Blackstone reportedly selling stake in LNG developer Cheniere Partners

first_img Blackstone Group looking to divest 40% stake in Cheniere Partners. (Credit: Carlo San/ Blackstone Group has reportedly agreed to offload a stake of around 40% in Cheniere Energy’s limited partnership to Brookfield Infrastructure and its own affiliated firm.Although a filing did not reveal the deal value, Bloomberg citing undisclosed sources familiar with the matter, reported that Brookfield Infrastructure negotiated the sale of the stake in Cheniere Energy Partners (Cheniere Partners) at $34.25 per share. This values the transaction at $7bn as per the publication.The sale of the stake in the LNG company is expected to help Blackstone Group gain $5bn.Currently, Cheniere Energy has a stake of 48.6% in the limited partnership, while Blackstone and public shareholders own the remaining stake.Activities of Cheniere PartnersCheniere Partners is engaged in developing the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project in Louisiana. The LNG project will have a production capacity of around 30 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) through its six trains.Five of the LNG trains at the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project are in full operations while a sixth one is under construction and is expected to be placed into service in 2023.Once fully commissioned, the six-train project is expected to process over 4.7 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas into LNG. As of 30 June 2020, Cheniere Partners achieved more than 63% in project completion for the sixth train.The company’s other LNG project is Corpus Christi in South Texas, which has been in service since 2019. The Corpus Christi LNG export project features two trains, which put together have a capacity of around 10mtpa.A third train is being added at the Corpus Christi project to increase its capacity to about 15mtpa. As of 30 June 2020, more than 90% of the LNG train project is said to have been completed with overall completion expected to happen in 2021.Cheniere Partners is also planning a stage 3 expansion project near the Corpus Christi project, which has been designed to add up to seven ​midscale trains for adding nearly 10mtpa of additional LNG production capacity. Cheniere Partners developed the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project and the Corpus Christi LNG export projectlast_img read more

Irish investors make £190m London bid

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Saturday could be a turning point

