Cyprus breaks ground on €289m LNG import terminal at Vassiliko Port

first_img Cyprus lays foundation stone for its first ever LNG import terminal.(Credit: Carlo San/ Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has laid the foundation stone for the €289m LNG import terminal at Vassiliko Port being developed by the Natural Gas Infrastructure Company of Cyprus (ETYFA).Touted to be the largest energy project in Cyprus, the natural gas import terminal will have an LNG floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and related infrastructure.The midstream project will also include a jetty, a pipeline, mooring facilities along with other onshore and offshore infrastructure.Construction on the LNG import terminal is likely to be wrapped up in 2022, reported Cyprus Mail. The liquid natural gas (LNG), which is imported and stored in the terminal, will be reconverted into gas and supplied to power plants.The Vasiliko LNG import terminal will enable Cyprus to bring natural gas to the country for the first time. As a result, the country will be reducing its dependence on oil and petroleum products imported from other parts of the world, while transitioning to cleaner fuels.Anastasiades has been quoted by the publication to have said: “It is a project which places Cyprus in the orbit of a new energy era, opening up robust prospects both for economic growth as well as for the broader prosperity of our country and its people.”Vasiliko LNG import terminal is supported by EBRD and othersIn June 2020, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved a loan of €80m to ETYFA for developing the LNG import terminal. The financing from EBRD is for a duration of 20 years.ETYFA is a special purpose vehicle, which is jointly owned by Natural Gas Public Company of Cyprus (DEFA) and the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC).Apart from the EBRD funding, the special purpose vehicle had secured €150m financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB).ETYFA had also secured a subsidy of €101m from the European Commission, through Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and €43m from the participation of EACC in its shareholding structure.The construction contract for the Vasiliko LNG terminal was given to an international consortium led by China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering (CPPEC). Other firms involved in the consortium are Wilhelmsen Ship Management, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, Aktor, and Metron. Construction on the LNG import terminal, which is being taken up by a Chinese-led consortium, is likely to be wrapped up in 2022last_img read more

Foxcroft & Ginger takes steps against food waste

first_imgTwo-site artisan cafe and wholesaler Foxcroft & Ginger is donating leftover food to a homelessness charity and helping to cut down on food waste. The total cost of wasted food amounts to £200 a year per person, so by donating unsold goods, Foxcroft & Ginger aims to get its wasted food to people who need it – which also benefits the environment.Homelessness charity the Whitechapel Mission, which is facilitating the donations, is volunteer-led and has been helping Londoners help the homeless since 1876. Each day they provide food, washing facilities and clothes for around 300 people.Around four million tonnes of unused food is thrown away across the UK annually and one million of that is unopened food.Foxcroft & Ginger is a husband and wife company, providing a range of handmade baked goods such as cakes, brunches, sourdough pizzas and high-end coffee.last_img read more

