Philippines POGO tax bill passed by House committee

first_img20th November 2019 | By contenteditor Finance A bill to impose a new 5% tax on the annual gross income of Philippines Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) has moved a step towards passing into law, after it was passed by the House Ways and Means Committee.Having been unanimously approved by the committee, the bill now progresses to a second reading in the House of Representatives.The bill, which was introduced by Representative Joey Salceda, who chairs the Ways and Means Committee, seeks to amend Sections 22, 25 and 119 of the 1997 National Internal Revenue Code of the Philippines. It would replace the current 2% gross revenue tax imposed on Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) licensees.The Section 22 amendment provides a definition of an offshore gaming licensee (OGL – or POGO). This states that an OGL may be a Philippines-based operator, or an offshore entity that engages the serves of any PAGCOR licensed service provider. In either case, such a company will be considered to be doing business in the Philippines, and therefore liable for the tax.The tweak to Section 119, meanwhile, states that the 5% gross revenue tax applies to all offshore gaming companies that operate as a franchise of another business in the country.Finally, the Section 25 amendment looks to ensure that foreign workers employed by POGOs pay tax in the country. These individuals would be liable for a 25% tax on salaries, wages, annuities, compensation, remuneration, honoraria and allowances received from a licensed operator, up from the originally proposed 15%. This would require staff to register with their local tax office upon taking a job with a POGO.The committee hearing saw the country’s key regulatory bodies, the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) and PAGCOR, speak out in favour of the bill.“We are fully supportive of the bill to tax the offshore gaming operators in the Philippines,” CEZA administrator and chief executive Raul Lambino said.CEZA is the administrator and gambling regulator of the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport on the island of Luzon.Lambino said the bill would provide much-needed legal certainty for POGOs, by confirming they do in fact operate in the Philippines, despite providing their services to other countries.“The notion is that since the betting and the payment are happening outside the Philippines, then they are beyond the taxing jurisdiction of the Philippines,” he explained. “But our position in CEZA is that they are actually doing business in the Philippines through their service providers so they have to be taxed of the income that they are getting,” he added.PAGCOR senior manager for policy development Jessa Mariz Fernandez also expressed support for the bill.During the hearing she had sought clarification sa to whether the 5% revenue tax set out in the bill would replace the current 2% tax for its licensees, or be imposed in addition to the current levy. Salceda confirmed that it would replace, rather than add to, the current tax.The bill’s introduction comes amid ongoing efforts by the Philippines authorities to ensure gambling licensees pay their fair share of tax in the country. Great Empire Gaming and Amusement Corporation (GEGAC) has already had operations temporarily halted by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), for failing to pay correct taxes.It had to make an initial payment of PHP250m (£3.8m/€4.4m/$4.9m) before it agreed to settle the PHP1.05bn outstanding in three instalments to resume operations.The BIR also padlocked the two offices owned by Altech Innovations Business Outsourcing in October, after the company failed to register as a value-added tax (VAT) payer, in violation of the country’s National Internal Revenue Code. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Email Address Philippines POGO tax bill passed by House committee Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Asia Philippines A bill to impose a new 5% tax on the annual gross income of Philippines Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) has moved a step towards passing into law, after it was passed by the House Ways and Means Committee. Topics: Finance Legal & compliancelast_img read more

