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FERC to deliver Elba liquefaction project’s EA in February, 2016

first_imgThe United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a notice of schedule for the environmental review of the Elba liquefaction project. FERC revealed in its notice that it plans to issue the environmental assessment of the Elba liquefaction project on February 5, 2016, with the 90-day federal authorization decision deadline set for May 5, 2016.Elba Liquefaction and Southern LNG are planning to construct natural gas liquefaction facilities to support the production and export of up to 350 million cubic feet of LNG per day (2.5 million tons per year) at the existing Elba LNG terminal, in Chatham County, near Savannah, Georgia.The activities planned at the Elba Island terminal include the installation of up to ten movable modular liquefaction system units, a flare system, modifications to the terminal piping, modification and construction of various buildings, and truck transport of natural gas liquids.To facilitate the supply of natural gas to the Elba LNG Terminal for liquefaction, Elba Express is proposing to add compression along its existing Elba Express pipeline in Georgia.[mappress mapid=”17585″]LNG World News Staff; Image: BG Grouplast_img read more

Environmental approval paves way for Linha do Oeste upgrading

first_imgPORTUGAL: National environment agency APA has approved plans for the modernisation of part of the Linha do Oeste which links Lisboa with Louriçal and Figueira da Foz.Being undertaken as part of the government’s Ferrovia 2020 investment programme, the upgrading covers the 87 route-km between Meleças on the Lisboa suburban network, and Caldas da Rainha. Included in the work is electrification at 25 kV 50 Hz, level crossing removal, renewal of signalling and telecoms and work to refurbish stations and major structures. Around Outeiro, 2 km of the railway is to be realigned, while the 10 km section between Meleças and Pedra Furada and the 6 km between Malveira and Sapataria are to be double-tracked. Once completed, journey times between Lisboa and Caldas da Rainha will be reduced to approximately 90 min.While the work has been approved to support modal shift and grow rail use, APA expects infrastructure manager Infraestruturas de Portugal to implement environmental protection measures to monitor noise and vibration, preserve water resources and biodiversity and to safeguard historical heritage. APA approval means that IP can now call tenders for the work, which is expected to cost €107m. However, approval of the programme has already been significantly delayed, with the planned completion date of 2020 likely to be missed by up to two years. The delays are compounding ongoing problems along the route caused by a shortage of diesel rolling stock, which has led to routine cancellation of rail services and use of bus substitution.The northern section of the route between Caldas da Rainha and Louriçal is not covered by the programme and will continue to be operated by diesel railcars.last_img read more


first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInGet a preview of this year’s Autumnwatch by joining the Dumfries and Galloway Wild Autumn FestivalThe events programme for this year’s Wild Autumn Festival has just been released. There are walks, talks and activities looking at the wildlife and countryside of Dumfries and Galloway running from Friday 9 to Monday 26 October.Fantastic wildlife spectacles can be seen with tens of thousands of barnacle geese arriving at Caerlaverock and Mersehead and the red deer rutting season in Galloway forest park. There will be expert rangers on hand to help you find the best places to watch and show you what’s what. There are also family activities and events at Eskrig Nature Reserve, Castle Kennedy Gardens and Logan botanic gardens, wildlife kayak adventures on Loch Ken with the Galloway Activity Centre and nocturnal wildlife tours with the latest night vision technology.The festival is happening just before the BBC arrives to broadcast its popular Autumnwatch program live from the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s Caerlaverock reserve.Chairman of the Council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Collin Smyth said;“The Wild Autumn festival is another example of the excellent range of events and festivals happening across Dumfries and Galloway. The events during the festival give everybody the opportunity to get out and experience the fantastic wildlife found in Dumfries and Galloway. As everyone who lives here knows Autumn is a special time of year with the geese arriving back, the changing colours of the woodlands and the roaring of the stags.BBC Autumnwatch coming to Caerlaverock is going to let the rest of the country know how great this region is in the Autumn and the Wild Autumn festival gives people the chance to get a preview of what they will see on TV.”The complete list of events can be found at www.wildseasons.co.uk along with information on the wildlife of Dumfries and Galloway, the best places to go for a day out in the countryside and places to stay while you’re here.Autumnwatch will be on air on BBC2 starting 2 November.Wildseasons is a group of organisations and individuals concerned with wildlife conservation and tourism in Dumfries and Galloway led by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Countryside Team and the Southern Upland Partnership. Events in the festival are being run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, RSPB, Lockerbie Wildlife Trust, Castle Kennedy Gardens, Logan Botanic Gardens, The Forestry Commission, National Trust for Scotland and freelance wildlife guides.last_img read more

