Offshore structures test Coordinadora

first_imgYou can read a detailed focus on this project on page 123 of HLPFI’s November/December 2014 edition.The scope of Coordinadora’s work included coordination of the towing operations in Cartagena; planning and executing the flo-flo loading plan; supervision of the weight spreading and securing arrangements; transport via chartered semi-submersible vessel; flo-flo unloading operations in Invergordon; and towing to the final delivery place using three tugs.Coordinadora explained that there were few vessels able to carry the structures, due to their maximum respective drafts of 10.5 m and 10 m, as well as the geographical conditions and timing of the project. The larger module had to be fitted with air lifting bags in order to reduce the draft below the required operational limits.The concrete gravity-based structures were shipped onboard Cosco Shipping’s semi-submersible heavy lift vessel, Xia Zhi Yuan 6.  www.coordinadora.eulast_img read more

I will not rush my comeback – Asamoah Gyan

first_imgAsamoah Gyan says he will not force himself to be fit for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations if it will be detrimental to Ghana’s course at the tournament.The on-loan Sunderland striker at UAE club Al Ain insists the Black Stars is strong enough to cope with his absence if he is unable to make a full recovery from a hamstring injury by the time the competition starts in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.“Like I said before when I am 100% fit everyone knows what I can do so the most important thing is to get fit first,” Gyan said upon his arrival in Ghana on Thursday.“I am really important to the team and I will do anything possible to get fit for the Nations Cup.“I will try to get fit but if I am unable I believe there are other players who can play; the Black is an all round team and I wouldn’t want to draw the team back.”The 24-year-old will start treatment immediately with Ghana’s medical team and will subsequently get a fare share of the horse placenta treatment from renowned Serbian therapist Mariana Kovacevic in the quest to get him fully fit by the time Ghana plays its opening game against Botswana on January 24.last_img read more

Galway Intermediate Camogie Team Begins Championship Tomorrow

first_imgThe Galway Intermediate Camogie Team face Cork tomorrow afternoon in their first game of the All-Ireland series. Galway are looking to win their first All-Ireland title since 2013 but first must get over their group that includes Cork, Meath, Down, Carlow and Laois. Throw in is at 2.30 in Charleville and ahead of the game, Galway Manager Lorraine Larkin spoke to John Mulligan WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

Human Resource Professional Day 2019 | Spotlight: Claire Petrie

first_imgWhy did you choose a career in HR and what has been the most rewarding?Both of my parents worked in the field and I always saw how passionate they were about their work. I decided to go to business school and as soon as I got to my HR classes I was sold! It’s such a good match for my personality and for my “why.” I feel my best when I get to share what I know to help someone else be better or feel better about their current situation. I remember starting off my career in HR doing things like processing tuition reimbursements, coordinating a smoking cessation program, and helping new hires get acclimated and enroll in benefits. Although these may sound like administrative tasks, to the person on the other end, they were life-changing. That made me feel so good, like I was making a difference! I had a purpose! People appreciated me and my work.Moving up into more strategic roles where I can design process and coach managers has been so rewarding. I know I contribute to our business’ success which stems from setting people up for success. I also love being able to use my personal and HR experiences to help those finding their way in the world of work whether it be sharing resume, interview or LinkedIn tips. I just love being able to share and help. HR allows me to do that every day!Why would you recommend a career in HR to students or those looking to transfer into the HR profession from another field?HR has the potential to create such positive change and impact. So if you want to serve others and help them and organizations be better, welcome!! I also love that there are a lot of areas within the HR field that all need different strengths and talents. There are a lot of directions you can go. However, it’s also a big responsibility. People turn to you, trust you, and need you to help them through challenges. HR also has a wonderful community of supportive and like-minded professionals who also want to do good and help others. You’ll be in good company and will be able to find the resources you need to learn and grow. Online resources, the SHRM blog, going to conferences, participating in Twitter chats, etc. Thanks, SHRM!What advice can you share with others who are planning a career in HR?I learn from listening to what’s going on around me and asking good questions. Finding out what’s going well and what isn’t means I always have information to work from in order to create value. Think in terms of what does the business need from me, not what HR services can I give them. Also, make sure to do your research and understand your local laws and other regulations for compliance. September 26 is #HumanResourceProfessionalDay. Every day, HR professionals positively impact the lives of employees in workplaces around the world and contribute to the business strategy that allows their organizations to compete, grow and thrive. We asked our bloggers to share their HR stories.last_img read more

