On the job in Los Alamos Monday is Flowers by Gillian Owner Gillian Sutton with Chris Fischahs who stopped by on his lunch break Monday to place an order. Sutton offers ready-made arrangements, loose flowers and custom floral designs for birthdays, parties, weddings and memorials. Delivery is available anywhere in Los Alamos County and wire service also is available. Flowers by Gillian at 3801 Arkansas Ave., Suite A, is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, call 505.663.0012 or www.flowersbygillian.net. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com
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Pulse Structural Monitoring (Pulse), an Acteon company, has provided a real-time wellhead fatigue monitoring system for drilling and well testing operations on the Lancaster Discovery, west of Shetland in the UK North Sea.The well operator, Hurricane Energy plc, wanted to check the wellhead fatigue model during drilling operations to prevent significant damage. Real-time monitoring of the motion of the lower marine riser package (LMRP) provided early warning of excessive LMRP movement and instant visualisation of any wellhead fatigue damage from the rig.The well was drilled horizontally through fractured granite basement to obtain commercial flow and protect the Lancaster asset. The monitoring system was in place for both the drilling and testing phases of well operations. The potentially harsh environmental conditions encountered west of Shetland posed several operational challenges for Hurricane; and the decision to install the monitoring system was part of the company’s intense focus on safety throughout this high-profile operation.The Pulse system used a combination of INTEGRIpod™ motion data loggers with an acoustic Doppler current profiler for measuring current speed and direction through depth. A real-time, hazardous-area rated motion logger installed topside measured vessel motion and identified its effect on the motion of the subsea blowout preventer–LMRP stack. Pulse installed an operator station on the rig running its proprietary DrillASSURE™ software and programmed alarms to provide instant warning of any predefined operating limits being exceeded.Brian Taylor, Head of Sales, Pulse, said: “This contract shows that the demand for integrity monitoring services is going beyond the traditional majors and international oil companies; independent companies are now taking a proactive approach to asset integrity management. Pulse has supported several independent operators on the UK Continental Shelf with the provision of integrity monitoring systems, either during exploration or workover of existing wells. This contract underlines our ability to provide flexible monitoring systems to meet the requirements and budgets of offshore operators.”[mappress]Press Release, July 18, 2014
Today we are announcing the shortlists for the World Demolition Awards. Here are the companies who made it to the final four of Manufacturer Innovation, Plant and Equipment.Congratulations to the following nominees: #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Blastrac (Netherlands) – for the BMC-335Elite RC remote-controlled heavy-duty sawing machineCaterpillar (USA/Switzerland) – for the Cat 352 UHD next generation high reach demolition machineDragon Equipment (United Kingdom) – for the CR300H hybrid concrete crusherES Manufacturing (United Kingdom) – for the Akula diesel and electric hybrid demolition robot.The World Demolition Awards take place on Thursday 12 November and are organised by Demolition & Recycling International in co-operation with the European Demolition Association and the National Demolition Association of the USA.The headline sponsor is Volvo Construction Equipment.To register for this year’s World Demolition Summit, please visit https://www.demolitionsummit.com/
adopt a system of six-monthly external case reviews that will assess the quality of decisions made and whether these are fair, consistent and proportionate;work with the EIG to organise webinars and events targeting sole practitioners and those who work in small firms;ensure complaints about regulatory action are promptly reviewed by the SRA’s central complaints team, which sits within the authority’s inclusion directorate; andsupport EIG members in the creation of a helpline or other support mechanism to assist solicitors facing regulatory sanction by the SRA.The development comes after the Society of Black Lawyers demanded fresh action on discrimination. The SBL believes the first such review of alleged disproportionality, carried out in 2008 by former Commission for Racial Equality chair Lord Ouseley, was flawed. SRA chief executive Antony Townsend said: ‘We are committed to working constructively with both the EIG and wider profession towards the shared objective of ensuring the SRA is fair and proportionate in carrying out its regulatory responsibilities.’ The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reasserted its commitment to transparency in regulatory decision-making following allegations of discrimination against black and minority ethnic (BME) lawyers. Following talks with its External Implementation Group (EIG), which represents minority and BME practitioners, the regulator has drawn up a list of actions to show how it is addressing issues of disproportionality. The list builds on the commitment it made last month to commission a case file review to assess whether there is any disparity in the decisions made in the cases of BME solicitors, compared with their white counterparts. This week the SRA has also committed to:
