Image: MPL is developing a 12 mtpa LNG export facility on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Photo courtesy of AVAIO Capital. Mexico Pacific Limited LLC (MPL) announces that a consortium led by AVAIO Capital has acquired control of the project. As part of this transaction, investors including AVAIO Capital and funds managed by Tortoise Capital Advisors, LLC will invest new capital in the business to fund MPL’s continued development.MPL is developing a 12 mtpa LNG export facility on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, to be built in 3×4 mtpa phases, just south of the U.S. border leveraging abundant U.S. shale gas and existing pipeline infrastructure to deliver some of North America’s cheapest landed LNG into Asia. MPL is using proven liquefaction technology and world class engineering and construction partners.In connection with the transaction, President Josh Loftus stated, “We are pleased that both new and existing investors recognize the major progress our project has made in 2019. MPL is now fully permitted for FID with non-binding offtake agreements in place for the first phase. Focus is now on finalizing FEED, securing binding offtake and scaling up key team members prior to taking FID in Q4 2020. Our new investors add to the growing list of world-class partners who see MPL’s strong project fundamentals and clear competitive advantage.”Mark McComiskey, a partner at AVAIO said, “Demand for a Pacific Coast of Mexico export outlet for US shale gas is proven, and we are excited to acquire control of MPL, the only other LNG project on the west coast of North America that can serve as an outlet for US shale gas that has all its major permits in place. This transaction serves as an exciting inflection point for MPL. We look forward to completing the final engineering and taking FID before the end of 2020.”“In our view, MPL is highly attractive due to its advantaged location for serving the Asian LNG market, its advanced stage of development and the quality of its current and incoming management,” said Stephen Pang, Tortoise managing director and portfolio manager. “We believe that LNG is a key driver for and will be a main beneficiary of the energy transition story and support the goal to reduce global carbon emissions. Tortoise looks forward to the partnership with AVAIO Capital and the management team, whose development expertise continues to successfully advance the project.”A Kirkland & Ellis LLP team led by partners Shubi Arora, Jhett Nelson and Susan Eisenberg advised AVAIO Capital in the transaction. Source: Company Press Release Investors including AVAIO Capital and funds managed by Tortoise Capital Advisors will invest new capital in the business to fund MPL’s continued development
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Weight Watchers licensee Anthony Alan Foods has launched its first TV advertising campaign, which will cost £5m.The advert (a still of which appears below) promotes Cherry Bakewells, one of Weight Watchers’ best-selling cake lines.Marketing director Sarah Morgan said: “The advertising emphasises the combination of indulgence with a healthy option.”Advertising will also include posters and consumer magazines, as well as a major in-store promotional campaign with retailers, including Asda, Iceland, Morrisons, NISA, Sainsbury’s and Somerfield.
If you’ve ever begrudgingly paid an additional “order processing” fee or exorbitant shipping costs for tickets on Ticketmaster, you aren’t the only frustrated one. Filed in 2003, the Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster class action lawsuit claimed that these fees “are excessive and deceptive.” Now, 13 years later, the case has been settled.For anyone who ordered tickets between October 21, 1999 and February 27, 2013, you may be entitled to discounts on future ticket purchases through the ticket service. Email notifications have been going out to all members of the class action suit, starting on April 25th and running through June 18th, though most will be going out towards the end of that period. The emails will include a ticket discount code that can be applied to future purchases.If a certain threshold ($10.5 million) is not used within one year, then Ticketmaster will also be forced to start offering limited free tickets to class action members for events hosted at Live Nation venues. Live Nation purchased Ticketmaster in 2009, to the tune of $2.5 billion.For more information about this Ticketmaster class action suit ruling, head here.
El-P and Killer Mike are in the midst of their Run The World Tour. With their surprise album release of RTJ3 now in the hands of their fans, Run The Jewel‘s new material has furthered the band’s exciting legacy, with relevant verses and killer beats. The group’s brilliance is only multiplied in a live setting.The hip-hop duo stopped by NPR to perform a few songs from RTJ3 in their Tiny Desk concert series, including “Talk To Me,” “Legend Has It,” and “A Report to the Shareholders.” At the end of their performance, Killer Mike beautifully assures viewers that “every one is born free and nothing has a right to interrupt that freedom.” The two keep it real, personalities shining in this 12-minute segment. Watch:Run The Jewels have months of touring on the road ahead of them, including performances in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, and more. The Run The World Tour continues in support of their 2016 release RTJ3 which also features Kamasi Washington, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Trina, Joi, Danny Brown, Travis Barker, and Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha. Listen up right here and check out their full tour schedule right here.
The only thing predictable about the Golden Globe nominations are their unpredictability. And the Hollywood Foreign Press Association went overboard with the chaos in this very strange year in which the nominations were announced before the eligibility period was even up. From the Kate Hudson movie that no one has heard of to the very awkward shut out of Spike Lee, whose kids are serving as the Golden Globe Ambassadors, AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr details the most surprising nominations and exclusions. Technically they even snubbed an entire category when best supporting actress was skipped over by mistake.
