TechnipFMC awarded iEPCI contract two fields offshore Australia

first_img TechnipFMC will provide engineering services for Lambert Deep and the Greater Western Flank fields. (Credit: TechnipFMC) Oil services firm TechnipFMC has received integrated engineering, procurement, construction and installation (iEPCI) contract from Woodside Energy for the Lambert Deep and Greater Western Flank fields located off the coast of Northwestern Australia.Under the contract, TechnipFMC will be responsible for the design, manufacture, delivery and installation of subsea equipment, including a subsea production system (SPS) for the Lambert Deep field and Phase 3 of the Greater Western Flank fields.TechnipFMC subsea president Arnaud Pieton said: “We are delighted to have been awarded another iEPCI project through our frame agreement with Woodside.“This is Woodside’s second consecutive award adopting our Subsea 2.0 platform, confirming our common ambition to transform subsea economics through integration, standardization and configurability.”Flexible flowlines and umbilicals to be provided for Angel platformThe firm will also provide flexible flowlines and umbilicals for connection to the Angel platform, located about 120km northwest of Karratha.The Angel platform is connected to the North Rankin Complex (NRC) through a 50km subsea pipeline.The contract, which represents the second to be awarded to TechnipFMC under a five-year integrated iEPCI frame agreement with Woodside, is estimated to be worth between $75m and $250m.Recently, TechnipFMC said it defers plans to split its operations into two separate entities, due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors.The firm seeks to spin off its engineering and construction business into a separate company. The other business, which will be engaged in providing integrated technology and services to the oil and gas industry, will operate as TechnipFMC. TechnipFMC will design, manufacture, delivery and installation of subsea equipment, including a subsea production system last_img read more

Property industry Code of Practice is just six months away, agents are told

first_imgThe much anticipated code of conduct for the property industry which will raise industry standards, protect residential consumers and make it much harder for cowboys to operate is to be ready by the end of the year, it has been announced.A Code of Practice Steering Group has been set up under the auspices of RICS and TPO following a report by the working group on the Regulation of Property Agents (ROPA), which was published last summer.It recommended developing a single, high-level set of principles in a code that would apply to all residential property agents, along with the setting up of a new regulator and mandatory qualifications for those working in the industry.In what will be the greatest change for the sector since the Estate Agency Act was passed in 1979, the new code will cover all aspects of residential property with detailed sections to cover sales, lettings and management.The steering group, made up of consumer and sector representatives, promises to look for more input from users, professionals, buyers, sellers, lenders, tenants and landlords when the draft goes out for consultation later this month. The code is set to be published by the end of 2020.StandardsIts chair, Baroness Hayter (pictured, above) has previously worked as chair of the property standards board.She says: “The forthcoming combined code will ensure that consumers are clear what standards they should expect from property professionals, and it will enable them to be confident that all residential property agents will be held to account in meeting them. It will raise standards and trust in the industry.”The ROPA report recommended that a new regulator should have a range of powers ranging from a rap on the knuckles to being able to suspend or close a business and even prosecute it.Meanwhile, a new agents’ licensing scheme would make every name available on a public online register where potential customers could check if a company is trading legally.Housing Minister Christopher Pincher MP says: “Baroness Hayter’s appointment is an important development for property agents as they further raise standards in their industry and protect their customers. I look forward to continuing to work with all to ensure customers are treated fairly and that all agents work to the same high standards.”Read our interview with Lord Best.Code of Practice Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) Lord Best baroness hayter July 1, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Property industry Code of Practice is just six months away, agents are told previous nextRegulation & LawProperty industry Code of Practice is just six months away, agents are toldA RICS and TPO backed Steering Committee has started work on a single code for the whole industry that, when introduced, will change estate agency forever.Nigel Lewis1st July 202002,573 Viewslast_img read more

