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Japan concerned over EU COVID-19 vaccine supply uncertainty

first_imgTOKYO (AP) — Japan is concerned about delays in the distribution of European-made coronavirus vaccines as it struggles to obtain enough doses to allow it to host the Olympics this summer. The Cabinet minister in charge of COVID-19 vaccines, Taro Kono, says the EU’s lack of clarity is affecting Japan’s preparations. He says Japan has not been able to finalize its vaccine supply schedule. Last month, the EU announced export controls on coronavirus vaccines made in the bloc under a so-called transparency mechanism requiring producers to prioritize existing contracts with the EU.last_img read more

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Submarine-inspired development surfaces beside the river in Brisbane suburb of Teneriffe

first_imgDesigned by the award-winning architects Hayes Anderson Lynch, Obsidian reflects the riverside precinct’s rich maritime history. Apartments are on sale now off-plan. Photo: suppliedVisie chief executive Warren Swanston said the building’s profile emulated the cross-section of a submarine and its design was a homage to the area’s maritime history. He said that during the 1940s the local wharves played a vital role in the war effort acting as a maintenance hub for the US Navy. The development pushes the boundaries of contemporary living.“The aim has been to create an architectural piece of art, intertwining generations by honouring Teneriffe’s history, while pushing the boundaries in contemporary city living,’’ Mr Swanston said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“The design of this building is out of this world. This is a first for Brisbane.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Home where Sabo Skirt was born is set for new beginnings The design of the Obsidian development in Teneriffe, Brisbane, is inspired by the shape of a submarine.A luxury submarine-inspired development has surfaced in one of Brisbane’s trendiest riverside suburbs and is set to redefine inner-city living.Obsidian, by the developer Visie Properties, is a $20 million project at 14 Helen St, Teneriffe, featuring 13 boutique residences. The building was designed by award-winning architect Hayes Anderson LynchThere is a mix of configurations including three and four-bedroom apartments and penthouses, ranging in price from $1.3 million to $2.6 million. MORE: The only way is up for Ipswich with it’s plans for a vertical schoolcenter_img The developer turning house waste into fertiliser for our famers The penthouses have expansive terraces, lofts, wine cellars, 5m-high ceilings, four car parks and 40sq m storage space.Mr Swanston said the development’s location was attractive to buyers, with many of the apartments already sold to couples in their forties, who did not have children living with them.“It’s right on the river and it’s not a typically super-highrise building,” he said. obsidianapartments.comlast_img read more

Resilient Boston Harbor Vision Released

first_imgImage source: SCAPESCAPE, a NYC based landscape architecture and urban design studio, is working with the City of Boston on a comprehensive and transformative vision that will invest in Boston’s waterfront to guide open space investments toward more resilient and accessible communities. Last week, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the plan in his annual speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, laying out strategies along Boston’s 47-mile shoreline that will increase access and open space along the waterfront while better protecting the city during a major flooding event.With the goal of sparking conversations about Boston’s changing waterfront, Resilient Boston Harbor Vision synthesizes a range of ongoing planning efforts with new landscape ideas into an integrated vision.SCAPE’s series of drawings reveal how ongoing neighborhood planning efforts could be stitched together with a new layer of parks, boulevards and recreational spaces that help absorb rain water, buffer from storms, and connect all of Boston to more park and waterfront assets.last_img read more

