Qatar Wraps Up QatargasRasGas Merger

first_imgzoom Qatar, the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), has fortified its position having completed the merger of Qatargas and RasGas, the world’s two biggest LNG producers.The merger was announced in December 2016 and the new entity started operations on January 1st this year.The integration is estimated to save the country around QAR 2 billion (USD 550 million) in operating cost annually, as highlighted by Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum during a press conference held in the presence of ExxonMobil, Total, ConocoPhillips, and Shell representatives – the main international shareholders in both companies. “Our aim was to integrate the two companies’ resources and capabilities to create a truly unique global energy operator in terms of size, service and reliability,” Al-Kaabi said.“Qatargas will be the single entity exporting Qatari LNG to the world, under a ONE shared vision, ONE management system, and ONE work culture. It also gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of the current Qatargas CEO Sheikh Khalid Bin Khalifa Al Thani as the CEO for the new Qatargas.”The integrated company will operate under the Qatargas brand.Qatar has been very busy with the ramping up of its new shipping services following the diplomatic fallout with its neighbours in June 2017.To remind, the sanctions imposed in June against Qatar saw air, sea, and land border connections with the country blocked by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt.All Qatari-flagged ships or vessels destined for or arriving from Qatar were banned by its Arab neighbors.The impact of sanctions on the country’s LNG sector was muted as the majority of its cargo is not sold to its hostile neighbors but Asian countries such as India, China, South Korea and Japan.last_img read more

Gas Supplier Selected for New LNG Facility in Gothenburg

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Port of Gothenburg Swedegas, which is currently constructing a permanent LNG facility at the Port of Gothenburg, has entered into an agreement with gas supplier Barents NaturGass for the facility.This means that in just a few months, vessels will be able for the first time to bunker LNG at the permanent facility at the port.“Gothenburg based shipping companies have been amongst the first to adopt LNG in Sweden. Several vessels have already been built and launched which are ready to run on LNG. We are keen to start our LNG supply services and meet the customer’s needs,” Gudrun Rollefsen, CEO of Barents NaturGass, commented.LNG supplier Skangas is already operating at the Port of Gothenburg, supplying ships with LNG using a ship-to-ship-system.“We can see that the demand for LNG will increase at the Port of Gothenburg, and it is vital that the number of alternatives continues to grow. With the Swedegas facility, the port will have more LNG choices than previously on a competitive market with several gas suppliers, whilst at the same time there will be a larger range of bunkering methods,” Jill Söderwall, Head of Commercial Operations at the Energy Port, commented.With the opening of the Swedegas facility in August, LNG customers at the Port of Gothenburg will have three bunkering alternatives: ship-to-ship, directly from a road truck, and pipe-to-jetty. All three methods can be employed whilst the vessels are loading or unloading, according to the port.The facility is being built at the quayside at the Energy Port at the Port of Gothenburg, where vessels can bunker LNG while loading or unloading. The LNG will be brought to the facility using trailers or containers, which will unload at a discharge station. The LNG will then be distributed via a vacuum-insulated cryogenic pipeline to the quays in the Skarvik area at the Energy Port.In autumn 2016, the first LNG bunkering took place at the port, and since then the number of LNG-powered ships has gradually increased. In 2017, 111 LNG ships called the Port of Gothenburg. From January through April of 2018, LNG was bunkered 44 times.last_img read more

Five stories in the news today May 24

first_imgFive stories in the news for Wednesday, May 24———TRUDEAU HEADS TO EUROPE FOR NATO, G7 SUMMITSPrime Minister Justin Trudeau leaves today for Brussels for the NATO leaders’ summit, the first such meeting since Donald Trump became U.S. President. Trudeau will then jet to Italy, for this year’s G7 gathering and to meet with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and the Pope. Officials and experts expect the fight against terrorism to be a major topic at both summits.———CENTRAL BANK TO MAKE ITS LATEST RATE DECISIONThe Bank of Canada is expected to stick with its benchmark interest rate today even though the economy is off to a stronger-than-expected start in 2017. Analysts widely predict governor Stephen Poloz will keep the rate locked at its very low level of 0.5 per cent as uncertainty continues to swirl around the U.S. policy agenda on trade and taxation.———COURT SET TO OK RCMP CLASS-ACTION DEALThe settlement in a class-action lawsuit over sexually harassed Mounties is expected to get the green light later today. The approval will pave the way for millions of dollars to start flowing to the women involved. One key part of the agreement is that the victims can make a claim for compensation without the RCMP knowing who they are. The class-action received certification in January.———B.C. ELECTION OUTCOME MURKY, TWO WEEKS LATERThe final count in B.C.’s inconclusive election will be known today, but a possible judicial recount means the actual outcome might not be known for weeks. The latest count in the hotly-contested Courtenay-Comox riding showed a 101-vote lead for New Democrat Ronna-Rae Leonard over Liberal Jim Benninger. At stake is a one-seat Liberal majority if Benninger wins. But if Leonard wins, there could be a Liberal or NDP minority government with the support of the Green party in the 87-seat legislature.———CANADIAN BAND PLAYS IN MANCHESTER AFTER ATTACKCanadian indie rock band Broken Social Scene has played the first show of their European tour in Manchester — a day after a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in the British city killed 22 people. The Toronto band headlined at Albert Hall, a little more than two kilometres south of the Manchester Arena. Broken Social Scene shared a message on social media before the show saying: “Tonight, we play for the hearts of Manchester.”———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard continues his economic mission to Israel.— Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and UN officials will make an announcement in New York about peacekeeping.— BMO Financial Group will release its second-quarter results.— Statistics Canada will release farm income data for 2016.— The Pearson Peace Medal will be presented to Lloyd Axworthy in Ottawa by Gov. Gen. David Johnston.last_img read more