AdvisorSmith: South Bend has highest levels of reported crime for Indiana’s large cities

first_img Facebook Google+ By Jon Zimney – March 16, 2021 11 768 Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest AdvisorSmith: South Bend has highest levels of reported crime for Indiana’s large cities (“Police Line / Police Tape” by Tony Webster, CC BY 2.0) A list of the safest cities in Indiana has been released.South Bend didn’t fare well, at all, on AdvisorSmith’s list, coming in with the highest levels of reported crime for large cities.Fort Wayne was been named the fifth-safest large city in Indiana. The study used data compiled from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics.Carmel earned the top spot in the large cities category, followed by Fishers, Noblesville and Greenwood.Berne was named the safest small city. Ligonier is 2nd safest small city. Winona Lake ranked 5th safest on the small side.(Photo supplied/Advisorsmith) Previous articleTwo Michigan City residents arrests after fleeing from crash scene on I-80/94Next articleCoroner: New Carlisle girl, 6, died due to asphyxiation Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Press release: Tuberculosis rates in England hit lowest recorded levels

first_imgWellington House 133-155 Waterloo RoadLondonSE1 8UG Telephone 020 7654 8400 The new data indicates that nearly 13% of people with TB have a ‘social risk factor’ and that they are more likely to have drug resistant infections and are less likely to complete treatment, prolonging the infection and increasing the risk of onward infection. Background It is hugely encouraging to see a continued decline in TB in England which shows that the interventions we are putting in place are having an impact and will hopefully one day soon consign TB to the history books. While these new figures are positive, challenges still exist. Out of hours 020 8200 4400 TB is difficult to catch, and you generally need to spend many hours in close contact with a person with infectious TB to be at risk of infection. Although TB can be fatal if left untreated, it is curable for the vast majority with appropriate antibiotic treatment. Heads of State will gather in New York on 26 September 2018 at the United Nations General Assembly first-ever high-level meeting on tuberculosis to accelerate efforts in ending TB and reach all affected people with prevention and care. The theme of the meeting is ‘United to end tuberculosis: an urgent global response to a global epidemic’. 2017 figures were the lowest number since 1990 (5,010). This is compared to 5,616 in 2016. The incidence rate in 2017 was 9.2 per 100,000 population, our lowest recorded rate, which for the first time falls under the 10 per 100,000 WHO definition of a low incidence country. In 2017, 71% of people (3,556) notified with TB were born outside the UK; this is a 13.1 decline from 2016 and at its lowest rate since 2000. Nearly one-third (31%) of people with pulmonary TB continue to experience a delay of more than 4 months between symptom onset and treatment start. In 2017, 12.6% of people notified with TB had a social risk factor (SRF), the highest proportion since data collection began in 2010. The rate of TB in the most deprived 10% of the population was 18.4 per 100,000, more than 7 times higher than in the least deprived (2.5 per 100,000). Public Health England press office We’re committed to keeping people healthy, and the steep decline of TB rates in this country is a testament to our world-leading approach. We are also helping other countries to go further in the fight against TB, with funding and research. TB is an infectious disease that usually affects the lungs, but can affect other parts of the body such as the lymph nodes (glands), the bones and the brain and can lead to serious complications. The most common symptoms of TB are a persistent cough for more than 3 weeks, unexplained weight loss, fever and night sweats.center_img However, in the UK the poorest are still 7 times more likely to have TB than the most well off, and we have to drive down this inequality. The UN High-Level Meeting on TB will be a prime opportunity to join forces with other countries and push further in the global effort to eliminate TB for good – in our country and around the world. The proportion of people who experience a delay between symptom onset and diagnosis remains stubbornly high. We are working across England to ensure that patients are diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to minimise the chance of long-term ill health and onward transmission. Steve Brine, Public Health Minister said: Email [email protected] New data published by Public Health England (PHE) reveal that the number of people in England diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) is at its lowest level since 1990, raising the hope that it will soon be consigned to the history books.Following action by PHE, the NHS and others, there was a 38% drop in new diagnoses from the peak in 2011 to 2017 (from 8,280 to 5,102), with a 9% fall in diagnoses between 2016 and 2017 alone.The incidence rate of TB in England is now 9.2 per 100,000 population – taking England to below the World Health Organisation definition of a low incidence country (10 per 100,000 population) for the first time. TB is high on the global political agenda, as Heads of State gather in New York for the first UN High Level Meeting on tuberculosis, with the shared ambition of ending TB across the world.Public Health England has played a key role in driving down the rates of TB in England, working with NHS England and other partner organisations to implement the ‘Collaborative Tuberculosis Strategy for England 2015 to 2020’. This includes raising awareness and tackling TB in underserved populations, implementing testing for latent TB in those arriving from countries with high rates of TB, and strengthening surveillance and monitoring.Dr Sarah Anderson, Head of TB Strategy at Public Health England, said: TB in England, 2018 report, will be published on GOV.UK on 25 September 2018. The risk factors for tuberculosis – a bacterial infection that primarily affects the lungs and causes persistent cough, fever and weight loss – include homelessness, poor quality housing, alcohol and substance misuse.last_img read more