As universities across the country opened for the first time since March, many implemented significant changes to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 on campus. One such tool many schools developed was a COVID-19 dashboard, which aim to track coronavirus cases on a particular campus.We Rate COVID Dashboards works to evaluate just how meaningful those dashboards are. Their team of professors and students from universities across the country has rated over 200 university dashboards on a letter scale from D to A++.An ideal dashboard is easy to read, frequently updated and highlights detailed data on testing.An A++, however, seems to be an elusive score. As of now, the highest rated dashboard on the site belongs to Ohio State University, which is the only dashboard with an A+.The idea to rate university dashboards sprung from a belief that universities should be open and transparent about coronavirus cases as students return to campus said Cary Gross, professor of medicine and public health at Yale. Gross is one of the founders of We Rate COVID Dashboards, along with Dr. Howard P. Forman, professor of diagnostic radiology, public health, economics and management at Yale.However, they wanted to get diverse perspectives on the best way to evaluate dashboards, Gross said.The two turned to Twitter to gauge what the public seemed to think was most important in a dashboard. Gross said they got a large amount of feedback, including a many requests to rate particular dashboards.Gross and Forman formed a group of professors and students from universities around the country in order to gain a full perspective when rating school dashboards. From there, the website was born.Ayotomiwa Ojo, a medical student at Harvard, said she has worked with Forman for some time, and when she expressed an interest in the project, he invited her to join.“I was intrigued about thinking how comprehensive universities are being,” Ojo said. “Are they giving the whole picture?”When rating dashboards, the team tries to keep in mind three groups, comprised of those either most likely to be affected or potentially forgotten: students, faculty and staff, and the surrounding community, Gross said.“In certain towns, colleges are bringing in these students from all over the world, and it’s really important for colleges to have an understanding of what the COVID rate outside their campus walls are,” he said.The rating system then considers all of the factors these groups should know to give out a score, Ojo said. While they consider a variety of dashboard functions, she said there is always room to improve.“It’s difficult to read from a dashboard how the university is actually doing in implementing their plans,” she said. “Like, yes, we give them points if they tell how many tests are conducted, but we don’t evaluate if they are actually doing enough tests.”Regardless, Ojo said, the site is a good tool for any community member to assess the COVID situation in their area.Yet the site’s goal does not stop at simply giving out a grade. Ultimately, Gross said, they want ratings to encourage universities to revisit and improve their dashboards.This may come from peer pressure — simply seeing that other universities are doing better may push a school to revamp its dashboard. Gross said the team is also hoping state health departments will see ratings and, potentially, set a baseline criteria for university dashboards. He also cited the power that students hold in pushing for change.“We try to link the student newspapers when we rank each school,” Gross said. “Students have a lot of power, and I think students often under appreciate how much power they have within an institution. If we can engage some students to advocate from within, that’s another way to improve.”So far, their hopes are being fulfilled. Gross said some universities are reaching out to ask why they received a certain score. Forty schools have even redone their dashboards and submitted them again in hopes of improving their rating.“It’s exciting to see that some schools see our ratings and then do better,” Ojo said.Notre Dame’s own dashboard is one of 42 to earn a B+. Not the worst, but still only the fifth-highest score a university can receive.The Notre Dame dashboard, which is updated daily at noon, has been active since students arrived on campus at the start of the school year. It highlights estimates of active and recovered cases, the number of tests given and has an interactive graph of campus cases since Aug. 3.When rating Notre Dame’s dashboard, Gross said “we felt [it] was off to a good start when we rated it B+. We felt that more information about the testing strategy that ND is using to keep its students safe, as well as further information about COVID status in the surrounding community, quarantine status and overall campus COVID status would also be warranted.”Gross said the team is “looking forward to rerating the next iteration” of the University’s dashboard.His motivation behind the project stems not only from his professional connection to public health but also has a more personal connection.“I have two kids in two different colleges right now,” Gross said. “Frequently looking at our own kids’ dashboards also inspired me to start down this path. And one of their colleges is rated higher than the other — it’s become like a sibling rivalry.”Whether or not the ratings cause competition, the team does hope they will change dashboards for the better.“Our goal is not to be tongue-in-cheek and have a nice little catchy comment,” Gross said. “Our goal is to really have an impact on influencing colleges to increase the transparency of their COVID testing and mitigation efforts.”Tags: COVID-19 dashboard, dashboard rating, University of Notre Dame