first_imgAubrey Kragen is a senior majoring in communication. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Release the Kragen,” runs Fridays. To comment on this story, visit or email Aubrey at [email protected] Enough about Boston College already.As one of the sports editors of this newspaper, I’ve read the phrase, “Coming off a 37-31 loss to unranked Boston College, the 18th-ranked Trojan football team is focused on preparing for Oregon State” countless times over the past two weeks, and I’ve been guilty of inserting it into other people’s stories as well.But when you think about it, that game — that terrible, horrible, no good, very bad game — happened a full two weeks ago.So much has happened in the world since USC’s last loss: Jameis Winston yelled a hilariously obscene phrase and got suspended for a game, the iPhone 6 was released and that one guy dropped it immediately, Roger Goodell held a mostly useless press conference and Amber Rose filed for divorce from Wiz Khalifa. Important stuff here, people.Though many Trojan fans still aren’t quite over the humiliation that resulted from the upset at the hands of the Eagles, rest assured the team has put its head down and worked every day since then to improve and to make sure something like that doesn’t happen again.The Trojans showed impressive resilience in the face of chaos last year — they never lost consecutive games despite going through three head coaches.Such was not the case in 2012, though, as the Trojans limped to the finish line with three straight losses and five losses out of their last six games. Surely USC’s football team has learned a great deal since then and will come out on Saturday night ready to go.Just because I feel like throwing more stats at you, I’d also like to share that the Trojans are 4-1 coming off the bye in their last five seasons, with their sole loss coming to then-top-ranked Oregon in November 2010, a game in which Oregon’s LaMichael James rushed for 239 yards.Though that loss came at the hands of a superior team at the time, USC’s loss at Boston College did not. In the few days after the game, sophomore safety Su’a Cravens confirmed what many Trojan fans feared.“We let the glamor of being in the top 10 get to us and that didn’t last very long,” Cravens told Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News. “The whole week we were off. We were lackadaisical and a little bit too nonchalant. We overlooked [Boston College].”After dropping down to No. 17 in the AP Poll and sliding to No. 18 following the bye, the Trojans are no longer in a glamorous position. And despite Oregon State being unranked, USC knows it cannot overlook this undefeated Beaver squad.Boston College had just been beaten by 10 at home against Pitt, and the Trojans were riding high after an upset of then-No. 13 Stanford.USC is back to square one. The squad started the season ranked No. 15 by the Associated Press and was selected to finish second in the Pac-12 South. Today, the Trojans are ranked No. 18 in the AP poll and third in the Pac-12 South.The Trojans will have to dig themselves out of their current hole if they want to achieve their goal of being Pac-12 South champions and live up to their legacy by making the new college football playoffs.In a way, this weekend’s game against the Beavers gives the Trojans a chance to start fresh — it’s like a new season. Some projected that USC could go undefeated through its first games, so it’s not far-fetched to think that the Trojans could at least win their next seven and go 9-1 instead, should they beat the Beavers this weekend and the dangerous Arizona State Sun Devils next Saturday.After Arizona State, USC faces five unranked Pac-12 teams before heading across town to take on the (overrated) UCLA Bruins. Since nobody has vocalized this yet, I’ll be the first to say UCLA does not look that good this season.The No. 11 Bruins secured a freak victory over a terrible Texas team and barely escaped with wins over unranked Virginia and Memphis. Thursday night, they beat an Arizona State team that was without its starting quarterback and playing with a number of true freshmen on defense, so I’m still not convinced.Quite a few of UCLA’s touchdowns this season have been pick-sixes, and if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll notice that USC’s redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler hasn’t thrown an interception all season.Maybe denial is getting the best of me, but I’m going to stick to it for now.The Trojan squad that steps onto the field this Saturday night will be telling of what to expect for the rest of the season. Should they win, I believe they’ll win the next couple of games, though this team never seems to act according to plan.I predict the Trojans will bounce back because, as senior tight end Randall Telfer said after practice earlier this week, the team is “hungry to hit someone again.”Me too, Randall, me too.last_img read more

Thurston County Traffic: I-5/Marvin Road Ramp Closures in Lacey

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationEvening and overnight travelers who use the State Route 510/Marvin Road on-ramps to Interstate 5 are advised to plan for extra travel time the week of October 14.Monday, October 14 through Friday, October 18Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close the Marvin Road (SR 510) on-ramp to northbound I-5 each night from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. each following day.During the overnight hours of Thursday, Oct. 17 and Friday, Oct. 18, crews will close the Marvin Road on-ramp to southbound I-5 each night from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. each following day.The closures allow crews to install lighting and ramp meter infrastructure, and install temporary paving along the shoulder of the ramps.Some of the work is weather dependent and may be rescheduled. During the overnight closures, drivers will follow signed detours.This work is part of the project to upgrade the existing overpass into a diverging diamond interchange.All users of the overpass are encouraged to sign up for project updates.last_img read more

Watch: India vs West Indies…but in table tennis! Who wins?

