IGas set to execute waterflood project at Welton field

first_imgThe project is aimed at converting a suspended production well (WC01) to a water injector to increase field recovery by 340Mbbls Image: Waterflood project increases field recovery and production rate. Photo: Courtesy of skeeze from Pixabay. UK independent oil & gas firm IGas has that is readying to execute a further waterflood project at its existing producing field at Welton in the East Midlands, UK.IGas’ technical team has identified an additional opportunity in the south of the Welton Field in the Tupton & Deep Hard Rock Reservoirs, after the success of previous Welton waterflood projects.IGas chief executive Stephen Bowler said: “We continue to mature projects across the portfolio as we seek to maximise returns on our existing operations and infrastructure, and in this case are pleased to be moving forward with another low-risk opportunity with an estimated mid-case IRR of over 100%.“This is part of the wider Welton Full Field Development and as well as increasing production, will aid in de-risking further injection projects into other areas of the field and provide critical infrastructure to assist with water disposal andsupport future rationalisation work across Welton sites.”Waterflood project aimed at increasing field recoveryThe company said that the project is aimed at converting a suspended production well (WC01) to a water injector to increase field recovery by 340Mbbls (2C resource) with a peak incremental production rate of up to 120bopd.In June 2019, IGas announced the receipt of the final planning approvals and execution phase for a waterflood project, at its Scampton producing field in the East Midlands.The company intends to continue its projects in the core conventional business, which includes additional gas monetisation and water injection.The project involved the conversion of an existing well to a water injector to increase oil sweep and field estimated recovery through secondary recovery in the western portion of the Scampton North field.Bowler added: “We have a number of attractive projects across the portfolio which continue to mature as we seek to maximise returns on our existing operations and infrastructure, and in this case are pleased to be moving forward with a low-risk opportunity with an estimated IRR of over 40%.“Alongside these production uplift opportunities, we also continue to work up additional appraisal and exploration opportunities to access new fields in our conventional portfolio. Projects, particularly on existing sites, offer good returns at these oil prices with reduced risk and minimal incremental operating costs and we look forward to announcing future projects in due course.”last_img read more

Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteers

first_img× JERSEY CITY — Learn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Rm. 901 on Tuesday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m.Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.orglast_img read more

Slightly Cooler Sunday, Brief Shower Possible

first_imgOverall another mainly decent day but with a slow moving storm system to our north we still run the risk of another shower or two during the afternoon.It will be less breezy today but temperatures will be slightly cooler (near 60 degrees).Forecast Highs SundayA upper level storm system will continue to hang around this week. This means a good deal of clouds and seasonably cool days ahead. showers in the forecast through the next several days.High temperatures will remain mainly in the upper 50s with chilly morning lows in the low 40s.Looking for a warm up? Not for a while… cooler Canadian air will dominate the Eastern U.S. through mid-May.The good news is despite the cooler air, it will be on the drier side with temperatures in the low 60s.The next chance of rain will arrive toward next weekend as the next low pressure system moves into the area. Temperatures will still remain on the cool side (in the low 60s).Computer models show unsettled weather later next week into next weekend. (Courtesy:tropicaltibits.com)last_img read more

