7 May
2021

Lloyd’s Register Group to divest energy business to Inspirit Capital

first_img LR’s Energy business worked on complex and large-scale energy projects. (Credit: Lloyd’s Register Group Services Limited) Global professional services firm Lloyd’s Register Group (LR) has signed an agreement to divest its Energy business unit to investment firm Inspirit Capital.The sale follows a comprehensive review by LR for its business portfolio and strategic direction.The deal is expected to create a new engineering and technical consultancy, which would offer specialist asset performance, risk management and project management expertise across complex industrial assets, the energy transition and rail infrastructure.Founded in the 1930s, LR’s Energy business worked on complex and large-scale energy projects.Since 2005, LR Energy made strategic acquisitions including Capstone, ODS, Human Engineering, Celerity3, ModuSpec, Scandpower and WEST Engineering.The business further expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of Senergy in 2013, covering the full energy value chain and life cycle.Deal forms part of LR’s ongoing strategic review of its businessLR CEO Alastair Marsh said that the decision is a part of an ongoing strategic review of its business and is the best option to realise the long-term growth potential of the company’s Energy business.Marsh added: “LR Energy offers world-class engineering solutions across the sector, and the partnership with Inspirit provides them with further support and investment to underpin their growth objectives.”The transaction is planned to be completed on or before 31 October 2020. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.Inspirit Capital founding partner Will Stamp said: “LR’s Energy division has an excellent reputation internationally and we are proud to be supporting the next phase in the development of the business.”LR energy director David Clark said that the deal supports its mission to help clients tackle complexity head-on.Clark added: “This announcement provides us with a partner to build on our existing track record and unlock our growth potential as a standalone business, offering our full suite of technical, regulatory and operational expertise.“The increasing complexity we are seeing, with the transition and restructuring of the energy markets and the impact of digital transformation across our global energy, complex industrial and transport customers, means our solutions are more relevant than ever.” The deal will create a new engineering and technical consultancy that offers specialist asset performance, risk management and project management expertiselast_img read more

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4 May
2021

EUNAVFOR Force Commander Met Representatives from Omani Media

first_img View post tag: Force View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: Omani On Tuesday 2 October EU NAVFOR Force Commander met representatives from the Omani media when his flagship, ITS SAN GIUSTO, visited Muscat (Oman). Omani journalists were welcomed by the Force Commander, Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, and he briefed them on the evolution of piracy in previous months, before answering journalists’ questions.The main issue Rear Admiral Credendino was asked about is the importance of Oman as a strategic partner of the EU in the fight against piracy. “Since the beginning of Operation Atalanta in December 2008, Oman is one of EU’s main partners in the fight against piracy and it’s not only because of geographical matters. It’s also because of the active Omani contribution to counter-piracy operations, both in terms of logistics (Salalah is, together with Djibouti, a key port of call for EU NAVFOR warships) and operations, since the Omani Navy and Coast Guard are doing a great job at sea.”Having been asked if he thinks that piracy has been defeated, as last months’ numbers may suggest, the Force Commander replied that “there is no clear evidence that piracy in the Somali basin has been defeated. Furthermore if we consider that the monsoon period is ending and that pirates might come back to sea with renewed energy. My opinion” – he added – “is that there will be no end to Somali piracy until political and social stability ashore in Somalia has been restored. What I can assure you and the whole Omani citizenship is that we will not let our guard down”.During ITS SAN GIUSTO’s port visit to Muscat, Rear Admiral Credendino also met with important Omani Authorities. Whilst visiting the Omani Minister of State and Governor of Muscat, he met the Deputy Minister of State and Governor of Muscat, H.E. Sayyed Said bin Ibrahim Al Busaidi. He also met the Vice Chief of the Omani Navy, Commodore Mohammed bin Ali Mubarik Al Farsi, at the Omani Navy’s headquarters. Both the meetings confirmed the commitment of Omani Authorities to supporting EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta in the fight against piracy.During the port visit a group of Omani Navy and Coast Guard Officers visited ITS SAN GIUSTO and were shown the operational capabilities of the ship both as an amphibious platform and as a flagship.The Force Commander also met the Cypriot Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Michalis A.Zacharioglou during an informal meeting at the Italian Embassy, hosted by the Italian Ambassador, H.E. Mrs. Paola Amedei.H.E. Mr. Michalis A.Zacharioglouz, acting as EU Ambassador to Oman, confirmed to Rear Admiral Credendino that, far from being only a military concern, Somali piracy is first and foremost an international political matter. H.E. Mr. Michalis A.Zacharioglou expressed his appreciation for the results obtained by Operation Atalanta since it began in December 2008, with particular note given to the successes of the last year.Rear Admiral Credendino also met the Defense Attachés of Italy, USA, France and Japan on board ITS SAN GIUSTO, for a brief update on the results obtained in the fight against piracy and the possible evolution of piracy itself in the near future.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,October 05, 2012; Image: EUNAVFOR View post tag: News by topic Share this article EUNAVFOR Force Commander Met Representatives from Omani Media View post tag: Commandercenter_img View post tag: met View post tag: Representatives View post tag: EUNAVFOR October 5, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today EUNAVFOR Force Commander Met Representatives from Omani Media View post tag: Naval View post tag: Medialast_img read more

