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first_imgThe three contracts have been awarded on behalf of Gassco as operator of the Heimdal riser platform and on behalf of the partners of the Heimdal and Veslefrikk licences The Veslefrikk field in the North Sea. (Credit: Øyvind Hagen/Equinor ASA) Equinor has chosen Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland SE for removal, dismantling and recycling of the topsides and jackets of the Heimdal riser platform, Heimdal main platform and Veslefrikk A platform in the North Sea.The three contracts have been awarded on behalf of Gassco as operator of the Heimdal riser platform and on behalf of the partners of the Heimdal and Veslefrikk licences.The Veslefrikk partners plan to shut down the field permanently in the spring of 2022. Well plugging started earlier this year. Equinor and Gassco, who are operators of the two platforms on the Heimdal field, have over time studied the best possible use of the installations and the area before deciding a shutdown.A decommissioning plan has been submitted to the authorities. The time for shutdown and start of removal is to be decided by the Heimdal partners during the summer of 2021.In addition to the platforms, the contracts will also include removal, dismantling and recycling of the gangway connecting the two Heimdal platforms, as well as a subsea pre-drill template connected to Veslefrikk A.Heerema has sent a letter of intent to Aker Solutions AS for dismantling and recycling of the platforms at their decommissioning facilities on Stord after they have been brought to shore. All onshore activities will be performed on Stord over a period of 2-3 years. This work is expected to employ around 100 people at peak.“Decommissioning operations on the Norwegian continental shelf will create important activity for the supplier industry,” says Camilla Salthe, senior vice president of Field Life Extension (FLX) in Equinor.The topsides and jackets of the three platforms have a combined weight of approximately 68,000 tonnes. The removal method has been adapted to each individual platform and Heerema´s heavy lift vessels “Sleipnir” and “Thialf”. Each topside will be lifted on board the heavy lift vessel in one or several parts.The installations on the Veslefrikk and Heimdal fields will have a very high degree of recycling, up to 98%.“The main factors of a successful decommissioning project are no personal injuries, serious incidents or emissions to the environment. To prevent personal injuries during demolition work, Equinor requires, inter alia, the contractor to utilize a high degree of machine-based cutting to remove personnel from hazardous work operations,” says Salthe.Plans call for final production shutdown on the Veslefrikk field during spring 2022, while gas and condensate processing on the Heimdal field is to be discontinued in 2022 or 2023.The Heimdal riser platform will be removed in 2024, at the earliest, while the Heimdal main platform and the Veslefrikk A platform will be removed no earlier than in 2025. Field Life Extension (FLX) has corporate responsibility for carrying out decommissioning projects for Equinor on the Norwegian continental shelf.The procurement process for the Heimdal riser platform is being performed in accordance with the Public Procurement Act and the Utility Regulations. Pursuant to these regulations all bidders in the competition were informed about the contract award decision on 16 March 2021. The contract in question will be awarded upon expiry of a 10-day standstill period. The other two contracts have already been awarded. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more


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first_imgPosting Details Position TitleAccounting Adjunct – Jabs School of Business Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). If no, please explain (required):(Open Ended Question)* Are you both familiar with and not in conflict with thefundamental doctrines and practices of the California SouthernBaptist Convention as stated in the Baptist Faith and Message datedJune 14, 2000? (Please see above link for more information)Yes (I am familiar and not in conflict)No (I am in conflict or not familiar) Nondiscrimination Statement State and Federal law permit California Baptist University todiscriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill itspurpose. The University does not discriminate contrary to eitherState or Federal law. Position Summary Quick Link to Postinghttps://jobs.calbaptist.edu/postings/6135 Teaching Responsibilitiescenter_img Qualified applicants must have a master’s degree in accounting,business, or related field. In addition, the successful candidatewill have industry experience, teaching experience in the field ofaccounting, and an active and current CMA or CPA license. Qualifications The appointment includes teaching undergraduate/graduate courses inaccounting such as Principles of Accounting, IntermediateAccounting, and Advanced Topics in Financial Accounting, as well asother related accounting courses. The Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business at California BaptistUniversity invites applications for an adjunct faculty appointmentin the area of Accounting. * Are you a Christian?YesNo * Do you attend church regularly?YesNo Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsChristian Experience EssayCurriculum VitaeOptional DocumentsResumeCover LetterLetter of Reference 1Letter of Reference 2Letter of Reference 3Unofficial Transcriptlast_img read more


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first_imgBakers have welcomed news this week that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will refer the supply of groceries by UK retailers to the Competition Commission (CC) for investigation.National Association of Master Bakers (NA) chief executive David Smith told British Baker: “This is a lot more than we dared hope for. There will be a full inquiry.” The decision is thanks, in part, to the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group’s report on the future of the high street, to which the NA contributed, he said (British Baker, February 17, pg 5). The Scottish Association of Master Bakers (SAMB) CE Kirk Hunter said the SAMB will follow the progress of what is expected to be a two-year inquiry very closely. He said: “These things are never quick, but we want a thorough investigation.” The news comes after a public consultation by the OFT, to which over 1,200 responses were received, most of which supported a review. Evidence compiled by the OFT suggests the planning regime acts as a costly barrier to entry, making it difficult for new stores to open. Also, the big supermarkets’ buying power has increased, and aspects of their pricing behaviour – such as below-cost selling and price flexing – could distort competition. John Fingleton, CE of the OFT, said: “This will allow the CC to examine in detail all aspects of the grocery sector.”last_img read more


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first_imgWith Phish tour on the horizon, fans who can’t make it out to some of the early shows are sure to be excited by the announcement of this tour’s first live stream, aka Couch Tour! The jam-titans have announced that they’ll be broadcasting both nights of this weekend’s run at the famous Chicago baseball stadium, Wrigley Field.As usual, the shows will be streamed via LivePhish.com, and there are several options to choose from, as you can purchase a two-night pass or purchase an individual night, and you can choose between Standard and HD options.Phish hits the road this Wednesday, June 22nd, to kick off their tour in St. Paul, MN at the Xcel Energy Center, before making their way to Wrigley for two nights on June 24th and 2th.Find information on purchasing the webcast here.last_img read more