Animal Collective Add Tour Dates, Including Their Own Music Festival

first_imgAfter not playing a show since 2013, Animal Collective has made a strong return in 2016. Following the release of Painting With, they’ve announced an extensive fall tour, and have even confirmed plans to host their own festival. Animal Collective Shares Psychedelic New Single That Samples ‘The Golden Girls’ A N I M A L C O L L E C T I V E is going down September 23-24 in the beauty of Fernwood Resort in Big Sur, California. The two-day festival presents two nights of Animal Collective, along with sets from WIFE, Winter, The Range of Light Wilderness, M. Geddes Gengras, and Jessica Pratt. Tickets for the festival officially go on-sale Wednesday, March 23.Animal Collective Drops Super Trippy New Music Video For ‘FloriDada’ [Watch]With their tour kicking off in Belgium next week, Animal Collective has expanded their worldly travels an additional several months and cities, ending in November at The Civic Center in New Orleans. All ticketing information can be found on the band’s website.Animal Collective Tour Dates:April 1 Brussels, Belgium—Botanique Orangerie^April 2 The Hague, Holland—Rewire Festival at Paard Van TrojeApril 4 Hamburg, Germany—Uebel & Gefahrlich^April 5 Berlin, Germany—Postbahnhof^April 7 Milan, Italy—C2C Festival at Magazzini Generali^April 8 Stans, Switzerland—Stanser Musiktage Festival at KollegiApril 9 Paris, France—La Cigale^April 12 London, UK—02 The Troxy^April 13 Manchester, UK—Manchester Academy^April 28 Fayetteville, AR—Georges Majestic Lounge+April 29-May 1 Austin, TX—LevitationMay 1 Tulsa, OK—Cains Ballroom+May 3 St. Louis, MO—The Pageant+May 4 Royal Oak, MI—Royal Oak Music Theatre+May 6 Nashville, TN—Marathon Music Works+May 7 Atlanta, GA—Buckhead Theatre+May 8 Asheville, NC—Orange Peel+May 10 Washington, DC—9:30 Club+May 11 Washington, DC—9:30 Club+May 13 Wilmington, DE—World Café Live at the Queen+May 14 Sayreville, NJ—Starland Ballroom+June 3 Barcelona, ESP—Primavera SoundJune 5 Lyon, FRA—Le TransbordeurJune 6 Bordeaux, FRA—Le Rocher de PalmerJune 7 Madrid, ESP—Joy EslavaJune 9 Porto, POR—Nos Primavera SoundAugust 22 Honolulu, HI—The RepublikSeptember 2-4 Dorset, UK—End of the Road FestivalSeptember 3 Liverpool, UK—O2 Academy LiverpoolSeptember 2-4 Laois, IRE—Electric Picnic Music and Arts FestivalSeptember 6 Glasgow, UK—O2 ABC GlasgowSeptember 7 Leeds, UK—Leeds Uni StylusSeptember 8-11 Isle of Wight, UK—BestivalSeptember 20 San Diego, CA—The Observatory North ParkSeptember 21 Santa Ana, CA—The ObservatorySeptember 23 Big Sur, CA—Fernwood ResortSeptember 24 Big Sur, CA—Fernwood ResortSeptember 26 Eugene, OR—McDonald TheatreSeptember 27 Vancouver, BC—Vogue TheatreSeptember 29 Calgary, AB—Union Hall Night ClubOctober 3 Sioux Falls, SD—Orpheum TheatreOctober 5 Indianapolis, IN—Egyptian Room at Old National CentreOctober 6 Morgantown, WV—Mainstage MorgantownOctober 7 Pittsburgh, PA—Mr. Smalls TheatreNovember 2 New York, NY—Terminal 5November 3 Baltimore, MD—Rams Head Live!November 4 Richmond, VA—The NationalNovember 5 Carrboro, NC—Cat’s CradleNovember 7 Tallahassee, FL—The MoonNovember 8 Tampa, FL—The Ritz YborNovember 10 Miami Beach, FL—The Fillmore at Jackie GleasonNovember 11 Orlando, FL—The Beacham TheatreNovember 12 Jacksonville, FL—Mavericks November 14 New Orleans, LA—Civic Theatre(*) w/ Ratking(^) w/ GFOTY(+) w/ Kaitlyn Smithlast_img read more

