Leighton, Saipem win Gorgon deal

first_imgDesign will commence immediately and construction is scheduled to commence in October 2010 on Barrow Island, 70 kilometres off the Pilbara coast of Western Australia, and is expected to be completed in 2013.The scope of work consists of the design, material supply, fabrication, construction and commissioning of the LNG Jetty. The scope also includes supply, fabrication and construction of marine structures including a heavy lift facility, tug pens and navigation aids.Peter McMorrow, managing director of Leighton Contractors said: “The LNG Jetty and Marine structures are integral to the Gorgon LNG Project and the selection of the Saipem Leighton Consortium.”Ray Sputore, general manager Western Region, Construction Division of Leighton Contractors said the Saipem Leighton Consortium has proposed an innovative alternative structure design that would significantly enhance local workforce participation and reduce the environmental impact during the construction of the jetty.Mr Sputore said that concrete structures, known as caissons, would be manufactured at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, transported to Barrow Island and lowered onto gravel beds placed at intervals on the sea floor to provide a support structure for the jetty.”By using these locally manufactured caissons we will avoid the traditional piled construction method, which would have required hundreds of steel piles to be driven into the sea bed – this will reduce both the length of construction and eliminate the noise and vibration associated with driving piles into the sea bed.last_img read more

Palm Beach district schools score improved grades

first_imgThe Washington Elementary School Sharks were celebrating on Wednesday, with the news from the Florida Department of Education that the school moved its grade from an F in 2016 to a B in 2017.“It’s unbelievable,” said Washington Elementary Principal Sandra Edwards. “I’ve got a great staff, I’ve got great teachers here, and everyone played a part.”Washington Elementary was one of three schools operated by the School District of Palm Beach County that improved by two or more letter grades, as part of the preliminary school grades released Wednesday by the Department of Education. The other two schools that raised their grades by at least two letters were Liberty Park Elementary, which improved from a D to a B, and Grove Park Elementary, which moved from an F to a C.Edwards attributed her school’s success to “perseverance and dedication” by the school’s teachers, staff, students and parents. She and her team put a game plan in place last summer to boost the school’s grade, “and we never looked back.”Washington Elementary strategy included “double-down instruction,” where students worked with two teachers in one classroom. If students were not working directly with a teacher, they were completing computer-based lessons that targeted students’ areas for academic improvement.Overall, 30 schools operated by the School District of Palm Beach County improved by at least one letter grade. A total of 63 District-operated schools earned A’s from the state and 35 schools earned B’s, which equals 61 percent of traditional schools in Palm Beach County. No District-operated school received an F this year, and only eight District-operated schools received a D.Twelve District-operated schools improved from a B to an A, including:Allamanda Elementary SchoolBanyan Creek Elementary SchoolBoca Raton Community Middle SchoolHammock Pointe Elementary SchoolJerry Thomas Elementary SchoolMeadow Park Elementary SchoolOlympic Heights Community High SchoolPalm Beach Public SchoolPoinciana STEM Elementary Magnet SchoolSandpiper Shores Elementary SchoolThe Conservatory School at North Palm BeachWoodlands Middle School“We are very proud of our students, teachers and administrators for making Palm Beach County schools the highest performing large, urban school district in the state. We have the highest percentage of A and B rated schools in several years and no F-rated schools,” said Dr. David Christiansen, Deputy Superintendent/Chief of Schools for the School District of Palm Beach County. “This is a testament that our school district is delivering results aligned to our mission to provide a world-class education with equity and access for all students.”Student performance on the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) provides the foundation for state grades, based on a school grading system adopted by the State Board of Education.Districts and schools are rated “A” through “F” based on a percentage of points earned. Schools that did not test at least 95 percent of students received an “I.” The School District of Palm Beach County received a B for the 2016-2017 school year.The 2016-2017 school year is the second year of the state’s revamped accountability system, where FSA learning gains are included in school grades.last_img read more

France to help Nigeria fight Boko Haram

first_imgFrance has pledged to help Nigeria in its fight against Islamist terror group Boko Haram.The two countries’ defence ministers have signed a security agreement which includes arms procurement.This is seen as a huge boost for the Nigerian military’s fight against Boko Haram as it tries to end the militants’ seven-year insurgency.The West African nation has in the past had difficulties in acquiring arms because of reported human rights abuses.President Muhammadu Buhari however promised to improve the military’s human right’s record.France agreed to help equip Nigeria’s elite land and marine forces, a statement issued after the ministers’ meeting in Abuja said.The two nations also agreed on areas of training for the Nigerian forces.last_img read more

