Small wonder

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Westfield prepares fund for UK assets

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Weekly Update: Sending Help to Houston, Calling for Universal Lead Level Testing, Joining Bipartisan Governors to Strengthen Health Insurance Markets

first_img September 01, 2017 The Blog,  Weekly Update As the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey continued to spread in Gulf Coast, Governor Wolf announced Sunday that PA Task Force One would depart for Texas to assist in water rescue efforts. On Tuesday, the governor announced that members of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard would also be departing for Texas to assist with communication efforts as the hurricane continued.“Pennsylvania is ready and willing to offer any support needed for those affected by this historic natural disaster,” Governor Wolf said. “Our hearts go out to residents, law enforcement, responders, National Guard, PA Task Force 1 team members, and all others affected and involved.”On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health released its latest report on lead prevention in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf announced his support for universal blood-lead level testing for all children, under the age of two, in Pennsylvania and called on the Department of Health to work with the General Assembly and communities to draft legislation requiring the testing.On Thursday, Governor Wolf joined a group of bipartisan governors to send a letter to Congressional leadership that detailed recommendations to strengthen health insurance markets.“I am proud to again join bipartisan governors from across the country to help improve the health insurance system,” said Governor Wolf. “We must protect the gains we have made in Pennsylvania and many other states, but we all recognize that there are commonsense changes that can make the cost of care less expensive and more accessible. Instead of working to destabilize the health insurance system, Congress should work with governors to improve the system for all Americans.”Governor Wolf’s Week, August 27, 2017 – September 2, 2017Sunday, 8/27/17PA Task Force One Departs for Texas; 45 Members Receive Federal Mobilization OrdersMonday, 8/28/17Governor Wolf Celebrates Landmark Animal Protection Legislation Becoming Law TodayTuesday, 8/29/17Pennsylvania Air National Guardsmen Depart for TexasGovernor Wolf Reminds Pennsylvanians that Law to Increase Penalties for Endangering Children is Now in EffectWednesday, 8/30/17Governor Wolf Calls for Universal Testing of Blood-Lead Levels in Children StatewideGovernor Wolf Announces Stolen Valor Law Protecting Benefits for Service Members, Veterans Now in EffectGovernor Wolf Encourages Travelers to Utilize Online Traffic Tool for Labor Day Travel PlanningThursday, 8/31/17Governor Wolf’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Celebrates Reduction of Opioid Overprescribing in First YearWolf, Bipartisan Group of Governors Release Plan to Strengthen Health Insurance MarketsHighlights from The BlogGUEST BLOG: National Recovery Month is a Time to Celebrate Our Shared SuccessesAugust Jobs That Pay Update: Supporting Start-Ups, Celebrating Expansion, Revitalizing NeighborhoodsHighlights from TwitterPA stands ready to provide whatever help we can to citizens and first responders in Texas or any other state impacted by #HurricaneHarvey.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) August 27, 2017 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Weekly Update: Sending Help to Houston, Calling for Universal Lead Level Testing, Joining Bipartisan Governors to Strengthen Health Insurance Markets Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Congrats to all @LittleLeague World Series participants — the showing of talent, sportsmanship & love of the game was an inspiration.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) August 28, 2017last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Signs House Bill 2418

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 30, 2020 Bill Signing,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf signed into law House Bill 2418, which extends the sunset date for the Geospatial Coordinating Board by four years; and provides for the Treasury to submit a COVID-19 debt cost reduction review to the General Assembly. The bill also requires SERS/PSERS to provide annual baseline projections to the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO), and to provide information for actuarial notes to the IFO within 14 days of request.Ver esta página en español.center_img Gov. Wolf Signs House Bill 2418last_img read more

