Drop in Cotton Demand

first_imgMix one part consumer demand, a dash of soil and a few drops of water. Gently fold in acomplex international marketing system.That’s a recipe for what Georgia cotton farmers and processors are thinking now.”Nobody needs to panic about the Georgia and world cotton situation rightnow,” said Don Shurley, a cotton economist with the University of Georgia ExtensionService. “Consumers may find some lower prices or sales on cotton clothes and itemsand growers should look for favorable pricing opportunities.”Recent reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture figure the national crop at 18.6million bales. Georgia’s crop is expected to be 2ÿmillion bales, just over 10 percentof the U.S. total.Based on improving weather across the cotton belt, Shurley thinks the national cropcould come in at close to 19ÿmillion bales. Standard cotton bales weigh 480 pounds.But for the first time since 1990, demand for cotton is down.”In the’80s we kept setting consumption records every year,” Shurley said.But higher retail prices and new fabric blends, among other things, slowed down cottonuse.”It’>scertainly fair to say that as farmer prices rose, retail prices went up, too,” hesaid. “But the entire increase didn’t go to the farmer. Because the raw-material cost went up, the cost foreach step it takes to get cotton from the farmer to the store went up, too.”The cotton in a typical pair of denim jeans weighs about two and one-third pounds. At1995 prices of about 73 cents per pound, the farmer got only about $1.83 for the cotton ineach pair. Labor, shipping, processing and marketing make up the rest of the retail cost. For these and other economic reasons, as cotton use went down, so did processing andmilling orders. That cut the time employees worked. Other mills closed completely asprocessors moved overseas, where labor costs were lower.Farmers saw the drop in demand and planted less cotton this year.”The U.S. doesn’t typically import cotton,” Shurley said. But low supplies, due tohigh demand in 1994-95, were a part of the formula that triggered the import of cotton tothe United States.In 1994, a normal production year in the United States but poor in othercotton-producing countries, we imported only 20,000 bales. “That amount is so smallas to be mathematically unimportant,” Shurley said.But the imported amount jumped to 445,000 bales in 1995. And projections for 1996 standat 400,000 bales.Rising cotton imports drive prices down further. And deflated prices, Shurley said,make it harder for farmers to decide whether to plant cotton or crops such as corn orsoybeans, which may return higher profits.Crop prices are cyclical within a season, too, he said. For cotton farmers, the fallingdemand could push the price down into the high-60 cents-per-pound range. But that fairlylow price, Shurley said, could spark demand and drive the price back up above 70 cents,where they are now.Knowing that, some farmers may choose to contract their cotton for higher prices laterin the year. The higher price per pound can more than pay for the cost to store thecotton.In any market-driven economy, retail and wholesale prices follow the law of supply anddemand. “As demand increases, so do prices,” Shurley said. “When supply isgreater, prices drop.”No matter where in the price cycle we are, somebody benefits,” he said.”But before long, someone else in the buying chain will have the advantage.”last_img read more

India seeks bids for solar-wind-battery system

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mercom India:The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has issued a tender for the development of 160 MW of solar-wind hybrid power project with battery energy storage system (BESS) at Ramagiri, located in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.The scope of work includes the design, engineering, supply, construction, installation, testing, and commissioning of the projects. Apart from these, the successful bidder will also be responsible for 10 years of operations and maintenance (O&M) services.The project is being developed under the ‘Innovation in Solar Power and Hybrid Technologies Project’ and SECI has applied for financing from the World Bank. A part of the grant will go towards the Ramagiri project.Of late, hybrid tenders as well as tenders coupled with BESS component have gained traction in the country.The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) recently announced a new wind-solar hybrid policy that aims to provide a framework for the expansion of grid-connected wind-solar hybrid systems in the country. The ministry later amended the policy to remove the word ‘battery’ from the relevant clauses in order to broaden the definition of the term “storage” and facilitate the growth of the sector. In its notification, the ministry said that it realizes that initially the word ‘storage’ was defined only in terms of battery storage, which restricted other forms of storage such as pumped hydro, compressed air, and flywheel.More: SECI issues 160 MW solar-wind hybrid tender with battery energy storage system India seeks bids for solar-wind-battery systemlast_img read more

