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Murphy Oil relocates corporate headquarters to Texas

first_img Murphy Oil facing unprecedented industry oil price collapse. (Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay) In recognition of the extraordinary drop in crude oil prices, independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company, Murphy Oil Corporation, is closing its legacy headquarters office in El Dorado, Arkansas, home to approximately 80 employees, as well as its longstanding office in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, home to approximately 110 employees. Consequently, it will be consolidating all worldwide staff activities to its existing office location in Houston, Texas as the new corporate headquarters.“Over the past several months, we have taken several actions to significantly reduce costs, including cutting this year’s capital expenditures by approximately 50 percent, or $700 million, lowering the company’s dividend by 50 percent, or $76.5 million on an annualized basis, and lowering executive officers’ salaries on average 22 percent, with the chief executive officer’s reduced by 35 percent. We realize, reluctantly, that we need to consolidate our offices to capture additional cost savings to remain competitive in this unprecedented industry environment. We simply do not have a choice and came to this decision only after exhausting all other cost saving measures,” stated Claiborne P. Deming, Chairman of the Board. Deming added, “The El Dorado office closure is particularly painful and difficult, because the company was founded here by C. H. Murphy, Jr. and has been an integral and important part of the community for many years.”“This decision is one we take with sadness, but with the understanding that our only path forward is to consolidate into one office in Houston. The company recognizes the hardship this decision causes to many in El Dorado and Calgary, and we are committed to treating all those impacted consistent with past practices and plan to offer appropriate severance arrangements,” according to Roger W. Jenkins, President and Chief Executive Officer. “These actions will not impact our field operations in the US and Canada, and we anticipate these office closures to be completed early in the third quarter 2020.”Importantly, the company intends to continue funding the El Dorado Promise. Founded in 2007, the program pays the college tuition, up to the highest amount charged by an Arkansas public university, of every college-bound graduate of the El Dorado Public School District.In a separate press release issued today, the company announced its first quarter 2020 financial and operating results. The company will provide further insight regarding its consolidation efforts and cost savings initiatives on the first quarter 2020 conference call. Source: Company Press Release Murphy Oil is closing its legacy headquarters office in El Dorado, Arkansaslast_img read more

South Jersey Gas to Begin Construction in Ocean City

first_imgSouth Jersey Gas wants to alert residents, business owners, and motorists in Ocean City that work has begun to convert the natural gas infrastructure system from lower to higher pressure throughout the city. South Jersey Gas is performing this work to enhance and protect its infrastructure in advance of future significant weather events as part of its Storm Hardening and Reliability Program.Installation of 2”, 4” and 8” yellow plastic natural gas mains will take place along Central and Atlantic Avenues, from East 6th Street to East 9th Street.The program’s primary focus is to upgrade lower operating pressure distribution systems.  Lower pressure systems, by nature, are more susceptible to water intrusion during significant storms with flooding conditions. By upgrading this infrastructure and associated operating pressures, South Jersey Gas is working to ensure the continued operation of its system during and after a major storm event. All work is coordinated with the appropriate local, county, and state entities.All excavations will be restored on a daily basis. A temporary repair will be made in most cases until the final restoration can occur. Openings in concrete may be temporarily patched with asphalt until final restoration with concrete can be scheduled. Openings made in grass in the summer season may not be restored until the fall in order to facilitate grass growth. Final restorations and paving in the area is anticipated to be completed by Spring 2017. All restorations are completed in compliance with local and county regulations.South Jersey Gas or its contractors will be contacting customers to gain access to properties with gas service to complete this work. Crews will work Monday through Thursday, between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. There is also a possibility that work will be performed with city approval during the same timeframe on some Saturdays to accommodate customer appointments.  If residents have questions or would like more information about this project, please contact the South Jersey Gas’ Cape May divisional office at 609-465-2900 and reference the Ocean City Grid 1 Project.last_img read more

