Gazprom Neft, Shell set up JV to develop Gydan Peninsula hydrocarbon cluster

first_imgThe joint venture will study and develop Leskinsky and Pukhutsyayakhsky license blocks on the Gydan Peninsula Gazprom Neft, Shell establish partnership to develop hydrocarbon cluster. (Credit: Gazprom Neft PJSC) Russian oil producer Gazprom Neft has concluded a deal with Royal Dutch Shell to establish a joint venture (JV) for the development of a major hydrocarbon cluster on the Gydan Peninsula.The transaction follows an agreement signed by both the companies to establish the JV in July this year.As per the terms of the deal, the two companies will have an equal interest in the charter capital of the joint venture.The joint venture will study and develop the onshore Leskinsky and Pukhutsyayakhsky license blocks on the Gydan Peninsula.The two companies will consolidate their capabilities and competences to develop the exploration cluster, which is located in the north—eastern part of the Gydan Peninsula.Covering over 3,000km² of area, the Leskinsky licence block is located in the Taymyr district of the Krasnoyarsk Krai.Its hydrocarbon resources are estimated to be more than 100 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe).Pukhutsyayakhsky block estimated to contain 35 mtoeLocated in the Tazovsky district of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the Pukhutsyayakhsky block covers an area of more than 800km2 and is estimated to contain nearly 35mtoe.Gazprom Neft Exploration and Production deputy CEO Vadim Yakovlev said: “We’ll be splitting investments on this project with our strategic partner, Shell, and combining our experience and technological expertise.“Going forward, data on the structure of these blocks will make a major contribution to investigating these as yet undeveloped areas.”The company said that the 2D seismic survey has already been completed on both Leskinsky and Pukhutsyayakhsky license blocks.Currently, the prospecting and appraisal activities are being undertaken at the Leskinsky block to collect data that will be utilised to refine the geological concept and prepare a future project development plan.Gazpromneft-GEO, which is established to execute major geological prospecting projects, will be the operator on the initial stage of the project and will be responsible for exploration works at Leskinsky and the Pukhutsyayakhsky blocks.last_img read more

Detyens Shipyards Lands USNS John Lenthall Contract

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Detyens Shipyards Lands USNS John Lenthall Contract Share this article Industry news The winner of a solicitation posted to the Federal Business Opportunities website is Detyens Shipyards, Inc., North Charleston, S.C , which will be the signatory of $8,108,084 firm-fixed-price contract, Marine log informs. Nevertheless, the contract foresees  additional options, which, if used, could result in higher costs rising up to $9 mill.The U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Fleet Support Command is the contracting authority awarding contract on 55 calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and drydocking of Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall (T-AO 189).USNS John Lenthall is engaged in providing fuel refill to Navy ships already at sea, thus enabling them to remain sailing for a considerable period of time, without having to interrupt their routes.The activities stipulated by the contract, which are to be carried out at North Charleston, S.C. will encompass: cleaning and repairing anchor chains, 12,000 hour maintenance of port main engine, propeller maintenance, cleaning switchboard controllers, replacing the air conditioning chillers and cleaning and painting the underwater hull.The completion of the works is scheduled for June 25.Detyens Shipyards provides large commercial ship owners with quality dry-docking services, a variety of craft expertise, remarkably flexible facility and a growing port. It also provides ultra-high-pressure water blasting as an alternative to grit blasting, a safer and cleaner method than traditional sand blasting.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 03, 2012; Detyens Shipyards Lands USNS John Lenthall Contract View post tag: Lenthall View post tag: News by topic View post tag: John View post tag: Detyenscenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: lands View post tag: USNS View post tag: contract View post tag: Shipyards View post tag: Navy April 3, 2012last_img read more

Adjunct Faculty – Physics

first_imgAurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Aurora University seeks talented adjunct faculty who are passionateabout teaching and learning. Adjunct faculty are qualifiedpart-time instructors offered teaching opportunities based oncourse demand and staffing.Aurora University is looking for qualified instructors withMaster’s degree or PhD in Physics to teach lecture and laboratorycourses such as General Physics I and II.Please email resume or curriculum vitae, plus cover letter statingthe specific areas you are interested in teaching to:[email protected]last_img read more