Bishop of Costa Rica to join Diocese of Texas staff

first_img Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Posted May 4, 2017 Press Release Service Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Belleville, IL Duane Miller says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Collierville, TN Comments are closed. 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I trust he will be a great blessing to the people of the Diocese of Texas! Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit a Press Release TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Bishop of Costa Rica to join Diocese of Texas staff Hector Monterroso appointed assistant bishop Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Knoxville, TN [Diocese of Texas press release] The Rt. Rev. Hector Monterroso, bishop of Costa Rica, has accepted the position of assistant bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Bishop Andy Doyle announced. Monterroso will begin work July 1, 2017, and will serve as bishop of the southern region of the diocese. Elected delegates approved the position at the diocese’s annual meeting February 12, 2017, in Galveston.Citing their mutual vision of mission and evangelism, Bishop Doyle said Monterroso’s addition will continue to strengthen the growth in both Hispanic congregations as well as new missional communities and church plants in the Diocese of Texas. “I’m thrilled Bishop Monterroso has accepted my invitation to join our diocesan staff,” Bishop Doyle said. “He has a heart for mission and will be a great presence in our congregations. He will also help raise up leaders within the Hispanic congregations, although he will not minister in these communities exclusively.”For his part, Bishop Monterroso said, “I identified with Bishop Doyle’s vision of missional communities and expansion.”  While other dioceses in the U.S. had approached him previously, Bishop Monterroso said he felt most aligned with Bishop Doyle and the Diocese of Texas. “Let’s say it was a nudge from the Holy Spirit first,” he said, “but I recognized that this invitation was a great opportunity to do something new and challenging. It’s a good time for the Diocese of Costa Rica and a good time for me and my family.”Monterroso joins Bishop Doyle, and Bishops Suffragan Dena Harrison and Jeff Fisher to provide an episcopal presence in the diocese’s more than 200 Episcopal faith communities: 154 congregations (three with second sites), 35 missional communities, 14 college ministries and numerous institutions. He will visit 45 congregations during the year; primarily in the southern region of the Diocese of Texas; chair the board of St. Vincent’s House, a social service agency in Galveston; support growth of multicultural presence in our congregations and help to create a strategy for new ethnic church plants and missional communities. Additionally, Bishop Monterroso will work to identify vocational leaders within the Hispanic congregations.Originally from Guatemala, Bishop Monterroso has made great strides in the Diocese of Costa Rica during his 14-year tenure, securing its financial stability, increasing the number of clergy from seven to 29, assuring that most congregations are self-sustaining, and gaining governmental recognition for many of the Diocese’s programs.On April 30, he preached at Palmer Memorial Church in Houston and later, spent the day with church members serving in the community. In his sermon that morning, Bishop Monterroso recounted the story of eight women who, a decade ago, sought space to store their sewing machines. Turned away by a number of other churches, Iglesia Ascencion gave them a small room even though the small Episcopal congregation in a poor neighborhood of San Jose had little itself. Church members later learned the eight women also carried the burden of being HIV positive.“We did not have much to offer other than a small space in our building, but we had the hope that, through our faith, we could do great things, and through the love of God, everything is transformable,” Bishop Monterroso said. Today, the women have created an official association, Esperanza Viva, with more than 250 members. While they are poor, they “have an enduring spirit and steadfast values,” the Bishop said, acknowledging the opportunity for service their presence has provided to the church. Esperanza Viva recently signed an agreement with the World Bank to begin a pilot project to speak in schools about HIV prevention and, in cooperation with the Episcopal Church, they now have a training center, clinic and micro-enterprise facility.“All of this was possible simply because we opened our eyes and our doors to these women who sought our help,” Bishop Monterroso said. This is the spirit of mission and ministry he brings to the Diocese of Texas.Bishop Monterroso earned a Precision Mechanics and Industrial Maintenance degree and worked in the rum industry in Guatemala before attending seminary. A lifelong Episcopalian, he served as an acolyte when he was just seven years old in a new church, founded in his parent’s home. His wife Sandra studied in the United States before their marriage 32 years ago and serves as principal at one of the Diocese of Costa Rica’s Episcopal schools that provide education to some of the country’s poorest children. Their daughter Beatriz, 28, is a medical doctor in San Jose and their son Hector, 24, has recently completed an engineering degree and hopes to do post-graduate work in hydraulics engineering. The Monterrosos will reside in Houston.See more about Bishop Hector Monterroso in articles printed previously in Diolog here and here. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Albany, NY Rector Tampa, FL Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Job Listing Featured Events The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group September 5, 2017 at 11:16 am I was part of a mission group that went to Church of the Assesion& helped those 8 women with to begin their sewing ministry. I bought them an iron & an ironing board & they were so excited. Each afternoon they would lock it up for fear it would be stolen! People This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Shreveport, LA Tags Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Comments (2) Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Bath, NC last_img read more

What can really be done against impunity? Show time!

