Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Both oil and gas exported from Russia bring in significant revenue that can be used to support the Russian war in Ukraine. But the export revenue from oil sales is much greate r than export revenue from gas sales. If the West stops buying oil this really hurts Russia – more than if the West stopped buying gas. Back in May, the EU agreed to ban all Russian oil imports by the end of 2022, at least those that are delivered by sea. That was a good move. Russia threatens to cut gas supplies to the European Union. Russia has realized that cutting natural gas doesn’t affect their export revenue (like oil does) but it affects the economies of EU countries a lot more. Russia supplied the EU with 40% of its gas last year , with Germany, Italy, and Netherlands the top three importers in actual volumes of gas. Germany had imported more than 50% of its gas from Russia via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. By the end of June, … [Read more...] about Russia Threatens, EU Reduces, US Industry Helps To Untangle The Natural Gas War In Europe.
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New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta responds to queries during the Question-and-Answer session of the Foreign Policy for Small States lecture series, organised by the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR) at the IDFR Auditorium in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, Aug 9, 2022. (Bernama pix) - A + A KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 9): Malaysia and New Zealand are a powerful demonstration of how small states can work together bilaterally, regionally and globally in dealing more effectively with the current global and regional geopolitical challenges, New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said. Both countries served together on the United Nations (UN) Security Council in 2015-16 and worked closely in another area, disarmament and arms control. “We also cooperate on international law issues, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Last year New Zealand joined others in setting out our legal position on the South China Sea, in support of … [Read more...] about Malaysia and New Zealand have demonstrated how small states can work together
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Your first solo trip may seem daunting as you’re responsible for the entire planning process and getting around. At the same time, it can also be enriching and liberating to navigate independently and do as you please. These tips can help make it easier to enjoy your travels while staying safe when traveling alone. Research The Destination It’s best to plan your tentative activities, accommodations and transportation plans ahead of schedule. Tracking the latest travel restrictions can prevent travel mishaps too. As you plan your trip, read visitor reviews and search for potential red flags and risk factors. Visiting highly-rated establishments can increase your safety. Booking in advance can also prevent travel surprises. Advance reservations can also potentially help secure a lower price. Don’t Rush Your Trip Booking a flight with a tight connection window or not allowing enough time at one destination … [Read more...] about 7 Tips For Your First Solo Trip
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Established in 1912 by Margaret Anderson, the ultra-luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel has become an infamous establishment synonymous with style, glamour and elegance. It’s no surprise then, that it has hosted everyone from A-listers to the fashion glitterati and royalty alike, and this year, the beloved L.A. landmark celebrates its 110th anniversary. At the helm is General Manager, John Scanlon, and he shares ten things to know about this world-famous, celebrity-adored hotel. Female founder: The Beverly Hills Hotel was opened by Margaret Anderson in 1912, two years before the city of Beverly Hills was established. Margaret owned and operated the hotel for many years, and her motto was “Guests are entitled to the best of everything regardless of cost!” The hotel has recently introduced a variety of activations to celebrate its 110th anniversary. Iconic architecture: Paul Revere Williams, one of the world’s … [Read more...] about 10 Things To Know About The Beverly Hills Hotel
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The site of this year's Super Bowl was within walking distance of many hotels and all of downtown ... [+] Indy. Sunday’s Super Bowl was the most watched television event in American history, tuned into by nearly half of all households and at peak time, more than 117,000,000 viewers. Ad rates were $3.5 million per 30 second spot, and while viewers debated who was better, an overweight Volkswagen obsessed dog or Clint Eastwood, the real beneficiary of all that airtime and all those viewers was the city of Indianapolis. “Ten years from now, I think we will look back on this one single day as the tipping point in tourism and perception for the city,” said Chris Gahl, Vice President of Marketing for the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association. Several years ago when the city decided to go for the 2011 Game (it ended up with 2012), the bid process required $25 million in non-taxpayer funds, and several … [Read more...] about Super Bowl XLVI’s Real Winner? Indianapolis!
