i-Tech 7 and Shell collaboration to accelerate digital transformation

first_imgThe agreement will help fast-track innovation and streamline the adoption of applied technologies i-Tech 7 Command Centre. (Credit: i-Tech 7) i-Tech 7, Subsea 7’s Life of Field business unit, and Shell International Exploration & Production, Inc, have entered into a collaborative technology agreement to accelerate subsea digitalisation, initially for a period of five years from the fourth quarter of 2019.The agreement will help fast-track innovation and streamline the adoption of applied technologies in areas such as marine robotics, advanced sensing, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems to address the industry’s challenges to improve safety, cost-efficiency and sustainability.Steve Wisely, Senior Vice President for i-Tech 7, said: “Digitalisation is core to our strategy and we are continuing to expand our digital capability and offering, to strengthen our market position and deliver enhanced value to our customers.“This partnership extends our on-going relationship with Shell for the provision of subsea life of field services. Both companies share a common vision for safe, efficient and optimised offshore operations and this partnership will help accelerate the development and deployment of digital asset integrity management services to support Shell’s offshore assets in the region.”“Digitalisation will support Shell to become a world-class investment case by improving our productivity, reliability and performance as well as reducing the costs of our assets,” said Christian George, Shell Vice President of Wells, Deep Water and Surface Engineering Technology. “We are delighted to extend our strong operational partnership with Subsea 7’s Life of Field business unit into the area of technology development.”“Their mix of technology development and operational expertise across the life cycle of deep water assets will help us accelerate the deployment of these transformational technologies,” added George.i-Tech 7 is exhibiting at Booth 633 at Subsea Tieback 2020 which takes place this week in San Antonio, Texas. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

US aircraft carrier patrols contested South China Sea

first_img View post tag: USS John C. Stennis View post tag: South China Sea March 4, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today US aircraft carrier patrols contested South China Sea, shadowed by Chinese warships US aircraft carrier patrols contested South China Sea, shadowed by Chinese warships View post tag: US Navy A full-blown aircraft carrier group with USS John C. Stennis at the helm transited the Luzon Strait March 1 and is now conducting patrols in the South China Sea.The news comes in the wake of U.S. Pacific Commander’s announcement that the U.S. Navy would increase its presence in the South China Sea. Admiral Harry B. Harris said the U.S. Navy would sail, fly and operate wherever international law allows.The announcement was made in response to reports of Beijing’s actions the region. It has been said that China was “clearly militarising” the region by setting up missile launchers on the disputed islands.According to the U.S. Navy, the John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) entered the region on March 1 and has maintained a location in the eastern half of these international waters for four days.USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) all conducted a replenishment-at-sea receiving advanced biofuel, aviation fuel and supplies from USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7). Flight operations have occurred daily with Carrier Airwing (CVW) 9 conducting 266 sorties.Numerous People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA(N)) vessels have remained in JCSSG’s vicinity during this time period.Capt. Greg Huffman, Stennis’ commanding officer, said: “We have Chinese ships around us that we normally didn’t see in my past experience. “Everything I have heard over bridge-to-bridge channels has been good communications between professional mariners,” he added.In recent months, other U.S. Navy ships have conducted similar events in the 7th Fleet area of operations including the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS McCampbell (DDG 85), the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62), and the Freedom-class littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3).However, Chinese officials declared two such sails as provocations as they claimed that USS Lassen and USS Curtis Wilbur came too close to islands in the Spratly archipelago which China claims for itself. Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

Mr Kipling to lose famous tagline?

first_imgPremier Foods has issued a print advert following speculation its Mr Kipling brand could drop its ’Exceedingly Good’ tagline.Published this week in a national newspaper, it said: “Mr Kipling doesn’t do rumours, but he does make exceedingly good cakes.”It follows comments made by Gavin Darby, Premier’s chief executive, to The Daily Telegraph this week that the strapline could be removed from new adverts. When questioned whether a new slogan could feature, he said that it “is possible”.A spokesperson for Premier Foods told British Baker that it had no further comment to make.In January this year, the company announced a £20m investment in doubling capacity at its cake manufacturing site in Carlton, Barnsley to meet demand for its Mr Kipling Snap Packs.last_img read more

