Indonesia’s Panbil Group plans to construct LNG terminal on Karimun Island

first_img The new LNG terminal will come up at Pulau Asam. (Credit: Carlo San from FreeImages) Indonesia’s Panbil Group is reportedly planning to build a liquefied natural gas import (LNG) terminal on Karimun Island, Riau Province.The company is currently undertaking a feasibility study on the construction of the LNG terminal, an executive of the business group told Reuters.Panbil Group executive director Patrick Aritonang told the news agency that the terminal is estimated to cost $600m to $800m.Located at nearly 33km away from Singapore’s oil and gas hub Jurong, the new LNG terminal will come up at Pulau Asam.Funded by the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the feasibility study will make as assessment on the regasification capacity of the terminal.Aritonang said that the study will also examine “the economics” of constructing a 55km pipeline to deliver gas to PT Trans Gas Indonesia (PGI).The feasibility study is anticipated to be concluded by the end of this year.In July, the USTDA awarded a grant to PT Nusatama Properta Panbil for a feasibility study to evaluate the development of a LNG receiving terminal, as well as storage and transshipment facilities on Asam Island.The study is a project of USTDA’s US Gas Infrastructure Exports Initiative and the Administration’s Asia Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy (Asia EDGE).The LNG terminal is expected to have a storage capacity of up to 170,000m3The proposed terminal is expected to have a capacity to store up to 170,000m3 of gas, which will be available for refuelling ships.Aritonang was quoted by the news agency as saying: “We wanted to propose certain options to accommodate our energy security.”Indonesia’s Tangguh Train 3, PT Donggi Senoro, and Cheniere Energy’s Corpus Christi terminal are expected to be sources of gas supply to the terminal, Aritonang said. The new terminal is proposed to be located at nearly 33km away from Singapore’s oil and gas hub Juronglast_img read more

Leon Costello Honored as Ocean City Citizen of the Year

first_imgOcean City’s 2014 Citizen of the Year Leon CostelloA host of friends, family, colleagues, city, county and state officials took turns Tuesday night honoring Leon Costello, a man who grew up in Ocean City and gave back more to the city than he ever took from it.Costello was named Citizen of the Year at the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual Awards Dinner at the Ocean City Yacht Club. About 200 people were on hand to wish him well.Costello is a lifelong resident of Ocean City and a managing partner with the accounting firm Ford-Scott & Associates, LLC. His firm audits governmental and nonprofit entities.Costello has been an active member in the community supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Boy Scouts, United Way, the Ocean City Senior Men’s Golf League, Ocean City Free Public Library and is a coach for Ocean City youth baseball and basketball.Ocean City Regional Chamber President Bill McMahon, Citizen of the Year Leon Costello and Cape May County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti.He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their son Alexander and daughter Juliana. He has three adult children.His friends see him around town at “almost every children’s event.” His free time is spent with family, dining out, gardening and cooking. He’s also known to crush a good golf shot now and then.The awards dinner also included the following recipients: Outstanding Business New ConstructionGlazed Over & The Sneaker ShopBennie’s BreadsStarbucksOutstanding Business Renovation/ImprovementAdelene in Port-O-Call HotelMario’s PizzeriaPrep’s PizzeriaEnvironmentally Friendly AwardCity of Ocean City for 14th Street Playground and bike racks at 8th & 11th streetsOutstanding Landscaping/Signage AwardHoly Trinity Episcopal ChurchMayor Gillian, City Council, and Downtown Merchants representative Paul Cunningham for the city’s new Christmas decorationsOutstanding Civic OrganizationOcean City Community Center AssociationOcean City Youth Athletic AssociationOutstanding New BusinessBlue EdenYoga GingerOutstanding Service to the CommunityManco & MancoOutstanding Use of TechnologyHalliday ArchitectsOcean City Development Grouplast_img read more

