The Valhall Flank West forms part of the continued development of the Valhall field lcoated in the Norwegian North Sea Image: The Valhall Flank West wellhead platform in the North Sea. Photo: courtesy of Aker BP. Norwegian oil exploration and development company Aker BP and its partner Pandion Energy have commenced production from the NOK5.5bn ($610.2m) Valhall Flank West wellhead platform in the North Sea.The Valhall Flank West, which is a normally unmanned installation (NUI), forms part of the continued development of the Valhall field located south of the Norwegian North Sea.Intended to develop the western flank of the Valhall oilfield, the platform is delivered under a wellhead alliance between Aker BP, Aker Solutions, Kværner, and Swiss technology multinational ABB.Aker BP is planning to produce another billion barrels from over the next 40 years from the field, which has already produced more than one billion barrels of oil equivalent since its commissioning in 1982.Valhall Flank West receives power via the Valhall field centre from shoreAker BP operates the Valhall field with 80% stake while the remaining 10% interest is held by Pandion Energy. The Valhall Flank West receives power from shore through the Valhall field centre.Pandion Energy CEO Jan Christian Ellefsen said: “Valhall Flank West is the first development project we have participated in as a partner on Valhall & Hod.”According to estimates, Valhall Flank West has recoverable reserves of around 60 million barrels of oil equivalent based on the drilling of six production wells.Aker BP operations and asset development senior ice-president Kjetel Digre said: “Valhall Flank West is an important contribution to achieving our ambition for Valhall. The plan calls for the field to contribute close to 80 million barrels of oil equivalent to Valhall’s production.“Aker BP sees an enormous potential in the Valhall area. We have started removing old platforms from the field centre, we are investing in new wells, we are plugging old wells and we are actively seeking new business opportunities in the area.”Potential hydrocarbon resources from the field will be processed at the Valhall field centre and then be exported.The Heerema’s Thialf lifting vessel was used to place the 2,000t topsides on the jacket at the field.
JaiOur fourth day in Switzerland proved to be just as instructive as the previous ones. Our escort Mr Sigisbert Bienz arrived at 6.45am to take us to one of the most prominent bakeries in the area, the Bachmann bakery, on a tour that he had kindly arranged. On arrival, we were greeted by Mr Bachmann himself and spoiled with breakfast before a personally guided tour of the whole bakery. It was really interesting to see some of the traditional skills we had learned being put into practice on a grand scale.I was particularly impressed with the high standard of cleanliness and presentation. For example, one of the racks of finished bread looked absolutely delicious, but we were frantically waved away by a member of staff when we tried to photograph it. Sometime later, we discovered that the bread we so admired was actually on the rack designated for products to be scrapped!Other things that definitely stood out were the company’s logo and equipment, coloured bright pink. Much to the delight of my six-year-old daughter, on returning home, I presented her with one of the pink bakery hats.After an extensive tour of the bakery, we moved on to one of Mr Bachmann’s shops in Luzern to observe his wares on display. I was surprised to discover that Bachmann’s produce all their own packaging and paper goods. In my experience, all non-baked goods are usually bought in.The open-plan layout and glass displays in the shop were very effective in enhancing the visual appeal of the products. I found it interesting to learn that the Richemont School also offers courses in varied shop display and presentation techniques. We managed to grab some lunch from the shop and then went on to view some of the competing bakeries in Luzern.While we were there, Mr Bienz revealed some more of the sights that he deemed noteworthy, including the natural formations of the fascinating Glacier Gardens. The glaciers that had sculptured the Alps and the Lakes have left the most amazing and strange geographical features, and the earth still moves. A sign reading “beware falling rocks” is not to be taken lightly, as the rocks can often be larger than your car. Before leaving Luzern for the last time, we made a brief visit to the College of Music to see its beautiful gardens. We also managed to squeeze in a last-minute gift-shopping spree, as I was under instruction to top up my baggage allowance with as much Swiss chocolate as I could carry!Mr Bienz then escorted us to the station where we said our thank yous and farewells. I cannot express what a pleasure it was to have someone so knowledgeable and enthusiastic as our guide; he truly was indispensible. He made the whole trip more enjoyable and a much bigger experience.We boarded the strange double-decker train for the last time and travelled to the airport, and so our adventure came to an end. I look forward to keeping in touch with my fellow award winner Robert Campbell, to swap ideas and possibly reminisce a little too.I am most grateful to Piero Scacco