Credit: BMGAfter establishing themselves as one of the leading bands in Country music, Zac Brown decided to step outside of their comfort zone on the 2015 release Jekyll + Hyde. The album received a mixed reception from long-time fans while others who were new to the band praised their new sound. In 2016 frontman Zac Brown started side project Sir Rosevelt so he could continue to explore his interests outside of Country music. 2017 saw the band back together for new album Welcome Home, which appeared to be a return to their roots with a folksier and rootsier sound, and fans breathed a sigh of relief.Well that feeling of relief shouldn’t last too long because The Owl is the band’s most experimental record to date, encompassing pop, EDM, R&B and even rap. There are barely any traces of Country across the record and a few listens through tells me this record is going to split fans right down the middle. The singles released ahead of the album are misdirects. Someone I Used to Know has a Country heart but the production takes it into EDM territory, something that didn’t sit well with long-time fans of the band. Second track Leaving Love Behind, which is easily the best thing here, is a stripped-down piano-ballad that reminds you how good the band can be when they’re on form.Of the three tracks released ahead of the album, Warrior is probably the most representative of the record. Stuttering electronic beats dominate as the production overwhelms and subdues Brown’s usually strong vocals. The sentiment of the song is nice but it gets lost in the gimmicks and tricks of the production.The Owl opens with the beat-driven The Woods and it sounds more One Direction than it does Zac Brown Band. There’s some awkward speak-rapping going on during the verses, something that crops up a few times across the record. Need This continues to push the band’s sound into directions I’m sure not many of their fans actually wanted. I’m not going to deny the song’s catchy but is it what we want to hear from the band? I suspect not.Elsewhere on the record things get frustratingly more clunky. The down-with-the-kids titled OMW (which stands for On My Way) is an electro-pop song about pocket-dialling someone. I thought I’d misheard something in the lyrics but sadly I hadn’t. Even worse is the cringe-inducing God Given where Brown attempts to rap about how fine a woman is. Had this arrived pre-MeToo it may have been a fun track but now it comes off completely tone deaf.In the middle of the mess and over-production, there are a couple of gems. Brandi Carlile continues her quest to save Country music by featuring on Finish What We Started. While it’s hardly traditional Country, it’s at least listenable, which is more than can be said for much of the record. Me and the Boys in the Band recalls the band’s Country roots too in a fun and uptempo way and Already On Fire, while not the most memorable track, at least mixes a 70s Fleetwood Mac style instrumentation into the mix but then ruins it with a Vincent Price on Thriller style distorted vocal bit in the middle.Sadly The Owl just isn’t a very good record. Zac Brown Band have shown what they can do in the past and this set of songs doesn’t come close. If this were the debut album of a new pop band, it may be received kindlier but this is a misjudged project from a beloved Country band that attempts to push boundaries but will likely just turn their fans off. It’s a shame, especially when the beautiful Leaving Love Behind is the closer and it deserves so much better than being part of this record.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Track list: 1. The Woods 2. Need This 3. OMW 4. Someone I Used to Know 5. Me and the Boys in the Band 6. Finish What We Started (feat. Brandi Carlile) 7. God Given 8. Warrior 9. Shoofly Pie 10. Already on Fire 11. Leaving Love Behind Record label: BMG Release date: 20th September 2019 Buy The Owl
Zimbabwe has approved the translocation of 2000 wild animals from Save Valley Conservancy to a park in Mozambique as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen co-operation in the Great Limpopo Trans frontier park, local media, the Herald reports.“As part of strengthening co-operation in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, the government of Zimbabwe approved the translocation of wildlife from Sango Ranch in the Save Valley Conservancy to Zinave National Park in Mozambique.” Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, Mr Simukai Nyasha said.The animals to be translocated to Mozambique’s Zinave National Park include 300 wildebeests, 200 buffaloes, 200 elands, 50 elephants, 100 giraffes, 900 impala, 200 zebras and 50 kudu.Wildlife translocations in Zimbabwe are done primarily for conservation purposes mostly as a way to manage population.The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park is arguably the world’s largest wildlife sanctuary in the world in terms of diversity in both bird and animal life.
