First Mutual Properties Limited (FMP.zw) 2017 Presentation

first_imgFirst Mutual Properties Limited (FMP.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2017 presentation For more information about First Mutual Properties Limited (FMP.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Mutual Properties Limited (FMP.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Mutual Properties Limited (FMP.zw)  2017 presentation Company ProfileFirst Mutual Properties, formerly known as Pearl Properties Limited, is a subsidiary of First Mutual Holdings. It is a real estate company with vested interests in the development and management of commercial properties in the major towns of Zimbabwe. First Mutual Properties has a significant property portfolio, comprising some 117 250 square metres of lettable space made up of office parks, retail shops, commercial and industrial property. It owns and manages 41 buildings in the major economic hubs of Zimbabwe, including high-rise commercial buildings, industrial and warehouse properties and retail outlets. First Mutual Properties also has a residential trading stock of two- and three-bedroomed garden flats in Avondale, Harare. First Mutual Properties is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Cathedral Age interviews presidential candidates on ‘Faith in America’

first_img Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Press Release Service An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Smithfield, NC 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Submit a Press Release New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Featured Events Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Faith & Politics Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Job Listing Rector Belleville, IL Posted Aug 21, 2012 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME center_img Rector Bath, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ [Washington National Cathedral] Following a weekend during which presidential candidates President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney marked Sunday by attending respective church services, the candidates discuss their views of faith in public life in unprecedented interviews in the midsummer issue of Cathedral Age magazine, the quarterly flagship publication of Washington National Cathedral. These interviews, in which each candidate answers a set of identical questions about his individual faith and the place of religious beliefs in the political process, are the most transparent look yet into the faith of the two candidates.Cathedral Age asked the candidates eight questions including: “How does faith play a role in your life,” and “What does a political leader’s faith tell you about him/her as a person?” as well as how each responds to those who question the sincerity of his beliefs. In their revealing answers, the two candidates discuss their personal beliefs, address those who have questioned their faith, and explain their vision for how faith communities can work together with government for the public good.In answering these questions and others, both candidates reaffirmed their beliefs and spoke about how religion should not be the singular measure of a candidate.“First and foremost, my Christian faith gives me a perspective and security that I don’t think I would have otherwise: That I am loved. That, at the end of the day, God is in control,” said President Obama. “Faith can express itself in people in many ways, and I think it is important that we not make faith alone a barometer of a person’s worth, value, or character.”Governor Romney said, “I am often asked about my faith and my beliefs about Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of mankind.”Romney also said, “A political leader’s faith can tell us a great deal or nothing…Perhaps the most important question to ask a person of faith who seeks a political office is whether he or she shares these American values: the equality of human kind, the obligation to serve one another, and a steadfast commitment to liberty. They are not unique to any one denomination.”The complete interviews may be downloaded at www.nationalcathedral.org.With its first issue dating back to Easter 1925, Cathedral Age is produced four times a year and seeks to offer its readers an indispensable, thoughtful resource for Americans of all faiths and perspectives. Recent editions of the magazine have included an interview with former First Lady Barbara Bush, a reflection by Pastor Rick Warren, and coverage of the ongoing effort to restore the Cathedral following the damage incurred from the earthquake that hit the East Coast in August 2011.One unifying theme between both candidates’ answers was a dedication to the “other” as an expression of the Christian faith. Governor Romney said that he was inspired by the words in the Gospel of Matthew when Jesus said that those who cared for the poor, hungry, the naked and the “least of these,” cared for Christ.Romney said, “My faith is grounded in the conviction that a consequence of our common humanity is our responsibility to one another—to our fellow Americans foremost, but also to every child of God.”President Obama discussed a similar theme in his response to a question about the role of faith in public life. “We face big challenges in this country, and we’re coming to the point where we will decide if we’re truly in this together or if each individual ought to just fight for what serves them best,” the president said. “Faith tells us that there is something about this world that ties our interest to the welfare of a child who can’t get the health care they need, or a parent who can’t find work after the plant shut down, or a family going hungry.”Both candidates also addressed the sacred principle of religious freedom and the role that faith can play in unifying the nation and in promoting the common good.“Religious liberty is the first freedom in our Bill of Rights,” Governor Romney said. “And whether the cause is justice for the persecuted, compassion for the needy and the sick, or mercy for the child waiting to be born, there is no greater force for good in the nation than Christian conscience in action.”President Obama said, “This country has a rich tradition of seeking to create an environment where people of different beliefs can live together and share common goals. As Americans, I think we understand that—in protecting our ability to advocate for our own positions—we must protect the ability of those who come from different backgrounds and beliefs to do so as well. Faith demands that we see the image of God in one another and respect it.”Washington National Cathedral is called to be the spiritual home for the nation. It aspires to be a catalyst for spiritual harmony in our nation, renewal in the churches, reconciliation among faiths, and compassion in our world. In promoting interfaith understanding, the Cathedral is a leader in convening people of all faiths to examine and respond to important issues. The theme of “faith and the election” for the midsummer issue of its magazine is one example of how the Cathedral lives out its role at the intersection of faith and public life.“Our presidential candidates have been molded by their faith communities as they have been shaped by educational institutions, families, and work experiences. The sources of their convictions and assumptions are proper inquiries in an election year,” said the Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade, interim dean of the Cathedral. An essay by Wade—“The Search for Understanding: Claiming (and Reclaiming) Faith’s Constructive Force”—introduces the interviews with the candidates in the magazine. “We are not called to common conclusions but to common paths, principles, and hopes. People of faith are bound to a given set of questions, even if the answers will vary.”Washington National Cathedral has been the location of funeral and memorial services for nearly all the 21 presidents of the United States since the Cathedral’s founding. There have been three State Funerals (for Presidents Eisenhower, Reagan, and Ford), one official burial service (President Wilson), and seven memorial services for U.S. presidents. Beginning with President Ronald Reagan’s second inauguration in 1985, presidential inaugural prayer services have also been held at the Cathedral. The exception was President Bill Clinton, who chose Metropolitan AME Church, the historic black church in downtown Washington, for both of his inaugural prayer services. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Knoxville, TN Tags Cathedral Age interviews presidential candidates on ‘Faith in America’ An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA last_img read more