Dommo Energia may miss FPSO OSX-3 charter payments

first_imgBrazil’s Dommo Energia might default on two payments for the charter of the FPSO OSX-3 in Brazil.FPSO OSX-3 / Image source: OSXDommo Energia in November 2018 executed an amendment to the OSX-3 charter agreement with the owner of the vessel, OSX 3 Leasing B.V., to extend the existing charter for a period of up to 20 years. The charter payment under the deal agreed last year was $47.2 million per year – equivalent to a $129,315 day rate.The oil company on Tuesday said it was finalizing the revitalization of Tubarão Matelo field offshore Brazil, a project that would require significant capital expenditures during the following 60 days to finalize.Dommo Energia said it might need to utilize a larger portion of its oil sales revenue to complete the revitalization plan, “which [Dommo] believes is ultimately in the interests of all parties concerned.”“If this situation does arise, [Dommo Energia] is likely to default on the charter payment for the next offload (currently scheduled for the end of December) and potentially the following offload in 1Q 20.”Dommo Energia explained that the default on the OSX-3 payments might be necessary to avoid any risk of liquidity constraints as Dommo Energia completes the revitalization.“Dommo Energia and OSX3 intend to discuss potential amendments to the terms of the [bareboat charter agreement] to align the charter payments due under the BBCA with the company’s own projected cash flows and operating and capital expenditures. The Company will keep the market updated regarding the outcome of these discussions,” Dommo said.Following the updated charter deal last year, Dommo Energia said the charter gave it the necessary visibility and long-term commitment to keep investing in Tubarão Matelo Field to further increase its production. The main objective is to increase TBMT’s production to an estimated 10.0 kbbls per day in the beginning of 2020.Dommo expects the project will cost it $77.9 million, which should be disbursed within the next 12 to 18 months and will be funded from existing cash balances and future cash generation.In a recent quarterly report, Dommo said that the Revitalization comprised of two campaigns and contemplated in the first phase – in progress – the completion of 7-TBMT-4HP, which was drilled but not connected to the FPSO OSX-3, the workover of 7-TBMT-2HP and the acquisition of a backup ESP. The second phase addresses the remaining three producing wells and will consist of workover activities as they become necessary.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form, where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Leising recognizes ‘Community Crossings’ grant winners

first_imgOldenburg, In. — Recently, 11 communities in and around Senate District 42 received over $4.8 million in local road-funding grants, said State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg).The Community Crossings Matching Grant program was created in 2016 by the Indiana General Assembly.Grant recipients in Senate District 42 are as follows:Carthage received $61,365Connersville received $397,757.26Decatur County received $730,569Fayette County received $860,719.44Henry County received $774,511.50Knightstown received $66,057.68Ripley County received $833,700Rushville received $45,000Shelby County received $564,388.64Shirley received $124,627.50St. Paul received $375,000“I am pleased so many communities in Senate District 42 will benefit from the Community Crossings Grant program,” Leising said. “Local officials worked hard to apply for these grants, and I am eager to see the impact this funding will have on our local roads and bridges.”Through the program, INDOT matches up to $1 million when localities invest in road and bridge repairs. Counties with populations below 50,000 and cities and towns with populations below 10,000 are matched 75 percent, while larger counties, cities and towns are matched 50 percent. INDOT selects these communities based on economic impact.This funding is in addition to the funding for Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) from Indiana’s Next Level Roads plan, which provides $210,053,349 to repair state-maintained roads and bridges in and around Senate District 42 over the next five years.last_img read more

Teenager Davies extends Bayern Munich deal

first_imgTalented Canadian teenager Alphonso Davies says it is a “dream come true” to extend his Bayern Munich contract until 2025, joining Thomas Mueller and coach Hansi Flick who have also prolonged their involvement with the German champions. Bayern Munich’s teenage Canada internanational Alphonso Davies, 19, has extended his contract with the reigning Bundesliga champions until 2025. Davies is the latest Bayern star offered an extension after Mueller and Flick both recently signed new contracts until 2023. Davies, 19, was originally signed until June 2023, but the versatile teenager has impressed this season, both on the left wing and at left back. “I’m very happy. Bayern Munich is one of the best clubs in the world, and for me it’s a dream come true to play here,” Davies said in a statement.Advertisement Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “I want to win as many titles as possible with this club. “The mentality of always wanting to win everything is in FC Bayern’s DNA.“ Davies was born in a refugee camp in Ghana in 2000, his parents fled the civil war in Liberia and the family moved to Canada when Davies was five years old. He joined the German giants from Vancouver Whitecaps in 2019, but has made the breakthrough to Bayern’s first team this season. Before the season was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, Davies had started 17 of Munich’s 25 league games and made his Champions League debut.center_img Read Also: UEFA urges leagues to complete suspended football seasons“Alphonso has developed very well at FC Bayern and has earned this contract extension with his impressive performances,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.“We are happy that he will remain in the long term.“He delights our fans not only with the way he plays, but also with the way he is off the pitch.” Promoted Content27 Animals That Don’t Need Color To Be CoolThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyEver Wonder What Keanu Reeves Spends His Paychecks On?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

