Total to supply LNG to CMA CGM container ships in France

first_imgThe agreement covers vessels with a capacity of 15,000 twenty-foot equivalent units each Image: Total will supply LNG to CMA CGM’s future containerships in Marseille. Photo: courtesy of michaelmep/Pixabay. Total has entered into a deal to supply around 270,000 tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to CMA CGM’s future container ships in France for more than 10 years.The agreement covers vessels with a capacity of 15,000 twenty-foot equivalent units each that will operate between Asia and the Mediterranean.The LNG delivery will commence in 2021.Under the deal, Total will offer an appropriate solution for the bunkering of the containerships with the positioning of a LNG Bunker Vessel at the port of Marseille-Fos hub and a complementary bunkering solution in Singapore.CMA CGM Group Chairman and CEO Rodolphe Saadé said: “Liquefied Natural Gas is the only energy currently available and reliable to significantly reduce our carbon footprint.“The choice of LNG to power our ships requires the complete adaptation of the entire energy supply chain and infrastructure.“By choosing Marseille-Fos as a refuelling port for our 15,000-TEU vessels, from the end of 2021, we are bringing the French container ports into this major energy transition.”France-based Total stated that the new supply chains will further expand the use of LNG as a marine fuel, mainly in the Mediterranean Sea.Total CEO Patrick Pouyanné said: “The development of Liquefied Natural Gas as a marine fuel is at the heart of our LNG strategy.“This new contract with CMA CGM results in the launch of a dedicated supply chain in the port of Marseille-Fos.“Total is committed to working with its customers to offer them more environmentally friendly marine fuels and thus contributes positively to the sustainable evolution of maritime transport, particularly in the Mediterranean basin.”Total, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines charter LNG bunker vessel Total has also signed a long-term charter contract with Japan-based Mitsui O.S.K. Lines for a second large LNG bunker vessel, to be delivered in 2021 that would be positioned in the Marseille-Fos area in France.The bunker vessel will be built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in China. This vessel, which will be equipped with Mark III membrane containment system offered by France-based GTT, will have a capacity of 18,600 m³ for a length of nearly 135m.last_img read more

Bullingdon deny ASBO claims

first_imgMembers of Oxford’s Bullingdon Club have denied the claims made by a Proctor last month that they have been threatened with Anti-Social Behaviour Orders.In a speech he made in March, outgoing Proctor Professor Donald Fraser said that the first case he was given during his first week in office was to deal with complaints about the club members’ behaviour during incidents in October 2007 and March 2008.Residents in Jericho, north Oxford, contacted the Proctors’ office to report that students living in a house near the Phoenix cinema ‘had taken habitually to the drunken braying of ‘We are the Bullingdon Club!’ at 3am.’According to a transcript given to the Proctors’ office, a neighbour complained but was greeted with what the Times called ‘a well-educated torrent of abuse.’Fraser added that, ‘the transcript of what they called the wife of the neighbour who complained was written in language that is not usually printed’.The matter was then referred to the police because the incident did not occur on University property and the Bullingdon Club is not an official University society.‘After conferring with the Proctors’ Officers, I thought that an ASBO might concentrate the minds of those concerned. I referred the matter to the police, who did mention the word ASBO before awarding the members of the club an ABC – Acceptable Behaviour Contract – that would magically and automatically turn into an ASBO if provoked within six months.’Members of the club are denying the accusations, which recently appeared in the Daily Mail and The Times.A 47 year old single mother and Jericho resident told the Daily Mail, ‘They had a party and were chanting again and started throwing glass champagne bottles out of the window. The street was carpeted with broken glass.’She added that two of the students – Francesco Ciardi and Konstantin von Bismarck – later contacted her to apologise.Bismarck, a descendant of the Prussian Imperial Chancellor who founded modern Germany, rang the woman up to offer apologies. Ciardi, a friend of Princess Beatrice, apologised in person and offered her chocolates, which she refused.The two denied being members of the Bullingdon, but admitted that they allowed the club to use their house. One member denied that they were given the disciplinary orders, saying that the newspapers’ allegations came ‘probably from their more exotic daydreams.’He added, ‘But then again the Mail recently hazarded to allege that the club members ritually burn bags of cash exceeding £500, which really pushes the borders of insanity.’While the inner workings of the club remain secret, the same member did comment that, ‘There is no formulaic trashing ritual’ and insisted that breakages ‘are always swiftly dealt with.’In December 2004, four members of the Club were arrested following the alleged trashing of the cellar of the White Hart pub in Fyfield, an incident that prompted the press to refer to the club’s activities as ‘despicable’ and ‘reprehensible’.The society was founded in the late 19th century as a hunting and cricket club, but has gained a reputation as an exclusive drinking society. It has made headlines in the last few years due to the prevalence of its ex-members on the Opposition front bench. Conservative Leader David Cameron and Shadow Chancellor George Osborne were both members of the society while students at Oxford, as well as the London Mayor Boris Johnson.One member added, ‘We are not a bunch of vandalising socialite terrorists.’last_img read more

