The Damietta liquefaction plant is owned by SEGAS. (Credit: Pixabay/Mar Dais) Eni said that it has signed multiple agreements needed to restart the Damietta liquefaction plant in Egypt by June 2020, thereby ending a suspension that has lasted about eight years owing to various disputes.The Italian oil and gas company has signed agreements with the Arab Republic of Egypt (ARE), the Egyptian Natural Gas (EGAS), the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC), and Spanish energy company Naturgy, to settle the pending issues.The Damietta liquefaction plant is owned by SEGAS, in which Eni has a 40% stake through Union Fenosa Gas, which is its 50:50 joint venture with Naturgy. The Italian company will increase its stake in the Damietta LNG plant to 50% while EGAS will get a stake of 30% with Naturgy exiting the Union Fenosa Gas joint venture.EGAS will increase its stake in the Damietta liquefaction plant to 40%, while EGPC will hold the remaining stake of 10%.According to Eni, the agreements pave way for an amicable resolution of the pending disputes of EGAS and ARE with Union Fenosa Gas and SEGAS. Apart from that, the agreements also facilitate the subsequent corporate restructuring of Union Fenosa Gas, whose assets will be split between the shareholders of Eni and Naturgy.The agreements will come into effect subject to meeting of certain preceding conditions.Capacity of Damietta liquefaction plantThe liquefaction facility, which is capable of producing 7.56 billion cubic meters of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year, has been idle since November 2012.Eni said that it will also take up the contract for buying natural gas for the liquefaction plant and will get corresponding liquefaction rights.The Italian oil and gas company will take over Union Fenosa Gas’ commercial activities of natural gas in Spain to strengthen its footprint in the European gas market.Eni claimed that its new natural gas discoveries, particularly those in the Zohr and Nooros fields, have been fast-tracked into production to help Egypt regain its full capacity to address its domestic gas demand. This also allows the country to allocate surplus production for export using its LNG facilities, said Eni.The company stated: “Today’s operation strengthens Eni’s presence in the East Mediterranean, a key region for the supply of natural gas – a fuel that is instrumental for the energy transition. It allows to reinforce Eni’s strategic objectives in terms of growth of its LNG portfolio, in particular in Egypt, where the Company is the main gas producer.” The Damietta liquefaction plant is owned by SEGAS, in which Eni has a 40% stake through Union Fenosa Gas, which is its 50:50 joint venture with Naturgy
We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?WHAT”S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: How would your rate Vice President Mike Pence performance so far?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports. We are pleased to provide obituaries from several area funeral homes at no costs. Over the next several weeks we shall be adding additional obituaries from other local funeral homes. Please scroll down the paper and you shall see a listing of them..If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.”READERS FORUM” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail,We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?WHAT”S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: How would your rate Vice President Mike Pence performance so far?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports. We are pleased to provide obituaries from several area funeral homes at no costs. Over the next several weeks we shall be adding additional obituaries from other local funeral homes. Please scroll down the paper and you shall see a listing of them..If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.”READERS FORUM”
1 / 4 Mrs. Rodriguez and Gabriella Villao 2 / 4 Jaedon Flores 3 / 4 Ebram Bishai 4 / 4 Christian Martinez (left) Gabriella Villao and Nicholas Leon (right). ❮ ❯ × 1 / 4 Mrs. Rodriguez and Gabriella Villao 2 / 4 Jaedon Flores 3 / 4 Ebram Bishai 4 / 4 Christian Martinez (left) Gabriella Villao and Nicholas Leon (right). ❮ ❯ During the holiday season, students in Mrs. Rodriquez’s class at Union City’s Saint Augustine School heard the religious story of the “Candy Cane.” Vice Principal Sister Johanna Quinto said, “The children made candy canes on the poem of the candy cane paper.” A Merry Christmas was had by all!
