A rise in US LNG exports in late 2020 supported a rebound in natural gas prices New pipeline infrastructure can help boost US liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports by connecting Appalachia Basin shale plays to Gulf Coast processing facilities.The region’s Marcellus and Utica shale formations accounted for 40% of US natural gas production in 2020, but their outlook is closely tied to demand for LNG exports.Henry Hub natural gas spot prices averaged their lowest in decades in 2020, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) – hit by a mild winter and a fall in energy demand during the pandemic – but growth in US LNG exports towards the end of the year helped spark a slight rebound.The EIA expects Henry Hub prices to average $3.01 per million British thermal units (MBtu) in 2021, rising to $3.27 per MBtu in 2022. That compares to an average price of just $2.03 per MBtu in 2020.Rising prices are encouraging many companies to increase drilling and completion activities, according to research group GlobalData, but without improved transport infrastructure Marcellus and Utica producers will struggle to connect with LNG processing and export facilities to the south.“While other plays near the Gulf Coast such as the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford and Haynesville are better located to provide natural gas to meet LNG feedstock demand, the Marcellus and Utica can also play a relevant role in supplying the new LNG facilities located on the Gulf Coast – but additional pipeline capacity will be needed,” the group said. Appalachia natural gas production grew in 2020, despite pandemic constraintsThe US – which is the world’s top natural gas producer – is targeting near-term growth in its LNG export capacity, aiming to ship 8.50 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) this year, compared to 6.53 bcf/d in 2020 and 5 bcf/d in 2019.GlobalData says current US LNG export capacity stands at 9.17 bcf/d, and “with current planned and under-construction projects, this value will grow to 11.97 bcf/d in 2023”.Analyst Andrew Folse added: “For the Appalachia Basin to significantly grow production in the future it will need to gain more access in infrastructure to transport natural gas, in particular for reaching the LNG plants in the Gulf Coast.”“In the meantime, the basin will continue to play a key role in supplying other non-LNG related natural gas demand in other US regions such as the Northeast and the Midwest.”In contrast to the oil industry, which has been forced into huge production cuts in the face of low demand and falling crude prices, natural gas production has weathered coronavirus disruption comparatively well over the past year.Where average US crude oil production fell 7.4% from 2019 to 2020, the EIA says natural gas output in the country dropped by 2.5% year-on-year to 90.8 bcf/d. But across the Appalachian Basin in particular, GlobalData notes that natural gas production increased from 32.19 bcf/d in 2019 to 33.44 bcf/d in 2020.The group adds that while major oil-producers slashed their 2020 capital expenditure up to 50-60% in response to the financial upheaval caused by the pandemic, the top three producers in the Appalachia Basin – EQT, Antero Resources and Southwestern Energy – have cut their capital only by 20%, 35% and 40%, respectively. Analysts say Marcellus and Utica shale plays in Appalachia need better infrastructure connections to supply natural gas to US Gulf Coast LNG facilities
HMS Montrose Boarding Teams Finish NMIOTC View post tag: Defense Share this article View post tag: Montrose View post tag: finish View post tag: teams Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Montrose Boarding Teams Finish NMIOTC The combined Royal Marine and Royal Navy Boarding Teams of HMS Montrose have spent 4 days, operating out of the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operations Training Centre (NMIOTC) at Souda Bay, Crete. Putting their Standard Operating Procedures through a rigorous programme of tests and instructional periods to ensure that, as they near the Middle Eastern operating area, team members and the Ship can be confident in their capability and performanceSituated alongside the azure blue Mediterranean and surrounded by imposing mountains NMIOTC is the final stop for many vessels and their Embarked Forces prior to entering the Joint Operating Area that extends from Suez to the Persian Gulf. It provides both bespoke training packages as well as generic boarding scenarios and is an opportunity to gain some effective ‘one stop’ training.NMIOTCs extremely capable staff are drawn from a variety of backgrounds and include Counter-terrorist Police (EKAM) and Greek Special Forces as well as their enhanced Boarding Teams.They are used to impart real-life experiences and stimulate thought on the varying tactics that can be deployed and coming from such a varied background the wealth of knowledge is impressive and