Mayor’s Update : August 11

first_imgDear Friends,I want to invite you all to a town hall meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 26, at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center to hear plans for our third major neighborhood drainage project. Representatives of Michael Baker International Company will be on hand to discuss a design proposal for road and drainage improvements in the area from First Street to Eighth Street between West Avenue and the bay.Everybody is encouraged to attend to learn more about the project and the anticipated schedule. Like the completed project in Merion Park and the ongoing project in the Fourth Ward, this north end project will involve replacing and increasing the capacity of an antiquated storm drain system and using pumping stations to improve the rate of drainage. The work will take advantage of a $5 million FEMA grant, the largest in the city’s history. I look forward to seeing you all there and hearing your questions about the work, and I anticipate a vastly improved quality of life for the residents of this neighborhood once the project is complete. The Senior Center is located within the Ocean City Community Center at 18th Street and Simpson Avenue.You’re all invited to Ocean City Fire Department Station No. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will celebrate the completion of the rebuilt station at 29th Street and West Avenue. The event will include children’s activities, food and refreshments, and an opportunity to tour the station and meet your local firefighters.I also want to let you know about the annual meeting sponsored by Bike OCNJ. The group advocates for safe bicycle routes in Ocean City, and each year they invite the public to learn more about existing amenities and planned improvements and to share ideas about how to make Ocean City more bicycle-friendly. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 23, at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center.The Ocean City Tourism Development Commission in conjunction with the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce recently introduced a new smartphone app that includes all the latest information on weather, events, shopping, eating and enjoying everything in Ocean City. The app is a great tool to keep up on all the latest information. Search “Ocean City Vacation” for the free app and look for the dark-blue OCNJ icon.I want to congratulate Nicholas Theis of Boy Scout Troop No. 32 for his Eagle Scout project. Last weekend, I helped him celebrate the launch of a new program that provides life jackets on loan to boaters. It’s a program for those who forgot their life jackets or whose children have outgrown their old ones. Theis worked with Flotilla 81 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to make the loaner jackets available seasonally at 10th Street and the bay. For further information, please contact Robert Babezki at 609-384-6225 or send him an e-mail at [email protected] Auxiliary’s final boating safety class of the season starts tomorrow morning at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. Call 609-399-4299 for more information.I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayor Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

Exclusive research identifies mega-trends in the industry

first_imgFamilies are “trading up” and returning to the dinner table when it comes to indulgent occasions, according to Rich Products, following extensive market research provided exclusively to British Baker.TNS Worldpanel, which conducted the research, asked 11,000 individuals to compile a two-week food diary twice a year. Participants were asked to comment on food consumption and meal occasions in and out of home, including eating from lunchboxes and snacking throughout the day.Growth in morning goods, that the family can eat at the table, is up by 13%. Products include waffles, crumpets, fruit malt, scones and muffins. Numbers of customers shopping for indulgent treats were up by 39% in Marks & Spencer, 25% in Waitrose and 18% in Tesco.The research identified five “mega-trends” driving the market: healthy eating, convenience, growing food culture – or local provenance, ethical consumerism and empowered consumers. Purchases made by “empowered consumers” are driven by price consciousness, growth of the internet and brand-led consumption.”Consumers want good ingredients in their products and they want to know that the company they are purchasing from is ethical in its business approach,” said Rich Products sales and marketing director Simon Richardson.”Instead of buying two muffins of average quality in one week,” the research said, “consumers are more likely to save their money for one occasion.” Indulgence has risen by 14% since last year, with biscuits accounting for 814 million treat occasions, up 6% since 2004, and confectionery accounting for 563 million treat occasions, up 3% since 2004.’Healthy eating’ remains important, but the rate of growth in indulgent products has overtaken health for the first time.last_img read more

