor and it should be implemented honestly in the whole country without ulterior considerations.
CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, OEM preparing for Hurricane Joaquin By John Heinis – September 30, 2015 5:42 pm 0 CommunityHoboken Hoboken man killed in motorcycle crash on N.J. Turnpike in Kearny, state police say Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Facebook Twitter Bayonne RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSDawn Zimmerhoboken OEMhurricane joaquin SHARE Previous articlePolice: Bayonne man arrested for assault of girlfriend, infant, spits at copsNext articleAt Hoboken Council debate, hatred between Giattino and Garcia is palpable John Heinis Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) team met this afternoon to discuss the possible scenarios that may be faced during Hurricane Joaquin.Â Photo via Twitter.By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewZimmer posted the above photo on Twitter about an hour ago with the caption “All hands on deck planning mtg w/OEM team for two major storms & possible major flooding Thurs-Mon. #Joaquin.”In a lengthy post on the City’s Facebook page yesterday, residents were encouraged to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.“With extreme weather occurring more often across the country, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging individuals, families, workplaces, schools, and organizations across the nation to take part in National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30th, 2015,” the post says.”“As part of National Preparedness Month and National PrepareAthon! Day, FEMA is encouraging everyone to develop and practice their family emergency plan to prepare for disasters that are known threats in their communities.”Creating a family communication emergency plan, signing up for local text alerts and warnings, keeping medical, legal and other important documents in a safe place and creating an emergency supply kit are a few of the suggestions listed.Since being devastated by Hurricane Sandy nearly there years ago, Hoboken has embarked on a $230 million Rebuild by Design flood preparedness program, which helped earn the Mile Square City recognition from the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.Furthermore, Zimmer was named to a local advisory committee of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) back in August, which gives recommendations to the agency regarding key environmental policies. Community Bayonne Bayonne 2-alarm fire leaves six people displaced, one suffers minor injuries, fire chief says
Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) — Actress Felicity Huffman was among 14 defendants to agree to plea guilty in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scam that rocked elite schools this spring.The group of 13 parents and one university athletic coach agreed to plea guilty to charges including “using bribery and other forms of fraud,” per a Massachusetts Department of Justice press release.“I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” Huffman said in a statement obtained by ABC News. “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community.”This news comes after developments that Stanford University had expelled one student caught up in the alleged nationwide college admission scandal dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues” by federal prosecutors after the school launched its own probe and found she used phony sailing credentials to bolster her entrance application, officials said.The ousted Stanford student, who was not identified, is one of three student applicants to the private Northern California school who have been investigated in the aftermath of the scam that has cast a shadow over its admissions process. The school’s sailing coach, John Vandemoer, was fired last month after pleading guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy stemming from the nationwide scandal.The university said the expelled student is the only one under investigation who was admitted to the Palo Alto school.“We determined that some of the material in the student’s application is false and, in accordance with our policies, have rescinded admission,” Stanford officials said in a statement. “Any credits earned have also been vacated. The student is no longer on Stanford’s campus.”This is a developing story. Please check back for more updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The National’s Bryce Dessner is again taking up the role of composer on a new forthcoming album, Music for Wood and Strings. It will be performed by NYC-based percussion quartet Sō Percussion, who uses special “chordsticks” that Dessner custom made. The album is out May 19th, 2015.Sō Percussion has collaborated with the likes of Medeski Martin & Wood, Dan Deacon, Dirty Projectors and a huge roster of renowned composers. They first performed Music for Wood and Strings two years ago — check out the video at the bottom. You can see it performed in its entirety again at BRIC House in Brooklyn on April 27th.Dessner has another original piece titled “Quilting” that will premiere on May 28th with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Next on Grand series. Dessner said in a statement, “Every quilt has a story. I’m drawn to their symbolism, the communal aspect, the process by which they’re made.”
