Crustal growth of the Antarctic Peninsula by accretion, magmatism and extension

first_imgA subduction-accretion model incorporating new geophysical data is presented to explain the geology of the Antarctic Peninsula from late Palaeozoic to Cenozoic time. According to the model, the peninsula consists of overlapping accretionary, magmatic and extensional regimes that were diachronous across the peninsula and have built the crust to its present form. The crust, which contains a small proportion of sialic basement, was mainly formed by accretionary and magmatic processes and modified to its present shape by extension. The Gondwanide Orogeny for the Antarctic Peninsula is interpreted in terms of the accretionary processes.last_img

Aker BP and Framo sign contract for offshore maintenance

first_imgThe new smart contract has a duration of six years, with an option for an additional six years. Trond Petter Abrahamsen, Director in Framo Services and Kjetel Digre, head of operations and field development in Aker BP. (Credit: Lars Petter Larsen/Framo.) Aker BP and Framo have entered into a long-term contract for seawater lift pumps where compensation is directly linked to facility uptime. This is an important step in the modernization of the Norwegian shelf.In 2018, the two companies and Cognite, a global AI software company enabling the full-scale digital transformation of heavy-asset industries, embarked upon a digital pilot effort for predictive maintenance of the seawater lift pumps on the Aker BP-operated Ivar Aasen field. The pilot has been a resounding success. Therefore, on Thursday, 5 March 2020, the companies signed a new maintenance contract which covers all of the five field centers where Aker BP is the operator.“A considerable effort has been made on the part of Aker BP and Framo to establish a full-fledged smart contract. The contract represents a huge step within digitalization and predictive maintenance. Going forward, algorithms and sensor data will help us to increase uptime and reduce maintenance on our seawater lift pumps, says head of operations and field development Kjetel Digre in Aker BP.The new smart contract has a duration of six years, with an option for an additional six years. This is a continuation of the pilot contract signed by Aker BP, pump supplier Framo and technology company Cognite during ONS in 2018.“Cooperation with Cognite, along with sharing of data, have been essential in arriving at both algorithms, digital boards and an incentive model that ensures value for both Aker BP and Framo. This way of working is in line with Aker BP’s strategy where we create added value together with strategic partners, says Digre in Aker BP.Since the first smart contract was signed a year and a half ago, large volumes of data have been sent back to the mainland. This became the start of an entirely new collaboration where Aker BP, Framo and Cognite have worked together in a joint project team.Digital boards have now been developed based on sensor data from Cognite Data Fusion (CDF) and algorithms from Framo. A dedicated incentive model has been negotiated around these elements.“Basing contract models on real-time data has been uncharted territory. With the release of these data flows, Framo has been able to predict the condition of equipment, foresee what will happen with the pumps in the future, and in turn plan effective maintenance. Together with Aker BP, we have altered the traditional approach to maintenance. We are now continuing this cooperation into the future and over to the other fields, says Trond Petter Abrahamsen, Managing Director in Framo Services AS. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img

Completion of sale of 51% interest in Mexican operations

first_imgPetrofac has received US$120.2 million to date from the sale of its 51% interest in its Mexican operations Completion of sale of 51% interest in Mexican operations. (Credit: Shutterbug75 from Pixabay.) Further to its statement on 19 September 2019, Petrofac announces that the Group has completed the sale of its remaining 51% interest in its upstream IES operations in Mexico, including Santuario, Magallanes and Arenque, to Perenco Energies International Limited (“Perenco”). Perenco now owns 100% of the operations in Mexico. This transaction largely completes the Group’s programme to dispose of non-core assets.Gross cash consideration received on completion was US$82.7 million. In total, Petrofac has received US$120.2 million to date from the sale of its 51% interest in its Mexican operations. Proceeds from the sale will be used to reduce gross debt.Further consideration of up to US$155.8 million is potentially receivable, comprising:US$80.2 million plus interest payable on completion, which is disputed by Perenco. Petrofac will initiate formal legal proceedings against Perenco to recover this balance; andUp to US$75.6 million contingent on future milestones, including field development, commercial, service contract transition and fiscal terms.The uncertainty surrounding the Mexican Energy Reform programme and the outcome of other events is expected to result in a material non-cash impairment charge to be recognised at 31 December 2020. This exceptional impairment charge will take into account management’s assessment of the fair value of future consideration receivable. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img

