Suncor in near miss incident on Terra Nova FPSO as grease drum dropped

first_imgCanadian offshore safety authorities have informed that Suncor was in a “near miss” incident aboard it Terra Nova FPSO in the Atlantic Ocean after a potentially fatal drop of a grease drum from a lifting basket.Terra Nova FPSO. Image courtesy of Suncor EnergyOffshore safety body for Newfoundland and Labrador CNLOPB said that on March 13, 2019, workers on the Terra Nova FPSO were moving grease drums by a crane with an approved lifting basket, following safe lifting practices.During a lift, the lifting basket made contact with a turret rail. The gate pin of the lifting basket released, which caused the door of the basket to open. This resulted in a drum falling approximately 10-15 feet, coming to rest on an enclosure below, CNLOPB said, citing a report from Suncor.There were no injuries and no personnel were in the area. However, the incident had the potential for fatality based on the Dropped Objects Prevention Scheme (DROPS) calculator, CNLOPB added.“Crane operations were immediately stopped, the area was secured and the drum has been removed. The C-NLOPB is monitoring Suncor Energy’s continued investigation of the incident,” the safety body said.Suncor Energy operates the Terra Nova field, which is located offshore approximately 350 kilometers southeast of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Terra Nova field in the fourth quarter 2018 produced on average only 9.5 thousand barrels a day, compared to 14.6 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2017.The 4Q 2018 output was affected by planned FPSO maintenance and then by a major storm system on the East Coast of Canada in the period. Production from the field resumed on December 2, 2018.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Elaine Stephenson, 96

first_imgElaine Stephenson, 96, of Elrod passed away at 6:20am, Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. She was born at Perryville in Decatur County, Tennessee on February 10, 1920 the daughter of John and Dora Brashear Kindle. She was married to Benjamin Stephenson on January 1, 1940 and he preceded her in death on May 13, 2004. Survivors include two sons Larry Stephenson of Elrod and Ronald (Pam) Stephenson of Kent; one daughter Glenda (Robert) Kelly of Scipio; two grandchildren Brianna Stephenson and Brian Kelly. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Arthur, Riley, and James Kindle. Mrs. Stephenson was a homemaker and had been employed at the Delaney Wood Heel factory in Versailles. She enjoyed tending to her garden and quilting. Elaine was a member of the Washington Baptist Church in Elrod. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 24th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Brian Dempsey of the Washington Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Eastview Cemetery at Patriot. Visitation will be Monday from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Washington Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Messi, Suarez lead Barca romp, Real crush Deportivo

first_imgMADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona rode further away from their crumbling title rivals on Sunday as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored twice each in a 5-0 thrashing of Real Betis which opened up an 11-point gap at the top of the La Liga standings.A strike from Ivan Rakitic broke the home side’s resistance in the 58th minute and top scorer Messi and the in-form Suarez took turns in adding to the scoring to cap a sixth successive league win for Ernesto Valverde’s imperious team.Barca, the only unbeaten side in Europe’s top five leagues, lead the way in La Liga with 54 points after capitalising on second-placed Atletico Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Girona on Saturday and third-placed Valencia’s 2-1 defeat at Las Palmas.Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice before leaving the pitch with his face covered in blood as Real Madrid eased their domestic crisis by hammering struggling Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 on Sunday to reclaim fourth spot.Betis went into the game having scored eight goals in their last two league matches but had few opportunities against Barca, who turned on the style in the second half as they have done so often in this dominant campaign.It took a clever rolled pass from Suarez to release Rakitic for the opening goal, which the Croatian dispatched confidently while Messi took full advantage of a slack Betis offside trap to slot the second.The Argentine’s second strike moved him on to 19 league goals while Suarez’s brace took him to 15, 10 coming in his last seven La Liga games.The convincing display was also the perfect response after Barca had surrendered their 29-game unbeaten run in all competitions in losing to Espanyol in the King’s Cup on Wednesday.“My team are completely committed to everything we do and we stick together in the good times and the bad,” Barca coach Valverde told reporters.“We take our steps forward and our steps back together and that’s a great virtue.”Real had lost two of their last three league matches and got off on the wrong foot against relegation-threatened Deportivo when former Atletico Madrid forward Adrian Lopez put the visiting side ahead against the run of play in the 23rd minute.The stumbling La Liga champions responded in emphatic fashion, however, and went on to record their biggest win of the season in all competitions with two goals apiece from Gareth Bale, Nacho Fernandez and Ronaldo as well as a long-range strike from Luka Modric.Ronaldo was unable to continue playing after he was left with a bloodied face by the boot of Deportivo defender Fabian Schar as he struck his second goal, which took him level with Bale as Real’s top scorer in the league with six strikes.Real climbed above Villarreal into fourth place on 35 points but are still 19 behind Barcelona.“The players needed a game like this,” Real coach Zinedine Zidane said.“I don’t know if much changed apart from the scoreline and that’s the biggest difference. We played well against Villarreal (in our last match despite losing 1-0) and we were doing well when we were losing 1-0 today but we got the equaliser and I‘m delighted with what we did in the rest of the game.”last_img read more

