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Fire break out at PipeChina’s Beihai LNG terminal kills five people

first_imgConstruction has been suspended at the second phase of the terminal located near Tieshangang port, following the fire accident PipeChina was formed to hold pipeline assets. (Credit: LEEROY Agency from Pixabay) A fire break out at the Beihai LNG terminal that is currently under construction in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, has killed five people.Construction has now been suspended at the second phase of the Beihai LNG terminal located near Tieshangang port.The terminal is owned and managed by newly established pipeline company PipeChina, formally known as China Oil and Gas Pipeline Network.The fire accident, which also severely injured three people, occurred on 02 November near the No.2 storage tank of the Beihai LNG terminal second phase. The storage tank is designed to regasify three million tonnes of LNG annually, reported Reuters.The news agency quoted local government officials as saying in a statement that the accident also led to missing of one person.PipeChina was quoted by Reuters as saying in a statement: “PipeChina has asked the on-site contractor to stop all works and is sparing no effort in the rescue operation.”First phase of Beihai LNG terminal commissioned in 2016Commissioned in 2016, the first phase of the terminal has the capacity to handle three million tonnes a year.PipeChina was formed in December 2019 to hold pipeline assets owned by three Chinese state-owned oil and gas companies.The newly formed firm engages primarily in pipeline transmission, storage service, imports and exports of technology and equipment, science and technology research, and other activities.In July 2020, PetroChina and Sinopec have agreed to divest some of their midstream assets in separate deals with PipeChina for a combined sum of about CNY391.4bn ($55.9bn).last_img read more

Ocean City Skateboard Park Still on Track to Open by Summer

first_imgFinal design of the skate park to be constructed in Ocean City, NJ, with the bowl and snake run adjacent to West Avenue, the entrance at Asbury Avenue and the bottom of the image facing Fifth Street. City Council is scheduled to vote Thursday (April 9) on seeking bids for the supply and installation of a skateboard park on city-owned property next to the Ocean City Fire Department at Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue.The search for a contractor to build the skate park is a final step in the quest to replace a park that was dismantled in 2011 due to safety concerns.“Our intent is to be prepared for summer,” Councilman Mike DeVlieger said on Tuesday.DeVlieger led a group of a group of skaters, city officials and community members in planning the park. He acknowledged that delays could occur, but said he maintains a hope that construction could be complete by summer.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free morning newsletter.__________“The design was developed to provide a park with an appropriate degree of challenge and fun balanced with safety,” Mike Dattilo, assistant to Mayor Jay Gillian, wrote in a memo to City Council. “There has been an extensive amount of input provided by the local skating community.”“The administration has also reviewed these plans with the Ecumenical Council in consideration for their concerns regarding the operation of the Clothes Closet,” Dattilo wrote. “There is an ample buffer between the park and the Clothes Closet and this area will be heavily landscaped.”The Clothes Closet, which provides donated clothing to families in need, sits between the Fire Department and the proposed skate park.Impact on the Clothes Closet and the loss of public parking spaces on the lot where the skate park will be constructed were the primary issues raised by the public during the planning process for the park.DeVlieger said all options to replace existing parking spaces remain viable.He said the final design of the park — provided by Spohn Ranch consultants — differs slightly from the most recent plan shared with the public. A bowl and snake run are situated near the West Avenue side of the park with the entrance on the Asbury Avenue side, farther away from the Clothes Closet.Ocean City has approved the spending of $750,000 for construction of the park.The city will be reimbursed $500,000 from a Green Acres Cape May County Recreation Grant that was announced in September 2014, and City Council had already approved a capital plan that calls for borrowing $250,000 for the project.Read more: Comcast to Stay in Ocean City After Yielding to Skate ParkRead more: Ocean City Gives Final OK to $750,000 Skateboard Parklast_img read more