Impact of Saudi oil attack on crude flows will depend on duration of outage, Rystad says

first_img‘Situation in Middle East just got more fragile’ Wood Mackenzie research director, Vima Jayabalan, said: “Abqaiq and Khurais are main processing centers for Saudi Arabia’s Arab Extra Light and Arab Light crude oil.“China, South Korea, Japan and India are the biggest takers in Asia, with China and Japan leading the pack at an average of 900 – 1,100 kilo barrels per day each. India could be most exposed as its reserves are the least. China has SPR (Strategic Petroleum Reserve) and commercial crude storage, while Korea and Japan have IEA reserves to fall back on.“Collectively, Asian demand for Saudi Arabian crude is around 5 million barrels per day; accounting for almost 72% of Saudi Arabia’s crude exports. Asian consumption of Arab Extra Light and Arab Light grades alone from the affected facilities varies between 2.5 and 2.7 million barrels per day seasonally. The region’s dependence has increased significantly over the last 1.5 years.“The impact and the next course of action will depend on the duration of the outage. Saudi Arabia has enough reserves to cover the shortfall over the next week, but if the outage extends, then filling the gap with the right type of crude quality could be a challenge. Moreover, OPEC+ output cut predominantly consists of medium and heavy sour crudes.“In terms of refining and petrochemicals, the spike in crude oil prices will dent margins further.“A prolonged outage and/or further upside above-ground risks in the near term could have an impact on the preparation ahead of the IMO marine bunker specifications change, but at the moment it is still early days to assess.”Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit. Rystad: Oil price spike likely short-lived  Oil prices on Monday saw the biggest surge since 1991 following a drone attack on the state-owned Saudi Aramco’s oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia, according to Reuters. The attack has shut down about 5% of the world’s crude output, but the impact of the attack on crude oil flows will depend on the duration of the outage, Rystad has said. Illustration. Source: Flickr; Author: Sergio Russo – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 licenseThe world’s biggest crude oil processing facility, Abqaiq, was damaged in a drone attack on Saturday, September 14, 2019.In a short statement on Saturday, Saudi Aramco said that its emergency crews had contained fires at its plants in Abqaiq and Khurais, as a result of terrorist attacks with projectiles.These attacks resulted in production suspension of 5.7 million barrels of crude oil per day, according to the company.After visiting the incident locations, Amin H. Nasser, Saudi Aramco President & CEO, said: “We are gratified that there were no injuries. I would like to thank all teams that responded timely to the incidents and brought the situation under control. Work is underway to restore production and a progress update will be provided in around 48 hours.”The U.S. officials blamed Iran for the drone attack on Saudi facilities, but Iran denied blame, Reuters reported on Monday.Oil prices surged by as much as 19% in early trade on Monday before easing off to show a 10% gain after the U.S. President Trump said he would release the U.S. emergency supplies, the news agency further said.Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2019 Commenting on reports of drone attacks against vital oil infrastructure in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Per Magnus Nysveen, head of analysis at Rystad Energy, said: “The air attack by Iranian backed militia on vital oil processing terminals in the heart of Saud Arabia’s oil region has turned the market on its head over the weekend. From a situation of unprecedented global oversupply risks, the market will have to replace 5 million daily barrels of oil production by pulling from existing stocks until the oil facilities are brought back to safe operations.”Nysveen added: “This could take a longer time than the authorities initially are claiming. Despite lower exports this year, Saudi Arabia has also depleted its crude oil stocks to the lowest levels in 10 years, so the country alone does not have the same robustness to Middle East interruptions as it used to have. Also, the US cannot quickly replace this volume, as it takes time to relocate oil tankers, and US still has limited export capacity by Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC).Bjørnar Tonhaugen, head of oil market analysis at Rystad Energy, commented: “This will trigger a significant pull-down of crude oil stocks held by Saudi Aramco, stocks that serve as a crucial security buffer in case of a blockade by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz. The immediate impact on crude prices could be around $10 per barrel and we expect the impact could be around 5 dollars for weeks, as the situation in the Middle East just got more fragile.” ….sufficient to keep the markets well-supplied. I have also informed all appropriate agencies to expedite approvals of the oil pipelines currently in the permitting process in Texas and various other States.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2019 After the biggest attack on oil infrastructure since the Gulf War, Bjørnar Tonhaugen, head of oil market research at Rystad Energy, commented: “The bullish reaction in oil prices will likely be limited by Saudi Arabia’s vast quantities of crude in storage, estimated to equal roughly 26 days of current crude exports, a large portion of which is at the main export terminal Ras Tanura. The country also has strategic storage facilities in Rotterdam, Okinawa and Sidi Kerir (Egypt).”The drone attack on the world’s largest oil processing facility, Abqaiq in the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, forced Saudi Aramco to shut in 5.7 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude production, Rystad Energy said.“The world is not even close to being able to replace more than 5 million bpd day of Saudi Arabian exports. The market’s reaction to Saudi Arabia’s importance, in the new era of US shale, will now be put to the test,” Tonhaugen remarked.The longer the processing facility remains disrupted, the larger the potential impact on actual crude flows will be.“In a scenario where the damages result in a longer duration of the 5.7 million barrels per day production shut-in, say for 10 days or more, the situation for Saudi Arabian crude flows to the market will be critical, in our view, as there are limits globally to the volume of export replacement barrels,” Tonhaugen remarked.“Strategic Petroleum Reserves in the OECD countries would then be called upon. The US stands as one of the few countries that would be able to increase exports in the short term. We believe US crude exports could potentially be increased by about 1 million bpd, from 3 million to 4 million bpd, if prices allow for higher utilization of the current crude exports capacity.“Other countries with available capacity to increase exports by a few hundred thousand barrels per day each include UAE, Russia, Kuwait, and Iraq.”Rystad noted that Saudi Arabia has approximately 185 million barrels of crude stocks in storage currently, and has drawn down its domestic crude stockpiles by more than 40% (or 140 million barrels) since 2015. A large part of the storage is located near crude loading terminals, with storage capacity at Ras Tanura estimated at 60 million to 70 million barrels, representing 10 to 11 days of normal crude exports from the terminal.“The global flow of crude oil will not be disrupted immediately, Rystad Energy believes, due to storage capacity at the main export terminals. However, the longer the processing facility remains disrupted, the larger the potential impact on actual crude flows will be,” Tonhaugen added. Commenting on the attacks, Wood Mackenzie VP for Refining, Chemicals an Oil Markets, Alan Gelder, said: “This attack has material implications for the oil market, as a loss of 5 million barrels per day of supplies from Saudi Arabia cannot be met for long by existing inventories and the limited spare capacity of the other OPEC+ group members.“A geopolitical risk premium will return to the oil price,” Gelder added. Loss of supplies can’t be met for long by existing inventories Impact on Asian markets: India most exposed  Bloomberg reported that oil briefly surged above $71 a barrel on Monday after the strike on the Saudi oil facilities. Prices have since pulled back by about half of the initial gain.However, as Saudi officials are now less hopeful of rapid recovery, crude is still heading for the biggest advance in almost three years, according to Bloomberg.Remember when Iran shot down a drone, saying knowingly that it was in their “airspace” when, in fact, it was nowhere close. They stuck strongly to that story knowing that it was a very big lie. Now they say that they had nothing to do with the attack on Saudi Arabia. We’ll see?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019last_img read more