Ocean City Police Activity Report Aug. 19–25

first_imgThe police department is located at Calls for service: 894 and daily average: 127August 19, 2018: Sunday Calls for service: 127Stops: 20 Accidents: 3 Property Checks: 25 Alarms: 3     The Police Department assisted in 17 Fire and 12 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 500 block Bay Avenue, at 2:58amVerbal dispute, 400 block Simpson Avenue, at 4:05amMotor vehicle accident, 500 block Wesley Ave., at 7:53amFall on city property, 800 block West Avenue, at 9:24amFall on city property, 14th & Boardwalk, at 9:24amAnimal bite, 1000 block Ocean Avenue, at 9:28amTheft, 900 block Wesley Avenue, at 11:58pmTheft, Mariana Lane, at 2:20pmMotor vehicle accident, 20th & Asbury Avenue, at 2:52pmTheft, 800 block Asbury Avenue, at 4:20pmTrespassing, 400 block Central Avenue, at 4:38pmCriminal mischief, 100 block 7th Street, at 8:28pmVerbal dispute, Municipal Lot 8th Street, 8:33pmAugust 20, 2018: MondayCalls for service: 127Stops: 23 Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 38 Alarms: 7     The Police Department assisted in 13 Fire and 16 EMS callsVerbal dispute, 43rd & Asbury Avenue, at 2:57amFall on city property, 1000 block Boardwalk, at 12:03pmChild custody, 800 block Central Avenue, at 12:30pmCivil matter, 1700 block Simpson Avenue, at 1:00pmDisorderly conduct, 4900 block of Beach, at 1:59pmTheft, 700 block Asbury Avenue, at 4:43pmFall on city property, 800 block Boardwalk, at 5:23pmTheft, 7th & Beach, at 5:59pmTheft, 4300 block Central Avenue, at 6:05pmCriminal mischief, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 9:33pmTheft, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 9:49pmAugust 21, 2018: Tuesday Calls for service: 114Stops: 32 Accidents: 2 Property Checks: 23 Alarms: 4  The Police Department assisted in 22 Fire and 15 EMS callsVerbal dispute, Ocean Road, at 1:44amCriminal Mischief, 800 block Wesley Avenue, at 9:39amFall City property, 400 block Boardwalk, at 9:50amMotor vehicle accident, 900 block Asbury Avenue, 10:27amTheft, 700 block Boardwalk, at 11:43amAccident, 7th Street and Boardwalk, at 3:42pmTheft, 1600 block Wesley Avenue, at 4:44pmFraud, 700 block Boardwalk, at 4:40pmVerbal dispute, 600 Wesley Avenue, at 8:26pmAugust 22, 2018: Wednesday Calls for service: 108 Stops: 20 Accidents: 1 Property Checks: 33 Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 16 fire and 9 EMS callsNeighbor dispute, 1300 block West Avenue, at 9:00amMotor vehicle accident, 2100 block Bay Avenue, at 10:12amTheft, 800 block Central Avenue, at 1:49pmDisorderly conduct, 8th Street Beach, at 4:45pmSimple assault, 900 block 1st Street, at 5:23pmWarrant arrest, 500 block West Avenue, at 7:19pmTheft, 100 block Boardwalk, at 7:40pmLoitering, 1250 West Avenue, at 8:27pmVerbal dispute, 300 block Central Avenue, at 9:16pmCurfew violation, 10th Street Beach, at 10:04pmAugust 23, 2018: Thursday Calls for service: 119Stops: 25 Accidents: 4 Property Checks: 22 Alarms: 1 The Police Department assisted with 11 fire and 6 EMS callsWarrant arrest, 1100 block Asbury Avenue, at 3:03amVerbal dispute, 800 block Central Avenue, at 7:37amNeighbor dispute, W. 17th Street, at 9:51amMotor vehicle accident, 41st & West Avenue, at 11:05amSimple assault, 1300 block Boardwalk, at 11:15amVehicle damage, 600 block Asbury Avenue, at 12:30pmHarassment, 100 block Battersea Road, at 2:14pmTheft, 56 Street & Beach, at 2:23pmMotor vehicle accident, 24th & Wesley Avenue, at 4:16pmDamage to vehicle, 300 block Merion Place, at 4:42pmTrespassing, 1400 block Ocean Avenue, at 11:03pmAugust 24, 2018: Friday Calls for service: 138 Stops: 28 Accidents: 7 Property Checks: 29 Alarms: 2 The Police Department assisted in 18 fire and 15 EMS callsCity ordinance noise, 600 Wesley Avenue, at 1:36amDisorderly conduct, 5300 block Haven Avenue, at 5:18amTheft, 1200 West Avenue, at 8:20amFall on city property, 800 block Central Avenue, at 8:49amMotor vehicle accident, 1500 block Boardwalk, at 9:05amMotor vehicle accident, 800 block Atlantic Ave., at 9:28amTrespassing, 200 block 14th Street, at 11:00amMotor vehicle accident, 18th & Bay Avenue, at 6:55pmCity ordinance noise, 800 block 1st Street, at 9:12amAugust 25, 2018: SaturdayCalls for service: 161Stops: 23 Accidents: 6 Property Checks: 36 Alarms: 4   The Police Department assisted with 11 Fire and 8 EMS callsCity ordinance noise, 3000 block Haven Avenue, 12:23amDisorderly conduct, 900 block West Avenue, at 6:10amTrespassing, 600 block 14th Street, at 6:11amMotor vehicle accident, 34th Street, at 8:49amTheft, 800 Weatherby Road, at 11:54amFall on city property, 1800 block Haven Avenue, at 12:10pmDisorderly conduct, Surf Road & Beach, at 1:19pmMotor vehicle accident, 1000 block Asbury Ave., at 1:47amSimple assault, 700 block West Avenue, at 3:58pmTheft, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 6:40pmVerbal dispute, 1400 block Asbury Avenue, at 8:11amDisorderly conduct, 34th Street bridge, at 11:50pmPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:Residents and visitors are encouraged to use the 911 system when reporting crimes and violations of the law. For non-emergency matters, dial 609-399-9111.last_img read more

AAK consults over closure of Oldham plant

first_imgUp to 40 jobs could go at AAK Bakery Services if a proposal to close its Oldham site in March 2012 gets the go-ahead.Staff at the site, which supplies oils, emulsifiers/stabilisers, release agents and fats to the baking industry, are now being consulted after Swedish parent AarhusKarlshamn conducted a UK operational review.HR manager for the UK Les Bales said AAK was now talking to all its employees: “We are not looking at closure until 2012 we want to try and mitigate job losses as much as possible.”Bales said it had similar operations in both Hull and Oldham and aimed to have facilities for bakery and food ingredients on one site. He added that it aimed to bring in changes this year.”We want to strengthen marketing and development and build our NPD function. There will be a £1.5m investment in our facilities, skills and capability we want to focus on supporting our customers, improving our technical services and people skills.”Added Bales: “We’re working closely with our sites in Denmark and Sweden and integrating into one European supply chain.” The company said it would look to move and redeploy people if possible following the review, such as to Runcorn.AAK operates in three business areas: chocolate and confectionery fats, food ingredients, technical products and feed.last_img read more

Confectioner of the Year

first_imgRuth HinksDirectorCocoa Black, Peebles (Edinburgh)Ruth Hinks says she has a passion for “all things chocolate”. She trained as a chef at a Cordon Bleu cookery school in South Africa and came to the UK six years ago. She set up her chocolate and patisserie school three years ago, creating a successful and diverse business.With courses ranging from beginners’ chocolates to professional pastry chef, some 2,000 people have already been through the school’s doors. The French-style café has been open for a year, offering pastries, cupcakes, biscuits, gateaux and truffles. Hinks now employs 15 people and has just added online sales to her business.She is proud that the business is growing at a time when many are afraid to diversify; the school is due to move to larger premises and the hunt is on for a new pastry chef. “I just love what I do, from creating in the kitchen to teaching in the school,” she says. She particularly enjoys working with moulded chocolate and uses seasonal and local ingredients wherever possible. One of her favourite products is a cherry & dark chocolate gateau, featuring a vanilla panacotta filling, swirled through with cinnamon biscuits and dark chocolate, a Madagascan chocolate mousse and a ganache covering.The judges were impressed by the “magic and inspiration” Hinks brings to everything she does, adding that the industry needs innovation from people who “push back the boundaries, both in terms of the offer they create and the products themselves.”Chris BachmannOwnerBachmanns, Thames DittonBachmanns, started in 1989 by renowned pastry chef Ernst Bachmann, is now run by his son, Chris, who learned his trade from his father. “Dad is always available for consultation, so our heritage is still close at hand,” he says.The single shop has a brigade of seven in the kitchen and four front-of-house staff. Bachmanns’ core range is its Continental gateaux and pastries, but it also produces Danish, biscuits, savouries and speciality breads, as well as its beautiful handmade chocolates. “Everything we do is to the highest possible standards, whether it’s a £5 bag or a £150 box of chocolates,” says Bachmann. He cites the chocolate truffle gateau as among the best examples of the firm’s emphasis on quality. He notes that a recent survey showed 85% of customers make a special journey to enjoy the bakery’s Continental specialities. “People appreciate our skill and the fact they can get things here that they cannot anywhere else,” he says.Lisa BoylesTeam LeaderCooplands, WheatleyDoncasterCooplands was established in 1932 and is still a family-run business. It produces savouries, breads, sandwiches, chocolate and confectionery items for its 86 shops, as well as providing a range of wholesale items. The firm employs 830 people and boasts an annual turnover of around £20m.Lisa Boyles joined as a junior in the confectionery department in 1993. She credits her colleagues with helping train her. Now, she is one of a team of three who manage training. Her favourite part of the job is innovation and she says she finds inspiration all around her. “It’s good to get ideas from others, but even better to develop them and make them your own.”Boyles is particularly proud of the department’s eye-catching fudge-iced range including muffins and cupcake buns and her Christmas pudding buns, created with different gingers. “I hope the judges saw my creativity and versatility,” she says. “And that, as a trainer, I am giving something back to the business.”last_img read more

