DOE: 2018 U.S. coal consumption lowest since 1978 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享San Antonio Express-News:Despite efforts by the Trump administration to revive the U.S. coal industry, the nation’s appetite for coal continues its long decline.Last year domestic coal consumption fell to 687 million short tons, the lowest level since 1978, according to data released Monday by the Department of Energy.That comes amidst efforts by the Department of Energy to improve the efficiency and reduce the carbon emissions of coal-fired power plants, which have been closing at a fast clip nationwide due to increased competition from natural gas and wind and solar farms.The Energy Department announced Monday it was handing out $39 million in funding, part of a push to improve efficiency five percent by 2020.The power sector accounts for more than 80 percent of domestic coal production, which fell to less than 760 million short tons last year. Of the remainder, 50 million short tons was purchased by U.S. industrial facilities, and another 115 million short tons was shipped overseas.More: Coal consumption continues to drop, despite Trump’s efforts
A platform deck for the Castex Energy-operated Hummer gas/oil field development, located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, has been completed.Pestec, a partner in the project, said on Tuesday that the deck with oil and gas production facilities was loaded onto a barge and was ready for transport to site.A four pile deck was acquired for this purpose and has been modified to accommodate the current production facilities and for future expansion.The company added that the deck would be set onto a platform jacket seated over the Main Pass 270 #3 BP 1 discovery well, initially drilled in 2015. According to Pestec, first production is targeted for mid to late November.First production from the Hummer field development in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico was planned for late third quarter 2017/early October 2017 but was delayed due to recent harsh weather conditions in the region.The Hummer field extends over Main Pass Blocks 270, 273, and 274 in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Louisiana. The Main Pass 270 #3 BP 1 well was located in U.S. federal waters approximately 50 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana. The water depth at the location is approximately 215 feet. The well was drilled, logged and temporarily suspended in late 2015.A platform jacket was installed over the well, the well was completed, and production tested in late 2016. Test rates recorded over the last three hours of the test period averaged 19.88 MMcfpd and 396 bopd on a 16/64-inch choke with a flowing well head pressure of 9,753 psi.Pestec said that the production test on the well was suspended pending installation of the deck, production facilities, and pipelines.A turnkey contract was awarded in January 2017 for the design, engineering, modification, and fabrication of production facilities. The deal also included installation of the platform deck onto the installed jacket for the Hummer Main Pass Block 270 “B” production platform and the planning, installation, and hook-up of the pipelines connecting the platform to gas and oil sales pipelines.
Fresh from a controversial draw decision in New York against American Jason Sosa, Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters arrived in Jamaica last Saturday for an extended holiday in his hometown Anchovy, St James. “I will be in Jamaica for about a month. I will be taking it easy for the first week or so, just relaxing after my fight with Sosa. After that I will be getting back into training with my dad, as I cannot afford to get out of shape now, as 2016 will be a big year for me,” he told The Gleaner. The Walters versus Sosa fight has been the talking point in boxing circles for the past few weeks, following the surprising draw decision in Verona, New York, on November 19, in which nearly everyone except the three judges thought that Walters had won easily. One judge had Sosa as the winner 96-94, while the other two judges scored it 95-95, for a majority draw decision. The punch statistics favoured Walters as they showed that he landed 436 of 610 punches thrown, while Sosa landed 121 of 225. Walters also hurt Sosa in the fifth round but did not go in for the kill. Commenting on the fight, Walters said that there was no doubt in his mind that he had won his first fight as a super featherweight, and that he did not see his opponent winning more than possibly one round. What he has learnt from this experience he said, is that he has to “knock out all my opponents, so as to avoid any more bad decisions”. His father Job, who returned to Jamaica with him after being in his corner for the fight, said that ” it was a very poor decision. I think that Nick won every round. That is behind us now, however, and we are looking to the future”. He went on to say, “I think that it was a blessing in disguise, as we got more publicity from this bad decision than when Nicholas beat Donaire to become super champion. Everywhere we went, Nicholas was mobbed. He received a great welcome when he returned to Panama, and when we landed in MoBay, the people were all over us. It has been good, and the important thing is that he is still unbeaten.” Walters is now 26-0-1. A decision that has to be made by the Walters connections is whether he will fight as a featherweight at 126 pounds or as a super featherweight at 130 pounds in 2016. He told The Gleaner that when he returns to Panama next month, he will sit down with his team, go through all the options and make the decision. ” I can fight at either weight” he added.
