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Höegh LNG: Applying for LNG import licence in Cyprus

first_img Höegh LNG: Applying for LNG import licence in Cyprus. (Credit: PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay) Höegh LNG Holdings Ltd. (“Höegh LNG” or “the company”) advices that its subsidiary, Höegh LNG Ltd., has applied for an LNG infrastructure ownership, operations and development license in Cyprus.To diversify Cyprus’ energy mix to reach new emission targets for the country’s power production, Cyprus needs to replace the consumption of refined oil products with cleaner LNG as fuel. The plan consists of using one of Höegh LNG’s FSRUs as a fast track solution for the required fuel switching, thereby reducing air emissions, cutting EU emission taxes, enabling savings on fuel costs and reducing electricity price per KWh for local consumers.The FSRU can stay on location as a bridging solution or for an extended period serving different customers on Cyprus as well as bulk breaking and delivering LNG to other customers in the Mediterranean.For this planned project, Höegh LNG is working together with VTT Vasiliko Ltd. (“VTTV” – a VTTI Group Company) and H4E GasFuel Ltd. VTTV owns an existing jetty in the Vasilikos Port, at close proximity to the country’s power plants, that can be adapted for the FSRU terminal. Subject to the licence being granted, Höegh LNG expects to be able to start LNG import operations during H1 2021.Sveinung J. S. Støhle, CEO & President of Höegh LNG states: “This planned project is part of Höegh LNG’s strategy to secure new FSRU contracts for our assets. Even at this early stage I am very pleased with the progress we have made with our local partners VTTV and H4E Gas Fuel to offer a fast track LNG import solution for the Cypriot energy market.” Source: Company Press Release The FSRU can stay on location as a bridging solution or for an extended period serving different customers on Cyprus as well as bulk breaking and delivering LNG to other customers in the Mediterraneanlast_img read more

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Can Britain’s best-known letting agent make it across the Pond?

first_imgThe strange world of a London letting agent portrayed in Channel 4 series Stath Lets Flats is to re-made for US viewers.And the UK series, which recently finished its second run, won a BAFTA in July for Best Scripted Comedy.The show, which follows an incompetent lettings agent and his colleagues as they run an agency in North London started out as a cult hit but soon went mainstream as audiences warmed to the lovable but idiotic eponymous central character, Stath, played by its creator Jamie Demetriou.And now Stath Lets Flats is being remade in the US largely due to the success of the original series on HBO Max, America’s leading pay-TV channel.Office comparisonThe show is being compared to The Office, the Ricky Gervais sitcom that was also remade successfully for a US audience, although both shows follow illustrious predecessors.These include Till Death Us Do Part, Antiques Roadshow, Are You Being Served, The Vicar of Dibley and Dad’s Army.Demetriou, when asked recently about why Stath Lets Flats has been a success, said: “Everyone on the show on the surface is very stupid, but I think it’s trying to capture a general goodness and sweetness about a lot of people I grew up with, people I went to school with, people who sort of I don’t know — it’s more just like general personality types you see over and over again and you see, they’re generally seen as flawed but it’s kind of like tapping into the goodness of them.”The new series is to be made by Rupert Murdoch’s film and TV arm, Fox.Read more about the TV series.Fox TV HBO Stath Lets Flats Jamie Demetriou Channel 4 December 18, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Can Britain’s best-known letting agent make it across the Pond? previous nextAgencies & PeopleCan Britain’s best-known letting agent make it across the Pond?Stath Lets Flats has been so successful in the US on HBO that Fox now wants to remake the show for a wider audience in the US.Nigel Lewis18th December 20200522 Viewslast_img read more

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Damian Collins: emergency legislation needed for a snap general election

first_imgCalls for reform to rules on election campaigning had been made following the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal in 2018. Mr Collins did not go so far as to oppose the idea of holding a snap general election later in the year: “An election would only take place if parliament cannot sustain itself. If this happens, then a general election must take place.” In an interview with Cherwell, Collins, who chairs the parliamentary Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, expressed doubt over whether current electoral rules would prevent a repeat of the 2016 scandal surrounding Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook data. “If a snap election were called, we would need emergency legislation to amend our electoral law to create rules on social media campaigning that are fit for purpose,” Collins said. Conservative MP Damian Collins has expressed concern over whether electoral rules have been sufficiently strengthened in time for a snap general election later this year.  “Current rules and limits around political donations can be easily evaded through making online donations from multiple countries using different currencies – we urgently need new electoral rules to change this.” “Mark Zuckerberg is ultimately responsible for what is going oninside Facebook,” Collins told Cherwell.center_img “The time for open ended debate has come to an end. We need to makea decision about what to do, not just spend more time talking about it.” “Those who have been sent to the committee as representatives ofFacebook have been unable to answer many of our questions, which is why we needZuckerberg himself to come to Parliament to answer them.” The Conservative MP had previously written to co-founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, requesting that he travel personally to Westminster to answer questions from MPs. So far, Mr Zuckerberg has not accepted this request. Mr Collins expressed support for the Prime Minister’s decision to prorogue parliament. “What the Prime Minister is seeking to do is force parliament to make a decision,” he said.last_img read more