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3 May
2021

Assistant Professor of Accounting

first_imgRequired Licensing/Certification Teaches undergraduate and graduate accounting courses with emphasisin auditing or AIS . Uses appropriate teaching methods to enhancestudent learning and carries out assessments of the studentlearning goals. Carries out research and produces refereedpublications, or other outputs in line with personal objectives andSchool’s research requirements. Contributes to the development,planning and implementation of a high quality curriculum. Carriesout student-related activities such as directing an extracurricularactivity, and providing academic and career advising. Contributesto departmental, faculty, or JHJ -wide working groups or committeesas requested. Carries out any other duties commensurate with thepurpose of the department of accounting and the School ofBusiness. 100% Education Desired start date Posting NumberTSU201861 Job Description Summary / TWC Summary Work Experience Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Open Until Filled (overrides close field)Yes Security Sensitive Position?Yes % FTE Posting Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Working/Environmental Conditions * Do you have a Ph.D. in Accounting from an AACSB accreditedinstitution and qualify for a tenure-track appointment at the rankof assistant professor in the School of Business?YesNo Essential Duties Summary Beginning Assistant Professor candidates should have outstandingresearch potential and more advanced candidates should haveexcellent publication records in relevant leading journals. Shouldalso possess excellent oral and written communication skills.Requires a working knowledge of various computer software i.e.,Word Processing, Excel and PowerPoint. Professional certification and experience are desirable. Hours of WorkTBAcenter_img * Can you provide evidence of research potential andpublication records in relevant leading journals?YesNo UA EEO Statement Must possess a Ph.D. in Accounting from an AACSB accreditedinstitution and qualify for a tenure-track appointment at the rankof assistant professor in the School of Business. ABDs in advanceddissertation stage may be considered. It is the policy of Texas Southern University to provide a workenvironment that is free from discrimination for all personsregardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin,individuals with disability, sexual orientation, or protectedveteran status in its programs, activities, admissions oremployment policies. This policy of equal opportunity is strictlyobserved in all University employment-related activities such asadvertising, recruiting, interviewing, testing, employmenttraining, compensation, promotion, termination, and employmentbenefits. This policy expressly prohibits harassment anddiscrimination in employment based on race, color, religion,gender, gender identity, genetic history, national origin,individuals with disability, age, citizenship status, or protectedveteran status. This policy shall be adhered to in accordance withthe provisions of all applicable federal, state and local laws,including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil RightsAct.Manual of Administrative Policies andProcedures Position Details Posting Details Work is normally performed in a typical interior work environmentwhich does not subject the employee to any hazardous or unpleasantelements. Position requires light physical activity (i.e. mostoffice jobs). Grant TitleN/A Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOfficial TranscriptsOptional DocumentsTeaching PhilosophyOther DocumentReference Letter 1Reference Letter 2Reference Letter 3 Hiring RangeCommensurate with experience. Special Instructions to ApplicantsOpen to all applicants. * Are you proficient in the use of Microsoft office software(Word, Excel, Access)?YesNo Position End Date (if temporary) Close Date Official TSU TitleAssistant Professor of Accounting Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Musthave excellent interpersonal skills. Must have the ability to workwith a diverse student population. Must have the ability to usepersonal computers and Microsoft Office software. Successful candidate is expected to participate in the followingareas:1. Scholarly activities, teaching and service at a level necessaryto support the School’s mission and help maintain AACSBaccreditation.2. Governance of the School and the University, and serving onappropriate committees responsible for academic policymaking and/orother decisions.3. Non-class activities benefitting students such as directing anextracurricular activity, and providing academic and careeradvising.last_img read more

