Gas distributor PGN looks to tap into petrochemical industry

first_imgIndonesia consumed 7.6 million tons of LPG last year, 74 percent of which was imported, according to Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry data.Indonesia’s main strategy to cut LPG imports is by expanding its household gas pipe network (jargas), which channels domestically produced natural gas. However, the network’s reach is still very limited. Even certain neighborhoods in Jakarta, the nation’s capital, are unable to access the network.Instead, over 60 percent of Indonesian villages rely on LPG as a staple cooking fuel, which is sold in green, pink and blue canisters, BPS 2018 data show.Demand for biodiesel is also expected to rise in Indonesia over the coming years alongside the growing demand for commercial transportation and the government’s continual escalation of its palm oil-mixed biodiesel program.Fajriyah Usman, the spokeswoman for Pertamina, which is PGN and KPI’s parent company, said PGN’s petrochemical plan was still at an early planning phase.“But Pertamina is prioritizing this plan to immediately reduce LPG and fuel imports,” she told The Jakarta Post.However, an industry expert pointed out that current economic conditions were not ideal for PGN to start producing such petrochemicals as crude oil prices were at record lows amid the ongoing health crisis.“With COVID-19 going on, the timing is not ideal,” said Fajar Budiono, secretary general of the Indonesian Olefin, Aromatic and Plastic Industry Association (Inaplas).He estimated that the facility’s engineering process alone would take at least 3.5 years. Assuming PGN completed its feasibility study this year, the facility would only be operational by 2025, at the earliest.“Hopefully, methanol and DME prices will improve by then,” he said.Topics : National gas distributor PT PGN plans to diversify into petrochemical production over the coming years to help reduce Indonesia’s reliance on imported fossil fuels.PGN expects to complete a feasibility study on the plan with fellow national refiner PT Kilang Pertamina Indonesia (KPI) between 2022 and 2023, said PGN president director Suko Hartono on Monday.He said the distributor wanted to convert natural gas into methanol and dimethyl ether (DME). Methanol can be used to produce biodiesel while DME can substitute liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) – a chemical derived from crude oil – to produce cooking gas. “But we will limit this to 5-10 percent, maximum 15 percent, of our portfolio. Because this is not our main business,” he told House of Representatives lawmakers in Jakarta.PGN, he noted, was looking to source gas for the project from major oil and gas projects in East Java, South Sumatra and Kalimantan.Oil and gas imports are a leading contributor to Indonesia’s trade deficit that puts pressure on the rupiah exchange rate and is thus a key vulnerability for Southeast Asia’s largest economy.Oil and gas recorded a US$9.35 billion trade deficit last year versus a $6.15 billion non-oil and gas trade surplus, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show. During this year’s January-May period, the commodities booked a $3.36 billion trade deficit while non-oil and gas racked up a $7.67 billion trade surplus.last_img read more