A promise to serve the people of Bayonne

first_imgFirst and foremost, I will advocate for our fair share of state funding. Historically we have always been one of the most underfunded districts in the state. In addition to beingunderfunded at the overall district level, the school district currently spends approximately $33 million a year on special education. It is money that is well spent. Unfortunately, the state’s contribution to that is only $9 million. I will advocate for additional state funding for these students.As you know, universal Pre-Kindergarten for three- and four-year olds is a life-changing educational program. We currently do not meet the needs of all of our eligible Pre-K students. This is unfortunate. I will advocate for universal full-day Pre-K across the city.In the area of facilities, the average age of our buildings is 83 years old. Our newest school is 20 years old. Other districts in Hudson county have had the ability to build new schools and facilities at a much quicker rate than we here in Bayonne. I will work with our state legislators and the school development authority to bring new school construction to Bayonne.Next, I will advocate for fair, equitable, and timely settlements for all collective bargaining agreements. All of the staff members who work for the Bayonne School System deserve to have a financial sense of stability in regard to planning their futures.Finally, the retirees who have so faithfully served the district deserve to have stability in regard to their pension and benefits. I will work to establish a Retiree Portal on the district website in order to inform retirees of any changes in medical insurance, Social Security, Medicare, and prescription services.For my entire life of 65 plus years, I have lived in Bayonne and raised my children here where they attended grades Pre-K through 12 in Bayonne public schools. I have always taken great pride in this as do they. If you choose to vote for me, I promise to serve the taxpayers, citizens, staff, and most important the children of Bayonne with every ounce of my being.LEO J. SMITH, JR.Candidate 1-I To the Editor:My name is Leo J. Smith, Jr. and I am running for a three-year term as a trustee for the Bayonne Board of Education. In recent weeks I have noticed a number of letters from other candidates that focus mainly on their accomplishments and experiences. While I do believe that prior experience is important, I would prefer to inform the citizens of Bayonne about what I would like to do if elected.last_img read more

Petrol panic boosts March retail sales

first_imgThe Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed the value of retail sales last month increased by 5.7%, compared March 2011.The ONS’ Retail Sales Index reported sales for the month grew from February by 1.8%, whilst sales volumes for March 2012 rose by 3.3% year-on-year. The ONS believes the increases were driven by sales predominantly at automotive fuel stores, including petrol forecourt sales at supermarkets. Year-on-year sales values at food stores, which accounts for 41.7% of all UK retailing, was up 3.7% for March, whilst volumes declined by 0.6%. Estimated average weekly sales accumulated to £2.7bn, of which, 3.1% of sales (£82.6m) were made via the internet.The Retail Sales Index is derived from a monthly survey of 5,000 businesses in Great Britain, with the sample representing the whole retail sector including all large retailers and a representative panel of smaller businesses. Collectively all of these businesses cover approximately 95% of the retail sector’s turnover.last_img read more

Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway Begins on Broadway

first_imgDon’t speak! Bullets Over Broadway begins performances well, on Broadway March 11, starring Zach Braff. Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, the world premiere of the musical adaptation of Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath’s 1994 comedy has its official opening night scheduled for April 10 at the St. James Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014 Betsy Wolfe The show also stars Marin Mazzie, Vincent Pastore, Betsy Wolfe, Brooks Ashmanskas, Lenny Wolpe, Helene Yorke, Nick Cordero and Karen Ziemba. Zach Braff Bullets Over Broadway View All (4) Star Files Related Shows View Comments Vincent Pastore Bullets Over Broadway tells the story of an aspiring playwright (Braff) in 1920s New York who is forced to cast a mobster’s (Pastore) talentless girlfriend (Yorke) in his new show in order to have it produced on Broadway. The tuner features existing hits from the 1920s with a new, adapted book by Allen. Marin Mazzielast_img read more

