Donald Fagen Pens Touching Tribute To Steely Dan Guitarist Walter Becker

first_imgWith the passing of Steely Dan co-founder and guitarist Walter Becker, a 50-year history of one of the most prolific songwriting duo’s in rock history comes to an end. Becker and bandmate Donald Fagen began writing music back in 1967 at Bard College, and went on to create some of the most technically proficient and innovative music the rock world has ever heard.Fagen penned a touching tribute to his long-time friend, bandmate and writing partner, discussing the beginnings of what would become Steely Dan, their shared interests, as well as touching on Becker’s “rough childhood” and great sense of humor.Here is the full tribute via Rolling Stone:Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard College in 1967. We started writing nutty little tunes on an upright piano in a small sitting room in the lobby of Ward Manor, a mouldering old mansion on the Hudson River that the college used as a dorm.We liked a lot of the same things: jazz (from the twenties through the mid-sixties), W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, science fiction, Nabokov, Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Berger, and Robert Altman films come to mind. Also soul music and Chicago blues.Walter had a very rough childhood – I’ll spare you the details. Luckily, he was smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter. He was cynical about human nature, including his own, and hysterically funny. Like a lot of kids from fractured families, he had the knack of creative mimicry, reading people’s hidden psychology and transforming what he saw into bubbly, incisive art. He used to write letters (never meant to be sent) in my wife Libby’s singular voice that made the three of us collapse with laughter.His habits got the best of him by the end of the seventies, and we lost touch for a while. In the eighties, when I was putting together the NY Rock and Soul Review with Libby, we hooked up again, revived the Steely Dan concept and developed another terrific band.I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band.Donald FagenSeptember 3 2017last_img read more

Maluku administration approves land plot for Masela gas project harbor

first_img“We’re continuing to hold discussions related to land acquisition and preparing local workforces,” said Murad in a statement last week on March 9, adding that the plant was expected to begin construction in 2021.Read also: PLN, Pupuk Indonesia to buy LNG from Masela plantAbadi is one of two LNG facilities being developed in Indonesia. The other facility is British Petroleum’s (BP) Tangguh Train 3 plant in West Papua. The two facilities, once operational, are expected to double Indonesia’s LNG production capacity to 33.1 million tons each year to increase its global exports of the commodity. The development of a long-stalled, nationally strategic gas project in the offshore Masela Block has taken a step forward as the Maluku governor has allocated 27 hectares of land for the project’s harbor.Maluku Governor Murad Ismail issued on Feb. 14 letter No. 96/2020, which allocated a small plot of land on Nustual Island for the development of the harbor to be used to move items related to the establishment of the Abadi Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant in the Masela Block. In a follow-up announcement received by The Jakarta Post on Sunday, the provincial administration said that acquiring the land – parts of which are currently owned by two different individuals – would take about eight months.The policeman-turned-governor previously gave the plant’s operator, Japanese oil company Inpex Corp, a recommendation for between 900 Ha and 1,000 Ha of land on a separate island to develop the plant itself. The Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Taskforce (SKK Migas), which spearheads the government’s efforts on upstream gas-related matters, expects higher LNG exports to help offset Indonesia’s growing oil imports, which are a main contributor to the country’s trade deficit.Oil and gas imports reached US$1.75 billion in February, up 10.7 percent from the same month last year, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data shows.Despite being listed as a nationally strategic project, the Abadi LNG plant’s development has been delayed for 18 years due to a disagreement between Inpex and Indonesia over the block’s development plan, including whether the LNG plant would be built onshore or offshore.Locals have also resisted the project. The Maluku People’s Forum (Formama) told reporters in Jakarta in December of last year that members were unsatisfied with the project’s contribution to local residents’ welfare, as reported by Tribunnews.com. Contrary to Murad’s expectations, Japan’s Inpex expects to begin plant construction in early 2023 and have the facility operational by 2027, when it expects to produce 9.5 million metric tons of LNG per annum (mtpa).Read also: Construction of Abadi LNG facilities to contribute Rp 73 trillion to economyInpex Masela corporate communications manager Moch N Kurniawan said the company would continually engage stakeholders to ensure “we can execute the Abadi LNG project as per the plan of development agreed upon with the Indonesian government”.SKK Migas deputy of operations Julius Wiratno added in a statement on Monday that developers were facing a slight delay due to the novel coronavirus epidemic. They had to clean survey equipment to ensure employees were not affected by the virus.“We need about a month to disinfect survey equipment, particularly the equipment that comes from countries infected by COVID-19,” he said.Julius added that Inpex was currently working on the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) plans for the project.Topics :last_img read more

