Equinor begins production from Utgard field in North Sea

first_img Image: Illustration of the Utgard field development Photo: courtesy of Equinor ASA. Equinor and its partners have started production from the Utgard field — located along the UK-Norway median line, in the North Sea — several months ahead of schedule.Originally slated to be brought on stream by the end of 2019, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) gave its consent to the partners to begin production from the offshore field last month.The gas and condensate field has been developed with an investment of 2.6bn Norwegian krone (£230m), which is 25% below the estimate of NOK3.5bn (£310m) given to the Norwegian authorities in 2016.Utgard gas and condensate field was discovered in 1982. In 2016, Equinor bought the UK portion of the discovery in order to complete the field development.It has been developed as a subsea tieback to the Sleipner field, which is operated by Equinor. The field comprises two wells from a subsea template tied back through a pipeline and an umbilical to the Sleipner field.The subsea template has been installed on the Norwegian part of the border, with one well on each side of the UK-Norway median line.Equinor UK and Ireland offshore senior vice president Arne Gürtner said: “Through Utgard, we are maximising economic recovery from the North Sea, and unlocking high-value, low-carbon intensity barrels in line with our strategy. We will continue to seek cross-border opportunities to add value on both sides of the border.”According to Equinor, the recoverable resources from Utgard are estimated at nearly 40 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe), while daily production on plateau is expected to be about 43,000boe.Equinor and its partners will remotely operate the Utgard field from the Sleipner field. At the Sleipner platform, the well stream from Utgard will be processed before dry gas is sent out to the market via the Gassled pipeline system, while liquids are transported through an existing pipeline to Kårstø where they will be exported to Europe.The Utgard field will also use the CO2 purification and storage facility at Sleipner.Stakeholders of the Utgard fieldEquinor has been operating Utgard with a total of 76.44% stake held by it and its UK subsidiary. The Norwegian oil and gas major is partnered by Lotos Exploration and Production Norge (17.36%) and KUFPEC Norway (6.20%) in the offshore gas and condensate field. Spread over the Norwegian-UK maritime border, the Utgard field has been developed with a total investment of £310m through a subsea tieback to the Sleipner fieldlast_img read more

New Regulations to Prevent Beach Takeovers by Vendors

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKIDon’t hog the beach.Ocean City is making that point clear through a new set of regulations to prevent beach vendors that rent out lounge chairs and umbrellas from dominating large swaths of the shoreline.“The amended beach ordinance was drafted in consultation with existing beach vendors to avoid some of the issues we experienced last summer and to address other ongoing issues,” city spokesman Doug Bergen said.Last summer, the city saw one vendor, Frenchy’s, take over a section of the popular Ninth Street beach next to the Music Pier with its bright yellow lounge chairs and red-and-yellow umbrellas.Frenchy’s, a French fries business on the Boardwalk, later reached an agreement to lease the concession service to another company after negotiations with the city. The lease included terms that prevented the new vendor, Swift Beach Services, from setting up chairs and umbrellas before they were rented – a move that freed up a big part of the beach for the public.“I want to thank the owners of both companies for agreeing to these terms at the request of the city, and I want everybody to know that the city will do whatever it takes to preserve public access to the beach on behalf of every resident, guest and business in town,” Mayor Jay Gillian said last summer while announcing the deal. The new beach regulations for this summer, adopted by City Council on April 23, spell out in great detail the rules that vendors must follow while renting out umbrellas, chairs and boogie boards.Council President Peter Madden said in an interview Friday that the regulations are designed to make sure that vendors and everyone else on the beach “are comfortable” with each other while sharing the sand.“It’s to avoid what we experienced last year,” Madden said, echoing Bergen’s comments about vendors taking up too much space on the beaches.This summer, beach vendors will not be allowed to set up umbrellas and empty chairs ahead of time, unless they are pre-paid.The regulations specify where the vendors may set up, how long they are allowed to be there and how they can advertise themselves, along with myriad other requirements “to maintain an open accessway along the beach.”“The rental of beach chairs, umbrellas and boogie boards on the beach is a service which benefits many beachgoers and which, if conducted in an orderly manner, can be a benefit to the city’s residents, property owners and visitors,” the regulations say.In short, the regulations stress that rental umbrellas or chairs will not be allowed to “impede public use of the beach nor access to the ocean.”They also “shall not obstruct any beach access path nor the emergency access corridor/trough which is parallel to and adjacent to the Boardwalk,” according to an excerpt from the regulations.Hoping to avoid a repeat of last summer, the regulations also prevent vendors from setting up chairs and umbrellas before beachgoers arrive, unless they are pre-paid.The city received complaints last summer after Frenchy’s set up umbrellas and empty lounge chairs ahead of time, occupying a large section of the beach next to the Music Pier.One of the requirements states that vendors “shall use their best efforts to avoid setting up chairs too close to others on the beach.” That regulation seems particularly timely with the social distancing requirements during the coronavirus pandemic.Another requirement calls for umbrellas to be anchored or tethered in the sand to prevent them from blowing down the beach and possibly injuring someone.“All persons renting and using beach umbrellas shall be mindful of weather conditions including, but not limited to, wind velocity and wind direction, and shall take umbrellas down when conditions warrant so as to prevent injuries from windswept umbrellas,” according to the regulations.Bergen, the city spokesman, said he was not aware of any serious beach injuries in recent years in Ocean City caused by wind-blown umbrellas.“It’s not at all uncommon for the wind to send umbrellas tumbling down the beach. I don’t know of any serious injuries in recent years, but the ordinance applies to everybody and is designed to prevent them,” he said. Frenchy’s umbrella and lounge chair rentals occupied a prime piece of real estate on the Ninth Street beach last summer.last_img read more

