Major mooring contract in the LNG market

first_imgProduction of hull brackets and chain stoppers is scheduled to begin in November Major mooring contract in the LNG market. (Credit: Seasystems AS.) DSME in South Korea has awarded Scana-owned Seasystems AS a contract for the delivery of mooring equipment and analyses for two floating LNG storage units.“This is a major contract for us, and it once again confirms the leading expertise our engineers have in robust and cost-effective mooring systems. We are of course very happy and satisfied that a large and reputable shipyard like DSME sees the value of our expertise and solutions and gives us confidence in this project,” says Torkjell Lisland, Managing Director of Seasystems AS.Attractive for several marketsThe physical delivery from Seasystems consists of 72 hull brackets and chain stoppers. DSME will install these on two floating storage units (FSUs) the yard has under construction. Production of hull brackets and chain stoppers is scheduled to begin in November. Deliveries to DSME will start in February 2021 and continue throughout the year. Seasystems also delivers the analyses required to have the mooring system approved in accordance with class requirements.The system to be delivered to DSME is based on technology that the company already supplies to the aquaculture industry, floating wind power and the oil industry.“The contract shows that even though we are a small company, we offer technological product solutions that are attractive to a wide range of market segments. This confirms once again that we achieve our strategic goals through hard work and good partners,” says Lisland. He adds that Front Energy, a company based in Arendal, has been important in securing the agreement with DSME.Ambitions for the green shiftSeasystems has a clear strategy to become a major player in its field in the green shift.“The transition to green energy takes time. Many consider gas as an intermediate phase, and naturally it is gratifying for us to win contracts in the LNG segment while waiting for the green shift to really pick up speed,” the director says. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Saint Michael’s receives $766,000 NSF grant as part of plant genome project

first_imgSaint Michael’s College,Saint Michael’s College biologist Dr Mark Lubkowitz and his students join a team of researchers from the University of Missouri, University of Florida, Purdue University and the University Nebraska-Lincoln, on a five-year project to study the genes that control the movement of carbohydrates in corn.Saint Michael’s and the other four institutions, major research universities, have been awarded a $6.6 million grant from the Plant Genome Research Program at the National Science Foundation for a joint five-year research project that will involve undergraduates at each institution.Working with 45 Saint Michael’s students over the next five years, Dr. Lubkowitz and his co-investigators across the country will do research that could lead to increased corn yield, more drought resistant plants, larger plants and easier production of biofuels.‘To be part of a Plant Genome Grant’the first ever awarded in the state of Vermont’is an incredible opportunity for our students,’ Dr. Lubkowitz said.‘As for the actual research,’ he said, ‘people often ask me what Carbohydrate Partitioning (CP) is, and I tell them, think biofuels, crop yields, and the mitigating of global climate change.’The researchers indicate that carbohydrate transport is little understood, but is ‘one of the most important factors in plant development.’ Thus, understanding it better has great potential to improve corn yield and quality.‘Our research,’ Lubkowitz said, ‘may give insights into how we can increase the movement of carbohydrates and could thus affect biofuel production and the rate at which we can pull CO2 out of the atmosphere.’Additional benefits of the grantThe research has the potential to advance society’s understanding of drought stress, biofuel production, food production and carbon sequestration (binding).The work integrates undergraduates at major research universities and at a liberal arts college into all areas of the research.And the project, in collaboration with Vermont EPSCoR, will run a workshop for high school teachers and students on the vital significance of plant genomics and Carbohydrate Partitioning (CP) in plants.Learn What Matters at Saint Michael’s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu(link is external) . Saint Michael’s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s College is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns. It is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nations Best 371 Colleges, and is included in the 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Saint Michael’s is one of only 280 colleges and universities nationwide, one of only 20 Catholic colleges, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 100 international students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings.last_img read more

MDP panel to discuss strategic alliances

first_imgMDP panel to discuss strategic alliances MDP panel to discuss strategic alliancesThe Special Commission on Multidisciplinary Practice and Ancillary Business is having a public meeting to discuss draft rules on strategic alliances.The meeting will be from at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday May 7, at the law office of Steel Hector & Davis, 200 South Biscayne Blvd., Suite 4100, Miami. Several lawyers have been invited to speak to the commission, and other Bar members are invited to listen or address the panel. Those wishing to speak should contact Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert at (850) 561-5780, or via e-mail at [email protected] A copy of the draft rules, which may be updated before the meeting, can be found on The Florida Bar’s Web site by clicking here. Strategic alliances are referral arrangements between lawyers and other professionals, such as engineers, accountants, or financial planners, with whom the lawyer has no other affiliation. The commission is seeking to clarify how lawyers can enter into these arrangements while avoiding financial entanglements of prohibited MDPs, preserving the lawyer’s independent judgment, and protecting clients. April 1, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