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21 Apr
2021

Bakery firm capitalises on falling London rents

first_imgBakers are being attracted into previously premium-value retail units, such as train stations, as the recession brings about plummeting rents and rent-free deals.Last week, London-based bakery chain Wenzel’s opened its 14th store in West Ealing, agreeing to a five-year tenancy and six months rent-free, after rates dropped from £80,000 to £49,000 per year. It now plans four more store openings around London in the coming months – in Rickmansworth, Ealing Broadway, Baker Street Station and, potentially, Victoria Station.Owner Sarah Wenzel said: “We’re getting sites in good locations as other businesses are closing down, as well as great rent-free periods of six to nine months. Landlords are keen to get tenants who aren’t going to disappear after the first quarter.”We’ve built a good relationship with Transport for London, having successfully opened a shop eight months ago at Harrow-on-the-Hill station,” she said.The baker also offers a 10% discount to all Transport for London staff, helping to cement the relationship, she added.last_img read more

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20 Apr
2021

European bread trials ends for Warburtons

first_imgUK bread manufacturer Warburtons has ceased its first central European bread trial.Based in Bolton, the bread-maker began selling some of its brands in Tesco stores abroad in June last year, on a trial basis, in countries such as the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.Warburtons has decided to cease selling to Europe because of transport costs, which are thought to be much higher than originally anticipated.It is also thought that the recipes for products such as the lines white Toastie loaf, brown bread and crumpets were required to change to help extend the shelf-life of the products abroad. The firm has been unable to find a partner locally.However, the 136-year-old bread-maker still has ambitions for overseas trading. In May of this year it expanded in to Spain, where it began selling seven bread products, targeting the British who have settled in Malaga, Alicante and the Balearic Islands.In August, Warburtons began selling its sliced bread brand to the French, with 270 Monoprix supermarkets around Paris, marketed as “the everyday bread of the English”.Warburtons was unavailable for comment.last_img read more

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26 Jan
2021

Lecture explores oral culture in digital age

first_imgWilliam Butler Yeats and Federico García Lorca may have been writing 100 years ago, but English PhD candidate John Dillon suggests their works from near the turn of the 20th century reflect a moment of change similar to today’s cultural upheaval.Dillon, the Notebaert Graduate Presidential Fellow in the Department of English, delivered a lecture Friday titled “From Oral Culture to Open Access: Yeats, Lorca and the Digital Turn.” He argued that the current digital or information revolution mirrors the Industrial Revolution that catalyzed European Modernism at the turn of the 20th century, and that by examining the work of writers like Yeats and Lorca today’s readers can better understand the current cultural climate.Explaining the fascination the writers had for the folklore of their respective Irish and Spanish cultures, Dillon said both were immersed in folk culture and for them, the artistic event of a folk tale was far more remarkable than written word.“If folklore, as Yeats and Lorca would insist, is not what is kept in the archive but in the heart, then one should reconsider their engagement with folklore based on how they encountered it rather than what they collected,” he said.Dillon said Lorca especially was “highly suspicious of the written word” and had a deep commitment to creating a “living art” as “alive and pulsing as a frog.”Because of Lorca’s upbringing in southern Spain, Dillon said the poet was immersed in the rural, folkloric culture throughout his early life.“For Lorca, any sort of cosmopolitanism is completely a second language,” he said. “Growing up in Fuente Vaqueros, a folk way of life would have been as natural as the ground beneath his feet.”Lorca’s early works, notably “Poema del cante jondo” and “Romancero gitano” reflect this deep-rooted identification with Spanish folklore, Dillon said. Similarly, Yeats’ understanding of the organic nature of art allowed him to think of literature as an activity or a game being played, he said. Because of this, Yeats created a “potent” and “ephemeral” art.“This is a living art; it’s stitched into life,” Dillon said. “This is perhaps the critical characteristic of the art … in this way, the awareness that what one is doing is art flickers in and out, which makes it spontaneous, organic and undefinable.”The intersection of folk culture and European Modernism in Yeats’ and Lorca’s writing is important because it affects the way today’s scholars view literature, he said.“If the aesthetic catalyst at the beginning of the 20th century was the Industrial Revolution, then the digital or information revolution bookends this century,” Dillon said. “We can hold up the former as a foothold for perspective to see the latter.“It seems to me that with the digital turn … we are moving towards a form of art which is quite like the type of living art I have been describing. It’s strange; we are moving forward in time but we’re aesthetically regressing.”Dillon said the digital revolution creates a type of “gold rush,” where people anxiously attempt to preserve and archive today’s culture.“We have to digitize everything. Everything must be in an archive,” he said. “We are the contemporary folklorists… [and] this rush of anxiety parallels the development of new tools for recording and preservation.“More can be recorded, so more must be recorded. We also see an obsession with metadata, taxonomy and classification.”In the midst of a moment of cultural change, Dillon said both writers and readers must resist the marketability of art and remember that content is not created for the market.last_img read more

