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Bluefield Geoservices expands to the Americas

first_img Image: The company will initially open two offices in the US. Photo courtesy of gslcoy from Pixabay. Bluefield Geoservices, a UK-based provider of specialist subsea geotechnical services, today announced its expansion into the Americas. The company will initially open two offices in the US, one in the northeast US to serve the immediate demands of the offshore renewable energy market, and one in the southeastern US, to support ongoing operations in the Gulf of Mexico energy markets as well as projects in Central and South America.“This is an exciting time of growth for Bluefield Geoservices,” according to Dr. Peter Allan, Bluefield Director. “Establishing a permanent presence in the US and developing strong alliances with established partners in the region will allow us to support our ongoing work in the Americas, while facilitating growth in key targeted areas.”The new offices in the US will broaden Bluefield’s offering of subsea geotechnical services to the global offshore energy, subsea mining, telecom, infrastructure and defense markets across the Americas.“As Bluefield Geoservices continues to expand, having two fully-operational bases in the US—with both personnel and equipment on the ground—will help us further serve the international ocean industries with innovative subsea geotechnical expertise that prioritizes high-quality and robust data,” added Jim Edmunds, Bluefield Managing Director. Source: Company Press Release The new offices in the US will broaden Bluefield’s offering of subsea geotechnical serviceslast_img read more

Flag Day Event Honors OC Veterans on Saturday, June 8

first_imgBy Larry Watts 2019 Flag Day CeremonyHonoring Our Ocean City VeteransSaturday, June 811:00 am – GatheringPatricia Watts, President, OCGCA – OpeningNational AnthemMayor Jay Gillian – Welcome and IntroductionsPastor Matt Stokes, Coastal Christian Church – InvocationAmbassador William J. Hughes (invited)Councilman Michael DeVlieger, 1st Ward11:30 am – Raising of the Flags – ClosingThe American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign WarGod Bless AmericaRefreshments – Meet our Veterans, friends, neighborsand the Ocean City Gardens Civic AssociationPlease join the Ocean City Gardens Civic Association (OCGCA) as we celebrate Flag Day and honor our Ocean City veterans on Saturday, June 8.Mayor Jay Gillian will open the ceremony at 11:00 am by the Flag area at the Longport Bridge entrance to Ocean City.  The Veterans of Foreign War and the American Legion members will be joined by friends and neighbors, and refreshments will be served following the ceremony.Our OCGCA events are open to all!  Please join us as we honor those who have given so much in the service of our Nation.  For additional information about the event, the OCGCA, or to help in any way, please email [email protected] OCGCA will be collecting soiled and worn flags at this time for proper disposition. Ocean City-Longport Bridge Flag Area 1103 Gardens Parkway, Ocean City, NJ 08226last_img read more