first_imgAdvertisement fpkw7NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vswt0wzWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8z7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) f1prnWould you ever consider trying this?😱vrCan your students do this? 🌚2ym1jRoller skating! Powered by Firework India and West Indies have been a part of a fairly competitive series so far across two formats so far. Stepping a bit out of the box, the sides opted to see who takes the honours when it comes to Table Tennis.Advertisement India’s Shivam Dube and West Indies’ Jason Holder contested in a table tennis match ahead of the final ODI at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. The match was witnessed by batsman Shreyas Iyer by the sidelines and was posted on the Instagram handle of the West Indies cricket team.Advertisement Just like the series, the match between the all-rounders was pretty even with the former West Indies captain narrowingly winning the first two points before the Indian newcomer bounced back with a point of his own.Check out the video below:Advertisement After suffering a drubbing at the hand of the Men In Blue in the series after the 2019 World Cup in the Caribbean, the West Indies team have stepped up to compete in India. The appointment of Kieron Pollard as the skipper in the limited-over formats has been the key factor with his experience being the perfect catalyst for the blooming youngsters in the squad.Despite losing the T20 Series by a margin of 2-1, West Indies made the hosts work very hard for the series win. India had to rely on a Virat Kohli special to scale their highest ever run chase in the first fixture. Kieron Pollard and co. bounced back with a clinical chase in the second T20.The side also made a special effort to defeat the Indian team in Chennai against all odds in the first ODI. The team will have to brush off the comprehensive defeat in Vizag to win their first-ever ODI series in India.India are plagued with injuries at the moment and had to call-up Navdeep Saini in place of Deepak Chahar who suffered a lower back injury during India’s 107-run win in the second ODI.The two sides will face off for the last time in this tour with the all-important decider at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.Read Also:Virat Kohli turns into Santa to give children at shelter home the best X-Mas ever!33 clubs join eLaLiga Santander 2019/20  Advertisementlast_img read more

Nelson U14 Selects claim silver in Sandpoint

first_img“The boys played very strong in that game, dominating the play and the ball, and generating at least a dozen good scoring chances to effectively none for the other team,” said Dyck.  Unfortunately, the team was snakebitten around goal that game, and failed to find the net, leaving the scored tied 0-0 at the end of the game, leading to shoot-outs. Fortunately, they came through in the shoot-out, with Jesse Thurston, Ezra Foy, Josh Yasek and Grayson Hill netting for Nelson, and keeper Bradey Sookero coming up with a couple big saves. This got the team through to the gold medal final, and a rematch with the Spokane Breakers, as they had won the other semi-final. “This didn’t surprise me,” said coach Hill, “I thought they were definitely the strongest of any other team we saw at the tournament.” It was an exciting, tight, hard fought game, which, unfortunately Spokane won, with a late goal, seven minutes from full time. “We suffered a few injuries through the course of the weekend, losing a number of players, and at one point in the final, we had six injured players and only one sub available,” said Dyck. “That took its toll, and by the second half of the final, you could just see our boys start to run out of gas. They played their hearts out though, and Lyle and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”  The coaches singled out the play of the midfield  of Ezra Foy, Grayson Hill and Jaden Dyck.“ They’ve lead our team all year, and it was the same this weekend, also, as those three were superb, and allowed us to control the games a majority of the time.” Silver was the colour of the day for the Nelson Selects U14 Boys at the Pend Oreille Cup soccer tournament in Sandpoint Idaho this past weekend.“It was a great weekend for the boys, and they played really well throughout the tournament,” said coach Lyle Hill. “This is especially considering it falls right at the end of summer, when the team hasn’t really played for two months and can be a bit rusty.  In past years we’ve had some struggles at this event for this reason.  But this year, the boys were ready.”  The Nelson squad won both of its round robin games, 3-0 against the Coeur d’Alene Sting and 1-0 against the Spokane Breakers, to win their group and earn entry to the semi-finals.  Bradey Sookero and Blake Markin Hellekson split the goaltending duties and earned the goose eggs for both games. “As usual, our defense was strong, lead by Jesse Thurston, Jahmal Truth-Verville, Luka Eyre, Jacob Erickson and Aidan Mushumanski,” said coach Kerry Dyck.  “Combined with solid goaltending, this has been a strength of ours all year.” Goals in the games were scored by Ernesto Archambault, Milo Baranyai Sheppard and Angus Patterson (with two).  In the semi-final, the team was pitted against another Spokane team. last_img read more

Ten games every Sharks fan should watch this season

first_imgSAN JOSE — The grind of a six-month regular season for the Sharks begins Wednesday at home against the Anaheim Ducks and let’s face it, only the most die-hard fans will be able to watch every period of all 82 games.And if we’re being honest, some games just stand out a bit more than others.To help sort everything out, here are 10 games this season that every Sharks fan should take time to watch.Oct. 3 vs. Anaheim Ducks, SAP Center — There’s nothing quite like opening night. Players get …last_img read more

