BP trials remote monitoring of methane emissions at North Sea sites

first_img BP executed a pilot for remote monitoring methane emissions at North Sea (Credit: BP) Oil and gas major BP revealed it has executed a pilot project to test remote monitoring of methane emissions on its North Sea assets.The pilot combined a sensor technology that was designed by NASA for the Mars Curiosity Rover with a fixed-wing remote piloted air system (RPAS), or drone.BP claimed the RPAS broke the record for the longest commercial drone flight in the UK and had shown the feasibility of the new method to monitor methane emissions.The oil and gas giant said the drone hovered around the Clair platform at a radius of 550m for 90 minutes. Travelling for more than 185km, the pre-programmed drone live-streamed data collected by the methane sensor.BP North Sea regional president Ariel Flores said: “Improving our knowledge, understanding and performance by testing new technologies and working closely with suppliers is central to the North Sea’s carbon reduction plan, which aims to limit greenhouse emissions in our North Sea business. This pilot project represents a significant step forward in our ability to do that.”Pilot to be extended for remote monitoring of methane emissions at other North Sea assetsThe oil and gas major now plans to deploy the specialist drone at all of its North Sea assets, including ETAP and Glen Lyon, in 2020.BP project manager and Clair field environmental lead Joe Godwin said: “We wanted to test a method for collecting large amounts of data on our emissions over long periods of time, without having to send people or equipment offshore. The solution would also have to deal with the turbulent atmospheric conditions that we typically experience offshore in the North Sea.“Ultimately, we identified the RPAS drone solution provided by UK supplier FlyLogix combined with the ultra precise sensor technology by SeekOps, as a good fit with our requirements. We set up a test project to monitor methane emissions from our Clair Phase 1 platform, West of Shetland.”Prior to the North Sea trial, BP undertook a leak detection drone programme in the US. Its subsidiary BPX Energy is currently using drone-mounted leak detection technologies, which help in the survey of up to 1,500 well sites every month across all of its operating basins. By using a drone and sensor technology, BP successfully trialled remote monitoring of methane emissionslast_img read more

Baking for generations

first_imgHot bread rolls from a barrow, klezmer players fiddling down the street, and a lechayim with honey cake to toast the occasion. A journey through the history of one of London’s bakery landmarks took place recently, when the Grodzinski family celebrated the 75th anniversary of its bakery shop in Stamford Hill. The backdrop of the celebration was an exhibition of an archive of photos and papers assembled by Mr Jonathan Grodzinski, proprietor of the 117-year-old chain, which now has four shops. “There’s not more than a handful, at most, of bakeries in London that have been trading for 75 years in the same location,” notes Mr Joni, as he is known to staff and clients. In 1888, immigrants Harris and Judith Grodzinski arrived in England, fleeing Czarist persecution. Judith set to work making bilkelech (sweet rolls) in a rented bakery, and Harris took them to market each morning. Business flourished, and the couple soon opened their own bakery in the East End, the heart of Jewish settlement in the late 19th-century England. When Harris Grodzinski died, aged 54, his 18-year-old son Abie inherited the bakery. In 1908, Abie’s wife, Bertha Jeidel joined him to help build the business. But just before their 10th wedding anniversary, the flu epidemic struck Abie, leaving Bertha a widow, with five young children and a bustling business to oversee. For more than a decade, she ensured the bakery’s trade and reputation grew. In 1930, her two eldest children, Harry and Ruby, began sharing responsibility for the business, and they convinced Bertha to move out of the East End to the suburbs. On November 10, 1930, Bertha opened Grodzinski’s second establishment in Stamford Hill. By the time war broke out in 1939, Grodzinski had six shops in north London. One generation later, as Harry’s and Ruby’s children began to take their place in the family firm, Grodzinski was a well-established institution in the Jewish community, with 24 shops throughout London.The shop and main bakery at Dunsmure Road were expanded and modernised in the early ’60s, and Grodzinski’s patisserie was moved to Stamford Hill, alongside the bread and confectionery departments. While the bakery turned out Grodzinski’s rye breads, fruit cake and sweet plaited challahs, the patisserie made the kosher, cream-filled millefeuilles and sachertortes. In 1991, however, the firm found itself in financial difficulties and went into liquidation.But eight of the shops were subsequently bought back by two sections of the family – M&D Grodzinski and J Grodzinski and Daughters – and trade as separate businesses under the Grodzinski’s name. Now, a new generation has joined her parents at the helm of four of those shops; 23-year-old Tova Grodzinski, great-great-granddaughter of Harris and Judith, recently took over management of the Grodzinski shop in Edgware.last_img read more

