New helicopter contract for Stavanger

first_img Sikorsky S-92 helicopter at the Gina Krog field in the North Sea. (Credit: Øyvind Gravås – Woldcam / Equinor ASA.) Equinor has awarded CHC Helikopter Service AS a contract for personnel transportation from Stavanger airport, Sola.The contract will run from 1 July 2021 for a fixed period of three years and includes three yearly options. The total value of the contract with options is estimated at NOK 1 billion.The contract covers crew change services with two Sikorsky S-92 helicopters, with a possibility to increase with one additional helicopter.In connection with this procurement, Equinor and Vår Energi have entered into a cooperation agreement and will share capacity on one of the helicopters.“We have good experience of cooperation with Vår Energi on joint procurement of helicopter services. The cooperation contributes to efficient use of helicopter capacity and increases flexibility for both companies. It also allows for better long-term planning from the service provider”, says Peggy Krantz-Underland, Equinor’s chief procurement officer.For Equinor, the helicopters will be used in connection with crew change services in the southern part of the North Sea, serving the fields Johan Sverdrup, Gina Krog, Sleipner, Grane, Gudrun, Heimdal and Draupner, as well as drilling rigs in the area.“Stavanger airport, Sola, is a cornerstone for our operations in the North Sea. About 50,000 passengers are annually transported from Sola to Equinor’s offshore installations and back. We look forward to cooperate with CHC and Vår Energi to deliver safe and efficient personnel transportation from Sola airport”, says Steinar Mathisen, responsible for aviation on the NCS for Equinor. Equinor uses six helicopter bases for personnel transportation services in Norway: Sola, Bergen, Florø, Kristiansund, Brønnøysund and Hammerfest Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

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With Anti-Bullying Program, Local Woman Makes it Cool to be Kind

first_imgBy Tim KellyKindness is a choice. It can also be the cool choice for kids.That’s the message of Barbara Gilmour, an Ocean City resident, author, speaker, and creative voice behind Cool Kind Kid, an anti-bullying strategy that aims to re-define what is cool for kids as they encounter social situations.“The reactive measures don’t work,” said Gilmour. “Let’s provide our children with fun, engaging proactive (techniques to prevent bullying).”Gilmour’s firm, CKK LLC, offers a wide range of services and products aimed at helping students understand that using kindness is a better option than bullying, or tolerating it. The Cool Kind Kid programs teach social skills as a way to be confident and cool in situations that have the potential to go south. It’s working. The program has won 15 national awards, including Parents and Teachers’ Choice awards and earned the National Parenting Council’s Seal of Approval. More important than the accolades is the movement Cool Kind Kid has helped to start and foster.The concept is really simple, Gilmour explained. “We teach children to embrace the concept that being kind is a lot cooler than bullying,” she said. “We teach them to embrace the concept that the kind kid is also the cool kid.”Listening and talking, avoiding being rude, making a good first impression and displaying good manners in any social situation are a few of the areas covered through books, audio CDs, school assembly programs and more. The company is planning a series of fun, informative social skills classes in Ocean City, beginning May 8. There will be four two-hour classes, including snacks. A fifth class will take place at an area restaurant, to put students’ dining etiquette into practical use.Participants also receive a backpack, a picture book and a certificate upon completion.Class sizes are limited to approximately 10 students, Gilmour said, thus early registration is encouraged. For more information, call 609-398-1949 or visit www.coolkindkid.com/social-skills-classes/ https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10153820585631885&t=7Click on Facebook link to see video of Cool Kind Kid founder Barbara Gilmour being interviewed on a talk show hosted by Kathy Ireland.Gilmour, a Penn State University grad, backs her programs with research and proven curricula.She said that her team has known “since 2008, that social skills training was the missing link in bullying prevention” and the proactive approach could fill the void. She began at the request of her daughter’s college graduation. A few of her daughter’s friends were about to enter the work force and were very concerned about their lack of social skills, especially in dining situations, Gilmour said. “If the candidates for a job are evenly matched on qualifications, the person with the better social skills will be the person who gets the job,” she remarked.Gilmour put an informal class together for her sister’s friends, and the result was so encouraging she decided to launch the company.She enlisted the services of two friends, Sydelle Mason, the holder of a doctoral degree in education from Rutgers, and Wendy McDermott, a PhD in linguistics from Cornell University, to help develop the curriculum.Today, Cool Kind Kid offers classes, books, audio CDs, and entertaining school assembly programs among other products and services.There are also separate parental and teacher resource guides to help reinforce the lessons of the anti-bullying program and to present best practices to implement them. One of the books, “Tanner Wants to be Cool,” traces the journey of a real child facing real-life situations during which decisions must be made. It outlines how kindness, sympathy, empathy and other positive behaviors make more sense than bullying. Table manners may seem to be a lost art nowadays, but Cool Kind Kid brings them back in a fun and engaging way.Bullying starts with rudeness, and it can escalate with bullying and ultimately violence in the worst cases, Gilmour said. Thus, she said, good manners and politeness are the first line of defense against bullying.“These techniques help build confidence in social situations. We help students know what to expect when (a situation arises),” said Gilmour.And as any kid will tell you, confidence is cool. And now, too, so is kindness. Cool Kind Kid creator Barbara Gilmour with Bill Bowman, president and publisher of Kidsville News, and the publication’s mascot “Truman the Dragon” at the N.J. Education Association Convention in Atlantic City. (Photos courtesy of Barbara Gilmour)last_img read more