Italian shows make an impact

first_imgSIAB bakery show, which took place recently in Verona, affirmed Italy as one European country where the craft sector, with over 70% of sales, is holding its market share against the supermarkets.Major exhibitors, including Polin, represented in the UK by Brook Food Equipment, took stands, as did Rondo and first-time exhibitor from the UK, Saturn Spraying Systems, which received enquiries from 21 different countries.A rival show, AB tech expo, took place simultaneously at the new Rho Fiera showground in Milan. Andy Turner of AFE, which represents several Italian machi-nery companies in the UK, said the quality of visitors was high.last_img read more

Indiana BMV branches to close Thursday morning for staff training

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Previous articleArea counties improve to Yellow COVID statusNext articleIndiana’s U.S. Senators want the ’22 Games moved from Beijing Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Indiana BMV branches to close Thursday morning for staff training Twitter By Jon Zimney – February 3, 2021 2 191 (Photo supplied/Elkhart Truth) All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches will be closed, from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4., for staff training.Branches will resume regular business hours at 10:30 a.m.24-hour BMV Connect kiosks will still be available for routine business.The official news release announcing the closure is below:INDIANAPOLIS—All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) branches will be closed Thursday, February 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to engage in planned programing intended to foster a diverse, highly skilled, and professional workforce.All branches will resume regularly scheduled business hours on Thursday, February 4, at 10:30 a.m.For a complete list of branch locations and hours, to complete an online transaction, or to find a 24-hour BMV Connect kiosk near you, visit IN.gov/BMV. Pinterest Google+last_img read more

Transparency data: DHSC: special advisers’ gifts, hospitality and meetings, 2018 to 2019

first_imgThe Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) publishes details of special advisers’ meetings with senior media figures and any gifts or hospitality they received on a quarterly basis.last_img

Get Into The Groove: A Review Of Teddy Midnight’s Debut LP, “Velvet Blue” [Full Stream]

first_imgIt is always refreshing to find an exciting new talented band to root for, support and follow.  Based out of Brooklyn, the predominantly instrumental band Teddy Midnight infuses a relentless fresh energy into the scene with the release of their debut LP, Velvet Blue.  The record is a colossal undertaking that leaves an indelible mark on one’s musical soul.  Having dropped on September 7th on their SoundCloud page, all 8 songs of Velvet Blue can be listened to below.Teddy Midnight formed in 2011 and had some modest success, but the game changed when they enlisted guitar maestro, Wiley Griffin, formerly of MUN, last year. Sean Silva (bass), Sean McCauley (keys), Adam Magnan (drums) and Wiley Griffin (guitar) have been garnering new fans in rapid pace and been touring extensively ever since. The band completed a month long residency at Lucille’s at BB Kings in New York, opened for Twiddle at a sold-out Irving Plaza, opened for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and recently headlined for the first time at Brooklyn Bowl. They were a highlight of Rock N Roll Resort and performed at many festivals including Disc Jam and The Werk Out. Name recognition is growing as fervent fans share the brilliance of this breakout band. The band is obviously influenced by jamtronica and jam bands like The New Deal, STS9 and Dopapod.The record lures you in from the very first track with the sexy and alluring keys section from McCauley on “Velvet Mist.”  The unique rhythms offer a magical journey reminiscent of Daft Punk meets Gramatik, and is a comfortable way to smoothly begin the album and get into the groove.  A stand-out song is “Turkish Silva” a relentless melodic exploration of new worlds that invokes memory of Lotus’ epic opus “Spiritualize.”  The band’s first video, “Turkish Silva,” also dropped this week and watch it here.This is a quality effort with not one weak link on the song list.  The intense “Tree-O-Tree” written by Magnan, is a powerful romp that takes one on a magic carpet ride amongst the clouds. “Boner Vista Social Club” unfolds deliberately before delving into a crescendo of soothing sounds and melodic lines.  The record is consistently up-tempo and high energy which proves an impetus to foster a danceathon wherever you are. Adam Magnan leads the rhythm section with versatile and nuanced hitting behind the kit, Silva adds bombastic beads on the bass and McCauley knows when to add spectacular fills. Uber-talented Griffin leads with his master finger-picking and varied time signatures and prolific chord progressions. The record induces sensory overload and invites one to escape reality and into a contagious fantasy realm. The debut full-length effort melds the songwriting prowess of Silva, Magnan and Griffin in seamless and effective fashion. This album is one to leave on repeat and just get lost in it – floating for hours.Sean Silva, producer of the record and composer of the majority of songs said, “We wanted to capture the sound of the new lineup, encompassing the personalities and musical tastes of all of us.  We knew the diversity would be hard to capture, and the best way to do that was to be fully involved with every step of the process.” The result is simply breathtaking.For more on Teddy Midnight, including information on their upcoming album release show at BRYAC in Bridgeport, CT on October 1st, head to their Facebook page.last_img read more