Image of the Day: USS Blue Ridge Conducts Replenishment-at-Sea

first_img Image of the Day: USS Blue Ridge Conducts Replenishment-at-Sea Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: USS Blue Ridge Conducts Replenishment-at-Sea View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: USS Blue Ridge View post tag: conducts Share this article U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10). Blue Ridge is on patrol in the Java Sea. View post tag: Image of the Day View post tag: americas June 2, 2014 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Replenishment-at-Sea Authorities USS Blue Ridge is the lead ship of the two Blue Ridge-class command ships of the U.S. Navy, and is the command ship of the United States Seventh Fleet. It is the third Navy ship named after the Blue Ridge Mountains, a range of mountains in the Appalachian Mountains of the eastern United States. Blue Ridge is currently the second oldest active ship in U.S. service after Denver.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, June 02, 2014; Image: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Troutmanlast_img

USS George Washington prepares for four-year break

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS George Washington prepares for four-year break after 25 years of service View post tag: RCOH USS George Washington prepares for four-year break after 25 years of service View post tag: USS George Washington December 20, 2016 Authorities U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) is preparing to take an extended 40-plus-month break for its Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) maintenance period after nearly 25 years of service.Throughout the first 25 years of an aircraft carrier’s life, it goes through several maintenance periods, but never anything to the extreme of an RCOH.The ship, not only takes a toll from the elements and the sea, but also falls behind technologically after 25 years of innovation happening around it. RCOH is essentially the time to renew the ship.During RCOH, and the follow-on outfitting period, nearly all combat systems equipment will be refurbished, upgraded or replaced with newer technology, said Cmdr. Don Wilson, GW’s combat systems officer.The ship will receive upgraded weapons systems; to include Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM), Evolved NATO Sea Sparrow Missile System, Close-In Weapons System (CIWS), Mk-38 25mm automatic gun systems, and anti-torpedo defense systems.The ship’s self-defense system and all other tactical network and intelligence systems and sensors will be upgraded, said Wilson. Consolidated afloat networks and enterprise services will become the new ship-wide network, which will include a new video distribution and surveillance systems, and the mast and the SPN-49 radar tower will be cut off and replaced with a modern design.Just two years after commissioning, GW set out on her maiden deployment where she served as the backdrop for the 50th anniversary of D-Day before responding to rising tensions between Iraq and Kuwait in the Middle East. Her arrival to the Red Sea was enough to deter Iraq away from Kuwait’s border.From 1996-2000 GW participated in three more deployments, all of them included assisting in operation Southern Watch (OSW), before entering Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a six-month planned incremental availability (PIA) maintenance period. During the 2000 PIA, the ship received upgrades to its berthing areas, ventilation systems and computer networking systems.Following PIA, in 2001, GW began preparations for a 2002 deployment. On the morning of Sept. 11, George Washington was operating off the coast of Virginia conducting routine carrier qualifications when the attacks of 9/11 took place.GW was diverted north and arrived in New York City the next day. For the next three days, as volunteers pulled survivors and the deceased from mountains of twisted metal, the ship and her air wing, which was hastily transferred from the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), provided airspace defense for the city and surrounding area.Nine months later, on June 20, 2002, GW deployed to the Persian Gulf, relieving the Kennedy, in support of operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and OSW.During her three months in the Gulf, GW’s embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, launched more than 10,000 sorties.Sept. 11, 2002 the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) took over the watch. GW conducted one more deployment between 2002-2005, once again to the Persian Gulf, before entering an 11-month dry-dock PIA period.During this PIA, many of the ship’s systems were upgraded, work was done to the hull and the four jet blast deflectors were removed and upgraded to handle the increased heat from the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. GW’s defensive weapons configurations were also altered, as one MK-15 Phalanx CIWS and one NATO Sea Sparrow Surface Missile System (NSSMS) were removed and replaced with two RAM launchers.The reason behind adding the RAM in 2005 was to provide GW with a more robust, lightweight, fast reaction, high-firepower defensive system to counter incoming anti-ship capable missiles, helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft, and to engage and intercept surface craft, said Wilson.On Dec. 1, 2005, the Navy announced that GW would be replacing the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as the forward-deployed carrier at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, making it the first nuclear-powered surface warship permanently stationed outside the continental U.S.In a ceremony held on Sept. 1, 2006, Capt. Garry White, GW’s commanding officer at the time, was promoted to Rear Admiral, marking a rare occasion when a flag officer commanded a ship.GW underwent one last PIA in September of 2006, in preparation of her homeport transfer to Yokosuka. During this PIA, work included the removal and replacement of the ship’s radar mast and propeller screws, as well as the re-alignment of the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD).Following this maintenance period, GW departed Norfolk April 7, 2008, for the transit around the horn of South America. On May 22, 2008, while in transit read more