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Nappy baker’s happy

first_imgYou may remember, three weeks ago, when Stop the Week featured a story on [http://www.baby-cakes.co.uk], which makes its cakes from unconventional ingredients: nappies. Well, owner Miranda Hart got in touch to express her delight at the coverage, and concurred that the concept would have struggled in the BBC’s Dragons’ Den. “I quite agree – definitely not a conventional filling, but one which is literally flying out like ’hot cakes’! I don’t think I would like to put myself through the Dragons’ Den – I can hear their comments now ’Nappy what?’, ’Cakes?’, ’I wouldn’t want a chocolate-filled one!’ etc.”She was pleased to report, though, that the success of her one-year-old website proves there is a market out there for nappy cakes – and it’s growing. But we still cannot see cake giants like Memory Lane Cakes or Greencore picking up the ball and running with it any time soon. Still, it’s pleasing to see BB is on the radar of the nappy cake-making communitylast_img read more

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Watch Jerry Garcia And Phil Lesh Explain The Origins Of “Grateful Dead” In Clip From New Documentary

first_imgAfter years and years of anticipation, delays, and a variety of obstacles, the long-awaited Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip will be made available to the public on May 26th via Amazon Prime Video. The film, produced by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese and directed by Amir Bar-Lev, made its debut at the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to glowing reviews. Running nearly four hours in length, this sprawling look at the history of one of the most influential bands in American music history features in-depth interviews from roadies, band members and extended Dead family members, along with incredible unseen behind-the-scenes and live footage spanning from the band members’ childhood through the various rungs of their climb to success.Long Awaited Grateful Dead Documentary Will Soon Be Available On AmazonEarlier this week, Entertainment Weekly posted an exclusive clip from the movie, which features interspersed video interviews of Garcia (from the ’90s) and bassist Phil Lesh (in the present day) talking about the origin of the band’s name. As they explain in the clip, the band had been using the name The Warlocks, but after discovering another group with that name, they had to pick a new moniker. While brainstorming ideas, Jerry opened a dictionary to a random page, and written on the page, nestled in the small print, were the words “Grateful Dead.” You can check out the clip below, via EW:The movie is broken into six distinct parts, touching on Jerry Garcia’s well documented history of drug addiction, the complications of the band’s increased popularity in the 80s and the unique community that grew an unwieldy size by the early 90s. While the film’s scope is wider than any film about the band to date, it is less concerned with displaying a detailed chronology of The Grateful Dead and more focused on conveying the bands adventurous and idiosyncratic essence–how their music manifested as a truly communal artistic effort, and garnered a following closer to that of a religion than that of a rock and roll band. As clips, clues, and reviews continue to surface ahead of its public release, our level of excitement could not be higher for the long-awaited Long Strange Trip this May![h/t – Entertainment Weekly]last_img read more

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Ohio police officer charged with murder in killing of Andre Hill, a Black man, state’s attorney general says

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio police officer charged with murder in killing of Andre Hill, a Black man, state’s attorney general says.last_img

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Don’t Let Football Get Between You and Broadway!

first_img View Comments Football season is in full swing, which means only one two things: 1. watching, obsessing and talking endlessly about your favorite team, and 2. chicken wings… But wait! We have good news. Now you don’t have to miss a single play while getting the latest info on the hottest play. Yes, the Broadway.com iPhone app will make all your dreams come true. Don’t get distracted by silly ads or appropriate outrage. Just download the app, sit back and let Broadway come to you. Enjoy the show!last_img