Reporting in

first_imgMike Holling, president, National Association of Master BakersRecently I had the privilege of attending the National Association of Master Bakers’ (NA) Northern Region annual dinner in Newcastle. It was a grand event and an opportunity to listen to members’ views on several issues.Apart from the serious concerns over the spiralling costs of key ingredients, the future of the high street and dominance of the major supermarkets are issues that seem to be raised on a continual basis.In the media, the fallout from the Competition Commission’s latest report is evident; the Commission seems to believe that the big four need a larger presence on the high street to create fair competition.But what about the pressure this will put on existing independent businesses – not only bakers, but butchers and other specialist traders? A prime example is the recent demise of small Post Offices.We all need to see a successful thriving high street or town centre, which serves the community. While the Commission may have addressed the issue of competition between the supermarkets, it hasn’t examined how their growth is affecting other high street outlets.At the NA, we will continue to lobby strongly on behalf of our members and hope the Commission’s next update will take our concerns into consideration.last_img read more

Italy complains about “traffic light” food labelling

first_imgItaly has complained over the UK’s use of voluntary colour-coded food labels, claiming the system is discriminatory.The European Commission’s Competitiveness Council said last week that the launch of a voluntary “traffic light” nutrition labelling system in the UK had “triggered vivid reactions” from EU economic operators.It added Italy had “requested discussion” of this point concerning the “alleged discriminatory and negative effect” of the system.Additionally, on 18 February 2014, the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (UEAPME), wrote to representatives ahead of the Commission meeting in Brussels. It claimed the labels “seriously hinder the free movement of food products within the European internal market”, adding food exports from EU countries towards the UK could decrease by up to 12%.Citing a market survey by The Co-operative, it said “some 40% of women and almost a third (30%) of men” say “red” traffic lights have stopped them purchasing a product because it contained too much fat, salt or sugar.Introduced last June, the UK’s traffic light system uses red, amber and green front-of-pack colour coding to show consumers salt, sugar, fat and calorie levels, alongside EU-mandated Reference Intakes.According to the Department of Health (DOH), the new recommendation was based on “over 11 years of research” to identify a label that consumers can use at a glance to identify healthier choices.last_img read more

Led Zeppelin Announces 50th-Anniversary Reissue Of ‘The Song Remains The Same’

first_imgAs part of their ongoing 50th-anniversary celebration, Led Zeppelin has announced a remastered reissue of The Song Remains the Same, the live soundtrack album for their 1976 concert film of the same name, which they recorded over three nights at Madison Square Garden in 1973. The reissue will be released on September 7th, marking the 50th anniversary of their first-ever gig on September 7, 1968, when they still went by The New Yardbirds.Notes Rolling Stone:Jimmy Page personally supervised the remastering of the album, which contains recordings from a three-night stint the band played at New York City’s Madison Square Garden in the summer of 1973. The performances, which were featured in the 1976 movie of the same name, include a half-hour–long rendition of “Dazed and Confused” and an extended John Bonham drum solo during “Moby Dick.”The new The Song Remains the Same reissue will be available in various forms including CD, vinyl, digital, and via Blu-ray audio. In addition, notes Rolling Stone, “Page amended the vinyl edition’s track list to include several songs not on the original release and to put the entire performance of ‘Dazed and Confused’ on one side for the first time.”Just like Led Zeppelin’s previous reissues, they have also planned a loaded deluxe box set, which will feature The Song Remains The Same on both CD and vinyl, a DVD of the original concert film featuring the previously omitted performances, a surround-sound DVD with a photo gallery and high-def download card, a 28-page booklet featuring stills from the movie, an essay by noted journalist Cameron Crowe, and more.Buzz surrounding Led Zeppelin’s 50th anniversary began late last year when Jimmy Page noted in an interview that there would be “all manner of surprises” coming from the band’s camp to honor the milestone. Since then, the band has announced a number of celebratory releases, including Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin, an illustrated book with 400 pages of “previously unpublished photos, artwork from the Led Zeppelin archives and contributions from photographers around the world”; a special yellow vinyl single (featuring “Rock And Roll” and “Friends”) for Record Store Day; and a full reissue of their live album How the West Was Won.For more information on this and the various other releases and reissues honoring Led Zeppelin’s 50th anniversary, head to the band’s website. [H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Targeting leftover land mines