Do Emperor Penguins Know the Meaning of True Love?

first_imgThe nature film sensation March of the Penguins is capturing the public imagination because of its portrayal of emperor penguins in almost anthropomorphic visions.  Strutting upright in their feathery tuxedos, these Antarctic seabirds seem almost human: they love, they walk, they sacrifice, they grieve over the loss of a chick, they endure hardship bravely, they rejoice at a family reunion.  It’s a bit over the top, reports Hillary Mayell for National Geographic News.  She quotes biologists who cast doubt on whether penguins can experience true feelings.  Penguins respond to hormones, biologists tell us, and their social behavior is instinctive.  Still, the movie is worthwhile, the article confesses; the simplistic portrayal is useful, helping make some aspects of the life cycle of penguins more accessible to the general public.Mayell is right about the fallacy of imputing human emotional and moral qualities to birds.  Still, birds are among the smartest of animals (03/23/2004, 02/17/2004, 08/09/2002).  Who could know what they think and feel without becoming a birdbrain?  (Remember, that is a compliment, not an insult—02/01/2005).  To believe that such behaviors are mere emergent properties of matter in motion seems inadequate.  In evolutionary terms, animal behaviors that look playful or emotional seem senseless in a world of survival, and evolutionists are at a loss to explain them (03/24/2005).  Maybe the fact that we humans can relate to the cries, chirps, and behaviors of emperor penguins indicates that there is, at some level, a non-material element to their ontology, a kind of psyche.  While avoiding the fallacy of personification, we must also not commit the fallacy of reductionism.    Penguins, despite their comical waddling, deserve our respect.  They are wonderful birds, amazingly adapted to their harsh environment.  (And, contrary to the claims of paleoanthropologists, they demonstrate that walking upright was not invented by Lucy.)  As true birds, yet so profoundly different from the sparrows and robins that share our urban settings, penguins outperform fish as champion swimmers (09/10/2004).  The sea is their sky.  They fly through the water with the speed and grace of a swift.  Emperors are among the most handsomely dressed of all penguins, their black-and-white curvaceous outfits highlighted with a blush of facial vermilion.  One would think it was produced by the same fashion designer who decorated orcas and pandas.  Viewers will undoubtedly notice also how the plumage pattern changes dramatically from chick to adult: the chicks’ eyes are surrounded by goggles of white, whereas the parents’ are nearly concealed in jet black.  Knit together as effectively as thick fur, the feathery coat repels freezing water and biting winds that can rage up to 100 miles per hour and plummet to 70 degrees below.  Their thick, leathery feet, looking like crampons underneath and alligator skin on top, are tough enough to survive miles of walking across ice, yet tender enough to cradle an egg and protect a downy hatchling for months.    So many physiological adaptations have to be finely tuned for these birds to survive – from the warm flap of skin that incubates the egg centimeters away from the deadly cold, to the ears and eyes that can survive the pressure a thousand feet down in the ocean, to the exact timing of the hatching of the eggs and the females’ arrival to feed them, and much, much more – they seem irreducibly complex on the macro scale.  Undoubtedly some accentuation of existing characters might occur over many generations as the habitat changes, but to believe that all these adaptations could have coalesced in one species by a blind process of natural selection stretches credulity beyond reason.  If it were true, where are the transitional forms?  Where are the fossils?  Despite the single reference to millions of years of adaptation, March of the Penguins is a film about intelligent design.  Fact is stranger than fiction.  Like World magazine said, this stuff just can’t be made up.    Take the family to see this movie.  You’ll laugh at the penguins’ bellyflops, admire their handsome suits, observe the physical adaptations that outfit them for survival, and shiver at the hardships they endure.  The story is beautiful, the photography stunning (a tribute to the challenges the cameramen endured), the music is memorable, and, despite the occasional human emotions attributed to the birds, it’s true – emperor penguins actually perform this incredible 70-mile march, year after year, in one of the harshest environments on earth.  This may be a film you will want to have in your home DVD collection along with Winged Migration, to reflect on any time your life seems too difficult.  We give it two flippers up.(Visited 44 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Neanderthals Can’t Get No Respect