Star Files Cush Jumbo Ready to celebrate (shouldn’t that be commiserate?) the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 2016? The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park will return this May, with Broadway alum Cush Jumbo, Tony winner Janet McTeer and more tapped for the lineup.Phyllida Lloyd will direct an all-female The Taming of the Shrew, featuring Jumbo (The River) as Katherina and McTeer (A Doll’s House) as Petruchio. The production is scheduled to run May 24 through June 26 and will be followed by the rarely revived Troilus and Cressida. Helmed by Daniel Sullivan, the show is set to play July 19 through August 14.Public Works’ musical adaptation of Twelfth Night at the Delacorte is slated for early September, and will be conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub, with music and lyrics by Taub and directed by Kwei-Armah.Meanwhile, downtown at Astor Place, the Mobile Unit’s Romeo & Juliet, directed by Lear deBessonet, will play for three weeks from April 11 through May 1 following a tour of the five boroughs. Additionally, the Public’s Annual Gala at the Delacorte is scheduled for June 6.We’re dreaming of those summer nights already. View Comments Janet McTeer
Mary L. Collins, president and executive producer of the Collins Communications Group, based in Morrisville, Vermont, will be the feature story in the February issue of Radio & Production Magazine. Collins has been interviewed twice previously. RAP revisited the veteran broadcast producer for their February issue.Collins is a nationally recognized, multi-award winning writer, producer, and voiceover artist with 25 years experience serving businesses throughout Vermont, the region, Canada, and Ireland. Her clients include Vermont State Parks, Vermont Public Television, Powershift Online, Richmond Home Supply, Get Well, Gregory McNaughton, Esquire, Granite Hills Credit Union, H.O. Taylor Chevrolet,Long Distance Partnership and Vincent’s Drug & Variety. She has also written and produced campaigns for Automaster, Chimney Sweep Fireplace Shop, Gifford Medical Center, Gilmour Ford Chrysler Jeep, Smartforce.com, Vermont Business Magazine, and the Vermont Department of Agriculture, among others.Radio And Production is the only monthly publication targeted exclusively to radio’s production personnel. It is currently in its sixteenth year of publication and serves radio stations, production houses, advertising agencies, and educational outlets throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and other countries.Radio And Production magazine offers interviews with radio’s top production pros, equipment reviews, tips and techniques, production related industry news, and a collection of feature articles and regular columns.
This past winter, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) received a two-year, $45,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to be directed to the management of invasive plants throughout the Ottauquechee Watershed. These management efforts will be led by VINS in conjunction with the recently formed Ottauquechee Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (OCISMA). The OCISMA comprises a group of concerned citizens, municipalities and businesses led by a steering committee that includes representatives from the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the VT Agency of Natural Resources, the Vermont Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and the Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District as well as Randolph-based invasive species pioneer Mike Bald. Invasive plants represent a significant threat to the ecology and economy of Vermont and New Hampshire because they aggressively out-compete native species, disrupt delicate food webs, negatively impact forestry practices, outdoor recreation and farm production and in some cases directly threaten human health. The staggering number of invasive species from Europe and Asia that are present in the Upper Valley includes Japanese knotweed, honeysuckle and barberry, burning bush, rusty crayfish, Eurasian watermilfoil and purple loosetrife. Other invasive species lurking on the outskirts of our region include Asian longhorned beetle, hemlock wooly adelgid and emerald ash borer. If left unchecked, these invasives could exact major economic, environmental and cultural costs and could place a significant burden on our environment and way of life. Thanks to VINS and the OCISMA, hope is on the horizon – but they need your help. The OCISMA is currently recruiting willing and able volunteers to tackle several aspects of invasive species management. From monitoring to mapping, pulling to planning, spreading the word to spreading native seeds, whatever your interests and abilities may be, you can play an important role with OCISMA. The future of the Upper Valley is at stake! Anyone willing and interested in lending a hand to support this critical effort this spring, summer or autumn should contact Hannah Putnam [email protected](link sends e-mail) or 802-359-5001 ext. 228. The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is a non-profit, member-supported environmental education, research and avian rehabilitation organization headquartered on Route 4 in Quechee, VT. VINS’ mission is to motivate individuals and communities to care for the environment with a priority placed on making high-quality, compelling and fun environmental education programs and learning opportunities accessible to more people and communities. Stay connected with VINS through our nature blog at vtnature.blogspot.com and our website atwww.vinsweb.org(link is external).
Callahan & Associates premiered its Executive Roundtable program in 2011, gathering small groups of credit union leaders to network, brainstorm, and commiserate with peers during two-day getaways held throughout the country.Since then, these gatherings have evolved into true cooperative events. Participants drive the agenda via pre-event interviews and on-site input. There are no guest speakers or sales pitches, just peers from the same area of their cooperatives — e.g., CEOs, chief lending officers, chief financial officers, etc. — talking shop and learning from one another.This dynamic group of credit union leaders also decide when it’s time to offer a new roundtable. Based on feedback, Callahan recently added an analytics event to the lineup.Data science and business intelligence have become must-have tools at many successful credit unions. The conversations that take place during Callahan’s Executive Roundtables are strictly confidential; however, a few participants agreed to talk on the record about their analytics journey. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr