Modec wins O&M contract for Sangomar field FPSO in Senegal

first_imgThe FPSO vessel at the field will have a capacity to process 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day Rendering of the Sangomar Field Development FPSO. (Credit: SOFEC.) Modec has announced that its subsidiary Modec Senegal (MOSEN) has secured a contract from Woodside Energy to deliver operations and maintenance of a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for the Sangomar field development phase 1 project, located offshore Senegal.The project is located in the Sangomar Offshore and Sangomar Offshore Deep oil blocks. The FPSO will be deployed at the Sangomar field which is about 100km south of Dakar. The Sangomar field development is expected to be Senegal’s first offshore oil development.In January, Woodside and Modec signed a purchase contract for the supply of the FPSO. Following that contract, MOSEN has been given the responsibility of operations and maintenance of the FPSO.The contract will cover all in-country installation and commissioning activities, after which an initial 10 year operations and maintenance term will begin.FPSO vessel expected to be delivered in 2023Expected to be delivered in 2023, the FPSO vessel will be moored permanently at a water depth of about 780m by an External Turret mooring system to be supplied by SOFEC, a Modec company.The FPSO vessel will have a capacity to process 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day, 130 million standard ft³ of gas per day, 145,000 barrels of water injection per day and a minimum storage capacity of 1,300,000 barrels of crude oil.Modec president and CEO Yuji Kozai said: “We are delighted and proud that Woodside awarded us the contract for the operations and maintenance of the memorable first FPSO for Senegalese waters further to another major contract for the supply of this FPSO.“In West Africa, we have accumulated well nearly 30 years of operational experience with three (3) FPSOs by identifying and involving local based professionals and labor. We are pleased to be a part of the team that will contribute to the advancement of local energy industry with this long-term operational project in Senegal too.”Presently, Modec operates three FPSOs in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire as well as it has supplied another seven floating production facilities such as FPSO, FSO and Tension Leg Platform (TLP) that have been installed in Angola, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Nigeria.last_img read more

Stores Evacuated Following Chemical Spill in Downtown Ocean City

first_imgHazmat crews and the fire department respond to the chemical spill. Nearby stores were evacuated as a precaution Tuesday during the cleanup of a chemical spill on the 700 block of West and Asbury avenues in downtown Ocean City. At about 11:45 a.m., a delivery driver reported that the chemicals sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite had spilled from the back of his truck, city spokesman Doug Bergen said. Those chemicals are caustic substances used as drain cleaners and water disinfectants. Because of risks associated with direct contact with the chemicals and with breathing fumes from them, nearby businesses were evacuated while cleanup was done by the Cape May County Hazmat Unit, Bergen said. Police block off the area.The Ocean City Public Works Department provided loads of sand to help with the cleanup. The truck owner contracted with an environmental company to complete the cleanup, according to Bergen. The spill was limited to the asphalt of an alley and did not reach any storm drain or permeable surface, he said.(More details on this story will be provided as they become available).Sand is spread in an alley where the chemical spill occurred.last_img read more

‘Tree Tomato’

first_imgEvery spring, ads in Sunday newspaper supplements promise plants with unbelievableyields or fantastic blooms all summer. They boast of trees that grow as tall as a house ina single season.One that’s truly not what it seems is the “tree tomato,” said University ofGeorgia expert Wayne McLaurin. NO TOMATOES. The South American fruit, Cyphomandra betacea, is often called “tree tomato.” But it isn’t a tomato at all. “The fruit is more tart and jelly-like and has more seeds,” says UGA horticulturist Wayne McLaurin. “That old plant resurfaces almost every year,” said McLaurin, an ExtensionService horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.This year’s ads list the plant as “Giant Tree.””As usual, the seller promises yields up to 60 pounds per plant and stems thatgrow to 8 feet tall,” he said. “The plants supposedly don’t need staking orcaging, either.”But it looks like the same plant McLaurin has seen before. “If it’s what has beenmarketed before as a ‘tree tomato,'” he said, “it’s botanically known as Cyphomandrabetacea, a very different species from garden tomatoes.”Actually, the “tree tomato” is a tropical, semiwoody shrub. It grows as muchas 10 feet high and starts bearing fruit in the second or third year. However, the leastamount of frost will kill the plant,” McLaurin said.And that’s not all the of the bad news. “This plant is in no way related to thetomato,” he said. “The fruit is more tart and jelly-like than our garden tomato.And it has many more seeds.”He smiles and shakes his head as he reads the ad closely. “They’re sending out aseed planted in a pot at about $3.50 each (plus shipping),” he said. “That’s oneexpensive plant.”McLaurin’s advice to potential buyers is simple. Take care of your true tomatoes.”You’ll be much happier,” he said. “It’s always wise to read all the fineprint in these ads. And keep in mind that old saying, ‘If it sounds too good to be true,it probably is!'”last_img read more