Failure not an option

first_imgFor a company that supplies some of the leading bread brands in the UK and sends products to bakeries around the country on a daily basis, having a fail-safe order processing system is a must.Allied Bakeries claims approximately a one-third share of the UK’s bread market. It makes Kingsmill, Allinson, Sunblest and Burgen, as well as a range of morning goods, rolls and part-baked breads to retailers, at its 13 bakeries situated around the country. All orders are handled and dispatched daily through an electronic processing system, which must remain up and running 24 hours a day.Loss of tradeDave Rowland, head of infrastructure at Allied Bakeries, says: “If the order processing procedure were to fail, it would result in immediate loss of trade and reputation, not only for the group and individual bakeries, but also for the hundreds of retail outlets that we supply. This, coupled with the short life-cycle of our products, means that any downtime in the system – notably server failure and the ensuing loss of data – is simply not a viable option.”In the case of Allied Bakeries, its IT Shared Services Centre and each bakery within the company has a number of servers and back-up servers. These are installed for order process control and other day-to-day, critical applications. This means that Allied Bakeries has a network of around 200 servers, which all need to be running almost continuously, all of the time. Allied Bakeries felt that it lacked a coherent IT strategy for cases when servers failed and so proceeded to look for a remedy. It required a technical solution that would enable it to develop a bespoke server and data back-up system, covering all 13 bakeries and its IT Shared Services Centre based in Liverpool.To mitigate the risk of a breakdown in the order processing system, Allied Bakeries decided to seek a back-up data replication process. This ensures that a contingency plan can spring into effect in the event of a system failure, without the loss of any vital information. It also enables the company to resume normal operations within minutes of a break down, without any risk to its performance and reputation.Software solutionAfter looking at a number of options, Mr Rowland chose NSI Software’s Double-Take – a data replication product that is supplied exclusively to the European market by Worcester-based Sunbelt Software. Double-Take provides continuous real-time data replication and server failover, which means if one server fails, data can be switched over to another. The product is one of Microsoft’s preferred data replication engines, due to its ability to replicate vital data in real-time to a back-up or failover server located anywhere in the world, says SunbeltAccording to Mr Rowland: “After evaluating a number of data replication products, we found Double-Take to be easy to manage and applicable to all our Windows platforms. It just seemed to work out-of-the-box – it did what it said it would do.” Benefits of the Double-Take system, according to Sunbelt:- Reliable, real-time replication- No file pre-scan required to identify changed files (after initial mirror)- Preservation of file level security – Open file handling- Effective replication between systems linked by low band-width connections- The ability to replicate between non-identical hardware and different operating systems- One-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-one replication capability- Minimal impact on performance of source and target systems- Cost effectivenessSunbelt also provides specialist knowledge and support for Double-Take, and, in the case of Allied Bakeries, was able to adapt this to deliver the right solution for the baking firm. Sunbelt’s UK sales director Ian Masters says: “It was clear from the outset that Allied Bakeries required a bespoke solution, so we spent time training the relevant staff on the technology behind these systems (SQL and Biztalk) and gave them the knowledge needed to design their own solution around Double-Take.”Allied Bakeries’ Mr Rowland adds: “Sunbelt provided excellent evaluation, testing and deployment of Double-Take, as well as being very supportive throughout product training. The way we are using the system at the moment is that each secondary server monitors its primary server and, if it sees a problem, it will raise the alarm with the network centre. The operator will then decide whether the primary server is going to fix itself and make a decision to failover or not. This helps the overall management of all servers and acts as an insurance policy.”last_img read more

MSA degree ranked No. 4

first_imgNotre Dame’s Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program was recently ranked No. 4 in The Public Accounting Report’s annual rankings of MSA programs, a two-spot jump from last year’s No. 6 position. Additionally, the Public Accounting Report ranked the program No. 1 in the country of those programs with a faculty of its size.  H. Fred Mittelstaedt, Deloitte Foundation professor of accountancy and the chairperson of the Department of Accountancy, said he is pleased with the rankings.  “I’m very grateful for the rankings,” Mittelstaedt said. “I think they reflect the quality of our program, because I would say we are the best accounting program in the country – undergrad and graduate. So it’s nice when rankings come out that reflect that.”  Mittelstaedt said The Public Accounting Report’s rankings are based on a survey of accounting professors across the country, who are asked to rank undergraduate programs, graduate programs and public accounting firms.  Professor Michael Morris, chairperson of the Mendoza College of Business’ MSA program, said being ranked at the top of the list is a welcome distinction.  “The Public Accounting Report… rankings are based on the perceptions of accounting faculty nationwide, so to be at or near the top of the rankings from such a broad-based and knowledgeable group is really an honor,” Morris said.  Mittelstaedt said since the rankings are so objective that it is difficult to attribute the jump to a qualitative difference in the program. “It’s hard to say why that jump [from six to four] would have been there,” Mittelstaedt said. “I’m not sure we did anything in one year to make the jump, but it’s just a concerted effort to have as good students as we can and then place them as well.” Morris said the quality of MSA faculty and students reflects in the program’s high rankings year after year.  “The program has been consistent in delivering a quality education by an experienced and renowned business faculty,” Morris said, “[The] M.S. in Accountancy staff have gone the extra mile to provide the highest level of student services, and the level of support from various segments in the University has enabled the program to offer a flexible curriculum and achieve 100 percent placement the last two years.” Mittelstaedt said the rankings recognize programs that best prepare students for success in public accounting.  Notre Dame’s MSA students certainly qualify for successful accounting careers. Mittelstaedt said the MSA program boasts a Certified Public Accountant exam pass rate of over 80 percent, and 84 percent of 2013 MSA graduates were placed with one of the “Big Four” accounting firms.  “We probably place more people with the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms, as a percentage, than any other school in the country,” Mittelstaedt said.last_img read more