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26 Jan
2021

Professor emeritus of physics dies

first_imgPaul R. Chagnon, professor emeritus of physics, died March 22 at the age of 86, according to a press release issued by the University on Tuesday.“Chagnon taught physics and conducted research in nuclear physics at Notre Dame for 32 years before retiring in 1995. He published numerous articles on his research, and was admired as a stalwart of Notre Dame’s physics faculty. His teaching is honored annually at Notre Dame’s commencement ceremonies by the undergraduate Paul Chagnon Service Award,” the release stated.Chagnon graduated from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1950 and received a doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1955.“He taught at the University of Michigan, Northwestern University and Boston University before joining Notre Dame’s faculty in 1963,” the release stated.Chagnon’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.Tags: department of physics, Paul Chagnonlast_img read more

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20 Dec
2020

Brazil Seizes Nearly 7 Tons of Drugs in the Amazon

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo June 05, 2018 From January to May 2018, the Brazilian Armed Forces seized nearly 6.6 tons of drugs in the area under the responsibility of the Amazon Military Command (CMA, in Portuguese) headquartered in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas. The 170 operations were conducted in partnership with government agencies of four states in the Amazon that border Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. According to figures CMA published at the end of May, the seizures also included 26,700 cubic meters of timber illegally harvested from the forest, 68 firearms, and 77,500 liters of fuel. Service members and police officers also arrested 87 people in connection with the crimes. Patrols on the Amazon’s borders have intensified since the end of 2017, as per the operational model the Integrated Border Protection Program established in 2016. The program led to a restructuring of Operation Ágata, which ran during predefined periods and covered large swaths of territory. Service members and security agents now conduct sporadic operations throughout the year, for shorter periods and with a smaller force. Constant surveillance An example of this type of engagement is Operation Shield (Operação Escudo), designed to fight transnational crimes and increase military presence in the country’s border regions. “This operation goes on since January and will continue throughout the year [2018], with around 12 border reconnaissance missions a month,” Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) Major General Gustavo Henrique Dutra de Menezes, commander of the 1st Jungle Infantry Brigade, headquartered in Boa Vista, in the state of Roraima. During Operation Shield, the 1st Brigade’s troops covered the 2,000 kilometers bordering Venezuela and Guyana. According to Maj. Gen. Dutra, border reconnaissance consists of patrols on border limits. Service members’ notes on their circuit are then fed into the brigade’s database. Visits to indigenous communities—who live in hard-to-reach-locations—to attend to any potential needs are part of patrols. Another example of intermittent CMA operations is Operation Control (Operação Controle). The operation on federal and state highways sets up roadblocks and checkpoints to control means of transport for drugs and other illicit goods. Motorized patrols and patrols on foot on trails and other routes are also carried out. In addition to fighting crime and enhancing security along the border, Operation Control aims to intensify the monitoring of immigrants from neighboring countries. In Brazil, immigrants are directed to welcome centers or receive help to return to their country. “These actions produced some significant numbers, such as the setup of more than 100 roadblocks, the inspection of 32,000 vehicles, and the seizure of nearly $537,000 in contraband,” Maj. Gen. Dutra said of Operation Control’s results since the start of 2018. Groundwork Four jungle infantry brigades, a total of 20,000 service members, perform CMA operations. The brigades coordinate 24 Special Border Platoons (PEF, in Portuguese), deployed along the border, which in turn broaden CMA’s operations. “Permanent surveillance and constant patrols constitute routine operations of the platoon’s service members. Service members work daily under the motto ‘Life, Combat, and Work,’ which sums up everything a Brazilian Army Special Border Platoon does,” said EB Major General Cristiano Pinto Sampaio, commander of the 16th Jungle Infantry Brigade, headquartered in the city of Tefé in the state of Amazonas. The 2nd PEF, which reports to the 16th Brigade, made one of the largest drug seizures in 2018 within CMA’s jurisdiction. The January operation was a night raid on a channel of the Içá River, also known as the Putumayo, a tributary of the Amazon River. Service members found 1,860 kilograms of marijuana in a clandestine vessel. “The drugs were taken to the federal police station in Tabatinga, where the criminal investigation unit follows procedures as per the law,” said Maj. Gen. Pinto Sampaio. The 2nd PEF covers an area on the border with Colombia. According to Maj. Gen. Pinto Sampaio, the jungle area is sparsely populated, like other parts of this region, and lacks government presence. These conditions lead the platoon’s service members to work beyond security and defense tasks, such as assisting with healthcare, evacuating sick people, and mediating minor conflicts. “All that makes the mission even more challenging for service members and their families,” Maj. Gen. Pinto Sampaio concluded.last_img read more