$100 million heading to Indiana to upgrade the South Shore line

first_img Twitter Google+ (953 MNC/Tommie Lee) Nearly $180 million is headed to Indiana from the federal government for transportation projects in the works throughout the state.The latest round of funding is for two projects: double tracking the South Shore Line in northern Indiana and the Purple Line bus route in Indianapolis.$77.5 million of that money will be going towards the Purple Line. IndyGo and the city of Indianapolis have been working over the last few year to install a rapid transit bus system in the Capitol City. The Red Line is already completed extending from the northern part of the city to the southern part and has been in service since the beginning of the year.IndyGo said the Purple Line project will replace and improve the existing Route 39 local service which would connect downtown Indy to the city of Lawrence on the east side.The other $100 million will be given to the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District to be used to had a second line of railroad to run parallel with the existing railroad along the South Shore line which connects Michigan City and Gary to Chicago.The project will also make improvements at five stations, expand parking lots, add nine new platforms, and make it so the South Shore line no longer runs at street level going through Michigan City.-0- Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp By Network Indiana – May 30, 2020 2 507 $100 million heading to Indiana to upgrade the South Shore line Twitter Previous articleHoosier business owners hopeful they’ll survive the pandemicNext articleTeenager recovering after being struck by vehicle Network Indianalast_img read more

BIA deadline approaches

first_imgMake sure you get your entries in for this year’s Baking Industry Awards (BIA) before the deadline this Friday (11 May).BIA will be celebrating its 25th year, with an extra special awards ceremony to take place on Wednesday, 12 September at the Park Lane Hilton in London.There are 11 categories to enter (see below for the full list), and in addition you can also nominate someone from the UK bakery sector to receive the special Lifetime Achievement Award.The awards serve to acknowledge and reward the very best companies and individuals in the industry, with anyone and everyone eligible to enter – from large to small. To download an entry form online visit www.bakeryawards.co.uk. Enter now for your chance to shine!Full list of awards categories:Baker of the Year – sponsored by VandemoorteleBakery Food Manufacturer of the Year – sponsored by Golden Valley Pallet Wrap SpecialistsCelebration Cake Maker of the Year – sponsored by RenshawConfectioner of the Year – sponsored by Dawn FoodsLifetime Achievement Award – sponsored by DélifranceThe Craft Business Award -sponsored by ADM MillingThe Customer Focus Award – sponsored by CSM United KingdomIn-Store Bakery Retailer of the Year – sponsored by ZeelandiaThe Product Innovation Award – sponsored by AsdaThe Retail Innovation Award – sponsored by Macphie of GlenbervieThe Rising Star Award – sponsored by Whitworth BrosSpeciality Bread Product of the Year – sponsored by British Bakelslast_img read more

HPV vaccination expected to reduce cancer burden in all races, may not eliminate all disparities

first_img Read Full Story Human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers occur more frequently, and sometimes with more deadly consequences, among Hispanics, blacks, and American Indian and Alaska Natives than among whites. A new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that HPV vaccination is expected to reduce the cancer burden across all racial/ethnic groups. However, some disparities in cancer burden may persist and widen in the years to come if their causes—such as lack of access to diagnoses and treatment—aren’t addressed.The study will appear online April 28, 2016 in the journal Cancer.“As expected, we found HPV vaccination would reduce the overall disease burden for all racial and ethnic groups. However, we also found that some racial and ethnic disparities may continue to exist,” said Emily Burger, postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Chan School’s Center for Health Decision Science.Nearly 80 million people in the U.S.—about one in four—are currently infected with HPV. Roughly 14 million more become infected each year. HPV infections that don’t go away can lead to various forms of cancer. HPV vaccines, licensed since 2006 and recommended for boys and girls, are expected to lead to declines in six HPV-associated cancers, including cervical, anal, and oropharyngeal (throat) cancers. A recently licensed 9-valent HPV vaccine is expected to protect against additional HPV types that cause cancer. HPV vaccination has the potential to prevent up to three out of four HPV-associated cancers. But, so far, uptake of the vaccines has been slow.last_img read more