Disciplinary review panel wrapping up its work

first_imgGary Blankenship Senior Editor The preliminary report of the Special Commission on Lawyer Regulation is still being drafted, but Bar President-elect Hank Coxe has given a preview to the Bar Board of Governors.Coxe, chair of the special commission, told the board last month that the report will be presented at its February meeting, so members can debate it at their April gathering and approve it in June.Agreeing with David Rothman, a member of the board and SCLR, Coxe said review of the grievance system should be ongoing. The Bar’s membership opinion survey this year showed that members gave their highest approval ratings to the Bar’s discipline and regulation of lawyers, he added.“The driving principles of the whole thing were protection of the public, fairness to the lawyer, and recognition of what the late Justice Ray Ehrlich reminded everyone in an opinion: This [practicing law] is a privilege, not a right,” Coxe said.Some recommendations that the SCLR was preparing have already been acted on, he noted. That includes the Disciplinary Procedure Committee putting final touches, pursuant to the board’s approval, on Standing Board Policies to guide board members acting as designated reviewers in grievance cases. (DPC Chair Murray Silverstein reported earlier in the meeting those will come to the board in February.)Also pending before the Florida Supreme Court is a rule amendment to instantly suspend an attorney when a jury or judge finds the lawyer guilty of a felony.Coxe said that the amendment stemmed from the special commission’s finding that sometimes months elapsed between conviction and sentencing, during which time the lawyer was able to continue to practice law.And a recently court-approved rule changing disciplinary resignations to disbarment on consent was a product of the commission’s deliberations, Coxe said.“No longer can someone resign for disciplinary reasons. Now it is defined as disbarment on consent,” he said.“It is impossible, time and time again, to defend to the public that the lawyer apparently resigned for [egregious] conduct. It may be a matter of perception, but I think it is critical.”Among other recommendations are:• Placing basic information about Bar disciplinary actions online, with instructions on how to contact the Bar for complete public information. Coxe noted that currently there is no online disciplinary information, although the Bar otherwise has an open disciplinary process. He also said the current policy means that when a lawyer is suspended, they are removed from the online rolls, which only show members in good standing. That can lead to confusion, he said.• Expanding the ACAP program to have most people making grievance complaints actually speak with a Bar staffer.“This may have the greatest impact on helping lawyers and helping the public,” Coxe said.“Talking to a live human being is just immensely valuable to us.” While the program won’t help quickly resolve serious disputes, like trust account violations, it has proven effective in getting a quick resolution of minor problems such as strained communications between lawyer and client and similar difficulties.• Continuing the use of both county and circuit judges in serving as referees in grievance hearings, but no judges should serve without certifying they have reviewed a course on grievance hearings that is now available on CD.• As a housekeeping measure and for consistency, the Bar should prepare the referee hearing record when the referee’s finding is appealed to the Supreme Court.• Public reprimands should be issued in front of the Board of Governors. Coxe, noting he has been an advocate of having those reprimands performed in local venues, said he was surprised by that recommendation, but it was a nearly unanimous recommendation. The board has conducted fewer and fewer such reprimands in recent years, usually just doing a handful annually. The change will mean doing eight to 10 at each board meeting, said Coxe, adding that some alternatives are being looked at, such as administering the reprimands as a group instead of individually.• Allowing a lawyer who is facing a probable cause hearing to request the right to appear before the committee and leaving it to the committee whether to grant that request. Coxe said that will bring some policy uniformity to determining when grievance committees can allow an attorney to appear.• Finding ways to speed the grievance process. Coxe said both members of the public and judges have expressed concerns about the time a grievance takes, and some judges testified they would make a complaint about a lawyer and then never hear back from the Bar.“We’re working on that,” Coxe said.The board discussed public reprimands and ways to make them more effective. A problem is if reprimands are made too punitive or too public, Coxe said, lawyers may opt to take a short suspension, which is technically a more severe punishment, but carries the potential of less public stigma. Disciplinary review panel wrapping up its work Disciplinary review panel wrapping up its workcenter_img January 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

It’s Q4, how are you doing on those goals?

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Harbinak Shapiro Michelle Shapiro has more than a 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services Industry Expert at Hyland Software. Her mission is to share … Web: www.onbase.com Details There is a chill in the air, leaves are quickly abandoning their trees, and the stores are stocking up on holiday décor. That’s right, it’s that time of year again: the end. As we approach the culmination of 2017, how are you doing on your goals for the year? If you have completely abandoned “The big 3” for 2017 or need a refresher, let’s take another look at three main goals for the year every financial institution should be working toward Improving records managementIn order to keep up with the growing number of regulations involving documents and records to avoid fines and bad press, all institutions should be setting records management functionality as a priority.Once digital, records management capabilities use predefined rules to automate records management processes, from record declaration through final disposition. Users can then place holds on those records to automatically destroy or purge them from the system, staying in compliance with the exact amount of time records need to be held and avoiding the risks associated with unsuccessful audits.How far did you get on this one? Knowing your membersTo support today’s crucial member-centric banking strategies, credit unions should utilize a content services, or an enterprise content management (ECM), platform. With electronic documents and information stored in a secure, central system, employees are able to access member information and documents directly through their core banking systems or line-of-business interfaces without having to switch screens or applications.With a simple mouse click or finger tap, employees immediately know everything they need to.How is your credit union tracking against this goal?                                                                                                      Wowing your membersInstant access also means employees are focusing on members, not looking for information. By integrating core banking software with ECM, member service representatives have that instant access to relevant information. This empowers them to provide fast, accurate answers when a member needs help – the true “core” of your business. This is not only a great time to make a lasting impact on your members, but also capture sales information, generate leads, make offers or create new sales.Going even further, content services solutions also provide several mechanisms for customized, automated statement delivery. You can deliver compound statements with check images via email, fax or posting on the internet and then customize them to include specific marketing messages. You can also provide secure online access to documents, enhancing the member experience as well as reducing the workload on service representatives.How did you do on this one?Good luck as we wrap up 2017. And if you’re coming up short or run out of time, like Cleveland Browns fans know all too well, “there’s always next year.”last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events April 16 – 22

