Update: The owners of Jay Jay report that their beloved cat, missing since Thursday, arrived home in the wee hours of Sunday morning.He was a bit dusty, but otherwise none the worse, they said.While his whereabouts Thursday to Sunday remain unknown, the family is extremely happy with Jay Jay’s safe return.
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LNG World News Stuff Image courtesy of ExmarBelgium’s Exmar, the Nicolas Savery-led shipowner said Thursday it now expects to take delivery of its Caribbean FLNG in May.The FLNG unit is currently located at the Wison Offshore & Marine’s yard in Nantong, China.“Financing of the Caribbean FLNG and final delivery of the unit still remains subject to the approval of the local authorities in the People’s Republic of China, which is expected to be received in the course of May 2017,” Exmar said in its first-quarter results.To remind, the company said in March it would take delivery of the FLNG by the end of this month at which time the last instalment of $200.5 million was due to the Wison yard.The 0.5 mtpa FLNG unit, with a 16,100-cbm storage capacity, was scheduled for delivery to Pacific Exploration and Production in 2015, however, in March last year, the agreement was terminated.Exmar is still in talks to secure an employment for the FLNG. “Progress has been made on the future employment of the Caribbean FLNG and future communication on this is expected in the coming months,” the company said.Exmar added that it is currently pursuing several other FSRU and FLNG projects around the world for which it expects a positive outcome in the coming months.LNG numbers downThe Antwerp-based company said Earnings Before Interest & Tax (EBIT) for its LNG division dropped year-on-year.The EBIT for the LNG and LNG Infrastructure division in the first quarter of 2017 was $5 million compared to $13.3 million the year before.The first-quarter EBIT included a $5 million termination fee from PEP on the Caribbean FLNG.According to Exmar, the results of its LNG division were negatively impacted by the lack of employment of the 138,107-cbm Excel LNG tanker for the first quarter of the year.The vessel started a 3-month time-charter at the end of March with extension options until the end of the year and in line with the current market rates, Exmar said.
4D Supply Chain Consulting has released its interactive Incoterms 2020 e-learning training programme.The training, which is hosted on the 4D Knowledge Hub platform, includes a series of modules that cover a foundation understanding of Incoterms 2020, as well as the latest changes and associated effects on international trade.Participants will learn how to identify the Incoterms rules best suited to their contracts and describe the fundamentals of each Incoterms 2020 rule with respect to the roles and responsibilities of sellers and buyers.As HLPFI reported here, the course “shares real-life case studies along with the dos and don’ts based on actual industry experience”, said 4D Supply Chain Consulting.According to 4D Supply Chain Consulting, the foundation level course is suitable for individuals of all levels, with no prerequisites to enrol. It caters to exporters, importers, purchasing managers, logisticians, freight forwarders, as well as professional institutions and universities.The course is available in English and takes just one hour to complete. Participants will receive a certificate of completion upon passing the final assessment.4D Supply Chain Consulting also offers post course Incoterms 2020 technical advice and support to all participants.A promotional offer is available to new subscribers until the end of May, while group discounts are also available for organisations.www.4d-scc.com
Noel Cleophas, 53, an anti-apartheid activist, award-winning teacher, principal and mentor, lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday May 12. Noel Cleophas, 53, from Silvertown, will be remembered as a passionate teacher who went beyond his call of duty, an anti-apartheid activist and as someone dedicated to making a difference in society.On Tuesday May 12, Mr Cleophas lost his battle with cancer.It was while at Cressway High School that his passion for the politics at the time, was ignited. By the time he matriculated in 1984, he was already a member of the United Democratic Front (UDF). His political activism grew to new heights when he joined the Silvertown Youth movement – a political youth formation affiliated to the UDF. However, Mr Cleophas’ s activism blossomed as a student at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) where he completed his BA degree in 1987 and teachers’ diploma in 1988. A firm believer of lifelong learning, Mr Cleophas also completed his BA Honors and MA in Public Administration at UWC in2003. He kicked off his teaching career in Mitchell’s Plain, at Aloe Senior Secondary School in 1989, where he taught for 21 years, before leaving there in 2010. He was also one of the founding members of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) in Mitchell’s Plain. “He was born a teacher on so many levels, admired by his colleagues for the absolute dedication he had to his job and the unique