Checking temperatures in a Durban township in South Africa.PHOTO/AP FILE PHOTO: A health worker checks a man’s temperature during a door-to-door testing in an attempt to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Umlazi township near Durban, South Africa, April 4, 2020. REUTERS/Rogan Ward/File PhotoThe World Health Organisation warned against a possible derailment of efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa as the influenza season in the Southern Hemisphere approaches.Dr. Michael Ryan, the Executive Director of the W.H.O.’s Health Emergencies Programme, said that South Africa and other nations in the world’s Southern Hemisphere will need the institution’s support to manage both diseases when the time comes.“Also because South Africa will enter into the influenza season fairly soon with countries like Argentina, like Chile, like Australia, it is really important we support countries in the Southern Hemisphere who do experience yearly influenza cycles to ensure they have the capacity to both manage and monitor both influenza and COVID-19 at the same time,” Dr Ryan said during a press briefing on Monday.One dilemma of the onset of the influenza season is that some coronavirus cases may slip by as the flu and coronavirus have some similar symptoms.Dr. Ryan added that lessons that will be learnt by South Africa and other Southern Hemisphere nations with potentially both diseases circulating at the same time will benefit them and other nations in the Northern Hemisphere when their influenza season begins.“So, we have a huge benefit to gain from investing the capacities, the scientific epidemiologic and other capacities in South Africa which have been demonstrated already to be very strong.”According to South Africa’s Ministry of Health, influenza kills between 6000-11,000 South Africans annually with nearly half of those deaths being the elderly and about 30 per cent in HIV-infected people. Like the coronavirus, the elderly and persons with chronic conditions have been identified as populations at high risk of death from influenza.The average influenza season in South Africa starts during the first week of June. However, it could start as early as April or as late as July and typically lasts about 12 weeks.Seasonal influenza is characterized by a sudden onset of fever, cough (usually dry), headache, muscle and joint pain, severe malaise, sore throat and a runny nose, according to the W.H.O.Related South Africa reports 99 new COVID-19 cases South Africa’s COVID-19 cases reach 2028 South Africa records two more COVID-19 deaths
EntertainmentLocalNews Dominican group nominated for International Soca Award by: – May 21, 2013 Share 89 Views 5 comments Share Tweet Members of CHOEB (L-R); Sheldon Royer, Bertist Jeffers, ‘Teedz’ Peter, Chevon Ambo and Leah Benjamin. Missing in the photo is another member Christon Clarke (file photo)A young group from the second town of Portsmouth has been nominated for the 11th International Soca Awards carded for 6th August in Grenada.CHOEB (Coming Hard On Every Beat) is the first Dominican group to be nominated for this award. They have been nominated for their hit song “Beautiful” featuring Star Quest winner Asher Thomas.“In such a small country where opportunities and international exposure as a music artist is limited, few are given a chance to showcase their talent and receive such great recognition for it on an international level,” a press release from the group states. The group is therefore seeking the assistance of the general public to win this huge award by casting votes so that they could win this award.Follow these instructions to vote for the group;They are nominated in the Caribbean Dance/Pop/Rap/R&B of the Year. Category #311. Go to http://www.socaawards.com/VOTE.html2. Vote in every category and when you get to Category #31, “Vote CHOEB- Beautiful ft. Asher Thomas”3. Then finish voting in the rest categories for the vote to count.Please note that you must vote in ALL categories for your vote to be counted.Aside from voting, the group is also seeking financial assistance to attend the award ceremony later this year.Interested persons can support by contacting their producer Bertist Jeffers at (767) 617-1629.Here is the video for the song “Beautiful” which was released in December, 2012. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzfRou3vbqY[/youtube]Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share
50 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! (Jamaica Observer) Two senior staffers at Petrojam have resigned out of frustration at developments rocking the State-owned oil refinery, a reliable source told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.The two are Chevril Shaw, manager for the Vacuum Distillation Unit Project, which is central to the overall refinery upgrading programme that Petrojam is undertaking through its arrangement with its Venezuelan partner. The other is Roderick Codner, senior supervisor for reliability and maintenance.The resignations take effect at the end of June.“They are really good and decent people,” the source said. “One of them was sidelined by the management and they simply just threw in the towel out of frustration. The problem is that there is no internal recourse for the staff.”News of the resignations comes two days after the three Jamaican members of the board — Chairman Perceval Badahoo-Singh, Richard Creary, and Harold Malcolm — tendered their resignations, and a day after Cabinet approved the appointment of new members. The other three members of the board are the Venezuelans who represent Petroleos de Venezuela/ PDV Caribe SA which has a 49 per cent share in the company.Meanwhile, the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) yesterday said it is time for the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) to be called in to investigate the situation at Petrojam.“There are clear indications of what may possibly be fraudulent transactions in the documentation available to the public so far,” PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson said in a statement.The PNP said the police investigation must look specifically into at least two instances of reimbursement of expenses to the former chairman for travel and related expenses to meetings in the United Kingdom and Brazil, which he did not undertake.“Although he was absent from the meetings, he reportedly submitted claims and was refunded by Petrojam for air fares and per diem related to the trips,” the Opposition pointed out.The Opposition contends that in the case of the London trip, Bahadoo-Singh was reimbursed and originally accepted US$8,910.48 for travel expenses although he missed the meeting, and in relation to his Brazil claim, Petrojam reimbursed him US$7,873.28.The PNP said that the other instance of highly questionable activity relates to the agreement between Petrojam Limited and Asha Corporation for financial analyses and managerial services for which payments were made by direct wire transfers to the US-dollar National Commercial Bank account of an individual-based on invoices dated October 15, 2017, November 16, 2017 and November 20, 2017.Both matters came up last week when general manager of Petrojam Floyd Grindley appeared before the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament, but the committee was forced to ask the Petrojam team to come back with clarification, as they were unable to provide adequate answers on the issues.“At a minimum, Petrojam must produce its due diligence findings on Asha Corporation prior to its engagement with the company and provide an explanation for payments being made to a person other than the contracted entity,” the PNP said.The Opposition is also demanding answers about cost overrun in the construction of a wall at Petrojam and the circumstances under which the estimate of $29.7 million provided by the National Works Agency jumped to $91 million. Tweet BusinessNewsRegional Two senior staffers at Petrojam quit by: – June 21, 2018 Share Share