Dihimpun KabarPenumpang.com dari laman asia.nikkei.com (10/8/2017), dalam sebuah pertemuan pada akhir bulan Juli kemarin, Presiden Jokowi mempertanyakan kinerja Menteri Transportasi dan pejabat terkait lainnya mengenai minimnya progress dari proyek kereta cepat Jakarta – Bandung ini.Sejak menghadiri seremoni groundbreaking pada bulan Januari 2016 lalu, namun orang nomor satu di Indonesia ini tidak melihat adanya perkembangan signifikan dari proyek ini. Pihak PT KCIC juga mengaku belum menerima pinjaman yang disepakati dengan sebuah bank di Cina pada bulan Mei kemarin karena pihak KCIC telah gagal memenuhi persyaratan yang diajukan, salah satunya adalah urusan mengakuisisi lahan yang diperlukan.Ada sedikit kecurangan yang dilirik Jokowi manakala pihak konsorsium mengklaim sudah berhasil mengakuisisi 85 persen lahan yang dibutuhkan pada bulan Januari lalu, namun angka tersebut tidak sama dengan laporan yang masuk pada bulan Juli kemarin, yaitu hanya sebesar 55 persen. Dari situ, Presiden Jokowi menganggap pihak PT KCIC telah melebih-lebihkan angka perkembangan pembebasan lahan tersebut.Baca Juga: CRH380A, Kereta Tercepat Kedua di Dunia, Siap Layani Jalur Jakarta – BandungPinjaman dari pihak Cina tidak akan cair sebelum PT KCIC berhasil mengakuisisi 100 persen lahan yang hendak dijadikan prasarana transportasi tersebut, dan memaksa pihak Indonesia untuk mempertimbangkan konsesi tambahan untuk mendapatkan dana dengan lebih cepat. Konsorsium tersebut sebelumnya diberi hak untuk mengoperasikan kereta cepat Jakarta – Bandung tersebut selama 50 tahun, terhitung sejak tanggal 31 Mei 2019.Namun karena hampir tidak mungkin proyek ini selesai pada 2019, maka pihak Indonesia setuju untuk merevisi ketentuan kesepakatan tersebut menjadi 50 tahun terhitung sejak tanggal selesainya pembangunan. Dengan begitu, pihak Cina memiliki lebih banyak waktu untuk menutup investasinya.Ada juga beberapa pihak menyarankan agar Cina menaikkan sahamnya menjadi sekitar 90 persen dari yang saat ini hanya 40 persen, dan meminta Cina untuk memimpin proyek tersebut. Diketahui sebelumnya, pihak Indonesia akan menjalin kerja sama dengan menghadirkan bullet train khas Jepang, Shinkansen. Namun tawaran Cina tentang kemitraan publik – swasta tanpa biaya membuat pihak Indonesia tergoda, dan lalu meninggalkan Jepang. Kontrak tersebut ditandatangani langsung oleh Presiden Jokowi pada bulan Oktober 2014 silam.Baca Juga: Sistem Deteksi Dini Bencana Lengkapi Teknologi Kereta Cepat Jakarta – BandungKonsorsium tersebut mendesak pemerintah untuk menanggung biaya jika proyek tersebut gagal. Sementara itu, pemerintah menegaskan bahwa kaitan kereta api pada dasarnya merupakan inisiatif bisnis swasta terlepas dari fakta bahwa perusahaan yang memimpin proyek tersebut adalah milik negara.Bak berjalan di atas treadmill, proyek ini hampir tidak menunjukkan kemajuan di lapangan dalam kurun waktu dua tahun ke belakang. Bahkan, sempat tersiar kabar bahwa ada pembicaraan yang menjurus ke perubahan rute. Lalu, bagaimana nasib proyek ini ke depannya?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedAkankah Proyek Kereta Cepat Jakarta-Surabaya Mangkrak Seperti Pendahulunya?11/09/2017In “Darat”Indonesia Pertimbangkan Undang Cina dan Jepang untuk Bahas Proyek Kereta Cepat Jakarta-Surabaya03/06/2020In “Featured”Seperti di Indonesia, Proyek Kereta Cepat India Juga Tersandung Soal Pembebasan Lahan17/10/2018In “Darat” ilustrasi kereta cepat Jakarta – Bandung. Sumber: greeners.co PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia Cina (PT KCIC) masih saja berkutat dengan masalah pembebasan lahan untuk jalur kereta berkecepatan tinggi yang menghubungkan Jakarta dan Bandung. Lamanya pergerakan dalam pembebasan lahan ini membuat relasi Indonesia dalam proyek ini, Cina seakan tidak sabar untuk segera melanjutkan proyek ini ke tahapan selanjutnya. Hingga ada pernyataan yang mengatakan, “Perlukah Beijing mempimpin proyek ini, atau bisa saja Beijing mengundurkan diri menjadi partner”.Baca Juga: Tidak Gunakan APBD, Pembangunan Kereta Cepat Tersandung Masalah Pembebasan LahanProyek senilai lebih dari US$5 miliar ini merupakan sebuah konsorsium perusahaan dari dua negara, yang juga bertanggung jawab atas konstruksi serta pengoperasiannya. Ini juga merupakan kartu As Presiden Joko Widodo untuk mengembangkan infrastuktur transportasi di Indonesia.