A sun-bright future in Allston

first_imgHarvard today has an opportunity that is rare for a leading research university: to imagine and build a new community and campus on more than 100 adjacent acres, where new models of teaching, learning, research, and entrepreneurship can flourish.Harvard’s campus first expanded across the Charles River in 1890, thanks to the donation of 31 acres by Henry Lee Higginson, Class of 1855, a Civil War veteran who named Soldiers Field in memory of his friends and classmates who had died in that conflict. Harvard Stadium and Newell Boathouse were constructed, and academics soon followed on neighboring land with the construction of a campus devoted to the budding school of business administration.At the dedication of Harvard Business School’s (HBS) campus in 1927, financier and lead benefactor George Fisher Baker noted, “It must be remembered always that the standard of excellence which must be maintained comes not simply from the outside of the buildings, but from the work and training on the inside.”Baker’s sentiment rings true today, amplified by the interdisciplinary work between campus buildings that has become increasingly vital.Adjacent to HBS and a short drive to the Longwood Medical Area, the expanded Allston campus will connect various Harvard activities and provide opportunities for collaboration across Greater Boston, which is a world leader in the life sciences, medical science, and technology industries. Allston also will be the home to about two-thirds of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) — just over a decade since its transition from a division to a School within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.The University’s investment in Allston reflects rising student and faculty activity in science and engineering. SEAS is the fastest-growing School at Harvard. Since 2008, the number of undergraduate concentrators has tripled — the figure reached nearly 900 this past year — and half of all undergraduates now take at least one computer science course. The School’s 101 faculty, 480 graduate students, and 450 researchers are currently divided among 17 buildings in Cambridge.The cornerstone of Harvard’s new innovation cluster will be the Science and Engineering Complex, a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility featuring active-learning classrooms, advanced machine shops and fabrication facilities, and laboratory space for faculty and student research. Following the city of Boston’s recent approval to break ground on the nearly 500,000-square-foot complex, work is now underway and the facility is expected to open for the 2020-2021 academic year.“We are moving steadily toward the day when our faculty, students, and researchers will occupy one of the world’s most advanced academic science and engineering facilities. We look forward to SEAS becoming an important anchor to the region’s newest cluster of innovation and discovery,” said Francis J. Doyle, John A. Paulson Dean of SEAS and the John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences.Paulson, M.B.A. ’80, whose generous support solidified the future of the School, noted, “SEAS is the next frontier for Harvard, and its expanding campus in Allston promises to become the next major center of innovation.”Leveraging the strengths of the region while planning with the community for the future, in 2013 Harvard finalized a 10-year master plan to organize its efforts. The plan calls for the renovation of buildings that bring executives to campus for study and collaboration; the development of parks and social spaces for the University and community; and the creation of 1.5 million square feet of new academic, research, and administrative facilities.“The planning process alone was an incredibly productive exercise that meshed Harvard’s vision for this campus transformation with the vision that Allston residents have for their own community,” said Katie Lapp, Harvard’s executive vice president. “Not only will there be local benefits from this University expansion, but the innovative discoveries that it enables and brings to market will have global impact.”Many of the projects that received approval through the master plan are now underway and have already begun to further activate the neighborhood with academic spaces, housing, retail, dining, and green space. Additionally, a planned Allston Greenway will add a string of public parks running continuously from the Honan-Allston Branch of the Boston Public Library to the Charles River.Development in recent years along the Western Avenue corridor, which bisects the Allston campus, has brought a number of resources on which students and neighbors alike have come to rely. The Harvard Ed Portal welcomes residents of Allston-Brighton for programming that includes both youth and adult education, with a faculty lecture series, wellness resources, arts programming, Harvard student mentors, and workforce and economic development. The Harvard Ceramics Studio offers adult classes and gallery space for artists, scholars, and scientists. And Harvard’s three innovation labs — the i-lab, Launch Lab, and Life Lab, which opens this fall — afford students, faculty, and alumni the space and resources to launch their startup ventures.The University also has set aside an expanse on Western Avenue to invite companies, incubators, startups, and social enterprises — whose work would be likely to thrive in a research-based environment — to join Harvard in developing the new community. This enterprise research campus took a step forward with the recent hiring of Steven D. Fessler to serve as Harvard’s head of enterprise real estate and oversee private development aligned with the University’s strengths.“Harvard Business School looks forward to ceding its status as the only Harvard School in Allston, and we are excited by the wide-ranging opportunities for collaboration we see with SEAS, and in the enterprise research zone more generally,” said Nitin Nohria, dean of HBS. “I can think of nothing that will have more of an impact on the future of HBS, Harvard, or Boston than this innovation cluster. It’s a remarkable moment in the history of the University.”last_img read more