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News story: Dounreay to hold emergency exercise on 17 January

first_imgAn emergency exercise will take place at Dounreay on the morning of Thursday 17 January. The site alert will be sounded to initiate the exercise.This notice is to inform the public not to take any action on hearing the alarm.Any queries relating to this notice should be made to the emergency arrangements team on 01847 802535.last_img

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Press release: Trials to find preventative COVID-19 treatments for most vulnerable to launch in UK

first_imgProfessor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England and co-lead for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), said: The clinical trials have now received Urgent Public Health badging status from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). PROTECT-CH has been awarded £1.7 million of government funding. PROTECT-V has been awarded an additional up to £1.5 million to expand its trial platform.Throughout the pandemic, the government has supported British research with millions of pounds of funding for clinical trials into the most promising and innovative medicines in our fight against the virus, including for the RECOVERY and REMAP-CAP trials that have brought lifesaving treatments dexamethasone and tocilizumab to NHS patients.Dr Rona Smith, Senior Research Associate for PROTECT-V at the University of Cambridge, said: The UK has shown time and time again its tenacity in identifying safe and effective treatments for COVID-19, and we are working tirelessly to support these innovations so they can help protect people in all corners of the UK. Vulnerable groups have been disproportionately impacted by the virus and these government-funded trials will provide us with invaluable data so we can ensure they get every possible form of defence against the virus. I urge as many care homes and eligible people to sign up for these trials as possible, and to play a part in securing future treatments for the most at-risk in our society. The most vulnerable will receive treatments to stop the spread of the virus in care homes or health settings Innovative studies backed by up to £3.2 million of government funding The PROTECT-V trial, run by the University of Cambridge, will look at potential COVID-19 treatments’ effectiveness in reducing the spread of the virus amongst immunocompromised groups. It launched this month and will last at least 12 months.There are at least 500,000 people who could benefit from these treatments in England alone, and 2,250 are expected to take part in the clinical trial.The PROTECT-CH trial, run by the University of Nottingham, will also look at treatments for reducing transmission and serious illness from the virus, for care homes, their residents and staff. The trial will begin in May 2021 and last around 2 years.It aims to recruit more than 400 care homes to take part, covering approximately 12,000 elderly residents, with any approved treatments having the potential to be rolled out to the 420,000 care home residents across the UK.Lord Bethell, Minister for Innovation, said: The PROTECT-V trial is a platform designed to test drugs that may prevent COVID-19 infection in vulnerable patients with kidney disease, either on dialysis, who have a kidney transplant or are receiving immunosuppression. COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the lives of these patients. The rapid roll out of vaccination has been very welcome news, but it is unclear if these patients will mount as strong responses to the vaccine as healthy individuals. This trial will test if drugs may offer additional protection over and above the vaccine in vulnerable individuals and prevent them becoming unwell with COVID-19 infection. Professor Philip Bath, lead researcher for PROTECT-CH at the University of Nottingham, said:center_img Hundreds of thousands of the UK’s most vulnerable people could be set to benefit from innovative treatments that stop them catching COVID-19, as 2 new government-funded clinical trials launch in the UK.The trials will test the effectiveness of treatments – which have already shown promising early results for treating COVID-19, in preventing the virus and therefore its transmission among care home residents and those with weakened immune systems, such as transplant patients or those on dialysis.Any treatment proven to be safe and effective will be rapidly made more widely available on the NHS, and will mean people for whom COVID-19 vaccines may be less effective due to their lowered immune systems – such as cancer patients – will have additional protection to prevent infection and serious illness.Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, said: Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have worked to find the best treatments the world has to offer for COVID-19. It’s down to this dedication and the renowned expertise of British scientists, supported by taxpayers, that the UK was able to identify and rollout 2 lifesaving treatments for COVID-19 to NHS patients – dexamethasone and tocilizumab. The government is backing 2 more innovative UK-based clinical trials into effective therapeutics, this time specifically for the most vulnerable groups who need them most. We have been clear from the outset that it will be a combination of safe and effective vaccines, testing and therapeutics that will bring an end to this pandemic, and we will not rest until every individual in the country is protected against this awful disease. These 2 important NIHR-funded studies will evaluate prophylactic treatments for COVID-19 in care homes and for those with compromised immune systems. The more proven clinical tools we can use to protect these very vulnerable groups the better, so I encourage as many eligible individuals, care home operators and residents to take part in these studies. Care homes have seen high rates of illness and death due to COVID-19 throughout the pandemic. Apart from vaccines, there are no drugs for preventing serious COVID-19 and the PROTECT-CH trial is designed to test drugs that might reduce infection, hospital admission and death.last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Hamilton’s Heading Down Under & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. What Comes Next? Hamilton’s Heading Down UnderSatisfied? Hamilton is conquering the world! Lin-Manuel Miranda’s gargantuan Broadway hit, which as previously reported will be opening in London next year, is also set to transfer to Australia and continental Europe after that. The tuner’s producer, Jeffrey Seller, confirmed the news to the New York Times, revealing that ultimately there could be as many as seven Hamilton companies, along with the one on the Great White Way.Vinyl’s Bobby Cannavale to Star Off-BroadwayOff-Broadway’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit just got even starrier! Two-time Emmy winner and Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale will perform on May 9, with Tony winner David Hyde Pierce set for May 16, Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo appearing on May 23 and George Takei scheduled for June 13. The New York premiere of Nassim Soleimanpour’s solo show, which involves a different actor every performance seeing the script for the first time just before they go on stage, is playing Monday nights at the Westside Theatre.Date Set for August Wilson Monologue CompetitionKenny Leon and Jordan Roth have teamed up to bring us the Eighth Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, which will take place on May 2 at (fittingly!) Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre. The event, which is free and open to the public, features high school students from around the country performing monologues by the late, legendary American playwright. A panel of celebrity judges will evaluate the competitors and select a winner, who is set to receive a $1500 cash prize.James Corden & Jennifer Hudson’s Cheap DuetHave we mentioned that we’re beyond excited that James Corden will host this year’s Tonys on June 12? For his latest The Late Late Show bit on April 4, the Tony winner teamed up with The Color Purple’s Jennifer Hudson to duet on some popular tunes that don’t carry a price tag. Think “London Bridges.” Check out the fun video below—Broadway’s biggest night is in the safest of hands this year. View Comments Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 19, 2016center_img Jonathan Groff in ‘Hamilton'(Photo: Joan Marcus) White Rabbit Red Rabbit Bobby Cannavalelast_img read more