Legislation To Keep Emergency Responders Safe

first_imgLegislation To Keep Emergency Responders Safe  by Wendy McNamara We need to do everything we can to encourage drivers to be aware of first responders, who by virtue of their jobs, are placed in dangerous situations every day. As our medics, firefighters, and police respond to emergencies, it is essential for drivers to pay attention, slow down and safely move out of the way. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Unfortunately, too often a distracted driver causes an accident with an emergency vehicle or first responder. To address this issue, I authored legislation that would raise the penalty for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, causing an accident involving serious bodily injury or death.In 2016, former Evansville police officer Allen Gansman was left with lifelong injuries when struck by a distracted driver while helping a stranded motorist. These brave men and women, like officer Gansman, lay everything on the line for our safety, and they need to be able to do their jobs without fear of being injured or killed.last_img

Press release: Jeremy Hunt takes forward ‘new era of friendship’ with Japan

first_img I came to this country for the first time in 1990 to learn Japanese. I lived for 8 months in Kyoto, then 6 months in Nagasaki, followed by 6 months in Tokyo. I was introduced to Japan and wonderfully looked after by Japanese families all over the country, and I always try to meet them when I come back. Today, I am here to take forward the new era of friendship between Britain and Japan. We have so much in common as two island nations who strongly support the rules-based international system that has delivered peace and prosperity for many years Our friendship stretches back to the Anglo-Japanese alliance of 1902 – and I am sure it will strengthen in the years ahead, not least because for the first time there is a British Foreign Secretary who can speak a little Japanese. Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @Jeremy_Hunt and Facebook Email [email protected] For journalists In the first speech in Japanese by a UK minister, Jeremy Hunt makes personal commitment to the Anglo-Japanese alliance.In remarks to representatives from UK-Japan exchange programmes, the Foreign Secretary is expected to say: Further information Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Media enquiries Attendees at the event will include representatives from the Oxford University Alumni Association, who has approximately 1,500 alumni living in Japan, the British Council and Daiwa Scholarships, an Anglo-Japanese Foundation established in 1988 to support closer links between Britain and Japan.The Foreign Secretary lived in Japan while in his 20s, and will today meet the families he stayed with at the time: the Fujimoto family, who he stayed with in Tokyo; and the Ito family he stayed with in Nagasaki. Find out more about the Foreign Secretary’s visit to Japan Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedInlast_img

Human Trafficking Complaints In New York Rise 70 Percent In One Year

first_imgPixabay Stock ImageALBANY — Human Trafficking cases have been steadily rising in New York, up 70 percent in 2020. In reaction, New York State is launching a social media campaign to raise awareness and dispel myths about the issue.The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and the Division of Criminal Justice Services – the two agencies that oversee the New York State Trafficking Victim Referral Process – received 177 referrals between January and June, a 70-percent increase over the same period in 2019. These agencies received more referrals during March and June of 2020 than during the same four-month period in any previous year.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new social media campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking and help dispel common misconceptions about the crime and its victims. Starting this month, the Interagency Task Force on Human Trafficking will begin sharing a series of graphics aimed at correcting these misconceptions along with information about how to report trafficking cases.“There is a deeply troubling and prevailing misconception that human trafficking only happens in the shadows and in faraway nations, when in reality it’s a heinous crime that often happens in plain sight and in our own communities,” Cuomo said. “By raising awareness and dispelling the myths surrounding it, more New Yorkers will be able to recognize the signs of human trafficking and report it, to help put an end to this insidious violation of human rights.” The Task Force has designed seven graphics to share on social media, with each including a quote about human trafficking that is either false or misleading. Underneath each quote is a fact that corrects the misconception and provides the contact information for victims to get help and for the public or service providers to report trafficking. The graphics will be shared on the social media pages of the Task Force’s member agencies along with the hashtag, #TruthAboutTrafficking. Posters will also be displayed at New York State Thruway service areas.Cuomo signed into law legislation that designated sex trafficking as a violent felony in New York State and eliminated a loophole that required children to show force, fraud or coercion to demonstrate their victimization. This legislation also allowed legal and social service providers to report cases to the New York State Victim Referral Process, a change that increased referrals by 150 percent from 2015 to 2016.New York State allocates nearly $2.4 million annually to the Response to Human Trafficking Program, which provides case management and referral services to confirmed human trafficking victims throughout the state. Administered by OTDA, the program focuses on those victims who would otherwise have no access to needed services, including those who are beginning to work in coordination with an investigation or prosecution and have been confirmed as a victim.Since the Task Force was established in 2007 through 2019, there have been 1,541 confirmed victims. This includes 1,155 victims of sex trafficking, 300 victims of labor trafficking and 86 victims of both. There were 288 victims of human trafficking confirmed in 2019 alone. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