certainly encourages teams to test and adjust their own capability.In addition the facilities are first rate with a new Fast-Rope Gantry located within the grounds whilst the HS Aris, a decommissioned Frigate is just a few minutes away by road and is utilised as a Close Quarter Battle platform.Montrose chose to utilise a bespoke training package that allowed the Royal Marine and Royal Navy elements to focus on their individual tasks, with Royal Marines completing numerous clearance serials whilst Naval personnel focused on search techniques.There were also some shared modules including a particularly interesting insight into Crew Psychology. Despite the intense training and high temperatures an opportunity for down time most evenings still existed with the exception of the RM elements who utilised the dark hours to continue their Tactical training. Good effort Royal.Training came together in a Final Test Exercise on the last morning, a simulated Level 2 boarding on a non-compliant vessel with Royal Marine elements completing a clearance of the target vessel which allowed the Royal Navy search team to conduct an exploitation.The scenario was designed to maximise the training benefit to both elements by utilising the full range of skills and drills and was well received all round.The Ship’s Officer Commanding Royal Marines, Captain Chris Nightingale, whose men underwent the rigorous training said,“This has been a good experience for everybody involved and a lot of effort has gone in to maximise the benefit of the training received. NMIOTC provides an excellent opportunity to work with other nations and compare and contrast SOPs in a fantastic environment with excellent facilities.“If we take just one thing away and improve overall Operational effectiveness then it is time well spent.”Royal Navy Boarding Officer, Lieutenant Dan Sercombe stated,“Training at NMIOTC was both challenging and rewarding, combining a higher level of professional training with an opportunity to undertake acclimatisation in a new Operating Area. Overall it has been a hugely enriching experience.”[mappress]Press Release, September 17, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: HMS View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defence September 17, 2013 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Boarding View post tag: NMIOTC View post tag: News by topic Training & Education
by Oskar Cox-JensenWhat to do with a post-cancer comeback single, your first in four years? Get a crack songwriting team to pen an innovative, glorious modern classic, hinting at personal trauma? Or nick a so-middle-of-the-road-it’s-pedestrian track from a band too obscure to have a Wikipedia entry?Obviously the latter. ‘2 Hearts,’ written and produced by London outfit Kish Mauve, is hardly the daring departure it’s been heralded as. Its electro bleeps and whirs are awfully polite and incidental, its structure and backing as simple as could be. And there’s something a little embarrassing about a 39-year-old Kylie singing empty teen clichés about love, especially in such a pouting, coquettish, breathless manner. This is the musical equivalent of your maiden aunt putting on her face, throwing a mink fur over her shoulder and mincing off down the kerb.It’s also rather good. The melody is too repetitive, too asinine, too easy – in other words, it’s perfect pop. It’s under three minutes – always a bonus. And there’s this amazing, redeeming backing ‘whoo!’ in every chorus that reminds me of LCD Soundsystem. But it’s neither as brilliant, nor as irritating, as ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.’ Tune.
Elizabeth Hyde, a solicitor at Eversheds LLP, on new health and safety legislationCareless workers, senior managers and directors face potential prison sentences for non-compliance with health and safety law, following the advent of the Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008. The Act, which came into force on 16 January 2009, affects businesses and individuals involved in bakery food manufacture.The change in law will mean that the most serious breaches of health and safety law, previously punishable with fines, may now attract custodial sentences of up to two years. Failing to comply with even the most basic health and safety laws can lead to an individual prosecution. If a manager turns a blind eye to a clear risk posed to others – for example unsecured racking – then he risks prosecution even if no accident has occurred as a result of his or her actions.The Act also increases the maximum penalty for breaching regulations from £5,000 to £20,000 in a magistrates’ court.Bakeries are advised to ensure that risk assessments covering issues and activities such as temperature, manual handling, lifting operations and ’back of house’ activities are suitable and sufficient and that appropriate control measures are identified to reduce or eliminate risk. Periodic reviews of all risk assessments are recommended.