first_imgLand mines remain among the most destructive remnants of 20th century warfare, continuing to slow resettlement and hinder recovery in many former war zones.While mine-clearing protocols have improved substantially since World War II, the technology used to locate buried landmines has changed little: De-miners use metal detectors to find and identify mines. On a battlefield strewn with metal debris, differentiating lethal mines from benign cans, wires, and casings is enormously time consuming.Now, computer scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have designed an elegant system that ties in smartphones to assist humanitarian de-miners by augmenting the information supplied by their metal detectors. Their system, known as pattern enhancement tool for assisting land mine sensing (PETALS), and which will be presented at this week’s Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, takes de-mining advances in a new direction.“We want to support people in the field with minimal invasiveness. Without changing their sweeping style, without giving them new procedures, this technology allows them to better visualize what they are detecting,” explained SEAS researcher Lahiru Jayatilaka, who is working with Assistant Professor of Computer Science Krzysztof Gajos at SEAS, James Staszewski of Carnegie Mellon University, and Luca Bertuccelli of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.In the field, de-miners use a repetitive sweeping motion to systematically cover small sections of ground looking for land mines. When the metal detector passes over a metallic object, it beeps.  Expert de-miners are able to visualize the auditory feedback of the metal detector, creating in their heads an image of the object’s outline underground.Land mines, with their circular construction and trigger pin, have an ovoid signature. The system designed by Jayatilaka and Gajos shows one red dot for every beep of the metal detector. With passes over a buried object, the picture shows an increasingly complete outline of the object’s shape, giving the de-miner an evermore detailed picture of what may be buried there.“Using only audio signals is a huge source of inefficiency. The operator has to figure out whether it is harmful or not harmful. If they are not completely sure, they have to go down on their hands and knees and excavate every piece of metal as if it were a land mine,” explained Jayatilaka.Most humanitarian de-mining programs operate in developing countries where resources are highly constrained. Among the challenges Jayatilaka and Gajos faced was designing an affordable system requiring minimal field maintenance. Their solution involved a cheap and ubiquitous platform: the smartphone. The final version of PETALS is designed to run on a normal mobile device such as an iPhone, which can be mounted on a metal detector.In addition to increasing search efficiency, PETALS has the potential to help train new de-miners. In initial tests, novice de-miners performed 80 percent better with visual aid. Furthermore, Jayatilaka pointed out, training with a visual aid can help novices understand the principles of recognizing land mine signatures more quickly, allowing them to gain more from training.“Improving the de-miner rather than the equipment is a novel way to think about land mine removal technology,” said Jayatilaka. “It is a new direction for the field.”last_img read more