Ethical brothel struggles to find staff

first_imgNZ Herald 14 May 2017Family First Comment: Good stuff“…her attempts to fill vacancies amongst her staff were being hindered by a refusal from Winz – as well as TradeMe and local Facebook job boards – to allow her to advertise for staff with them. She had been told by Winz that sex work was “unsuitable” for its job listings.”Politicians may deem it acceptable but, ironically, government departments and families don’t!The owner of Whangarei’s new ethical brothel has hit out at Work and Income New Zealand for blocking her efforts to find would-be sex workers from the ranks of the unemployed.Antonia Murphy opened The Bach, in Whangarei, four months ago.But she said her attempts to fill vacancies amongst her staff were being hindered by a refusal from Winz – as well as TradeMe and local Facebook job boards – to allow her to advertise for staff with them.She had been told by Winz that sex work was “unsuitable” for its job listings. But she disagreed, saying women should be free to make the choice for themselves.And what did Winz deem suitable?“A quick look at the Northland Winz job board answers that question: cleaning work, serving in restaurants, working at a call centre,” said Murphy.“These are entry level jobs, the vast majority of which pay within a few pennies of minimum wage. I am offering more than eleven times that pay rate.”Murphy paid up to $180 an hour, offered a flexible working schedule and free childcare.However, Ministry of Social Development associate national commissioner Annie Aranui said it was a long-standing policy to not list or refer job seekers to work in the sex industry.“This policy was confirmed immediately following the passage of the Prostitution Reform Act in 2003.”READ MORE: read more

