Saipem: Scarabeo 8 resumes drilling activities in Norway

first_img Scarabeo 8 resumes drilling activities in Norway. (Credit: Saipem) Saipem and the Norwegian operator Vår Energi have reached an agreement for the execution of 4 wells to be drilled in the Barents Sea and in the North Sea, after such activities had been originally postponed as a consequence of the market downturn.Operations will start in the fourth quarter of 2020 and will allow the operating profile and equipment of the rig to remain active, in anticipation of the recovery of the market in the North Sea where the asset has been a key player since 2012.Marco Toninelli, COO of the Onshore Drilling Division, said: “Saipem expresses great satisfaction for having reached this important agreement and for resuming operations with an important customer, despite the current difficult times we are all facing”. Source: Company Press Release Operations will start in the fourth quarter of 2020 and will allow the operating profile and equipment of the rig to remain activelast_img read more

Government urged to backdate cut in stamp duty to help recent buyers

first_imgPlans to remove stamp duty on the first £500,000 of a property with immediate effect will be a “bitter blow” for those who have just completed on a purchase, say residential law experts.While conveyancers have said the temporary move would come as a “welcome relief” to those who are in the process of purchasing, it would be a “bitter blow’” for hundreds who had already finalised proceedings since the start of lockdown in March.Sarah Ryan, head of conveyancing at law firm Simpson Millar, said it was most likely to affect new-build buyers and those who had been on the cusp of completion at the start of the pandemic.She went on to urge the government to make the savings retrospective to allow the costs to be recovered by “potentially hundreds of people”, many of whom may be facing money worries as a result of the crisis.Call for rethink“We of course welcome the plans announced today to freeze the stamp duty costs on any property up to the value of £500,000, which will not only encourage potential buyers to move on and up the proverbial ladder, but will also help to retain jobs in the real estate sector,” she said.“However, there is no denying that for some, in particular those individuals, couples and families who have managed to complete on the purchase of their home either during lockdown, or in the immediate aftermath, this will come as a bitter blow.“This is most likely to affect those who have bought a new-build property as many of those transactions could go ahead despite social distancing, as well as those who were all ready to finalise proceedings once the rules relaxed last month.“We would urge the government to make the scheme retrospective so that those individuals can also benefit from the cost savings.”Summer statement Sarah Ryan Simpson Millar Backdate stamp duty cut Mini-budget 2020 Stamp duty cut Rishi Sunak July 8, 2020Richard ReedWhat’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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Government urged to backdate cut in stamp duty to help recent buyers previous nextHousing MarketGovernment urged to backdate cut in stamp duty to help recent buyersThe removal of stamp duty from the first £500,000 will come as a ‘bitter blow’ to those who have just completed.Richard Reed8th July 202002,872 Viewslast_img read more

Problem-Solving Courts Address Issues Underlying Criminal Acts, Says Indiana’s Chief Justice

first_imgChief Justice Loretta Rush addresses top priorities for the Judiciary Wednesday at the State of Judiciary. Photo by LaMonte Richardon, TheStatehouseFile.com. TheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush told lawmakers Wednesday how problem-solving courts are addressing the underlying problems of drug addictions and mental illnesses that lead to many crimes.“These courts work because judges get out from behind the bench, convene community partners, and truly connect with those standing before them in desperate need of a new path,” Rush said as she addressed lawmakers in the Indiana House Chamber at her sixth State of the Judiciary Address.Rush laid out court initiatives aimed at addressing underlying problems of crime, jail overcrowding and access to the court system.As of 2020, 107 problem-solving courts have been established and Rush plans on setting up more to deal with problems faced by drug addicts, veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress syndrome and other issues. Rush gave a shout-out to some of the problem-solving court graduates and court judges during her address.Rush said that after co-chairing the National Judicial Opioid Task Force she has made three major discoveries. First, those with an opioid use disorder are 13 times more likely to be involved in the criminal justice system. Second, the justice system is the largest referral source to get someone treatment. Third, the justice system has to take opioid and substance abuse disorders as a chronic, treatable brain disease-not as a moral failure.“This epidemic in no small part, has caused our jail populations to increase. And it is one more, very pressing reason to examine and reform how we do business in our criminal justice system,” Rush said.Rush said that the number of people incarcerated has skyrocketed. She said she has no intention of releasing dangerous people into Indiana’s communities, but wants to see the number of people in jail decrease.“Some people need to be incarcerated,” she said. “More people just need help. A strong justice system must do both.”Rush did say that Indiana needs to do better representing the more vulnerable Hoosiers in the legal system. She asked that her request for increased legal aid funding be revisited. She mentioned visiting a small claims court where she witnessed 275 eviction cases where none of the defendants had legal representation.“That is not the model of a legal system where the poor, disadvantaged, and vulnerable are protected,” she said.Rush also shed light on the fact that last year, for the first time in history, five courts were led by women. She introduced the women as her “sister chiefs.”House Speaker-Elect Todd Huston, R-Fishers, shared his support for the topics Rush talked about during her address.“Chief Justice Rush set the right tone today during her address, and we look forward to working with her to ensure we are doing everything we can to support a more fair and efficient court system for all Hoosiers,” he said.Haley Pritchett is a reporter with TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. By Haley Pritchettcenter_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

