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Global E&C selected as construction contractor for EnQuest’s UK assets

first_imgEPC contractor Global E&C has been awarded a contract as the default construction contractor for several EnQuest’s UK offshore assets.The Magnus Platform; Source: KCA DeutagThe company also secured a position on EnQuest’s engineering, modifications, and repair services (EMRS) framework for brownfield services, including survey, engineering, and fabrication.Global E&C said that it would deliver all construction-related activities across the Thistle, Heather, Magnus, Northern Producer, and EnQuest Producer facilities.It is worth noting that the EPC firm held contracts with EnQuest for the past five years.Matt Abraham, OGUK’s supply chain director, added: “Innovative commercial arrangements such as the relationship between EnQuest and Global E&C help unlock North Sea activity in a safe and sustainable way, and drive improvements in performance.”Global E&C also stated it was looking to recruit an additional 60 offshore and onshore personnel across a number of disciplines.Terry Allan, Global E&C’s corporate development director, said: “We’ve been very focused on a strategy to be the most efficient brownfield focused EPC contract in the North Sea and this notable award for our team is a significant part in that journey.”It is worth reminding that EnQuest had to evacuate workers from its Thistle platform last week, which sits 125 miles northeast of Shetland. The platform was shut down and evacuated in a precautionary move following a subsea structural inspection.Following the evacuation of 151 workers from the platform, Britain’s workers’ union RMT suggested that the speed of evacuation suggested ‘a serious problem.’Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Fugro Relocates French Base

first_imgFugro in France has relocated to a new office space, Espace Le Carillon, close to the central business district of La Défense in Paris.The recent office move follows on from the July 2019 merger of Fugro’s four French entities into a single business unit operating under the sole name of Fugro.This new office location brings together colleagues from local centres of geotechnical excellence to improve Fugro’s so-called ‘Triple A’ approach of acquire, analyse and advise.“This new modern office space accomplishes two important objectives. Firstly, we are closer to our strategic partners, which facilitates stronger business relationships in key sectors where we offer core expertise, such as civil engineering, renewable energy, nuclear energy, and infrastructure. “Secondly, the new office provides a more comfortable environment to our employees, who are the reason for our success in France. It is an exciting time to be part of Fugro,” said Claude Descharles, director for France and Southern Europe.last_img read more

Highlights of the Week

first_imgCopenhagen Subsea Rolls Out the Gorilla ROV SSEN Kicks Off Jura Mainland Subsea Cable Replacement Aker Solutions to Provide Umbilicals for Chevron’s GoM Fields Kongsberg Boosts EM 2040 MKII Multibeam Echosoundercenter_img Subsea World News has put together a recap of the most interesting articles from the previous week (March 23 – March 29). Aker Solutions Preps LingShui Umbilicals Packagelast_img