Advocacy for the Common Good class facilitates political activism at Saint Mary’s

first_imgStudents in the Advocacy for the Common Good class have been preparing all semester for a march to advocate for the passage of a clean Dream act.In the past, the students in the class have worked in smaller groups on different issues of political advocacy. Their campaigns have featured issues such as gun control and immigration, sophomore Sophie McDevitt said, but this year’s group decided to do something different.“This is the first year where the entire class has been working on the same issue,” she said.On Friday afternoon, the Saint Mary’s students involved in the march will meet in front of Le Mans Hall, McDevitt said, and march to Senator Joe Donnelly’s office. Students from Notre Dame and Holy Cross will also participate in the march, leaving from locations on their respective campuses.“The goal is to put pressure on Congress to … continue DACA and keep it open to people,” she said.Professors, local media and multicultural groups from the surrounding community have been invited to participate in the march, sophomore Guadalupe Gonzalez said.McDevitt said the group hopes to demonstrate their commitment to this issue.“We want to put a physical face on this — to really show him that we’re serious,” she said.Throughout the semester, McDevitt said, the class has used a variety of methods to advocate on behalf of DACA.“We’ve had a petition and a couple of call-ins … to show them how serious [we are],” she said.In addition, Gonzalez said a group of students from the class has previously met with Donnelly.The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) recently stated their support of the passage of a solution to the uncertainty surrounding DACA. The tri-campus community reflects this goal as a group of Catholic institutions, McDevitt said.Due to the complexity of the issue, students in the class had to begin by evaluating their knowledge of the policy.“The first step we [took] as a class was to come together in workshops to understand the issue of DACA. … We all came from different backgrounds of knowledge on the issue,” Gonzalez said.By sharing their knowledge, McDevitt said, class members helped other Saint Mary’s students to see the impact they can have on people that could both benefit or suffer as a result of the loss of DACA.“From [then], it’s been a movement to educate others and educate ourselves — to push for more awareness on our campuses,” Gonzalez said.The students in the class have also used social media to share their campaign with the local community.Beyond Friday’s march, students plan to continue using social media to advocate for this cause, Gonzalez said, as well as host more vigils.“We’ve raised a lot of vigils,” she said. “A lot of Catholic Social Teachings say that we should [strive] for social justice, and this is a social justice issue.”Vigils have helped make this discussion larger than politics, Gonzalez said, as the support of the USCCB has drawn out the religious aspect of the issue. This recent publicity has drawn attention to the subject on all three Catholic campuses.“There’s definitely been some pushback from [the campuses], but I think a lot of people have opened up to supporting [DACA],” Gonzalez said.Tags: Advocacy For The Common Good, DACA, DREAMERS, DreamSBlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts global cinema festival

first_imgThis week, Saint Mary’s will press play on the World Cinema Festival, where a new international film will play each night at 7 p.m. in Vander Vennet Theater. The event is free to the public.On Monday night, the feature film will be Sweden’s “A Man Called Ove,” while Tuesday night will feature Japan’s “Sweet Bean.” Wednesday night’s film will be Mexico’s “Guten Tag, Ramon,” and the World Cinema Festival will conclude Thursday night with the Kenyan film “The First Grader.”Mana Derakhshani, director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), said in an email that film festivals enable students to glean new perspectives about different cultures. “Films open windows into other cultures,” she said. “They allow us for a brief moment to travel across oceans to get a glimpse of different perspectives. At the same time, they can enable us to see universal themes that concern all humanity. Both of these outcomes are an important part of a 21st century education. We live in an increasingly interconnected world, where success depends on our ability to empathize with those who are different from us and to work together in mutual understanding.”Derakhshani said she initially brought the World Cinema Festival to Saint Mary’s because of her passion for languages, but she soon saw its importance to gender and social issues. “​Saint Mary’s has offered a festival of films every year for over 15 years,” she said. “​I brought the event to Saint Mary’s first as a language professor but have continued it as part of the program the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership offers the campus and the larger community.”Julie Storme, director of the College’s intercultural studies department, said in an email that Derakhshani was imperative to beginning the World Cinema Festival, as Derakhshani applied for a grant to sponsor a French film festival, which is what sparked what is now called the World Cinema Festival. “More than a decade ago … [Derakhshani] applied for a grant through the French Cultural Services branch of the French embassy for a grant to sponsor a French film festival — it was known as La Tournée,” she said. “When she moved over to [the] Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership, she decided to continue the tradition as [the] World Cinema Festival.” Derakhshani said Saint Mary’s World Cinema Festival is another way for students to develop a global awareness. “​Internationalization has been an important initiative at Saint Mary’s for several years,” she said. “The World Cinema Festival is one way to bring more global awareness to students through programming.”Derakhshani said films are selected because they feature women in prominent acting or directing roles and because they examine important social issues. “We select films that have strong female leads, are directed by women or deal with important social issues,” she said. “We also look for films that have been award-winners.”Derakhshani said she hopes students will find the movies entertaining but also enlightening. “I hope that students will be entertained, but mostly that they will gain appreciation for the cinematic arts outside of Hollywood-produced blockbusters,” she said.Derakhshani said she feels international films often get slighted at major award shows like the Academy Awards. “​The Academy Awards only have one category for foreign films,” she said. “They cannot recognize all the wonderful films that are made in the world each year.”​Derakhshani said international film festivals, such as the World Cinema Festival, can help students become more globally and socially aware. “It all depends on your point of view regarding movies,” she said. “If it’s just a way to be entertained and escape real life for a couple of hours, Hollywood does that very well, but so do other countries. Being aware that there are good movies made in other countries is one way to be conscious of the world.”Tags: center for women’s intercultural leadership, CWIL, film festival, foreign films, International, Saint Mary’s World Cinema Festivallast_img read more

