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first_img WhatsApp Need help? By admin – May 27, 2018 Facebook Pinterest The Odessa American’s Circulation Department will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Memorial Day.Call 432-333-7737 or 333-7701. Facebook Twitter Previous articleOCS sets summer day campNext articleRodriguez re-proposing precinct paving project admin WhatsApp Twitter Local News Pinterestlast_img read more

Natural gas suffers amid coronavirus lockdowns as European demand falls

first_imgAnalysts predict a 2% demand drop for natural gas this year, as coronavirus-enforced lockdowns change the face of the global energy mix Capital prudence in the US is putting the brakes on productionAnalysts at GlobalData, meanwhile, estimate a production decline of 1.45 billion cubic feet (bcf) per day this year among the 15 biggest companies operating across the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in the US’s prolific Appalachian Basin, which together account for 85% of activity in these regions.The US had been setting record levels of natural gas production in the months preceding the emergence of coronavirus, contributing to the low-price environment alongside a mild European winter that lowered demand for household heating.But the financial challenges posed to all industries by the spread of coronavirus has led producers to hold back on capital investments to protect their balance sheets.GlobalData oil and gas analyst Steven Ho said: “From our analysis of 15 company positions, rig count is expected to drop by six rigs – from 41 at the end of March to 35 by the end of 2020. Overall, this reduction is a result of capex cuts summing up to approximately US$1.5bn reported by operators.“The slowdown is affecting natural gas consumption over the next few months with the largest demand declines expected from commercial and industrial sectors. Reduction in demand will be offset marginally by residential power usage with upcoming summer weather.“The natural gas industry will not recover in the near-term through 2020, with dry gas production expected to remain at approximately similar level as 2019, accompanied by a high level of working natural gas inventory and reduced demand due to the current economic slowdown.” After a decade of demand growth, coronavirus has dealt a blow to natural gas markets While oil industry troubles have grabbed the headlines amid the coronavirus pandemic, natural gas has experienced its share of difficulties, too.The fuel, often touted as a key transitional commodity to bridge the gap between fossil fuels and renewables in the low-carbon energy transition, has suffered low prices, production oversupply and falling demand amid the lockdown – mirroring many of the hallmarks of the crude oil market collapse.According to research group Rystad Energy, natural gas demand will fall by 2% this year worldwide, totalling 3.878 billion cubic metres (bcm) compared to 3.951 bcm in 2019 and 4.038 bcm in pre-crisis forecasts.Lower investment activity from producers seeking to restrain capital spending will likely set full-year global production at around four trillion cubic metres.Rystad’s head of gas and power markets, Carlos Torres-Diaz, said: “2020 will be the first year since 2009 where there will be no growth in [natural gas] consumption.“This will be a hard blow for an industry accustomed to yearly growth rates of more than 3%.”In a recent update, the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggested an even greater demand drop is in store for natural gas this year, estimating a decrease of up to 5% led by lower consumption in the power generation sector.center_img Demand for natural gas falls across Europe as coronavirus weakens power consumptionEuropean nations have driven this trend, with France, Italy and the UK lowering their natural gas demand by an estimated 25%, 23% and 19% respectively since the start of the lockdowns that have slowed economic and industrial activity to a crawl.In the US, however, demand has been supported by the country’s power sector, which has taken advantage of the low pricing to replace coal with natural gas in the energy mix where operationally possible – leaving coal increasingly sidelined amid additional competition from renewables.Australia, Germany and South Korea all possess similar coal-to-gas switching capabilities, meaning demand for natural gas could again be supported at the expense of coal.At a time when energy is generally in decline as people are urged to stay at home to contain the spread of the pandemic, renewable power sources have benefitted from priority access to power grids over fossil fuels, putting further pressure on demand for the fuel in electrical power generation.last_img read more

Election blow for Jim Ferry as nomination papers rejected

first_imgJim Ferry has had his nomination papers for the forthcoming elections rejected by Donegal County Council. It is understood the prospective Independent candidate for the Glenties is now considering legal options to get on the ballot paper.The Tirconail Tribune reports the issue was under consideration for a lengthy period on Wednesday and according to sources, both sides consulted legal opinion on the matter. Mr. Ferry said that along with his Director of Elections, he presented his nomination papers in Lifford on Wednesday only to have them rejected by the returning officer for the Glenties area.The controversial businessman said that he was told that ‘a financial matter’ was put forward as the cause for the rejection of his nomination papers.He had been seeking to have his papers accepted since the moment nominations opened but was met with rejection each time.Saying that is taking stock of the situation, he said he was not giving up his demand to run for the election and as we went to press on Wednesday evening, Mr. Ferry was seeking further legal clarification on his position. The Council’s communications office said they were not in a position to comment on individual cases but confirmed that accepted nominations are made available on the council’s website each day.The also provided the criteria in relation to nominations.The closing date for acceptance of nominations for the local elections is this Saturday May 4th.Election blow for Jim Ferry as nomination papers rejected was last modified: May 3rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:councildonegalelectionjim ferryNominationlast_img read more