Speech: Ghana: British High Commissioner’s speech at Her Majesty The Queen’s 92nd Birthday Party

first_img If music be the food of love: play on. Your Excellency, The Minister of FinanceHonorable Ministers and Honorable Members of Parliament, Mr Speaker and Mr Minority Leader.Your Excellencies and colleagues from the Diplomatic Corps.Religious leaders, and including the Chief Imam through whom we wish Ramadan Mubarak to all our Muslim guests, with thanks to them for breaking their fast today with us here this evening.Traditional leaders, with warm greetings to the Okyenhene, to Togbe Afede, the President of the National House of Chiefs, who are here with us this evening, and representatives of the Asantehene.Niimei, Naamei, Nananum, Torgbewo, Mamawo.Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Guests, Friends one and all: All Protocols Observed! Akwaaba.Firstly I’d also like to thank our kind sponsors who helped make this evening possible, particularly: British Airways, Tullow Oil, G4S, Prudential Life Insurance, Vitol Upstream Ghana Ltd, Vivo Energy, Apex Health Insurance, Rendeavour, Contracta, Accra Brewery Limited, Guinness Ghana Brewery, Blue Skies, Voltic, Labadi Beach Hotel, WARA, McVities, DecoKraft, Burger & Relish, TT Brothers, Swiss Spirit Hotel and Suites, Ray Styles, GHOne TV, Xanadu, Shampex Wine Company, Grant & Sons and Global Luxury Shipping. My most sincere gratitude to you all.While I am in the groove of making “thanks” – I would like to thank the extraordinary team effort of so many unseen people. To the Residence staff who have been making food for days, our gardeners who have doubled down to make this beautiful environment, the countless stage hands, electricians. You may be too many to name; but your efforts have made tonight possible. This is a team game: I want to say thanks to the team. Ayekoo!!Esteemed guests, we have gathered to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday Party. At 92 she’s an extraordinary woman and role model. She simultaneously embodies the importance of tradition and evolving modernity.This year she hosted the Commonwealth Summit in London – re-invigorating an organisation of 53 member states (54 if Zimbabwe re-joins..) and 2.4 billion people spanning six continents. If I may say, it was a touchingly personal toast to the Queen by H.E. The President at the Heads of State dinner when, not least, he recounted the amusing tale, when he was Foreign Minister, of former President H.E. John Kuffuor getting stuck in the Buckingham Palace lifts with the Duke of Edinburgh 20 years earlier.As well as the personal warmth, the summit focused on the relevance of the Commonwealth (1 billion people under the age of 25; intra-commonwealth trade of c.$1trillion dollars by 2020). I’m proud of the drive of both countries – and many others represented here – Towards a Common Future. For example: Prosperity: resisting protectionism and pushing connectivity, on women’s economic empowerment, and on digital finance. Sustainability: to radically reduce the volume of plastic in our oceans. Fairness: the provision of at least 12 years of quality education for girls and boys (where Ghana is a leader having guaranteed Free SHS) Security: specifically Cyber Security There is power in love. And that power in love can change the world and ensure no child goes to bed hungry. When love is the way, poverty will become history. I reckon Shakespeare was talking about Ghanaian music. The music, the artists in Ghana are incredible. We Brits share your love Sarkodie, Fuse ODG, Shatta Wale, IamKingPromise, Kidi, Stormzy, Stoneboy, Becca and for the sensational Reggie n’ Bollie and Wiyaala who have joined us here this evening.The Ghana music industry has great talents and also has a lot of potential to grow bigger and better. To help this home grown talent, I think more can be done to establish better systems and structures (such as is now being seen in Nigerian and South Africa) where artists, managers and labels can be confident to collect royalties. Perhaps UK equivalent royalty collection organisations like PPL (Phonographic Performers Limited) and PRS for music (Performing Rights Society) can share experience?Talking with Reggie n Bolli and Wiyaala over recent months I’m struck by – again – not what makes us different but how much we have in common. Ability to dance and sing (sadly) make us different. But what we share is a view that:Individually we can all hope to achieve things and make a difference. But we all need a little humility. Because none of us know it all. And unless we work together – in our ways, within our own networks, we’ll forever struggle. But if we all understand each other better, we can collectively make a difference.As Tourism Ambassadors for the Government of Ghana, Reggie ‘n’ Bollie are keen to for people in the UK and elsewhere to understand the richness of the culture, the beauty of the land and the warmth of the people. I want to do that too. In our own ways – with many of you here tonight – we can collectively make a difference.As many of you will know “Wiyaala” is in fact Sissala for “the do-er”. She is a peerless achiever, talented artist and powerful force and advocate for women’s rights. During my time in Ghana I want to be a do-er. I want to be called “Wiyaala” too!In a world of cynics and armchair commentators, we need optimists and people arguing for positive change. All of our artists