Seacor-Montco liftboat joint venture goes live

first_imgU.S. offshore vessel owner Seacor Marine has closed its joint venture with liftboat specialist Montco Offshore (MOI) announced last year.Namely, Seacor Marine last June announced a stalking horse bid to form a joint venture with Montco Offshore which had earlier filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This type of bid allows the distressed company to avoid low bids on its assets and choose the stalking horse to make the first bid.The U.S. bankruptcy court approved the stalking horse bid in January 2018, allowing the two companies to continue with their JV plans.On Friday, February 9 Seacor Marine announced that the formation and capitalization of the new joint venture company with MOI was consummated on February 8, 2018.In accordance with the terms of a joint venture contribution and formation agreement, Seacor Marine and MOI contributed certain liftboat vessels and other related assets to the joint venture, and the joint venture assumed certain operating liabilities and indebtedness associated with the liftboat vessels and related assets.The joint venture consolidates the ownership and operation of eleven liftboat vessels previously operated by a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seacor Marine, six liftboat vessels previously operated by MOI, and two liftboat vessels previously operated by a previously existing joint venture between an affiliate of MOI and an affiliate of Seacor Marine.The JV assumed approximately $131 million of indebtedness from MOI’s pre-petition facilities which, apart from a guarantee of interest payments for two years after the closing of the transactions, is non-recourse to Seacor Marine.Seacor Marine holds approximately 72% of all equity interests in the JV, and is entitled to appoint a majority of the board of managers of the JV.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Keane salutes great ‘leader’ O’Shea

first_img The 33-year-old Sunderland defender will become the sixth Irishman to reach three figures if he is selected to face Germany in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday evening, following in the footsteps of Keane, Shay Given, Kevin Kilbane, Steve Staunton and Damien Duff. Keane, who will make his 137th appearance in a green shirt if he gets the nod from manager Martin O’Neill, has watched O’Shea’s international career at close hand and has saluted his enduring quality on and off the pitch. Robbie Keane has paid tribute to a “proper leader” as Republic of Ireland team-mate John O’Shea prepares to win his 100th senior international cap. “The very fact that you have been picked by all those managers might suggest something.” O’Shea made his senior debut as a substitute against Croatia in August 2001 and has become a fixture in the team in recent years. He was part of the squad which qualified for the Euro 2012 finals via the play-offs, but performed poorly in Poland and the Ukraine, and that has made him all the more hungry to make it on to the big stage once again. The LA Galaxy striker said: “He wouldn’t have played for Manchester United for so long and won trophies if he wasn’t a good player. He’s been great for the country. To get 100 caps for your country is great. “He has been brilliant since he came in from the start, and he’s a big, big player. These are the games where people will be looking to the likes of John O’Shea and the experience that he has. “He has been brilliant on the field, but he has been off the field as well. In the dressing room and around the place, he has been great. “He talks and when he talks, he makes a lot of sense. Around the hotel, he is good with the younger players, he helps everyone who comes through. He is a proper leader.” O’Neill too was full of praise for a man who has become the mainstay of his defence which has lost stalwarts Richard Dunne and Kilbane in recent years. He said: “It’s a fantastic achievement, there’s no doubt. To play 100 times for your country is really terrific. If and when he reaches that milestone, that’s well done him. “There are five players who have done it – that might tell you, in the history of Irish football, that there are only five players who have managed to do that, that might tell you how difficult that is. “You have to have had a strong career, you have to go through certainly a fair length of time without injury, and I’m quite sure during the course of that time there would be a number of managers who might have a different approach to it. Press Associationlast_img read more