FSA reaffirms recommendation on folic acid

first_imgThe Food Standards Agency (FSA) has reaffirmed its recommendation that bread or flour should be fortified with folic acid after considering updated information on folic acid and cancer from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN). The recommendation to the chief medical officer (CMO) Sir Liam Donaldson means mandatory fortification is increasingly likely, but raises unanswered questions about how the proposal would be implemented, who would foot the costs and what effect it would have on sales. Alex Waugh, director of the National Association of Irish and British Millers, told British Baker that, if the recommendation is adopted, the practicalities would have to be addressed by government. “It could be done if folic acid was added at the same time as other fortificants, but there would be a cost involved and that is an issue we would raise,” he said. “There is also a worry that the length of time discussions have taken has polarised views. The column inches dedicated to folic acid have not been helpful in developing consumer understanding. Some consumers could be turned off bread.”Read the full story in the next issue of British Baker, out 23 October.last_img read more

Jam Cruise Shares Video Of ALO’s Funky Pool Deck Performance [Pro-Shot]

first_imgFollowing the hype of their recent lineup announcement for 2017, Jam Cruise has continued the excitement with this throwback video from ALO‘s Pool Deck set from earlier this year. You can catch guitarist/vocalist Dan Lebowitz & Friends, featuring Robert Walter, Jay Lane, Garret Sayers, and Lesley Grant on the boat this January for Jam Cruise 15.Performing “Pobrecito,” watch ALO’s pro-shot video below:Jam Cruise 15 will see headlining performances from The Original Meters, moe., GRiZ and Galactic. The lineup beyond that continues with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and a rare set from the beloved Benevento Russo Duo. More great performers: Lettuce, Kamasi Washington, The Revivalists, The Motet, Beats Antique (Live), Break Science, JoJo’s Mardi Gras Band, The Soul Rebels, Dopapod, Vulfpeck, Turkuaz, and so many more.last_img read more

Did You Eat Your Vertical Veggies Today?

first_imgIn the past year we introduced you to the connected cows of Chitale Dairy, the Indian dairy company that monitors dairy cow habits and health using IoT sensors to automate and improve milk production through a high-speed, high-availability network.Now you’ll need to make room on your plate for vertical veggies!Dell Technologies customer AeroFarms is on mission to transform agriculture by building and operating environmentally responsible indoor vertical farms throughout the world to enable local food production at scale.So where does IoT come into play? AeroFarms uses a Connected Food Safety System to track the “growth story” of its products from seed to package – analyzing more than 130,000 data points per harvest! This allows the AeroFarms team to enhance food safety while minimizing the typical risks of traditional agriculture and enhancing their overall “plant IQ.”AeroFarms Co-founder and CEO David Rosenberg, was hand at the Dell Technologies IQT Day event in New York City this week, to share the company’s story and discuss how his team is working with Dell and VMware to implement intelligent IoT solutions – including Edge Gateways – as the company pursues its growth strategy. Tune into the recorded event to learn more and see how the gateways communicate with wired sensors on and off AeroFarms’ grow towers to process data and ensure the highest quality product.The AeroFarms team also hosted a group of media, analysts and Dell Technologies executives yesterday for a behind-the-scenes tour at the flagship facility in Newark, New Jersey. The things they are doing in reclaimed former factories and warehouses are nothing short of amazing. And the hair nets and protective outfits made me feel a bit like Matt Damon in his potato garden on Mars!Mother always said to eat your veggies and – thanks to IoT-connected vertical agriculture and AeroFarms – we can all have access to some of the greenest greens possible.last_img read more