Mallam Lamido Aminu Sanusi has revolutionised the Nigerian banking sector since taking over as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2009.(Image: Allvoices)Revolutionising Nigeria’s troubled financial sector has won Mallam Lamido Aminu Sanusi the title of Central Bank Governor of 2010 for Africa and the world. The award, which recognises bankers worldwide who have masterminded recoveries from financial crises, is presented by The Banker – a high-profile magazine for the banking industry.Since becoming governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in 2009, Sanusi has introduced radical changes, including limiting the tenure of bank bosses to a maximum of 10 years, regardless of their impact.He has also rooted out corruption by pushing for guilty parties in the sector to be criminally charged.Such bold intervention has earned the banker the nickname “Sanusi Tsunami”.In February 2010 Sanusi announced that Nigeria’s reformed financial sector should be based on four key principles: enhancing the quality of the banks; establishing financial stability in the country; enabling a healthy financial sector evolution; and ensuring that the financial sector contributes to the real economy.Brian Caplen, editor of The Banker, said: “Few candidate names generate an overall consensus on judging panels and yet, when it came to finding the best global central bank governor of the year, Mr Sanusi was chosen unanimously.”Kunle Ogedengbe, the magazine’s representative in Nigeria, added: “The reforms initiated by Mr Sanusi have been necessary to sanitise the banking industry. Had these reforms not been initiated, Nigeria would have entered into another round of banking distress.”Sanusi’s riseSanusi was born on 31 July 1961 and graduated from King’s College in Lagos in 1977. Four years later he obtained a BSc in economics at Ahmadu Bello University. He went on to get a masters in economics in 1983 at the same university before becoming an economics lecturer there from 1983 until 1985.Sanusi broke into the industry that same year by joining merchant bankers Icon Limited. In 1997 he joined the United Bank for Africa in the credit and risk management division, rising to the position of general manager.The year 2005 saw him joining the board of directors of the First Bank of Nigeria as an executive director in charge of risk and management control.After being appointed Central Bank governor 1 June 2009, Sanusi facilitated the 400-billion naira (US$ 2.6-billion) bailout of Nigeria’s Afribank, Intercontinental Bank, Union Bank, Oceanic Bank and Finbank, and then dismissed most of those institutions’ chief executives.“We had to move in to send a strong signal that such recklessness on the part of bank executives will no longer be tolerated,” he said at the time.Sanusi also has a keen interest in Sharia law and obtained a degree in Sharia and Islamic Studies in 1997 from the African International University in Khartoum, Sudan.In-depth coverage of the banking industryThe Banker magazine was established in 1926 as a mouthpiece for the financial and banking industry. Today it’s sold in 150 countries throughout the world.The publication boasts in-depth regional and country coverage of important financial events and global trends each month.The awards it issues include Deals of the Year; Innovation in Technology; Investment Banking; Private Banking; and Bank of the Year.Editor Brian Caplen has been at the helm since 2003. He is an accomplished journalist with many high-profile interviews to his name. He’s a former executive editor of the magazine Euromoney and has worked as a business editor and journalist in Hong Kong and the Middle East for 10 years.
Share with your Friends:More Darcy Kydd at ground zeroDarcy Kydd, KaliKydd, describes July 3 as, “A pretty awesome day.” The sunny Vancouver Island, British Columbia day involved the outdoors, geocaching and a daredevil helicopter ride to claim a First to Find (FTF).Vancouver Island is home to a skilled geocacher named ceebeecee. He has tallied more than 600 FTFs. But there was one new Vancouver Island area geocache that lingered without a FTF for weeks. There was a reason.The traditional geocache, Mt Shepherd (GC2Y4FK), is a difficulty two, terrain five cache. It’s hidden at the top of an island mountain off the Western coast of Canada. Cachers on Vancouver Island would typically need to take a two ferries, drive a four-wheel drive vehicle up the mountain and then hike steep terrain for hours.Then inspiration struck geocacher Aranea Van Burik, part of the geocaching team Coombs Wooden Shoe. On July 3, Aranea posted a simple question on the “Geocaching on Vancouver Island” Facebook page. The post read, “HELI CACHING!! DOES ANYBODY WANT TO GO?” The post had a link to the Mt Shepherd geocache. Less then a minute later Darcy responded, “YES!”Location of Mt. Shepherd cacheDarcy says, “This wasn’t really in the budget, but it was the chance of the lifetime and couldn’t really pass it up.” Soon, Mike, the other half of Aranea’s caching team Coombs Wooden Shoe, and WossVegas joined.The three geocachers called themselves “Team Nuts.” They had never met in person before this cache. The helicopter was booked for the next day.Aranea wasn’t able to take the flight but says, “The next day or so was nerve wracking, because I sent out the above notice also to ceebeecee, the FTF hound. He now knew what we were up to, so now the race was on! It turns out that Darcy has her own thing going on with ceebeecee and FTF’s, so I didn’t need to tell her what was at stake here. We kept checking the cache page obsessively and continually to see if he had logged it or not. WE WANTED THAT FTF!”Darcy has been geocaching since 2007 but nothing on