Indonesia to stop gas exports to Singapore in 2023

first_imgThe Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has decided to stop gas shipments to Singapore in the next three years to cater to domestic demand.”Gas exports to Singapore will stop in 2023 and we will use the gas for the domestic market,” Downstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency (BPH Migas) head Fanshurullah Asa said as quoted from the ministry’s press release on Friday.The decision is in line with a statement made by Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif during a hearing with House of Representatives lawmakers in November that he planned to stop supplying gas to the city-state. Fanshurullah expressed hope the decision would create added value for the nation’s natural gas and reduce its trade balance deficit, as the use of gas could shift to oil fuel.Indonesia’s gas exports to Singapore come from the Corridor Block managed by ConocoPhillips, which has a supply of 300 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd).The gas supply will be channeled into the Dumai Duri transmission pipeline to be distributed to industrial estates in Sumatra, namely the Sei Mangkei Special Economic Zone in North Sumatra, among other destinations.The country’s oil and gas exports totaled US$167.5 billion last year, a 6.94 percent decline year-on-year (yoy), Statistics Indonesia data show. (eyc)Topics :last_img read more

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Wolf’s Investments Makes Pennsylvania a National Leader in Computer Science and STEM Education

first_imgWolf’s Investments Makes Pennsylvania a National Leader in Computer Science and STEM Education Economy,  Education,  Innovation,  National Issues,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – As students and teachers return to the classroom, Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative has made Pennsylvania a national leader in computer science and STEM education. According to Education Commission of the States (ECS), Pennsylvania now ranks second in the country for investments in K-12 STEM and Computer Science initiatives. The governor secured $20 million in the state budget to prepare students to use computers and new technologies in the constantly changing economy, regardless of age, gender and zip code.“Businesses are growing in Pennsylvania and they want skilled and well-educated workers to thrive in the 21st century economy,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “With PAsmart, we’re preparing students and workers to use the latest technology across many industries. These are good, middle-class jobs that employers need to fill today and in the future. Making Pennsylvania a national leader in technology education is good for workers, benefits businesses and strengthens the economy for everyone.”Over the next decade, seven in 10 new jobs in Pennsylvania will require workers to use a computer and an estimated 300,000 jobs in science, technology, engineering and math will be available in Pennsylvania this year.To improve computer science and STEM education, Governor Wolf has:• Made Pennsylvania the national leader in funding K-12 computer science and STEM education. PAsmart competitive grants will support high-quality and equitable technology education with more classes in elementary, middle, and high schools, and professional development for teachers. Pennsylvania now ranks second in the country for investments in K-12 STEM and Computer Science initiatives, according to ECS.• Joined 15 other states in the Governors’ Partnership for K-12 Computer Science, a bipartisan initiative organized by Code.org, to advance policy, funding, and professional learning for computer science education.• Successfully encouraged the State Board of Education to endorse computer science standards for K-12, making computer courses available to all students.“Learning to use the latest technology prepares students – and workers who need to upgrade their skills – for in-demand jobs and encourages problem solving, collaboration and drives innovation in all corners of our state,” said Governor Wolf.All students should have the opportunity to study computer science and technology, but opportunity gaps remain. Only 23 percent of middle and high schools offered a computer science course in the 2016-17 school year, and only two percent of all students took a computer science class. Of those, more than twice as many boys took computer science courses than girls, and only 28 percent, 1,717 students, were girls of color.However, Pennsylvania is quickly becoming a leader in STEM and Computer Science training. Over the past three years, the number of girls of color enrolled in computer science courses has increased by 45 percent in 2016-17 and more students of color are taking the classes. Additionally, Girls Who Code and the Federal Communications Commission recognized Pennsylvania as a leading state for promoting gender equity in computer science education through transparency and data reporting. The commonwealth ranks fifth nationally in the number of STEM graduates; is home to five of the country’s 56 STEM learning ecosystems and 24 percent of degrees awarded from state-owned universities are in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or health care. According to Education Commission of the States (ECS), Pennsylvania now ranks second in the country for investments in K-12 STEM and computer science initiatives. PAsmart will build on that success.“I traveled across the state this summer visiting educational camps where students were engaged in a range of STEM and computer science programs,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “As students return to the classroom this year, more of their teachers will have the tools necessary to continue to prepare them for the jobs we know will be abundant in the coming years, as well as professions that have yet to be imagined.”In June, the state Department of Education hosted the Computer Science for All PA summit to train hundreds of educators and administrators from around Pennsylvania on innovative ways to approach teaching computer science in the commonwealth’s classrooms. The three-day event featured national speakers, training in computer science fundamentals presented by Code.org, and other hands-on activities. August 23, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Where Is the Line Drawn with Cheating?.