Bald and beautiful: Women take the bold cut

first_imgIt has been called the richest ornament of women. In some Indian cultures, it still is a decisive factor while pinning down on a bride. So when a woman decides to get rid of her tresses and go bald, it’s not just heads that turn, what also takes a 180 degree turn are society’s deep-rooted perceptions about beauty.While most would think of it as the end of their dating life or as the beginning of a body image issue, there are a few who would happily chop off their long locks to make a statement or just to get rid of the weight off their head.Take for instance 29-year-old Sumati Jain. Five years ago while she was pursuing her masters, the Bangalore-based homemaker plotted her hair assassination after her parents started dropping hints of marriage.”My hairline was also receding and I also wanted to do something for kicks. It was this crazy, daring, wild phase of my life,” she says with a chuckle.She exposed her shiny scalp to the world after three stages of relentless, heartless mane chopping.The first visit to the parlour left her with a bob cut, then followed a shorter crew cut and she finally visited a men’s saloon on a quiet Sunday for the finale.”My mom didn’t speak to me for a week. But my dad and grandfather, who’s also bald, were really cool,” Sumati told IANS.”I got extreme reactions…Some thought it was really cool, some laughed behind my back, some even thought I’d turned into a monk,” she adds.advertisementBut the ironical part was that Sumati got engaged while her hair was just a few inches long. “My husband was fine with it. He thought I looked cute,” she adds with more chuckles.But not all men hold similar notions of beauty. “I would like to wait for a year,” says 25-year-old Saurabh Dabbas, when asked if he would date a bald woman.The barren look is not for all women, cautions hairstylist Sylvie.”It suits those with oval heads and good skin. It’s a complete no-no for those with lots of wrinkles; it makes you look more aged,” said Sylvie who runs a saloon in Delhi.Ananya Bose, a Delhi-based journalist, went bald just after delivering a baby.”I had such long, lustrous hair. I remember when the parlour woman chopped them, the one standing next to her freaked out and asked her what the hell she was doing.”But it was such a weight off my head. I felt so, so free and light. You feel as if you get rid of all the troubles,” she says.However, in Indian society women with shaven heads have much deeper connotations.”In many Indian cultures, widows’ heads were shaved. It’s also associated with sadhvis or monks. It’s a sign of celibacy,” says social scientist C.P. Bhambri.However, these connotations don’t deter those tempted to take the plunge.”I think it would feel real good and free to have no hair to take care of. Though I like my tresses, they are very frizzy and at times unmanageable,” says Shikha Arora, a professional.”Going bald will be hassle-free. I would definitely love to do it in the hot Delhi summers,” she added.But being bald comes with strings attached, says Sylvie.”It requires a lot of maintenance. You have to moisturise your scalp regularly. People usually call a barber home every month to clean the growth,” she adds.Also, there comes a stage while you are growing back your hair when it’s neither here nor there — just plain clumsy.”Though growing it back is a good idea as you get a new crop of hair, the stage when your hair is 10-18 months old is very difficult,” says Sylvie.Adds Ananya: “A strand would come out from one side, another from the other. It can get really messy.”It took Sumati three years to grow back her hair to what she describes as a “respectable length”.Internationally, pop star Britney Spears and actress Natalie Portman have famously sported the bald look. Back home, actresses Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Antara Mali, Lisa Ray and model Diandra Soares have tread the same path.However, all said and done, there are many sceptics of the unadorned look.”It completely baffles me why any woman would voluntarily want to go bald. A woman would like to look like a normal woman. There’s the whole cosmetic industry which runs into trillions to make you look good,” says Bhambri.advertisementlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S6 might come with 4GB RAM

