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NuStar Energy completes three major capital projects

first_imgWith the completion of three major capital projects, NuStar Energy has expanded its footprint in northern Mexico Image: NuStar Energy has completed three major capital projects. courtesy of LoggaWiggler/Pixabay. NuStar Energy has completed three major capital projects to expand the capacity to transport and export Permian crude oil, and move refined products into Northern Mexico.The US-based liquids terminal and pipeline operator completed the second stage of its export project, a 12.8km, 30inch pipeline that will transport crude oil from Taft to NuStar’s Corpus Christi terminal.Earlier, NuStar Energy had also finished work to connect an existing 16inch pipeline in South Texas to the Plains Cactus II pipeline that transports WTI volumes from the Permian Basin to South Texas.NuStar president and CEO Brad Barron said: “We are very excited about the continued growth of our South Texas Crude System, which is once again experiencing throughput at near the historically high levels we saw in the Eagle Ford’s heyday in 2015, and the increased utilization of our Corpus Christi export terminal, which is now handling the leading edge of the impending wave of Permian long-haul crude oil.”“And we expect continued growth for both Permian and Eagle Ford barrels going forward.”The company’s storage expansion is expected to be completed by December 2019.NuStar Energy completes expansion projects along its Valley Pipeline and Laredo PipelineNuStar Energy announced that it completed expansion projects along its Valley Pipeline and Laredo Pipeline. Both expansion projects were done as part of an agreement with San Antonio refining company Valero Energy to move gasoline, diesel and other refined products south of the border.NuStar Energy announced that the Valley Pipeline expansion project allows diesel and other fuels from two Valero refineries in Corpus Christi to be moved to storage tanks, where the fuels can be transported into Mexico.The expansion along the Laredo Pipeline includes a horizontal drilling project under the Rio Grande River allowing NuStar Energy to move diesel from VLO’s Three Rivers refinery to a storage terminal on the Mexican side of the border.The expansion projects are completed at the same time as a project to link the NuStar Energy export terminal at the Port of Corpus Christi to the Plains-owned Cactus II Pipeline, which will move crude oil from the Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast.Brad Barron said: “It’s an amazing coincidence that all three of these projects, each of which has been years in the making, all began moving volumes within 24 hours of each other.”last_img read more


Press release: MOD confirms the death of Corporal Jonathan Bayliss, Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (The Red Arrows)