The Great Immensity Begins Performances at the Public

first_img The Great Immensity is a continent-hopping thriller following a woman, Phyllis, as she pursues someone close to her who disappeared from a tropical island while on an assignment for a nature show. Through her search, Phyllis uncovers a mysterious plot surrounding the upcoming international climate summit in Auckland. As the days count down to the Auckland Summit, Phyllis must decipher the plan and possibly stop it in time. The Civilians’ The Great Immensity begins performances off-Broadway on April 11 at the Public. Written and directed by Steven Cosson, the production will run through May 1 at the Joseph Papp Public Theater/Martinson Theater. Related Shows The Great Immensity View Comments The cast of The Great Immensity features Damian Baldet, Cindy Cheung, Dan Domingues, Rebecca Hart, Trey Lyford, Chris Sullivan and Erin Wilhelmi. The production includes projected film and video and a wide-ranging score of songs by Michael Friedman. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 1, 2014last_img read more

Vanessa Williams & Cicely Tyson to Star in L.A.’s The Trip to Bountiful

first_img View Comments The Trip to Bountiful tells the story of Carrie (Tyson), an elderly woman who longs to return to her hometown of Bountiful, Texas, one final time, but must battle with an overprotective son (Underwood) and domineering mother-in-law (Williams). The revival, helmed by Wilson, opened on Broadway in April 2013. Cicely Tyson Blair Underwood Star Filescenter_img A family reunion out west! According to the Los Angeles Times, Vanessa Williams and Cicely Tyson will reprise their performances as Jessie Mae Watts and Carrie Watts, respectively, in the L.A. production of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful at the Ahmanson Theatre. Williams, who is currently heating up the Cotton Club stage in Broadway’s After Midnight, and Tyson, who won a Tony award for her performance in the Broadway revival, are joined by Blair Underwood, who will portray Ludie (a role played in New York by Cuba Gooding Jr.). The three take the stage after appearing in the Lifetime television remake of the play earlier this year. Directed by Michael Wilson, the production will begin performances on September 17. Vanessa Williams Williams received a Tony nomination for her performance in Into the Woods; she has also appeared on Broadway in Kiss of the Spider-Woman and Sondheim on Sondheim. Tyson was the first African American to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress after appearing in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and received an Oscar nod for the film Sounder. Underwood, known for his performance on the T.V hit L.A. Law, has appeared on stage in A Streetcar Named Desire, Purlie and Measure for Measure.last_img read more

Macron promises angry Beirut crowds aid won’t go to ‘corrupt hands’