Tackling poverty: investing in agriculture

first_img4 November 2009South Africa has allocated some R7-million for building silos and milling plants in the Eastern Cape, as part of a crop programme aimed at alleviating poverty in the province’s rural areas.The plants will produce maize meal and crushed maize as part of a provincial government initiative that is fast-tracking agriculture and agro-processing, including dry-land cropping and livestock farming, as well as forestry.The initiative falls under the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA) Eastern Cape.The initiative’s agriculture and agro-processing project manager, Thukela Mashologu, said that building the silos was the start of an ambitious plan to bring much-needed investment to the former Transkei.“Silos and milling plants are important to the economy, as these will ultimately lead to diversification for communities who are looking to the programme to help alleviate poverty and improve food security,” Mashologu said.“The jobs to be created and the small business development are also significant benefits of the integrated cropping programme.”Increased maize harvestThe initiative has already seen the harvesting of almost 18 000 tons of maize in Butterworth, Matatiele, Mt Frere and Qumbu, while the silo sites are expected to be ready for the second maize harvest in 2010.This year, Asgi-SA Eastern Cape expects to double its harvest, as the number of hectares under cultivation has almost doubled, from 6 700 to 127 000 hectares.“Our first maize yield was harvested onto delivery trucks, causing delays in the harvesting process,” Mashologu said. “This method incurred additional costs and affected our monitoring of the exact tonnage of the harvest.”Maize is the staple food for the province’s rural communities and accounts for nearly 95% of the crops planted in Asgi-SA Eastern Cape’s dry-land cropping programme.Request for proposalsMashologu said that Asgi-SA Eastern Cape had embarked on a request for proposals for grain milling and silo management, after which a community public-private partnership arrangement was likely to be formed for managing the grain silos and milling plants.“The current market conditions, particularly with maize production, create an opportunity to improve the competitiveness of our produce,” he said. “Storage facilities will also help us sell our produce in intervals and therefore ensure we get a fair price. The processing of our produce will boost the province’s market share in this area and create jobs for participating communities.”Although initial plans were under review, Asgi-SA Eastern Cape plans to plant 100 000 hectares of different dry-land crops, mostly maize, in the rural Transkei over the next five years, expanding this to 500 000 hectares by 2032.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Longest National Anthem delays lunch, but highlights reasons to be thankful moving into the politics of 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last Thanksgiving, some of you may recall the football game that kicked off with what may be the longest-ever version of the National Anthem. Though it is typically around two minutes, legendary singer Aretha Franklin stretched the song to a full four minutes and 35 seconds before a matchup between the Lions and the Vikings.On that day I was at the end of the line for a Thanksgiving feast and very hungry. The television was on in the background leading up to the game when I had finally gotten my massive plate full of Thanksgiving food and sat down to eagerly feast.I didn’t even notice what was on the television across the room, and neither did anyone else, except for my seven-year-old son. I shoveled the first heaping fork full of food into my mouth to kick off one of my favorite meals of the year.I quickly scooped up my next fork full but stopped with the food halfway to my mouth when I saw my son, sitting up on his knees in his chair beside me with his hand over his heart watching the waving American flag on the television. I REALLY wanted to keep eating, but I have learned that some things are more important than my stomach. This was probably one of them.I sat down my fork and placed my hand upon my chest in support of my son who was supporting his country. My stomach growled menacingly, but it would only be a minute or two before I could resume my feast. So there we sat in a room full of diners unaware of what was happening with our focus on the flag and the various shots of the singer at the piano. The volume was down very low but I could