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first_img“To design optimal treatments for hearing loss, we need to know the molecules and their structures where disease-causing malfunctions arise, and our findings are an important step in that direction,” Holt said.The senses — vision, touch, taste, smell, and hearing — help animals navigate and survive in the world. The conversion of sensory input into signals that the brain can analyze and interpret is central to this process.The “molecular converters” for most senses have been identified. The one for hearing, however, remained elusive, partly because of the inner ear’s hard-to-access location — within the densest bone of the human body — and partly because of the comparatively few auditory cells available for retrieval, dissection, and imaging. The human retina has 100 million sensory cells, compared with just 16,000 in the human inner ear.As far back as the 19th century, scientists knew that cells of the inner ear — called hair cells for the bristle-like tufts that line their surface — played a role in hearing. The stage was set in the late 1800s by Swedish physician and anatomist Gustaf Retzius, who described in detail the structure and cellular makeup of the inner ear.The basics of signal propagation from the inner ear to the brain were elucidated in the 1970s. Scientists demonstrated that proteins in the membranes of hair cells could open, allowing the influx of electrically charged ions such as calcium and potassium. Once inside the cell, those ions initiate signal transmission to the brain.After the TMC1 gene was discovered in 2002, research into its role languished for nearly a decade. In 2011, a team led by Holt demonstrated that TMC1 was required for auditory transduction in hair cells. The finding sparked a vigorous debate about the exact role TMC1 played: Was it a central character, or one of the supporting cast?In an initial set of experiments, the research team found that TMC1 proteins assemble in pairs to form sound-activated pores, or ion channels. Given that most ion-channel proteins form clusters of three to seven units, TMC1’s minimalistic pairing was a surprise. It also offered a clue to its structure.Next, to map out the protein’s molecular architecture, the scientists turned to computer predictive modeling, which forecasts the likeliest arrangement of a protein’s building blocks based on the configuration of a close relative with a known structure. The algorithm revealed that TMC1’s closest relative with known structure was a protein known as TMEM16.Each protein’s function is determined by its structure — the specific sequence and arrangement of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. TMEM16’s amino acid arrangement yielded a possible model for TMC1. But to verify its accuracy and pinpoint the precise location of the sound-activated pores, the researchers had to take their model out of the digital realm and into the real world of living hair cells of mice.Substituting 17 amino acids one at a time, the researchers gauged whether and how each substitution altered the cells’ ability to respond to sound and allow the flow of ions. Of the 17, 11 altered the influx of ions, and five did so dramatically, reducing flow by up to 80 percent compared with unmodified cells.One particular substitution blocked calcium influx completely, a finding that confirmed the precise location of the pore that normally allows calcium and potassium influx to initiate signal transmission.This approach, Corey said, was akin to what an engineer might do to figure out how each part of an engine works.“Hair cells, like car engines, are complex machines that need to be studied as they are running,” he said. “You can’t figure out how a piston or a spark plug works by itself. You have to modify the part, put it back in the engine, and then gauge its effect on performance.”TMC1 is found in mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles — a sign of evolutionary conservation at work.“The fact that evolution has conserved this protein across all vertebrate species underscores how critical it is for survival,” Holt said.The ability to hear a sound and distinguish whether it is a threat or a mere nuisance, for example, is crucial for biologic survival — think hearing the sound of a bear approaching in the woods. But among many higher species, hearing is also important for social bonding and interaction such as recognizing different voices or changes in voice patterns and intonation. The exquisitely complex ability to detect changes in intonation begins with the opening of a tiny molecular gate in TMC1.“We now know that TMC1 forms the pore that enables sound detection in animals ranging from fish to birds to humans,” Corey said. “It is truly the protein that lets us hear.”Co-authors included Bifeng Pan, Nurunisa Akyuz, Xiao-Ping Liu, Yukako Asai, Carl Nist-Lund, Bence György, Bruce Derfler, and Walrati Limapichat of Harvard Medical School; Kiyoto Kurima of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders; and Sanket Walujkar, Lahiru Wimalasena, and Marcos Sotomayor of Ohio State University.The work was funded through grants from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (R01-DC013521, R01-DC000304, R01 696 DC015271, and F32 DC016210), with additional support from NIDCD intramural research fund Z01-DC000060-698 10.Relevant disclosures: Holt holds patents on TMC1 gene therapy and is a scientific adviser to several companies developing inner-ear therapies. Scientists at Harvard Medical School say they have ended a 40-year-quest for the elusive identity of the sensor protein responsible for hearing and balance.The results of their research, reported Aug. 22 in Neuron, reveal that TMC1, a protein discovered in 2002, forms a sound- and motion-activated pore that allows the conversion of sound and head movement into nerve signals that travel to the brain — a signaling cascade that enables hearing and balance.Scientists have long known that when the delicate cells in our inner ears detect sound and movement, they convert them into signals. Where and how this conversion occurs has been the subject of intense scientific debate. No more, the authors say.“The search for this sensor protein has led to numerous dead ends, but we think this discovery ends the quest,” said David Corey, co-senior author on the study and Bertarelli Professor of Translational Medical Science at Harvard Medical School.“We believe our findings settle that issue for good and yield definitive proof that TMC1 is the critical molecular sensor that converts sound and motion into electrical signals the brain can understand,” said co-senior author Jeffrey Holt, Harvard Medical School professor of otolaryngology and of neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital. “It is, indeed, the gatekeeper of hearing.”The researchers say their findings lay the groundwork for precision-targeted therapies to treat hearing loss that occurs when the TMC1 molecular gate is malformed or missing.Hearing loss is the most common neurologic disorder, affecting more than 460 million people worldwide. “We believe our findings … yield definitive proof that TMC1 is the critical molecular sensor that converts sound and motion into electrical signals the brain can understand.” — Jeffrey Holt, Harvard Medical Schoollast_img read more


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first_imgNathan Lane is back and T.R. Knight starts in It’s Only a Play on March 31, taking over from Martin Short as James Wicker and Maulik Pancholy as Frank Finger, respectively. Both Lane and Knight will remain with the Terrence McNally comedy until it ends its engagement on June 7 at Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.A Tony winner for The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Lane also received Tony nominations for Guys and Dolls and The Nance. He left It’s Only a Play for a prior commitment, The Iceman Cometh at BAM, which is rumored to be eyeing Broadway.Knight was last seen on the Great White Way opposite Sir Patrick Stewart in A Life in the Theatre. Other stage credits include Parade. He is best known for his role as George O’Malley for four seasons on Grey’s Anatomy, for which he received an Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Additional screen credits include 42 and Charlie Lawrence (opposite Lane).It’s Only a Play, directed by Jack O’Brien, is set on the opening night of Peter Austin’s new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big first night with his best friend, a television star, his fledgling producer, his erratic leading lady, his wunderkind director, an infamous drama critic and a wide-eyed coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan.The production also currently stars Matthew Broderick, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, Katie Finneran and Micah Stock. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 It’s Only a Play Star Files Nathan Lane Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more


