Sempra, Mitsui sign MOU for Cameron LNG Phase 2 and ECA LNG project

first_img Mitsui is one of the joint owners of the Cameron LNG phase 1 project. Photo: courtesy of Sempra Energy. Sempra Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co. to enable the participation of the latter in the Cameron LNG phase 2 project in Louisiana.The non-binding MOU also covers a future expansion of the Energía Costa Azul (ECA) LNG project located in Baja California, Mexico.According to Sempra Energy, the MOU outlines the partners’ mutual support for the development of Cameron LNG phase 2. Included in this is the Japanese group’s purchase of up to one-third of the available capacity of the US LNG project, and also the potential offtake of nearly one million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG and equity stake in a future expansion of ECA LNG.Sempra LNG president Justin Bird said: “This agreement signals continued momentum in the growing U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) export market, while reinforcing the unique competitive advantage that Sempra offers customers seeking LNG export capabilities from the Gulf Coast, as well as the West Coast of North America.“We are pleased to expand our relationship with Mitsui and advance the development of both LNG projects.”Sempra and Mitsui signed an agreement last November for ECA LNG phase 1In November 2018, Sempra LNG signed an agreement with the Japanese firm for the ECA LNG phase 1. The parties are currently engaged in negotiations and finalisation of a definitive 20-year LNG sales-and-purchase deal for the potential offtake of 0.8Mtpa of LNG from the ECA LNG phase 1 project.Mitsui managing officer and Energy Business Unit II chief operating officer Motoyasu Nozaki said: “We are pleased to further expand our strategic relationship with Sempra in a broader range of opportunities. This agreement will contribute to expanding Mitsui’s uniquely diversified supply portfolio worldwide by utilizing the strengths and capabilities of both companies.”In August 2019, Sempra LNG started commercial operations at train 1 of the Cameron LNG project. Phase 1 of the LNG project being built in Hackberry will see the installation of three liquefaction trains with a total capacity of nearly 12 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of LNG.Mitsui is one of the joint owners of the Cameron LNG project phase 1. The second phase of the project, which has been authorised by the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), will have two more two additional liquefaction trains and up to two more LNG storage tanks.The ECA LNG project is being developed by Sempra’s subsidiary IEnova. Phase 1 of the Mexican LNG project includes a single liquefaction train having an export capacity of approximately 2.4 Mtpa.Future expansion of the ECA LNG project will see the installation of additional trains with an expected export capacity of around 12Mtpa. Sempra and Mitsui are already joint owners of the Cameron LNG phase 1 projectlast_img read more

Trail Mix – Merry Christmas!

