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Braman Promotion

first_imgTwenty-seven years after joining the faculty as a fledgling researcher, University of Georgia professor Kris Braman has been named the head of the university’s Department of Entomology. “The entomology department at the University of Georgia is highly ranked and widely recognized for the strength and balance of its programs in core areas,” said Braman, whose appointment was effective July 1. As the new department head, Braman sees the entomology program continuing to address current and emerging priorities in the discipline in a way that meets the needs of agricultural, urban and industry clientele.A native of New York state, she earned a undergraduate degree in forestry at the State University of New York (SUNY) and a doctorate in entomology from the University of Kentucky. “All SUNY forestry students were required to take entomology because insects are so important in managing forest health,” she said. “I was hooked for life before I was out of my teens!” Braman joined the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty in 1989, working on the college’s campus in Griffin, Georgia. Since then she has conducted research on pests and beneficial insects of turfgrasses and ornamentals in urban settings. Her research ensures turfgrasses stay lush and aren’t destroyed by insect pests like chinch bugs, two-lined spittlebugs, mole crickets, grubs and a variety of caterpillars. By first studying the biology and behavior of both the pest and its predators, Braman develops control methods that include the use of natural enemies, pest-resistant plant varieties, alternative control technologies and insect scouting. She plans to continue conducting research as it keeps her “grounded and cognizant of issues faculty face on a regular basis,” she said. “All of my research projects have contributed to the development of decision-making guidelines that provide support to the green industry. I am exceptionally proud of the students and staff who made these projects possible, and I enjoy celebrating their successful careers.” In 2011, Braman was named director of the university’s Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture, located on the UGA Griffin Campus. There, she works closely with Georgia’s green industry and UGA Cooperative Extension agents in Georgia’s urban areas to share the research-based recommendations that UGA faculty discover. In addition to conducting research and leading the center, Braman teaches general entomology and biological control classes for both UGA undergraduate and graduate students. Most recently, she temporarily stepped into another leadership role on the UGA Griffin Campus as the campus’ interim assistant dean of CAES from October 2014 through October 2015. “Leadership just became a natural extension of wanting to help other people and programs grow and succeed,” she said. Braman has served as president of both the Georgia Entomological Society and the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America. Her numerous honors include being presented the society’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology, the Georgia Green Industry Association’s Environmental Friend of the Industry Award and being named a “Distinguished Alumni” of the University of Kentucky’s Department of Entomology.last_img read more

 

Solar to soar in Middle East, Africa this year—GTM

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:The Middle East and Africa (MEA) region is expected to see a 170% year-on-year surge in solar deployments this year with the addition of 3.6 GW of fresh photovoltaic (PV) capacity, according to GTM Research.Demand for solar PV is seen to escalate further and lead to 20 GW of annual installations in 2020, while for the whole period between 2018 and 2023, the region will put on stream 83.7 GW of new solar parks. Big projects coming online and the heating African market will be major growth drivers, according to Ben Attia, author of the latest regional market outlook.The MEA region currently has a 12.3-GW pipeline of utility-scale contracted or under-construction projects and an additional 21 GW of pre-contract projects. Most of those schemes, apart from the UAE and Jordan, come from the utility-scale segment.Attia forecasts that in 2018, demand is expected to be mainly driven by Egypt, the UAE and Morocco, while nascent African markets are anticipated to mature in 2020 and add more than 6.4 GW of PV. Overall, the growth pace is seen to slow down after 2020 and lead to a “more measured growth” to 2023 following multiple rounds of regional tender programs and regulatory adaptation.In terms of pricing, Attia projects that the levelised costs for both utility-scale and distributed generation solar power will drop by 30% by 2022 in the major MEA markets, with prices falling below USD 30 (EUR 26.2) per MWh in tender rounds in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Kuwait.More: Solar PV demand in MEA set to grow 170% in 2018 Solar to soar in Middle East, Africa this year—GTMlast_img read more

 