John Cameron Mitchell: ’10 Things I’ve Learned Headlining Hedwig in My Fifties’

first_imgNothing’s gonna tear John Cameron Mitchell down—not even a torn meniscus. The 51-year-old Hedwig and the Angry Inch co-creator and star is currently rocking a not-so-glam knee brace under his fishnets after he was nearly sidelined by an onstage injury. But after a weeklong hiatus (former Hedwig Michael C. Hall stepped in for the star on the fly) and a few additions to the script, Mitchell is rolling with the punches and keeping his performance as fierce and fearless as ever. What other lessons has JCM learned about playing the glittering glam rock goddess in his fifties? What the heck happened to his knee? What does he think about Darren Criss donning the wig next? Find out below! 1. There’s no pressure and less panic “Playing Hedwig this time, I’m not thinking about my acting career or anything like that. I really have nothing to lose, so I’m having so much more fun than I was off-Broadway, when I had the pressure of the movie and worrying about keeping the show open with no understudy. Plus, I get a ride to work now—we definitely didn’t have that off-Broadway!” 3. I have a celebrity understudy “Michael C. Hall has become my unexpected understudy. We’ve written into the story that Hedwig was kneecapped by an unidentified assailant that could have been another Broadway headliner. Hedwig is shocked to learn that Sting is considered a person of interest. The person was wearing a Michael C. Hall mask. At least she thinks it was a mask.” 10. …Or maybe tour the world in a wig “We have plans for our production of Hedwig to spread nationally, and to Europe, Asia and Australia, so it’s very exciting. As far as touring goes, now that I’ve done it and opened it up again, I would never say never. But I might have to get my knee replaced first! If the medical technology advances, I will consider it.” 8. Hedwig is like Elaine Stritch “This show is such a tour de force. It’s almost like Elaine Stritch’s solo show—you can’t just replace her. We’re reinventing the replacement wheel, because every time we do it, we learn a little bit more about tailoring it for the person rather than just putting them into the template. I love it. I’ve helped put in a lot of Hedwigs in my day and I hope to do a lot more.” 2. Pain comes with the territory “A few weeks ago, I was climbing out of the car [during “Wig in a Box”] and there’s an extra step there, but I didn’t use it. I stepped too high, used the wrong leg and tore my meniscus. But it’s healing extremely well—faster than my PT person has ever seen it heal. But I have to be careful. I’m an older gentleman, so the choreography winds me. Now my other knee is taking a lot of strain to compensate, and today I realized, ‘Oh great, the other knee is going.'” 5. Hedwig is (almost) mainstream “People know what Hedwig is now, and that’s wonderful. It’s not the same as being swamped for being on The Big Bang Theory, but it’s much more comfortable.” 4. Improvising is less daunting “The first time, I did Hedwig because I wanted to learn how to be free and improvisational the way rock and roll people or standup [comedians] are, and it was hard for me. It was so hard to throw in a new line. Now, it’s easy, because I just don’t care anymore—not in the way I used to. That’s what’s fun about it. Writers usually have to be alone at the computer. I’m writing in a wig on the spot.” 9. I want to do Shakespeare next “After the first Hedwig, interestingly, I was offered to play Hamlet a couple of times. I let that go because I was so burned out on acting. It seemed like a clichéd thing to do. But after seeing Mark Rylance last season in Richard III and Twelfth Night, he was so brilliant and heartwarming. He’s inspired me to rethink a delicious role in Shakespeare.”center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 6. Friday 10 PM shows are insane “The 10 PM show has become a real young audience, like a rock show. There’s a special flavor. This Friday is a good one: The singer from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs [Karen O] is coming, my aunt who is a nun is coming, and 25 trans kids from Sylvia’s Place are coming—it’s a wonderful shelter for kids kicked out for being trans and queer. So it’s going to be a crazy mix of people! I love those shows.” 7. Darren Criss is ready for anything “The Broadway replacement system is a difficult one because you don’t always have the full complement of people paying attention. It’s hard to re-direct someone every three months, so there’s kind of a piecemeal effect. But I really want to be there for Darren Criss, who is incredibly motivated and hardworking and so excited about this. I want to rewrite some new stuff for him—just for him.” Related Shows View Comments See John Cameron Mitchell in Hedwig at the Belasco Theatre. Hedwig and the Angry Inchlast_img read more

