FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Oilprice.com:It was the last of the large LNG projects that put Australia in the lead for global LNG exports. It was the biggest jewel in Shell’s LNG crown. But this jewel hasn’t produced any LNG since February, and its future is unclear.The Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project, with an annual capacity of 3.6 million tons, began shipping LNG last June. The first cargo shipped more than eight years after the final investment decision was made, and two years after the FLNG vessel arrived at the site, one Wood Mac analyst pointed out at the time. In February this year, production was stopped following a technical problem.Production at the world’s largest FLNG installation still hasn’t been restored, and it remains unclear when this will happen. Building it and putting it into operation cost between $12 and $17 billion, according to external estimates. Now, there are concerns that it may flop.The gas market situation is difficult enough. Just like in oil, there is a substantial glut in natural gas, and demand is lagging far behind. According to Rystad Energy, global natural gas output is set for a 2.6-percent decline this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Next year, demand should begin to improve, driven by the low prices currently plaguing the sector. But that’s only if the pandemic goes away for good and without a fight, which at the moment is not happening. In this situation, it may not be that bad that Prelude is not operating at the moment. There is an oversupply of LNG, prices are low, and Shell said in a recent update that it will take a hit because its 2019 term sales contracts for LNG were tied to oil prices.That hit may be nothing compared to what Prelude may need to break even, at least according to analysts from Goldman Sachs quoted by Tim Treadgold in an article for Forbes. According to them, the commercial breakeven price for gas produced at Prelude is as much as $20 per thousand cubic feet. This compares with prices between $2 and $3 per thousand cubic feet in April in the United States. The difference is impressive, and it certainly would explain why, as Treadgold notes, Shell is in no hurry to restart operations at Prelude.Prelude is an impressive achievement, regardless of its problems. As the largest floating LNG facility in the world, it has a total capacity of 5.3 million tons of hydrocarbon liquids annually, including, besides the LNG, 1.3 million tons of gas condensate and 400,000 tons of liquefied petroleum gas. Floating LNG was to be a game-changer: boosting the efficiency of gas production by adding the processing to the place of extraction. But now it has to prove it is cost-competitive with other, more traditional approaches to LNG production.[Irina Slav]More: Shell’s big bet on floating LNG may be a flop Shell’s big bet on floating LNG may not pan out
Carlos Hill…freed in a Jamaica court of fraud charges The fraud case against former Cash plus boss, Carlos Hill, has collapsed. The man accused of fleecing thousands of Jamaicans walked free from court early Wednesday afternoon after the prosecution told the court that no evidence would be offered against him.Justice Chester Stamp, who presided over the case, ordered the jurors to return a verdict of not guilty.According to the prosecution, after the Cash Plus investments scheme folded in 2008, thousands of people were affected and he was expecting them to come forward to give statements.However, only one complainant who provided a statement showed up.The prosecution said it would be difficult to prove that Hill had committed fraud because people from within Cash Plus would have been needed to testify but none came forward.Hill was charged with falsely soliciting persons to invest in Cash Plus, which went under with more than $10 billion for over 40,000 investors.
