New mission to explore bottom of Belize’s Great Blue Hole

first_img They’re planning to take submersibles including a manned Aquatica Stingray 500 to the bottom of the hole to chart what lies deep down below. Caribbean Aims to Become World’s First Climate-Smart Zone In 1971, underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau put the Blue Hole on the map when he first explored its depths.Nearly half a century later, despite becoming a scuba hotspot, the Blue Hole’s exact features remain mostly unknown. But Cousteau’s grandson, Fabien Cousteau, is on the case. He’ll be joinging Branson — who runs Ocean Unite, a leadership initiative that aims to help protect the ocean — and a team of scientists, explorers and filmmakers from the Aquatica Foundation. Aug 10, 2018 New GEF-Funded Blue Economy Initiative begins in Caribbean(Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Press Release)—A new US$46M initiative to promote Blue Economic priorities in the Caribbean gets underway with a two-day inception workshop on 5-6 March at the Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City. The initiative is in support of the sustainable use and conservation of…March 5, 2020In “Agriculture”Sustainable use of our marine resources: Caribbean Community at UN Ocean Conference – Day oneThe global High Level Conference which will seek agreement on a Call For Action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development opens Monday at UN Headquarters in New York. Day One  of the five-day Conference will feature several activities with strong participation by Caribbean…June 5, 2017In “Barbados”Strong CARICOM participation on Day One of UN Ocean ConferenceCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States sent a strong signal about their commitment to saving the oceans by taking lead roles in a number of the activities on Day One of the UN Oceans conference in New York, Monday 5 June, 2017. Grenada facilitated two strongly supported events on the Blue…June 6, 2017In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Dec 27, 2017 Devastation brought out generosity, spirit of togetherness… Read more at: CNN Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Virgin Atlantic takeover of LIAT? May 7, 2019 The Blue Hole Belize 2018 Expedition, as it’s been titled, will be broadcast live on the Discovery Channel on Sunday December 2, 2018. You may be interested in… CNN) — Virgin billionaire Richard Branson is joining a new mission to solve one of the most captivating mysteries of the ocean — what lies at the bottom of the Great Blue Hole in Belize? The Great Blue Hole in Belize is the largest sinkhole in the world — a giant cavern measuring 300 meters (984 feet) across and around 125 meters deep.last_img read more

Tech Company to launch Facebook developer circle in Guyana

first_img(Kaieteur News)Trifinity Solutions, a local tech company is set to collaborate with Silicon Valley tech giant Facebook to help build a developer community in Guyana through the launch of a local chapter. The Facebook Global Developers Circle (DevC) is set to launch in Guyana on 21st September at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre. Attendees will enjoy panel discussions and networking sessions with local talents and representatives from the Facebook team; they will also interact with the local DevC lead, Samantha Sheoprashad. You may be interested in… May 28, 2020 According to Sheoprashad, the Founder of Trifinity Solutions, believes that collaboration is the key to community development. “With such community development in our country, we will be able to develop and nurture tech talents for local and International opportunities. Read more at: Kaieteur News Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Market Region as Safe Haven – Business Leader center_img Jun 4, 2020 Use crisis to propel Region into future – business leader Commonwealth Secretary-General to attend CARICOM summitClimate change, indebtedness, protecting migrant remittances and banking systems, and the consequences of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union on small and vulnerable economies are priority concerns for the Commonwealth Secretary-General as she heads to Guyana for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Conference of Heads of Government. Twelve of…July 1, 2016In “Anguilla”App development critical to Single ICT Space – CARICOM officialPowered by flickr embed. Gratis Botón Facebook like generador Gratis Botón Facebook like generador The development of applications such as the recently launched CXC Connect, is critical to the CARICOM Single ICT Space. Speaking at the Guyana launch of the application on Monday, 31 July, 2017, Deputy Programme Manager ICT4D…August 2, 2017In “Antigua & Barbuda”CARICOM, GPL join Guyana Solar ChallengeSolar Head of State (SHOS) and the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) are pleased to announce the new partnership with Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC), Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN), CARICOM, Guyana Power and Light (GPL), MPC Capital, Guyana Ministry of Environment, Public Service International (PSI), and Guyana Energy Agency (GEA)…October 7, 2019In “Business”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Bermuda to accept digital currency – CARICOM Business News

first_img Guyana Waives Banking Fees for Rest of 2020 – CARICOM… Oct 7, 2020 Please see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices CARICOM Business 18 October 2019 CARICOM Business 18 October 2019 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 7, 2020 UK appoints New Special Trade Envoy to Caribbean Aug 25, 2020 Aug 3, 2020 Standards, Quality Still Important You may be interested in… BOJ Developing Digital Currency as Legal Tender –… BOJ Developing Digital Currency as Legal Tender – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM-Business-July-312c-2020DownloadAugust 3, 2020In “Barbados”Barbados modernises immigration services – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM Business 14 December, 2018December 17, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Barbados fiscal accounts on track – CARICOM Business NewsPlease see the latest edition of the CARICOM Business newsletter which comprises information culled from news entities in the Caribbean and beyond and includes a Foreign Exchange Summary, a Stock Exchange Summary and International Oil Prices. CARICOM Business 9 August 2019August 12, 2019In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

WORLDPAC Names New CEO, COO

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement NEWARK, CA — WORLDPAC President Tom O’Hare has been promoted to CEO of the company. O’Hare will remain on the board of directors. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Filling the position that has opened as a result of O’Hare’s promotion, John Mosunic, vice president of finance, has been promoted to president of WORLDPAC. He has also been named COO. “John’s promotion is a direct result of his business sense, progressive ideas, and ethical standards he has demonstrated in the past three years with our organization,” said O’Hare. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

Northwood University to Honor Eight Aftermarket Professionals with Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award

first_imgLAS VEGAS – Northwood University honored eight automotive aftermarket leaders with its annual Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award on Tuesday, November 2, during a luncheon at AAPEX.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Those being honored are: Stephen Crowley, president and CEO, VIPAR Heavy Duty, Crystal Lake, Ill.; James Franco, president and CEO, Autologue Computer Systems Inc., Buena Park, Calif.; Martin Gold, president, S-G Imported Car Parts, Inc., Farmington Hills, Mich.; John Grote, vice president of sales and marketing, Grote Industries, Inc., Madison, Ind.; Michael Lambert, president, Automotive Distribution Network, Germantown, Tenn.; William Rhodes III, chairman, president and CEO, AutoZone, Memphis, Tenn.; Ronald Rossi, director of market research, Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), Bethesda, Md.; and Susan Ulrey, executive director of customer sales operations and e-commerce, Tenneco, Inc., Monroe, Mich. The Northwood Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award is given to individuals in the Automotive Aftermarket field who have made noteworthy contributions to education, on any level, inside or outside of the industry. They are people of stature and the award is recognition of substantial dedication over a number of years to the educational process and the field of automotive aftermarket.last_img read more

Plans For Gas Station Property Not Yet Announced

first_imgZRG Investments pulled a commercial demolition permit in August for the gas station at the corner of Diamond Drive and Sandia, across the street from Los Alamos High School. The plan for the property has not yet been made public but check back at ladailypost.com for updates. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.comlast_img

Water Distribution Affects Exoplanets Habitable Zone

first_imgWarmer temperatures and more surface water both cause more water vapor to enter a planet’s atmosphere. If more heat is coming into the atmosphere in the form of solar radiation than the amount of heat that is being expelled as outgoing planetary radiation, the planet gets hotter. This causes more evaporation and more water vapor, subsequently trapping more heat and causing a runaway greenhouse cycle. The researchers used three-dimensional models to simulate the different ways a set volume of water on land planets could be distributed. In one model, the water was distributed closer to the planet’s poles. In the other, water was scattered away from the poles. Mars is an example of a potentially Earth-like planet that lost its liquid water and atmosphere. Courtesy/NASA/JPL/USGS “Our results showed the inner edge of the habitable zone is not a single, sharp boundary, but a border whose location changes depending on the planetary surface environment,” said Takanori Kodama, an astrophysicist at the University of Bordeaux in Bordeaux, France, and lead author of the new study. AGU News: Distance to the central star, thickness of the atmosphere, and the amount of water on a planet can affect where its habitable zone lies. The new research in AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, finds where water is distributed on land also impacts how close some types of planets can be to their central star without losing all their water. Water in the habitable zone “Small differences in the amount of water cause significant differences in planets’ climates,” Kodama said. Earth is an example of an aqua planet that maintains its water in a habitable zone. This image of Earth taken by the spacecraft Galileo shows its vast Pacific Ocean. Courtesy/NASA/JPL The new study finds land planets, which have equal to or less than 10 percent of the volume of Earth’s water, can remain habitable at a closer distance to their host star if most of their water is at the planet’s poles. This means the habitable zone for these types of planets may be different than previously assumed.center_img They found land planets with more water at their equator have wetter atmospheres, sending them into a greenhouse state. Land planets with water near their poles have drier atmospheres around their tropical regions, because the water vapor does not circulate up to the equator. Those land planets can maintain their water when they are closer to their central stars. Because life on Earth requires liquid water, researchers looking for life beyond Earth’s solar system search for exoplanets that orbit their star within a “habitable zone” where the planet is neither frozen in ice nor completely dry. Kodama previously established the total amount of water a land planet has can affect how close it can be to its central star before the amount of water vapor thickens the atmosphere and sends the planet into a runaway greenhouse state. After this water vapor threshold is reached, all the planet’s water eventually disappears through evaporation caused by heat accumulation. On habitable planets, incoming solar radiation and outgoing planetary radiation are balanced. Aqua planets, like Earth, have narrow habitable zones because their water-heavy atmospheres limit outgoing planetary radiation while insulating solar radiation, creating a buildup of heat. Land planets have a wider habitable zone, because they have less water in their atmospheres. The new study examines how water distribution on land planets influences how close they can exist to their host star without entering a runaway greenhouse state. The new results indicate that how close a planet can be to its host star and remain habitable also depends on the planet’s surface water distribution in addition to its overall amount of water. Land planets with drier equators can live closer to their stars. Earth-like exoplanets with dry tropical regions can remain habitable at a closer distance to their host star than previously thought, a new study suggests. The amount of water a planet has limits how close it can be to the heat of its star. Water vapor in the air traps heat like a greenhouse, insulating the planet and making its surface much warmer than it normally would be.last_img read more