The FIA is opposed to any advertising or sponsoring of cigarettes or tobacco, but Philip Morris re-entered the sport last October through its scientific research subsidiary and branded Ferrari cars with its “Mission Winnow” logo.The logos were featured on Ferrari livery during the Japan Grand Prix in October, sparking an investigation by Australia’s communications regulator over whether TV broadcasts of the race breached its ban on tobacco advertising.The state government of Victoria, which is home to Melbourne city where the race is held, was likewise probing the controversial branding.It was not clear if the logo would also be removed from Ferrari cars, drivers’ helmets and outfits for the upcoming Grand Prix.There was no immediate comment from Ferrari or Philip Morris.The Australian Grand Prix Corporation said in a statement Tuesday it would “work closely and productively” with F1 stakeholders and the state government “to develop an appropriate outcome” on the issue.The lure of advertising from the tobacco industry has increased in recent years as F1 teams struggle to meet their budget requirements.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Philip Morris re-entered F1 through its scientific research subsidiary and branded Ferrari cars with its ‘Mission Winnow’ logo© FERRARI PRESS OFFICE/AFP/File HANDOUTSYDNEY, Australia, March 5 – Formula One team Ferrari has dropped tobacco giant Philip Morris’ branding from its official name for the season-opening Grand Prix in Australia amid an investigation by authorities over a breach of regulations.In the team entry list released by Formula One’s ruling body FIA this week ahead of the Melbourne race in mid-March, the team name was changed from “Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow” to just “Scuderia Ferrari”.
Environmental affairs are the core priority of the newly-launched Evolution Oneprivate equity fund. (Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClub South Africa. For more photos,visit the image library.)Janine ErasmusEvolution One, a new 10-year private equity fund launched by Cape Town-based investment management company Inspired Evolution, aims to raise R1-billion ($120-million) for the development of technology for clean energy generation, water purification and waste management in South Africa.Evolution One intends to have its R1-billion capital in place by mid-2009. Inspired Evolution’s executive director Christopher Clarke expressed confidence that the fund would reach this target, and added that a follow-up fund would be started in three to four years.Evolution One is said to be South Africa’s first investment fund devoted solely to green technology, and plans to make between 10 and 15 investments over the next three to five years, all centred on environmental issues. Investments in the Southern African Development Community will receive priority, and reports say that 75% of the capital will be invested in South Africa with the rest spread around countries such as Lesotho, Angola, Swaziland, Zambia and Mozambique.To date the fund has received some R400-million ($46-million) in backing from the Swiss Investment fund for Emerging Markets, the Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation, Castleway Properties (part of the Tchenguiz Family Trust, headed by property tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz), and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation.Global investment in clean technology is predicted to soar to over $226-billion by 2016, mostly from funds raised by private equity and venture capital. In 2007 alone it is estimated that $150-billion was invested in the green technology sector, excluding Africa and Latin America.Evolution One has identified a number of focus areas for investment, including clean energy generation and energy efficiency; cleaner production technologies and processes; air quality and emissions control; water quality and management; waste management; agribusiness and forestry; natural products, organics and natural health; and sustainable buildings and environmental real estate.Inspired Evolution has announced that it is currently in the process of seeking a second round of international and local investors.Technology for a clean environmentThe International Finance Corporation’s director for private equity funds Haydee Celaya said the investment into Evolution One falls in line with the World Bank’s strategy to back technologies that address environmental issues and to ensure that the projects it supports embody principles of environmental sustainability..