AGDC’s $45bn Alaska LNG Project gets federal approval

first_img The authorisation allows AGDC to site, construct and operate the Alaska LNG project. (Credit: Pixabay/Martinelle) The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) has secured conditional approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the $45bn Alaska LNG project.The authorisation allows AGDC to site, construct and operate the Alaska LNG project, which will liquefy and export LNG.In a press statement, the US FERC said: “The Alaska LNG Project is the last remaining LNG project before FERC covered by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST-41 Act). The Commission took action today ahead of the scheduled June 4, 2020, final decision set by the statute.”Alaska LNG Project has capacity to export 20 MMTPA of LNGPlanned to be built in Nikiski, an industrial town located on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, south-west of Anchorage, the project involves liquefaction facilities designed to produce up to 20 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA) of LNG for export.The project also includes an approximately 807-mile-long pipeline capable of transporting up to 3.9 billion cubic feet of gas per day to the liquefaction facilities; a gas treatment plant in the Prudhoe Bay; and two additional natural gas pipelines connecting production units to the gas treatment plant.The gas produced by the project will be exported to nations with which the US has signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA).Earlier, a conditional approval has also been granted by US DOE to export 20 MMTPA of natural gas to nations that do not have an FTA with the country.Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy said: “Today’s federal authorization is a key step in determining if Alaska LNG is competitive and economically beneficial for Alaska. I commend the AGDC team for their diligence.“The ongoing project economic review and discussions with potential partners will determine the next steps for this project.”AGDC President Frank Richards said: “This approval, a major milestone in the development of the project, signifies the completion of a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation that has engaged environmental and energy experts at dozens of federal and state regulatory agencies.”Recently, the staff of the FERC has issued final environmental impact statement for the Alaska LNG project. The project will have a capacity to produce up to 20 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA) of LNG for exportlast_img read more

HMS Montrose Sailors Earn Libya Medal

first_img View post tag: Navy Back in 2011, a total of 16 warships, submarines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels supported humanitarian, embargo and combat operations off the coast of Libya, either under NATO’s Operation Unified Protector or the UK’s Operation Ellamy. These included elements of the Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group (or RFTG) – the UK’s military quick reaction force – who were deployed at the time on the Cougar 11 deployment, many of which saw a 5 week deployment turn into a 5 month one.Today, as HMS Montrose prepares to join the RFTG, and sail as part of the Cougar 13 deployment, the current Commander of the RFTG, Commodore Paddy McAlpine OBE ADC Royal Navy, visited HMS Montrose to present campaign medals to 5 members of the Ship’s Company who served in that conflict.With the sailors ranging in rank from Able Seaman to Lieutenant, across all the branches of the ship, Commodore McAlpine had the opportunity to hear their stories of their time conducting operations off Libya, and pass on his explanation of the forthcoming RFTG deployment, of which HMS Montrose will be part.Lt Dan Sercombe, currently the CBO in Montrose but at the time a Young Officer in HMS Ocean, said,“it was a great honour to be presented with my first medal by COMUKTG himself, and I was really interested to hear about the plans for Cougar 13.”Petty Officer (Catering Services) Gavin ‘Buster’ Brown, who was a Leading Chef in HMS Brocklesby when that ship was conducting mine clearance operations very close inshore, echoed these sentiments:“Everyone in Brocklesby was very proud to have contributed so much to the operations off Misratah, and I am delighted to receive recognition of my time there; I shall wear my medal with pride.”The other three Montrose sailors who received medals today, Leading Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineer) Alexander Chinn, Leading Seaman (Seaman) Craig Taylor, and Able Seaman (Seaman) James Smith, all were serving in HMS Cumberland when – on her way back from a deployment to the Middle East – she was diverted into the port of Benghazi to evacuate civilians from the fighting, a mission codenamed Operation Deference.Commander James Parkin, the Commanding Officer, said:“Operation Ellamy is a classic example of how quickly naval forces can react to swiftly changing strategic circumstances, and how every type of RN unit has a role to play in such operations.“I was delighted that Commodore McAlpine was able to personally present the Libya medals to my sailors who served in that campaign two years ago, as it reminds my Ship’s Company that the RFTG, of which we are about to become a part, really is the ‘go to’ force to protect our nation’s interests wherever and whenever it is required; I am proud of them all.”[mappress]Press Release, June 27, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: HMS HMS Montrose Sailors Earn Libya Medal Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Montrose Sailors Earn Libya Medal View post tag: Earn View post tag: Naval June 27, 2013 Share this article View post tag: Libya Training & Education View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense View post tag: sailors View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Montrose View post tag: Medallast_img read more

Bassnectar Goes Downtempo For New ‘Unlimited’ Album [Review/Stream]

first_imgBass god Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar, has done it again with his twelfth studio release Unlimited. Just as his label Amorphous Music suggests, this album is truly unclassifiable, yet it is undeniable that this collection of hypnotic songs is more downtempo than most of his previous releases. But fear not— there is still plenty of heart-thumping bass to cozza frenzy.On Youtube, Bassnectar described the first track “Reaching Out” as a song “about human connection, but also about our personal journeys and how they intersect in cathartic and beautiful ways in a kind of metamorphosis.” The accompanying video stunningly captures this essence and can be watched here.“Music Is The Drug” featuring LUZCID really needs no explanation and leaves one wondering ‘where can I get an IV drip of that?’ “TKO” is a referee-declared hit, with Rye Rye and Zion I delivering the final blows. Tapping in heavy-hitters G Jones and Lafa Taylor, an extra filthy layer of bass is dished up in “Mind Tricks.” It’s easy to get lost in the spiral of this song’s hook: “the mind tricks the body tricks the mind tricks the body.”“Unlimited Combinations” is like a carnival ride for adults. Strap yourselves in, bassheads, we’re going for a ride! “Level Up” with LEViT∆TE features highly electronified elements of traditional Bollywood dance combined with nicely complementing verses by Seattle-based rapper Macntaj. “Shampion Chip” carries a heavy feet-stomping beat for two and a half minutes before bottoming out to wobbly drop full of clickety gloriousness. Right at the halfway mark of the album, “Zogdilla” delivers the heavy basslines just as we need them. Creatures of this same name will no doubt get raucous to this knee-banging track all summer long.A paracosm, as defined by Wikipedia, is a detailed imaginary world created in one’s mind, that may contain humans, animals, and things that exist in reality…or not. With that bit of knowledge drop, it’s interesting to contemplate the intentions and delivery of Bassnectar’s next track “Paracosm,” for which he again partnered with glitch pioneers, The Glitch Mob. You can continue to sail away into the depths of your own mind with “Surrender,” and then wind down an increasingly darker path with “Dream Catcher.”Critical to this other-worldly voyage, both on the album and for live shows, are tracks like “Journey To The Center” and “In The Beginning,” which challenge you to push through the glob of glue that is your head. When you make it through, you’re rewarded with the utterly beautiful “Rising Rising,” which is Bassnectar’s breathtaking remix of Crywolf’s original song. This whimsical lullaby leads into the final track “Inspire the Empathetic” which features a couple of guys laughing – Lorin included – and singing a capella. In 2004, he released a track of this same name, which spotlighted the corruptness of media corporations. Twelve years later, fans across the interwebs are now trying to determine the meaning of this newest release, which is much more light-hearted and political-message-absent, compared to its counterpart. We can think on that, as I’m sure the mastermind Lorin intended us to do.Last week, the hills of Bethel Woods, NY were alive with the sound of bass music, as Lorin unleashed this fury for the first time at Mysteryland USA. While some were caught off guard with the more chilled-out nature of the set, the majority of his legion understood the transformational journey he was directing. Bassnectar’s next stop is Electric Forest, followed by a string of other summer festivals, including Moonrise, Electric Zoo, and Life Is Beautiful. Check out the full tour schedule here.You can stream the new release below.last_img read more

Phish Kicked Off Their Fall Tour With An Improv-Heavy Night In Charleston

first_imgPhish began their fall tour in style tonight with a show at the North Charleston Coliseum, the first of two nights at the venue. The show featured several songs from their new album Big Boat, multiple jams in the first set, a second set that was filled with many standout moments of improv, and a rare three-song encore. When the dust settled, Phish had delivered one of their best tour-opening shows in recent memory.The band showcased ambitious intentions from the get-go, kicking things off with the Phish debut of “Petrichor”. The 13-minute composition made its debut as a Trey Anastasio orchestral track a few years ago, and was included as the final song on Phish’s recently released album Big Boat. Phish nailed the composed section before launching into a small improv segment at the end of the tune. “Ghost” followed, and the band almost immediately launched into a jam segment that was sure to remind fans who were possibly dismayed by the new album exactly why they like Phish in the first place. The band was strong, adventurous, and experimental as they locked in as a unit, delivering an early show highlight with an awesome version of “Ghost”.Phish kept things bouncing along with a standard, but still fun version of “Heavy Things”, before Page McConnell took a minute to say hello to the crowd and thank them for coming. The band then went into his Big Boat standout “Home”, during which they stretched the song out from its form, adding a short but raging jam at the end that gave fans a brief look at the song’s potential. “Poor Heart” gave the audience good reason to hoot and holler, with Mike Gordon providing a slick bass solo in the middle of the song. “Poor Heart” gave way to “Bathtub Gin”, giving Phish another early opportunity to offer up some improvisation, and they took the opportunity and ran with it, with Anastasio and Gordon playing off each other perfectly before Jon Fishman caught them with the beat. McConnell started pushing the band with a double time piano part, and Anastasio responded with a glorious peak before bringing the song to its conclusion.The band kept the energy up with a dark and dirty performance of “555”, before gifting the audience with a powerful version of “Horn”. Phish then brought the first set to a close with an excellent performance of “More” from Big Boat. The band was on fire during this song, bringing the energy up to a huge peak before completing the song and walking off stage to a huge applause from the thrilled Charleston crowd.Phish returned to the stage for their second set with a rockin’ version of “No Men In No Man’s Land” that featured a short-but-sweet jam that quickly dissolved into “Down With Disease”. “Disease” included wild improvisation that eventually slowed down into a sludgy, Led Zeppelin-esque type II section, with Anastasio screeching his guitar at the end of the impressive moment. The band made a seamless segue into their cover of The Talking Heads‘ “Cities”, which slowed things down and simultaneously kicked the energy into a whole other gear. McConnell picked things up on his clavinet at the end of the song before the song fizzled out and “Roggae” began. “Roggae” was an excellent call in this slot, with its psychedelic guitar swirls a perfect compliment to the songs that came before it.Phish continued the psychedelic rock vibes with a great “Twenty Years Later”, before transitioning into the reliable and melodic jam vehicle “Light”. Anastasio’s guitar prowess was on full display during “Light”, as he led the band through a furious improv section, with Fishman pushing the beat more and more until he dropped into a “No Men In No Man’s Land” tease. The full band followed Fishman as the beat slowed down, but the improv kept going, making for a true type II segment. The “Light” jam flowed directly into a triumphant version of “Free”.The band then started up a loose and funky version of Stevie Wonder‘s “Boogie On Reggae Woman”. The crowd went nuts for “Boogie On”, with Gordon leaning into the groove before Phish started up their classic “Harry Hood”. This version saw Anastasio adding some interesting and experimental flourishes to the songs’s opening segment, before the band settled on the song’s usual beautiful improv section. “Harry Hood” closed the euphoric second set, which featured multiple standout jams and a non-stop flow throughout.Phish started their encore with the second “Winterqueen” of 2016, but things really picked up with “Tube”. The band stretched “Tube” out a bit, pushing the song’s form and going into a short bit of improv before bringing the song to a close. The band then surprised fans by starting up a fast and wild “Rocky Top” to complete the rare three-set encore.Phish started their tour with a huge show in Charleston, and fans have to be excited with the energy and creativity that was on display at such an early point in their tour. Phish return to the North Charleston Coliseum tomorrow night to finish their two-night run at the venue.Phish | North Charleston Coliseum | Charleston, SC | 10/14/2016Set One: Petrichor, Ghost, Heavy Things, Home, Poor Heart, Bathtub Gin, 555, Horn, MoreSet Two: No Men In No Man’s Land > Down With Disease -> Cities > Roggae > Twenty Years Later > Light > Free, Boogie On Reggae Woman > Harry HoodEncore: Winterqueen, Tube, Rocky Toplast_img read more