A Boston school turnaround

first_img Signs of the time Nestled in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood, Greenwood is a happy and successful school. Data, data, data Last month’s MCAS scores delivered powerful evidence of Greenwood’s success. Hall of change “Everything needed to change,” from the internal climate to the instruction to parent engagement to school pride, said Principal Maudlin Wright, who came to Greenwood in 2009. Hugs all around Third-grade teacher Betty Solomon (left) in her class with Greenwood Principal Maudlin Wright and Paula Finklestein, a veteran urban principal and educational consultant. Witness to progress “This school has made incredible gains,” said Paula Finklestein (background), a veteran urban principal and educational consultant. Teachers were encouraged to celebrate and display student work. Ambassadors Student ambassadors Rashad Brown Mitchell (left) and Naia Walter give a tour of their school. Messages to remember The hallways were transformed into vibrant corridors painted with motivational messages from the world’s great leaders. Leading the way Making it happen Teacher Betty Solomon has watched Greenwood’s test scores rise, thanks in part to support provided by the Harvard Achievement Support Initiative. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer A look inside Principal Maudlin Wright (left) and Paula Finklestein look in on a classroom at the E. Greenwood Leadership Academy. Fourth-grader Rashad Brown Mitchell and third-grader Naia Walter are proud of their school. As its ambassadors, they get to show off the E. Greenwood Leadership Academy to visitors.And they aren’t shy about their roles. The pair confidently point out the indicators of student success that dress up their classroom doorways and halls.“This shows the different classrooms and their attendance, how many kids come to class each day,” said Rashad, pointing to an elaborate grid, one of several progress charts prominently displayed. Student attendance at the Greenwood has risen to 95 percent.The school, nestled in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood, is a happy, successful place. But it wasn’t always so.In 2009, Greenwood was counted among the Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) lowest performers. The district was threatening to close the school’s doors because it was failing. Greenwood had not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) — a measure of student proficiency reported through MCAS scores — in math since 2006. It had also failed to obtain AYP in English language arts.Greenwood Principal Maudlin Wright remembers 2009 well. She had planned to retire from her previous school at the end of her tenure, but was brought in by BPS to turn Greenwood around.“Everything needed to change,” said Wright, from the internal climate to the instruction to parent engagement to school pride.Two years later, the Greenwood is on a solid path to success thanks to strong leadership, the commitment and dedication of teachers, and a network of support from Harvard, its partner university.Last month’s MCAS scores delivered powerful evidence of that success. Gov. Deval Patrick lauded the academy as one of 10 schools in the state with the biggest combined increases in the percent of students scoring “proficient” and “advanced” for all ages combined on the MCAS. In the third-grade classes alone, there was a 19.5 percent increase in student math performance from 2010.“School improvement comes about when schools have the tools they need to improve and their focus on student achievement is front and center,” said BPS Superintendent Carol R. Johnson. “The E. Greenwood Leadership Academy is a great example of that. Harvard has been a critical partner, providing everything from after-school support and homework help to parent engagement, leadership training, and professional development for teachers. It’s partnerships like these that have a huge impact on teaching and learning.”“This school has made incredible gains,” said Paula Finklestein, a veteran urban principal and educational consultant, who has worked with Wright one day a week since she came to Greenwood.“It usually takes three to five years to turn a school around. Ms. Wright was able to do this in two years. That’s fabulous. I feel like a proud grandmother,” said Finklestein.The ‘guide on the side’Wright is one of a handful of BPS principals who serve schools supported by Step UP, the five-university initiative that provides resources for 10 underperforming Boston public schools. Step UP was created by the universities, under the leadership of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, to boost student achievement.At Greenwood, Finklestein offers Wright and her teachers sustained on-site leadership coaching and professional development through the Harvard Achievement Support Initiative (HASI). Greenwood also uses the HASI SmartTalk program, which is designed to improve the quality of academic programming in out-of-school time through the use of hands-on learning materials, coaching support, and ongoing professional development for staff. Harvard also has hosted training sessions for teachers and parents, as well as for City Year members, who support both daytime and after-school efforts.Finklestein, who calls herself the “guide on the side,” draws from nearly 20 years as a principal in a Chelsea school that faced many of the same challenges as the Greenwood.Data is the driverWright’s turn-around plan was rooted in the numbers.“It was data, data, data,” said Wright. “Paula caused me to look at how to use the data to get to the root of the problem at the school. She helped us use the data to drive our daily instruction.”According to Finklestein, principals and teachers get scores back from assessments but don’t necessarily know how to translate that data to see what is working, what is not, and what needs to change.“We use the data to ask the right questions … where are students failing, what are the standards, and are they being taught/not being taught?” said Wright.Then she took what they learned and made pivotal changes to support Greenwood teachers in reaching the children. Wright worked with teachers to put in place interventions for students who were not reaching their potential. She used the data to understand existing strengths and gaps within classrooms to more accurately target support where it was needed.And before she was even walking the halls as principal, she was working to improve the school climate. The summer of 2009, Wright enlisted a group of teachers as part of a leadership team to improve the school culture. She adopted “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, ” inspired by the book by Stephen R. Covey, as part of the school philosophy.Teachers were encouraged to celebrate and display student work. The hallways were transformed into vibrant corridors painted with motivational messages from the world’s great leaders.On the curricular front, the school shifted from a place where teachers worked in isolation, on their own, to a place defined by its atmosphere of sharing and support.“There is a community atmosphere now at the Greenwood,” said Betty Solomon, a third-grade teacher, who also taught there prior to 2009. “We’re a family working together for one goal — and that goal, of course, is for the success of our children.”Today, regular teacher meetings focus on analyzing assessments and sharing strategies and best practices. Teachers submit their lesson plans for review. And teachers at the same grade level are on the same page, teaching the same curricula at the same pace to share challenges and practices together.Partnership to successIn the meantime, the Greenwood has become a celebrity of sorts. Calls of congratulations are rolling in. Just last week, a group of teachers from Iceland visited the school to learn best practices.“I was planning to retire from my other school,” said Wright as her school ambassadors showed off the new playground and outdoor classroom behind the school. “I feel really great about what’s going on in this school, and it needs to continue.”“And when I retire I’m going to work with Paula to build schools,” she added. Then Finklestein chimed in, finishing Wright’s sentence like a partner does, saying, “… schools of excellence together, just like this one.” Wright’s way Greenwood Principal Maudlin Wright remembers 2009 well. She had planned to retire from her previous school at the end of her tenure, but was brought in to turn Greenwood around.last_img read more