Blood test for depression?

first_imgThe initial assessment of a blood test to help diagnose major depressive disorder indicates it may become a useful clinical tool.In a paper published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, a team including Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers reports that a test analyzing levels of nine biomarkers accurately distinguished patients diagnosed with depression from control participants without significant false-positive results.“Traditionally, diagnosis of major depression and other mental disorders has been made based on patients’ reported symptoms, but the accuracy of that process varies a great deal, often depending on the experience and resources of the clinician conducting the assessment,” says George Papakostas of the MGH Department of Psychiatry and an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, lead and corresponding author of the report.  “Adding an objective biological test could improve diagnostic accuracy and may also help us track individual patients’ response to treatment.”The study authors note that previous efforts to develop tests based on a single blood or urinary biomarker did not produce results of sufficient sensitivity, the ability to detect the tested-for condition, or specificity, the ability to rule out that condition.  “The biology of depression suggests that a highly complex series of interactions exists between the brain and biomarkers in the peripheral circulation,” says study co-author John Bilello, chief scientific officer of Ridge Diagnostics, which sponsored the current study. “Given the complexity and variability of these types of disorders and the associated biomarkers in an individual, it is easy to understand why approaches measuring a single factor would not have sufficient clinical utility.”The test developed by Ridge Diagnostics measures levels of nine biomarkers associated with factors such as inflammation, the development and maintenance of neurons, and the interaction between brain structures involved with stress response and other key functions. Those measurements are combined using a specific formula to produce a figure called the MDDScore — a number from 1 to 100 indicating the percentage likelihood that the individual has major depression.  In clinical use the MDDScore would range from 1 to 10.The initial pilot phase of the study enrolled 36 adults who had been diagnosed with major depression at the MGH, Vanderbilt University, or Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Mass., along with 43 control participants from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton, Mass.  MDDScores for 33 of the 36 patients indicated the presence of depression, while only eight of the 43 controls had a positive test result.  The average score for patients was 85, while the average for controls was 33.  A second replication phase enrolled an additional 34 patients from the MGH and Vanderbilt, 31 of whom had a positive MDDScore result.  Combining both groups indicated that the test could accurately diagnose major depression with a sensitivity of about 90 percent and a specificity of 80 percent.“It can be difficult to convince patients of the need for treatment based on the sort of questionnaire now used to rank their reported symptoms,” says Bilello.  “We expect that the biological basis of this test may provide patients with insight into their depression as a treatable disease rather than a source of self-doubt and stigma. As we accumulate additional data on the MDDScore and perform further studies, we hope it will be useful for predicting treatment response and helping to select the best therapies.”Papakostas adds, “Determining the true utility of this test will require following this small research study with larger trials in clinical settings.  But these results are already providing us with intriguing new hints on how powerfully factors such as inflammation — which we are learning has a major role in many serious medical issues — contribute to depression.”last_img read more

