Reuters: Russia’s Gazprom and Dutch Gasunie to Cooperate on Small-Scale LNG

July 03rd, 2015 2:34pm Posted In: Press Notes Russian state gas company Gazprom and Dutch gas grid operator Gasunie have signed an agreement to cooperate on the small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) market in Europe, Gazprom said in a statement on Thursday. Read the full article HERE.  Natural Gas Europe welcomes all viewpoints. Should you wish to provide an alternative perspective on the … [Read more...]

Bulgaria lowers bar for calling a referendum

Bulgaria?s Parliament voted on July 3 to lower by 100 000, to 400 000, the number of signatures required for a petition to call a national referendum. Approving the second reading of the Direct Participation in Government and Local Government Act, MPs rejected an amendment proposed by minority socialist party ABC to reduce the threshold from 500 000 to 300 000 valid signatures. Some of the more … [Read more...]

Sorry Charlie: Nobody DIED from the demon-summoning challenge

Fake news sites are a menace. They hide their disclaimers well, but even if they had disclaimers right up front, you could bet many readers would not notice them and still believe the crazy stories and pass them on as real. Especially if the stories appear shocking and fit with the person?s personal beliefs. The Charlie Charlie Challenge was an incredibly popular subject of news in May 2015. It?s … [Read more...]

Clinton and Sanders Have a Shared Weakness, and Martin O?Malley Is Exploiting It

Presidential candidate Martin O?Malley is polling a distant third among declared Democrats, ten points behind Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and more than 60 points behind Hillary Clinton. Closing that gap in any significant way will require taking stronger positions than his rivals on the issues most important to the party's base. He's done just that with his aggressive new plan on climate … [Read more...]

What the New $10 Bill Should Really Look Like

The U.S. Department of Treasury is asking for public input on its plans to put a woman on the $10 bill in 2020. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has taken the government up on its offer by redesigning the bill to reflect the fact that the average woman still only makes 78 percent of what a man makes?and that black and Latina women make even less. Their video, ?#TheNew10 … [Read more...]

Designing A New EU-Turkey Strategic Gas Partnership

July 03rd, 2015 12:00am Posted In: Energy Security & Supply, News By Country, Featured Articles, Turkey, Expert Views Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann of Bruegel have published a new study: Designing a new EU-Turkey strategic gas partnership. The key points are: The European Commission?s February 2015 Energy Union Communication calls for intensified work on the Southern Gas Corridor … [Read more...]

Jim Webb Announces Presidential Campaign to Internet Already on Vacation

Ever since Jim Webb said last fall that he was ?seriously looking? into running for president, the political media has anticipated?or at least speculated about?whether he?d indeed seek the Democratic nomination. But unlike every other candidate thus far, the former senator from Virginia never annonced when he'd announce his decision: He simply announced it. JIM WEBB ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR … [Read more...]

Greek bailout crisis unresolved; talks continue

The Greek bailout crisis remains unresolved, with European finance chiefs saying they would continue to examine Athens? last-minute debt relief proposal on Wednesday. The eurozone?s 19 finance ministers discussed the Greek plan for a two-year loan deal in an emergency phone conference Tuesday night, just hours before the country?s massive bailout program expired at midnight. But several officials … [Read more...]

Bulgarian Defence Minister: Political instability in neighbouring countries also a threat

The security threats to Bulgaria come not only from the conflict in Ukraine or from the ?Islamic State? group but also from Bulgaria?s three neighbouring countries where there is a danger of political instability, Defence Minister Nikolai Nenchev said on July 1. ?The conflict in eastern Ukraine has deepened, to the south of us there is the problem of the ?Islamic State?, but these are well-known … [Read more...]

International Astrology Foundation smacked for deceptive practices in Iowa

An Iowa judge has ordered a New York-based company that prosecutors say conned people into paying for outlandish psychic readings and prophecies to stop soliciting Iowa residents and refund nearly $14,000 already sent from them. Source: Court orders New York psychic outfit to reimburse Iowa residents for ?outrageous? deception Polk County District Court Judge Douglas Staskal on Thursday ordered … [Read more...]