How new biosensors turn E. coli into something valuable

first_img Related Wyss Institute’s inaugural podcast explores impact of Harvard researchers’ synthetic biology work Changing the way genomes work “We can communicate with cells much more effectively, and vice versa,” said the study’s first author, Jameson Rogers, a graduate researcher at the Wyss Institute who is pursuing his Ph.D. in engineering sciences at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. “If we compared this to controlling a computer, it’s almost like we have only had the up and down arrows available to us, and now suddenly we have doubled our control capabilities by adding the left and right arrows as well.”The team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering aims to leverage the new biosensors to aid in its efforts to develop renewable chemical production strategies using genetically engineered microbes.Linked to green fluorescent protein (GFP), the biosensors can be used to trigger individual cells to give off visible fluorescence in a rate directly proportional to how well they are able to produce a desired chemical commodity. Using the new biosensors, the most efficient microbial workers are easily identified so that they can serve as the predecessors for colonies of engineered bacteria that evolve to become more efficient at producing renewable chemicals with each subsequent generation. This drastically reduces the bottleneck of the design-build-test cycle, which historically has been caused by engineers having to sift through teeming bacteria colonies to find top producers.The findings could also lead to new applications in environmental monitoring using genetically engineered microbes to issue warning signals in the presence of pollutants or toxins, and could unlock new fundamental insights into metabolic pathways.“Our team is developing several different ways to make even more custom biosensors,” said Church. “We’re trying to control biological processes and we need new ways to get our hands in at the molecular level — we’re now reaching in deeper than we’ve previously been able to, and we still have many interesting new approaches.”“With this work, George and his team are bringing us closer to a sustainable future in which we would rely on bio–manufacturing for the clean production of chemical and pharmaceutical commodities,” said Donald E. Ingber, Wyss Institute founding director, who is also the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, and professor of bioengineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Super-productive factories of the future could employ fleets of genetically engineered bacterial cells, such as common E. coli, to create valuable chemical commodities in an environmentally friendly way. By leveraging their natural metabolic processes, bacteria could be reprogrammed to convert readily available sources of natural energy into pharmaceuticals, plastics, and fuel products.“The basic idea is that we want to accelerate evolution to make awesome amounts of valuable chemicals,” said Wyss Institute core faculty member George Church, who is a pioneer in the converging fields of synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, and genetics. Church is the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and professor of health sciences and technology at Harvard and MIT.Critical to this process of metabolically engineering microbes is the use of biosensors. Made of a biological component — such as a fluorescent protein — and a “detector” that responds to the presence of a specific chemical, biosensors act as the switches and levers that turn programmed functions on and off inside the engineered cells. They also can be used to detect which microbial “workers” are producing the most voluminous amounts of a desired chemical. In this way, they can be thought of as the medium for two–way communication between humans and cells.But so far, scientists have only had access to a limited variety of biosensors that have little relevance to the biomanufacturing of valuable chemicals. Now, Wyss Institute researchers led by Church have developed a new suite of such sensors, which not only increase the number of cellular “switches and levers” that scientists can use for complex genetic reprogramming, but also respond to valuable products such as renewable plastics or costly pharmaceuticals. The sensors also give microbes a “voice” to report on their own efficiency in making these products, according to the Nucleic Acids Research journal.last_img read more