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Cavalera ConspiracyThe Cavalera brothers thrashed their way into our lives in the ’90s and haven’t slowed down since. The Brazilian bro band’s latest record Pandemonium sums up what these two metalheads are all about: unleashing pulse-pounding sounds with unfiltered rage. These guys are ready. Are you? With fellow hellraisers Death Angel, Corrosion Of Conformity, Lody Kong and Accelerator. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $27.50, $30 DOS. 6 p.m. April 16.Dr. Scott BanksThe author will speak and sign his new guide book Natural Cures for Dummies. This user-friendly reference arms you with information on the symptoms and the root causes of your health problems along with a proven, natural and customized prescription. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. April 16.Claudia Russell / Bruce Kaplan & Glen RoethelSmoky vocals and masterful guitarwork define the husband-wife duo of Russell & Kaplan, painting multi-layered collages of sound and color and emotion across a canvas born from San Francisco. Roethel is a pop-folk-rock-singer-songwriter renowned for aura-inspiring, soul-warming positive lyrics and melodies. Touring in support of his latest album, Unfolding, Roethel can be counted on to deliver lush, soothing, baritone-tenor crooning atop an array of guitar and ukelele originals and covers, all sure to heal your very spirit. Wow. This show-stoppping performance is all part of CAC’s beloved Hard Luck Café concert series, held on the third Thursday of every month in the Sky Room. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. Apr. 16.The Smoking Gun BandDo your feet twitch when you hear really great music? Do they begin to tap and jostle and pump to the rhythm, uncontrollably catapulting you up from your seat and out onto the dancefloor, the aisle, the top of the bar? Do you raise your glass in joyous homage when you hear a crying, lonely guitar note that just somehow captures everything you’ve been feeling for the past several months but just could not seem to fully express? When you hear a vocal possessing not just perfect pitch and harmonics, but a messy, dirty, beautiful piece of the singer’s very heart and soul, does it make you howl a glorious “Oh hells yes!”!? Then this is the gig for you. Yes, you deserve this. Welcome home. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Apr. 16.Jeff BeckHe’s jammed with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, collaborated alongside Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice, and along the way, earned a Grammy and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as he secured his place among rock’s top guitarists. Jeff Beck has inspired musicians for decades, and he continues to amaze crowds with his otherworldly talents and mind-blowing feats that to this day don’t seem possible. With special guest Tyler Bryant. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50-$125. 8 p.m. Apr. 16, 17Disney Live!We can use a break from Elsa, Anna and Olaf. Coming to the stage for Disney’s latest live event are three of everyone’s favorite fairytales: Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The Disney Princess trio—the evil step mother defeating Cinderella, beast savior Bell and Ms. White, who survived a jealous Queen’s vindictive poison apple rampage—will bedazzle and inspire once again. These tales never get old. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $15-$90. Times vary, Apr. 16, 17.National Public Health Week Event SeriesInteractive events examining current public-health issues including Long Island suburban minority healthcare, Alzheimer’s disease, HIV prevention, lingering mental-health effects after Hurricane Sandy, and the role of dental care in the control of chronic disease–all important topics that you and your family need to educate themselves about. Let’s do this. Hofstra University, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead.  Hofstra.edu Times vary. Apr. 16, 17.Long Island Volunteer FairKnowledge can keep you safe. Knowledge can help your community. Knowledge can save lives and change this world for the better. This is your chance to sign up for a cause and help make a difference in somebody’s life. It is You who can do this. It is You who can make an impact. It is You who need to come on down to this extraordinary gathering! More than 60 nonprofit agencies will host exhibits aimed at recruiting campus and off-campus volunteers for various community projects. On-scene service projects on emergency preparedness and stormwater pollution will also be presented. Farmingdale State College, Roosevelt Hall, 2350 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale. farmingdale.edu 10 a.m. Apr. 17.Piano DuoJiayin Shen, the youngest student ever admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the most prestigious music school in China, brings to her performances extraordinary artistry and charismatic stage presence. She’ll team up with 23-year-old Alan Woo recently won Juilliard’s 2014 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition. You really need to see this to believe it. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Grace Auditorium, 1Bungtown Rd., Cold Spring Harbor. cshl.edu $20. 6 p.m. Apr. 17.Nita StraussJoin this six-string virtuosic starlet guitarist for Alice Cooper for a Blackstar Amplification Clinic and a meet and greet. Nita will provide product demonstrations, talk with fans and fellow guitar players about how she achieves her sound on the road with Alice Cooper and do a Q&A with fans. She will also be available to take pictures and sign autographs. Watch her shred! Sam Ash Music Store, 385 Old Country Rd., Carle Place. nitastrauss.com Free. 6:30 p.m. Apr. 17.Modern ManThe satirical trio, featuring Rob Carlson, David Buskin and George Wurzbach, will deliver a performance you’re not likely to forget for some time. “Filling the void between The Three Tenors and The Three Stooges” is their motto, laughter guaranteed. Performer George Wurzbach has just announced his retirement from the band–to celebrate the occasion, they have written a special song called “Los Geezers del Amore,” sure to be on their OTC playlist. Wow, is this a special treat! Order up a latte, kick back, and laugh along! Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City. ourtimescoffeehouse.org $15. 8 p.m. Apr. 17.Bob SagetWhat salacious irony! Only in Hollywood could the wholesome father on the fluffy Full House family-friendly kids’ show also be the rawest stand-up comic around whose blue streak is beyond X-rated. So which is the real deal? Well, there’s a reason Bob Saget titled his autobiography, Dirty Daddy. And that’s the guy who will take the stage and hold nothing back when he opens his mouth and the gags spill out. Maybe he’ll repeat the “dirtiest joke in the world,” a racy record he set after appearing in The Aristocrats. He definitely won’t be introducing any America’s Funniest Home Videos in his comedy act, but  you can be sure there will be some very funny, yet filthy, moments worth taking home and talking about—once the tykes aren’t within earshot, because offending those with delicate sensibilities is the furthest thing from Saget’s mind. Not. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$59.50. 8 p.m. Apr. 17.Rhiannon GiddensBest known as a member of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens had an extraordinary star-is-born moment on September 2013 at the Another Day, Another Time concert at NYC’s Town Hall–a celebration of the music that inspired the Coen brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis.Now she’s out sharing material from her first solo album Tomorrow Is My Turn, which incorporates folk, jazz, gospel and blues, and is produced by T Bone Burnett, so you should expect nothing short of complete and utter transcendence. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $42-$52. 8 p.m. Apr. 17.25th Annual Hicks Flower & Garden ShowFlowers possess a beauty and presence that straddles the worlds of both the mortal and divine, somehow bridging each, all while delighting our hearts and souls. This multi-day celebration of all that is leafy and bright will feature an opening night reception with food and drinks and live music provided by AuPrivave. There will also be art demos, make-and-takes, and live renderings. Let’s revel in the gorgeousness that is horticulture, together! Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury. Free. hicksnurseries.com Time vary. Apr. 16-18.Art BytesWhen you put creative people in a room together, you’re bound to get something imaginative as a result. This special synergistic event features visual art, animation, illustration, videography, live painting and musical performances that will both amaze and inspire. Launchpad Huntington, 315 Main St., Huntington. Free. 6 p.m. Apr. 18.‘Best of Times’ CabaretAn evening with Broadway stars Karen Mason and Lee Roy Reams at Castle Gould’s Great Hall. All-inclusive evening includes signature cocktails, served dinner, show and dessert and coffee with the performers. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. thesandspointpreserve.com $120. 7 p.m. Apr. 18.Joe DeGuardia’s STAR Boxing Presents “Rockin’ Fights 18” Featuring Joe SmithThey all could be contenders! Watch them put their gloves on, insert their mouth guards, adjust their trunks and punch like poets! No, wait, that’s a poetry slam. This is a bout with light heavyweights that features some of the best pugilists around and prospects that you’ll be hearing about for years to come, long after the final bell has rung. The excitement is unbelievable when Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing champs get in the ring. Talk about a slug fest! This event will be a knockout. Take the top of the fight card. Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith has explosive talent but he’ll be facing Cory “Black Ice” Cummings, and ten rounds later, who knows what will happen? One of those guys just might be kissing the canvas.The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50-$200. 7:30 p.m. Apr. 18.Patti LuPoneNorthport’s favorite daughter, Patti LuPone, is a Broadway superstar, best known for her ground-breaking performance as Eva Peron in the original cast of “Evita”, which earned her a Tony Award for Best Actress. One of America’s top talents, Patti has also garnered two Grammy awards and London’s prestigious Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Without a doubt, she’s got the chops and the chutzpah to deliver a knockout punch every time she gets on stage. Here, she’ll be hitting all the notes, high and low, with “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda,” featuring songs from musicals Patti could have played, should have played, did play and will play, ranging from “Hair” to “Funny Girl” to “West Side Story” as well as the shows she made her own: “Evita” and “Gypsy.” It’s gonna be one helluva night. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. Patchoguetheatre.org $45. 8 p.m. Apr. 18.Barnaby ByePeppy Castro, one of the leading figures from the seminal ’60s psychedelic band the Blues “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet” Magoos, formed Barnaby Bye with twin brothers, Bobby and Billy Alessi, and Mike Ricciardella after meeting the twins backstage at the Biltmore Theater where they were performing “Hair” on Broadway. Later, with an assist from music mogul Ahmet Ertegun in 1972, they made a pair of highly regarded Beatles-like pop albums for Atlantic Records in the early ’70s. A few years ago they got back together, made another album that delighted their legion of fans and have been touring ever since, bringing on the love with their smooth harmonies and hard-rocking rhythms. They’ll be joined by Rich Cerniglia of The Illusion, Gene Cornish of The Rascals and Ralph Scala of the Blues Magoos. The Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. Boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. Apr. 18.Gilbert GottfriedAmerican comedian Gilbert Gottfried has won over fans throughout his career, whether it be in comedy shows or on TV and in movies with his unforgettable voice. Gottfried has seemingly done everything from voicing the animated bird in Aladdin to various comedy skits on late-night TV and appearances on a number of hit shows. The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $25. 