The complete subsea control system comprises a master control station, subsea control module, subsea distribution and instrumentation Proserv to provide subsea controls system for IOG’s Core Project Phase 1. (Credit: Proserv UK Ltd.) UK-based controls technology company, Proserv has been selected by Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) to provide a complete subsea controls system for the Core Project Phase 1 development in the UK.The scope of contract includes the engineering, construction and installation of a complete subsea control system for the Elgood single-well subsea tieback.Proserv said that the complete subsea control system comprises a master control station, subsea control module, subsea distribution and instrumentation.Proserv Controls senior vice president Iain Smith said: “We are pleased to be awarded this work in such uncertain times and it further strengthens our reputation as a subsea controls supplier of choice, demonstrating significant value to our customers by way of best-in-class reliability and no future obsolescence worries.“We look forward to working with IOG and their SURF contractor to ensure the cost-effective, safe and timely execution of this development.”IOG’s Core Project Phase 1 comprises development of three gas fieldsIOG’s Core Project Phase 1 comprises the development of the Southwark, Blythe, and Elgood fields while the Phase 2 comprises the Nailsworth, Elland and Goddard fields.Proserv said that the Elgood gas field is part of the Blythe Hub, which is located 35km off the coast of Norfolk in the Southern North Sea and expected to come on-stream in 2021.Furthermore, the Elgood is being co-developed along with the nearby Blythe field as a single subsea well that will be tied back to an unmanned platform at Blythe.Discovered by Enterprise Oil in 1991, the Elgood field is currently owned and operated by IOG with a stake of 50%, while the remaining interest is held by CalEnergy Resources.Recently, Petrofac, an oilfield services firm, has been selected by Independent Oil and Gas (IOG) for the Core Project Phase 1 well management contract.
View post tag: Navy UK: Royal Navy Ice Patrol Ship Takes to Ice for Charity Santa Run View post tag: takes December 20, 2012 December has arrived, and so too has the festive spirit onboard HMS Protector, the Royal Navy’s 5,000 tonne Ice Patrol Ship. After breaking ice for the first time this Austral Summer, 20 members of HMS Protector’s Ship’s Company took to the ice dressed as Santa Claus in support of the Ship’s affiliated charity, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH).The Santas, accompanied by Rudolph, were gathered at 10am for a gentle warm up led by the Executive Officer, Commander Don Mackinnon, currently in command for this Antarctic Patrol, before it was “on your marks, get set, “….ho ho ho”The Santa run was conducted on ice in the waters surrounding Deception Island, an impressive, dormant water filled caldera volcano, one of only two in the world.Breaking through a sheet of snow covered ice before coming to a planned stop, HMS Protector took position and disembarked her personnel to test the ice conditions and drill ice core samples to ensure the ice was safe, before Protector’s eager Santas followed via the ship’s accommodation ladder.Amid perfect weather conditions, and under the watchful eye of two seals that had taken up post next to the ship, the Santas completed their run.This year EACH conducted seven Santa runs across Essex and East Anglia throughout the festive period, raising more than £34,000 for the charity.Another Santa Run is planned for January 11 in Colchester.It is traditional for Royal Naval ships to adopt a charity from their affiliated town so that they can fundraise whilst away from the UK.Due to the work that HMS Protector conducts in Antarctica, she has formed a close liaison with a number of organisations in the Cambridge area (amongst them the British Antarctic Survey and the Scott Polar Research Institute) and as such is affiliated to the City of Cambridge.HMS Protector has been affiliated with EACH since August 2012.EACH provides support to families and care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.Providing care and support wherever the family wishes, in families’ own homes, in the community or at the hospices, their care teams help children and their families with the emotional and physical challenges they face, helping them to make the most of life.Denise Norris-Fenn, EACH Cambridgeshire Partnerships Manager, said:“We were absolutely delighted when HMS Protector became affiliated with EACH in August and are looking forward to developing our relationship.“The photographs of the Santa Run in the Antarctic waters surrounding Deception Island are stunning and really capture the essence of what Santa Runs are all about; having fun while raising vital funds for such an important cause.”Commander Don Mackinnon added:“With 21 hours of daylight in every 24, our working day in Antarctica tends to be a long one.“Yesterday for example our first boat group departed the ship at 0830 in the morning and the last one finally got back at 2300 that night.“With that sort of work pace it’s therefore nice to be able to take a break from operations now and again, and do something both for fun, and also to help our affiliated charity at the same time.“Santa’s traditional home might be the North Pole….but as you can see he has helpers that visit the other one too!”HMS Protector is currently in the Antarctic in order to support an international team conducting formal Antarctic Treaty inspections of sites across the Peninsula, whilst maintaining a UK Sovereign presence in the British Antarctic Territory.Led by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and with the support of the British Antarctic Survey and observers from HMS Protector, the international Antarctic Treaty team is inspecting a number of scientific stations, historic sites, cruise vessels and yachts in the Antarctic Peninsula region.HMS Protector will be operating in and around Antarctica until April 2013.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 20, 2012; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Warship View post tag: ship View post tag: Royal View post tag: Charity View post tag: Ice View post tag: Naval View post tag: SANTA View post tag: Patrol Training & Education Share this article View post tag: Defense View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Navy Ice Patrol Ship Takes to Ice for Charity Santa Run View post tag: run
Tesco has bought the remaining stake in Euphorium Bakery, British Baker can reveal.The supermarket giant first twinned with the bakery chain in October 2012 when it opened a concession in its Kensington store. The following year it bought a larger stake in the company and began a rollout of the brand in its stores.However, with recent sales woes for the supermarket and the change of senior management, there were fears the supermarket would abandon the Euphorium project or that it would take a hiatus.Euphorium currently has 59 concessions within Tesco stores, as well as six standalone sites, along with a bakery to service the Tesco stores in Weybridge in Surrey.A spokesman for the retailer told British Baker: “We’d like to thank Danny Bear for all his hard work and dedication in making Euphorium the business it is today. Euphorium is a great brand and where we have extended it into stores, it has proved really popular with customers. Our priorities remain the colleagues working for Euphorium and providing a great service to customers.” The news Tesco has acquired the whole of Euphorium comes just weeks after it was revealed that Michael Holmes, the man charged with heading up Euphorium and Harris + Hoole had left the supermarket.Last May Tesco said it would create 1,000 new roles for bakers within the Euphorium project, after it planned to shut 100 in-store bakeries.Euphorium was founded by Daniel Bear in Islington in 1999.
Genesis Bakery has appointed Mark Mitchell as its new general manager.Formerly the international managing director at bus manufacturer Wrightbus, Mitchell will work at the bakery’s headquarters in Magherafelt in Northern Ireland.He spent the past seven years working across senior roles in Wrightbus, including managing director of the company’s international branch. Mitchell has also held management roles in several Northern Irish food companies.“We are delighted that Mark has joined us. He brings a lot of experience and strengths to the team and even in the short time he has been with us, we have been delighted at how well he has fitted in and the positive impact he has had on the business,” said Paul Allen, executive chairman at Genesis.Genesis is also recruiting for a national sales manager in Ireland. The role will ensure the bakery maintains strong links with its existing customers, as well as identify and secure opportunities for business growth, said the firm.“A lot of hard work has gone into turning Genesis around from administration two years ago. We’ve completed a very successful rebrand and are also driving forward our market expansion plans. Bringing on a new national sales manager to boost the team is part of continuing that journey of improvement,” Allen added.Allen, former CEO of snacks supplier Tayto Group, took over the business as part of a pre-pack deal when it went into administration in 2018, saving more than 250 jobs. A year later the business was given a major revamp with a new look and name which saw it drop the word ‘Crafty’, opting for simply Genesis.
Load remaining images Tea Leaf Green made their triumphant return to the Brooklyn Bowl last weekend, hitting the famed Brooklyn, NY venue for a Saturday night special. The perennial jam scene favorites haven’t toured too frequently in recent years, but there’s no love lost whenever they do get a chance to perform for fans across the country. The band was in fine form at the Brooklyn Bowl, opening up with parts one and three of “The Garden” before delving deep into their catalog for a great night of music.The band kept fans on their toes with a showcase of original music, as well as a choice cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s soulful hit, “Long As I Can See The Light.” Fortunately, thanks to taper pmonk, we can stream full audio of this exciting show.Listen to Tea Leaf Green’s 10/15/16 performance, streaming below.Photographer Chris Capaci was on hand as well; check out a full gallery of images below!
Load remaining images After an incredibly successful 2017 for Buffalo-based groove-rock quartet Aqueous, the band returned home to ring in 2018 with a sold out New Year’s Eve bash at Town Ballroom. Sunday night was primed for a party in Buffalo as the city’s beloved Buffalo Bills ended their 17-year playoff draught earlier in the evening. Donning a mix of Bills gear and their NYE best, fans packed into Town Ballroom to celebrate the band’s first headlining show at the historic venue.Aqueous came out of the gates swinging with a four-song first set featuring fan-favorites “Origami” and “The Median”. After setting the tone for the night, the band returned to the stage for their main event: A “Gorillaz-themed” second set that weaved original Aqueous gems with Gorillaz classics.The band welcomed local rapper Dr. Ooo for support on “Clint Eastwood” and, in true Aqueous fashion, a few improvised raps of his own. The highlight of the night was undoubtedly the balloon drop countdown, which featured a raging rock version of “Auld Lange Syne” back into “Warren In The Window”. The remainder of the set saw many Gorillaz favorites including “Last Living Souls”, ”Tomorrow Comes Today”, and an “Empire Ants”>“Feel Good Inc” encore featuring Dr.Ooo.Watch the Aqueous New Year’s countdown > “Auld Lang Syne” > “Warren in the Window” below:Next up for Aqueous is the band’s first voyage on Jam Cruise. Keep an eye out for an upcoming tour announcement and be sure not to miss these rising stars in 2018. For a full list of Aqueous tour dates, head to the band’s website.You can see photos from Aqueous’s hometown New Year’s Eve show below via photographer Zachary TodtenhagenRecap by: Sam HaumesserSETLIST: Aqueous | Town Ballroom | Buffalo, NY | 12/31/17I:OrigamiSecond Sight*Dave’s Song**>The Median^II:M1A1+>Warren In The Window>Clint Eastwood+%>Dr. Ooo Improv I%>Auld Lange Syne>Warren In The WindowDon’t Do It>D.A.R.E+>AldehydeLast Living Souls+>Glitter Freeze+>Kitty Chaser (Explosions)>Tomorrow Comes Today+>Kitty Chaser (Explosions)Encore:Empire Ants+>Feel Good Inc.+%>Dr. Ooo Improv II%>Feel Good Inc.*Let’s Go Buffalo Chant**Little Drummer Boy teases^Dirty Harry (Gorillaz) teases+First time played, GorillazFeaturing Dr. OooAqueous | Town Ballroom | Buffalo, NY | 12/31/17 |
To those who chase after their athletic dreams, I hope we can inspire each other. It is not easy to take faith in investing all of our time, money, and mental strength into a dream that offers us no promised chance of achieving. Keeping your flame burning through tests of will power and life’s setbacks is not easy; it is during these times when motivation and inspiration can be lost. By making the decision to go all in, your flame is no longer a flicker of light on a waxed string, but rather a raging fire. A fire that can be thrown into the wettest of environments, because it is all you have and all you are to keep it fed. We cannot be overcome by the excuses to quit or we will be fully put out and lose the chance of reaching our goals and dreams. Therefore, I have chosen to feed my flame no matter what comes my way. My foundation is a bonfire, determined to stay lit through any setbacks or challenges. “I am all in” towards reaching my goal.Living in an apartment with the same old routine was taxing and dampening my fire. I needed something new and exciting. The decision to live out of my car brought spontaneity into my life; my flame is being fed. Every day is different. The reason behind it was mainly to save my rent money for plane tickets for the summer and to have the reason to sleep at various trailheads in the WNC region. That is one of some of the many reasons why I say, “I am all in.”Last May, my dream was developed after completing my first Sky. I won the Quest for the Crest 50k in Burnsville. This is where my training was derived and devoted towards training up and down Mount Mitchell crest trail 3 times. I was naïve and ran freely in the mountains. Staying in Montreat Campground all summer after that race and working for Peter Ripmaster at Black Mountain Running Co. is when I wrote down and decided to set the goal to race 4 out of the 5 US Ultra Sky races in 2016 and win the entire series. With the long-term goal of being picked up by a company I believe in to travel and race all around the world.Your flame is fed when you find joy in your sport. For me, I cannot stop running. My mileage is close to an average of 3 hours a day when I am not sidelined recovering from an injury. I find my joy when I am up exploring in the mountains. When I am with good company flying down technical footing trails. Joy comes when I am embracing the rush of moving my body in sync with my legs. Almost as though I am dancing down hill.Allowing the force of gravity to tug me down a steep hill, trusting my feet and stride to float me. The joy that comes from the thought of vistas approaching so I can see a bursting sunset or sunrise. The joys I get when I am distracted from the sight of wild edible mushrooms, only so I can snatch them up and carry them to cook them on the stove later. Joy from the sight and shade of the neon green chlorophyll gleaming through the leaves on the trees along side a stream, radiating off a cool temperature during the hot hours of the day.This excitement to get outside and splash in river crossings, going around new bends in the trail and unfolding discoveries of new waterfalls spent from the time rock hopping up and down river beds, is where I find my joy and fall in love with this sport. WNC is high on the list for me because of the endless amounts of different and unique trails in this region. You have so many options of style trails to choose from. There is still so much for me to discover and running a trail in the other direction is just as new to me as running it the other way. Being disconnected for a short while from society fills my tank up. The mountains recharge me. Doing what people refer to as crazy, keeps me pushing my limit higher and higher. Running in these places and doing the things that give me joy feeds my flame.10 days out from my first sky race this June, I rolled my ankle real bad coming down Lane Pinacle with Adam Hill and Abby Harris. There was a big thunderstorm raining on my fire. I did everything I could to make that ankle feel better again and in time for Broken Arrow 50k. I got on the plane not being able to run. Just 2 days from the start of my race in Tahoe, was the only time I could start feeling confident to begin running again. I owe it to my friends for their help and advice. Miriam Nelson, (Runner’s Mechanic), Wes Miller, (Anti-Fragile Physical Therapy), Kellie Moylan, (Moylan Training) and to all my other PT friends, shit, I did not realize how many of those I had! Doug Daniel, Sean Bagley, and Will Hagan for helping my ankle recover that much faster. Because of the awesome community of runners I know and from all of their words of encouragement, I felt my flame burning hotter.It was not only the Broken Arrow 50k I was out going to Tahoe for. It was also for a friend I made, Caleb Denton, a Tennessee native who won his golden ticket to Western States 100 by taking 2nd place at the Georgia Death Race, finishing behind the 20 year old who won Western States this year. He had asked me if I could come out to pace him. I happily accepted and to his surprise, I was already planning on being at Western States looking for someone to pace. From mile 62 at Forest Hill High School to the finish at Mile 100, a total distance of 38.2 miles, I could not allow myself to miss out on an opportunity like this. Unfortunately, Caleb had a fall that put his knee out of commission. After running through 2 aid stations to give his knee a fighting chance, Caleb called it quits at mile 43.Despite this unfortunate scenario, I made the effort to find someone to pace from Forest Hill to the finish. His name is Krystian Ogly from Poland. He was the first Pole to complete the course in less than 24 hours. I was very happy to see him accomplish his goal of running under 24 hours because he finished in 20 hours and 30 minutes. His expression when he saw the clock coming down the last 100 meters on the Auburn track was priceless. He had no clue what his time was since his watch broke on him earlier that day. I was very grateful for him to be open to me pacing him. Helping to pace someone through a goal at that magnitude, 100 miles, is so energizing, it reminds you how nice it is to share the experience with others. Through pacing Krystian, it gave me the much-needed experience for when I go out and race the Western States race, I will not be pulling a “Jim Wamsley” and get turned around at mile 91… Sorry dude.After Broken Arrow, which was the hardest race of my life, I will be driving out to Aspen, CO to compete in my 2nd Sky Race of this season, the Power of Audi 4 Ultra Sky Race on August 7th. I am going into this race as a stronger, more patient, and wiser racer. I am excited to see how much more I improve compared to my effort at Broken Arrow.So what I have to say is, find what you love about the sport you are in and discover what it is that lights your flame. Share the passion with others. Let them tag along, sometimes. Feed each other’s fire. Go after your dreams because you only live once. There is no, “next time.”Related:
By Iris Amador/Diálogo November 21, 2017 Under the sponsorship of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Naval Forces Southern Command (USNAVSO) successfully concluded the humanitarian mission Southern Partnership Station 2017 (SPS 17), in Honduras. U.S. military personnel, local authorities, and members of the Honduran Armed Forces carried out social work and military exercises that strengthened alliances through solidarity, collaboration, and exchanges of information. “Honduras and the United States have a proud history of defense and cooperation in many areas, such as operations to counter illicit trafficking, humanitarian aid missions, and civil action projects,” U.S. Navy Lieutenant Rick Moore, public relations officer for SPS 17, told Diálogo. “This is an opportunity for our multiservice team to work with our Honduran military colleagues and strengthen our relations.” The USNS Spearhead, flagship for SPS 17, set sail from Gulfport, Mississippi, in mid-July. It brought medical supplies as well as construction materials and equipment amounting to about 400 tons of humanitarian aid. The U.S. ship arrived in Honduras, its first port call, on July 24th and remained until September 4th, then set sail for Guatemala. The SPS 17 schedule also included missions in Chile and Colombia. Benefits for the community In Honduras, Honduran Navy Lieutenant Commander Gilberto Morales, commander of Puerto Castilla Naval Base, welcomed USNAVSO service members with honors. The hosts made security boats and escort personnel available to the SPS 17 personnel for all their deployments in country. “Having them in our country was an excellent experience for us. They are a team of professionals with a great sense of service and responsibility, which benefited our personnel on base and more importantly, the community,” Lt. Cmdr. Morales told Diálogo. “They helped our town repair schools and worked with medical staff at Trujillo Public Hospital.” The SPS 17 teams carried out restoration and painting work in nine schools in the area of Trujillo and Tocoa. They also drilled wells to provide water to the communities of Bonito Oriental, Cilín, and Jericó—all municipalities in the department of Colón. In addition, medical specialists held lectures and training opportunities with doctors and nurses at Salvador Paredes Hospital. “The main areas of interest for the Honduran medical staff were issues relating to women’s health, entomology, potable water, and pediatric care,” U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Auten, emergency medicine residency assistant director at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, told Diálogo. “We had a group of 14 U.S. Navy personnel working on these issues with Honduran service members and sharing their experiences in complex medical settings.” Military exercises The personnel at Puerto Castilla Naval Base also received training for combat missions and civilian operations. “In this exchange with Honduran health providers, I found we had a shared passion for pediatric care, so that children can reach their full potential,” Lt. Cmdr. Auten said. “Our American friends gave our guys training on first aid to improve their response capacity,” Lt. Cmdr. Morales added. U.S. Navy divers trained students at the Naval Training Center to help them improve their abilities in search and rescue procedures. Orientations on how to maintain equipment and operate a hyperbaric chamber complemented the exercises. “I can’t emphasize enough the value of this deployment for the Honduran Armed Forces, their citizens, and the strong relationship between our nations,” said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Joshua Perry, commander of SPS 17 ground mission. “With limited resources, including time in port, we were able to impact a significant percentage of the population through our community projects.” Before leaving, the crew of USNS Spearhead delivered a shipment of medical supplies to the Honduran Ministry of Health in Trujillo. The donation consisted of gloves, hospital gowns, hydrating solutions, and a mannequin for CPR training. “The Honduran people are grateful for visits like this,” Captain Héctor Tercero López, chief of staff of the Honduran Navy, added. “Such support is for our compatriots. All these exercises and partnerships allow us to fulfill our mission to protect the nation, fight narcotrafficking, and ensure that our people can live in peace and harmony,” he concluded.
The USPS and Department of Justice are having to report to Judge Sullivan daily. He ended today’s proceedings on an encouraging note, at least for the rank and file staff of the USPS, praising “all the dedicated men and women of the US Postal Service. […] Nothing stops the Postal system. I feel like giving the postman a big hug today,” he said. That’s a sharp departure from Wednesday’s process, when he was livid at USPS leadership for ignoring his Election Day order for ballot sweeps.“Someone may have a price to pay for that,” and that someone might still be Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who Sullivan threatened to make testify about the decision to refuse the order and then not tell him they were refusing the order until after the fact. Had DeJoy or leadership told him that his order was too onerous to complete on top of their Election Day activities, Sullivan said, he’d have happily worked with them. Instead, they just disregarded his order. He told the Justice attorneys representing the USPS in court Wednesday that he doesn’t blame them. “It’s your clients. Each and every one of them, starting at the top of the food chain,” he said. “I don’t want you to keep falling on the sword.”- Advertisement – “The postmaster’s going to have to be deposed or appear before me,” Sullivan said, adding, “I’m not going to forget it.” – Advertisement –
Crowley Alaska Tankers, part of the Crowley Maritime Corporation, has signed an agreement to purchase three tankers from SeaRiver Maritime, ExxonMobil’s U.S. marine affiliate, and charter them back to SeaRiver under varying multi-year terms.The deal is, however, subject to regulatory approval.“Key to ensuring the success of this transaction and ongoing operations will be obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals to serve the Alaska and West Coast markets. Crowley will work together with regulators to ensure a seamless transition and continued safe operations,” the company saidThe tankers in question are Liberty Bay and Eagle Bay, each of which have a capacity of 800,000 barrels and transport crude from Alaska to West Coast refineries; and the tanker SR American Progress, which has a capacity of 342,000 barrels and transports refined petroleum between U.S. Gulf and East Coast ports.“We have an excellent safety record, which we intend to uphold,” said Rob Grune, Crowley senior vice president and general manager, petroleum services.“Last year, for example, we transported 410 million barrels of product and made 4,868 product transfers with zero spills to environment – a credit to our professional, safety-minded crews and management systems.”“We anticipate a smooth transition with SeaRiver crews, and look forward to personally welcoming them to the Crowley team,” said Rudy Leming, Crowley vice president of labor relations.By the end of 2017, Crowley will be operating 37 Jones Act qualified large petroleum transportation vessels in the United States with a combined capacity of more than 10 million barrels. Among this tank vessel fleet are a tanker and an articulated-tug-barge (ATB) already on charter to SeaRiver.