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AGN installs electrolyser at Hydrogen Park South Australia

first_img AGN installs electrolyser at Hydrogen Park South Australia. (Credit: AUSTRALIAN GAS INFRASTRUCTURE GROUP.) Australian Gas Networks (AGN), part of Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG), has announced the installation of electrolyser at a renewable hydrogen production facility in Adelaide, Australia.The firm has commenced installation of Siemens 1.25 MW Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyser, which is said to be the key component at Hydrogen Park South Australia (HyP SA).The electrolyser, which is being installed at the Tonsley Innovation District, south of Adelaide, will utilise electricity from renewable sources for splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen gas, producing up to 480kg of hydrogen per day.The produced renewable hydrogen will be later mixed with natural gas to feed into AGN’s existing suburban natural gas networks.The AUD11.4m ($7.9m) facility was supported by a AUD$4.9m ($3.4m) grant from the South Australian Government’s Renewable Technology Fund.AGN said that the final site works are near completion and the plant will enter a final commissioning stage before commercial production of renewable hydrogen.The production of renewable hydrogen is expected to begin in Spring this yearAGIG CEO Ben Wilson said: “This project demonstrates Australia’s gas networks are hydrogen ready. HyP SA will be an Australian first to eventually deliver renewable hydrogen made from water, sunshine and wind, to homes and businesses through our existing gas network.“The innovative renewable hydrogen projects such as HyP SA illustrate the ability of the nation’s gas networks to meet the decarbonisation challenge – a key in balancing the energy trilemma.”AGIG expects the production of renewable hydrogen to begin in Spring this year, after which over 700 residences in parts of the Adelaide suburb of Mitchell Park will be the first recipients of the plant’s blended 5% renewable gas.In February, AGN secured funding for the construction of Australian Hydrogen Centre, which aims to assess hydrogen potential for local gas networks in South Australia and Victoria. The electrolyser will utilise electricity from renewable sources for splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen gas, producing up to 480kg of hydrogen per daylast_img read more

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Strike called by Lederne union to hit Norway’s oil and gas production

first_imgThe ongoing strike at six offshore fields could impact the production of 330,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day The strike by Lederne has resulted in the shut down of four Equinor-operated fields. (Credit: Equinor ASA) Production at six oil and gas fields in the Norwegian North Sea has been impacted following a strike called by local trade union Norwegian Organisation of Managers and Executives (Lederne) over a pay dispute.Nearly 170 members of Lederne are on strike across the six fields, reported Reuters. The trade union has a little over 1,000 offshore workers as its members.The strike, which began on 30 September, is expected to impact the production of 330,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed) from the six fields.An extended strike is estimated to pose risks to nearly 8% of the total petroleum produced from the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS), according to Norwegian Oil and Gas Association (NOG), which represents oil and supplier companies in the country.Four of the six fields are operated by Equinor. These include Gudrun, Gina Krog, Kvitebjørn, and Valemon, which have all been closed in a controlled manner by the Norwegian oil and gas firm.Equinor revealed that 54 members of Lederne are on strike at at Gudrun, Gina Krog and Kvitebjørn. However, the company said that production at the Johan Sverdrup platform will not be interrupted as of now although 43 members of Lederne have been off duty.Lederne has also taken off its members off the Gjøa field operated by Neptune Energy and the Vega satellite field, which is operated by Wintershall Dea Norge.Background of the strike called by LederneNorwegian Oil and Gas chief negotiator Jan Hodneland said that a pay settlement was reached with two unions – the Norwegian Union of Industry and Energy Workers (Industry Energy) and the Norwegian Union of Energy Workers (Safe).The two unions represent 85% of the offshore workforce engaged in the NCS.However, Lederne, which is said to be the smallest union of the three, did not agree to the terms and had called for a strike. The union had opted to strike as it wants higher pay than what has been offered, said the association.As per the settlement, offshore workers will get an overall pay rise of NOK4,700 ($508). There will be an increase of NOK3.5 per hour in the shift and night-work supplement, to NOK80 per hour, and a hike in the allowance for working on public holidays among others for the workers, said the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association.last_img read more