first_img RSF_en November 23, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 What can really be done against impunity? Show time! to go further Organisation News Explaining the situation to Cambodians should become the role of reporters again, together with a whole generation young people working in the media industry. Every citizen asking for an explanation should be able to find an answer and none of them should be begging for justice. This is not a matter of “culture”. It is one of respect. People cannot die silently, for nothing. What can really be done against impunity? Show time! For the past twenty years, eleven journalists have been killed and none of the perpetrators have been brought to Justice. The case of reporter Heng Serei Oudom, found dead in the truck of his car last year after he was hacked six times, is one more example of the culture of impunity that still prevails in Cambodia. In this case, two suspects were found, one admitted to be aware of the killing, the trial demonstrated the killing happened in their house but the judge did not have enough evidence of their culpability. Both of them were released last August. They stayed almost a year in prison and this is the longest punishment one has seen so far for the killing of a journalist in Cambodia. There is also the possibility that these two suspects are only scapegoats. Google experiments drop Australian media from search results Pa Ngoun Teang, Executive Director – CCIM & Clothilde Le Coz, Correspondent – RSF February 24, 2021 Find out more The most recent high-profile case was the murder in 2008 of Khim Sambo. Just two weeks before the national elections and after criticising high-ranking officials in the incumbent Cambodian People’s party, the opposition-affiliated newspaper journalist was shot and killed by two men on a motorbike. No one was arrested. Was he killed for nothing? Did anyone take his work over? RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” For these reasons and because it is urgent, we are asking the government to organize a meeting with local and international NGO and institutions representatives to debate about access to information and the role each one should play in it. It is not about drafting another law that will not be implemented. It is about knowing what Cambodia wants to know. We know how to do it; the government needs to start explaining. January 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information CambodiaAsia – Pacific And now, activists and a generation of fearless young journalists are taking over the role of informing people worldwide about their situation. And it works. In 2013 only, three Cambodian citizens were awarded international prizes for their work. For the past two year, the ASEAN chairmanship and the elections of the National Assembly gave the opportunity to expose Cambodia worldwide. But what will happen next year to make the international community bother about the situation? Cambodians need to know and have that right. Independent media is about all of this; telling what is not otherwise told but also making it possible for the media to do so without any conflict of interest. At Voice of Democracy, it is a daily challenge that reporters are overcoming. But they are not the only ones. Yorm Bopha is also part of them. It is the duty of journalists to inform and NGOs to defend, fight and promote. Follow the news on Cambodia CambodiaAsia – Pacific But today, Cambodia counts over 3,000 NGOs. This makes more than 1 for Cambodian people. While it should be reasonably doable to help, it sometimes creates a cacophony as everyone has an agenda. As a result, the information flow is now complex for too many purposes. Civil society actors need to agree on. This can be done, for example, by accessing more information and compare it to other. Organizations, such as Reporters Without Borders, need steady accounts from the ground to be able to step in and advocate at an international level. There too, resources and funds are limited. Local partners are crucial in getting verified information to this level. When public service does not exist, sharing information is crucial; it is not only about the fact that some people do not speak out, it also linked to the fact that Cambodian people are still among the poorest in the world, their lands are grabbed, their forest is lost and their natural resources will be scarce if impunity is not stopped. News December 28, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders and its partner organization, the Cambodian Centre for Independent Media (CCIM), have written a joint op-ed on impunity in Cambodia that is to be published in the Cambodia Daily newspaper tomorrow, International Day to End Impunity.Cambodia fell 26 places in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index from its position in 2012, and exhibits an unacceptable level of impunity as regards threats and physical violence against journalists. News Receive email alerts Journalists are not the only victims of crimes going unpunished as a result of impunity. In 2013, dozens of people have been brought to the court simply because they were speaking too loud. Yorm Bopha is one of them.The clock reversed: instead of bringing culprits to courts, the police arrested their victims. This is possible when one knows he can get away with it and nobody will denounce it. Some journalists have been censoring themselves for a long time. Therefore, they stopped publishing the reports that matter. Have you noticed? Some of the best reports are made by local and international NGOs thanks to their local partners. Not necessarily by newspapers and journalism. Of course, constraints of time are playing. But in Cambodia, constraints of ownership, fear and capacity are also part of the game. The rampant impunity in Cambodia shows the government and the powerful have no intention to respect the rule of law or protect human rights. Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream Newslast_img read more