Ronold W. P. King

first_imgRonold Wyeth Percival King was born on September 19, 1905, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where his father was a professor of German at Williams College.  He received a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Rochester in 1927.  Under a German-American Fellowship, he studied in Munich and then received a master’s degree in 1929 from the University of Rochester and earned a Ph.D. in 1932 from the University of Wisconsin.  After two more years at Wisconsin doing research, King moved to Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, to serve as an instructor in physics.  In the spring of 1936, Professor E. L. Chaffee, who headed a group in Communication Engineering in the Graduate School of Engineering at Harvard, searched out Dr. King as successor to Professor G. W. Pierce, who was retiring. In 1938 King returned from a year-long Guggenheim Fellowship in Germany to become an instructor in the School of Engineering at Harvard.  He retired from Harvard as Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics in 1972, but stayed many years beyond, remaining active and productive until after his one-hundredth birthday.Over the course of his career King produced 12 books and more than 300 journal articles in the field of applied electromagnetics in specialized areas related to antennas.  His lectures and publications make the word “thorough” seem like a gross understatement.  Fortunately he usually began with a physical description of the problem followed by a rigorous theory containing a large variety of symbols.  His giant and intimidating volume, The Theory of Linear Antennas, was used to train most of his students.  Without taking the antenna course, AP 234, you could never be a true King antenna person.  He could spend an entire lecture explaining a concept that others would dash off in five minutes.In many areas of electrical engineering, Maxwell’s equations would form the basis for King’s theoretical treatment.  Generally he would add experimental results carried out by his students. Many of his journal publications were co-authored with the students and, in an efficient process, were ultimately incorporated into his books.  Other areas to which King made major contributions were antennas over and in earth and water and the biological effects of electromagnetic radiation.  During the war he taught courses in the Harvard Radar School and pre-Radar School.According to King himself, his greatest achievement was the 101 graduate students who wrote their Ph.D. dissertations under his guidance, including one father-son pair: John and George Fikioris.  His large body of students referred to him as “Professor King” even after they themselves became professors.  In spite of this formality, his Ph.D. students enjoyed a relationship with him that was both familial and collegial.  Students regularly had lunch with him at the lab and were invited to dinners at his house in Winchester.  He took equal interest in outstanding students and those in need of help of any kind.  His students honored him with the Golden Dipole Award at his retirement dinner in 1972 and celebrated milestones with him regularly up to and including his one-hundredth birthday.King received many awards for contributions to research and education.  In 1984 he received the IEEE Centennial Medal; in 1986 the Harold Pender Award from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering of the University of Pennsylvania; in 1991 the IEEE Distinguished Achievement Award of the Antennas and Propagation Society, the citation for which stated: “To Ronold W.P. King for over a half century of outstanding contributions to the field of electromagnetics particularly in the area of linear antennas; for the exemplary standards in research and teaching and, above all, for a lifetime of dedication to his students.” One award that made him particularly proud was being elected to the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.King married Justine Merrell in 1937, and their son, Christopher, was born in 1941. After Justine’s death in 1990, he married Mary Govoni in 1991. King’s personal life is hard to separate from his public life as professor and researcher.  He spent most of his summers, from boyhood on, at his family’s oceanfront cottage in Rockport, Maine.It was a classic wooden cottage with a wood stove that kept his family from freezing on cold and foggy Maine days.  When he was an undergraduate he took on the job of wiring his family’s farm in Waldoboro, Maine.  He designed the systems himself and bought all the parts from Sears Roebuck.  No soldering in the walls was allowed, so he had to have exact lengths to put in conduit.  With the help of his younger brother, Don, the job took two summers to complete, but he said, “It made electricity very real.  In a small way it was the beginning of my long career in electromagnetic theory.”  When he observed that boats often had a hard time navigating Rockport Harbor in the fog, he devised and published a paper on a beacon antenna array system to guide the boats.Much can be said of Ronold King’s life work: his energetic commitment to his 101 Ph.D. advisees; his skill at conveying a deep physical understanding of a problem; his extraordinary analytical abilities and experimental prowess.  King’s success as a teacher also benefited from a unique talent for choosing words and crafting sentences to communicate complex and subtle ideas.  His writing was as precise as his science, and both were exceptionally deep and elegant.In addition, Professor King’s industry was truly remarkable.  How many individuals reach the age of 90 and have 30 more scientific, peer-reviewed papers and one more comprehensive technical book yet to write and publish?Professor King’s students and colleagues have greatly admired his long life and many accomplishments.  Most complimentary of all, many have modeled their lives after his fine example.Respectfully submitted,Frederick H. AbernathySheldon Sandler, Boston UniversityTai T. Wu, Chairlast_img read more

Report: lack of diversity, low morale plague Louisville PD

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A new report says the Louisville Metro Police Department needs more diversity among its leadership. It also says police must work to improve trust with the community, especially among Black residents. The Chicago consulting firm Hillard Heintze was hired by the city to review the department in the wake of the Breonna Taylor shooting last year. Taylor was a 26-year-old Black emergency medical worker who was fatally shot by officers serving a narcotics warrant at her apartment. The 155-page report called for a “true transformation of the department.”last_img