The Future is Bright for Lincluden and Lochside – Dumfries

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInOver the Easter weekend, Lincluden was treated to two days of family activities and events, when Creative Futures Lincluden and Lochside hosted a variety of creative workshops in Lincluden Abbey and Lincluden Community Centre.Easter Sunday saw the return of Abbey Antics at Lincluden Abbey.  Throughout the day, Medieval Monks led a series of workshops, which gave children and families the chance to learn how to weave, make pens from goose feathers, learn metal work techniques and take part in walking through a labyrinth. Dragon Egg making workshops were also held, as well as Fairy Walks and a Unicorn Quest. The day was part of an initiative led by Creative Futures, which focuses on bringing the Abbey back into community life, as well as giving young people the opportunity to learn about the significant heritage of their local area in an exciting and engaging way.On Monday, the fun continued with a ‘Hoosewarming’ to celebrate the launch of the Creative Futures project at Lincluden Community Centre. This event was a chance for the community to meet the Creative Futures team and get hands-on experience of creative techniques, as well as discuss projects and opportunities for local people in the future.Creative Development Worker, Lee McQueen, commented  “The events held over the weekend enabled local people to come together to develop their creative talents and encouraged people to have a bigger voice within their local community. A lot of great work has happened within Lincluden and Lochisde over the years, and we want to continue this by working with people across the board, pulling together lots of creative aspects, as well as focusing on the heritage and culture within North West Dumfries.”Creative Futures Lincluden and Lochside is The Stove Network’s new four-year project in North West Dumfries. It is an exciting and innovative project which uses creativity and local history to provide opportunities for young people within the Lochside and Lincluden areas of North West Dumfries. They aim to help local people develop their skills, develop their local area, increase their opportunities, improve their quality of life, connect with one another, try out new experiences and thrive as a community.Creative Futures will be hosting another Housewarming event at Lochside Community Centre on Saturday 29th April. This will be another opportunity for local people to meet the team and get involved with an open day of arts activities, information, food and music. For further information and drop-in sessions through the week contact lee@thestove.org.last_img read more

Advice Following National Suspension Of Screening Programmes

first_imgvalerie white AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInA national decision was taken recently to suspend screening programmes because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Breast Cancer – women are encouraged to look out for a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts, discharge from the nipple, a lump or swelling in either their breasts or armpits, dimpling on the skin of their breasts, a rash on or around their nipple, or a change in the appearance of the nipple such as becoming sunken. “As at any time, it is important that everyone is aware of any symptoms or signs of the conditions being screened for”. People who have significant concerns with their vision, and attend Diabetic Retinopathy Screening, are asked to contact their optometrist or GP practice.Referrals will be made to ophthalmology as required. Interim Director of Public Health Valerie White said: “This was a difficult decision to take at a national level. Members of the public can be assured we will restart screening programmes as soon as it is safe to do so. When this happens, invitations will be re-issued and appointments will be rearranged. Bowel Cancer – people should be aware of bleeding from their bottom and/or blood in their poo, a persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit or unexplained weight loss. Things to be aware of include:center_img The reasoning was that while there are risks to individuals through delayed diagnosis of conditions that these screening programmes would have picked up, these risks need to be weighed up in the context of the pressures on the NHS in Scotland posed by COVID-19. Cervical Cancer – women who experience bleeding during or after sex, between periods or after the menopause. Men who have small or medium-sized aortic aneurysms and are on regular surveillance scans have been written to individually. Anyone having these symptoms should contact their GP practice. For further information, please visit the NHS Inform website: https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/screeninglast_img read more