Stem Cell Safety

first_imgVery little is known about the unusual behavior of neural stem cells after experimental treatment. Understanding their whereabouts, keeping them safe from the body’s own immune system and tracking the intended destination for repair in a noninvasive manner is the next important step in regenerative medicine therapy. Using microscopic iron beads and a chicken egg, he and his colleagues were able to label neural stem cells and watch them for multiple days using magnetic resonance imaging—without harming the cell.  “One novel aspect of this iron nanoparticle is the iron center covered in synthetic polymers,” Goodfellow said. “The covering can be manipulated to show up in green, red or a spectrum of colors with fluorescent microscopy and MRI for a multitude of regenerative therapies—but the surface is what helps it to not harm the cells.” An overwhelming number of researchers still struggle within the black hole of the effectiveness and safety of stem cell therapy for neurological diseases. While the complexity of understanding how neurons grow, connect and function has long been studied, it remains a mystery, one that graduate student Forrest Goodfellow in the University of Georgia Regenerative Bioscience Center is helping unravel. In addition to developing a chick model and applications for toxicology testing in the near future, Goodfellow and his team hope this project may finally shed some light on the uncertainty surrounding neural stem cells and the great therapeutic promise for healing patients after stroke, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. “The hope is that this research will get stem cells to clinical applications faster, even if we are just doing rodent studies,” he said. “If we are able to see that the cells are surviving and integrating and not adversely affecting the animal, then the likelihood of us getting through clinical trials and onto a real therapy is a lot greater and a lot faster.” The question remains, he said, of whether injecting neural stem cells to restore damaged neurons and allowing the body to heal as it is meant to naturally really delay the onset of symptoms, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Before proving that neural stem cells could be tracked with MRI, the RBC research collaboration, which included Qun Zhao, Luke Mortensen and Gregory Simchick, first had to determine if the iron beads were harmful to the neural stem cells. For 14 days, they tracked and compared live cells and evaluated the fate of derived cells based on their gene expression profile. “We had to take it to the next level and be able to follow the process through for a period of time,” Stice said. “No one has really been able to follow neural cells at any great depth to the level of specificity that we were able to do.”center_img The research was funded by the National Institute of Health under by grant number S10RR023706 and the Environmental Protection Agency STAR graduate fellowship program under grant number 83555101. To answer that question, Goodfellow painstakingly labeled neural stem cells with extremely small iron beads and then transplanted the cell into a chicken embryo. “We went to great pains to prove and demonstrate that our labeling method does not harm the stem cells,” said Goodfellow, who started as an undergraduate in Stice’s lab while majoring in animal and dairy science in the UGA CAES. “If we are altering transplanted stem cells that we hope will be an effective treatment, then it’s a moot point if we do it blindly.” The dextran coating used around the nanoparticle increases the nanoparticles biocompatibility, allowing for a larger loading capacity and the protection of a stable environment, he said. “The unknown is that big ‘black box’ when people inject neural stem cells and have no idea where they go, or what they do—it’s pretty invasive and inaccurate,” said Steven Stice, a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and director of the Regenerative Bioscience Center who is housed in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The study, “Tracking and Quantification of Magnetically Labeled Stem Cells Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging,” is available at onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adfm.201504444/full. The findings focus mainly on neural stem cells, but Goodfellow sees potential for their use with mesenchymal stem cells. Goodfellow, a graduate student in the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center, has developed a unique approach of marrying stem cell biology and 3-D imaging to track and label neural stem cells. His findings were published in the journal Advanced Functional Material.last_img read more