“This demonstrates our commitment to being a leader in the clean energy and climate change sectors,” Celaya said, “and to providing support to smaller businesses that are not likely to receive funding from mainstream private equity groups.”A report from Times Online says that the World Bank is dipping into profits from the arms industry, raised from lucrative deals struck between European and American defence companies and emerging economies, to fund its Evolution One backing.The organisation is taking advantage of a system known as off-set, which is a feature of most large-scale global defence contracts. Up to 6% of the value of a deal with a foreign government is added to the base price and used to invest in education or health, but lately the trend has been for governments to use the off-set payment to develop green technologies.Around the table with EskomEvolution One has wasted no time in embarking on a round of talks with Eskom, South Africa’s national power supplier and the largest electricity utility in Africa.Eskom generates almost 90% of its power from coal and in its 2008 annual report, released in September, it states that its greenhouse gas emissions had increased from 208.9 million tons in 2007 to 223.6 million tons in 2008. The report covers the period from March 2007 to March 2008.Eskom also mentioned in the report that it planned to reduce the amount of electricity generated from coal to 70% in the next 20 years.Clarke said talks are focused on alternative power supply projects. “We’ve had discussions with some of Eskom’s treasury members on how to finance alternative forms of energy,” he said, “particularly the concentrated solar power plants that they’re looking to set up, and co-generation and solar thermal [projects].”Cutting down on greenhouse gasesA new initiative to develop a South African carbon dioxide storage atlas was announced in October 2008. The project is supported by petrochemical producer Sasol, Eskom, mining house Anglo American, and the Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa, PetroSA.South Africa is a major global culprit in the emission of greenhouse gases, emitting about 400-million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year. This is about 1% of the global total. The new environmentally-friendly scheme will entail capturing CO2 as it emerges from industrial flues, then compressing it under intense pressure to a liquid and injecting it into suitable geological formations such as coal seams or spent oil and gas fields.Experts have already identified potentially suitable areas from preliminary studies. The Karoo Basin has been named, as have the depleted oil and gas structures in the Mossel Bay area. An initial assessment is on the cards for publication by April 2010.Related storiesDarling wind farmUseful linksEvolution OneInspired EvolutionSouthern African Development Community PetroSAInternational Finance CorporationDepartment of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Blackberry smartphone maker Research in Motion (RIM) has just launched a public beta testing site called the Blackberry Beta Zone. Here users can sign up to test pre-lease versions of official RIM products and services and provide feedback to the developers. At launch time, the available downloads include OS 5.0 for the BlackBerry Curve 8520 and 8530, an updated version of BlackBerry Messenger (5.0.1) and, for select corporate testers, Blackberry Enterprise Server 5.0.2.But what looks most intriguing, though, is the banner image gracing the new site’s homepage. It clearly shows a phone running the upcoming official Twitter application for Blackberry. Blackberry’s Official Twitter App The official Blackberry Twitter application has been in a closed beta for over a month. From early reports, the app is shaping up well, and will include a number of features that rival (or top) those found in the current crop of third-party Blackberry Twitter apps. Features such as URL-shortening, photo-sharing, push messages, message list integration and filtered search by geo-location are among the app’s included features. More recently, a leak posted on a Polish-language blog hinted at other improvements, such as the ability to edit profiles, support for Twitter lists and, on devices running OS 6.0, some sort of Twitter/Blackberry contact sync, integration with the Configuration Wizard and integration with universal search. Although RIM makes no mention of the Twitter app on the blog post announcing the Beta Zone, there’s no doubt that as soon as the app becomes available for public beta tests, this will be the first place to find it. Those who previously signed up to be notified of the Twitter application’s availability for beta testing will likely be directed to this new service. Beta Users vs. App World TestersTo be clear, the new Blackberry Beta Zone does not replace the previously existing BlackBerry App World Test Center. That resource is designed for both RIM and third-party applications where as the Blackberry Beta Zone is for official RIM apps only. Also, the Beta Zone will feature applications much earlier into the development cycle. After first being tested via the Beta Zone, some RIM apps will appear later in the App World Test Center. Interested users can sign up to join the new Blackberry Beta Zone here. During the sign-up process, you’ll be asked to identify what Blackberry smartphone you own and that response will affect what products and services are made available to you for testing purposes. Related Posts Tags:#mobile#twitter#web sarah perez The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