tonight walk the talk.As we do that we need to respect what makes us different. Then double-down on what unites us; on what makes us strong, trusted friends.As we saw in the Royal Wedding: the UK is a diverse, welcoming, forward-looking Global meeting point. I hope you feel the same of the British High Commission, and specifically here at the Residence this evening.Thank you. Medaase.Happy 92nd Birthday to Her Majesty the Queen! But Her Majesty the Queen has been busy. The Commonwealth Summit wasn’t the most high profile Royal Event of the last two months. And nor – despite the tens of thousands who attended – was it the most diverse.In case you missed it, two weeks ago we saw an extraordinary Royal Wedding of the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex – a spell binding encapsulation of what modern Britain is. Tolerant. Multi-faith. Multi-denominational. Inclusive. Confident. Welcoming. I believe our guest list tonight reflects that too.You probably weren’t expecting me to talk about Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon in St George’s Chapel. I certainly can’t deliver it with his fervor and style! Invoking Martin Luther King, Bishop Michael Curry told us not under-estimate or over-sentimentalize the Power of Love.In my first 8 months here as High Commissioner we have certainly been embraced by Ghana: the warmth of the weather matched by the warmth of her people. My wife and children are thrilled, honored to be here. But it is not just that to which I refer. Nor – of the endless love and support of my wife!In Bishop Michael Curry’s words, He was telling us that when we care, and show we care, we can achieve extraordinary things. I find this rather profound; and – you may be surprised to hear this – directly relevant to UK and Ghana relations. Why?We often talk about what makes us all different. We should also think about what we have in common. UK & Ghana has a lot in common: I believe we need to actively choose to strengthen those ties for our mutual benefit!I think we must do more than say we care; our actions must follow. We should understand each other’s priorities and invest in them. To make “Beyond Aid” Beyond Doubt, we should work together even more as trusted partners & friends in all aspects of life.It is my commitment to you all, that I will do all I can to bring our countries closer together by focusing on our priorities and working together to address them.In so many ways, her Majesty the Queen truly is the model. For the UK and Ghana – our traditions matter. They shape the very values the people of our countries’ cherish: the right to vote, the right to express your opinion, the rule of law – even some elements of protocol!We need to understand our past. But we must not live in it. We need to look forward and talk about the shared future we want to create. There are 1000 of you here tonight. You – individually – have an important stake in that. If we care about our values, we must not take them for granted.That is why:1. As part of our changing £125m pa DfID programme, we are announcing a new £20 million programme to support job creation and economic transformation in Ghana that will help stimulate investment in priority industrial and manufacturing sectors.2. We are putting money where our mouth is. a. By doubling UKEF support to £1bn to increase trade and investment; attracting responsible investment into Ghana. b. Trebling the development finance available from the UK over the next 3 years from £1.4b to £4.2b. c. Growing our team at the High Commission to support the increased priority of economic development in our work here in Ghana. Looking at, for example, how we can use responsible capital in the City of London to invest here in Ghana. d. Using development finance, through AgDevCo, to supported development of a 10,000 hectare irrigation farm and processing hub in Babator, Brong-Ahafo that could create 3000 new jobs.3. Continuing to support social sectors where this is adding the most value such as education (helping 250,000 children have a second chance at an education), and supporting thousands of the most vulnerable people across the country, helping them to escape the poverty trap and access and vital community health services, including support of mental health.I won’t list everything here – we have a party to crack on with. In essence we are focused on partnership: with the British Council supporting SMEs; with the Bank of England and Band of Ghana on financial services. With Takoradi and Aberdeen’s oil and gas industries. In defense too.This agenda is one that is built, most importantly of all, on common values.I was delighted to be in attendance when His Excellency The President visited 10 Downing Street in November for a meeting with Prime Minister May. There was a meeting of minds with a focus on turning “Ghana Beyond Aid” in to practice.3 months earlier, I had arrived in Ghana to hear HE the President was “in a hurry”. So am I. We need to crack on. Now is the time for us to prioritize efforts, and accelerate through implementation so that we can, together, renew our partnership to meet the opportunities and challenges which lie ahead.I’ve already talked of love: a subject you’d least expect from the prudish Brits. But, surely, no British High Commissioner or Ambassador worth his salt can speak at the Queen’s Birthday Party without referencing Shakespeare who said:last_img read more