Global Alliances Accelerates into 2018 and Beyond

first_img2017 was a legendary year for us in Global Alliances. We achieved 28 percent growth year-over-year. More business is flowing through Global Alliances than ever before. And the results are not a fluke. We’re aligned to customer demands including Digital, IT, Workforce and Security Transformation. On behalf of the entire Global Alliances team, I say a huge THANK YOU to all of you!But we cannot rest, as the pace of change is relentless. We must accelerate our success. This week at Global Partner Summit I articulated our Global Alliances Acceleration Strategy. This four point strategy is what I often refer to as our incremental agenda. If we commit together, we can truly accelerate success.Global Alliances Acceleration StrategyStandardize – You have to make a bet on partners to standardize on, and we want you to bet on us. We know we need to earn that right to eliminate the white space, and we are up for the challenge. With Dell Technologies, our partners have access to incredible technologies and a sales organization with multiple specialties. We want to underpin your GTM and as-a-service offerings by taking advantage of these technologies. When you have an end-to-end Dell Technologies stack we can go to battle with you and win the war. You’ve heard a number of tremendous announcements this week around our portfolio. Learn everything you can about these products and services. This is our opportunity.Expand – We must capture new and incremental business, from new logos, expanding in underpenetrated accounts, breaking into new verticals and driving a transformation motion within our current customers. Know our ASD organization, and leverage them to drive the sales to sales “at the street” relationships we need to win new business.Scale – Speaking of the Dell Technologies portfolio, we must continue to scale across our Strategically Aligned Businesses, and create dedicated practices – harnessing your great people and our enabling technologies. The powerful combination is how we will help customers address Digital, IT, Workforce and Security Transformation.Leverage – We know that the IT industry is a complicated web, with fierce competition and cooperating at the same time. Nobody can deliver everything, but no one also has the portfolio like Dell Technologies. But our partners can also benefit from each other through Cloud Partner Connect, connecting Service Providers and Solution Providers to deliver as-a-service offerings to customers.With this acceleration strategy in place, we have the beginnings of a recipe for success. But we need to fuel the growth engine, and it all starts with a mutual plan. I might sound like a broken record by now, but I’ve said time and time again that we don’t prioritize partners, we prioritize plans. As you review your Partner Growth Plans, I encourage all of our partners to consider the following:Understand the acceleration strategy and align your plan accordinglyEnsure you understand our entire Dell Technologies portfolio and are leveraging our Strategically Aligned Businesses, both our portfolio and sellersWe have invested significant resources into creating training to help you. Take these trainings, and if you feel like you’re missing something, scream loud and earlyStay aligned to our Global Alliances sales teams, whose sole responsibility is to engage with our core sellers.We have the technology, the people and the plan in place to accelerate success together. Let’s make 2018 even more legendary than last year. This is our time for the taking, and it’s going to be incredible. And remember, the big won’t eat the small, but the fast WILL eat the slow. Let’s accelerate!last_img read more

Alice Ripley & More Join American Psycho on Broadway

first_img Related Shows This is a trio to die for! Tony winner Alice Ripley, Tony nominee Jennifer Damiano and Broadway alum Heléne Yorke will join Benjamin Walker in the Broadway premiere of American Psycho. The three will play Patrick’s Mother/Mrs. Wolfe, Jean and Evelyn Williams, respectively. Damiano and Yorke had taken part in the workshop presentation earlier this year.The musical, written by Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, will begin performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on March 24, 2016. Rupert Goold will direct.Ripley and Damiano reunite after playing mother and daughter in Next to Normal, which earned Ripley a Tony and Damiano a nomination. Ripley’s additional credits include Side Show, The Rocky Horror Show and Sunset Boulevard. Damiano made her Broadway debut in Spring Awakening and most recently appeared in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Yorke returns to the Great White Way after appearing in Bullets Over Broadway and Grease. On screen, she can be seen in Masters of Sex and the upcoming series Graves.Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis (which also inspired the Christian Bale-led film), the musical follows 26-year-old Patrick Bateman (Walker): a sophisticated, rich and devastatingly handsome Wall Street banker in 1980s New York City. He’s got a sculpted body, a model-gorgeous girlfriend and a to-die-for apartment. There’s just one snag: He also has a murderous, psychopathic alter ego that he hides from his friends and co-workers.Additional casting and the opening night date will be announced later. American Psycho Star Files View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 5, 2016 Benjamin Walkerlast_img read more