Grand Fond Village Council & MP vow continued working relationship

first_imgLocalNews Grand Fond Village Council & MP vow continued working relationship by: – August 22, 2014 107 Views   no discussions Share Parliamentary representative for the Grand Fond constituency Ivor StephensonThe Grand Fond Village Council and the parliamentary representative for Grand Fond Ivor Stephenson has promised to continue working with each other to ensure increased community development.Speaking at the 25th inauguration meeting of the Grand Fond Village Council on August 20 Stephenson said, “The achievements of the council last term of office is one that will be recorded in the history books of Grand Fond since some of these major achievements have never been achieved collaboratively with any other parliamentary representative.”Villagers and councillors should be proud of these achievements because they have performed credibly he said adding that overwhelming support from his constituency has lead him to also feel proud he stated.Stephenson continued that it is due to the trust of villagers that some of the councillors were re-elected and nominated.“I urge every one of you to work so that this united force will allow Grand Fond to continue to develop both socially and economically.”During the council’s last term he explained major achievements achieved was the rehabilitation of the Bakery road, the 2.3 million dollars Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) funded water supply construction in Grand Fond, the new Grand Fond playing field which cost $600, 000 exclusive of land purchase, lighting of the basketball court, housing assistance for the needy, housing repair and sanitation at $500, 000, access roads for residents of Lot Bauer, repair works at the health centre and Grand Fond Primary School, assistance for the improvement of areas of the  Ti Grand Fond access road and major rehabilitation works on sections of the main road from Rosalie to Grand Fond at 2.2 million dollars.Stephenson added that as parliamentary representative he with the help of the council has delivered many social programmes such as the provision of books and uniforms for school children, transportation for college and secondary school students at Castle Bruce, scholarships to China and Morocco and assistance for farmers especially with the supply of fertilizers.These are just a few of the achievements that he has tediously collaborated with the village council on over the years he said.“I have not served you for fifteen year neither nineteen years, it’s only four years and eight months. In this short period we have achieved so much projects totalling over millions of dollars, creating the necessary employment for our people, furthermore improving the infrastructure of Grand Fond.”He continued that employment has been created in his constituency for many community member who are university and college graduates under the National Employment Programme (NEP).Forty women from the constituency, twenty-eight of which are from Grand Fond will be employed under the NEP in various disciplines such as; cleaning and beautification, farming, pre-school assistant, school feeding programme, Yes We Care program, hospitality apprenticeships, environmental health liaisons and constituency support staff.The programme he said “continues to transform Grand Fond.”Improvement has been seen in the environment through the cleaning and beautification programme as well as through the continued improvement of the new playing field.He expressed his thanks to the government and especially the Ministry of Trade and Employment for their unwavering support.Continued employment of the skilled, unskilled and college graduates through the National Employment Programme and other institutions will be seen.Moreover he said there is need for continuous community development.“You the people of Grand Fond have been very tolerant and as a result that I can say no more but to assure you that work will continue on the rehabilitation of the Grand Fond main road at a cost of $452,000. Grand Fond people be assured that no longer will we have dilapidated roads and we’ll see much improvement before Christmas.”Assurance was given to community members that they too will benefit from some of the measures indicated in the 2014/2015 budget with the provision of $200 cost of living grant or a pension for people over 70 years, an additional $25 top-up for people already receiving a pension between $200 and $600 and the removal of duties from disposal diapers and baby wipes.Stephenson told his constituency members to look forward to the further development of the playing field with the construction of a pavilion, showers and toilets as well as its fencing.Other future developmental areas are in the eco-tourism potential of the community, the various public assistance programmes, rehabilitation of village roads and access roads to dwelling houses and the provision of necessary guard rails on sections of the Grand Fond main road to enhance safety.These areas he stated will receive attention but encouraged villagers that their undivided support it critical to the success of the various community projects.“Villagers please give council and myself all the desire support to continue to make Grand Fond a pleasant, peaceful, aspiring and skilful community it can be. I will remain your parliamentary representative, I have served you with distinction, I have been here with you in good times and bad times, I have been in Grand Fond all the time, not some times.”Joyce Pascal Chair of the Grand Fond Village CouncilMoreover Joyce Pascal, Chair of the Grand Fond Village Council expressed satisfaction at the developments occurring in the community and across the island.“We are quite satisfied with the development that if happening to our community as well as the country on a hold.”She warned her fellow villagers that they should unite working towards the continued development of Grand Fond irrespective of their political affiliation.“The people of Grand Fond must look at Grand Fond irrespective…because everybody has their own political affiliation but as a community I believe we have to put this aside, unite ourselves as always and work towards the development of the community.”Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit she said has worked towards the development of the country and voiced her position, willing to continue working alongside him.“There is no doubt about it…we are prepared to work along with him, with our parliamentary representative to see that Grand Fond moves forward in the right direction.”Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