Childhood trauma driving equality push by S. Korean MP

first_img‘Very natural’ Despite its economic advances, South Korea remains socially conservative and Human Rights Watch says discrimination against women and minorities is widespread.Jang said her family suffered; as well as autism, her sister has intellectual disability — conditions some blamed when they were growing up on their mother’s supposed “sins”.The mother struggled to cope and received limited help from the government or community, and eventually the disabled sister was placed in an institution where Jang alleges residents were mistreated.Soon afterwards their mother left the family and her father sent Jang to live with her grandparents.”When I realized my mother had left, I was very sad, but on the other hand, I also thought it was a very understandable decision,” Jang told AFP in an interview.Her mother’s experiences, and those of her sister and herself, made feminist campaigning “very natural” to her, she added.In 2011 she dropped out of the prestigious Yonsei University — an unconventional decision in a competitive society where college degrees often define lives.Then, 18 years after the family split up, Jang took her disabled sister out of the care facility to look after her herself.Jang’s 2018 documentary “Grown Up” follows their first months living together again, and on YouTube Jang has consistently called for people with disabilities to live in the community.Last year Jang joined the left-wing Justice Party and in April this year was among six MPs from the group elected to parliament in a vote that President Moon Jae-in’s Democratic Party won by a landslide.But Jang’s bill will struggle to become law. “For a long time, parliament has existed as an institution made up of middle-aged, able-bodied men,” Jang said. Jang stands out in a legislature where 83 percent of MPs are over 50 and only 19 percent are women — a figure that would place the South at 116th in the latest Inter-Parliamentary Union global ranking.Now she is taking on the country’s deep-seated patriarchy and religious conservatism — including powerful megachurches that condemn homosexuality — by drawing up a new anti-discrimination bill.It would ban favoritism based on sex, race, age, sexual orientation, disability or religion as well as several more unusual criteria such as criminal history, appearance and academic background.However, over the past 13 years six attempts to pass broad anti-discrimination laws in South Korea have all failed. Topics :center_img ‘It’s a sin’Religious beliefs hold much sway in South Korea, where churches remain an important political space and many evangelicals oppose gay rights.Pastor Kim Kyou-ho, who leads the campaign group Counter Measure Committee for Homosexuality Problems, insists the Bible says homosexuality is a “sin”.”If anti-gay people’s human rights and freedom of speech are violated in the process of protecting the human rights of sexual minorities, we cannot call this democracy,” Kim said.About 40 percent of the country’s parliament is Protestant, according to the United Christian Churches of Korea, and few politicians are willing to challenge the religious lobby.Of 10 MPs who signed Jang’s bill last month, only two are from the left-leaning Democratic Party, whose support is crucial.Activists say the Democrats have failed women, with three party heavyweights currently accused of sexual misconduct, including Seoul mayor Park Won-soon, who took his own life earlier this month.Jang was one of two female lawmakers who declared they would not attend Park’s government-run funeral, and instead called on officials to take action against sexism.Moon, a former human rights lawyer who once pledged to be a feminist leader, supported an anti-discrimination bill during his ill-fated 2012 presidential run.But during his successful 2017 campaign he said he “opposed” homosexuality and that “social consensus” was needed before legalizing same-sex marriage.Jang, though, insisted rights issues could not wait.”The essence of politics lies in making choices, and taking responsibility for your actions and words,” she said. When Jang Hye-yeong was 13 the strain of caring for her disabled sister tore her family apart.Her autistic sibling was placed in a care home for almost two decades, while another sister was sent away to a boarding school, and her mother left the family.The experience turned Jang into a disability campaigner — and singer-songwriter and YouTuber to boot — who was elected to parliament in April as one of South Korea’s youngest MPs, aged just 33. last_img read more

GM, Honda announce North America car alliance

first_imgGM’s United States rival Ford has teamed up with German giant Volkswagen to jointly develop electric and self-driving vehicles, and a pending merger between Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot also aims to hold costs down.Morningstar analyst David Whiston said there few details offered on the extent of the financial savings to either firm, but that “the alliance can make sense” if Honda makes headway in some of the truck segments where it lags and GM benefits from Honda’s expertise with smaller cars.”We see the agreement as a low-risk and potentially high-reward move for both firms, and their prior history lowers the risk of tension and poor cooperation,” Whiston said.Topics : General Motors and Honda announced Thursday they were establishing a strategic alliance in North America to share vehicle platforms and development costs.The venture builds on existing partnerships on electric cars and fuel cell systems and comes as automakers face pressure to develop autonomous driving and other envelope-pushing technologies amid uncertain vehicle demand in the wake of the economic downturn due to the coronavirus.A joint press release said the venture would save money from shared vehicle platforms and propulsion systems, joint purchasing and shared research and development spending. last_img read more

Strip club set to open doors in central city

first_imgBay of Plenty Times 26 Nov 2011A strip club offering risque burlesque dancing through to full-nude strip is set to open its doors in central Tauranga in the new year. But one family advocate groups says while adult entertainment can’t be stopped, the CBD is not the place for a strip club. Showgirls will open above the bar Rehab and Takara Japanese Restaurant on Hamilton St, between The Strand and Willow St.…Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said strip bars belonged in red light districts, not among restaurants where families dined. “You can’t stop the industry but it should be a special place away from the general shopping area. The term red light district is there for a good reason. To warn families (and) make sure they’re not exposed to it,” he said. Mr McCoskrie said strip clubs objectified women. “The research shows that viewing that type of pornography is not in their best interests or the best interests of the men because it objectifies the woman and it leads to stereotyping woman as simply sexual beings.” read more