By DONALD WITTKOWSKITabernacle Baptist Church is regaining its tax-exempt status following a judge’s ruling that the controversial sale of Ocean City’s oldest surviving church to its former pastor was “illegitimate,” a church leader said.Normally, churches have tax-exempt status, but Tabernacle Baptist temporarily came under private ownership in March 2019 during a sale of the property to Pastor Charles Frazier, who has since died.Tabernacle Baptist’s board of trustees regained ownership of the property in December 2019 after it filed a lawsuit against Frazier challenging a deal he had worked out with the church’s former leaders to sell him the building for $1.During the time it was under private ownership, the church lost its tax-exempt status. The city was legally required to impose property taxes on the church after it had passed into Frazier’s hands.After falling behind in its property taxes, the church was threatened with a tax sale. However, a community fundraising effort and private donations helped Tabernacle Baptist to pay the city the approximately $8,700 in back taxes it owed for 2019 and $9,700 for 2020.A ruling by state Superior Court Judge Michael Blee last month will allow the church to regain its tax-exempt status. Blee also invalidated the church’s sale to Frazier and ordered the “illegitimate deed” for the transaction to be declared null and void, said Shari Thompson, chairwoman of the Tabernacle Baptist board of trustees.“He invalidated the deed, anything that gave Frazier ownership,” Thompson said in an interview Sunday.Shari Thompson, chairwoman of the Tabernacle Baptist Church board of trustees, addresses City Council in September.Thompson appeared before City Council at its Nov. 5 meeting to announce the court ruling in the church’s favor. At the same time, she reiterated an agreement between the church and city for the city to refund the back taxes that were paid for 2019 and 2020 if Tabernacle Baptist regained its tax-exempt status.However, before the city can refund the taxes, it must formally wait for a 45-day appeal period to end in the litigation, City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson said.“We certainly don’t expect anyone to challenge what was a very wise decision of the court to restore the status quo and put this church back in the hands of the rightful owners,” McCrosson said.McCrosson said all the city is waiting for is the expiration of the 45-day period to make sure no appeals are filed.“I expect a refund will be made to the church at the expiration of that period,” she added.With the litigation and tax troubles nearing an end, the board of trustees is planning to make physical improvements to the church, including a new coat of white paint for the exterior, repairing the broken gutters and adding a new chairlift, Thompson said.At the same time, the church is preparing to launch a membership drive to expand the congregation, she noted.Tabernacle Baptist, one of South Jersey’s most historic African-American churches, dates back to 1890 in Ocean City, making it the town’s oldest surviving church.The church cornerstone displays the year 1908, which actually marks the date the building was physically moved from Central Avenue to the corner of Eighth Street and West Avenue and placed on its “new” foundation, now 112 years old.Improvements are planned to the exterior and interior of the church now that the litigation and tax troubles are nearing an end. The historic Tabernacle Baptist Church occupies the corner of Eighth Street and West Avenue.
Costa Coffee increased its revenue by a fifth in the six months to 27 August 2009, as parent company Whitbread revealed a strong set of figures.Sales were up by 20.6% to £155.4m (2008/09: £128.9m) for the chain, with pre-exceptional operating profit up 72.6% to £12.6m (2008/09: £7.3m).Like-for-like sales increased by 2.5%, down 1.2% on its half-year figures for 2008/2009.According a statement released by the firm, the UK coffee chain has also been able to capitalise on the weakness of the high street property market, and has negotiated “better, more flexible rental terms”, as well as reducing build costs on new stores by 10% in some cases. Costa opened 93 new stores in the UK in the first of the year, 72 of which were franchises.