Darn Tough Vermont donates 2,000 pairs of socks to relief effort

first_imgDarn Tough Vermont,Touched by the devastation to many Vermont communities in the wake of Hurricane Irene, including its hometown of Northfield, Vermont, and inspired by the generosity of its neighbors, Darn Tough Vermont has pledged to make an initial donation of 2,000 pairs of socks to those in need across the state. The Vermont Foodbank will strategically distribute the men’s, women’s and children’s socks throughout the state to communities hit hardest by Irene’s flooding.   ‘Everyone is giving what they can during this challenging time for our state,’ said Ric Cabot, owner of Darn Tough Vermont. ‘While food and water take precedent, a new pair of socks can go a long way for a family who has lost many necessities, or for someone who is standing all day in damp, humid conditions trying to rebuild their community. I know it’s just socks, but it’s what we do.’Darn Tough Vermont and the Cabot Hosiery Mill have been making socks in Northfield, Vermont for over 30 years. The over 100 employees who work at the mill, including many from flood-ravaged Northfield, have all felt to affects of Irene in some way or another.Cabot added, ‘Our staff has pulled together to help each other out during this difficult time. We are offering financial assistance to our employees who were hardest hit and unable to return to work. Thankfully, most of our staff was able to come back to the mill quickly. Inspired by their dedication and the generosity we’ve been seeing across the state, we hope these 2,000 pairs of socks will make the recovery effort a little easier.’For more information on the Vermont Foodbank please visit www.vtfoodbank.org(link is external) or call (800) 585-2265. For more information on Darn Tough Vermont please visit www.darntough.com(link is external).Darn Tough Vermont is a manufacturer of premium, all weather outdoors socks, with headquarters in Northfield, Vermont. Darn Tough Vermont offers products in six active wear categories: ski/ride, hike/trek, run/bike, lifestyle, hunt and kid’s styles. The company’s product is distinguished from industry competitors by: 100% USA manufacturing; small needle knitting which results in more stitches per inch and exceptional durability and cushioning; an exclusive blend of either Coolmax® or ultra-fine merino wool for softness, fit, durability and moisture management; and a unique unlimited lifetime guarantee policy. For more information, visit: www.darntough.com(link is external).last_img read more

