Planned petrochemical project in Ohio may be on the ropes with departure of South Korean partner

first_imgPlanned petrochemical project in Ohio may be on the ropes with departure of South Korean partner FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:The prospects for construction of a multibillion-dollar petrochemical plant in Ohio appear to have dimmed after a U.S. subsidiary of a South Korean company announced it was withdrawing as a partner in the project.A joint statement issued early Tuesday by Daelim Chemical USA and the U.S. subsidiary of Thailand’s PTT Global Chemical cited the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and oil price volatility for yet another delay in deciding whether the plant along the Ohio River would be built.PTT Global Chemical America President and CEO Toasaporn Boonyapipat in a separate statement said the project remains a “top priority” as the company searches for a new equity partner and works toward “a final investment decision.”The plant would convert — crack — molecules of ethane, a byproduct of natural gas drilling, into raw materials used to manufacture plastic and other products.PTTGCA announced its partnership with Daelim in March 2018. A PTTGCA spokesman said Tuesday that the company has thus far spent around $200 million on engineering and planning.JobsOhio, the state’s private nonprofit economic development arm, has contributed just over $70 million, including a $20 million grant in February to be paid directly to Bechtel Corp. to complete site engineering and site preparation at the site in Belmont County.[Mark Gillispie]More: South Korean firm quits petrochemical plant effort in Ohiolast_img read more

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Fridays on the Fly: Fly Tying 101

first_imgBodkinThe bodkin is basically a needle with a small metal handle attached. It will come in handy a the end of your tie when you need to free the eye of your hook from residual glue or head cement.imageHackle Pliers Good for grasping material too small to get ahold of with your fingers, hackle pliers will be needed more often than not.screen-shot-2017-01-06-at-12-38-11-pmTweezersThe need for tweezers is pretty self-explanatory. When you’re dealing with tiny parts that require extreme precision for proper assembly, a good pair of tweezers is a must.screen-shot-2017-01-06-at-12-41-09-pmHead CementHead cement is used throughout the fly tying process to secure your material to your hook. You’ll want to have a bottle before you give it a go. Trout can be hard to come by when winter weather sets in and the water temperatures dip at your favorite local fishery. In the face of this dilemma, many anglers turn to the art of fly tying to keep their passion alive and their knowledge sharply honed. From an outsider’s perspective, fly tying can look like an archaic and complicated endeavor, but these simple tips will help guide you through the nuance and have you filling up your boxes with homespun creations in no time.1.Get a ViseA vise is an obvious essential for the fly tying novice, and the market is flooded with them. When just starting out, buy one on the cheaper end of the spectrum. There will be plenty of time to upgrade if you really get into it. This starter vise from Cabella’s is great for beginners.screen-shot-2017-01-06-at-2-21-43-pm2. Make sure you have one of each of these tying tools.All of these tools are essential to make your dream of bypassing the fly shop, and the price tags associated with it, a reality. Make a list and head to the shop for these items before you dive in.BobbinA bobbin holds your fly-tying thread in place as you’re creating the fly. This model from Loon is top of the line.loon-ergonomic-bobbin-3Sharp ScissorsDon’t start tying flies without a dedicated pair of small but sharp tying scissors.yhst-17105658520519_2272_1093224539Whip FinishThis is the tool you’ll need to put the finishing touches on your fly. It allows you to tie a strong knot capable of holding the finished product in place. Reference tip number three to learn the ins and outs of using a whip finish.tmc513006-midge-finisher loon_water_based_head_cement_632223. Utilize Fly Tying Tutorials on Youtube.The internet is full of great fly tying resources. While most of them tend to be a little dry (beer helps with that), watching the right videos at the right time can put you on the path to becoming a proficient fly tier in no time. The videos embedded below make great starting points.This entire series is great for those just getting started, but start with lesson one if you’re getting in at the ground level. 4. Pick a bug that you use frequently and master it.For me it was a girlde bug or stone fly nymph. For you it may be a zebra midge, a san juan worm or a wooly bugger. Pick your favorite pattern and use that as a way to break into the fly tying game.5. Take some time to understand these three basic techniques.Use this video to understand three essential techniques used in the fly tying process: the jam knot, the pinch knot, and the whip finish. You’ll need to be able to execute each before you start producing your own fishable flies.6. Read up.You can probably find everything you need to know about basic fly tying on the internet, but valuable nuggets of hard-earned knowledge are always hiding between the covers of fly tying books. Start with this age-old standard.61pozw0izl-_sx376_bo1204203200_last_img read more