Katherine Jin, a Notre Dame junior, was charged Friday with four felony counts of fraud related to the theft of credit card information at Au Bon Pain’s on-campus location, the South Bend Tribune reported.Jin was charged with four Level 6 felonies. She has not yet been taken into custody.According to the report, Jin was employed at Au Bon Pain from January 20, 2018 to May 24, 2019. Four customers who made purchases at the restaurant in April reported suspicious charges on their credit cards for large purchases of clothing and artwork. The artwork was delivered to Jin’s home address in New York.“The transactions were all made electronically from an IP address that can only be accessed on Notre Dame’s campus,” the article said.The article reported that Jin is still currently enrolled as a student at the University.Tags: Au Bon Pain, Crime, Fraud
Amazon, Installing Biggest Solar Array in New Jersey, Advances on Its Renewables Target FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Amazon is not fooling around when it comes to renewable energy. The company’s web services division has set a mandate to move to 100% renewable energy, a goal that it shares with fellow technology giants Apple, ebay, Facebook, Google and Microsoft. But the parent company has not been idle either, and in May Amazon announced that it would install up to 41 MW of solar on 15 fulfillment centers by the end of the year.Yesterday the company announced that one of these installations has come online, which also happens to be the largest rooftop PV plants in the state of New Jersey. Roughly 20,000 Hanwha Q-Cells PV modules are mounted on Panel Claw Polar Bear III racking on the roof of an Amazon warehouse in Carteret, New Jersey, across the water from Staten Island, for a total of 4.98 MW-AC.Sol Systems developed, built and financed the project, which is now owned by IGS, which in turn sells the electricity generated to Amazon for a combination of on-site usage and net metering, and began producing electricity earlier this month.Amazon was the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the United States in 2016, but most of this was wind. In April the company filed an legal brief supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s continued implementation of the Clean Power Plan, which the Trump Administration has moved to either abandon or make meaningless.Amazon puts online New Jersey’s largest rooftop solar installation
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that a flood-prone section of Nassau Expressway in the Five Towns will be rehabilitated sooner than expected and that the state would pour $130 million into the project.Nassau Expressway, also known as Route 878, runs from western Nassau County into Queens, carries 56,000 vehicles daily, and is a designated evacuation route for more than 400,000 people.The plan, which was borne out of post-Superstorm Sandy NY Rising discussions, calls for the beleaguered one-mile stretch to be elevated to mitigate flooding while improving upon existing drainage. Cuomo said the project would be fast-tracked to begin in 2019 as opposed to its original starting date of 2025.The governor was critical of past repairs, which he said were done “piecemeal,” and noted that the previous timeline was inadequate.“The problem is that I may be dead by 2025,” Cuomo said during an appearance at the Five Towns Community Center in Lawrence on Sunday. “That’s a long time from now, and who wants to wait and put up with it until 2025?”Cuomo, who is fond of recalling his own experiences while highlighting the need for new projects, painted a nightmarish portrait of past trips along the parkway.“I lived in Hollis, Queens. I had a good friend for many years who lived in Inwood, so I would come down the Cross Island Parkway, come across Brookville Boulevard, which was an undertaking in and of itself,” Cuomo said. “That is like going over the mountains, when you go over Brookville Boulevard. You dodge the potholes and you’re going through a whole marsh area, you wait for a boat to float past as you go through Brookville Boulevard, and then you’d run the floods. It was like a road test for a vehicle, that’s what it was.”“Did you have the shocks to handle Brookville Boulevard, and then did you have the ground clearance to make it through the water on Burnside?” he continued. “So this is a situation that has gone on for way too long.”State Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) in a statement said the infusion of cash will “protect a vital piece of infrastructure—and the New Yorkers who rely on it—for decades to come.”Cuomo’s appearance also put him in the same room with indicted Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who in October pleaded not guilty to federal bribery charges.The governor made light of the fact that the pair were in the same room together.“Normally when I’m with the County Executive, we’re in some kind of snowstorm, hurricane, Mother Nature wrath, never-happened-before-but-now-it’s-going-to-happen-to-us situation,” he said. “So to be with Ed when the sun is shining and it’s not raining is really nice and unusual. We are talking about flooding so it’s basically where we’ve been, but let’s give the County Executive a round of applause.”(Photo credit: New York Governor’s Office)