Nathan Lane, John Slattery & John Goodman Start Previews in The Front Page

first_imgNathan Lane, John Slattery and John Goodman (Photos: Bruce Glikas &Theo Wargo/Getty Images) Stop the presses! Possibly the most anticipated production of the fall season will begin performances on September 20 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Headlined by Nathan Lane, John Slattery and John Goodman, the Broadway revival of Ben Hect and Charles MacArthur’s The Front Page will officially open on October 20.The Front Page follows tabloid newspaper reporters on the police beat. When reporter Slattery and his editor Burns discover a runaway convict in the midst of a buzzing press room at Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building, they conspire to hide him and keep the scoop for themselves.Directed by Jack O’Brien, the cast will also include Jefferson Mays, Sherie Rene Scott, Christopher McDonald, Holland Taylor, Robert Morse, Dylan Baker, Patricia Conolly, Halley Feiffer, Dann Florek, John Magaro, Danny Mastrogiorgio, David Pittu, Joey Slotnick, Lewis J. Stadlen, Micah Stock and Clarke Thorell.The comedy has been revived on Broadway four times since its 1928 debut, most recently by Lincoln Center Theater in a 1986 mounting that starred John Lithgow and Richard Thomas.The limited engagement will run through January 29, 2017. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 29, 2017 John Goodman View Comments Star Filescenter_img Nathan Lane The Front Page Related Shows John Slatterylast_img read more

Rank Your Top 10 Favorite Mary-Louise Parker Roles

first_img View Comments Mary-Louise Parker Star Filescenter_img The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Heisenberg opened on the Great White Way on October 13, and we totally get Denis Arndt’s admiration for his co-star. Tony and Emmy winner Mary-Louise Parker has had a plethora of notable roles on the stage and screen. MLP is the MVP when it comes to versatility as a performer, so which Mary-Louise Parker role is your fave? Broadway.com Managing Editor Beth Stevens started things off with her top 10. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com!last_img read more

The real cost of a teen driver

first_imgYour insurance will go upThis is kind of a no brainer and you’ve probably been mentally preparing for it for some time now. But just how much is it going to increase depends on your state, and the gender of your teen. Thanks to men getting into more accidents on average, you will feel a bit more a sting insuring your son than you would a daughter. Insuring a 16-old boy will increase your insurance by an average of 90% whereas a girl the same age would only result in a 60% additional charge.Drivers EdNowadays driving school can cost anywhere from two hundred to nearly a thousand dollars, depending on the gas prices in your area and where exactly these classes are taught. That seems a bit pricey, but remember that it is a one-time cost that not only teaches your teen the rules of the road to make them a better, safer driver, but it also can lead to cheaper rates on your insurance depending on your plan.The car and its troublesUnless you have extra cars sitting around or intend to share your own, buying a new car will be an expense. However, what is less obvious to most parents is the continued cost of the vehicles upkeep. Maintenance and general repair costs can add up quickly. Starting with a reliable vehicle is the only real way to combat excessive costs over time.AccidentsNobody wants to think about their child getting into an accident, but you have to be prepared for the worst. Nowadays teens have more distractions than ever.  Smartphones let them text, SnapChat, and catch Pokémon. All of these things can lead to a fender bender. The cost of repairs from an accident are not the only expense to worry about, your insurance could also take a nice hit.Traffic ticketsHopefully, like an accident, this never happens with your child but it is a very real concern, especially with new drivers. Depending on whether you choose to pay the ticket for them or have them pay it, there may be other expenses. Depending on the infraction your insurance has the right to raise the price, however, your teen can take a reeducation class to keep it off insurance. But you guessed it, those classes also come at a price.Add up all your kidsThe cost already seems a bit extreme, now multiply it. Double or triple all of the above. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that any child will be a better or cheaper driver. Never assume anything, but plan for the worst and hope for the best. 62SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

The millennial blues: Rent padding and fair lending

first_imgI read earlier this year that between the ages of 22 and 30, millennials paid an estimated 45% of their income towards rent. Compare that to 41% of income paid toward rent for Generation X and 36% paid by Baby Boomers. Housing simply costs proportionally more than it used to. Add to that an average balance of $40,000 in student debt, and many millennials are delaying homeownership or foregoing living alone entirely. Approximately 22.5% of millennials between the ages of 24 and 36 opt to live with their parents, especially in metropolitan areas where the housing cost is most expensive.However, when someone walks into a credit union to apply for a car loan or signature loan, and indicates that their housing cost is “$0,” it’s natural to raise an eyebrow. Most people pay a rent or a mortgage. The need to pay to put a roof over your head is a constant existential threat of adult life; they made a whole musical about it. Sometimes financial institutions want to add a housing cost where the borrower has asserted none as a matter of policy. This is sometimes referred to as “rent padding.” However, it’s a practice that can have significant fair lending implications.A Potential Disparate Impact on Young ApplicantsRegulation B prohibits discrimination against an applicant for credit on a prohibited basis, including their age. 12 CFR §§ 1002.2(z); 1002.4(a). Having a blanket policy to pad housing costs when none are listed is not discriminatory on its face. But because those living at home and paying no rent costs are usually younger, having a blanket policy may disproportionately affect applicants on the basis of their age. Comment 2 to paragraph 6(a) of Regulation B explains how this can also be discrimination: continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more