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Blue Ridge Parkway Announces Additional Modifications to Operations

first_img*ALL listed closures are to vehicular traffic only.* (NC/VA) – National Park Service officials announced today additional modifications to operations on the Blue Ridge Parkway in a continuing effort to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Effective immediately, and in addition to all existing restrooms, visitor center, campground, and picnic area closures, the Blue Ridge Parkway is implementing closures at the following locations until further notice. BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY ROAD and AREA CLOSURES effective 4.15.2020Information is organized from North to South using Parkway Mileposts and nearby locations Photo of Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina from Getty Images Milepost &Nearby Landmarks or Common Place Names MP 294.5 – 296.4Road closed, including Price Park Picnic Area The NPS encourages people to take advantage of the many digital tools available to explore the National Park Service and learn more about the Blue Ridge Parkway during this time, including:Learn about the lives of the people who played key roles in the creation of this scenic roadway.Explore stories of how the Parkway was designed and constructed.Discover the diversity of plants and animals that make their home along the Parkway.Ask a park ranger a question about the park by submitting an email to blri_info @nps.gov or on the park’s social media platforms under the handle @blueridenps on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Find Your “Virtual” Park information and activities for park sites across the country. MP 334 – 342Road closed, including Crabtree Falls Area, near Little Switzerland, NC Public notifications will be made when operations resume; updates will also be posted on the Parkway’s website, nps.gov/blri, and social media channels. MP 393 – 469Road closed from French Broad River Overlook to Southern Terminus of Parkway MP 316.4Linville Falls Spur Road closed, including parking at Linville Falls trailheads MP 85.9Peaks of Otter Visitor Center and Sharp Top Parking Areas closed MP 305 – 308Road closed NORTH CAROLINA MP 384.7Roadside parking closed at MST Trailheads at US 74A Parkway access ramps www.nps.gov/blri MP 292 – 294.5Road closed near Blowing Rock, including Moses Cone Parking Area and Hwy 221 Bass Lake Parking Lot. MP 377.4Parking areas closed at Craven Gap (Town Mountain Rd) for MST Trail access VIRGINIAMP 0 – 13Road closed, including Humpback Rocks (previously announced) MP 298.6 – 305Road closed through Grandfather Mountain area, including Rough Ridge and Linn Cove Viaduct MP 92.5Sharp Top Parking Widening closed at Appalachian Trail crossing The health and safety of park visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners remains the Parkway’s number one priority. Some sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway motor road and outdoor spaces, including trails, remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance. If contemplating a visit to a national park during this pandemic, the NPS asks visitors to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees. As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safer and healthier. MP 355 – 375.6Road closed from Mt. Mitchell to Ox Creek, including Craggy Gardenslast_img read more

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In Memoriam

first_img December 15, 2004 In Memoriam In Memoriam In Memoriam Jesse C. Barber, Babson Park Admitted 1972; Died June 12, 2004 George Earl Brown, Miami Admitted 1951; Died August 9, 2004 John William Black, Jacksonville Admitted 1953: Died October 24, 2004 Francis Vernon Gay, Astatula Admitted 1961; Died September 14, 2004 Donald D. Gillis, Valrico Admitted 1962; Died July 14, 2004 James Edward Hopkins, Pensacola Admitted 1975; Died September 11, 2004 Donna Lynn Harvey, Miami Admitted 1984; Died July 27, 2004 Donald Edward McLawhorn, Tampa Admitted 1970; Died June 28, 2004 Miguel Olivella, Titusville Admitted 1975; Died April 28, 2004 Martha C. Perrin, Atlanta, GA Admitted 1976; Died March 5, 2004 Mark Alexander Pleshkewych, Coral Gables Admitted 2001; Died October 3, 2004 Joseph A. Reyes, Ft. Lauderdale Admitted 1988; Died October 12, 2004 L. Byron Reid, Panama City Admitted 1992; Died September 5, 2004 Stanley W. Rosenkranz, Tampa Admitted 1960; Died July 31, 2004 Arthur Roth, Miami Admitted 1952; Died October 18, 2004 Myron Shapiro, Sun City West, AZ Admitted 1959; Died April 15, 2004 Leon Yuin-Liang Shen, Montvale, NJ Admitted 1982; Died August 27, 2004 Clifford B. Shepard, Jacksonville Admitted 1948; Died August 1, 2004 Tara C. Sirmans, Washington, D.C. Admitted 1995; Died August 8, 2003 Donald Bruce Smith, Debary Admitted 1964; Died September 25, 2004 Peter Nelson Smith, Orlando Admitted 1968; Died June 1, 2004last_img read more

