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Pain will outweigh gain in the new planning tariff

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On a target date, Israel signals delay in West Bank annexation moves

first_imgBut with no agreement with Washington yet on the modalities of the move under a peace proposal announced by US President Donald Trump in January, and talks with the White House still under way, no cabinet session was scheduled for Wednesday.”I think that it will happen in the coming weeks or months, but I am not versed in the details,” Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, said about annexation on Israel Radio.An aide to Netanyahu said talks with Washington – Israel’s main ally – were continuing and that the prime minister had consulted Israeli defense officials on Wednesday, with more discussions to be held “in the coming days”.Palestinian leaders, the United Nations, European powers and Arab countries have denounced any unilateral territorial steps planned by Israel and consider settlements it has built on land captured in a 1967 war as illegal. Israeli annexation in the occupied West Bank might be weeks away, a government minister said as a start date on Wednesday for cabinet discussions of the move slipped by in the absence of a green light from Washington.Palestinians seek the West Bank for a future state. In a show of Palestinian unity, some 3,000 people in the Gaza Strip, including members of the mainstream Fatah party and the rival Hamas group that runs the enclave, protested against annexation.Israeli leaders decided in May that cabinet and parliamentary deliberations on extending Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, in coordination with Washington, could begin as of July 1. Topics :center_img Israel disputes this, citing biblical, historical and political roots in the West Bank.Focal pointNetanyahu has made annexation a focal point of his fifth term in office in what some critics see as an attempt by the right-wing leader to deflect attention from his corruption trial, which began in May, and enhance a political legacy.He has denied charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.A lengthy delay or scaling down of annexation in the face of vocal opposition from many of Washington’s Arab allies would be politically embarrassing for Netanyahu, who has often hailed the “historic opportunity” for Israel provided by the Trump plan.Trump’s blueprint, which he says is intended to help bring peace between Israel and the Palestinians, also calls for creation of a Palestinian state but with Israel sovereignty over 30% of the West Bank. The Palestinians have rejected the plan.In an editorial in Israel’s largest selling newspaper on Wednesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for any annexation plans to be scrapped.France’s foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, told French parliament that “an annexation decision could not be left without consequences”.He said Paris was “examining different options at a national level and also in coordination with our main European partners”.last_img read more

Wood bags Gorgon gig extension

first_imgOilfield services provider Wood has been awarded an extension of its framework agreement with Chevron Australia to provide master contractor services to the Gorgon Stage Two development located offshore Western Australia.Effective immediately, the two-year contract extends an agreement in place since 2015 and will continue to be delivered by Wood in Perth, Wood said in a statement on Wednesday.The scope of the agreement covers engineering, design, construction management, procurement, logistics, quality assurance, health, environment and safety management services for Chevron-operated onshore and offshore assets.Wood’s multi-disciplinary team in Perth will continue to provide engineering design and logistics support to Gorgon Stage Two.Robin Watson, Wood’s chief executive, comments: “We continue to demonstrate our successful track record in delivering engineering, procurement, construction and front-end engineering design projects.”Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project is located on Barrow Island off the northwest coast of Western Australia. Gorgon comprises a three-train, 15.6 million tonnes per annum LNG facility and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day to Western Australia.It is supplied from the Gorgon and Jansz-Io gas fields, located within the Greater Gorgon area, between 80 miles (130 km) and 136 miles (220 km) off the northwest coast of Western Australia.The first LNG cargo departed Barrow Island on March 21, 2016 and domestic gas supply to the Western Australian market started in December 2016.Chevron last April announced a decision to proceed with future offshore development at its Gorgon natural gas facility.This planned future development phase at the Gorgon natural gas facility involves new wells in the Gorgon and Jansz-Io fields, and accompanying offshore production pipelines and subsea structures. The development fits within Chevron’s previously announced annual investment range of $18-20 billion through 2020.last_img read more

