Russia approves Sinopec’s participation in Amur Gas Chemical Complex

first_img Construction begins on the Amur Gas Chemical Complex. (Credit: SIBUR Holding) The Russian government commission on foreign investment has approved China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec)’s participation in the Amur Gas Chemical Complex (Amur GCC), being built by Sibur in Amur region in Russia.As per a framework agreement signed by the parties in June last year, Sinopec will have a stake of 40% in the petrochemical complex located in the Russian Far East.According to Sibur, China continues to be the key driver behind the growth of global polymer consumption, and will be a target market for its petrochemical project.The Russian government claimed that the Amur Gas Chemical Complex will become a major petrochemical plant in the country and internationally.It stated: “The fact that a major international petrochemical company, Sinopec, will participate in the project highlights Russia’s investment appeal.”In August 2020, Sibur began construction on the Amur Gas Chemical Complex.The project involves the construction of a basic polymer production facility, which will be fed with ethane and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sourced from Gazprom’s Amur Gas Processing Plant.Slated to be commissioned in 2024-25, the petrochemical complex will have a total capacity of 2.7 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). This includes 2.3mtpa of polyethylene and 400 kilo-tonnes per annum (ktpa) of polypropylene.Sibur had engaged a consortium of Linde and NIPIgaspererabotka (NIPIGAS) for providing engineering, procurement, and site services for the cracker unit of the Amur Gas Chemical Complex.Univation Technologies and Chevron Phillips will provide the technology for ethylene polymerisation, while LyondellBasell will offer its propylene polymerisation technology for Sibur’s project.Sibur claimed that the Amur Gas Chemical Complex will implement a remote control room and will benefit from more than 150 digital and automated solutions. The petrochemical project will also have round-the-clock remote monitoring and control of most process operations, said the Russian petrochemical company. The Chinese company will have a 40% stake in the petrochemical project, which is being constructed in the Russian Far Eastlast_img read more

Oxford colleges provide meals for the vulnerable

first_img“The colleges play a unique role in city life, and it is wonderful to see such a clear and unequivocal show of support. Many Oxford Mutual Aid volunteers are students and post-grads, and we all think that the involvement of the colleges has helped cement the idea that we are all in this together.”  University College announced they would be re-opening their kitchens on 1st May to help provide hot meals to restart the meals delivery service, in partnership with OMA, Dementia Oxfordshire, and AGE UK. The pilot scheme, named “The Kitchen Collective”, was launched by OMA following cuts to the home meals delivery service because of social distancing measures. France Lloyd, Domestic Bursar of Wadham College, further added that “Wadham was keen to help OMA after hearing about their pilot scheme. This initiative is a wonderful way to collaborate with other colleges in order to support our Oxford community.” Image by Paul Moloney – University College Jesus and Wadham College both announced recently that they would be supporting and up-scaling the project by providing University College, with further funding to continue meal production and to ensure the sustainability of the scheme.  Image Credits: Paul Moloney from University College Pointing to the importance of the project, OMA said: “Given the uncertain times ahead, we must all work together to ensure that no one in our community is going hungry. A spokesperson from OMA expressed the importance of the College’s support for the project, stating to Cherwell: “We are delighted to have had donations and other offers of help from many different colleges, including Christ Church, Wadham, St. Catherine’s, Jesus, Merton, St. Anne’s, and Univ.” Meals are given to Dementia Oxfordshire and AGE UK home service users, including those suffering with dementia and the elderly, families who receive free school meals vouchers, and other food insecure people within the Oxfordshire community. Since launching the scheme at the beginning of May, a small team of volunteers, including the University College Head and Sous Chef, have been working to continue to expand the programme. Between 6th May and 8th May, the number of meals provided as part of the initiative grew from 170 to 350 hot meals. Ruedi Baumann, Director of Accommodation, Catering & Conferences at Jesus College, explained the colleges’ decision to contribute to the project saying: “We were initially approached by OMA, who were asking colleges if they could support any of the wide range of projects they’re running to help vulnerable people during the pandemic. This initiative, instigated by Univ, is a wonderful way to collaborate with other colleges in order to support the community and one we are very happy to be a part of.” Angela Unsworth, University College Domestic Bursar, expressed in a statement to Cherwell that: “University College is pleased to be able to support vulnerable people in our wider community at such difficult times. We are grateful for the collaborative efforts of Wadham and Jesus Colleges in assisting us in doing so.” A number of Oxford colleges have joined forces to assist with an Oxford Mutual Aid (OMA) project to make and deliver hot meals to the vulnerable in Oxfordshire.last_img read more

