Glasgow council chooses Donald

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Keppel FELS nets $85M worth liftboat order from Crystal Heights

first_imgKeppel FELS Limited, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has secured a contract from Crystal Heights Holdings Limited, a company specialised in the offshore oil and gas market, to build a high specification liftboat worth $85 million.The liftboat is designed by Keppel O&M’s liftboat design specialist, Bennett Offshore in collaboration with Keppel FELS. Scheduled for delivery in 4Q 2017, the liftboat will have provisions enabling it to operate in China, the Middle East and the Gulf of Mexico.Liftboats are vessels used to support offshore platforms in construction, accommodation and well intervention as well as maintenance and installation.Wong Kok Seng, Managing Director of Keppel O&M (Offshore) and Keppel FELS, said, “This latest contract from Crystal Heights is the second liftboat based on Keppel’s innovative proprietary solution that Keppel has been contracted to build within a year.“We have leveraged our jackup rig technologies and expertise to develop our own series of liftboat designs that is able to value add to the industry. For instance, it will have a higher freeboard for safer operations and retractable spud cans flushed to the bottom of the rig’s hull which reduces drag when transiting between locations.“Even as the market for drilling rigs remains depressed, Keppel has the versatility and capabilities to design and build other products that are in demand, such as mobile units for plug and abandonment, accommodation and maintenance.”Kenny Cai, Director of Crystal Heights, added, “Despite the current low oil price environment, there are a large number of offshore platforms in the world that require more efficient and cost-effective solutions such as the use of a dedicated liftboat for their maintenance, upgrading as well as removal. Besides being utilised in the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa, they are also increasingly being employed by key operators in China, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.“Building our first liftboat with a reputable shipyard will enable us to establish an early foothold in the market, especially in the Asian region which currently has the least number of liftboats available per platform. Having worked with Keppel on previous projects before, I am confident that we can look forward to receiving a best-in-class liftboat from them promptly and safely.”last_img read more

USD250 million funding target for Dockwise as 3i sells stake

first_imgThe Company has signed agreements with certain existing shareholders, and, subject to certain conditions, with new investor Sankaty Advisors LLC and expects to sign such agreements with HAL Investments B.V. (“HAL”) and Project Holland Deelnemingen B.V./Project Holland Fonds (“Project Holland Fonds”) later today. These investors commit to provide Dockwise with fresh capital to support it in the next phase of its development. In addition, the three new investors have acquired all of the shares in the Company held by 3i Delphi Cöoperatief B.A. (“3i”). Dockwise, whose shares are already listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, also plans to seek a share listing in Amsterdam to increase liquidity in the Company’s shares.Most of the fresh equity will come from direct placement to HAL Investments and Project Holland Deelneemingen.Existing shareholders who have not participated in the directed placement will have rights to participate in the equity exercise through a subsequent offering.André Goedeé, Chief Executive Officer, Dockwise Ltd, said: “In the two years since listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange, we have seen the business grow in annual revenues from USD 290 million to USD 457 million in 2008. The initiative announced today will provide Dockwise with a sustainable capital structure and a solid foundation for the Company’s future development.last_img read more

Crane sales slide at Manitowoc

first_imgNet sales in the cranes business stood at USD543.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared with USD663.2 million in the same period of 2014.Crane operating earnings for the fourth quarter of 2015 totalled USD24.1 million, down from USD45.3 million in the same period last year.For the full year, revenue in Manitowoc’s cranes segment declined 19.1 percent to USD1.9 billion, and operating earnings declined to USD64.3 million, compared with USD163.9 million recorded in 2014.Manitowoc attributed the decline to continuing weakness in rough-terrain cranes and boom trucks due to declining oil prices and its impact across energy-related end markets.However, said the manufacturer, this decline was partially offset by strength in crawler cranes driven by accelerating shipments of the company’s VPC technology.”Our cranes business performed as expected during the fourth quarter,” said Manitowoc chairman and interim ceo, Kenneth W. Krueger. “While orders improved sequentially from the third quarter, sales continue to be impacted by tepid customer demand. However, the benefits of cost control actions are beginning to take hold to improve overall profitability.”Barry L. Pennypacker, president and ceo of Manitowoc Cranes, added: “During the quarter, we saw pockets of better demand within our all-terrain category fueled by our new five-axle GMK5250L. However, the overall business remains challenged by an uncertain macro-economic environment.”In light of these circumstances, Manitowoc Cranes expects revenue for the full-year 2016 to remain flat.”The full-year 2016 net sales outlook for Manitowoc Cranes assumes no improvement in the global economic backdrop, but modest stabilisation in demand,” added Pennypacker.  www.manitowoccranes.comlast_img read more

