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Finland and Estonia commission Balticconnector gas pipeline

first_imgThe commissioning of the Balticconnector gas pipeline enables the opening of the gas markets of Finland and Estonia and integrating them with the rest of Europe on 1 January 2020 Image: Finland and Estonia have commissioned the Balticconnector gas pipeline. Photo: courtesy of PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay. Finland and Estonia have commissioned the Balticconnector gas pipeline connecting the two countries.The Balticconnector pipeline was ready for operation in November, one month ahead of schedule. The commissioning enables the opening of the gas markets of Finland and Estonia and integrating them with the rest of Europe on 1 January  2020.The pipeline enhances the local operational reliability of the gas system and enables decentralised gas supplies in addition to the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and biogas.Finnish economic affairs minister Mika Lintilä said: “The Balticconnector gas pipeline and the opening of the gas market for competition has been a demanding project, which has now been completed efficiently and on schedule.“The financial support from the EU has enabled a physical integration of our gas infrastructure with the Baltics offering us additional alternatives for gas supplies.“We are building a regional gas market which serves as an example for the rest of the Europe.”The 77km long offshore pipeline between Inkoo and Paldiski is integrated with 21km of onshore pipeline in Finland.Construction on the Balticconnector gas pipeline began in 2018Construction on the Balticconnector gas pipeline had commenced in 2018. The project is capable of transporting 7.2 million cubic metres of gas per day.Baltic Connector has carried out the project in Finland while Elering is responsible for the Estonian portion. The two companies are wholly-owned by the Finnish and the Estonian governments.The EU’s Connecting Europe Facility funded 75% of the €250m ($279m) project.European Commission DG Energy deputy director-general Klaus-Dieter Borchardt said: “With the Balticconnector, we are entering a new era of gas supply, opening up the Baltic and Finnish gas markets for new trade opportunities.“This is an important first step, and when the GIPL gas pipeline between Poland and Lithuania is completed in 2021, all countries will have access to the EU gas network.”last_img read more

Airbnb launches contentious ‘law enforcement’ portal in UK

first_imgHome » News » Airbnb launches contentious ‘law enforcement’ portal in UK previous nextRegulation & LawAirbnb launches contentious ‘law enforcement’ portal in UKPolice and local authorities will be able to go online to ask Airbnb for information about its users and bookings including landlords and renters.Nigel Lewis9th October 201901,480 Views Airbnb has launched a dedicated hub to enable government agencies to submit requests for information about Airbnb users and members of the public.But despite requests from The Negotiator to reveal what kinds of information requests will be submitted to the portal, Airbnb would only confirm that it would be a ‘secure and streamlined channel for law enforcement to submit valid legal requests for information from Airbnb’.The requests are believed to involve a range of contentious activities linked to the Airbnb platform including landlords who rent out their properties for more than 90 days in London or without freeholder permission, fraudulent activity by fake landlords, drug dealers and brothel operators who use addresses illegally and users who book properties as ‘party houses’.The company already cooperates with authorities in the UK using dedicated teams to process such requests for information, but these are now to be handled exclusively via the portal.Law enforcementLast year Airbnb handled 113 requests from law enforcement authorities in the UK and 31 people were affected by the disclosures, although Airbnb doesn’t make it clear how.Around the world government law enforcement authorities submitted 1,739 information requests last year to the short-lets platform.Through the portal, law enforcement officers will be able to securely track requests, and receive status updates and customised email notifications.The new security portal sets an extraordinary precedent for the lettings and hospitality sectors, officially co-opting a business for the first time into the surveillance of criminals and rule breakers.“The safety and privacy of our community is our priority,” says  Elaine Punch, Airbnb’s Law Enforcement Operations Manager.“This announcement complements the work we do day in day out to keep our hosts, our guests and communities safe. We will continue to do what we can to assist law enforcement and their investigations.” Elaine Punch airbnb October 9, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Scrummie deal for Northern

first_imgMatthew Walker is to launch a new sponge pudding range in Tesco and Sainsbury’s. The Scrummie puddings from the Northern Foods-owned business consist of five varieties, each topped with a different sauce.The puddings can be microwaved in 90 seconds and will be the first branded ambient pudding range launched in the bakery aisle. They are made from 100% butter sponge, free-range eggs and contain no artificial ingredients.The puddings come in Syrup Sponge, Stickie Toffee & Pecan Nuts, Chocolate, Spotted Dick and Cherrie Jam flavours, and have a shelf-life of 5-6 weeks from point of purchase.[http://www.northern-foods.co.uk]last_img read more