first_imgCorporal Jonathan Bayliss, 41, was an Aircraft Technician (Mechanic) with the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team.He was born in Dartford, Kent and grew up in Hartley. He attended Axton Chase School in Longfield and studied at West Kent College before going on to complete a HND in engineering management at the University of Greenwich.Before joining the Royal Air Force in 2001, he worked at Brands Hatch motor racing circuit.Prior to becoming a member of the Red Arrows team in January 2016, Corporal Bayliss’ Royal Air Force career involved working on squadrons at RAF Coltishall and RAF Coningsby as well as on overseas deployments.As a mechanical engineer with the Red Arrows, he had supported successful tours to the Far East, including China, as well as the Middle East and mainland Europe.In 2017 he was a leader of the Red Arrows’ dye team, helping to replenish the jets’ famous smoke systems wherever they landed.For 2018, he had been selected to be one of the Circus team – the small group of highly-trained engineers who travel with the aircraft and provide technical support to the Red Arrows when the aircraft operate away from their home base. Corporal Bayliss was killed when the Hawk T1 aircraft he was flying in crashed at RAF Valley at approximately 1330hrs on Tuesday 20 March 2018.A Police investigation and a full Service Inquiry into the crash has been initiated. It would be inappropriate to speculate on the causes of the incident at this time.Sergeant Will Allen, a close colleague of Corporal Jon Bayliss and the leader of the Red Arrows’ group of travelling support engineers, known as the Circus, for 2018 said: It is with deep sadness that I heard of the death of Corporal Jonathan Bayliss whilst flying with the Red Arrows on Anglesey. It’s clear from his colleagues that he was an incredibly skilled engineer and held in the highest regard as a teammate, a friend, and a shining example of what the British Armed Forces stand for. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones at this terrible time. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Air Vice-Marshal Warren James CBE, Air Officer Commanding (AOC) 22 Group – of which the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team is part of – said: Wing Commander Andrew Keith, Officer Commanding, Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows said: The thoughts of each and every member of the Red Arrows team are with Corporal Jonathan Bayliss’ family and friends. He was a dedicated, skilled and experienced Royal Air Force engineer who we will miss deeply. As a highly-trained technician, Corporal Bayliss made a huge contribution to ensuring the Red Arrows’ aircraft were able to carry out displays and flypasts to millions of people across the globe and I know how proud he was to be part of that team effort. Corporal Bayliss was a popular colleague and someone whom others looked up to, being able to draw inspiration from his knowledge and strength of character. The Red Arrows family is a close one – the Squadron is a small team who live and work side-by-side and the overwhelming number of condolence messages, received from around the world, have been enormously comforting to us all and we are very grateful for that.center_img Everyone on the team has a great story about Jon and, without exception, he was known as a top bloke with an infectious smile, cheeky grin and possessing a dry sense of humour that had the ability to fill a room with laughter. At the same time, Jon was the ultimate professional and embodiment of excellence. As the leader of a team responsible for replenishing the jet’s dye systems last year, he led exceptionally well, looking after his team mates selflessly and was a true inspiration. We have been touched by the messages of condolence received from the wider Air Force, from people who knew Jon across ranks and trades and it is clear people loved him. As a skilled leader, ambassador for the Royal Air Force and knowledgeable technician, Jon had all of the attributes and qualities that define the Red Arrows. Corporal Jonathan Bayliss Our heartfelt condolences go to Corporal Jonathan Bayliss’ partner and family at what is a terrible, tragic time. His death has understandably come as a great shock to his colleagues and fellow team mates at the Red Arrows. The incident is a reminder of the risk present with all types of flying but also of the hard work and commitment shared by both air and ground crews alike. All of our thoughts are now with Corporal Bayliss’ family, friends and his colleagues as they try to come to terms with his loss and investigations take place into establishing what happened. Jon had the ability to motivate and inspire a team and those around him – no matter the rank, role or person. He was so proud to have been chosen to join the Circus team for 2018 and, in being one of the small group of engineers whose job it was to fly in a Red Arrows jet, had fulfilled a schoolboy dream. Jon had a big a presence on the Squadron and with his wide beaming smile, and dry humour, could lighten up any dull moment or lift spirits when needed. Both inside and outside of work, he was a generous, kind and caring man who could also always be relied upon. Having worked with Jon both at the Red Arrows and elsewhere in the Royal Air Force, I know how tirelessly he approached each task and was, what many would describe, a genuine grafter. Squadron Leader Richard Bland, Senior Engineering Officer of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, said:last_img read more


Beer Blog: Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time

first_imgWhen I was a kid, I looked forward to movie releases. Batman, Indiana Jones…I looked forward to these movie releases for months ahead of team. When I got a little older, I looked forward to parties. Epic keggers in the middle of a farm. Now, as a grown-ass man, I look forward to beer releases. Seasonals, bourbon-barrel-aged stouts, spiced Christmas beers…these are the special moments that now define my seasons. Some how, that sounds sadder than I meant it to. Nevertheless, I’ve been looking forward to Catawba’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time for the last three months. It should be obvious why I’ve been anxiously anticipating this beer. Like all red-blooded Americans, I really like peanut butter and jelly. I also really like beer. You put those three together, and It’s gotta be like…well…like peanut butter and jelly and beer. Sounds great, right? The trouble with anticipation, is that the end product can rarely live up to the hype, so I was a little hesitant when I finally got to crack a can of Peanut Butter Jelly Time. Catawba snuck one into each six pack of their Farmer Ted’s Cream Ale, and I waited until I worked my way through the six pack before delving into this special release. My fear, of course, is that Peanut Butter Jelly Time would suck. It’s a weird concept for a beer. Sometimes weird things suck. Anyone see Hudson Hawk? Weird, and bad. Luckily, Peanut Butter Jelly Time isn’t as weird as it sounds. To create this beer, Catawba took a brown ale and ages it over peanuts and fresh raspberries. Breweries are doing much weirder things these days. The beer pours a cloudy raspberry color and doesn’t have much of a nose, but the taste is unmistakable jelly. Raspberry jelly to be exact. The beer has a creamy mouthfeel to it, which I guess is where the peanuts come into play, and pairs well with food. Particularly salty food. Maybe even something spicy. I drank the beer with pickles and Goldfish crackers because that’s how I eat my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Don’t give me shit, I’m a stay at home dad -— this is a staple of my diet. Peanut Butter Jelly Time is surprisingly refreshing, although I could see adding another element to the mix, like maybe use a sour beer as the base instead of a brown, or why not add some jalapenos for a bit of spice? I like peanut butter, jelly and jalapeno sandwiches. Sounds like a good beer to me. Something I’d look forward to like a new Indiana Jones flick.last_img read more