News story: GC offers APA validated postgraduate residential course

first_imgQueens RoadTeddingtonTW11 0LY Email [email protected] The Association of Public Analysts (APA) Educational Trust and the Government Chemist Programme in LGC organise an annual RSC-approved, fully residential week long postgraduate course on the analysis and examination of food and feed. The course will take place from 16 to 20 April 2018.See attached programme for full details. a vibrant mix of lectures, laboratory practical sessions and interactive exercises wide range of experts, not available together elsewhere up to date teaching of safety (chemical and microbiological), authenticity, analysis and the law of food, water, feeding-stuffs and fertilisers professional networking with peer group and leading experts, National Reference Laboratories, senior academic researchers and policy officials alignment with the MChemA*syllabus practical and relevant training in microbiology theory and hands-on laboratory work tuition on foreign body identification and hands-on lab training in microscopy. The course, over a two year cycle, offers a distinctive learning experience, validated by active practitioners in the APA Training Committee, with unique features: This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Government Chemistcenter_img If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. The MChemA (Mastership in Chemical Anaysis) is the statutory qualification prescribed to practice as a Public Analyst by the Food Safety (Sampling and Qualifications) Regulations 2013Who is this course for?This course is particularly appropriate for aspiring MChemA candidates but will also be valuable for anyone working in a Public Analysts’ or food /animal feed laboratory who wishes to equip themselves with additional skills.Course detailsTopics will include food authenticity, microbiology theory and lab practical work, microscopy lab practical tuition, toxicology, drinking and bottled water quality, contaminants, food contact materials and food packaging taints. An evening session offers training in foreign body identification.The accommodation will be in University hotel grade bedrooms with breakfast and evening meals taking place in ‘The Cedars’, located centrally on Reading University Campus. The teaching will take place in seminar rooms and laboratories.Booking informationIf you are not able to join us for the whole week, do not hesitate to consider daily attendance. See leaflet for daily rates.Return the completed Registration form (MS Word Document, 31.7KB) to Michael Walker to book the course by 29 March.For any queries about the course or the activities of the Government Chemist please contact Request an accessible format. Analysis and Examination of Foods – Reading 2018 PDF, 370KB, 2 pageslast_img read more

Australia’s Doughnut Time to open store in London

first_imgAustralian doughnut brand Doughnut Time is to open its first UK store, in Shaftesbury Avenue, London next month.It will serve up fresh, handcrafted doughnuts with a range of pop culture-inspired toppings.The move marks Doughnut Time’s first store outside Australia since opening in 2015, with current locations including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast.“We’ve developed a menu we think the British public will love. It’ll change weekly and we’re always experimenting with exciting flavour combinations – and fun names to match,” said Doughnut Time founder Damian Griffiths. “We’re looking forward to introducing our modern and playful take on doughnuts to the British public. We’re certain they’ll be at home here.”The bespoke new menu includes two retro British flavours: Love Actually and Shawty it’s Sherbert Day.Aussie bestsellers including Love at First Bite, filled with Nutella and dusted with cinnamon sugar, and the watermelon-flavoured Melon DeGeneres will also make an appearance.Vegan and gluten-free options will also be available. Prices for the premium doughnuts start at £4 each, with boxes of one, four and six on offer.last_img read more

Watch Dave Matthews Band and Robert Randolph Bring ‘Rhyme & Reason’ and ‘Cornbread’ To Chula Vista

first_imgFans were stoked when Randolph finally took the stage, joining the machine of multi-talented players for a raging two-song collaboration. It was the first time the musicians played together since September of 2009 in Des Moines, Iowa. Thanks to YouTube user rebelLion0815, you can watch the full performance below:For comparison, check out this video from their 2009 performance at Principal Park, courtesy of YouTube user Bryant Dittmer:Full setlist from Friday’s show below:Edit this setlist | More Dave Matthews Band setlists [Photo via Robert Randolph] On Friday night, fans of the Dave Matthews Band were treated to an exciting collaboration at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA. To the audience’s surprise, pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph attended the show as a fan, then stepped up to play a full two songs of slammin’ and jammin’ DMB originals, “Rhyme & Reason” and “Cornbread.”Randolph hinted at the sit-in on the day of the show via his Facebook page:last_img read more

Text analytics offer new insight for credit unions

first_img 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There are two types of data available to most financial institutions (FIs) today: structured and unstructured.Structured data is highly organized, readily searchable and generally generated by machine. It’s easily entered, stored and analyzed.Unstructured data is essentially the opposite. Often generated through media, such as email messages, word-processing documents, audio files, voicemails, social media posts, photos and instant messages, unstructured data includes all data not contained in a database or other data structure.Following the classic 80/20 principle, structured data generally represents 20 percent of the information available to an organization with 80 percent in unstructured form. Unlocking the potential of that valuable 80 percent is arguably the next big data challenge.One solution may be big text. Also known as “text analytics” or “text mining,” big text is the science of giving structure to unstructured data. It works to extricate key pieces of information from conversations. By analyzing language and context, Big Text uncovers the who, where and when of a given conversation. It can also delve into vibe or tone of the conversation, revealing how people are feeling and why the conversation is happening. continue reading »last_img read more