Turf Workshop

first_imgUniversity of Georgia experts will discuss ways to manage sports fields better, including sessions on: Common sports field problems.Cultivation and fertilization.Insect management.Disease prevention and control. A $10 fee covers a hot box lunch and a visit to a high school football field to see some problem situations. Commercial pesticide credit hours have been applied for in categories 21 and 24.Preregistration by June 19 is required. The workshop will begin with 8:30 a.m. registration in the Perry Agricultural Building at 733 Carroll Street. Classes will start at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.The Perry ag building is a single-story brick building near downtown Perry. From I-75, take Exit 135 east toward Perry. Turn left at the first light onto Courtney Hodges Blvd. The building is on the left about a mile from the light, just past the railroad tracks.For more information, call Houston County Extension office in Perry at (478) 987-2028.last_img read more

Briefs

first_img Briefs THE HILLSBOROUGH ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN LAWYERS kicked and yelled into spring recently with its inaugural Self Defense Seminar, attended by members of HAWL and employees of a local domestic violence shelter. During the two-hour seminar Anne Radke, left, president of the Upkudo International Karate Federation, emphasized the goal of the training. “Self defense is not simply learning a few movements, but developing a lifestyle of awareness and preparedness that leads to greater security and peace of mind,” Radke said. She also taught the participants exercises involving assessing their situations and utilizing awareness drills to increase overall perception of different situations. With hand pads and gloves, participants were given the chance to kick, punch, elbow, and knee different targets in order to get comfortable with various techniques. At the end of the seminar, participants were given the chance to demonstrate the lessons and techniques they learned from the seminar. Pictured above, Kristin Norse, center, the community outreach chair for HAWL, takes down fellow HAWL member Anthony Reeves. The seminar was held as part of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers Community Outreach Program, which also conducts its “Take Your Child to Work” program for members and local middle school students and an annual toy drive to benefit the Kinship Care Foundation. NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY law students recently traveled to Washington to visit the U.S. Supreme Court and had an opportunity to meet with Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. The pilgrimage to the high court has been a regular feature of NSU Distinguished Visiting Professor Tim O’Brien’s course in constitutional decision-making and this year the students heard oral arguments in Beard v. Banks, concerning whether prison officials may deny troublesome prison inmates access to newspapers and magazines. The lower court said that such a denial violates the inmates’ First Amendment rights, rejecting Pennsylvania’s contention that the restrictions had the beneficial effect of deterring prison misconduct and also served the state’s legitimate interest in prison security. Professor O’Brien, former chief ABC News correspondent at the U.S. Supreme Court, also arranged the visit with Chief Justice Roberts. “We had a wide-ranging discussion of ideas and Supreme Court advocacy,” O’Brien said. “[The chief justice] was most cordial, answered all questions, and even gave up part of his lunch hour with the other justices to be with us.” Pictured with Chief Justice Roberts, center, is the delegation from NSU. THE ATLANTIC HIGH SCHOOL’S Academy of Law and Government in Port Orange are the recipient of a $2,000 donation made by the Volusia Bar Foundation, the nonprofit wing of the Volusia County Bar Association. The Academy of Law and Government attracts students interested in becoming lawyers, legal secretaries, court reporters, police officers, game wardens, firefighters, postal workers, urban planners, forensic scientists, crime lab technicians, and many others. Students take part in activities like teen court and mock trials. Other programs show students what it is like to have a job working in federal, state, or city governments. One thousand dollars will be used to fund scholarships to graduating seniors and $1,000 will be used to defray the cost of the annual trip to Tallahassee. Pictured is Volusia Bar Foundation President Belle Schumann presenting the check to advisor Ronnie Garrett, career connections coordinator Colleen Kirvan, and Atlantic High Principal Ronald Pagano. April 30, 2006 Regular News Briefslast_img read more