Legalizing cannabis could help rebrand Dominica

first_imgHealthLifestyleLocalNews Legalizing cannabis could help rebrand Dominica by: – July 12, 2018 Share Sharing is caring! Members of the Organization of the Reformation of Anti-Cannabis Laws in Dominica (ORACLE) have proposed that Dominica uses legalization of cannabis as a way to rebrand the island.These remarks were made at the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC) annual Eggs and Issues Breakfast held at the Prevo Cinemall on Thursday 12 July 2018.At the event, various stakeholders, including Minister for the Environment, Joseph Isaac and Opposition Leader Lennox Linton, came together to discuss the topic ‘A Look Ahead: Opportunities and Challengers of Legalizing Cannabis in Dominica.’One of the Keynote Speakers, and Member of the ORACLE, Dr. Irvin Pascal stated during his address that the legalization of cannabis could be used as an opening for Dominica.He described the discussion as “ironic” noting that “legalizing cannabis has the potential to address many of our problems.”“It is also a unique opportunity to rebrand Dominica. I find it sounds quite hollow and insincere to say we are the Nature Isle and we have made a plant illegal. I think we should rebrand ourselves and say we are the Nature Island of the world, where all plants are legal,” Dr. Pascal stated.He informed that health statistics in Dominica, especially in relation to non-communicable diseases are “alarming and discouraging.”“We are 11th in the world when it comes to obesity in women. We are 5th in CARICOM when it comes to expenditure for diabetes and hypertension, which takes almost 70 percent of our health budget. And in terms of cancers, alarmingly, we seem to be 3rd per capital in the world. These are alarming statistics for a country like Dominica,” he noted.Dr. Pascal added that the legalization of cannabis would result in “an immediate” decrease in our medical bills and costs.“We could reclaim our preventative health care approach, which is to prevent us from being ill and helping us to stay well. We have opportunities for increased possibilities in healing and wellness,” Dr. Pascal added.Fatal error: Theme at could not load, check theme path.– / 14 Tweetcenter_img Share Share 220 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Aghahowa explains why he shunned coaching

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should See5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks20 Celebs With Bizarre Hidden Talents And Skills Former Super Eagles striker, Julius Aghahowa, has explained the poor treatment of Nigerian coaches discouraged him from coaching. “Looking at how some of my senior colleagues were treated during their time as coaches, that’s enough to discourage me from wanting to be a coach. “Some of them were even owed until they died. May their souls rest in peace. “Look at what is happening in the league. Is it the players that are hungry that you’ll go and coach? “Even the coaches demand money from players before they’re given a chance to play, mind you most footballers are from poor homes and the hunger to succeed is very high because of where they are coming from. I am talking from experience. “As for the football business, not too long ago I got licensed by the Nigerian Football Federation as an intermediary agent and I work with a lot of other agents to scout young talents across the country.” Read Also:2018 FIFA World Cup: Aghahowa backs Iwobi for Eagles no.10 role Aghahowa, who is famous for his stunning back-flip celebrations, shone for the West Africans during his playing years, scoring 14 goals in 32 appearances, including Nigeria’s only goal at the 2002 World Cup, against Sweden. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Stephen Keshi and Shuaibu Amodu were two prominent former managers of the Nigeria national team who made key impacts during their time. Keshi, a former Super Eagles captain, helped the West Africans claim their third Africa Cup of Nations title in 2013 in South Africa and qualified the side for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Messi confirms Barcelona players will take 70 per cent pay cuts during coronavirus crisis The duo complained of being owed a backlog of unpaid salaries before their deaths in 2016, while Augustine Eguavoen and a number of other former Nigeria coaches also went through similar treatments. With Aghahowa’s former teammate Joseph Yobo now Nigeria’s assistant coach, the 38-year-old, who is currently a football agent, has explained why he is not looking to follow in the same direction. “First of all, I’ll say it’s not compulsory that after your football career you must be a coach,” Aghahowa told AOI.last_img read more

Some Eligible For Free Tax Filing

first_imgThe Indiana Department of Revenue is reminding tax filers that in some cases, you can file your faxes online for free.If a taxpayer has an adjusted gross income of $58,000 or less during 2013, the Indiana Department of Revenue can offer her free federal and state tax filing online.This year, six vendors provide an easy and secure way to file taxes online. The vendors participating in INfreefile include 1040Now, H&R Block, OLT OnLine Taxes, TaxAct, TaxSlayer and Turbo Tax.Last year, more than 119,000 taxpayers used INfreefile to file their Indiana taxes.Click here to see if you qualify for INfreefile.If you qualify, a taxpayer will click the vendor of choice and complete tax returns online.If taxpayers have any questions specific to their return, the department encourages them to contact us online at or call (317) 232-2240.last_img read more

