Subsea 7 Wins USD 1 Bn Contract

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed Subsea 7 has been awarded a contact in excess of USD 1.3 billion by Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Limited (BOWL) for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the Beatrice wind farm turbine foundations and array cables, offshore Scotland, UK. Subsea 7, in alliance with Seaway Heavy Lifting, will manage, design, engineer, fabricate and install EPCI jacket foundations and array cables for 84 wind turbines, and perform the transportation and installation of the offshore transmission modules.Project management and engineering has already started at Seaway Heavy Lifting’s offices in Glasgow, Scotland, and Zoetermeer, the Netherlands, and at Subsea 7’s office in Aberdeen, Scotland, according to Subsea 7.Offshore installations will be executed in 2017 and 2018 using Seaway Heavy Lifting’s heavy-lift vessels, Stanislav Yudin and Oleg Strashnov.“This offshore wind farm project is our largest North Sea award to date. Subsea 7 and Seaway Heavy Lifting have a strong reputation in their respective areas of expertise. This contract recognises both companies’ capability to execute contracts safely, on time and within cost targets and is another major step forward in establishing Seaway Heavy Lifting as a leading EPCI contractor in the offshore renewables market,” Jean Cahuzac, Subsea 7 Chief Executive Officer said.“The Beatrice project is a major step forward in achieving our ambition to be a leading EPCI contractor in the offshore renewables industry,” Jan Willem van der Graaf, CEO of Seaway Heavy Lifting commented.BOWL is a joint venture partnership formed between SSE (40%), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (35%) and SDIC Power (25%).Located in the Outer Moray Firth, the Beatrice wind turbines will generate 588 Megawatts of power once the wind farm becomes fully operational in 2019.last_img read more

Visit to Maldives Sri Lanka reflects Indias priority towards neighbourhood first policy

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said his visit to the Maldives and Sri Lanka beginning Saturday reflects the importance India attaches to its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy and that it will further cement bilateral ties with the two maritime countries. Modi will first travel to the Maldives, in his first bilateral visit after retaining power in the Lok Sabha polls. From Maldives, he will go to Sri Lanka on Sunday. “I am confident that my visit to the Maldives and Sri Lanka will further strengthen our close and cordial ties with our maritime neighbours, in line with our ‘Neighbourhood-First Policy’ and the vision of security and growth for all in the region,” the prime minister said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist In a pre-departure statement, he said his visit to Sri Lanka is to express India’s solidarity with the government and the people of the island nation in the wake of the “terrible terrorist attacks” there on April 21. “The people of India stand firmly with the people of Sri Lanka, who suffered great agony and destruction in the wake of the horrific terror attacks on Easter. We fully support Sri Lanka in the fight against terror,” he said. Sri Lanka was hit by a wave of bombings on Easter Sunday in which over 250 people were killed. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France About his visit to Maldives, Modi said India considers the country as a valued partner with whom it shares deep bonds of history and culture. “Our bilateral relations with the Maldives have been greatly strengthened in the recent past. I am confident that my visit will further deepen our multi-faceted partnership,” he said. The prime minister visited the Maldives in November to attend President Ibrahim Solih’s swearing-in ceremony. The relations between India and the Maldives deteriorated after the then President Abdulla Yameen imposed emergency on February 5 last year. However, ties were back on track under Solih’s presidency. “I also had the opportunity to attend the inauguration of President Solih in November 2018. My visit to the Maldives is reflective of the importance we both attach to our relationship as maritime neighbours and long-standing friends,” Modi said. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Thursday said both sides are expected sign a number of agreements to deepen cooperation in specific areas during Modi’s visit. On Sri Lanka, Modi said India’s ties with it have gained considerable momentum in the last few years. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena visited India last week to India Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. “I look forward to meeting the Sri Lankan leadership during my visit,” Modi said.last_img read more

Term extended for Maureen Jensen chair of Ontarios securities watchdog

first_imgTORONTO – The woman helming the top job at Ontario’s securities watchdog has had her term extended for three years by the Ontario Ministry of Finance.Maureen Jensen’s two-year term as chair and CEO of the Ontario Securities Commission was set to expire in February 2018, but will now end in February 2021.Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance, says Jensen has worked tirelessly to improve women’s representation on boards, enhance whistleblower protection, and advance the Ontario government’s push toward a co-operative capital markets regulator.Jensen said in October that it might be time to strengthen its measures to get more women on boards after little progress.The OSC does not have the authority to impose a specific target or quota for gender diversity.But Jensen said the regulator is looking at options such as requiring companies to set a target and disclose progress in meeting it.last_img read more