Texas man sues woman for texting while on a movie date

first_imgA Texas man has filed a petition at a small claims court seeking $17.31 in damages after his date texted while they were at the movies in Austin.Brandon Vezmar while talking to Austin American-Statesman claims he spent that much money to take his unidentified date to a 3-D showing of “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” on May 6.“After the movie started, defendant activated her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages, in direct violation of the theater’s policy, ” his petition states.He accuses his date of “adversely affecting the viewing experience” of moviegoers.“While damages sought are modest, the principle is important as defendant’s behavior is a threat to civilized society,” his petition says.According to Vezmar, he met the woman online and that the movie was their first date.“It was kind of a first date from hell,” he said, adding that texting at the movies is, “like, one of my biggest pet peeves.”The woman in her defence while asking the paper not to use her name said she was texting a friend who needed her.last_img read more

PT KAI Minta Gubernur DKI Jakarta Hapus SIKM untuk KA Relasi dari Bandung

first_imgSumber: PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) akan mulai mengoperasikan seluruh relasi perjalanan kereta api jarak jauh pada 10 Juli 2020 besok. Kereta yang akan beroperasi termasuk KA Argo Parahyangan dengan relasi Gambir – Bandung, KA Bima relasi Gambir – Malang dan Sembrani dari Gambir menuju ke Surabaya Pasar Turi.Baca juga: Suhu Tubuh Tinggi Saat Dicek Masuk Stasiun? PT KAI Siap Kembalikan Tiket AndaDidiek Hartantyo, Direktur Utama PT KAI mengatakan, pihaknya telah menyurati Gubernur DKI Jakarta Anies Baswedan untuk menghapus Surat Izin Keluar Masuk (SIKM) yang menjadi salah satu syarat memasuki ibukota. Didiek mengatakan, surat tersebut dikirim ke Gubernur DKI Jakarta karena mereka diinstruksikan oleh Menteri Perhubungan untuk mengoperasikan kembali KA Parahyangan. “Kalau itu (KA Parahyangan) kami operasikan dengan SIKM bagaimana keadaannya? Akan sulit bagi kami. Di Stasiun banyak turun, tapi bagaimana kalau SIKM tidak diindahkan?” kata Didiek yang dikutip dari berbagai laman sumber.Apalagi lokasi stasiun berada di Jakarta dan mengharuskan penumpang yang menuju ke stasiun tersebut memiliki SIKM. Didiek mengatakan, mereka sebagai operator tetap berada di tengah-tengah peraturan.“Namun demikian terkait SIKM ini yang mengeluarkan peraturan Gubernur. Jadi kita beroperasi di Jakarta terkena peraturan Gubernur dan kami sangat ketat menetapkan aturan itu karena terkait dengan protokol penanganan Covid juga,” ujar Didiek.Dia menjelaskan, adanya SIKM ini mengharuskan pihak KAI menyeleksi penumpang dan bila tidak memilikinya maka terpaksa penumpang ditolak berangkat atau harus isolasi mandiri selama 14 hari. Didiek menjelaskan, bila pun di stasiun keberangkatan tidak diperiksa dan lolos, tetapi ketika tiba di Jakarta (Gambir) penumpang akan diperiksa dan kemungkinan isolasi mandiri 14 hari harus dilakukan penumpang.Saat ini Didiek berharap diberi keleluasaan bagi calon penumpang khususnya KA Argo Parahyangan untuk dibebaskan dari Syarat SIKM. Dia mengatakan, surat yang dikirimkan, mereka tembuskan kepada Menhub, BUMN dan Kepala Satuan Gugus Tugas Covid-19 Doni Monardo untuk keleluasaan Jakarta – Bandung.Baca juga: Beroperasi dengan Kapasitas Angkut 70 Persen, PT KAI Naikkan Tarif 30-40 PersenUntuk diketahui, SIKM sebagai salah satu syarat bepergian keluar-masuk DKI Jakarta dengan moda transportasi umum dinilai mampu mengontrol mobilitas warga daerah penyangga ke ibukota. Meski dalam pembuatannya masih banyak kekurangan. tetapi proses atau birokrasi yang cukup panjang untuk mendapat SIKM ini cukup menghambat masyarakat dari luar daerah menuju ke dalam yang coba menghubungi pihak KAI terkait pencabutan SIKM karena beroperasinya sejumlah relasi kereta selain Bandung – Jakarta masih belum ada konfirmasi yang lebuh jelas.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedLarangan Mudik Berlaku, PT KAI Hentikan Operasional KA Jarak Jauh dan Lokal23/04/2020In “Darat”Sambut HUT RI Ke-75, Inilah Parade Promo Diskon dan Tiket Gratis dari PT KAI12/08/2020In “Destinasi”Meriahkan HUT RI Ke-74, KA Parahyangan Tampil dengan Livery Khusus “Merah Putih”16/08/2019In “Featured”last_img read more