ability he possessed to engage pupils on all aspects,” said his friend and colleague, Andre Marais .In 2011, Mr Cleophas joined Hout Bay High School as the deputy principal. For the three years he was there, he played an active role in advocating for better teaching conditions and facilities for pupils.In 2015, he took the opportunity to be principal of Delft Technical High School. During his time at Delft Technical High School, he introduced new strategies to improve the academic performance of pupils, resulting in the school being the most improved school in the region – transforming the pass rate from 35% to 77.5%, which was acknowledged by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) and celebrated at their annual awards presentation. A former UWC campus friend, Naz Lalla, said: “His legacy lives on in the lives that he changed throughout his teaching career. How blessed and how fortunate were the kids at the schools where he taught. He spoke so glowingly and so proudly of the kids at Delft Technical. We shared in his triumphant joy every year with every award, every accolade that he received.” The family of Mr Cleophas used social media to live stream his funeral, because of lockdown regulations. A total of 12 000 people watched the funeral online.In a tribute message, Grace Ziegler wrote: “Thank you Noel Cleophas for your contribution to transforming the education landscape in the Western Cape, on the Cape Flats. We worked well together. You were always visible and audible for the right reasons, development and upliftment of your learners, teachers and communities where you worked tirelessly, with commitment and unwavering passion and compassion. You believed in the quote ‘Every child matters’. You lived it!You were there with them always on the front line. Go well, person of faith, colleague, friend, political and community activist, comrade, loving family man. Your legacy and beautiful memories will live on long after. The education sector has lost a warrior.” David Millar, the principal of Norman Henshilwood High School, said a giant has fallen.“He knew what school improvement was and his awards proved it. Education has lost one of its most committed professionals. He put the ‘dream big’ into pupils’ lives! I met Noel three years ago and he made an immediate impact. He never complained. He was so excited about Delft Technical High School and the children and always spoke highly of his staff. He was the quintessential professional.”Mr Cleophas is survived by his wife Maria and son Timothy Cleophas.
USA: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie halted the ‘Access to the Region’s Core’ project to increase commuter rail capacity across the Hudson River on October 7, saying the cost of the $8·7bn project centred on a 5·5 km twin-bore tunnel could increase to more than $11bn, and possibly as much as $14bn.’I have made a pledge to the people of New Jersey that on my watch I will not allow taxpayers to fund projects that run over budget with no clear way of how these costs will be paid for’, said Christie. ‘Considering the unprecedented fiscal and economic climate our state is facing, it is completely unthinkable to borrow more money and leave taxpayers responsible for billions in cost overruns. The ARC project costs far more than New Jersey taxpayers can afford and the only prudent move is to end this project.’ Planned for completion in 2018, ARC included the Trans-Hudson tunnel, 14·5 km of track, improved signalling and a subterranean terminal under 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan, adjacent to Penn Station. It would double rail capacity across the Hudson, where the existing twin bores are at capacity during the peaks. Funding sources included a capped $3bn each from the federal government and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, with the remainder coming from the state of New Jersey, which has overall management control. Tunnelling work was already underway and $600m had been spent or committed. In September Christie ordered a 30-day halt for a financial review after the Federal Transit Administration expressed concern that the cost might increase. NJ Transit Executive Director Jim Weinstein accepted that in the current economic climate ‘the ARC project is just not a financially viable project that we can responsibly move forward.’
TROUGHING: Groundworks and civil engineering product supplier Scott Parnell has expanded its Arcosystem range with the launch of Arcosizesero glass-reinforced plastic elevated troughing which is designed for the easy installation of lightweight optic fibre cables.The 6 m long pieces can be slid into position without the need for loose nuts and bolts, minimising installation time and thus reducing the risk from working trackside.Troughs can be placed alongside the track or mounted on tunnel and bridge walls, taking up less space than conventional cable-carrying channels. ‘The system enjoys the same benefits as our existing troughing products, but with the purpose of creating a fast and efficient communications network for both day-to-day rail operations and passenger connectivity’, said company founder Steve Parnell.