“To support the kind of programs that address mental health, substance abuse,” Delgado said. “These are the kind of things that our local governments are heavily invested in.” Congressman Delgado says state and local funding is going to be key. The bipartisan group is urging Congress to add funding for mental health, substance use disorder treatment and medical research in the next COVID-19 relief package. WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBNG) — Congressman Antonio Delgado joined 59 other members of Congress to urge Congress to prioritize mental health issues. The group is pushing for these issues to be in that package due to the stress and disruption caused by the pandemic. The bipartisan group says having mental and behavioral health support services is going to be a crucial component of recovering from the pandemic.
Synergy of tourist boards in action, not just on paper. Bravo for the tourist boards of the island of PagNovember 18, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: kkcykwsge.
The most important thing is that the directors of Pag’s island tourist boards agree and are a quality example of project associations that can only bring good to everyone – a satisfied guest who does not know or is interested in some imaginary boundaries, but the whole destination as the island of Pag. Such joint projects give us the wind in our sails because there are more of us with more ideas, and it is wonderful that our goal is the same: to promote our wonderful island of Pag, our moon island as an ideal destination for active vacation, points out the director of Pag Tourist Board Vesna Karavanic. Embrace of stone and wind “, a very attractive path was traced from the Pag gate to the top of Kiršin, there are also paths for Nordic walking. We have a different offer in each place and when we combine everything, we have an excellent and attractive tourist product. This project Pag Outdoor Summer Weekend is the beginning of the signing of the Agreement on long-term development of Outdoor tourism on the island of Pag, which was approved by the Ministry of Tourism and we are all happy about it.”. And that the synergy is not only on paper, the proof is Pag Outdoor Summer Weekend !. Trainings are adapted to age groups with carefully selected concepts that will be offered by coaches and are adapted to current conditions with regard to the current situation. All participants pay a registration fee in order to have complete control and security at the trainings and records of members. “Five years ago, we started the Life on Mars, Pag Island Trail, meanwhile developed miles of new trails along the island, educated guides, organized a series of races, gained long-term sports partners such as Run Croatia, Kissa, Trekking League, extended before and post-season and jointly involve other tourist stakeholders of the destination. It is time to discover all the faces and backs of the lunar island of Pag this summer and choose an active stay in nature.”, Rizner pointed out. In the island’s tourist boards, they are satisfied with joint projects, especially this year when almost all events have been canceled, but opportunities have been opened for an ideal active vacation for which the island of Pag has phenomenal prerequisites. Synergy of tourist boards in action, not just on paper The tourist boards of the island of Pag continue to work together on joint projects during this year’s tourist season. Bravo, bravo and bravo for the tourist boards of the island of Pag on the synergy and joint program that is certainly the motive for coming, and perfectly positions the entire island of Pag as a destination for active vacation. The next step should be one promotional platform for the entire island of Pag. Currently, the tourist community certainly has its own website as well as social networks, which is not effective in the domain of branding one destination – the island of Pag. This is especially pronounced in this case because it is an island. Likewise, this does not a priori mean that tourist boards should be shut down, it is a matter of market decision and other discussion, but outwardly they should act as one brand. Five years ago, people in Croatia laughed at him when he suggested that a running race be held on Zrće, and today the