Omega Canyon Bridge. Courtesy photoATLA News:All Together Los Alamos is accepting requests for assistance from Los Alamos County residents who are housebound during the COVID-19 public health emergency.The all-volunteer group of local residents is working to provide information on resources and services to people who need assistance during these difficult times. The aim is to supplement where needed the services already being provided by local senior centers and local non-profits.All Together Los Alamos plans to assist homebound residents with:Simple “well-check” phone calls;Directing people to available resources;Providing simple over-the-phone support when possible to help set up communication methods such as video- chatting;Picking up groceries, prescriptions or other essential items and delivering them to homes.The group also will provide information to local online and print newspapers, local social media and KRSN radio.Anyone in need of assistance may register a request for assistance at the All Together Los Alamos website https://sites.google.com/view/alltogetherlosalamos/home or call 505.500.4116 for more information.Volunteers also are invited to register at the same address.
Daily Postcard: A luminous double rainbow appears in the sky and colors the clouds about 7:45 p.m. Friday over White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs
Deepwater drilling contractor Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. has revealed plans to retire and scrap six of its mid-water semisubmersible rigs.The plans are expected to result in a non-cash impairment charge in the third quarter of USD 109 million before tax, or USD 0.84 per share after tax, the company said.The retired units include the Ocean Epoch, Ocean New Era and Ocean Whittington, which are currently cold-stacked, and the Ocean Concord and Ocean Yatzy, which are currently idle in Brazil.The sixth unit, the Ocean Winner, will be retired and scrapped upon completion of its current contract term in Brazil.According to Marc Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer, the company’s newest units—four drillships and a harsh environment semisubmersible—are contracted into 2019 or beyond.“By operating all of our new-build drillships in the U.S. Gulf, we are positioned to enjoy meaningfully lower operating costs than in other ultra-deepwater markets,” added Mr. Edwards.Press Release
China-based Penglai Jutal Offshore Engineering Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (PJOE) has recently been awarded a construction contract to build an offshore platform jacket for an offshore oil project in South China Sea.The company did not reveal the name of the client nor the exact location of the project, however it did say that the contract value is over RMB 200 million ($32.3 million).Jutal Offshore Oil Services is an integrated provider offering customers oil and gas equipment and facilities, offshore engineering and technical support services. In the shipbuilding industry, Jutal provides engineering contracting and professional technical services.The company did not respond to our email seeking further information about the project.Offshore Energy Today Staff[mappress mapid=”1082″]
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Please see the Gazette’s dedicated coronavirus page here >> Several major legal practices tentatively reopened their offices last week – partly for the benefit of staff struggling to work from home – as the Law Society advised firms to revisit their health and safety policies.Allen & Overy and Dentons are allowing a limited number of employees into their London premises under strict social distancing rules. Dentons said employees can return for ‘mental health, isolation or other wellbeing reasons’ but just 25% of the building will be occupied. It has also set up an onsite ‘track and trace’ system where staff must sign in and out of the building and inform HR if they develop Covid-19 symptoms.Deloitte will reopen six of its UK offices in July, citing the negative impact prolonged working from home can have on mental health.Meanwhile, BDB Pitmans is moving from its Westminster office to One Bartholomew Close, a new development near Moorgate. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner are also due to relocate offices this year.Many firms which have yet to open are redesigning their premises to allow for social distancing, installing cleaning stations and one-way systems. International firm CMS said its clients will be required to check in and may be asked for additional contact tracing information.The Law Society last week published a back-to-the-office toolkit to assist employers, including a risk assessment template and detailed guidance about the legal challenges posed by coronavirus. Firms have been advised to revisit their health and safety policies to cover Covid-19 and to test safety measures on a small number of employees.The Society said it is ‘hard to be certain’ about employees’ rights to refuse to attend the workplace for health and safety reasons. However, it said that ‘due to the government messaging and news reporting of coronavirus it’s likely to be reasonable for employees to believe there was a serious and imminent threat unless employers take appropriate action’. Find advice and updates here. *The Law Society is keeping the coronavirus situation under review and monitoring the advice it receives from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Public Health England.
