IOG is reviewing the Pipeline Works Authorization applications and other necessary applications for pipelay activities IOG to move ahead with first phase of Core Gas Project in the southern North Sea. (Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay) UK-based development and production firm Independent Oil & Gas (IOG) has secured approval from the UK Oil & Gas Authority for field development plan (FDP) for the first phase of its Core Gas Project in the southern North Sea.Being developed in partnership with CalEnergy Resources (UK), the Core Project is estimated to hold 410 billion cubic feet (BCF) of 2P+2C reserves.IOG is reviewing the Pipeline Works Authorization applications (PWAs) and other necessary applications for pipelay activities. It is also planning to sign a full engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract with the platform contractor in near future.Fabrication preparations underway for Core Project Phase 1 installation platformsThe firm noted that the fabrication preparations continue for two Phase 1 normally unmanned installation (NUI) platforms, namely the Southwark and Blythe platforms.IOG CEO Andrew Hockey said: “This innovative low-carbon project, re-using previously decommissioned infrastructure to develop otherwise stranded domestic gas resources, is a definitive example of maximising economic recovery, in line with UK government strategy.“In such a turbulent and unpredictable environment, we remain as focused as ever on leveraging our core strengths: funded status, proven resource base, infrastructure ownership, excellent partner, low unit costs, low carbon footprint and experienced team with a clear value creation strategy.“As Phase 1 execution ramps up, we have avoided any schedule impact to date from Covid-19 and are also targeting cost savings even more proactively to help deliver our project on time and budget.”Last year, IOG has farmed out 50% of its SNS upstream assets, the Thames Pipeline and associated Thames Reception Facilities to CalEnergy Resources.
Industry news The Navy commissioned its eighth Virginia-class submarine, USS California (SSN 781), during a ceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 29.More than 1,500 people attended the ceremony at the naval station, while others viewed it live on the Internet.Rep. Buck McKeon of California, House Armed Services Committee chairman and the ceremony’s keynote speaker, welcomed California to the fleet and reminded the crew of the important role they will play in protecting the nation’s security.“Members of the crew: always keep your eyes and your ears open,” said McKeon. “Remember your oath and your creed. This nation depends on you and your stewardship of the California. Remember, you are the quiet warriors. You are the silent sentinels. You are the shield around us. You are the chosen few.”Also on hand for the commissioning was Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, who also spoke about the California crew.“What this is all about is the Sailors who volunteer to serve,” said Greenert. “Your actions reflect our proud heritage and tradition. I am proud of you and I’m proud to serve with you.”Greenert also focused his remarks on how today, this event and this submarine reflected his tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready. He also pointed out the fiscal judiciousness of the builders.“I challenged them (Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding) at the christening to deliver on time and on budget,” said Greenert. “They did it.”The builders delivered the submarine eight months early and under budget.California, the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, can operate in both littoral and deep ocean environments and presents combatant commanders with a broad and unique range of operational capabilities.“The Navy and our CNO have been waiting. USS California is the first ship to be commissioned on Admiral Greenert’s watch as our new CNO. You are the first warship indelibly marked with his sailing directions from our very birth. He expects you to maintain our superiority in the undersea domain,” said Commander, Submarine Forces, Vice Adm. John M. Richardson.With the traditional first order, “Man our ship and bring her to life,” the Navy’s wait was over.“Today, I am excited to receive yet another platform of undersea superiority,” said Greenert, “a platform deployable anytime, anywhere, capable of owning the undersea domain.”Greenert is not the only one who has been anticipating California’s official arrival.“Our allies have been waiting. Because they know that you’ll soon be on patrol, in the cold, deep, and quiet waters of the arctic to the shallow, warm, crowded waters of the tropics. And they gain assurance knowing that you are a force for good – keeping the global economy flowing freely over the ocean trade routes,” said Richardson.Richardson added that there are some who have not looked forward to the day California would join the submarine force.“Many have been wishing this day would never come,” he said. “Those who would deny freedom, those who oppose our national interests and our calling to protect the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – this is a day that will keep them awake at night.”California will directly enable five of the six Navy maritime strategy core capabilities – sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence.As the Navy’s newest Virginia-class submarine, California will support these capabilities for years to come.“California has many decades of service ahead,” Richardson said, “but we can’t afford to lose a single moment. We need California on the front lines now.”California is designed to excel in anti-submarine warfare; anti-ship warfare; strike warfare; special operations; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions.The submarine is 377 feet long, has a 34-foot beam, will be able to dive to depths greater than 800 feet and will operate at speeds in excess of 25 knots submerged.Construction on California began February 2006; the submarine’s keel was authenticated during a ceremony on May 1, 2009, and she was christened during a ceremony Nov. 6, 2010.Cmdr. Dana Nelson is California’s first commanding officer. Nelson leads a crew of about 134 officers and enlisted personnel. A native of Clinton, Conn., he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1992, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering.Donna Willard, wife of Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Robert F. Willard, serves as the submarine’s sponsor. She broke the traditional champagne bottle against the boat’s sail during the christening ceremony last November. Her initials were welded into a plaque inside the boat during last year’s keel-laying ceremony.California is the seventh Navy ship, and first submarine, to be named in honor of the people of the Golden State. The most recent USS California was a nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser (CGN 36) that was in service from February 1974 to July 1999.