Energean: Karish-Tanin FPSO to sail away from Singapore in 2020

first_imgGreek oil and gas company Energean expects the FPSO unit for its Karish and Tanin development located offshore Israel to sail away from a yard in Singapore in late 2020 ahead of first gas in 2021. Source: EnergeanEnergean sanctioned the 2.4 Tcf (gross, Energean 70%) Karish and Tanin development in March 2018. The company then revealed it would use $405 million of the $460 million raised from its IPO to fund its 70% share in the project, while the remaining 30% would be funded by Kerogen Capital.In an update on Wednesday, September 12 the Greek company said that operations are progressing in line with expectations and the development remains on track for first gas in 1Q 2021. The first delivery milestone will be first steel cut on the FPSO before 2018 year-end.Energean has contracted TechnipFMC under a turnkey, lump sum EPCIC contract to provide the full suite of FPSO and SURF services during the construction phase and TechnipFMC has subcontracted COSCO to provide the FPSO hull, which will be built at the Fabricator yard in Zhoushan, China. First steel cut is expected by year-end 2018 and Energean said it believes that this is a key milestone to demonstrate that the project is on track.Energean has chosen a new-build FPSO based on an existing design and will adopt a spread moored system, which it believes reduces technical risk on the field. Hull completion is expected to take 12 months. The hull will then travel to the Sembcorp Admiralty Yard in Singapore for installation of the Siemens-built topsides. Energean expects the FPSO to sail away from Singapore in late 2020 ahead of first gas in 2021.Energean also said that Stena Drilling and Halliburton have been selected to provide drilling services and Wood will provide operations and maintenance services once production has started.To date, Energean has contracted gas sales of 4.2 bcm/yr, leaving 3.8 bcm/yr of spare capacity in its FPSO for the monetization of future discoveries. Over the next 18 months, Energean aims to fill this capacity.Karish North prospectIn June 2018, Energean made the decision to drill the Karish North prospect with a planned spud date before the end of March 2019, subject to necessary approvals. Karish North is located within Energean’s Karish lease and will be drilled immediately prior to the three development well program that will target Karish Main.In the success case, Karish North is expected to take 45 days to drill and is budgeted at $25 million. The well will be completed as a potential producer in the event a discovery is made with a view to tie back to the Karish FPSO in the future.The August 2018 NSAI CPR estimated that Karish North contains 1.3 Tcf of gross recoverable prospective resources (Energean 70%).last_img read more

‘IT’S COMPLICATED’ New judge inhibits, PECO case re-raffled anew

first_imgIt was only on Monday last week, Jan.20, when the case was re-raffled to Gaspar’s sala. ILOILO City – Citing her ties bothwith MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) and Panay Electric Co. (PECO),Judge Ma. Theresa Gaspar of the Regional Trial Court (RTC), Branch 33 hasdecided to inhibit from the expropriation case of the two parties. Yesterday the case was re-raffledagain and this time it landed on the sala of Judge Gloria Madero of RTC, Branch29. The city’s new power distributor alsopetitioned the court to determine the reasonable value of PECO’s powerdistribution system assets for just compensation, then order the transfer ofthe ownership of these upon payment of a just compensation. MORE Power filed the expropriationcase against PECO in March 2019 a month after President Rodrigo Duterte singedMORE Power’s franchise law (Republic Act 11212) as new power distributor inIloilo City. * the owners of PECO (Jose Marie andSanda Cacho) were close friends of hers; in fact they were members of “Beyond IDo” organization and regularly met at the Cacho house PECO’s power distribution franchiseexpired on Jan. 19, 2019. MORE Power asked RTC, Branch 37 toissue a writ of possession authorizing it to take immediate control, operation,use, and disposition of PECO’s power distribution system assets. The expropriation of PECO’s assets inits favor, according to MORE Power, would allow it to “immediately address andcorrect poor services, overcharging, frequent brownouts, expensive rates, oldand unsafe facilities and practices, and other service deficiencies that thiscity’s power users and consumers had long suffered.” Judge Gaspar’s reasons for inhibitingfrom the case were the following: * the chief project engineer of MOREPower was the husband of her civil cases clerk staff She was supposed to be the fourthjudge to handle the expropriation complaint filed by MORE Power against PECOafter RTC Branch 35’s Judge Daniel Antonio Gerardo Amular who was handling itinhibited from the case. By MORE Power’s own estimate, PECO’spower distribution system is valued at P481,842,450 – way below PECO’s previousclaim that its assets are worth at least P2 billion. Gaspar would have been the fourthjudge to handle the case following Judge Yvette Go of RTC, Branch 37; JudgeGelvezon as pairing judge when Go went on leave; and Amular. PECO, on the other hand, questionedthe constitutionality of Republic Act 11212, specifically the sections onexpropriation. * Dr. Diane Cacho (wife of Jose MarieCacho) is her endocrinologist For his part, Amular offered thisexplanation for inhibiting from the case: “Notwithstanding that the PresidingJudge performs his duties in accordance with the conscientious dictate of hisconscience and the applicable provisions of law, it has come to a point thatwhatever judgment the Presiding Judge would render in the case would not beaccepted by either the plaintiff or the defendant or maybe tainted with bias.” In seeking the expropriation of PECO’sassets, MORE Power cited Section 10 of Republic Act 11212 and Rule 67 Section 2of the Revised Rules of Court authorizing it to take possession of, exercisecontrol over, and manage and operate all of the power distribution assets inIloilo City. “Since the court is the leastunderstood as an institution in the discharge of its function, the lack ofunderstanding of the rules and procedures in connection thereto would affectthe integrity of our courts to uphold the rule of law,” lamented Amular./PNlast_img read more