Anderson .Paak Welcomes Lil Nas X To Perform “Old Town Road” At Boston Calling [Watch]

first_imgAnderson .Paak was at Boston Calling Music Festival on Sunday for the latest stop on his ongoing Best Teef In the Game Tour. .Paak’s festival performances have become a headline-worthy spectacle in their own right, as earlier this year the Ventura singer surprised attendees at Coachella by welcoming late-90s pop artist Brandy to join him on stage. For his set at Boston Calling on Sunday, .Paak again welcomed a surprise guest. This time, it was controversial hip-hop/country crossover sensation Lil Nas X. Together, the two treated the audience to a duet performance of the rapper’s chart-breaking 2018 hit, “Old Town Road”.Related: Anderson .Paak Appears On ‘CBS This Morning’, Performs Music From ‘ Ventura’, ‘Oxnard’The surprise sit-in started with .Paak’s keyboardist hammering away on the keys for a few different songs before transitioning into “Old Town Road”. Lil Nas X found his way to the stage in his trademark cowboy hat and a flame-embroidered black and white leather suit–a bold move during a hot holiday weekend. Lil Nas X’s presence at the festival had been hinted at by organizers, as the artist was billed as a “Special Guest” going into the weekend event.Watch the opening portion of the sit-in performance from Sunday below. .Paak continues his spring tour with his next scheduled performance at the MECU Pavilion in Baltimore, MD on Tuesday. Head to his website for tickets and tour info.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

Fans reflect on ‘somber’ game day

first_imgDuring the moment of silence in honor of Declan Sullivan before Saturday’s football game, sophomore Erin Wright said the only sound she heard in the Stadium was the American flag clinking against the flagpole. “That’s what I thought was most striking,” Wright said. “I noticed a few people after it was over saying ‘oh my gosh, did you look at the flag? Did you hear the flag?’” Sullivan, a Notre Dame junior and videographer for the University’s football team, died Wednesday after a film tower fell during football practice. Freshman Cat Caracci compared Saturday’s moment of silence to the moment of silence before the Sept. 11 football game against Michigan. On Sept. 11, she said she remembered hearing people talking during the moment of silence, but not on Saturday during the moment in honor of Sullivan. Wright said the overall mood on campus was different on Saturday as opposed to other home football games. “I think the mood was much more somber all around campus,” she said. Management Professor Suzanne Coshow wore a button she made from the same decal football players wore on their helmets to Saturday’s game in honor of Sullivan. She said Sullivan was in one of her classes this semester, and making stickers and buttons to wear and give to other fans was a way to honor his memory. “I’m hoping that we honor him today, that we remember him,” Coshow said before the game. Coshow also said she observed the somber mood on campus before the game, but did not hear people talking about Wednesday’s accident. While she usually attends all home football games and holds a tailgate, she did not tailgate on Saturday. “When the parking pass came up on the [e-mail] listserv yesterday, I didn’t grab it because it didn’t seem like the usual celebration,” she said. Tony Heitzman, who traveled from Louisville, Ky. to see his first Notre Dame football game, said he heard people talking about Wednesday’s accident on campus Saturday. “They’re just pretty somber in their thoughts about it,” Heitzman said. Rich Huxtable, a 1980 Tulsa graduate who lives in Kansas City, Mo., was on Notre Dame’s campus for the game Saturday. He said he heard about Sullivan’s death, but it did not change his travel plans. Since it was his first time at Notre Dame, he said he did not notice any particular mood on campus before the game. “This is the first football game at Notre Dame I’ve been to, so I can’t compare it,” he said. “Obviously there are some neat things that happen here before the game, but if there’s a change in mood I wouldn’t notice it and I don’t see any difference.” Junior Alyssa Sappenfield worked as a cashier at The Huddle in LaFortune Student Center Saturday afternoon before the game. She said she noticed many people wearing the decal with Sullivan’s initials. “It was a lot quieter in [The Huddle],” Sappenfield said. “It was kind of muted.” Senior Emily Salvaterra said she did not hear people talking about the accident at Saturday’s game, but she could tell students were thinking about it. “When they played the Alma Mater at halftime I thought that was really powerful,” Salvaterra said. “You could tell people were taking it really seriously.” Sam Werner contributed to this report.last_img read more

Conboy outlines strategic plan through 2024

first_imgIn a Monday email, Saint Mary’s President Katie Conboy outlined her strategic plan for the College, titled Reading and Writing Saint Mary’s: Creating the Path to 2024.“In the midst of our current operating conditions, we must keep our eyes on our future — a future that will be inspired by your strength,” Conboy said in the email. “What can Saint Mary’s do today to ensure that we come out stronger in the post-COVID environment?”Conboy acknowledged the uncertainties associated with the ongoing pandemic facing the situation with a “shortened planning horizon and an expedited planning process.”The strategic plan is divided into five phases with phase one — analysis and synthesis — starting immediately, and the final phase — expansion, growth and evolution — being implemented mid-November and continuing for the next two years. The other three phases include writing the future: story and design, delivery and commitment to action.Conboy concluded the email by inviting students to partake in a survey to contribute their feedback and ideas for the strategic planning process.Tags: 2024, president katie conboy, strategic planlast_img read more

Frank Langella Set for All the Way Film

first_img View Comments Frank Langella Tony winner and Oscar nominee Frank Langella will appear opposite Bryan Cranston in the HBO film adaptation of All the Way. According to Deadline, the Frost/Nixon star will take on the role of Senator Richard Russell, mentor to Lyndon B. Johnson (played by Cranston, reprising his Tony-winning performance). Jay Roach will direct the small screen take on the drama by Robert Schenkkan, which won the 2014 Tony for Best Play.In addition to Cranston and Langella, the movie will feature Bradley Whitford (another familiar face to White House dramas) as Hubert Humphrey, Melissa Leo as Lady Bird Johnson and Anthony Mackie as Martin Luther King Jr. Shooting is set to begin in August.Pulitzer Prize winner Schenkkan is on board to pen the screenplay. The show begins with the Kennedy assassination and details the first year of Johnson’s presidency, focusing on his involvement with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Five-time Tony nominee John McMartin played Senator Russell in the Broadway production.Langella is no stranger to portraying political figures, having won a Tony for his performance in Frost/Nixon; he reprised his role for the film, picking up an Oscar nomination. His additional Broadway credits include Tony-winning turns in Seascape and Fortune’s Fool, as well as Tony-nominated performances in Dracula, Match and Man and Boy. He’s also appeared on screen in Superman Returns, Robert & Frank and The Americans.center_img Star Fileslast_img read more

Laugh It Up, Stare it Down Sets Off-B’way Closing Date

first_imgAlan Hruska’s Laugh It Up, Stare It Down, starring Katya Campbell and more, will close off-Broadway on October 10. Directed by Chris Eigeman, the new play began previews on August 26 and officially opened on September 9 at the Cherry Lane Theatre.Laugh It Up, Stare It Down tells the story of Cleo and Joe—the meeting of their minds, the entwining of their hearts, and their life-long search for a meaningful point in a universe too random to have one. It’s a journey marked by a missing baby, a forged painting, a house invader, a tidal wave, and frozen pistou. Will they rise above their outrageous fortune? Will they find ecstatic love?The cast also includes Jayce Bartok, Maury Ginsberg and Amy Hargreaves. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 10, 2015 Laugh It Up, Stare It Down Related Showslast_img read more

The Broadway Community Come Together to Spread Love for Orlando

first_img View Comments The Broadway community recently gathered to record a benefit single of “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” Following the devastating attack at the Orlando nightclub Pulse, 100% of the proceeds will go to the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida. Watch below as the array of musical theater all-stars, including Bernadette Peters, Audra McDonald and Lin-Manuel Miranda, spread love and hope through song. Be sure to catch beltresses Orfeh, Lillias White, Keala Settle and Carmen Cusack in their riff-off toward the end. The Broadway for Orlando track is available to download via Broadway Records. Broadway for Orlandolast_img read more