UNIGAMES 2019: Lady Spikers clinches women’s volley crown

first_img Thea Gagate top-scored with 24 points, on 16 attacks, six blocks and two service aces on Saturday night. ILOILO City – De La Salle University Lady Spikers ruled the 24th University Games’ women’s volleyball. It defeated College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers, 25-17, 21-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-12, at the University of San Agustin Gym. The Lady Spikers opened the fifth set with a 9-5 advantage but the Lady Blazers clawed its way back to within two points before the Lady Spikers widened the lead to 13-7 on conversions from Gagate and Dela Cruz. De La Salle University Lady Spikers’ Thea Gagate towers over her defenders for an attack point. USA PUBLICATIONS PHOTO The Lady Spikers reached the championship point at 14-9 on Gagate hit but allowed the Lady Blazers to come to within 12-14 before DLSU ended the match with a Cruz conversion. Dethroned champions University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses, meanwhile, settled for a third place finish following a straight set victory over the National University Lady Bulldogs. Jolina dela Cruz added 19 markerswhile Ernestine Tiamzon and Leila Cruz had 12 and 11 markers, respectively. Trailing 2-1 sets, the Lady Spikers broke away from a tight fourth set to build a 22-16 edge. Gagate, Dela Cruz and Marionne Alba then came up with consecutive points as DLSU stretched the match to a fifth and deciding set. In the men’s volleyball, College of St. Benilde Blazers emerged as champions following a straight set victory over the De La Salle University Green Spikers./PNlast_img read more

BMW to Update Whole Boxer Line-Up in 2019?