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first_img Darren Criss View Comments After being blocked by the Kremlin, Moisés Kaufman’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde will receive a one-night-only benefit reading with a cast that puts the star into star-studded. Directed by Kaufman, Michael Emerson (Lost) and Jonathan Groff (Hamilton) will lead the company as Wilde and Bosie, respectively, at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater on October 5.Other big names tapped for the lineup include Darren Criss, Sally Field, Tituss Burgess, Michael C. Hall, David Hyde Pierce, Tony Kushner, Judith Light, David Burtka, Andy Mientus (Spring Awakening), Jose Llana (The King And I), Will Carlyon and Jake Shears. Further casting will be announced later.Emerson previously played the role of Wilde in the original production of the show at the Minetta Lane Theatre in 1997. Gross Indecency… follows the legendary author, poet and playwright and the trials for his “crime” of homosexuality. Earlier in 2015, Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project were working with the Moscow New Drama Theatre and the U.S. State Department to produce a revival of the play in Moscow. In the middle of pre-production, the Kremlin stopped the revival because of the play’s LGBTQ content. In response to the cancellation, Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project decided to produce a benefit reading in NYC to bring attention to the suppression of the rights of the LGBTQ community in Russia.All funds raised will benefit Tectonic Theater Project and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Star Files Jonathan Grofflast_img read more


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first_imgThrough Cooperative Extension offices in almost every county, the University of Georgia helps Georgians become healthier, more financially independent and more environmentally responsible.Congress established the Cooperative Extension Service in 1914 to deliver information from land-grant colleges and universities to all Americans. UGA Extension continues to fulfill that basic mission, and one of the most important parts is helping our schools improve student achievement. UGA Extension is an educational network that combines the expertise and resources of federal, state and local governments to improve people’s lives. We extend the reach of the University of Georgia to connect you with knowledge, research and resources in the areas of youth, family and agricultural needs. Whether you’d like to build a safer environment for your children, deal with the stresses of daily school life, teach your children how to avoid chronic diseases like diabetes with healthy food or train food handlers in your cafeteria, UGA Extension is the place to start. In this day and time of information overload and easy access to the Internet, you should always remember to fact-check sources. As UGA Extension professionals, we are required to base our solutions to client issues on proven research, not home remedies and hearsay. Whether recommending the safest method possible to control fire ants, or showing homeowners how to test their home for radon, you can trust our information. Also, UGA Extension agents around the state have recently been trained and given resources to assist your school in Farm to School efforts. You can find more information on this topic included in this packet. And when it comes to your child, the Georgia 4-H program is the place to go to find caring adults to help your child develop his or her leadership potential.last_img read more


