InterMoor, an Acteon company, has successfully completed its contract supporting the decommissioning of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s Red Hawk spar in the Gulf of Mexico.The Red Hawk spar is the deepest floating production platform to date to be decommissioned in the Gulf of Mexico. It is also the first spar decommissioned in the “Rigs-to-Reefs” programme, which required the spar to be laid down on its side on the seafloor.Work was split between the original spar site at Garden Banks, block 876, in the Gulf of Mexico, at a depth of 5,200 ft., and the reefing site at Eugene Island, block 384, at a depth of 430 ft.InterMoor developed the engineering procedures and performed the work to disconnect the mooring lines from the floating facility. The company also ballasted the hull prior to and during the topsides removal and deballasted it to prepare the hull for towing. Ballasting and deballasting were performed from a nearby derrick barge. The spar was then towed to the reefing site where it was flooded and laid on the seabed in a controlled manner. Finally, InterMoor recovered the mooring lines and assisted with the as-laid survey of the reefing site.Dusan Curic, project manager at InterMoor, said, “Through thorough engineering and efficient offshore operations InterMoor enabled Anadarko to facilitate the safe and efficient removal of the platform. Multiple departments were involved – Project Management, Project Engineering, Advanced Analysis Group, Subsea Group, Operations, and Shore Base. We also managed multiple subcontractors throughout the project. InterMoor expanded its services to include ballasting and deballasting to allow for a more comprehensive life-of-field solution for its clients.”The project represents InterMoor’s first work in ballasting and deballasting, and builds on the company’s growing decommissioning experience.Press Release[mappress mapid=”412″]
Rickmers-Linie vessels will use marine gas oil (MGO) with a maximum sulphur content of 0.1 percent within Emission Control Areas (ECA), in order to comply with the new regulations coming into force on January 1, 2015.The ECA surcharges for breakbulk shipments will come into force on December 1, 2014, and can be seen in table 1 (see below).During September, HLPFI reported that Rickmers-Line declared its support for the introduction of stricter sulphur regulations, which will affect the USA and Canada, as well as the North Sea, English Channel and Baltic Sea routes. The line stressed that the effectiveness of the new regulations is tied to effective enforcement, to ensure an industry level playing field and prevent a weakening of the positive effect on the environment. Breakbulk surchargewww.rickmers-linie.com
Spirit designs and builds aerospace structures in both the commercial and defence sectors and, in Europe, is one of the largest airframe suppliers to Airbus.As part of the contract, Yusen will handle a range of components, from smaller replacement parts up to larger wing panels. Yusen will also handle the transportation of equipment to Spirit’s UK hub for onwards delivery to Airbus’ final assembly lines in Broughton, Wales; Toulouse, France; and Bremen, Germany.www.yusen-logistics.com
A solicitor who made an ‘inappropriate and offensive’ remark during an informal conversation with a colleague has been fined £2,000 by the regulator.The Solicitors Regulation Authority said Richard John Hetherington, 69, had been attempting to express a compliment in relation to a firm of solicitors which made reference to the ethnicity of its members. The compliment, made while Hetherington attended Nottingham Magistrates Court to represent a client at a hearing in 2017, was ‘meant innocently and genuinely but was misguided’. No-one was present at the time apart from Hetherington and the colleagues referenced, and no further details were provided about what was actually said.The solicitor of 45 years admitted that by making the remark he failed to act with integrity, failed to behave in a way which maintains public trust, and failed to run his business or carry out his role in way that encouraged equality of opportunity and respect for diversity.Hetherington recognised his conduct was unacceptable and had already attended a course on equality and diversity of his own volition. The SRA said he now has a better understanding of words and conduct which may be inappropriate, and he maintains this was an isolated and atypical lapse in behaviour which would not be repeated in the future.The fine was imposed through a regulatory settlement agreement between Hetherington and the SRA. The regulator confirmed that the agreement means a decision to refer him to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has been overturned. He will pay £390 costs.
BUS OPERATORS and trade unions protested to the Legislative Council transport panel on May 28 about MTR Corp’s plan to build two new lines serving the west and south of Hong Kong Island by 2010. Citybus and New World First Bus claimed 3000 jobs would be lost if competing services were withdrawn. Professor Bill Barron of Hong Kong University argued that the rail projects would generate HK$40bn of economic benefits, but the legislators voted against asking the government to subsidise their construction.The West Island Line would run around the west coast from an end-on junction with a planned extension of MTR’s existing Island Line from Sheung Wan to Sai Ying Pun. It would serve the university, Kennedy Town and Cyberport before connecting with the South Island Line at Wong Chuk Hang. The SIL would start from Admiralty and run through Happy Valley before tunneling under the ridge that separates the South and North parts of the Island. After connecting with the WIL, it would terminate on a small island at South Horizons.MTR puts the total cost of the WIL and SIL at HK$15bn, and is expecting the government to provide up to half of this amount. Up to now, MTR has paid for new lines by raising finance in world markets and repaying it from revenue.Kowloon – Canton Railway Corp is hoping to secure approval of the Chief Executive in Council soon for construction of the Kowloon Southern Link, which was gazetted under the Railways Ordinance on March 26. This HK$8·3bn project will extend West Rail from the present terminus at Nam Cheong through West Kowloon to East Tsim Sha Tsui, where it will connect end-on with the East Rail extension from Hung Hom due to open later this year.
Queen + Adam Lambert have added two Birmingham dates to their upcoming Rhapsody Tour.The shows will take place on the 14th and 15th of June and come following phenomenal demand for tickets. Tickets go on sale today (29th January) at 10am and you’d best get in quick as they are sure to sell out fast.Grab your tickets from https://ticketmaster-uk.tm7559.net/66oZG.The Birmingham dates are the final shows to be added and the last opportunity to see the band perform in the UK in 2020.The Rhapsody Tour is Queen + Adam Lambert’s first European dates since the huge success of the film Bohemian Rhapsody. Last summer they played 25 huge shows in North America playing to audiences totalling close to 400,000.The all-new Rhapsody show is currently on a run of 17 stadium shows across South Asia and Australasia which includes a special appearance at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium Sunday 16th February for the Fire Fight Australia concert for national bushfire relief.The touring spectacular will then arrive in the UK and Europe in late spring.The full dates are:Sun 24 May – Bologna, Italy – Unipol ArenaTue 26 May – Paris, France – AccorHotels ArenaWed 27 May – Antwerp Belgium – SportspalaisFri 29 May – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo DomeSat 30 May – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo DomeTue 2 June – London, UK – The O2Wed 3 June – London, UK – The O2Fri 5 June – London, UK – The O2Sat 6 June – London, UK – The O2Mon 8 June – London, UK – The O2Tue 9 June – London, UK – The O2Thu 11 June – Manchester, UK – Manchester ArenaFri 12 June – Manchester, UK – Manchester ArenaSun 14 June – Birmingham, UK – Arena BirminghamMon 15 June – Birmingham, UK – Arena BirminghamWed 17 June – London, UK – The O2Thu 18 June – London, UK – The O2Sat 20 June – London, UK – The O2Sun 21 June – London, UK – The O2Wed 24 June – Berlin, German – Mercedes-Benz ArenaFri 26 June – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess ArenaSun 28 June – Zurich, Switzerland – HallenstadionMon 29 June – Munich, Germany – OlympiahalleWed 1 July – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal ArenaThu 2 July – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal ArenaTue 7 July – Madrid, Spain – Wiznik CentreWed 8 July – Madrid, Spain – Wiznik Centre
Electric car with a charging station on display during a press conference Thomson Reuters Zawya/ Yasmin SalehA senior UN official on Wednesday called on African governments to put policies and finances in place to start adopting electric vehicles to cut air pollution.Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN Environment, told a conference in Nairobi that the rate of rapid urbanization on the continent urgently calls for new ideas and technologies.“The rate of urbanization requires the introduction of electric vehicles to help reduce air pollution,” Solheim said while opening Africa Clean Mobility Week Conference.He said Africa’s biggest challenge in the next decade is likely to be urbanization due to the increasing population that calls for additional accommodation and transport.“If you get urbanization right, it leads to positive development but it is unfortunate if you get it wrong,” he added.Solheim said the countries need to start re-planning their cities by creating walking paths and cycling space along the major roads to help reduce vehicle use and air pollution.“Your governments must begin discussions with China and other countries that are leading in developing electric mode of transport globally,” the official told officials who are attending the conference.He hailed China for leading in developing electric mobility and also adopting them in streamlining their transport system.According to Solheim, by linking 35 cities with metro services, China has set an example that transitional and developing countries should follow.“It has happened in India, China and Vietnam. It can also happen in African countries,” the UN official noted.He said that with the increasing different car makers globally, Africa need to acquire electric trams, cars and buses to reduce its air pollution and road congestions, adding that constructions of major highways may not lead to reduction of vehicles on the roads.Solheim wondered why Africa continues to import used and old vehicles while electric vehicles are known to be cheaper than gasoline powered cars.He warned that action need to start immediately to help reduce the rate of deaths caused by road accidents and air pollution that he said is far above deaths caused by known diseases lately.“A shift to non-fossil fuel, zero and low emission vehicles will mean massive benefits for both air quality and climate,” he added.Rob de Jong, head of the Air Quality and Mobility Unit at the UN Environment, also called on African governments to start adopting an alternative roadmap to adopt electric mobility.He called on countries to start using low-sulphur fuels, stop importing old vehicles and import zero and low emission mobility.“Consider introducing mass transport and develop footpaths to decongest and also reduce air pollution. Ethiopia and Tanzania has introduced electric transport in their countries,” he said.
South Africa Elections Coverage South Africa Rastafarians South Sudan, South Africa sign oil deal Former South African President Jacob Zuma sings to supporters after his court appearance in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, November 30, 2018. REUTERS/Rogan Ward Former South Africa President Jacob Zuma wants corruption charges relating to a $2.2 billion arms deal to be permanently set aside, his lawyers said on Friday, when Zuma made his fourth court appearance since the charges were reinstated.Former South African President Jacob Zuma speaks to supporters after his court appearance in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, November 30, 2018. REUTERS/Rogan WardZuma, who was ousted by the ruling party in February, faces 16 charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to a deal to buy 30 billion rand of European military hardware for South Africa’s armed forces in the late 1990s.The case is a rare example of an African leader being held to account for his actions.The former president has denied any wrongdoing.On Friday, Judge Mjabuliseni Madondo adjourned the case to May 20, giving lawyers time to prepare for a debate on whether there should be a “permanent stay of prosecution”.Zuma’s lawyer Mike Hellens said that state prosecutors had displayed a dismissive attitude towards Zuma.Zuma, whose nine years in power were marked by economic stagnation and credit rating downgrades, has previously said he is the victim of a politically motivated witch-hunt.The charges against him were originally filed a decade ago but then set aside by the National Prosecuting Authority shortly before he successfully ran for president in 2009.After his election, his opponents fought a lengthy legal battle to have the charges reinstated, finally succeeding in 2016. Zuma countered with his own legal challenges.The speed with which prosecutors have moved against Zuma is a sign of his waning influence since he was replaced as head of state by Cyril Ramaphosa, his former deputy.Ramaphosa has made the fight against corruption a priority as he seeks to woo foreign investment and revamp an ailing economy.Related
Tweet 137 Views no discussions Share LocalNewsPolitics Supplementary estimates worth over $82M approved by: – May 2, 2018 Share Share Sharing is caring! Parliament ChambersThe Dominica Parliament has approved supplementary estimates of expenditure amounting to eighty-two million, eight hundred and fifty-one eight hundred and eight dollars and ninety-six cents ($82, 851, 808. 96) for the financial year ending June 2017.This amount represents advances made from the contingency funds from May to June 2017.Minister for Finance, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit tabled the motion in Parliament on Tuesday 1 May 2018.He informed Parliament that six percent or five million, two hundred and eight thousand, two hundred and ninety-eight dollars ($5, 208, 290.00) of the amount was grant funded while ninety-four percent or seventy-seven million, five hundred and seventy thousand, five hundred and sixteen dollars ($77, 570, 516.00) was met from local resources.The Finance Minister further informed that the supplementary estimates covered a number of ministries and departments to include one million and forty-seven thousand, nine hundred and ninety-three dollars ($1, 047, 993.00) to the Ministry of Justice, Immigration and National Security; two million, nine hundred and fifty-six thousand, two hundred and seventeen dollars ($2, 956, 217.00) to the Ministry of Trade, Energy and Employment.The appropriation in respect to the Office of the Prime Minister was three million, sixty-five thousand, seven hundred and ninety dollars ($3, 065, 790.00). Thirty-three thousand, one hundred and thirty-two dollars of the supplementary estimates went to the Office of the Director of Audit while two hundred eighty-six thousand, five hundred and seventy-five dollars (286, 575.00) went to the Electoral Office for the purchase of a passenger bus and VAT payments on the equipment for an ID card management & personalization system.An amount of five million, four hundred and forty-three thousand, and eight hundred dollars ($5, 443, 800.00) was appropriated for a loan to the Dominica Coconut Products Successors Limited to facilitate the acquisition of Colgate-Palmolive.The Finance Minister disclosed that the cost of marketing the Citizenship by Investment Program for the period January to June 2017 was fifteen million, four hundred and five thousand, four hundred and seventy-five dollars ($15, 405, 475.00) while due diligence fees paid for the same period was five million, nine hundred and two thousand, one hundred and thirty-nine dollars ($5, 902, 139.00).He explained that due to the nature of marketing and due diligence expenses, it is difficult to arrive at a precise estimate but once the actual amount is known it is captured in the main accounting system. In respect to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, eight hundred and twenty thousand, three hundred and forty-four dollars ($823, 344.00) was approved to facilitate payment for the construction of the national abattoir.The highest appropriation was to the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development with seven million, two hundred and eighty-six thousand, seven hundred and ninety dollars ($7, 286, 790.00) allocated to facilitate the payments of school fees and other related expenses on behalf of students studying locally and internationally. The Ministry of Housing, Lands and Water Resource Management was five million, six hundred and seventy-five thousand, six hundred and forty-eight dollars ($5, 675, 648.00) was for the purpose of addressing the housing and sanitation needs of various communities around the island.The Finance Minister further informed that the Ministry of Health and the Environment was appropriated two million, seven hundred and fifty-three thousand, five hundred and thirty-three dollars ($2, 753, 533.00) to meet various payments including purchase of equipment for use at the Princess Margaret Hospital and for medical supplies.Meanwhile, four million, six hundred and seven thousand, two hundred and seventy-nine dollars (4, 607, 279. 00) was appropriated to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. Of this amount, three million was allocated to various community projects, while six hundred and seventy-nine thousand, three hundred and eighty-eight dollars (679, 308.00) was government’s contribution to assist the West Indies Cricket Board to settle some long outstanding commitments as a result of the West Indies vs Australia Home Series in 2015.Following an entire day of debate on the motion tabled in Parliament, the bill was unanimously approved late Tuesday evening.The debate resumed at 10AM on Wednesday 2 May 2018 on the motion for the approval of supplementary estimates for the period July to December 2017.
Renesas Electronics Corporation, a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, has launched the RL78/G14 Fast Prototyping Board – a low-cost, function-rich board to enable rapid product development for IoT endpoint equipment. Quicker development prototyping and lower costs give users the agility to respond to rapid changes in technology and market needs and reduce the time to market window for new products. Renesas also introduced the RL78/G1D BLE Module Expansion Board, which users can combine with the new prototyping board to add Bluetooth Low Energy wireless communication functions with ease.The new prototyping board is based on the RL78/G14 microcontroller (MCU), which provides the richest set of functions in the low-power RL78 Family, making it well suited for motor control in portable equipment and IoT sensors, as well as a wide range of IoT endpoint equipment, such as home appliances, industrial equipment, building automation, and health care equipment.The rate of IoT equipment evolution is increasing and the ability to realize and prototype new ideas has become a critical point for business success or failure. The new prototyping board will allow Renesas’ customers to jump-start development and will contribute to the timely market entry of new products and customers’ business success.Features of the RL78/G14 Fast Prototyping BoardPreviously, the RL78/G14 starter kit and target boards required an external emulator, and additional costs were associated with high-performance versions. The new prototyping board released today is easily affordable and has an on-board emulator circuit with the same functions as the E2 Emulator (E2 Lite), removing the need to purchase additional debugging tools. The new board provides access to all of the RL78/G14 signal pins and includes Arduino and Pmod™ interfaces to allow easy functional expansion. Additionally, by combining a Semtech SX1261 or SX1262 LoRa® transceiver with this prototyping board, prototyping for IoT sensor devices using wireless communication based on LoRa® with extended period battery drive becomes possible. Furthermore, Renesas provides not only these boards, but also circuit diagrams, parts lists, and user manuals necessary to jump-start development, in addition, to sample code and application notes related to these products.The RL78/G14 is the most powerful MCU in the RL78 Family, achieving a numerical processing performance of 51.2 DMIPS at 32 MHz. It includes up to 512 KB of flash memory and up to 48 KB of RAM, and provides functions such as timers and 8-bit D/A converters. In particular, it achieves the industry’s lowest levels of current drain, 66 µA/MHZ, when the CPU is operating and 240 nA in standby mode (STOP). This MCU is optimal for battery-powered portable equipment and IoT sensor terminals, as well as a wide range of IoT endpoint equipment.Pricing and Availability: Both boards are available now with recommended reference prices of US$20 per unit for the RL78/G14 Fast Prototyping Board and US$25 per unit for the RL78/G1D BLE Module Expansion Board.Click here to know more about the RL78/G14 Fast Prototyping Board.Click here to know more about the RL78/G1D BLE Module Expansion Board.