On Friday night, Trey Anastasio continued his 2019 solo acoustic fall tour with a performance at Milwaukee, WI’s Riverside Theater.Trey Anastasio Debuts Acoustic “Mr. Oysterhead” In Dayton [Photos/Videos]After opening up his set with “Prince Caspian”, Trey Anastasio moved forward with “Back On The Train”, “Limb By Limb”, “My Friend, My Friend”, and “Runaway Jim”. The set continued with “Brian and Robert”, Oysterhead‘s “Rubberneck Lions”, “Turtle in the Clouds”, “Guelah Papyrus”, “Snowflakes in the Sand”, “The Inlaw Josie Wales”, “Waste”, and the acoustic debut of “In Long Lines”.Following “In Long Lines”, Trey moved forward with “Ghosts of the Forest”, played for only the second time outside of his Ghosts of the Forest band. Trey continued with “Blaze On”, “Shade”, “The Connection”, “Mountains in the Mist”, “Mercury”, “Cavern”, “Backwards Down the Number Line”, and a set-closing “Wilson”.Trey Anastasio – “Wilson”[Video: A Bal]Following a brief break, Trey reemerged to open up his five-song encore with “Till We Meet Again” before launching into the solo acoustic debuts of “Windora Bug” and “Sanity”. Trey closed out the evening with “Lawn Boy” and “Say It to Me S.A.N.T.O.S.”.Trey Anastasio – “Sanity” / “Lawn Boy”[Video: A Bal]Trey Anastasio continues his solo acoustic tour tonight, Saturday, October 19th with a performance Minneapolis, MN’s State Theatre. For a full list of Trey’s upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information, head here.Setlist: Trey Anastasio | Riverside Theater | Milwaukee, WI | 10/18/2019Set: Prince Caspian , Back on the Train, Limb By Limb, My Friend, My Friend, Runaway Jim, Brian and Robert, Rubberneck Lions, Turtle in the Clouds, Guelah Papyrus, Snowflakes in the Sand, The Inlaw Josie Wales, Waste, In Long Lines , Ghosts of the Forest, Blaze On, Shade, The Connection, Mountains in the Mist, Mercury, Cavern, Backwards Down the Number Line, WilsonEncore: Till We Meet Again, Windora Bug, Sanity, Lawn Boy, Say It To Me S.A.N.T.O.S. Trey solo acoustic. Trey solo acoustic; first acoustic performance by Trey.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the Broadway League has announced a further delay to the reopening of shows on the Great White Way. Initially set to be shut down through April 12 and then through June 7, all Broadway productions will now stay on hold—and will offer refunds and exchanges—through September 6. An official return date has not yet been announced.“While all Broadway shows would love to resume performances as soon as possible, we need to ensure the health and well-being of everyone who comes to the theatre—behind the curtain and in front of it—before shows can return,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League. “Throughout this challenging time, we have been in close communication with Governor Cuomo’s office and are grateful for his support and leadership as we work together to bring back this vital part of New York City’s economy—and spirit.”Concerns about the coronoavirus outbreak have caused the temporary closure of theaters worldwide, including in London’s West End, off-Broadway and across the United States. Specific shows that have been affected include the new play Hangmen and the revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, both of which will not return to Broadway following the shutdown.Some productions previously scheduled to play during the 2019-2020 season have delayed their runs. As recently reported, the new musical Flying Over Sunset has been pushed to the fall. In addition, the planned Broadway premiere of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer-winning play How I Learned to Drive has been postponed; Manhattan Theatre Club is finalizing plans to mount the production in the upcoming 2020-2021 season. As previously announced, the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway revival of Caroline, or Change, originally set to begin performances on March 13, will now open in the fall, and the new play Birthday Candles, initially announced to start on April 2, has also been moved to later this year.A date for the postponed Tony Awards, initially slated for June 7, has not yet been announced. (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) View Comments
14th Star Brewing Company,Mad River Distillers,Vermont Business Magazine As Tom Petty often sang, “The waiting is hardest part.” But when making whiskey, waiting isn’t just part of the game, waiting is the game. For Northeastern whiskey and craft beer fanatics, that wait is almost over, as Mad River Distillers(link is external) of Warren, Vermont and 14th Star Brewing Company(link is external) of St Albans, Vermont have teamed up for the third annual release of Mad River’s Hopscotch Vermont Single Malt Whiskey.The whiskey was distilled by Mad River from a wash of 14th Star’s Tribute Double IPA, barrel-aged in charred American oak barrels for over two years in Mad River’s rickhouse and bottled at 92 proof. The result is a unique Vermont whiskey that carries the delicate nose of a single malt, but with a distinctly hoppy underpinnings of the donor beer. It will appeal to whiskey and craft beer fans alike.