Image courtesy of BW LNGInternational law firm Watson Farley & Williams acted as advisor to Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and KfW- IPEX Bank in the $191.8m post-delivery financing of BW Group’s FSRU BW Integrity.The FSRU has a storage capacity in excess of 170,000 cubic meters and a peak regasification capacity of 750 million standard cubic feet per day and will serve Pakistan’s second LNG terminal at Port Qasim and is currently employed by PGP consortium, a subsidiary of Pakistan GasPort consortium.The FSRU will provide 600 million cubic feet per day of regasification to state-owned Pakistan LNG Terminals under a 15-year contract.The vessel was built by Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea for Singapore-based gas shipping giant BW Group.The floating storage and regasification unit will play a vital part of Pakistan’s plan to reduce the country’s gas deficit as well as aiming to yield large savings in annual foreign exchange, enhancing the country’s growth in economy, WFW said.
Today, most students know Mirian Mejia as the friendly, smiling EVK Restaurant and Grill cashier, but 30 years ago she found herself making the life-changing decision to leave everything she knew in El Salvador to escape a civil war.“It’s so hard, but sometimes you have to decide: What do you want?” Mejia said. “Your life, your family or to stay [in El Salvador] and die?”Everybody’s cashier · Mirian Mejia talks to Vanessa Wilkins, a freshman majoring in print and digital journalism, outside the EVK Restaurant and Grill worker’s station. – Ani Kolangian | Daily TrojanMejia and her 11-year-old son left their family behind to find safety from what started as a coup d’état in 1979 but resulted in a power struggle that quickly escalated into a civil war. Lasting 12 years, the civil war killed more than 70,000 people and more than 30,000 disappeared, according to a report released by the United Nations in 1992.Mejia and her son found a new home in Los Angeles, 3,000 miles away. Mejia was able to keep only limited contact with her family, who did not have a telephone of its own, and instead relied on using phones in the offices of the local phone company and following a strict time schedule.“I had to make appointments with telephone companies,” Mejia said. “[My family] had to go there at a specific time, and I had to call at that time. That’s how you did it.”It was 10 years before Mejia became a U.S. citizen and was able to return to El Salvador to see her family in person, and she now goes back to visit for about a month every summer.Mejia had already taken some English classes in El Salvador, but she said her teachers were all British, so American English was a completely new dialect she had to learn. She would spend her days working in places like hotels and flower shops and her evenings in school to improve her English.About 11 years ago, Mejia began working for USC Hospitality and is now a beloved cashier at EVK, always welcoming students with a smile, a quick conversation or a word of advice.“You can see in their faces, ‘What happened with you? You look different today,’” Mejia said of her regular customers. “They say, ‘I have a cold,’ and I say, ‘Go take a hot tea,’ or something like that.”Last spring, when USC Hospitality considered cutting hours at Trojan Grounds, the only 24-hour food option on campus, students turned to Mejia as a source of inspiration to argue against the proposition, creating the Facebook page “WWMD (What Would Mirian Do).”The page describes Mejia as “the lovable, no-nonsense employee who swipes your card with a slight smile,” and asks, “Would Mirian stand for our rights as hungry late-night study-ers being violated?”Now that the proposition has been abandoned, the page is a place for students to express their appreciation. One post from December reads, “I didn’t make it to EVK once this semester. … That breaks my heart.”Mejia said she enjoys interacting with students.“They see us as a family,” Mejia said. “Even if we don’t talk too much with them, they look at us like this is home.”It is also home to Mejia. After about 30 years in Los Angeles, she can never see herself returning to live permanently in El Salvador. Only her son and his family live in Los Angeles, while her brother, sister and the rest of her extended family live in El Salvador.Mejia said she loves the city and enjoys her job too much to leave.“I love the kids,” Mejia said. “We are here for them. Everything they need, we have to be available. And I love it.”