HSBC: Annual Chinese solar installations could top 75GW by 2025

first_imgHSBC: Annual Chinese solar installations could top 75GW by 2025 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:China, already the biggest manufacturer and the biggest installer of solar PV in the world, is tipped to double the annual installation of solar capacity to 85 gigawatts as it ramps up efforts to meet its newly declared zero net emissions target for 2060.Analysts and close China industry watchers at HSBC say in a new report that solar installations in China could be 75GW to 85GW a year during the 14th Five Year Plan, which will cover the period from 2021 to 2025, and which forms the basis of the Chinese government’s central planning.This is significantly higher than previous run rate of 30GW to 50GW per year over the last five years, and will result in a significantly scaling down of new coal fired power, as new capacity focuses on solar and wind.“The 14th Five Year Plan (FYP) is being revised at the moment because President Xi has set a new strategy for carbon neutrality by 2060,” the HSBC analysts write in a new report. “All departments are revisiting their estimates. Wind and solar are core to this.”It is, of course, a deeply significant move. It equates to more than two thirds of annual solar installation across the globe in 2019 – 115GW – and nearly twice the capacity of Australia’s entire grid – and will result in a considerable ramp up of manufacturing capacity.It will likely take two to three years for China to ramp up to that level of installs, but it will in turn deliver a further fall in solar costs. HSBC expects the cost of solar to fall by 40-50 per cent by 2025, enabling grid parity in China to become the norm sooner without destroying margins across the solar supply chain. Its estimates are based on conversations with the China Photovoltaic Industry Association.[Giles Parkinson]More: China tipped to double solar installs to 85GW a year, pushing costs down by halflast_img read more

 