Inter sign €45m Hakimi

first_imgInter have officially signed full-back Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid in a deal that could rise to €45m. A statement on Inter’s official website reads: “Achraf Hakimi is offically an Inter player. “The Moroccan, who was born in 1998, has joined the Nerazzurri on a permanent basis from Real Madrid and has signed a contract which will last until 30 June 2025” Hakimi will earn a reported €5m in each of those five years. The 21-year-old is one of Europe’s most sought-after wide defenders after two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund, where he scored 12 goals and provided 17 assists in 72 appearances.Advertisement He was also part of the Madrid squad that won the Champions League – Los Blancos’ third on the trot – during the 2017-18 campaign. Although being born in the Spanish capital, Hakimi is a full Morocco international with already 28 caps under his belt. read also:Achraf Hakimi says goodbye to Borussia Dortmund Coming in at a cost of €40m plus €5m in bonuses, he becomes the most expensive defender in Inter’s history. Hakimi primarily plays on the right-hand side but is more than capable of filling in on the opposite flank. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

Man U join hunt for Osimhen

first_imgRelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Manchester United have joined Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the hunt for Ligue 1 forward, Victor Osimhen, it has been claimed in France. Lille signed Osimhen from Belgian side Charleroi last summer as a replacement for Nicolas Pepe, who they sold to Arsenal. Osimhen has embraced the challenge of replacing Pepe and caught the eye with his performances in the French top flight for Lille, something which means the club may need to dip into the transfer market to replace him this year. He has been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham, but now, according to French magazine Le 10 Sport, Manchester United are on his tail too. It is claimed that the Red Devils have made signing Osimhen one of their priorities for the summer transfer window. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees the Nigeria international as having the right qualities needed to flourish in the Premier League. Twenty-one-year old Osimhen has netted 18 times in 38 outings for Lille across the course of the season so far. Lille are in a strong position to demand a high price for the forward, who is under contract at the club until 2024.Tags: CharleroiManchester UnitedOle Gunnar SolskjaerRed DevilsTottenham HotspurVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

Aruna Quadri wins Sporting 37th title

first_imgIt was an emotional feeling for Aruna Quadri during the final of the Portuguese national league final as the Nigerian played his last match for the team to claim its 37th title.Quadri, who joined the team in 2016 from GD Toledos, was the cynosure of all eyes as fans and players hailed the Nigerian for his immense contribution to the team. To win the fifth league title with Sporting, Quadri was full of appreciation to the team that he admitted has helped his career to glow.Sporting CP won the fifth championship in a row and 37th national title on Sunday when they beat GD Toledos 3-0 in the second leg of the final held at the High Performance Center of Vila Nova de Gaia, after repeating the same margin in the first leg on July 4.From the 18 league matches played this season, Sporting were unbeaten, dropping only five sets in all their matches to attain 70 points, which is 22 more than second placed GD Toledos.A delighted Quadri, who will be moving to Germany next season, described Portugal as a home away from home.He said: “After 10 years in Portugal, it was time to leave for a championship with another level. “I was very happy here.“Portugal for me is almost the same as Nigeria and I will continue to live in Portugal because I have a family here.“I will train a few times at Sporting for the year.”For the final match against his former club, Quadri said: “It was a very difficult game, particularly against my former team and mate, Diogo Silva, who is a player with a lot of talent.“We played together for four years and it is always difficult to play against him.” Also Quadri’s compatriot, Bode Abiodun, admitted that it was a difficult match having returned to the game after several weeks of inactivity.Abiodun said: “It was a very difficult game, but I am very satisfied with the victory and with another title, which was the main objective of the season.”Portuguese international, Diogo Carvalho, also spoke about the tie: “We managed to win another title for Sporting, which was our goal.“The match with Énio was very tactical because we know each other well.RelatedPosts Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Aruna’s arrival attracted interest in Germany — TTBL “We played together for six years in Spain, so we know each other’s game.”The coach of Sporting, Chen CP Shao, lauded the players.Shao said: “This Championship final was complicated, with a long stop and now without the public at the stands.“The players managed to show some quality, despite having been out for four months. ”For the President of Portugal Table Tennis Federation, Pedro Miguel Moura, ending the league was a big achievement for the federation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.Moura said: “This was a very special moment for the Portuguese Table Tennis Federation.“I hope it is very special for the whole community.“Although this is the end of the season, we start with the starting point of what will be the next months of table tennis in Portugal, with this new reality.“It was a learning process to continue doing what we like, which is to practice table tennis.“Train and compete within the rules of protection, with health.“We will have been the first sport to compete in this phase of deflation so it is a very special moment for us.“I would also like to leave a word to the club presidents, because they have offered to come here to dispute this final phase, and to the Federation staff, who have been tireless in these last two weeks.”Tags: aruna quadriFinal MatchPortuguese National LeagueSporting CPTitlelast_img read more