Statement to parliament: EU Transport Council: 5 June 2019

first_imgThe Transport Council will be taking place in Luxembourg on Thursday 6th June (2019). This will be theonly Transport Council under the Romanian Presidency (the Presidency).The council is expected to reach a general approach on a proposal from the third tranche of the ‘mobility package’ for a legal framework for the electronic communication of freight transport information. The proposal would oblige member state authorities to accept electronic freight documents related to the transport of goods. The government considers that the proposal includes some positive changes to modernise the processes and, as currently drafted, will provide an acceptable balance between EU-wide action and national discretion.Next, there will be a progress report on a proposal from the third tranche of the ‘mobility package’ for the regulation on streamlining measures for the realisation of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T). The proposal aims to provide a streamlined approval process for transport infrastructure projects on the TEN-T, speeding up their implementation.Following this, the council will give a progress report on a proposal from the first tranche of the ‘mobility package’ to revise the current directive on the use of hired vehicles which aims to regulate under which circumstances member states could limit goods vehicles registered overseas from being hired by their hauliers.Afterwards, there will be a progress report on the proposal from the first tranche of the ‘mobility package’ to revise the current directive on Eurovignette (road charging). This will provide an update on negotiations on proposals to amend the current directive on charging of heavy goods vehicles. Our view, that national governments should have the flexibility to do what is right in their circumstances, is shared by many other member states.Next, the presidency has prepared a progress report to on negotiations on proposals to revise the regulation on rail passengers’ rights and obligations, aimed at strengthening the rights of rail passengers, including by improving access for people with disabilities or reduced mobility.Under any other business, the presidency will provide information on other current legislative proposals. Additionally, it will give an update on clean planet for all, the European strategic long term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy. The Luxembourg delegation will present information on the tackling greenhouse gas emissions and congestion by aviation pricing. The commission will supply information on three items: airspace capacity connectivity-related outcomes of the EU-China summit that took place in Brussels on the 9thApril 2019 a study on transport exteralities The Polish delgation will supply information on the conference on “benefits for regions resulting from the implementation of the route via Carpatia” that took place in Łańcut on the 17th April 2019. Finally, the Finnish delegation will provide information on the work programme of their forthcoming presidency of the council of theEuropean Union.Over lunch, EU Ministers will be asked to endorse a joint declaration on transport cooperation between the EU and the 6 eastern partner countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The joint declaration aims to take stock of the main achievements in the transport relations between the EU and the eastern partner countries over the years and it is not legally binding.last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Showcases Blues Mastery In First New Jersey Show [Full Audio/Videos]