Coronavirus brings Asia’s booming online lending sector to juddering halt

first_imgThe UK-based company shuttered its India business on April 13, as 10 out of 14 lending partners withdrew their products within three days of the launch of a nationwide lockdown.Alternative lending companies and platforms across Asia are scrambling to raise funds and stave off bankruptcy as they face a wave of bad loans.Sixteen lenders and investors in markets across Asia Pacific said companies were laying off staff and cutting costs to survive.Online lending had been one of the hottest sectors in recent years, as new players bet that a digital approach meant they could lend profitably to entities that banks found too costly or bothersome. The spring started out rosy for the Indian arm of ClearScore, a company that offers online credit scores and loans.Within weeks, the coronavirus pandemic had taken hold, drastically changing the picture for the online lending industry in Asia.“In the second week of March, we were talking about what a great quarter it would be and a month later I had to let go of the team,” said Hrushikesh Mehta, country manager for India at ClearScore. Asian online lenders raised more than US$4 billion in 2017 and 2018, with Indian and Indonesian companies most prominent, according to data provider Tracxn.In India there are nearly 500 online lending start-ups, and roughly 160 in Indonesia, many backed by Chinese money.Some are peer-to-peer platforms (P2P), which match borrowers with individual lenders who hope to earn a higher return on savings; others use their own funds or partner with other institutions. Many combine all three approaches.But as economies across Asia went into lockdown to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, many borrowers defaulted.“I think it is only about 20 to 30 percent of (Indian online lenders) that are well capitalized, and the rest are going to struggle. 70 percent are staring at an existential crisis,” one online lending chief executive said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. “Since the lockdown started, demand is down by 90 percent and lending now is down by 95 percent”.Dima Djani, CEO of sharia-compliant Indonesian business P2P lender ALAMI, described the situation as “natural selection”.“This is a test. Those come out unscathed will be the champions in a more saturated P2P landscape going forward,” he said.Especially vulnerableThe IMF expects Asia to record zero growth for the first time in 60 years, as lockdowns bring service sectors to a halt, exports plunge, and companies and individuals stop spending.Small and medium-sized enterprises and workers in the informal economy have been particularly hard hit. Asia-focused banks including, HSBC and DBS have taken greater provisions against bad loans, but alternative online lenders are worse off than their traditional competitors.Indonesian online lenders had an NPL ratio of 4.22 percent in March, according to data from financial regulator OJK, up from 3.65 percent in December, compared to 2.77 percent for traditional banks.“Most fintech companies provide smaller-sized loans for middle-low borrowers to fill the gap that banks could not reach. This cohort is unfortunately one of the most impacted by the pandemic,” said Markus Rahardja, of BRI Ventures, the corporate venture arm of state-owned Bank Rakyat Indonesia.It is also harder for some lenders to get repaid.“Because everything from the paperwork to lending happens online, consumers find it easier to default,” said Ashvin Parekh, a Mumbai-based independent financial consultant.Online lenders that fall outside the traditional bank regulations have fewer requirements in many markets about how much capital they must have on hand. That makes them more vulnerable to a wave of defaults, said Etelka Bogardi, a Hong Kong-based financial services regulatory partner at law firm Norton Rose Fullbright.Survival of the fittestLenders must decide whether to lend more – there is demand from businesses and individuals desperate for cash – or hunker down.“If you have lots of money and you have reporting requirements, you might choose the approach of issuing more loans,” said Jianggan Li of from Singapore-based venture outfit Momentum Works. “But that’s dangerous, the minute the loans are issued, people can’t pay back on time.”Abheek Anand, head of Southeast Asian investments at Sequoia Capital, told a DealStreet Asia event he had warned portfolio companies to be careful and avoid temptation.More cash is necessary for either strategy. But venture capital funds invested just $388 million in online lenders in Asia in the year to May, a sharper decline than overall fintech investment.“The last thing I want to be getting into at the moment is online lending,” said one China-based VC investor. “It’s just one turn of the glass and you go from being the good guy supporting microfinance, to backing loan sharks.”Topics :last_img read more

