Next Up The City Council’s decision to tear up the contract with our lobbying, Carl Parker, is short sighted and wrong.First, the legislative session is not entirely over. The Legislature will meet again later this month and it could consider laws that have a significant impact on Port Arthur.While Harold Doucet is correct when he said the city depends on the Texas Municipal League, Rep. Joe Deshotel and the city attorney, he does not seem to grasp that Parker’s position was still unique and important.First, as a former legislator, he knows the halls of power and the people inside those halls. In short, he knows how to get things done.Deshotel and the municipal league know these things too, but they cannot and do not focus exclusively to the benefit of Port Arthur. In addition, we presume Deshotel does not have the time or the staff to review piles of legislation written by other representatives and senators that could harm Port Arthur. But our lobbyist did have that time—that’s what he had been paid for.City Attorney Val Tizano is likewise valuable to the city, but she cannot spend her days in Austin reviewing potential legislation during session.Doucet and others are correct that the city should review outside contracts and eliminate them when they are not serving the interests of the city.But it’s not clear he understands what Parker was doing for the city.He said, “I haven’t heard one resolution yet from the attorney (Carl Parker) to lobby for us.”Lobbyists do not file resolutions. In fact, they normally keep their work quiet. Later in the city council meeting, Tizano pointed out that he has been working on three arbitrations—deals that cannot be discussed in public even after they’ve been resolved.Those arbitrations have yet to be settled; firing Parker means the city will have to find a new attorney and pay more money to re-arbitrate those cases.But beyond not understanding what Parker did for the city, the idea that the city council would eliminate a contract before the work’s even complete is akin to firing a contractor before a building is finished.The city council could have waited the extra 30 days the emergency legislative session is supposed to take and made a decision then.In fact, the council should have done this if it wanted him gone quickly.Or, the city could have waited until his contract is up in April.But, instead, five members of the city council voted for the worst option for the worst reasons.
Minnesota travels to Illinois with old trips still in mindThe Gophers were upset in Champaign in 2014.Carter Jones, Daily File PhotoGophers quarterback Mitch Leidner winds up a throw on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 during a game against Rutgers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mike HendricksonOctober 26, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIt’s been two years, but Minnesota’s loss at Illinois still stings.The Gophers were on a four-game winning streak, but lost a 10-point, second-half lead to give the Fighting Illini their first conference win of the season.Quarterback Mitch Leidner said that game was brought up in their team meeting on Sunday — six days ahead of their first visit to Champaign since the 2014 matchup.“[Head coach Tracy Claeys] reminded us … of the performance we had there a couple years ago,” said Leidner, the starting quarterback for the 2014 game. “Guys are hungry and excited to go down there and redeem ourselves.” Leidner pointed to the bye week following the matchup and said players were looking forward to that and not focusing on the game itself.Defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel said it could be attributed to another reason: overconfidence.“There’s not a team out there that’s so appreciably better then somebody else that you just say, ‘Oh yeah, we’re better then them,’” Sawvel said. “That’s what happened in . We went down there and thought we were better then we were and we got beat.”All these reasons are being used as motivation to not repeat the past, Claeys said. There are many similarities between where the Gophers were in 2014 when they faced Illinois in Champaign, and where they are now.Minnesota was 6-1, compared to 5-2 now, and was coming off a close home win against an inferior opponent.On Saturday, the Gophers defeated Rutgers — a team that had been outscored 174-14 in the Big Ten this season — 34-32 on a last second, game-winning kick.The close game with Rutgers emphasized same lessons learned in the 2014 game against Illinois.“There wasn’t anybody happy. There’s nobody happy with the way we played, so we know that,” Sawvel said. “We got to play better overall than what we’ve played. We got to cut out a couple mistakes that we weren’t making the previous couple games.” Sawvel said some players will be moved down the depth chart because of poor performances against Rutgers.But just as Minnesota will look at the game against Rutgers and the 2014 game in Champaign, the group also looks back at their 2012 game at Illinois.The Gophers defeated Illinois 17-3 to make themselves bowl-eligible for the first time in three seasons.Sawvel said because the Gophers were fighting for bowl elgibility, the urgency to get a win was greater than it was in 2014. Defensive lineman Hank Ekpe said the coaches this week — Claeys, Sawvel and defensive line coach Jeff Phelps — have harped on being prepared for your opponent, no matter the skill level.After a close call with Rutgers, and an upset loss at Illinois in 2014, it’s easy to imagine why that would be one of the main messages.“You can’t always go in with the mindset thinking that an opponent is just going to roll over because you are doing well and your opponent is going to do this or that,” Ekpe said. “You always have to get the preparation throughout the week because if you don’t, you will see all around college football about how that can turn out.”Notebook:–The restraining orders on the five Gophers football players were not removed Tuesday. This doesn’t affect the players’ status for Saturday’s game as it is in Illinois and not at TCF Bank Stadium. KiAnte Hardin, one of the five players with a restraining order, is listed as a starter for the Illinois game.