ABB secures contract for Australia-Japan hydrogen project

first_imgThe HESC’s pilot phase involves demonstration of a fully integrated supply chain between Australia and Japan for one year from 2020 Image: The liquid hydrogen receiving terminal at Kobe, Japan. Photo: courtesy of ©HySTRA. ABB has been selected to deliver automation, electrification and instrumentation solutions for the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) pilot project in Australia.Under the HESC clean energy project, brown coal from the AGL Energy’s Loy Yang mine is planned to be converted into hydrogen.Hydrogen converted at an adjacent site to the AGL’s mine will be transported by road to a liquefication terminal at the Port of Hastings. The gas will then be shipped to Japan for use in the transport industry.Being developed in two phases, the HESC project will establish an integrated commercial-scale hydrogen supply chain to deliver liquefied hydrogen to Japan.HESC pilot phase will operate for approximately one year from 2020The pilot phase involves demonstration of a fully integrated supply chain between Australia and Japan for one year from 2020.Under the second phase, the decision to proceed with the commercial phase will be made in the 2020s with operations scheduled to commence in the 2030s.The project is being developed by consortium comprising Kawasaki subsidiary Hydrogen Engineering Australia (HEA), Electric Power Development (J-Power), J-Power Latrobe Valley (JPLV), Iwatani, Marubeni and AGL Loy Yang.ABB has secured electrification and instrumentation contract in Australia as well as an automation contract in Japan from Kawasaki Heavy Industries.ABB’s Industrial Automation business president Peter Terwiesch said: “ABB is excited to collaborate on this world-first pilot to commercialize technology for liquefying and transporting hydrogen from Australia and deliver clean energy to Japan, while also reducing emissions.”In Australia, ABB will be responsible for the supply and integration of electrical equipment including LV switchgear and distribution panels, power quality components, UPS, end-to-end engineering, project management and commissioning services, as well as instrumentation, motor and gearboxes for the new Hydrogen Liquefaction and Loading Terminal at the Port of Hastings in Victoria.In Japan, ABB will provide an automation and safety system to support the local operations at the liquid hydrogen receiving terminal at Kobe.ABB said in a statement: “The Australian Government has described the pilot project as a ‘crucial step’ towards Australia becoming an international leader in hydrogen production, with the Australian and Victorian Governments pledging AU$50 million (US$34 million) each to the AU$500 million (US$343 million) HESC pilot project.”Construction on the pilot project started in in July 2019.last_img read more

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Congress Should Act Now To Permanently Repeal The Medical Device Excise Tax

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare There’s a cloud of uncertainty hanging over one of Indiana’s most important employment sectors—the medical device industry. A sales tax on medical devices that has been suspended since 2016 will resume in 2018 unless Congress takes action to repeal it by the end of this year.At a time when technical advancement in the life sciences is at an all-time high, this medical device sales tax threatens to stifle medical advancements, stop new investment, and prevent future job growth. Furthermore, the Obamacare system the tax was designed to support is crumbling under its own weight. For all those reasons, it’s time for Congress to permanently repeal the medical device tax.Medical device companies are crucial to the continuing advancement of medicine, and the technology they produce has been life changing for families. Consider NICO Corporation, an Indianapolis-based company that developed a revolutionary technology called NICO BrainPath. The new technology creates a path the size of a dime in a person’s brain for a surgeon to operate with minimal damage or invasion.Beyond astounding medical breakthroughs, the medical device industry also supports high-wage Indiana jobs. Our state has among the highest concentration of medical device jobs in the U.S., with the life sciences industry alone employing approximately 56,000 Hoosiers. Indiana’s booming life sciences industry is home to several medical device giants, such as Zimmer Biomet, Roche, Boston Scientific, and Cook Medical—along with countless smaller companies and startups. And, these medical device manufacturing jobs pay 41.7 percent more than the average wage in Indiana.The negative effects of the medical device tax between 2013 and 2016 were clear: The tax resulted in the industry losing about $82 billion in medical device sales.Moreover, the tax stopped investment in new technology that was essential for healthcare advancement and for growing our economy.Orthopediatrics, a company located in Warsaw, Indiana, had to freeze hiring and stop research and development for new products intended to help disabled children walk again because it needed the money to pay the medical device tax. Similarly, Cook Medical in Bloomington, Indiana, was forced to hold off on plans for five new manufacturing facilities in the Midwest so it could use the money to pay its tax bill.The medical device tax has failed to achieve its purpose. Proponents of the tax said it would raise revenue to help pay for Obamacare and increase medical device sales. Instead, it has generated 27 percent less revenue than originally projected while reducing investment and billions in sales. We should be building a tax system that unleashes economic growth, not one that chokes it.There are many complicated issues facing leaders in Washington in the months ahead, but repealing the medical device tax is a smart and straightforward move that will encourage innovation and economic growth in our state. Congress should act now to permanently repeal the medical device excise tax.last_img read more