Barbara Cook, John Tiffany & Key Brand Entertainment/BAA Receive 2014 Drama League Honors

first_img In addition to these special honors, nominations for the five competitive Drama League categories (Distinguished Play, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Best Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Musical and Distinguished Performance) will be announced on April 23, prior to the May 16 ceremony. Cook will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award. Her Broadway credits include her Tony Award-winning portrayal of Marian Paroo in The Music Man, as well as Candide, She Loves Me, and, most recently, Sondheim on Sondheim. Cook was also a receipient of the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors. Tiffany, who will receive the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing, received the 2012 Tony Award for his direction of the musical Once. He helmed the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie this season, as well as last year’s Macbeth, starring Alan Cumming. Key Brand Entertainment/Broadway Across America will receive the Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award for efforts to bring New York productions to cities around the country. Under the leadership of producer and owner John Gore, Key Brand/BAA is the leading developer, producer, distributor and marketer of Broadway theater worldwide.center_img The Drama League is giving special recognition to legendary performer Barbara Cook, director John Tiffany and Broadway.com parent company Key Brand Entertainment/Broadway Across America. Hosted by four-time Emmy Award nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the 80th annual Drama League Awards are set to take place May 16 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. View Commentslast_img read more

Salvadoran President Rules Out Militarization of Public Safety

first_imgBy Dialogo February 03, 2012 On February 1, Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes ruled out a militarization of public safety in the country, rejecting criticism of his appointment of two retired generals to head the sector’s leading institutions. “The police will continue to be a hierarchically organized corps, but under the responsibility of a civilian authority. The police are not in the process of militarization (…) they’re in a process of professionalization and adaptation to new circumstances,” the president stated. “We should leave prejudices aside, leave that sterile debate aside,” the president added, speaking at a National Civil Police (PNC) event. In late January, Funes named retired General Francisco Salinas as director of the PNC, and in November, he named retired General David Munguía as minister of justice and public safety. According to the president, those appointments are part of “a conceptual change” in how the country will work against crime, organized crime, and especially gangs. “The state’s repressive apparatus and its institutions of prevention, investigation, and administration of justice should be strengthened, modernized, and provided with budgets and tools that can enable them to act effectively,” Funes pointed out. About his decision, President Funes said, “We’re confronting organized groups, with sophisticated systems of information and intelligence, with enormous economic power, and supplied with the most modern weapons,” he indicated. “In addition, they’re powerful gangs capable of corrupting state institutions. The conditions, then, are different; the enemy is also different, has mutated, has evolved,” he added.last_img read more

On the offense: Meeting cyber extortion head on

first_imgA wave of cyber extortion appears to be heading our way. The question is no longer if it might hit, but when.The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council released a statement warning financial institutions about the increasing frequency and severity of cyber attacks involving extortion. What do these attacks look like and what should you be doing about them now?What is Cyber Extortion?So what does cyber extortion look like? Your bank or credit union may get an email with a 48-hour deadline telling you that if you don’t pay 50 Bitcoin, they’ll knock down your website with a denial of service attack. That ransom doesn’t sound so bad until you look up the Bitcoin exchange rate and find out how much that really is (nearly $20,000). To show you they’re not bluffing, they do what’s called a “demo hack,” which takes down a small part of your infrastructure. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Mentors help students build financial know-how

first_imgEffective financial education for young people is real-life, relevant and personalized, suggests the CEO and cofounder of Moneythink , which trains college students to be financial mentors to high schoolers.In 2008, with the Great Recession in full swing, a small group of University of Chicago students set out to help teenagers attending area high schools build their financial life skills. Following in their footsteps, Moneythink chapters in colleges across the country have been established to sponsor mentors who’ve worked with 10,000 high school students, many from low-income neighborhoods and schools.“Our college mentors work in small groups with their high school mentees, meeting with them on average once per week for the entirety of the school year,” explains Moneythink CEO Ted Gonder. “We focus on building meaningful, credible, relatable relationships between the mentors and mentees.”Among the tools Moneythink mentors rely on are an app called Moneythink Mobile, which offers digital challenges to build financial awareness, habits and skills. Partnerships with other youth-serving organizations supplement the curriculum. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

3 instant icebreakers when you’re meeting someone new

first_img 50SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details We are all faced with nerve-wracking situations where we’re meeting someone new. It could be in a social setting or in a professional environment, but it’s not always easy knowing the proper way to make an impression. Below are three simple ideas for breaking the ice when introducing yourself for a more comfortable encounter.Ask questionsThere’s no better way to connect with someone than to directly ask them a question. That immediately opens the door for an exchange. The key then is to sustain the interaction by making them feel interested and involved. Even the humblest individuals enjoy talking about themselves to some degree.Be topicalIt’s best not to bring up political or controversial topics, but initiating a discussion on something timely is a great way to make a good impression. It shows you are current on what’s happening in the world and are invested in what’s going on around you. Even something as simple as, “Have you checked out the new iPhone?” should get someone’s attention.Use your witIf you’re known for your humor and wit, now is the time to utilize it. Don’t go overboard and get obnoxious with your jokes, but keeping things light is never a bad idea. Get a feel for how receptive your peer is to your style of expressing yourself and if your wit is not hitting home, dial it back.Always remember to not monopolize the conversation and use your best judgment on how to move forward. Just getting their attention and breaking the ice is a great step toward making a new connection.last_img read more