island of Pag is the first island in Croatia to have sports activities throughout the summer. ”In one day, only one sport can be held in one place on the island. In this way, active tourists are encouraged to explore the island, they are encouraged to take a dynamic vacation. This means that on Sundays Mandre have a run, and Pag kayak, Metajna SUP…. Run Croatia has provided a registration platform on which tourists register for training for 70kn. For that money, they get refreshments after training in local gastronomic centers, such as Boškinac or Na Tale. In this way, the gastronomic exploration of the island with autochthonous quality refreshments is encouraged. Records are also kept of who and where trained, so that in time in the event of COVID can react”Points out Berislav Sokač from Run Croatia. By the way, the Run Croatia platform is one of, if not the best, racing platform in the world. World, and ours. COVID19 closed festivals, so the usual summer party destination had to be quickly and deftly reoriented into a sports-recreational or active holiday destination. Thus, on weekends during July and August, a handful of sports events will be organized throughout the island such as cycling, Nordic walking, trail, sea kayaking, SUP (windsurfing), windsurfing, running, walking, quad riding ( Program active summer on the island of Pag – Pag Outdoor Summer Weekend! This time it’s about a project Pag Outdoor Summer Weekend i.e. the concept of active weeks to be held with licensed and experienced trainers in various forms of active tourism. Irena Trcol, director of TZM Stara Novalja pointed out that the Pag Outdoor Summer Weekend project was created for their island, which is so different, and yet unique that they can offer each guest a rich selection of outdoor activities. From the program itself you can see how many organized activities are offered with licensed guides so that everyone will choose something for themselves and spend, we believe, an unforgettable vacation on our island.” Namely, it was signed on the island of Pag last month Agreement on project association of local tourist boards on the island of Pag. It can be said that this is a historic moment in which all the island’s tourist boards have signed such a multi-year joint project for the first time, which is important for tourism and quality offer of the entire island of Pag. “The island of Pag has a specific shape with many bays, fields, karst, freshwater lakes, ancient olive groves. Povljana is surrounded by stone karst, along a fertile field, near the lake and separated from the main island road and has ideal areas for sports activities such as Nordic walking. running, cycling, and due to westerly winds it is extremely suitable for surfing, sailing”, Said Neven Tičić, director of the Tourist Board of Povljana and concluded:” That is the reason why we got involved in the project, hoping that as soon as possible the sports component will gain in importance on our beautiful and contrasting island. ” This facilitates communication, positioning and branding of the entire island of Pag as one tourist destination. That Pag is natural. We’re talking about an island. Tourism does not know the borders, especially our city, municipal or county. That is why branding of tourist regions is important. Kristina Alaburić from the Kissa Association and Berislav Sokač from Run Croatia devised the concept of active weekends on the island of Pag, which include 6 sports (running, cycling, Nordic walking, SUP, kayaking, mountaineering). He is of the same opinion Sara Čemeljić, director of TZO Kolan which emphasizes that this is the beginning of recognizing the island of Pag as a sports island. “Given that the island of Pag is known for its many gastronomic events, this is a unique project that reveals all the diversity of the island, with an emphasis on sports activities. We believe that this is the beginning of recognizing the island of Pag as a sports island, where every guest eager for recreation can find something, it was a sport on land or in the sea and introducing guests to many undiscovered beautiesSaid Čemeljić. Pag Outdoor Summer Weekend is a logical continuation of the cooperation of all communities of the island and arrives at the right time, when safety and the factor of the natural environment is first on the list of priorities of today’s guests, he points out. Marina Rizner, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Novalja and adds that taking into account the growing trend of outdoor activities, reduced number of races this year, and the desire for them, the specific lunar natural environment of Pag combined with sun and sea and excellent transport links, lead to the island of Pag. Author of photos: Posada Agency
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