U.S. Sanctions Venezuela’s PDVSA for Trade with Iran

first_img “These sanctions will not prevent PDVSA’s sale of oil to the United States or other markets, and the sanctions do not affect the operations of PDVSA’s subsidiaries,” he added. On 24 May, the United States announced the imposition of new sanctions on “seven foreign entities,” including the Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA, for trade with Iran. On 23 May, the European Union strengthened its own sanctions against Iran, adding more than one hundred firms to a blacklist of companies affected by an asset freeze, amid efforts to restart international negotiations aimed at getting Teheran to cease its nuclear program. It will, however, be able to sell oil in the United States and will be able to sell refined petroleum products through its CITGO subsidiary, which has a presence throughout the country, Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg explained at a press conference. Approximately 10% of U.S. crude imports come from Venezuela, the world’s fifth-ranking exporter with a million barrels a day, according to official figures. Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) will be unable to participate in any contract made directly with the U.S. government or have access to U.S. financing programs or technologies. Washington also imposed sanctions on sixteen other foreign entities, including Chinese firms and firms from other countries, for trade with Iran, Syria, and North Korea that has been linked to the production of weapons of mass destruction or missiles. “Today’s actions add further pressure on Iran to comply with its international obligations,” Steinberg said. By Dialogo May 26, 2011 “In the case of PDVSA, the sanctions we have imposed will cut off PDVSA’s access to U.S. government contracts, U.S. export-import financing, and licenses for controlled technologies” in the petroleum area, Steinberg specified. The measures affect PDVSA, PCCI (Jersey/Iran), Royal Oyster Group (United Arab Emirates), Speedy Ship (United Arab Emirates/Iran), Tanker Pacific (Singapore), Ofer Brothers Group (Israel), and Associated Shipbroking (Monaco). Steinberg indicated that the United States also imposed sanctions on sixteen foreign entities and individuals, including entities or individuals from China, Belarus, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Venezuela, as part of an effort to curb the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. He added that the sanctions were imposed “pursuant to the Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Nonproliferation Act (…) for their activities in support of WMD (weapons of mass destruction) or missile programs.” The sanctions are being applied under the terms of a 1996 law passed in response to Iran’s controversial nuclear program, which in Washington’s view has the objective of building an atomic weapon. In a telephone press conference, high-level U.S. government sources subsequently specified to reporters that PDVSA had in the past sought access to licenses and import-export financing, although they did not provide details of the level of financial impact those measures are expected to entail.last_img read more

Cruise Critic named Dubrovnik the best cruise destination in the Eastern Mediterranean

first_imgPrema Cruise Critic, the world’s largest online cruise review portal and cruise planning portal (TripAdvisor’s cruise page), Dubrovnik has just been named the best destination for cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean in the second ever organized competition Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards.”Choosing a cruise plan is not easy, especially because of the growing number of beautiful destinations available for cruises. Analyzing first-hand the feedback of travelers of world destinations on cruises, it allows us to discover which destinations are the most popular, which is a real proof of their attractiveness. By sharing this information, we hope to inspire and guide travelers to an easier choice of cruise plan, with which they too will be delighted.. ” pointed out Adam Coulter, UK editor of Cruise Critic.During 2017, 577 touches and about 760 thousand cruise passengers are expected in Dubrovnik. That’s 11 percent less touching and about 9 percent fewer passengers compared to last year. The daily number of visitors from the cruise is limited to 8 thousand. At the beginning of the year, counters were set up at five entrances to the historic core in Dubrovnik to comply with UNESCO guidelines, according to which it should not have more than eight thousand visitors at a time, and 116 cameras were installed in 37 places.The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, expresses the need to ensure the most appropriate allocation of ship arrivals in the 2018 season through joint efforts and coordination of state and local levels of government, in order to achieve the highest quality of the overall tourist offer that brought Dubrovnik more prestigious the title of the best destination on the Adriatic. ”“The current situation is unsustainable in the true sense of the word, and the pressure on the historic core during peak traffic loads, especially at the end of the week, when over 7.000 people enter the city during the few hours in the morning, does not bring anything good in terms of preservation of monumental heritage. and by no means in the quality of the visitor experience. The long-term goal of the City of Dubrovnik is to ensure that at one time there are no more than 4.000 guests from cruise ships inside the walls. We believe that this is the optimal number that ensures a quality life for the citizens of Dubrovnik, and our guests the best possible experience of traveling and enjoying the beauty and all the offer of Dubrovnik. I am convinced that this goal can be achieved by better planning and dispersion of ship arrival dates, which requires joint action.. ”Franković points out.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf: More Than $2 Million in Grants for Employment Services for Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder

first_img Economy, Press Release, Substance Use Disorder Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is awarding more than $2 million in federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants to provide employment support services for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).The grants are part of the $55.9 million SAMSHA grant secured by the Wolf Administration to bolster the state’s response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.“We have not lost focus on the continuing opioid crisis in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “And now more than ever, employment services are vital to help people struggling during the pandemic with the loss of a job or need to find employment. These grants will help those with substance use disorder have a better chance at recovery by helping to access employment.”“Just like having access to recovery supports and stable housing, employment is a critical component of a person’s sustained recovery,” said DDAP Secretary Jennifer Smith. “These grantees have support programs to equip people with necessary tools to find jobs and, as equally important in today’s job market, partnerships with employers to hire people in recovery. I look forward to seeing the positive impact this funding has on people and workplaces across the commonwealth.”The funding will be directed to 14 organizations commonwealth-wide through grant agreements up to $200,000. Awardees will provide a wide variety of services including vocational assessments, resume writing, interviewing skills, job placement, and transportation assistance related to employment. Additionally, each awardee has identified one employer partner who is committed to hiring individuals in recovery from OUD. Gaudenzia$200,000Statewide Anthony’s Way, Inc.$88,889Adams, York Gateway to Employment$114,470Lancaster Life’s Work of Western PA$146,444Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington, Fayette, Greene, Beaver Gov. Wolf: More Than $2 Million in Grants for Employment Services for Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder July 02, 2020 New Roots, Inc.$158,802Luzerne Unity Recovery$198,772Philadelphia Blueprints$200,000Washington, Greene Allegheny IU$191,768Alleghenycenter_img During Gov. Wolf’s second term, DDAP is placing a heavy focus on reducing stigma associated with substance use disorder, intensifying primary prevention efforts, strengthening treatment systems, and empowering sustained recovery. The aim of these efforts is to positively influence the knowledge and behavior around the topic of addiction.For more information about the work the Wolf Administration is doing to combat the opioid crisis, visit pa.gov/opioids.Ver esta página en español. Community Action of Delaware County, Inc.$104,856Delaware East End Cooperative Ministry$180,223Allegheny Lawrence County Social Services, Inc.$150,000Lawrence Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13$200,000Lancaster PA Counseling Services, Inc.$200,000Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York AwardeeAmount AwardedCounty(ies) Supporting Westmoreland Co. Community Action$162,674Allegheny, Armstrong, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

COVID-19 mortality impact negligible for Dutch funding ratios

first_imgThe higher mortality rate among pensioners in the first half of this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic has so far only had a very modest positive impact on the funding ratios of Dutch pension funds.The longer-term effects, however, are still uncertain.Excess deaths in the Netherlands in the first half of 2020 were the highest since at least 1995 when records started, according to the national statistics association CBS.Some 8.9% more deaths were recorded in the first six months of the year than could be expected based on the historical average, with excess male deaths (+9.3%) slightly higher than excess female deaths (+8.4%). The figure is considerably higher than the previous excess deaths record of +5.6%, which was registered in H1 2018.The impact of excess deaths on pension funds’ funding ratios is still very small, however, said Daan Kleinloog of pensions consultancy Sprenkels & Verschuren.“Pension funds tend to have a longevity risk buffer of 1% of total assets. This means that a 10% increase in deaths, roughly the number we’ve seen in the first half of the year, only translate into a 0.1% increase in funding ratios. So the effect is only very modest,” he said.What will happen to excess death going forward very much depends on the course the pandemic will take. “If the increase in deaths does not continue in the second half of the year, we’ll end up only having an excess death rate of 4.5% at year-end, halving the expected increase in funding ratios to just 0.05%,” Kleinloog noted.“And it’s also possible most people who died from COVID-19 would have died soon anyway, so perhaps the virus only brought some deaths forward. If this is the case, excess deaths could even be negative in the second half of the year,” he added.In this context, it’s also worth noting most excess deaths occur in the 80+ age group, which has a limited life expectancy anyway.Excess deaths could also rise going forward, Kleinloog said. “There are signs that a significant proportion of COVID-19 patients do not fully recover from the virus. This could shorten their life expectancy and lead to a higher death rate for a long time to come.”And, of course, the second wave of the virus which is now unfolding could lead to an increase in deaths towards the end of the year. After all, the bulk of COVID-19 deaths were recorded in Q2, when the excess death rate hit 15.3% for men and 14.7% for women.However, even in a worst-case scenario of excess deaths reaching these levels again next autumn and winter, the effect on funding ratios will likely remain small.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

MAIB: Polymerization of Styrene Monomer Cargo Caused Stolt Groenland Explosions

first_imgStolt Groenland starboard cargo manifold; Image Courtesy: MAIBThe explosions on board the chemical tanker Stolt Groenland last September were probably caused by the rupture of the deck above 9 starboard cargo tank, followed by the ignition of the styrene monomer vapour that was then released, according to the initial investigation findings by MAIB.The blasts occurred while the ship was readying for a ship-to-ship cargo transfer with Singapore-flagged Product tanker Bow Dalian at the Yeompo Quay in Ulsan, South Korea.According to the report, the vapour started to release from the pressure vacuum valve for Stolt Groenland’s number 9 starboard cargo tank, which contained styrene monomer.Stolt Groenland had loaded 5,250 tonnes of styrene monomer at the LBC terminal in Houston, the U.S.A. in early August before it headed to Japan via the Panama Canal. The cargo was distributed between three stainless steel cargo tanks: numbers 9S, 6P and 6C.As informed, prior to loading, the tanks had been washed and inspected and wall wash tests had been conducted; no problems were recorded. The tanks were not purged with nitrogen before loading and none were adjacent to heated cargoes in accordance with cargo loading instructions.Image Courtesy: MAIBThe concentration of TBC inhibitor in the styrene monomer in the shore tank was 11.3ppm but this was increased by the addition of 3 US gallons of liquid TBC to each of the destination tanks before loading was commenced. The target concentration of the TBC was 17ppm.According to the report findings, the certificate of inhibitor, issued by the cargo surveyor at the time of loading, stated that the TBC should remain effective for between 60 and 90 days. It also stated that the inhibitor was oxygen-dependent and that the ideal temperature for the styrene monomer was between 60ºF and 85ºF (15.5ºC – 29.4ºC). Stolt Groenland did not carry an additional inhibitor.MAIB said that the rupture was due to over-pressurization and the likely sources of the ignition were static electricity, sparks or elevated steel deck plate temperatures resulting from the tank rupture.“A large hole was found in way of the tank’s common bulkhead with number 9 centre (9C) cargo tank and its hatch cover had been blown of. No cargo operations or deck maintenance were in progress at the time. VDR data showed that the temperature of the styrene monomer had reached 100ºC at the time of the explosion. Such an elevated temperature indicates that the cargo was polymerizing,” the report reads.As a result of the incident, the Ulsan Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries has prohibited the transport and unloading of some hazardous cargoes, including styrene monomer, at several terminals under the Ulsan bridge.The explosionsTo remind, at 1050 on September 28, two explosions were seen and heard in rapid succession in way of the tanker’s cargo manifold. The resulting fireball passed very close to a road bridge above the quay.The fire on board Stolt Groenland was very intense and large plumes of thick black smoke were emitted. Stolt Groenland’s crew evacuated using the free-fall lifeboat at the stern while Bow Dalian’s crew were taken off by Korean Coastguard boats that had arrived at the scene.The fire was fought from the shore and from the water and lasted until early the following morning. The damage in way of Stolt Groenland’s cargo manifold and accommodation block was extensive.The blasts resulted in several injuries, including those sustained by Stolt Groenland’s gangway watchkeeper, who was blown over the guardrails by the force of the explosion; a deck rating on board Bow Dalian; and, a number of shore workers, including firefighters and police during the emergency response.What is more, a similar incident involving styrene monomer cargo has been reported last month.“On 20 November 2019, the MAIB was informed of an incident on board the Cayman Islands-registered chemical/products tanker Stolt Focus in which the temperature of a styrene monomer cargo had steadily increased. Efforts to stabilize the temperature, including the injection of additional inhibitor, were unsuccessful. Following consultation with chemists ashore, the crew distributed the cargo between four cargo tanks and mixed it with seawater, which stabilized the styrene monomer,” MAIB said.Further investigation is being undertaken into the incident involving Stolt Groenland, which will focus on the factors contributing to the initiation of the polymerization of the styrene monomer, cargo monitoring, and the emergency response.In the interim, chemical tanker owners/operators are reminded to adhere to the carriage and storage instructions details on the safety data sheet, the certificate of inhibitor, and those provided by the charterer. They are also advised to witness the addition of inhibitor into each cargo tank and closely monitor cargo temperature for unexplained increases.They should also ensure that their crews are familiar with the action to take in the event of the styrene monomer self-heating/polymerizing.last_img read more

Man Utd playmaker Fernandes announces second child

first_imgThe Portuguese playmaker is in self-isolation along with the rest of the United squad due to the COVID-19 outbreak.But there is plenty of joy for Bruno in these trying times, as he and his partner Ana Pinho are welcoming their new boy into the world.The two already have a daughter, Matilde, and took to Instagram to announce Ana’s pregnancy.The caption along with the photograph read: “A boy on the way.”Read Also:Pogba ‘wants new Man Utd deal’ thanks to Bruno FernandesFernandes has been a shining light for United since signing in January from Sporting CP, winning the Premier League Player of the Month award for February.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now Loading… center_img Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has announced he is expecting his second child.Advertisementlast_img read more

Matic extends Man U contract until 2023

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has extended his contract with the club until June 2023.The Serbia international, 31, joined United from Chelsea in 2017 and was due to be out of contract in June of 2021. “As a player, I still have a lot more to give and achieve in my career and to do that with Manchester United will be a huge honour,” Matic said.“This is a really exciting team to be part of, we have a good balance of youth and experience within the squad.”Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was “delighted” Matic has extended his deal, adding: “I know his experience, professionalism and leadership will be invaluable to this young talented group.“Nemanja has been here for three seasons now and really understands the values of playing for Manchester United.”Matic has played 27 times in all competitions for the club this season. Solskjaer’s side have not lost since January – a run of 16 games in all competitions – and sit fifth in the Premier League table.Tags: Contract ExtensionManchester UnitedNemanja Maticlast_img read more

Pretty Polly option for Stack filly

first_imgTommy Stack’s Ribblesdale absentee Alive Alive Oh may take in the Oxigen Environmental Pretty Polly Stakes on the way to the Darley Irish Oaks. Forecast to go off favourite for the Group Two at Royal Ascot on Thursday, connections considered the ground to be too quick for the daughter of Duke Of Marmalade. With the Oaks at the Curragh on July 20 as her main mid-summer target, her team will wait to see how she takes the exertions of travelling back to Ireland before deciding her exact plan. Press Associationcenter_img “We’ll just have a think about it and see how she is when we get home,” said Stack’s son and assistant, Fozzy. “I’m not sure if she’ll go straight to the Oaks, she might run in the Pretty Polly (Curragh, June 30) first. “It’s a shame for everyone she isn’t running at Ascot, we thought they’d get a shower or two but there’s been nothing. They had some nearby but nothing on the track. “It was just a shade too quick for her.” last_img read more