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CDC announces new guidelines for the fully vaccinated

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNationalNewsSouth Bend Market CDC announces new guidelines for the fully vaccinated Google+ By Tommie Lee – March 8, 2021 1 389 Pinterest Facebook Google+ (Photo supplied/Berrien County Health Department) The CDC announced new guidelines on Monday for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.The new guidance says people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely visit with other vaccinated people, and with small groups of vaccinated people in certain circumstances. Important safety precautions are still needed.People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or two weeks after their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.About 30 million Americans, roughly 9% of the U.S. population, have been fully vaccinated with a federally authorized COVID-19 vaccine according to the CDC. Twitter Previous articleIllinois man arrested after pursuit in LaPorte CountyNext articleTroopers in Michigan investigating thefts from RVs Tommie Lee Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

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Hot August Music Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, Melvin Seals, Billy Strings, More

first_imgHot August Music Festival will return for another year of music and fun at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD this summer on Saturday, August 17th. On Friday, organizers for the one-day music festival shared the lineup of performers for this year’s event, which is led by Maryland natives Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, in addition to Turkuaz, Billy Strings, and Melvin Seals & Jerry Garcia Band, just to name a few.Related: Turkuaz’s Mikey Carubba To Host March Funk Sessions With Members Of Motet, Thievery Corporation, RAQ, MoreOther artists included in the Hot August 2019 lineup poster shared on Friday morning include Samantha Fish, Cedric Burnside, The Lil Smokies, The Dirty Grass Players, Larry McCray, Travers Brothership, Vanessa Collier, and The Old Part of Town.The late-summer event will open its gates starting at 11 a.m., with performances continuing throughout what will likely be a hot August day (hence the name) before ending at 10 p.m. Families are also encouraged to bring their children to enjoy the day of music and fun in the sun, as kids under the age of 12 are welcome into the event free of charge.Tickets for this year’s Hot August Music Festival go on sale next Friday, March 22nd. Fans can visit the official event website for more details and ticketing information.last_img read more

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Linzi Hateley Will Return to London’s Mamma Mia

first_img View Comments Linzi Hateley in ‘Mamma Mia’ This dancing queen will dance again on the West End stage! Linzi Hateley will return to the role of Donna Sheridan in the hit ABBA musical Mamma Mia! at London’s Novello Theatre beginning on June 13.Also joining Hateley are Sanne Den Besten (Les Misérables) as Sophie Sheridan, Richard Carson (Miss Saigon) as Sky, Dugald Bruce-Lockhart (The Three Lions) as Bill, Jemma Revell as Ali, Amy Webb as Lisa, Filippo Coffano as Pepper and Jake Small as Eddie, with Sorelle Marsh playing the role of Donna Sheridan at certain performances. They will be joining Mazz Murray as Tanya, Jo Napthine as Rosie, Richard Trinder as Sam and Alasdair Harvey as Harry.New to the ensemble will be Felipe Bejarano, Tabitha Camburn, Georgina Castle, Edward Chitticks, Louise Dalton, Ben Darcy, Rebecca Giacopazzi, Katy Hards, Jennifer Hepburn, Robert Knight, Rebecca McKinnis, Samira Mighty and Amy West, who will be joining Adam Clayton-Smith, Stephen John Davis, Craig Anthony Kelly, George Miller and Robbie Scotcher.Hateley has played the character twice before, from 2007 to 2009 and in 2010. Her other recent theatre credits include the national tour of Barnum, London Road and Les Misérables.last_img read more

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Use your own services… or else

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As Twitter announced their new CEO last week, Jack Dorsey, the way in which the announcement was handled is a lesson for credit union staff and volunteers: use your own products and services.To announce Dorsey as the new permanent CEO, Twitter used its own service, not a press release. Are you using your own credit unions’s products and services? If not, it’s a missed opportunity to learn more and to improve by stepping into the shoes of your members. There have been several occasions in applying for a product or service through one of my credit unions that I uncover an obstacle that should be remedied for the sake of members convenience.If this seems like common sense, I can’t tell you how often I ask staff and volunteers of various credit unions if they have a loan with their credit union, and hands don’t go up. If you want members to be active members cooperating and participating in your financial cooperative, it starts with you and your team! continue reading »last_img read more

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California Is ‘Pulling the Emergency Brake’ on Reopening

first_imgOver the weekend, reports of empty shelves prompted grocers to reinstate limits on buying items like hand soap and toilet paper. [The San Diego Union-Tribune] Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, graduated from U.C. Berkeley and has reported all over the state, including the Bay Area, Bakersfield and Los Angeles — but she always wants to see more. Follow along here or on Twitter.California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley. In those counties, restaurants, gyms and houses of worship will have to shut down unless they can move outdoors.Mr. Newsom said health care facilities that were set up near the beginning of the pandemic at arenas and other large spaces were being prepared to quickly open for patients, if necessary. One such facility will open in the next week or so in Imperial County, which was overwhelmed by Covid over the summer, he said. Five people were charged in the toppling of a Junipero Serra statue in San Rafael amid protests over the colonization of California and the displacement and killings of Native Americans. San Francisco’s archbishop applauded the charges. [Religion News Service] The announcement came as the United States reported its 11 millionth confirmed case on Sunday, with a recent average of 150,000 new cases a day, and will probably reach 250,000 total deaths sometime this week. One million cases were recorded in the country over the past week alone.[Read about the state’s tiered reopening framework.]Daily case reports are rising in 48 states, and with little action from the Trump administration, governors and mayors across the country are taking new steps to try to halt the spread. On Monday, a sweeping stay-at-home advisory went into effect in Chicago. New Mexico is under a two-week lockdown, and North Dakota has imposed a mask mandate.While the dire outlook across the rest of the country has perhaps made California look almost stable by comparison, Mr. Newsom said that California’s daily case numbers had doubled in the last 10 days, the fastest increase the state had seen since the beginning of the pandemic.The state reached one million known cases on Nov. 12, and the next day issued travel advisories, along with Oregon and Washington. Wearable trackers are the next phase of early Covid detection. But they could also usher in more invasive forms of surveillance. [The New York Times] – Advertisement – [Read more about California’s travel guidelines.]The increases, the governor said, cross age and racial or ethnic groups and appear throughout the state.In Los Angeles County, which has struggled for months with higher case numbers, officials stopped short of ordering additional closures, but urged residents to behave more cautiously.State leaders, including Mr. Newsom, have told residents not to gather with people from outside their households, and to resist visiting relatives over the holidays.Much of the recent rise in cases, state officials say, appears to have grown from at-home parties or family gatherings.But in what is likely to be remembered as one of the governor’s more damaging — not to mention embarrassing — episodes of the pandemic, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Mr. Newsom attended an outdoor dinner for one of his political advisers at the French Laundry, the famed Napa Valley destination, with guests from several households.[Read about California’s rules for gathering.]The gathering did not technically violate the state’s rules, because there is no formal limit on the number of households at each outdoor restaurant table, but as critics noted, the governor’s attendance undermined the spirit of restrictions.Mr. Newsom apologized on Monday, saying that he should have turned around and left when he realized there were more guests at the party than he expected. The incoming administration is intent on keeping the Department of Homeland Security, which has been bent to President Trump’s will. Still, big changes are coming, as President-elect Joe Biden works to roll back Trump administration immigration policies. [The New York Times] Good morning.Californians who have been keeping a wary eye on the state’s rising Covid numbers and wondering whether the hammer might fall got their answer on Monday: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state was “pulling the emergency brake” on its reopening plan, reinstating broad restrictions across much of the state.- Advertisement – “Politics plays a role.” In 2019, hate crimes in the United States rose to their highest level in more than a decade. [The New York Times] “We’re moving from a marathon to a sprint,” Mr. Newsom said.More than 40 counties were moved backward in the state’s reopening tiers, including 28 counties that were moved back into the most restrictive purple tier, which now encompasses more than 94 percent of the state’s population.[Track California’s coronavirus case numbers and hospitalizations.]- Advertisement – Doctors and nurses are burning out and calling it quits under the prolonged stress of the pandemic. [The New York Times]center_img The governor wasn’t the only California lawmaker not leading by example: An unknown number of legislators went to an annual summit in Maui even as the state announced travel advisories and restrictions. [The Sacramento Bee] More California elections have been called: The Republican Young Kim narrowly defeated Representative Gil Cisneros, flipping a second Orange County seat. See all the results. [The New York Times] The state is also looking into a possible curfew and will adjust restriction levels more frequently than has been the case.- Advertisement – Basic training for Marine recruits looks different during Covid. But the fundamentals of discipline are the same. The case rates suggest it’s working to keep spread low among the ranks. [The New York Times] “Somebody’s going to message me and say like, so-and-so was caught doing drugs at a party or having a threesome or whatever,” she said. “It’s just not as exciting as it sounds anymore.” The woman behind the celebrity gossip account @deuxmoi speaks. [The New York Times] California’s new guidelines have left Bay Area health officials scrambling to decide what to do about college football games scheduled for this weekend. [The Mercury News] The University of California system agreed to pay $73 million to more than 5,500 women who were patients of a former U.C.L.A. gynecologist charged with sexual assault. [The New York Times] Catch up on the French Laundry birthday party the governor attended. [The San Francisco Chronicle]And read about Jason Kinney, the political operative whose birthday it was. [Politico] California Today goes live at 6:30 a.m. Pacific time weekdays. Tell us what you want to see: [email protected] Were you forwarded this email? Sign up for California Today here and read every edition online here. Here’s what else to know today “You own the mistake and you don’t ever make it again,” he said. “I expect more from myself and you have that commitment in my resolve.”That “Covid fatigue,” he said, is real.Dr. Bob Wachter, a professor and chair of the University of California, San Francisco’s department of medicine, told me on Monday that the moves by the state seemed prudent in light of rising case numbers.“This strikes me as a reasonable set of actions, particularly with Thanksgiving coming up,” Dr. Wachter said. “Whether or not it’s enough, I guess we’ll see.”(This article is part of the California Today newsletter. Sign up to get it delivered to your inbox.)Read more:last_img read more