OIT addresses most recent phishing scam

first_imgEmail is a useful tool for communication, but as some members of the campus community recently learned, it carries the risk of phishing scams. A sophisticated phishing scam compromised the sensitive information of a number of Notre Dame students, faculty and staff March 7, Jason Williams, an information security professional in the Office of Information Technology (OIT), said. The scam was the latest in a series of phishing incidents this year, all of which were distributed via email, he said. Williams said OIT receives phishing scam emails daily, but most are screened by campus mail servers and never reach their intended targets. However, a few especially sophisticated phishes get through the filters each year, Williams said. “Several times a year, more sophisticated phishing emails get past the email server filters and must be blocked manually,” Williams said.  The March 7 phishing scam eluded detection by appearing to be from the Notre Dame email administrators, Williams said. “The scammer used stolen Notre Dame credentials to send a mass email, which is why it was delivered to campus and not caught by the mail filters,” he said.  Williams said an increasing number of students, faculty and staff have been victims of recent phishing scams due to the scams’ sophistication and effectiveness. “Phishing is a very effective scam,” Williams said. “We’ve seen a rise in the number of incidents because the scam is working. We have seen a significant number of compromised NetIDs in the last twelve months.” Williams said the fraudulent emails are hard to trace because they are often from public IP addresses or addresses from outside the United States.  He said the emails also appear to be legitimate since they are usually branded with Notre Dame logos. The emails direct the recipient to a fake website where they are asked to provide a log-in name and password or other personal information, Williams said.  Williams said there are a few ways to avoid falling victim to phishing scams.  “The easiest way to avoid getting phished or directed to a malicious page is to not click on links in emails. Even if the email appears to be from a legitimate source, it’s best to open a web browser and type in the URL rather than click on the link,” Williams said. “If you do visit a website, confirm that the URL corresponds to the website that you think you are visiting.” Emails from legitimate sources within Notre Dame will never ask for sensitive personal information and any email that asks for such information should send up a red flag, Williams said. “Notre Dame administrators or any other legitimate organization will never ask you for your password or other account information because these organizations already have that information,” Williams said.  Williams said the best policy to avoid compromising personal information is to use caution online. “Any time someone asks for your credentials or personal information, it’s a good time to pause and consider if the request is legitimate,” Williams said. “This rule applies not only to your online interactions but to offline interactions, too. Your personal information is a valuable asset. Treat it as such.”last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Anna Kendrick on Her Different Into the Woods Cinderella & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Anna Kendrick on Her Different Into the Woods CinderellaAnna Kendrick has been opening up about playing Cinderella in the upcoming Disney adaptation of Into the Woods. “The interesting thing about her is she overthinks things, she’s uncertain—we don’t see that in most versions,” the star told Marie Claire. “In a lot of ways, I think it’s this incredibly brave story. She’s neglected and abused her entire life she finally gets love and it’s not the kind of love she was looking for, and she stands up for herself.” The movie hits theaters at Christmas. Did we mention we’re excited about this?Jonathan Groff’s a TeaseWe have our first look at season two of Looking and it puts the tease into teaser trailer. Starring Jonathan Groff, Russell Tovey, Raul Castillo and more, the show returns to HBO on January 11, 2015. View Comments Star Files Jonathan Groff Douglas Sills & More Set for Mr Magoo’s Christmas CarolDouglas Sills (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Joshua Henry (Violet), Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde), Erik Altemus (Pippin) and Tony winner Lillias White (The Life) will join the cast of the previously announced Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol. The one-night benefit concert in aid of the Actor’s Fund will take place on December 15 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College.Project Runway Fangirls Over WickedProject Runway will defy gravity on November 13 when the TV show visits Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre. Check out the sneak peek below, even if it’s only for the immortal phrase: “I’m trying not to frickin’ fan girl out right now.” Perfectly understandable, we fangirl over Elphaba and Glinda all the time.last_img read more

Farm Fresh.