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Russian journalist sustained a leg injury

first_img August 22, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Russian journalist sustained a leg injury A Russian journalist, Orkhan Djamal of the daily Izvestia, sustained a leg injury during fighting in Tripoli and was hospitalized in Zlinten, to the west of the capital. News Help by sharing this informationcenter_img Organisation RSF_en last_img

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In Altadena, a Mother’s Grief as Authorities Offer $20,000 Reward to Find Killer of Her 4-year Old Son

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Public Safety In Altadena, a Mother’s Grief as Authorities Offer $20,000 Reward to Find Killer of Her 4-year Old Son Published on Thursday, August 25, 2016 | 4:30 pm Subscribe 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  L.A. County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau investigators made a public plea Thursday in front of the house on the 300 block of West Figueroa Dr. in Altadena where Salvador Esperanza III was killed, asking for help in locating the suspects who fatally shot and killed the 4 year old boy in the front yard. A $20,000 reward has been offered in exchange for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the suspect responsible.“We don’t have much of a description right now. That night, there were quite a few people on the street so we were told that a few people saw what happened, just no one has come forward to help identify that individual,” explained L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. Homicide Detective Lt. John Corina.Four year old Salvador Esperanza III of Monrovia was with his parents on July 5 visiting a friend’s home on the corner of Olive and Figueroa in Altadena when and unknown suspect fired numerous rounds in the direction of the house killing Esparza and injuring a 27 year old black male, according to an L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. press release.The suspect fled the scene on foot and entered a black vehicle going southbound on Olive Avenue. The suspect is only described as being a black male.“If anybody knows any information regarding this, please, please, don’t be scared to talk. Please talk to detectives. Talk to somebody about it. I really want justice for my son,” pleaded the mother of the boy Coral Esparza.The L.A. County Board of Supervisors are offering a $20,000 reward to catch the killer.“Supervisor Antonovich believes that this reward will help the public come forward with information and give it to detectives so we can find the person responsible for killing this four year old child,” said L.A. County Fifth District Assistant Chief Deputy Tony Bell.Salvador Esparza was looking forward to starting kindergarten this fall.“He was really excited to start school,” said Esparza. “It’s been hard for me as a mother to go on a daily basis without him.”Detectives are urging people to talk to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. if they know anything at all.“Individuals can come forward and talk to us anonymously. They can call us anonymously if they need to or they can use Crime Stoppers to call and leave a tip if they don’t want to call and leave their name,” explained Lt. Corina.“I hope that the person that was here who saw all of this happen speaks up because an innocent life was taken. This little boy was my world. He was my everything,” said EsparzaIf anyone has information, call LASD Homicide at (323) 890-5500.To report tips, call 1.800.222.TIPS or go to www.LACrimeStopers.org or text “TIPLA” plus your tip to 274637 or CRIMES. Community News Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img Community News Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPriyanka Chopra’s 10 Year Challenge Pic Will Surprise YouHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News last_img read more