first_imgLike no other, the Christmas season is inextricably wound to music. From the traditional to the secular, Christmas is tied to music more than any other time of year.When else can you wander around, alone or with a group of your closest friends, and stop outside random people’s homes to sing to them and have the residents not think you have a screw loose.And everyone seems to have their favorite carol or album. As carols go, I don’t think it gets any better than “Carol Of The Bells.” And my favorite records are listed down below.I recently chatted with some of my musically minded friends about their favorite Christmas tunes.The album was entitled A Treasury of Christmas. It featured the likes of Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, and Bing Crosby, but the artist that stood out for me was Mahalia Jackson singing “Go Tell It On The Mountain.” Through the crackling needle, I remember hearing Mahalia reach down deep and sing it from the gut. That was my first taste of black gospel soul. It moved me so that I sang that song on my Christmas Eve nights in a balloon-stuffed gospel robe. Needless to say, it was a hit. In my own mind, at least.Seth Walker, Singer/SongwriterMy favorite Christmas album of all time is Vince Guaradli’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. Yes, everybody knows it, but that’s because it’s the best ever! My second favorite is a compilation called Soul Christmas, originally released in 1968. Otis Redding, Booker T. & The MGs, King Curtis, Clarence Carter . . . . oooh, yeah. You need this one in your life.Holly Bowling, PianistI’m not a big aficionado of Christmas music, so I always struggled to come up with appropriate stuff when I had a local radio show. My favorites tended to be goofy stuff, like “Winter Wonderland” by The Roches, sung in a thick, Bronx accent. Or “Run Rudolph Run,” which the Grateful Dead a few times in December of 1971, with Pigpen singing. It’s a perfect Chuck Berry song, and although Chuck performed it, he didn’t write it. It was written by Johnny Marks, who also gave us “Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” and other classics.David Gans, Singer/SongwriterPerhaps no tune better represents the joy and celebration of the season than The Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers doing “Christ Was Born On Christmas Morn.” Recorded in 1929, Vaudevillian band leader Frankie Half Pint Jackson and band give the gift of raw energy, vigor, and freedom in a Christmas tune unlike any other. The first time I heard this record, it nearly knocked me out of my chair.Kris Truelson, Bill & The BellesChristmas In The Hills, by Larry Sparks, is the album that got me back into Christmas music after years of bah humbug. It would be easy for a bluegrass Christmas album to be cheesy and boring, but Mr. Sparks put together a very interesting collection of both secular and religious songs for this one. Standout include his unique take on “White Christmas,” “BEautiful Star of Bethlehem,” and  “Joy To The World,” along with killer versions of “Christmas Time’s A Comin’” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain.” However, my personal favorite might be “Away In A Manger,” with its long instrumentals out front followed by great quartet singing at the end. As usual, with Larry Sparks there is plenty of funky and interesting guitar work throughout the record, along with his one-of-a-kind crooning and harmony singing.Jacob Groopman, Front CountryAs for me, the Christmas sound is really defined by none other than Bing Crosby. Nothing is better during the yuletide season than a fire in the fireplace and Bing’s take on “White Christmas” in the background. Also high on my list are the Christmas albums from David Grisman and 60s surf rock legends, The Ventures. I scored both of these on vinyl early this month and both have been wonderful additions to the sounds of the season.Here’s wishing to each and all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thanks for tuning in to Trail Mix this year. This marks the last post of 2016, but Trail Mix will be back in January with a brand new set of tunes.Happy Holidays!!last_img read more

The Wildlife Game: ‘Wildlife’ has become a loaded word

first_imgThe Southeast is home to black bears, the last red wolves, endangered sea turtles, elk, eagles, and even a few mountain lions. Although the Eastern cougar has been officially declared extinct, cougars from the West have made their way East. At least nine cougar sightings have been confirmed in Tennessee in the last two years.But the symbol of Southern Appalachia is the salamander. Our mountains shelter more species of salamanders than anywhere else in the world. We have inch-long pygmy salamanders and two-foot hellbenders. Salamanders here are red-cheeked, red-backed, red-legged, black-bellied, long-tailed, slimy, zig-zag, marbled, spotted, shovel-nosed, and four-toed. Some are found on a few Appalachian summits and nowhere else on earth.Unfortunately, managers of Southern Appalachian forests rarely focus on salamanders—or any other non-game species. When the U.S. Forest Service and state agencies talk about wildlife, they usually focus the conversation on game species like white-tailed deer, turkey, or ruffed grouse. These agencies sometimes have wildlife in their name, but they tend to be primarily focused on serving the interests of hunters.The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, for example, is actively campaigning to remove protections for the endangered red wolf. It has also lobbied against land protections—including recreation areas and scenic areas—in Pisgah National Forest.These agencies also believe we need to increase the amount of timber harvested to provide additional habitat for game. The obvious scientific truth is this: we already have an abundance of deer and deer habitat across the region. There are over one million deer in North Carolina, and their numbers are trending upward, according to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s own analysis. Deer are certainly not endangered, nor are they unique to Appalachia. And their habitat needs shouldn’t be the primary focus of management on public lands.Let me be clear: I don’t oppose creating patches of additional habitat for deer, turkey, and grouse in appropriate places to accommodate hunters. There is plenty of space on our public lands for both game and non-game wildlife. But the term wildlife has to be an inclusive term that considers the other 99 percent of species that depend on our public lands.Let’s restore the full meaning of the word wildlife to public lands agencies. Let’s make sure they manage our public lands for all wildlife and not just game. Wildlife is not just a few species that we like to hunt. Wildlife is a web of thousands of species that are sheltered by Southern Appalachia: cougars and chorus frogs, bobcats and bog turtles, flying squirrels and saw-whet owls—and especially salamanders.Will Harlan-Will Harlan, Editor-in-Chieflast_img read more