Miami Herald wins Bingham Prize at Nieman Foundation

first_img Read Full Story The Miami Herald’s meticulously researched “Innocents Lost” series, which examines the deaths of hundreds of children in Florida, has won the 2014 Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism.The Herald’s I-Team explored how 477 children died over a six year period, victims not only of abusive or neglectful caregivers but of Florida’s flawed child welfare system. The deaths occurred as the state reduced the number of children in foster care at the same time it cut services for troubled families.The series was the result of a year’s worth of reporting and multiple lawsuits to obtain state death records. After the publication of the series, the reporters continued to update their online database, which now includes the stories of some 535 young victims. The Herald also hosted a town hall meeting to allow stakeholders, including judges, social workers, parents and teachers, to discuss their concerns.The Herald’s reports have led to a number of important reforms to state law and policy. The Florida Legislature allocated nearly $50 million to improve child protection services and began the most comprehensive revision of child welfare statutes in its history.The $20,000 Bingham Prize will be presented to The Miami Herald on May 7, 2015, at the Nieman Foundation.The Worth Bingham Prize honors investigative reporting of stories of national significance where the public interest is being ill-served. Worth Bingham, a 1954 Harvard University graduate, achieved prominence as an investigative journalist and was vice president and assistant to the publisher for the Louisville Courier-Journal.last_img read more

