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first_img Mittelplate drilling and production island. (Credit: Wintershall Dea/Christian Bruch) The feasibility of equipping the supply vessels for the Mittelplate drilling and production island in the German North Sea with hydrogen hybrid propulsion system was mentioned yesterday (Tuesday 20 October 2020) by Wintershall Dea, Europe’s leading independent gas and oil company. The announcement coincided with the visit of Lower Saxony’s Minister President Stephan Weil to EnTec Industrial Services in Cuxhaven. It is planned that the ships will be propelled emission free by electric engines that are powered by hydrogen fuel cells.“By investigating the conversion of the supply ships to hydrogen-powered fuel cells, we are using technical innovation to protect the Wadden Sea as a world heritage site and further minimize emissions,” explained Hugo Dijkgraaf, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Wintershall Dea: “Together with our partners EnTec and Acta Marine, we are assessing feasibility of upgrading the existing fleet of supply vessels with hydrogen hybrid engines.”The planned retrofitting of the ships’ engines to state-of-the-art eco-friendly drive technology is a further step towards improving environmental compatibility and reducing carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and sulphur oxide emissions. To date, the four supply ships in the Mittelplate fleet jointly cover a distance of about 12,500 nautical miles each year to transport supplies to Mittelplate island, with a current annual consumption of around 275,000 litres of diesel.The starting point for the planned retrofit is a recent feasibility study completed under the direction of EnTec Industrial Services GmbH. It forms the basis for a memorandum of understanding on the joint implementation of the project. EnTec operates Mittelplate’s land base in Cuxhaven and has been a reliable partner to Wintershall Dea for many years. EnTec’s Managing Director Jochen Kaufholt stressed yesterday: “I am delighted to be implementing the concept developed from the feasibility study and establishing hydrogen technology at Cuxhaven.”In a first step, the supply ship “Coastal Liberty” is to be fitted first with the hybrid propulsion system. The hydrogen is transported onto the ship in liquid form in what are called tanktainers. It is then fed from these special containers to a fuel cell and the generated electricity stored in batteries. This electricity then drives the electric engine which sets the ship’s propeller in motion via the shaft. This first application should lay the foundation in Cuxhaven for a maritime hydrogen infrastructure. The port and entire region would benefit from the further expansion.“The foreseen conversion to the new drives is another step in implementing Wintershall Dea’s strategy to systematically reduce emissions,” emphasized the head of Wintershall Dea’s business in Germany, Dirk Warzecha, at yesterday’s presentation. He said that the shift to hydrogen would represent an important part of a continuous improvement process to achieve even more ecological sustainability. “By acting responsibly and using state-of-the-art technology, we ensure that oil production and environmental protection in the sensitive Wadden Sea continue to be compatible,” said Warzecha.The Mittelplate drilling and production island already boasts very low emissions: In terms of direct emissions, in 2018 the international oil and gas industry emitted on average 17.4 kg CO2 per barrel of oil equivalent produced1. Mittelplate will emit just 0.4 kg CO2 per barrel of oil equivalent from 2021 onwards. “Through measures such as converting the ship drives to hydrogen hybrid or running the facilities with 100% certified green electricity, as adopted recently, Wintershall Dea is setting a very ambitious bar for the future,” said Mario Dreier, the operations manager responsible for production from the Mittelplate field. Source: Company Press Release Supply vessels to Mittelplate to save up to 275,000 litres of diesel annually and cut CO2 emissions by more than 700 tonnes a yearlast_img read more

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USNS Comfort Leaves Belize, Ending First CP-15 Mission Stop April 21, 2015 View post tag: USNS Comfort The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Belize City April 19. This marks the completion of the first mission stop for Continuing Promise 2015 (CP-15).Continuing Promise is a collaborative effort with partner nations to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian-civil assistance, subject matter expert exchanges, medical, dental, veterinary and engineering support and disaster response within the region, demonstrating the U.S. support and commitment to Central America, South America and the Caribbean.At the closing ceremony for the mission stop, the U.S. Ambassador to Belize, Belizean government officials and CP-15 leadership and crew commemorated the accomplishments and success that was produced from the overall mission stop between the people of Belize, the Belizean government and the CP-15 crew.The Comfort’s next mission stop is in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. The CP-15 crew will have sites at Casa Social del Maestro and Complejo Deportivo to provide no-cost medical and dental services to citizens, and CMBU 202 has planned civic-assistance projects at two area schools.[mappress mapid=”15725″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: CP-15 Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Belize USNS Comfort Leaves Belize, Ending First CP-15 Mission Stop Authorities View post tag: americaslast_img read more