first_imgLoad remaining images The Tedeschi Trucks Band kicked off their two-night run at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey in their trademark casual yet masterful form. This incredible twelve piece is the musical offspring of the combination of Derek Truck’s and Susan Tedeschi’s former solo bands. The husband and wife duo has been steadily gaining notoriety since their first album, Revelator, won a “Best Blues Album” Grammy in 2012. They also have another album nominated for a “Best Contemporary Blues” Grammy this year: the recently released Live from the Oakland Theater.Not only is the dynamic between Derek and Susan mesmerizing, but the entire band patiently waits for their chances to display their impressive talents like ten cobras poised and ready to strike.Susan took the lead guitar role on “Anyhow”, the opener for the night and, coincidentally, the opener from their most recent studio album, 2016’s Let Me Get By. Kofi Burbridge (older brother to Oteil Burbridge) made his presence felt with a chilling flute solo. Kofi missed much of the band’s 2017 schedule due to a heart attack and subsequent emergency heart operation in June. Though he was back in action for Tedeschi Trucks Band’s six-night residency at the Beacon Theatre in October, it is still so good to see him onstage, playing with healthy might.Next, Derek Trucks took back the reins on the lead guitar while Susan Tedeschi dominated vocally on “Do I Look Worried?” from their second studio album, Made Up Mind. Susan displayed all the swagger of a rock star when she posited the tune’s big question with hard-hitting indifference, the horn section punctuating every line. Trucks then took an unbelievable solo that nearly set the theater on fire as it countered Susan’s equally powerful vocals.The band continued the Made Up Mind tracks with “Part of Me”, Susan perfectly executing every lyric and note. The rest of the band maintained the standard of musicianship exemplified by Derek and Susan. Mike Mattison took center stage and lead vocals for an outstanding rendition of “Don’t Miss Me” from the days of the Derek Trucks Band, his rough and jagged blues voice providing a stark contrast to Susan Tedeschi’s crystalline acoustics.One of the night’s highlights came in the form of “Shame”, a new original tune that they introduced on June 8th at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, but have recently been including at nearly every tour stop. The song is undeniable and has evolved even since its early performance in October at the Beacon. As Susan recited the bone-chilling lyrics in her powerful voice, Derek Trucks melded a flawless solo with the unusually heavy bass line provided by Tim Lefebvre. This song has an unlimited potential, heavy jams, poignant lyrics with a smooth delivery, and will soon be a staple of the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s repertoire.A stirring cover of “Bird on the Wire” followed. Tedeschi gave the audience goosebumps with the beauty of this performance. The song was originally written by Leonard Cohen, though Joe Cocker performed a memorable rendition of the tune for his Mad Dogs & Englishmen album. The rendition evoked memories of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 2015 “Mad Dogs & Englishmen” all-star tribute set at LOCKN‘, when Tedeschi kissed Leon Russell‘s forehead in a truly heartwarming display of adoration. The song was played as a tribute to Leon Russell, who passed away in 2016.Out of nowhere, the opening notes to “Statesboro Blues” got the audience to their feet to dance. The song was written by Blind Willie McTell in the 1920’s and popularized by Taj Mahal in 1968. Taj Mahal inspired the Allman Brothers Band to record their own version of the song in 1971 on their now-iconic At Fillmore East album. This album is often regarded as the best live album of all time. As any Allman Brothers fan can attest, the lights may dim, but the show doesn’t truly start until the introductory notes to “Statesboro Blues” blare from the amplifiers. The Tedeschi Trucks Band conducted an extended version in New Jersey, with extra solos from both Kofi Burbridge and Derek Trucks to supplement the traditional arrangement.To close the first set, Tedeschi Trucks Band performed the title track from their most recent album “Let Me Get By”. Susan Tedeschi sang with her usual degree of excellence, and the rest of the band provided blazing guitar riffs, bluesy keyboard tinkering, harmonized background vocals, a double dose of integrated percussion, and fiery horn sustain. With a simple “Thank you” from Susan and courteous wave to the audience, the band left the stage.The band opened the second set with a saucy and unique interpretation of blues standard “Rollin’ and Tumblin’”, which has been covered many times since the 1920’s. However, this band presents their own unique version, with Susan Tedeschi injecting some southern soul into the blues riffs provided by Derek Trucks. “Don’t Drift Away” followed, a song taken from their most recent live album but first played at Wanee Festival in 2010. With gospel-sounding backup vocals, captivating lead vocals by Susan Tedeschi, and beautifully timed horns and percussion, this song was made extravagant by a killer slide guitar solo from Derek Trucks.For the next song, a cover of Delaney and Bonnie‘s “Comin’ Home”, Susan relished the lead guitar role with a heavy solo to match her perfect voice. She soon relinquished the role to the natural leader of the band, Trucks, who continued to ignite the stage with his slide guitar playing capabilities.Another momental jam came in the form of the original tune “It’s So Heavy”, which saw Susan captivate the audience with her slow and soulful singing. When the jam section came around, Derek delivered a controlled slide solo, reducing many audience members to tears. Susan continued the powerful display when she returned to the microphone while Derek scored undertones with his slide guitar.Mike Mattison shuffled to retake center stage and lead vocals for a dirty version of the rarely-played song “Going Down Slow”. Though Tedeschi Trucks Band only played this song a handful of times, it has been covered by dozens of blues musicians including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Eric Clapton, and Duane Allman. However, as top tier collective of musicians, Tedeschi Trucks Band all infused their own flavor into the blues standard as the “I’m leavin’ on the next train..” lyric was repeated by the half-dozen singers in the band, harmonizing beautifully, as the song faded out slowly.“How Blue Can You Get?”, written by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers and popularized by the late, great B.B. King, came next, featuring scorching work from Trucks. Susan Tedeschi sings the blues triumphantly, paying respects to a long lineage of known and unknown artists including B.B. King, who performed at Count Basie for his final time in April of 2014. As the song reached a majestic peak behind Susan’s hot blues solo, Derek watched proudly nearby. The crowd erupted ecstatically as she finished her solo and resumed her vocal command.However, when Mike Mattison returned for another turn at lead vocals, he reminded the attentive audience that there are many vocal talents in this band. He delivered a swingin’ rendition of the Derek Trucks Band staple “Get What You Deserve”. Susan provided backup vocals and some mean guitar licks and Derek shredded the living daylights out of the song as the drums pounded in the swampy, ragtime fashion that is characteristic of many songs that originate from the Derek Trucks Band’s repertoire.To finish an energetic second set, the band engineered a masterful seventeen-minute arrangement of the original epic “Idle Wind”, another track from Made Up Mind. With a trademark flute introduction provided by Kofi Burbridge, the song was performed immaculately from start to finish. Derek and Susan’s talents are so innate that they deliver perfect performances without an afterthought. The horns section delivered a solid flourish of brass before Derek Trucks carved a musical solo with his cherry red Gibson SG like an adroit surgeon with a scalpel. His solo was ended and reunited with the music by the horns section in a harmonious eruption of sound. The music was then stripped down to only the drummers for an elongated section of percussion before returning to the harmonies of “Shame” and, finally,  finishing “Idle Wind” with its usual rising notes and horns. The band then left the stage and the audience breathless in anticipation.The band stayed side stage while just Susan Tedeschi and Kofi Burbridge returned to perform another heart-wrenching tribute to Leon Russell, his own “A Song for You”. With just the two of them on stage, the tribute was intimate and moving. Susan sang directly from the heart, her voice cutting to the core as she translated the pain of life into song. Kofi plays Russell’s original piano parts exquisitely, and there is no doubt that Leon, himself, would approve of their rendition. To finish the first night, the entire band returned to the stage to sound off on the boot-stompin’ original “Made Up Mind” featuring a musical showdown between Kofi on keys and Derek on guitar. The band offered a very charismatic performance to end the night, including one last squealin’ vocal solo by Mark Rivers. It was his first chance to get a crack at lead vocals, and we can let the record show that he can sing just as proficiently as Mike or Susan.The music was of phenomenal quality all night, which has become expected of this prestigious band. It’s easy to predict nothing less for Valentine’s Day celebration tonight. What better way to witness tangible, real love than to hear this couple celebrate their magical musical marriage onstage for the entire theater?Below you can listen to a full audience audio recording of the performance, as well as a selection of fan-shot videos:Tedeschi Trucks Band – Full Show Audio – Red Bank, NJ – 2/13/18[Audio: Taped by edtyre; Uploaded by edtyre2]Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Part of Me” – 2/13/18[Video: Sean Roche]Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Shame” – 2/13/18[Video: Sean Roche]Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Statesboro Blues” – 2/13/18[Video: Sean Roche]Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Comin’ Home” – 2/13/18[Video: Sean Roche]Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Going Down Slow” – 2/13/18[Video: Sean Roche]Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Get What You Deserve” – 2/13/18[Video: Sean Roche]Tedeschi Trucks Band – “A Song For You” – 2/13/18[Video: Sean Roche]SETLIST: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Count Basie Theatre | Red Bank, NJ | 2/13/18Set 1: Anyhow, Do I Look Worried, Part of Me, Don’t Miss Me*, Shame, Bird on the Wire^, Statesboro Blues**, Let Me Get BySet 2: Rollin’ and Tumblin’^^, Don’t Drift Away, Comin’ Home$, It’s So Heavy, Going Down Slow%, How Blue Can You Get?#, Get What You Deserve*, Idle WindEncore: A Song For [email protected], Made Up MindNOTES:*Derek Trucks Band song^Leonard Cohen song**Blind Willie McTell song^^Hambone Willie Newbern song$Delaney & Bonnie song%St. Louis Jimmy Ogden song#Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers [email protected] Russell songTedeschi Trucks Band returns to the Count Basie Theatre for their second night this evening. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Check out the full gallery below, courtesy of Derek McCabe.Tedeschi Trucks Band | Count Basie Theatre | Red Bank, NJ | 2/13/18 | Photos by Derek McCabe Derek McCabelast_img read more