Sunman Trio Vying For Super Bowl Commercial Contest Win

first_imgSam imagines what could happen if he opens the bag of Doritos.Three area residents are garnering attention for their production of a Doritos commercial.With the help of her sister and a family friend, Sarah Lattire, 25, of Sunman entered into the company’s “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, and so far the video is one of the most viewed submissions this year.The contest may sound familiar, as it should.In 2009, the winning submission of a Doritos commercial produced by the Herbert Brothers of Batesville, became a national sensation. Since appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and the “Today Show”, the brothers have produced commercials for the likes of Pepsi, Go Daddy and Franks Red Hot.Did the Herbert Bros. have a role in the commercial produced by Lattire?“They just gave me some advice, have the sound and lighting professional, and that was basically it,” Sarah Lattire recalled, who is also a nurse at an Indianapolis hospital. “I really didn’t want a lot of help from outside sources, I guess I wanted to just do it myself!”Lattire created the concept of the commercial, and with the help of her sister Holly Lattire, 16, and family friend Michelle Munchel, 16, who are both current East Central students from Sunman.The must-see commercial is titled “Doritos at the Daycare.” The group took advantage of their resources by casting children from their parish, St. Nicholas Church, and filming it at a Sunman daycare. The main character “Sam” is played by talented young actor Henry Kraus.Check out the commercial! Click on the “most viewed” tab and select “Doritos at the Daycare.”The more views and 5-star ratings the video receives, the better chance the commercial has of advancing to the next level of the contest. The winner gets their commercial aired during the Superbowl as well as $1,000,000 cash, and the opportunity to work on the next ‘Avengers’ movie.Michelle Munchel said, “That would be great so 5-star it!”Sarah, an aspiring filmmaker said, “In our eyes we have already won. We have completed this and we are really young. It has just been a real blessing.”Individuals can go to the Doritos website and vote for their favorite video. Five finalists for this year’s competition will be announced around Jan. 4.last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka vs South Africa Dream11 Prediction | Fantasy Playing XI

first_imgNew Delhi: In the match number 35 of the ICC World Cup 2019 to feature Sri Lanka and South Africa locking horns with each other at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street. On one hand, South Africa is having the worst world cup since 2003 and are almost knocked out of the tournament. The Proteas has won just one game out of seven played and are in the ninth spot of the Standings.On the other hand, the 1996 world champs has played six games out of which won two and lost matches. But, there is still a slight chance for Sri Lanka to make it into the top four.Meanwhile, the players will play their game. Here is the Dream11 Prediction for the #SLvsRSA game.Wicket-Keepers – Kusal Perera, Quinton de Kock (VC)Batsmen – Dimuth Karunaratne, David Miller Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis (C)All-Rounders – Thisara PereraBowlers – Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Huddleston, Bates star in crushing NZ win