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first_imgBy Dialogo January 04, 2016 “The main benefit is having a common tool with which we can patrol the rivers of the Amazon basin, which is a strategic ecosystem from the environmental point of view,” Vice Minister Fernández de Soto stated. “However, using this patrol vessel will also allow us to have a greater presence in confronting the various manifestations of organized crime in this region, which at times is inhospitable and difficult to access for various illegal economies.” The project was announced by the president of the Colombian Corporation of Science and Technology for the Development of the Naval, Maritime, and River Industries (Cotecmar, for its Spanish acronym), Rear Admiral Jorge Enrique Carreño, during the international fair, Expodefensa 2015, which ran from November 30th to December 2nd in Bogotá, Colombia. Military authorities developed the plan for the Amazon patrol boat after officials in Colombia, which has used river boats, and Brazil, which has experience in Naval construction, discussed the idea of working together before signing an accord in July 2014. Peru’s Naval Industrial Services (SIMA) agreed to work on the project with Colombia’s Cotecmar and Brazil’s Naval Project Managing Company (Emgepron) following the fourth meeting of the Political Consultation and Coordination Mechanism held between Colombia and Peru on October 26th. “The relationship between Colombia, Peru, and Brazil is very close and fluid, characterized by permanent communication between our countries’ Armed Forces,” Vice Minister Fernández de Soto said. “We have fostered a wonderful alliance that has sprung forth not only from the fact that our borders touch, but also from our mutual interest in combating organized crime syndicates, which hurt our communities and the common region as a whole.” The vessel will help security forces protect the Amazonian Trapeze, a region that hosts the world’s most diverse ecosystems, species, and genetic resources, and is also a cache for important hydroelectric, hydrocarbon, and mineral resources. Cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking Initiative strengthens cooperative ties For example, during the fourth meeting of the Political Consultation and Coordination Mechanism between Peru and Colombia, the countries agreed to exchange information regarding the construction, repair, modernization, and maintenance of Naval units, as well as to share services for the maintenance of airplanes and information concerning the implementation of their systems, among other matters. center_img “We – Colombia, Brazil, and Peru – have all signed onto the Amazon Patrol Project,” he told journalists. “The Navies of these countries are positioning themselves to protect the lung of the world that is the Amazon River.” “Brazil has recently offered its cooperation in the enormous effort that Colombia must undertake to clear the area of landmines, and we and Peru have renewed our promise regarding the assistance of victims as well as the eradication of landmines,” Vice Minister Fernández de Soto stated. “Once again, Colombia, Peru, and Brazil reaffirmed their historic ties of friendship, which manifest themselves in the realm of defense and the promotion of democracy.” An initiative that deserves a Bravo Zulu. I use this expression for positive actions, especially for these since they add to the smooth operation of security on our common borders! Congratulations! The Amazonian Trapeze is a difficult area to navigate. A boat is only a small drop of water in the Amazonian wilderness. A GOOD START. After all, the river borders are the natural path for drug and arms trafficking, which destroys society as a whole. They could incentivize NATIONAL SECURITY organs to expand this project throughout MERCO-SUL. The Paraná and Paraguai Rivers are the largest routes that supply Brazilian gangs. Assigning exclusivity to the Federal Police on the borders is a UTOPIA as we see in many reports from the media. NAVY, ARMY, AND AIR FORCE could funnel more troops in this direction. BRAZIL WILL APPLAUD. Fernando Santiago Medina _ RJ This is very good. Congratulations… That’s just one more way to open our already fragile borders to any and all maleficent political influence. Ethical and moral democracy and sustainability. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PARTNERS OF GOODWILL FOR THEIR EXCELLENT WORK. I think that union between Brazil and its neighboring countries is really important. It will certainly benefit the people living in the Amazonian region. Aníbal Fernández de Soto, Vice Minister for International Affairs and Policies of Colombia’s Defense Ministry, told Diálogo that the design of the patrol boat will reflect the engineering abilities of all three countries. “[We also want] the experience, doctrine, and expertise of these three Navies to exponentially increase each others’ effectiveness in the activities against threats – such as those stemming from drug trafficking and criminal mining – that imperil this region.” Brazil, Colombia, and Peru have agreed to exchange military technology and collaborate on developing a patrol ship to protect the countries’ shared Amazon region against drug traffickers and other criminal threats. Though the three companies are working together on the vessel’s design and ensuring it possesses required capabilities, they agreed Cotecmar will eventually construct the patrol boat, which will be funded once its design is finalized. “Each country will tackle this next stage according to their own economic means and strategic development plans,” Rear Admiral Carreño told journalists. The patrol vessel will help the three countries combat international drug trafficking organizations that operate on the Triple Frontier of Brazil, Colombia, and Peru – a region that’s also known as the Trapecio Amazónico (Amazonian Trapeze). Security forces will also use the ship to counter a wide range of other organized criminal activities, such as smuggling of flora and fauna and illegal logging. “This important joint strategy will not only allow for harmonious work among the various Navies involved but will also provide important technological advances as well as exchanges of technology that each of the countries has developed for the region’s benefit,” Vice Minister Fernández de Soto explained. last_img read more


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first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Discovery Center in Binghamton held a special President’s Day event Monday. Each year, the center has a themed President’s Day event. This year, the theme was “president pets”. Most presidents have pets and a few even had zoos. The Discovery Center had special guests drop by with kittens and dogs to help celebrate presidential pets.center_img Additionally, children at the center could make tri-corner hats, pet puppets and dress in a costume.last_img


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