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Curb Appeal

first_imgWhether driving in our own neighborhood or going to visit friends or relatives, we all tend to compare our home landscape to others. There’s no denying that a well-landscaped house is very appealing to the eye and can make a home more inviting. Many real estate experts say that 10 to 15 percent of a house’s perceived value comes from a simple, though attractive, well-thought-out landscape. A large percentage of homebuyers decide whether or not to look at a house or take it seriously based on its curb appeal. Whether you are in the market to sell your home or simply want to spruce it up, you can make your home more appealing by spending some time now on the exterior details.Curb appeal is basically others’ perception of your home as they approach it from the road or driveway. It is the first impression your property gives and it sets the tone for things to come.To improve your house’s curb appeal, you must take on the role of a visitor or potential buyer. Step to the front of your house or cross the street and take a good look at your house from that vantage point. Take note of any weaknesses and strengths you see.Then, ask yourself the following questions. What is your first impression of the house and the landscape? What are the best exterior features of the house or lot? How can you enhance them? What are the worst exterior features of the house or lot? How can you minimize or improve them?Make a list of the problem areas you discover. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts recommend tackling the following cleanup and repair chores first, then investing some time into projects that will make the grounds more attractive.• Kill mold and mildew on the house, sidewalks, roof or driveway.• Stow away garden implements and tools.• Clean windows and gutters.• Pressure wash dirty siding and dingy decks.• Edge sidewalks and remove vegetation growing between concrete and bricks.• Mow and weed the lawn.• Rake and dispose of leaves, even if your lot is wooded.• Trim tree limbs that are near or touching the house’s roof. After you tackle many of these chores, take a closer look at the landscape. Decide if you plan on living on this property for a significant period of time or will be trying to sell it at a later date.Determining how long you plan to live on the property will help you establish an overarching idea for your house landscaping projects. If you are landscaping for yourself as a lifelong resident, you only need to consult your own tastes. But if your property is fated to be a real estate listing, you are essentially landscaping for other people’s tastes, namely the tastes of potential real estate buyers.Keep in mind these simple landscape design tips from UGA Extension. When selecting a landscape design, preserve as many mature, natural trees as possible. Large trees take decades to grow and can have a strong impact on the salability of a house. Use larger, upright evergreen shrubs on the corners of the house to frame it. When massing with smaller shrubs, always plant odd numbers. Odd numbers seem to appear more appealing to the eye and create a better sense of unity. Avoid planting shrubs in long, straight lines. Don’t go overboard with color. Sometimes keeping it simple looks better than adding multiple colors that can get lost in each other. Focus on using mass plantings of one color, such as white, blooming annuals in front of dark-colored evergreens. Consider using plants that provide year-round curb appeal. This not only includes flowering plants, but includes trees and shrubs that display great fall color and trees that have interesting, exfoliating, colorful bark. Select plants of different textures and shapes to add contrast.Pay particular attention to the arrangement of your plants. A symmetrical arrangement means that whatever you have on one side of the center of the home, you have on the other. Asymmetrical designs do not have the exact same design on both sides. Whichever you choose, repeat some plants or colors on both sides to create a unified landscape.Large, broad, curving beds that are well-maintained add great curb appeal. To create new beds, lay them out using a garden hose or extension cord. Don’t make the beds too curvy, too tight or too wavy or they can look poorly laid out from a distance, may be difficult to maintain and a nightmare to mow around.Remember, keep it clean and simple when it comes to curb appeal. Some of the best house landscapes have large, curving pine beds with hardwood trees and a turf area that stands out like a golf green. They often contain three to four types of plants around the home to frame it and to draw attention to an attractive, leaded, glass front door. A clean, newly painted house with a simple, but well-planned, landscape can add value and salability to any home.last_img read more