Now, it has also been reported that LeBron James has already contacted Leonard and the connections to Los Angeles for the Finals MVP are obvious as he was born in L.A.But there have also been plenty of reports saying the Lakers are not front-runners for any elite free agents in addition to the one Tuesday from ESPN.Free agency officially begins June 30. We’ll see for sure what Leonard decides to do then. Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Lakers ‘will pursue’ star this summer Kawhi Leonard is interested in a Los Angeles team, just not the one many think he is.Leonard would be more inclined to join the Clippers than the Lakers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, if the 27-year-old decides to leave Toronto at all. NBA free agency rumors: Kawhi Leonard has bought a property in Toronto Wojnarowski made the comments on “Get Up!” Tuesday.”Kawhi Leonard’s focus (is) on Los Angeles, but it’s the Clippers not the Lakers.””No. 1, they don’t have the money to sign him and (No.) 2, the idea of him being a third wheel on a team trying to create a superteam, that has not been Kawhi’s M.O. The Clippers are poised to be able to lure him from Toronto, this will be a Raptors, Clippers fight down to the end.”Another report came from ESPN’s Damon Jones on Friday, which stated the Lakers are a “strong possibility” for Leonard in free agency. Related News It would appear, though, Wojnarowski does not agree with the idea of that report and still thinks Leonard would be Clipper-bound if he went to L.A.However, this also comes with the caveat that the Raptors still believe they have a great chance to land Leonard in free agency.That has been the story for a while now.In May, Wojnarowski reported Leonard re-signing in Toronto was a “serious consideration.” Another report from TrueHoop said Leonard was thinking about signing a short-term deal with the team.All of the smoke around Leonard has suggested he is open to returning to the Raptors, and most of that came before he won a title with the team. Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Star may accept short-term deal from Raptors
England international Jack Singh Brar held off a determined charge by Jake Burnage to win the Hampshire Salver by a stroke. The trophy is awarded to the player with the best total from the 72 holes played during the Selborne Salver at Blackmoor Golf Club and the Hampshire Hog at North Hants. Singh Brar, from Remedy Oak, Dorset, was five under for the two events, winning the Selborne Salver in a play-off and taking second place in the Hog, where he holed a vital and testing 7ft putt on the last. It kept him just in front of Burnage, an England A squad member from Saunton, Devon, who swept up the leaderboard in the Hog with a score of seven-under par and a five shot win. He had been 18th and three-over par after the Selborne Salver. “I had no idea of the scores but I had a putt of about 7ft on the last and I knew it would be pretty important,” said Singh Brar. “I didn’t think anyone could shoot seven-under for the two rounds. That was really impressive from Jake.” This was Singh Brar’s first UK tournament of the season and he commented: “It was nice to get the win. I played really solid throughout the whole competition. I didn’t do anything spectacular, but I didn’t do anything to hinder myself either.” His campaign began slowly, with two bogeys at the start of his first round at Blackmoor, but he was soon in the thick of it. Three consecutive birdies set him on course for a score of three-under 66 and in the afternoon he added level par 69, crucially holing a 30-ft birdie putt on the last to force a play-off with Matt Kippen (Enmore Park, Somerset). Singh Brar won at the first extra hole, the 10th, setting up his par with an excellent drive round the corner of the dog leg. In the Hampshire Hog, the 20-year-old continued his steady progress with rounds of level par 70 and 68, to give him his first win of the season – and to underline a string of impressive results. He toured Australia in the early season, taking second place in the prestigious Avondale Amateur, reaching the last 16 in the Australian amateur and the quarter finals of the New South Wales amateur. Back in Europe he reached the match play stages of the Spanish amateur. Meanwhile, the Hampshire Hog turned into a showcase for Burnage, who scored the third lowest aggregate in the 61 year history of the event – and one better than Olympic champion Justin Rose achieved when he won the title at his home club in 1995. “I drove the ball well, hit some quality iron shots and holed a lot of good putts,” summed up Burnage. He had six birdies in each round, including three in a row from the sixth in the morning, where his longest putt was just 3ft. “I feel I’ve been knocking on the door for a little while and it’s nice to get the breakthrough. Hopefully I can now push on from here,” added Burnage, who was fourth in the recent Duncan Putter. Click here for the Selborne Salver scores Click here for the Hampshire Hog and Hampshire Salver scores Caption: Jack Singh Brar (left) with the Hampshire Salver and Jake Burnage with the Hampshire Hog. (Image courtesy Mark Sandom) 17 Apr 2017 Singh Brar withstands a charge to win Hampshire Salver