Regions see spike in divorce rates amid COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgHe further said that the number of divorce suits had drastically soared recently, overwhelming officials at the court.“[The court] even had to close its operation for two weeks in May [due to the piled-up cases],” Ahmad said on Monday, as quoted by kompas.com.South Tangerang in Banten, meanwhile, had recorded nearly 2,000 divorce petitions up to Monday. On average, the city sees between 2,500 to 3,000 divorce cases annually.“This year’s cases have increased by more than 5 percent,” Abdul Rojak, the head of the Religious Affairs Ministry’s South Tangerang office, said last week as reported by kompas.com. A number of regions in Indonesia have seen a significant increase in divorce rates during the COVID-19 pandemic with financial issues cited as among the main factors of the break-ups.The Soreang Religious Court in Bandung regency, West Java, for example, received more than 1,000 divorce requests in June alone—higher than the average 700 to 800 requests they previously received in a month.A staff member at the court, Ahmad Sadikin, said the majority of the plaintiffs were wives who claimed they did not get financial support from their husbands. He revealed that many of the couples eventually decided to end their relationships because of economic pressures.Read also: Economist, epidemiologist slam government over COVID-19 responseAt least two other regions, namely Lhokseumawe in Aceh and Semarang in Central Java have also reported a similar increase in divorce rates.Tribunnews.com reported that the Lhokseumawe authorities received 315 divorce suits by the end of July, while last year’s suits only stood at 258.The Semarang Religious Court recorded an increase in divorce suits in the first half of 2020, amounting to 1,586.The court’s deputy chief, Muhamad Camuda, said financial issues were mostly cited as the cause of the divorces.The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has sent Indonesia into the worst economic slump since 1999, which has affected various business sectors and individual lives.Data from the Manpower Ministry showed that as of May 27, more than 1.79 million people had lost their jobs after nonessential businesses shut down to comply with government restrictions.National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa said last month the government predicted some 5.5 million people might lose their jobs this year, pushing the unemployment rate to between 8.1 and 9.2 percent, up from 5.28 percent last year. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

Larry L. “Butch” Buell

first_imgLarry L. “Butch” Buell, 73, Greensburg, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at his residence.Born, December 15, 1942 in Greensburg, Indiana, he was the son of Howard L. Buell and Virginia (Everroad) Ramer.Butch ran a taxi service for 19 years, worked at CUI for 4 years, Milestone for 5 years, and had been foreman for the Greensburg city street department.He was a member of the Eagles Lodge.He is survived by two sons, James Lee Buell, Greensburg, Mike Ratliff, Middletown, OH; one daughter, Barbara Marie Buell, Harrodsburg, KY; two sisters, Linda (Mayburn) Hatton, Middletown, OH, Barbara Elliott, Portland, OR; one half-sister, Jackie Ramer, Westport; two half-brothers, Gary (Carrie) Ramer, Greensburg, Kevin (Brenda) Ramer, Greensburg; two grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Charles L. Buell, Danny Buell; two sisters, Luella Land, Nina Kessler.Visitation will be from 4-8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the funeral home with Rev. Tim Fox officiating.Interment will be held in the South Park Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the Greensburg Wesleyan Church.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Muller hails ‘outstanding’ Pienaar

first_imgUlster captain Johann Muller hailed Ruan Pienaar after the South African’s efforts clinched his side a famous victory at Leicester Tigers and a home tie in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals. His winning penalty, in the 69th minute, was from a metre inside his own half, his second monster kick of the game. Muller said: “It seems like it’s happening every week, when he scores all the points. “I came here with him yesterday to do kicking practice and he did not miss one all day. He was outstanding and kicked them from 60, 62 metres. From a captain’s point of view it gives you a lot of confidence. “A huge amount of credit to him and it doesn’t just happen. He puts a huge amount of work in, he puts hours and hours into his kicking and it’s wonderful when it pays off.” Ulster’s win means they top Pool Five with six wins out of six and in April will have a chance to avenge last season’s quarter-final defeat at Saracens. This time, however, they will have home advantage, and Muller said: “We came here to get a home quarter-final. “Sarries totally outplayed us last season. They are a great side and don’t mind going away to get a result. “It’s two months away and at this stage we will just enjoy the moment. We have not achieved anything yet and there’s a huge amount of work left if we are to achieve something.” Scrum-half Pienaar scored all of Ulster’s points in the 22-19 win over the Tigers at Welford Road and the 1999 champions will now play Saracens in the last eight at Ravenhill in April. Piennaar not only kicked five penalties and a conversion but also scored the crucial try after charging down a clearance from Leicester fly-half Toby Flood in the 58th minute to level the scores at 19-19. Leicester led 19-9 after a 49th-minute try by winger Niall Morris had put them in the driving seat. But Flood, who converted the try and kicked four penalties out of five, cost Leicester dear when his clearance was charged down by Pienaar nine minutes later. Richard Cockerill, Tigers’ director of rugby, said: “We’re disappointed with the result, but it was a good game. “It was very tight margins and we dropped the wrong side of those margins. Ten points up, we needed to control the game better but we did not manage the back field as well as we would have liked and they exposed us. “To lose to a charge-down kick is disappointing but you make your own luck. “I am not going to criticise us. The luck of the draw fell their way tonight and that happens in sport. It wasn’t for a lack of effort. We played some good stuff and you just have to take it on the chin.” Leicester, who suffered their first home defeat in the competition since 2006-2007, face a quarter-final away to a French team, either Toulon or Clermont Auvergne, and should have their England and British Lions pair Manu Tuilagi and Geoff Parling back by then. “At the moment it’s probably Toulon, tomorrow it may be Clermont who have an average home record, what is it, 73 games unbeaten,” said Cockerill. “We are in the quarter-finals and we have suffered a lot of adversity (through injuries), so that’s not a bad effort from us.” Press Associationlast_img read more