It’s no secret a well-executed content marketing campaign can deliver a solid return on investment.According to Demand Metric, content marketing generates three times more leads than most outbound marketing strategies at 62 percent less cost.As marketers pad their budgets with more money to invest in content marketing this year, one strategy that often gets overlooked is content promotion.According to a survey by the Content Marketing Institute, 55 percent of B2B marketers were not even sure what a successful content marketing campaign looked like!Content without promotion is like link building without links or creating a landing page without a call to action. That’s why promotion should take equal focus with creation.Let’s look at seven tried-and-true content promotion strategies that will drive traffic to your content and website.[Read the full article on Search Engine Land.]From our sponsors: 7 marketing and promotion tactics to get your content discovered Posted on 15th March 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital Marketing7 marketing and promotion tactics to get your content discovered 7 marketing and promotion tactics to get your content discoveredYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019
Parma will be without key duo Bruno Alves and Roberto Inglese for at least the next game after they suffered injuries. Parma thrashed Genoa 5-1 on Sunday to move up to eighth in Serie A – but at the expense of Inglese. That is because, as per the Ducali’s official website, the striker sprained his ankle and needs two weeks of treatment “and subsequent recovery”. He lasted just 12 minutes at the weekend and was replaced by Andreas Cornelius, who scored a quick-fire hat-trick. With the next international break scheduled for November 11-19, it seems unlikely Inglese will return before then. Alves, meanwhile, missed the win against Genoa with what Parma describe as “a grade-I injury to his left hamstring”. The defender should therefore miss only his side’s next match at Inter this Saturday, although there is a midweek round coming up. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
Kagiso Rabada, who was suspended for two Tests on Tuesday, has regained his top spot among bowlers crossing the coveted 900-point mark in ratings.Rabada was back as No 1 after his ‘Player of the Match’ effort of 11-150 that helped South Africa defeat Australia by six wickets in Port Elizabeth to level their four-match series at 1-1.Rabada is the 23rd bowler to cross 900 points and only the fourth South Africa player to do so after Vernon Philander (highest of 912 points in 2013), Shaun Pollock (909 in 1999) and Dale Steyn (909 in 2014).The South African pacer’s suspension means he will miss the remainder of the ongoing four-match Test series against Australia after he was found guilty of breaching ICC Code of Conduct.Rabada was found guilty of breaching Level 2 ICC Code of Conduct offence of ‘inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player’.The incident took place in second Test between South Africa and Australia when moving towards the slips, Rabada made contact with Steve Smith with his shoulder.Look who’s back at No.1 among Test bowlers!All the latest in @MRFWorldwide Test Player Rankings https://t.co/LtxpwXrpF2 pic.twitter.com/KMpADJAulwICC (@ICC) March 13, 2018The pacer has also received a fine of 50 per cent of his match fee and three demerit points after a disciplinary hearing following his denial of the charge.Meanwhile, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin climbed up a couple of notches to be placed fourth in the ICC Test Player Rankings, released on Tuesday.Despite India not playing a Test match currently, Ashwin gained two places as Josh Hazlewood (from 4th to 5th) and Mitchell Starc (5th to 9th) slipped in the rankings following Australia’s defeat. The other Indian Ravindra Jadeja remained static at third place.advertisementIn the batsmen’s list, there has been no change with Steve Smith perched at the top while Indian captain Virat Kohli in second position.Cheteshwar Pujara maintained his sixth place in the rankings.South Africa batsman AB de Villiers is another major gainer in the latest rankings update, his scores of 126 not out and 28 helping him move up five slots to reach seventh position in the batsmen’s list led by Australia captain Steve Smith.Hashim Amla has moved up one place to ninth position while Lungi Ngidi has gained 12 slots in the list of bowlers to reach 37th position after grabbing five wickets in the match.For Australia, Usman Khawaja’s second innings knock of 75 has helped him gain five places to reach 16th position. Wicketkeeper Tim Paine (up 16 places to 66th), opener Cameron Bancroft (up 15 places to a career-best 78th) and fast bowler Pat Cummins (up four places to a career-best 23rd) have all moved up.Meanwhile, New Zealand and England play a two-Test series that overlaps with the final two Tests of the South Africa-Australia Test series.A series win for England could see them overtake New Zealand to take fourth position in the Test Team Rankings as the latter are just one point ahead at 100 points.On the other hand, New Zealand could overtake Australia to third position if they win their series and Australia go on to lose 3-1 to South Africa.India have already been presented with the ICC Test Championship Mace and a USD 1 million prize money after being assured of the top place at the April 3 cut-off date, South Africa are assured of the second prize of USD 500,000 while the third and fourth sides get USD 200,000 and USD 100,000, respectively.(With PTI inputs)