The Elders Call For Swift Action In The Central African Republic

first_imgThe Elders yesterday called on the international community, notably the UN Security Council, to take all possible measures to restore peace and security urgently to the Central African Republic (CAR), where inter-communal violence has worsened and credible allegations of widespread human rights abuses have been reported.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said: “I urge the Security Council to act swiftly and decisively and authorise the resources urgently needed to begin stabilising the CAR. The interim President, Catherine Samba-Panza, is a courageous leader who needs all the support she can get at this difficult moment for her country.”Over the past two months, more than a thousand deaths have been reported in the capital, Bangui, alone in clashes between Muslim ex-Séléka fighters and Christian anti-Balaka militia forces. Nearly a million people have been displaced in the capital, while more than half of the 4.5 million inhabitants of the CAR are reported to be in need of humanitarian assistance.“I pray that the people of the CAR will come to their senses soon and stop the bloodshed,” said Archbishop Desmond Tutu. “The reports of sexual violence, recruitment of child soldiers and other grave abuses, including the beheading of children, are absolutely ghastly. The African Union, the UN and the European Union all have a part to play in restoring peace, getting help to those in need, and preparing for fresh elections.”The Elders are independent leaders using their collective experience and influence for peace, justice and human rights worldwide. The group was founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007.The Elders are Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan (Chair), Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Harlem Brundtland (Deputy Chair), Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter, Hina Jilani, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Ernesto Zedillo.Desmond Tutu is an honorary Elder.last_img read more

At General Assembly Kuwait and Bahrain demand creation of Palestinian State

22 September 2011The leaders of Kuwait and Bahrain today at the General Assembly called for an end to Israeli occupation of Arab territories and the creation of a Palestinian State, a move they said would resolve conflict in the Middle East. “Six decades have passed, and the United Nations still stands incapable of finding a solution to the Palestinian Question and putting an end to the Israeli occupation of Arab territories,” said Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammad Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the Prime Minister of Kuwait, in his speech to the Assembly’s general debate in New York.“What really evokes concern is that the international community stands as a spectator of all those Israeli practices and policies, without opposing or deterring them, despite their clear contravention and violation of the most simple rules of international law and the resolution of international legitimacy,” he said.The Kuwaiti leader urged the international community to put pressure on Israel to withdrawal from Palestinian and other Arab territories so that Palestinians can achieve their right to self-determination and establish a State with Jerusalem as its capital.“We wish to renew our full commitment and support to the bid of the Palestinian Authority and its endeavours to obtain membership of the United Nations as an independent and full Member State.”King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa of BahrainThe King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa, for his part told the Assembly that the creation of a Palestinian State would “end an era of bitter Arab-Israeli conflict, subject to Israeli withdrawal from all occupied Arab territories.”The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, in his address to the general debate yesterday, hailed calls for political reform in the Middle East and North Africa, saying the regions “abounded in great expectations.”Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Amir of the State of QatarHe said that Qatar has always had a clear policy on the rules governing Arab, regional and international relations, which he said was based on reconciliation and harmony among peoples and nations.“On the other hand, we, as well as others, have been unable to turn a deaf ear or blind eye to the calls of the wounded seeking help from near and far, against an entrenched oppression,” he said.The Sheikh also had a tête-à-tête with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, during which they exchanged views on a number of regional issues, including Libya, Iraq, the Middle East and Darfur peace processes.Mr. Ban paid tribute to the role played by Qatar in supporting the UN’s work, stressing the country’s role in the Darfur peace process and its efforts to settle other regional issues. read more

Security Council calls for greater Iraqi efforts to resolve postinvasion issues with