Looking Back: Hensarling’s Announcement to Impact the Industry

first_img October 31, 2017 1,687 Views Tagged with: Hensarling HOUSING Housing Finance Committee mortgage Senate Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Looking Back: Hensarling’s Announcement to Impact the Industry Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Looking Back: Hensarling’s Announcement to Impact the Industry The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Hensarling HOUSING Housing Finance Committee mortgage Senate 2017-10-31 Nicole Casperson The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Housing Gains Are No Mere Rebound: Will it Last? Next: Hidden in Plain Sight Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who currently chairs the Financial Services Committee, announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in 2018.”Today I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the US Congress in 2018. Although service in Congress remains the greatest privilege of my life, I never intended to make it a lifetime commitment, and I have already stayed far longer than I had originally planned,” Hensarling wrote in a statement on Tuesday, according to the Dallas Morning News.Despite his retirement announcement, Hensarling expressed how more work remains at the House Financial Services Committee in the areas of housing finance reform, regulatory relief, cybersecurity, and capital formation. “Furthermore, important work remains in the Congress as a whole—especially pro-growth tax reform. I look forward to continuing this work on behalf of the people of the 5th District of Texas and all Americans,” Hensarling wrote.Looking back at Hensarling’s financial positions, this announcement could impact the housing industry.Hensarling has long advocated replacing Dodd-Frank, the reform package designed to limit the high-risk practices that triggered the financial crisis, and has often been at odds with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray.DS News has been following Hensarling vs. Cordray throughout the year, reporting Hensarling’s displeasure towards the bureau.Additionally, Hensarling once called it, “the most powerful and least accountable Washington bureaucracy in history.”To defend himself and the bureau, Cordray responded at the time, “Years of uneven federal oversight on behalf of consumers allowed a lot of bad behavior to go unchecked. As the independent consumer watchdog, we are solely focused on the job Congress gave us of assuring that these markets are fair, transparent, and competitive and consumers have access to sound financial products and services.”However, on June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE Act, originally introduced by Hensarling, as it significantly amending the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, DS News reported.In mid-April, Republicans introduced the bill, arguing that Dodd-Frank and the subsequent regulation that ensued harms economic growth and ultimately, the American consumer. According to the proposal, Dodd-Frank’s particular brand of regulatory complexity and government micromanagement made basic financial services less accessible to small businesses and lower-income Americans.Hensarling has continuously fought for what he is passionate about during his time in office and although his time is coming to a close, he assures the public that he will continue to press for what he believes is best for the financial services of the American people.”Although I will not be running for re-election, there are 14 months left in my congressional term to continue the fight for individual liberty, free enterprise, and limited constitutional government—the causes for which I remain passionate,” Hensarling wrote.The industry will have to wait and see how the rest of Hensarling’s term pans out to determine the type of impact the end of his tenure will truly have.Hensarling has represented Congressional District 5 in the Dallas area since he was elected in November 2002.Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said in a statement that throughout his time in Congress, Hensarling has always been a conservative, principled leader, Dallas Morning News reported. “I want to thank him for his service to our country, the Texas delegation, and to our conference as Financial Services Chairman,” Sessions said. “I am proud to call Jeb not only my colleague but my dear friend.” About Author: Nicole Casperson Related Articles Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

Delhi HC To Continue With Restrictive Functioning Till October 8 [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC To Continue With Restrictive Functioning Till October 8 [Read Order] Karan Tripathi30 Sep 2020 3:55 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court has decided to continue with the current hybrid model of both physical and virtual hearings. The court has decided to extend the restrictive functioning till October 08 in light of the ongoing COVID19 pandemic. However, the number of Benches notified for conducting physical hearings have been reduced to 3 in light of rise in the number of COVID19 cases in…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court has decided to continue with the current hybrid model of both physical and virtual hearings. The court has decided to extend the restrictive functioning till October 08 in light of the ongoing COVID19 pandemic. However, the number of Benches notified for conducting physical hearings have been reduced to 3 in light of rise in the number of COVID19 cases in the national capital. As per the decision taken by the Administrative and Supervision Committee of the Delhi High Court, the restrictive functioning of the High Court through physical hearings has been extended till October 08. Earlier, the court had decided to resume the physical hearings on rotational basis by issuing the following notice: ‘To begin with, on experimental basis, around one-fourth of the courts can resume physical functioning on a rotational basis while the rest can continue taking up matters through videoconferencing. A comprehensive plan on the above lines will be prepared by the undersigned and placed before the “Committee for Preparation of Graded Action Plan” and thereafter before the Full Court for consideration.’ It has also been ordered that all the benches in the High Court shall also endeavour to take up 20 oldest ‘Regular/final category matters’ pending on their respective boards through video conferencing mode. The Courts of Registrars and Joint Registrars of this Court shall take up matters listed before them through videoconferencing. However, evidence shall be recorded only in ex-parte and uncontested matters where the same is required to be tendered by way of affidavit. These District and Sessions Courts will continue to function restrictively as per the existing guidelines.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