Governor Walker Continuing Medicaid Expansion

first_imgAfter the House stripped the reform from the operating budget, House Democrats introduced an expansion bill and Republican Senator Pete Kelly introduced a reform bill. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享During a press conference Governor Bill Walker spoke to why he is continuing the process of expanding Medicaid by introducing it as a bill to legislature. Previously Alaska Representatives requested it be removed from the operating budget and introduced as a stand alone bill which the governor initially opposed. Gov. Walker: “It was healthy for the general fund, we paid lots of dollars out of the general fund for healthcare that we won’t have too once it is In place to receive to replace general fund dollars and it is a catalyst for reform.  We heard a lot about reform and reform has been ongoing we have continued that on, reform is a part of this legislation but reform isn’t something you start on one day and you stop on another day, it’s an ongoing process, this will be the catalyst for that.”center_img Today Walker spoke about moving forward with his legislation that included both. Gov. Walker: ”We’re going to present this bill which he have, we will present it in committee as well and we expect that we’ll be able to convince and continue to meet with legislators on a one  on one basis or however they want to be convinced that this is the best thing for Alaska, so its kind of an old fashion kind of way of doing it but we can do it one vote at a time.”last_img read more

Interactive Culinary Fundraiser a Hit

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank hosted their first ever Clash of the Culinary Kings Fundraiser last weekend. While only a three judge panel was able to test the entrees put together by local chefs Dan Haag of the Flats Bistro, Steve England of Kenai Catering, and Paul Warner of, the attendees voted on the hors d’oeuvres. Linda Swarner with the Food Bank said around 120 people attended and were able to participate in the new kind of entertainment. Swarner: “People were having fun watching the chefs prepare their projects and then individuals got to sample hors d’oeuvres.” Swarner: “Attendees voted with lima beans for the People’s Choice Award.” The Porterhouse Grill won that award and Dan Haag won the competition. Swarner said she does not yet have the final tally on how much was raised by the fundraiser but the food bank is definitely looking to do this kind of fundraiser again.last_img read more