2nd Negros COVID testing lab mulled

first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – The provincial government of Negros Occidental intends to put up another coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing laboratory through a joint venture with a private company.Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, provincial administrator, said the province’s proposed second molecular laboratory will be constructed at the Valladolid District Hospital in partnership with Manila-based company Safeguard Diagnostics.Safeguard Diagnostics, according to Diaz, will supply all of the equipment. The provincial government, meanwhile, will handle the funds for the proposed laboratory.The province will receive P95,000 a month from the private company as a rent, and a five-percent rebate from the gross receipt of the company.Diaz pointed out that aside from being beneficial to the residents of southern Negros, the molecular laboratory in Valladolid can serve as a secondary testing center in case the province’s main test laboratory at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City encounters a problem.He furthered that all of the machines and test kits that would be used will come from the United States./PNlast_img read more

Gertrude Anna Linville

first_imgGertrude Anna Linville, left this earth for Heaven at 92 years of age. Formerly of Batesville she passed away on April 12, 2018 at the Heartford House/Hospice of Western, Kentucky.The daughter of August and Arietta (nee: Kramer) Ahrens was born January 15, 1926 in Batesville, Indiana.  Gertrude married Lawrence Linville on September 11, 1946, he passed away in 1977.  She later married Elmer Thie.She was employed at Hillenbrand Industries as a sewing machine operator of a 13 needle shearing machine.  She worked a total of 42 years with HI, retiring in 1989.  Over the years she had been a Lifetime Member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary where she held several positions and traveled Indiana extensively with her late husband Elmer Thie as he served as Indiana State Commander.  Although Batesville was always home, her later years were spent in Oak Ridge Assisted Living in Madisonville, KY, Heritage Park Assisted Living in Owensboro and Wellington Parc Nursing Home in Owensboro to be nearer to her family.She enjoyed and talked frequently about her camping days at Bar K Lake where she loved to fish with her camping friends.  She enjoyed watching baseball games on television and particularly enjoyed watching her great grandchildren play various sports.  She would never pass up the opportunity to play any type of card game or bingo and played solitaire relentlessly!She will be missed by her son, Richard and his wife, Christine (nee: Tollas) Linville, two grandchildren, Rich (Brandi) Linville and Rachel (Eric) Miller; along with five great grandchildren, Shelby and Sarah Linville and Isaac, Benjamin and Emelia Fox.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband Lawrence, sisters, Betty Seibert and Wilma Meyer, her brother Ervin Ahrens, her great granddaughter, Annah Fox and her ex-husband Elmer Thie.Visitation will be Monday, April 16, 2018 from 1-2pm with 2pm funeral services all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.  Rev. John Hembree officiating.  Burial will follow in the Adams Church Cemetery, Batesville.Online condolences read more

Arsenal will complete deals for Willian, Aubameyang this week

first_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TVBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?What Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouIncredible Underwater Objects Surrounded By Mystery Arsenal are set to complete two key deals this week as they prepare for the coming season. The Gunners are set to secure Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on a long term contract. They are also set to sign Willian on a free transfer after he left Chelsea. The two deals will be done in the coming week, per The source claims Aubameyang will sign a £250,000-a-week, three-year contract.Advertisement read also: Eberechi Eze ignores Crystal Palace, West Ham, dreams  Arsenal  move Willian will also get three years and will earn roughly £150,000-a-week. Arsenal still want to extend the loan of Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid and sign central defenders. They are also chasing Thomas Partey for defensive midfield, but the asking price from Atletico Madrid may prove too high. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more