occasionally make out parts of the song. I strained my ears and picked up “The rocket’s red glare” and a couple of other bits and pieces as the aroma of the incredible food before me was almost overpowering. And then I heard “home of the braaaaave” and issued a sigh of relief. I got ready to resume eating, but the then song kept going, and going and going. My son sat stalwartly watching the flag on the screen. I did the same.After lunch I patted my overly filled belly with contentment, but I got even more satisfaction from that little bit of patriotism beside me at the Thanksgiving table that day. That was definitely something to be thankful for after a presidential election campaign that left much of the country feeling less than grateful to live in our great nation.With the holidays behind us now and the inauguration looming, it has many in agriculture wondering about the coming days of the Trump Administration. National Corn Growers Association CEO Chris Novak recently provided his take on what can be expected in the first weeks of the Trump Administration at the 2016 Grain Farmers Symposium in Columbus.“We just saw an election unlike any other. The first 100 days of the Trump Administration represent challenge and opportunity for agriculture. There are some great appointments but we may have some questions too,” Novak said. “Pulling out of TTP and proposing to re-negotiate NAFTA might be the downside of the first 100 days. I think we will see a greater emphasis on bilateral trade deals and less of an emphasis on large multilateral negotiations. President-elect Trump is committed to trade, but bilateral deals that he negotiates. We are seeing some shifting political sands. Trump supports trade but he doesn’t support these trade deals.”Trade, of course, is a vital part of marketing U.S. agricultural products.“We are talking about how we can better communicate the importance of trade. Free trade agreements work. When we put these deals in place we see growth in trade, particularly in agriculture,” Novak said. “TPP meant a lot to grain farmers, in part because of what it meant for livestock farmers. We are competing with Canada and they are negotiating these free market agreements and we are losing some advantage. When we said we would not do the TPP, Japan said ‘OK’ we’ll do one with the EU. If we face restrictions on trade and can’t compete with countries with negotiated agreements, we are left with the market primarily between our borders and we cannot supply the world’s growing population with food. We are going to need export markets.”Concerns about the Trump Administration’s trade policy increased in some circles after it was announced that Peter Navarro would lead the National Trade Council, a newly created group. Navarro is a business professor who has been openly critical of globalization and trade with China. He has been tasked with setting strategies for negotiating trade and increasing manufacturing jobs domestically.Another concern from the NCGA is the future of ethanol policy under the Trump Administration.“There is obviously significant oil industry presence in Trump’s cabinet,” Novak said. “We hope that does not override his interest in renewable fuels. Is ag ready for a free market?”On a more positive, note, however, Novak said that he expects the Trump Administration to address the challenging regulatory environment that has flourished in the last eight years.“The upside is with the intense regulatory environment. President-elect Trump has taken notes and has said ‘we need to address this,’” he said. “We can get rid of the EPA and get rid of these regulations, but at the end of the day Americans sill want clean air and clean water and they will vote for those things. Having an EPA is still important to us and we need reasonable, balanced, science-based regulations, even at the same time as we push for regulatory reform. Nature abhors a vacuum and if the government steps out of regulating these things, we have to watch out what may fill in. There will be a different balance between economic policy and social policy. I think Trump recognizes that his vote was secured with rural America and the farm community. He will look to make sure he addresses those issues.”Amid all of the inevitable political battles in the coming years, it is important to remember that there are well meaning folks on either side of every issue and that we all live under the same flag. Taking a bit of time to recognize that is always important, even if it is a VERY long four minutes and 35 seconds.last_img read more