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20 Dec
2020

US Navy – Coast Guard Team: 4 Interdictions in 4 Days

first_imgBy U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)/Edited by Diálogo Staff June 25, 2020 The Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) and the Freedom Variant Littoral Combat Ship USS Detroit (LCS 7) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) teams disrupted a combined 112 bales of suspected contraband worth over $79.6 million, May 24-27.While on routine patrol, the Lassen on May 24 and 26, along with its embarked helicopters, assigned to the “Proud Warriors” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72.2, made two separate interdictions.Lassen was able to intercept the vessels with coordination of their embarked LEDET and Lassen small boats. The embarked helicopters onboard were instrumental in ensuring the compliance of the go-fast vessels (GFV) until the small boat teams arrived to achieve positive control of the vessels.“This most recent interdiction is just one of the many examples of how Lassen and the embarked LEDET are combating transnational organized crime,” said U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Kevin Painten, officer in charge, USCG LEDET 403.Additionally, on May 24 and 27, the USS Detroit made two separate interdictions.A U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), assigned to the “Tridents” of Patrol Squadron VP 26, spotted an additional GFV, and the USS Detroit was vectored for a long range intercept. Upon intercept, Detroit employed one of her embarked helicopters, assigned to the “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSC) 22, to provide overwatch and ensure compliance, while the embarked LEDET on Detroit small boats achieved positive control of the GFV.The Lassen and Detroit recovered 70 bales of suspected cocaine totaling an estimated 2,009 kilograms, worth over an estimated $76 million.Additionally, the Lassen recovered 42 bales of suspected marijuana totaling an estimated 2,086 pounds (946 kg), worth over an estimated $3.6 million.“I could not be more proud of the Sea Devils onboard Lassen. Lassen continues to excel day-in, day-out,” said U.S. Navy Commander Judson Mallory, Lassen’s commanding officer. “This most recent success is a testament to my crew’s dedication, focus, and self-sufficiency, supported by their seamless integration with our air detachment and the embarked USCG LEDET.”USS Lassen and USS Detroit are deployed to the U.S. Fourth Fleet area of operations conducting U.S Southern Command and Joint Interagency Task Force South’s enhanced counter drug operations in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific.On April 1, U.S. Southern Command began enhanced counternarcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to disrupt the flow of drugs in support of Presidential National Security Objectives.last_img read more

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