Vblock Man – Fighting for the True Converged Infrastructure

first_imgYou’ve no doubt heard of the superhero that has everyone’s hearts, and capes, fluttering with excitement. Only months ago Vblock Man zoomed into Data City, and already incidents involving complicated and faulty infrastructures are on the decline. Vblock Man is striking fear into any IT baddie who dares try to cause chaos in our fair city. As Data City’s award-winning reporter, I was the first to sit down with Vblock Man for an exclusive interview.Charlene Mazza: You began your career as an engineer at VCE. What inspired you to leave your position and get into IT crime fighting?Vblock Man: The truth, Charlene – to expose the truth about the transformational power of Vblock Systems. It all started late one night in the VCE R&D lab. I spilled my energy drink into an experimental Vblock unit and, when I reached in, the force of the true converged infrastructure seized my hand. I lurched back, but the metamorphosis had begun. A bright blue light burst in front of me. I collapsed.CM: But when you woke…VBM: When I woke, I realized the power and intelligence of the Vblock had transformed my body. Within 48 hours, I had the strength, speed and agility of 20 system administrators and I could fly! But I was plagued by the cries from my fellow administrators. I could hear them scream in anger and frustration.CM: You could sense their anguish! How was it possible?VBM: My VCE Vision points the way to faulty, inadequate infrastructures and helps me expose the evil imposters that have been wreaking havoc on the heart of an enterprise.CM: Some people would use that power and influence to benefit themselves. What keeps you in the struggle to solve IT injustice?VBM: “To right IT wrongs and promote product truth, customer justice and the VCE Experience.” That’s my motto and I live by it. I’ve seen a lot of imposters out there, fooling people into believing they offer a converged infrastructure when that’s simply not true. And as long as I have my power of flight, my super strength and speed, and my Vision to sense IT infrastructure trouble, I will keep up the fight.CM: Speaking of imposters, you recently saved the city from the vile “Super Alliance.” What can those of us who don’t have super powers do to protect ourselves from these imposters?VBM: We must educate all of Data City’s citizens about the qualities of a true converged infrastructure. Ask yourself, is your infrastructure engineered, manufactured, managed, supported and sustained as one product? If you answered “no,” I’m afraid you’re dealing with an imposter.CM: You’re fighting a battle as big as my nightly ratings war with that plastic hairpiece from the Evening News. Fortunately you don’t have to go it alone.VBM: Yes! Our IT administrators are rallying together, arming themselves with the knowledge, training and skills necessary to combat imposters. These converged operators hold the same powers I’ve developed – speed, agility and strength – to provide transformative results to Data City’s enterprises.CM: Thank you for continuing the fight for the true converged infrastructure. This has been Charlene Mazza reporting.last_img read more

UAE’s Masdar to build 500MW wind farm in Uzbekistan

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ReNews.biz:United Arab Emirates-based renewables developer Masdar has signed an agreement with the government of Uzbekistan to build a 500MW wind project.The agreement, with the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan and JSC National Electric Grid of Uzbekistan, covers the design, financing, construction and operation of the wind farm. Commercial operation is expected to occur in 2024.In November 2019 Masdar signed a PPA and government support agreement with the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan to design, finance, build and operate the country’s first public-private partnership solar photovoltaic power plant.Masdar was announced as the winning bidder for the 100MW solar project after tendering the lowest tariff in the programme’s competitive auction.The 500MW wind project and 100MW solar project will help Uzbekistan reach its goal of developing 5GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030.More: Masdar inks 500MW wind deal with Uzbekistan UAE’s Masdar to build 500MW wind farm in Uzbekistanlast_img read more