first_imgThe market, Farm Fresh Tattnall, is actually a cooperative of 18 roadside markets and pick-your-own farms working together to provide fresh produce and family outings in southeast Georgia.”I don’t know of anyone else doing this in Georgia,” said Reid Torrance, Tattnall County coordinator for the University of Georgia Extension Service. “We think it’s a concept that’s going to be picked up around the state, though. It’s an outlet mall kind of thing.”Co-op Fruits, VegetablesThe 18 co-op members grow a variety of fruits and vegetables, from Vidalia onions, butterbeans, sweet corn and tomatoes to peaches, strawberries, blackberries and watermelons.Torrance worked with the growers, UGA economists and a number of others to form the co-op and begin the group’s joint marketing.”This is a marketing cooperative in which the growers have agreed to pool their resources,” said Kent Wolfe, an extension marketing and finance economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Pooling Resources”They realize that if they pool their resources they’ll have a lot more money to advertise on television and in other ways that aren’t feasible for individual growers,” Wolfe said.The Georgia Department of Agriculture agreed to provide up to $20,000 in matching funds to support the cooperative.”We want it to be a start-up for other areas around the state,” said Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin. “Everybody’s interested in farm-fresh produce. And when you get the farmers into direct-marketing, you can’t get any fresher than that.”The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Tattnall County government, local legislators and others came up with the required matching funds.Logo, BrochureWith part of the money, the co-op developed a logo and printed a slick brochure to promote the farms and markets. They mailed it to more than 16,000 households in seven counties.”The concept of us farmers getting together is the most unusual thing about this,” said Danny Durrence of D.C. Durrence Farm. “We’re usually trying to beat the other fellow out of a customer. But by pooling our resources, everybody’s going to benefit.”If a customer wants something Durrence doesn’t grow, he points out the closest of the farms that do have it. Torrance says that’s not as unusual as you might think. “There’s been a lot of cooperation among the group before,” he said.Most of the farms have fresh produce ready for their customers. But Durrence was getting calls even before he did.Family Outings”Some were old customers, but many were people who’ve seen the brochure,” he said. “Some people have even come out making a ‘dry run,’ just so they’d know where to come when everything’s ready. Three families came out in a group. They were home-schooling, and it was a day out for the kids, like a field trip.”Part of the appeal of Farm Fresh Tattnall is the trip to the farm. “You’d be surprised how many kids come here who’ve never seen a chicken or a cow or a tomato on the vine,” Durrence said.Torrance says the new co-op is selling the farms’ wonder as much as the fruits and vegetables. “We’re trying to market the country atmosphere and farm experience,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgMountains outside of San Juan de la Maguana, DRA few weekends ago my husband and I picked up a hitchhiker. He was standing near an Appalachian Trail crossing, walking polls, pack, looking tired. He needed a ride to Roanoke where he believed he could find a motel, dinner and a bus station to get a ticket home to Vermont.He was leaving the trail and needed help getting home.We know of a man who lives in Damascus Virginia who set up a grill and a cooler of beer for thru-hikers this spring. A random party trail side where all were invited to sit, relax and enjoy some of the comforts of a summer evening at home.My husband has long delighted in stories of trail magic. Of hikers being provided for, served and taken care of by strangers. Acts of kindness and hospitality that make the 5-6 month trip possible.I spent the last week in the Dominican Republic, a country not lacking in natural beauty. While the mountains were indeed spectacular, it was the warmth and kindness of the people I will never forget. I do not know of a time or place where I have ever felt such gracious hospitality from strangers.Trail Magic.Hospitality.Doing unto others.The Gospel of Matthew says to love your neighbor as yourself. But who is your neighbor?The Dominicans I met believed I was their neighbor, white skin notwithstanding. The thru-hikers believed the young man trail side with the cooler of snacks was their neighbor, brother perhaps. The elderly woman in front of you at the grocery store is your neighbor. The homeless man who asks for change downtown is your neighbor. The politician who makes you so angry you must turn off the TV is your neighbor. The family member who takes and takes and never gives is your neighbor. The young boy who litters your favorite fishing spot or makes too much noise on his floating island while you try to quietly float the New River is also your neighbor.What if we all lived with these daily goals of service in mind? Could you change your relationships? Your block? Your office? Your town?I think so. I hope so.last_img read more