Medford Woman Killed in Farmingville Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 40-year-old Medford woman was killed a in three-vehicle chain-reaction crash in Farmingville on Saturday morning.Suffolk County police said Franklyn Martinez was driving a Toyota northbound on Old Medford Avenue when he struck at the corner of Horseblock Road an eastbound Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Joseph Pedro, whose truck then hit a westbound Chevrolet driven by Jennifer Colon at 6:38 a.m.Colon was pronounced dead at the scene. Pedro, 16, of Farmingville, and 23-year-old Martinez of Central Islip, were taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.Sixth Squad detectives impounded the vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask any witnesses to call them at 631-854-8652.last_img read more

NCUA finalizes rule on community charter FOMs, proposes CECL phase-in plan

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The NCUA Board Thursday approved several items, including: a final rule to resolve litigation surrounding its 2016 field of membership (FOM) rule, a proposed rule to establish a three-year phase-in of the current expected credit loss (CECL) standard, a proposed rule related to asset calculation of loans made under the paycheck protection program (PPP) or other similar programs, and a request for comment on its overhead transfer rate (OTR) and operating fee methodologies.In addition to these items, the board also received a mid-session budget briefing. Ahead of the briefing, NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger urged the board to “ensure it is devoting enough resources toward the programs that will best assist credit unions to be successful,” such as virtual exams and FOM expansions, as the industry works to cope with and recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The NCUA expects to have a small year-end surplus for the Operating Budget, despite some increases to employee pay and benefits, as travel expenses have been lower than what was budgeted.FOM Final Rule“NAFCU applauds NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood and Board Members Todd Harper and J. Mark McWatters for modernizing FOM rules that will allow credit unions to grow stronger and serve more Americans,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “NAFCU has long supported modernized FOM rules, and we have actively worked to beat back bank lobbyists’ unrelenting opposition to these reforms. At a time when the coronavirus crisis is severely impacting our local communities, particularly many underserved, this rule will provide greater access to financial services for consumers across our nation.”center_img NCUA headquarterslast_img read more

Port Douglas VIVO villas by Nathan Verri sell for almost $2m each

first_imgMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoThree VIVO Villas by Nathan Verri in Port Douglas sold for between $1.7-1.9million in 2019.“The raw render on the block work was probably the most difficult part of the build. Achieving the natural look is really quite difficult and so is protecting it during the build. But it’s rewarding being able to produce something that’s rustic, modern and innovative at the same time.“We also used a lot of cantilevers in the designs.”Mr Verri has just released four luxury villas in the same vein as Vivo at Palm Cove.Luxe on Amphora is 100m from the beach and each home has four bedrooms, five bathrooms, two kitchens and a private swimming pool. Three VIVO Villas by Nathan Verri in Port Douglas sold for between $1.7-1.9million in 2019.The freehold homes have no body corporate fees and are just a short stroll to the former fishing village’s restaurants, cafes and the beach. Mr Verri said the standout designs of the Mudlo St properties were enough to warrant the exclusive prices and buyers have come from overseas, interstate and the Far North.“The raw nature of the materials, the styling, the indoor/outdoor living and what we deliver for the space – four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two kitchens, outdoor kitchens, secluded areas, private living areas and private balconies – that really appeals to people wanting something different. It’s like you’re getting your own tropical paradise,” he said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:22Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter’s spring selling tips01:23THE sale of three luxury homes for between $1.7-1.9 million each has boosted the Far North’s reputation as a high end real estate destination – and there are more in the pipeline from the same designer.Builder and designer Nathan Verri’s three Vivo villas in Port Douglas have garnered plenty of attention, and a decent price, for their raw and rustic look and modern, spacious layout.center_img Three VIVO Villas by Nathan Verri in Port Douglas sold for between $1.7-1.9million in 2019.As well as the Palm Cove project, Mr Verri has a $3.3 million Port Douglas build coming to market and some hillside designs for properties in Cairns and Port Douglas.He said his niche market means he has been able to ride out the property booms and busts. “We don’t fit into the common trend. When things die off that’s when our clients are spending more because the properties are cheaper,” Mr Verri explained.last_img read more