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Wards re-open following Alnagelvin Hospital fire

first_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook Pinterest Twitter News Google+ Google+ Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Five of the seven wards evacuated during Friday night’s fire at Altnagelvin Hospital have now reopened.120 patients where evacuated when a fire broke out on the top floor of the hospital building causing a pipe to burst which presented a flooding risk.Two other wards remain closed and patients are being cared for in other areas of the hospital.The Western Trust confirmed that some planned surgery will go ahead on Monday but 33 procedures have had to be cancelled. Patients affected by the cancellations will be contacted directly by hospital staff.The hospital’s emergency services are continuing to operate as normal and normal visiting arrangements apply.Meanwhile Investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing, but the chairman of the Western Trust has commented that building, which is the oldest part of the facility had been a known fire risk.It has also emerged that hospital management has previously submitted proposals to the department of Health to make the facility safer. Pinterest Wards re-open following Alnagelvin Hospital fire Facebookcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter WhatsApp LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton By News Highland – November 25, 2012 WhatsApp Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Previous articleWoman struck by car and seriously injured on Coneyburrow RoadNext articleGovernment again asked to support former Assetco employees News Highland last_img read more

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2-year-old survived El Paso shooting after mom used body as shield, official says

first_imgiStock(EL PASO, Texas) — A 2-year-old victim survived a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, according to Rep. Veronica Escobar, because the child’s mother used her body as a shield.Escobar described the woman sacrificing her life on This Week Sunday. She was one of 20 people killed in the shooting at a Walmart.“We’ve been one of the safest communities in the nation for decades,” Escobar said. “We are a warm, loving, compassionate, bi-national community. We love to celebrate and embrace our diversity, our location on the U.S.-Mexico border.”As for the shooter, whom authorities have identified as Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, Escobar said, “This individual came not from within the community, but outside of it.”“In this country, we have a gun violence epidemic, but we also have a hate epidemic,” Escobar added. “And until we confront that hate and until we confront the weak gun laws that we have, we’re going to keep seeing this.”At least 20 people were killed and 26 people were injured in El Paso, Texas, making the shooting one of the most deadly mass casualty shootings in U.S. history. Another mass shooting occurred in Dayton, Ohio, a little over 12 hours later.Nan Whaley, mayor of Dayton, Ohio, echoed many of Escobar’s sentiments.“This is a safe area of the city where thousands of people come every evening to enjoy with friends and young people. It’s one of the most diverse parts of Dayton,” she told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on This Week in a separate interview.She added that she was amazed by the Dayton Police Department’s response time to the mass shooting.“In under a minute, the Dayton Police Department had the situation under control,” she said. “And what’s scary about that is that if they were not there, the hundreds of lost lives we would’ve had in the Oregon District.”“This is a safe area of the city where thousands of people come every evening to enjoy with friends and young people. It’s one of the most diverse parts of Dayton, and we have to start asking the question of why is Dayton the 250th mass shooting this year in our country,” she added.At least nine people were killed in the bustling Oregon District of Dayton, Ohio, where there were “thousands of people.” The shooter was also killed at the scene.In El Paso, Police Chief Greg Allen said authorities are examining a so-called “manifesto,” that they believe was possibly written by the shooter and could show a possible “nexus” to a hate crime.Cielo Vista Mall, where the Walmart is located, is one of El Paso’s most popular malls, especially among Mexican tourists who come to the U.S. to shop. At least three Mexican nationals were killed in the attack, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said.Escobar said the mall was located in the center of the community.“It’s the store that my mom shops at,” she said. “It’s the store that my family and I shop at. And so there’s no surprise that it was very, very busy.”On concerns that immigrant communities may be afraid to report crimes out of fear of deportation, Escobar said she’s scared for immigrant communities across the country.“We have a very different philosophy in El Paso from the philosophy that emanates from the White House,” she added. “We embrace one another and take care of one another.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Tropical Storm Fay forms off East Coast