World Athletics Indoor Championships postponed due to Coronavirus

first_imgRead the story here: Canadian teens survive a cold night outdoors by burning their homework “We know that China is doing all it can to contain the  new coronavirus and we support them in all their efforts,” World Athletics said in a press release, “but it is necessary to provide our athletes, member federations, and partners with a clear way forward in what is a complex and fast-moving set of circumstances.” The World Athletics Indoor Championships, a biennial indoor track and field competition, which was originally scheduled from March 13-15 in Nanjing, China, has been tentatively rescheduled for March 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.  World Athletics Indoor Championships postponed due to Coronavirus A five-year camera survey of Laos’ Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area turned up no evidence of wild tigers, leading researchers to believe that the cat is now extinct in the country. While the survey found no evidence of tigers, it did find wide-reaching evidence of snares, which are designed to trap and kill animals.  Two teenage snowboarders survived a night in the great outdoors after they failed to return from a day of snowboarding at Whitewater Ski Resort in Nelson, British Columbia. The boys spent a night under the stars with temperatures in the low teens, before they were located and airlifted to safety the next day.center_img “One person can set hundreds or even thousand of snares, which kill indiscriminately and are inhumane for anything that is captured,” Akchousanh Rasphone, lead author of the study, told Scientific America. The last healthy population of Indochinese tiger remains in Thailand, which has about 189 tigers left in the wild.  Wild tigers in Laos believed to be extinct Read the story here:  According to CNN, the boys kept warm by building a shelter and starting a fire with homework they had in their backpack. The heat generated from their burning schoolwork kept the boys warm. Both were reportedly in good health after the incident.  Read the full story: last_img read more

Panamanian Authorities Seize Over Two Tons of Cocaine in Two Days

first_imgBy Dialogo June 29, 2012 In three operations conducted between June 25 and 26, the Panamanian police seized 2 tons of cocaine, bringing the total amount of drugs seized so far this year to 11 tons, police authorities announced on June 27. The largest seizure took place on the afternoon of June 26, when units of the National Aeronaval Service (Senan) found 1,785 kilos of cocaine hidden in a pit around 5 meters deep in the marshlands of the Garabito River, in the Atlantic province of Bocas del Toro, on the border with Costa Rica. “We have made no arrests in this operation,” Senan director of operations Ramón Nonato López told journalists. That seizure comes in addition to another of 175 kilos that the National Police found on the same day in a vehicle abandoned by criminals on the main road in a sector of Cristóbal, in the Atlantic province of Colón. On June 25, the National Border Service seized another 142 kilos of cocaine on a boat in Jaqué, in the jungle area of Darién, on the border with Colombia. “These drugs hidden in these places and in pits of this kind are headed for North America and Central America,” Security Minister José Raúl Mulino said, highlighting the fact that Panamanian security agencies have seized over 11 tons of drugs so far this year. The authorities assume that these drugs “must belong to various organizations that operate in the Caribbean sector, in the area of Colombia,” according to Senan director Belsio González. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Panama ranks third in the region in drug seizures. With 52 tons seized between 2010 and the beginning of 2011, Panama seized 8 percent of the total amount of drugs seized in the entire Western Hemisphere, just behind Colombia, which seized 211 tons (30 percent of the total), and the United States, with 163 tons (equivalent to 24 percent of the total). According to estimates, 80 percent of the drugs that enter the United States pass through Central America before.last_img read more

4 ways to get yourself fired up about saving money

first_img 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Staying motivated isn’t easy, especially when it comes to financial matters. Between our jobs, families and social obligations, it can be difficult to keep our finances in order. Luckily, there are some simple things you can do to help keep yourself motivated and in good financial shape.1. Set Goals for the Long-Term & the Short-TermGoal setting is a huge part of maintaining financial motivation, but a lot of people fall into the trap of only setting lofty, long-term goals. While there is certainly nothing wrong with wanting to retire at 50 or pay off student loan debt in three years, setting a finish line too far into the future could make it harder to stay motivated on a day-to-day basis. Incorporating some short-term goals into your financial planning can help you generate more frequent satisfaction and fuel your long-term aspirations. You can monitor your financial goals (like building good credit) for free on continue reading »last_img read more