Poultry Prices to Rise

first_imgImagine a grocery store where people pay you to buy their products.Whether the processors like it or shoppers even know it, that’s been true in thepoultry section.”Poultry companies are basically paying their customers 2 cents per pound to buychicken,” said Stan Savage, a poultry scientist with the University of GeorgiaExtension Service.Soon, though, that has to change. “They’re going to have to pass their increasingcosts on to consumers,” Savage said.Though regular prices vary for different poultry cuts, the increase should affect themall equally. Savage said even with price increases, this fact remains the same: the moreprocessing the company does, the higher the retail cost per pound.Only about 10 percent of all U.S.-grown chickens are sold as whole birds. Processorsfurther prepare the rest into pieces or filets. Some is even further processed intonuggets or patties.Savage said restaurants and institutions buy most of the chicken sold in the UnitedStates.”And restaurant operators are willing to pay the additional costs for the companyto do part of the preparation for them,” he said.Consumers may not be happy to pay higher prices at the grocery store. But they may notnotice the price increase when they eat out.Studies show more families eat out more often than ever, and they’re looking forlighter fare. Chicken is often featured in “light” menu items and remains apopular choice for restaurant diners.Most menu items and specialty poultry products are made from white meat, “which isfine,” Savage said. “The export market for dark meat is strong, so processorscan sell that part of the chicken abroad.”As long as both the U.S. and international demand remain high, poultry processors willkeep expanding and raising more chickens.So why are retail prices increasing?In short, because feed costs are increasing.Farmers keep broilers in their houses from 40 to 56 days. They call that time”grow-out” and it varies depending on which company the farmer grows chickensfor.An average broiler weighs four to six pounds at grow-out and ate from seven to 13pounds of feed.In the past three months, the cost to raise and process a broiler has gone up nearly3.5 cents per pound of live bird.”We’ve seen farmers’ feed costs increase by $30 to $35 per ton just sinceFebruary,” he said.Processing and shipping adds another nearly 2 cents per pound. By the time that broilergets to the grocery store, the total cost to get it there and ready to cook has gone upabout 5 cents per pound.”These processors can’t keep giving away their chickens at a loss,” Savagesaid.To keep losses to a minimum, Savage said growers are cutting back on production by 4percent to 8 percent. He said it takes about 12 weeks for supply reductions to show up atthe retail level. As supplies get tighter, prices increase.Cutting back on production means farmers produce fewer birds. In the broiler industry,that usually means a longer time between flocks in grower houses.For now, Savage expects higher retail costs will very closely relate to feed costs forbroiler farmers. “Nearly as soon as feed costs for broiler farmers drop,” hesaid, “I expect retail poultry prices will, too.”last_img read more

Digital marketing: Make mobile your priority

first_imgConsumers use social media today more than ever before. With Facebook exceeding 1.86 billion users monthly, it’s hard to ignore the power of social media.People are busier than ever, so it’s crucial to interact with consumers through the channels they prefer. Not only is it important to be active on these social media platforms, it’s imperative to know how to market to this audience.Maybe you aren’t sure where to start. Check-out these top tips for social media marketing.Mobile is everythingRemember that statistic about how many people are active on Facebook each month? In December 2016, 1.74 billion were mobile users (up 21% from the previous year).Smartphone users in the U.S. spend more than 87 hours per month on their phones—that’s nearly three hours each day. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Public health informatics training program announced

first_imgJun 8, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A new program to provide training in the use of informatics to enhance disease detection and other public health functions is being launched with the help of a $3.68 million grant from a private foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today. The grant will support program development at the training sites along with stipends, tuition, and other expenses for trainees, the NIH said. See also: The National Library of Medicine (NLM) will administer the grant. Training will be done at four institutions that already have informatics training programs supported by the NLM: Columbia University, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the University of Utah, and the University of Washington. The programs are scheduled to begin Jul 1, the NIH reported. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has awarded the grant to train students in public health informatics, defined as the practice of integrating computer technology for managing information to enhance the work of public health professionals and others, the NIH said. “Informatics can help us make a huge impact on pubic health through disease surveillance,” said Charles Friedman, PhD, the NLM’s leader of the training initiative, as quoted in the news release. “By integrating health data from a range of sources—including hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies—and applying sophisticated analysis tools, we’ll be able to detect disease outbreaks early, potentially saving lives and preventing an enormous amount of suffering.” Jun 8 NIH news release read more