Hard Rock

first_imgAdam Taylor climbed the South’s toughest route in Red River Gorge, KY.A 26-year-old from Lexington may have notched the South’s hardest climb to date. Adam Taylor ascended an extended Southern Smoke Direct route in the Red River Gorge, the South’s first climb believed to be 5.15.Taylor’s direct start adds a difficult bouldering sequence of climbing to the existing route, which is 5.14c. While Taylor is hesitant to suggest a definitive grade for the entire 100-foot route, he believes the initial boulder problem is “a hard v13.”Taylor equates the opening boulder problem to a runner squatting a large amount of weight before trying to run a 5K.“This is the hardest route I have ever attempted,” he said. “The route begins with a very brief powerful sequence and moves to a long, endurance-oriented section.”It didn’t come easy. A few days before his successful ascent, Taylor fell just prior to reaching the anchors at the end of the route.Taylor, who works as a research analyst in a biochemistry lab at the University of Kentucky, has been pushing the limits at the Red for years now with groundbreaking first ascents. In 2009, Taylor punched his own Golden Ticket, a 5.14d first ascent. Since then, Taylor has repeated several other of the Red’s high-end climbs, as well as seeking out new climbs, such as The Tube, a 5.14b that he recently established in the area.Taylor said he enjoys climbing at the Red River Gorge because the steep sandstone walls make for a very physical type of climbing.“For me, the steeper the climbing, the better,” he said. The Red’s overhanging routes force climbers to shift more of their weight from their legs to their arms. “This style forces a more tactical approach to climbing. You have to stop and rest your arms, sometimes in rather creative ways.”Taylor, one of the strongest climbers in the South, has yet to sign a sponsorship deal.“I climb because it is what I really enjoy doing,” he said. “There is a perfect balance of physical exertion, mental toughness, teamwork, and danger.  I’ve had my foot in the door to get sponsored, but I feel that the pressure might throw the balance off.”Taylor first started climbing in a climbing gym when he was 12 years old, but before long, the Greenville, S.C., native said that he and his father were making frequent trips to Looking Glass Rock near Brevard, N.C., where he learned the technical aspects of rock climbing.“My dad told me that if you’re going to spend the time to do something, you might as well do the best that you possibly can. I have stuck with this motto and haven’t wasted much time climbing only halfway.”Taylor is now turning his attention to a new 150-foot route that he believes will be even harder than his previous accomplishments.“Locally, pushing into new territory is very difficult,” he said. “Simply finding a line that could potentially be of the right difficulty is hard enough, much less actually doing it.  It takes a lot of work and dedication—and some luck.”Watch Taylor climbing the Tube, a recent 5.14b first ascent:last_img read more

Ronkonkoma Man Sentenced for Fatal Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Ronkonkoma man was sentenced Wednesday to time served—one year in jail—after he admitted to killing a 21-year-old college student in Brentwood three years ago.Craig Brackley Perkins had pleaded guilty at Suffolk County court in October to leaving the scene of an accident without reporting.The 55-year-old man was driving his Ford pickup truck eastbound on the Long Island Expressway service road when he struck and killed Kieran Smith of Kings Park, whose Nissan had become disabled on Sunday, April 1, 2012, authorities said at the time.A passing driver found the victim’s body on the road hours later and called 911 shortly before 8 a.m. that morning, police have said.Prosecutors have said that Perkins turned himself in days later and admitted his involvement in the crash.Judge Stephen Braslow also sentenced Perkins to 5 years probation and fines.last_img read more

5 money rules you should not always follow

first_imgby: Megan ElliotWhen it comes to managing your money, there’s no shortage of rules to follow. From saving a certain percentage of your income to not racking up debt, to diversifying your investments, it’s easy to find guidelines that are meant to steer you toward a life of financial security.Yet there are times when well-meaning financial advice isn’t so great. Perhaps the person sharing his or her wisdom is out of touch with current financial realities, like a well-meaning but misguided parent. Or maybe an otherwise sensible rule of thumb doesn’t apply in a certain situation. Unfortunately, if you always follow the conventional money wisdom, you may end making some big financial mistakes.Here are five money rules that it’s sometimes OK to break.1. Never take a pay cutA better version of this rule might be “never take a pay cut without a good reason.” While you don’t want to sell yourself short, the reality is that careers don’t often move in a totally straight line. To get to where you want to be, you may need to take a few detours along the way, which might include settling for a slightly lower salary. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Oct. 29

first_imgA treat for America: another Trump termIt seems like Halloween has been a three-year adventure for the assassins in Congress ever since The Donald won the presidential election fair and square.The ghouls, ghosts and demons have been working overtime to cheat the good folks of this great nation out of a duly-elected president.The assassins are the Muellers, Nadlers and Schiffs, whose purpose is not to work for the betterment of the nation, but to protect a corrupt deep state and bring down our president. Their latest witch hunt is he committed “quid pro quo” i.e. “a favor for a favor.“What a laughable joke. The only crime here is their shameful attempt at yet another coup.It seems that every time the ghouls in Congress come with another phony ploy to bring our nation down, a spate of unfounded lying hate letters by the local vampires follows.What is their purpose or intent? Act like a monster and put an RIP sign on this great nation.What’s more is the underlying reason for their charade is the Democrats have not one person who can beat Trump, thus, “If we can’t beat him, we’ll cheat him.”I agree, he’s done and said some stupid things. So what.So, for all you trick or treaters out there, get a life, throw your goofy face masks away, buy your own candy and celebrate five more years of prosperity and safety.John OsterlitzGlenville Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMcCarthy pay hike request not too highSchenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy requested a 16% raise, an extremely shocking increase. Or is it? For all those who feel this is an exorbitant increase, let’s look at this more closely. A 16% raise over 12 years is a less than 1.3% per year. The figure is far below our 2 % inflation rate per year.I wonder how many of us would be accepting of a 1.3% raise in our employment salary or Social Security benefits. Is that how little you value your city’s chief executive? My suggestion is that you look for something else to complain about: $16,000 over 12 years is hardly worth your effort and makes us look like we are living in a third-class city.Joseph KaczynskiSchenectady Jaquith will be very good for NiskayunaI am writing in support of Rosemarie Perez Jaquith for Niskayuna Town Board. Rosemarie has lived in Niskayuna with her family for 20 years. She has a long history of service to the community and believes very strongly in making necessary changes as she has shown during her lengthy service on the Niskayuna school board.Rosemarie comes from a law enforcement family and is well versed in the challenges and changes that are facing the Niskayuna Police Department and its hard-working police officers. Not only does she support veterans such as her husband Grant, Rosemarie voted to support the disabled veteran property tax exemption when it was before the Niskayuna school board several years ago.She is kind, friendly and smart, and has supported the education of our children and the needs of our neighbors for years. I believe Rosemarie Perez Jaquith would be an exemplary addition to the Niskayuna Town Board.Mathew B. TullyNiskayuna Julie Garcia is a candidate running for NYS Supreme Court judge in the 4th judicial district. A search on the internet reveals that Ms. Garcia has a past that includes flawed judgement and irresponsible behavior. These actions speak to her moral aptitude and credibility. How will she be able to preside over cases impartially, and judge others, for the conduct that she herself is guilty of? Ms. Garcia’s decisions will always be biased in matters that have touched her personally, including substance abuse issues. This flawed judgement will cast a shadow on her future decisions. Ms. Garcia also uses where she lives as a reason to vote for her. We should vote for the most qualified and impartial candidate. This year voters are to choose four candidates from a pool of six. Before we invest over $3.5 million in a person (14 years’ salary and benefits) let’s make sure they are up to the standards of the position. Ms. Garcia served one term as the Essex County DA years ago, after which she could not get re-elected. If the voters of Essex county did not want her after four years, why do we want her in office for 14 years?Cindy ConverseLake GeorgeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Scotia’s leadership has a proven recordEvery day, I pass campaign signs for Maria Peterson for village of Scotia trustee. They say, “Revitalize Scotia.” As a 40-year resident, I’ve seen politicians and slogans come and go. I question her message because it’s unclear and hope she doesn’t mean the village lacks vitality. Scotia lives up to the definition of vitality; it has the capacity to live, grow, and develop, and shows itself to have life. Collins Park is beautiful; Freedom Park thrives; Jumpin’ Jacks attracts thousands; the Glen Sanders Mansion seems lively; businesses continue to open on Mohawk Avenue; and we have our own fire, police, and department of public works. The 1st National Bank of Scotia continues to invest in the village. There’s a dog park; Flint House; our streets are clean and winterized; and crime is low.There’s quality of life here, and the village is looking good. I’ve looked at Peterson’s website and Facebook and haven’t found what she means by “revitalize.” I saw a brief mention of lowering taxes. I’d be curious where the cuts would occur. Privatization? That always results in lower quality service and no savings. I think the village has vitality, and I appreciate the present leadership of the village.Richard Moran Jr.Scotialast_img read more