- A + A BEIJING/SYDNEY (Aug 9): China's aviation regulator is seeking industry feedback on special conditions for the home-grown C919 aircraft, it said on Tuesday, in a sign that certification of the narrow-body jet designed to rival Airbus and Boeing is edging closer. In dozens of technical documents, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has set out special conditions for the C919 in areas like flight envelope protection and flight operations under icing conditions, according to a statement on its website. Special conditions are additional airworthiness standards prescribed by the regulator when current regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards due to novel or unusual design features. Aviation regulators in the United States and Europe also regularly issue such conditions on new Airbus and Boeing jets as part of the certification process. The CAAC has invited public comment on the C919 special conditions over the next 15 … [Read more...] about China seeking industry feedback on home-grown C919 jet as certification nears
- A + A LONDON (Aug 9): The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started a rolling review of a variant-adapted Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech, it said on Tuesday. The so-called bivalent vaccine targets two strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus behind Covid-19 — the original strain first identified in China, and the Omicron offshoots BA.4/5 that are currently behind most cases in Europe. A rolling review means the EMA assesses the data as it becomes available, and the process continues until there is enough data for a formal marketing application. Last month, the EMA said it had begun a rolling review of another version of the companies' shot which targets the original SARS-CoV-2 strain and Omicron subvariant BA.1. While existing coronavirus vaccines continue to provide good protection against hospitalisation and death, vaccine effectiveness has taken a hit as the virus has evolved. European Union officials plan to use bivalent shots in their autumn … [Read more...] about EU regulator begins review of Pfizer-BioNTech’s variant-adapted Covid-19 shot
- A + A OSLO/STOCKHOLM (Aug 9): Soaring power prices are forcing a bitcoin miner and data centre operator in southern Norway to head north. Kryptovault AS is moving operations north of the Arctic Circle, where electricity is much cheaper, chief executive officer Kjetil Hove Pettersen said. Staying put would mean doubling a power bill that last year hit 202 million kroner (RM92.7 million) and typically makes up more than 80% of the company's operating expenses, he said. The energy crisis gripping Europe has been exacerbated in southern Norway as a dry spring depleted many giant reservoirs that are vital for local power generation. But it is a different story in the country's north, where there is ample water and it is hard to send flows to other regions. Prices in the most northern price zone where Krytovault will set up shop are a small fraction of those in the south. "The relocation project will of course add other expenses and complications, however, with … [Read more...] about Norwegian bitcoin miner heads north to escape record power bills
US Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (left) with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. (Image: AP) As tension rises in the Taiwan Strait following China’s threatening live-fire drills in the wake of Nancy Pelosi’s visit, a tussle between Taiwan and the mainland to influence the world through Mandarin learning centres has come back in focus. Mandarin is spoken widely on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. But as Sino-American relations became strained over trade and technology in the past few years, Washington made a conscious effort to curb Chinese cultural activities in the United States and encouraged Taiwan to fill that space, especially for learning Mandarin. Under Donald Trump’s presidency, the US Congress in 2018 passed a bill to cut funding for Chinese language and culture programmes offered by Confucius institutes at universities that host them. The US State Department labelled the institutes `foreign missions’ of the People’s Republic of China, and part … [Read more...] about China, Taipei battle over projecting soft-power through Mandarin
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Adding flexibility and reliability, more natural gas will be critical to more wind and solar power / ... [+] AFP PHOTO / - / China OUT (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images) "Shale & renewables: a symbiotic relationship," Citi, here I have already shown here and here how U.S. natural gas power plants continue to increase in efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but the high flexibility of these plants will also be increasingly critical in the years ahead. That's because gas is the backup source for more wind and solar power, which are naturally intermittent and need gas peaking plants to compensate for when "the wind doesn't blow" and "the sun doesn't shine." Gas combined cycle plants have a quick "ramp up" ability in a matter of minutes to generate electricity for those unforeseen periods when the wind and/or solar option goes away. As headlined here by MIT Technology … [Read more...] about Natural Gas Is The Flexibility Needed For More Wind And Solar