London homes offer best returns, claims NatWest

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Minor found after being kidnapped, raped for almost four years

first_img“Currently, she’s only 15 years old, which means she has a high-risk [pregnancy]. We’re preparing her so she could have a normal childbirth,” she said.She added that the victim’s mental condition is improving and she has already engaged in conversation with the psychologist.“Psychologically, we see that the trauma has been decreasing as she started to become more active in conversation. She also wants to return to school but she has the responsibility of taking care of her child,” she said.“We keep observing her condition so there won’t be additional trauma.”She said further analysis by the psychologist who is supervising the victim is needed to determine whether she is ready to be reintegrated into her family.“We have to ensure her security and well-being. We don’t want her to get stigmatized by her surroundings when she returns to her family,” she said.She said she also appreciated the police for charging the suspect under the 2002 Child Protection Law and Article 335 of the Criminal Code regarding kidnapping.“[The police] charged the suspect using Article 81 clauses one and two [of the 2002 Child Protection Law] because there were sexual acts with a minor and the [Criminal Code’s] Article 335. The laws carry a minimum sentence of a five-year imprisonment to a maximum sentence of 15 years,” she said.However, she said she hopes the attorney would also prosecute with additional charges because of the suspect’s close relationship with the family, which is regulated by Law No.17/2016 on the stipulation of the government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) No.1/2016 regarding child Protection.Lidya said upon conviction the judge could sentence the suspect to 20 years’ imprisonment based on the 2016 law.Children Rights Advocacy Agency’s executive director, Andi Akbar, urged the government to protect the victim and provide her with psychological consultation, especially as she faced potential stigmatization by people in her surroundings.“The most important thing is the personal psychological treatment. Moreover, the family and local communities need to be educated so there won’t be any stigma that could worsen her condition,” he said. (mpr) “Her parents are staying in the village, while she’s with us until the childbirth is done. We feared that there would be many people going to her house and she would become depressed,” she said on Jan. 31.Cianjur Police chief Adj. Sr. Coms. Juang Andi Priyanto said it took almost four years for the police to track down the suspect as he moved around a lot and made it difficult for the police to find him.He accused the alleged kidnapper of also forcing the victim to work to generate income for their daily needs. He said they were eventually traced by the police when the suspect returned to their village after the victim requested to meet with her parents.Lidya said the victim is currently being supervised by a psychologist in the shelter to support her mental being. Topics :center_img Police arrested a man, identified as SF, 57, on Jan. 23 in Cianjur, West Java, for allegedly kidnapping his teenage neighbor four years ago. The girl, who is now 15 years old and pregnant, was returned to her parents.The girl was 11 when she was reported missing by her parents on Feb. 26, 2016, and was in advanced pregnancy when she was found by the police.Cianjur Integrated Care Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children operations head Lidya Indayani Umar told The Jakarta Post that the victim was reintroduced to her parents but is currently being sheltered in the agency’s rehabilitation center for trauma healing and childbirth preparation.last_img read more


Kieran Tierney pays tribute to Celtic during Arsenal debut against Nottingham Forest