first_imgFrom riders.drivemag.com It has been widely speculated that BMW may debut a new 1254cc Boxer engine. But CARB has revealed it will power the entire “R” series. The new engine had been expected to power the new R 1250 GS and R 1250 RT only. First and foremost, BMW will reportedly introduce nine new models for 2019, but the biggest news is of course that there is a big possibility of a bigger capacity Boxer engine, hence a new R 1250 GS, which had been speculated since May this year when a new R 1200 RT was spied while undergoing road tests. Now there is also news of the new engine powering the entire Boxer line-up.BMW R 1250 GS to be Released in 2019?The news leaked through filings with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), California’s emissions watchdog department, revealed that BMW will drop the new 1254cc Boxer into five new models. The news has surprised us as we had initially thought that it would only be installed in the new R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure, and perhaps the R 1250 RT.In addition to the three mentioned models, BMW has filed for the R 1250 RS and R 1250 R.The 1254cc horizontally-opposed-Twin engine, better known as the Boxer engine, is rumored to feature variable valve timing for the first time for BMW. Power output is also speculated to hover around the 134 bhp figure. Besides that, the engine will pick up some weight.The updates will mark another big step in the evolution of BMW’s venerable Boxer engine since becoming liquid-cooled in 2013.The “Wasser Boxer”There is no news regarding the R nineT range which is powered by the previous generation oil-cooled Boxer, though. In 2020, maybe, since the Euro 5 standard will begin from that year?We foresee small updates to the designs and perhaps chassis of the new bikes, since the main update is the new engine. We are expecting to see the new models at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany next month.–Ads–last_img read more

Kenzo Shirai extends reign as floor exercise champion at Toyota International Gymnastics Competition

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Kenzo Shirai, Toyota International Gymnastics Competition Compatriot Wataru Tanigawa (14.600) was second and Canada’s Jeremy Bartholomeusz (13.275) was third.In other men’s events,Takaaki Sugino won the pommel horse with 14.850, followed by Iran’s Saeedreza Keikha (14.275) and Kohei Kameyama (14.025).Taiwan’s Chen Chih-yu took the rings with 14.550, ahead of Kazuyuki Takeda (14.500) and Tanigawa (13.900).In the women’s events, Sae Miyakawa won the vault with 14.249, followed by Germany’s Sarah Voss (14.133) and Mai Murakami (14.049).France’s Melanie de Jesus dos Santos took the uneven bars with 14.533, ahead of Russia’s Elena Eremina (14.466) and France’s Juliette Bossu (14.166). Kenzo Shirai competes in the floor exercise at the Toyota International Gymnastics Competition on Saturday. Shirai won the event for the third consecutive year. | KYODO KEYWORDScenter_img RELATED PHOTOS Reigning world champion Kenzo Shirai won the men’s floor exercise for the third year in a row at the Toyota International Gymnastics Competition on Saturday.The 21-year-old, who won both the floor and vault at the worlds in Montreal in October, performed his namesake “Shirai 3” technique, a double backward somersault triple twisting layout ranked as a maximum-difficulty H-level move, scoring 15.800 points in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