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Tropical Storm Fay has developed along the East Coast on Thursday evening.The low-pressure system was sitting 40 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, at the time of its forming about 5 p.m.There is currently a tropical storm warning in effect from from Cape May, New Jersey, north to Watch Hill, Rhode Island, including Long Island and Long Island Sound.By Friday morning and early afternoon, this system will move north, up the East Coast with heavy rain and gusty winds. Flash flooding will be possible in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.The storm will move into the Northeast from New Jersey to Vermont through Saturday morning. It will bring heavy rain and gusty winds and flash flooding will be possible in the area.Locally, 3 to 5 inches of rain could fall from this system in the Mid-Atlantic and over 3 inches of rain is possible from New Jersey to upstate New York and into parts of New England.More than 260 damaging storms were reported from Colorado to Maine Wednesday. There were also 25 reports of tornadoes throughout Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota and Illinois.The tornadoes destroyed homes and resulted in one death in western Minnesota.Severe storms are now expected Thursday from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Chicago and down to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City.The biggest threat Thursday will be damaging winds and large hail. The only area that has a tornado threat will be in the western Plains around Nebraska.Another big story around the country is this scorching heat. From California to New Hampshire, heat advisories and warnings have been issued.East of the Rockies, it will be all about heat and humidity. With temps in the 90s and with high humidity, it will feel like its near or over 100 degrees from Texas to New York.West of the Rockies, wildfires continue to burn and with the increasing heat, they will be difficult to battle.Excessive heat watches have been issued for California, Nevada and Arizona. Temperatures will approach 120 degrees by the weekend in some spots.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Suspect sought in connection to deadly Portland shooting killed during encounter with authorities

first_imgTheaDesign/iStockBy ALEXANDER MALLIN and WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News(LACEY, Wash.) — A man sought in connection to the death of a pro-Trump protester in Portland, Oregon, last week is dead after being shot by officers who were trying to apprehend him Thursday night in Lacey, Washington.Michael Reinoehl, 48, was located by the FBI and U.S. Marshals, but when Reinoehl allegedly pulled a gun, taskforce members shot him, a law enforcement official tells ABC News.The suspect was under surveillance when he left an apartment and got into a vehicle, which is when he was confronted by authorities, Lt. Ray Brady of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said during a press briefing Thursday night.When officers tried to stop the vehicle, shots were fired and the suspect was killed. The sheriff’s spokesperson said no officers were injured and at this time it’s unclear if Reinoehl fired at officers.“There was shots that were fired into the vehicle, and the subject fled from the vehicle at which time there was additional shots that were fired,” Brady said Thursday.Brady said four officers fired their weapons during the confrontation. Details of Reinoehl’s warrant are not being released at this time.The suspect, who Brady did not name during the press conference, only describing him as a male in his 40s, had an outstanding warrant issued for him for homicide.Reinoehl was sought in connection to the killing of 39-year-old Aaron Danielson during violent protests last weekend between a large caravan of pro-Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland.Joey Gibson, a founder of Patriot Prayer, a Washington state-based right-wing group, told ABC News that Danielson was a member of his group and a friend.Gibson said he’s not satisfied with Thursday night’s outcome.“They got one of about 12 involved in the assassination of Jay. We will not be satisfied until all of them are brought to justice,” Gibson told ABC News.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Environmental groups plan legal action after US methane regulations rollback