Legalizing Marijuana Not Worth the Costs

first_imgCNBC.com 20 April 2010Family First Comment: Heard the claim that decriminalising drugs will be good for the tax take?This article was written by the former head of the US Drug Enforcement Administration..“…Legalizing the drug will swell societal ills, and this outweighs the monetary benefits that might be achieved from its lawful sale. This is not the first time legalization has come to the fore. In the 1970s, Alaska legalized the drug—only to recriminalize it in 1990 after Alaskan teen marijuana use jumped to twice the national average. This is clear evidence that if legalized, marijuana use will increase (even among children). There are significant cost burdens that come along with increased marijuana use. For example, there will be a greater social cost from decline in worker productivity and school performance. Legalization will also lead to a greater need for drug education, rehabilitation and treatment. And there will be costs associated with selling the drug….”With the United States still struggling through the recession, state governments are exploring convenient fixes for overcoming massive debts burdening their states.After years of heavy spending, California, for example, is facing a $42 billion deficit. To address this staggering shortfall, some legislators are proposing the legalization of marijuana to boost tax revenue.Certainly some states are in dire economic straits; however, we cannot allow social and law enforcement policy to be determined simply by revenue needs. Put plainly, marijuana was made illegal because it is harmful; citing revenue gain as reason to legalize the drug emphasizes money over health and ignores the significant cost burdens that will inevitably arise as a result.As former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, I am intimately familiar with the many challenges marijuana legalization poses, and from my experience, the best economic policy for dealing with marijuana is to discourage use by enforcement and education rather than legalization and taxation. Legalizing the drug will swell societal ills, and this outweighs the monetary benefits that might be achieved from its lawful sale.This is not the first time legalization has come to the fore. In the 1970s, Alaska legalized the drug—only to recriminalize it in 1990 after Alaskan teen marijuana use jumped to twice the national average. This is clear evidence that if legalized, marijuana use will increase (even among children).There are significant cost burdens that come along with increased marijuana use. For example, there will be a greater social cost from decline in worker productivity and school performance. Legalization will also lead to a greater need for drug education, rehabilitation and treatment. And there will be costs associated with selling the drug.Do we really want our governments to sell substances known to be toxic to the body, and which has no medical value that is recognized by the medical community, for the sake of sheer profit? If this were a corporation proposing such a thing, it would be taken to court.Consider these findings from a white paper by the California Police Chiefs Association’s Task Force on Marijuana Dispensaries: California legalized “medical” marijuana in 1996, and dispensaries where the drug is handed out – to pretty much whoever comes in with a doctor’s note – have become catalysts for serious crime.According to the white paper, dispensary operators have been attacked, robbed and murdered. Also, “drug dealing, sales to minors, loitering, heavy vehicle and foot traffic in retail areas, increased noise and robberies of customers just outside dispensaries” are all criminal byproducts resulting from California’s medical marijuana distribution. We can expect similar problems—but on a far grander scale—from full legalization.Given these cost burdens—not to mention health and societal burdens—we should continue to focus efforts to discourage drug use. We can do this in a variety of ways. On alcohol and cigarettes, we require warnings and education. With methamphetamine, cocaine and other harmful drugs, we prohibit and criminalize their sale and use. While marijuana may not be as harmful and addictive as methamphetamine, it is harmful nonetheless, and the best economic policy is to make its sale and use illegal.The additional costs of drug education and rehabilitation combined with the increased social costs associated with increased marijuana use and sale are all greater than the potential revenue gained through legalization.Even with the U.S. economy struggling, we should not buy into the argument that vices should be legalized, taxed and regulated—no matter how much revenue we think it may generate.Some things just aren’t worth the costs.http://www.cnbc.com/id/36267217last_img read more

Kate Hawkesby: Drug Foundation cannabis survey shouldn’t be trusted

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 21 February 2020Family First Comment: Spot on! “Two independent surveys recently showed support for cannabis reform dropping to 39 percent, and yet the Drug Foundation.. an organisation propped up with government funding, with vested political interests acting as a lobby group for reform, magically produce a new survey showing support for it increases to 50, ‘when people are more informed’. What does that mean? More informed by a certain bias? Well yes.We had the Drug Foundations Ross Bell on earlier in the show, claiming a study they’ve done, with questions commissioned by the Helen Clark Foundation showing support for cannabis legalisation at 50 percent.Here’s my problem with that – two independent surveys recently showed support for cannabis reform dropping to 39 percent, and yet the Drug Foundation.. an organisation propped up with government funding, with vested political interests acting as a lobby group for reform, magically produce a new survey showing support for it increases to 50, ‘when people are more informed’.What does that mean? More informed by a certain bias? Well yes.According to the Foundation, ‘more informed’ means telling people about the controls and rules in the draft legislation, but does not include giving real life examples like the recent spike in the black market in Canada, and the huge problem with crime and the increase in youth use and addiction rates in Colorado.That’s not what the Drug Foundation regards as ‘informing’.And by the way, whose doing the educating and informing campaigns on our drug reform?The Drug Foundation’s one of them. They’re currently advertising a campaign organiser job touting ’30 weeks to win on cannabis’ at 72 grand a year (pro rata).READ MORE: https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/early-edition/opinion/kate-hawkesby-drug-foundation-cannabis-survey-at-odds-with-independent-surveys/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