Tropical wave approaching the region

first_imgLocalNews Tropical wave approaching the region by: – June 28, 2013 Share Share 38 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share The Dominica Meteorological Service has advised that a tropical wave is approaching the region.In its weather outlook issued at 12:00 pm on Friday, 28th June, the Meteorological Service advised that occasional cloudiness and scattered showers are likely this afternoon with low level clouds moving with the wind flow.Thereafter, an increase in moisture associated with an approaching tropical wave is expected to generate showers and thunderstorm activity across the area on Saturday into early Sunday.Meanwhile, yet another tropical wave is located in the Eastern Tropical Atlantic. Moderate sea conditions are expected during the next 24 hours with swells peaking near 7.0 feet. Small craft operators and sea bathers should exercise caution.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Vaunix Announces New 0.5 MHz to 270 MHz Signal Generator

first_imgVaunix Technology has introduced a new model to their LMS Series of USB Signal Generators. The LMS-271D covers a frequency range of .5 MHz to 270 MHz. The Lab Brick LMS series of USB-compatible, synthesized signal generators features low noise, fast 100-microsecond switching time, and fine 100 Hz frequency resolution, requiring no additional DC supply voltage. Advanced features include phase-continuous linear-frequency sweeping; selectable internal/external 10 MHz reference; optional pulse modulation; ability for GUI software to track and control several connected signal generators, simplifying multiple-signal test setups; and device storage of settings in internal memory, allowing it to power up in a specific instrument state. All devices offer robust aluminum construction. Ideal applications for these products include building automated test equipment (ATE), use as a portable LO source, and engineering/production test lab use, both stationary and mobile.last_img read more

There will be over 17 Billion Wi-Fi Based Home Devices by 2030

first_imgAccording to a new research report from Strategy Analytics, a new wave of Wi-Fi smart home devices is about to drive adoption towards a total of 17 billion Wi-Fi based home devices in use worldwide by 2030. The report ‘The Wireless Home: Assessing the Scale of the Global Home Wi-Fi Device Market’ also finds that the leading home Wi-Fi standard today is Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), accounting for three-quarters of 2019 device sales. The newly introduced standard, Wi-Fi 6, will account for a third of device sales by 2023 and is expected to become dominant later in the 2020s.The growth of Wi-Fi-enabled smart home devices such as smart speakers, smart appliances, video cameras and thermostats, will represent the third wave in the evolution of the wireless home. This began with home computing devices in the early 2000s and was followed by smart TV devices in the 2010s. In 2019 smart TV devices will account for 29% of all home Wi-Fi devices in use, but will be overtaken by smart home devices in 2020, which will eventually account for more than 60% of Wi-Fi devices in use.The report also identifies further questions which vendors and service providers should consider:How serious is the risk that 5G could replace Wi-Fi for some in-home use cases, and which devices could be most affected?Will the Wi-Fi 6 variant be sufficient to meet needs for data throughput, reliability and ease of use?How should device vendors present and market the capabilities of Wi-Fi 6 in order maximize sales and profit potential?Which types of smart home device will see the biggest sales volumes?Strategy Analytics supports companies across their planning lifecycle through a range of customized market research solutions. Their multi-discipline capabilities include industry research advisory services, customer insights, user experience design, and innovation expertise. Click here to read full report.last_img read more

Former PIISD teacher appears in court for improper relationship

first_img RelatedPensado pleads guiltyFormer teacher admits to improper relationship with student By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A former Point Isabel Independent School District (PIISD) teacher has admitted to having an improper relationship with a female PIISD student and has reached a plea agreement with the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office in…March 8, 2019In “News”Former PIISD teacher arrested for improper relationship with studentBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A former Point Isabel Independent School District (PIISD) teacher has been arrested and charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a student. Robert Walter Pensado, 43, was arrested at his home in Brownsville Wednesday afternoon, Cameron County Pct. 1 Constable Pete Delgadillo said…June 8, 2018In “News”Port Isabel man faces 5 counts of indecency with a childBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A Port Isabel man was arraigned on five counts of indecency with a child Wednesday. Municipal Judge Oscar Garcia read Martinez his rights before going over the five charges during an arraignment held Wednesday afternoon. Port Isabel police issued a warrant for Aureliano…June 2, 2017In “News” By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comA former Point Isabel ISD teacher and coach pleaded not guilty Wednesday to six separate charges handed down by a Cameron County grand jury.The grand jury indicted Robert Walter Pensado last month on six counts, alleging he carried on an improper relationship with a student while he was a teacher at Rio Hondo ISD. The charges include one count of sexual assault, three counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student, producing, directing or promoting the sexual performance of a child, and possession of child pornography.Pensado pleaded not guilty on all six counts, his attorney, Rick Canales said during a phone interview Wednesday. “He was originally charged with four counts — they added two separate counts,” Canales said.The former teacher remains free on a $150,000 surety bond, Canales said. “Because he was out on a $150,000 bond and he had been reporting, they went ahead and allowed him to continue the same bond,” Canales said.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Sharelast_img read more