Obituary: Robert W. (Bob) Turner

first_imgROBERT W. (BOB) TURNER Feb. 3, 1926 – Dec. 26, 2019Robert W. (Bob) Turner/AA5VD, was born February 3, 1926, Orchard, NE, to William W. & Alice M. Tomlinson Turner and died December 26, 2019 in Los Alamos.  Bill and Alice preceded Bob in death as did his Sister, Billie Maxine Turner Thomson.  Bob  is survived by his two sons, Roger W. Turner, Menifee, CA and Philip L. Turner, of Albuquerque, NM; two grandsons, Ivan Turner and his wife Cheri, San Jacinto, CA, and Trevor Turner Lucero, Albuquerque, NM; Three great grand daughters, Haley Lynn, Amber Elaine and Emily Jean Turner, San Jacinto, CA.;Bob was a registered, professional architect in Nebraska, graduating from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 1950. He served in the U.S. Army, Coast Artillery Corps in the USA and 36th Infantry Division and 7th Army Hqtrs/G-3, in Europe during WWII; U.S. Army Signal Corps Enlisted Reserve in the USA and the 5th RCT/S-3, 24th Division Army Infantry in the Korean War in Korea.  Bob moved to Los Alamos, NM with his Family in 1959, where he worked in the Facilities Engineering Division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 30 years. He then retired and lived in Los Alamos until his death. He was a Christian since the age of 12, a past member of the First Baptist Church, Los Alamos, NM, and a charter member of the White Rock Baptist Church, Los Alamos, NM. Bob was active in the Prison Fellowship at the PNM in Santa Fe for several years;  a member of the Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club (W5PDO); Life member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL); Life member of the American Legion, Post 90; Life member of the Good Sam Club; Life member of the 24th Taro Leaf Div. Assoc, 5th RCT.Burial in the Guaje Pines Cemetery, Los Alamos, which will include a brief graveside memorial service with Pastor Chuck McCullough officiating. The family of Robert W. (Bob) Turner has entrusted their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley. 505-747-7477 – www.devargasfuneral.comThe Crown of Life2 Timothy 4:1-8Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me on that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing. – Verse 8.last_img read more

County Clerk Naomi Maestas Files For Re-Election

first_imgLos Alamos County Clerk Naomi Maestas, a Democrat, files today for re-election. She is shown here with her husband Sammy and son Isaiah in Council Chambers. ‘I was elected to this office in 2016 but I started working in the Clerk’s Office in 2005. I am a strong advocate for democracy. I want to make sure everyone’s voice is heard. I want to continue our progress in the Clerk’s Office … we have a great team.’ Photo by Bonnie Gordon/ladailypost.comlast_img

Ellie Norman Spending Time At Mesa Public Library Tuesday

first_imgEllie Norman, 2.5, spending time Tuesday at Mesa Public Library, is the daughter of Robin and Jason Norman. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.comlast_img

New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 1,711 With 7 New Deaths

first_imgSTATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 115 additional positive tests for COVID-19. The number of positive tests for COVID-19 in Los Alamos County remains at 6.The update today also includes seven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.Per the New Mexico Department of Health, the most recent cases announced today include:24 new cases in Bernalillo County2 new cases in Chaves County2 new cases in Cibola County1 new case in Colfax County7 new cases in Doña Ana County2 new cases in Eddy County1 new case in Grant County51 new cases in McKinley County8 new cases in Sandoval County14 new cases in San Juan County1 new case in Santa Fe County2 new cases in Valencia CountySeven additional deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19:A male in his 70s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of the La Vida Llena facility in Albuquerque.A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.A second female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions.A female in her 90s from Bernalillo County. The individual had underlying medical conditions and was a resident of the La Vida Llena facility in Albuquerque.A female in her 50s from Sandoval County. A male in his 80s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized.A male in his 40s from Socorro County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 51.The Department of Health has identified positive COVID-19 cases in residents and/or staff at the following congregate living facilities:Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in AlbuquerqueAztec Health Care in AztecBeehive Homes in FarmingtonCentral Desert Behavioral Health in AlbuquerqueLa Vida Llena in AlbuquerqueLegacy Santa Fe in Santa FeLife Care Center of Farmington in FarmingtonThe Neighborhood in Rio RanchoUptown Genesis in AlbuquerqueThe case numbers reported previously included one case from Bernalillo County that was not lab confirmed – the error has been corrected.Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 1,711 positive tests for COVID-19:Bernalillo County: 514Catron County: 1Chaves County: 21Cibola County: 32Colfax County: 4Curry County: 10Doña Ana County: 65Eddy County: 9Grant County: 13Lea County: 2Lincoln County: 1Los Alamos County: 6Luna County: 3McKinley County: 316Otero County: 3Quay County: 1Rio Arriba County: 10Roosevelt County: 1Sandoval County: 301San Juan County: 243San Miguel County: 2Santa Fe County: 80Socorro County: 20Taos County: 15Torrance County: 12Valencia County: 26County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.As of today, there are 96 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.As of today, there are 382 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has detected community spread in Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley, Otero, Sandoval, San Juan, and Santa Fe counties and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing: Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers; andSymptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath. New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns also can call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.last_img read more

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Applauds Over $2 Million In CARES Act Funding For Safe, Affordable Housing

first_imgNEW MEXICO CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $2,138,253 to housing authorities across 15 New Mexico counties from the CARES Act funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The grant is funded by the $850 million provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for administrative and other expenses incurred by public housing authorities to implement key programs such as the Housing Choice Voucher program and Tenant Based Rental Assistance. The state has previously received $1,621,186 in similar funding for housing authorities across the state, in addition to over $16.7 million for emergency housing funds to keep more people in homes during the dual economic disruption and public health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Affordable and reliable housing is critically important during this pandemic when physical distancing is the best measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus,” said Udall, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “In the Senate, I am continuing to fight to protect New Mexico renters from eviction and to fully fund state and city budgets. Meanwhile, housing authorities across New Mexico are helping our communities stay healthy and safe, yet all too often lack the necessary financial resources as state and local budgets are strained. As we continue to grapple with the effects of this pandemic, I will continue to fight for safe and affordable housing for all New Mexicans.”“The last thing New Mexico families should be worrying about right now is how they will keep a roof over their heads,” Heinrich said. “I am proud to support this critical funding from the CARES Act for programs that help families in New Mexico access affordable housing during these difficult months. I will continue fighting for resources that promote housing security and a broad economic recovery across New Mexico.”“Public housing authorities are working hard to meet New Mexicans’ housing needs during this public health emergency. These critical investments will allow them to cover essential costs and bolster their ability to continue serving their communities,” Luján said. “I’ll keep working alongside my fellow members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation to ensure our local governments and housing authorities receive the resources they need to continue supporting New Mexicans during these challenging times.”“Housing is essential during this pandemic, but the Trump Administration and Senate GOP allowed federal relief and eviction protections to lapse. Many families worry about keeping their families fed, clothed and supported during this pandemic, the last thing they need to worry about is not having a place to live. That’s why we included important housing funding in the CARES Act, and now that this funding will get to New Mexico organizations that help people with affordable housing, families will start to see some relief. I will continue to pressure the Senate to pass the HEROES Act, which includes vital housing, rental, and utility assistance for New Mexicans,” said Haaland, Vice Chair of the Majority Leader’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.  “As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, families across New Mexico are struggling to pay their bills and keep a roof over their heads. Meanwhile, state and local governments are facing strained budgets, making it difficult to provide the ample support families need. Safe, affordable housing is critical to providing stability for families and workers and reducing the spread of the virus in our communities. This funding is critical to support our local housing authorities, and I’m continuing to work to secure the federal funding families need to make it through this crisis,” Torres Small said.Regional housing authorities in New Mexico are responsible for the planning, finance and creation of affordable housing. In addition, they operate federal programs such as Section 8 or Housing Choice Voucher Program and the Low Rent Program, also referred to as public housing.Breakdown of Grants: City of Albuquerque Housing Authority, $656,285Clovis Housing and Redevelopment Agency, Inc., $61,753Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority, $190,483Housing Authority of the City of Gallup, $6,037Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority, $221,457Housing Authority of the City of Truth or Consequences, $20,683Housing Authority of the City of Tucumcari, $11,096Housing Authority of the County of Rio Arriba, $2,482Housing Authority of the County of Santa Fe, $61,910Bernalillo County Housing Department, $406,143Housing Authority of San Miguel County, $19,855Eastern Regional Housing Authority, $157,011Housing Authority of the County of San Juan, $46,446Western Regional Housing Authority, $117,976El Camino Real Housing Authority, $78,090Northern Regional Housing Authority, $59,002City of Albuquerque Housing Authority, $8,719Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority, $4,261Housing Authority of the City of Truths and Consequences, $2,955Housing Authority of the County of Santa Fe, $5,609last_img read more

Feeling the Silverburn

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HBOS rules out bid for Quintain for time being

first_imgThe stock exchange announcement triggered a 9.6% fall in Quintain’s share price to 818p a share. Quill said: ‘In response to recent speculation regarding its stake in Quintain, Quill Securities Limited confirms that it has no current intention to make an offer for Quintain.’However, It said it would still reserve the right to make or participate in an offer if a separate offer for the company was made or if ‘an agreement or recommendation from the board of Quintain is forthcoming’. In July, Quintain chairman John Plender called for the UK Takeover Panel to impose a deadline on HBOS to end the uncertainty which could have an adverse impact on the company. HBOS was subsequently given until Sept. 10 to make a bid.last_img read more

Aberdeen raises $80m for Asian purse

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Strutts partners inject £5m after 79% fall in profits

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First restructures £240m of debt

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Last chance to submit your essay and win £500