New Zealand marriage rates lowest since 1960s, new data reveals

first_imgNZ Herald 5 May 2020Family First Comment: “Family First NZ has issued a statement citing a correlation between a decline in marriage rates and an impact on children and families. It warns the drop in marriage rates could have a negative social impact on children, according to recent reports on child abuse and family structure. “The statistics are clear. Children being raised by their married biological parents are by far the safest from violence – and so too are the adults.””Marriages are at an all-time low in New Zealand, new data shows – and it’s not the Covid-19 lockdown that has fewer couples tying the knot these days.The number of marriages in New Zealand last year dropped to its lowest level since 1960, according to a Statistics New Zealand release today.Population indicators manager Tehseen Islam said that last year 19,071 New Zealand couples celebrated marriage or civil union.Though that may sound like a fair whack of white dresses and wedding cakes, “This is down from 20,949 in 2018, and from 27,201 at its peak in 1971.”As in the past few decades, 72 per cent of marriages in 2019 were first marriages for both partners.Islam said the increasing population had led to declining marriage rates.Only 10 couples per 1000 people eligible to marry (unmarried people 16 and over) were married last year – less than half the rate of 30 years ago.Family First NZ has issued a statement citing a correlation between a decline in marriage rates and an impact on children and families. It warns the drop in marriage rates could have a negative social impact on children, according to recent reports on child abuse and family structure.“The statistics are clear. Children being raised by their married biological parents are by far the safest from violence – and so too are the adults.”READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12329641Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Crab Cake Burgers.

first_img Share Food & DiningLifestyle Crab Cake Burgers. by: – July 12, 2011 Share Share Sharing is caring! 25 Views   no discussionscenter_img Crab Cake Burgers.These burgers have a true crab flavor that isn’t masked by fillers or strong seasoning. Serve on a bun with tartar sauce or with a lemon-juice-dressed salad of greens, sprouts and sliced peaches.This recipe works best with convenient pasteurized crabmeat, usually found in the refrigerated case near the fish counter. If you prefer lump crabmeat, cut it into small, uniform pieces.Recipe Nutrition:Per serving: 141 calories; 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 3 g mono unsaturated fat); 83 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein; 0 g fiber; 376 mg sodium; 294 mg potassium Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (44% daily value), Zinc (20% dv), Vitamin C (15% dv).Ingredients:1 pound crabmeat1 egg, lightly beaten1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (see Note)1/4 cup light mayonnaise2 tablespoons minced chives1 tablespoon Dijon mustard1 tablespoon lemon juice1 teaspoon celery seed1 teaspoon onion powder1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper4 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco, or to taste1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil2 teaspoons unsalted butter Tweet Recipe source: EatingWell Directions:Mix crab, egg, breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, chives, mustard, lemon juice, celery seed, onion powder, pepper and hot sauce in a large bowl. Form into 6 patties.Heat oil and butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until the butter stops foaming. Cook the patties until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.Note: Panko breadcrumbs, also known as Japanese breadcrumbs or bread flakes, are coarser in texture than other dried breadcrumbs. They produce a crispy crust and are less likely to become soggy than finely ground breadcrumbs. Look for panko in the Asian food section of large supermarkets and in specialty Asian markets.last_img read more