15 December 2011Security Council members today called on Iraq to intensify its efforts to clarify the whereabouts of Kuwait’s national archives, which disappeared during Iraq’s 1990 invasion of the country. In a press statement issued this afternoon the 15-member body voiced concern that “no substantial progress” has been made towards clarifying the fate of the archives and that previous calls for greater efforts had yielded limited results.But it welcomed the Iraqi Government’s approval of an inter-ministerial committee to lead and coordinate efforts regarding the archive.In the statement the Council also stressed the need for Iraq to build on existing steps to fully meet its commitments to implement all obligations to Kuwait in the wake of the invasion, particularly in finding Kuwaiti or third-country nationals.The statement followed a briefing from Ambassador Gennady Tarasov, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s High-Level Coordinator for the issue of missing Kuwait and third-country nationals and property, on Mr. Ban’s latest report on the issue.Council members also supported Mr. Ban’s recommendation to extend the financing of the activities of Mr. Tarasov for another six months. read more

Security Council backs global certification scheme for rough diamonds

In a unanimous resolution, the Council said it supported the ongoing process to refine and implement the regime, which was adopted at the Interlaken Conference, and called the plan “a valuable contribution against trafficking in conflict diamonds.” The 15-nation body said it looked forward to the scheme’s implementation and strongly encouraged the participants to further resolve outstanding issues.The plan, known as the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, is a negotiating procedure to establish minimum acceptable international standards for national certification schemes covering the import and export of rough diamonds.Today’s resolution welcomed the voluntary system of industry self-regulation, as described in the Interlaken Declaration. The text also stressed that the widest possible participation in the Kimberley Process was essential and should be encouraged and facilitated, and urged all Member States to actively participate in the Scheme. read more

Kentucky sees largest gas price hike in the nation

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – As gas prices rose in many areas across the country last week, Kentucky led the nation with the largest week-over-week rise in average gas price, jumping 20 cents, according to AAA.  However, at $2.53, the current average in Kentucky for unleaded is still well below the $2.77 motorists were paying in Kentucky last year at this time. Despite the recent jump, Kentucky still has about the 17th cheapest average gas price in the nation, according to AAA.Lexington’s average gas price jumped 25 cents, rising from $2.28 a week ago to $2.53 today.- Advertisement – Last week was the first time since early June that the national gas price average jumped more than a nickel in just a few days. On the week, it’s over a dime more expensive at $2.67, with half of states seeing prices increase by 10 cents or more. However, even with the significant increase, the national average is still cheaper compared to last month (-7 cents) and last year (-18 cents), according to AAA.Spurred by the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities the weekend prior, crude oil (West Texas Intermediate – WTI) increased as much as $10 a barrel at its highest point early last week, to nearly $64 a barrel. Gasoline stations reacted just as swiftly as the crude market, raising local retail prices by as much as a quarter, which pushed the national average up six cents overnight last Tuesday. However, by the end of last week, crude was down to $58 a barrel and gas prices started to stabilize as reports surfaced that Saudi facilities should be fully operational by end of September, according to AAA.“At $2.67, the national average is more than a dime higher than last week. The good news is we are seeing downward movement with crude oil prices and stabilization at gas pumps. But, Americans can expect some fluctuation through the end of the month,” said Lori Weaver Hawkins, public and government affairs manager, AAA Blue Grass. “Should Saudi’s crude production be back to full capacity soon, the price spikes are likely to be temporary.”Related Article: Fuller video casts new light on Covington CatholicIn its latest report, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) measured U.S. demand at 8.9 million barrels a day, which is a substantial 900,000 barrel a day drop from the previous week and a low reading not seen since February. The decrease in demand amid the spike in crude oil prices could help to keep gas price fluctuations more moderate through the end of the month.The nation’s top 10 least expensive markets are: Mississippi ($2.32), Louisiana ($2.32), Arkansas ($2.34), Alabama ($2.34), South Carolina ($2.36), Oklahoma ($2.37), Virginia ($2.38), Texas ($2.39), Tennessee ($2.40) and Missouri ($2.40).The nation’s top 10 largest weekly increases are: Kentucky (+20 cents), Michigan (+17 cents), Georgia (+16 cents), Minnesota (+16 cents), Iowa (+15 cents), Maryland (+14 cents), Delaware (+14 cents), New Mexico (+14 cents), Mississippi (+13 cents) and South Carolina (+13 cents).Pump prices in the Great Lakes and Central states saw the highest volatility of any region following the drone attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. Motorists in some states are paying nearly 20 cents more to fill-up as compared to last Monday. Kentucky (+20 cents), Michigan (+17 cents), Minnesota (+16 cents) and Iowa (+15 cents) saw the largest weekly increase in the region and land among the top 10 states in the country with the biggest jumps in pump prices. Most states in the region are paying more than they were a month ago, with the exception of South Dakota (-2 cents), Michigan (-1 cent) and Wisconsin (no change).State averages range between $2.82 – $2.40, with three states touting an average at $2.70 or above: Illinois ($2.82), Michigan ($2.73) and Ohio ($2.71).Gasoline stocks drew by 539 million barrels for the week ending Sept. 13, EIA’s latest report. That drops total stocks down by 52.5 million barrels, which is among the highest decreases seen in the region since April. Down 4% to 96%, regional refinery production could slow in coming weeks as refineries plan for fall maintenance. A drop in stocks amid more expensive crude oil prices would likely mean an increase in pump prices for motorists in Kentucky and the rest of the central region.At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, WTI decreased by 4 cents to settle at $58.09. Oil prices increased sharply last week, following news of attacks on two crude oil facilities in Saudi Arabia on September 14. On Monday, September 16, the first full day of trading after the attack, WTI crude oil prices experienced the largest single day price increase since August 21, 2008, and June 29, 2012, respectively, according to EIA.On Tuesday, Saudi Aramco reported that it was producing 2 million barrels a day and that its entire output capacity will be fully restored by the end of September. Additionally, Saudi Aramco stated that crude oil exports to customers would continue by drawing on existing inventories and offering additional crude oil production from other fields. Tanker loading estimates from third-party data sources indicate that loadings at two Saudi Arabian export facilities were restored to the pre-attack levels – based on analysis by EIA. These efforts have helped crude prices to stabilize, and they are expected to continue stabilizing this week.In related news last week, EIA reported that total domestic crude inventories increased by 1.1 million barrels last week. They currently sit at 417.1 million barrels, which is 23 million barrels higher than where they were last year at this time. read more