Plans for U.S. Coal-Fired Electricity Expansion Grind to a Halt

first_imgPlans for U.S. Coal-Fired Electricity Expansion Grind to a Halt FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News:About 16 percent of the U.S. coal fleet has retired in the past five years, but don’t expect major new coal-fired plants to fill that void.The federal government counts four new coal projects on a list of planned power plants nationwide. Three of those face long odds, and none will be able to replace the millions of tons in lost coal demand resulting from recent retirements, even as the Trump administration has vowed to revive the ailing industry.The developer of a proposed 320-megawatt unit in Wyoming is facing jail time after pleading guilty to stealing government cash. A Kentucky coke plant that would have generated electricity as a byproduct has been scrapped. And a planned $2.1 billion plant in Georgia has idled.The sole U.S. coal facility under construction: a tiny plant being built by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.The dynamic amounts to an existential crisis for the U.S. coal industry. While coal still accounts for roughly a third of U.S. power generation, the industry is slowly contracting as plants retire and utilities replace them with natural gas and renewables. American Electric Power Co. Inc., one of the country’s largest coal-burning utilities, recently announced plans to build a $4.5 billion wind farm in Oklahoma (Energywire, July 27). PacifiCorp, another coal-centric power company, has similar plans to upgrade its wind fleet while slowly transitioning away from power plants fueled by the black mineral (Climatewire, April 6).Utilities entered 2017 with plans to retire 4.5 gigawatts of coal — or 2 percent of 2016 U.S. coal capacity — and add 11 GW of natural gas and 8.5 GW of wind, according to figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.The trend has prompted a series of rescue efforts. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) has proposed a $15-per-ton subsidy for utilities burning Appalachian coal (Greenwire, Aug 8). In Congress, there is an effort afoot to expand tax credits for power plants that use carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) (E&E Daily, July 13). Both efforts hint at coal’s long-term challenges and the reason for the dearth of planned coal plants.Most of the few proposed coal plants in the pipeline are facing problems.In Kentucky, SunCoke Energy Inc. recently decided not to proceed with a coke plant that would have generated a small amount of electricity as a byproduct, according to a company spokesman.The two largest coal projects remaining on EIA’s list of planned power plants reflect the wider changes in the electricity market.The Two Elk Energy Park in Wright, Wyo., and Plant Washington in Sandersville, Ga., were proposed in 1996 and 2008, respectively. At the time, power companies were projecting growing electricity demand and a need for new plants. That demand never appeared, ultimately wiped away by a combination of the Great Recession and improving energy efficiency.Both now face long odds. Wyoming regulators yanked Two Elk’s permit in 2015, and the project’s developer, Mark Ruffatto, pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal government last year after he admitted to spending stimulus funds at Neiman Marcus, on carpeting and payments for a Mercedes-Benz (Climatewire, Oct. 25).Power4Georgians, an independent power producer, says it is still proceeding with plans for the 850-MW Plant Washington. Work has been held up by uncertainty over federal greenhouse gas regulations for new coal-fired facilities, said Dean Alford, a company spokesman.He said the company is still waiting for a resolution but hailed the Trump administration’s promise to revive the coal industry.But many of the local utility cooperatives that initially backed the project have long since fled, and state regulators have made no moves to approve the company’s second request for a permit extension.Karen Hays, who leads the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s air protection branch, said state regulators have not heard from the company since it requested an extension on its construction permit early last year. The small project at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, that appears to be on track is a combined heat and power plant with an expected capacity of 17 MW. It is roughly 50 percent complete, according to the university.Perhaps the most likely prospect for a major new coal plant in the United States is a project that’s not on EIA’s list. In March, Sunflower Electric Power Corp. Inc. beat back a lawsuit from the Sierra Club, paving the way for the power cooperative to pursue an 895-MW coal expansion at its Holcomb Station in southwestern Kansas (Energywire, March 20).But even that is uncertain. Sunflower and its partner, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc. have yet to commit to the project, which was proposed roughly a decade ago and has an estimated price tag of $2.2 billion.The cooperative is “examining its options,” said Sunflower Electric spokeswoman Cindy Hertel.More: Will the U.S. ever build another big coal plant?last_img read more