first_imgA few weeks ago, a friend told me that her married friend was seeing her ex-boyfriend, but there was “nothing physical about it”. Considering her husband did not know she was seeing her ex-boyfriend, I still considered it shady. It got me wondering, outside of shacking up with someone else, what constitutes cheating? I always thought: anything you wouldn’t want your significant other to catch you doing with someone else was cheating. But that’s a little unforgiving. There are a lot of things that could be considered “cheating,” but we may not agree on them all.What is your opinion on the following possibilities:PornI’ll be the first to admit that I own so much porn that I have “organizing sessions” where I delete and file it on the computer. Guys are very matter-of-fact about porn, and it’s part of our lives before we ever get into a serious relationship.It becomes an issue when porn becomes a bigger part of someone’s sex life than their significant other. An old girlfriend of mine didn’t have sex as much as I wanted to, but I didn’t confront her. I ended up turning to porn instead. It probably would have been more productive to confront her in a constructive way, but i took a different way out. But, because porn helps satisfy sexual urges, one could argue that this alternate source of release helps prevent cheating.An “Online Companion”Suppose your significant other meets someone online. They begin communicating more and more, and eventually it gets romantic. This might even graduate to phone conversations or a clandestine meeting.Connecting with another person romantically, even if it begins online, is a form of cheating in my book. The very nature of building a relationship through conversation adds a spiritual/mental component to the relationship beyond physical attraction.Seeing An ExThis has a lot to do with how much your significant other knows. Plenty of exes remain in our lives as friends, but it becomes an issue when we see them in secret. Even if nothing serious happens, there is potential for old flames to rise again. And, if it’s totally innocent, there’s no reason to avoid telling your significant other that you are hanging out with your ex.A “Work Spouse”My married friend was telling me about a person at work they’d “love to have sex with”. They work together on many projects, get drinks after work, and have become close personal friends. In work situations, it’s inevitable that people will get close. They have a lot in common, feel the same pain from the annoying boss, and go to one another for support in the office and in life outside the office.The “work spouse” is a common phenomenon. My friend Margaret is my “work wife” but it’s completely platonic. We argue like husband and wife. She supports me with advice and even fixed a hole in my jeans once (I really can’t sew). As long as it remains platonic, “work spouse” relationships are rewarding and strong.FantasizingFantasizing/thinking about other people is natural and there’s nothing we can do about it. There are thoughts, then words, then actions. As long as thoughts remain thoughts and don’t evolve into actions, there shouldn’t be a problem. I’m sure all of my girlfriends have thought of someone else while we were dating. I just do my best not to worry about it and, as long as I don’t know about it about I’m fine (unless she’s fantasizing about someone annoying like John Mayer- I just can’t have that).It’s easier, sometimes, to vent to someone else instead of addressing a difficult issue about your relationship with your significant other. It’s a good policy to steer clear from speaking to friends of the opposite gender about weaknesses in your relationship. Your best friend should also be your significant other, so why not bring up deep issues concerning your relationship directly to your them and work on it all together?What other activities would you say could be considered cheating, but may not be considered cheating? Which of the above would you consider cheating?by Rich Santos, Marie Claire LifestyleRelationships Where Is the Line Drawn with Cheating?. by: – August 9, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! 33 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

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NPFL: Shooting Stars Begin Pay Strike

first_imgThey were paid a month’s salary before the Rangers game.They are now owed five months’ salaries and 10 match bonuses.Shooting Stars are 14th on the table with 44 points from 33 matches.Meanwhile, Rivers United captain, Festus Austin has warned players of the club not to get carried away as they look to win the NPFL title at the first time of asking.United is currently top of the NPFL standings with three matches remaining and the ‘Pride of Rivers’ know they are within striking distance of an improbable title.Austin however concedes that it will be extremely premature to start singing the victory tunes with three potentially difficult fixtures still to navigate.“Nobody (at Rivers United) should even start thinking of celebrating because it is too early for that kind of thing.“If you take a closer look at the (NPFL) table, you will realize that there are four or even five clubs that are capable of winning the title.“At this stage of the season, calm heads, disciplined individuals and consistent levels of hard work are required,” he told Rivers United Media.United will embark on a banana skin trip to Bauchi to face Wikki Tourists on Sunday, a side that previously spent 63 days at the top of the table, in their next league game, knowing defeat could sound the death knell on their title aspirations.The Port Harcourt side, in stark contrast, have spent just 18 days cumulatively, as the top dogs of the division.Statistics aside, Austin anticipates an extremely difficult test against the Tourists especially putting United’s shocking form away from home in perspective, as they have failed to score on their travels in their last nine attempts.The last time Rivers United avoided defeat away from home was three months ago (June 9) when they drew 0-0 at champions, Enyimba and Austin knows improvements are rapidly required.“We have not been getting good results on the road in recent matches.“It is not like we played badly in all those matches but the truth is, football is a game decided by goals and I will not use this medium to make excuses.“The fans want us to start performing from this Sunday’s game against Wikki and that is what we will try to do against one of the best sides in the league,” he said.Austin played no part in United’s last game, an impressive come-from-behind win against last season’s runners up, Warri Wolves after he failed a late fitness test.The centre half who is in the frame for a return against Wikki this weekend revealed he was extremely nervous watching last Saturday’s game against Wolves from the side lines.He however cut a relieved figure at full time with his side closing out the win and also against the backdrop of title rivals, Enugu Rangers and Wikki Tourists dropping vital points simultaneously.“I feel excited (at the current situation) which enabled us move to the top of the table.“I am very happy about this,” he said.Austin will be even happier if his side can pull the chestnut out of the fire and claim unlikely points at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi on Sunday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Rivers Utd captain caution teammates on titleShooting Stars began a pay strike tuesday afternoon to press for their outstanding salaries as well as to sight the contracts they signed with the Ibadan club.“They refused to train today because they want their outstanding salaries and also they wish to sight the contracts they signed with ‘The Oluyole Warriors’,” a top source informed.Shooting Stars shelved an earlier plan to go on strike before the home game against traditional rivals Enugu Rangers.last_img read more

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