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A new rulebook on diving on the Croatian coast was presented in Rijeka

first_imgThis week, the agenda of the session of the Expert Group of Underwater Activities of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce was “Ordinance on the procedure and manner of issuing permits for underwater activities in inland waters and the territorial sea of ​​the Republic of Croatia in areas where cultural property is located.” “Our supervisory services are very good, from the captaincy to the inspections, and they will now have quality supervisory instruments. Namely, an electronic diving diary is being introduced, ie no longer paper, and diving organizers, either clubs or centers, will print this diary in electronic format. He will come directly into the hands of the captaincy and the police and that service, when they go out to sea, they will already have information on the position of which ship, with how many divers… So, with all the necessary information. Therefore, if they find divers who are not registered, they automatically go to the control”, Said Hitrec and continued. “Thus, the new Ordinance actually ultimately achieves greater security for all. When someone is killed at sea, whether registered or not, a whole team of rescuers and services rises to help the victim. All this costs money, they do not even have insurance, but what is worse, it is often not even known exactly where the victim is at sea. With the new regulations, no one will be able to get a diving diary if he is not a legal or natural person who must have the prerequisites to be able to do so at all.” You can find the ordinance in its entirety HERE. Ferdinand Hitrec, President of the Diving Tourism Section of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce of the Rijeka County Chamber, explained that the new Ordinance applies to all entities that participate in diving – those more professional, but also those less professional. It is for these reasons that the new legislation plans to introduce more order and increase security. Source: New sheet; Ministry of Culture; National newspapers He also said that the diving season lasts all year round, and during the summer months there are often the least organized groups of divers. Dry suits and the development of diving techniques have contributed to diving opportunities throughout the year. PRESENT YOUR DIVING CENTER FOR FREE ON THE MAIN WEBSITE OF OUR TOURISM – CROATIA.HR RELATED NEWS: The director of the Kvarner Tourist Board, Irena Peršić Živadinov, presented at the session the possibility of branding the diving offer through the brand “Kvarner diving” and “Kvarner diving plus”. In order to get one of these two stamps, the position of the center, equipment, period of operation, additional offer, accommodation of divers and the like will be looked at. Getting a stamp also means inclusion in a brochure, promotion on the website, fairs and the like. So far, twelve diving centers have shown interest. “Of course, we are already working with diving centers on promotions, we have been to specialized fairs and the like, and Kvarner has a very great potential in diving tourism.”, Concluded Peršić Živadinov. In addition to the new Rulebook, the Ministry of Culture also announced “Tender for the issuance of diving permits in protected areas – zones for 2019 – 2023.” CROATIA GETS A NEW UNIQUE ATTRACTION – THE FIRST CROSS ROAD UNDER THE SEAlast_img read more