[mappress]Source: navy, October 31, 2011 US Navy’s Newest Submarine Joins Fleet in Norfolk October 31, 2011 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy’s Newest Submarine Joins Fleet in Norfolk Share this article
Gail Riecken Challenges Lloyd Winnecke To Debates In Their Contest For Mayor.Evansville, IN – Mayoral Candidate Gail Riecken announced today that she has challenged Lloyd Winnecke to 3 debates in their contest for Mayor.“I look forward to giving the voters the opportunity to hear us discuss the issues in an open and public debate,” said Riecken. “It is extremely important to the future of the city of Evansville that our next Mayor has a vision for a better city and an understanding of how to fix our problems. The voters should have the opportunity to learn all they can about the candidates in an open exchange of ideas.”Gail Riecken is running for Mayor of Evansville and is a former Evansville City Council-woman, Evansville Parks Director, and a current member of the Indiana State House of Representatives. She is a lifelong Evansville resident, has been married for 46 years, and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
In 1946, Fran married a chiropractor, Seymour Beck, in Davenport, Iowa. After a brief residence in North Carolina, they moved to Union City. They were married over fifty years, until Dr. Beck’s death. Fran practiced healthy cooking, yoga, and alternative spirituality long before they were popular, and rarely missed her daily walk, even in the depths of winter.Fran was predeceased by six siblings. Surviving are two siblings and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces/nephews, and great-great-nieces/nephews. Her family fondly recall her generosity, he Fran Beck, a longtime citizen of Union City, died peacefully of natural causes on October 14, 2019. Frances Elizabeth was born to Gladys (Anderson) and Ernest Bogle on October 31, 1924.Her love of music sustained Fran throughout her adult life. Under the loving foster care of teacher Lurenia Burch, she received expert vocal training, which led to numerous performance engagements. She performed in various venues in the 1940’s and 50’s. ×
A master-plan to boost skills in the food and drink manufacturing sector is being devised by sector skills council Improve.The Sector Skills Action-plan (SSA), due for launch in January 2007, will set out what needs to be done to alleviate skills shortages, which result in unfilled vacancies and skills gaps.According to Improve chief executive Jack Matthews, the SSA will be the culmination of a year of extensive research and consultation with representatives of employers, public and private training providers, and government departments, all of whom will have to agree to the plan before it can be implemented. “The SSA will be the over-arching guide that determines the entire programme of skills development in the sector,” says Mr Matthews. “It will be the business plan that maps everything we do. The task of devising, managing implementation and continuously developing the SSA is our most important function.”Continuous reviewImprove will be responsible for co-ordinating the effort to put in place required additional training to meet the plan’s objectives, he adds. Over time, the SSA will be subject to continuous review in response to employers’ changing needs.“While we work through the comprehensive programme of drafting the plan, we are not holding back on implementing some of the more wide-ranging elements that are already agreed – such as the establishment of a National Skills Academy, the introduction of the Green Card passport to skills, the overhaul of Apprenticeship Frameworks and the establishment of a new, co-ordinated Qualifications Framework through implementation of our Sector Qualifications Strategy,” says Mr Matthews. “This is the first time the sector has had the opportunity to have a properly co-ordinated plan to boost skills in order to drive up productivity and profitability.”GCSEs equivalentIn related news, 14-year-old school pupils will soon be able to sign up for the first Young Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Manufacturing, the equivalent of four good GCSEs. Improve has steered the development of the two-year programme, which will allow students to spend two days a week combining studies at a local college and work experience with local employers. The other three days of the week will be spent at school, studying the national curriculum in subjects such as English, maths and information and communication technology.Initially, three partnerships – at New Primebake in Cheshire; Smiths Flour Mills in Nottinghamshire; and Crown, Carman’s and Carrot Cake in Suffolk – have had government funding awarded to offer 80 Young Apprenticeships in Food and Drink from September 2006. Improve provided support and advice to all three partnerships in their bid to secure funding and will continue to work with them.Next year, the three partnerships will have the opportunity to bid for further funding to enable them to offer more students an apprenticeship programme. Improve development director Derek Williams says: “This is the first time young people of this age will be able to gain such a wide range of skills and knowledge relevant to food and drink manufacturing. For further information on Improve’s activities go to: www.improveltd.co.uk
The Pepperpot Café in Dublin created this blood-spattered bride cake in just two hours for Lady Gaga, the singer with a penchant for wearing raw meat dresses, who performed recently in the city.