Senate committee takes up workers’ comp issues

first_img December 15, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Senate committee takes up workers’ comp issues Senate committee takes up workers’ comp issues Senior Editor If a workers’ compensation plaintiff lawyer turns down an offer from an employer or insurance carrier made before the lawyer took the case and then fails to win more benefits for the client, that lawyer should not be paid any fees.That’s the recommendation of a state legislative report prepared by the staff of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. The study also makes two other recommendations on attorney’s fees among its 13 final recommendations.The report, according to the chair of the Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Section, focused mainly on fraud in the workers’ compensation system, both on the plaintiff and defense sides.The two other lawyer provisions were establishing a per accident cap on discretionary hourly attorneys’ fees award rate and allowing fees to attach 30 days after the receipt of a petition by an employer or carrier rather than the current 44 days. Both of those provisions were contained in SB 1188, which passed the Senate last year but failed to be adopted after the House and Senate were unable to work out differences of drastically diverging workers’ compensation bills.The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee ordered the report to look into claims that Florida has some of the highest workers’ compensation rates in the country, but does not have correspondingly high benefits or medical cost payments.The report earned high praise from Rafael Gonzalez, chair of the Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Section.“The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee is focusing on fraud; fraud on both the claimants’ side and the employer/carriers’ side,” he said. “We think as a Bar organization representing both sides of the fence that’s a wonderful thing. If there’s fraud, it ought to be dealt with harshly and immediately.”The report echoes a study last year that showed there is $1 billion or more of unpaid workers’ compensation premiums, mainly in the construction industry. That, Gonzalez said, goes a long way to explain why Florida has both high rates and low benefits compared to the rest of the country.Closing those loopholes “makes so much sense from a mathematical standpoint because if the pool is smaller [because of fraud], those folks who are in the pool pay a much larger premium,” he said.The report was based on studies, both national and Florida specific, conducted by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) and the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI).Findings included that Florida consistently has the highest or second highest workers’ compensation rates in the country, even following some steep rate cuts in the 1990s. At the same time, payouts are comparable with other large or nearby states, being about the same as in Connecticut, 26 to 35 percent higher than in Texas, 13 to 20 percent higher than in Wisconsin, 25 to 38 percent lower than in Georgia, and 12 to 23 percent lower than California.Part of the report looked at attorneys’ fees in workers’ compensation cases and the impact of attorneys on claims. It noted in cases where attorneys are not involved, the average Florida payout is $10,424, only slightly higher than the national average of $9,753. But in cases where attorneys are hired by the claimant, the average payout in Florida was $41,584, compared to the national average of $30,227.Although a 1993 change to Florida’s workers’ compensation law cut attorneys’ fees, litigation rates have risen, as measured by defense attorney participation. One study found that defense attorney participation doubled from 1994 to 1998, and state figures showed that attorneys are involved in over 95 percent of the filings for the informal dispute resolution process.Another study found that defense attorneys were involved in 30 percent of the cases in Florida, compared to 19 percent nationally.The report said that some observers attribute higher attorney participation to workers being uninformed of their rights, dissatisfied with their medical care, and unhappy over the size and lateness of benefits. One study also suggested the trend was caused by workers being allowed to get permanent impairment benefits while also returning to work, and “settlements allowing the washout or closure of future medical benefits.”The state did not, according to the report, maintain information showing the “cost drivers” affecting attorneys’ fees or allowing fees paid to be compared with the statutory fee schedule.Most of the report, however, dealt with nonlawyer facts about the workers’ compensation system. Findings included:• The state continues to have a major fraud problem in the construction industry, which caused an estimated $1.3 billion in premiums – up to 30 percent of which may have been legal exemptions – to go unpaid last year. That compares to the total $2.5 million premiums collected, of which $912 million came from the construction industry. Among the problems cited were the failure of the former Department of Labor to cite employers who clearly had insufficient coverage, although the department said it was following the law. Another problem is employees and subcontractors may need workers’ comp coverage for one job one day but not need it for a different task the next day. The report also said there is confusion about who can and can’t get a coverage exemption.• Although Florida has some of the lowest reimbursement rates for medical costs in the country, those expenses make up 64.9 percent of the payouts in Florida, compared to 55.8 percent nationally. The report noted that a WCRI study found payments to Florida hospitals were the highest of eight other large or nearby states and those hospital fees were as much as five times the amount authorized to non-hospital providers of the same service.• The number of cases claiming permanent total disability in Florida is three times the national average. And while statutory benefits in Florida for permanent impairment claims are among the lowest in the country, payouts are in line with that of other states. The report cited one study which concluded that impairment payments “may actually include an implicit payment for settling a permanent total disability claim.”• Indemnity benefits appear to be increasing, having been paid out on 18 percent of the claims in 1996 and 20 percent in 1998.• Payouts for medical benefits increased at 5.4 percent a year from 1994 through 1998.• The cost of delivering benefits has rapidly escalated, from $964 per claim (or 18 percent of the total cost) to $1,577 (39 percent) from 1996 to 1998. The report attributed that increase to the mandated delivery of medical services by managed care arrangements.Aside from the provisions affecting attorneys’ fees, the report made several recommendations, including:• Making it easier to assess penalties up to $5,000 per employee on contractors who carry insufficient coverage by dropping the requirement to show intent to carry inadequate coverage.• Requiring mandatory coverage for all construction workers below the subcontractor level, as well as for all persons contracting with a subcontractor.• Clarifying state law that employers carrying inadequate insurance are not in compliance with state law.• Revising the standard for permanent total disability to exclude reference for injuries that would qualify the worker for Social Security disability or supplemental income.• Increasing the permanent impairment benefits from 33 to 66.67 percent of the temporary total benefits.• Adopting fee schedules to help contain medical costs, similar to several other states.• Giving the state better oversight to protect against overutilization and improper billing by providers. The eight-page summary report can be found at: The 35-page long report can be found at: read more