Emergency authorization for peramivir draws fast response

first_imgOct 26, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Requests to use the intravenous (IV) antiviral drug peramivir in hospitalized H1N1 flu patients came quickly after the government issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) Oct 23, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official said today.”We released the peramivir [EUA] at 8 p.m. Friday, which is not a great time, but the feeling was we wanted to get this approved and get the drug moving as quickly as possible,” Dr. Philip J. Peters said during an educational teleconference for clinicians today.”We have had several inquiries and have sent it out to, I believe, five hospitals so far,” he said.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the peramivir EUA to make an IV antiviral drug available for H1N1 flu patients in response to a CDC request. The existing antivirals indicated for H1N1 are oseltamivir (Tamiflu), taken orally, and zanamivir (Relenza), which is inhaled. Those routes of administration may not be feasible for critically ill patients, especially those on ventilators.Peramivir, like oseltamivir and zanamivir, is a neuraminidase inhibitor. It is in clinical trials and has not yet gained FDA approval for general use. The FDA has been considering issuing an emergency authorization for several months, and interest in using it in severely ill H1N1 patients has grown as the pandemic has spread across the country.Under the EUA, clinicians who want to use peramivir must fill out a set of forms available on the CDC Web site and fax them to the agency.Previously, clinicians who wanted to use the drug for H1N1 patients faced a more involved process called an emergency-use investigational new drug (EIND) application. The drug was used in a few patients under those rules, according to BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer, and other experts.”I know there are a few who have gotten better, who got it under an emergency use IND,” Dr. Richard Whitley, president-elect of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and a professor at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, told CIDRAP News last week. But he said it took 48 to 72 hours to obtain the drug under the EIND rules.Under the new EUA, the CDC will draw peramivir from the Strategic National Stockpile and send it to the requesting physician’s hospital free of charge, Peters said today.The FDA’s EUA letter calls on the CDC to send the drug to hospitals “as soon as possible within 24 hours of CDC’s decision” to provide it.In a news release about the authorization, BioCryst said it has transferred enough peramivir for 1,200 treatment courses to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The donation was made under the company’s development contract with HHS.”BioCryst has worked with HHS to enable the government to rapidly deploy an initial supply of peramivir, and we are prepared to deliver more,” Jon P. Stonehouse, BioCryst chief executive officer, said in the release.The company said it is completing production of about 130,000 treatment courses to prepare for orders it may receive from the United States or other governments. A treatment course is 600 milligrams (mg) once a day for 5 days.The FDA letter says the “totality of scientific evidence” indicates that IV peramivir may be effective in H1N1 patients and that “there is no adequate, approved, and available alternative to the emergency use of peramivir administered intravenously for the treatment of 2009 H1N1 in certain adult and pediatric patients.”The EUA permits use of peramivir only in hospitalized patients, Peters noted in today’s Clinical Outreach and Communication Update (COCA) call.In clinical trials so far, peramivir has yielded outcomes similar to those for the other neuraminidase inhibitors, Peters said. One study showed comparable results for patients who received a single IV dose of peramivir and patients who received oral oseltamivir for 5 days, he reported.”The dose we’re recommending is 600 mg once a day, given intravenously, for 5 to 10 days,” he said. A CDC fact sheet for clinicians provides pediatric dosing recommendations based on modeling, as no pharmacokinetic studies have been done in children, he added.Adverse events in patients given peramivir have included diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and neutropenia, Peters reported. Physicians who use the drug under the EUA will be asked to report any serious adverse events.”We don’t anticipate that there’ll be resistance problems with peramivir,” which seems to have a resistance profile similar to that of oseltamivir, Peters said. He noted that 9 oseltamivir-resistant H1N1 isolates have been found among more than 1,000 tested in the United States. Most of the resistant viruses were from patients with severe immunosuppression.In response to a question, Peters said an IV formulation of zanamivir exists but is in a much earlier stage of clinical testing than peramivir. Under EIND rules, the formulation has been used in several patients because of concern about possible resistance to oseltamivir, he said.”Peramivir and zanamivir are really two separate issues; it’s not that one would be approved [for an EUA] and not the other,” he commented. “With the body of evidence available at this time, the FDA felt there was enough information available on safety and efficacy to approve peramivir. Zanamivir could be approved in the future.”So far, between 6% and 25% of hospitalized H1N1 patients have required intensive care unit placement, Peters reported. He said three different types of clinical presentations have been seen in those cases: primary viral pneumonia, invasive bacterial co-infections, and a worsening of organ dysfunction in patients who had poor cardiopulmonary reserve because of preexisting conditions.See also: CDC information on peramivir EUAhttp://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/eua/peramivir.htmOct 15 CIDAP News story “FDA faces decision about use of peramivir for H1N1”last_img read more