Professors design see-saws for US-Mexico border to allow children to play together

first_imgElFlacodelNorte/iStock(SUNLAND PARK, N.M.) — As the debate over immigration and funding for a border wall marches on, two professors are using see-saws to bring fun and unity to the U.S. and Mexico border.The bright pink, custom-made see-saws were brought Monday to Sunland Park, N.M., which is separated from neighboring Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, by a slatted border wall fence.The see-saws, built to be able to fit through the slats of the fence, turned into an interactive playground right on the border as kids on the Mexico side of the wall ran up to play on them.The see-saws are the brainchild of Ronald Rael, an architecture professor at the University of California-Berkeley, and Virginia San Fratello, associate professor of interior design at San Jose State University.The pair, who did not immediately reply for comment, came up with the idea for what they call the Teetertotter Wall in 2009.When they finally unveiled their project in New Mexico on Sunday, it was a spontaneous moment because the people in Mexico did not know in advance that the see-saws would be there, according to the University of California.Rael described the event Monday as one “filled with joy, excitement and togetherness.”“The wall became a literal fulcrum for U.S. – Mexico relations,” he shared on Instagram. “And children and adults were connected in meaningful ways on both sides with the recognition that the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Goodnight Midstream to expand Eagle Ford Shale Operations in US

first_imgFollowing the expansion, Goodnight Midstream’s Eagle Ford operations will comprise of three SWD facilities and 64km of pipeline in DeWitt and Atascosa Counties Image: Once the Rooster SWD facility is completed, Goodnight Midstream will operate more than 805km of oilfield waste water pipelines. Photo: courtesy of outgunned21/FreeImages. Dallas-based midstream infrastructure company Goodnight Midstream has announced the expansion of its Eagle Ford shale operations in Texas, US.Goodnight has also announced the integration and rebranding of Wyatt Water Solutions under the company’s corporate umbrella.The midstream company had acquired saltwater gathering and disposal systems provider Wyatt Water in 2017.As part of the expansion plans, Goodnight has begun building a supplementary injection facility to assist its growing DeWitt County pipeline network.The Rooster saltwater disposal facility will be situated south of Yorktown, Texas, and will provide both piped and trucked volumes.Following the expansion, the company’s Eagle Ford operations will comprise of three SWD facilities and 64km of pipeline in DeWitt and Atascosa Counties.Goodnight Midstream CEO Rich Rehm said: “We are extremely appreciative of Eric and the Wyatt Water team for successfully building the business over the last two years, and are confident that now is the right time to fully integrate our South Texas operations with our facilities in North Dakota and the Permian Basin.“Based on the positive results already achieved in the Eagle Ford shale, the Goodnight team will continue expanding our systems in the region.”Goodnight Midstream began operating in the Eagle Ford shale in 2017In 2017, Goodnight began its Eagle Ford shale operations after it purchased Wyatt Water.Wyatt Water founder Eric Leuenberger said: “With Goodnight’s support over the past two years, Wyatt Water met its goals of providing safe and reliable produced water systems to our valued customers in the Eagle Ford shale.“I am proud to have been a part of this rapid growth and look forward to fully integrating Wyatt’s operations into Goodnight Midstream.”Once the Rooster SWD facility is completed, Goodnight Midstream will operate more than 805km of oilfield wastewater pipelines and 58 saltwater disposal wells in the Williston, Midland and Delaware Basins along with the Eagle Ford shale.In October, Goodnight Midstream had secured $500m investment from Tailwater Capital to expand its service offerings.The company has expanded its Bakken operations and entered the Delaware Basin, Midland Basin and Eagle Ford shale since receiving its initial investment from Tailwater in 2016.last_img read more