Supermarkets see slight sales growth

first_imgNew figures show continued slow growth in the supermarket sector, with sales up 0.2% for the 12 weeks to 24 May.Morrisons was the only one of the big four retailers to increase its sales during the period, by 0.1%, although its market share remained the same at 10.8%, according to data from Kantar Worldpanel.Sainsbury’s has also held its share at 16.5% despite sales falling by 0.3%. And, after an improved start to the year, Tesco’s sales decreased by 1.3%, with its market share falling by 0.4 percentage points to 28.6%. Asda’s sales were down by 2.4%.Buoyed by a sales growth of 8.8%, Lidl reached a new record high market share of 3.9%, up from 3.6% last year.  Aldi also grew sales by 15.7%, taking share to 5.4% of the market. As a result of sales growth of 1.6%, Waitrose has increased market share to 5.2%. GrowthFraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, said: “Morrisons has returned to growth for the first time since December 2013 with a marginal sales increase of 0.1% – a welcome boost for new CEO David Potts. A committed core of loyal Morrisons consumers is responding positively to recent initiatives and business has been boosted by online sales. Morrisons’ performance is an improvement on what was a difficult May 2014, so this is only the first step in any future recovery.”He added: “All of the major supermarkets are finding growth difficult as prices have been declining since September 2014. Yet while like-for-like groceries are 1.9% cheaper than this time last year, this is not as steep a fall as last month, when prices were down by 2.1%. This means that if current trends continue, prices will once again start rising by the end of the year.”last_img read more

The Disco Biscuits Announce Three Nights At The Capitol Theatre

first_img[cover photo by Andrew Blackstein] The Disco Biscuits have just announced three nights at The Capitol Theatre! From April 27-29, 2017, the jamtronica pioneers will return to Port Chester, New York for the second time ever, after making their debut with two nights last March. Bassist Marc Brownstein reflected about their performance at the venue last year, saying “Wow that’s a great venue! The Capitol Theatre was one of Jerry Garcia‘s favorite venues in the world. I can see why. Beautiful.” We can’t wait to see them return next month!In honor of the Snow Day, the band is opening up pre-sale for three-day passes on their website. Tickets for the general public will open on Friday, March 17, at 12PM ET. Check out the announcement below:Relive the glory from last year’s Capitol performances in the videos below:last_img read more

Shinagel wins Frandson Award for ‘The Gates Unbarred’

first_imgMichael Shinagel, dean of the Harvard University Extension School, has won the 2009 Frandson Award for Literature, given annually by the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA), for his book “The Gates Unbarred: A History of University Extension at Harvard, 1910-2009.”The Frandson Award for Literature recognizes the author and publisher of an outstanding work of continuing higher education literature, and is given in memory of Phillip E. Frandson, who served as dean of extension at the University of California, Los Angeles, and as National University Extension Association president (1977-78).Shinagel will be honored on April 10 at an awards presentation in San Francisco at UCEA’s annual conference.To read an excerpt of “The Gates Unbarred,” visit the Harvard University School Web site.last_img read more

