Gasum bunkers Finland’s LNG-fueled icebreaker in Pori and Tornio

first_imgFinish energy company Gasum said it has supplied liquefied natural gas fuel to Arctia’s Polaris, the world’s first LNG-fueled icebreaker at its two facilities in January and February.Polaris bunkered LNG in January from the Pori LNG import terminal and in February from the Manga LNG terminal located in the Röyttä Harbor in Tornio, Finland.The commercial use of the Tornio import terminal begins this year, Gasum said in a statement on Thursday.The gas and fuel market of Northern Finland will diversify as the commercial use of the Tornio import terminal begins this year, the company said.Access to LNG is an important competitiveness factor for current industrial operators in the area as well as for the Port of Tornio. The terminal is intended to meet industrial as well as land and maritime transport needs.“LNG is excellently suited for use as a marine fuel as it’s a great alternative to oil, and being environmentally friendly is one of its strengths. We’ve already supplied LNG for northern ports such as Luleå, Sweden, and Kemi and Oulu, Finland. Polaris is the first vessel bunkered in Tornio,” said Tommy Mattila, sales and marketing director, natural gas and LNG, Gasum.He added that the start of the commercial use of the Tornio Manga LNG terminal strengthens Gasum’s LNG supply chain in Northern Finland and Sweden for industry and maritime transport.Gasum has an LNG production plant and terminal in Risavika, Norway, LNG terminals in Øra, Norway, Lysekil, Sweden and Pori, Finland.The company is a joint-venturer in the Tornio Manga LNG terminal with Outokumpu, SSAB Europe and EPV Energy.last_img read more

South Africa’s GDP up, mining rebounds

first_img28 August 2012 South Africa’s economic growth quickened in the second quarter as the country’s mining sector rebounded following months of contraction. South Africa’s real gross domestic product (GDP) at market prices increased by 3.2% in the second quarter, up from 2.7% in the first quarter, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday. This was marginally below the consensus among analysts that GDP would rise to 3.3%.Contributions: mining to the fore Mining registered a 31.2 percent jump in output, coming off a low base of -16.8 percent in the first quarter. Stats SA said mining and quarrying accounted for 1.5 percentage points of the 3.2% increase, while finance, real estate and business services contributed 0.5 percentage points. The wholesale‚ retail and motor trade‚ catering and accommodation industry contributed 0.4 of a percentage point, general government services contributed 0.3 of a percentage point, while the transport, storage and the communication industry contributed 0.2. Negative contributions included manufacturing‚ which subtracted 0.2 of a percentage point, and the electricity‚ gas and water industry, which subtracted 0.1 of a percentage point.Manufacturing contracts Manufacturing output showed negative growth of 1% for the quarter. GDP manager at Stats SA Kedibone Mabaso said this could be attributed to lower production in basic iron and steel as well as in wood and wood products. Mabaso said growth in the mining and quarrying industry reflected higher production of other metal ores including platinum, other mining and quarrying and coal. The unadjusted real GDP at market prices increased by 3% year-on-year, while the unadjusted real GDP at market prices for the first six months of 2012 increased by 2.5% compared to the first six months of 2012. The nominal value added during the second quarter of 2012 was R788-billion. This is R23-billion more than in the first quarter of 2012.Economy ‘to grow at 2.5% for 2012’ Economists at Nedbank said South Africa’s economy was still expected to grow by 2.5% for 2012, adding that mining would come under renewed pressured because of a weak global economy. In the same breath, they predicted that manufacturing would be hurt by weak external demand, while consumer orientated sectors would continue to see growth but at a slower pace, as growth in disposable income moderated due to higher inflation and a stagnant jobs market. “The latest GDP figures were in line with expectations and are unlikely to have implications for monetary policy in the short term,” said Nedbank, adding that the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee (MPC) was likely to maintain its accommodative monetary policy stance in the months ahead. “With the inflation outlook likely to start deteriorating once the effects of the weaker rand and higher food and oil prices start to filter through, we think that the MPC will keep interest rates on hold rather than ease further. No change is expected until at least the fourth quarter of 2013,” Nedbank said. The committee will hold its next meeting from 18 to 20 September. SANews.gov.za, with additional reporting by SAinfolast_img read more