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Odds & Ends: Brian d’Arcy James Set for Superior Donuts & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Brian d’Arcy James Set for DonutsWe all saw Brian d’Arcy James beaming with pride on the Oscars after Spotlight won Best Picture, and there’s a chance you’ll be able to catch him on the small screen some more in the near future. The Something Rotten! star has been cast in CBS’s previously announced Superior Donuts pilot, reports Variety. The potential series is based on the Tracy Letts play of the same name. D’Arcy James will play Arthur, the owner of a local donut shop in Chicago. Frank Stallone Needs a Mark Rylance PrimerWhen three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance took the stage at the Oscar to accept his award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, our theatre-loving selves were cheering wildly. Somewhat understandably, Frank Stallone, brother of the category’s reported frontrunner Sylvester, wasn’t as thrilled. In a (now deleted) tweet, Frank wrote, “It’s as clear as the nose on your face that Sly won. Mark who? It’s total Hollywood bulls—“ He continued, “Mark Rylance couldn’t even comb his hair for Christ sake.” Now, Stallone is apologizing for his crass remarks—sort of. “I want to apologize to Michael Rylance [sic],” he tweeted on March 1. “I was caught up in an emotional spin. I love my brother and wanted him to win so bad.” It’s the thought that counts?Sarah Hyland Boards Dirty Dancing RemakeSarah Hyland, who stars as oldest daughter Haley on ABC’s Modern Family, has joined that ever-growing cast of ABC’s Dirty Dancing remake. She takes on the role of Lisa, Baby’s older sister first played on screen by Jane Brucker, in the upcoming TV event, according to Deadline. Hyland appeared on Broadway as a young Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in Grey Gardens. She joins a cast that includes the previously reported Nicole Scherzinger, Abigail Breslin, Cole Prattes and Debra Messing.Laura Osnes & More Will Join the PopsSpeaking of Modern Family, upcoming Fully Committed star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, as well as Tony nominees Laura Osnes and The Royale’s Montego Glover, The Color Purple standout Kyle Scatliffe and Les Mis alum Robert Marien have joined the lineup for the New York Pops’ 33rd birthday gala. The event, set for May 2 at Carnegie Hall, will honor Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg. The group joins a previously announced roster that includes Patti LuPone, Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Lea Salonga and Stephanie J. Block.Paper Mill’s Pump Boys & Dinettes Announces CastThe cast is now set for Paper Mill Playhouse’s Pump Boys and Dinettes. The production will feature former Broadway.com vlogger Alysha Umphress (On the Town) as Rhetta, as well as James Barry as Jim, Gabe as Jackson, Julie Foldesi as Prudie, Jason Ostrowski as L.M., Alysha Umphress as Rhetta and Sam Weber as Eddie. Performances will run at the New Jersey venue from April 6 through May 1. John Foley directs.Joel Grey Can Indeed Get You Hamilton TicketsTony and Oscar winner Joel Grey stopped by Late Night to confirm some claims made by Leslie Odom Jr. Back in November, the Hamilton star told Seth Meyers that while the show was off-Broadway at the Public, Grey bluffed his way into a ticket at the box office. The stage legend revealed that his badass level is as high as Odom Jr. claims. He also talked about his decision to come out as gay later in life, saying, “If one person is helped or feels better about it, it’s worth it to me to say who I am.” Inspirational and can get you Hamilton tickets? How lucky we are to be alive right now. View Comments Brian d’Arcy James(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

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AstraZeneca set to start making 400 million COVID-19 vaccines for Latam early in 2021

first_imgTopics : “We’ll be prioritizing the vulnerable populations,” Varela said at the Mexican president’s daily news conference, noting that the pricing, while still not final, was not expected to exceed $4 per dose. That could bring the cost of the first 150 million doses to $600 million.Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador hailed the agreement as “good news” for Mexico, and said the vaccine would be distributed without cost in the country, which ranks third worldwide in number of fatalities.Lopez Obrador said he expected the country to still be suffering from the pandemic by the time the vaccine goes into production.Argentina’s president flagged the agreement with Mexico and AstraZeneca, Britain’s second-largest drugmaker, on Wednesday, noting that the initial supply is meant to reach all Latin America except Brazil. Production of 400 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine for Latin America could begin early next year, an executive for pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca Plc said on Thursday, as the region’s coronavirus death toll stands at nearly 230,000.In partnership with the Mexican and Argentinean governments, AstraZeneca plans to initially produce 150 million doses, and eventually make at least 400 million for distribution throughout the region, said Sylvia Varela, head of AstraZeneca Mexico.Home to some 650 million people, Latin America has registered the world’s highest tallies for coronavirus cases and deaths, with Brazil and Mexico trailing only the United States in record numbers of fatalities.center_img Brazil earlier this month committed $355 million to purchase and produce the AstraZeneca vaccine.The Mexico-Argentina plan, whose cost is unclear, has significant funding from the foundation of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. A spokesman declined to give a sum.Varela said Phase III trials taking place in the United States, South Africa, England and Brazil were expected to conclude by November or December, after which the company would seek government approvals.If granted, the company would then transfer technology to Argentina’s INSUD Group and Mexico’s Laboratorios Liomont at the end of the year, and begin manufacturing in the first quarter of 2021, she said.The active substance in the vaccine would be made in Argentina and sent to Mexico to be completed for distribution, Varela said. last_img read more

