Osaka Gas to build LNG import facility in Nobeoka

first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of Osaka Gas)Japan’s utility Osaka Gas, through its unit Osaka Gas Engineering, has established Himuka LNG a company planning to set up LNG receiving infrastructure in Nobeoka City.The newly established company is set to set up the LNG receiving facilities in order to supply feed gas to the natural gas to be constructed by the Japanese chemical group Asahi Kasei.The chemical group decided to replace one of its coal-fired power units with a 34 MW production capacity in Nobeoka with a gas-fired unit, scheduled for start-up in 2022.Osaka Gas noted the company will build LNG receiving infrastructure and an LNG storage tank sequentially, the company’s statement reads.last_img

Women’s World Cup 2019 preview: What to know, how to watch USA vs. Sweden

first_imgWhat time does the USA vs. Sweden match start?The match kicks off Thursday at 3 p.m. ET at Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France.How to watch or stream the USA vs. Sweden game?Fox will broadcast the USA vs. Sweden game. It can also be live-streamed on Fox Sports Go.How many times has the U.S. played Sweden?The U.S. and Sweden have met a total of 38 times, but will play in their sixth match at the World Cup on Thursday. The USA’s last loss at the tournament came against the Swedes in 2011, which was a 2-1 defeat in the group stage. The Americans have had the best of the series all-time, amassing a record of 21W-6L-11D. Women’s World Cup 2019: Marta breaks record to guarantee Brazil’s spot in next round Women’s World Cup 2019: Sam Kerr scores four to book Australia’s last-16 place Who is the Sweden player to watch?Kosovare Asllani: The midfielder has been involved in three goals (two goals, one assist) so far in the tournament, which is the most on her team. She also completed eight dribbles through the first two matchdays, which is tied for the third most of any player at the World Cup. With her ball skills, technique and speed, the U.S. will need to be wary of the threat Asllani poses in attack for the Swedes.Sweden breaks through!!!Kosovare Asllani sends it home and puts Sweden on 🔝 with less than 10 minutes left to play. pic.twitter.com/4Adw9KwvYC— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 11, 2019What are three Opta facts to know?Carli Lloyd (10) needs two goals to tie Michelle Akers for the second-most goals by an American at the Women’s World Cup. Lloyd has not scored against Sweden since January 2011.The U.S. has kept clean sheets in 17 of their last 21 matches in all competitions (18W-1L-2D). They have not conceded in Group Stage play since the opening match of the 2015 tournament against Australia.Entering the final matchday of the Group Stage, the U.S. is leading the tournament in goals for (16), shots (66), shots on target (29 – 11 more than the next closest team), possession (72.0 percent), possessions won in the final third (35), shots faced (three), expected goals (10.9) and expected goals against (0.1). They are also tied for first in goals conceded (0).PredictionUSA 3, Sweden 1The U.S. has kept a clean sheet up until this point, but that could change Thursday as Sweden will likely present a challenge for goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. Even though it will be the most competition the Americans have faced up until this point, they’ll likely still walk away with a win.center_img The winner of Thursday’s game will top Group F and move on to face Spain in the Round of 16, while the loser will face whoever finishes second in Group E ⁠⁠⁠— either the Netherlands or Canada. Here’s what you need to know: Related News The United States and Sweden have already advanced to the next round, but the two will fight it out Thursday to determine which nation finishes at the top of Group F in the final matchday of the group stage.Both the Americans and Swedes enter Thursday’s matchup without having faced major resistance at the World Cup so far as both nations have easily controlled their first two games of the group stage. Sweden won its first match 2-0 against Chile, and then its second 5-1 over Thailand. The U.S., on the other hand, won its first against Thailand 13-0 before defeating Chile, 3-0. last_img read more