The Secret Garden National Trust may open stately homes swimming pond to

first_img“I’m sure that, because of her visits to gardens in Tokyo and because of her husband’s death, her passion and energy between 1912 and the mid 1920s went into the garden. The lido was built in the 1890s for the wealthy Beale family and their seven children to enjoy a dip in the heart of their 12 acre garden.But it was long forgotten after being hidden beneath decades of growth.Now the National Trust plans to restore the pool to its former glory and allow members of the public to enjoy its reinvigorating properties. The retored swimming pondCredit: Roger J Bloxham Standen House as it once was The swimming pond “We can see that Margaret tried to grow the roses every year and, just as it has happened to us, the deer came in and ate all her rose buds off just as she was getting close in 1926. Margaret Beale Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The gardens are being restored The retored swimming pond Helen bequeathed the gardens and house to the National Trust in 1972. The National Trust hopes to open its first public swimming pool after gardeners restoring a spectacular Victorian property stumbled across a long forgotten lido.Groundsmen working at Standen House in West Sussex  – the former home of celebrated horticulturist Margaret Beale – discovered the neglected pond when they nearly fell into it while clearing undergrowth. Credit:Andrew Butler  After their mother died in 1936, Margaret’s spinster daughters Maggie and Helen dumped rubbish in the garden and allowed overgrowth to swallow it up concentrating instead on the family farm. The Beale grandchildren swim in the pond James Masters, Head Gardener center_img James Masters, Head Gardener Credit:Andrew Butler  Head gardener, James Masters explained how the pool was discovered quite by mistake when volunteers were clearing away some of the “vigorous modern planting” that obscured much of the grounds.He said: “It would be absolutely wonderful to restore the pool. We were hoping to get it ready for this year but couldn’t get the right water quality for it to be signed off, so we are now looking at next year.”After Margaret Beale’s husband died in 1914, and after her children had flown the nest, the swimming pool was barely used. “If we can have the roses as a cut flower in the posh rooms in the house, just as she wanted, it would be a special moment for me and everyone who works here.”Mr Masters added: “The pool would be back to how she designed it and the whole Rosery would be back to exactly how she envisaged it, so I’m sure she would be very pleased.” They would compete for the right to swim in the deep end by testing how long they could remain dunked underwater, and would dare one another to jump in rather than descend the steps. The Beale grandchildren swim in the pond The swimming pond in the RoseryCredit:ANDREW BUTLER Instead she spent the next 14 years trying in vain to grow the China Pink Rose in his memory, even travelling to Japan to collect samples.Fungal disease, frost, and finally, the deer that broke into the plot and ate the buds, meant the she eventually gave up trying.The National Trust has said as well as restoring the long lost pond, it will also introduce the China Pink to its Rosery in tribute to her efforts. A rose breeder in Essex has already begun growing the high maintenance plants for Standen.Mr Masters said the plan was to introduce 50 of the rose plants, which will potentially bloom into more than 2,000 flowers.He said: “We have done a huge amount of work on the restoration of the garden but this would be the one thing that, from looking at the diary, she tried so hard to achieve.  Margaret Beale She then approached the arts and crafts architect, Philip Webb, to build her dream garden and spent the next 20 years perfecting the grounds.As the Royal Horticultural Society’s first female fellow, she travelled the world looking for rare species to introduce to her beloved garden.Letters and diary entries by Mrs Beale, housed at Standen, reveal how the children spent happy summer in the pool. The gardens are being restored The swimming pond in the Rosery It would be the first time a man-made pool had been opened to the public at one of its properties.The plans are part of a £500,000 restoration project taking place at Standen House, which has taken five years and has involved 100 volunteers.James Beale, a successful lawyer and his wife, Margaret, bought Standen House and the surrounding land in 1870. Standen House as it once waslast_img read more