How to Develop and Shoot Memorable Character Introductions

first_imgScreen DirectionSnowpiercer (The Weinstein Company).Heroes often walk on screen from left to right — and villains from right to left. Because, in the west, we read from left to right, it seems a more natural and easy direction, and it tells us the hero is moving things toward a natural order. Villains, on the other hand, are working against the natural order, going against the flow.Many filmmakers integrate screen direction to keep the audience orientated in the story. In Snowpiercer, directed by Joon-ho Bong, Chris Evans’s hero moves left to right when he’s working toward his goal, but right to left when he’s struggling with temptation or victimhood. Much like the introduction of characters, it’s something we feel more than see, but it still has an effect on how we observe the character and his motivations.Slow MotionSlow motion draws attention to someone and their movements. It stretches out time, making it seem more magical and memorable. The slow motion intro has become a trope for love interests and romantic characters. We see them walk in slow motion, and we’re smitten right along with the lead character. This usually goes hand-in-hand with generous backlighting for a warm glow.Big EntrancesTina Fey and Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock (NBCUniversal Television Distribution).In old westerns, double doors opening — or being kicked open — was a classic way to give a character a powerful entrance. It was a way to show the oversized influence and dynamic effects the character has on their environment. This is wonderfully satirized in the pilot episode of 30 Rock, when a door gets kicked down to reveal Jack Donaghy, one of the most lovably bombastic TV characters in recent memory.The Slow Tilt UpPanning up the body of the character is a classic, time-honored way of slowly divulging information about them. We take in the ground they walk on, their choice in footwear, their outfit, and finally their face and expression. Revealing a character in this way unveils to the audience the world they come from and how important they’ll be to the story.Get a LightChristian Bale in Terminator Salvation (Warner Bros. Pictures).Another common trope that nonetheless shows up consistently is introducing the character in shadow, only for them to strike a match or light a cigarette. Since smoking is now more associated with cancer than manliness, filmmakers are finding new ways to achieve this on screen. In Terminator Salvation, Christian Bale is cloaked in shadow until he ignites a flare, revealing himself to the audience.By using these, and other subtle techniques, you can use the camera to establish your characters before your actors utter even a single line.Cover image via The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (New Line Cinema).Looking for more cinematography tips and tricks? Check these out.Top Equipment Investments for Working FilmmakersLearn Francis Ford Coppola’s Signature Dolly MoveIs Autofocus Finally Ready to Take The Filmmaking Field?FIZ Systems (Focus, Iris, Zoom) and How to Use ThemMaking Cinema Lights and Practicals Work Together Filmmakers use various ways to introduce their heroes (and their villains) by shaping the audience’s subconscious judgment.When it comes to movies, we definitely judge a book by its cover, and first impressions last. The first time we see a character forms our ideas about them. If not done correctly, this introduction is difficult to overcome.Let’s take a look a few things filmmakers keep in mind when introducing powerful characters.last_img read more

NEPA Launches Environmental Project in Negril

first_img The project, entitled ‘Integrated Water, Land and Ecosystems (IWEco): Biodiversity Mainstreaming in Coastal Landscape in the Negril Environmental Protection Area of Jamaica’, is to commence on January 2019 and end in 2022. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has launched a subnational project aimed at restoring the hydrological and other physical functions of the Negril Great Morass in Westmoreland.The launch was held at Couples Swept Away Resort in Negril, Westmoreland, on November 29.The project, entitled ‘Integrated Water, Land and Ecosystems (IWEco): Biodiversity Mainstreaming in Coastal Landscape in the Negril Environmental Protection Area of Jamaica’, is to commence on January 2019 and end in 2022.It is being funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with support from the Government at a combined cost of US$13 million.NEPA is the executing agency, with other government agencies and stakeholders in Negril set to play key roles in the implementation of the project.In his remarks at the launch, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon Daryl Vaz, said the project is a timely one.“The biodiversity of the Negril environment protection area continues to be threatened by human-induced drainage of its wetlands, coastal development, unsustainable agricultural practices and the proliferation of informal settlements,” he stated.He noted that with the development plans that are on stream for Negril, it is critical to ensure that the natural resources of the resort town and its biodiversity are not impacted negatively.In this regard, Mr. Vaz disclosed that NEPA has been mandated by Cabinet to develop a “master plan” to guide the scope of development for Negril, adding that stakeholders will also play an active role in the formation of the development plans.“The Government recognises that for Negril and its communities to be developed, focus has to be placed on the orderly development and conservation of the environment.A recent Cabinet decision mandated the development of a master plan for what is being called the new Negril boundaries, since the Cabinet has no intention of changing the dynamics of the old Negril or what we call the original Negril,” Minister Vaz stated.For his part, Chief Executive Officer and Government Town Planner at NEPA, Peter Knight, said the “project is expected to contribute to a reduction in the degradation of the peat resources, improve human health and improve water and air quality in Negril and its environs”.He also called for support at the community level to safeguard the success of the subnational project.The Negril Great Morass is a wetland that plays a vital role in the flood protection and removal of nutrients from water sources before they deposit into the seas.It is also high on productivity, species diversity and is well known for its reserves of peat.The IWEco project aims to enhance and re-establish native vegetation to provide a sustainable habitat for wetland fauna, eliminate issues that degrade the ecosystem functions, and implement institutional arrangements to ensure the long-term sustainability of the wetland biological resources. Story Highlights The launch was held at Couples Swept Away Resort in Negril, Westmoreland, on November 29. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has launched a subnational project aimed at restoring the hydrological and other physical functions of the Negril Great Morass in Westmoreland.last_img read more

Szczesny expects a physical game against United

first_imgJuventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny relishes facing Manchester United and has warned the Bianconeri of what to expect as they travel to Old Trafford on Tuesday.Speaking to Juventus website after their 1-1 draw to Genoa at home, Szczesny reflected on the result and called on his team to focus on their important Champions League game with Manchester United.“Winning yesterday would have been better, it’s the best way to approach a challenge like the one with Manchester United. We dropped two points, conceding a soft goal due to carelessness and we’re sorry for it.“We were convinced that the ball had gone out, but like as I said we could and we have to be more careful.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I remember Old Trafford well, it was my debut in the Premier League. We lost, but I have a nice memory of that day. The last time I played them, though, I won.“Even Manchester United will be angry, having conceded a goal in the 96th minute. It will be a great Champions League night, United are strong, and like us, they will also try to win.“Cristiano? We all know how important things he has done there, but he is now a Juventus player and we are also really appreciating what he is doing here. It will be a tough and physical match because this is how Man Utd play.”last_img read more