first_imgWhile living in Europe, we used to visit the Black Forest. Today, I walked through the White Forest! (Bernadette Harvell)Snow clinging to brush. (Bernadette Harvell)Snow clinging to a branch overhead. Many came crashing down under the weight! (Bernadette Harvell)Every fine branch was covered in bright white! (Bernadette Harvell)Coated in snow. (Bernadette Harvell)A welcoming row of snow bows! (Bernadette Harvell)Winters Beauty on flying pond. (Linda Runge)Old railroad bridge in East Wilton. (Gary Bickford)Frozen water falls in East Wilton. (Gary Bickford)Frozen water falls in East Wilton (2). (Gary Bickford)The road home. Mount Vernon. (Linda Rungi)Vienna Mill Pond dressed in winter’s finery. (Jane Naliboff)Kents Hill barn settled in for a long winter. (Jane Naliboff)Tufted Titmouse ready for take-off to the snack bar. (Jane Naliboff)Spotlight on a sunflower seed. (Jane Naliboff)Besse Road, Vienna (Jane Naliboff)Snow capped mountain view, New Sharon. (Jane Naliboff)Black Capped Chickadee walking the plank.(Jane Naliboff)Snowed in. (Jane Naliboff)After a fire took the farmhouse, this barn sits alone in a snowy field in Vienna. (Jane Naliboff)Fall leftovers. (Jane Naliboff)Nothing moving in these low single digit temps even in Southern, Brunswick, Maine. (Jane Knox)Belgrade lakes. (Jane Knox)I’m cold in these single digits so I am all puffed out. (Jane Knox)New Meadow River. (Jane Knox)last_img read more

first_imgIt’s been ten years since Matisyahu wrote the lyrics, “Young man the power’s in your hands, throw your fists on the table, and make your demands,” on the title track of his Grammy nominated record Youth. What does the 36 year old who’s been on the road for the better part of a decade see in the 26 year old who was just starting to evolve and mature both musically and spiritually? For Matisyahu, it’s been less about maintaining outward demands, and more of a focused wandering that has brought the singer/songwriter out into the wilderness both in terms of musical exploration and inward change. It’s a journey that, in both a metaphorical and literal sense, has brought the musician home with a more developed sense of what his music and the scene around his music has meant.Watch the mini doc below filmed earlier this month during the ten-year anniversary show for ‘Youth’ at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. Matisyahu discusses being back in New York with his three sons after years in LA, having his core players back in the band after a decade of developing his style in a number of other formats, returning to his love of improvisational music, and what it means to be playing a “home-town” show a decade after starting the journey.last_img read more

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — New statistics show German factory orders fell more sharply than expected in December, suggesting recent coronavirus lockdown measures are starting to impact industry in Europe’s largest economy. Industrial orders fell 1.9% in December over the previous month, following a slightly upwardly-revised 2.7% increase in November, the Federal Statistical Office reported Friday. Economists had forecast a 1% decline for December. Domestic orders decreased by 0.9% while foreign orders dropped by 2.6% in December. New orders from the eurozone fell 7.5%, and those from other countries increased by 0.5%. The decline was the first in Germany after seven consecutive monthly increases, noted ING economist Carsten Brzeski.last_img read more

first_img 2:43 3:15 What The Hell’s Goin’ On The Flamin’ Groovies 3:52 4:43 4:23 3:46 3:12 Woken The Wildflowers Jesse Terry Hollywood (feat. Jaye Prime) Liquid Monk 3:35 3:34 Embed Mainstream Action Skulls Leave A Light On Humbird Audio PlayerJesse TerryWoken The WildflowersUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:45 Treasure Sarah Lou Richards 4:30 3:45 Double Heart Penny and Sparrow Fish Out Of Water Jon Langford Unbroken Brad Peterson 3:39 Goodbye The Freeway Revival 3:01 Sea of Lights Boo Ray 4:00 Pain The Texas Gentlemen Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. 