first_imgAt President Trump’s request, the US Environmental Protection Agency has significantly relaxed methane regulations for oil and gas companies The rollbacks have prompted a strong reaction from environmental groups -and even the oil industry itself (Credit: whitehouse.gov/D. Myles Cullen) Environmental groups are planning legal action against the Trump administration following a decision to roll back regulations on methane emissions in the US.The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed yesterday (13 August) that oil and gas companies will no longer have to detect and repair methane leaks at their facilities – formailising a proposal first suggested last year.It marks the repeal of the last remaining major Obama-era climate regulation – the 2016 Oil and Natural Gas New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) – and is expected to provide a financial boost to the nation’s fossil fuel companies that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a US-based climate advocacy group, said the move by Trump’s administration is “fundamentally flawed” and will eliminate “sensible methane standards” imposed by Obama’s EPA.“Like so many other administration rollbacks that have already been rejected by the courts, this one ignores the science, the public health impacts and the low-cost solutions we have at hand,” he added.“These sensible pollution controls have been working to protect Americans since 2016. Investors, states, community groups and even leading oil and gas producers have all called on the EPA to retain and strengthen methane safeguards.“The administration has no scientific or public health basis for taking this action, and EDF will forcefully oppose it in court.”It is not the only group planning legal action. The US-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) also intends to appeal to the courts, claiming “three-quarters of Americans in key states strongly support updating and strengthening limits on methane pollution”. What do the EPA rules set out?The new regulations effectively release oil and gas companies from the need to monitor and control methane emissions at production and processing facilities, with the EPA saying existing limits on ozone-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs) provide sufficient cover.“The separate regulation of methane imposed by the 2016 rule was both improper and redundant,” it said in statement.Meanwhile, oil and gas transmission and storage operators have also been freed from methane-specific controls, as well as being exempted from the wider VOC regulation.The EPA also made several “commonsense” changes it says will benefit smaller oil and gas operators in the country, including an exemption from having to install methane-monitoring equipment and allowing a more flexible timetable for making leak repairs “to respect the realities of the oil and gas industry”. Impact of relaxing US methane regulationsThe latest round of industrial deregulation in the US follows President Trump’s executive order to review and, if appropriate, revise Obama’s NSPS to ensure it “did not burden the development or use of domestically-produced oil and natural gas”.It comes despite research from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stating that methane, the largest component of natural gas, is about 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the Earth’s atmosphere, on a 100-year timescale.Speaking at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler said his organisation has been “working hard to fulfil President Trump’s promise to cut burdensome and ineffective regulations” for the US’ domestic energy industry.“Regulatory burdens put into place by the Obama-Biden administration fell heavily on small and medium-sized energy businesses,” he added.“Today’s regulatory changes remove redundant paperwork, align with the Clean Air Act, and allow companies the flexibility to satisfy leak-control requirements by complying with equivalent state rules.”The new regulations are expected to provide a boost to the nation’s fossil fuel companies that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic (Credit: Pixabay/Anita Starzycka)The EPA claims the new rules will “reduce regulatory burdens” for oil and natural gas firms while “protecting human health and the environment”.It added that the changes will yield net benefits of between $750m and $850m from 2021 to 2030 – equivalent to about $100m a year.But last year, the agency admitted that the alterations could lead to an extra 370,000 short tonnes of methane – the equivalent of about 8.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide – being emitted into the atmosphere.The EPA claims Trump-era deregulation actions have saved the US an estimated $94bn in “unnecessary regulatory costs”. Reaction from the oil and gas industryThe American Petroleum Institute (API), which lobbies aggressively on behalf of US oil and gas operators, supports the revised changes and believes they are “consistent with the requirements of the Clean Air Act”.But multinational oil major BP remains committed to adhering to the regulations imposed by the Obama administration, according to the Financial Times. BP has recently announced a set of policies to lower its emissions footprint, including tighter controls on methane monitoring.David Lawler, chairman of BP America, said the company opposed the rollback and believes the direct federal regulation of methane emissions is a “critical step to protecting the environment and keeping the gas in our pipes in order to provide it to the market”.Elsewhere, Texas-based ExxonMobil and fellow Big Oil firm Royal Dutch Shell have also opposed the new rules.The regulations could be quickly reversed if Joe Biden, Democrat candidate for the upcoming US presidential election, is voted into office and his party takes control of the Senate. He has promised to impose “aggressive” methane pollution regulations for oil and gas companies.last_img read more

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See it, clean it, clean up!

first_imgHome » News » See it, clean it, clean up! previous nextProducts & ServicesSee it, clean it, clean up!Clean Up aims to ensure faster rental deposit repaymentsThe Negotiator14th January 20160531 Views Clean Up, the new handy video guide for cleaning rental property to professional rental standards, has been widely welcomed by the lettings industry. It is seen as a breakthrough in addressing the biggest problem in the way of repaying deposits quickly and in full: what is clean and by whose standards? The film guides the way to saving significant amounts of money for tenants and landlords and will help the deposit dispute schemes where up to 60% of their workload is caused by cleaning disputes.A large proportion of tenants have said they would willing clean to the right standard and save themselves money if they knew the standards required and the best way to achieve them.Launched today by Joanna White (left), Managing Director of Property Principles Ltd, Clean Up provides the benchmarks for cleaning to lettings industry standards. It is not a lesson in how to clean but a series of practical, clear explanations of the standards of cleaning expected in the rental market. These are generally higher and more comprehensive than those of even the most house proud.Clean Up comes at a time when rents are rising and therefore the potential cost of a  disputed amount on deposit is higher. It has, says Joanna, been welcomed by the front line professional organisations involved at the beginning and end of tenancies: the Association of Residential Letting Agents, ARLA, and the Association of Professional Inventory Providers, APIP.“Time and time again large sums of money are deducted – correctly – from deposits only because a property has not been cleaned to the professional standards that will have applied when a tenancy started,” said Joanna White, who was, for many years, a disputes adjudicator for the Tenancy Deposit Scheme.She says that there is a world of difference between a good daily domestic clean and the full professional standard of cleaning required for professional properties. “Industry bodies constantly point out that the number of deposit disputes caused by not understanding what is clean? is far too high. It is generally believed that up to 60% of all disputes are over the standards of cleaning while the vast majority of tenants have said they would willingly clean to the right standard and save themselves money if they knew and understood the standards required,” Joanna White added.The Clean Up video guide and booklet is available on propertyprinciplesltd.com at an introductory launch price for rental of £1.50 or £5.99 to buy outright.  It is the first in a series of guides to be published for the benefit of landlords and tenants.Clean Up video guide cleaning cleaning film cleaning rental properties to professional rental standards tenants’ deposits January 14, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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