Although Greer Gardner and Juliet Spies-Gans won’t move into Lowell House until next year, the two Harvard College freshmen have already done their new campus home proud. Gardner and Spies-Gans gave up a gorgeous spring afternoon to join other rising Lowellians at the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) on April 20, where they helped fill boxes with beans, pasta, coffee, and other goods for delivery to pantries that feed hungry families in eastern Massachusetts.“A couple hours out of our lives will help hundreds of families feel a little better, a little safer in the world,” said Spies-Gans. “It was also a lot of fun getting to know some of the Lowellians that I had never met before and becoming better friends with those that I did know. I don’t know many things that could have been better uses of that time.”Gardner, Spies-Gans, and dozens of their classmates are connecting with each other, their new House, and their community this spring through Harvard College Serves (HCS). Launched this year by the College Events Board, HCS joins incoming freshmen with House public service student representatives and public service tutors for volunteer projects at area nonprofits. Gene Corbin, assistant dean of student life for public service, said that the program aims to further the ethos of service at Harvard College.“Many undergraduates volunteer regularly through the Phillips Brooks House Association’s programs or efforts supported by the office of the Public Service Network,” Corbin explained. “Our hope is that Harvard College Serves will get some students who aren’t currently involved to learn something about needs in Boston and Cambridge as well. It’s a way of saying to all students that service is something the school really values.”In the weeks since Housing Day, College students have filled backpacks with clothes, school supplies, and toys at Cradles to Crayons in Brighton; painted and landscaped at the Graham and Parks Elementary School in Cambridge; and helped clean up at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. Rising sophomores affiliated with all of Harvard’s Houses have pitched in.Winta Haile ’12, the public service student representative for Lowell House, coordinated the volunteer effort at the Greater Boston Food Bank. She said that Harvard College Serves provides an opportunity for House leaders to welcome and build relationships with incoming residents through the shared experience of public service.“The program plants the idea that service is something you can enjoy and something you can do regularly,” Haile said. “I think it cultivates a new group of people who can join the service ranks so that we can get more people helping more people. It also integrates new people into the House. I like all the people that I met today, and I had a really good time with them.”At the GBFB, Lowellians stood with teams from Boston University and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt along a stainless steel conveyor belt. Each volunteer staffed a station that corresponded to a type of food or good submitted by an area market or retailer: canned tuna, coffee, salad dressings and condiments, health and beauty products, for example. The volunteers grabbed items off the belt as they passed by, discarding damaged or open packages. They packed the good foodstuffs in boxes, and handed off the boxes to other volunteers for weighing and quality control.“It was a lot of boxes and bottles,” said Haile, whose station at one point threatened to become a scene from “I Love Lucy.” “I think there was a certain method that I figured out after a couple of tries.”When the shift was over, the crew adjourned to the break room for snacks and some information about the impact of their efforts. Amy Cooper-Ayles, director of the GBFB’s volunteer programs, told the team that they salvaged more than 2 tons of food for Boston-area pantries in only two hours. As a result, Cooper-Ayles said, 3,350 hungry people would get a meal.“The number one group of people we feed is children,” she said. “After that it’s seniors and the homeless. Last year we fed 545,000 people in the Boston area with help from volunteers like you.”Gardner, who hails from Dallas, said that she regularly makes time for service because “it’s important to appreciate the resources we have and give back to the Boston community.”“My experience serving at the food bank was fantastic,” she said. “I was sorting through the tomato products, and had a great time bonding with my future housemates.It’s amazing what a large impact a few volunteers can have.”Spies-Gans said that the event gave her a better understanding of the problem of hunger in the Boston area, and a chance to do something about it. She pointed out that it was also nice to think that the experience of service would be the basis of the relationships she made with her soon-to-be housemates.“It was great being able to literally feel the difference that we made as we handled the various foods and supplies,” she said. “I feel like I can walk up to any of my fellow workers now and start a real, feeling conversation. That is something I didn’t have with many of those people before.”