7:30, 10 p.m. Apr. 18.The Break FinalsThe rules sound simple enough. Register, make a profile, get your fans to vote. But that’s deceptive. Because the competition at the Skate and Surf Festival will be steep. Each band will be going all out, taking risks with their material, pushing the boundaries, trying anything to gain that extra edge that will make all the difference between winning and losing. Or maybe they’ll just kick back, look at the sky and say, “Forget about it!” Are you kidding? No fracking way! These people are serious. They love music. They live to play, and making that look easy takes a lot of very hard work. You want to see something amazing? Check it out! Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12, $15 DOS. 12 p.m. Apr. 19.Alice HoffmanThis local author will be flipping through the pages and reading selections from The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a love story set in New York City in the early decades of the 20th century. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview. Free. 2 p.m. Apr. 19.Testament “Dark Roots of Thrash II Tour” with Special Guests – Exodus & Shattered SunLong Island will get a taste of San Francisco when the Bay Area’s thrash metal legends Testament and Exodus join forces. Press music critic Zack Tirana witnessed sonic demons Testament combine forces with Judas Priest at the Old Barn back in the day, and let me tell you, he still occasionally rambles on about that crazy scene in the parking lot, when all those bikers showed up and–well, perhaps you can ask him yourself one day. Maybe not. Regardless, rumor has it that Testament will treat fans to a full-album performance of their epics The Legacy and The New Order. This is a must-see for diehard fans, avid headbangers or those who for some reason are just absolutely involuntarily drawn to mind-blowing, cataclysmic guitars, crushing drums and bass, and meteorically scorching vocals. Insane. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$44.50. 7 p.m. Apr. 19.Kim RussoThe 2015 winner of Best of L.I. in the psychic/medium category, Kim Russo goes by the moniker “The Happy Medium.” She uses her gift of communicating with those in the “spirit world” to help families and loved ones heal. You can catch Kim on Lifetime on Saturday nights in her hit show Psychic Interventions. The Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $45-$120. 7:30 p.m. Apr. 19.BadfishCovering everyone’s favorite punk/reggae/ska/pop songs by Sublime is this very cool tribute band, named after the legendary group’s classic tune. Warming up the crowd will be Roots Foundation, Half Breeds and Soul Junkies. Will they play “What I Got”? Most likely. “Pawn Shop”? Probably. Will they play “Rivers Of Babylon”!? Unsure. But we hope so. Only one way to find out! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. Theemporiumny.com $16, $20 DOS. 8 p.m. Apr. 19.Keep on Keepin’ OnThis documentary–one of countless screened on a constant basis from this cinematic-artistry nonprofit–depicts the story of 93-year-old jazz legend Clark Terry, who was the first African American staff musician on the Tonight Show, a mentor to Miles Davis and one of the few performers to have played in both Count Basie’s and Duke Ellington’s bands. Wild. Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson. portjeffersondocumentaryseries.com $7. 7 p.m. Apr. 20.Jake E. Lee’s Dragon CartelFamed Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee will rock Long Island with his metal band Dragon Cartel known for their brash sound and loud guitar screams. Audiences will watch in awe as they kill it onstage. Opening the show are Magus Beast, J.Rad, The Royal Guard and Captain To Co-Pilot .Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $18, $20 DOS. 7 p.m. Apr. 21.Ball In The HouseBesides having an absolutely killer band name, Ball in the House (as in, “Mom always said, ‘Don’t Play..’”) this R&B, soul and pop a-cappella band promises to get you movin’ and groovin’. Influenced by Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, and Boys II Men, their harmonic sound reaches deep into your soul and flows through your veins. It’s impossible to stay in your seat when they bust out their signature sounds that inspire those dancin’ feet. With Special Guests The Westbury Public School Choirs The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $5-10. 8 p.m. Apr. 21.Stony Brook OperaDavid Lawton, Professor of Music and Artistic Director of Stony Brook Opera, will conduct, and the cast will perform excerpts from the opera with piano accompaniment, sung in the original Italian language, with projected titles in English. Brenda Harris, a leading soprano in American regional opera and Performing Artist in Residence at Stony Brook University, will stage the opera. Brookhaven Lab, William Floyd Pkwy., Upton. bnl.gov Free. 12 p.m. Apr. 22.PlanetaryIn celebration of Earth Day, the CAC joins theaters around the globe in screening Planetary, the provocative and breathtaking film that brings into focus our connection to all living things on planet Earth, screening in the Spirituality Through Film series hosted by educator Fred Craden. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $12 public, $7 members. 7:30 p.m. Apr. 22.An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & John HiattDon’t miss out on the road show by two country rock crooners. Hiatt will perform some of his biggest and most beloved songs, including “Crossing Muddy Waters,” “Thing Called Love” and “Have A Little Faith In Me,” as well as several new ones with his band The Combo. Lovett will take the stage to mesmerize with his deep country voice and clever–and often ironically biting–lyrics, along with expert guitar virtuosity. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $45-$85. 8 p.m. Apr. 22.—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Jaime Franchi, Rashed Mian, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