Toffees too strong for United

first_img McCarthy bundled his way past the woeful Paddy McNair and Daley Blind to put the Toffees ahead in the fifth minute and Stones easily glanced in a header to double the hosts’ lead before the break. And the United back four stood like statues waiting for an offside flag that never came in the second half and Mirallas finished to seal the rout for Martinez’s team, who are now unbeaten in six matches. After enjoying a run of six wins, Van Gaal has now seen his team lose two successive matches for the first time since he took over. This was United’s fifth loss away from home and they very much deserved it. Despite dominating possession, they could not find a way through the Everton defence and their own display at the back was poor. Van Gaal will also be concerned to see Wayne Rooney hobbling off at the end of the match. United seemed certain of a top-four finish two weeks ago, but now the “rat race” Van Gaal so often refers to is still very much on. They remain in fourth place – one below Manchester City – and seven points ahead of Liverpool, but Brendan Rodgers’ team have a game in hand. Last week marked a year since Moyes brought United to Goodison for what ended up being his last game in charge. Everton handed Manchester United their heaviest Barclays Premier League defeat of Louis van Gaal’s reign on Sunday afternoon. Roberto Martinez’s side ran out 3-0 winners at Goodison Park thanks to goals from James McCarthy, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas. David Moyes, in his final match as United manager in this fixture last season, accused his players of “rank and rotten” defending – and it was the same scenario this time around. Recently all the indications were that Van Gaal had righted the wrongs of the Scot’s dismal tenure. United have played with width, flair and panache of late, and it had gone under the radar somewhat that their defence had tightened up too. But in the first half at Goodison, the United back four looked like the shaky defence that had cost Van Gaal so many points early on this season. It took just over four minutes for their back line to be breached. Everton cleared a United corner and went on a speedy counter-attack. Seamus Coleman raced down the right and the ball fell to McCarthy, who bundled past Blind and McNair before prodding past David de Gea while still off-balance. Former Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, making his first return to Goodison, had the perfect opportunity to respond two minutes later, but cleared the bar from the edge of the box. Fellaini’s afternoon took a turn for the worse in the 12th minute when he was booked. Shortly after taking out Coleman, the Belgian was penalised for fouling Ross Barkley. United kept the ball well and some of their passing was crisp. But Everton were happy to sit deep. Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera both saw efforts blocked in the home box and Chris Smalling glanced a header into Tim Howard’s arms. When Everton countered, United – and in particular McNair – had no answer to Romelu Lukaku’s strength. The Belgian turned the young Northern Irishman with ease and fired a fierce drive at De Gea. The former Chelsea striker would have doubled Everton’s lead had it not been for a brilliant interception by Smalling. No United defender was on hand to deny Stones a few moments later, though. The former Barnsley defender – Moyes’ final signing at Everton – leapt to meet Leighton Baines’ corner and the ball flew in despite the efforts of Ashley Young on the line. Fellaini’s involvement ended at half-time when he was replaced by Radamel Falcao. Rooney, now playing in midfield behind the Colombian, could have pulled one back for United in the first minute of the second half, but his shot inside the box was blocked. Despite the change in personnel, United could not find their way through a packed Everton defence and Van Gaal brought on Angel di Maria for the ineffective Juan Mata. The Argentinian swept in a pin-point cross for Falcao, but Tim Howard clung to the striker’s looping header. Any hopes United had of a comeback were shot to pieces with 16 minutes to go thanks to more shoddy defending. Barkley floated a ball over the top of the United back four. They stood still, waiting for the linesman to flag Lukaku for offside, but it never happened. The striker left the ball alone and Mirallas collected before driving past De Gea. The Spaniard denied Mirallas a second with a superb save late on. Van Gaal’s afternoon ended on a particularly disappointing note as Rooney hobbled off with an injury and was replaced by Robin van Persie. Press Associationlast_img read more