Planning A Playground For Children With Visual Impairment

first_imgSpecial auditory devices – such as bells, wind chimes and drums – are also put at the four corners of the playground. The different instruments help children map the structure by associating the sound with a specific area.Courtesy St. Joseph’s School For The Blind“(These features are) about sensory, so everything here engages the senses in some way, shape or form,” said Thrailkill, who is also a certified playground safety inspector.Other possible features include an engraved map of the playground at the entrance so children can feel where certain structures are and a maximum height difference of 6 inches between decks.Thrailkill added that slides and access points are on opposite sides to limit kids’ directional confusion, and that pads with different textures both mark the edge of the structure and are interactive for the children.“If you didn’t know these little details you probably wouldn’t even realize it was a special playground,” said Lotano.The Colts Neck Lions Club, whose parent organization, Lions Club International, has a long history of performing services to help the blind and visually impaired, is looking to use grant money to fund the construction of the playground. In addition, the organization has held events like a pancake breakfast and brewery tour to raise funds for the project.Lotano said while he’d like to build the playground at home in Colts Neck, if the space is not available he’d at least like to keep the project local and within Monmouth County.However, Albert Plevier, vice president of the Monmouth County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, raised concerns about the need for the project.“In the area how many visually impaired, how many blind children are going to be able to use (the playground),” said Plevier, who has been blind for 42 years. “From my knowledge, from what I’ve experienced (sight impairment numbers) have gone down, so I don’t know exactly what need it is.”Nicole Brossoie, assistant commissioner of public affairs in the New Jersey Department of Human Services, wrote in an email that while “definitions of visual impairment vary greatly, so there’s not a lot of hard data,” there is an estimated 2.3 percent rate of visual impairment in the state.So with Monmouth County’s population of 622,710 people, of which about 150,000 are children, “we can speculate that there are about (15,500 individuals) with visual impairments, including 3,750 children,” Brossoie said.While certainly unique, this type of playground would not be the first in New Jersey. The St. Joseph’s School for the Blind in Jersey City houses one of these specialized playgrounds for children with disabilities.Lotano met with the school’s director of communications to tour their playground and see firsthand how the special features work.Ellen Felicetta, the communications director for the St. Joseph’s School of the Blind, is supportive of bringing a specialized playground to the Monmouth County area. She said that these types of playgrounds are important because they are not just for children with visual impairment.“I think that what’s good about these playgrounds is that they are all-inclusive,” Felicetta said. “They work for children with disabilities, they work for (children without disabilities) as well.” By Dan RussoCOLTS NECK – The Colts Neck Lions Club is raising money to fund the construction of a playground in Monmouth County specially designed for children who are blind or who have visual impairment.The playground will be either a completely new structure or an addition to an existing one. It will include special features that use the children’s senses other than sight, such as touch and hearing, to navigate and interact with the jungle gym.But the project’s goal extends beyond creating a space for children with visual impairment to play. Justin Lotano, president of the Lions Club branch in Colts Neck, hopes the playground will bring together children with and without visual impairment so they may interact and play in an inclusive environment.“(The playground) allows (children with visual impairment) to have a platform to interact with the other children and have something that will help them be more comfortable in that environment,” Lotano said. While the plans, location and contractor for the project have not been finalized yet, Lotano reached out to EcoPlay Playgrounds, Inc. for preliminary design ideas and price estimates.The Georgia-based custom playground design company, which created a jungle gym at the Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI) in Atlanta, aligns with Lotano’s vision on an inclusive play space.“We as playground designers want our playgrounds to be enjoyed by everyone and that includes potentially those with visual impairments,” said Dan Thrailkill, a commercial playground consultant at EcoPlay Playgrounds.Special features of the playground could include a brightly colored, rubberized surface. As a much softer surface than concrete, this material is used at the access points of the playground so children can feel where the entrance is. It’s also used beneath the jungle gym to soften the landing if a child was to fall, Thrailkill said.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Kaslo Ladies Hockey Team

first_imgThe Vancouver Canucks kick off the run to Lord Stanley September 18 at CN Centre in Prince George.The Kootenay Wild of BC Hockey Female Midget AAA and Kootenay Ice of the Major Midget League are keen to start training camps.And Minor Hockey, including Associations in North Kootenay and Nelson, are days from starting the Rep Tryouts for the upcoming season.So to salute the start of Canada’s grand game, Mallard’s Source for sports honours the 1924 Kaslo Ladies Hockey Team — all six of them as the pond season gets ready to drop the puck on another season.Let the games begin! The Nelson Daily, in conjuction with Mallard’s Source for sports in Nelson, dipped into the archives to unveil the most recent Team of the Week recipient.The reason?Hockey is back in prime time on the local scene as Kootenay International Junior Hockey League teams have already commenced preseason action — the Nelson Leafs dropping the puck Thursday.last_img read more