first_imgMacron was applauded by the crowds in the neighborhood, in a mainly Christian part of the capital, with chants of “Vive la France! Help us! You are our only hope!”.Some also chanted against President Michel Aoun, who is a Maronite Christian under Lebanon’s political arrangement of dividing powerful positions between sects.’Home truths’Macron then headed to the Baabda presidential palace, where he was due to hold talks with Aoun, Prime Minister Hassan Diab, who is a Sunni Muslim, and Nabih Berri, the speaker of parliament who is a Shi’ite.After that, he will meet other political groups and civil society at the French ambassador’s residence.France has long sought to support its former colony and has sent emergency aid since the blast. But it has joined other Western nations in pressing for reforms to root out corruption, cut spiraling budget spending and reduce a mountain of debt.Shortly after landing in Beirut, Macron said France’s solidarity with the Lebanese people was unconditional, but said he wanted to deliver some “home truths” to political figures.”Beyond the blast, we know the crisis here is serious, it involves the historic responsibility of leaders in place,” Macron told reporters after being met at the airport by Aoun.”We can’t do without telling each other some home truths,” he added.”If reforms are not carried out, Lebanon will continue to sink,” he said, citing reforms to the energy sector, as Lebanon suffers acute power shortages, and public tenders, as well as measures to fight corruption.Officials blamed the blast on a huge stockpile of a highly explosive material stored for years in unsafe conditions at Beirut port. The government ordered some port workers arrested.Many Lebanese, who have lost jobs and watched savings evaporate in a financial crisis, say the blast was symptomatic of neglect and corruption in the political system. “I guarantee you, this aid will not go to corrupt hands,” said Macron, who was wearing a black tie in mourning.He promised to send more medical and other aid to Lebanon, while those around him chanted “Revolution” and “The people want the fall of the regime.””I will talk to all political forces to ask them for a new pact. I am here today to propose a new political pact to them,” he said, shaking hands on roads strewn with rubble and flanked by shops with windows blown out.Residents, shop owners and volunteers have led clean-up efforts in the popular street of cafes and restaurants, where the blast ripped out balconies and smashed store facades. French President Emmanuel Macron promised angry Lebanese crowds in shattered Beirut that aid to rebuild the city would not go to “corrupt hands” and he urged the political authorities to carry out reforms or risk plunging Lebanon deeper into crisis.Macron was speaking during the first visit by a foreign leader to the Lebanese capital since the biggest blast in its history tore through the city, killing at least 145 people, injured 5,000 and leaving swathe of the capital in tatters.After visiting the port at the epicenter of the blast, Macron was greeted by crowds in nearby Gemmayze street, one of the most damaged in the city, shouting chants against the political establishment and endemic corruption.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Sprawling Gold Coast property a ‘European hideaway’

first_imgFrom the air it is a sight to see! ON THE MARKET 36-38 Karina Cres, Broadbeach WatersAgent: Jackson Paradise, Ray White PrestigeFeatures: Pool, gym, CCTV, jetty, outdoor kitchen Area: 1,942sq mExpressions of interest: Closing June 22, 2018Inspections: Saturday and Sunday, 11-11.30am Enjoy the European-inspired gardens.The couple, who have three children — Ava, 11, Tony, nine, and Presley, two — bought the property in 2012 with a big vision in mind. “We couldn’t find a house that suited what we wanted,” Mrs Madden said. “We found this place and the gardens were very overgrown. “We decided to do a massive renovation starting on the inside and going out to the landscaping.” The kitchen.But where exactly do you start on a transformation like this? “For me there were some key pieces that I wanted and one was my large Ilve oven,” she said. “I also found copper sinks and then copper became quite a theme throughout the whole house.” The house was completely guttered with new gyprock, electrics, plumping and a Cbus system installed. “When we pulled the house apart we could have almost knocked it down,” she said. “While the structure is the same we really opened it up.” More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoAs well as renovating the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms, french windows were installed in keeping with the European theme. The back deck overlooks the water.The sinks were imported from Mexico while the marble benchtops and tiles were brought in from Italy. “We both really like that warm and rustic feel so everything, from the walls to the ceilings, has a warm undertone — even the lighting is of a warm nature,” she said. Walking around the property, it’s easy to feel a million miles away among the manicured gardens and numerous entertaining areas. “The gardens really compliment the house now, it flows all the way out,” she said. “One of our favourite features is our veggie gardens beside the water.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: How to flaunt your Unique Selling Point01:02 Relax beside the pool. Relax around the pool. There are plenty of warm tones throughout the residence. There is plenty of space – the property is a huge 1942sq m. MEGA SALE MAKES TOP 10 RENOVATE OR KNOCK DOWN? Other standout features include a self contained residence and gym, pool, outdoor alfresco kitchen and a jetty.Mrs Madden said the property would ultimately suit another family. “The big thing about this property is the space,” she said. “There’s so many different areas for a family to use. The couple plans to remain on the Coast and are looking at taking on another renovation project. La Morada at 36-38 Karina Cres, Broadbeach Waters is on the market.IF you’ve ever dreamt of escaping to France or Italy but don’t want to leave the Gold Coast, this is the property for you.Lara and Stephen Madden are behind La Morada, a sprawling European-inspired estate nestled on the waterfront in Florida Gardens.last_img read more