Changes planned for religious instruction in state schools

first_imgNZ Herald 13 January 2020Family First Comment: “Education Minister Chris Hipkins believes in secular education and does not believe schools should be offering religious instruction.”So Labour wants compulsory instruction in climate change, sexuality, mindfulness and gender confusion indoctrination, but any mention of love, joy, hope & faith should be banned.Will karakia be next?#AnotherNailInTheCoffinParents will be required to give explicit permission in writing for their children to receive religious instruction at state schools under a planned law change.It may be the beginning of the end of primary schools offering religious instruction.Education Minister Chris Hikpkins told the Herald he believes in secular education and does not believe schools should be offering religious instruction.“But we need a bit more of a national conversation about that before we get into that,” he said.“I personally hope that as the debate around these things matures, we will reach a point where that provision that allows schools to close for religious instruction is no longer required. That would be a big leap at the moment.”The law change, in the Education and Training Bill which passed its first reading just before Christmas, will require the written consent of parents for their children to attend religious instruction.It is one of a raft of changes being proposed in the legislation.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12299424  (behind paywall)Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Marita D. (Moeller) Cherry, 92

first_imgMarita D. (Moeller) Cherry, 92, of Greensburg, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 30, 2017, with her family by her side.  Marita was born in Greensburg on August 1, 1924, to the late John L. and Dora M. (Hellmich) Moeller.  Marita graduated from Greensburg High School in 1942.  After graduation, Marita worked in the office of Johnston’s Wholesale where she met her husband, Bob, who had returned from World War II.  Marita also worked in various positions at the Decatur County Courthouse, and was a caseworker for the Decatur County Welfare Department.  She was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Marita enjoyed her family; especially her grandchildren who were her pride and joy and always brought a smile to her face.  She was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan and enthusiastically cheered them watching every game she possibly could.  Marita was married to the love of her life Robert J. Cherry on October 5, 1946.  Bob preceded her in death on July 7, 1980.  She is survived by her daughter; Janet Salatin and her husband Glenn of Batesville, two grandchildren; Tara Coy and her husband Brett, and their daughter Nora of Greensburg, and Clint Salatin and his wife Carrie, and their daughters, Hadley and Hensley of Batesville.  Marita was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.  Marita was the last living sibling of five wonderful brothers:  Norbert, Walter, Maurice, Johnny Bill, Bob, and sister:  Henrietta Carroll.  A rosary will be prayed at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday followed by visitation from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.  A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. John Meyer officiating.  Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or to the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation, which helps homeless veterans.  Online condolences can be made at www.popfuneralhome.com.  The family invites all Marita’s family and friends to come and celebrate her life with them.last_img read more

Carroll suffers ankle injury

first_img “It should be clear that the affected area is not in any way associated with the previous injury he successfully overcame towards the end of last season.” The Hammers face Wellington Phoenix in Auckland on Wednesday morning before travelling to Wellington to play Sydney FC on Saturday. West Ham striker Andy Carroll will miss both games of the club’s pre-season tour of New Zealand due to an ankle injury. The 25-year-old missed the first half of last season with a heel problem, and the club are keen to do all they can to make sure he starts the new campaign fully fit. A statement on the club’s website said: ” After assessment by the club’s medical experts, it was decided to let the England international rest for both remaining games and receive intensive treatment to ensure he is fit for the start of the season. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more