HOUSE ABOUT THAT? NEW BOOK TO BE LAUNCHED ON DONEGAL COTTAGES

first_imgA new book on the ‘Traditional Cottages of County Donegal’ by Joseph Gallagher & Greg Stevenson will be launched in Ionad Teampall Chróine, Chapel Road, Dungloe tomorrow, Friday, December 14 at 7 p.m.The launch and illustrated presentation is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. One of the most enduring images of Ireland is the traditional rural cottage. County Donegal is home to one of the greatest concentrations of surviving traditional cottages in Ireland.This book provides a detailed photographic record of regional vernacular architecture in the county as well as outlining the history and evolution of Donegal’s traditional cottages.It reveals the distinctive architectural details that make these buildings unique and contains information on indigenous building materials and methods of construction. The book also highlights the contribution that these buildings make to the cultural landscape of northwest Ireland.The 180-page hardback book contains over 270 photographs and is published by the authors and Under the Thatch Ltd. with part-funding from The Heritage Council under the Heritage Education, Community & Outreach Grant Scheme. Copies of the book will be available at the special launch price of €20. Copies can also be ordered by e-mail at: [email protected]  HOUSE ABOUT THAT? NEW BOOK TO BE LAUNCHED ON DONEGAL COTTAGES was last modified: December 13th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:book launchdungloeTraditional Cottages of County Donegallast_img read more

When Will We Reach Beautiful Simplicity in Green Building?

first_imgSometimes the complexity of building science makes me a little crazy. The worst manifestation of this is when I make recommendations to clients or building pros at meetings or in seminars. Rarely is there a single, clear-cut solution to most problems. “It depends” is usually the right answer. It depends on the climate. It depends on the materials used. It depends on existing conditions. It depends on so many things that the average person slips quickly into MEGO mode (My Eyes Glaze Over).I’m not really complaining, as I tend to prefer complicated problems and dislike repetition, so the ambiguities of green building seem to fit my personality. But what makes me happy doesn’t necessarily make it easy for other people, and unfortunately, we need to make building science (and green building in general) much easier to implement in order to get enough market penetration to make a difference.Complexity = job securityCan we come up with something straightforward and simple to execute? I hope that we can, but I am concerned both that it may not be possible and that I may have a vested interest in delaying simplification. As long as it remains complicated, people will need my services (and those of lots of friends and associates), so in my own warped way I see it as a form of job security.For new homes, we have several national and over 100 local certification programs to choose from, varying in both rigor and administration from marginal to excellent. The most consistent feature about them is that few of them are easy for the general public to understand and for homebuilders to use in their work. I think it is time to rethink the tools we have to help us make our buildings better. We need to make them both easy and accessible to the industry and the public. I don’t know how we are going to do this, but I believe that it is possible and necessary for us to transform our new housing stock.Forget new homesBut when we focus so much attention on new homes, we miss our biggest opportunity for improvements: existing homes. There will always be more existing than new homes, and no matter what their age, they need lots of help. My best hope for existing homes is Home Performance with Energy Star, which, while still a work in progress, does a good job of guiding the analysis, testing, and executing energy improvements in existing homes. Unfortunately, based on the serious lack of knowledge of what constitutes a quality home, the tight economy, and the general lack of interest in efficient buildings, Home Performance has not made the inroads into the marketplace that it deserves.If we are able to simplify the process so that it is accessible to enough people to make it mainstream, will it be rigorous enough to make a difference? Will we have to choose between a weak program with strong market penetration or a strong one with weak market share? Right now, we have three main national certifications that focus mostly on new homes: NAHB, LEED, and Energy Star. NAHB and LEED are both very complex to administer, which, in my humble opinion, keeps them from widespread adoption. Energy Star is less complicated and more narrowly focused, but will change dramatically with the 2011 version. But combined, they still represent only a small fraction of all new homes being built, and an even smaller fraction of remodeled homes, which raises questions about what we should do with all those existing homes.DreamingI have long dreamed of a very intuitive system that quickly, simply, and accurately provides the best answers for any question or situation in home performance. I truly believe that it is possible to create a tool like this, but it may be too big (read: costly) a challenge to make it economically viable. And in the meantime, I suppose I still have some job security, at least for the time being.last_img read more