Oil plunges about 30% after Saudi Arabia slashes prices, opens taps

first_imgOil fell by the most since 1991 on Monday after Saudi Arabia started a price war with Russia by slashing its selling prices and pledging to unleash its pent-up supply onto a market reeling from falling demand because of the coronavirus outbreak.Brent crude futures fell by as much as US$14.25, or 31.5 percent, to $31.02 a barrel. That was the biggest percentage drop since Jan. 17, 1991, at the start of the first Gulf War and the lowest since Feb. 12, 2016. It was trading at $35.75 at 0114 GMT.US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell by as much as $11.28, or 27.4 percent, to $30 a barrel. That was also the biggest percentage drop since the first Gulf War in January 1991 and the lowest since Feb. 22, 2016. It was trading at $32.61. Saudi Arabia, Russia, and other major producers last battled for market share like this between 2014 and 2016 to try to squeeze out production from the United States, now the world’s biggest oil producer as flows from shale oil fields doubled the country’s output during the last decade.“Saudi Arabia and Russia are entering into an oil price war that is likely to be limited and tactical,” Eurasia Group said in a note.“The most likely outcome of this crisis is entrenchment into a painful process that lasts several weeks or months, until prices are low enough to … some form of compromise on resumed OPEC+ production restraint,” Eurasia said.Saudi Arabia has opened the war by cutting its official selling prices for April for all crude grades to all destinations by between $6 to $8 a barrel.China’s efforts to curtail the coronavirus outbreak has disrupted the world’s second-largest economy and curtailed shipments to the largest oil importer.The spread to other major economies such as Italy and South Korea and the burgeoning cases in the United States has increased the concerns that oil demand will slump this year.Major banks such as Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs have cut their demand growth forecasts, with Morgan Stanley predicting China will have zero demand growth in 2020 while Goldman is seeing a contraction of global demand of 150,000 barrels per day.In other markets, the dollar was down sharply against the yen, Asian stock markets were set for big falls and gold rose to the highest since 2013 as investors fled to safe havens.Topics : Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, is attempting to punish Russia, the world’s second-largest producer, for balking on Friday at production cuts proposed by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).OPEC and other producers supported the cuts to stabilize falling prices caused by the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.Saudi Arabia plans to boost crude output above 10 million barrels per day (bpd) in April after the current supply deal between OPEC and Russia, – known as OPEC+ – expires at the end of March, two sources told Reuters on Sunday.Brent crude oil prices collapse by most since 1991 as ‘OPEC+’ disintegrates. (Reuters/-)last_img read more

