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Fugro Subsea Services has been awarded a long term contract by Sarawak Shell Berhad / Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Limited (Shell) for the provision of underwater inspection, maintenance and repair services at their subsea infrastructure across Malaysia.The contract will run for five years with options to extend. Fugro will establish a project office in Miri and a support facility in Labuan. Fugro expects to engage most of its Asia Pacific subsea fleet over the duration of the contract, dependent on the activity, which includes saturation and air diving activities, deepwater installation of trees/subsea hardware and pipeline and platform inspection services. All work will be performed under Fugro’s QHSE system, which is in accordance with Shell’s industry leading QHSE and operational standards.In addition to the services provided from the vessels, the contract also includes the provision of two permanently deployed remotely operated vehicles (ROV) systems and operational personnel.Fugro has been subsea services in Malaysia for many years. The award of the Shell underwater inspection and maintenance services contract is recognition of this experience, as well as Fugro’s complete capability to service a contract of this size and scope, which has an estimated total value in excess of USD 250 million. [mappress]Press Release, February 14, 2014
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ROG has acquired the neighbouring land and buildings to its existing premises allowing the significant expansion of its quayside, storage as well as office capabilities.According to ROG, it will now be able to accommodate vessels up to 320 m in length where previously the maximum vessel length was 200 m. The storage facility will also increase from 14,000 sq m to 21,700 sq m.In March 2017, the project to demolish the existing company buildings will begin and the construction of the new office and workshop will start. ROG says that the project has been planned to ensure that all its services remain fully operational until project completion, which is scheduled for the end of 2017.An artists impression of ROG’s new premisesROG’s facilities in the Waalhaven, Rotterdamwww.rotterdamoffshore.com
Applications for the 2020 Premier’s Advancement of Youth Internship Programme are open until Friday January 17.The PAY project will provide matrics with their first work experience and training beginning from April 1 until March 31 next year.“The PAY project allows young people the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the public sector, and build their CVs and skills sets, making them more marketable and employable in the future,” said Premier Alan Winde.The successful candidates will be placed in opportunities across all 13 Western Cape Government departments.To be eligible, applicants must have written and passed the National Senior Certificate (NSC) in the Western Cape; not be studying further in 2020; be a South African citizen, living in the Western Cape; be financially constrained; and not be older than 24 years old.Only online applications will be accepted and applicants will need an email address in order to apply.Go to www.westerncape.gov.za/pay and follow the prompts register and to apply. For assistance with applications you can call 0860 142 142 or the PAY office at 021 483 0743/7 between 8am and 4pm on weekdays.
Just 0.6% of black solicitors are partners in firms, according to research from the 2013 Diversity League Table published by the Black Solicitors Network.,Just 0.6% of black solicitors are partners in firms, according to research from the 2013 Diversity League Table published this evening by the Black Solicitors Network.‘This is in contrast to the approximate 33% of students starting a first degree in law who are from a minority ethnic background, many of whom are black,’ the report says.The average percentage of all black and minority ethnic (BME) partners in firms remains flat at 5.1%, a drop of 0.1 percentage point on last year. The average percentage of BME associates in firms is 11.9%, up 0.4% from last year.Writing in the report, Chuka Umunna (pictured), shadow business secretary and former employment lawyer at Herbert Smith, said more should be done to encourage BME lawyers and apprentices. ‘I don’t think university is the only route to success at all,’ he added.For the fourth consecutive year international firm O’Melveny & Myers came top for BME partners (28.57%).South-east firm McMillan Williams Solicitors has the highest percentage of BME associates (38.98%) and the highest percentage of female partners (47.06%), while magic circle firm Linklaters was named most diverse city firm, with 11% BME partners and 27% female partners.Commercial firm Withers, national firm DWF, and international firm K&L Gates scored lowest for BME diversity at partnership level, having no BME partners.The report suggests firms should adopt legal academic Baroness Hale’s ‘tie-breaker’ approach, where candidates from less well-represented groups are favoured when they cannot be differentiated by ability.Diversity approaches need to be threaded across the organisation and the leage table show the critical role that policies, practices and targets play in ensuring a consistent framework that supports diversity, the report says.