Dark Star Jubilee Completes 2019 Lineup

first_imgThe eighth annual Dark Star Jubilee will return to Legend Valley Music Center (formerly known as Buckeye Lake Music Center, home to some of the largest outdoor Grateful Dead concerts) in Thornville, Ohio on May 24th through 26th, 2019. Dark Star Orchestra, the festival host band, will perform three full, two-set shows over the course of the Memorial Day weekend event.Today, the festival has added Midnight North, Jeff Mattson & Friends, Cris Jacobs Band, Dino English & The Progfusionals, and The Sweet Lillies to complete their 2019 lineup.The full Dark Star Jubilee lineup also includes previously announced artists Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, Dumpstaphunk, Donna The Buffalo, The Lil Smokies, The Nth Power, and The Mighty Pines.Dark Star Jubilee tickets are available here.last_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Ramin Karimloo, Mandy Gonzalez & More

first_imgMamie Parris, Ramin Karimloo, Mandy Gonzalez, Rob McClure, Lesli Margherita & Denis Arndt(Photos: Bruce Glikas, Emilio Madrid-Kuser & Joan Marcus) Queen Lesli Has Us Wigging OutWe all know Lesli Margherita loves a good wig, but we’re starting to grow a bit concerned. Between lightsaber battles with Susan Blackwell, the Matilda queen revealed just how deep her obsession goes. She has upwards of 100 wigs in her arsenal, and she’ll even create hair pageants by lining them up to pick a winning wig. That’s, uh, different, but we’re not one to judge. Now, can you do this, Lesli? There Are Mommy Issues at Holiday InnThe cast of Holiday Inn seems to be having a great time jumping rope and tapping (is everyone but Mandy Gonzalez tapping?), but they may need a psychotherapist to work out some stuff. Lora Lee Gayer warms up by singing “Mommy made me mash my M&Ms,” and Megan Sikora belts out, “My mom’s mad” up the scale. You might want to see if Mendel is accepting clients, ladies. Idina is idina. for a ReasonGet out your crowns and swords because Idina Menzel’s new solo album is now available! The blazing supernova shared the intention behind the styling of the self-titled album: idina. (Period included.) “There’s lower case for humility,” she says, “but a period for a little attitude for those who mess up my name.” That’s the best way to get back at a certain Oscar presenter: punctuation. Maaaamie’s…All Alone in the Moonlight… Mamie Parris is currently rocking out in School of Rock, but the Broadway beltress will soon trade the top of Mount Rock for the Heaviside Layer as Cats’ new Grizabella. She’s even been practicing her Glamour Cat makeup skills in her downtime at her current Broadway gig. We love the look, Mamie, but we’re not sure a cat’s nose, whiskers and smudged lipstick screams “authoritative girlfriend.”  Happy Friday, and Happy Idina Menzel/Kristin Chenoweth Day! Please take a quick break from writing to your members of Congress about why the day they both release solo albums should be considered a nationally recognized holiday because we’ve going through all of the wildest stories from this week on the Great White Way. Over the past seven days, we learned why Idina is the new E. E. Cummings, just how many wigs Queen Lesli has and more. Study up below with the Lessons of the Week! Rob McClure’s Rotten! Dreamcast Is FuzzySomething Rotten! boasts an assortment of wacky performers, but if McClure had his way, they’d all be replaced by Muppets. He’s even cast it all out in his head and given us a taste of how they’d sound. There isn’t a single show we wouldn’t like to see the Muppets put on. We hear Miss Piggy and Gonzo were transcendent together in Love Letters at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. Nicolas Dromard Also Has a Tap-Happy PastBefore he was walking like a man in Jersey Boys, Nicolas Dromard was tapping up a storm. Broadway’s Tommy DeVito traced his desire to perform back to seeing a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film on a field trip. This led to him tapping under his desk in school, getting in trouble and channeling that energy in dance classes. If only Mandy went to school on Fred and Ginger field trip day… Chris Sieber Kept Rolling Along at PromProm should be a memorable night, whether you go with your high school sweetheart, best friend, or the jock who invited you because his girlfriend feels bad about the other girls making fun of your period. No matter who was Christopher Sieber’s date, it was surely a night to remember: he wore roller skates. Sounds like a blast—and potentially an early audition for Starlight Express. Ramin Went from Chased to ChaserWhat do you do after you play a French prisoner on the run? Playing a Russian general hellbent on revenge isn’t a bad choice. Ramin Karimloo has joined the list of stars lined up for Anastasia; the Les Miz Tony nominee will take on the role of Gleb. Going from fleeing from an inspector chasing you to becoming a general chasing a princess? Sounds like you’re projecting, Ramin. Don’t worry, we know a guy. Mandy Gonzalez Joined a Tapping CircleWe all know Hamilton’s Mandy Gonzalez is a vocal beast. But when she was a high schooler at Broadway Theater Camp, Gonzalez faced the foreign world of tapping with the late Gregory Hines. When thrown into a “challenge circle,” Gonzalez ditched tapping for belting. When you’ve got it, flaunt it, and when you don’t got it, be thankful Angelica doesn’t tap. (Just kidding: She’s a beast at everything, tapping included.) Denis Arndt Can Give You a RideDenis Arndt is making his Broadway debut in Heisenberg at the age of 78. Some might say he’s a little mature to be considered a fresh face, but it’s never too late to make your first Broadway bow. Besides if it doesn’t work out, he still has a fallback: The veteran is still a licensed pilot. Who wouldn’t love to ride in a helicopter while hearing stories about working with Mary-Louise Parker? View Commentslast_img read more

Super Tuesday: Primaries, caucuses in 14 states today

first_imgToday is Super Tuesday, when 14 states and American Samoa are holding primaries in caucuses for both Democratic and Republican presidential candidates.The states holding primaries are: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. Caucuses will be held in Alaska (Republican), American Samoa (Democratic), Colorado, Minnesota, North Dakota (Republican) and Wyoming (Republican).NAFCU Director of Political Affairs Dan O’Brien has encouraged credit unions to engage in the political process and help get out the vote.“We encourage credit unions to visit NAFCU’s Grassroots Action Center website to register for future primaries and caucuses if they are not already registered,” O’Brien said. “We also have information on top credit union issues and how to help advocate for the industry’s needs. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Sonic Drive-In breached, 5M cards possibly exposed

first_imgCredit unions should take note of a recently disclosed data breach at Sonic Drive-In, which may have led to some five million credit and debit cards being exposed. The fast-food chain has 3,600 locations across 45 states.KrebsOnSecurity reported the breach yesterday afternoon.“American consumers deserve better from the companies they’ve entrusted with their financial information,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “Our country should already have a national data security standard in place for retailers and merchants, but we don’t and it’s extremely frustrating. How many more data breaches do consumers need to suffer before these companies are held accountable?”Brian Krebs, author of KrebsOnSecurity, said he was alerted to the breach by several financial institution representatives who began noticing a pattern of fraudulent transactions on cards that had all been used at the eatery. Sonic Drive-in confirmed that it was investigating a “potential incident.” 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

VisitUSA Croatia is working on establishing a permanent air connection between Zagreb and New York

first_imgWork on the project began more than a year ago when it was established in Croatia VisitUSA Croatia. VisitUSA Croatia is an advisory board that works to promote travel to the United States. This weekend, VUSA Croatia organized a B2B workshop for tour operators, travel agencies, airlines and the media interested in organizing trips to the United States or promoting US destinations as part of the PLACE2GO tourism fair in Arena Zagreb.  Cover photo:, Illustration: Workshop partners VUSA Croatia, from left: Ivo and Tanja Pilat owners of MONDO TRAVEL, US Ambassador to Croatia – W. Robert Kohorst, President of VisitUSA Croatia – Goran Rihtarić, Alida Bubanko-Ralić – Air France KLM Croatia, Sanja Pangracije and Alida Bolarić – Work & Travel Sunčana Vura, Vlado Šestan – TravelAdvisor, Nina Čerkez – Advisor, US Commercial Service According to the eVisitor system, in the first 11 months of last year, 578 thousand arrivals and 1.6 million overnight stays were made from the US market, which is an increase of 23 percent in arrivals and 18 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. Top destinations for American tourists by overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Hvar and Rovinj.    Related news: On the occasion of the workshop, the first direct flight to the USA, Philadelphia-Dubrovnik, was announced, the first of its kind since the independence of the Croatian state, which will start in June this year. ”A direct flight between the US and Croatia sends a strong, positive message to the tourism sector. I hope that all direct flights this summer will be full and that they will lead to the introduction of new direct flights, creating additional tourist and business trips.”Said the US Ambassador to Croatia, W. Robert Kohorst.  FROM 2019 DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM DUBROVNIK TO THE USA VUSA Croatia’s performance at PLACE2GO this year was attended by National Geographic Croatia magazine, ski destinations Aspen and Vail presented by TravelAdvisor, as a tour operator Mondo Travel, Sunčana Vura – Work & Travel, Air France KLM as currently the most affordable airline for many destinations in the USA . W. Robert Kohorst, US Ambassador to Croatia: A direct flight between the US and Croatia sends a strong, positive message to the tourism sector This flight is only a seasonal type, and VisitUSA Croatia is working on establishing a permanent air connection between Croatia and the USA, primarily on the Zagreb-New York route, because only this line will significantly encourage travel from Croatia to the USA. “At the moment, we have the announcement of an immediate year-round airline that would connect the United States and Croatia, and this will only happen. We are optimistic about this project and if a larger number of partners with the same vision gather around this idea. Croatia is definitely a regional tourist superpower and we must use this circumstance to impose ourselves as a leader in the outgoing offer with a regional origin in Croatia. The first B2B workshop of VisitUSA Croatia under the auspices of BRAND USA seems like a small step in that direction, but all travelers know that even the longest journey begins with the first step”Concluded Goran Rihtarić, Executive Chairman of the Board of VisitUSA Croatia. For the first time, Croatia is in the plan of activities of the umbrella tourist organization of the USA – BRAND USA, and for the first time in Croatia, a business workshop VisitUSA Croatia was held. EUROPEAN UNION INTRODUCES VISAS FOR THE EUROPEAN SCHENGEN AREA – ETIAS / US citizens traveling to one of the European Union countries will need to have a visalast_img read more