Deltamarin unveils LNG-fueled multipurpose inland vessel design

first_imgDeltamarin, part of AVIC Group, unveiled an LNG-fueled multipurpose inland vessel called the DeltaBreaker. Deltamarin’s office in Gdansk developed the multipurpose inland vessel as a response to the increasing utilization of inland waterways, especially in Central Europe.The DeltaBreaker design combines the features of tug, icebreaker and pusher with some added functionalities.The hull shape has low resistance and the ability to break ice up to 0.6 meters thick. This way, the inland navigation season can be extended in various parts of the world.The current design allows operations on waterways of international (CEMT) class IV, however, Deltamarin added that smaller versions of this design can also be developed.The DeltaBreaker design implements of the Articulated Tug-Barge (ATB) system connection. It allows the pushing of compatible barges on inland and coastal waters.This opens up the possibility to further develop an efficient design for such barges that can be used for carrying bulk cargo, containers, oil/products, accommodation modules and as LNG transportation/bunkering facilities.A special place for two 20ft containers has been reserved on the aft deck. Additional functions like firefighting, oil-spill cleaning or environmental measurements may, therefore, be easily incorporated into the design.last_img read more

Equinor sees higher production from fields supported by digital centers

first_img‘Central in reducing CO2 emissions’  In just a few months the digital support centers established to help create higher value, improve safety and reduce emissions from Equinor’s installations on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) have led to good results from the first onshore-supported fields, Equinor has said. Kjell Børge-Freiberg (left), petroleum and energy minister, and Arne Sigve Nylund, executive vice president for Development and Production Norway. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland /Equinor)Today, January 7, 2019, two centers were formally opened at Sandsli in Bergen by the Norwegian petroleum and energy minister, Kjell-Børge Freiberg.Equinor has set an ambition of increasing the value creation from NCS fields by more than $2 billion from 2020 to 2025 through measures such as onshore operations support.New this year is that monitoring of the energy consumption to reduce CO2 emissions from NCS operations will be improved by support of the digital centers.By 2021, all Equinor fields on the NCS will be supported by manned onshore centers in Bergen, Stavanger and Stjørdal.Arne Sigve Nylund, executive vice president for Development and Production Norway, said: “So far, we see higher production and earnings from the Grane, Gina Krog and Åsgard fields, which have been supported by the integrated operations support center (IOC) since September. After that the Aasta Hansteen and Norne fields have also been connected to the center. This marks that we have just started phasing in our 40 installations to the IOC, revealing a great potential.”“The good results are achieved by production optimization, improved condition monitoring and operations support for safe offshore operation. IOC will also be relevant for our onshore installations and international activities,” says Nylund. The IOC center will be central in reducing CO2 emissions from the NCS. Equinor has implemented more than 300 energy efficiency measures on NCS installations from 2008 and up to the present, reducing annual CO2 emissions by almost 1.6 million tonnes so far. The company aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 3.2 million tonnes per year by 2030. Further energy efficiency measures and new energy solutions will help reach this goal.“We have set ambitious goals for changing and transforming the NCS to maintain high value creation and low emissions for the next decades. We have improved our operating efficiency, increased production, reduced our CO2 emissions and developed a highly profitable project portfolio. Digitalization, innovation and use of new technology will allow us to recover resources that are not profitable now,” says Nylund.According to Equinor, the IOC will also improve its collaboration with suppliers and partners and increase the transfer of knowledge across the organization.“The IOC gives us new digital tools ensuring faster and better decisions through close interaction between offshore operations and onshore support center. Our main goal is to operate our installations safely and optimally every single day while identifying challenges and preventing shut-downs before they occur,” says Kjetil Hove, head of operations technology on the NCS.Equinor said that the other center to be formally opened on Monday, the Geo Operations Center (GOC), will ensure more efficient and better geoscience control of drilling operations as well as higher cost saving and personnel safety. Monitoring and control of offshore well path drilling will be moved from offshore installations and the various onshore units to a joint geoscience operations center. The GOC is expected to save NOK 270 million per year.“This is a completely new way of working and represents one of the biggest changes we have made in petroleum technology and geology during the last 20 years. The GOC will utilize new technology and help form a digital future, where tasks are carried out and experience gained and shared in smart ways,” says Hove.Opening of the Integrated Operations Center in Bergen. Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland/Equinorlast_img read more