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 24 Sep 2019 8:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.8kShares Advertisement Tierney paid tribute to his boyhood club on Tuesday night (Picture: Getty)Goals from Gabriel Martinell (x2), Rob Holding, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson secured a comfortable victory for Arsenal and Emery was delighted for his returning stars.On Bellerin’s return, Emery said: ‘He wanted to play 90. He said “I’m ready” and wanted to play.‘I think no [he won’t be ready to start against Manchester United]. Maybe in his mind yes. We need to listen to the doctor.’‘The first minutes were amazing for him. The most important for him is his attitude. He wants to help us.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesEmery was similarly delighted for Holding after the defender scored on his return to first-team action.‘It is perfect to have more options at centre back,’ the Spaniard said.‘His spirit, his positive minutes. Every day in training he helps us to have more performances like a team.‘He needed to take minutes and confidence. It was a perfect match. He was a little tired at the end, he’s happy.’MORE: Unai Emery reveals conversation with Hector Bellerin before impressive cameo against Nottingham Forest Kieran Tierney pays tribute to Celtic during Arsenal debut against Nottingham Forest Advertisement Kieran Tierney made his Arsenal debut against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup (Picture: Getty)Kieran Tierney left boyhood club Celtic this summer to secure a big-money move south of the border – and he made sure to pay tribute to his former team as he got off to a winning start on his Arsenal debut against Nottingham Forest.The 22-year-old left-back had been struggling with a groin injury since signing of the dotted line in north London but finally returned to action for Arsenal’s Under-23 side on Friday night.Hector Bellerin, who is back following a serious knee injury, also featured against Wolves’ U23s and their accomplished performances convinced Unai Emery that they were ready for the first-team.AdvertisementAdvertisementOn Tuesday evening, Tierney started in a new-look back four alongside Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers, while Emery named Bellerin on the substitutes bench.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTierney became a fan favourite during his long stay with Celtic and it was easy to see why as the Scot produced a near-perfect display on the left flank at the Emirates.He managed 77 minutes before being replaced by Bellerin as the Gunners steamrolled Forest with a 5-0 win to reach the Carabao Cup last-16.Eagle-eyed fans may have noticed that the young full-back had ‘Bhoys’ – Celtic’s nickname – embroidered on the back of his boots.A touch of class from Arsenal’s new boy. He’s definitely not forgotten his roots…last_img read more


Charlie Nicholas believes Granit Xhaka’s Arsenal career is over after shocking Emirates outburst

first_imgCharlie Nicholas believes Granit Xhaka’s Arsenal career is over after shocking Emirates outburst Xhaka clashed with his own fans at the Emirates (Picture: Rex)Xhaka was named Unai Emery’s permanent captain last month but Gunners hero Nicholas now doubts whether he will ever play for the club again.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Xhaka is the current captain, but I don’t think he will be captain anymore after what he did at the weekend,’ he told Sky Sports.‘The fact he didn’t instantly apologise tells you he’s upset, angry and I’m sure it’s a horrible feeling for him.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But that anger must be controlled. If you don’t have a thick skin you can’t be a footballer.‘The fans will always be an element of the football club and they’re bigger and better than anything else involved.‘He has to take his medicine but I’ll be surprised if he comes back in any capacity to play for Arsenal again.’ Advertisement Advertisement Commentcenter_img Charlie Nicholas believes Granit Xhaka’s Arsenal career is over (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas does not believe Granit Xhaka can rescue his Arsenal career after his shocking outburst during the draw with Crystal Palace.Xhaka clashed with his own fans after his substitution was greeted by sarcastic cheers in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with London rivals Palace.The Switzerland international goaded the frustrated supporters inside the Emirates by cupping his ears at the boos and was seen mouthing ‘f**k off’ as he stormed down the tunnel. Emery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fansTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:45FullscreenEmery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fans is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Arsenal are said to be considering whether to strip Xhaka of the captaincy following the incident and Emery criticised his reaction.‘He’s wrong but we are going to speak inside about that situation,’ Emery told BBC Match of the Day. ‘I want to be calm but, really, he was wrong in this action.’Arsenal squandered a two-goal lead on Sunday as Crystal Palace fought back from 2-0 down to secure a point in north London.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Metro Sport ReporterMonday 28 Oct 2019 6:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShareslast_img read more