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Military Leadership: Art or Science?

first_imgBy studying their writings, it is possible to infer that the fundamental differences between Clausewitz and Jomini are rooted in their different concepts of the historical process, as well as the nature and role of Military theory. Like Clausewitz, Jomini built his theories on foundations formulated during the Enlightenment, adding a fundamentally reductionist and predictive character to his approach. It is undeniable that Jomini made a significant contribution to the evolution of Military thinking in trying to explain the theory of war by giving it a scientific character, whose components were clearly classified and governed by immutable universal principles. By contrast, Jomini’s view of history and war was static and simplistic. The general consciously applied the scientific method, as he understood it, to his studies of Military history. As a result of these studies, he discovered what he thought were common behavioral paradigms in Military operations. These models of behavior were codified in axioms and principles to better instruct other officers in how to organize, plan, and conduct “modern” war and would subsequently take the form of a “code of conduct.” For Clausewitz, history must be seen in relative terms, thereby rejecting absolute categories, normalization, or standardization, and pre-established values. The past has to be accepted on its own terms; that is, the historian must try to get into the mindsets and attitudes of a given period, what he calls the “zeitgeist.” Since the study of Military history and strategy is one of the cornerstones of the training of staff officers at the Chilean Army’s War Academy, it is important to consider the theoretical underpinnings of the strategic thinking we seek to develop in our students. In this context, the theories of two of the most important Military thinkers of all time, Karl von Clausewitz and Antoine Henri Jomini, have dominated the classrooms of Military academies since the 19th century. Even today, their concepts fuel a debate that strikes at the heart of Military Sciences. By Dialogo March 04, 2016 History is a dynamic process of change, driven by forces that cannot be controlled. This historicism is particularly evident in two key issues of his work “On War” (1832), which are not made explicit in his earlier work, “Principles of War” (1812). They are that “war is a continuation of politics by other means” (organized violence) and that war may vary in form depending on the changing nature of the politics and the society in which it is fought. These proposals reflect a thorough understanding of the philosophers of his time – intelligently formulating the principles of Hegelian dialectics, and the essential principles of Emmanuel Kant’s pure reason and practical reason. It creates an understanding of the dialectic of war and reaches the conclusion that, even though in theory all war is absolute, in practice it never occurs in those terms. Competing views of war Clausewitz was a 19th century Prussian general and Military theorist. He was known for emphasizing the political and psychological aspects of armed conflict and was considered a realist who relied to a large degree on the concepts of rationality. Jomini was a Swiss Military officer who served as a general in the French and Russian Armed Forces in the 19th century, and known for his writings on the Napoleonic method of war. Both Military thinkers were influenced by the European Enlightenment. It therefore seems that through these two great minds of Military history we find the roots of the claim that Military leadership is both an art and a science. In their ideas we can see the conflicting visions that are apparent today, as this dilemma has in no way been resolved. Our knowledge and understanding of war is a science, but the act of war itself is largely an art. This will not change in the future, independent of scientific and technological advances. As in the past, the character of war will change, but the nature of war – as formulated by Clausewitz – will remain unchanged. Excellent reflection…in effect, war is art and science… I like the article but I don’t think the YES – NO assessment system is adequate. According to the article, Clausewitz himself mentions that “history must be seen in relative terms, thereby rejecting absolute categories.” Maybe it would be good to come up with another kind of system that isn’t so Manichaean. Cordial regards. Great overview of military thinkers who provide excellent reflections.last_img read more