World Games 2001 open in Akita

first_imgThe Opening Ceremony will be held at the Yabase Track and Field Stadium, one of the 21 venues in Akita Pref. that hosts this unique international sports event over the next 11 days. What are World Games?The World Games have been in existence for 20 years.They were held for the first time in 1981 at Santa Clara, Calif., with the aim of spreading non-Olympic sports around the world. Since then, the event has taken place every four years in the year following a Summer Olympic Games. Four European cities have also hosted the international event and Akita will become the sixth city to hold the World Games and the first in Asia.More than 2,500 athletes from 80 countries and regions have gathered in the northern prefecture of Japan and will compete in the 158 medal events and 11 demonstration exhibitions.In 1980 the International World Games Association (IWGA), the organizing body of the World Games, consisted of 12 international sports federations. Baseball, badminton, bowling, casting (fly-fishing), taekwondo were among the original 12 sports and those sports featured in the World Games’ early era.Baseball, badminton and taekwondo have since become Olympic events, and they have been replaced by aerobics, flying disc, parachuting and billiards. Aerial acrobaticsOne of the sports that make the World Games very unique is parachuting. Participants compete for accurate landings from a height of 1,200 meters; freestyle skydiving, in which an individual performs while falling from 3,000 meters; and formation skydiving in which four people form various formations from a height of 3,000 meters.In the accurate landing event, athletes compete to see how close they can land to the center of a target, which is only 3-centimeter in diameter.The skydiving events require the competitors to team up with a photographer, who records the performance in the air. Athletes get points based on the difficulty of their performance and on the quality of the photographer’s work.BaywatchLife saving is more commonly associated with the beach. But here, it is a contest that highlights the art, speed and technique of the lifeguards. Events include an obstacle race and manekin race, which simulates rescuing a drowning person.In the team event, one athlete plays the role of a lifeguard and rescues a teammate who is floating 120 meters offshore. Two assistants wait on the beach and help pull them ashore.Tug of warTug of war used to be an Olympic sport and was one of the track and field events from the 1900 Paris Games to the 1920 Antwerp Games.It is played by a eight-man team which has to pull its opponent a distance of 4 meters to win. The total weight of the team cannot exceed 680 kg when the tug of war is competed outdoors and 600 kg when competed indoors.This sport is very popular among Japanese people, but it is not as simple as it looks. The eight men have to coordinate both their power and tempo in order to get the upper edge on their opponents. Unfamiliar sportsThe Games also feature some sports with unfamiliar sounding names.Faustball is thought to be the origin of volleyball and is one of the oldest sports in the world.“Faust” means fist in German and the game is played on a 50×20-meter court. The five players that make up a team can only use one hand to pass the ball over a two-meter net to their opponent’s side. The team gets one point if the opposition touches the ball four times before returning it to the other side, or if the ball bounces twice before a player touches it.The first team to get 20 points wins the set and the event is played in a best-of-three set format.Korfball is very similar to basketball. However the players (eight per team — both men and women as it is a mixed sport) cannot dribble the ball. Instead they have to pass the ball around before scoring in the “Korf,” which is a basket in Dutch. Exhibition eventsIn Akita, local and perhaps unfamiliar sports such as Aikido, beach handball, women’s tug of war, gate ball and sumo have been chosen as exhibition events. No medals will be provided in these sports. The mascotsThe mascots of the World Games 2001 Akita are based on namahage, fearsome ogres from folk myths. The one on the left is Huggy and the one on the right Nummy. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Who is the best lifesaver in the world? Who is the most elegant performer at a height of 3,000 meters? And who throws a flying disc the most accurately?All those questions, and more, will be answered at the World Games 2001 Akita, which open today.center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

Deadline To Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance May 31

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The deadline for Alaskans affected by the November 30 earthquake to register for federal disaster assistance is fast approaching. It is 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 31. Residents can apply for assistance the following ways:Visit a disaster recovery center. To find one, visit at DisasterAssistance.govCall 800-621-3362 (FEMA), voice/VP/711. Operators are available in many languages. TTY users may call 800-462-7585. Lines are open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Disaster recovery centers are open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at:University of Alaska Annex at University Center Mall, 3901 Old Seward Highway, Suite 153, Anchorage 99503Community Covenant Church, 16123 Artillery Rd., Eagle River 99577 The extension means survivors now have until May 31, to submit their application to FEMA or the Small Business Administration. The initial registration period would have ended on April 1.center_img Governor Mike Dunleavy’s request to extend the disaster assistance registration period for individuals or households impacted by the November 30 Cook Inlet Earthquake was approved by FEMA. For more information on Alaska’s disaster recovery, visit, read more