first_imgNEW Zealand had never lost to Sri Lanka in nine previous ODI meetings. They had bowled Sri Lanka out for under 150 in eight of those games.For a while on Saturday in Bristol, they may have wondered if the tide had turned. Chamari Atapattu and Chamari Polgampola put together 92 for the second wicket as Sri Lanka progressed serenely to 141 for 1.Then, a moment of brilliance on the field from Suzie Bates — a tumbling catch low to her left to see off half-centurion Atapattu — triggered an alarming slide. Sri Lanka lost eight wickets for 46 runs and eventually huffed and puffed to 188 for 9. It was inadequate against a power-packed batting line-up.Starring with the ball was Holly Huddleston, the medium-pacer, whose use of the crease, angles and subtle changes in pace fetched her a five-wicket haul — her third in ODIs — on World Cup debut.“To start off like that was obviously a dream come true,” she said. “I just wanted one or two [wickets]. I would’ve been happy with that and then they just kept coming which was awesome.”Huddleston did not play a single game for New Zealand between September 2014 and October 2016 and she took a little time out to explain how she had worked her way back to international cricket.“Being dropped was obviously hard to take. But I kind of looked at myself and said, ‘okay, what do I need to do to get back into the team?’ and fitness was one of them and I worked really hard on my fitness and then I wanted to play more cricket, so I went to Middlesex last year and this year and having more game time and having Sanjay Patel, who was the coach; he really just brought the enthusiasm back to my bowling which has obviously sparked my return back to the White Ferns.”After her bowlers had set up a small chase, Bates blasted a century during the course of an unbroken second-wicket stand of 170 with Amy Satterthwaite as New Zealand cruised to an emphatic nine-wicket win in the 38th over.Apart from being lacklustre with the ball, Sri Lanka were poor in the field, with wicketkeeper Prasadini Weerakkody reprieving Bates on 65 off Shashikala Siriwardena. Inoka Ranaweera, the captain, employed as many as seven bowlers; only Sripali Weerakkody managed to come back with something of note, stifling two in-form batsmen briefly with her mix of seam-up and fast offspin to finish with figures of 6-0-17-0.While Huddleston was the pick of New Zealand’s bowlers, the 16-year-old Amelia Kerr was equally impressive with her loopy legspin. The degree of control she maintained, even when Atapattu and Polgampola was going strong, shone through on a flat deck where the batsmen had no hesitation in hitting through the line.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Dubious officiating hand Suriname 1-0 win and IGG Male football title

first_imgBy Rawle Toney in SurinameIT was an offside that even Stevie Wonder would’ve seen, but the referee assistant kept his flag down and allowed a goal from Suriname’s Damian Panale which ultimately became the strike that sunk Guyana 1-0 and handed the home side the Inter Guiana Games (IGG) Male Football title. So big was the offside, that the Surinamese supporters who gathered at the Franklin Essed Stadium, booed the Referee Assistant. The Referee from Guyana who carried the whistle was in a position to disallow the goal, but pointed to the Centre line, signaling Suriname’s advantage midway through the first half.It was a demoralising blow, but following the narrative of the game, Guyana should’ve been up by at least three goals if they had only converted half of the chances created. From kickoff, Shane Haynes, who scored during Guyana’s 1-1 draw with Suriname last Friday, missed an open goal after evading the Surinamese goalkeeper but patted it too softly. The ball trickled past the goal line.Haynes was a bother for Suriname whenever he was able to get the ball, but Guyana’s midfield was poor in distributing, and the New Silvercity Secondary School student had to work extra hard. Suriname had no match for his subliminal speed and ball control, but he was unsuccessful in his attempt to covert those chances to goals. Guyana also saw one of their many attempts in the first half crashing off the crossbar. The half ended 1 – 0. Coach Sampson Gilbert made a few changes with the hope of finding an equalizer and even the ‘winner’ but nothing changed.“There were several factors that affected my players  off the field” Gilbert explained as he praised the performance of his team in the competition. “For example, I haven’t eaten since breakfast because of the food they’re giving us, and my players complained about it (the food) as well. You give athletes some of the things they’re giving us and that’s something they will have to look into” said the usually outspoken coach.Nonetheless, Sampson congratulated the players for being a disciplined bunch, both on and off the field, and said he was happy “the guys kept to our game plan, played the system, and was able to create a series of chances which we should’ve scored.”last_img read more