The British Baker Open Letter

first_imgThis is a thank you letter to ’The Baking Industry’. I am one of a group of students from the National Bakery School, and something amazing happened to us at the Alliance for Bakery Students & Trainees’ conference in June this year. We were studying a degree in baking, but were having difficulty gaining the practical learning on which our future careers depend. At the conference we were introduced to Jean Grieves and Sara Autton, two truly inspirational ladies in the world of baking, to whom we are indebted to for their generosity of spirit, and their commitment to the next generation of bakers coming into the industry.On hearing of our plight to fill some of the gaps in our practical learning, they managed to get other giants within the baking industry on board. Fermex, supplier of yeasts and improvers for the UK, sponsored us to visit Lesaffre in Lille, France, for a three-day baking course. Jean Grieves, from The Bakery School, an online practical education in bakery, gifted us free membership to her course. The British Society of Baking paid for our train fares to visit three bakeries in Manchester: Slattery’s, Weinholts and Peter Herd of Wilmslow. We were invited for a day’s workshop at Heygates Flour Mill, in Northamptonshire too.The generosity of the industry towards our learning was immense. We were amazed, inspired, and educated. We felt so humbled, so joyful, and so appreciative. This is what it is like within our industry, and we cannot wait to make our mark and, maybe in the future, some of us will go on to give something back to the students coming into our industry.I really hope you can share this letter with the readers of British Baker, as I know they will want to hear about how supported we all are, now and in the future.Jenny Connor, on behalf of the students of The National Bakery Schoollast_img read more

Wanted: Big thinkers

first_imgIconic feminist, writer, and activist Gloria Steinem spoke in Cambridge today (May 28), outlining her hopes for the future as she addressed a luncheon sponsored by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, which awarded her this year’s Radcliffe Institute Medal.The institute, the successor to Radcliffe College, presents the medal annually during the Radcliffe Day lunch. The medal always goes to women famous for rocking boats, including in the past jurist Sandra Day O’Connor and author Toni Morrison.During an introduction under a cavernous tent staked into Radcliffe Yard, institute Dean Barbara J. Grosz called Steinem, a 1956 magna cum laude graduate of Smith College, a “relentless pursuer of fairness,” and a signature American activist known for an “ability to disagree without demonizing.”At the podium, with the new medal around her neck, Steinem described herself as a “hope-aholic,” full of a controlled optimism about what lies ahead for American life, decades after the feminist storm she helped to create in the 1970s.“I live in the future,” said Steinem, who offered a reason for her mindset: “maybe because I spent my teenage years trying to get out of Toledo.”The future includes a need for the kind of “big thinkers” that academic seedbeds like the Radcliffe Institute can provide, she said, fueling creative minds to grapple with the emerging issues of the age “as if females mattered.”There is a need, for instance, to capture the true economic value of care giving in the home, which she called unheralded toil that is “an indispensable 30 percent of all work in this nation.” Make it tax deductible for those who pay taxes, she suggested, and tax refundable for those below the poverty line.And what about the true economic value of the environment? “This is a project for a deep thinker at the institute,” said Steinem, with Harvard President Drew Faust looking on. “We need you.”Another issue needing a deep thinker is a study of where violence originates, she said, pointing out that even nation-scale outbursts often originate in “a normalization of violence in the home.”Then there is the need for “laws against bodily invasion,” said Steinem, which might also protect against “involuntary testing, DNA theft, and the dangers of organ transplantation.”Society needs to study religious cultures “in which godliness resides in all living things,” she said, in a refutation of the inbuilt patriarchy of monotheism. “God was withdrawn from females and from nature in order to justify conquering females and nature.”These are grave issues, but Steinem seldom discussed them gravely. In fact, she used part of her acceptance speech on a David Letterman-style “Top 10” list.“There were so many things to say in a short time,” said the co-founder of Ms. magazine.Steinem started with No. 10, though it was not the point of least importance: “Don’t ever believe men can’t change,” she said, recalling the days of secretaries who did nothing but type. “Then suddenly computers appeared and — voila! — men could type.”No. 9: “All grownups should be able to get married, as long as they don’t hit one other,” said Steinem, but she added that lifetime partnerships should not be the only measure of success. “As Margaret Mead often pointed out, marriage worked better in the 19th century because people only lived to be 50.”No. 8: “Nobody prepares you for this, but former lovers become family,” she said, recalling a college fiancé “who remained my friend, as did his daughters, and at least one of his wives. When that wife asked me to speak at his funeral, though she wasn’t going to speak herself, she said: ‘I would be angry and inappropriate. You weren’t married to him. You’ll be fine.’ ”No. 7: “We’ve demonstrated to the American majority’s satisfaction that women can do what men can do. But we haven’t convinced even ourselves that men can do what women do,” said Steinem, giving her a segue to the next point.No. 6: “Nothing much is going to change until men are raising children as much as women are,” she said to wide applause. “Women won’t be equal outside the home till men are equal inside the home.”No. 5: “All parents, men as well as women, need to get mad,” said Steinem, about what our modern democracy lacks, including a national system of child care, family-friendly work policies, real sex education, “and, yes, government health care. Get mad.”No. 4: Pay no attention to the idea that life and looks disappear under the cloak of childrearing after 30 — or even the modern idea that success has to appear by then. “From the bottom of my heart, I want to say life gets greater — and more surprising — after 40, 50, 60, and, yes, 70.” The crowd, which included tables of Radcliffe graduates going as far back as 1936, roared.No. 3: “From nation states and national borders, to gender, race, and even generations, all categories are fictions,” said Steinem. “Reality isn’t about ranking, it’s about linking.”No. 2: “Women got in this jam because our bodies are the means of reproduction,” she said. “The only way out is to establish reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right.”No. 1: Issues of race and sex are intertwined. “The past, present, and future truth is that racism punishes all women because our bodies are controlled in order to maintain that racial difference,” said Steinem.She called for “one, true movement” combining those oppressed by racial and sexual injustice. “Imagine how that coalition would grow,” said Steinem, “if it were not cynically divided.”But despite all that, she found room for hope and optimism. “This country is becoming free,” she said of the transformative cultural unhinging under way in recent decades.Then again, the first moment of freedom is the moment of “maximum danger,” precisely as it is for a woman just escaping from an abusive marriage, said Steinem. “But we will not stop seeking freedom, either.”last_img read more