zoom inzoom outProof of conceptThe Ministry of Railways has been tasked with introducing ‘private passenger train operators to provide world-class services’ under the government’s latest 100-day action plan. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal told the Lok Sabha that private trains would be operated on a PPP basis, with IR retaining responsibility for the infrastructure and providing traction to the new operators. Launch of the two Tejas Express services by the railway’s quasi-autonomous catering subsidiary is intended to prove the concept before bids are invited next year for private operators to run on selected corridors.MoR says the private operators would be expected to provide additional services rather than taking over existing IR trains. It has shortlisted 50 potential routes from an initial 150 proposals for closer examination by the zonal railways to confirm the feasibility of introducing extra services. According to IR Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav, completion of the two Dedicated Freight Corridors by December 2021 is expected to release capacity on the existing Mumbai – Delhi and Delhi – Kolkata main lines for more passenger services.Leased rolling stockIRCTC has leased two rakes of air-conditioned LHB coaches to operate itsTejas Express services, and will be responsible for managing ticket booking and on-train catering.The company has been permitted to run 12-car trains, compared to IR’s standard 18-car formations, but will be able to lengthen them if business increases. Each train initially provides one 56-seat Executive Class coach and nine 78-seat Chair Cars, as well as baggage and generator vehicles. The company will pay leasing charges of Rs70m a year for each 12-car rake, plus haulage charges of Rs677 per train-km, including track access, and a daily charge of Rs146 000; these variable charges would rise proportionately for 18-car trains. zoom inzoom outDynamic pricingThe independent operator is free to set its own fares, and is expected to trial yield-managed dynamic pricing. It will also offer compensation for late arrivals; against base fares of Rs2 300 in Executive Class and Rs1 200 for Chair Car, the compensation has been set at Rs100 for a delay of more than 1 h and Rs250 for more than 2 h. IRTC is initially operating a shorter booking window, with tickets available 60 days in advance, compared with the standard 120 days for IR trains.With revenue services starting on October 5, the Tejas Express takes 6 h 15 min to cover the 500 km, with two intermediate stops at Kanpur and Ghaziabad. The train leaves Lucknow at 06.10, arriving in New Delhi at 12.25. The return trip departs at 16.30 and reaches Luknow at 22.45. Services operate every day except Tuesdays, allowing time for maintenance.The private trains are expected to tap into a growing market for faster and more comfortable premium services, as exemplified by IR’s 160 km/h Vande Bharat Express EMU launched on the Delhi – Varanasi route in February. Following the delivery of another EMU, IR was able to introduce a second Vande Bharat Express on October 3, serving the 615 km route between New Delhi and Katra which carries passengers to the Vaishno Devi shrine. zoom inzoom outINDIA: The first step towards opening up the provision of inter-city passenger services on the IR network began on October 4, with the launch at Lucknow Junction of a new Tejas Express service by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath.Operating over the 500 km route between Lucknow and New Delhi six days a week, the Tejas Express is managed and marketed by Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corp, with IR providing traction under a haulage agreement. A second train linking Mumbai Central and Ahmedabad is due to start running in December.
The Chinese-built Ethiopia-Djibouti railway line has been inaugurated in Addis Ababa.The ultra-modern line is expected to boost trade and development in both nations over the coming years.CCTV’s Girum Chala was at the inauguration ceremony and has filed this report.
Global bunker supplier Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc has decided to wind up six of its Singapore registered companies which are defunct.According to sources, Paros Shipping, Naxos Shipping, Lefkas Shipping, Kimolos Shipping, Ithaki Shipping and Anafi Shipping, are to be wound up after an extraordinary general meeting was held at the bunker supplier’s office on Friday.These companies have been placed under voluntary liquidation and Audit Alliance has been appointed as liquidator for the companies.Aegean Marine’s president Jonathan McIlroy said that the liquidation of its Singapore shipping entities was ‘procedural’. “The shipping entities have been completely inactive, and the winding up process had been going on for a long time,” he said.The six companies are subsidiaries of Aegean Marine Petroleum SA and were established in Singapore between 2008 and 2011. The company’s main business activities are ship management, chartering and barge operations.In the last week of October the company said that it was exiting the Singapore bunker market as a physical bunker supplier, and as a part of that process the company is cutting the size of its Singapore office.The New York-listed bunker supplier posted a net loss of USD 3.8 million for the third quarter of 2017, a fall of more than 120 per cent compared to the same period last year. Sales of marine fuel oil slipped 2.8 per cent to 4,139,624 mt.“We experienced an extremely challenging market environment during the third quarter of 2017. Despite modest improvement in some segments of the shipping industry, the oil markets and the marine fuel sector remain under great pressure with intense competition leading to further margin deterioration,” McIlroy said in a statement November 15.Sea News, November 28 Author: Baibhav Mishra