Billy Crystal, Muhammad Ali Raise $1M for Long Beach

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Billy Crystal donated $1 million to the City of Long Beach on Saturday, June 22, 2013 (Courtesy of Long Beach)Actor-comedian and Long Beach native Billy Crystal returned Saturday to his childhood city to donate $1 million raised by his Hollywood actor friends with the help of boxing champion Muhammad Ali.With scores of residents looking on, the Analyze This star handed to city officials two checks: $12,000 from his family and $888,000 raised by Steve Martin, Robert De Niro, Robin Williams and Jimmy Walker at Ali’s annual Parkinson’s Disease research charity boxing event, Fight Night.“This is the first time they have diverted funds from Parkinson’s research,” Crystal said of Ali. “To help out Long Beach.”The funds are meant to help the continuing Sandy recovery in the City by the Sea, where the boardwalk is being rebuilt, neighborhoods and businesses are still rebuilding and the Long Beach Medical Center has yet to reopen eight months after the Oct. 29 superstorm.“Janice and I though $888,000 is a great amount of money, but a million sounds a lot better,” he said, referring to his wife.Basketball star and two-time Olympic champion Nancy Lieberman also donated two basketball courts to the city.Crystal, who toured the city and filmed a commercial for Long Beach while he was there, said where the donated money will be allocated has yet to be decided.“Don’t spend it all in one place!” he joked after asked city officials for two forms of ID while handing over the checks.“There’ll be more help on the way,” he added. “There’ll be more to come.”last_img read more

3 reasons why right-party contact is more challenging than ever

first_imgOne of the biggest challenges collection operations face—whether an in-house or outsourced venture—is making contact with delinquent borrowers. The collections industry has always had to deal with and overcome negative stereotypes, but in this day and age of heavy regulations and evolving technology, right-party contact is more challenging than ever for three particular reasons:The Decline of the Landline It’s not rocket science—if a borrower doesn’t pick up the phone, it’s impossible to collect on a delinquent payment, so reaching them is key. However, as technology and consumer behavior has evolved, we’ve seen the number of Americans with landlines in their homes drastically decrease. According to the National Health Interview Survey, 44% of American households only had cellular phones during the first half of 2014. This trend toward mobile-only communication seems to be more prevalent among the young and the underprivileged. Among all age groups, 69.3% of 25-29-year olds, and 59.1% with a poor household poverty status1  were mobile-only households.But when the only option is to reach a delinquent borrower on their mobile phone, collection operations have to be prepared to navigate the complexities of regulations.Regulations Surrounding Calls to Wireless Phone NumbersThe regulations surrounding collections—specifically calling mobile phone numbers—are complex. Among other things, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) prohibits calls to cell phone numbers from auto dialers, unless they comply with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), namely, the portion of the act that states borrowers must give prior consent to contact them on their cell phone.The TCPA is a noteworthy challenge for collection operations because although the law was originally enacted to restrict solicitations, i.e., telemarketing, it lumps debt collectors into the law, even though telemarketing and collection calls are completely different.Regulations and the uncertainty of future regulations are a significant concern for many of our credit union clients. Keeping a firm grasp of compliance is no cake walk—in fact, we employ a dedicated compliance and legal team to stay informed of regulatory changes, conduct internal audits, and train our staff, among other things, because we recognize the impact that missteps could have to our business and that of our clients.Ineffective Calling StrategiesWhen collection operations utilize calling strategies that only include calling delinquent borrowers during typical business hours—8 a.m.-5 p.m.—when most people are at work, their right-party contact rates are obviously going to be impacted.And, as most collection management teams know, early stage contact is critical. Collectors strive to be the first collection call borrowers get so that they can be the first in line to receive a payment. But, it’s evidently not that simple—being the first in line to receive a payment from a delinquent borrower means increasing your contact rates by developing a calling strategy that includes prime time or evenings to increase your chances of reaching the borrower. Of course, in order to implement this type of strategy, you will have to consider flexing your team’s schedules to include evening and weekends, which may require overtime pay. The cost to collect a single dollar can quickly rise the more you align your calling strategy with the typical consumer’s schedule of availability.These are all real issues that we discuss with our clients on a daily basis, and even encounter internally in our own collection operation. And although there is no silver bullet-solution, by being informed and proactive, you can find creative solutions to help your operation overcome these challenges.Learn even more about industry trends and actionable ways that you can improve your in-house collections process in our ebook, Collections: To Outsource, or Not to Outsource, That is the Question.    Based on household income and household size using the U.S. Census Bureau’s poverty thresholds. “Poor” persons are defined as those below the poverty threshold. 98SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brad Young As COO of The Financial Institution Group’s AutoPilot® Services, Brad Young manages and consults on all aspects of SWBC’s suite of risk and account management services, including collections, … Web: www.swbc.com Detailslast_img read more