Labor market in 2017: 34% more ads, mostly for tourism

first_imgIn 2017 on the portal My job more than 41.000 advertisements were published, which is 34% more than in 2016. Considering that it is possible to indicate in one advertisement that more executors are wanted, the number of vacancies was even higher than that.The most sought-after occupations in 2017 were: waiter, salesman, chef, programmer, warehouseman, driver, sales representative, production worker, administrator and cleaner.The highest bid ad was recorded in the following categories of occupations:Tourism and catering – 18% of adsSale (Trade) – 17% of adsProduction and craft services – 14% of adsThe highest demand (number of profiles) is in the following categories:Sale (Trade) – 25% of CVsAdministrative occupations – 19% of CVsEconomics, finance and accounting – 17% of CVs* In one ad / CV you can indicate more categories of employmentGiven the type of employment, in 2017, a total of 63% of ads for indefinite work were published, which is slightly more than in 2016, when 60% of advertisements offered work indefinitely. In the past, a fixed-term contract was offered in 51% of advertisements, while part-time employees were sought in 7% of advertisements, and 3% of advertisements referred to student jobs (advertisements provide for the possibility of marking several types of employment for the same job). On the other side, 51% of job seekers were interested in a permanent job, and almost a third of them were also interested in part – time work (28%). 10% of job seekers were interested in part-time work, and 9% in seasonal work.From the available data, it is not possible to conclude whether these are employees who are looking for additional work or employees who are looking for any job in the absence of employment. “The data show a similar trend as in previous years, and we see the biggest jump in the number of ads abroad, which are growing faster than the total number of ads. The largest labor shortages are recorded in the tourism and manufacturing sectors, which we have warned about before and knew would happen. However, nothing significant has been done to prevent this: skilled workers go abroad, more because of the disorder of our society than because of better working conditions abroad, while young people in school and their parents persistently avoid vocational education. to improve a system that has been proven to work in developed European countries: mandatory šcycling followed by vocational guidance and practical training. “Said the director of the MojPosao portal, Igor Žonja.The candidates with secondary education are usually askedDuring 2017, employers most often looked for candidates with a high school diploma – in 53% of advertisements, a high school diploma was a condition for successful application to the competition. On the other hand, 54% of employees mentioned secondary education as a level of education in their CVs. Employees with higher education were sought in 21% of advertisements, while the same level of education was stated in their CVs by 22% of job seekers. In 28% of advertisements, a university degree was stated as a condition, and the same was stated in their CVs by 15% of job seekers.The most common ad conditions: advanced English and work experience from 2 years and 5 monthsAccording to the portal, knowledge of foreign languages ​​was required in 42% of ads. Most advertisements required advanced knowledge of English (27% of advertisements), and basic knowledge of English was required in 10% of advertisements. Other languages ​​are less represented. Most employees state advanced knowledge of English in their CVs (36%), while 25% state professional knowledge. Basic knowledge of English is stated by 18% of job seekers.German is the second most widely spoken language – 22% of employees state a basic knowledge of German. In third place is Italian, whose foundations are known to 9% of job seekers. In 28% of the ads, computer skills were required, mostly knowledge of Word and Excel. 44% of advertisements required work experience of an average of 2 years and 4 months.The largest number of advertisements was published for work in ZagrebOf the advertisements published in 2017, most of them were published for work in Zagreb and Zagreb County (51%). The following are ads in the Split-Dalmatia and Primorje-Gorski Kotar counties. During 2017, employers posted over 1.600 job ads abroad. Compared to 2016, 43% more advertisements for work abroad were published. Most ads abroad were published for Germany, Slovenia and Austria.last_img read more

US tops 90,000 coronavirus deaths, 1.5 million cases

first_imgTopics : New York state accounts for nearly a third of US deaths, with more than 28,300 linked to COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins.The state officially records about 22,700 deaths but this does not include those that were probably linked to the virus, where there was no official confirmation.By June 6, the US could reach around 112,000 deaths, according to an average of 20 epidemiological models analyzed by the University of Massachusetts.Nearly 11.5 million tests have been carried out in the US, according to Johns Hopkins — fewer per capita than dozens of countries — and about 272,000 people declared recovered. The United States on Monday surpassed 90,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus and 1.5 million confirmed cases, according to a running tally from Johns Hopkins University.The Baltimore-based monitor registered 10,000 deaths in just one week.The US has the world’s highest number of deaths and infections but several countries — including Belgium, Spain, Britain, Italy and Sweden — have recorded more fatal cases per capita, according to the statistical website Worldometer.center_img The pandemic has killed more than 316,000 people around the world since its emergence in China late last year, according to an AFP tally based on official sources.last_img read more