-Defensive tackle Steven Richardson is going through concussion protocol, Claeys said. It is not known how long he may be out but he is listed as out for the game against Illinois.-Tight end Brandon Lingen is listed as out for the Illinois game. The junior captain was a force on offense last year, but has only seen limited time in three games this season due to injury. Claeys would not rule him out for the year.-Running back Rodney Smith won the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award after he had 257 all-purpose yards against Rutgers, including one return touchdown and one rushing touchdown. He was the first Minnesota player to win the award since David Cobb in 2014.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order approving Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG Stage 3 expansion. Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG unit filed an application with FERC for the construction of liquefaction trains 5 and 6 at the Sabine Pass terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana and sought the permission to expand the capacity of the interconnected pipeline.As FERC said in its order, the proposed construction of trains 5 and 6 in Stage 3 would increase the liquefaction project’s total authorized production capacity from approximately 20 mtpa, or 2.76 Bcf per day, to approximately 29 mtpa, or 4.14 Bcf per day.Cheniere said that it has executed sales and purchase agreements with Total Gas & Power North America and Centrica to deliver 101 Bcf and 88.3 Bcf per year of LNG, respectively from the proposed train 5.Negotiations for the sale of LNG from proposed train 6 are currently ongoing.[mappress mapid=”16402″]LNG World News Staff; Image: Cheniere
(Image Courtesy: ALCOTT GLOBAL) Author: Baibhav Mishra The Guide provides a practical framework, including best practices forcreating a maritime sustainability report, for both listed and non-listedmaritime companies. The need for the Guide was spurred by industry feedback on the growingneed for sustainability reporting guidelines, given that sustainabilitydevelopment practices bring various benefits to businesses. The Guide alsofeatures MPA’s own sustainability reporting journey as a case study, includingits internal sustainability initiatives through the years. Sea News, August 20 Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA said, “The Guide attests to MPA’sefforts to champion sustainability reporting for the maritime industry andserves as a platform to reach out to the maritime community on sustainability.It is also aligned with MPA’s efforts to serve the needs of our customers,create stronger partnerships in the new world and build a more sustainablefuture for Singapore and the region.” Loh Boon Chye, CEO of SGX said, “SGX is pleased to support MPA inenabling higher-quality sustainability reports from maritime companies. Globalinvestors are increasingly focused on how companies manage Environmental,Social and Governance factors. The Guide and the exchange’s own initiatives onthe sustainability front are efforts that will help elevate interest inSingapore-listed companies as a whole.” Goh Swee Chen, President of GCNS, added, “The salient value of thesustainability reporting process lies in its ability to ensure thatorganisations consider and disclose the impacts of their business practices,including consideration of longer term opportunities and risks.” The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), together with itspartners – Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX), Global Compact Network Singapore(GCNS), Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA), and sustainabilityconsultants from Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG and PwC Singapore, have launchedthe first sectorspecific Maritime Sustainability Reporting Guide today at anevent witnessed by around 150 guests. “The maritime industry is a key driving force in Singapore’s andthe global economy and has great potential to make waves as a front-runner insustainable development. GCNS is delighted to co-create Singapore’s firstMaritime Sustainability Reporting Guide with MPA to steer businesses towardsaligning strategies and operations with the United Nations’ SustainableDevelopment Goals,” Chen added.
In 2018, the market for RF front-end and connectivity was worth US $15 billion. According to Yole, this figure will reach US $26 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 8%.For many years, Band Acoustic Wave (BAW) filters have been the leading RF filter technology for high frequency bands in mobile communication. Last year, Murata released a new filter based on a TF-SAW technology, the Incredible High Performance (IHP) SAW filter. This technology allowed Murata to address multiple smartphone functions, including PAMiD and diversity receivers.In 2018, the leader of this market was Murata, with a quarter of the market, mainly with its discrete filters. In this segment, more than 60% of the filters are based on SAW technology in 2020. SAW filters are based on the three main manufacturing processes: SAW, TC-SAW and TF-SAW.In 2020, Qualcomm is challenging Murata with its own TF-SAW RF filter. With this announcement, the US company could dominate the market. Qualcomm is the only player with the full capability to supply the entire RF chain from the modem to the antenna. Regarding its filter activity, thanks to its acquisition of TDK-Epcos via RF360 joint venture, Qualcomm was able to provide SAW (Standard, TC-SAW) and BAW filters. Recently, Qualcomm has demonstrated its ability to provide TF SAW filters with higher performances than its own BAW filter in certain bands.TF-SAW filter technology definitely disrupts the market and in performance directly competes with BAW filter. Murata has taken advantage of this technology to develop a large panel of customers and applications and reinforce its strategic market positioning. System Plus Consulting analyzed the Murata RF front-end module in a dedicated Murata IHP SAW Filter report.With this technology choice, Murata is now able to enter