Jo Danielle Esteban | Daily TrojanFollowing their thrilling double-overtime victory over Texas, the Trojans don’t have much time to relax as they prepare to go up to Northern California and play Cal on Saturday. After opening the season with three straight home wins, the Trojans will be tested with their first road game of the 2017 season. Coming in Clutch Although its national ranking has slipped from No. 4 to No. 5, USC survived the upset in a nail-biting game.Head coach Clay Helton praised some underclassmen for their clutch performances that helped the Trojans leave the Coliseum with the win. With a steep learning curve, Helton acknowledged that everyone adjusts to the college game differently. “You can always tell when you look at them in the huddle,” Helton said. “You look at their eyes and you can tell, ‘That guy’s ready, that guy’s ready and there’s the big deer in the headlights.’” With preparation and constant repetition, Helton received production out of younger players when it mattered the most. After being stopped on the ground for most of the game, freshman running back Stephen Carr made a crucial 21-yard catch in the final seconds of the fourth quarter off a jump throw by redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold. Freshman walk-on kicker Chase McGrath, who missed his first field goal attempt, hit the tying and winning field goals later in the game. Helton also praised redshirt sophomore wide receiver Tyler Vaughns for his performance on Saturday. After being quiet in the first two games, Vaughns had four catches for 25 yards and played crucial snaps in the fourth quarter and overtime. Scouting the Bears Cal, which has also started the season 3-0, is coming off a 27-16 win against Ole Miss. The Trojans will see a familiar face on the opposite sideline of California Memorial Stadium. Justin Wilcox, a former USC defensive coordinator, has exceeded expectations after being hired as Cal’s head coach this year. “We’re very impressed with their team,” Helton said. “A lot of credit goes to Justin Wilcox and his staff. They’ve got their team playing with a lot of confidence and a lot of effort right now.” On offense, the Bears are led by redshirt sophomore quarterback Ross Bowers. Bowers has completed 60 percent of his passes so far this season while throwing for five touchdowns. “I think the kid does a really nice job in their run/pass option game, which is a big part of their system, and he also has some accuracy vertically,” Helton said. Cal lost their starting running back, senior Tre Watson, early in the season after an unspecified right leg injury. Junior Patrick Laird has stepped up for the Bears in his place, averaging 7.5 yards per carry. On the other side of the ball, the Bears are led by a tough front seven. It appears that Wilcox’s hire has helped shore up the Bears’ defense, which has only given up 22 points a game. Their defense is led by senior Devante Downs, who recorded 14 tackles in the Bears’ win over the Rebels. Given Cal’s much-improved defensive unit, the Trojans will be tested in their first road game. After struggling running the ball, the Trojans leaned on the right arm of Darnold to pull out the win. But on Saturday, the Trojans will try to return to their identity of balance on offense by establishing the run game. Injuries The Trojans came out of the double-overtime battle on Saturday with a win, but got banged up in the process. Junior linebacker Porter Gustin (shoulder), redshirt junior cornerback Ajene Harris (knee), senior linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (knee), junior defensive tackle Rasheem Green (ankle), redshirt senior receiver Steven Mitchell (groin) and freshman receiver Joseph Lewis IV all missed practice on Tuesday. Junior running back Ronald Jones II, redshirt sophomore linebacker John Houston Jr. and junior offensive tackle Chuma Edoga were all limited. Despite the lengthy injury list, Helton says he’s not too concerned, citing depth all over the field that can fill in until starters get healthy. The Trojans’ injury situation is something to monitor closely, especially because their bye week doesn’t come until the end of the regular season schedule.
On Thursday, Black Stars head coach James Kwesi Appiah will name his provisional 25-man squad for the 2013 Cup of Nations in South Africa.The continent’s most prestigious football competition kicks off on January 19 and runs through 10th February. The Black Stars will pitch camp in the United Arab Emirates in a pre –tournament training exercise.The domestic league has so far witnessed ten matches with certain players standing tall, so the question is: How many local players should coach Kwesi Appiah name for the 2013 Cup of Nations?Make your thoughts known in the comment zone below