Apple vers la commercialisation dun autre iPhone et de deux nouveaux iPad

first_imgApple : vers la commercialisation d’un autre iPhone et de deux nouveaux iPad?États-Unis – Les rumeurs enflent concernant Apple. La firme à la pomme serait sur le point de proposer deux nouveaux iPad et un iPhone avec une antenne parfaitement fonctionnelle. De son côté, AppleTV verrait le jour à la fin de l’année.Ça bouge du côté de Cupertino. “L’Antennagate” à peine digéré, la firme à la pomme préparerait un nouvel iPhone avec Pegatron comme fabricant. Verizon et China Telecom seraient déjà positionnés pour vendre le produit, qui bénéficiera normalement d’un meilleur système d’antenne. Par ailleurs, le succès de l’iPad a donné des idées à l’entreprise américaine. Deux nouvelles tablettes internet seraient à l’étude. Un iPad de même dimension mais doté d’un processeur Cortex A9 et de 512 Mo de Ram verrrait le jour début 2011, tandis qu’un autre bénéficiant d’un écran 7 pouces serait aussi en cours d’élaboration. Enfin, l’AppleTV serait commercialisée à la fin de l’année, adoptant une interface similaire à celle de l’iPhone.Le 10 août 2010 à 13:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Insurance Company Headed to Liquidation

first_img IMF reports back to TCI on findings after ten days in country Surplus but no savior in PNP Administration for BAFSL IMF report gives warning and suggestion to refund insurance company clients Related Items:British Atlantic Financial Services, liquidation, methodist church Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Oct 2014 – One on one meetings will start next week for islanders who had invested in savings and other plans with British Atlantic Financial Services. The company, which had been purchased a few years ago by the Methodist Church, is sadly headed to liquidation. Reports are that about $100,000 in insurance plans will be lost if this liquidation, which does seem imminent, goes through. One family telling Magnetic Media they have been putting money into their plan for over 20 years. This is at least the fourth financial institution to go under in the Turks and Caicos in six years. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Hleb I will punch Fabregas when we meet tonight

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb jokingly said he would “punch” Cesc Fabregas ahead of BATE Borisov’s Europa League clash with ChelseaThe midfield duo played alongside each other at Arsenal between 2005 and 2008 before Hleb left for Barcelona.While Fabregas himself did eventually rejoin Barcelona from Arsenal three years later, he never did play with Hleb at the Camp Nou after the Belarusian went out on three loan spells before finally leaving in 2012.Hleb, who is now in his fourth stint with BATE, is eyeing up tonight’s game at Stamford Bridge with a keen interest as he prepares to face his old friend.“It will be nice to see Cesc again,” Hleb told the Daily Telegraph. “We’ve been messaging each other. When I see him, I will … [makes a mock punching gesture] no, I’m joking.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.When asked who is the better player out of the two of them, Hleb remained coy and replied: “Ask Cesc, he knows!”The 37-year-old reflected fondly of his time at Arsenal and is feeling optimistic about their chances of Premier League glory this season.Under new manager Unai Emery, Arsenal have won their last 10 games in succession.“Of course,” said Hleb, when asked if they can win.“They start not good, but now like a rocket they go up.”last_img read more