Florida Keys Consider Returning Checkpoints to Flatten Virus Curve

first_imgThe Florida Keys are considering putting up a checkpoint to prevent visitors from coming into the islands, in an effort to slow down the spread of COVID-19.Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi says, “We are now over 700 cases in the last six weeks since we opened the checkpoint. Some folks are not behaving properly. That’s why we are seeing the spike that we are seeing.” While the checkpoint was up for 10 weeks earlier this year, no non-Keys residents were reported to have the coronavirus. Cases in the Florida Keys hovered around one hundred at that time, with four deaths reported. Now, six people are reported to have died there from the virus.“Last Friday, we had eight people in the hospital. Now, we have 21. Threefold in just one week. Do the math and we are going to run out of hospital space real quick,” says Gastesi.With that in mind,  Monroe County is trying to flatten the curve by cracking down on some policies.From July 24 through August 19, all restaurants and bars will close at 11 p.m., and no alcohol will be sold between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.We’ve updated our COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines to reflect the new information as it relates to masks and #KeyWest for visitors and residents. Please read so you can plan ahead and come to the #FloridaKeys prepared.— The Florida Keys (@thefloridakeys) July 14, 2020center_img In additional, law enforcement officials are looking ahead to some of their signature events, such as lobster mini-season.“We are probably going to treat lobster mini-season similar to what we did during the Fourth of July and try to curtail the crowds as much as we can. That worked well and we had a good Fourth of July,” according to Gastesi.Masks are already required whenever locals and visitors are within six feet of each other, inside or out.Business owners are fully responsible for customer compliance, and law enforcement will cite anyone who does not comply.“Yes, the checkpoints are under consideration. It is still on the table. Not something we want to do. Again, we hope we can manage with the measures but checkpoints are on the table, yes,” adds Gastesi.On a related note, if a Keys’ business discovers that an employee has tested positive, that establishment must disinfect and close for three days.last_img read more

Kohli, Smith win top ICC Awards

first_imgMUMBAI, India (Reuters) – India captain Virat Kohli had something to cheer yesterday when he was named ICC World Cricketer-of-the-Year – a day after suffering his first Test series defeat as skipper in South Africa.The 29-year-old was rewarded for his prolific run in the qualification period from September 2016 to the end of 2017 when he amassed 2 203 runs – including eight centuries – in Tests, 1 818 in ODIs and 299 in Twenty20 internationals.Kohli, who also led India to the top of the world’s Test rankings during the period, received the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, which team mate Ravichandran Ashwin had won last year.The top order batsman, who shone with the bat in South Africa even though his team dropped 2-0 behind in the three-Test series, was also adjudged the ODI player-of-the-year.“It means a lot to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for becoming the ICC Cricketer-of-the-Year 2017 and also the ICC ODI Player-of-the-Year,” Kohli, who was named captain of both the ICC Test and ODI teams for the year, said in an ICC statement.Steve Smith“I won that back in 2012 also but it’s the first time winning the Garfield Sobers Trophy, and it’s a huge honour for me. It’s probably the biggest of all in world cricket and two Indians getting it back-to-back makes it more special.”Australia’s Ashes-winning captain Steve Smith was named the Test Cricketer-of-the-Year, having scored 1 875 runs in 16 matches at an average of 78.12, with eight hundreds and five half-centuries.Smith scored 687 runs at an average of 137.40 against England in the Ashes series to go with three centuries in four Tests in India in early 2017.“It’s a great honour to win the Test Player-of-the-Year award. It’s called Test cricket for a reason and I’m very humbled to win that award,” Smith said.“I’ve had a really good year … I am incredibly humbled and I love playing Test cricket – it’s the game that challenges your skills and your mind the most.”ICC Awards Test Team-of-the-Year: Dean Elgar, David Warner, Virat Kohli (captain), Steven Smith, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ben Stokes, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Mitchell Starc, Kagiso Rabada, James AndersonODI Team-of-the-Year: David Warner, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (captain), Babar Azam, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Ben Stokes, Trent Boult, Hasan Ali, Rashid Khan, Jasprit BumrahICC Men’s Cricketer-of-the-Year – Virat Kohli (India)Men’s Test Cricketer-of-the-Year – Steve Smith (Australia)Men’s ODI Cricketer-of-the-Year – Virat Kohli (India)Men’s Emerging Cricketer-of-the-Year – Hasan Ali (Pakistan)Men’s Associate Cricketer-of-the-Year – Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)Men’s T20I Performance-of-the-Year – Yuzvendra Chahal (6-25 v England) (India)ICC Umpire-of-the-Year – Marais ErasmusICC Spirit-of-Cricket – Anya Shrubsole (England)last_img read more