Advanced Mocha Pro Training for Post Production Professionals

first_imgCheck out this webinar and discover how to utlize the powerful tools in Mocha Pro for your complex post production work!Imagineer Systems’ Mocha Pro has become one of the leading apps for high end visual effects and post production work. As both a stand-alone program, as well as an After Effects feature, Mocha is a powerful tool for tracking, rotoscoping and rig removal.Recently the Imagineer Systems Product Specialist, Mary Poplin, conducted a live webinar demonstrating some common processes in Mocha Pro. Although the webinar only demonstrates using Mocha Pro, most of the techniques and principles can be applied to Mocha AE (similar interface and toolset). The highlights of the webinar and tutorial include (from the Vimeo page):• Advanced Planar Tracking Techniques  (AdjustTrack, layer order & manual track techniques)• Rotoscoping Skills• Object Removal and Clean PlatingOn a side note, the team at Imagineer Systems recently picked up an Academy Award for it’s cutting edge planar tracking technology – very cool.If you’re interested in seeing how you could incorporate Mocha into your post production workflow, or you’re already an experienced user looking to get more skilled, you won’t want to miss this Mocha tutorial:last_img read more

Astros players set World Series share record at $438,902

first_imgThe players’ pool included 50 percent of the gate receipts from the two wild-card games, and 60 percent from the first three games of each division series and the first four games of each league championship series and the World Series. MOST READ James has 30 points to lead Cavs in rout of 76ers Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion FILE – The Houston Astros celebrate after Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3. APNEW YORK — The value of a full postseason share on the World Series champion Houston Astros was worth a record $438,902 this year.The previous mark was $388,606 for the 2014 San Francisco Giants. A full share declined to $370,069 for the 2015 Kansas City Royals and $368,872 for the 2016 Chicago Cubs.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Major League Baseball said Monday the players’ pool was a record $84.5 million, up from $76.6 million last year and $69.9 million in 2015.Houston split $30.4 million into 60 full shares, 9.23 partial shares and four cash awards. Last year’s Cubs had 66 full shares, 8.7 partial shares and four cash awards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA full share on the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost the Series in seven games, was worth $259,722. That was down from $261,805 for last year’s Cleveland Indians and $300,758 for the 2015 New York Mets, a record for a World Series loser.Full shares were worth $138,898 for the New York Yankees, $133,159 for the Cubs, $40,977 for Arizona, $36,869 for Washington, $36,783 for Cleveland, $36,438 for Boston, $18,990 for Minnesota and $18,879 for Colorado. View commentslast_img read more

N.Y. Islanders Edge Bruins, 3-2

first_imgBOSTON — The Boston Bruins lost the game to the New York Islanders 3-2 and then waited to find out how long they will be without their captain and No. 1 defenseman, Zdeno Chara.The 2009 Norris Trophy winner left the Oct. 23 game in the first period with an undisclosed injury and didn’t return. Coach Claude Julien said after the game he had no update, but inside the Boston locker room, Chara’s teammates seemed resigned to a long absence.“He’s a presence in all aspects of the game,” said Bruins forward Chris Kelly, who scored to cut a two-goal deficit in half midway through the third period. “He’s a captain for a reason. He’s played in 1,000 games. We’re going to miss him.”Former Bruins backup Chad Johnson stopped 30 shots, and Kyle Okposo scored the go-ahead goal in the second period to help New York snap a two-game losing streak. Frans Nielsen and Cal Clutterbuck also scored for the Islanders.Milan Lucic added goals for Boston. Niklas Svedberg, making his third start as Vezina Trophy-winner Tuukka Rask got the night off, made 35 saves.The Bruins played the Canadian national anthem and observed a moment of silence in memory of the soldier who was killed at the war memorial in Ottawa.The team also played a highlight video for former Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk, a member of the 2011 Stanley Cup champion team who was traded to the Islanders on the eve of the season. He belatedly realized the cheering was for him, flashed a smile, and finally took off his glove and waved to the crowd.Johnson served as Rask’s backup last season.“I think both those guys were excited to come back,” Clutterbuck said. “Obviously, they loved their time here and you can kind of feel the love for Johnny Boychuk out there.”Chara collided with Islanders captain John Tavares midway through the first, then played one more shift that ended with 8:04 remaining in the period. There was no outward indication of an injury at that time.The team didn’t elaborate on why Chara didn’t return to the bench at the start of the second period except to confirm that it was an injury. The 6-foot-9 Slovakian, a third-round pick of the Islanders in 1996, spends more time on the ice than any other Bruins player.“He’s not just big in stature; he’s a leader out there,” fellow Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said. “He takes up a lot of space in the defensive zone. He’s the biggest part of this team.”Julien said he wouldn’t have an update until doctors have a chance to look at Chara.“When you lose your captain and one of your better defensemen, there’s no doubt it’s going to have an effect on your team,” the coach said. “You’re going to lose guys during the season; those things happen. How you react to it and how you respond is what’s important.”The Islanders had a goal waved off in the first few minutes for goalie interference, but that barely slowed them down. They made it 1-0 six minutes into the game when Nielsen got to a puck in the crease and made a one-handed reach with his stick to tip it in.Lucic crashed the net for his first goal of the season to make it 1-1 near the end of the first, then Okposo made it 2-1 just 90 seconds into the second period.Clutterbuck gave New York a 3-1 lead midway through the second before the Bruins mounted sustained pressure in the Islanders’ zone in the third and cut the deficit to one on Kelly’s rebound with 10:11 remaining.(JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoBayern Munich face German competition for Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich face German competition for Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich face competition for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.Kicker says a third German club have joined the chase for Chelsea forward Hudson-Odoi.RB Leipzig are next in line to try and take the 18-year-old off Chelsea’s hands.Bayern Munich are said to have already had a £20m big turned down.Leipzig are now keen but must also battle Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund for the young England prospect. last_img read more