Parliament still none the wiser over ECB’s ‘reckless gamble’ with The Hundred

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. comment A few years back the former boss of Barclays, Bob Diamond, gave a masterclass in how not to appear before a Commons select committee. He turned up in an electric green tie that almost strobed on screen. He wittered on about himself. He patronised his interrogators. And he had no conception of convincing denial about whatever scandal it was that Barclays had got themselves into at the time. He was a disaster.The England and Wales Cricket Board, which appears to have a much larger bureaucracy than any piddling bank, did not make these mistakes. Led by the chairman, Colin Graves, and Tom Harrison, the suave chief executive, they did it right. They were respectful and courteous. They exhausted the thesaurus with adulatory synonyms about their own achievements – “phenomenal” was the favourite. And they swerved the difficult questions with practised skill. It was so cleverly done that one suspects the gent with an MCC handkerchief in his top pocket sitting behind Graves was in fact an ECB plant to illustrate the enemy. Read more Twitter Pinterest Barney Ronay Facebook Lord Patel of Bradford (left), Colin Graves, Tom Harrison and Clare Connor prepare to answer a Commons select committee’s questions on the future of English cricket. Photograph: parliamentlive.tv Share on Pinterest Almost nothing their three-man team said made any sense whatever – their teammate Clare Connor, talking about the growth of women’s cricket, was much more credible. But it didn’t matter. Parliament is full of cricket enthusiasts, several of them on the panel at the culture select committee on Wednesday. (The ECB, in contrast, specialise in politicians.) The MPs do not like to think badly of a game they love and were over-respectful in return.And they were not well enough briefed to get behind the bland evasions to reach the nub of what every sane person in cricket knows (even those who dare not say it) – that the ECB’s strategy of forcing their new hyped-up contest The Hundred on an unwilling game is completely incoherent, staggeringly expensive and potentially disastrous.This point was made later by Andy Nash, the former chairman of Somerset and ECB member, who has resigned and gone rogue. Nash described the project as a “reckless gamble”. A public debate between Nash and Graves would have been worth hearing but it did not happen.Nonetheless, this was a far more edifying occasion than The Daft – sorry Draft – the Sky programme shown on Sunday night when players were allocated between the eight new teams, all of them deeply rooted in the ECB marketing department. In style, it was aimed at the nine-year-olds who are the alleged target audience.But they would have been the kind of nine-year-olds who speculate on the bitcoin market. This had nothing to do with cricket and everything to do with money. Not the money English cricket might make to develop the game but the millions it is spaffing on coaches (almost all foreign) and players (mostly not).For them it’s bonanza time. And the homegrown chosen ones will become a new rich elite of 100-ball and Twenty20 specialists, playing in the selected big cities, leaving behind a load of poor saps playing the 50-over and four-day cricket that produces World Cup and Ashes wins. Screw all that.Sky is not to blame for this. It loves long games to fill its infinite airtime. The whole Hundred concept appears to derive from a bizarre coalition between the board and, of all people, the BBC, which has bought 10 games, men’s and women’s, on the understanding they will not exceed a three-hour slot, which Twenty20 usually does.The ECB are now so guilty about the original decision to remove the game from mainstream TV 14 years ago they have absurdly convinced themselves this pathetic allocation will somehow create a new cricketing generation, even though most will still be barred from seeing anything of consequence. And the BBC, its portfolio of live sport now largely empty, is gleefully cooperating. Share on Messenger Hundred gets the ball rolling with sparkly draft for new-born franchises Reuse this content Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Cricket Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Topics There was one telling moment at Westminster. It came from Lord Patel, the ECB’s senior non-executive director. Asked why the professional game was unrepresented on the board he replied: “My experience of having representative committees has always been that it doesn’t produce the best outcomes.”Oh, I know. The boss of the Chinese Communist party was saying just the same to me the other day. That tedious democracy stuff, it’s so 20th century. Much better to leave things to people who know best, like Lord Patel.There were good ways to move this game forward. The know-alls bet everything on a bad one. Nash hinted that the first-class counties were now considering plans to regain control of their own destiny. But that is two years and hundreds of millions too late.From here, there are only two outcomes. Either The Hundred flops and cricket is plunged into an unprecedented financial crisis. Or it can be painted as a success (stand by for free tickets) and the much-loved sport on which it is loosely based will wither into something as relevant as knur and spell. Completely subordinate to made-up teams playing a made-up game to sell junk food to children. Me, I hope it rains solidly for the next four Augusts. Share via Email ECB The Hundred Sportbloglast_img read more