School search changes to put ‘pupils and teachers’ in danger

first_imgONE News 28 Dec 2012School principals fear they could soon be powerless to confiscate weapons and illicit drugs from pupils, under changes to the Education Act.The Education Amendment Bill, now before Parliament, includes changes to the surrender, retention, search and seizure powers held by schools.Under the proposed changes, teachers would not be allowed to search pupils or their property but would be able to search property owned by the school, such as lockers and desks.Dogs would no longer be allowed to search schools for drugs, and schools would not be able to test pupils for drug use.Schools could suspend pupils for refusing to hand over a weapon or drugs.Wellington College headmaster Roger Moses said the impact of the bill was still unclear, but any move to reduce schools’ ability to search and seize could make them less safe.“If contraband of any kind is brought into the school we want the ability to search for that stuff. It is going to make it more difficult for schools to police internally.”http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/school-search-changes-put-pupils-and-teachers-in-danger-5305670last_img read more

Robbing the poor

first_img Tweet 27 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional Robbing the poor by: – April 30, 2012center_img Melanius Alphonse is a management and development consultant. He is an advocate for community development, social justice, economic freedom and equality; the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) critic on youth initiative, infrastructure, economic and business development.The Throne Speech written by the Labour (and liberal) government of Saint Lucia and delivered by Her Excellency on April 24, 2012, was an excellent delivery of the obvious and the admission by an administration endowed in Greek civilization “to become a tragedy like Helen of Troy.”The catch is this: “All things are ready if our minds be so.” This is a fine line, but myopic in thought and action, due to the fact that the reality is not balanced with a growth-supporting measures, but rather just another fine deal, made for smart messaging.Until now, to savor the victory, the Labour (and liberal) government has moved from “STEP” to “NICE” to retain its grip on power with empty political rhetoric. The Labour (and liberal) government to date has grown the recurrent estimates of expenditure by $68 million in five months — and it is clear by now that someone did not get the memo.In the meantime, as they cleverly ask the citizens of Saint Lucia to tie their waist and pull up their boot straps, it is very clear that only a few will benefit from their reckless borrowing and spending. The Labour (and liberal) government seems not interested in their own messaging to make tough choices and commit to real fiscal discipline. It’s equally true that the habit of reckless tax and spend, and to make the deep economic and political cuts that are required for a sustainable fiscal footing is not going to happen.The real struggle is a variable between better days, Greek civilization and the need for more time, because, “All things are ready if our minds be so.”But let’s not forget that the Labour (and liberal) government of Saint Lucia is by nature a miserable administrator of the public purse. Their perceive strength is political rhetoric and perception to STEP, LEAP and now, NICE. So, who’s benefit? “YEP” let’s see how “BIG” this will impact the greatest number.Talk about robbing the poor by raising taxes with language such as “no other choice” — is no doubt an autocratic approach to avoid spending cuts.The news has been predictable, the outlook is bleak — STEPPIN’ to LEAP and now — YEP, BIG, and NICE, will not cut it. A quick look at world markets reflects this. With $35 million allotted to NICE, the task, the mission at hand is to relieve the chronic employment shortage (so they stay). Are they for real? Could this be just another version of short term employment, the same kind that has kept poor people in abject poverty?And, then there is “SMILE” — SMILE about what? Maybe a Labour (and liberal) government of acronyms.Never mind the political opportunism, the financial crisis remains unfavourable, with sluggish growth and fiscal imbalance. In the main, the fate of Saint Lucia is glossed upon with fancy acronyms, as its people are led towards the abyss of despair.In all likelihood, new stimulus to trade and to grow domestic demand in agriculture while reducing the food import bill and increasing manufacturing output is fundamental for the delivery of a long term reform.Additionally, to solve the debt and job crisis, one solution is to create the environment for the private sector to create jobs, (rather than a NICE liberal distribution of public funds), reduce government spending, pay down the debt and balance the budget.While the throne speech called for the people to come together, the Labour (and liberal) government is not in step with the citizens but on their own vibe to be nice with their comrades.While our house of faith is centered on God and country, others prefer, “faith in ourselves, in our country, in God.” While civil society, business and person should direct government, others prefer to “engage as government to civil society.”Indeed, “we need to engage each other in proactive and responsible ways. Let us not shout across the fence of divided opinion but sit in the circle of mutual respect and the kind of willing compromise that shapes the best solutions for the greatest number.”But, then again, while this is inspiring philosophy the Labour (and liberal) government, autocratic rule is the order of the day.Simply because, while citizens make ends meet, the Labour (and liberal) government lives up and talks down citizens of not being “strangers to hardship.”Ouch, that hurts.Many may have thought that our fore-parents left these on the plantation fields, I guess we were mistaken — and so, this amplifies the need for a progressive analysis to citizen engagement, and a new world order.In closing, I refer to the following quotations from the throne speech:“My government is committed to participation democracy that embraces all sectors of society.”“This is a time to search for the common good. My government urges citizens to share their thoughts, ideas and solution.”“Fellow Saint Lucians, this pretence works only in the mind, so it is there that we must start our transformation.”Certainly, I yield.By: Melanius Alphonse Share Sharelast_img read more