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2017 Predictions: maintaining momentum for an aspirational retirement key

first_imgAudley Retirement’s Mote House – Source: Audley RetirementThis year has also experienced its fair share of volatility following the vote to leave the EU, but also opportunity in the form of Philip Hammond’s announcement in the Autumn Statement that investment was needed in all forms of housing. For too long, there has been a distorted focus on first-time buyers, and it is a relief to see this view start to change because the demand for quality retirement housing is only growing.However, there is still a gaping hole when it comes to the older generation: a staggering lack of measures to address care. The NHS and care system is struggling at the lack of appropriate housing for those who don’t need to be in hospital and this is putting a huge strain on available beds.The fact that there are now plans to increase council tax to bail out social care services for the elderly is itself evidence of how far the situation has been allowed to spiral. Further pressure will come as the UK negotiates its exit from the EU. For a sector so dependent on an EU migrant workforce, it’s hard to underestimate the impact these workers being forced to leave could have.Retirement stock map across the UK – see full infographic hereSo while there is movement in the right direction, far more has to be done to combat both the care crisis, and lack of aspirational retirement properties. We need to incentivise people to downsize, live in their own homes and maintain their independence, but with the knowledge that flexible care is there as and when they need it.Over 65s are the fastest growing proportion of the population and by 2039 there will be more than a million people aged over 90 in UK. If we continue to talk about it, but take no further action, we can only expect the pressure to worsen.   It is absolutely vital that as we enter 2017, we maintain momentum. The Chancellor has made the first move by broadening the housing spotlight, and we need to ensure this commitment is kept.Nick Sanderson, CEO, Audley Retirement Villageslast_img read more

Industry and academics call for cross-party committee to tackle housing crisis

first_imgSource: Shutterstock/Serhii KrotThe new report from businesses including Argent, Berkeley Group and Clarion Housing Group as well as academics from Saïd Business School at Oxford University, UCL and LSE said an independent, non-departmental body was needed to advise on how to provide housing to meet needs in all sections of society, plan long-term to deliver housing for a zero-carbon economy and reduce risk and uncertainty around the delivery of new housing.Other findings in the report titled “The Housing Sprint: How to Solve the Housing Crisis”, included that just a “small proportion” of the £2tn it would cost to hit government’s targeted six million new homes in the next 20 years would need to be paid for by the state and would require building on, “at most”, 1.5% of England’s undeveloped land. It suggested developing around 2% of the country’s greenbelt would deliver between 12-20% of space needed for the required homes and added that extra provisions could be made for green schemes on this land.“We have no choice but to build our way out of the current crisis,” said the report. “In doing so, we are likely to spend £2 trillion over the next twenty years. Spent without careful thought and consultation, that money will fuel arguments in every corner of the country.”The group also suggested a Housing Advisory Committee should explore the replacement of both Section 106 agreements and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) with new land value capture mechanisms that are fairer, provide better commercial incentive and reduce the administrative burden on both the public and private sectors.“Both [CIL and S106] are highly dependent on professional expertise and skills which are patchy and uneven across the country, and further hampered by a lack of transparent, comparable information,” the report said.However the group added that “until a better methodology can be established” it supported the continued use of Section 106 and the CIL.More liberal use of Compulsory Purchase Ordered was also suggested, encouraged by changes to the current system that would make CPOs “resented less and consequently applied more frequently”.These changes include public bodies paying “only a fair quantum sufficient to incentivise development” where land constitutes a potentially “large part of a significant housing development”, coupled with “speeding up the CPO process by creating a greater sense of both fairness and certainty”.The group recommended a total budget of £100m a year for the advisory committee, to pay staff and external consultants across 10 hubs nationwide. The committee, it said, should be implemented for a starting period of 12 years to make sure it outlasted individual governments.”£100m is a large sum but an essential cost,” said the report. “It would only be one thousandth of the £100bn to be spent per year to deliver 300,000 homes and their supporting infrastructure.”last_img read more

Spin class: bull genius

first_imgWhen I hear them prattling on about how clever they are, I want to remind them: “Don’t confuse genius with a bull market.” Or, as I learned this week from the CFO of the new Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield: “NAVs are a lazy metric for lazy people.”This is particularly pertinent for one of my listed clients, who barely does a deal, saying haughtily that the market is overpriced. Yet, his year-end NAV goes up thanks to market forces and he picks up a big bonus. I always worry that he might come in for criticism at the AGM or a journalist might question his worth, but so far he’s got off scot-free. That doesn’t stop him questioning my worth, of course, but that is the PR’s lot in life.“Henrietta, we need to sit down and talk about doing something for [insert name of lazy client],” says my colleague, Charlotte.“OK, but he’s not doing anything, and if he’s not doing anything, we can’t do anything,” I protest. “Let’s get him to sponsor a conference and then he will get a speaking slot and we will be kept busy for a while.”“If we do that, he’ll be spending money from his marketing budget and won’t increase our fee.”“Well, what then?”“It’s got to be time for some S&M,” I respond. “Social media. We’ll set him up on Twitter.” . .last_img read more

More funding, less planning could get us out of housing crisis

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Students among group placed in quarantine following latest COVID case in Grenada

first_img Grenada’s COVID-19 regulations state that a person who contravenes or fails to comply with the measures shall be guilty of an offence and on summary conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding EC$10,000 (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents). Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Steele said that it appears, some people are of the belief that they were not aware that they did not have to remain at the safe facility until the all-clear is given by a health official but could depart once the PCR swab is conducted. St. Lucia records more cases of COVID More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak However, after he was swabbed by health officials, he departed the facility before receiving his result. By the time he was picked up by the authorities at his home, he had already attended a mass social gathering event that was not granted permission by the authorities. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Story via CMC Health Minister Nickolas Steele Tuesday confirmed that several students are among 30 people who have been placed in quarantine after the island recorded its first case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) after a three month period. Oct 16, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 “The entry protocol says it’s for a minimum of four days not until you are swabbed,” he said, adding that the quarantine can go beyond four day period. “As of this morning based on the one positive case who escaped from quarantine, we have 13 direct individuals and 17 indirect individuals that have been put in isolation/quarantine as a result,” Steele told reporters. Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shawn Charles, told a news conference that the 32-year-old man from the village of Tivoli, St Andrew entered Grenada on an Air Canada flight on October 5. As mandated, he was temporarily residing in a safe quarantine facility in the south of the island until he received the on-island PCR test. “We will keep these individuals in quarantine and observation for at least four days before we test them to see if they were exposed or infected by the individual,” he added. Health authorities said that the island’s 25th case is a national returning from Canada who breached the mandatory quarantine period for persons returning from medium risk destinations. St. Kitts And Nevis Confirms Two COVID-19 CasesNATIONAL STATEMENT ON COVID-19 By the Hon Wendy Colleen Phipps Minister of State with Responsibility for Health March 25, 2020 In my capacity as Minister of State with Responsibility for Health, it is my duty to inform you that as of 11:03 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Federation…March 25, 2020In “CARICOM”CARICOM SG commends regional response to COVID-19CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has commended the health emergency response mechanism engineered by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to keep the Community free of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Secretary-General LaRocque said the inter-agency collaboration that was taking place was another example of the co-ordination required to address the…February 18, 2020In “31Intersessional”21 quarantine patients to be discharged todayA group of 21 Guyanese who returned from Barbados recently are heading back home to their families after being medically cleared. They were placed in mandatory isolation by the Ministry of Public Health. Another seven persons who were on home quarantine have also been cleared. These disclosures were made by…April 10, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApp “The other individuals that caused a breach in quarantine, I am told by the Commissioner that they have been charged so too is one other from Monday morning for attempting to breach protocol,” he said. Oct 15, 2020 Steele said that the persons who assisted the young man in breaching the COVID-19 regulation have now been charged. Oct 16, 2020 You may be interested in…last_img read more

Eighteen Industry Professionals Receive AAP, MAAP Certificates In Las Vegas

first_imgMIDLAND, MI – The University of the Aftermarket awarded Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) and Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional (MAAP) certificates to 18 industry veterans at the 2013 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas, NV.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementThe University of the Aftermarket’s AAP and MAAP designation programs recognize long-term commitment to the aftermarket and professional development through programs and courses offered by the University and its association partners. Developed in partnership with AAIA, AASA, AWDA and Northwood University, these programs highlight both the educational and professional achievements of each recipient and, by extension, demonstrate the resulting competitive advantage for their employers and the aftermarket industry.AAP and MAAP certificates were presented by University of the Aftermarket Director Brian Cruickshank, MAAP, and Northwood University President and CEO Dr. Keith Pretty at Northwood University’s annual graduation and awards luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Venetian. The 2013 graduates of the program are:AAP Recipients:Jamie Ardis, AGS CompanyLindsey Ehlert, NGK Spark Plugs, Inc.William Flaherty, Jr., Stant CorporationRichard Guirlinger, Bourke Services, LLCSteve Handschuh, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA)David Haun, Gates CorporationThomas Litzinger, Motown Automotive Distributing Inc.William Long, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA)Gary McCoy, Fairway CommunicationsLarry Northup, Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA)Stephen Novak, ZF Services NA, LLCMAAP Recipients:Ron Aparicio, Walker Products, Inc.Margaret Beck, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA)Cal Coburn, NGK Spark Plugs, Inc.James Eady, GOJO Industries, Inc.Stephen Horn, ATP Inc.Eric Liebovitz, Marathon Sales & MarketingBrent Windom, Uni-Select USA, Inc.last_img read more

Auto Care Association Launches Auto Care Careers Website

first_imgCREF Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode noted, “We are excited about how this one event will bring together 90 I-CAR volunteer committees nationwide and through their local promotion of the event, the more support can be raised for collision schools. As collision instructors and students need the industry’s support now more than ever, we didn’t want the fact that in-person fundraisers not being possible to stop us from coming together for the future professionals of the industry.” Advertisement The 90 I-CAR volunteer committees will be promoting this fundraiser not only to their local industry members, but also the general public as the more local virtual golfers that participate, the more funding will be raised for their local collision school programs. Also, with the event being virtual, zero golfing skill is required, and golfers can play from the comfort of their home.Advertisement Ford Performance Racing School has donated two passes, a $4,000 value, that will be awarded to the virtual gofer with the best score at the end of the tournament. Tom Wolf, CREF board of trustees chair and PPG Automotive Refinish director of business development noted, “PPG is proud to continue supporting CREF’s efforts to help collision programs, students, and instructors and this is a creative way to get not only the industry, but general public supporting their local schools. While we are limited on the number of golfers that attend our annual CREF summer golf fundraiser, this virtual event allows for thousands to participate, knowing that their registration fee will be reinvested back into their local schools.” I-CAR CEO & President John Van Alstyne said, “What a fantastic way to support an important cause. A couple I-CAR committees worked with CREF to innovate their normal golf outing fundraisers in the face of COVID earlier this year with great success, and the same can be expected here. I-CAR committees across the U.S. are increasingly focused on supporting career technical schools as our industry seeks more qualified and capable talent.  This event will be a fun and easy way to support that goal.” center_img Registration is now open online. Industry members not located near one of the participating I-CAR Volunteer Committees can select “CREF General Fund” when registering and their registration fee will help CREF collision school programs, instructors and students nationwide. Registrants can download the free TopGolf online game to their phone, tablet, or desktop and start practicing their virtual golf swing prior to the Nov. 20 tee-off, when registered players will be given instructions on how to access the private in-game tournament. Questions regarding the fundraiser can be directed to CREF director of development  Brandon Eckenrode. To help raise additional funds for local collision school programs, when paying their $25 registration fee online, golfers will be able to select one of the 90 participating I-CAR volunteer committees and $20 of their registration fee will be reinvested into collision schools in that specific market.  BETHESDA, Md. – The Auto Care Association has launched a new auto care careers website, www.autocarecareers.org, to educate young people about, and attract them to, careers in the auto care industry. The website, created as part of the association’s Education Committee Auto Care Careers initiative, features resources and information highlighting the variety of professional positions, fast growth potential and dynamic career paths available in the auto care industry.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementAmong the valuable materials on the website are downloadable factsheets in the “Resources” section, designed for a variety of key audiences, including secondary students, parents and counselors, college students and graduates, military and technicians. The factsheets detail the wide range of potential job titles and the skills required for industry positions, and present individual testimonials and key data about the industry.The website “Careers” page features a custom-built, interactive career accelerator featuring five industry segments: retail/wholesale, manufacturing, distribution, industry-wide positions and service/repair. Users can click on their preferred path to learn more about the positions, advancement opportunities and career trajectories available in the auto care industry.“The auto care industry has the ability to provide exactly what young people are looking for in the workforce – fast career advancement, a job for just about every professional interest and interesting and exciting work,” said Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO, Auto Care Association. “The auto care careers website is our first big step in communicating the value and potential of our industry to outside stakeholders, and the potential employees that will be the future of the auto care industry.”The association encourages member companies to link to the new site at www.autocarecareers.org and use it as a resource in their recruitment efforts. Members also are encouraged to download and print the factsheets as useful handouts for potential employees about the industry and its careers. The association adds that plans are already underway to communicate with additional non-industry audiences about the site, and the variety of resources and opportunities available in the auto care industry.,To raise additional support for high school and college collision school programs, the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) will be collaborating with 90 I-CAR volunteer committee groups nationwide on a winter virtual golf fundraiser, exclusively sponsored by PPG Automotive. This event will be a private tournament within TopGolf’s online game, which will be held from Friday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 20. Golfers will be able to play an unlimited number of rounds of virtual golf during those 30 days, while viewing an in-game leaderboard to see how they are doing compared to others golfing from around the country. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

Minimizer Adds 2 New Territory Managers

first_imgMinimizer has announced the addition of two new territory managers – Northeastern Territory Manager Kyle Hamm and West Territory Manager Royce Johnson.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“Kyle has spent time as a route driver and more recently as head of fleet maintenance for a large wholesale distributor in the Eastern region of the U.S.,” said Greg Renberg, Minimizer senior director of sales. “This experience gives Kyle unique insight into what drivers are looking for in terms of keeping them productive while operating their vehicles. It also gives us a clue in how fleets need to be efficient in maintaining their vehicles.”Hamm’s territory includes New York, New Jersey, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont.Johnson is based in the San Francisco area, and brings valuable experience to his role with Minimizer.“Royce’s experience is critical as we continue to develop this large business area for Minimizer,” said Renberg. “His history with current and potential new customers in this territory will help us deepen our relationships with customers in this region of the U.S.”Johnson’s territory includes California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii.Both Hamm and Johnson started at Minimizer in mid-March. To contact them, visit minimizer.com.last_img read more

Photos: It’s All About Family In The Automotive Aftermarket

first_img Mike Mansuetti, president of Bosch in North America, speaking at the Bosch Mobility Experience, where Bosch demoed current and future vehicle technology at the Bosch Proving Grounds in Flat Rock, Michigan. L to R: Ambassador award winners Al Kucera, Kay Walker, Dan Kruzic, Shane McNallie, [Wendi Damron for Mark Cappucci] Brake Parts Inc and Remy Power Products employees volunteered for a “Day of Caring” and spring cleaning at the Pioneer Center for Human Services PADS Homeless Services Day Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Left to Right: Ben Wang, Megan Johnson, Jim Hodges, Tracey Tantillo, Debby O’Donnell, Megan Buccola, Debra Ivarson, Andy Ortega, Lee Rico, Ryan Oddo, Eileen Thomas, Meg Johnson, a local Woodstock area resident, Zach Rasmussen, Cinthia Melesio, Angie Smola, Colin Gambaro We often hear those in the automotive aftermarket saying that it’s the people who make it all worthwhile. And whether you are part of a multi-generation, family run business, or your company just treats you like their own, this week’s AMN People photo gallery shows it’s all about family in the automotive aftermarket.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementClick on any image below to scroll through the full image gallery.To submit your event images and details for consideration in a future issue of AMN People, email AMN Editor Amy Antenora at [email protected] (L to R): Rusty Bishop, CEO, Federated Auto Parts; Michael Cardone III, executive chairman, Cardone Industries; and Bo Fisher, chairman, Federated Auto Parts. Cardone III accepted the Federated Hall of Fame award on behalf of his father, Michael Cardone Jr. Left to Right: Brad and Susan Johnston, Edie and Sandra Cifuentes, Al and Danielle Torcini, JC Washbish, John and Kathy Gustafson, Tim and Amy Lassila, Jason and Stephanie Kozak, Charlotte Grimmett Congratulations to the newly elected WIN board for 2018-’19! Left to Right: Corvette Winners Jason Kool, Donald Addison, and Jason Kozak In honor of its 120th anniversary, Stant is hosting celebrations with its employees at locations around the globe. On May 23, Tim King, senior vice president of global sales for Stant, visited the Stant plant in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (L to R): Tim King, senior vice president global sales, Stant; Sergio Perini, senior commodity buyer, Roechling; Sebastiano Pagano, OV sales engineer, Stant; Wolfgang Toegel, senior commodity buyer, Roechling; Karin Hajkova, plant manager, Stant; and Vincent Dupuis, OV sales engineer, Stant. Dayco Products, LLC helped kick-off Northwood University’s Aftermarket 101 course last week by hosting a YANG Regional Meet-up attended by nearly 50 young aftermarket professionals. Stant employee Shandra Smith helps with face painting during Stant’s family day event held May 5 at Stant’s Pine Bluff, Arkansas plant. Adrienne Wilson rides the mechanical bull during Stant’s family day celebration held May 5 at Stant’s Pine Bluff, Arkansas plant. During the 12th Annual WIN Educational Conference “Racing to Connect,” which was held May 7-9 in Indianapolis, Beverly Rook-Twibell (right) of Safelite Solutions was recognized as the 2018 recipient of this prestigious award by Petra Schroeder, outgoing WIN Chair.last_img read more

Modine Announces CEO Transition Plan

first_imgModine Manufacturing Co., a diversified global leader in thermal management technology and solutions, announced today that Modine’s Board of Directors has launched a search for a new president and CEO. Thomas A. Burke will be stepping down from both his position as president and CEO and as a member of Modine’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “I am honored to have served as Modine’s president and CEO,” said Burke. “I would like to thank the entire Modine team. It has been a privilege to work with all of the Modine employees for the past 15 years. I believe we have done tremendous work together, including transforming the business to be a more diversified thermal management solutions provider. Modine has a bright future and I look forward to seeing its continued success.”   Lucareli concluded, “I would also like to thank Tom for his mentorship and leadership over the fifteen years I have worked with him at Modine. I strongly believe in the future of Modine and its vision of being a stronger, more diversified thermal management company. I remain committed to this strategy and am honored to lead this effort during the current transition period.” Williams continued, “In 2015, Tom launched our transformational, Strengthen, Diversify and Grow (SDG) strategy. That platform gained Modine a foothold in new, growing markets and resulted in the acquisition of Luvata HTS in 2016. The addition of Luvata’s industrial-based portfolio of products significantly diversified our technological capabilities and customer mix, while making Modine a global leader in coils and coatings. Lastly, Tom has been instrumental in leading Modine through the COVID-19 crisis and has positioned the business to emerge stronger. Tom has made an indelible mark on Modine’s rich history of innovation that spans more than a century and we are grateful for his historical leadership.”  Williams added, “As Modine works to complete the divestiture of its legacy Automotive business and further pivots towards its long-term vision to become a true industrial thermal management solutions provider, we have reached a natural inflection point. Now is the right time to find a new leader that can drive our industrial transformation strategy, while accelerating the Company’s future growth. A global search is underway to help us find that leader. The Board has extreme confidence that Mick and our experienced senior leadership team will continue to execute against our strategic vision until that leader is in place.”Advertisement Marsha Williams, lead director of Modine’s Board of Directors added, “On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I would like to thank Tom for his more than 15 years of service with Modine and his more than 12 years as our President and CEO. Tom accepted the CEO position in the midst of the 2008-2009 financial crisis and acted with a sense of urgency to fortify Modine’s operations and ensure that the company weathered the economic downturn.”  Advertisement The board has named Mick Lucareli, the company’s vice president, finance and CFO, as interim president and CEO, effective today. Burke will remain with the company in a senior advisory role until Aug. 28, to ensure a smooth transition. last_img read more

Halcyon Days

first_imgRoman Fine Art in East Hampton presents “Halcyon Days,” a solo exhibition of new works by Polaroid photographer Alex Moore. Moore’s first solo exhibition at Roman Fine Art features new figurative and landscape works from his most recent travels. The exhibit will continue through June 24. There was a reception for the artist on Saturday, May 25. Sharelast_img

Hamptons Takes Over At National Lifeguard Comp

first_img Independent/Nicole Starr Castillo Share Independent/Nicole Starr CastilloHamptons Lifeguard Association’s junior and adult groups can hang with the best of them.The participants returned from last week’s United States Lifesaving Association national competition with top-place finishes, some boasting multiple medals.Standouts included Emma Hren’s first-place finish in the distance run for 14 to 15-year-olds, and Corrina Castillo’s and Colin Shaefer’s tie for third. Brodie Schneider finished third in the distance run for 12 to 13-year-olds. In the distance swim, Sophia Swanson placed third in the under-19 bracket. She also placed third in the same division in the ironguard and the run-swim-run, and came in second in the board rescue race open with Amanda Calabrese. Calabrese placed first with Molly Mamay in the 4×100 relay open.Other first-place finishers included Ryan Paroz in the surf-ski-race open, and Nicky Badilla and Tenzin Tamang in the rescue relay for 14 to 15-year-olds.Liam Knight placed first in the ironguard for 11-year-olds, as did Daisy Pitches for nine-year-olds. Lyla Metz crossed the finish line second for 10-year-olds. Pitches also placed second for nine-, 10-, and 11-year-olds in the board race. Luke Castillo came in second in the same event for 12 to 13-year-olds.Pitches was also a member of the nine, 10, 11 swim relay that came in third. Knight, Ginger Griffin, and Elizabeth Daniels rounded out the quartet. Calabrese also came in second in the open beach flags. Bella Tarbet finished second and Jack Duryea third in the under-19 division. Julia Erickson claimed second for 14-year-olds and Colin Schaefer second for 15. Castillo came in third for 12-13, Luke Rossano second for 11-year-olds, Even Schaefer first for 10-year-olds, and Myla Schneider second for [email protected]last_img read more

A Rosé Cocktail For National Rosé Weekend

first_imgIndependent/Jessica Mackin-CiproIn celebration of National Rosé Weekend in the Hamptons, I’ve created a Rosé cocktail.Ingredients (Serves 1 in rocks glass)1/2 oz gin1/2 oz Campari1/2 oz orange liquorJuice of half a lemon1/4 c rosé1/4 c club sodaCrushed iceAdd gin, Campari, orange liquor, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake and pour into a glass a quarter of the way full of crushed ice. Pour in the rosé, then the club soda. Enjoy! Sharelast_img

Linde announces profits

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Gladstone LNG contract award

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QuestAir completes purifier testing

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John Raquet of Spiritus Consulting – Crystal ball gazing, or common sense?

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Air Liquide completes acquisition of Middle Eastern company

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Horizon Pulp & Paper receives €1.9m order from Indonesian firm

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Air Products to build ASU in Texas

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Stormproof and confident – A positive day for The Linde Group

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BOC launches fuel-cell powered portable generator

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Sierra launches new cryo flow metre

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Linde wins California’s highest environmental honour

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New release: Photoacoustic infrared gas monitor

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Linde partners in German hydrogen refueling plan

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CGA celebrates 100 years of gas safety

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SERVOPRO Chroma proves argon recovery capability

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Hydrogen landmarks for Air Products

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Registration open for Pittcon 2015

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Norris Cylinder names new VP of Global Sales & Marketing

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LNG discussions at International Congress

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Exclusive: Myles Dempsey on acquisition strategies and brand consolidation

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Toshiba starts fuel cell system in Japan

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HFT introduces the PurgEye® 1000

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Coronavirus: Global update

first_img“All operational factories are focused on producing all of our LifeGuard Safety hoses but particularly our high pressure and cryogenic hoses to support the high demands on the oxygen production industry,” the company said.Full story here.10:30 – ACWA Power contributes SAR 50m to coronavirus effortsSaudi Arabian utility developer ACWA Power has pledged a contribution of SAR 50m to support national health endeavours and efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic.More here.10:00 – No reason for an oxygen shortageExclusive insight: Covid-19 versus oxygen supply – the status on supply and demandIn an exclusive for gasworld in the last few days, Publisher and CEO John Raquet explained why there should be no reason for alarm over the critical supply of oxygen on the front line of the fight against Covid-19.Responding to mounting speculation in the mainstream press, he wrote, “There is no doubt that a few hospitals have experienced low levels of oxygen or a lack of cylinders but it would be wrong to assume there will be national shortages of oxygen. It is important to understand both the current supply situation and the measures the gas companies are taking in order to supply the significant increase in demand due to Covid-19.”Read the full story here09:45 – Siemens makes its AM Network available to global medical communitySiemens revealed last week that it is making its Additive Manufacturing (AM) Network along with its 3D printers, available to the global medical community to speed design and production of medical components.The AM Network connects users, designers and 3D-print service providers to enable faster and less complicated production of spare parts for machines like ventilators.“To help fight Covid-19, we have opened our AM Network for hospitals and other health institutions needing spare medical parts to efficiently manage their design and printing requests.”Full story here.09:00 – As the world continues with its varying stages of lockdown, here’s the news you’re waking up to this morning: Covid-19 (coronavirus) cases worldwide have escalated over the course of the last weekThere are now more than 1.2 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 worldwide; fatalities number almost 70,000The situation has accelerated most notably in the US, where there are now almost 338,000 confirmed cases, and approaching 10,000 fatalitiesIn Europe, confirmed cases have reached 128,000 in Italy, 131,000 in Spain, 100,000 in Germany, 93,000 in France, and 48,000 in the UKThe rate of new cases and fatalities in both Spain and Italy, however, is showing signs of slowingIran remains the hardest-hit country in the Middle East, with 58,000 confirmed cases and a significant death toll (3,600); Saudi Arabia has a recorded 2,400 casesIn Asia-Pacific, confirmed cases have reached 82,000 in China, 3,600 in Japan, 10,200 in South Korea, 3,600 in Malaysia, 2,200 in Thailand, 1,300 in Singapore, 3,200 in Pakistan, 4,300 in India, and 5,600 in Australialast_img read more

MAN to Provide Propulsion for GC Rieber’s Seismic Vessel (Norway)

first_imgMAN Diesel & Turbo recently signed a contract for the supply of 8L32/44CR B.2 engines as part of a complete propulsion package to power a seismic vessel ordered by GC Rieber Shipping of Norway.The contract contains an option for an extra vessel. Four of the engines, along with 2 × 2-speed Flender Twin-In/Single-Out reduction gears and MAN Alpha Twin Screw CP propellers in AHT nozzles, will power the vessel. The seismic vessel is graded as Ice Class 1A*, which provides a good basis for operating in Arctic areas.The vessel design is an ST 324 XT from Skipsteknisk of Aalesund, Norway whose hull will be constructed in Poland with outfitting subsequently carried out at the Myklebust shipyard north of Aalesund. The propulsion plant is scheduled for delivery by May 2014 with vessel delivery following in March 2015.Expertise in ice has long been a GC Rieber Shipping trademark with an emphasis on delivering customer solutions for demanding operations in sensitive environments where quality, safety and environmental concerns are crucial. These tough requirements also apply to the propulsion plant and the shipyard’s previous, positive experience with MAN Diesel & Turbo engines was decisive in finalising the propulsion package.Propulsion packageThe four-stroke 8L32/44CR B.2 common-rail engines with a high-powered 600 kW/cylinder will be constructed and tested in Augsburg, Germany – headquarters of MAN Diesel & Turbo. The common-rail B.2 engine is one of the most advanced in the company’s product portfolio, has a second-to-none SFOC, and has gained a solid foothold in the offshore business.The reduction gears from Siemens-Flender are specially designed such that – at constant engine speed (750 rpm) – two different propeller speeds can be selected (155 rpm or 120 rpm), allowing the propellers to have a much wider silent-operation window. The TI/SO gears are also provided with 2 × 2,600 kWe PTOs each.The MAN Alpha VBS1100 Mk5 CP propellers utilise, courtesy of up to six operating modes, the flexible propeller-output speed to operate at the optimum efficiency in all modes. Suppressing cavitation on the propellers is an important design criterion since, especially on the pressure side, the noise deriving from cavitation can disturb seismic sonar readings.The ø4200 CP propellers operate in Alpha High Thrust (AHT) nozzles, which further help to increase propeller performance by offering higher thrust at low vessel speed, and reduce cavitation noise through selection of the optimum nozzle L/D ratio.The Alphatronic 2000 remote-control system facilitates the most favourable propulsion-plant control in all operating modes. A special feature of the new seismic vessel is an ‘ice operation mode’ since the DNV Ice 1A* only applies when one engine is engaged to each propeller shaft. The complete propulsion plant at 100% MCR is classed as fully MCR certified by DNV for operation in areas with no ice.Finally, as part of the overall deal, MAN Diesel & Turbo will provide two years of online service and PrimeServLab (stringent quality control for engine operating fluids) on board in order to obtain valuable performance data for seismic high-load operation.[mappress]Press Release, June 28, 2013; Image: skipsteknisklast_img read more

DONG to Use Maersk Resolve in Danish North Sea Drilling Ops

first_imgMaersk Drilling has been awarded a contract from DONG Energy for the jack-up Maersk Resolve for drilling operations in the Danish North Sea.The contract is expected to commence in August 2013 in direct continuation of its current contract in the UK. The duration of the new contract with DONG Energy is expected to be nine months until June 2014, where the rig after a planned yard stay will commence another five well firm contract with DONG Energy awarded in March 2012 expected to last approximately two years. The estimated value of the new nine month contract is USD 58 million.“We are very pleased to enter this contract with DONG Energy, one of our key customers in the North Sea area,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group.“Maersk Resolve will now work for DONG Energy through to the end of third quarter of 2016 and we look forward to co-create value with DONG Energy on their many interesting prospects including the high profile Hejre field development which requires the drilling of a number of deep and complicated High-Pressure-High-Temperature wells. With its high tech equipment the Maersk Resolve is ideally suited to meet these demands.”Maersk Resolve is the third in a series of four High Efficiency 350 ft jack-up rigs in Maersk Drilling’s fleet. Since its delivery in 2009 the rig has been employed in the Danish and UK North Sea.[mappress]Press Release, July 9, 2013last_img read more

UAE to Host Third International Counter Piracy Conference

first_imgThe UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, global ports operator DP World and Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) announce they are co-convening the third international counter-piracy conference in Dubai on 11-12 September. Their joint hosting of the conference demonstrates the vital importance of public and private sector coordination in the fight against maritime piracy both on and off shore.More than 500 participants comprising foreign ministers, senior government officials, executives of global maritime-sector companies, and leading experts will convene for the two-day event entitled: Countering Maritime Piracy: Continued Efforts for Regional Capacity Building.Building capacity in the region includes addressing piracy in the short term through effective security initiatives, including co-ordination between international navies and merchant vessels, and longer term initiatives that support the development of local economies.The humanitarian impact of piracy on seafarers and their families continues to be a focus, and a highlight of this year’s conference will be a discussion with Captain Juwaid Saleem, a former captive of pirates in Somalia, and his family, who will share their experiences. Captain Juwaid and his crew were held for more than two years and his two daughters featured in a documentary premiered at last year’s conference highlighting the humanitarian cost of piracy, when he was still a prisoner. He and seven of his crew were released six weeks after the 2012 conference; the remaining 15 crew members are still missing in Somalia.Key themes of the conference will include:• Continuing to build awareness of the humanitarian and economic cost of piracy, including support for seafarers;• Injecting new momentum in the search for an effective and enduring solution to piracy through collaboration across political, military, financial and legal sectors;• Encouraging a comprehensive approach that can deliver a long term sustainable solution to counter piracy, including land-based solutions;• Highlighting cooperation between industry and government sectors through joint strategies emphasising sustainable long-term solutionsHis Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, said: “While the international community has made great strides in fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia, the UAE believes that maritime piracy, notably in the Gulf of Aden and the western Indian Ocean, remains of serious global concern. We are convinced that successfully countering piracy can only be achieved if the international community enhances its efforts to build capacity in the region. With that in mind, we have chosen “Countering Maritime Piracy: Continued Efforts for Regional Capacity Building” as the theme for this year’s conference.”His Excellency Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World, said: ”I am delighted that DP World will again play a major role in continuing the dialogue on countering piracy. We all continue to be affected by the ramifications of piracy and it is vital that we keep the issue on the radar so that public and private sector remedies can be implemented both now and for future generations. We at DP World, together with our industry colleagues from around the world, look forward to cementing the achievements of previous conferences and discussing building capacity in the region, analysing state legitimacy issues and seeking long term solutions to the problem.”His Excellency, H.E Dr. Sultan Ahmad Al Jaber, Chairman ADPC, added: “Abu Dhabi Ports Company is pleased to continue to support the efforts of industry and governments around the world to counter maritime piracy at this event.“While much has been achieved through the last two conferences and the number of incidents has dropped – the pirate groups still exist, the threat is still present and the devastating human consequences of pirate attack or armed robbery at sea still remains.“We applaud the tactical and short term success achieved by industry and governments so far. We welcome the next steps to develop a comprehensive long term strategy, which strengthens and supports the local communities and eradicates piracy on shore. Counter piracy remains a top priority for the emirate as maritime security is an important factor in the economic growth of the GCC region.”[mappress]DP World, August 14, 2013last_img read more

Seascape Surveys Bags $55 Mln Subsea Job in Indonesia

first_imgPT Seascape Surveys Indonesia has been awarded a two years long contract, with a one year option, to provide offshore Inspection, Repair and Maintenance (“IRM”) services to a major Indonesian based upstream oil and gas operator.The estimated contract value for the initial term is USD 55 million and will utilise the Indonesian flagged DP2 vessel, M.V. ‘Endeavour’, which is on long-term charter to Seascape. Seascape will be directly providing full service air diving and remotely operated vehicle (“ROV”) spreads for this IRM campaign through in-house resources.“For Seascape, this is our first diving contract, which will be performed directly by Seascape through in-house resources. We believe this a tremendous accomplishment for Seascape and appreciate the trust that our client has in Seascape to undertake this project”, said Peter Reichlmeier, Managing Director of Seascape.[mappress] September 16, 2013last_img read more

Dockwise Vanguard to Transport Costa Concordia Wreck?

first_imgDockwise Vanguard may be the solution for the transportation of Costa Concordia wreck to the scrapyard, since the owner of the cruise ship Carnival Cruises commissioned the transport ship, the Italian media reported.Dockwise Vanguard is a semi-submersible heavy transport vessel (SSHTV) and currently the largest of its kind. The vessel is built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in Ulsan for the Dutch shipping company Dockwise, owned by Boskalis.The refloating of the Costa Concordia wreck is the last phase of the salvage operation and it would probably happen in the spring.World Maritime News Staff, September 20, 2013; Image: Dockwiselast_img read more

Statoil Announces Exciting Exploration Plans for NCS in 2014

first_imgStatoil announces an exciting exploration programme in Norway also in 2014, building on the exploration successes of recent years.Statoil plans to drill 20-25 exploration wells on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) in 2014, of which around two-thirds will be Statoil-operated.“Statoil’s exploration success rate on the Norwegian continental shelf has been over 70% the last five years, compared to an industry average of 49%. This confirms that our exploration strategy is paying off,” says Gro G. Haatvedt, senior vice president for NCS exploration in Statoil.Statoil has a diversified exploration portfolio on the NCS targeting both growth prospects, opportunities in frontier areas and selected prospects in mature areas which can be tied into existing infrastructure.“We believe that our competence and experience throughout the value chain give us an advantage when prioritising the right prospects, performing efficient exploration and ensuring value creation,” says Haatvedt.Barents Sea campaign continuesStatoil will continue the exploration campaign in the Barents Sea in 2014 with 5-7 new wells. The company will test the potential in the Hoop area and continue exploration drilling around the Johan Castberg discoveries (Skrugard and Havis).Statoil is a partner in the OMV-operated Wisting Central discovery in PL537 announced in September, which opened a new oil play in the Hoop area. During Q2-Q3 of 2014 Statoil will drill the Atlantis and Apollo prospects in PL615, approximately 50 kilometres north of PL537.“The Apollo well will target the same geological formation as the Wisting Central well. We have a solid understanding of the subsurface and are well prepared to conduct safe and secure operations in this area of the NCS,” says Haatvedt.In the Johan Castberg area the Skavl prospect is currently being drilled, followed by the Kramsnø and Drivis prospects late 2013/early 2014.“We still believe we can find more oil in the Johan Castberg area to make the field development project more robust. Currently we are evaluating several prospects around Johan Castberg for drilling in 2014,” says Haatvedt.Hunting high-value barrels“In the North Sea our plan is to further explore around the King Lear discovery and continue our hunt for barrels in the greater Utsira High area. We will also pursue our exploration effort around existing infrastructure in order to discover timely high-value barrels for the new fast-track developments,” says Haatvedt.In the Johan Sverdrup/greater Utsira High area, the Geitungen appraisal will be drilled in PL265 at the turn of the year and Statoil will also drill the Tastaveden prospect in PL628.In 2012 Statoil made a significant gas and condensate discovery in the King Lear prospect. In 2014-2015 two new wells will be drilled in PL146/PL333. The Romeo prospect will test the potential north of King Lear, while the Julius prospect will both appraise the King Lear discovery and test additional potential south of the find. This is a high temperature and high pressure (HTHP) area, which Statoil has a strong record in handling.In the Norwegian Sea the focus next year will be to mature the deep-water exploration campaign in the Aasta Hansteen area which is planned to start in 2015.“We are confident there are new, exciting opportunities to be explored on the Norwegian continental shelf going forward,” concludes Haatvedt.Press Release, November 07, 2013last_img read more

Navios Acquisition Closes Offer of First Priority Ship Mortgage Notes Due 2021

first_imgNavios Maritime Acquisition Corporation announced today that the Company and Navios Acquisition Finance (US) Inc., its wholly owned finance subsidiary, completed the sale of $610 million of 8 1/8% first priority ship mortgage notes due 2021. The Notes were offered and sold in the United States only to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and in offshore transactions to non-United States persons in reliance on Regulation S under the Securities Act.The Notes are secured by first priority ship mortgages on 12 vessels aggregating approximately 2.6 million deadweight tons owned by certain subsidiary guarantors. The Notes are guaranteed by each of Navios Acquisition’s direct and indirect subsidiaries.The net proceeds of the offering will be used to fund its current tender offer and consent solicitation for certain outstanding notes and pay related fees and expenses, to discharge and redeem any of such notes that are not purchased in the tender offer after all conditions to the tender offer are satisfied or waived, including the payment of any related fees and expenses and any redemption premium, to fund the repayment of outstanding borrowings under a term loan secured by two of the mortgaged vessels, which are expected to be repaid immediately prior to the closing of the offering using cash on hand, and if any remain, for general corporate purposes.The Notes and related guarantees have not been registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to or for the benefit of U.S. persons unless so registered except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable securities laws in other jurisdictions.This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes or any other securities, and does not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any Notes or other securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. Any offer of the Notes was made only by means of a private offering memorandum. This press release is being issued pursuant to and in accordance with Rule 135c under the Securities Act.[mappress]Navios Maritime, November 14, 2013last_img read more

Gazprom, Enagas Discuss LNG Supplies to Europe, Latin America

first_imgGazprom’s Chairman Alexey Miller met in Moscow with CEO of Enagas Marcelino Oreja where they discussed cooperation in liquefied natural gas supplies, particularly from the Baltic LNG project to the European and Latin American markets.The meeting noted that Spain had a potential to become one of the major consumers of LNG from the project, Gazprom said in a statement.At present, Gazprom supplies LNG to more than ten countries. The company’s goal is to build up its presence in the promising markets, to be achieved, at first place, through increasing its own production.The company’s Vladivostok-LNG project, which has an annual production capacity of 10 million tons with the potential for further expansion, entered the investment stage in February 2013. The project Investment Rationale will be completed in the first half of 2014. The plant with the capacity of up to 10 million tons a year will start commercial production in 2018.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, December 13, 2013; Image: Gazpromlast_img read more

USA: Officials Celebrate Completion of Philadelphia Restoration Project

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, and the Philadelphia Water Department celebrated the completion of a first-of-its-kind ecosystem restoration project during an April 25 ribbon cutting and site tour event at Morris Park in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia.The event was attended by Congressman Bob Brady, Army Corps leadership and staff, city and state officials, community groups, and contractors.“This is the first stream to be daylighted in the city of Philadelphia,” said Philadelphia Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug who thanked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its partnership on the project and other efforts throughout the city.Philadelphia District Commander Lt. Col. Chris Becking said the project is a model for creative problem solving in part because the end product has multiple benefits for the community.“We are the nation’s engineers and one of our missions is to deliver water resources solutions to the public,” said Becking. “This is a great example of such a solution as we’ve improved water quality, created wildlife habitat, reduced park flooding, enhanced recreational opportunities and aesthetics – all with one project.”[mappress]Press Release, April 29, 2014last_img read more

LNG Limited to add third LNG project in North America

first_imgLiquefied Natural Gas Limited of Australia is eyeing a third liquefaction project in North America.  LNG Limited’s Managing Director Maurice Brand said the company is looking to “unlock further value” but not until it delivers further milestones with the Magnolia LNG project, one of which is the FERC DEIS that the company expects to receive by the end of the year.The company is looking to “execute the legally binding lump sum turn-key EPC contract with SK E&C following completion of FEED, as well as executing legally binding tolling agreements for the supply of 4 mtpa of LNG,” stands in the shareholders report.There are general milestones the company wants to achieve and Brand broke these into three sections, one of which is a corporate office in Houston which is close to completion. It already reached one of the goals with the appointment of Paul J. Cavicchi as a non-executive director of the company.To add to that appointment, “LNG Limited also wants to add couple of additional management officials to help the company develop North American opportunities,” said Brand in a shareholders presentation.As a third target, the company intends to unlock further shareholder value. LNG World News Staff, September 24, 2014; Image: LNG Limitedlast_img read more

BOEM to offer 44M acres in Central GoM lease sale

first_imgBureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank has announced that the bureau will offer nearly 44 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development in a sale that will include all available unleased areas in the Central Gulf of Mexico Planning Area.Proposed Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 235, scheduled to take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, in March of 2015, will be the seventh offshore sale under the Administration’s Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012-2017 (Five Year Program). This sale builds on the first six sales in the current Five Year Program, which have offered more than 60 million acres and netted $2.4 billion for American taxpayers.“As one of the most productive basins in the world, the Gulf of Mexico is a cornerstone of our domestic energy portfolio, offering vital oil and gas resources that further economic growth and continue to reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” said Walter Cruickshank.“This lease sale is another important step in promoting responsible domestic energy production through the safe, environmentally sound development of the Nation’s offshore energy resources, while ensuring a fair return to the American people.”Sale 235 will include approximately 7,477 blocks, covering 43.5 million acres, located from three to 230 nautical miles offshore, in water depths ranging from nine to more than 11,000 feet (three to 3,400 meters). BOEM plans to offer blocks located, or partially located, within the three statute mile U.S. – Mexico Boundary Area subject to the terms of the U.S. – Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement. BOEM estimates the proposed lease sale could result in the production of 460 to 894 million barrels of oil and 1.9 to 3.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.Press Release[mappress mapid=”242″]last_img read more

Lekoil: Otakikpo production expected months ahead of schedule

first_imgLekoil has informed that production from Otakikpo Marginal Field in oil mining lease (OML) 11, offshore Nigeria, adjacent to shoreline in the eastern part of the Niger Delta, is expected months ahead of schedule. Lekoil, the Technical and Financial Partner in the Otakikpo project (Lekoil: 40 per cent. participating and economic interest) and its partner Green Energy, have secured approvals for the well re-entry plan. The company has also started a phased re-entry plan, fully funded with cash on hand, to reach production. Earlier in the year, the company had announced that it expected to begin production in the second half of 2015.Based on the updated phased approach, Lekoil says that production is now expected in the first half of 2015, six months ahead of the previous schedule. Under the terms of the acquisition of the interest in Otakikpo, Lekoil will fund costs to first oil and be entitled to recover this expenditure preferentially.“We continue to accelerate our work with our partners, host communities and regulators to deliver on this valuable project and across our portfolio.”Based on Lekoil’s internal analysis and assumptions, which incorporate the AGR Tracs CPR data, the company will break-even at an oil price of less than $30 per bbl (life of field basis) with the lifetime unit costs being in the mid to low double digits. This analysis does not include the potentially positive impact of the Pioneer Tax status which is currently being applied for. The indicative costs to first oil are substantially lower than expected due to more favourable service costs in the tenders received so far. According to Lekoil, contracting has started for the rig, well services and production facilities construction. Lekoil adds that rig mobilization is initially expected within the first quarter of 2015 at the same time as construction and the subsequent commissioning of production facilities.Lekoil adds that progress is being made on discussions with lenders to provide debt financing to be used as funding for an accelerated work programme and the company expects these discussions to be concluded in the first quarter of 2015. The accelerated work programme may be the optimal route to production if the company secures Pioneer Tax status, the company explains.Otakikpo field 2C reserves upgradedIn September 2014, the company announced a “significant” upgrade to 2C oil reserves estimates for Lekoil Nigeria’s 40 per cent. participating interest and economic interest in Otakikpo. Lekoil holds 90 per cent of the economic interests in Lekoil Nigeria.AGR TRACS International Ltd carried out a comprehensive review of the surface and subsurface data provided by Lekoil. Following the review, AGR TRACS reported that the gross unrisked 2C Contingent Resources for Otakikpo were estimated to be 56.75 mmbbl. This compares to the 36 mmbbl of gross oil resources in the most recent 2C resource estimates available at the time of the company’s acquisition of the interest in Otakikpo in May 2014.In addition, Stock Tank Oil Initially In Place (STOIIP) ranges have been estimated by AGR TRACS for four exploration prospects within the onshore part of the Otakikpo acreage and, in total, these are estimated (on a P50, unrisked basis) to contain potential gross aggregate Oil in Place volumes of 162.8 mmbbl. The company also says it believes that additional prospectively exists in the southern (shallow water) portion of the acreage which will be defined by further studies and appraisal in due course.Lekan Akinyanmi, Lekoil’s CEO, said, “We are now ahead of schedule to achieve our target of first production from Otakikpo, which is value enhancing despite the depressed oil price, during the first half of 2015. We have been very pleased with our progress on the development and look forward to learning more about the offshore area of the lease which we believe holds some exciting upside. We continue to accelerate our work with our partners, host communities and regulators to deliver on this valuable project and across our portfolio.”[mappress mapid=”891″]last_img read more

EU Backs Development of Northern Adriatic Ports

first_imgSource: inea The EU’s TEN-T Programme will back with almost €3 million studies on a better connection between the northern Adriatic ports and the main rail and inland waterways networks in the region.The studies will focus on improving the hinterland access of the sea ports of Trieste, Venice (Italy), Koper (Slovenia) and Rijeka (Croatia) and the inland ports of Chioggia, Porto Levante and Mantova (Italy) to the core European transport networks by rail and inland waterway connections.In specific, the project will:Prepare an advanced analysis for future investments in these ports;Promote cooperation and agreements between ports, freight operators and inland terminals to improve services;Promote efficient sea-rail freight intermodal solutions to integrate the ports into the core transport corridors crossing the northern Adriatic;Foster sea-river co-modal services and integration of the sea ports of Venice and Chioggia into the Po river system;Promote investments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to improve the efficiency of the short sea shipping and its interconnection with other transport modes.The project was selected for EU funding with the assistance of external experts under the TEN-T Multi-Annual Call 2013, ‘Motorways of the Sea’. Its implementation will be monitored by INEA, the European Commission’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency.The project is to be completed by December 2015.last_img read more

BP, Kansai Electric pen LNG deals

first_imgOil and gas giant BP and Japan’s Kansai Electric entered into a sales and purchase agreement for liquefied natural gas.The two companies also signed cooperation agreement for the purpose of exploring opportunities for business collaboration, BP informed in a statement.Under the agreements, BP will provide Kansai Electric with up to 13 million tonnes of LNG over 23 years, from its global LNG portfolio.In addition, the agreements provide for Kansai Electric and BP to explore areas of cooperation across a wide range of LNG business activities such as LNG trading, and optimization of LNG ship operations. Image: BPlast_img read more

IOC, Mitsubishi Corp in LNG supply deal

first_imgIndian Oil Corporation informed an interim sales purchase agreement was signed with Mitsubishi Corporation for supply of 0.7 MMTPA of LNG for 20 years from the Cameron LNG project in the USA.The company’s LNG sales registered a growth of 6.3% in the financial year 2014-2015 reaching 3.42 million metric tons, IOC’s Chairman B. Ashok said at a press conference.He said that in order to secure LNG supplies, the corporation has forayed into independent LNG purchase besides tying up for 1.2 MMTPA of LNG for 20 years with Pacific North West LNG Project, Canada.Deliveries from the Pacific NorthWest LNG project are expected to commence in 2020 while deliveries from the Cameron LNG project should begin two years earlier, in the first quarter of 2018, the company informed.The volumes will be delivered to IOC’s planned LNG import terminal at Kamarajar Port in Ennore. LNG World News Staff; Image: Cameron LNGlast_img read more

ICS Worried over Protectionist US Approach to LNG Exports

first_imgThe International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has voiced serious concern about the potentially protectionist approach being taken by the U.S. with respect to the future transport of energy exports, despite the signal of the US Congress from last week that it would approve major free trade deals with Asia and Europe.“International ship operators, represented by ICS, are particularly anxious that a regime currently being developed to promote the carriage of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports on U.S. flag ships may set an undesirable precedent should the U.S. decide to lift the current ban on crude oil exports (as is being considered by Congress at the moment),” ICS said.In December 2014, the US President Obama signed a legislation requiring the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to implement a program to promote the use of U.S. flag ships. This is expected to prioritise the processing of licenses for new deep water LNG export facilities from those exporters that indicate they plan to use U.S. flag gas carriers, rather than ships operated by foreign shipping companies.ICS believes that this approach is not in the spirit of the free trade commitments that the U.S. has already accepted with respect to maritime services at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and has implications bilaterally, for example, with respect to the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).The European Commission, which represents the EU in trade negotiation, and governments of other countries with large LNG tanker fleets, such as Japan and Norway, are also concerned.ICS says that any protectionist approach towards shipping being pursued by the U.S. might also be emulated by other energy exporters, such as Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia.“This could seriously undermine the framework of open market access and free trade principles in shipping that has facilitated the efficient transport of energy worldwide since the 1980s,” ICS added.The United States already has restricting policies in place such as the Jones Act, which limits foreign carrier access to maritime trade between U.S. ports.Gas carriers are highly sophisticated vessels that typically cost over USD 100 million each to build. In reality, the U.S. has virtually no LNG carriers capable of operating in global export markets and is likely to find them uneconomic to build. Most gas carriers today are built in Japan, Korea and China In practice therefore, ICS believes that it is possible that the initial U.S. program will lead to foreign LNG shipowners being discriminated against in other ways, such as being required to employ U.S. seafarers, which are far more expensive to employ than their non-U.S. counterparts.“However, the U.S. does possess a domestic oil tanker fleet. Should a similar protectionist approach be applied to the carriage of crude oil exports, the global shipping industry fears it could be completely shut out of what is expected to be a major shipping trade worth billions of dollars a year,” ICS added.Any requirement or pressure to use U.S. flag tankers would undoubtedly increase the costs of exporting U.S. energy. But ICS says that unless the United States Trade Representative (USTR) or other supporters of free trade intervene, energy companies might see this as a price worth paying in order to be permitted to export U.S. crude.last_img read more

Eco VLGC Constitution delivered to Dorian LPG

first_imgDorian LPG, an owner and operator of modern Very Large Gas Carriers, said that it took delivery of the ECO VLGC Constitution from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.Constitution, Dorian LPG’s eight newbuilding delivery, will be operated in the Helios LPG Pool.Including the newly-delivered Constitution, Dorian LPG currently owns and operates 11 modern VLGCs and one pressurized LPG vessel. In addition, Dorian LPG has 11 ECO VLGC newbuildings under construction.last_img

Oceaneering Wins with Statoil

first_imgOceaneering Norway has been awarded a framework agreement by Statoil for the maintenance, modification and storage of ROV tools and related subsea equipment.Additionally, the deal covers the manufacturing and sale of ROV tools and related equipment.Reportedly, the agreement has been signed for two years with options for an additional 2 x 3 years duration.To remind, In March this year, Oceaneering announced an eight-year contract with Statoil for provision of two work-class electric remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to work on Statoil’s CAT-J platforms in the North Sea.Subsea World News Stafflast_img read more

Public get-together on green hydrogen set for Orkney

first_imgIllustration (Photo: Pixabay) Public meeting regarding the opportunities for using ‘green’ hydrogen produced from renewable energy in transport and heating will take place later this month in Kirkwall, Orkney.The speakers at the meeting will offer updates on BIG HIT initiative, a five-year project aimed at overcoming local grid constraints through the use of renewable energy to produce hydrogen.Illustration of the BIG HIT project (Image: EMEC)The list of speakers includes Neil Kermode from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) who will offer updates on Eday renewable energy developments, Nigel Holmes from Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA) who will provide the public with an overview of ‘Green H2’ activities in Scotland, as well as Mark Hull from Community Energy Scotland (CES) who will present community and local energy opportunities.BIG HIT project builds on foundations laid by an initial £3 million capital investment by EMEC in a 0.5MW electrolyser and the complementary Orkney Surf ‘n’ Turf initiative, which will see production of hydrogen on the island of Eday using tidal and wind energy.The event will take place on September 22, 2016 at the Kirkwall Town Hall.[mappress mapid=”950″]last_img read more

OEEC: Future Looks Bright for Offshore Renewables

first_imgThe offshore renewable industry will be a valuable ingredient in the future energy mix but it is highly unlikely that it will ever be as big as the oil and gas industry, according to speakers and participants of a technical session titled ”Offshore Renewables“ which was held on Wednesday, 26 October,  at the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) in Amsterdam.The speakers discussed new, as well as already proven concepts in offshore wind, wave and tidal energy.The conference also covered some of the ”burning” topics within the industry, such as how the offshore renewable energy industry can leverage experiences from the oil and gas industry, and also how solutions developed for the renewable energy industry can benefit oil and gas projects.The session was moderated by Capt. Mike Frampton, Renewable Business Line Director at LOC Group.Speakers included Lee Clarke, Chief Operating Officer at the Renewables Consulting Group, Jake Anderson, Director at Longitude Engineering, Arend Doppenberg, Director Client Services at TMF Netherlands, and Robert Jan van Hedel, Supervisor Legal at TMF Netherlands.Opening the session, Mike Frampton, who previously worked as a captain on Shell’s LNG carrier and has a background in oil and gas, said that the offshore renewable industry is in many ways similar to oil and gas, although it is a fairly new industry.During the session, he said that there are many countries already forging ahead towards a low-carbon future, embracing renewable energies or boosting the use of renewables such as offshore wind.When asked about the role of renewables in the future energy mix, Frampton said he sees a ”bright outlook“ for the industry.”There is plenty of enthusiasm for the future, without a doubt… The industry at the moment is strong,” Frampton said.”However, it is never going to be as big as oil and gas.”Lee Clarke followed up on the outlook for the renewable industry saying that he sees ”a pipeline of opportunities“ in the next 10 to 15 years. However, many factors could affect the future energy mix, Clarke cautioned.”The big unknown is, of course, how the other parts of the energy sector decarbonise over the coming years if we move to electric vehicles that seem to be moving ahead at an enormous pace. That is going to increase the demand for electricity and will have a direct impact on the use of oil,” Clarke said.That will require a huge demand for electricity to fill that gap, Clarke concluded.last_img read more

Japan’s LNG imports rise 14.6 percent in January

first_imgFor illustration only (Image courtesy of Tokyo Electric)Liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports into Japan increased 14.6 percent in January as demand for the chilled fuel for power generation rose on the back of low winter temperatures.Japan imported 8.30 million mt of LNG in January, as compared to 7.24 million mt the year before, according to the provisional data released by Japan’s Ministry of Finance.The country paid about $3.28 billion for LNG imports last month, a rise of 6.7 percent as compared to the same month in 2016, the data shows.Japan’s average price of spot LNG hit its two-year high record during January. The average price of spot LNG bought last month was $8.40 per million British thermal units, up from $8 in the previous month and the highest since January 2015.Worth mentioning, Japan imported 83.34 million mt of LNG in 2016, as compared to 85.05 million mt the year before.This was the second drop in Japan’s annual LNG imports since the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 which caused Japan to shut down its nuclear industry. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Sandvik launches next gen impact crusher

first_imgSandvik QI442 mobile impact crusherSandvik has launched its upgraded 2 Series QI442 tracked mobile impact crusher.According to the manufacturer, the impact crusher comes with overband magnet, pre-screen, underpan feeder, ceramic blow bars and remote control as standard.Like the company’s previous Prisec crushers, it can be configured to work as either a primary or secondary machine and the hydraulically assisted curtains can be adjusted to produce a range of product sizes.When it comes to the machinery data, the QI442 includes Sandvik’s My Fleet remote monitoring system, which helps to optimise machine operation.Sandvik said the machine comes equipped with features designed to improve the return on investment, including a Cat C13 diesel emission compliant engine with direct drive heavy duty wet clutch to increase fuel efficiency. #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Multi-million boost for Scottish demolition

first_imgMore than 20 demolition businesses are set to benefit from an £18 million (US$23.7 million) a year contract to offer services to local authorities and housing associations in Scotland.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The new framework will run until the end of July 2022 and will include deconstruction as well as demolitionThe contract, which started on 1 August, runs until the end of July 2022 with an option to extend for a further two years at that time.It was put together by the Scotland Excel framework, which helps local government deliver planned demolition as part of regeneration and improvement work. This latest contract has also been redesigned to include deconstruction for the first time.The framework is divided into three lots, based on work up to a value of £50,000 ($66,000); work valued at £50,000 or over; and emergency work.Eleven companies – Burnfield Builders and Demolishers, Caskie, Central Demolition, Chris Wright & Sons, Daltons Demolitions, David Morton (Larbert), Dem-Master Demolition, George Beattie, JCJ (Demolition & Construction), Reigart Contracts and Safedem – have been awarded in all three lots.A further 14 firms are on the list for one or two lots. Of the listed companies, only two – Birmingham-based Coleman Group and Technical Demolition Services from the north west of England – are based outside Scotland. All are committed to paying the Real Living Wage and to recycling up to 95% of materials from demolition and deconstruction projects.Scotland Excel has saved local authorities more than £150 million ($198 million) since it started in 2008 and its convener, Councillor John Shaw, said: “The renewal of our demolition and deconstruction Works contract comes at an important time for Scotland’s construction sector.“It will bring value for money, has sustainability at its core and is good for business.”last_img read more