Managing construction’s return to a ‘new normal’

first_imgGAZETTE: With both Cambridge and Boston taking phased approaches to restarting construction, how are you working with local officials as these projects begin to resume?GARBARINI:  Since the implementation of the construction ban in March, key members of the University have been coordinating closely with state and local officials to ensure full compliance with the orders. We have maintained essential safety functions while further construction has been on hold, and as we begin this phased approach to restarting these projects, we are in constant communication with local officials to ensure our sites are complying with state and local guidelines.GAZETTE: The economic slowdown caused by COVID-19 has had a significant financial impact on the University. Could you speak to how that will impact capital projects?WEENICK: As [Executive Vice President] Katie Lapp outlined in her message to the community last week, one of the University’s planned cost saving measures is reviewing all capital projects. This generally means that those that are still in the design or planning phases will be subject to further review by the University to determine if moving forward currently is advisable. Based on that review, some projects will be deferred to make funds available in the near term for other University needs. In general, construction projects currently underway will proceed toward completion.Our teaching and research mission will drive decision-making as we prioritize which projects will proceed and which will be put on hold. As the University considers near-term spending on projects, those which are essential and support research, teaching, and learning will come first.Interview was edited for clarity and condensed for space. GAZETTE: Studies have shown that Massachusetts has begun to flatten the curve, but risk remains. How is the University keeping workers safe as they return to campus? GARBARINI:  It will be far from business as usual for work that does resume. We will be working with all our contractors to ensure that each of them incorporates all appropriate recommendations of health officials at every level. For example, every person visiting or working on a site will be required to use the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and make appropriate use of the handwashing stations provided at each project. We will also be requiring that social distancing recommendations are met at construction sites and building entry points by using staggered start times and alternate entries in some cases. Populated places such as lunch areas and parking lots will be dispersed in order to reduce person-to-person interactions. When a task absolutely requires two or more people near one another, enhanced PPE measures will be used.For reasons such as building occupancy and shared use of public spaces, renovations to existing buildings pose different challenges than new construction. Each project requires its own solutions, and our team is working with our contractors to confirm implementation of appropriate safety guidelines that are tailored to the needs of each specific site.GAZETTE: Why is it important to resume work on these projects as soon as possible?O’FARRELL:  Moving forward on construction as quickly as the cities’ phased approaches permit is important because there are several external factors that pose potential risks to any construction site, including those on campus, if left vacant for more than a few months. Our teams across campus did excellent work mitigating those risks when we put projects on hold as we vacated campus in March, but they need to return as quickly as possible to assure that no further risks are introduced by leaving the sites in a state of incompletion.With the summer bringing more extreme weather in the region, construction sites that are not fully enclosed will run the risk of wind or water damage. Each site must be safely and completely enclosed to limit this risk, a process that can take anywhere from several months to a year. The sooner crews can resume building enclosures, the less likely it is that buildings will be affected.Cold weather can also damage the structures, and although the next round of freezing temperatures is months away, many projects develop their schedule around the seasons. For example, exteriors are prioritized in the spring, summer, and fall months, which are better conditions for outside work, and interiors are mostly done in the winter, so people are not overexposed to the elements. Further delays may cause significant issues with buildings trying to get enclosed before the temperature drops. “… one of the University’s planned cost saving measures is reviewing all capital projects. This generally means that those that are still in the design or planning phases will be subject to further review by the University to determine if moving forward currently is advisable.” — Meredith Weenick When students, faculty, and other personnel vacated campus in late March, Harvard’s lecture halls, offices, and community spaces weren’t the only areas left empty. The University’s many capital projects also had to quickly pivot from normal operations and leave sites across campus after Boston and Cambridge temporarily halted construction work to protect public health.Now, as each city has begun a phased approach to a “new normal,” some of those projects have started to resume operations.The Gazette spoke with Vice President for Campus Services Meredith Weenick, Director of Capital Projects for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Petrina Garbarini, and Managing Director of Harvard Capital Projects Joe O’Farrell to learn more about Harvard’s decision to restart construction.Q&AMeredith Weenick, Petrina Garbarini, and Joe O’FarrellGAZETTE: Can you walk us through the University’s decision to resume campus construction?WEENICK:  As Provost [Alan] Garber noted in his message to the University about planning for fall 2020, decisions at Harvard are complex, require immense planning, and are guided by our academic and research mission and our responsibility to ensure the safety of every member of our community. As we slowly move to resume things paused by the COVID-19 pandemic, capital projects are at the forefront because ensuring that our students, faculty, and staff have the appropriate resources to resume their work when we can all safely return to campus is at the very core of our mission.Knowing that the pause on construction would be lifted once it was determined it was safe to do so, we spent the past several months working internally and in concert with industry experts to carefully think about how we could move critical capital projects forward without sacrificing the health and safety of our workers and community.Consistent with the phased approaches of Cambridge and Boston, we made the decision to begin work again after we were sure that we could bring the necessary workforce back on campus in a manner consistent with the recommendations of the CDC, state, and local officials regarding best practices for limiting exposure to the virus on campus.Having said that, it is important to note that one of the most effective safety tools we have is the one that we instituted in March by reducing the density of people on our campus. By working and learning remotely, our students, faculty, and staff are playing an enormous role in making it safer for the workers who are on campus. Until repopulating the University becomes safe again, maintaining that social distancing is one of the best things we can do to protect our community. “Each project requires its own solutions, and our team is working with our contractors to confirm implementation of appropriate safety guidelines that are tailored to the needs of each specific site.” — Petrina Garbarinilast_img read more