first_imgWill evolutionary paleontologists ever make up their minds about Neanderthals?  The story seems to change every year.  Just when they had been getting more respect as Homo sapiens brethren, another researcher is demoting them to outsiders.    An Argentinean anthropologist has measured anatomical features and concluded they were a separate species, reported PhysOrg.  Understandably, “Reconciling these diverse classifications from a tiny number of specimens spanning millions of years has led to lots of claims and counter-claims, as well as much confusion in the general public, about how we came to be here.”    Meanwhile, National Geographic News claimed Mr. Neanderthal had a big mouth.  A team of Israeli anthropologists believe Neanderthals could open their mouths wider than modern humans.  Perhaps all this proves is that they were good politicians.    The alternate spellings of Neanderthal and Neandertal seem to be equivalent, according to PhysOrg article has a picture of a Neanderthal thinker in a pensive pose.  He’s thinking, “I tell you, I can’t get no respect from evolutionary anthropologists.  One of them, he told me I was crazy.  I told him I wanted a second opinion.  He said, OK, you’re ugly, too.  I bet your mother fed you with a slingshot.  When I was born, he said, the doctor shoulda slapped your mother.  You are the sap in the family tree.  Better watch out for that saber-tooth cat over there – he’s likely to cover you up.  I tell you.  I got a PhD, a muscular physique, a wall covered with hunting trophies and a voice like Pavarotti, but I can’t get no respect.  The government taxed the shirt off my back.  At least I don’t have to worry about pickpockets.”    How should you read news articles like this?  Sadly, you must ignore them.  Science, a word that used to mean “knowledge,” has abandoned its respect for rigor and restraint.  It has become a playground for storytellers shooting off their gaping mouths to get a moment of fame in the news.  Anything you read today is likely to be overturned next month.    What does this Brazilian know about Neanderthals and their relationship to the human family tree?  Nothing.  He made it all up.  The article said as much.  “Various species of Homo have been put up for the crown of being our direct ancestor, only to find themselves dismissed by critics as failed branches of the Homo tree.”  So on what basis do they dismiss Neanderthal and promote Homo habilis today?  They could take any random sample of living humans and come up with dozens of theories of who is related to whom.  Undoubtedly some of us would be demoted from the human line.  Certain individuals demote themselves from the subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens by their own folly.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Rebellion and celebration in Mali’s music