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&lt;p&gt; What has been announced for the last year and what is only logical and natural, at least when we talk about creating tourist products and branding in tourism, is the merging and synergy of tourist destinations into one brand.This is a project that the leader of the Imotski Tourist Board Luka Kolovrat has been trying to implement for some time, so that, in this way, the tourist offer in Imotski Krajina is unified, and thus more easily accessible to many tourists, who in recent years are increasingly discovering natural beauties of Imotski region.Thus, with the founding assembly and the solemn signing of the agreement between the nine local self-government units, a decision was made to close the former Imotski Tourist Board and establish the tourist board of the area. “Property”, otherwise the first in the Split-Dalmatia County. “The Imotski region is a historical and geographical fact, a geographical fact, which is fragmented and divided through various historical bureaucratic and administrative decrees. This project of formal connection and association of the city of Imotski and municipalities from the area of Imotski Krajina, seeks to bridge these administrative boundaries, in order to facilitate the achievement of goals in the tourism sector. said Luka Kolovrat.CNTB Director Staničić emphasized that encouraging the association of tourist boards is one of the main goals of the new Law on Tourist Boards and the Promotion of Croatian Tourism. “Today, Croatia needs well-profiled tourist destinations that manage quality tourist visits, tourist experience and tourist product using unique strategic resources throughout the year, on the continent as well as on the coast. I am sure that the tourist board of the Imotski area will achieve the above with its work and activities, and that it will be an excellent example of good practice and an incentive for others to follow the path of association and connection, economy and efficiency.”, said Staničić, adding that the positive effects of the association will be visible in the segment of promotion and management of the destination and its resources.The session adopted the proposal of the Work Program of TZP Imota for 2018, which defines all activities that lead to the affirmation of the area, enriching the offer with new content, creating better conditions for tourists and active promotion of the destination. Thus, TZP Imota will contribute to increasing tourist traffic and the number of overnight stays, especially in the pre-season and post-season, creating new tourist facilities, promoting the area as a tourist destination of quality and diverse products, improving the overall appearance of the tourist destination and other strategically important goals. This year, TZP Imota will focus its financial resources on numerous programs and activities such as continuing the research of the Red Lake, organizing the Imota family day, making bicycle and race tracks, etc.Regions need to be brandedIt is fair to say that it is insane that one island of Brac, I repeat the island, has seven tourist boards that do not yet cooperate with each other, each developing a “tourist destination” nor do we have a common tourist product, and I repeat we are talking about the island of Brac. On the other hand, let’s say the island of Krk, which also has seven tourist boards and another tourist board of the island of Krk, which was created with the aim of branding one island, and not each separately.Personally, I think that Croatia must brand regions, such as Istria, Dalmatia, Slavonia… because it is insane that, say, one Slavonia has five county tourist boards and five different destination developments. What Osijek-Baranja County or Vukovar-Srijem County means to a foreigner, but as one tourist brand and a complete story – Slavonia, absolutely yes. By the way, the process of branding Slavonia as a tourist brand is being worked on, more on that soon.We should look to the examples of Tuscany, Provence or Bavaria, as well as Switzerland and Austria, which are perfectly combined with various tourist products based not on the regions, and not on each tourist destination separately. Tourism is the first that knows no borders, and especially foreign tourists who come to us and are not really interested or feel the invisible borders of cities and counties, tourists are destined for Croatia and then Dalmatia, Istria, Slavonia, etc.…The system of tourist boards should definitely be changed because as it is at the moment it is inefficient, counter productive and ultimately there is no synergy of everyone in the tourist destination. How and in what direction it is for constructive discussion, but it is certainly more than clear how we must turn to development based through the concept of destination management company in accordance with all the trends of the 21st century. By the way, the Ministry of Tourism is currently working on the adoption of a new package of tourist laws and the reorganization of tourist boards, which should be presented to the public soon.Related news: INITIATIVE LAUNCHED TO DECLARE IMOT LAKES UNESCO GEO PARK