Work on the big stuff first

first_imgAs the daughter of a soil scientist, I listened up when Heidi Macpherson, Ph.D., started talking about filling a jar with rocks and sand.President of the State University of New York at Brockport, Macpherson presented at the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic Women’s Executive Forum on July 18 in Rochester, N.Y. Sponsored by $859 million The Summit Federal Credit Union, Rochester, the three-hour event brought together female executives, golf pros and high school students served by the Hillside Family of Agencies around the theme of “Paths to Success.”Macpherson told about a consultant she once heard speak who showed a room full of overachievers a big glass jar. She placed good sized rocks in it up to the top and then asked the group, “Is it full?”The group said, “Definitely!”Then the consultant poured in some smaller pebbles into the jar, which filled the spaces between the rocks. The consultant asked again, “Is it full?”The group said, “Yes, now it’s full!” continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CDC offers advice on citizen use of masks, respirators

first_img They live with someone who has flu symptoms (resulting in possible exposure) and they need to be in a crowded public place. Feb 1 CIDRAP News story on nonpharmaceutical measures recommended by CDChttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/panflu/news/feb0107pandemic.html “State and local public health agencies are continuing to work with their communities to prepare for a possible pandemic and to ensure that citizens understand that facemasks and respirators should be used in combination with other preventive measures, such as hand hygiene and social distancing.” Furthermore, people who care for a pandemic flu patient at home or have other close contact with sick people in a pandemic should consider wearing an N-95 respirator, a more elaborate type of mask designed to stop virus-sized particles, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised. For example, says an 11-page guidance document the CDC released, people might choose to wear a face mask when going to a grocery store or a religious service, and they might want to use a respirator when visiting a sick neighbor to deliver food or medicine. Surgical face masks are simple masks designed to fit across the nose and mouth and catch large respiratory droplets produced by the wearer, but they also offer some protection from others’ secretions. They are inexpensive and typically fit fairly loosely. They have the flu and think they might come in close contact with others. N-95 respirators are thicker masks that are designed to fit tightly to the face and block at least 95% of small airborne particles. They must be specially fitted for the wearer. Surgical masks and N-95 respirators used for infection control in the United States are intended to be discarded after one use, though washable fabric masks are used in a number of countries. She added that a respirator can lead to a “false sense of security,” because if it fits poorly so that air can leak around it, it provides less protection. . . . “If you’re going to choose a mask right now, it’s probably best to think about a simple face mask that prevents your respiratory secretions from infecting someone else” and that also offers some protection from incoming droplets, she said. Because respirators fit tightly, they make it harder to breathe, which can be a serious problem for people who have heart or lung disease, she said. Also, “For people who have a beard, it’s just about impossible to make it fit tight enough to the face to work as an effective filter.” The CDC recommendations drew a positive response from two non-CDC public health officials contacted by CIDRAP News today. The new guidance was preceded about 3 months ago by CDC recommendations on general nonpharmaceutical community measures to combat a flu pandemic. The new document comes about 6 months after the CDC called for stronger respiratory protection for healthcare workers in a pandemic. In guidance issued in October 2006, the agency said the use of N-95 respirators is prudent for medical staff providing any direct care for pandemic flu patients. Oct 18 2006 CIDRAP News story “HHS backs respirator use in caring for pandemic flu patients”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/panflu/news/oct1806masks.html Flu spreads mainly when people come in close contact, meaning about 6 feet, with those who are sick, according to the CDC guidance. Long-distance transmission of flu viruses through the air, such as through ventilation systems, has not been proven. Sick people are most likely to spread the virus early in the illness, especially when they first start to cough and sneeze, the document says. CDC officials said avoiding crowded conditions and infected people are the most important precautions in a pandemic, but masks and respirators may provide additional protection. Standard precautions such as hand hygiene and social distancing should also be used, officials said. The CDC said