for this wonderful opportunity, and to The Worshipful Company of Bakers, for making the arrangements.RobertOn Friday, which was the day of our return, Siggy had arranged for us to visit a local bakery called ’Bachmann’. This was run by Ramon, who took the time to show us around. Bachmann’s has eight shops and an annual turnover of £12 million. There are 80 people working in the bakery, which is the same amount as at Thomas the Baker, but we have 31 shops, which puts into perspective how in-depth it is and the amount of time they spend on finishing the products compared to ourselves.We also got the opportunity to visit his shops, which were extremely classy. Bachmann prides itself on its service and display of products and it certainly does it well! Whether it was in their shops or cafés, the assistants were always of help and nothing was too much trouble. On the evidence of his products, bakery and shops, it is easy to see why Bachmann has a very wealthy business.My two days’ training at the Richemont School has been the highlight of my bakery career. I never imagined that I would ever get the opportunity to enhance my knowledge and skills from experts like the people I’ve met in the baking industry. It has been a huge pleasure and quite an honour to have been picked for this award. I would like to thank The Worshipful Company of Bakers most sincerely for giving me this fantastic experience, which has been of great use and will never be forgotten. Hopefully, it will help me progress in my bakery career. I would also like to thank abim for sponsoring my trip and I owe a huge thank you to Thomas The Baker for all its support and training throughout the last 11 years, which got me into this position to enter for the award. n
Situated in beautiful Westcliffe, CO, Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival returns from June 10-12, 2016. The jam-oriented event is hosted by The Magic Beans, cultivating quite the following through tireless efforts in the state of Colorado. The band will perform three times at their own festival, but today’s announcement focuses on the new additions to the 2016 lineup.With previously announced sets from Electron, The Main Squeeze, Nigel Hall Band, Ben Silver and more, the newly completed lineup takes things to the next level. theNEWDEAL have been added, as well as a collaboration called New Elastic Time ft. Michael Kang, Jason Hann, and Michael Travis of String Cheese Incident with Jamie Shields of tND. Without A Net: A Tribute To The Grateful Dead has been added as well, reprising a pair of concerts with Todd Stoops, Allen Aucoin, Reed Mathis, Marcus Rezak, and Hayley Jane. CIA has also been announced, a collective featuring Clay Parnell, Ian McGuire and Allen Aucoin.Other additions include RAQ, Orgone, Kitchen Dwellers, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, Greener Grounds, Brothers Gow and so many more. With such great music nestled in the rich Colorado mountains, there’s no excuse not to be there.Check out the full lineup below, and head to Beanstalk’s website for details.Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival LineupThe Magic Beans (3 Nights)Electron (2 sets)The New DealNew Elastic Time (featuring Michael Kang, Jason Hann, and Michael Travis of The String Cheese Incident, and Jamie Shields of The New Deal) (2 sets)Without a Net: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead (featuring Todd Stoops – Raq, Allen Aucoin – TDB, Reed Mathis – Billy and the Kids/Tea Leaf Green, Marcus Rezak – Stratosphere All-Stars, and Hayley Jane)The Main Squeeze (2 Sets – Motown set and original Set)RAQNigel Hall BandOrgoneBen Silver of Orchard Lounge (Late Night)CIA featuring Allen Aucoin – TDB, Clay Parnell – Particle/American Babies, Ian McGuire – Sonic Spank (Late Night)Kitchen Dwellers (2 Nights)Tom Hamilton’s American BabiesVibe StreetGipsy MoonBrothers GowSpaffordGreener GroundsSkydyedMalai LlamaHog McgundyThe HornitzMama Magnolia Honors David BowieCyclesThe RunnikineMantaray
How does a 1,000-mile bike ride through the Mexican desert translate into a thesis at the Harvard Graduate School of Design? For Michael Meo, it’s about architecture as experience.“My passion has always been participatory design, basically designing processes to bring people into the process of creating design change,” said Meo, a tall, athletic California native who will graduate in May with a master’s degree in architecture.Like many GSD students, Meo has designed numerous buildings during his time at Harvard. But when it came to his defining project he longed to create something else, something “real, and complicated, and messy.” And mobile. His vision “involved all the rigor of any building production you’d see [at the GSD], but with this sticky, messy, social complexity.”For almost three weeks, from the end of 2015 into 2016, Meo led 22 cyclists on a grueling trek the length of the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico. The riders, ranging in age from 12 to 55, formed an eclectic group; some were deaf, some were blind, some were amputees. They logged close to 100 miles a day, camped along the route, and pushed the limits of their physical abilities.They also helped Meo push the definition of architect.