6:11 Samson And Delilah Willie Watson 2:57 4:11 3:03 Tunguska Ephrata 3:45 It’s Your Voodoo Working Eilen Jewell Unconditional Nick Mulvey Feudal Nights Brian Lisik & The Unfortunates I Ain’t Dead Yet Charlie Parr 01 Matchstick Man decker. Willie Watson just might be my favorite Americana troubadour.From the earliest days of Old Crow Medicine Show through his first solo record, 2014’s Folksinger Vol. 1, Watson’s voice and the attention and respect to the past so readily apparent in his music has always struck a chord within me.This month, Watson returns with his second solo record, aptly titled Folksinger Vol. 2. As is his way, Watson digs deep into the seams of Americana history, assembling a collection of songs that resonate with the earliest sounds of American music. Though there are no originals on the new record, Watson takes these old songs – some you might have heard and some undoubtedly new to you – and makes them his own. After a couple listens, you’ll have no problem hearing Watson in a pickin’ party with the likes of Woody Guthrie, Jimmie Rodgers, Lightin’ Hopkins, or any one of the many iconic musicians who have created the sonic melting pot that is Americana music.Listen to Watson’s take on the venerable “Samson & Delilah,” featuring the famed Fairfield Four, this month.Trail Mix is also happy to welcome back two of our long time friends and favorites in Josh Ritter and Charlie Parr. Ritter, long known for his emotive and introspective storytelling, and Parr, whose raspy voice and approach to old time music is virtually unparalleled, both have new records out this month, and the mix is thrilled to feature tracks from each.There are also great new tracks from Penny & Sparrow, Jesse Terry, Nick Mulvey, Liquid Monk, Eilen Jewell, decker, Jon Langford’s Four Lost Souls, Humbird, The Texas Gentlemen, Brian Lisik & The Unfortunates, Brad Petersen, Ephrata, Flamin’ Groovies, Action Skulls, and Sarah Lou Richards in the mix. Be sure to dig deep and enjoy!Lots of good stuff coming your way on this month’s Trail Mix blog, too. Chats with Boo Ray, The Freeway Revival, and Rain Perry are on tap, as is a preview of this weekend’s Jenny Hiatt show at Isis Music Hall.And get out there and buy some of this music. Get out there and buy some concert tickets. Give back to these great artists you discover here on Trail Mix.*Please note that the download file has not yet been updated. But fret not! It will be soon!  3:37 Showboat JOSH RITTER last_img read more

first_imgAdditionally, the fund will offer, on an annual basis, a Sponsor a Youth Athlete Grant that is to be awarded to a local youth athlete in need of financial support related to their sport. For example, a young mountain biker may need help with airline tickets in order to attend the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships.Finally, the fund will support the annual MSF Golden Backpacker Award, where the festival will recognize on stage an individual who has done a lot to advance the outdoor industry in the region. About the Mountain Sports FestivalThe Mountain Sports Festival, now in its 18th year, is a nonprofit event, free to the public and committed to presenting a well-balanced series of events and entertainment that encourages participation by people of all ages. The Mountain Sports Festival is organized by a volunteer group of community-oriented citizens dedicated to the presenting of a well-balanced series of events that encourages participation on all levels.This past year, prior to the new charitable focus and with the help of local sponsors and vendors such as Prestige Subaru, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Diamond Brand Outdoors, Sierra Nevada Brewing, and Pisgah Brewing, the Mountain Sports Festival was able to donate generously to the Friends of Connect Buncombe and Asheville GreenWorks.Are you interested in supporting their mission by being a sponsor, vendor, volunteer, or event participant at the 2018 Mountain Sports Festival? Please visit their website. Asheville, NC – Now in its 18th year, the Mountain Sports Festival (May 25th- May 27th) in Asheville, North Carolina, has become a staple of the Memorial Day weekend. Locals and visitors from throughout the southeast join to celebrate music, community, athletics, and local business while showcasing the unique mountain terrain and culture of Asheville, North Carolina, and its surroundings.This past September, the all-volunteer board of the non-profit festival met to review and redefine the festival’s purpose. The new mission statement reads: The mission of Mountain Sports Festival is to promote and celebrate mountain sports, wellness, and community and to provide opportunities for all ages and abilities to participate.To support the new mission statement, the MSF is creating a charitable fund that will be the primary focus of the festival’s fund-raising. The fund will have three components that are mostly oriented on helping and encouraging youth to gain access to and participate in sports such as running, biking, skiing, paddling and climbing.The majority of the funds will go to support a new relationship with Streets to Peaks – a Maybin Mission program powered by Camp Grier. This program provides enriching outdoor experiences to youth with limited access to wilderness adventures. Through exciting challenges like rock climbing and whitewater paddling, program participants ages 11-18 learn to overcome obstacles, set long-term goals and imagine a future with endless possibilities.last_img read more