French connection baffles O’Connell

first_img Press Association Schmidt has transformed Ireland’s fortunes since taking the helm however, claiming the RBS 6 Nations crown in his first campaign and edging the side to third place in the world rankings. “I think it was a toughest day (under Schmidt), yeah,” said O’Connell when reviewing last year’s Australia defeat. “There was a lot of excitement when Joe took over the job. “He’d been so successful with Leinster, and I think we had a lot of really good things in place going into the game. “But ultimately there’s a few things in rugby as well, that no matter who’s coaching or who you’re playing or where you’re playing that are really important. “The physical confrontation, being built up for that and ready for that, is massive. “And I think in that game last year were weren’t in the right place, and were just so far ahead of us in that regard. “In so many aspects of the game they took us apart, and that was the big disappointment in that game. “That’s where we realised you have to be able to marry the two, you have to be able to marry the detail, the knowledge of your role, with the big, physical confrontation you need to be able to manage as well.” O’Connell warned his team-mates Australia will not suffer for fluency despite last month’s coach switch from Ewen McKenzie to former Leinster boss Michael Cheika. “They seem to have adapted really well,” O’Connell said. “Their French game last week just looked so physical, the line speed of both teams; the way both teams tackled, the way both teams competed at the ruck. “They don’t seem to be struggling with the changeover. “They are a bit further down the track than us, they’ve had their summer series, their Rugby Championship, they have had three games in a row to gel and work together. “So they’re in a very good place in terms of how they’ve gelled in terms of combinations.” Paul O’Connell has claimed “there’s been nothing done on my behalf” in the wake of rumours linking him with a move to France after next year’s World Cup. Ireland were overwhelmed 32-15 by the Wallabies at the Aviva Stadium in November 2013, with lock O’Connell admitting “they took us apart”. The 35-year-old will lead Schmidt’s men in a bid for a first autumn clean sweep since 2006 in Dublin this weekend, conceding last year’s loss to Australia remains fresh in the memory. “I don’t know anything about it. I don’t know where it came from,” said O’Connell when quizzed on links to Pau. “I suppose it’s the fact that James Coughlan and Simon Mannix are there and I knew them at Munster, but there’s been nothing done on my behalf, and nothing done on Pau’s behalf anyway. “I’m contracted until the summer of 2016, so I just don’t know where it came from.” Ireland have still lost just twice under Schmidt since the Kiwi took the helm for last year’s autumn series. O’Connell lambasted Ireland’s lack of mental tenacity in that Australia defeat on November 16 last year, where wing Nick Cummins claimed a brace of tries. Schmidt had his players whipped into technical shape that night, but O’Connell believes Ireland lacked a mental and physical edge. The Ireland captain dismissed suggestions he would cut short his Munster and Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) contract, which runs until 2016, to join Pau. O’Connell said he has had no contact with the French Pro D2 club, before switching to more immediate thoughts of how to atone for Ireland’s “toughest day” under Joe Schmidt when facing Australia on Saturday. last_img read more

Clarke says Maxwell’s place not secure in Test team

first_img(REUTERS) – All-rounder Glenn Maxwell’s future in the Australia Test side is far from secure, especially if captain Steve Smith does not consider him as a regular spin bowling option, former skipper Michael Clarke has said.Maxwell scored his maiden century in the third Test against India at Ranchi on his return to the longest format of the game after more than two years last week but bowled only four of Australia’s 210 overs.Clarke believes playing conditions, particularly in Australia where England are touring at the end of the year, may force Steve Smith to pick a fast bowling all-rounder ahead of Maxwell.“Conditions will dictate which way they go when they get back to Australia,” Clarke said in a live chat on his Facebook page.“Will they want the fourth fast-bowling option as the all-rounder, or will they stay with Glenn Maxwell?“Especially if Steve Smith is not bowling Maxi, then he becomes a legitimate batsman so he’s got to be making a lot of runs to stay in the team.”Clarke also derided an Australian newspaper report which compared Indian captain Virat Kohli to U.S. President Donald Trump because of his “continual perpetuation of fake news”The report, which focused on a row over whether Smith had mocked Kohli’s shoulder injury during the second Test, was laughable, Clarke said.“I find it quite funny and am sure Virat will also find it quite funny,” said Clarke.The four-match Test series between India and Australia, which is tied at 1-1, concludes with the final encounter in Dharamsala starting tomorrow.last_img read more