#DestinationDellEMC Embarks Across North America

first_imgOne of my favorite parts of my job, is hosting customers here in our hometown of Austin, Texas. But with everyone’s busy schedule, we realize you might not all have the chance to make it here.  That’s why last year, we took our products on the road in our Destination Dell RV.This RV traveled across the country visiting our customers and showcasing our client portfolio, including the latest XPS and Latitude systems, and our industry-leading displays and Precision Workstations. It was exciting to bring our portfolio on the road and showcase products that could transform the way people work.With over 20K attendees visiting the RV last year, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. But what we heard most was customers wanted more; more hands-on experiences with enterprise offerings, more products, more space, more engagement and more…tacos (last year we consumed over 2,000 tacos across the US and Canada!) Tacos aside, I’m happy to say we heard the feedback loud and clear. That’s why this year we launched the new and improved #DestinationDellEMC vehicle, which features our best-in-class, end-to-end solutions in one place.Launched at Dell Technologies World 2018, this new vehicle was reimagined into a ‘big-rig’ trailer with more products and more space, including a rooftop deck! During the launch over 2,000 attendees visited the trailer to see what all the buzz was about and to check out the expo floor from the rooftop deck. There was a continuous stream of people through the vehicle expressing curiosity and excitement! The best part is – that was only the beginning of the incredible tour we have planned for this year. In our schedule, we plan to bring the breadth of the Dell EMC solutions; from the edge to the core, to the cloud, to more cities. And, we’ll also have fun doing it with games, virtual reality, food trucks and more.“Destination Dell EMC brings our transformational and ‘better together’ story to life all in a single unforgettable experience.Share“Destination Dell EMC brings our transformational and ‘better together’ story to life all in a single unforgettable experience. Our customers love seeing how our Client and Infrastructure products work together end-to-end.” – Susan Hass, VP of North America Field Marketing.Since leaving Vegas we have visited Denver, Colorado; Cheyenne, Wyoming; and Montreal, Canada, and now we’re cruising to the east coast! We look forward to bringing #DestinationDellEMC to your city.If you want us to visit your office, reach out to your account executive. If not, we invite you to join us in one of our many cities we’ll be visiting – chances are we are coming soon to a local brewery or ballpark near you!Check out the evolution of #Destination Dell EMC for yourself!For specific information on routes, visits, and events please reach out to Mona Singh.last_img read more

Conference to redefine beauty

first_img“The goal of the Bold Beauty Conference is not to impose a rigid set of standards on what beauty is or is not.  Instead, through the conference we strive to help students expand their understanding of what and who is beautiful — to embrace and understand the beauty in difference,” senior Cassie McDonagh said. “After four years at an all-women’s college, we have seen first-hand the damage the unattainable beauty ideal has done to the females we interact with on a daily basis,” McDonagh said. “The Bold Beauty Conference helps to reverse these ideals that have been ingrained in our minds and help empower the women of our campus to overcome the narrow ideals of beauty.” Some of the project themes include an examination of how porn has lost its negative connotation and it is now pervasive, how women are hyper-sexualized and an examination of college-aged women and their thoughts on body image, sororities and femininity in light of the St. Mary’s lifestyle. The Bold Beauty Conference will take place today from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Saint Mary’s Student Center. “A new and exciting addition to this year’s conference will be the screening of and panel discussion about ‘Very Young Girls,’” McDonagh said. After the documentary there will be a question-and-answer session with Cait Mullen, who participated in the filming of the documentary. Mullen was also one of the drafters of New York’s groundbreaking Safe Harbor Act, the first law in the country to recognize that children who have been prostituted are victims, not criminals. The second annual Bold Beauty Conference at Saint Mary’s will aim to open the definition of beauty. “Sadly, the average age of entry into prostitution in the United States is under 13 years old,” McDonagh said. “By studying the rapidly growing problem of the prostitution of children in the United States, we see the distortion and abuse of the female body in its most radical form.” Dr. Amanda Littauer, assistant professor of Women’s Studies and History at Northern Illinois University, will be speaking in Carroll Auditorium on, “Teen Girls and American Sexual Culture in the 1950’s” at 7:30 p.m.  McDonagh also expressed the need for this conference and why it is important to examine what beauty is. “The conference will host and display projects that members of Saint Mary’s Female Beauty class have been working on throughout the semester,” McDonagh said. Photoshop projects, Barbies on Parade and the Price of Beauty display will be going on during this time in Vander Vannet Theatre. Opening remarks will be at 5 p.m., followed directly by the documentary “Very Young Girls” at 6:30 p.m. Saint Mary’s Communication Studies, Dance and Theater, Women’s Studies, History and Film Studies departments are sponsoring the event.last_img read more