“Given that Tribute is a double IPA, I’m not surprised with the taste being so bold,” said Alex Hilton, general manager and head distiller at Mad River Distillers. “Hops are a potent ingredient, and it makes sense that the flavor would carry right through the distilling process.”14th Star Brewing Company was started in 2012 by veterans Steve Gagnon and Matt Kehaya from a business plan drafted on the back of a notebook while the two served together in Afghanistan. The acclaimed brewery now features six core beers along with a slew of limited edition releases.In keeping with 14th Star’s mission of giving back to the community and supporting veterans, a donation from the sales of each bottle of Hopscotch will be made by Mad River Distillers to the Josh Pallotta Fund(link is external) which provides support and services for returning veterans and their families.”Our tried and true Tribute Double IPA has been masterfully transformed by Mad River Distillers into this spectacular spirit that lays before you,” said Dan Sartwell, Brewmaster at 14th Star, “As soon as Mad River approached us about collaborating on a whiskey, we quickly agreed that Tribute would be the perfect beer for this project!”The limited-edition 2018 Hopscotch release will be introduced at Mad River’s Burlington, VT tasting room on Friday, November 9 with companion events at 14th Star’s St. Albans taproom on Nov. 10, as well as the Mad River Taste Place in Waitsfield on November 11. See Facebook.com/MadRiverDistillers(link is external) for event details.ABOUT: Mad River Distillers(link is external) is a craft distillery founded in 2011 by John Egan, Brett Little and Maura Connelly in Warren, Vermont to produce the finest quality spirits using high-quality organic and non-GMO local grains and fruits, as well as pure Vermont spring water, in both traditional and innovative recipes. The Mad River brand currently includes four rums, four whiskeys and an apple brandy. It is distributed in seven Northeastern states along with California.14th Star Brewing Co.(link is external) is a veteran-owned Vermont craft brewery on a mission to brew world-class beer while enriching the community.Source: WARREN, Vermont – November 5, 2018. Mad River Distillers
Related Giant has entered the Vietnamese cycle market, following several months’ evaluation. The company is being represented locally by Golden Rose Trading & Travel. The new business in Vietnam is being established from Ho Chi Ming City, with marketing, rental, touring, and other related campaigns to follow, with a primary aim of building up Giant’s sales network throughout the country.www.giant-bicycles.com
Jul 8, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – States and territories will receive a total of $390.5 million in federal grants this year to help hospitals and other healthcare facilities improve their capability to cope with emergencies and disasters, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday.The annual grants are intended to “enhance community resilience by increasing the ability of hospital and healthcare facilities to respond to the medical impacts of any emergency, such as natural disasters, disease outbreaks, or acts of terrorism,” HHS officials said in a news release.The grants go to all 50 states, eight territories, and four metropolitan areas: Chicago, Los Angeles County, New York City, and Washington, DC. For the states, amounts range from almost $32 million for California to $1.1 million for Wyoming. The allocations are based mainly on population.The grants for healthcare surge capacity and a related grant program for state public health preparedness were launched in the wake of the terrorist attacks of 2001.Last year’s round of hospital preparedness grants was smaller, at $362 million, according to Elleen Kane, a spokeswoman for the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, which administers the program.But she said last year’s funding covered only 9 months instead of a full year, because HHS changed the program calendar to match the states’ July-to-June budget cycle. Previously the grants were timed according to the federal budget cycle, based on an October-to-September fiscal year. HHS did not make a public announcement of the grant total last year, she said, commenting, “We were in the throes of H1N1.”Last year there was also a special round of HHS grants totaling $90 million, announced in July, to help healthcare facilities prepare for the fall wave of pandemic flu.This year’s healthcare preparedness funding is slightly below the 2008 amount of $398 million. In 2007 the grants totaled $430 million, and in 2006 the amount was $450 million.The HHS announcement said the funds are intended to be used to develop or improve interoperable communication systems, systems to track available hospital beds, advance registration of volunteer health professionals, process for hospital evacuations or sheltering in place, processes for facility management, community healthcare partnerships, and hospital participation in statewide or regional training exercises.An official with Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonprofit public health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, told CIDRAP News the group is encouraged that the hospital preparedness program is continuing but regards it as very inadequate for its intended purposes.Laura Segal, TFAH’s director of public affairs, said the program has been important for planning and has helped with some preparedness steps, but commented, “Obviously it’s not at a sufficient level to really prepare the hospitals for the kinds of threats we’re talking about, from a severe pandemic to things like hurricanes or other sorts of infectious disease outbreaks or bioterrorism.”See also: Jul 7 HHS announcement with list of grants by jurisdictionhttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/07/20100707h.htmlJun 3, 2008, CIDRAP News story on 2008 hospital preparedness grantshttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/bioprep/news/jun0308funding-jw.htmlHHS general information about the Hospital Preparedness Programhttp://www.phe.gov/preparedness/planning/hpp/pages/default.aspx