WHS VOLLEYBALL Wildcats Fall To Reading Melrose In Close Matches

first_imgMelrose3252525 Wilmington0161923 WILMINGTON, MA — Below is the latest weekly recap from WHS Volleyball Coach Bruce Shainwald.Wilmington had two matches this past week, both on the road against very good teams: Reading on Wednesday and Melrose on Friday.ReadingOur match against Reading was more competitive than either of our previous matches had been. Reading3252525 While our serve receive was still struggling, the girls did a better job of reducing their errors. Our two middles, Savanna Andersen and Maeve Cadogan did a great job of both getting up to block both middle and outside attacks, but also contributed more on offense. Gabby Bond, Senior, co-Captain, did a great job on the outside in every aspect of the game. Brittany Cimaglia, our other Senior, co-Captain, was happy with the improved passing and was able to run a more coherent offense. Ultimately, as is often the case, the difference came down to unforced errors. Wilmington made more than Reading, which cost us the sets and the match.MelroseThis was our first match of the season against a team from the Freedom division of the Middlesex League, and it was also our best match of the season so far. Going into the match, we acknowledged that Melrose is a very good program and always fields a very strong team. We discussed how we are an improving program and a good team that has not yet hit its stride. I challenged them to use this match to work on reducing their errors and play more competitive in each set and ultimately the match. While this was another loss, and dropped the team to a 0-4 start for the season, we all came away from this match feeling like it was a success. In the first set, the team was able to play with Melrose and keep up based on some some great spot serving, but once again our own errors cost us the set. In the second set and continuing into the third, they were able to reduce their errors. This combined with improved serve receive and continued outstanding spot serving, to keep the ball away from their Libero, helped the team to come back from five and six point deficits to come very close to taking the last set and extending the match.Outstanding players in this important match included our two Junior, Middle Hitters, Maeve Cadogan and Savannah Andersen, who did an outstanding job of blocking and hitting around and through Melrose’s primary offensive weapon, their Senior Middle Hitter. Juniors Raegan Sweeney and Anna Rideout, and Sophomore Khrystyna Fednyak did a great job in improving both our Serve Receive and defense. Raegan also had some powerful and some very smart hits and serves.Next UpWe’re all looking forward to continuing to improve over the course of the season, and working to compete for every ball on every play.Next week will be very busy with three matches, all at home against, Burlington on Monday, Triton on Thursday, and Wakefield on Friday. We are hoping that some of our recent Alumnae will turn out on Friday to support the team, and we invite them to join us at practice for an Alumnae/Active scrimmage.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS VOLLEYBALL: Wildcats Win 5 In-A-Row, Get Back To .500In “Sports”WHS VOLLEYBALL: Wildcats Have Best Week Of The Season (So Far)In “Sports”WHS VOLLEYBALL: Wildcats Go 2-1 For The Week With Wins Over Triton & WakefieldIn “Sports” Wilmington0201819last_img read more

VIDEO Reading Municipal Light Department Celebrates 125th Anniversary

first_imgREADING, MA — RMLD was established on May 21, 1894 by a unanimous vote of Special Town Meeting voters in Reading. Electric service was extended to Lynnfield Center, North Reading, and Wilmington in 1909, 1910, and 1911 respectively. In 1895, RMLD’s new steam generating station powered 123 street arc lamps and 1,550 incandescent lamps in 81 homes. Today, RMLD distributes electricity to over 29,000 homes and businesses in four local communities of over 68,000 residents.After 125 years, RMLD is proud to emulate the same values it has held since its establishment in 1894: to provide safe, reliable, and affordable electricity with a focus on customer service and community.Watch this video on RMLD’s history  below:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”RMLD Cuts Ribbon For New Battery Energy Storage SystemIn “Government”last_img read more

Anil Ambani invokes family values after elder brother Mukesh saves him from

first_img Close Mukesh Ambani helped his younger brother Anil Ambani to pay off debt owed to Sweden’s Ericsson IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:51Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:49?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img In a scene straight out of a Bollywood movie, Mukesh Ambani helped younger sibling Anil clear telecom equipment maker Ericsson’s Rs 5.8 billion dues and avoid imprisonment. The helping hand from the elder Ambani came just a day before the deadline set by the Supreme Court for the pay-out, failing which Reliance Communications chairman Anil may have faced a jail term of three months.On Monday, RCom paid the Swedish company Rs 4.6 billion, which also received an additional Rs 30 million from the Supreme Court’s registry that the Anil Ambani-led firm had deposited as penalty interest. The bankrupt telecom company had deposited Rs 1.2 billion earlier, clearing all dues and bringing to an end the 18-month long legal spat with Ericsson, which had claimed dues for its maintenance services. It is still not clear whether the money by Mukesh is in the form of a loan or an outright grant.In a statement showing his gratitude for brother Mukesh and sister-in-law Nita, Anil said, “My sincere and heartfelt thanks to my respected elder brother, Mukesh, and Nita, for standing by me during these trying times, and demonstrating the importance of staying true to our strong family values by extending this timely support.””I and my family are grateful we have moved beyond the past, and are deeply touched with this gesture,” the beleaguered businessman added.How Things Went Downhill The situation for Anil Ambani came to a nought after his plan to reduce RCom’s Rs 460 billion debt load failed to materialise. A two-pronged strategy to sell spectrum, towers and switching nodes to Mukesh-led Reliance Jio Infocomm and some real estate assets to Canada-based Brookfield failed to take off. The spectrum sale deal with Jio failed after the telecom department refused to clear the transaction, arguing it did not meet spectrum trading norms. The inability to sell assets forced RComm to voluntarily file for bankruptcy protection in National Company Law Tribunal in January. Anil Ambani is facing the worst time of his business career. Credit: ReutersBoth the companies mutually scrapped the spectrum trading deal on Monday. “The termination of the Master Agreement shall not, in any manner, affect the rights and obligations of the parties, accrued prior to the date of termination,” Jio said in a separate statement. The Reliance Industries subsidiary had already bought switching nodes and fibre from RCom and the termination does not affect the transaction already completed.”Non-receipt of consents/objections from RCom’s over 40 foreign and Indian Lenders in relation to the proposed transactions despite over 45 meetings and the passage of over 15 months,” the debt-laden company said in an exchange filing. The company also cited failure to get “requisite permissions and approvals from Department of Telecom” as the reason for the deal being scrapped. RCom now plans to resolve its overall debt through the bankruptcy process in NCLT. The tribunal will next hear its case on April 8.last_img read more