UCLA’s Gyo Shojima striving to realize NFL dream

first_imgLOS ANGELES – All eyes were on quarterback Josh Rosen, a potential top-three pick in this month’s NFL Draft, during UCLA’s pro day on a mild, sunny day in Los Angeles last month.Gyo Shojima might have been the most unlikely person there, but that was of no concern to the Japanese player. Regardless of what others might have thought, his just-do-what-I-have-to-do mentality never wavered. The Tokyo-born player was one of many who showed up to showcase their potential and skills to NFL coaches, scouts and officials.“I had a lot of fun,” Shojima told The Japan Times after the March 15 event. “I think I was able to showcase what I can do. I was preparing for six to seven weeks for this. So I’m happy I was able to show what I can do.”Shojima added: “Overall, it was a great day and I know what I have to do in terms of improvement. So I’m going to keep working for it and the work never ends.”The 24-year-old, who played as a backup center and on special teams the last two seasons for the Bruins, is a serious, humble man who chooses his words carefully. When he arrived at UCLA in the fall of 2015, after playing two years at Santa Monica College, he said he wanted to concentrate on the Pacific-12 Conference team, not saying too much about his post-college career.But now, with his stint on the team having ended and his graduation coming in June, Shojima hopes to keep putting on a helmet and pads — this time on the NFL gridiron.Shojima said he has “always had aspirations to go to the next level” after his collegiate career, although he carefully thought it over and considered “a different course in life.” (He’s majoring in geography and environmental studies and has been on the honors list in the last six quarters with a 3.577 GPA. So he would certainly have other job options outside of football).But in the end, he decided to tackle what he describes as “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”“So I didn’t want to waste it and I took a shot,” said Shojima, who moved to Redondo Beach, in the Los Angeles area, when he was 9, because of his father’s business.Shojima believes he gave a good performance at the pro day. But when it comes to the possibility of making a 53-man NFL roster, he again chose his words carefully.“I don’t think it is for me to decide,” Shojima said. “All I can do is just work on what I can work on and prepare myself to be the best player that I can be. And if all things click and if all the pieces come together, I will continue to be optimistic.“What I concern myself with is what I can do for myself. And I can’t do anything about being on a 53-man roster or who’s going to remain on the roster, things like that. So I’m just focused on what I can do, which is prepare for what’s to come.”Shojima looks set to get invited to a rookie mini camp and then a preseason training camp as an undrafted rookie free agent, which some of the great NFL centers in the league of late and in the past, have done. The Japanese mentioned one of his favorite players is Shaun O’Hara, who helped the New York Giants win Super Bowl XLII as their starting center, having entered the league with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted rookie in 2000.The 190-cm, 130-kg Shojima insists it’s important to “get my name out there,” which includes to showing film of himself to teams.According to a source, Shojima was asked to work out for an NFL club days after the pro day.Jerry Neuheisel, who now serves as an offensive graduate assistant for the Bruins under new head coach Chip Kelly, recalled the time when the two played on the scout team in the 2015 season, in which the Japanese redshirted. Neuheisel said Shojima would “give unbelievable effort” and is “more athletic than people give him credit for.”“I think he’s got a chance of at least making a team, at least a rookie minicamp and see what happens from then on,” said Neuheisel, who played one year for the Obic Seagulls of Japan’s X League in 2016 before working as an graduate assistant for the Texas A&M University football team last year. “He can find a way to be productive at a camp, they’ll find a way to keep him.”By coming to UCLA, Shojima achieved something big for Japanese football. Though there is not a clear way to figure it out, Shojima is probably the first player of full Japanese heritage to play for an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision program. And now he is attempting to make more history by becoming an NFL player.But Shojima does not dwell on his own background too much, and thinks it has nothing to do with him striving to fulfil his dream of reaching the game’s peak.“My mentality is, I’m just a football player, not a Japanese football player, or a foreign football player,” said Shojima, who has practiced Japanese martial art Shorinji Kempo and holds a black belt. “My mentality hasn’t changed. I always consider myself as just one of the football players that play, that love the sport, and want to be good at it.“So even though the stage has changed or the level has changed, my mentality hasn’t changed per se. And I just consider myself as another football lover that wants to play at the next level and make my dream come true.”Neuheisel, son of former UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel, said for many of the players trying out for the NFL, and not just Shojima, they have to “get a little bit lucky,” because many of them could get cut even though they are “supremely talented.”But he added that if Shojima ends up cracking a NFL roster, it would have “the same kind of impact with the first Japanese baseball player who made it to MLB would have.”Shojima is not a man who brags or talks big. But he said this with certainty: he believes he would not have had a chance to try out for the NFL if he had not come to UCLA.“This would not have been possible in any way if I hadn’t come to UCLA from my junior college,” said Shojima, who played for Japan at the 2012 Under-19 World Cup. “We had Josh Rosen working out today, so almost every single team in the NFL was here to watch him. I’ve got to thank him for that. All the connections the UCLA program has with football coaches, that’s unchallenged.“I was able to train for six to seven weeks at one of the greatest football facilities in the nation. So everything we have to consider that got me into this situation right now, the opportunity that I was able to have, I couldn’t have done this without me coming to UCLA.” Japanese center Gyo Shojima, who played for UCLA the past two seasons, works out with a teammate during the school’s pro day in Los Angeles last month. Shojima is hopeful of catching on with an NFL team this offseason. | KAZ NAGATSUKA NFL, NFL Draft, UCLA, Gyo Shojima, Josn Rosen KEYWORDScenter_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more