BLOG: Winter is Coming

first_img December 22, 2015 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Prevent snow removal injuries, and if  you or your loved ones have chest pain, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of a heart attack while shoveling snow, call 911 immediately.When possible, push snow instead of lifting it. If you must lift, bend your legs and not your back. Also avoid twisting motions that can stress your back. An emergency kit should include items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. However, motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families may have. Consider adding such items as baby supplies, extra medication, pet supplies, or even children’s games.Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting Learn more tips from PennDOT on winter operations and safety here.Preparing Your Home for Cold WeatherThe Department of Environmental protection encourages Pennsylvanians to stay safe and warm this winter by properly preparing their homes. Home winterization can help keep your home warmer, while using less energy and costing less money:The most cost-effective way to save energy in the home is to air seal and insulate:Be sure to air seal before insulating as insulation material will not block leaks.Find and seal air leaks with caulk around windows, doors, gaps around chimneys, and recessed lights in insulated ceilings. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Tires should also be checked often for the correct level of air pressure and adequate tire-tread depth to perform on ice and snow.If you live in an area prone to heavy snow, drivers may want to consider using dedicated snow tires or carrying a set of tire chains. At a minimum, all-season tires should be rated for use in mud and snow. PSA,  The Blog,  Weather Safety It’s true that we’ve had an unseasonably warm December, but that doesn’t mean that winter isn’t right around the corner. Today, the first day of winter, is a perfect time to prepare for future winter conditions like snowstorms and severe cold.A number of state government agencies are here to help. Check out the tips below from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Health for tips on how to keep you and your family safe and healthy during the winter months that lie ahead.Preparing Your Family for a Winter EmergencyThe Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) offers many tips for Pennsylvanians on how best to handle a winter storm. Being prepared for a major winter storm can save your family both money and heartache. Here are some tips on how you can prepare:Stock your pantry with enough food and water for you and your family for a minimum of three days.Check and update your family’s emergency supply kit before winter approaches and add the following supplies in preparation for winter weather: Rock salt to melt ice on walkways, sand to improve traction, snow shovels and other snow removal equipment, alternate sources of heat (like firewood) and light (like flashlights and other battery powered lights), and adequate clothing and blankets to keep you and your family warm.Make an emergency plan for you and your family. Consider these tips this winter to keep your home running efficiently:Set back the thermostat when you’re not at home; each degree lowered can save up to 3 percent on heating.Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators regularly and make sure they are not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.Weather-strip windows and exterior doors where you can feel air leaking.Use the sunlight to heat your home by opening the curtains on south-facing windows during sunny days and close all curtains at night. By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary BLOG: Winter is Coming Never use an electric generator, camp stove, or similar device indoors, near windows, or vents since they produce carbon monoxide – an odorless, colorless gas that builds up in closed spaces and is deadly. Preparing Your Car for Adverse Road ConditionsPennDOT reminds motorists to prepare their vehicles for winter weather and to remember to check road conditions:With many motorists traveling Pennsylvania highways this holiday and to prepare for the months ahead, drivers should have their vehicle serviced by a mechanic they trust.A properly trained mechanic can check the cooling system, battery, hoses, drive belts, tires and wiper blades to ensure they are in good condition and functioning properly. Throughout the season, motorists should frequently check all fluid levels, lights and wiper blades. Preparing Your Family to Stay Healthy This WinterThe Department of Health provides resources and information to keep your family healthy during the winter and freezing temperatures:Get a flu shot.Stay as warm as possible as exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outdoors, can cause serious or life-threatening health problems.Infants and older Pennsylvanians are at greater risk of serious cold-related health problems. They should be checked frequently to ensure they are warm enough during cold weather.last_img read more

Government grants push Hervey Bay estate past the halfway mark

first_imgAugustus property consultant Ric King with his wife Simone.“Augustus has seen a clear upsurge in first-home buyers and retirees lapping up the savings from the two government grants,” Mr King said.“The pending expiry of both grants spurred sales and allowed more first-home buyers to enter the market with a potential saving of up to $32,000.”The 763 lot project in the heart of Hervey Bay, offers a range of family-friendly features including community parklands and an enclosed dog park.Augustus is less than 1km from local shopping and medical facilities with easy access to neighbouring beachside suburbs at Hervey Bay.With new homes selling from $337,000, the estate has three and four-bedroom homes at Augustus come complete, landscaped and ready to move into, and all just 4km from the Hervey Bay Esplanade and 13km from the airport. Augustus estate in Hervey Bay is past the halfway mark in sales.FIRST-home buyers and retirees have pushed a large development in Hervey Bay past the halfway mark with more than 400 sales since its launch.Developer Villa World’s, Augustus masterplanned residential development, has experienced strong sales in recent months reporting its been pushed by a strong cohort of first-home buyers and retirees.Villa World development manager Gary Hunter said the project had attracted consistent buyer interest over many years, but the combination of the now expired $12,000 Hervey Bay Housing Affordability Grant, and the State Government’s boosted first homeowner’s grant of $20,000 had generated an influx of buyers for the project.“In recent months, we’ve seen record sales figures at Augustus from first-home buyers and retirees alike,” Mr Hunter said.“Villa World has a great reputation in providing an affordable, quality product to market. The grant was just the icing on the cake.”The latest sales have led first-home buyers to account for 70 per cent of sales at Augustus, with 20 per cent to retirees and only 10 per cent to investors. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoSales have almost doubled in recent months with 33 contracts secured in the March quarter of 2017. Augustus property consultant Ric King said sales momentum and figures had reflected the success of the grants.last_img read more

Bashir arrest: ICC criticizes African Union

first_imgThe African Union has been criticized for being hypocritical regarding the charges facing Sudan President Omar al-Bashir at the International Criminal Court. In a statement to the United Nations Security Council, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said the AU recognized the court’s mandate to end bloodletting in Darfur in 2009 and it should therefore support efforts to bring those responsible to book. “The role of the ICC in efforts to end the atrocities committed in Darfur and to hold those most responsible accountable is crucial and has a well-known history. Indeed, it is a role equally well recognized by the African Union at the genesis of the exercise of the Court’s jurisdiction vis-à-vis Darfur, Sudan,” she said.last_img read more