Khaleda files separate bail petition

first_imgBNP Chairperson Khaleda ZiaBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday filed a separate petition with the High Court seeking bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, reports UNB.Lawyers Nowshad Jamir and Kaiser Kamal, on behalf of the BNP chief, submitted the 880-page bail petition in the morning showing 31 grounds for granting her bail.The HC bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Shahidul Karim is set to hear the petition on Thursday after hearing another appeal filed by her challenging her sentence in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.Earlier on Tuesday, lawyers of the BNP chairperson filed an appeal with the High Court challenging her sentence in the graft case. The court fixed Thursday for hearing it.On 8 February last, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.last_img read more

Minecraft Story Mode takes Telltale Games back to its roots

first_imgAfter Telltale Games adapted The Walking Dead into an adventure game, the studio gave the same treatment to other gritty franchises, like Game of Thrones and the Fables comic books. These, combined with Walking Dead Season 2 gave many players the sense that Telltale is all about blood-soaked worlds, and gruesome life and death decisions. However, long-time fans know that Telltale cut their teeth with light-hearted games such as Sam & Max, and Back to the Future. The new Minecraft: Story Mode reminds players that Telltale has always been about child-like whimsy, and fun adventures.Telltale’s adaptation of Jurassic Park was the first game they made where it’s possible for the player’s character to die. It was a revolutionary concept for Telltale at the time. Before that, players would explore areas, talk to funny NPCs, and solve puzzles without having to worry about being eaten by zombies if they took too long to make a decision. Now, the bloody “Try Again” screen has become a staple of the adventure genre.Although it does have zombies and fighting, Minecraft is a child-friendly game, so Telltale’s adaptation keeps that audience in mind. Minecraft: Story Mode brings together two distinctly different groups of fans. There are Minecraft players who might have never played an adventure game before. Then there are Telltale fans whose love of story-driven games may have kept them away from projects like Minecraft where construction and survival take precedence over the narrative. Story Mode tries to cater to both demographics by keeping Minecraft’s aesthetics, and using Telltale’s mechanics.Early on in Story Mode, there is a sequence which spoofs the obligatory “Training Montage” scene from every action movie. While this is a funny moment on its own, it’s also a subtle way for Telltale to train new players on how to use the controls and interface of an adventure game. Players can’t go anywhere they want, or chop up every tree they see here. They’re on a much more linear path than Minecraft players will be accustomed to.Although it might seem inconceivable, some people haven’t actually played Minecraft yet! Telltale’s game will be their introduction to the franchise. The elaborate harvesting, crafting, and building mechanics are gone, but players will have to craft a few items as part of the story, and this has a simple tutorial that will get non-Minecraftians up to speed very quickly.The game looks like Minecraft, through-and-through. The characters and objects have the blocky, pixelated art style that game is known for, and the scenery always looks like something built in an actual Minecraft game. Players will use crafting tables to make objects and weapons that are instantly recognizable to anyone who has played the game.The playable character is named “Jesse” and players can choose Jesse’s gender, race and appearance from several options. This customization is a first for Telltale, who previously handed players a pre-created character with a single appearance. Tales From The Borderlands allowed some degree of customization in clothing, but this is the first time that players have the freedom to pick the gender of the protagonist.There is a different voice actor for male and female Jesse. Patton Oswalt does the male version with a sense of sweet childlike wonder, while Catherine Taber is a bit snarkier in tone, even though they have the same dialog options.As with Telltale’s previous games, players can choose what Jesse says; sometimes this is just for flavor, but it often has significant consequences for the storyline. Dialog choices will determine which of Jesse’s companions appear in certain scenes, and there are major choices near the end of the first episode that clearly affect what will happen in forthcoming episodes.In the first episode of this five-part series, Jesse and pals are trying to win a competition to see which team can build the most awesome thing. Players don’t actually do the construction or harvest the resources like in Minecraft, instead they hammer buttons while the characters automatically do the harvesting and building.Players do get to make decisions in the planning phase – one scene has the gang trapped in the wilderness at night, and they have to decide whether to make a quick shelter that isn’t very sturdy, or take the time to make something more elaborate. This is the sort of decision that players in Minecraft’s survival mode have to make all the time, and the premise rings true even if Story Mode uses drastically different mechanics.All of Telltale’s adventure games involve some degree of puzzle-solving, but Story Mode makes use of Minecraft’s established concepts. When Jesse needs to get someplace high, they can build a contraption with bouncy slimeballs. A mini-quest related to this requires Jesse to gather nine slimeballs in order to craft a “slimeblock” just like in Minecraft.Aside from these references to Minecraft, Story Mode is also riddled with pop culture jokes. Gags about E.T., Ghostbusters, and Babe all pop up – movies that younger players will certainly recognize.True to its name, Minecraft: Story Mode adds a proper plot and backstory to the world of Minecraft. It introduces The Order Of The Stone, a band of heroes who saved the world long ago, and have since become celebrities amongst the citizens. Shortly into this episode, Jesse and their friends Olivia, Axel, Petra, and Reuben the pig get caught up in a world-threatening adventure that relates to the legendary exploits of The Order Of The Stone.Often, Telltale will end the first episode of a series with a heart-wrenching choice that sends one character to face certain doom; sometimes Telltale will even kill off a character without bothering to give the Player any choice at all! Minecraft: Story Mode keeps its youthful audience in mind and avoids showing the death of human characters, but there is still some dramatic force to the story, especially near the end of the episode. It’s remains kid-friendly, and fun, while still ensuring that the cliffhanger has enough weight to make players want to see what happens next.Players who first discovered Telltale Games through The Walking Dead are in for something new. Old fans since back in the days of Strongbad and Sam & Max will be happy to see a return to Telltale’s classic style. Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 1: The Order of the Stone is available on October 13th. Further episodes are scheduled for release in 2016.last_img read more