HBO’s Looking: The Movie Trailer Is Here

first_imgJonathan Groff We dearly miss Broadway fave Jonathan Groff on the Great White Way, but we are beyond stoked for his forthcoming appearances on the small screen. While we patiently wait for Netflix’s Mindhunter, HBO’s Looking will get its feature-length series finale on July 23. Looking: The Movie follows Groff’s character Patrick as he comes back to San Francisco for the first time in almost a year for a friend’s wedding—and all the unresolved relationships and loose ends that come with his return. Enjoy the heaping helping of #Groffsauce (with a delightful sprinkling of Tony winner Tyne Daly) below! View Comments Star Files Jonathan Grofflast_img read more

Program leadership

first_imgSteve L. Brown has been named the assistant dean for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, said J. Scott Angle, the dean and director the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Brown is a native of Huntsville, Ala., and graduate of Auburn University and Clemson University. He has been with CAES for 18 years as a professor of entomology and UGA Extension program coordinator. For the past two years, he has been the interim assistant dean over the CAES Tifton campus.”Dr. Brown brings a wealth of administrative and technical experience to the position having served as the interim assistant dean in Tifton and his extensive work as a well-known extension entomologist working in the areas of peanut and stored products pest management,” Angle said.Brown will start his new job April 1. He will lead statewide educational programs in the areas of agriculture and natural resources.”I look forward to serving the citizens of Georgia, particularly with regard to the many challenges facing agriculture and the management of our natural resources,” Brown said.“We are very fortunate to have someone with such a broad background in agriculture, extension educational programs as well as administrative experience move in to the position of assistant dean for extension,” said Beverly Sparks, CAES associate dean for UGA Extension. “Steve has a strong history of service to CAES, and I look forward to working with him in his new role.”During his CAES career, Brown helped develop practical programs and management strategies for the tomato spotted wilt virus, a deadly plant disease that attacks tobacco, tomatoes, peppers, peanuts and other crops.He created the UGA Spotted Wilt Risk Index, a planning tool that helps farmers assess and lower their risk for the disease.Brown is an expert on insect control in stored grains, peanuts and cottonseed. He oversees the only demonstration grain treatment and storage facility in the South, which provides training for UGA Extension county agents and farmers. By Faith PeppersUniversity of Georgialast_img read more