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Why are YOU here?

first_img 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Andy Janning Andy Janning is a popular keynote speaker at events across the country, a national award-winning expert in talent development, the host of NCUF’s Herb Wegner Memorial Awards, and a … Web: https://www.andyjanningphoto.com Details I fielded this question from dozens of friends during CUNA’s huge Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) last month. It was understandable. After all, I’d served many of them as a keynote speaker at their national conference, state Annual Meeting, or all-employee event, or they’d given me the opportunity to help them overcome challenges with developing their emerging and experienced leaders.Yet there I was with a “PRESS” sticker on my GAC badge and running around with my camera and small arsenal of photography gear, taking pictures of the 51 young professionals from across the country who were Crashing the GAC and shooting photos for the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards.These friends were rightly confused. They’d ask me if I was there as a speaker, all the while keeping a wary eye on my camera and preparing to go into Gazelle Mode if I pointed it at them. Oh no, I’d respond. I’m not worthy to be in the same room as GAC speakers like General Stanley McChrystal, Ari Fleischer, and Arianna Huffington or Wegner honorees like Bob Schumacher, let alone on the same stage. I’d tell them that I’m merely there to use my photography to tell the story of the amazing people who make our industry special.To my regret, I wasn’t able to stick around for most of their responses. When you’re there to document the actions of several dozen highly energetic Crashers and several hundred elegantly dressed Wegner attendees over a six-day period, there’s a click-worthy moment happening every half-second if you know where to look, and I didn’t want to miss a thing.The reactions I did catch a fleeting glimpse of before lifting the camera to my sweaty face for the bazillionth time that day were a mixture of “So, is he just a photographer now?” and “Is he still speaking?” and “Dear God, I hope his pants don’t explode trying to get that shot.”I wish I had time to tell them that I still love to speak and, by Christ’s grace, still have something meaningful to say that will help at least one person make this world a better place. I wish I could’ve told them how much I treasure the opportunity to help others run the right race and cross the right finish line.I wish I could’ve shared how I’ve learned that the process by which I will bring the previous paragraph to life is neither linear, predictable, nor fully understandable; that my career and role in life don’t fit into a tidy category, and was never meant to in the first place.As the Crashers I shot last year said, “I Am More”, and I believe that now more than ever.And that’s only because of where my focus is now.I realize that the best trophy case I’ll ever fill in my life won’t have my name on it or in it. The best stories I’ll ever tell don’t have me as the star. The greatest keynote I’ll ever give won’t highlight my life but will instead let others shine.For me, those things will happen when I use photography to honor, in a unique and meaningful way, those I hold close as heroes and lift up as role models to my children. It’s an art form that has humbled me, changed me, and challenged me. It’s made my life blissfully unstable, pushed my ego off the throne I build for it every day, helped me love the messy and beautiful process of serving others whose lives are just as messy and beautiful.I don’t know where it will lead but I know the journey will be worth it.I hope I get to meet you at some point along the way. I’d love to buy you a cup of coffee, listen to your story, find out what makes you tick and where you want to be. You can’t miss me – I’m the tall guy with the face for radio and a camera at my side. I’ll probably snap a few quick photos of you before we’re done. Don’t worry, I’ll get your good side.At the end, you’ll have a few shots to hang on whatever wall you fancy, inspiration to keep fighting the good fight, and a new fan who can’t wait to tell others about you.It’s why I’m here.last_img read more

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Accused elderly CU robber remains in federal custody

first_img continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr An elderly Florida man charged with the armed robbery of an Arizona credit union that captured national media attention will remain in federal custody.During a detention hearing Tuesday, a U.S. District court magistrate judge in Tucson ordered Robert Francis Krebs be held in jail pending his trial. Federal authorities determined Krebs to be a “risk of nonappearance” for future court hearings if he were to be released on bail.The case attracted national headlines after Tucson police reported Krebs was 80 years old. Police noted that it was very rare for a man of his age to be charged with armed bank robbery.However, federal documents show that Krebs of Daytona Beach is 75 years old.last_img read more