first_imgDuring the Christmas season, we’re all reminded of how important it is to give back. Sometimes that means giving money to your favorite non-profit and sometimes it’s as simple as volunteering your time. Not only is it beneficial to the people you’re helping, but it can also be good for your soul. Here are a few personal benefits to giving back.It can make you happy: Those who volunteer tend to be more satisfied in life than those who don’t volunteer. Helping people makes you feel good and seeing a smile on the face of someone you’ve helped is a great feeling.It can help you connect: Are you in a new town? When you don’t know many people, you can get bored really quick. Volunteering can help keep you busy and introduce you to new people, which can help you adjust to a new place.It can change your career: In a job you don’t love? Maybe you’re in the wrong business. Volunteering may actually help you find a new career that you can be passionate about. They say when you do something you love, you never work a day in your life.It can change your perspective: When life has you down, sometimes you need an attitude adjustment. When you volunteer, you’re often given a look at someone who has it way worse than you do. This can be a great way for you to appreciate what you have and where you’re at in life. 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgDo you know how the world-famous dog Dalmatiner is, an autochthonous breed from Croatia?If we were to do market research on a global level, I am sure that most of the respondents would associate Dalmatians, ie Dalmatian dogs, with America, and not Croatia.The Dalmatian dog (Canis dalmaticus) is the most famous Croatian autochthonous dog breed in the world. The origin of the Dalmatian dog is based on paintings and records from church chronicles of the 16th – 18th century. The Dalmatian dog served as a military dog, guard at the border, companion of carriages and riders, as a hunting dog, bird and hound, and depictions of the Dalmatian dog were found on the altarpiece “Mother of God with Jesus and angels” in the church of Our Lady of the Angels in Veli Losinj , the island of Lošinj, Croatia dating from 1600-1630, and frescoes from Zaostrog, Dalmatia, Croatia. It follows that the origin of the Dalmatian dog is in the eastern part of the Mediterranean, especially in the historic province of Dalmatia.That is how the Dalmatian dog got its name from the province of Dalmatia, ie from the Dalmatian people.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”Unfortunately, the Dalmatian dog is more popular in the world, especially in America than in Croatia. Unfortunately, we are not responsible for that fact, but Walt Disney, who made the animated cartoon 1961 Dalmatians back in 101, and later in 1996 the film of the same name, which put the Dalmatian dog on the global map and experienced its true success. Also, later in 2000, a sequel to the popular film, 102 Dalmatians, was made, as well as various versions of cartoons for children.In addition to the animated and feature film Dalmatian Dog, he starred in many commercials promoting various American companies such as Budweiser, Google, McDonalds, RedBull and many others. But not in Croatia, and especially Dalmatia as a tourist destination from which it comes.Now, the logical question is: Why don’t we know how to use it to our advantage, through branding and tourism? Like, among other things, Tesla, Penkala, tie, parachute, zeppelin, etc.… even the planetarily popular red and white dice celebrated by our footballers, by which the whole world knows us, but we do not use them enough through branding. It’s like we’re ashamed of them.But things may change for the better, and finally the Dalmatian will become at least one part of the tourist mosaic in Croatia, more precisely in Zadar.Initiative launched to paint the pedestrian crossing in Zadar in the colors of Dalmatians – Zebra DalmatinkaNamely, on the initiative of Sandra Babac from Zadar, an initiative was launched to set up a pedestrian crossing in Zadarski mira Street 1358, on the stretch from Forum to the pier, where there is no pedestrian passage, but a lot of tourists pass, which will be outlined with Dalmatian dog patterns. . That is how Zadar would get its first “Zebra Dalmatinka”, as Babic called it from miles away.The idea for the Dalmatian zebra has been around for a long time, and it came from two facts. As Babac points out, the first is that there is no zebra drawn on that stretch, ie the pedestrian crossing, and the second is the tourist promotion of Dalmatia as well as Croatia “As a tourist guide who occasionally guides tourists around Zadar, it has been shown that tourists most often pass this way, in order to shorten the way to the Sea Organ and Greetings to the Sun. On the other hand, there is a chronic lack of time, especially for Asian guests who therefore choose shortcuts to stay longer in those locations such as Sun Salutation and Sea Organ. There are parks that, when they are done, do not initially pave the roads, ie paths, but first make a park and then see which way people are moving, and accordingly only then do the paths. So in this case, there is certainly a need for a pedestrian crossing at that location because that’s how groups move naturally, and then why not combine the story with the Dalmatian zebra and use it to