Siemens to supply BOG compressor packages for Calcasieu Pass LNG project

first_imgSiemens will be responsible for the engineering, manufacturing and testing of two centrifugal BOG compression packages and one reciprocating BOG compression package A typical single-shaft, vertically-split Siemens STC-SV turbocompressor used for LNG service. (Credit: Siemens) Germany-based industrial manufacturing company Siemens has secured an order from Kiewit to deliver three boil-off compressor (BOG) packages for the $4.5bn Calcasieu Pass LNG project in US.Currently under constructionin Cameron Parish, Louisiana, the new LNG export facility is being implemented by Venture Global Calcasieu Pass, a subsidiary of a Gulf Coast LNG developer, Venture Global LNG.Under the contract, Siemens will be responsible for the engineering, manufacturing and testing of two centrifugal BOG compression packages and one reciprocating BOG compression package.The industrial manufacturing company said that all the compressors will be directly driven by electric motors.Siemens LNG executive vice president Matthew Russell said: “Siemens has a long track record of providing cryogenic boil-off gas compressors for the LNG industry worldwide.“The Calcasieu Pass LNG Project involves an innovative modular, mid-scale configuration that enables Venture Global to produce low-cost LNG with a shorter construction schedule.“Siemens was able to tailor a custom solution with added flexibility to match the EPC’s project schedule and start-up sequence.”Once operational, the new plant is estimated to produce 10 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of liquefied natural gas that will be exported to global markets.Kiewit is EPC contractor for the LNG projectVenture Global has selected Kiewit for the engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPC) contract for the project.The construction on the facility began in March last year with an aim to be completed in summer and fall of this year.Supporting the Calcasieu Pass LNG project are 20-year LNG sale and purchase agreements with Shell, BP, Edison, Galp, PGNiG, and Repsol.last_img read more

Commander US Pacific Command Visits Australia

first_img View post tag: Australia View post tag: visits Share this article Authorities View post tag: Pacific The Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley is hosting the annual Australia-US Military Representations with Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, Commander US Pacific Command and other senior military officials in Canberra this week.General Hurley said the military dialogue is an important means to maintain ongoing cooperation and defence arrangements between the United States and Australia.“Australia has a long-standing and productive relationship with Pacific Command, the US combatant command responsible for the Asia Pacific.“As economic and strategic weight shifts to the Asia Pacific, Australia’s alliance with the US and our relationship with Pacific Command will increase in significance” General Hurley said.In November 2011 President Barrack Obama and Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced enhanced cooperation between the Royal Australian Air Force and the US Air Force and increased rotational deployments of US Marines to further enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries.While there are no US military bases in Australia, the first rotation of Marines recently returned to Darwin having completed training activities in the region with Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.“Increased engagement with the United States in our region gives the Australian Defence Force more combined training opportunities which will improve our interoperability with United States’ forces,” General Hurley said.This is Admiral Locklear’s first visit to Australia since his appointment as Commander US Pacific Command in March 2012.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 18, 2012; Image: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: Commandcenter_img View post tag: Commander Back to overview,Home naval-today Commander US Pacific Command Visits Australia View post tag: US July 18, 2012 Commander US Pacific Command Visits Australialast_img read more

Vermont ranked healthiest state in US again

first_imgVermont was again named the healthiest state in the nation as the United Health Foundation today released its 2011 edition of America’s Health Rankings. All six New England states were in the top 10.Vermont has been among the top five healthiest states for the past eight years, climbing steadily from 20th in 1990 to 12th in 2000, to become first in 2007, 2009 and 2010. See Chart below for all states.This year, Vermont ranked among the top 10 healthiest states in 15 of 23 public health measures relating to behaviors, community and environment, health policies, clinical care, and health outcomes.‘Public health is what we all do together to assure the conditions in which people can be their healthiest,’ said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD. ‘Compared to other states, Vermonters are faring well. But not all of us are as healthy as we can be ‘ especially those who are younger, have less education and lower incomes.’Vermont is notable for its high rates of high school graduation, lower incidence of infectious disease, low violent crime rate, and high use of early prenatal care. Vermont also this year received the first and only ‘A’ on the March of DimesPremature Birth Report Card.‘We can all take pride in Vermont’s standing as the healthiest state,’ said Gov. Peter Shumlin. ‘This is a time to celebrate and learn from our successes to meet the great health challenges ahead. We still have much work to make health reform a reality for every Vermonter.’Vermont faces many of the same challenges as other states: While smoking rates have dropped to 15 percent among adults, that still leaves an estimated 76,000 smokers who have not quit. With 17 percent of adults reporting that they binge drink, we continue to have an alcohol abuse problem. A growing percentage of Vermonters are overweight or obese, resulting in higher rates of serious chronic illnesses such as diabetes. More children are living in poverty than before. And, with only moderate childhood immunization coverage, there is greater risk for vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and pertussis (whooping cough) to spread through communities.Last year the Health Department published The Health Disparities of Vermonters 2010, a comprehensive report that details the causes and consequences of differences in health status among Vermonters. This year the state is setting new Healthy Vermonters 2020 goals and objectives to improve the public’s health.‘Our congratulations to Vermont for once again being the ‘healthiest’ state in the country,’ said Reed Tuckson, M.D., United Health Foundation board member and executive vice president and chief of medical affairs, UnitedHealth Group. ‘This is clear evidence of the commitment that the individuals, communities, health care providers, the private sector, and Vermont’s government institutions to creating and sustaining conditions that promote health. Vermont, like all states, has an opportunity to further improve, particularly in the areas of binge drinking and immunization rates.’America’s Health Rankingsâ ¢ published by the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention is the longest running annual assessment of the nation’s health. For 22 years, theRankings has provided an analysis of national health on a state-by-state basis by evaluating a historical and comprehensive set of health, environmental and socio-economic data to determine national health benchmarks and state rankings.For more information about the rankings, an interactive map, and information on actions that everyone can take to take to improve public health:www.americashealthrankings.org(link is external)2011 OVERALL RANKINGSAlphabetical by State 43Kentucky-0.4787Utah0.723 Rank Order2011 Rank (1-50)StateScore 29Arizona0.05011New Jersey0.495 2New Hampshire1.02729Arizona0.050 32North Carolina-0.06832North Carolina-0.068 4Hawaii0.94024California0.265 42Nevada-0.47144Texas-0.508 7Utah0.72330Delaware-0.032 15Washington0.44326Kansas0.128 23South Dakota0.26750Mississippi-0.822 48Oklahoma-0.66913Wisconsin0.476 20Virginia0.3435Massachusetts0.906 3Connecticut1.01047Arkansas-0.622 18New York0.3928Maine0.575 38Indiana-0.29010Rhode Island0.549 50Mississippi-0.822 46Alabama-0.60715Washington0.443 17Iowa0.40149Louisiana-0.817 41West Virginia-0.41339Tennessee-0.314 14Oregon0.47517Iowa0.401 9Colorado0.55537Georgia-0.275 11New Jersey0.49519Idaho0.344 40Missouri-0.34223South Dakota0.267 28Illinois0.0982New Hampshire1.027 21Wyoming0.31130Michigan-0.032 2011 Rank (1-50)StateScore46Alabama-0.607 47Arkansas-0.62241West Virginia-0.413 19Idaho0.34422Maryland0.269 39Tennessee-0.31445South Carolina-0.521 6Minnesota0.7553Connecticut1.010 13Wisconsin0.47638Indiana-0.290 37Georgia-0.27526Pennsylvania0.128 30Michigan-0.03218New York0.392 22Maryland0.2696Minnesota0.755 10Rhode Island0.5494Hawaii0.940 35Alaska-0.16848Oklahoma-0.669 34New Mexico-0.14136Ohio-0.233 1Vermont1.19735Alaska-0.168 5Massachusetts0.9069Colorado0.555 26Pennsylvania0.12842Nevada-0.471 33Florida-0.11912North Dakota0.494 36Ohio-0.23314Oregon0.475 30Delaware-0.03234New Mexico-0.141 8Maine0.57533Florida-0.119 16Nebraska0.41443Kentucky-0.478 44Texas-0.5081Vermont1.197 45South Carolina-0.52120Virginia0.343 12North Dakota0.49428Illinois0.098 25Montana0.13925Montana0.139 26Kansas0.12816Nebraska0.414 49Louisiana-0.81721Wyoming0.311 24California0.26540Missouri-0.342last_img read more