Lost Footage Of David Bowie’s Television Debut As Ziggy Stardust Being Restored For Forthcoming BBC Documentary
David Bowie‘s first ever televised appearance as his creative alias, Ziggy Stardust, could see the light of day for the first time in decades in the near future. According to reports, Bowie’s June 15th, 1972 appearance on a British television show, Lift Off with Ayshea, alongside his backing band, The Spiders from Mars, has resurfaced, and could be available for replay pending the film’s ongoing restoration process.The actual videotape from the forgotten 1972 broadcast was thought to be lost with history, but a member of the public recently came forward with a copy of the episode they had recorded onto a computer tape. The quality of the tape has degraded over time to the point where it’s no longer able to play. Experts are currently working on saving any playable video footage by incubating the computer tape 130 degrees in hopes of extracting the decades worth of moisture that has built up on the film. As of today, the only visual evidence of Bowie’s 1972 appearance as Stardust on Lift Off is that of still photographs, like the one seen above.Related: Relive Phish’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ Costume Set On The Anniversary Of The Album’s Release [Videos/Audio]Filmmaker Francis Whately is hoping the restoration process is effectively completed by the time his forthcoming Bowie documentary, David Bowie: Finding Fame, arrives on the BBC next month.“For fans, it is something of a Holy Grail,” Whately said in a recent interview. “[The tape] would fall apart if we played it, so it’s had to be very carefully restored. It will be a real coup if it comes off.”Bowie’s appearance on the show may not seem like a big deal today, but it had a long-lasting influence on young British music fans similar to The Beatles‘ 1964 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show back when it initially aired.“He was a phenomenon, in the same way the Sex Pistols were a few years later,” Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes said of the 1972 performance in a 2017 Bowie biography. “At school the next day, nobody talked about anything else.”Earlier this year, the world’s first ever statue of Bowie statue was unveiled in Aylesbury, England, the town where Ziggy Stardust was given his live debut.[H/T Telegraph]
Tapping into their competitive spirit, students at five of Harvard’s graduate Schools challenged each other in a competition to collect canned food and other dry goods for the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB).The Schools had three weeks to rally staff members, faculty, and students. They plastered colorful posters in public spaces and sent email blasts to listservs, and — pretty soon — boxes started to fill with pasta, tuna, cereal, and oatmeal. After three weeks of prodding their respective Schools to bring in canned and dry goods, the challenge resulted in 1,899 items and enough financial contributions to provide 738 meals.“This food drive collected over 1,700 pounds of food for those in need in eastern Massachusetts, making it one of the largest community food drives so far this year.” — Adrienne Zak, GBFB“There’s nothing like a little competition to get Harvard students going,” said Philip Harding, president of the Harvard Graduate Council, which helped coordinate the drive. “This challenge brought together graduate students from across the Harvard community to make a difference in the Greater Boston community.”He added, “Students are not only looking for more ways to connect across the University, they also want make a positive impact in the community while they are here. This little friendly competition helped on both accounts.”The Kennedy School collected the most cans at 627, followed by the Harvard Business School at 527, and the Graduate School of Design at 395. The Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Law School also held drives, collecting a total of 350 cans.According to Emily Jones and Ku Ka Tsai, who helped coordinate the can collection at the Kennedy School, the drive was much more than a competition: “While we are thrilled to collect the most cans for this year’s Thanksgiving food drive, the most important part was encouraging everyone to get involved. The fact that so many staff, faculty, and students were able to contribute to the goal of putting meals on the table for local families says a lot about the Harvard community’s generosity and sense of responsibility to the [local] community.”“We greatly appreciate the efforts of the Harvard Graduate Council,” said Adrienne Zak, who received the donation on behalf of the Greater Boston Food Bank. “This food drive collected over 1,700 pounds of food for those in need in eastern Massachusetts, making it one of the largest community food drives so far this year.”The Greater Boston Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England. In 2012, the nonprofit collected 41 million pounds of food and fed as many as 545,000 people. The GBFB estimates that as many as 125,000 local children are at risk of going hungry each year.