Israel hails UAE deal but Palestinians – and settlers – dismayed

first_img“It’s an incomparably exciting moment, a historic moment for peace in the Middle East,” Netanyahu said.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose officials seemed to be taken by surprise, issued an unusually strong condemnation of a regional Arab neighbor and instructed the Palestinian ambassador to the UAE to return immediately.“The Palestinian leadership rejects and denounces the UAE, Israeli and US trilateral, surprising, announcement,” said Abbas’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.Reading a statement on Palestinian television, Abu Rudeineh said the leadership regarded the UAE’s move as “a betrayal”. Israel talked of “history” and Palestinians of “betrayal” after Thursday’s surprise announcement of a deal to normalize relations between the Jewish state and the United Arab Emirates.In a nationwide televised address, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal would lead to “full and formal peace” with the Gulf Arab state and voiced hope that other countries in the region would follow the UAE’s example.Netanyahu said it also entailed acceding to a request from US President Donald Trump to “temporarily wait” on implementing the Israeli leader’s pledge to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. The statement urged the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to assemble to “reject” the deal, adding “neither the UAE nor any other party has the right to speak in the name of the Palestinian people.”The deal provides a diplomatic achievement for Netanyahu after weeks of domestic criticism over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy, but also angered right-wing Israeli settlers who want to annex the West Bank.Netanyahu said that while he had promised to apply Israeli sovereignty to areas, including Jewish settlements, in the territory, which Palestinians seek for a future state, he had made clear he first needed a green light from Washington.”He deceived us. He has deceived half a million residents of the area and hundreds of thousands of voters,” said David Elhayani, head of the Yesha Council of settlers.Pro-Israel stanceAbbas, who heads the Palestinian Authority and the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization, has refused all political dealings with the Trump administration for more than two years, accusing it of taking a consistently pro-Israel stance.Hanan Ashrawi, a veteran Palestinian negotiator, told Reuters: “We were blindsided. Their secret dealings are now completely out in the open. It is a complete sell-out.”Much use was made of the word “normalization” – a term that has very different connotations on either side.For Israel and the White House it signified a welcome rapprochement with a key Gulf player in a region from which Israel has long been isolated, aside from two peace treaties with its immediate neighbors Egypt and Jordan.But for many Palestinians and Arabs in other countries, the word has overwhelmingly negative connotations.In Gaza, Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas, told Reuters: “Normalization is a stab in the back of the Palestinian cause, and it serves only the Israeli occupation.”In a rare show of unity, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh spoke to Abbas by phone to convey his “absolute rejection” of the deal, Hamas officials said.There was no official reaction or media coverage in Saudi Arabia, but some Saudis tweeted under hashtags “normalization is treason”, “UAE” and “Israel.”Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said the deal was a betrayal of the Palestinian cause and of pan-Arabism.Topics :last_img read more