WINNIPEG – A young Indigenous woman’s mother has told a sentencing hearing that her life has been a nightmare since her daughter’s fatal beating that was filmed and shared online.“She was my only daughter and my best friend,” Serena McKay’s mother, Delores Daniels, told a Winnipeg court Monday. “I feel cheated because I never got to say goodbye to her.”McKay was 19 when she died. Her body was found on the Sagkeeng First Nation in April 2017. Two teenage girls, 16 and 17, were arrested after online videos showed McKay being brutally beaten.The younger girl, who has since turned 17, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in January. The Crown is seeking an adult sentence of seven years in jail. The defence is arguing for a youth sentence of three years.Crown attorney Jennifer Comack told court that the teen grew up with a supportive mother but decided to live on her own before McKay’s death. She was drinking, doing drugs and skipping school.“She was raised to know right from wrong, capable of knowing right from wrong, taught the difference — but she just didn’t do it,” Comack said.McKay’s family left the court room before two videos of the assault were played for the judge.The teen held her head in her hands and started to cry softly as television screens showed McKay, with a bruised and beaten face, crying and begging for her attackers to stop.Comack said the videos don’t show an adolescent, but instead depict an “adult woman full of rage beating on a helpless victim.”Court has previously heard there were seven people at a party, including McKay and the two teen girls. There was a verbal fight over alcohol and McKay was kicked out of the party.Not long after, Comack said, the teen helped attack McKay.Court has heard McKay was left outside with debilitating injuries. She died of hypothermia.Allan McKay, whose daughter was close friends with the victim, told court the death has affected children and parents alike. The young woman was kind, respectful and loving, he said.“Her life was full of promise and potential. All of that is lost now,” he said, breaking into tears.Twenty-five people submitted victim impact statements. The judge will rule whether eight others — from people who did not know McKay but say they were affected by her death — are admissible.Defence lawyer James Wood will then argue for a youth sentence.The older girl, who has since turned 18 but can’t be named because she was underage when the beating occurred, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in December and was received a youth sentence of just over three years in jail, followed by two years of community supervision.The sentencing hearing is scheduled to continue on Tuesday.
Culture Project is set to hold a commemorative gala and naming ceremony for its newly christened Lynn Redgrave Theater (formerly known as 45 Bleecker Street) on Monday June 3 at Stage 48 in honor of the late Ms. Redgrave.Vanessa Redgrave, Liam Neeson and Ms. Redgrave’s three children Annabel Clark, Ben Clark and Pema Clark serve as Honorary Chairs of the Gala, at which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) will also be honored for its dedication to advancing and protecting human rights. Executive Director of the CCR, Vincent Warren, and CCR President Emeritus Michael Ratner will accept the award on behalf of the organization, which has been a long-time collaborator with Culture Project.Kyra Sedgwick, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning star of stage, screen and television, will host the evening for the theatre that shines an artistic spotlight on human rights issues, where both she and Ms. Redgrave performed in the New York production of The Exonerated.“Culture Project plays such a vital role in drawing people’s attention to issues that often go unchallenged by those without a voice so this Gala marks quite an emotional return to the proverbial boards that Lynn and I trod a decade ago,” Ms. Sedgwick says. “Lynn was a professional inspiration so, to be opening a theater named for her and reflective of her wonderful ability to make a difference in people’s lives through performance, is a touching and humbling privilege.”“In celebrating Lynn Redgrave’s legacy of artistic excellence married with a bold human rights advocacy, we are delighted to have Kyra hosting this Gala,” says Allan Buchman, Founder and Artistic Director of Culture Project. “She broke ground here alongside Lynn in a production that helped raise awareness of the injustices faced by death row inmates across America, and returns now to help us affirm the newly named theater’s commitment to social justice.”“The Lynn Redgrave Theater stands for everything it’s namesake held dear: playwriting, education and the joy of acting infused with a very clear sense of integrity and fairness,” Mr. Buchman continued.