first_imgCD Anderson “A sometimes harrowing documentary charting the aftermath of a ban on music-making in northern Mali” (Image: )— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 21, 2016Due to popular demand and global critical acclaim, the 2015 feature documentary They Will Have to Kill Us First, which follows exiled Malian musicians returning home to challenge artistic censorship by religious extremism in the country, is now available to watch online, exclusively through Amazon’s pay-per-view streaming service.The specially commissioned soundtrack, with some of Mali’s legendary musical acts and rebellious upstarts, is also now officially available to buy online.Directed by UK-based Johanna Schwartz and produced by renowned documentarian André Singer, They Will Have to Kill Us First documents the aftermath of the Islamic extremist takeover of northern Mali in 2012. The extremists enforced a strict variant of Sharia, Islamic law, banning all forms of music and music-making.The film uses interviews with leading Malian musicians and archive material to show what happened: Radio stations were closed; instruments were burned and musicians were arrested and detained or forced into exile. They either went to the south of Mali or to neighbouring countries.Rather than laying down their instruments, the exiles decided to fight back. The end of the documentary explores the musicians honouring their African cultural heritage and identity as they prepare for a defiant homecoming concert in Timbuktu.Mixing traditional styles and instruments with Western genres, such as rock, funk and hip-hop, into a unique and mesmerising Malian sound, the music is a potent concoction of rebellion, celebration and affirmation.Tinariwen is a Grammy Award-winning group of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. (Wikipedia)— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 21, 2016One of the more globally renowned Malian groups is Tinariwen, an evolving collective of singers, songwriters and musicians from the nomadic Berber and Tuareg tribes, whose rich and sacred musical heritage fuses mesmeric desert guitar music over naturalistic ambiance.Other well-known artists from Mali include the Touré musical dynasty – late father Ali Farka and son Vieux – who spread the distinctive guitar-based African folk blues sound around the globe. Kora player Toumani Diabaté cross-pollinates traditional African rhythms with diverse global pop music, including flamenco, American blues and electronica. Salif Keita, the legendary “golden voice of Africa”, made Afro-pop and world music popular in Europe during the 1980s and 1990s.Amkoullel, Malian hip-hop star and activist (Image: )— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 21, 2016Malian hip-hop star Amkoullel, who features prominently in They Will Have to Kill Us First, combines the heady mix of political and social fervour in his French and indigenous language lyrics with skewed, modernised traditional sounds. His popular song SOS is a rallying call to young Malians to stand up for their rights in the face of corruption and extremism. Since 2012, Amkoullel has been a proponent of the anti-government, anti-extremism movement Plus jamais ça (Never again this). It calls on the Malian government to “take a stand against violence to the constitution and democracy”.Khaira Arby is the reigning queen of song in Timbuktu, known as the “nightingale of the north” (Image: )— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 21, 2016The beloved “nightingale of the north”, singer Khaira Arby, organiser of the Timbuktu concert, has been a national cultural treasure in Mali for over four decades. In the documentary, she speaks passionately about her art and the role it plays in regaining freedom in her country. “(In Mali)… it’s not life without music.”Her music, indigenous lyrics over hypnotic desert blues, highlights gender issues in Malian society, particularly violence against women, genital mutilation and the effects of war, asking, in the poignant but groovy Goumou: “Why, in a country of beautiful women, do men go to war?”Songhoy Blues is a desert punk / blues music group from Timbuktu, Mali. (Image:— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 21, 2016A particular highlight of They Will Have to Kill Us First is the band Songhoy Blues, a group born in the wake of the Sharia oppression. Its four members met in exile in the south of the country. The band mixes rebellious punk rock with more traditional desert blues that, the band hopes, “recreate(s) that lost ambience of the north and make(s) all the refugees relive those northern songs”.Discovered in 2013 by British pop singer-songwriter and record producer Damon Albarn on the streets of the Malian capital Bamako, Songhoy Blues became the first African group in more than 40 years to sign to the Atlantic record label.They are currently one of the hippest bands on tour across the US and Europe, playing festivals such as Glastonbury, Bonnaroo and Roskilde. Songhoy Blues uses these stages to bring Mali’s story to the world in songs such asSoubour, a stomping guitar groove that mixes political commentary with an environmental message.Other artists featured in the documentary include the desert blues duo Disco and Jimmy, guitarist Moussa Sidi and archive performances by Ali Farka Touré and Tinariwen.During the film’s first theatrical run, early in 2015, it was selected for over 20 international film festivals, including SXSW, London and Durban international film festivals. It is also one of a few documentaries that has scored a perfect 100% rating on the user-generated Rotten Tomatoes review website.Acclaim has been positive across the board. Critics praise its honesty and emotional heft. The Austin Chronicle, reviewing the film at the SXSW festival, called it “social journalism of the highest order… also one of the most vibrantly shot and masterfully edited documentaries…”CBS Radio said the film was both disturbing and inspiring, adding that it was “an excellent and important (film)”.Source: They Will Have to Kill Us FirstWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using materiallast_img read more

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