CEO Boeing: Pilot Tidak Sepenuhnya Mengikuti Prosedur, Sistem 737 MAX Masih yang Teraman

first_img“Ketika kami merancang sistem ini, pahami bahwa pesawat ini diterbangkan oleh seorang pilot,” ujar Dennis, dikutip KabarPenumpang.com dari laman cnn.com (29/4/2019).Kendati masih terlihat bahwa pihak Boeing seolah ingin ‘cuci tangan’ pasca dua kecelakaan maut tersebut, namun pabrikan pesawat asal Negeri Paman Sam ini pada akhirnya mengakui bahwa pihaknya turut berperan serta dalam kecelakaan yang hanya berselang lima bulan ini.“Adalah tanggung jawab kami untuk meminimalisir hal seperti ini kembali terjadi di kemudian hari. Kami adalah yang menciptakannya dan kami tahu bagaimana cara memperbaikinya,” ujar Dennis pada 4 April kemarin.Bak efek domino, kecelakaan Ethiopian Airlines dan Lion Air tidak hanya berdampak pada pembatalan sejumlah pesanan armada 737 MAX yang sebelumnya telah disepakati oleh berbagai maskapai – termasuk Garuda Indonesia, tapi dua kecelakaan ini juga berimbas pada penurunan laba perusahaan yang ditaksir terjun bebas 21 persen para kuartal pertama tahun 2019.Kesialan beruntun ini tentu menjadi pukulan telak bagi pihak Boeing, sampai-sampai mereka merilis varian teranyar Boeing 777X hanya dikalangan internal saja sebagai bentuk penghormatan terhadap korban kecelakaan – tidak etis rasanya jika di satu sisi tengah berbela sungkawa karena kecelakaan, sedangkan di sisi lainnya merayakan rilis varian terbaru.Baca Juga: Akhirnya! Boeing Akui Adanya Kesalahan Sistem pada Boeing 737 MAX 8Guna meyakinkan pihak maskapai dan para penumpangnya kelak, Dennis mengatakan bahwa mereka telah melakukan segala hal untuk kembali mengharumkan nama Boeing dengan varian 737 MAX-nya yang diklaim Dennis sebagai pesawat udara paling aman di era ini. Mengedepankan jargon keselamatan penumpang merupakan prioritas utama mereka, Dennis berjanji bahwa kedepannya varian ini akan kembali digandrungi oleh banyak pihak.“Namun, kami tahu kami selalu bisa lebih baik. Kami memiliki tanggung jawab untuk merancang, membangun, dan mendukung pesawat teraman di langit. Kecelakaan baru-baru ini hanya meningkatkan dedikasi kami untuk itu (meningkatkan keselamatan penumpang),” ujar Dennis. CEO Boeing, Dennis Muilenburg. Sumber: SundiataPost CEO Boeing, Dennis Muilenburg pada hari Senin (29/4/2019) kemarin mengatakan bahwa sistem keselamatan pada varian 737 jet MAX-nya dirancang dengan baik. Pada kesempatan yang sama, ia juga menambahkan bahwa pilot yang terlibat dalam dua kecelakaan maut yang menimpa Ethiopian Airlines dan Lion Air tidak sepenuhnya mengikuti prosedur kerja yang sudah disampaikan oleh pihak Boeing sebelumnya – dimana dampak dari hal tersebut adalah kecelakaan yang menewaskan ratusan orang secara keseluruhan.Baca Juga: Rampung Pembaruan Software 737 MAX, Boeing Siap Serahkan Hasilnya ke FAA Guna SertifikasiSebelumnya, pihak Boeing telah merampungkan upgrade sistem MCAS (anti-stall software) yang diduga sebagai penyebab dari dua kecelakaan maut tersebut dan kala itu, mereka masih menunggu persetujuan dari Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guna mensertifikasi pembaruan tersebut. Menurut Dennis, sistem anti-stall itu telah memenuhi kriteria desain dan keselamatan Boeing, dan mematuhi protokol sertifikasi. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more