Faculty Council meeting held Sept. 29

first_imgAt its Sept. 29 meeting, the Faculty Council approved a revised version of the Rules of Faculty Procedure for discussion by the full Faculty, reviewed a draft of the Dean’s Annual Report, discussed Harvard’s upcoming capital campaign, and heard a report from the Standing Committee on Women on faculty hiring, retention, and promotion.The Council next meets on Oct. 13. The first full faculty meeting of the year will take place on Oct. 5 at 4 p.m.last_img

5 member rewards strategies to drive cardholder spending

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When members reach for a payment card at checkout, chances are they are selecting their favorite rewards card.In fact, Accenture research finds that spending on rewards cards has skyrocketed since the Great Recession.  In the last year alone, consumers received $15 billion in rewards value through cash back, miles and points, according to the firm’s estimates and analysis.So, how can credit unions create a rewards program that is compelling to member cardholders and that keeps them transacting? Here are a few expert tips to jump-start your offering: continue reading »last_img read more

Men in East Java more prone to COVID-19 with 61% of cases, 77% of deaths

first_imgRead also: ‘Puskesmas’ move up to COVID-19 front lines amid overburdened health systemHe acknowledged that COVID-19 alone could cause fatalities among healthy young people, although at a very low rate.Most of those who died with COVID-19, as shown on the data, had comorbidity factors such as diabetes mellitus, heart problems, hypertension, sepsis, obesity, bronchitis or asthma.”Diabetes mellitus is the factor that we find in most fatalities,” he said.In general, Kohar said, deaths by age group spanned from the 10-19 to 80-89 age groups. The youngest was an 11-year-old girl in Pamekasan regency, who died with dengue shock syndrome as the comorbidity factor, he added.”Around 75 percent of fatalities are among those in their 40s to 60s,” he said.As of Saturday, East Java saw 267 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 26 fatalities and 65 recoveries.Topics : “Not only do men have more of a chance of being infected, but they also have a higher mortality rate from the virus infection. This might be because men go out from home more often than women do,” Kohar told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.He, however, said the gender proportion of the confirmed cases and the fatalities could change in the future as the outbreak had yet to reach its peak. Based on the task force data, 82 percent, 18 out of 22 individuals, of those who died with the virus had comorbidity factors.Kohar said the youngest among those who died without comorbidity was aged between 20 and 29 years of age, without specifying the exact age of the fatality. Men are more vulnerable than women to COVID-19 in East Java, according to the province’s COVID-19 task force.East Java COVID-19 task force tracing team head Kohar Hari Santoso said that as of Friday 154 out of 252 COVID-19 cases, 61 percent, in the province were male.The task force data also revealed that males made up 77 percent of the COVID-19 fatalities in East Java, with 17 male patients dying out of a total of 22 deaths. last_img read more

4 in 5 Maori children born outside marriage

first_imgLindsay Mitchell Blog 7 April 2013The earliest statistics kept on Maori ex-nuptial births were in 1968. The percentage of Maori children born outside marriage would have been even lower pre-1968. Does marriage matter? Of course it does. Married people tend to be wealthier, are more likely to stay together, and provide their children with greater security and opportunity. A great deal of Maori disadvantage is due to the picture below.http://lindsaymitchell.blogspot.co.nz/2013/04/4-in-5-maori-children-born-outside.htmllast_img read more

USDA Announces $31 Million To Encourage Healthier Eating Habits

first_imgRICHMOND, Va. – The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is making up to $31.5 million in funding available to empower people to make healthier eating choices.Monday’s announcement indicates the program will help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) more easily afford healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.“Too many struggling families do not have adequate access to nutritious food,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.“Helping families purchase more fresh produce is clearly good for families’ health, helps contribute to lower health costs for the country, and increases local food sales for family farmers. Public-private partnerships with non-profit organizations and other community groups are already proving to have great success across the country. These resources will allow partnerships like these to help even more families.”last_img read more