December 1, 2005 On the Move

first_img December 1, 2005 On the Move On the Move Guttenmacher & Bohatch has expanded its office to 7301 S.W. 57th Court, Suite 560, Miami 33143; phone (305) 666-1040; fax (305) 666-1020 and will be known as Guttenmacher, Bohatch & Baringo-Burch. Nancy E. Kemner is pleased to announce the opening of the Law Offices of Nancy E. Kemner located in the Village Square at Fleming Island Plantation, 2245 Plantation Center Drive, Suite 57, Orange Park 32003; phone (904) 278-1178; fax (904) 278-3220; e-mail nekemner@bellsouth.net. The firm concentrates in the areas of elder law, wills, trusts, estates, probate, guardianship, Medicaid planning, and nursing home law/patients’ rights. Kevin P. Robinson of Zimmerman, Kiser & Sutcliffe is now an associate in the commercial litigation department, representing commercial clients, insurance companies, self-insured corporations, and private individuals. Maura K. Anderson has relocated from the Atlanta office of Smith, Currie & Hancock to the Ft. Lauderdale office. Anderson represents owners, contractors, subcontractors, and surety companies in every phase of the construction process. R. Evan Bassett has opened Bassett Law Offices located at 696 First Ave. N., Suite 304, St. Petersburg 33701; phone (727) 898-1221; e-mail rebassett@bassett lawoffices.com. The firm focuses primarily in the arena of civil litigation and trial including insurance defense, premises liability, products liability, serious personal injury, and wrongful death. Lorien Smith Johnson joined Bush Graziano & Rice in Tampaas an associate. Johnson concentrates in the areas of long-term care, medical malpractice, and environmental litigation. Alissa McKee Ellison joined GrayRobinson in Tampa as an associate. Ellison focuses her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and banking law. Susan R. Geiger joined Katz Barron in Miami. She concentrates on representing retail and development clients on matters involving leasing, acquisition, development, and disposition of real property. Sam A. Mackie has relocated to 122 South Bumby Avenue, Suite A, Orlando 32803; phone (407)894-0820. Mackie concentrates in the areas of business, corporate, administrative, governmental, and professional services law. Joseph Warren Kniskern has relocated to 1020 Stradshire Drive, Raleigh, N.C. 27614-8364; phone: (919) 847-8973; fax: (919) 847-8974; e-mail: kniskern1w@aol.com. Kniskern also has joined Atkinson, Diner, Stone, Mankuta & Ploucha as of counsel. The firm is located at Suite 1400, One Financial Plaza, 100 S.E. 3rd Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale 33394; phone: (954) 925-5501; fax: (954) 920-2711; Web site: www.atkinson-diner.com. He will continue his commercial real estate law practice exclusively within Florida. Richard L. Allen, Jr., joined the Orlando office of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell as a partner. He focuses his practice in the areas of insurance defense and professional liability. Andrew Berger and Leonard Townsend joined Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White & Lioce in West Palm Beach as associates. Donna L. Kirk announces the opening of the Law Offices of Donna L. Kirk practicing in the areas of family law, special education law, wills, personal injury, real estate, and business law. The firm is located at 1000 E. Robinson Street, Suite B, Orlando 32801; phone (407) 318-7300; fax (407) 318-7337; e-mail: donnakirkpa@bellsouth.net. Paul J. Mokris joined Dean Mead in Orlando as of counsel in the firm’s real estate department and W. Michael Black has joined the firm as an associate in the tax department. Derek E. León of Morgan Lewis in Miami was promoted from associate to partner. Robert Malinoski joined Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in Ft. Lauderdale as an associate in the real estate department. Malinoski focuses his practice on environmental and administrative law, environmental litigation, contamination and remediation issues, and environmental counseling. Todd Engelhardt has joined Akerman Senterfitt as an associate in the Tallahassee office’s litigation group. Additionally, Adam D. Friedenberg joined the firm as an associate in the Ft. Lauderdale office’s litigation group. Burks A. Smith and Veronica D. Vellines joined Abbey, Adams, Byelick, Kiernan, Mueller & Lancaster as associates. Matt Jackson joined Brennan, Manna & Diamond in the firm’s litigation and government relations groups. Robert T. Datorre joined the Office of Legal Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Health as assistant legal counsel. Michael R. Ragan joined Fowler White Burnett in Miami as a shareholder. Ragan focuses his practice on the representation of health care practitioners, allied healthcare professionals, hospitals, and attorneys in civil and administrative litigation in state and federal court. Natasha Bae and Annette Lopez have joined Brigham Moore in Miami as associates. Thomas R. Weller has opened an office at 23327 N.W. Cty. Rd. 236, Suite 50, High Springs 32643; phone (386) 454-3163. He concentrates in the areas of corporations, contract law, family law, and landlord/tenant law. Roshawn Banks has opened The All Law Center in Ft. Lauderdale. The firm focuses on federal and state criminal defense, family law, and real estate closings. Jane M. Gordon was appointed general counsel for Song & Associates in West Palm Beach. Joan C. Henry joined Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano in Cape Coral. Kelly M. Smith joined Scott J. Brook, P.A., in Coral Springs as an associate attorney. Diana P. Abril joined Carlton Fields in its Miami office as an associate in the firm’s corporate, securities, taxation, and asset-based financing practice group. December 1, 2005 On the Movelast_img read more

 

How do you discover team strengths?

first_img“If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Probably Not Albert Einstein*How many new positions- roles that did not previously exist- has your credit union created in the past five years? Data Scientist? VP-Payments? Digital Marketing Manager? Roles like these—roles there was little reason to even consider before the advent of the iPhone in 2007—are now integral components of the business plan for many organizations. Now, consider the most common positions in your credit union and the skills your hiring managers prioritize when evaluating who will thrive. Likely, these positions—tellers, accountants, loan officers—require accuracy, punctuality (both in responsiveness and physical presence), and compliance with processes and procedures. These competencies tend to be rewarded in many financial institutions, but they are not the traits most important for success in the new workplace. Unconscious biases and an attraction to the familiar means that often organizational environments perpetuate homogeny. We continue to hire and promote employees who share similar characteristics to others who have been successful in our organization. Leaders who think the same, lead the same, and communicate the same continue to excel, while those who do not fit the mold become disengaged and move on. Studies on workplace engagement and organizational performance find that diverse and inclusive workplaces perform better than homogenous organizations. Even with decades of conversation on this topic, most organizations have not taken action to change the make-up of their workforce, though. As organizations still struggle to balance gender or ethnic diversity, the value of diversifying teams based on generation, personality, and skillset is also becoming clear: The workforce of the future needs to be skilled differently. Organizations must actively cultivate diverse skillsets to keep up with changing consumer demands, the technology that can help meet those demands, and the communication channels consumers choose.Likely, many employees in your organization already possess unique traits that could help your organization thrive, but your current systems and environment limit their ability to demonstrate this. Talent sits latent, unused and undiscovered, in struggling organizations. As leaders bemoan the fact they are losing the war for talent, they remain unaware of untapped talent already in their organizations.Creating opportunities where employees bring their whole selves to work can create a higher sense of comfort and give employees confidence about demonstrating the depth of their talents. One highly impactful way to provide this opportunity is through creating cross-functional teams to work in a space relevant to the credit union’s mission, but outside the scope of daily work. In 2011, Maps Credit Union (Salem, OR) organized a team of employees to partner with a local non-profit for a cultural, service-immersion trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. The team was comprised of employees from every level of the organization, including front-line staff, back-office support, management and executive team members, and Board members. Over the course of the week, the team met with Mexican financial service leaders, built a school for a community that lived at a garbage dump, and worked alongside families to renovate the school their children attended. In these rural communities, little English was spoken and only a few team members had any Spanish language skills. Oscar Porras, then a branch employee, quickly became the interpreter for the team. He describes the experience like this, “As a young Hispanic employee, putting your best foot forward while being true to yourself can be intimidating when you’re dealing with what you perceive as rich old white men who can get you fired.  As the week progressed and we came in contact with different groups, my confidence in translating, public speaking, leading, and networking grew in a way that couldn’t have happened in my everyday position.”As the most senior executive who made the trip, it also put me in a unique position. I was the fish trying to climb the tree. The skills that had earned me my position at the credit union would not help me navigate conversations with border police, complete construction with limited resources, or connect me with families who wanted to share their stories. I opened myself to learning from teammates in a new way and saw skillsets and strengths that I had not been able to see in the office. I gained an understanding about how each of them solved problems, returning from the trip with a broader group of people to consult when I wanted a different way of thinking.  As for Oscar, this experience provided him with a valuable network, too, that demonstrates the value of connecting leaders with employees at every level of your organization. “There is something to be said for associating with people at a higher level. When board members know you by first name, it gives you a sense of pride. When you have a limited circle of successful professional people in your life, experiences that help you connect with higher-ups on a human level can be career changing.” He took this experience and became an organizational and system leader, moving forward to participate in international exchanges with the World Council of Credit Unions and be promoted at the credit union.Cross-functional teams organized around a common purpose—whether a trip like this or an organizational or local project– give employees the chance to show up fully. Organizations that truly know their people are able to tap the full potential of their human capital, leveraging individual talents and strengths to improve the whole. How do you create opportunities for employees to show up as their whole selves? What impact have you seen when team members bring that level of comfort to their roles?*I love this quote as it relates to the boxes we try to put employees in to measure success potential. I do not actually know who said it, though, as many sites indicate it was not Albert Einstein, to whom it has been widely attributed. 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jill Nowacki Jill Nowacki started her career with credit unions in 2001. She has taken on leadership roles at credit unions and state and national trade associations. Now, she uses her experience … Web: www.humanidei.com Detailslast_img read more

 

Why free checking still pays off for credit unions

first_imgOne of the biggest competitive differentiators credit unions can leverage against big banks and fintech “challenger” banks is not a new product type or techy: it’s free checking! In 2017, 74.9% of credit unions offered free checking. Today, only 20% of credit unions (and 19.4% of big banks) offer this product that is built around no monthly fees and no minimum balance requirements. With checking being the most penetrated credit union product (an average of 58.4% of credit union members held a checking account as of June 2019), now may be the time for credit unions to reconsider bringing the free checking strategy back to the market.Since the Durbin Amendment passed into law in 2010 (reducing the fees charged to retailers for debit card processing), financial institutions have been looking for ways to increase or maintain non-interest income. Big banks have moved away from free checking and implemented higher maintenance fees and minimum balance requirements for their baseline products. The largest of these banks, holding more than $10 billion in assets, were more negatively impacted by this legislation. However, they continue to have a competitive edge over credit unions due to broader physical presence, more attractive incentives to attract new accounts (in some cases upwards of $600) and deeper digital solutions.While credit unions holding under $10 billion in assets did not see as big of an impact to debit card interchange revenue, they continue to seek ways to increase non-interest income. Some recent trends include removing free checking and adding requirements with a low monthly fee, as well as implementing new products with “add-ons” such as identity theft packages tied to a monthly fee, which in some instances cannot be waived. Advisors Plus suggests credit unions give their members the flexibility to select these “add-ons” as an option or leverage the relationship to cover that expense, thereby rewarding members for their loyalty. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

 

Resources available for small CUs to connect, share during pandemic

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Small credit unions around the country are facing many of the same challenges, plus additional ones, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, CUNA Manager, Small Credit Union Initiatives Tom Sakash said.In a video posted this week, Sakash shares information and best practices he’s heard from small credit unions during the pandemic, as well as some of CUNA’s resources and information for small credit unionsCUNA’s Small Credit Union Community contains numerous discussion posts, announcements and other information, and credit unions can use it to connect to their peers nationwide.The CUNA/American Association of Credit Union Leagues COVID-19 Response Center also contains resources for small credit unions, including tools for member communications. CUNA will also host a free webinar on maintaining the member experience April 14 at 3 p.m. (ET).last_img read more

 