Organize Your Office Space

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 61 Views   no discussions LifestyleThe Built Environment Organize Your Office Space by: – December 12, 2019 Share Tweet Share Organize Your Office SpaceHere are six (6) tips to help you create a workspace that is efficient, well-organized and improves productivity.Keeping your office space clutter free helps reduce stress and improves organization and efficiency. One way to ensure that your work station remains free of clutter is by clearing your desk whenever you step out. When you are going out for a break, to do a few errands or you are stepping out for the day, clear out your space.Keep everything in its place. When you have a designated space for everything, items are easier to locate. The familiarity of your workspace also removes distractions making it easier to focus and prioritize your work.Make your desk a combination of inspiration and efficiency. Consider having wall art or client testimonials close by to inspire you and keep you motivated. You can also keep a vision board close by to remind you of your long-term goals and a calendar to keep track of important activities and appointments.Adding a few plants to your office space or working in an area with a view of outside helps to reduce stress and improves creativity. Working near windows also increases your access to natural light which has a positive effect on how an individual feels.Ample lighting is important for every type of workspace. This improves your motivation and functionality by creating a productive atmosphere that is conducive for working.The design of your office space should reflect your company’s character. By your design choices you can communicate your brand to customers/visitors. Your choice of decor, furniture, etc. should reflect your business culture and appeal to the type of customers you want to attract.Whether you work from home or in a formal business setting these tips can be quite useful.Were the above tips useful?  Share this article with family and friends.  If you need any clarification on this topic, feel free to email us at feedback@millenia.dm. Written by Garn Todd JosephWebsite & Advertising Assistant for the Millenia Group of Companieslast_img read more

Dominica Hosts Karibik Trophy

first_img Share 124 Views   no discussions Tweet Dominica welcomed 12 yachts carrying 70 sailors for the 29th Karibik Trophy (Fun-Regatta). The Karibik Trophy has long since become a household name amongst sailors. For almost three decades, this event has been held in various regions of the Caribbean.The enthusiasm for it is still unbroken and this is evident by the number of sailors who continue to participate, repeatedly. Karibik Trophy combines sailing in a fascinating Caribbean island world with an exciting fun regatta and island activities.It is a sailing event for those who want to enjoy sun, wind and blue skies in late autumn. The rally which stayed in Dominica for 3 nights from November 18– 21 hosted a welcome party, with entertainment provided by the Karina Cultural Group and a local band, and participated in several land and marine activities, as well as patronized restaurants and bars in the Portsmouth and Roseau/ Newtown areas.This event was facilitated by Eddison Laville, owner of Eddison Tours and Yachting Services, with support from Discover Dominica Authority. Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! EntertainmentLifestyleLocalNewsRegional Dominica Hosts Karibik Trophy by: – November 21, 2019last_img read more

Philippine volcano erupts twice in 24 hours

first_img Tweet Share CNN News Share 70 Views   no discussions Share News Philippine volcano erupts twice in 24 hours by: – February 21, 2011 Sharing is caring! A farmer prepares his farm for planting rice in San Juan village in Sorsogon province under the restive Mount Bulusan volcano seen in the background, 21 June 2006.(CNN) — Philippine seismologists issued an alert on Mount Bulusan Sunday after the Luzon Island volcano erupted twice during a 24-hour period, according to a bulletin released by the nation’s volcano-monitoring agency.However, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) said the eruptions posed little threat to the villages surrounding the Luzon Island volcano. Most of the villages lie outside the 4-kilometer (2 1/2-mile) danger zone, the bulletin stated.Philippine volcanologists, according to the agency, aren’t expecting Mount Bulusan to erupt again soon. The volcano is located about 249 kilometers (155 miles) southeast of Manila.The area immediately surrounding the Bulusan Volcano is mostly rural. There are several villages, but most are outside the danger zone, according to PHILVOCS. The most recent eruption, which took place before dawn local time on Sunday lasted about 20 minutes, according to the agency.In declaring an “Alert Level 1,” the agency warned nearby residents not to enter the 4-kilometer “permanent danger zone” because of possible steam and ash explosions. Area residents were also warned of the possibility of flooding if heavy rains push sediment-filled streams out of their banks.last_img read more