RBA board singling Brisbane out but the numbers are holding

first_imgConstruction cranes continue to dominate parts of Brisbane two years into its unit development boom. Picture: Liam Kidston.THE Reserve Bank board persists with singling out Brisbane as an area of concern, predicting apartment prices and rents will drop here – but so far the numbers seem to be holding.The minutes of the April monetary policy meeting, released Tuesday morning, showed the board noting banks were cutting back on support of parts of Brisbane’s market.“Members noted that some banks had curtailed lending to some segments of the housing market, notably the Brisbane apartment market, where the supply of apartments was expected to increase significantly, raising the risks associated with oversupply,” the minutes said.But the board members conceded that major problems in the market here had failed to eventuate as yet.“Reports of settlement failures had remained isolated,” the record of the last interest rate meeting said.Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe and the RBA board are in limbo over what action to take on interest rates given numerous multi-speed property markets in the country. Picture: AAP Image/Joel Carrett.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoThe board’s view was that “the additional supply of apartments scheduled to come on stream over the subsequent couple of years in the eastern capital cities was expected to put some downward pressure on growth in apartment prices and rents, particularly in Brisbane”.Chaired by RBA Governor Philip Lowe, the board includes the deputy RBA Governor Guy Debelle, Secretary to the Treasury John Fraser, along with John Akehurst, Kathryn Fagg, Ian Harper, Allan Moss, Carol Schwartz and Catherine Tanna.Weaker than expected labour market conditions, growing levels of household indebtedness and a continued rise in lending to investors were among their concerns.“Growth in investor credit had increased steadily since early 2016, despite the fact that banks had tightened lending standards and, on average, increased the margin between interest rates on investor housing loans and those on loans to owner-occupiers,” the board noted.The minutes said “risks related to household debt and the housing market more generally had increased over the preceding six months”.The board expected “careful monitoring over coming months” of developments in the labour and housing markets. It nevertheless kept the cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent, with its next meeting set for May 2.last_img read more

Newlin, Reigle race to PASS wins at BAPS Motor Speedway

first_imgThe scheduled feature saw Ganoe follow Newlin across the finish line, with John Walp, Ken Duke Jr. and Landon Price completing the top five.  Newlin led all the way to win the regularly scheduled 20-lap IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature after Reigle led all 19 laps of the evening’s first race, which completed a feature rained out two weeks earlier with one lap run. The first feature was stopped following an early flip by Jake Frye but from that point Reigle sailed in front of the field while Ney, Larry McVey and Newlin dueled behind him.  Duke had won all three previous PASS features this year.  Next weekend, PASS drivers will join their Laurel Highlands counterparts for a co-sanctioned event Friday at Clinton County Speedway, then return to Port Royal Speedway on Saturday. Scheduled feature – 1. Newlin; 2. Ganoe; 3. Walp; 4. Duke; 5. Price; 6. Sweigart; 7. Dave Brown Jr.; 8. Hanson; 9. Ney; 10. Grube; 11. Adams; 12. Prutzman; 13. Reigle; 14. Dodson; 15. Scar­borough; 16. John Fiore; 17. Jared Zionkowski; 18. Kyle Keen; 19. Stallings; 20. McVey; 21. Johnny Yanek; 22. Marie McVay; 23. Frye; 24. Stief. YORK HAVEN, Pa. (April 20) – Defending Pennsylvania Sprint Series champion Zach Newlin joined Cale Reigle in visiting victory lane for the first time this season Saturday at BAPS Motor Speedway. center_img In the make-up feature, Devin Adams, Billy Ney, Newlin and Ken Duke Jr. followed Reigle across the finish line. Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic awards a Burnin’ Rubber award, a new right rear tire, to the driver accumulat­ing the most feature positions advanced, and for this night, both features counted. Ney advanced 15 spots between the two races to claim the prize. Newlin used a high line and grabbed the lead from fellow front-row starter Walp. Duke quickly began to move up, but in this race he would not be unable to advance past fourth again, despite three cautions during the middle laps providing restart opportunities.  Make-up feature – 1. Cale Reigle; 2. Devin Adams; 3. Billy Ney; 4. Zach Newlin; 5. Ken Duke Jr.; 6. Nick Sweigart; 7. Larry McVey; 8. Kyle Ganoe; 9. Jaremi Hanson; 10. Doug Dodson; 11. Tim Stallings; 12. David Grube II; 13. Landon Price; 14. John Walp; 15. Erin Statler; 16. Rick Stief; 17. Keith Prutzman; 18. Alex Potosky; 19. Austin Graby; 20. Johnny Scarborough; 21. Jay Krout; 22. Jake Frye; 23. Scott Lutz; 24. Kassidy Kreitz. Duke put on the evening’s charge, coming from 11th to fourth over the final seven laps. Ney sur­prised regular fans by racing low, the opposite of his norm. last_img read more