With higher-income households driving much of the growth in rental demand since 2010, the new housing supply has been concentrated at the upper end of the market, squeezing middle-income Americans, according to a report released today from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.,Households with incomes of $75,000 and higher accounted for more than three quarters of the growth in renters, 3.2 million, from 2010 to 2018, the report says. The rising demand and constricted supply have reduced the stock of low- and moderate-cost rental units.,The shift has significantly altered the profile of the typical renter household. Nationwide, a growing number of renters with incomes between $30,000 and $75,000 are now paying more than 30 percent of their income for housing.,“Despite the strong economy, the number and share of renters burdened by housing costs rose last year after a couple of years of modest improvement,” said Chris Herbert, managing director of the center. “And while the poorest households are most likely to face this challenge, renters earning decent income have driven this recent deterioration in affordability.”Alarmingly, a majority of lowest-income renters spend more than half of their monthly income on housing, conditions that have led to increases in homelessness, particularly in high-cost states.Further constraining the market, renting has become more common among those traditionally more likely to own their homes, including those aged 35-64, older adults, and married couples with children. Families with children now make up a larger share of renter households, 29 percent, than owner households, at 26 percent.“Rising rents are making it increasingly difficult for households to save for a down payment and become homeowners,” said Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, a research associate at the center and lead author of the report. “Young, college-educated households with high incomes are really driving current rental demand.”New rental construction remains near the highest levels in three decades, with a growing share in larger buildings intended for the high end of the market. The share of newly completed apartments in structures with 50 or more units increased steadily from 11 percent in the 1990s to 27 percent in the 2000s to 61 percent in 2018.,The unprecedented growth in demand from higher-income renters clearly contributed to this shift, although the rising costs of housing development are also a key factor — particularly the soaring price of commercial land, which doubled between 2012 and mid-2019.As the national vacancy rate edged down in 2018 to its lowest level since the mid-1980s, rent gains continued to outrun general inflation. The Consumer Price Index for primary residence rental costs was up 3.7 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of last year, far outpacing the 1.1 percent increase in prices for all non-housing items. Additionally, apartment rental prices rose to new heights, up 150 percent between 2010 and the third quarter of 2019.Climate change also poses a threat to the stability of American renter households. According to the report, 10.5 million of the country’s 43.7 million renter households live in zip codes that incurred at least $1 million in home and business losses due to natural disasters between 2008 and 2018. Moreover, 8.1 million renter households report that they do not have the financial resources to evacuate their homes if and when a disaster strikes.Local governments increasingly have found themselves on the front lines of the rental affordability crisis. In response, many jurisdictions have adopted a variety of promising strategies to expand the supply of affordable homes and apartments, including increased funding as well as zoning and land-use regulation reform to allow more higher-density construction.“Last year, Minneapolis became the first large American city to end single-family zoning,” Herbert said. “This has the potential to greatly expand the rental supply and improve affordability in that city. But, ultimately, only the federal government has the scope and resources to provide housing assistance at a scale appropriate to need across the country.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Related The costs of inequality: When a fair shake isn’t Harvard researchers, scholars identify stubborn tenets of America’s built-in inequity, offer answers Given support and a choice, families move to where children do best To Serve Better Stories of people committed to public purpose and to making a positive difference in communities throughout the country. Harvard’s Opportunity Insights collaboration works to increase upward mobility Explore
View Comments Nicole Kidman has more plans afoot for her current project: starring as English chemist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin in Photograph 51. In addition to Broadway plans for the Anna Ziegler bio-play, the Oscar winner would like to headline a movie version.Director Michael Grandage told the U.K.’s Daily Mail that he’d like the big-screen version to be more than just a filmed version of the play. “It’s going to be a proper picture,” Grandage said. Kidman added that she’d like to do the play in “another city” before working on a film adaptation. We’re guessing that city is New York.Photograph 51 explores the life of Franklin, who was instrumental to cracking the code for DNA and asks what is sacrificed in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history. In a recent interview with Broadway.com, Kidman’s co-star Edward Bennett said, “This part means so much to [Kidman] because of her father [a biochemist who died last year].”In addition to Kidman and Bennett, the play features Will Attenborough, Stephen Campbell Moore, Patrick Kennedy, Joshua Silver, Lorna Stuart, William Throughton and Patrick Walshe McBride. Photograph 51 plays London’s Noel Coward Theatre through November 21.