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Indonesia grants oil and gas companies flexibility over production sharing contracts

first_imgHowever, while gross split schemes are no longer mandatory, the ministry still reserves the right to make the final decision under Article 2 (1) of the law, the ministry’s said in a statement.The ministry added that existing contracts would remain valid but companies using a cost recovery scheme may request a switch to a gross split scheme.The energy minister will also get to pick the scheme for oil and gas blocks assigned directly to state-owned oil giant Pertamina.Acting energy minister Arifin Tasrif first mentioned a plan to make contracts more flexible at a meeting with the House of Representatives in November last year, citing requests by companies to allow them to operate under different schemes that took into consideration the geographical conditions of each oil and gas field.“If the field is riskier and more remote, they will choose a cost recovery scheme,” he said. “If it’s gross split, they’ll be happier to use it for existing fields because the potential is clear and thus, the risks are lower.”Read also: Oil industry welcomes possible return of cost recovery schemeThe Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA), whose members comprise oil and gas multinationals operating in the country, said the regulatory change gave companies more flexibility to maximize project economics.“Every oil and gas project has different characteristics. Whether we use gross split or cost recovery [schemes] very much depends on each project’s characteristics,” said IPA executive director Marjolijn Wajong in a statement on Monday.Meanwhile, the Oil and Gas Companies Association (Asper Migas), whose members are exclusively Indonesian businesses, said that investors were more deterred by Plan of Developments (POD) approval delays and hidden costs than by the limited choice of PSC schemes types.“Cost recovery and gross split [schemes] are essentially the same thing,” said Asper Migas chairman John Karamoy, also on Monday. “Investors want it such that their margins do not change no matter how regulations change. That’s legal certainty from an investor’s perspective.” Oil and gas companies in Indonesia may now choose to either use a cost recovery or gross split-based production sharing contract (PSC) thanks to a recently issued regulation.Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministerial Regulation No. 12/2020, signed on July 15, revokes a rule that had made use of a gross split scheme mandatory for new or renewed PSCs over the past three years.In a cost recovery-based PSC, the government reimburses companies for upstream-related costs in exchange for a higher share – up to 85 percent – for each company’s earnings from exploiting domestic oil and gas blocks. Meanwhile, in the so-called gross split scheme, companies bear upstream costs themselves, but the government receives a smaller cut of the revenue – up to 57 percent – determined in advance.“These changes are to intended to provide legal certainty and improve investment in the oil and gas industry,” the ministry statement released on Saturday reads.The energy ministry made gross split schemes compulsory under regulation No. 8/2017 to cut reimbursement spending, which reached into the billions of US dollars. However, the decision received a lukewarm response from investors.Read also: Gross split scheme to stay — with slight improvementscenter_img Topics :last_img read more

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New Zealand Christian group in smacking ban warning

first_imgThe Scotsman 22 October 2017Family First Comment: Well, it’s our duty to warn them!www.protectgoodparents.nzCampaigners in New Zealand who organised to fight a ban on smacking introduced a decade ago claim it has had a “chilling” effect on parents.Family First NZ, a conservative Christian campaign group, called on Scots to oppose plans to introduce legislation at Holyrood which would ban smacking.The Scottish Government has said it will support a member’s bill brought forward by Green MSP John Finnie to scrap the legal defence of justifiable assault and add Scotland to the list of 52 countries worldwide where physical punishment of children is outlawed.The move has the support of all parties in the Scottish Parliament except the Conservatives, but has attracted criticism from some religious groups and parents’ rights campaigners in Scotland.Bob McCoskrie, the national director and co-founder of Family First NZ, claimed the move will criminalise good parents and harm children.“A decade on from the passing of the controversial anti-smacking law in New Zealand, the law has maintained its very high level of opposition, but most significantly the law has had a ‘chilling’ effect on parenting and rather than tackling rotten parents who are abusing their children, it has targeted well-functioning parents,” Mr McCoskrie said.Family First NZ quoted police statistics suggesting the law introduced in 2007 has had little wider cultural impact in New Zealand, with significant increases in reporting of child physical and sexual abuse since it was passed. A 2016 survey also found that two-thirds of parents in New Zealand say they would be willing to flout the law, while a 2011 study suggested a third of parents had been threatened by their children with being reported to the police if they were smacked.The earlier survey found one in four parents of young children reported feeling less confident dealing with ‘unacceptable behaviour’.“New Zealanders predicted all of this before the law was passed, but their concerns were ignored,” Mr McCoskrie added.“The politicians and anti-smacking lobby groups linked good parents who smacked their children with child abusers, a notion roundly rejected – and still rejected – by New Zealanders. We would warn Scottish parents that this law will harm and rip apart families..”The Scottish Government has said physical punishment can have “negative effects on children which can last long after the physical pain has died”.http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/new-zealand-christian-group-in-smacking-ban-warning-1-4593686Video: the Scottish Government’s smacking ban explainedThe Scotsman 23 October 2017Famous in Scotlandlast_img read more

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