Panelists discuss climate change

first_img“One thing about me is that I’m a self-avowed scholar-activist,” Gibson said. “I consider myself an environmentalist, and I am a participant in a number of environmental NGOs.” “This spring series is looking at big problems or hot-button issues in bringing together scholars from different methodologies and training for a conversation,” McPherson said. “Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth … these are one and the same fight,” Gibson said. “Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.” Approximately 50 students attended an interdisciplinary discussion on climate change and its impact hosted by the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study Wednesday. At the event, which is the third installation of the Spring 2019 Polymathic Pizza series, assistant professor of international relations Shannon Gibson, and assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering George Ban-Weiss spoke about how each of their fields is impacted by climate change.   “The Academy was created to give the very inquisitive, intellectually-curious students of USC a way to operate outside the confines of their discipline and think about how problems might be tackled across disciplinary divides using polymathic methods,” McPherson said. Following Ban-Weiss’ presentation, McPherson led a discussion about societal indifference toward climate change. Gibson said the indifference stems from the fact that western communities often don’t experience the effects of global warming firsthand. Ban-Weiss said his polymathic endeavors include performing songs about the environment on bass in order to impact broader communities. “A lot of these groups are already vulnerable to the effects of climate change,” Gibson said. “It was these groups that tend to suffer disproportionately from climate change who are often denied access to environmental benefits — things like clean water, sanitation — and are historically denied access to decision making.” The event was moderated by Sidney Harman Academy Director Tara McPherson. Hana Craft, a junior majoring in psychology, said she found the event to be thought-provoking. “It was really so profound to hear from people who have been working for years, even decades, toward understanding this topic and the ways that solutions may have negative impacts and positive impacts,” Craft said. McPherson said she observed a distinction between two “societies” — civil and uncivil — which demonstrate the uneven effects of climate change on groups that suffer socially and economically. “Materials in cities, like asphalt pavements and rooftops, historically are very dark and absorb a lot of sunlight,” Ban-Weiss said. “Part of the research that I do is [explore], ‘In what ways can we brighten up materials?’” Gibson’s research studies the role societal participation plays in politics, primarily from her perspective as an environmentalist and activist. Gibson spoke about the effects of climate change on international politics. Citing Ban Ki-moon, the former secretary general of the United Nations, Gibson said that many issues facing the world are interconnected. “The research that I do looks at climate change and air pollution but at a more local level — at the urban scale,” Ban-Weiss said. “The question is what can be done at a local level to actually affect the climate of your city.” According to the academy’s website, polymathy is utilizing a variety of interests and skills to innovate and solve problems. The Polymathic Pizza series pairs two professors from different fields in a discussion of critical issues facing society to highlight how various approaches and perspectives can come together to reach a solution. “In the United States, in Europe, in certain places, we don’t necessarily see or feel the tangible effects of climate change because we are, [for the most part], very much disconnected from the ecosystem,” Gibson said. Professors George Ban-Weiss (above) and Shannon Gibson discussed the intersection of international relations and environmental engineering during a panel Wednesday. (Dimple Sarnaaik/Daily Trojan) “It’s a musical concert that has a song cycle, —[the band] refers to it as a ‘Love Letter to the Ocean,’” Ban-Weiss said. “It goes through different parts that are environmentally related.” Ban-Weiss’ research uses field observations and quantitative models to study air pollution and climate change. Ban-Weiss said he tackles issues practically and locally rather than globally, since change on a massive scale is much harder to accomplish. One aspect of Ban-Weiss’ research focuses on how materials used to construct urban buildings contribute to climate change. His team has proposed adopting “cool roofs,” which reflect sunlight instead of absorbing it and could reduce Los Angeles’ average temperature by one or two degrees Fahrenheit. Gibson and Ban-Weiss each gave 10-minute presentations on their research and approaches toward proposing solutions to climate change.last_img read more

Rendezvous hotel Melbourne takes home accommodation award for excellen

first_imgSource = The landmark Rendezvous Hotel The landmark Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne was awarded Outstanding Marketed Hotel of the Year at the Australian Hotels Association (Victoria) Accommodation Awards on Friday 20 May, 2011. Held at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, the event celebrates the leaders of excellence within Victoria’s tourism industry for the 2010-2011 period.It was a big night for Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, which not only took home the award for Outstanding Marketed Hotel of the Year, but was also a finalist for the Superior Accommodation Hotel of the Year.  The Hotel’s employees were also recognised, with finalist nominations for Niall Blundell as the Front Office Service Employee of the Year and David West, who was nominated as Administration Employee of the Year.  “We are delighted to take home the Outstanding Marketed Hotel of the Year award, and are so proud of all of the staff, especially those finalists who work so diligently to ensure each guest’s stay is enjoyable in every aspect of the hotel,” said Alexander Billing, of Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne.Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, which is managed by Rendezvous Hospitality Group, is one of the few grand hotels remaining in Australia. Seeped in travel history since it was built in 1913, the hotel was originally home to the Commercial Travellers Club. Since then, the 4.5 star heritage listed Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne has been meticulously restored to retain the feel and style of the classical 1900’s era, whilst at the same time providing guests with leading 21st century technology and facilities.last_img read more