people should consider wearing a face mask during a flu pandemic if: If N-95 respirators run short during a pandemic, face masks can be used instead—and should be used when close contact with sick people is expected, the CDC guidance says. Duchin said he senses that the threat of a pandemic has waned in the public’s consciousness. “But when people are engaged in discussing pandemic preparation, masks and respirators are something they ask about,” he said. Gerberding said the CDC is not recommending that people stockpile masks or respirators now. However, she said, “This might be a good time to get one and check it out, find out what’s comfortable for you. Can you even wear an N-95 respirator?” The CDC is stockpiling masks and respirators for use by healthcare workers in a pandemic, mainly because the supply depends heavily on imports. “We have almost 52 million regular surgical masks, and of N-95 respirators we have almost 100 million in the stockpile, with several million more on order,” Gerberding said. “We’re not really sure what role an N-95 will play in protection beyond caring for the sick,” she added. People should consider wearing an N-95 respirator if they are well and expect to be in close contact with someone who is known or believed to have the flu, and particularly when caring for a sick person at home, the agency said. They are well and don’t expect to have close contact with a sick person, but they need to be in a crowded place. In presenting the CDC guidance today, Gerberding said the agency is doing research to learn more about the role of masks and respirators in blocking flu viruses, but the results won’t be available for months or years. “So we decided to gather our best experts to give some practical advice,” she said. The guidance also suggests that, for necessary group meetings, everyone be encouraged to wear a face mask. Another option, it says, is to screen people arriving at a meeting and exclude anyone who has a cough or fever or has been exposed to a sick household member. May 3 CDC news releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2007/r070503.htm May 3, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Though there is little scientific evidence to go on, wearing a surgical face mask may make sense for people who have to go into crowded public places during an influenza pandemic, federal health officials said today. “I think the guidance will be useful in the context of getting standardized information out to the public,” said Jeffrey Duchin, MD, chief of communicable disease control for Seattle King County Public Health in Washington. Though public health experts don’t have definitive answers on how helpful masks and respirators will be in a pandemic setting, the CDC’s guidance is a good source of information for people who are interested in their use, he added. “Masks may be an extra margin of safety, but none of the masks are likely to make a very big difference,” she said. They are “something businesses may consider, but they wouldn’t be our priority in terms of preparedness.” Paula A. Steib, communication director for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, commented, “While masks alone will not eliminate the risk of infection during an influenza pandemic, the CDC interim guidance is a good starting point. In response to a question, Gerberding played down somewhat the role of masks and respirators in business settings. She suggested that employees should follow the same approach the CDC is recommending for the public in general, but said the most important thing in pandemic preparations for businesses is to develop an overall continuity plan. “If people are not able to avoid crowded places, [or] large gatherings or are caring for people who are ill, using a facemask or a respirator correctly and consistently could help protect people and reduce the spread of pandemic influenza,” CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said in a news release. Today’s interim guidance is intended to augment and supersede information in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Pandemic Influenza Plan, released by the agency in November 2005. See also: “Think of it as a way to catch and contain respiratory secretions,” Gerberding said at a news briefing today. “These masks are very good catchers of those droplets, they keep your secretions contained within you.” Gerberding acknowledged today that it would be hard for people to properly test the fit of an N-95 respirator on their own, since fit-testing requires training. “We’ll be experimenting with others at the FDA and elsewhere to see if there’s a way we can help people with that,” she said. Although child-sized face masks are available, children may find it hard to wear them correctly, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not cleared them, the guidance says. Therefore, other prevention strategies, such as handwashing and social distancing, should be considered for children.last_img read more

Deutsche Bank in City shake-up

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