Men to walk against domestic violence

first_imgThis Saturday, more than 100 local men will don three-inch, red high-heels and walk through downtown South Bend for “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” to raise awareness for domestic violence and sexual assault and raise money for the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). Amanda Ceravolo, director of development and communications for the North Central Indiana YWCA shelter, said the event, officially titled the YWCA’s “Men’s March to End Violence against Women,” offers men the opportunity to show solidarity for women who have been victims of violence, which is a community-wide issue. “Men really do want to be involved and are looking for ways to help,” Ceravolo said. “It’s also about showing that men can be and are vital parts of the solution to the problem.” Ceravolo said October, which is domestic violence awareness month, offers the perfect opportunity for such an event to begin dialogues about the issue and resources available locally. One fact to consider is that every nine seconds a woman in the United States is beaten or assaulted, she said. “All men come out and for different reasons, but we always remind [people that] one in four women can be a victim of sexual assault,” Ceravolo said. “This could be your wife, your mom, your sister, your daughter. Anyone can be impacted by violence against women.” According to the Indiana Coalition against Domestic Violence, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women, with more victims than car accidents, mugging, and rapes combined. The YWCA of North Central Indiana is the largest service provider for sexual assault and domestic violence victims in the area, Ceravolo said, and serves over 1,500 women and children each year from St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties. “The vast majority of people staying here are fleeing from violence in their lives,” she said. Funds raised by the walk will specifically benefit domestic violence and sexual assault programs, including the “New Hope” treatment program, which provides counseling for victims of rape, sexual assault, incest, and sexual abuse, gives immediate shelter to victim, and fosters community outreach programs. Another important program that benefits from the annual walk is “CourtWatch,” which monitors domestic violence cases in county courts to help victims. Ceravolo said other rape centers nationally participate in similar “Walk a Mile” events, now in their fourth year. She said in the past, the walks have raised significant and needed funds, which comes both from registration fees and money collected by the men around the route. “A lot of money comes in the day of. In the past we’ve raised between $15,000 and $20,000 for every year we’ve been [doing] it,” she said. “We thought that it would be a great and fun way to engage men in the mission of the YWCA.” Ceravolo said this year, the event was moved to downtown South Bend from Coveleski Stadium to encourage local businesses to participate, many of whom will have tables out with food and coupons for the male participants. Male Notre Dame students annually participate in “Walk a Mile in her Shoes,” represented by a team organized by the student club Men against Violence (MAV). She said the enthusiastic men ran the course last year in their heels. “They have been represented in all of our walks,” she said. “We absolutely love it. They contacted us the first year and wanted to get involved, and we said absolutely, we want you there.” Senior Jack Toscano, former president of MAV, said participating in the event follows the club’s mission of ending sexual and domestic violence at Notre Dame and in the greater community. “‘Walk a Mile’ gave us a chance to both branch out and help the South Bend community,” Toscano said. “Violence against women is extremely relevant, especially in light of the recent reported sexual assaults. There is no excuse for that being a part of the Notre Dame community.” Toscano, who plans to participate in the event for his second time this Saturday, said the walk could be fun too. “The heels were very awkward at first,” he said. “You gain an appreciation for how much heels suck.” The event will take place this Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m, starting at the College Football Hall of Fame Gridiron. Ceravolon said those interested in participating should preregister online at ywcda.org/wam to secure their correct shoe size for the walk. Event registration will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, with minimum donations of $50 or $35 for students. Notre Dame students can also reach out to MAV to join their team.last_img read more

Peter Gallagher Out Sick from On the Twentieth Century

first_imgPeter Gallagher is not currently aboard On the Twentieth Century. The Tony nominee has been absent from the revival’s previews since the evening performance on February 21 with a severe sinus infection and is expected to return on March 3. James Moye, who usually plays Max Jacobs, continues in the role of Oscar Jaffee while Gallagher recovers. Directed by Scott Ellis and starring Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth, the Roundabout production is set to officially open on March 12 at the American Airlines Theatre. On the Twentieth Century premiered on Broadway in 1978, and won Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical. This production will play a limited engagement through July 5. View Comments On the Twentieth Century features a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Cy Coleman. It follows a down-and-out Broadway producer named Oscar Jaffe (Gallagher), who struggles to convince his former muse and lover, Lily Garland (Chenoweth), now a successful film actress, to return to Broadway in a (non-existent) epic drama about Mary Magdalene. While dealing with Lily Garland’s jealous new lover and a religious fanatic aboard a luxury train, Oscar hopes he can lure her back to the stage and salvage his sinking career. Related Showscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 19, 2015 In addition to Chenoweth and Gallagher, the cast includes Tony nominee Andy Karl, Mark Linn‐Baker and Tony winners Michael McGrath and Mary Louise Wilson. On The Twentieth Centurylast_img read more