Study: Drug-resistant plague may signal health threat

first_imgMarch 30, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Genetic elements that confer multidrug resistance (MDR) in both plague and foodborne bacteria have a common origin and may represent a significant public health threat, according to a study published Mar 20 in the journal PLoS One (Public Library of Science One).The MDR strain of Yersina pestis (IP275) was identified in 1995 in a single patient in Madagascar who had bubonic plague, the disease that caused the “Black Death” in Europe in the mid 1300s and continues to crop up in small outbreaks today. IP275 exhibited high-level resistance to at least eight drugs used for treating plague, including streptomycin, tetracycline, chloramphenicol, and sulfonamides. An additional strain of MDR plague has since been described in another patient.In the Madagascar case, antibiotic resistance was found to arise from a self-transmissible plasmid, a small ring of DNA that can move between bacteria. Transmission of plasmids is one way bacteria acquire new genetic material, including genes that confer resistance to drugs. Increased drug resistance can also arise from indiscriminate use of antimicrobials in people and in agriculture, according to many infectious disease experts.In the PLoS article, an international team of researchers report finding common elements in the sequences of MDR plasmids from plague, a Salmonella species, and a related Yersinia species, an unexpected result that heightens concern about the spread of antibiotic resistance and re-emergence of plague. The first author of the report is Timothy J. Welch, an aquaculture researcher with the US Department of Agriculture.Related MDR plasmids in multiple speciesThe investigators analyzed and compared the sequences of large, nearly identical MDR plasmids from Y pestis strain IP275; Salmonella enterica serotype Newport, a foodborne pathogen; and Y ruckeri, a fish pathogen. Comparisons of plasmid gene sequences demonstrated that they were closely related and had a common origin, the report says.Sequence analysis of plasmids revealed nearly identical “backbones,” consisting of 135 genes located at similar positions, and resistance genes for multiple antimicrobial agents. The common backbone also contained a gene conferring resistance to sulfonamides and four locations that had inserted antimicrobial resistance genes. All plasmids also had another area that can act as a “hot spot” for insertion of foreign DNA.The presence of closely related antibiotic-resistance plasmids in different species of bacteria is not a new finding, but this example suggests that all these organisms had recently acquired plasmids from a common source, the authors say. They base this belief on the presence of resistance to sulfonamides, drugs first introduced into clinical use in the 1930s. The authors acknowledge that the exact timing of the plasmid introduction remains unknown, however. They suggest that one possible mechanism for plasmid transfer to Y pestis may have been coinfection of a mammalian host or in the midgut of the flea.”The fact that we found a plasmid usually found in Salmonella in Y pestis is a big problem,” said Jacques Ravel of The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), senior author of the study. “It also raises a question about how this happened, how it went from one to the other.” Ravel was quoted in a news release from TIGR.MDR plasmids found in foodborne pathogensAlthough MDR plasmids in Y pestis and Y ruckeri are rare, antimicrobial resistance in other bacteria such as foodborne Salmonella is more common. Surveillance data from many countries indicate that the incidence of MDR Salmonella has been increasing, and the authors sought to determine the type of MDR resistance in foodborne pathogens and compare it with MDR resistance found in plague.The research team used gene sequencing techniques to analyze the occurrence and distribution of the common plasmid background in three sets of samples: 125 MDR Salmonella strains recovered from retail meats from 2002 to 2005 through the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), a small collection of E coli strains recovered from food samples, and Klebsiella isolates from ground turkey meat from Iowa.The authors detected the common MDR plasmid backbone in multiple Salmonella serotypes, nine samples of Klebsiella from ground turkey, and E coli isolated from a calf and from ground turkey. The discovery of these MDR plasmids in evolutionarily distinct bacteria indicates recent genetic exchange, either directly between species or through bacterial intermediates, according to the authors. They suggest that the overlapping ranges of these organisms may have aided past transmission, and perhaps may facilitate future transmission between organisms, a potentially dangerous occurrence.Resistance transferred experimentallyThe researchers also conducted transfer experiments with the plasmids found in 70 MDR-positive foodborne organisms to assess the potential for interspecies transfer. The investigators were able to transfer related-resistance plasmids from 30 of the foodborne pathogens to Y ruckeri, a plague-related pathogen. These experiments demonstrate a potential for Y pestis and other animal pathogens to acquire resistance, although the authors acknowledge that other factors such as additional genes and host protective systems may also influence plasmid transfer.The potential for transfer should not be underestimated, however, the authors state. Elisabeth Carniel of the Pasteur Institute in Paris, a co-author of the report, said in the press release, “When we identified the first Y pestis strain resistant to multiple antibiotics, we warned that if this type of strain spreads or emerges again, it would pose a serious health problem. The discovery that the multidrug resistance plasmid acquired by the plague bacillus is widespread in the environmental bacteria reinforces this warning.”The authors suggest that antimicrobial resistance monitoring should be expanded, especially in areas such as Africa, Asia, and the southwestern United States, where both Y pestis and MDR Salmonella are found and are likely to come into direct contact. The investigators also say their methodology can provide the means to monitor such plasmids in pathogens recovered from diverse environments.Antibiotic overuse may promote resistance transferOlaf Schneewind, MD, PhD, a microbiologist who has studied how plague affects the immune system, commented that the discovery of transfer of antibiotic resistance between bacterial species is not new, but agreed that the authors’ findings suggest a possible public health threat. He told CIDRAP News that overuse of antibiotics, particularly in agriculture, increases the likelihood of transfer of drug resistance to virulent organisms.”Widespread use of antimicrobials leads to drug resistance in organisms we would not usually expect, and that creates a potential public health risk,” said Schneewind, chairman of the department of microbiology in the biological sciences division at the University of Chicago. Schneewind has examined mechanisms and strategies of pathogenic bacteria, including plague, and plague vaccine candidates.Schneewind noted that as a zoonotic disease, plague exists in the background in many areas, needing only the right circumstances to cause outbreaks. An outbreak of MDR plague in an area well-connected to the rest of the world could pose a serious public health problem, he said.Welch TJ, Fricke WF, McDermott PF, et al. Multiple antimicrobial resistance in plague: an emerging public health threat. PLoS One 2007 Mar 20;2(3):e309 [Full text]See also:Mar 20 news release from TIGRhttp://www.jcvi.org/cms/press/press-releases/full-text/article/antibiotic-resistance-in-plague/Galimand M, Carniel E, Courvalin P. Resistance of Yersinia pestis to antimicrobial agents. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 2006 Oct;50(10):3233-36 [Full text]CIDRAP plague overviewlast_img read more