Peruvian Air Force Develops Two New Drones

first_imgBy Gonzalo Silva Infante/Diálogo August 10, 2017 Esto se tiene que apoyar no solo por la tecnologia sino por la necesidad de tener elementos de avanzada habria que buscar mas apoyo en las diferentes ramas del Ejercito Marina o Aviacion pues es de interes nacional, sale mas economico que comprar un avion de observacion The Peruvian Air Force’s (FAP, per its Spanish acronym) Project Research and Investigation Center (CIDEP, per its Spanish acronym) was created in 1993 to develop flight simulators for Cessna A-37 aircraft. The project was led by officers from the electronic services branch. Following their success, they moved forward with the development of a series of simulators that facilitate training and various exercises for aircraft as well as anti-aircraft systems, rifle firing, and parachuting. Since then, CIDEP has grown and improved its capacities over its nearly 25 years as a FAP unit, stemming, above all, from new requirements and technologies, and from the development of new personnel capabilities. That is how they came to work on drone development or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in 2010. Their UAVs have been undergoing continual improvement all the way to the latest Ricuk (“Observer” in Quechua) and Amaru (“red-eyed serpent” in Inca mythology) models, which demonstrate all of the knowledge acquired in the years that CIDEP has been in operation. “We began with basic models from aeromodelling,” Peruvian Air Force Colonel Miguel Palomino Fonseca, the director of CIDEP, told Diálogo. “Little by little, we were able to integrate a set of systems and equipment that enable us to have an unmanned aerial platform to conduct various activities ranging from aerial monitoring to surveillance, security, and intelligence.” Applied learning Initial support for the Ricuk and Amaru UAVs was generated by the National Council on Science, Technology, and Technological Innovation, which approved the budget for these projects. That is how FAP came to work with the Peruvian Navy in a joint defense project. After four years of work between both service branches and having taken the first steps toward developing these UAVs, they conducted a project between Peru and South Korea in which they produced a simulator for basic pilot instruction and training. For UAVs, they developed Scanner, a drone for exclusive use in education and training. “When these technological knowledge transfer experiences happen, our institution requests that the learning be applied. This means that the knowledge is managed,” said Major Juan Talavera, the head of FAP’s press office. Different scenarios involve action by the Armed Forces, and the natural disasters that routinely happen in Peru demand greater preventive measures. In this regard, UAVs are becoming quite useful tools at a lower operating cost. “We needed an immediate response system that would let us have assistance for natural disasters and do surveillance of the disaster zone in order to have immediate information online. That’s how Ricuk came about,” Col. Palomino said. Ricuk is already operational. Its structure is reinforced with carbon fiber, and it has long-range sensors for surveillance. It can perform flights of up to one hour at an altitude of 500 meters, and it can roam up to 15 kilometers from its control base. Meanwhile, Amaru is still in development. “Since we made this aircraft small, we need to do some tests. We need to put in the motor and simulate the load to see whether it’s able to open the parachute. We have a large group of engineers and other professionals who are supervising these tasks,” Col. Palomino explained. Amaru’s main feature is its autonomy. It flies and lands by itself. It reaches a distance of 50 kilometers [from its base], and it can fly up to 1,000 meters high. It can fly for up to five hours and is equipped with sensors for taking photographs with infrared cameras, which it uses for monitoring, surveillance, and intelligence duties. The aircraft measures 5.17 meters and has parachute equipment that minimizes the potential for damage and the loss of sensors, which are the most expensive part of its structure. Those who work on UAV development at CIDEP are FAP engineers who were trained at the Officer Academy, which offers four science degrees: Aerospace Administration Sciences, Aerospace Systems Engineering, Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering, and Aerospace Electronic Engineering. “At CIDEP, other kinds of projects, such as braking parachutes, are also developed. Each one of them costs $26,000 abroad, but CIDEP developed them for $6,000,” Maj. Talavera said. The principle of continuous improvement “Our next acquisition of a monitoring system will allow us to transmit the image that the drone sees to any point. The goal is to be able to transmit the images to COEN [the National Emergency Operations Center, per its Spanish acronym], in order to grasp the reality of the disaster in real time,” Col. Palomino disclosed. CIDEP seeks to continue training and backing the 70 people who, in their various capacities, are in charge of developing FAP’s science and technology projects. “FAP is continually upgrading. We are an institution where the use of technology is highly developed,” Maj. Talavera added. In order to reach these goals, FAP needs a larger budget, as the knowledge and experience required are on par with other technology development centers. For now, CIDEP is already at work on its next UAV, the Pisco (“Bird” in Quechua), whose official debut is planned for the International Aerospace Show to be held in Chile from April 3rd to 8th, 2018.last_img read more