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The Negotiator Awards 2019

first_imgMay is upon us – the month not the Prime Minister – and the entries for the The Negotiator Awards 2019 have already started to come in!The closing date is 31st July, which is a couple of months yet, so there is plenty of time to enter – but, if you want to win (and who doesn’t?) you need to be preparing your entry!Yesterday, an agent in the Midlands called us. “How do I win?” she said.“By preparing a really good entry,” said I.“Yes, but what does that look like? How do I know which categories to enter? Is it charged per entry? If so, that’s going to push the cost up. What’s more, my MD says that it will take up hours of my time. Which he thinks could be better spent.”So, we had a chat. It went a bit like this:Firstly, There is no cost to enter. No, not even a small fee, let alone a great big one.Secondly, our brilliant easy-to-use online entry system means that there is no paper involved, no printing, no filling in endless forms, no postage.And we have made it as simple as possible, you complete a small form on the entry site, who you are, where you are, which categories you’d like to enter (up to a max of four).Then you create your entry with information, either typing it straight into the boxes, or, if you prefer, in a series of PDFs, rather like preparing a property details sheet.You can add photos, graphs, even links to your website or video content.Then you check that all is correct and that’s it. You can do it in stages when you have time, or you can do it all at once, no problem. You can get back into your entries anytime to add or change information – so long as it is complete by 31st July at the latest.Take a look now! Click here: www.thenegotiatorawards.co.ukletting agent awards property awards Property Industry Awards awards entries The Negotiator Awards The Negotiator Awards 2019 enter awards estate agent awards May 10, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’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 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » The Negotiator Awards 2019 previous nextAgencies & PeopleThe Negotiator Awards 2019The UK’s most prestigious awards programme for estate and letting agents (and suppliers) is open for entries. Where’s yours?Sheila Manchester10th May 20190821 Viewslast_img read more

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University plans to announce its commitment to Oxford Living Wage

first_img“Colleges are independent employers and will make their own decisions on the Oxford Living Wage, but they are collectively considering the details of the scheme. “With expensive housing in the city, many workers have to choose between spending more money to live in the city, or more on travel to get to work. The Oxford Living Wage has been created to promote liveable earnings for workers. It reflects the fact that Oxford is one of the most expensive cities to live in the UK, and helps accredited employers demonstrate they value their workforce.” The Oxford Living Wage Campaign, a student organisation that has pressured the University into adopting the living wage, says: “These workers, who are employed in cleaning, catering, events, maintenance, and other necessary jobs, are an integral part of our university community. Excluding them from this protection is shameful. “There is no longer any excuse for low pay in the Colleges, while the University acknowledges its obligation to workers. We understand that the new policy deepens the precarity of non-academic work at the university; this move complements the university’s complicity in the worsening casualization of academic jobs. We join in solidarity with non- academic and academic workers, organized through the UCU, in the fight against casualization and insufficient pay across the UK higher education sector.” “In the long term, the new policy is dangerous for workers—even those who will benefit initially from the Living Wage today. “The OLW is 95% of the London Living Wage, in recognition of the high cost of living in Oxford, and was set in November 2019 at £10.21 per hour. “ The City Council sets the Oxford Living Wage as 95% of the London Living Wage, which is £10.75. The national minimum wage for adults is currently £8.72. The £10.21 Oxford Living Wage means, if an employee works a 37 hour week, they will receive a minimum annual pay of £19 644. This is calculated by using the Minimum Income Standard, which finds what people need to be able to afford the basic level of goods. Oxford University plans to announce its commitment to pay the Oxford Living Wage to its staff from August 2020. “By leaving a loophole that excludes outsourced workers from the Oxford Living Wage rate, the policy generates a perverse incentive for the University to hire more subcontracted workers at a lower rate of pay, rather than creating good, sustainable living wage jobs. We call upon the University to commit to paying all workers, including subcontracted workers, the Oxford Living Wage. We call upon constituent Colleges to adopt the Living Wage standard for all staff, regardless of contract. The Living Wage in Oxford is £10.21 per hour as of November 2019, when the council increased it from £10.02. A spokesperson for Oxford University said: “The University of Oxford can confirm it has agreed to sign up to pay the Oxford Living Wage (OLW), making it the largest employer in the city to do so. More details will be announced shortly. As part of our commitment to the OLW, we have also agreed to include all sub-contracted employees as soon as practicable. Oxford City Council says: “The Oxford Living Wage has been created to promote liveable earnings for workers. It reflects the fact that Oxford is one of the most expensive cities to live in the UK, and helps accredited employers demonstrate they value their workforce. To become an accredited Living Wage Employer, all directly employed staff need to be paid a Living Wage, with a plan to extend it to regular sub-contracted staff. last_img read more

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Goshen Community Schools continuing virtual learning

first_img Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleElkhart water, sewage rates increasing come FebruaryNext articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana releases meat distribution list Brooklyne Beatty Google+ Facebook Goshen Community Schools continuing virtual learning IndianaLocalNews Pinterestcenter_img (Photo supplied/ABC 57) With Elkhart County staying in the “red zone” on Indiana’s COVID-19 map, Goshen Community Schools students will continue attending class virtually for the next several weeks.Students in grades seven through 12 will continue with virtual learning until at least January 19.The Goshen News reports students in grades kindergarten through six will continue attending class in-person after holiday break.Merit Learning Center students will also return to in-person classes on January 6. WhatsApp Facebook Google+ TAGSe-learningGoshenGoshen Community SchoolsIndianalearningvirtual Twitter By Brooklyne Beatty – December 22, 2020 1 331 last_img read more

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Extreme ice and tree damage knocks out power to 24,000 CVPS customers

first_imgExtreme ice and tree damage knocks out power to 24,000 CVPS customersRUTLAND -A storm that has caused hundreds of thousands of people to lose power across the Northeast has knocked out power to 24,000 CVPS customers Friday morning. The effort will take days, CVPS said, as the storm is comparable to the ice storm of January 2007, and the infamous ice storm of ’98.CVPS line crews are working with outside contract crews to assess the damage and start making repairs this morning, however, road conditions and continuing sleet and ice accumulation are slowing the restoration effort. Hundreds of downed trees, tree limbs and downed lines have been reported across central and southern Vermont. Windsor and Windham counties were hit the hardest, with significant outages in Orange, Rutland and Bennington counties as well.”We are seeing an inch or more of ice in some of the southern areas. We have a half dozen transmission problems, and about 350 separate problems reported at this time,” said CVPS spokeswoman Christine Rivers. “Our crews are in assessment mode right now, and are working to repair the large transmission problems. At this point, it appears the restoration effort will carry into early next week. Our crews will be working around the clock to restore power as quickly as they safely can.”CVPS offered the following tips for safely coping with the outages:* Treat any downed line as if it is live. Report the line to your local utility and fire department, stay at least 30 feet away from the line, and keep children and pets away as well.* If using a generator, read and follow the owner’s manual before starting the generator. Never operate a generator inside any structure or near a structure. Use a transfer switch to ensure electricity is not accidentally fed onto a line where line crews must work.* Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to prevent food spoilage.* Turn off all electrical appliances except one light so you’ll know when service returns. Then, turn equipment back on slowly.last_img read more

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How to find the best CD rates

first_imgby: Rob BergerIt used to be easy. Compare CD rates at a couple of banks for the term you need and pick the certificate of deposit with the highest yield. With historically low rates today, however, this approach is no longer enough. We need to think strategically.Three features of most CDs come into play. The first is that longer CD terms have higher rates. A 5-year CD will have a significantly higher yield than a 6-month CD, for example. Second, those who close a CD before it matures typically incur an early withdrawal penalty. The amount of the penalty varies from one bank to another and from one CD term to another. Finally, unlike a savings account, you generally cannot make a partial withdrawal of a certificate of deposit. Withdrawals are all or nothing.It may at first glance seem odd that these features can help us navigate to a higher rate, but they can. Before we walk through these strategies, however, the starting point is still finding top paying CDs.Find the Best CD RateThe best CD rates come from online banks and credit unions. The benefit of CDs from an online bank is that they are easy to open, are available nationwide, and offer higher rates than traditional brick and mortar financial institutions.As an example, I have bank accounts at both Ally and a very large traditional bank. As of today, Ally offers a 5-year CD with a 2.00% APY (all rates in this article are as of April 2, 2015; rates change daily). My big bank currently offers the same CD paying a miserly 0.50% APY.Many credit unions also offer competitive rates. Navy Federal Credit Union, for example, offers a 5-year CD paying 1.95% APY. For those with more than $100,000 to invest, the rate bumps up to 2.05% APY. The downside to a credit union is that you must qualify to become a member. In some cases qualifying is easy, in other cases you may not be able to join at all. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Bachasson leads home Clonmel Oil one-two for Mullins | Racing News

first_imgBachasson ran the opposition into the ground to give trainer Willie Mullins a sixth success in eight years in the Clonmel Oil Chase at the County Tipperary track.The grey – having his first race since scoring over the course and distance just before the lockdown in March – proved too good for his shorter-priced stablemate Cilaos Emery.- Advertisement – “I didn’t look beyond today and we wanted to come down here and see where we were with them, although Cilaos Emery could now go for the Hilly Way at Cork.”Shattered Love took her 100 per cent record at Clonmel to three when repeating last year’s victory in the T. A. Morris Memorial Irish EBF Mares Chase.Gordon Elliott’s charge tracked the pace-setting Cabaret Queen until leading two out and quickly put daylight between herself and her three rivals.The 11-8 favourite crossed the line 10 lengths clear in the hands of Mark Walsh. Cabaret Queen just hung on by a nose from Western Victory for the runner-up spot.“She loves it around here, it was her third win from her third run and she seems to be a lot better in her own grade against other mares,” said Walsh.“She has won two Grade Ones as a novice but finds it easier against her own sex.“I’m delighted with how she did it and jumped brilliantly bar the last when we had a little mix up, but she was good.”Elliott had earlier saddled Sassy Yet Classy to win the Clonmel Oil Service Station Handicap Hurdle in the hands of Denis O’Regan. – Advertisement – Mullins said: “He was very brave and David had lots of confidence in him – I thought he had gone too far out, but I think he had more confidence in the horse than I had.“Paul thought Cilaos Emery needed the race and I’m happy with both nice horses.”He went on: “After Bachasson got a fall in Cheltenham I wasn’t keen to go back over fences with him, but around these country tracks he is fine. He seems to enjoy doing that.- Advertisement – David Mullins set out to dictate affairs from flag-fall on Bachasson, with Cilaos Emery keeping in touch under Paul Townend.Although both horses made the odd mistake, it was Cilaos Emery who made a crucial one at the third-last.The 8-11 favourite could not bridge the gap after that and Bachasson (9-4) kept up the gallop to win by five and a half lengths. Snow Falcon was 26 lengths away in third place.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Interpret Europe certificates awarded to Podravina interpretation guides

first_imgSource / photo: TZP Središnja Podravina; Podravski.hr Interpret Europe – European Association of Heritage Interpretation (European Association for Heritage Interpretation) today has thousands of members in more than 55 countries in Europe and the world. In addition to the course for guide interpreters, Interpret Europe conducts training for coaches, hosts, planners, writers and a revived history. The education was approached out of the desire to present the extremely rich natural and cultural heritage of Podravina in a different way through a personal approach, interaction and storytelling. It was attended by 18 participants who learned about the importance of interpreting natural and cultural heritage, the roles of interpreter guides, techniques and creation of interpretive speech, and the interpretation of revived history. The training was held during September in Hlebine, Goli and Virje. The course was organized by the Tourist Board of the Central Podravina region, and conducted by Iva Silla, a certified trainer from Zagreb, with the assistance of Elizabeta Milanović Glavica, director of the Central Podravina Tourist Board. The participants translated everything they learned in theory in the field into inspiring speeches about the specifics of the municipalities of Virje, Hlebine and Gola, which they held in different places in order to meet all the prerequisites for obtaining the Interpret Europe certificate.center_img “This education is an investment in creating innovative tourism products that will, I hope, connect the local community in joint projects.”, Said Milanović Glavica. The training was co-financed by the Croatian National Tourist Board, through a public call, and the first training of this type was held in a rural area on the continent. The Tourist Board of the Central Podravina region organized a ceremonial awarding of certificates to interpretation guides who have successfully completed the training under the Interpret Europe license, reports Podravski.hr.last_img read more

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Bolsonaro, Trump talk coronavirus help as Brazil cases rise sharply

first_imgTopics : He told reporters that Brazil was having difficulty importing urgent medical equipment because the United States sent 23 planes to China to be filled up, and Brazil’s share was slashed as a result.Mandetta said on Monday that 200 million personal protective equipment items would arrive from China this month.Meanwhile, Bolsonaro repeated his insistence that jobs and the economy cannot be forgotten in the coronavirus fight and warned that imports of food were already falling.Figures on Wednesday showed that Brazilian manufacturing activity in March shrank at its fastest rate in three years, while the real sank to a record low of 5.27 per dollar.The government pledged billions more to help the poor but was criticized for fraying ties with congress that could delay aid reaching those most in need.Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said the government will spend about 98 billion reais ($18 billion) to help 54 million informal workers affected by nationwide lockdowns, part of an overall 800 billion reais government aid package. Criticism has grown over Bolsonaro’s handling of the crisis. The right-wing populist has attacked state governors for lockdowns that are causing job losses, played down the threat of what he calls “a little flu” and contradicted his own health minister’s position on self-isolation and social distancing.Brazil’s Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said the latest coronavirus figures were very worrying and expressed concern about the lack of protective equipment, medical equipment and ventilators.The Health Ministry said on Wednesday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil rose by 1,119 to 6,836 and the death toll by 39 to 240.A 20-year-old indigenous woman in a village deep in the Amazon rainforest was the first case reported among Brazil’s more than 300 tribes. Mandetta said monitoring indigenous people is a challenge, and their lifestyle could facilitate the spread of the virus.center_img Presidents Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday discussed cooperation between the two countries in the fight against coronavirus, as Brazil’s health minister warned that infection rates and lack of medical supplies were a big concern.The two presidents discussed medical and logistical cooperation on a telephone call but steered clear of confinement and quarantine policies, according to Brazil’s Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo. Both leaders have stirred controversy for their positions on the latter.The White House said they discussed the importance of working together through the Group of 20 nations, cooperating on vaccine development and restoring global economic growth.last_img read more

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