Photo: Christophe Masse Photo: Christophe MasseFRANCE: The first of 17 three-system Régiolis EMUs being supplied by Alstom to operate SNCF’s share of the Léman Express RER network in Genève entered service on September 4, operating regional trains between Annemasse and Evian-les-Bains.Delivery of the electric multiple-units began in July, and driver training began in mid-August ahead of the scheduled launch of the cross-border LEX network with the December timetable change. Trial running is also underway on the Annemasse – St-Julien-Bellegarde route.Focused on the new link between Genève Cornavin and Annemasse via Eaux-Vives, the Léman Express network will comprise six routes totalling 230 route-km, radiating up to 60 km from the Swiss city to serve 45 stations, of which more than half will be in France.The Régiolis EMUs are intended to operate lines 1 and 3 from Coppet through Genève and Annemasse to Evian-les-Bains and Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, while SBB’s dual-system Stadler Flirt units will operate Line 2 from Coppet to La Roche-sur-Foron and Annecy. Regional Express services from Vevey to Genève operated by SBB’s double-deck Stadler KISS EMUs will also be extended to Annemasse.
Credit: Koch MediaThere have been many previous releases of the interviews with the surviving cast and crew from all eras of Doctor Who, from William Hartnell onwards. The Eighth Doctor, played by Paul McGann, was limited on screen to one televised outing in 1996. The often-overlooked era of Doctor Who is celebrated in this 2-DVD release – The Paul McGann Years.Across these discs you will find six definitive Doctor Who interviews with Paul McGann, Daphne Ashbrook, Lee Jee Tso, Eric Roberts, Geoffrey Sax (director) and Philip Segal (producer). The feature is presented by Sophie Aldred, Robert Dick and the voice of the Daleks, Nicholas Briggs.For all Doctor Who fans, this two-disc special collector’s edition represents six hours of pure nostalgia, which will give you a whole new insight into the making of your favourite science fiction series. It includes a special introduction by Nicholas Briggs and Producer Keith Barnfather.Check out other releases from the many eras of Doctor Who from Koch Media.Buy The Paul McGann Years.
After a wave of change, Lady Antebellum – aka Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott – have watched the tides rise and fall, and are embracing the power of vulnerability with the release new album Ocean on Friday 15th November via Big Machine Records.It marks a new beginning that brings the multi-Platinum trio back to their roots, showcasing their familiar vocal interplay and individual instruments on the emotionally resonant 13-track project. Lady A chronicles personal relationships and everyday responsibilities with a balance of growth and maturity that could only come from 13 years of creating together.“There’s this theme of returning to the core of who we are—as writers, vocalists and people—that came out in each of these songs,” Dave Haywood explains. “Our time in the studio with Dann had an excitement that felt like we were making our first album all over again.”Produced by first-time collaborator Dann Huff, Ocean is full of depth and despair. Moments like Be Patient with My Love, which Kelley co-wrote as a beautiful ode to commitment, balance raw feelings with squealing guitars. With its title-track, Scott’s bare vocal puts a bow on the album’s core reminding us of life’s beauty even when we get caught in its undertow.Read our interview with Charles Kelley about the new album Ocean.To celebrate the release we have 1 SIGNED copy of Ocean to give away. Enter below for a chance to win… The competition is open to all UK residents over the age of 13.Winners will be selected at random.By entering into the competition all entrants agree to be bound by the terms and conditions.Entertainment Focus does not allow collective or proxy entries.Entertainment Focus reserves the right to change or withdraw this competition without notice.Entertainment Focus will not pass your details to any third parties and they will be used solely for communication regarding this competition.Winners will be notified via email or social media and prizes must be claimed within 5 working days.Winners will be selected at random.In the unlikely event the prize style has discontinued a similar model to the same value will be provided.There is no cash or other alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable. No part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.Entertainment Focus’ decision is final – no correspondence will be entered into. The competition closes at 23.59 (GMT) on Monday 18th November 2019.Terms & Conditions