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Unai Emery praises Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock after 3-0 win against Frankfurt

first_img Comment Saka was named Man of the Match (Picture: Getty)‘Maybe with his [Saka’s] goal and performance he was taking confidence, he was finishing really strong,’ said Emery. Also with Emile [Smith-Rowe], after his injury. He played for the first time this season.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Willock started a little slow at the beginning but progressively he was feeling very better with a good performance.‘We know tonight that match was difficult. They were very strong here. They’re a very offensive team and defensively we needed to work, sometimes deep, sometimes with their full-backs very deep, crossing a lot to the strikers.‘We spoke and worked the transition, if we were organised defensively and with a good pressing against them.‘We did that. We had the possibility with the young players to create chances and help them, also sharing with experienced players. Their performance tonight was good. It’s our way.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal host Aston Villa on Sunday and Emery is expected to reinstate the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Sokratis and Matteo Guendouzi to his starting XI.The Spaniard made eight changes for the trip to Germany and left Mesut Ozil at home.MORE: On-loan Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius produces calamitous error for Besiktas in Europa League Sean KearnsThursday 19 Sep 2019 9:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.9kShares Unai Emery praises Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock after 3-0 win against Frankfurt Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock stole the show against Frankfurt (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery was quick to praise Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock for their roles in the Gunners’ 3-0 win against Frankfurt on Thursday night.Saka assisted Willock for Arsenal’s opener in Germany before doubling the Gunners’ lead after the break with a fantastic finish.The midfielder then laid on a third for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to complete the victory in what is Arsenal’s toughest group game.And Emery was full of praise for the pair afterwards.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Revised IORP Directive could be ‘impossible’ to pass, MEP warns

first_imgThe revised IORP Directive could remain “impossible” as European Union member states continue their opposition to Brussels being granted the requisite competences, the MEP charged with scrutinising European pensions legislation has said.However, Thomas Händel, elected this week as chairman of the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL), said it was still important for him and his four committee colleagues to continue the push for a more integrated employment market, including a focus on pension matters.The MEP, a member of Die Linke – the left-leaning opposition party to Germany’s governing grand coalition – told IPE the “main question” for EMPL in the coming years would be how to address issues of social equality by addressing workers rights.Asked about the passage of the revised IORP Directive, published by internal markets commissioner Michel Barnier in March, he said he believed it would “remain impossible” so long as any of the 28 member states “oppose and deny any EU competences”. “In addition, the very different systems might be impossible to equalise,” he said.Händel said he was uncertain whether any elements of the former Portability Directive, revived last year after Barnier dropped more stringent capital requirements from the revised IORP Directive, would once again be discussed.“Concerning certain elements of the Portability Directive,” Händel said, “we have to wait for the first exchange of views between the political groups here in the Parliament.“But the increase of eurosceptics and the anti-EU movement will not make it easier to discuss the free movement of workers, and therefore pensions as well.”The Portability Directive was eventually passed by Parliament in April as a directive on supplementary pensions rights.It introduced universal vesting periods for benefit accrual but backed away from 2005’s initial suggestion that rights should be transferable when a worker moves to a new employer.Händel, now in his second term as an MEP, said he hoped a parliamentary majority could be found to “ensure the promise” made by the EU decades ago to create an environment where employees were free to work and live wherever they chose.“That necessarily means everyone should have the right to take pension credits with him, wherever he chooses to live,” he said.His comments come after the newly elected deputy chairman of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) – in charge of tax affairs, as well as scrutiny of proposals to allow the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority to raise a direct levy to fund itself – said the pensions industry should not cry foul, as it had never been hit.last_img read more

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