Electronics-waste bill passes House and Senate

first_imgOn March 23rd, the Vermont House of Representatives approved a broadly supported bill that would provide free and convenient recycling of electronic waste to residents, charities, schools, and small businesses in the state. S.77, which received tri-partisan support in the House and Senate, now makes its way to the Governor’s desk for the final step in the legislative process.”This is an incredible victory for consumers,” said Charity Carbine, environmental health advocate for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG). “Instead of storing old computers in their basements or waiting for once a year collection events, Vermonters will now be able to easily and responsibly recycle their e-waste for free.”Unlike traditional recycling programs, S.77 requires electronics manufacturers to share in the cost and responsibility of collecting and recycling their products. So-called “producer responsibility” programs are gaining momentum as states and municipalities acknowledge the role that manufacturers must have in the end-of-life management of their products. Vermont is the 21st state in the United States to pass this type of legislation for electronic waste. Europe, Canada and Asia also have producer responsibility laws for electronics as well as other products. Producer responsibility programs also provide powerful incentives for manufacturers to design their electronics to last longer and to exclude the toxic materials that make recycling so difficult and expensive.  The popular LCD TV is perhaps the “poster child” for how electronics are not designed with recycling in mind, because of both material selection and physical design. Inside a typical 40 inch LCD flat panel TV, there are 22 thin, fragile lamps containing mercury, which light the TV screen. The entire TV must be disassembled to get access to these bulbs, making replacement of bulbs and harvesting them in the recycling process difficult and expensive. (Source: Electronics Takeback Coalition)S.77 requires manufacturers of electronic goods to provide convenient collection options for Vermont consumers to drop off their televisions, computers and computer related equipment at no cost. The program is paid for by the manufacturers of those types of products. Vermonters will not see an increase in the price of their electronic products as a result of this legislation.  “In Vermont, municipalities, solid waste districts, and taxpayers bear the financial burden of grappling with e-waste”, said Jen Holliday, Environmental and Safety Compliance Manager for Chittenden Solid Waste District and coordinator for the Vermont Product Stewardship Council. “We have no control on how these products are designed, manufactured, marketed and sold, but ultimately it is local government that is left with trying to capture and recycle these products when they are being discarded. This legislation changes that model and provides the consumer with a convenient and consistent state-wide collection system that we lack today.” Rapid advances in technology and the emergence of new electronic gadgets make the electronics the fastest growing waste stream in the United States. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates  that in 2007, the US generated over 3 million TONS of e-waste. Approximately 1.5 million pounds of discarded electronics were collected in Vermont in 2008 alone. Source: CSWD. 3.26.2010###last_img read more

Spota: Lindenhurst Man Asked Sex Trafficking Victims ‘Now Do You Believe in the Devil?’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Andrew Gayot (Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office)A Lindenhurst man allegedly held two females, including a teenager, against their will for months and used a combination of physical and psychological abuse to intimidate them into prostitution, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota charged after prosecutors unsealed a chilling 32-count indictment in Suffolk County Court Thursday.Andrew Gayot pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, sex trafficking and other charges during his arraignment and was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail or $1 million bond.The indictment comes after Gayot was arrested on Feb. 25 following the execution of a search warrant on his North Green Ave. home where authorities discovered a 15-year-old runaway and a 21-year-old female being held in captivity, prosecutors said. He allegedly advertised their sex services online, prosecutors said.“The details of the terror inflicted on these women are chilling,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said in a statement.The two females, whose identities are protected under the New York State Civil Rights Law, were often beat with a hammer and an extension cord, Spota alleged, and in one instance, a Taser was used during an assault. During another occasion, Gayot, apparently unsatisfied with the amount of money the teen had acquired after meeting with a john, choked the teen, the district attorney alleged.One of the most chilling episodes alleged by Spota occurred in the home’s dark basement, in which the two victims were threatened with a chainsaw and subsequently asked: “Now do you believe in the devil?”Authorities said the teenager had been at the home since November, and the other female for more than a year.Investigators also allegedly seized several types of drugs from the home, including Methylone, the popular club drug known as “Molly,” Xanax and cocaine, the DA’s office said.The search also turned up mace, a bulletproof vest and police patches, authorities said.Gayot’s attorney information was not available.last_img read more

Islip Mobile Home Fire Leaves 1 Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man died in a mobile home fire that broke out in an Islip trailer park on Thursday afternoon, Suffolk County police and Islip Fire Department officials said.Officers and firefighters responded to the fire at Edgewater Lodge on Main Street, where the man was found dead inside one of the homes at 3 p.m., authorities said. Islip firefighters extinguished the flames as it spread to a second mobile home, Chief Carmine Paolicelli said.The victim, whose identity couldn’t immediately be confirmed, was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be performed to determine his cause of death.Homicide Squad and Arson Section detectives are continuing the investigation, but the cause of the fire is believed to be non-criminal.last_img read more