 

Trump wants California to let automaker Tesla reopen assembly plant

first_imgIn January, Trump told CNBC that Musk is “one of our great geniuses, and we have to protect our genius.”States and cities around the United States are experimenting with ways to safely reopen their economies after the coronavirus outbreak shuttered businesses and forced tens of millions of Americans out of work. Around the country, major automakers are beginning to reopen plants with Detroit’s Big Three automakers set to reopen most US plants next week.Musk over the weekend threatened to leave California for Texas or Nevada over his factory’s closure. His move has highlighted the competition for jobs and ignited a rush to woo the billionaire executive by states that have reopened their economies more quickly in response to encouragement from Trump.Tesla also has a vehicle plant in Shanghai and is building another in Berlin. Its lawsuit on Saturday alleged that Alameda County, where the plant is located, had violated California’s constitution by defying Newsom’s orders allowing manufacturers to reopen.Newsom’s office did not immediately comment Tuesday.In the past, Musk has discussed opening a second US factory outside California. In a tweet in February, he solicited comments on potentially opening a factory in Texas.  Topics : US President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged that Tesla Inc be allowed to reopen its electric vehicle assembly plant in California, joining the carmaker’s CEO Elon Musk’s bid to defy county officials that have ordered it to remain closed.”California should let Tesla & @elonmusk open the plant, NOW. It can be done Fast & Safely!” Trump wrote on Twitter. On Monday, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said production was resuming at the automaker’s sole US vehicle factory, defying an order to stay closed and saying if anyone had to be arrested it should be him.Tesla shares were up 3% to $835.27 in early trading. The company, which on Saturday sued Alameda County over its decision that the plant should stay closed, did not immediately comment on Trump’s tweet.center_img Trump is eager for the US economy to reopen and for Americans to return to work.He has sparred with California for years over a series of issues, including immigration, vehicle fuel efficiency standards, funding for high-speed rail and numerous environmental issues. Trump has met with Musk on several occasions during his presidency.California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday said he spoke to Musk several days ago and that the Tesla founder’s concerns helped prompt the state to begin its phased reopening of manufacturing last week.Late on Monday, health officials in Alameda County said they were aware Tesla had opened beyond the so-called minimum basic operations allowed during lockdown, and had notified the company it could not operate without a county-approved plan.last_img read more

 

Vitol Signs Long-Term LNG Deal with Petronas

first_imgGeneva-based energy and commodity trading firm Vitol has signed a binding Heads of Agreement (HOA) for long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) sale and purchase (SPA) with Petronas LNG.Under the terms of the deal, which was signed on October 1, 2018, the LNG supply to Vitol is to commence in 2024 and would see a provision of 0.8 million tonnes of LNG per annum for a period of up to 15 years on both Delivered Ex-Ship (DES) and Free on Board (FOB) basis.The primary supply to Vitol will come from LNG Canada as well as from other Petronas LNG’s global LNG supply portfolio.“With a strong global supply portfolio, Petronas is able to provide flexible solutions within a changing and evolving LNG market,” Ahmad Adly Alias, Petronas Vice President of LNG Marketing & Trading, said.“Petronas supplied our first LNG cargo in 2005 and we have now extended our LNG relationship until at least 2038,” Pablo Galante Escobar, Vitol Head of LNG, added.LNG Canada is a major LNG project located in Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada which Petronas is one of the joint venture participants with equity holding of 25%. Canada is Petronas’ second largest resource holder after Malaysia, with vast unconventional oil and gas resources in the North Montney.last_img read more