Updated: 15.40pmSchools all across Donegal were brimming with emotion this Tuesday morning as the Leaving Certificate results were released.It’s a momentous day for the 2,179 students and adult learners who are finding out how they did in their end of year exams. The opening of those iconic brown envelopes is a moment that stands out in many students’ educational journeys.Here are some of the celebrations around the county:Coláiste AilighColáiste Ailigh Letterkenny student Aisling Ní Fhearáin was congratulated by her Principal, Micheál Ó Giobúin on attaining 625 points in her Leaving certificate. Aisling intends to study Economics and Finance in UCD.This year’s class attained the best set of results since the school was established in 2000 with over 34% of the students receiving 500 points or more. The Príomhoide, Micheál Ó Giobúin congratulated all the students on their results and acknowledged the support they received from their teachers and parents. Micheál Ó Giobúin congratulating Aisling Ní Fhearáin on her Leaving Cert results with her proud parents Dara and Anthony and her brother Donal.Scoil Mhuire BuncranaNorthwest Newspix was at Scoil Mhuire Buncrana this morning to capture the excitement with students and their principal Ms Rosaleen Grant.Ciara Kelly, Ariana Sweeney and Ciara McLaughlin were all delighted with their results!Ciara Kelly, Ariana Sweeney and Ciara McLaughlin celebrate their Leaving Cert results with Scoil Mhuire Principal Rosaleen Grant. (North West Newspix)Ciara Kelly, Ciara McLaughlin and Ariana Sweeney celebrate their Leaving Cert results at Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana (North West Newspix)Crana College, BuncranaThere was great excitement, lots of nervous energy and tears of joy and relief this morning at Crana College.Principal Kevin Cooley said: “I am extremely pleased and proud of the achievements of this year’s Leaving Certificate students, not to mention the hard work of their teachers, and the support of their parents.“There are many excellent performances among our high achievers, several students have scored 500 points or more with Stephen Timlin achieving 601 points. I am equally proud of students who stuck with it and worked hard in a subject that they found difficult and succeeded, with the support of their teachers, in passing that subject. These are wonderful achievements and I congratulate everyone involved. Mr Cooley added: “The most important thing for students today is to remain calm, not to panic or feel depressed or to compare results unfavourably with others. It is very important to remain optimistic over the coming weeks as offers for Third Level are processed and places become available. I am confident that there will be options for everyone so long as they are persistent, patient and flexible. The CAO will publish their first round offers on Thursday 15th August at 2pm and guidance will be available in Crana College on Friday morning.“For now, it is important that students enjoy the moment, celebrate their success wisely and safely and look forward to the next stage of their career.”Leaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Crana CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Crana CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Crana CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Crana CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Crana CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Crana CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Crana CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Crana CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Crana CollegeDeele College, RaphoePrincipal Joe Boyle, Deputy Principal Danny McFadden and staff threw a morning results party for students collecting their results at Deele College. Student and parents were invited to enjoy tea and cake as they added up their achievements.Leaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Deele CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Deele CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Deele CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Deele CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Deele CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Deele CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Deele CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Deele CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Deele CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Deele CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Deele CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Deele CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Deele CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Deele CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Deele CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Deele CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Deele CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Deele CollegeLeaving Cert Results Day 2019 at Deele CollegeMulroy College, MilfordThe students and staff of Mulroy College in Milford welcomed a special guest today as Minister of Education and Skills Joe Mc Hugh TD called in to join their results celebrations. Mulroy College was a hive of excitement this morning with students achieving great success in both the Leaving Certificate Programme and the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme.There were tears of joy and a real atmosphere of excitement and success with everyone.Minister Joe McHugh with Principal Fiona Temple celebrating Leaving Cert Results day with students at Mulroy CollegeLeaving Cert Results day at Mulroy CollegeMinister Joe McHugh with Principal Fiona Temple celebrating Leaving Cert Results day with students at Mulroy CollegeMinister Mc Hugh spoke with students, parents and staff, congratulating them on their achievements and hearing from them exactly what it was like to go through the process of the Leaving Certificate.Principal Ms Temple added: “It has been another very successful year for our students, they have achieved great results and will continue on their road in education. Many will join LYIT and enter into the various courses and great opportunities there, some will travel further but all will find a place and a pathway to lead them onto their next stage in life.“We as a school are very proud of them and I as Principal am very proud of the staff that have lead them on this journey.“We wish them all well and would also like to thank Minister Mc Hugh for taking time out of his very busy schedule to be with us here today.”See all the photos from the memorable morning at Mulroy College here: Loreto Community School, MilfordIt was a happy morning as the Leaving Cert class of 2019 were treated to some cake and sweets as they received their results. The staff team were on hand to support and celebrate with the students.Results Day in Loreto Community SchoolResults Day in Loreto Community SchoolResults Day in Loreto Community SchoolResults Day in Loreto Community SchoolResults Day in Loreto Community SchoolResults Day in Loreto Community SchoolLoreto Community SchoolLoreto Community School, MilfordLoreto Community SchoolDo you have photos from your school’s Leaving Cert results morning? Send them in to [email protected] for our Picture Special.Jumping for joy! 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Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery or video on your mobile device. Join us to get in-game insights and analysis Sunday when former Raiders star Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears face the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium starting at 1:05 p.m.The improved 49ers (4-10) take a two-game winning streak into Sunday’s game as they look to pull an upset of the new NFC North division champion Bears. San Francisco quarterback Nick Mullens continued his strong play a week ago in a 26-23 …
One living fossil and one dead fossil strain the credibility of evolutionary dates and mechanisms.Cuttlefish melanin: PhysOrg reported on intact melanin from the ink sac of a Jurassic-era cuttlefish (see also 8/20/02, 5/21/12) . The spectrum of the melanin matches that from a living specimen. The article did not question why an organic substance would be expected to survive for 160 million years. It just assumed that it did, and launched into a speculation: “Because melanin survives so long, an analysis of the melanin from old cancerous tissue samples could give researchers a useful tool for predicting the spread of melanoma skin cancer in humans.”Israeli frog: The Hula painted frog (no, it does not use a Hula-Hoop), feared extinct 60 years ago, has been rediscovered in Israel, reported the BBC News and National Geographic. Thought to be a casualty of the draining of wetlands in the Hula Valley in northern Israel, this strange-looking brown amphibian with white spots on its belly caused a stir of excitement when a frog, a kind of “idol of Israel” was found alive two years ago. Thirteen more have since been seen, leading to estimates of a couple of hundred remaining alive.That’s good news, but not the only point of interest: it’s also a “living fossil.” According to the evolutionary timeline, members of the Latonia group of frogs didn’t learn to keep evolving. National Geographic commented, “the Hula painted frog is considered a rare example of a so-called living fossil, an organism that has retained the same form over millions of years and that has few or no living relatives.” The BBC article said, “These frogs were once widespread throughout Europe for millions of years, but all apart from the Hula painted frog died out about 15,000 years ago.” That would appear to make this frog a member of “Lazarus taxa,” groups thought extinct long ago only to be found alive and well today.National Geographic erred by claiming that “Only about a dozen other ‘living fossils’ are known, the most famous of which may be the coelacanth, an ancient fish that can trace its ancestry back to the days of the dinosaurs.” As explained on CMI, Dr. Carl Werner has documented hundreds of them. Not only that, Dr. Werner has documented 432 mammal fossils (100 of them complete skeletons) in Cretaceous strata—almost as many species as dinosaurs. He has also found representatives of modern plants, crustaceans and insects in dinosaur rocks, as his video explains. Yet in 60 museums he visited, not a single one displayed a complete Cretaceous mammal fossil, or any modern animal or plant displayed with the dinosaurs.We agree with what Dr. Werner said in the CMI article:For example, if a scientist believes in evolution and sees fossils that look like modern organisms at the dinosaur digs, he/she might invent an hypothesis to ‘explain’ living fossils this way: ‘Yes I believe that animals have changed greatly over time (evolution), but some animals and plants were so well adapted to the environment that they did not need to change. So I am not bothered at all by living fossils.’ This added hypothesis says that some animals did not evolve. But if a theory can be so flexible, adding hypotheses that predict the opposite of your main theory, one could never disprove the theory. The theory then becomes unsinkable, and an unsinkable theory is not science. (Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN OUTCOME 8In 2030, the terrible spatial legacy of apartheid has finally been broken. South Africans have humane and environmentally sustainable living and working conditions. Their homes have all the basic services they need and are closer to their workplaces, to which they travel in safe public transport.• Overview• Document downloads• Quality basic education• Health care for all• Safety & freedom from fear• Economy & employment• A skilled workforce• Economic infrastructure• Vibrant rural communities• Sustainable human settlements• Accountable local government• Natural environment• South Africa in the world• Efficient public service• Inclusive social protection• Nation building, social cohesion Human settlements – DownloadsFind out more about the National Development Plan.• National Development Plan – full text• National Development Plan – Chapter 8: Transforming human settlement and the national space economy• Medium-Term Strategic Framework 2014 to 2019 – Outcome 8: Sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life• Infographic: Transforming human settlement and the national space economyHuman settlements – The visionThe National Development Plan’s vision is that, in 2030, human settlements in South Africa have been transformed into equitable and efficient spaces with citizens living in close proximity to work with access to social facilities and necessary infrastructure.Apartheid spatial patterns have been broken, with significant advances made towards retrofitting existing settlements offering the majority of South Africans access to adequate housing and affordable services in better living environments. The homebuyers’ market is more equitable and functional.By 2030:• South Africa has a strong and efficient spatial planning system, well integrated across the spheres of government.• All informal settlements have been upgraded and are positioned on suitable, well-located land.