“CCR is the ideal ally in our efforts as we challenge injustice in our quest for a more humane civil society,” Mr. Buchman added. “They are at the forefront of every battle that defines who we are as a nation whether it is Guantanamo torture stop and frisk illegal surveillance or government abuse of power. They have our collective back as a people they stand out because they stand up for what they stand for. They have played a crucial role in the development of our signature Blueprint for accountability series and been the inspiration behind the choices of many of our plays.”Sisters Lynn and Vanessa performed together at Lynn’s last Culture Project outing in 2007 with their late brother Corin Redgrave and his daughter Jemma, in A Question of Impeachment, a series of evenings exploring the case for the impeachment of former President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.In addition to appearing as Sonia “Sunny” Jacobs in the original run of The Exonerated, Lynn Redgrave’s association with Culture Project was instrumental in the development of her third play, Nightingale, for which a number of developmental public readings of the play were presented at the theater.Jillian Crane Kahn and Alfred Kahn are Chairs of the Gala. In addition to Allan Buchman, the Benefit Committee includes Ibrahim AlHusseini, Jill Brooke, Steven Donziger & Laura Miller, Robert Dunn, Jodie Evans, James Grant, Eva & Yoel Haller, Steve & Ruth Hendel, Lucy Jarvis, Lauren Embrey, Marc Kaplan, Katherine Keating, Rick Miramontez, Beatrix Ost & Ludwig Kuttner, Rosemary Pritzker, Michael Ratner, Cornelia Ravenal & Mikael Sodersten, Nicole Reeber, Bill Robinson, Melissa Spohler, Sandy Tabatznik, Vince Warren, Monica Winsor & Joshua Mailman, and Tom Wirtshafter.Culture Project is dedicated to addressing critical human rights issues by shining an artistic spotlight on injustice. By fostering innovative collaboration between human rights organizations and artists, it aims to inspire and impact public dialogue, encouraging democratic participation in the most urgent matters of our time. Founded by Allan Buchman in 1996, Culture Project has premiered celebrated shows including The Exonerated, Sarah Jones’ Bridge & Tunnel, Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, Lawrence Wright’s My Trip To Al-Qaeda, Tings Dey Happen, the Lucille Lortel Award-winning world premiere of George Packer’s Betrayed, and Temple University’s acclaimed production of In Conflict. Culture Project also produced “Breaking the Silence, Beating the Drum”, a groundbreaking concert at the United Nations to commemorate the abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. In 2012, Culture Project celebrated its return to the theaters at 45 Bleecker Street. Since then, productions have included James X, directed by Gabriel Byrne, the revival of Rinde Eckert’s acclaimed And God Created Great Whales, Shaheed: The Dream and Death of Benazir Bhutto, along with the 10th anniversary remount of The Exonerated. Find out more here.
BERLIN – An explosion Tuesday at a major natural gas facility near Austria’s border with Slovakia killed one person and left 21 others injured, and caused some gas flow disruptions to other countries, authorities said.One person was seriously injured and 20 others were slightly hurt in the morning blast at the plant in Baumgarten an der March, east of Vienna, police said. No one was in a life-threatening condition. The facility’s operator initially said all the casualties were Austrian, but later said the one with less severe injuries include employees of contractors from six other countries.The explosion set off a fire, which operator Gas Connect said was completely extinguished by mid-afternoon. The facility was “shut down in a controlled state and is offline,” the company said.Police wrote on Twitter that the explosion was triggered by a “technical cause,” but didn’t elaborate and said that local authorities are investigating. Gas Connect said it also suspects an unspecified technical fault.Gas Connect describes the Baumgarten plant, where pipelines bringing gas from Russia, Norway and other countries connect and gas is compressed and cooled, as one of Europe’s most important gas supply hubs.Officials and company experts are analyzing the situation at the facility and discussing the next steps, it said. The explosion affected a 100-meter by 100-meter (328-foot by 328-foot) area.“Austria’s natural gas supply can be covered for the foreseeable future,” the company said on its website. However, “transit through Austria to the south and southeast regions is currently negatively impacted,” it added.Neighbouring Italy’s Economic Development Ministry declared an emergency after the explosion interrupted the flow of natural gas to the country, but said Italy’s supply of gas would be ensured by existing stockpiles.Claudio Descalzi, the CEO of Italian oil and gas company Eni, said that industry operators can compensate even if the interruption continues for weeks and aren’t alarmed, although he said that if it continues for a prolonged period there could be an impact on prices.