King Mohammed VI presented concrete strategy against Judaization of AlQud FM

first_imgMarrakech- King Mohammed VI, Chairman of Al-Quds Committee, presented, in favor of the 2014-2018 action plan of Bayt Mal Al-Quds Agency, a concrete strategy to counter the attempts of the occupation forces to Judaize the holy city, said Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar. “The plan initiated by the occupation authorities with the aim of Judaizing Jerusalem, requires a response within a specific policy, to which His Majesty called and emphasized through a new action plan of Bayt Mal Al-Quds Agency for the 2014-2018 period,” said Mezouar in a statement to MAP on the sidelines of the 20th session of the Al Quds Committee held on January 17-18 in Marrakech.He explained that this action plan is based on proactive field interventions to support the Maqdissis in their resistance to the Israeli occupation policies, noting that this approach illustrates the far-sightedness of His Majesty the King and the effectiveness of his approach vis -à-vis this issue.last_img read more

Moving from Block O to the press box

As I sit here, watching Block “O” slowly filling up an hour before kick-off, I try to remember what it was like two years ago when I was a freshman filling those same seats.Today, I live a totally different life on Saturdays; one spent in the press box rather than in the stands.I used to get angry and frustrated if my friends didn’t want to leave the dorm two-and-a-half hours early so we could get seats in the very front row of the section, with Luc Nutter, the president of Block “O” and my hero.I woke up early in the morning, anxious and excited. I got dressed: Block “O” earrings, buckeye necklace, bright red No. 33 jersey, Brutus tattoos on both my cheeks, Under Armor to keep my arms warm, scarlet and gray gloves and beanie, and my lucky Ohio State socks and red Vans shoes.Those were the days.This morning, I had a much different ritual. I woke up and took a shower, did my hair nicely and put on my professional makeup. I got out my nice dark jeans and some professional shoes. I went to my closest and passed by my white No. 2 jersey, and my old beloved red No. 33 jersey, and pulled out my blue blouse and black sweater.It was definitely not the same game-day outfit from those freshman year games.After that, instead of blasting Hang on Sloopy and tailgating with everyone in the dorms, I sat down to study up on the press packet I had for today’s game against Wisconsin.Did you know that this was the “75th meeting between these Big Ten conference opponents?” Or did you know that “Ohio State’s defensive squads have held opponents to fewer than 21 points 43 times since 2006, the best among division 1A teams?”I do now.When Ohio State gets that touchdown in the south end zone I will not be losing my voice in excitement; I will be quiet as a mouse, furiously typing notes so that I can recapture a moment that I’m barely experiencing myself. The game takes on an entirely new meaning in the press box.Instead of waiting five minutes for enough cell phone reception to send my text message, I have five windows open in Safari and am sending Google chats.Instead of joining in on Stadium Ohio, I am trying to figure out which players are suited up for today’s game.Instead of running to get water after the first quarter, I am hand-delivered a stat sheet.While I surely miss being a part of that sea of scarlet, being a member of the press has it perks on Ohio Stadium: free all-you-can-eat City Barbeque and McDonald’s McFlurries, riding in an elevator with NBA player and former OSU student Greg Oden and spending that last half of the fourth quarter on the field. And even though I will sacrifice sleep and fun tonight to write my article, I love covering Ohio State football.So even though I can’t technically cheer in the press box while write this… Go Bucks! read more

Arsenal join De Ligt race

first_imgReports in England have emerged that Arsenal have now joined Barcelona in the race for the teenage star Matthijs de Ligt for a move this summerThe Daily Mirror has reported that Arsenal had sent one of their top scouts for Holland’s friendly against England to watch the Ajax defender in action over the international break. De Ligt has now firmly established himself at the Johan Cruijff Arena this season and is now a regular for the Dutch national side under new manager Ronald Koeman at the age of 18 years old. Among Arsenal, it is believed that Barcelona have also held a strong interest in signing De Ligt with the Dutchman having been spotted recently in Catalunya with fellow rumoured target Justin Kluivert. Due to the ever increasing value being placed on De Ligt, Arsenal fear that he may soon be out of their reach and have listed Greece international Panagiotis Retsos as a suitable alternative for a young defender. The 19 year-old currently plays for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga after having completed a £15m deal from Greek giants Olympiacos.last_img read more