Chautauqua County Balancing COVID-19 Vaccine Supply With High Demand

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Cropped Lisa Ferdinando / DoD / CC BY 2.0 MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials are lamenting the lack of COVID-19 vaccine supply while demand remains high in the community.Those 65 and older now qualify to get the COVID-19 vaccine, this after New York State leaders updated their guidelines to follow new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. According to the CDC, people 65 and older should get the vaccine, as well as those who are immunocompromised.However, leaders with the county’s COVID-19 Response Team say demand outpaces supply.“At the local level, we have no say in how much vaccine we get or when we get it,” the group, who is led by Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel, said in a joint statement. “We can assure you that as quickly as vaccine arrives, points of dispensing will be announced.” Local leaders say their goal is to get the vaccine out with “shots in arms” in accordance with New York State guidelines as quickly as possible.“The Health Department, along with the support of the Office of Emergency Services and the County Medical Directors, has the expertise and experience necessary to implement its mass vaccination plan and administer the COVID-19 vaccine at various identified locations in the County,” they furthered.So far, more than 3,500 people in the county have received the COVID-19 vaccine, with 162 residents receiving the second dose.First responders, frontline healthcare workers and nursing home residents make up the numbers released by local health leaders on Tuesday that represent 2.7 percent of the total population who received the first dose and 0.12 percent of residents who got the second.Residents looking to be vaccinated need to register online or call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-697-4829. Like all areas across New York State, points of distribution in both Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties are by appointment only.State leaders are urging local health departments to schedule appointments even before receiving vaccine doses. Eventually, state leaders want pharmacies to administer vaccinations to residents.After booking a time, residents are asked to bring proof of eligibility in the form of a photo ID, proof of work or other supporting documentation.Once they verify their registration, residents will receive the shot, waiting 15 minutes afterwards.The resident will then get an immunization card. They will need to get a second shot 21 days after the first dose for Pfizer’s vaccine and 28 days after the first dose for Moderna’s vaccine.By opening the vaccinations to those 65 and older, and to people who are immunocompromised, almost another two million New Yorkers who are eligible for the vaccine, bringing the need to vaccinate nearly seven million New Yorkers in the first phase of vaccination.State leaders project it could take up to six months for those seven million people statewide to be vaccinated.The vaccine comes as Chautauqua County specifically is seeing a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases that others across the state and nation are seeing. With this increased level of community spread, local health leaders say residents must all continue to adhere to disease prevention guidelines, such as social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands, and avoiding gatherings.The Chautauqua County COVID-19 Response Team is lead by Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel, Public Health Director Christine Schuyler, Sheriff Jim Quattrone, Emergency Services Director John Griffith, and County Medical Directors Dr. Robert Berke, Dr. Michael Faulk, and Dr. Brian Walters.last_img

Darko Tresnjak Will Helm World Premiere of Anastasia Musical

first_imgThe previously reported stage adaptation of Anastasia will receive its world premiere at Hartford Stage next year. The organization’s artistic director, Tony winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder) will helm the production, which is scheduled to run from May 12, 2016 through June 12.Anastasia will feature a book by Terrence McNally and the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty score that was heard in the 1997 animated feature. It follows the story of an orphan who embarks on an adventure with two con men in hopes of finding her grandmother, the Dowager Empress Marie.The tuner joins the previously announced world premiere of Rear Window, An Opening in Time, Body of an American, Romeo and Juliet and Having Our Say. View Commentslast_img