the scale of they were about to attempt. She says, “I like to get out in the bush, and out in the mountain and up in trees. The more forest the better, and normally my dogs are with me, but they couldn’t come in the helicopter.”Team Nuts: WossVegas, pilot Mike, Coombs Wooden Shoe and KaliKyddDogs on the ground, the plan to snag a FTF was close to literally lifting off. First the team listened to a safety briefing, and then waited for cloud cover to lift from Mt. Shepherd.The helicopter eventually got the green light to take flight. What would have been a five hour cache run was reduced to a leisurely ride through the clouds.The helicopter touched down within 30 meters of the cache. Aranea was listening to the radio chatter when she got the news, “When they radioed back saying that they found it and it was a FTF….I did a happy dance…”Darcy thanked ceebeecee for being a good sport and wrote in her cache log, “Our cheeks will hurt for weeks from the grins on our faces… Seriously, thanks to everyone for an amazing day!” In the log book for the terrain 5 cache she wrote, ““Quick, easy, find.”She took this video of the flight as the helicopter was about to lift off.WossVegas logged, “Fanfreakingtastic! Found as part of “Team Nuts” with Coombs Wooden Shoe and KaliKydd. What a day! Nice little stroll from the chopper, admired the view, scanned the slopes to see if ceebeecee was closing in, signed the log, snapped photos and loved every minute of it.” Team Nuts claimed the FTF and took a victory tour of the island by helicopter. Darcy shot this video of this flight into the cache.Darcy’s advice for anyone interested in helicopter caching is simple. She says, “Find a pilot that’s willing.” And Team Nuts’ pilot might be one of the newest geocachers. Darcy says, “It was his very first cache. He did log the find, and might sign up for an account on Geocaching.com.”Aranea says she’s ready for the next FTF challenge, ” We go for a FTF at any time, you name it…middle of the night, yup, no problem. We are in! I bought a 20 million candle powered flashlight just for the occasion. This puppy lights up the moon. Anybody that sees this thing asks if I needed to register it with NASA. So I am ready for the next challenge, whatever that might be! I can hardly wait!” SharePrint Related5 Film Genres GIFF Audiences LoveJune 5, 2018In “News”November Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentDecember 13, 2013In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJerry Yee clarified Wednesday he’s still the head coach of the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons after his supposed departure from the team last week.A talk with Assoc. Prof. Ronualdo Dizer, Dean of the UP College of Human Kinetics, persuaded Yee to stay with the Lady Maroons until the school decides to find a replacement.ADVERTISEMENT NBA legend Mutombo looking to purchase Houston Rockets Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet The Lady Maroons were then poised to duplicate their Cinderella run in Season 79 going 4-0 in their first four games but they failed to sustain their momentum losing four straight after the unblemished start.Yee said he hopes to lead UP to a better outing in Season 80 as they look to improve from their 7-7 record.“I’m working with the team, we’re trying to focus, and hopefully we play better in the UAAP, return to the top four or a podium finish if possible,” said Yee.Still, Yee didn’t rule out a sudden exit if UP finds a capable replacement.“Whatever happens, I’m willing to give way if they find someone whom they want to replace me with.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I wanted to [leave the team] but Dean wouldn’t let me, so the decision’s up to them,” said Yee after their game against BanKo Perlas in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.“The job’s been so stressful, there are issues beyond our control, so I was really tired,” said Yee in Filipino. “I wanted to leave, then I got a call from Dean and I talked to the players so I decided that I will stay for one more year. I’m not that difficult to talk to.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn a Facebook post last Saturday, Yee said he was “calling it quits” after four seasons but the post has since been deleted.Yee steered the Lady Maroons to a Final Four entry in Season 78 of the UAAP where they finished with an 8-6 record but fell to eventual champions De La Salle University in the semifinals. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Australasia’s most young-at-heart Touch Footballers will be as giddy as schoolkids in anticipation of the Australasian Masters Games to be held in Adelaide from 5-14 October 2007. The first ever Australasian Masters Games will be a continuation of the biennial Australian Masters Games, which celebrated its 10th competition in 2005. This year the tournament will expand, as Adelaide welcome’s the region’s best Masters athletes in early October. The Games, Australia’s largest multi-sport festival, are the premier event for 30-plus sportspeople nationally. Touch Football has a rich tradition and connection with the tournament. The sport was part of the Inaugural Australian Masters Games in Tasmania in 1987.The Games have since been held in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Canberra and Newcastle. In 2005, 380 Touch Footballers travelled to Adelaide to take on some of the best senior division athletes in the sport. This year administrators are expecting more than 400 players will line up on the half way line to test their mettle against opposition from all corners of the Australasian region. More than 10,000 participants and several thousand accompanying family and friends have attended the past