UK: The West Midlands Trains Ltd consortium led by the Abellio subsidiary of Dutch national operator NS (70·1%) and the JREM Train 50:50 joint venture of East Japan Railway and Mitsui & Co (29·9%) was named preferred bidder for the West Midlands franchise by the Department for Transport on August 10.The franchise covers the operation of services carrying around 74 million passengers/year on a 900 km network which includes regional services on the West Coast Main Line between London Euston, Birmingham, Crewe and Liverpool, and local services in the West Midlands area. The current franchise has been operated under the London Midland brand since 2007 by the Govia joint venture of Go-Ahead (65%) and Keolis (35%). Govia had also been shortlisted for the new contract, along with Hong Kong’s MTR Corp which subsequently withdrew from bidding. £1bn investmentThe new franchise runs from December 2017 until March 2026. ‘We will be investing nearly £1bn into the network, delivering new trains, better stations and a whole host of other benefits for passengers’, said Abellio UK Managing Director Dominic Booth. This will include:100 new coaches for Birmingham’s Cross-City Line and 80 for the Snow Hill Line by 2021. Discussions are currently underway to select a supplier. The Cross-City Line would have ‘metro style services’ using high-capacity vehicles similar to those used on London Overground with wide doors and a focus on standing room. 225 new vehicles for London services by 2021, with others to be refurbished; ‘Modern trains’ for the St Albans Abbey line; An extra 20 000 extra rush-hour seats in Birmingham, and 10 000 extra seats and standing room for 5 000 more passengers in London; Various additional services, including on Sundays; Free wi-fi on all main line services by the end of 2019; Mobile and laptop charging points on all London services by May 2021; Smart ticketing with ‘better value tickets for part-time workers’, and smart cards for the Northampton – London and St Albans Abbey lines; Refunds of 25% for delays of more than 15 min, as well as the current 50% for 30 min and full refunds after 60 min; Improved services for passengers requiring assistance; Live capacity information via mobile devices; A closer partnership between the operator and infrastructure manager Network Rail; £70m investment in new and existing depots; £60m of station improvements including additional parking spaces for 1 000 cars and 2 500 bicycles, and a cycle hire scheme; 800 real-time information screens at 150 stations; Feasibility studies for new stations in the West Midlands.Local managementServices operating within the West Midlands area will be jointly managed by the Department for Transport and the West Midlands Rail consortium of 16 local authorities, and the rolling stock on these routes will carry a West Midlands Railway livery to create a distinct brand. ‘We want to see a new golden era for our local trains’, said Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands. ‘Having the ability to use our local knowledge and understanding to shape what West Midlands Trains will deliver for passengers under this franchise has also been a game changer.’RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said the trade union would ‘fight any moves to de-staff trains and stations on the new franchise’. Japanese partnersMitsui & Co has diversified interests in sectors including infrastructure, transport, energy, IT and communications in around 65 countries. It acquired a 40% stake in the UKs Abellio-led Greater Anglia franchise in March 2017, and said it intends to establish a track record in the UK passenger rail market as a basis for expansion into other transport modes and sectors including commerce and property.JR East said the franchise would be the first time it has been involved in the operation of passenger services outside Japan. The company carries 17 million passengers per day in Japan – compared to total daily ridership of 4·6 million a day on the UK’s National Rail services – and says it operates the busiest station in the world in Tokyo. The group is seeking to develop business outside Japan as part of its ‘Ever Onward’ strategy. This includes the supply of metro trainsets to Bangkok and providing technical support for high speed rail planning in India.
FILE PHOTO: A worker gestures as he peers out of a public service van with a signage on the usage of face masks at the main central bus station, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in downtown Nairobi, Kenya June 22, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File PhotoKenya has raised 214.94 million shillings (About US$ 2.14 million) from voluntary salary cuts affecting top government officials to aid in the country’s fight against COVID-19.In end March, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that he would take a pay cut towards the cause, alongside other government officials.Kenyatta said he would take an 80 percent pay cut alongside his deputy, while all Cabinet Secretaries and Chief Administrative Secretaries would take a 30 percent cut and Principal Secretaries a 20 percent cut.Local Business Daily newspaper on Monday reported Kenya’s Treasury Secretary Ukur Yatani to announce the 214.94 million shillings, which he said would be channeled to the COVID-19 response kitty.Kenya is one of the worst-hit countries by the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa. The East African country had registered 26,928 infections and 423 deaths by Monday, according to the health ministry.Only eight countries in Africa have reported more than 20,000 COVID-19 cases.Related Kenya reports 28 new COVID-19 infections Kenya confirms 16 new COVID-19 cases Kenya reports eight new COVID-19 cases
The Bossier Nationals remained undefeated in the Little League Baseball 9-10 Southwest Region Tournament of Champions with a 6-4 victory over Blanchard Tuesday night at Walbrook Park.Bossier, the Louisiana state champion, will play the winner of tonight’s game between Blanchard and Arkansas in the championship round Thursday at 6 p.m. Bossier will need just one win to take the title. If Bossier loses, there will be a second game for the championship immediately following.The Nationals broke a 3-3 tie against Blanchard with three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Bossier’s Carson Carey went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in the game. Cade Stewart also had two hits. Coleman Beeson, Gavin Ashworth and Coleman Stafford all had singles. Hayden Smith had an RBI. Gray Walters, Dylan Procell and Brandon Staton reached base on walks.Harrison Waxley went four innings on the mound, allowing four hits and striking out eight. He also walked twice and scored two runs. Cade Campbell and Ashworth both pitched an inning. — Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.orgStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Men In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndo