InterMoor Executes Well Abandonment Project for Spirit Energy

first_imgInterMoor, an Acteon company, has recently completed a well abandonment campaign in the North Sea and East Irish Sea for Spirit Energy. Following consolidation of the former OIS Ltd decommissioning personnel into InterMoor, the decommissioning team have added four further wells to the 128 they have abandoned for operators in the North Sea since 1996.The campaign for Spirit Energy comprised three suspended subsea wells and one mudline well all requiring environmental cement barrier placement along with well severance & recovery.Planning and engineering works for the project were fast tracked in late summer 2017 with the vessel mobilised late in October to start the offshore phase of the project. All offshore operations were successfully completed as planned and the vessel was demobilised on the 5th of December. InterMoor utilised the Suspended Well Abandonment Tool (SWAT) and the Low Pressure Packer (LPP) from Claxton Engineering Services, a fellow Acteon sister company to abandon the wells.Mike Kearney, Decommissioning Lead, said: “InterMoor were delighted to be able to assist Spirit Energy in completing the final abandonment of these suspended wells having successfully completed a near identical project for Centrica in 2015 as OIS. We continue to push our capabilities further with each project and despite the wells possessing some challenging technical requirements, we were able to set environmental barriers as deep as 2,800 feet below the mudline using our SWAT wiper plug technology. InterMoor is also celebrating the fact that another project has been completed for a client without a Lost Time Incident (LTI), 2017 being the tenth consecutive year without such an incident.”last_img read more

Exciting double-header to kick off GFF Super 16 tournament tonight

first_imgTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Super 16 tournament will kick off tonight at Guyana Police Force Sports Club ground at Eve Leary, with two exciting matches in a win-or-go-home formatted championship. With over $4M up for grabs from 18:30hrs, Elite League side, Milerock FC will play Pele, while Guyana Police Force FC and East Bank Football Association team, Timehri Panthers, will collide from 21:00hrs.Meanwhile, at a simple but significant handing-over ceremony at the Brass Aluminium and Cast Iron Foundry Ltd (BACIF) West Ruimveldt business area, Managing Director Peter Pompey officially handed over to GFF president, the GFF Super 16 trophy that was manufactured by the local casting & machining specialists.The historical presentation of the first trophy ever developed by this means has been described as a work of art and a work of craftsmanship by Pompey.“It signifies what Guyana can do as a country and what we can do collectively. We trust that as the trophy is handed over and it makes its journey around the football arena, it would be appreciated as a trophy of value to this sport.”Pompey noted that football has value in Guyana as it relates to community development for the nation’s youths, pointing out that the work the GFF has been undertaking in terms of re-branding and re-developing needs to be supported by corporate and all Guyana.“Football has a positive influence and can develop our communities in a positive way. So BACIF’s association with this project … we’re extremely delighted and happy to be a part of it and I want to thank Forde and his team for demonstrating the faith in BACIF to provide something that will truly represent not only our country and BACIF but also the GFF’s image.”The trophy would have been conceptualised by Forde and Pompey during a conversation before it was then drawn up on paper before the experts and engineers came into the picture to manufacture same, some five weeks or so ago.Forde, who commenced his engineering career at BACIF a few decades ago, described the trophy as a spectacular piece of engineering and craftsmanship realised.The GFF Super 16 Cup which would have been an undertaking since this new administration took office some four years ago has been adding more value to the competition ever since then, Forde stated.He further noted that it was against this backdrop that the idea of producing a trophy by a local company with the requisite expertise would add further value to a quality tournament that the Federation is striving to realise. Forde also indicated that the GFF Super 16 Cup has now taken on an international flavour.“GFF has shared with FIFA, CONCACAF and our colleagues within the CFU region the design of the trophy, the concept of the trophy and it has drawn a lot of attention and excitement. We will be sharing the images of the final product with our governing bodies and hope that it inspires similar initiatives across the football community.”Forde expressed gratitude to Pompey and his hard-working staff for contributing to what they see as a wholesome sporting initiative within the communities.The GFF president said, “Football has the power to bring people together; it allows our young men and women to put their energies and invest their time in a valuable way, in a manner that returns to them a measure of success over the course of their most productive years.”last_img read more

Government Reiterates Need to Maintain Wage-to-GDP Ratio

first_imgStory Highlights “Our teachers have asked for an increase of $60,000 per annum in the book and software allowance. If this is granted, it would cost $1.7 billion,” State Minister in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, said. The Government is reiterating that in order to maintain the targeted wage to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio and remain fiscally responsible, it is unable to accede to the requests of the nation’s teachers. Mr. Spencer noted that while the Government acknowledges the need for more resources for the teachers, “there is simply no room to absorb any further increase at this time, given the imperative to get nine per cent wage to GDP”. The Government is reiterating that in order to maintain the targeted wage to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio and remain fiscally responsible, it is unable to accede to the requests of the nation’s teachers.“Our teachers have asked for an increase of $60,000 per annum in the book and software allowance. If this is granted, it would cost $1.7 billion,” State Minister in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, said.He was making a Statement during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Wednesday (March 14).Mr. Spencer noted that while the Government acknowledges the need for more resources for the teachers, “there is simply no room to absorb any further increase at this time, given the imperative to get nine per cent wage to GDP”.“We are asking our teachers to exercise patience and tolerance of the Government’s current position as we work to build a stronger, more robust and resilient economy. This would allow us to provide more in the future,” he said.“We are urging our teachers to hold strain. We know the hard work that is involved, we know the conditions under which they work. Most of all, we know their value. We truly do. We would love to grant all that our teachers ask, but we must meet the wage to GDP of nine per cent as part of our fiscal responsibility framework,” the State Minister said.Regarding the wage negotiations cycle, Mr. Spencer said all unions came up for review at the same time.He noted that given the current negotiations cycle, it is simply impossible for the Government to satisfy all the requests of each group, adding that this would derail the Government’s economic reform efforts.Mr. Spencer further argued that despite the unique set of circumstances faced by teachers, to accede to their requests at this time would mean that similar consideration would have to be given to all public-sector groups.“This forms part of the reason that a review of the negotiations schedule is necessary at this time. The current two-year cycle, with one year already gone, does not allow for the Government to do all the things that are necessary to address the unions’ claims,” Mr. Spencer said.He explained that streamlining the cycles into a four-year term would allow room for the Government to complete talks with each group independently and allow better and deeper consideration to be paid to the issues of each group of workers.Additionally, he said it would allow for better planning on both sides and for implementation of the reforms.Meanwhile, Mr Spencer said the Government is strategically trying to craft a more efficient system by which it can effectively handle the claims of each group.last_img read more

Bernadette Peters Announces Michael Wittenberg Center For Imagination

first_imgBernadette Peters, The Center for Discovery, and The Monderer Foundation have announced the naming of the Michael Wittenberg Center for Imagination at The Center for Discovery.“The Center for Discovery has created a remarkable program—unique in the area—that supports the most severely disabled children and adults,” said Ms. Peters, a two-time Tony award-winning actress/singer/comedienne. “Michael was deeply connected to the environment, good health, and the protection of all living creatures. With its focus on promoting wellness and health to expand life’s possibilities for a very vulnerable group of people, The Center for Discovery is the embodiment of Michael’s life passions.”The Center for Discovery provides individuals with a range of disabilities and medical frailties innovative educational, clinical, residential, and social and creative arts experiences designed to enrich their lives through personal accomplishment. The new Michael Wittenberg Center for Imagination inspires adults and children to evolve new options for living.“The Center for Discovery has one of the most current and innovative educational approaches distinguished by a philosophy that celebrates each individual’s abilities rather than his or her disabilities,” said Carol Turchin Monderer, CEO of The Monderer Foundation. “The Monderer Foundation’s mission is to support multiply challenged children and adults. We are delighted to be involved in supporting The Center for Discovery.”“We commend Bernadette Peters for her passion, and we thank her for lending her voice to support The Center for Discovery,” said Patrick H. Dollard, President and CEO of The Center for Discovery. “Adults and children come here to learn of our responsibility to respect and care for ourselves, our families, our neighbors, our animals, and nature in all its forms. It is for these reasons that we name the heart of The Center for Discovery the ‘Michael Wittenberg Center for Imagination.’ The entire center gratefully acknowledges Bernadette Peters and The Monderer Foundation for their support of The Center for Discovery.”For more information about the Monderer Foundation, click here.last_img read more

More wildfires evacuations expected in BC with forecasted hot windy weather

first_imgThe Canadian PressKAMLOOPS, B.C. — Residents of a village in British Columbia’s southern interior are anxious to see what is left of their homes after one of the hundreds of wildfires raging across the region tore through their community, engulfing dozens of properties and forcing people to flee with little warning.Mark Sutherland of the Ashcroft Indian Reserve west of Kamloops said Sunday he had only seconds to escape with his girlfriend and two young children before flames overtook his home.“By the time we got everyone into the cars and we were getting out of the reserve, coming around the bend, (the fire) was already past the house. The next few houses were on fire,” said Sutherland, who used to work on a forestry firefighting ground crew.“It was so fast. Everything was happening so fast.”There is no end in sight as provincial officials expect more gusty winds and hot, dry conditions to fan the flames of the more than 220 fires that have destroyed an area covering at least 230 square kilometres.Kevin Skrepnek, chief information officer with the BC Wildfire Service, said the number of people forced from their homes is likely to rise from the latest estimate of 7,000.“The situation around evacuation alerts and orders could be quite fluid,” said Kevin Skrepnek, chief information officer for the BC Wildfire Service, on Sunday.“I would anticipate there would be expansions over the next few days.”B.C. has committed $100 million to help communities and residents rebuild, while the federal government is sending aircraft.Christy Clark, the outgoing premier, announced the fund Sunday in Kamloops. She said $600 will be made immediately available by electronic transfer through the Red Cross to people who have registered after being forced from their homes.“We are just, in many ways, at the beginning of the worst part of the fire season and we watch the weather, we watch the wind, and we pray for rain,” she said.“But our prayers aren’t always answered in these things and so we need to be there to support people in the meantime because there are hundreds and hundreds of people who are scared to death right now.”She said the transition team for premier-designate John Horgan’s incoming government has been briefed on the establishment of the fund.Horgan said the outgoing government has been very co-operative and that he would honour the $100 million Clark had committed to, adding that the province would likely provide even more support as the cost of the disaster grows.“Whatever is needed to make sure that people are whole after this, we’re going to make sure that happens,” he said, after meeting with officials in Kamloops.Horgan said he spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Sunday afternoon, who assured him the federal government stood ready to help.“To have the prime minister say the federal government is there for us when we need it is very reassuring,” he said.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Ottawa has agreed to federal assistance.The Canadian Armed Forces are helping residents affected by evacuations and airlift emergency workers and equipment.Three Canadian Armed Forces Griffon helicopters were expected to arrive in Kelowna on Sunday and some larger fixed-wing aircraft are to arrive over the next few days, said Chris Duffy, executive director of Emergency Management BC.Duffy said the aircraft would be on standby and ready to help wherever they were needed, but that they would not be assisting with fire suppression at this time.The hardest-hit regions were the central and southern Interior. There were also major blazes burning in northern B.C. but they weren’t posing as immediate a threat, said Skrepnek.Highway closures trapped Cache Creek resident Jacquie McMahon and her husband overnight Friday on the north side of Lac La Hache, near the 100 Mile House wildfire.“The orange glow on both sides of us was so surreal and it was growing, growing, growing,” said McMahon, whose home was spared in the fire.“I just lost my mom (in March), and mom always told us: ‘Never go anywhere without everything you need.’ ”She added, wiping away tears. “So we had everything we needed. And thank goodness.”A provincewide state of emergency was declared Friday after about 140 new fires ignited and crews grappled with intense winds. The government said the state of emergency allows it to more easily co-ordinate a response to the crisis.On Saturday, 98 new fires sprang up and existing fires grew in size, Skrepnek said.The four biggest fires ranged in size from about 20 to 44 square kilometres and drove thousands from their homes in the communities of Ashcroft, Cache Creek, 100 Mile House, 105 Mile House, 108 Mile House, 150 Mile House and the Alexis Creek area.Dozens of public parks in the Cariboo and Chilcotin region were closed to the public.The province has been marshalling all the personnel it can to battle the flames, protect property and try to keep people safe.The BC Wildfire Service employs more than 1,000 firefighters and all were either deployed or on days of rest. At least 200 contractors backed them up, while an additional 300 firefighters recruited from other parts of Canada and are expected to arrive on Monday and Tuesday.Despite the crews’ efforts, Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta said a fire burning between Ashcroft and Cache Creek had destroyed dozens of buildings, including at least five houses, 30 trailer park homes and two hangars at a regional airport.B.C. has seen 552 fires to date in 2017, about half of which broke out over the past few days. Skrepnek said the province had spent $46 million fighting wildfires this year as of end-of-day Friday.last_img read more

No farmer to be jailed for loan default: Rahul

first_imgJatara (MP): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said no farmer will be jailed for not repaying loan and 22 lakh youth will be provided government jobs in a year if his party comes to power at the Centre.Hitting out at Narendra Modi, Gandhi said that after completion of half of the Lok Sabha poll process, the Prime Minister’s face has “withered”, and claimed the PM will lose the elections and Congress would come to power. Addressing a rally here in Tikamgarh district of Bundelkhand region in Madhya Pradesh, Gandhi again targeted Modi over the controversial Rafale jet deal and blamed the NDA government’s decisions of demonetisation and implementation of GST for “large-scale unemployment” in the country. “When the Congress comes to power in 2019, no farmer will be sent to jail for not repaying bank loans,” Gandhi said, while promising to provide government jobs to 22 lakh youth in one year and recruit 10 lakh youth in panchayats. He said if the Congress comes to power, it will bring a provision of “no permission” for first three years to those starting new businesses. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”There will be no need to take any government permission for youth to run any business for initial three years,” he said. Gandhi claimed the prime minister was speaking with “fear and hesitation”. “Look at Narendra Modi’s face. Half of the election is over. Modi is going to be defeated, his face is withered. He is speaking with hesitation and fear. The Congress is forming the (next) government,” he said. “And remember one thing, the money he stole from our Air Force in the Rafale scam and gave Rs 30,000 crore to Ambani…action will be taken and you will see two names will come out one Anil Ambani and second Narendra Modi,” he said. He said lakhs of youth lost jobs due to demonetisation and GST as production in factories stopped because of lack of demand in the market. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHe said the Congress will deposit Rs 3.6 lakh in bank accounts of five crore poor families in five years, “unlike Modi who promised Rs 15 lakh to them but did not deposit a single penny”. He claimed that the party’s proposed ‘NYAY’ poverty alleviation scheme would “jump-start” the Indian economy. “I am not here to speak lies. Our NYAY scheme will jump start the economy. The Congress government will deposit Rs 3.6 lakh in the bank accounts of each poor family in five years,” he said. “Modi gave crores to 15 rich people of the country…and you were told to stand in queues while he termed demonetisation as a fight against black money….” Gandhi said.last_img read more

Smith’s classy 89 not enough as New Zealand win WC warm-up

first_imgBrisbane: Will Young stroked a masterful 130 to steer an under-strength New Zealand to a seven-wicket win over Australia in a World Cup practice match Wednesday, outshining a classy unbeaten 89 from Steve Smith. The visitors chased down their 278 target with 10 balls to spare, inflicting the first one-day defeat on Australia in 10 games, although this was not counted as a full international. Young, who is uncapped and not part of New Zealand’s World Cup squad, was eventually run out after smacking 11 fours and two sixes in his 132-ball knock. George Worker (56) and Tom Latham (69 not out) were also among the runs as New Zealand, missing Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Trent Boult, made 283 for three in reply to Australia’s 277 for six. Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc made his long-awaited return from injury and was the pick of a lacklustre bowling attack, taking 2-14 off five overs with trademark yorkers before being withdrawn from the action. It was his first match back since tearing a muscle three months ago. Earlier, former skipper Smith was the star attraction with his 89, including four big sixes, in only his second game in Australian colours since his one-year ban for ball-tampering expired. He came to the crease when Shaun Marsh was out for 28 and was in fine touch in a major boost for Australia ahead of their World Cup defence in England. Usman Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell were also in form, scoring 56 and 52 respectively. But David Warner, who made 39 on his return from the “Sandpapergate” scandal in the first of the three unofficial matches in Brisbane on Monday, did not fare so well.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Grants Plots of Land to 5 Raja Players

first_imgCasablanca- King Mohammed VI has recently granted plots of land to five members of Casablanca’s Raja football team, according to daily Assabah’s issue of Tuesday, March 18.  King Mohammed VI recently granted five Raja football players plots of land, of 300 m2 each, in reward for their achievements for Morocco during the Fifa Club World Cup 2013.In the run up to the final, after a string of victories, the Green Team qualified to play the final match against Bayern Munchen.  Raja was the first African team ever to qualify for the FCWC final. According to daily Assabah, the Royal Cabinet informed the five Raja players that the Moroccan sovereign had decided to grant each of them a plot of land worth MAD 150,000. Although Raja lost the final match to Bayern Munchen, its qualification to the final was deemed “a historical event,”and all Moroccans across the kingdom celebrated Raja’s unprecedented achievement. In contrast, the 2014 CAF Champions League was not as successful for the Raja team as the FCWC 2013. The Eagles were eliminated in the second round by the Guinean team, Horoya Conakry.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Ohio State mens hockey falls to Michigan in firstever Big Ten game

The Ohio State men’s hockey team will be searching for its first-ever Big Ten conference win Monday, as the team fell to the Michigan Wolverines, 4-3, in overtime Friday in Ann Arbor.The game saw the Buckeyes (8-5-0, 0-1-0) come back from a one-goal deficit three times against the No. 3-ranked Wolverines (9-2-1, 1-0-0).A goal from sophomore forward Anthony Greco with 3:13 left in regulation tied the game at 3-3 and sent the teams into overtime.Michigan sophomore forward Andrew Copp netted the game-winning goal with 1:22 left in the extra session.Despite the loss, OSU coach Steve Rohlik said the effort was something to be noted of the Buckeyes in the tough matchup.“Our kids emptied the tank, we played hard and there were some chances on both sides,” Rohlik said in an OSU press release. “We just came out on the short end. You always have to learn from things and we’re going to learn from this and get better.”The teams were tied, 1-1, after the first period, and Michigan had a 3-2 advantage heading into the third.Freshman goalie Logan Davis, in his third start between the posts for the Buckeyes, had a career-high 34 saves, including one on a second-period penalty shot from Michigan freshman forward Evan Allen.OSU converted on both of its power play opportunities, while the Wolverines had one goal on four power plays, the first power play goal allowed by the Buckeyes in 27 opportunities.The Buckeyes are set to close the two-game series with Michigan Monday in the Schottenstein Center. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m. read more

Messi out of ICC

first_imgLionel Messi will sit out Barcelona’s International Champions Club preseason campaign, according to Goal.Ernesto Valverde’s squad to the preseason competition is missing Messi, Gerard Pique, Ivan Rakitic, Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez.The Argentine captain will miss the Barcelona’s preseason tour of the United States due to his participation in the World Cup with Argentina.The talisman has been given extra time to recover from the World Cup even though his country was eliminated in the second-round against France on June 30.Barcelona travel to the US on Tuesday where they’ll come against AS Roma, Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan over the next ten days.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Spanish duo of Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquet are also expected to miss out on the tour of the United States. Also missing in action, are the French pair of Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele who won the World Cup with France.The list of absentees mean Barcelona have a relatively inexperienced squad with the likes of Sergi Samper, Munir and Marlon part of the traveling party.New boys Clement Lenglet and Arthur are also part of the squad while goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter-Stegen is expected to join that team at a later date.last_img read more

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