Indonesian stocks soar by 3 percent as authorities’ measures calm market players

first_imgRead also: IDX, BI cushion virus-battered financial markets as investors dump Indonesian assets“The market players seem to have calmed themselves down from their self-induced panic last week,” Jasa Utama Capital equity analyst Chris Apriliony told The Jakarta Post. “That’s why the JCI rebounded really high.”The government and the central bank’s effort to maintain the rupiah’s stability and the Financial Services Authority (OJK) and the IDX measures and proposed policies to anchor the stocks helped the index bounce back, he added.Bank Indonesia (BI) announced five measures to stabilize the rupiah on Monday while the bourse halted short-selling transactions to prevent the stock market from falling deeper after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced Indonesia’s first two confirmed cases of COVID-19. Indonesian stocks jumped by more than 3 percent on Tuesday morning, reversing deep losses in recent days due to the spread of COVID-19, as market players regain confidence following authorities’ efforts to calm the market down.The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), the main gauge of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), soared 1.31 percent to 5,431.30 when Tuesday’s session was opened. The uptrend then continued as the index climbed to 3.09 percent to 5,527.2 at 11:52 p.m. Jakarta time.The benchmark index ended Monday with a deep correction of 1.68 percent, sending it to its lowest level since February 2017. Over the last week, the benchmark stock index has fallen 7.3 percent. The OJK previously said to allow companies to buy back their shares without approval from a shareholders meeting.The JCI’s bullish movement on Tuesday morning was in line with regional stock market indices. Tokyo increased 0.2 percent, Shanghai jumped 1.36 percent, Hong Kong strengthened by 0.69 percent and Seoul soared 1.83 percent.Read also: BI cuts reserve ratio, frees up $3.2b liquidity in local banks amid market sell-offThe consumer sector index led the JCI strengthening on Tuesday morning, recording a jump of 3.54 percent as share prices of consumer stocks at pharmaceutical firm PT Kimia Farma and food manufacturing giant PT Indofood Sukses Makmur jumped 9.8 percent and 6.4 percent respectively.Chris said one of the reasons for the sector index’s jump was the public’s panic buying on Monday, causing food products and supplies to fly off the supermarket shelves.“However, if we look closely, the share prices of several consumer goods stocks have become very cheap due to the rout and prompted investors to buy more of the stocks,” he said. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Wolf Administration Cabinet Officials Tell Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation the Proposed American Health Care Act Will Have Dire Consequences for 1.1M Pennsylvanians