Eight of the poshest foods we found in a FareShare depot

first_imgTyrrells crisps£1.50 for a sharing pack (150g) Exceedingly English crisps cooked by hand in small batches and made only from the posh tatties sprouting up at Tyrrells Court Farm. This brand only deals in gourmet flavours, with the likes of black truffle, smoked paprika and Dorset sour cream in its range. Hippeas99p per pack (22g) These organic chickpea puffs unashamedly target those ‘modern hippies’ happy to spend nearly three times as much on their snacks as you’d spend on a bog standard pack of Walkers. They can be found on the shelves of Waitrose and Holland & Barrett, as well as securing investment from A-list actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Joe & Seph’s popcorn£4.29 for 90g This popcorn deserves much more love. It’s handmade from air-popped mushroom kernels by a small team of London pastry chefs and rolled in gourmet flavours as delectable as espresso martini, mince pie and salted caramel. Tassimo coffee capsules£4.49 for 16 capsules OK, so Tassimo might not have the A-lister appeal of the George Clooney-endorsed Nespresso, but they’re still the preserve of affluent espresso machine-owning middle classes that would likely be aghast to see their morning cappuccino in a pile of rubbish. Biona coconut oil£4.75 for 100ml ‘Pressed from the flesh of fresh coconuts’ this posh coconut oil can be slathered on skin or spooned into frying pans by health-conscious bakers. And given its 18-month shelf life, it shouldn’t be ending up on the waste pile. Higgidy pies£3.75 for oneBoasting individual pies and tarts famed for their flaky pastry and deeply sumptuous fillings, the Higgidy range retails with a premium price tag – which doesn’t make it immune to ending up as waste. center_img We want food to be eaten – not end up in the bin. Join our campaign and help us lobby government to take action on food waste: It isn’t only cheap cans of baked beans or economy meat you’ll find stored at one of FareShare’s 20 depots across the UK, waiting to be redistributed to charity. Here are eight of the poshest food and drink names we spotted at its East London depot,Fiji Water£17.39 for 12 Filtered through volcanic rock before gathering in an ‘ancient artesian aquifer deep within the earth’ Fiji Water charges a big premium for its ‘soft mouthfeel’ and ‘untouched’ credentials. Bottled can be found clutched in the dehydrated hands of A-listers the world over (as well as in FareShare depots). Delamere goats milk£1.69 per litreDitching cows milk has never been more trendy with coconuts, cashews and even camels all squeezed dry to provide us with dairy alternatives. Goats are no different, with this premium milk farmed from the brand’s very own Cheshire goats. Working with thousands of deserving charities across the UK, all this food was packed up and sent out to deserving homes by FareShare. But currently too much good, edible food doesn’t have the same fate. If you’re #seriousaboutsurplus – like we are – please sign our petition to see 100,000 more tonnes of edible surplus sent to charity.Sign our petition Pledge your support herelast_img read more

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