Solanki, Kaushik bag gold in Poland

first_imgNew Delhi: Gaurav Solanki and Manish Kaushik bagged a gold each as Indian boxers finished with a rich haul of six medals at the XXXVI Feliks Stamm International Boxing Tournament in Warsaw, Poland. Besides two gold medals, Indians boxers clinched a silver and three bronze to wrap off their campaign on a high. The 22-year-old Solanki (52kg) outpunched England’s William Cawley 5-0 on his way to the coveted yellow metal. He showed glimpses of the impeccable form that brought him gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and the Chemistry Cup last year. Kaushik (60kg) also exhibited the confidence that he had displayed last year to grab the India Open gold and the Commonwealth Games silver. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuAgainst Morocco’s Mohamed Hamout, the 23-year-old was sharp and agile and emerged victorious 4-1. However, there was some disappointment for the Indian contingent on the final day of the European tournament as the result of Mohammed Hussamuddin did not go in favour of the bantamweight specialist. Hussamuddin (56kg), who started the 2019 season with a silver from the Gee Bee Boxing tournament, had to be content with yet another second-place finish following a 1-4 defeat to Russia’s Mukhammad Shekhov, despite producing a strong show throughout the bout. Meanwhile, three other Indian pugilists had to settle for the bronze after losing their respective semi-final contests. In 69kg, 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist and Arjuna awardee, Mandeep Jangra went down 0-5 to Russia’s Vadim Musaev while in 91kg, Sanjeet too lost to David Nyika of New Zealand by an identical score.last_img read more

National Energy Board says Trans Mountain meets conditions for BC terminal

VANCOUVER — The National Energy Board says the Trans Mountain pipeline project has met conditions required for the expansion of its Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C.Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada, has plans to expand the terminal’s dock to load three tankers, up from one, and increase the number of delivery lines connected to its other Burnaby terminal.The expanded terminal is part of a $7.4-billion project that would triple the capacity of an Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline and increase tanker traffic in the Vancouver area.The board says in a letter to Kinder Morgan published on its website Wednesday that there are 157 conditions imposed on the project overall and the pre-construction conditions specifically pertaining to the terminal have now been satisfied.Trans Mountain refiled its environmental protection plans for the terminal on Aug. 17, which the board said included details for mitigating previously raised issues about the project and evidence that it held additional public consultations.Trans Mountain couldn’t immediately be reached for comment, but the company’s website says terminal construction was set to begin in September.British Columbia’s NDP government recently announced it would join the legal fight against the pipeline expansion and was granted intervener status this week in a legal challenge brought by several First Nations and municipalities objecting to Ottawa’s approval of the project.The new provincial government also warned the company earlier this month that it can’t begin work on public land until it gets final approval from the province.Premier John Horgan promised in the provincial election this spring to use “every tool in the toolbox” to stop the expansion by Trans Mountain.B.C.’s former Liberal government issued an environmental certificate for the project earlier this year.B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman has said the storage facility and marine terminal in Burnaby are on private property, but the majority of the pipeline either passes through First Nations territory or public land. read more

FAO appeals for 15 million for emergency seed distribution in Georgia

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that many of the area’s 160,000 households would not have enough quality seed and other necessary agricultural inputs to plant their main subsistence crop, maize, for spring 2002.“Without external assistance this year, fields will go unplanted or will be planted late, with poor quality seed and no fertilizer. The prospect is for a downward spiral into extended food aid dependence from which recovery will be slow, uncertain and costly in terms of human welfare,” the agency said in a statement.FAO will distribute sufficient quality maize seed and fertilizer for 77,720 households in the areas of Samegrelo, Guria and Racha-Lechkhumi to plant half a hectare of land for the spring 2002 planting season.Maize is the principal food grain produced in western regions of Georgia, and it is also the main staple food of the Georgian people. Last year, the maize yield was only 17 per cent of normal. Despite food aid delivered by the UN World Food Programme, the average calorie intake in the area has fallen by 20 per cent in the past 18 months. read more

Trial of four Rwandan officials on genocide charges opens before UN tribunal

In opening remarks in Arusha, Tanzania, yesterday, the prosecution, led by Don Webster, said evidence would prove that the accused committed the crimes against the Tutsi and moderate Hutu populations in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, as well as in Butare, Gisenyi and Gitarama and in the Cyangugu and Kibuye prefectures.Facing seven counts of genocide and related crimes are Edouard Karemera, former minister of the Interior and vice chairman of the Mouvement revolutionnaire national pour le developpement (MRND party) and Andre Rwamakuba, former minister of Primary and Secondary Education and member of the Mouvement democratique republicain (MDR).The other two facing the same charges are Mathieu Ngirumpatse, former director-general of Foreign Affairs in the Rwandan government and MRND chairman, and Joseph Nzirorera, former MRND secretary-general, Speaker of the Rwandan Parliament and former minister of Industry, Mines and Handicraft.Defence counsel Didier Skoricki told the tribunal that his client, Mr. Karemera, and two other accused, Mr. Rwamakuba and Mr. Ngirumpatse, were the ones who had appealed to the international community to intervene and stop the killings. The defence counsel for Mr. Nzirorera, Peter Robinson, said his client not only deplored the killings, but also had lost some of his own relatives in the genocide. read more

Geneva conference must include Syrian Government and opposition says Arab LeagueUN envoy

The proposed Geneva II conference to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis must include representatives from the Government as well as the opposition, the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, Lakhdar Brahimi, told a news conference in Damascus today.“The difference between Geneva I and Geneva II is that in Geneva II, Syria will be represented by two delegations, the first representing the Syrian Government and the second representing the Syrian opposition,” Mr. Brahimi said.Over the past few days, Mr. Brahimi has been meeting with senior officials in various countries, including Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, and Syria itself, where he met with President Bashar al-Assad, with the aim of creating the conditions to hold the conference.“All countries visited expressed significant interest in Geneva II because of the great attention regarding the situation in Syria and the outcome of the crisis, which is causing the Syrian people to suffer greatly,” Mr. Brahimi said.“Everyone wants to contribute, one way or the other, to prepare for Geneva II and put an end to the crisis in Syria.”The goal of Geneva II would be to achieve a political solution to the conflict through a comprehensive agreement between the Government and the opposition for the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué, adopted after the first international meeting on the issue on 30 June 2012.The communiqué lays out key steps in a process to end the violence. Among others, it calls for the establishment of a transitional governing body, with full executive powers and made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition.“I believe that the Geneva Communiqué enables the Syrian brothers to overcome the crisis and opens the way toward building their new republic,” Mr. Brahimi said.The Special Representative will travel next to Lebanon, where he will meet with senior Government officials.More than 100,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since March 2011 when opposition protesters first sought the ouster of the Assad Government, and a further 6.5 million people have been displaced. read more

Brock becoming more accessible

Brock is making strides to be more accessible to people with disabilities in light of a new provincial law guaranteeing respectful customer service for everyone.A draft University policy is being approved to comply with Ontario’s Accessible Customer Service Standard, which took effect on Jan. 1. Brock has also developed a communication and training program, which some front-line staff took in 2009. The newly redesigned Accessibility website also has a feedback form for people to voice their opinions, said Margaret Sanderson, University accessibility co-ordinator.“We are moving forward to identify, prevent and remove barriers to persons with disabilities who study, work or visit the University,” she said.The new law affects Ontario’s hospitals, schools, municipalities and other public organizations. Non-profit organizations and the private sector will follow in 2012.The Accessible Customer Service Standard requires that all businesses and organizations in Ontario: train staff about meeting the needs of customers with a variety of disabilities communicate with a person in a manner that takes into account their disability permit customers to bring their service animals, such as guide dogs, onto their premises.“Imagine being treated disrespectfully in a store by a clerk,” said a government release last month. “Or not getting served at a coffee shop because staff didn’t take the time to understand you. For a customer with a disability, these situations can be difficult to avoid.”“Accessible customer service is about learning how to communicate with someone who has a disability and, most importantly, it is about being willing to help,” said Community and Social Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur.The Accessible Customer Service Standard is part of the province’s plan to make Ontario accessible by 2025. More accessibility standards are being finalized to tackle barriers in other key areas of every day life. For more information, visit AccessON.Here are some ways to make services accessible for people with disabilities:Treat people with disabilities with the same respect and consideration you have for everyone else.Smile, relax, and keep in mind that people with disabilities are just people.Don’t make assumptions about what type of disability or disabilities a person has.Some disabilities are not visible. Take the time to get to know your customers’ needs.Be patient. People with some kinds of disabilities may take a little longer to understand and respond.If you’re not sure what to do, ask your customer, “May I help you?”Related links:AccessONUniversity Accessibility Planning at Brock read more

Man to spend 15 years behind bars for 2008 Agricola murder

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan charged for murder of woman 9 years laterMay 4, 2017In “Court”Suspect in 2008 Agricola murder of woman further remandedOctober 11, 2018In “Court”Agricola Murder: UK citizen discharged from hospital; relatives take her into hidingFebruary 2, 2014In “Crime” Two weeks after being found guilty of murdering Melissa Payne who was killed during the course of a robbery at the Agricola Public Road on November 5, 2008,  Jermain Savory was this morning (Monday) sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by High Court judge James Bovell-Drakes.MURDERED: Melissa PayneDespite proclaiming his innocence, the 12-member jury had unanimously found the 30-year-old father of one guilty after the weeks-long trial. The State’s case was that Savory – in the company of at least one other person, allegedly murdered Payne after the woman and her reputed husband, John Fraser, had stopped at Agricola on their way to Georgetown in an effort to correct a mechanical fault of the Canter truck, in which they were travelling. JAILED: Jermaine SavoryReports back then were that while Fraser was attending to the vehicle around 08:30h on the day in question, armed bandits approached them. Fraser managed to escape, but 27-year-old Payne, from Den Amstel, West Coast Demerara, was eventually shot and killed after she held on to her bag. The court was told today that the deceased woman loved gardening.Savory spent almost 10 years awaiting trial which Justice Bovell-Drakes considered before handing down the sentence.  read more

Event to collect food for summer meals

first_imgWASHOUGAL — Camas and Washougal community members can help school families with summer meals by donating food and filling food boxes next week.St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Washougal is organizing its fourth annual IMPACT CW, which will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 10 at Parker’s Landing Historical Park at the Port of Camas-Washougal. People can drop off food donations, help fill boxes and enjoy a barbecue lunch while listening to music by the Camas-Washougal Community Orchestra.Beth Raetz, IMPACT CW committee member and church office secretary, said in a news release that Pastor Bob Barber started the event, which was prompted by a sermon series. Last year, 140 food boxes were put together during IMPACT CW; this year’s goal is 200 boxes.“We are targeting families in the schools who receive free breakfast and free lunches and are a part of the backpack programs,” Raetz said in the news release. “When school stops for summer those meals end. These kids may get into a summer meal program, but there could be several weeks before they start. These meals will help to bridge that gap. It just gives them a boost.”The food boxes will be delivered to Camas and Washougal schools that will distribute them to families in need.Food donations can be dropped off in advance of the event at St. Matthew, 716 Washougal River Road, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. People can also donate online through or through the church.Contact Raetz at 360-835-5533 for more information.last_img read more

USB ASA Webinar Features Tech Tools to Improve Growing Season Management Practices

first_imgIf you missed the webinar last week, you can still check it out on the American Soybean Association (ASA) website. The free session focused on new technology tools that can help improve growing season management practices. The webinar was presented by precision agriculture experts Ajay Sharda, Ph.D., at Kansas State University and Emmanuel Byamukama from South Dakota State University. Click here to view.This was the second webinar, in a series of three, designed to help soybean farmers understand how new technology and effective farm data management can help improve the sustainability of their operation. All three webinars are possible through sponsorship support provided the United Soybean Board and the soybean checkoff.The first webinar, titled Using Data to Benchmark Your Farming Operation, was led by Joe Luck, Ph.D., at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and may be viewed here.Check back later for more details on the final webinar. Information on all of these webinars is available on the ASA website under the “Learn” tab.last_img read more

Washington Senate approves curb on new taxes

first_imgOn the opening day of the 2015 legislative session, the state Senate voted to make it harder for itself to increase taxes — a move Democrats criticized as a path to gridlock.The new rule, filed by Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler of Ritzville, would require a two-thirds vote before a tax measure could be brought to the Senate floor for final passage. Twenty six senators voted in favor of the rule change. “It really makes me sad to see my colleagues across the aisle demonstrate their lack of respect for this institution,” Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver said. “Senate rules have served our state well for over 100 years and an attempt to add this two-thirds requirement, sadly, in my mind, opens the door for gridlock in our state similar to what we’ve seen in Congress.” The change only applies to the Senate and would only be applicable to new taxes, such as the governor’s proposed tax on polluters. A simple majority would still be required for raising existing taxes, such as the sales tax. Leading up to the legislative session, lawmakers from both parties touted a commitment toward bipartisanship. Lawmakers have 105 days to tackle a wide range of difficult issues, including how to adequately fund the state’s public schools and how to address its transportation needs.last_img read more

Five Reasons Why Users Are Underpaying for Your Content

first_imgScout Analytics, a specialist in digital revenue optimization (including calculating revenue-per-visitor for publisher sites), has introduced a new service called Demand Map that helps publishers determine what to charge for online content. Demand Map is a SaaS (software as a service) solution that helps match the right content license to the right customer. The software determines a price appropriate for each customer and whether or not that customer is currently overpaying or underpaying. “We figure out what the median level of usage is for a paid content site and within that usage band what the median price is and what users pay for that amount of usage,” says Matt Shanahan, senior vice president of marketing and strategy at Scout Analytics. “Once you have this curve, you can figure our what pricing should look like and who’s above and below that.”To use Demand Map, publishers add Java script provided by Scout Analytics to their site, and Scout Analytics starts generating maps from that. There are five basic reasons why a user may be underpaying for content online, according to Shanahan. They include: 1) The Site License Device Counts. Site licenses are negotiated based on anticipated active users. When comparing the anticipated users versus number of active devices there can be a discrepancy. “For instance, a publisher negotiated for 100 user site licenses, but the publisher tracks 1,000 active devices,” says Shanahan. “The publisher can look at other companies with 100 user licenses and benchmark on average only 200 active devices. The publisher can be use the benchmark to negotiate.”2) Unlicensed use of Individual Licenses. “When usage level is high and active device counts are high, there’s usually unlicensed use behind it,” says Shanahan. “It can be further confirmed by people coming in from different geographies, etc.”3) Tiering reader roles. “Some users are transactional, others use it every day as part of their job, others are more occasional or project oriented,” says Shanahan. “Establishing trigger points creates licenses for a basic, free version and a paid, professional version.”4) Are salespeople discounting? “If a publisher sees high useage/low payment, it can sometimes be tied to certain sales geography or sales management,” says Shanahan. “It could be a sales representative that relies on discounting rather than value to sell. Sales management has to say ‘stop the discounting.’”5) Redistribution. “Someone could be using your content or redistributing,” says Shanahan. “This occurs frequently with business services firms such as PR firms or market intelligence firms. These firms log in, scrape the data on behalf of their clients to generate reports. The Demand Map highlights where those are occurring, gives codes to sales team about what action to take.”last_img read more

Heres why Raveena Tandons father never thought she could be an actress

first_imgRaveena TandonVarinder ChawlaRaveena Tandon has been one of the most popular Bollywood actresses in the 90s and 2000s, but do you know her father never thought she could become an actress.Raveena’s father, Ravi Tando, who is himself a film-maker, never believed that his daughter could become an actress as she did not have any formal training before facing the camera. However, Raveena’s spontaneity had shocked him.”My father didn’t believe that I could get into acting because I didn’t attend acting or dance classes before entering films. After finishing school, I immediately faced the camera, so he was bit shocked. I think he was pleasantly shocked and happy,” the gorgeous actress said at the third Entertainment Trade Awards.Although Raveena has been off from the big screen for quite some time, she is often seen as special guest or as judge on TV shows. Currently, Raveena appears as one of the judges on dance reality show, Nach Baliye.last_img read more

Etihad wants a bigger slice of Virgin

first_imgEtihad Airways wants to increase its stake in Virgin Australia from 19.9 percent to 23 percent. Etihad Airways is seeking to use ‘creep provisions’ in the Corporations Act to back its desire to own nearly a quarter of Virgin. Forseeing approval from the FIRB, Eithad has lodged an application with the FIRB.  These provisions allow companies to increase stock in a company, subject to the approval of the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). Source = ETB News: T.N. Qantas chief executive officer Alan Joyce is in Canberra today prosecuting the case for changes to the Qantas Sales Act which he believes will help level the playing field. The move is likely to anger Qantas, given its previous arguments about there being no level competitive environment.last_img read more

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