Banyuwangi reopens tourist sites under health protocols

first_imgBanyuwangi regency in East Java has begun to reopen tourist destinations under “new normal” policies to alleviate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tourism, regent Abdullah Azwar Anas has said. “We have begun opening several destinations in Banyuwangi. It is still limited, including hotels,” he said in a virtual discussion with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Sunday, as reported by said prior to opening tourism, the administration had simulated other in-person activities, such as public events and services at houses of worship. He said the COVID-19 pandemic had hit the local tourism sector hard. Therefore, in a bid to breathe life into the industry, the administration would reopen the destinations under strict health protocols.“If, in the past, we promoted the price as a selling point, we cannot longer do that now. Health must be our number one [concern],” he added.Read also: Gnarly, brah: Foreign surfers invited to Mentawai to kick-start tourismHe also explained that hotels and restaurants in Banyuwangi would be required to obtain and renew city administration health licenses weekly to ensure health protocols were being enforced properly. Travelers would be able to see which hotels and restaurants had a current health certification through certain apps. “The city administration can retract the aforementioned licenses after one week if a violation is found,” he said, as quoted by regent said he would require tour guides to take a health protocol competency assessment test.Previously, national COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo expressed his appreciation for the Banyuwangi regent’s initiative in establishing health protocols and certifications. “Today, I see directly how tourism sites in Banyuwangi have implemented health protocols properly and have even certified them with a safety and health guarantee for visitors. It should be an example for other regions,” he said during a visit to Genjah Arum art studio in Kemiren village, Glagah district, Banyuwangi, last week.He said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo himself commended Banyuwangi as the city best prepared for the new normal.  (trn)Topics :last_img read more

PJ Valves chosen for FPSOs off UK and Malaysia

first_imgPJ Valves (PJV), a UK-based manufacturer and supplier of valves to the global energy industry, has been awarded two valve supply contracts for floating, production, storage and offloading vessels (FPSOs).PJ Valves said on Wednesday that the contracts were awarded by “two major oil and gas operators” with a combined total worth of $3.5 million.The company will manufacture and supply the valves to projects located offshore Malaysia and the UK North Sea.According to the company, it will manufacture and deliver 2,000 ball valves, both manual and pneumatically actuated, to the project in Malaysia.All the valves will be manufactured in accordance with the project demands, and the operator’s offshore duplex requirements. The valves will be installed on the topside modules and used in a range of process applications including gas processing and treatment.In the UK North Sea, PJV will manufacture more than 150 forged steel gate, globe and check valves, in addition to ball valves, from its facilities in Italy.The products include specifications of up to 1,500lb pressure-class with Grayloc hub ends and will be manufactured in duplex and super duplex materials. PJV will also manage the DNV inspection process.last_img read more

Employee sacked for voting No in Plebiscite (Aust)

first_imgKids party entertainer ‘let go’ for same-sex marriage view hits backStuff 21 September 2017Family First Comment: Incredible. “Tolerance and diversity” – except if we disagree with you. Imagine if it was the opposite happening! An Australian Christian kids entertainer who was fired from her Canberra job for saying she would vote ‘no’ in the same-sex marriage survey has hit back, saying she is “not afraid to stand up for my beliefs” and should not have lost her job.The 18-year-old, who only identified herself as Madeline, was hired as a contractor and worked just two shifts for Capital Kids Parties in Canberra before she was “let go” on Sunday.Madeline had updated her Facebook profile picture two weeks ago with a filter designed by the Coalition of Marriage that said “It’s OK to VOTE NO”.Capital Kids Parties’ owner, Madlin Sims, wrote her a private Facebook message on Sunday saying that “homophobic views being made public are detrimental to the business and don’t align with my personal values or morals as the owner of the business”.“We have gay staff members, gay customers,” she wrote. “CKP believes in equality for everybody.”In a public Facebook post later that day, Sims wrote that she didn’t want “homophobes working for me, especially in an environment with children”.“FYI this wasn’t a ‘you’re voting no, you’re fired’ situation. There were prior conversations had. As a business that works with children of all kinds, we have a responsibility to working with vulnerable people,” she wrote.Madeline hit back on Tuesday, saying she was not a homophobe and should not have been fired for having an opinion.READ MORE: read more