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The Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule 2.0

first_img continue reading » US Department of Labor Normally, employment law and activity by the Department of Labor is not something your NAFCU Regulatory Compliance Team spends much time writing about. Credit union and consumer financial regulation is more our jam. Because the 2016 amendments to the Fiduciary Duty Rule and the Overtime Rule had significance for credit unions, these specific issues did fall on our radar. And because both rule amendments were embattled and zombified after being issued, they never really fell off our radar.Like phoenix from the ashes, the Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule is back. It is not yet clear whether this version will fare better in court than its predecessor.In 2016, the Department of Labor under the Obama administration issued a final Overtime Rule, with an effective date of December 1st of that year. Multiple lawsuits seeking to overturn the rule were filed and consolidated into a case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. A preliminary injunction against the rule was issued by the Texas court in November 2016, preventing it from going into effect. On December 1, 2016, the Department of Labor appealed that injunction to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Equities boost Spanish pension fund returns in Q1

first_imgStrong first-quarter performance from global equity markets boosted the average return from Spain’s occupational pension funds to 5.6% for the 12 months to end-March 2017, according to the country’s Investment and Pension Fund Association (INVERCO).This compared with a 2.7% return for the calendar year 2016, and a 3.3% loss for the 12 months to end-March 2016.It brings the average annualised returns for Spanish occupational funds to 4.1% for the three years to 31 March 2017, and 5.3% for the five years to that date.While equity portfolios made large gains over the first quarter, fixed income experienced a slight correction, said INVERCO. Preliminary estimates from Mercer’s Pension Investment Performance Service (PIPS) showed that, for the three months to end-March, euro-zone equities made 6.8%, non-euro-zone equities added 5.1%, and fixed income lost 0.3%, giving an overall total return of 1.4%.For the 12 months to the same date, returns were 17.9% for euro-zone equities, 24.8% for non-euro-zone equities, and 1% for fixed income. The overall return was 6.1%.The PIPS survey covered a large sample of pension funds, most of them occupational schemes.INVERCO’s figures showed that, for Spanish pension funds as a whole, the average allocation to domestic assets remained stable, forming 57.4% of portfolios at end-March. Non-domestic assets grew from 26.3% at end-December 2016 to 28.5% three months later.Over the same three months, allocations to fixed income decreased slightly to 53.6% on average, while equities rose to 29.4%.The shifts in geographical and asset class weightings were both partly explained by the outperformance of global stock markets over the period.Spanish government bonds still made up the biggest single component of pension fund portfolios at 27.8%, with a further 16% in domestic corporate bonds.At the end of March, total assets under management for the Spanish occupational pensions sector stood at €35.6bn, an increase of 1.8% over the past year. The number of participants in the occupational system was just over 2m.David Cienfuegos, head of investment, Spain, at Willis Towers Watson (WTW), said: “Large pension funds in Spain have implemented some of the strategic decisions they had made by the year-end during Q1 2017. So portfolio allocations have shifted towards alternative credit and more globally diversified bond portfolios.”He continued: “In our experience, large pension funds in Spain are focusing on diversifying away from ‘dead assets’ – balance sheet assets with no value – and that has created a trend towards large exposures to foreign assets, outside core euro-zone bonds. US [government bonds] and corporates as well as global high-yield bonds are probably the big winners over the past few months, which obviously represents a continuation of the trend we saw in 2016.” Cienfuegos said WTW had observed increased allocations to loans and emerging market debt, with investors in yield-hunting mode – although they had not massively re-engineering their overall strategic asset allocation.Spanish pension funds were continuing to push for higher allocations in private markets, particularly private equity, Cienfuegos added.He said: “We expect large pension funds will continue to build their private markets portfolio, increasing their scope to invest, particularly in infrastructure and real estate opportunities. Furthermore, we expect them to explore how portfolio construction can benefit from the use of liquid alternatives – diversifiers – replacing some of the ‘dead assets’ in 2017.”Meanwhile, a report from the Banco de España has warned that Spain cannot maintain current replacement rates for its state pension payments without a considerable increase in revenues. It said new funding sources would be needed since social security contributions are already high.The alternative would be to reduce replacement rates, either by cutting initial pensions or changing indexation, in which case the role of insurance and other savings mechanisms in supplementing the public system should be properly defined, the report said.last_img read more