Saint Mary’s seniors celebrate last week on campus

first_imgErin Rice At Saint Mary’s, Senior Week activities sought to commemorate the tradition and rich sisterhood of the College.Vice president of the senior class Lauren Osmanski said the week kicked off May 8 with a Yacht Dance in Chicago. The Yacht Dance was a new addition this year because the senior class raised a surplus of money, she said.After the dance, official events resumed Monday with an alumnae brunch at 11 a.m. in Noble Family Dining Hall. Later in the afternoon, seniors departed for Chicago again to attend a Chicago Cubs baseball game.Osmanski said the senior week activities incorporated some new events and some traditional ones to help seniors say goodbye to the College.“I hope that the students can end Senior Week believing that they were able to give Saint Mary’s a proper goodbye,” she said. “Our Senior Week is designed to bring the seniors to campus and visit all best spots on campus and just enjoy the campus as students before they leave.”Wednesday, Osmanski and the senior class council planned a scavenger hunt on Library Green and field day activities on Dalloway’s Green, ending the evening with karaoke in Rice Commons.Seniors were able to leave a physical mark on campus with handprint painting in the Le Mans tunnel Thursday.“Every Saint Mary’s student has walked through that tunnel, and placing our handprints in the tunnel is a great way to leave Saint Mary’s knowing that we are leaving something behind,” Osmanski said.The Le Mans Bell Tower was open for seniors to explore Thursday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., and the Opening of the Circle ceremony began at 3 p.m. Closing of the Circle happens during first-year orientation, and Opening of the Circle signifies the way students are sent forth from Saint Mary’s campus and into the world beyond after graduation, Osmanski saidThis year at the Opening of the Circle ceremony seniors will be presented with letters written during the Senior Letter Writing Project, Osmanski said.The Senior Letter Writing Project is a new tradition Osmanski said she hopes will carry on to the future. The project has allowed students, faculty and family members of the class of 2015 to write letters to individuals in the graduating class.Senior class president Tori Wilbraham said the project began as a way for members of the senior class to show gratitude to one another and to the Saint Mary’s community.“Our hope is that the Saint Mary’s community will take a few minutes to say thank you to one another for their presence and influence during their time at Saint Mary’s,” Wilbraham said. “I think writing letters is such a beautiful way to preserve a feeling or relationship.”Senior Nora Clougherty participated in the project and wrote letters to her peers.“I have written letters to all of my friends who have impacted my life, even if it was a small memory we shared,” Clougherty said. “It has been so great to relive memories and let people know the impact they have made in my own life.”Clougherty said she also hopes other classes adopt the letter writing project as part of their Senior Week festivities.“This project is a great way for friends, family or professors to let the seniors know what a big impact they have made or to let a senior know how much they mean to them,” she said.Tags: Commencement 2015, saint mary’s, Senior Letter Writing Project, Senior Weeklast_img read more