Private tutor arrested after molesting minor student

first_imgKolkata: A private tutor, who allegedly molested a girl student, was badly beaten up by the victim’s family members and neighbours. He was later handed over to police.The incident took place in Mandalpara area of Avantipur in Shyamnagar on Tuesday morning. The family members of the victim alleged that the private tutor tried to rape the minor girl. The victim, a student of class V, used to go to his place at Mandalpara for nearly one year. The family members of the girl told police that like other days, she went to her tutor’s place at around 8 am on Tuesday. It was alleged that the tutor closed the door and attempted rape. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsLocals heard the screams of the minor girl. They rushed to the spot and forced the tutor to open the door. After being informed, the family members of the girl also came.Locals started interrogating the tutor as to why he had closed the door while giving private tuition to the girl. When he gave incoherent statements, the locals and the girl’s family members started beating him up. The victim also narrated the whole incident of how he had abused her. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe incident triggered tension in the locality on Monday evening. The private tutor fell ill after receiving several blows from the people. During interrogation by the locals, the tutor had admitted that he sexually molested the girl. The tutor was kept confined within his house for nearly one hour. Police reached and arrested the tutor. They are trying to know if he had committed similar crimes earlier. The family members of the victim have demanded stern actions against the private tutor.last_img read more

More than 850 flights cancelled as EVA Air attendants go on strike

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, June 24, 2019 Share Posted by TAIPEI — A strike by flight attendants at EVA Air, Taiwan’s second-largest airline, has left thousands of passengers scrambling for alternative transport. According to the latest reports some 852 flights have been cancelled up until June 28. About 100 union members staged a sit-in outside the airline’s suburban Taipei headquarters on June 20 to press their demands. “I urge EVA Air to solve our problems and take care of our demands,” union member Chao Chieh-huan said. On its Twitter feed, the airline said it was “working closely with concerned authorities, fellow airlines, and travel agencies to arrange alternative flights for passengers and doing all we can to reduce delays.”“This untimely labour action will significantly impact and inconvenience our passengers, our flight attendants’ fellow employees and the travel industry,” the airline said. Updates were being published on a strike response website.More details are at members have demanded a raise in daily allowances and an end to a practice in which non-union members get the same benefits as members. More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerManagement has said daily allowances are already higher than those offered by competitors and barring non-union members who do the same work from enjoying equal benefits would harm safety and morale. EVA Air Chief Executive Vice-President Ho Ching-sheng addressed union members, but showed little inclination toward compromise. “We understand that many flight attendants are involved because of peer pressure and we urge those flight attendants to think about what they have done. They should understand that it’s not appropriate to do so.”Earlier this year, pilots at Taiwan’s largest carrier, China Airlines, went on strike for seven days over benefits and working conditions before reaching an agreement with the mediation of the transport and labour ministries and the vice-premier. With files from The Associated Presscenter_img Travelweek Group Tags: EVA Air, Strike More than 850 flights cancelled as EVA Air attendants go on strikelast_img read more