• More people live closer to their places of work.• Public transport is of good quality.• There are more jobs in or close to dense, urban townships.Human settlements – The challengesApartheid planning consigned the majority of South Africans to places far away from work, where services could not be sustained, and where it was difficult to access the benefits of society and participate in the economy.A great deal of progress has been made since 1994, but South Africa is far from achieving the Reconstruction and Development Programme goals of “breaking down apartheid geography through land reform, more compact cities, decent public transport and the development of industries and services that use local resources and/or meet local needs”.Despite reforms to the planning system, colonial and apartheid legacies still structure space across different scales.Many people still live in poverty traps, including the former homelands, where less than 30% of adults are employed – compared to 55% in the cities). One in two households depends on social grants or remittances, compared with one in six in cities.Logistics and communication lines are long because of sheer scale, making infrastructure maintenance difficult and movement of goods and people costly.Over two decades into democracy, towns and cities remain fragmented, imposing high costs on households and the economy. The housing market’s enormous price cliffs act as barriers for most black South Africans to progress up the property ladder. New, subsidised settlements have created homes for nearly 4-million households, but are often too far from economic opportunities.Human settlements – Action requiredThere is an urgent need for an urban development strategy to make urban spaces liveable, equitable, sustained, resilient and efficient – able to support economic growth and social cohesion.The National Development Plan mandates a series of interconnected interventions required to address economic solutions, institutional reforms, change to land management systems and infrastructure investment.Apartheid spatial patterns must be broken, replaced with a more coherent and inclusive approach to development and urban planning. The fractured housing market requires significant reform.Specific action includes:• Reforms to the current planning system for improved coordination.• Develop a strategy for densification of cities and resource allocation to promote better located housing and settlements.• Substantial investment to ensure safe, reliable and affordable public transport.• Introduce spatial development framework and norms, including improving the balance between location of jobs and people.• Conduct a comprehensive review of the grant and subsidy regime for housing with a view to ensure diversity in product and finance options that would allow for more household choice and greater spatial mix and flexibility. This should include a focused strategy on the housing gap market, involving banks, subsidies and employer housing schemes.• National spatial restructuring fund, integrating currently defused funding.• Establish a national observatory for spatial data and analysis.• Provide incentives for citizen activity for local planning and development of spatial compacts.• Introduce mechanisms that would make land markets work more effectively for the poor and support rural and urban livelihoods.Human settlements – Key medium-term goals for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following sub-outcomes achieve sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life.• Adequate housing and improved quality living environments• A functionally equitable residential property market• Enhanced institutional capability for effective coordination of spatial investment decisionsHuman settlements – Key medium-term targets for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following targets to achieve sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life.GRAPHIC: MARY ALEXANDERResearched, edited and compiled by Mary AlexanderUpdated December 2015
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Distributed wind energy also increasesIn a second report, released by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the U.S. distributed wind energy market also showed strong growth. These are installations located near homes, farms and businesses, many of them rated at 100 kW or less.By the end of 2012, distributed wind installations in the U.S. reached a 10-year cumulative capacity of more than 812 MW, produced by more than 69,000 turbines in all 50 states, the report said.Iowa, Massachusetts, California and Wisconsin added the most capacity last year. Two new reports from the U.S. Department of Energy detail the rapid growth of wind energy in 2012, with more than 13 gigawatts (GW) of capacity added in the United States last year alone.For the first time, wind energy accounted for more new electricity generating capacity than any other single source: 43% of all new additions, representing a total investment of $25 billion. Total U.S. wind capacity is now more than 60 GW, enough for more than 15 million households.Other findings in the 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report released by the Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory:Total installed wind capacity in 2012 was 22 times as much as it was in 2000.In nine states, wind energy accounts for more than 12% of total electrical consumption. In Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas, wind contributes more than 20%.Texas is the U.S. leader, with 1,800 megawatts of new capacity added in 2012 for a total of more than 12 GW. That’s twice as much as California, the number two state.The proportion of wind energy components, such as towers, turbine blades and gears, made in the U.S. has increased to 72%, triple what it was in 2006-2007.Better designs mean that turbines can be installed in less windy areas. Blades are longer and lighter and turbine performance has improved. Capital and maintenance costs continue to decline.The price of long-term contracts singed in 2011 and 2012 averaged a competitive 4 cents a kilowatt hour, 50% lower than in 2009.