“For one experience, one set of rows will be available, the other set will be closed, and we’ll rotate those,” Hampton said Monday. “We sanitize in between experiences, allowing people to use the environment without ever having any cross contamination and having adequate space.” In his briefing Monday, Gov. Cuomo did not discuss yellow zones or schools. What we don’t know at this time is how districts partially in the yellow zone will have to comply to the restrictions, either on a school by school basis or the full district. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that 20% of all in-person students, teachers and staff in the yellow zone would have to be tested for coronavirus once a week, beginning on Friday, October 16. (WBNG) — While many questions still remain, 12 News has obtained more information about the governor’s yellow zone restrictions. Hampton said remaining open is crucial to his congregation, as many of his members are in recovery and struggle with isolation. One thing that is for certain is houses of worship are limited to a 50% capacity. The lead pastor at Two Rivers Church in Johnson City, Will Hampton, said his church is only operating at 33% capacity, one of the many measures he said has led to 0 positive cases in his congregation so far.
The development of the giant Leviathan gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, offshore Israel is nearly 60 percent complete.The Leviathan platform under construction (Image by Noble Energy)This is according to Noble Energy, the operator of the field, which on Friday shared the progress update as part of its quarterly report.Noble said the offshore gas field project was “nearly 60 percent complete, with anticipated first sales on schedule by the end of 2019.”During the second quarter, Noble drilled two final wells at the Leviathan field to total depth.“Completion activities are underway, and pipeline installation has been completed for infield flowlines and main gathering lines,” the company said.The final investment decision (FID) for the Leviathan development was made in February 2017. The first phase of development of the Leviathan is expected to cost around $3.75 billion.Development planThe Leviathan, holding around 22 trillion cubic feet of gross recoverable resources, will be developed using a subsea system that connects production wells to a fixed platform located offshore with tie-in onshore in the northern part of Israel.The Leviathan platform will have an initial deck weight of 22,000 tons. Processed gas will connect to the Israel Natural Gas Lines Ltd. onshore transportation grid in the northern part of the country and to regional markets via onshore export pipelines. The development plan allows for future expansion from its initial 1.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) capacity to 2.1 Bcf/d.Offshore platform installation will take the most of the next year, with commissioning and first gas scheduled for the end of 2019.In its presentation on Friday, Noble shared several milestones achieved at the project: Finished drilling program and began completion activity; Completed first subsea tree installation; Completed floating of the production decks; Finished pipelay for gathering lines; Completed direct pipe shore crossing.Offshore platform installation will take the most of the next year, with commissioning and first gas scheduled for the end of 2019.Noble has already secured contracts for the supply of over 900 MMcf/d of gas from the Leviathan. Over 200 MMcf/d has been contracted to meet Israel domestic consumption, while 700 MMcf/d has been contracted for exports, evenly split between Jordan and Egypt.While working to bring the Leviathan online, Noble is extracting gas from its Tamar field offshore Israel.During the second quarter of 2018, the Tamar field helped bring Noble’s 2Q gross sales volumes in Israel to a quarterly record of more than 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day, driven by increased local demand. Net sales volumes totaled 227 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day during the second quarter of 2018.Offshore Energy Today Staff
On March 14, USC announced that the Shinnyo-en Buddhist order donated $6.6 million to further the study of Japan and its culture at the university.The Japanese Religions and Culture Center on campus will now be renamed the Shinso Ito Center. The name is meant to honor Her Holiness Shinso Ito, who is the current leader of the Shinnyo-en Buddhist order.Duncan Williams, chair of the School of Religion at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and co-director of the Shinso Ito Center, elaborated on the generous gift.“The donation will be used primarily as an endowment that will allow the Center to support its programs in perpetuity,” Williams said. “The center is the host of a variety of research projects that range from the study of pre-modern Japanese religion to contemporary immigration policies in Japan, from the connection between Japanese religions and science to the history of Japanese America.”Based in Japan, the Shinnyo-en Buddhist order is an organization with nearly one million members worldwide. They have been involved in philanthropic efforts at American universities to help support Buddhist and Japanese studies.Shinnyo-en has also made gifts to Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. Williams previously served as the director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Japanese Studies before coming to USC in 2011.“Shinnyo-en deeply appreciates the commitment of the USC Center for Japanese Religions and Culture for its deep and sensitive explorations of many aspects of Japanese culture through the study of international relations, society, the arts, media and religion,” said Rev. Minoru Shitara, director of the Shinnyo-en International Affairs Department. “Shinnyo-en views this support of the center as an expression of our common purpose with USC to educate people from diverse backgrounds to become effective agents for understanding, peace and harmony in the world.”The Buddhist term shinnyo “denotes both Buddhahood (spiritual awakening) and the nature of reality; en refers to a boundless garden or open space,” according to the Shinnyo-en website.The donation elicited a congratulatory statement from Caroline Kennedy, the current U.S. Ambassador to Japan.“Today’s historic gift of $6.6 million from the Shinnyo-en organization to the University of Southern California represents an important moment in the relationship between the United States and Japan. Promoting cross-cultural ties and mutual understanding between the U.S. and Japan is more important now than ever before,” Kennedy said in a statement.The Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture currently has a wide array of initiatives that focus on promoting the study of Japan both on and off campus.“Beyond research projects and the associated conferences and workshops, the center hosts nearly one event a week dealing with some aspect or another of Japanese studies,” Williams said. “Further, the center supports faculty and student research on Japan, whether it be to travel to Japan or present research at national and international conferences.”The donation advances USC’s $6 billion fundraising initiative, of which more than $3 billion has been raised so far.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A survey of supply managers in a nine-state region of the Midwest and Plains is showing more signs of the coronavirus pandemic’s disruptive economic impact. A report released today says the Mid-American Business Conditions index sank in March to 46.7 — its lowest reading since September 2016. The survey’s confidence index plunged to a record low of 14.5. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey and says the emergence of coronavirus swamped the positive confidence impact of the recent passage of the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement and phase of the trade agreement with China. Goss says COVID-19 had a smaller impact on the manufacturing sector than other areas of the economy more directly tied to the consumer. He expects negative impacts for manufacturers to worsen in the next month, since almost two-thirds of supply managers reported that the coronavirus produced shipping problems to and from vendors. A little more than half of the survey respondents said the pandemic had pushed their companies to switch to, cease, or reduce, international buying. More than one in three of the supply managers indicated that the virus had caused their companies to switch to domestic suppliers for some products formerly purchased abroad.The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth. A score below that suggests decline. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.