Health Ministry declares 68 of 70 patient samples negative for coronavirus

first_imgShe also guaranteed that all testing followed WHO standards, saying that each test took two to three days to complete.“We hope there will be no more suspected cases; no more people should be examined for having similar symptoms to the new coronavirus.”Read also: Climate, immunity, incompetence? Indonesia’s zero recorded coronavirus cases raise questionsCOVID-19, which is believed to have originated in a market selling wild animals in Wuhan, China, has killed 1,113 in the mainland and infected more than 44,600 people as of Wednesday, AFP reported. Indonesia continues to insist that it has no confirmed coronavirus cases despite positive diagnoses found in neighboring Singapore, Malaysia and Australia, raising concerns among scientists worldwide that the virus might be spreading in the country undetected.A study conducted by researchers from Harvard University found that Indonesia should have already confirmed at least one to 10 cases of the new coronavirus, given the high average daily air-travel volume from Wuhan to the country.The Harvard study stated that Indonesia’s zero confirmed cases “may suggest the potential for undetected cases in these locations given the expected connection before travel control measures were implemented”.The ministry’s research and development agency head, Siswanto, played down the report on Tuesday, saying that the study was based only on mathematical calculations to predict the spread of the virus, so it might not reflect the facts. (syk)Topics : The Health Ministry’s research and development agency has examined 68 out of 70 samples from patients suspected of being infected by the Wuhan coronavirus, now called COVID-19 by the World Health Organization. All 68 specimens tested negative, according to a ministry official.“The other two samples are still being tested,” the Health Ministry’s surveillance and quarantine director, Vensya Sitohang, said on Wednesday.Based on the results, Vensya emphasized that there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia to date. last_img read more

Land sales in this estate have been so strong only 12 lots remain

first_imgJust 12 lots are still available at Stockland’s Riverstone Crossing estate at Maudsland, a picturesque community at the base of Mount Tamborine.Just 12 lots are still available at Stockland’s Riverstone Crossing estate at Maudsland, a picturesque community at the base of Mount Tamborine.Launched in 2006, Riverstone Crossing will be home to more than 750 houses once it’s completed.“Surrounded by mountains and on the banks of the Coomera River, Riverstone Crossing provides the perfect place to enjoy a family-friendly outdoor lifestyle,” Stockland acting general manager David Laner said.“The remaining spacious lots we have available provide an excellent opportunity to join a safe and friendly community which also offers health and wellbeing facilities through the wonderful community hub of the Riverhouse Lifestyle Centre.”More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoThe 12 remaining lots range in size from 918sq m to 10,989sq m, with prices from $327,000 to $409,000.The 194ha community features extensive walking and cycling tracks, public parks including innovative play spaces such as scooter and bicycle tracks, sporting fields and direct access to the Coomera River. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:04Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:04 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMay 1: Real Estate Market Wrap08:04It also includes a residents-only multimillion-dollar Riverhouse Lifestyle Centre, which boasts a gym, spa, sauna, swimming pools and a tennis court. There are also 24/7 security patrols of the community. The on-site community manager organises groups and activities as well as fitness classes such as Zumba. Riverstone Crossing is just a short drive to Westfield Helensvale and is close to the Pacific Pines Town Centre, the M1 motorway and rail services linking to Brisbane and Surfers Paradise. It is also within 15km of world heritage national parks.last_img read more