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During quarantine, those who are airlifted by the government from China would receive treatment by nurses, lung specialists, psychiatrists and other health officers, as well as quarantined food for their nutritional intake.All port health offices in the country would be equipped with the expertise to process and transfer patients to a hospital should they show symptoms associated with the virus such as fever or coughing, Wiendra added.Meanwhile, ministry spokesperson Widyawati said that those placed under quarantine would be provided with an information booklet to guide them through the process, laying out details such as the kinds of activities they can partake in under observation or the types of food that will be prepared for them. “The minister has tasked us with preparing [the materials],” Widyawati said. “Otherwise the stress can make them turn sick.”Separately, the director of Infectious Diseases Hospital (RSPI) Sulianti Saroso, Muhammad Syahril, said that the hospital already had isolation rooms prepared to receive any patients from Wuhan. “We from Jakarta RSPI have prepared 11 permanent isolation rooms if anyone from Wuhan needs to be treated,” Syahril said. (ami)Topics : While the destination and intended location of quarantine is being kept under wraps, another official confirmed that all those who were stranded would return. “All Indonesians coming from Wuhan will be quarantined,” the ministry’s communicable disease prevention and control director, Wiendra Waworuntu, said on Friday.Wiendra said everyone – not just those from Wuhan and other parts of Hubei – would be screened and observed at the point of entry, including those who had arrived in Jakarta and all other airports in Indonesia.Anyone coming in from China will be given a Health Alert Card (HAC) that they must fill in. The card serves as a docket for passengers who experience fever or coughing 14 days after arrival and officials insist they must be referred to a health facility for examination.She said the ministry was ready to screen and set up quarantine anywhere passengers landed. To welcome Indonesians soon to be airlifted from Wuhan, China, the government is preparing to observe their health in isolation so as to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 200 people and infected thousands of others.As many as 243 Indonesians previously stranded in China’s Hubei province will be repatriated in the next 24 hours by a team from the Foreign Ministry, with officials noting that other government agencies were also making preparations at the receiving end.The Health Ministry’s head of the emerging infectious diseases subdirectorate, Endang Budi Hastuti, said Friday that Indonesians returning from Wuhan must be quarantined for at least 14 days, which would allow authorities to observe them throughout the virus’ estimated incubation period.
Except for essential services such as pharmacies and gas stations, work will stop in all government and private institutions in Qatif, the statement added.Although the ministry said the lockdown was temporary, it risks fuelling resentment in the flashpoint region whose residents have long accused the Sunni-dominated government of discrimination, a charge Riyadh denies.The government also decided to temporarily suspend “the travel of citizens and residents to the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, South Korea, Egypt, Italy and Iraq, as well as suspend the entry of those coming from those countries,” SPA reported.”The kingdom also decided to stop air and sea travel between the kingdom and the mentioned countries,” it added. The decision is expected to leave expat workers from those countries as well as Saudi travellers stranded.Saudi Arabia also announced it was closing all public and private universities and schools across the country from Monday until further notice, SPA reported. Pilgrimage suspended Saudi Arabia has blamed arch-rival Iran for its spike in coronavirus cases, while condemning Tehran for allowing its citizens entry without stamping their passports.The Saudi government has reminded its nationals of a standing ban on travel to Iran, as the two countries are locked in a battle for regional supremacy.Iran is home to key shrines and pilgrimage sites for Shiites, who make up between 10 and 15 percent of Saudi Arabia’s population of 32 million.The kingdom has also suspended the “umrah” year-round pilgrimage over fears of the disease spreading to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in the west.The unprecedented suspension of the umrah has raised uncertainty over the annual hajj pilgrimage, scheduled for the end of July.The pilgrimages, a major source of revenue, could also be a source of contagion and the move mirrors a precautionary approach across the Gulf to cancel mass gatherings — from concerts to sporting events.Bahrain’s Formula 1 Grand Prix scheduled for March 20-22 will be held without spectators, the organisers said Sunday, the latest sporting event to be affected by measures to contain the disease.Saudi Arabia is also grappling with a coronavirus-led slump in oil prices just as it seeks to raise funds to finance Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious economic transformation plan.Topics : Saudi Arabia on Sunday cordoned off an oil-rich Shiite stronghold, suspended air and sea travel to nine countries and closed schools and universities, in a series of measures to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus.The lockdown on Qatif, an eastern area that is home to around 500,000 people, is the first action of its kind across the Gulf region, which has confirmed more than 230 coronavirus cases — most of them people returning from religious pilgrimages to Shiite-majority Iran.Given the kingdom’s 11 recorded cases of the new coronavirus are from Qatif, “it has been decided to temporarily suspend entry and exit” from the area, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).