first_imgReports in Korean media have indicated that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 will come with 4GB RAM. These reports have been based on statements from analysts working in the financial sector of Korea. Till now, it had been speculated that the devices would come with 3GB of RAM. Also, almost confirmed is an Edge variation of the handset which will probably sport curved displays on both sides of the phone. The next flagship from the stable of Samsung is being anticipated for a launch during the MWC, Barcelona event.  Some other rumored specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone are as follows-1. Snapdragon 810 Exynos 7420 chipset2. 5.5 inch QHD 1440 x 2560 pixels display3. 20 MP main camera, 5MP front cameralast_img

11th World Cup soccer tournament: All eyes are on Argentina

first_imgIf this is June 1978, there must be football in the air. From the coffee fields of Brazil to oil-rich Iran, from industralized Germany to Third World’s Tunisia, from Europe, Asia and America all eyes are on Argentina, the scene of the eleventh World Cup soccer tournament. Fifteen nations from,If this is June 1978, there must be football in the air. From the coffee fields of Brazil to oil-rich Iran, from industralized Germany to Third World’s Tunisia, from Europe, Asia and America all eyes are on Argentina, the scene of the eleventh World Cup soccer tournament. Fifteen nations from across the globe, “armies” bristling with zealous optimism are battling for honours in the four-yearly soccer jamboree that grips the world for nearly a month.Can ageing West Germany retain the cup that their superstar captain Franz Beckenbauer won for them at Munich in 1974? Can the Brazilians aspire to new levels of soccer magic? Will home advantage see the hosts through? Right from its inception in 1930 the game has set new levels of Latin American fanaticism.The Uruguayans, the hosts, in that inaugural year were celebrating a century of independence. Their opponents in the final were Argentina, old rivals from across the turgid, churning waters of the River Plate. Ten steamers were chartered to take the Argentinian fans across to Montevideo. People were packed abroad like cattle, but thousands were left behind.Brazil’s captain Rivelino (left) leaves Kasperczak of Polland behind on the way to goalThere were protest marches in the streets of Buenos Aires as they demanded more boats. Then, as the steamers left, thousands of fans lined the quayside chanting “Victory or Death”.Uruguay won 4-2, their last goal being scored by a one-armed reserve called Castro, and the country went delirious with joy. The brooding Argentinian supporters stormed the Uruguayan Consulate back in Buenos Aires, complaining of brutality and unfair refereeing, and police had to fire to disperse them. The World Cup had been launched….advertisementSince then it has been a kaleidoscope of contrasting styles and skills – a confrontation between the artists of Latin America and the methodical men of Europe, whose style and form can match the best blend of individual flair the Latin Americans can produce.In Argentina ’78, the odds are loaded against the iron men from West Germany, the holders. They are without superstars Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Mueller and Wolfgang Overath. Training matches and their first outing in the tournament – a goalless draw against Poland – indicate that the holders have slender chance of emulating Brazil, who have won the cup thrice.Can Argentina, playing at home in front of frenzied crowds vociferously rooting for them, pull it off? On six occasions out of ten World Cup championships held so far, the host nation has reached the final, and, of these, four have won. The Argentinians are temperamental players.They can be brilliant on a day and totally devoid of their basic skills on the next. The other temperamental team, the Italians, star-studded as they usually are, suffer from the big handicap of their top men not being able to play the same game on two successive days.This World Cup may lack the dynamism and artistry of Pele, Cruyff and Beckenbauer, but clearly, it is not devoid of soccer talent. Among other, Holland’s Rob Rensenbrink has risen as one of the outstanding wingers in the world.Brazil has never lacked the ability to produce brilliant footballers. Along with the 1970 World Cup veteran Roberto Rivehno, the Brazilian team boasts of a powerful forward-line with Reinaldo and Zico. The presence of Cerezo and Nelinho in the midfield and defense provides a balance which may once again win the championship for Brazil.The West Germans, though depleted without Beckenbauer, Mueller and Overath, still have Rainer Bonhof, the man who changed West Germany’s fortunes in 1974 and Sepp Maier, whose experiences in the 1970 and 1974 World Cup tournaments will surely be useful.The Argentina attack is again led by 23-year-old Mario Kempe. Four years ago, when he played for his country in West Germany, he provided entertaining football, making good use of his physique and speed. Since then, he has matured into a prolific goal-scorer which makes him fearsome to defenders and goalkeepers alike.THE JUNTA: WARNING WHISTLEArgentina’s military junta holds a veritable threat for soccer fans in the country.Two years ago, Gen Videla, after a successful coup, launched a crusade against terrorists by killing those persons who did not conform to the ethics of civilization. In the process, many people ‘disappeared’, and ‘why’ was a question, which no one dared to ask.Now, this malaise is spreading into the realm of sports. Only a few day before the start of the World Cup, the junta warned that soccer fans in Argentina are “likely to be shot on sight” if they fail to respond to army orders.advertisementIt appears, that the rulers in Argentina, not unmindful of the “Munich massacre” and recent bursts of terrorism in West Germany and Italy, are determined to have the tournament completed without any awkward incidents.The monteneros, the country’s urban guerillas have promised peace during the competition, but this has scarcely reassured the junta. The omnipresence of troops, with fixed bayonets, is evidence that the military rulers of Argentina have certain ideas about security, which may not be relaxed before the championship is over.last_img read more

Stats: England lose 8 wickets for 8 runs

first_imgLeg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s maiden six-wicket haul turned things around for India as the hosts beat England by 75 runs in the third and final Twenty20 International to clinch the series 2-1 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Wednesday.Chasing a mammoth 203, England were on track till the 13th over scoring 119/2, before Chahal’s magical spell (6/25) put the visitors on the back foot as they surrendered meekly to lose their last eight wickets for just eight runs and end on 127.England started well with opener Jason Roy (32) and Joe Root (42) putting on 47 runs for the second wicket before the latter combined with skipper Eoin Morgan (40) and added 64 runs for the third wicket to put them in a commanding position. (Yuzvendra Chahal second bowler after Ajantha Mendis to take six-wicket haul in T20 Internationals)But thereafter it was Chahal all the way, who triggered a collapse by sending back Morgan and Root off consecutive deliveries before pacer Jasprit Bumrah (3/14) added to their woes by striking in the very next over to dismiss wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler for a duck.England’s batsmen were in such a hurry that it hardly took Chahal another over to take three more wickets of Ben Stokes (6), Moeen Ali (2) and Chris Jordan (0) and dash any hopes of a recovery.Tottering at 127/9, Bumrah dismissed tail-ender Tymal Mills (0) to seal the deal in India’s favour.India’s biggest wins in Twenty20 InternationalsMARGIN OPPONENTVENUE YEAR90 runsEnglandColombo RPS201275 runsEnglandBangalore201773 runsAustraliaMirpur201469 runsSri LankaRanchi201654 runsZimbabweHarare2015From 119/2 to 127 all out – England lost their last 8 wickets for only 8 runs in 19 balls. This is the second worst 8-wicket collapse for any team in international cricket across all three formats. New Zealand lost 8 wickets for only 5 runs in a Test match way back in 1946. advertisementWorst 8 wicket collapses in international cricket COLLAPSE FORVSVENUE YEAR FORMAT5/8New ZealandAustraliaWellington1946Tests8/8EnglandIndiaBangalore2017T20Is8/10New ZealandPakistanAuckland2001Tests8/10Sri LankaWest IndiesSharjah1986ODIs8/10AustraliaSouth AfricaCape Town2011Tests8/11EnglandWest IndiesLord’s1979ODIsYoung India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal initially became the first Indian bowler to record a five-wicket haul and then went on write his name in the history books by finishing with figures of 6 for 25.Chahal is now only the second bowler after Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis to snare six wickets in an innings in T20 Internationals.Best bowling figures in Twenty20 InternationalsFIGURESPLAYERVSYEAR 6/8Ajantha MendisZimbabwe20126/16Ajantha MendisAustralia20116/25Yuzvendra ChahalEngland20175/3Rangana HerathNew Zealand20145/6Umar GulNew Zealand2009 Best bowling figures by an Indian in Twenty20 InternationalsFIGURES PLAYERVS YEAR6/25Yuzvendra ChahalEngland20174/8Ravichandran AshwinSri Lanka20164/10Barinder SranZimbabwe20164/11Ravichandran AshwinAustralia20144/12Harbhajan SinghEngland2012This was India’s second highest total in T20Is batting first.India’s highest totals in Twenty20 Internationals (batting first)TOTAL VS VENUE YEARRESULT 218/4EnglandDurban2007Won202/6EnglandBangalore2017Won199/5South AfricaDharamshala2015Lost196/6Sri LankaRanchi2016Won192/5PakistanAhmedabad2012Won192/2West IndiesMumbai2016Lostlast_img read more

Ian Somerhalder Joins No Voice No Choice Campaign Against Animal Performance

first_imgThe Ian Somerhalder Foundation has backed Animals Asia’s No Voice No Choice campaign against animal performance.Headed by the Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder, the Foundation which promotes conservation and animal welfare, said in a statement:“At the IS Foundation, we actually believe in spectating the innate, majestic beauty of our fellow creatures. The truth is that you don’t need cages, prods, or handlers to be an audience to our diverse and breath-taking wildlife. We were all born with a ticket to the most phenomenal animal show there is: the natural wilderness of our planet.“The moment you respectfully immerse yourself into undisturbed and revered nature, something happens that is better than any circus or manmade show. Your heartbeat tethers to the interconnected breath of all things living on this planet.“That is the ‘greatest show on earth’. The opportunity to feel blown away by nature and all her magnificent creatures is all around us and certainly not within confinement. All living beings – regardless of aptitude, social structuring, cuteness, relatability – belong outside of cages, shackles, and the suffering of animal performance shows. Animals Asia’s No Voice No Choice campaign has ISF’s full support.”Dave Neale, Animal Welfare Director, Animals Asia said: “While animal performances continue to happen anywhere in the world we are failing animals. Giant strides are being made but we need to see this end country after country. End it where you live and support those working to end it where they are. Together we can eradicate this absolutely and end animal suffering for entertainment.”Jill Robinson, Animals Asia founder added: “Ian is a huge voice in animal welfare and conservation and we are honoured to have him with us. Few people can have reached so many young people with messages of conservation and compassion. We are profoundly grateful for the support of the Foundation.”last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement British high school has banned Canada Goose, Moncler and other expensive luxury coats to stop students bullying other kids from lower-income backgrounds.After a series of incidents involving students bullying other students from lower-income households, Woodchurch High School in Birkenhead, England banned children from wearing coats made by Canada Goose, Pyrenex and Moncler or other luxury brands.Canada Goose sells a wide range of coats but some of their products can go for several hundred dollars, with some items even costing upwards of $1,000.“There has been feedback from children, who say ‘Gosh, that is our rent for the month,’” the school’s head teacher Rebekah Phillips told CNN.. Twitter Jackets are on display at the Canada Goose Inc. showroom in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim Reducing children’s anxiety from failing to keep up with latest fashion of their wealthier peers was one of the reasons given for the decision.Administrators of the school, just outside of Liverpool, U.K., sent a letter to parents explaining the reason for the ban, which will come into effect after Christmas. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more