promote Dalmatia and the whole of Croatia” concludes Sandra Babac, an entrepreneur who occasionally works in her free time as a tourist guide within the Association of Tourist Guides Donat from Zadar.On the other hand, there is a chronic lack of time, especially for Asian guests who therefore choose shortcuts in order to stay longer in those locations such as Greeting to the Sun and the Sea Organ, Babac points out. “The plan is not only to place a zebra on the mentioned location, but also to use one fact, and that is that the famous Dalmatian breed originates from Dalmatia, so the zebra on specific spots of a Dalmatian dog could be an attractive tourist product, the first of its kind in Croatia. So Zadar would get its first zebra Dalmatian as I called it” Sandra Babac points out, and adds that every Zebra Dalmatian woman “should have an educational and informative board about the history of Dalmatians in order to educate tourists.Definitely a great initiative that needs to be implemented as soon as possible. In fact, why not look at the bigger picture and paint all the pedestrian crossings in the whole of Dalmatia, or at least those in the very center of the city and next to tourist attractions?If we do not tell that story and we are not proud of it, then it is quite certain that no one else will tell it for us and promote us for free. In addition, if we are talking about dog / pet friendly accommodation, beaches, parks, cafes – destinations, are there better links and ambassadors than Dalmatians. Being recognizable all over the world by one slogan, subject, sentence… is the holy grail in marketing, and yet it has images, but no tone. And not one, but several of them. We have a problem, ie sweet worries, what to single out as, say, the three main features that connect us with Croatia. From a tie, a parachute to Tesla and a Dalmatian.Photo: Sandra BabacWe have something to be proud of, as well as “play” in the world of marketing where it is increasingly difficult and expensive to get attention, stand out and be recognizable. Croatia’s biggest advantage is our incredible diversity and authenticity. We do not understand each other from region to region and we have a totally different way and culture of living, how different they are.It is this authenticity that is our biggest advantage and must be our main tourist product, of course with the sun and the sea. We don’t have to make up stories, we have to be what we are – Croats. It is our authentic and incredible true stories that need to be nicely packaged and told, and one of the great stories is certainly the story of the Dalmatian.After all, this would not be the first pedestrian crossing in Croatia to be painted in another form. In Zagreb, in front of the Maksimir Stadium, a pedestrian crossing is drawn in the shape of a zebra pattern, promoting the Zagreb Zoo. Also, if London and other world cities can have zebras / pedestrian crossings painted in various colors and motifs, surely Zadar can.Will Zadar get its Zebra Dalmatian? The initiative has been launched, now they are on the move of the city service.Related news:IF AT LEAST A TIE WAS A CROATIAN PRODUCT, THE WHOLE WORLD WOULD KNOW ABOUT CROATIAWHY ARE WE ASHAMED OF TESLA, PENKALA, VRANČIĆ AND ALL OUR OTHER INNOVATORS?last_img read more

first_imgUK pension funds have been “remarkably remiss” in not engaging more with their own government on infrastructure spending, according to the chairman of the £41bn (€48.5bn) BT Pension Scheme, who urged schemes to collaborate more on projects.Paul Spencer, also chair of the British Airways and Rolls Royce pension funds, said schemes should try to learn from each other and “shouldn’t be reinventing the wheel”.He told delegates at the National Association of Pension Funds annual conference in Manchester that infrastructure was a prime example where a more proactive approach was needed.Discussing the UK government’s medium-term estimate that £320bn would be needed for infrastructure projects, he said infrastructure minister Lord Deighton was “totally convinced” pension assets were required to meet those funding goals. “But are we collaborating?” he asked. “Are we getting together to work with the government to provide that money in a way that gives us super, long-term, inflation-linked cashflows, which are exactly what we need?”Spencer said UK funds were simply not doing enough in the infrastructure sphere and “nothing like the size we should be doing”.He noted that the government had instead been courting Chinese, Canadian, US and Australian institutional and pensions investors as a way of funding projects.“We’ve just been remarkably remiss in the UK pension fund world of working with our own government in saying ‘why are giving this to these people? You need us.’”Spencer said he was hopeful funds would soon become more proactive, and that he had furthered the debate, having sorted “internal issues” at the funds he chairs.He asked: “Can we get ourselves in a better position as pension funds to work with government to jolly well take some of this business at rates that are attractive to us, rather than seeing it go to some of the overseas funds?”last_img read more