The burgeoning US natural-gas industry is largely responsible for the high volume of shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) through the expanded Panama Canal, the waterway’s manager said Monday.
Nine percent of the more than 1,500 vessels – nearly six per day – that have transited the canal in the one year since the expansion was completed were carrying LNG, administrator Jorge Quijano said.
That number far exceeds the forecast made a decade ago at the start of the project to expand the inter-oceanic channel, when the United States “was not an exporter, but rather an importer of gas,” he said.
Prior to the expansion, the canal could not accommodate the tankers used to transport LNG.
Even with a decline in global trade, the Canal’s revenues have increased by 12% since last October.
Leopoldo López has been held in solitary confinement for 71 days, and has not been allowed to speak to his lawyers for 81 days.
Yesterday his wife tweeted this,
“Leopoldo himself cried out from his cell that he’s being tortured. I demand to see him and know he’s well!”
El mismo Leopoldo desde su celda me gritó que lo están torturando ¡Exijo verlo y saber que está bien! pic.twitter.com/ocL3sjYToT
— Lilian Tintori (@liliantintori) June 25, 2017
She was not allowed to see him.
Earlier this month, the judge who upheld López’s jail sentence was shot dead during a robbery.
Daniel blogs From official terror to article 350 – 1) life in Caracas, the least of which being,
If you are living in opposition areas your Internet and light and water services have noticeably decreased in “quality”, as if they ever had any in the first place.
Apparently Maduro Is Rapidly Running Out Of Friends; the question is, who comes after him?
Cross-posted at WoW! Magazine.
Trending at Bad Blue.
Anything to get immunity:
Former President Cristina Kirchner filed papers on Saturday to run for Argentina’s Senate, launching a campaign that could, if elected, give her congressional immunity from federal prosecution for alleged money laundering and racketeering during her presidency.
About those three separate federal cases that she’s already been indicted,
In one case, a judge ruled that Mrs. Kirchner ran a criminal “gang” aimed at profiting from the illegal disbursal of government funds for infrastructure projects. In another case, she was indicted over accusations she ordered Argentina’s central bank to illegally trade derivatives, costing the country about $5.5 billion.
But wait! There’s more:
If Mrs. Kirchner wins in October, she would be eligible to run for the presidency again in 2019, when Mr. Macri finishes his first four-year term.
One can only hope there are not enough stupid people to vote for her. She only needs 25% or so to get a Senate seat, according to the above article.
Trending at Bad Blue.
Almost twenty years ago, before Jonas Kaufmann’s 2006 Met debut,
If you go to the Pottery Barn page, they have stuff that will make the dweller of a tiny house or a Manhattan apartment (but I repeat myself) weep with envy.
— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) June 23, 2017
Read why Aspirational marketing: Upscale toy kitchens warm my capitalist heart.
Via Diario Judío (Jewish Daily),
Netflix is playing a miniseries about the drug lord of the world’s biggest drug crime organization, and he will be suing because they
“defame” his character by adding salacious details to his life story.
I kid you not:
“El Chapo” Guzman Sues Netflix, Univision over Use of His Image.
I’m under the impression that he cannot sue for royalties, but would like to know if the actor gets to wear the Barabas shirt.
In other Chapo news,
Chapo’s alleged girlfriend, Mexican congresswoman Lucero Guadalupe López, was arrested on conspiracy charges at San Diego airport as she was entering the U.S. in search of asylum.
- Mexico’s May has seen the highest increase in homicides in over 20 years
- The first five months of 2017 have seen an increase of about 30 per cent in homicides over the same period last year
- The violence is in part due to the weakening of El Chapo’s cartel, Sinaloa since his extradition to the US last year, meanwhile the Jalisco cartel is on the rise