“As a designer I like to step back and think about solutions because sometimes you don’t have to build a building. Sometimes it’s crafting a story, it’s reframing a problem, it’s designing a system, it’s designing a toolset, it’s enabling an experience.”The thesis, captured in a documentary set to screen at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lowell Lecture Hall, built on a project Meo carried out last year with grant support from the GSD’s Mexican Cities Initiative and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. That work explored the “bike as a tool of urban resilience in Mexico City,” said Meo, who, with his research partner, GSD student Carlos Hernández-Tellez, studied how people in one of the densest cities of the world were using their bikes as a means of “surviving and thriving.”To find their subjects, the pair simply started pedaling.“As a researcher, it’s really important that you immerse yourself in the daily life of the subject,” said Meo. “It’s not just about participatory observation, it’s about participating directly.”Many Deserts/Muchos Desiertos <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1I5U4QQBKc” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/g1I5U4QQBKc/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Michael Meo, who will graduate from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in May, led 22 people — ranging in age from 12 to 55 — on a grueling trek through the Mexican desert. The ride became Meo’s thesis. He has produced a documentary film that follows the story of the 1,000-mile experimental bicycle journey. Riding with backpacks crammed with mapping gear, cameras, and notebooks, Meo and Hernández-Tellez crisscrossed the city for eight to 10 hours a day, interviewing any cyclist willing to talk: a hipster on a bike worth thousands; a kid who fished his ride from a dumpster; the head of Mexico City’s bike-share program; delivery workers, mechanics, and commuters. Each encounter led to new introductions, and a wider network.“It just grew like wildfire,” said Meo.When it was time to head back to Harvard, Meo knew his work wasn’t finished. Instead of planning a building, he wanted to craft his thesis around a cycling experience, and for people from all walks of life. In a way, he was picking up where his younger self had left off, 10 years before.A shy kid from a San Francisco suburb, Meo had his first taste of independence at 12 when his parents let him bike the 8-mile route to school. In that moment, cycling became his “way of perceiving the world.”That perspective deepened on the first of many long-distance treks. After graduating from high school, Meo put an ad on Craigslist for a one-way ride to Canada. When some local punk rockers responded, Meo threw his bike and his backpack into their touring van, recently purchased from the California state prison system, and rode along. The journey lasted to Washington State, where Meo hopped out on the side of the road and started the long ride home. During that 800-mile coastal trek, something clicked.“I felt the transformative nature of the bike,” he said, “the ability that it has to transform your perception of accessibility and scale and distance and obviously mobility.”So last summer, with that life-changing trip in mind, Meo stayed in Mexico City and started building.,“When I say this was very much an architected project, the first component of the design was really designing the group,” he said, “building the network of the group, building trust.”Meo gained the trust of the parents and grandparents of Israel, a 12-year-old who had never journeyed beyond the streets of Mexico City. He assured Jose Luis, a 33-year-old missing his right leg, that on a tandem bike he could tackle the challenging terrain. He encouraged Marta, a 55-year-old blind rider who had never been camping, to make the trip.Next came the design of a series of activities that would “catalyze empathy,” said Meo, “and build these bridges” among riders.The group spent New Year’s Eve blindfolded in an effort to gain some small insight into Marta’s life. It was a success. “Their way of perceiving the world, their way of interacting with Marta was totally transformed, said Meo, “because they harbored this new personal awareness.”Meo’s own awareness grew, too. Paired with Marta, he began to understand how his eyesight was hampering his ability to “see sounds in other ways,” such as how Marta one day heard wind whipping the long grass on the side of the road and asked if there was a stream nearby.“It was us collectively entering this space of a common imagination, of a collective imagination.”In his thesis defense, Meo will have to set out the analytical and theoretical framework for the project and explain to a jury of experts why precisely his work is happening in a school of architecture. He isn’t worried. His research, he said, intersects issues architects face daily, such as perception, the social construction of space, and architectural process.Mark Mulligan, an associate professor in the practice of architecture and Meo’s thesis adviser, admits that initially he wasn’t sure how the project would “dovetail into the requirements of an architectural thesis.” But the more he heard, the more clear it became that Meo was “thinking about a different foundation for architecture.”“I’ve advised many architectural thesis projects that end up producing buildings, that end up producing floor plans, elevations, facades, and theoretical tracks on how architecture impacts society,” said Mulligan. “But I don’t think I’ve ever heard anybody really quite so squarely put the idea of building a communal space … without necessarily bringing construction materials to any particular site.”Does Meo’s adventure represent a new paradigm for GSD thesis projects? Unlikely, said Mulligan. But it does reflect a renewed desire among students and administrators to explore the social relevance of their work.It also reflects something Mulligan considers fundamental to any thesis: passion.“You can hear in [Meo’s] passion for the project and the experiments he undertook how excited he was about it,” said Mulligan. “At the same time it’s not enough that he was excited about it. He wants to share that excitement, he wants to inspire other people to think through different kinds of lenses.”Located at 17 Kirkland Street, the Lowell Lecture Hall screening on April 27 at 8 p.m. is free and open to the public.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Wage growth at a post-recession high and the lowest unemployment rate since 1969 means good news for retailers in the United States this season. Holiday spending in the U.S. is expected to grow between four and 4.5 percent year-over-year, a slight jump from 2017, according to the Visa Retail Spending Monitor.This Thanksgiving weekend in particular could be the best gift to retailers with 59 percent of holiday shoppers saying they plan to shop over the four days and into Cyber Monday, a big jump from 51 percent in 2013 (according to a recent Visa consumer survey). Black Friday will hold its popularity status, but Thanksgiving Day took a surprising leap to 15 percent of shoppers turning couch time into checkout time (from 10 percent in 2013). Nearly half of consumers plan to do their holiday shopping online this year, citing reasons like better pricing, convenience and avoiding holiday-cheer-busting crowds.But not all consumers are created equal. If holiday spending trends are similar to 2017, Gen Xers will likely account for the largest share of overall e-commerce spending throughout the holiday weekend. Boomers will likely spend slightly more than all other age groups on Cyber Monday as Gen Xers head back to work. Millennials, while mobile-savvy, have limited purchasing power and that will become apparent this season. continue reading »
Topics : The global recession this year will not be as deep as expected as a result of countries’ efforts to counter the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, the OECD said on Wednesday.But the recovery next year will also be more modest than anticipated, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said, projecting a contraction of 4.5 percent in global economic output this year and a return to growth of roughly 5.0 percent in 2021.In its previous set of forecasts in June, the Paris-based OECD had been expecting the global economy to shrink by 6.0 percent in 2020 and return to growth of 5.2 percent next year. Prompt and effective action Global trade collapsed, declining by over 15 percent in the first half of 2020, and labor markets were severely disrupted by reductions in working hours, job losses and the enforced shutdown of businesses. “Without the prompt and effective policy support introduced in all economies to cushion the impact of the shock on household incomes and companies, the contraction in output and employment would have been substantially larger,” it said.Looking at individual economies, China was expected to be the only one to expand in 2020, with projected growth of 1.8 percent. India, on the other hand, would see its economy shrink by 10.2 percent.The United States, the world’s biggest economy, would fare better than the global average, with a projected contraction of 3.8 percent this year. Germany would perform better than the eurozone as a whole, with its economy set to shrink by 5.4 percent, compared with a contraction of 7.9 percent for the single currency area.The French economy was set to shrink by 9.5 percent, Italy’s by 10.5 percent and Britain’s by 10.1 percent, the OECD predicted.Future growth prospects would depend on factors including the severity of new virus outbreaks, the type of restrictions imposed, vaccine deployment and the effects of fiscal and monetary policy actions on demand, the OECD said. “After the initial bounce-back in many activities following the easing of confinement measures, there are some signs from high-frequency indicators and business surveys that the pace of the global recovery has lost momentum since June, particularly in many advanced economies,” the OECD said.It pointed out, however, that “the economic outlook remains exceptionally uncertain, with the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to exert a substantial toll on economies and societies”.In the second quarter of 2020, global output more than 10 percent lower than at the end of 2019, “an unprecedented sudden shock in modern times”, the OECD said.The extent and timing of the pandemic shock differed across the major economies, but all experienced a sharp contraction in activity as necessary containment measures were implemented.
LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Facebook Log in with your social account JKN JKN-insurance-deficit #BPJSKesehatan BPJS-Kesehatan BPJS health #health big-data #big-data health-insurance #healthcare Linkedin Researchers are urging the government to tap into big data to optimize the National Health Insurance (JKN) program, which has suffered financial deficits since its establishment.“Big data opens up an opportunity for us to improve the efficiency and quality of health services and solve various issues in the health sector,” SMERU Research Institute director Widjajanti Isdijoso said in a recent virtual discussion.Big data seeks to make sense of large, diverse and changing data sets to address issues and make predictions.One way to capitalize on big data is to use it to predict patients who have a high risk of high-cost, catastrophic diseases based on their economic, social and health factors, SMERU research and outreach deputy director Athia Yumna said during the discussion.Such predictions would help health facilities prevent costly diseases early and use more e… Topics : Google
WHEN YOU UPGRADE FROM ONE PENTHOUSE TO ANOTHER 2/63 Sunshine Pde, Miami.“We also had an offer come forward before auction so there (was) some good interest there.”He said on Friday it was snapped up by a local buyer who planned to live in it.According to property records, an older house stood on the block until it was sold for $705,000 last year.The duplex was built after and the half that sold yesterday hit the market two weeks before a buyer snapped it up.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 NGU Real Estate Gold Coast agent Sean Graves, who marketed the property with Edward Smyth, said on Thursday it would potentially sell before auction because it had attracted so much attention in the lead up.He said house hunters liked its position, quality and deluxe features.“In the first two weeks, we had over 30 groups through,” he said. 2/63 Sunshine Pde, Miami. 2/63 Sunshine Pde, Miami.It had more views on realestate.com.au this week than any other property going to auction across Australia.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe new duplex is modern and has four bedrooms, a neutral palette, wood features and a rooftop terrace.It is also about 500m from the beach. AUCTION EVENT SET TO DRAW A CROWD 2/63 Sunshine Pde, Miami. 2/63 Sunshine Pde, Miami.THE most viewed property in the country this week has sold days before it was due to go under the hammer.The Gold Coast property at Miami sold on Thursday night for $1.025 million, two days before its scheduled auction on Sunday.
Big trucks making their way across Indiana will be held to tighter fuel standards in coming years.President Obama on Tuesday directed federal agencies to develop higher fuel-efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles by March 2016.John Graham, dean of Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, cited energy-security and environmental rationales for these standards.“They reduce our oil consumption, which makes us less vulnerable to manipulation from the Middle East and from the unstable oil producers,” he said, “and they reduce greenhouse gases, which are linked to climate change.”The standards will affect all vehicles weighing more than 8,500 pounds, from large pick-up trucks to 18-wheelers. According to the White House, the new rules would build on standards passed in 2011 that are already projected to save vehicle owners and operators $50 billion in fuel costs in the lifetimes of models built from 2014 to 2018.Just a few years ago, it was estimated that heavy-duty vehicles make up only 4 percent of the transportation sector and yet account for about one-fourth of the road-fuel use and greenhouse-gas emissions from this sector. Graham predicted the new standards will have an impact on air quality in Indiana.“These trucks are oftentimes in Northern Indiana,” he said. “They roll right across the northern border as they move east-west or west-east, and they’re a big part of the transportation system.”Meanwhile, manufacturers are in the process of meeting requirements to expand fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks to slightly more than 54 miles per gallon by 2025.Information about the new standards is online at whitehouse.gov.
The 25-year-old has made just 18 appearances in a season which has been blighted by thigh, calf and hip injuries and has flown to America to see Dr Peter Asnis, an orthopaedic surgeon connected to club owners Fenway Sports Group’s other major acquisition the Boston Red Sox, in an attempt to solve his current hip problem. The England international spent some time in Los Angeles in early December as he rehabilitated from a thigh injury and he has revealed he enjoys spending time in the USA. Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is hopeful that a change of environment in the United States will help him overcome his injury problems. “I like America, the way of thinking is different,” he told the Times. “When you’re injured it’s important to have a different mentality. You have to channel yourself that you’re not a football player, that you could be a boxer or a tennis player or whatever it may be. “You have to have a single-minded mentality to get back in the best shape possible. When you’re injured it’s important to have that type of mentality. “That’s why being out here, I’m single-minded, zoning in on what I have to do and it’s great to be here. “The physios at Liverpool are top class but it’s a change of environment that worked before and I wanted to do it again and that’s why it happened.” Sturridge’s constant fitness problems have led some to question whether there may be a mental issue at the root of his struggles but the former Chelsea man is adamant that is not the case. “People can think what they want to think about me but I definitely know I do not have a mental issue,” he added. “I find it funny, I take it with a pinch of salt.” Asked at his press conference on Friday whether part of Sturridge’s problems were mental, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said: “I’m not sure. Daniel is like every other player – he wants to play and be available. “It is just unfortunate for him. If you look at his career he’s had little issues along the way but when we brought him here we knew we wanted to give him every chance to be one of the top goalscorers in Europe. “We have to do everything we can to get him on the training field and into the game, hence the reason for looking into the issue.” Press Association