the high frequency market, reaching Wi-Fi front-ends. The IHP SAW filter has shown results comparable to competing BAW filters in this field.System Plus Consulting has also developed a new comparative report – SAW Filter Comparison 2020. This study is an impressive structural, process and cost review of key SAW filter technologies developed by leading companies as well as others. This comparison includes filters developed by leading players including Murata, Skyworks, Qorvo, Qualcomm, Taiyo Yuden, Kyocera as well as smaller companies such as Wisol, Tai-SAW, SAWNICS and Shoulder Electronics.The company offers a complete study of 9 SAW filters which uses standard piezoelectric as substrate, 4 TC-SAW Filters which uses a thermo-compensated layer to avoid thermal drift and 1 TF-SAW filter which uses Lithium Tantalate on Silicon substrate. This analysis points out the direct relation between function and structure of those SAW filters.System Plus Consulting’s team discloses the technical choices made by leading OEMs, from low to high-end products. Process flows for the 13 SAW technologies have been identified and deeply analyzed, allowing System Plus Consulting to reveal a relevant manufacturing cost comparison. Physical data for each component has been compared in terms of process flow, cost and integration to provide a large panel of technical and economic choices.For example:• Standard SAW technology from emerging Asian companies compared to leaders in the market• TC and High-Performance SAW filters using oxide layers, air cavity and protective layer• TF-SAW from Murata using ceramic/silicon wafer bonding to improve standard SAW technology This latest report from System Plus Consulting takes into account the China-US trade war and its direct impact on the smartphone industry, especially the RF filter market segment.The report tries to answer the following questions:Who is doing what? Who is leading the SAW filters industry?What is the status of the competitive landscape? Which technology choices have been made by the companies? What are the benefits and the costs of each technology? Regarding pure SAW, several Asian companies are involved, like Wisol and Kyocera, explains System Plus Consulting in its comparative analysis. Wisol bought the SAW filter manufacturing capability from Samsung back in 2008. Since then, Wisol has developed a portfolio offering a broadband module from the single filter to FEMiDs exclusively based on the SAW filter. Wisol is currently working with Samsung.TC-SAW technology is more complex and System Plus Consulting has identified four main players: Qorvo, Skyworks, Murata and Qualcomm. Skyworks and Qorvo made large investments 10 years ago to develop and offer innovative solutions focused on TC-SAW filters with complex packaging and high performance. Both companies currently have solutions available in the market now and would like to keep their positions as market leaders. Qorvo is now also developing a TF-SAW based solution.The other two companies have now also introduced TF-SAW technology into their portfolio, Murata in 2019 and Qualcomm in 2020.SAW filters along with passives components are the primary technology developed by Murata. With several acquisitions over the years, Murata has improved its portfolio with silicon capacitors and RF switches. And the SAW filter is still being improved as is evident with the recent development of TF- SAW technology. The performances can be comparable to BAW filters at a lower cost.Behind the technology competition, the US & China trade war is another factor and is clearly impacting the RF industry. As an example, Huawei worked with Skyworks and Qorvo in the past, however trade wars makes it difficult for them to buy components from such companies based in the US.Click here for more on BAW vs SAW Filters.Click here to download the SAW Filter Comparison 2020 Report.
Chelsea are yet again being linked with Robert Lewandowski.The Sunday Mirror claim the Blues have made contact with the representatives of Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski, 30, and Borussia Dortmund forward Alexander Isak, 19.Poland star Lewandowski has been linked with Chelsea during successive transfer windows, while Sweden international Isak has been touted for a move to the Premier League after impressing in Germany.Hazard speculationThere also continues to be speculation over the future of Eden Hazard amid reports he could leave Chelsea for Real Madrid.Spanish newspaper Marca again claimed this week – as it has on a number of occasions in the last year or so – that a deal had been agreed for Hazard to move to Real.The Independent on Sunday say Real want to pay around £85m for Hazard but that Chelsea are holding out for a £100m bid.Sarri claims Giroud could staySeveral newspapers are reporting that Olivier Giroud could stay at Chelsea beyond the end of the season.It is based on head coach Maurizio Sarri suggesting that he wants the club to take up an option to extend the Frenchman’s contract when his current deal expires this summer.Sarri said: “Yes, of course I want him to stay. I know the club have an option with him for another season, so I think he will remain.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook The transfer stories in Sunday’s newspapers involving the area’s clubs…There continues to be speculation over the future of Ryan Sessegnon.Tottenham have long been strongly interested in the Fulham youngster, who has been linked with other top clubs.AdChoices广告Now The Sun on Sunday say Sessegnon, 18, could see out the final year of his Whites contract and then join German club Borussia Dortmund, who supposedly want him.Losing Sessegnon at the end of his contract would mean Fulham would be due a compensation payment rather than a standard transfer fee.Mitrovic linked with China moveFulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic could move to the Chinese Super League, it is claimed.The Sunday Express say Mitrovic is being offered £300,000 a week to move to the Far East and that Guangzhou Evergrande are leading a chase to sign him.Chelsea linked with Bundesliga duoEmbed from Getty Images