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Cabinet Officials Tell Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation the Proposed American Health Care Act Will Have Dire Consequences for 1.1M Pennsylvanians Healthcare,  Human Services,  Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health Washington, D.C. – Today, Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller delivered a strong message on behalf of Governor Wolf to members of Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation about the negative impact of the House Republicans’ American Health Care Act (AHCA) on more than one million Pennsylvanians whose health care coverage will be significantly affected by the proposed legislation.“Without a significant federal investment, hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians will lose health care coverage. The state would have to find $2.2 billion to cover the costs of just those in the Medicaid expansion category, a cost we simply cannot absorb without devastating cuts to other critical program,” said Governor Wolf. “The majority of the people who will be affected are working people who do not have access to affordable coverage through their employer.”Secretary Dallas and Commissioner Miller met with several members of Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., today, to deliver the message in person of how devastating the effects of the AHCA would be on so many Pennsylvanians.“We will be forced to make decisions about whom we can afford to cover, what services we will be able to continue to cover and what rates we will be able to pay providers,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas. “With one in four Pennsylvanians over the age of 60 in the next few years, we will find it difficult to provide the same level of care to seniors and vulnerable persons – like those with disabilities.”Further, this plan defunds Planned Parenthood, a valuable family planning provider in the commonwealth. When Texas eliminated Planned Parenthood from its family planning program, researchers found a 27 percent increase in births to women previously on an injectable contraception, and pregnancy-related deaths doubled.“Not funding Planned Parenthood will have a dramatic impact on Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program,” said Wolf. “Unintended pregnancies will increase and reproductive health services will need to be covered. These have real costs attached to them that the state will have to bear.”Another component of the plan includes the health insurance exchange. The nearly $1 billion in tax credits Pennsylvanians used to help pay for health insurance from the federal exchange would be lost and replaced with tax credits that are based on age instead of the current subsidies that are based on need.Generally, people who are older, lower-income, or live in high-premium areas like rural Pennsylvania receive larger tax credits under the ACA than they would under the American Health Care Act replacement. Under the proposed AHCA, people who are older will receive the largest tax credits, but the proposal also allows older Pennsylvanians to be charged up to five times more than younger individuals. The $4,000 provided through tax credits will likely not be enough to offset this proposed age tax.“At the crux of all of this is the fact that older Pennsylvanians, people with disabilities, and low-income people will be most negatively impacted,” said Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller. “For example, a 60-year-old in York County making $30,000 annually would see a $10,280 reduction in the tax credits they receive in 2020 with the new American Health Care Act. That amount of money could mean the difference between getting health care coverage or paying rent.”The AHCA would create plans with slimmer benefits and larger out of pocket costs like deductibles, copays, and coinsurance. This would shift the majority of costs to consumers when they try to access care, which would disproportionately impact people who have significant health needs and low- and middle-income individuals who would not be able to afford significant health bills – something fewer Pennsylvanians struggle with due to the ACA.As a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more than 1,100,000 Pennsylvanians have gained coverage – over 715,000 through Medicaid expansion and about 410,000 through the Marketplace. The commonwealth’s uninsured rate also fell from 10.2 percent to 6.4 percent (4.1 percent for Pennsylvania children) in four years, the lowest it’s ever been.The ACA gave states the option to expand Medicaid eligibility to individuals 19 to 64 years of age up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, and in 2015, Governor Wolf expanded Medicaid eligibility for these individuals in the commonwealth. The newly proposed plan modifies Medicaid expansion eligibility and the enhanced federal match associated with the coverage of individuals under the expanded eligibility level.Prior to expansion, Pennsylvania provided coverage to 140,000 people through the General Assistance medical assistance program. While that program was suspended in favor of more comprehensive coverage offered by Medicaid, it is still a statutory requirement that the state provide this coverage. Without federal dollars to cover the expansion population, the commonwealth would still be legally required to provide coverage at a cost of approximately $645M in state funds.The new legislation proposes a per capita cap rate for each of the following five eligibility groups effective federal fiscal year 2020:ElderlyBlind or disabled individualsChildrenLow-income adultsExpansion adultsUnlike current funding, which provides federal matching funds for Medicaid expenditures made on behalf of all of the state’s federally approved Medicaid eligibility groups, this proposal would limit federal funding to the capped amount calculated and would provide no additional federal funding for health care costs that exceed the calculated cap.Pennsylvania continues to evaluate what additional amounts will be included in the per capita calculation. For instance, supplemental payments made to providers, such as hospitals, nursing facilities, and safety net providers may or may not be included within the calculation. These funds provide additional support for Pennsylvania providers.In Pennsylvania, Medicaid and CHIP combined provide coverage to over 2.8 million Pennsylvanians, almost half of them children. Medicaid plays a key role in the U.S. health care system, accounting for one in six dollars spent overall in the health care system; more than one in three dollars provided to safety-net hospitals and health centers; and one in two dollars spent on long-term care.In addition to those benefits, the expansion has had significant additional positive impacts on Pennsylvania, including:124,000 individuals with a substance abuse disorder were able to gain access to drug and alcohol services.General acute care hospitals saw a $92M decrease in uncompensated care in year one. This was the first time the amount of uncompensated care decreased since 2001.4,422 more physicians, 601 more dentists, and 444 more certified registered nurse practitioners enrolled in the Medical Assistance program.$1.8B in payments to health care providers and the addition of 15,500 jobs in Pennsylvania in year one.“The public supports the ACA,” said Wolf. “In fact, in recent polling it’s experiencing its highest ratings of favorability. The ACA is providing lifesaving access to health care to more than a million Pennsylvanians. It needs to be repaired – not replaced.”For more information, visit March 17, 2017last_img read more