five Games. With the City of Churches hosting its fourth Masters Games, the tally is sure to grow further. Touch Football South Australia will be involved with the running of the competition, organising aspects such as referees and grounds. Touch Football SA Game Development Officer Andy Crawford said Touch Football is an ideal sport for Masters athletes. “It’s one of the best sports for the masters’ age group because there is low impact on the body and there is minimal force. It’s not like a high contact rugby league competition or something like that which they may have done when they were younger and stronger. Touch Football is also a great social sport and is ideal for Mixed as well. We are at an advantage because our sport already caters for Seniors with Senior age divisions woven into the fabric of our game at most tournaments,” Crawford said. South Australia and New South Wales will contribute the majority of the 2007 Touch Football teams. The Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Queensland will also be represented. One of the most heavily involved participants will be South Australian Sean Owens. Owens has taken it upon himself to register and coordinate five teams in the Games. He will be playing in a Men’s and a Mixed team, as well as putting his hand up to referee. Owens jumped at the opportunity to get involved with this year’s Masters Games after competing in 2005 and having a blast. “I basically just put my hand up to organise a team and it snowballed from there. I contacted a bunch of friends of mine and said I’m putting together a team, let me know if you’re interested,” he said. Owens said that because it is a participation event with no specific selection processes there will be a wide range of abilities but the focus of the tournament would be on having a good time. “Goal setting will probably be to have as much fun as you possibly can, give it a red hot dig on the day and see where you go from there,” he said. Adam Carter, Australasian Masters Games Sport Coordinator, said the single 30-plus prerequisite would allow a plethora of mature people to get involved. “What we try to put on is a competition about participation, having fun, good healthy competition, and a good social program for them to enjoy. Hopefully it keeps them coming back for future Games,” Carter said. If you are interested in getting involved registrations are still open until this Friday, August 3, 2007. Simply complete the Participant Games Entry and Touch Sport Entry forms found in the Games Registration Booklet, or register online at: http://www.australasianmasters.com/Sean Owens said he would encourage absolutely everyone to get involved. “It’s an easy game to learn. I’m an example, I started playing when I was 32 and now I’m playing State level. You can, if you’ve got a reasonable level of fitness, go all the way in a fairly quick period of time,” he said. http://www.australasianmasters.com/
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham chairman Levy won’t consider Man Utd’s planned Pochettino offerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham chairman Daniel Levy won’t consider Manchester United’s planned offer for Mauricio Pochettino.The Times says Ed Woodward has set his sights on the Spurs boss and is prepared to stump up £40million in compensation to take the Argentinian and his backroom staff to Old Trafford.But Levy has no intention in letting his manager leave so cheaply – and will demand far more than that before allowing United to strike a deal.United’s plan is to pay off the outstanding contract value of the five-year deal Pochettino signed with Spurs earlier this year.That cost would be around £34m, with a further £6m needed to release the remainder of his coaching staff from their agreements.But there is no actual release clause in Pochettino’s contract – and Levy believes that makes it impossible for Woodward and the Old Trafford board to just buy him out.
Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho not tempted by England returnby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho says he’s happy where he is.The former Manchester City midfielder has been linked with a return to England.Sancho told Goal: “I will (stay). “I just want to play football and I get the chance to do this. I’m happy now.”The language barrier worried me, but when I came here and everyone spoke English I became more comfortable. My German is not the best but I am learning. I have to learn.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd loanee Mitchell: Boys tell me they’re loving Solskjaerby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United loanee Demetri Mitchell has spoken about the recent managerial change at Old Trafford.The youngster, who was given his debut by Jose Mourinho, has has mentioned how happy the players seem under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.United have won all six games since Solskjaer took over the job.Mitchell, who is on loan at Hearts, said to the Daily Record: “It’s all change at Old Trafford now and the boys are telling me they are enjoying it. Everyone has smiles on their faces and you can see that with the way they’re playing.”You can see Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford playing fluidly and smiling. It’s all good when you are playing football with a smile on your face. Ole is doing a good job.”I’m at Hearts and I’m trying to make an impact and show what I can do here as much as possible.”There are people at United who look after the players who are out on loan. They give you constructive criticism on all games. They use Wyscout and I’m sure Hearts also send them the footage as well.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say