Gov. Wolf Signs Historic Health Insurance Reform Legislation Creating State-Based Exchange

first_imgGov. Wolf Signs Historic Health Insurance Reform Legislation Creating State-Based Exchange July 02, 2019 Bill Signing,  Budget News,  Healthcare,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed into law House Bill 3, a historic reform to health insurance that creates an online exchange operated by the state in lieu of the federal government. The legislation provides for lower premiums and increased access to health insurance by developing a state-based health insurance exchange and a new reinsurance program. The state-based exchange is expected to save money for those purchasing plans on the exchange.“This bill is a huge step toward making health insurance affordable and effective for all Pennsylvanians,” Gov. Wolf said. “It’s pretty rare for a program to come along where everyone pays less, but that’s exactly what this does. And I’m so proud of my colleagues for recognizing this as a priority and moving it along quickly. I want Pennsylvania to be a leader on health care reform, and I want no Pennsylvanian worrying about affording the care they or their loved ones need.”Pennsylvania has relied on the federal health insurance exchange since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. To cover costs, the federal government charges insurers a 3.5 percent fee on premiums paid by ACA enrollees each month, a projected $98 million for Pennsylvania insurers in 2019. This user fee is expected to be cut to 3 percent beginning in 2020, which would equate to approximately $88 million dollars from Pennsylvania insurers.Advancements in technology since 2010 now allow states to operate their own exchanges more efficiently. Similar programs implemented in about a dozen other states could cost as little as $30 million per year to operate in Pennsylvania. When Pennsylvania takes steps towards operating its own exchange in 2020, the user fee remitted to the federal government will be collected by the state – incrementally for the first year and then in full in 2021.Through a federal waiver, the state will create a reinsurance fund that will directly pay some of the health care costs for high-cost individuals, which will lower premiums for other insured Pennsylvanians on the individual market as well as reduce the approximately $2 billion cost for health care premium subsidies to assist low-income individuals. Savings from the decreased operational costs of the new exchange and these federal savings will be used to create this reinsurance fund.The combined savings and anticipated federal government reinsurance contribution will save Pennsylvanian consumers up to $250 million in annual health insurance premiums.The state-based exchange is expected to be operational as early as Jan. 1, 2021.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Immaculate construction

first_imgThe home at 35 Eaton Place, WishartThe home at 35 Eaton Place, Wishart is meticulously constructed, convenient to facilities and has a versatile layout.The home’s owner, Catherine Hurren said she and husband, Robert, have loved raising their family here, but the chance for a long-desired sea change meant now was the right time to sell.“If we were not moving to the beach, and that’s been our dream, we would stay in this house.”Buyers will be impressed by the construction. The couple employed Karl Landriscina to build their five-bedroom, two-bathroom design in 2001. Spotted gun floors feature in the home.“Walking through the park to the creek and coming back and going for a swim in the pool where you can do some laps because its 12m long — I just love, love that.”Mrs Hurren said leaving the convenience and accessibility of Wishart with its ready access to the retail and leisure hub at Mt Gravatt would be difficult.“We have everything we need at our doorstep — great retail, movies, dining and businesses, easy parking — three minutes away.” The Hurren’s seachange plans provide a chance for someone new to enjoy this Brisbane haven.The home is being marketed by Kosma Comino from LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills.The property will be auctioned on May 20 at 11.30am. The outdoor area overlooks the swimming pool.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“My husband is a builder himself so he would come along each day to the house and check up on things, but Karl was very, very good himself,” Mrs Hurren said.The home’s fitout, including Smeg appliances, granite benchtops and an open plan, will also please its future owner although Mrs Hurren said the spotted gum floors drew the most compliments.Mrs Hurren said her husband’s painstaking approach to the gardens produced a beautifully manicured, low-maintenance setting for the house. Mrs Hurren said she would miss the inviting outdoors the most.last_img read more