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Interstate residents flocking to Gold Coast’s Halcyon Greens

first_img MORE NEWS: Buy a slice of Australia’s celebrity playground Lifestyle and climate are the factors that continue to win buyers over.“Retirees are able to sell their family home down south and buy in Queensland for up to half the price, pocketing the remainder for their lifestyle needs,” Dr Geissmann said. “A lot of buyers are following the ‘Florida Effect’ and are moving simply to enjoy the extraordinary climate away from the hustle and bustle of dense living, but with everything they need at their doorstep. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We also have a handful of buyers who are following their children and grandchildren who may be making a career move.”The warmer climate and better value for money is what attracted long-time Sydney-siders Peter and Trish Addington. MORE NEWS: Three properties snapped up in rare deal Trish and Peter Addington were moving to the Coast from Sydney.“We could have downsized here in Sydney, but we really didn’t warm to any of the options within our budget,” Mrs Addington said. “Queensland was definitely the way to go.”Halcyon Greens is in Pimpama’s Gainsborough Greens on a 34ha island surrounded by wetlands and the golf course, and will have more than 500 homes. Halcyon Greens is seeing more retirees choosing the sunshine state for both financial and family reasons.THE sunshine and value for money are luring southern residents to the Gold Coast in droves, with 30 per cent of buyers at Halcyon Greens over the past year heralding from New South Wales and Victoria. The lifestyle community’s joint managing director, Bevan Geissmann, said retirees made up a large portion of the buyers.While they were choosing the Sunshine State for financial and family reasons, he said the lifestyle and climate were the factors that ultimately won people over. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

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Black women get ‘worse’ breast cancer

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 23 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share HealthLifestyle Black women get ‘worse’ breast cancer by: – October 23, 2013 Not all tumours will respond to drugs like tamoxifenYoung black women in the UK are more likely than their white counterparts to develop “worse” breast cancer with a poorer prognosis, research suggests.This group has larger, more aggressive tumours with a higher risk of recurrence.This is despite having the same access to treatment, the study in the British Journal of Cancer shows.As yet unidentified biological factors may be to blame, say the Cancer Research UK investigators.Such women might respond less well to breast cancer drugs like tamoxifen because of the genetic make-up of their tumour, they say.The research team, based at the University of Southampton, looked at data from nearly 3,000 UK women – of whom 118 were black – who were younger than 40 when they were diagnosed with breast cancer.Even when individual differences such as body weight and treatment variations such as availability of chemotherapy were taken into account, black ethnicity remained an independent indicator of poor prognosis.Dr Ellen Copson and colleagues say there have been similar findings in the US, suggesting this could be an international trend, but further research is needed to try to pin down the exact cause or causes.Early diagnosis may also play a role if black women are less aware of the symptoms or less “breast aware”, and so less likely to identify worrying changes, they say.This could mean their cancer is diagnosed at a later stage which would reduce the chance of successful treatment and recovery.Although NHS treatment is designed to be equal for all, some cultural factors such as recent immigration to the UK or language barriers may in practice affect use of health services, they say.Dr Julie Sharp, Cancer Research UK’s head of health information, said: “It’s worrying that ethnic background may be a factor influencing a woman’s chance of surviving breast cancer. We know that some ethnic populations carry higher genetic risks of getting certain types of breast cancer, but if this difference is down to symptom awareness or access to healthcare, that is particularly concerning.“More research is needed to look into the reason why young black women have higher rates of recurrence, but in the meantime women of any ethnic background should be aware of what is normal for their breasts and get any new lumps or anything unusual checked out by their GP. More often than not breast changes won’t mean cancer, but it’s best to get any unusual changes checked out.”BBC Newslast_img read more

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Willie Caroline Roessler

first_imgWillie Caroline Roessler (nee Greener), 76, July 8, 2019, Milan, IN, formerly of Harrison, OH.Beloved wife of Ronald “Ronnie” Eugene Roessler Sr., devoted mother of Rhonda Berne (Martin), Carole Mize, Ronnie Roessler Jr. & Donnie Earl Roessler (Angie), loving grandmother of 6, great-grandmother of 6, loving daughter of the late Nellie Evelyn (nee Tibbetts) & William Carl Greener, dear sister of the late Mary Etta Brown.Visitation Wed., July 10, 4 – 7 PM at the Dennis George Funeral Home, 44 S. Miami, Cleves, OH 45002, where the service will be held Thurs., July 11, at 11 AM. Memorials to the Sunman Life Squad, c/o the funeral home.www.dennisgeorgefunerals.comlast_img read more

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Double Trouble Trail Race Challenge dates set

first_imgORLAND — Two Downeast Double Trouble Trail Race Challenge events are set for Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and Frenchman Bay Conservancy announced Thursday.The GPMCT Wildlands Trail Race will take off Oct. 30 in Orland. It will be a 6.3-mile course on dirt roads. Registration is at 10 a.m., and the race will start at 11.The following Sunday, the FBC Autumn Trail Race will start and finish at Sullivan’s Sumner Memorial High School. It will be an eight-mile course over both paved and dirt roads. It will begin at 11 a.m.The race costs $20 and a $2 online registration fee for those who pre-register. For those who register on race day, the cost will be $25.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGo to www.GreatPondTrust.org or www.FrenchmanBay.org to register. You can also do so by calling 469-6929.last_img read more

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