Pasadena-based Jacobs Selected by BP as Strategic Supplier

first_imgBusiness News Pasadena-based Jacobs Selected by BP as Strategic Supplier Continuing to Provide Services Worldwide for Downstream Business From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, December 19, 2014 | 10:57 am Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff 21 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. announced today that it has been selected by BP to continue its role as Strategic Supplier of mid-cap work on a global basis.Company officials did not disclose the contract value, but noted that it replaces Jacobs’ previous contract that has been in place since 2002.The new contract includes two multi-year regional framework agreements, under which Jacobs is providing engineering, procurement and construction management services as well as personnel on loan at BP’s refinery, petrochemical and terminal sites globally. Jacobs supports this work from its offices in the U.K., U.S., Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, South Africa and Australia; bringing technical expertise, a depth of global resources to support BP around the world; plus deep knowledge of BP’s facilities, practices, and business objectives.In making the announcement, Jacobs Executive Vice President Gary Mandel stated, “We are very pleased to continue our long history of supporting BP’s downstream business through these new professional services regional framework agreements. We look forward to working with BP to achieve safe, reliable and profitable operations globally.”Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical professional and construction services. Herbeauty10 Reasons Why Selena Gomez Has Billions Of FansHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyZac Efron Is Dating A New Hottie?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

Boom in number of teleworkers sparks warning for HR policies

first_img Comments are closed. A rise in the number of staff working from home could lead to difficultiesfor employers unless good HR policies are applied for remote workers. The number of employees working from home has increased by 65 per cent since2001, with 7.4 per cent of all staff now working remotely. These numbers looks set to rise further, with parents of young childrenafforded the right to request more flexible working conditions and the growthof work-life balance policies. The Department of Trade and Industry has issued guidelines to advisecompanies of their responsibilities towards home workers and legal experts havewarned that any slip-ups could prove costly for employers. Alan Lewis, employment partner at law firm George Davies, said technologyallows more people to consider working from home. “More than two millionpeople work away from the normal office and employers must ensure they complywith their obligations towards them. “Clear HR policies, disciplinary procedures, training and careerprogression must be in line with that of office-based staff. Teleworkers mustnot be excluded from these rights,” he said. Employers must ensure staff are safe by carrying out a risk assessment oftheir working conditions and ensuring all electrical equipment complies withsafety regulations. Previous Article Next Article Boom in number of teleworkers sparks warning for HR policiesOn 1 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Ultimatum on Boracay ‘trike’ phase out issued

first_imgIt was Bautista who directed theMunicipal Transportation Office to enforce the guidelines and policies one-trikes through EO No. 40 series of 2019 last Nov. 11. Last November, a group of tricycledrivers and operators requested Bautista and the Sangguniang Bayan toreconsider the total phase out of the tricycles in this town. They proposed redesignedtricycles with proper luggage compartment, elevated roof, reduced passengercapacity and uniform island design, rather than replacing their units withe-trikes. For tricycle drivers and operators ofthis municipality, Bautista already laid out the ultimatum that will start onMay 15. The original schedule of the tricyclemodernization program was suspended Christmas of last year following thedevastation of the typhoon in this province. The e-trike program promotes more environmentallyconscious mode of transportation and reduces fuel consumption. Currently, thereare 182 conventional and gasoline-operated tricycle units in Boracay Island whohave not shifted or applied yet in the municipality’s program. MALAY, Aklan – In two months, all publicmotorized tricycles plying the streets of the world-famous Boracay Island inthis town will be totally phased out, according to acting Mayor FrolibarBautista. “Matagalna itong e-trike program, mgaseven years na. May mga colorum tricycles parin sa isla at may mga petisyonagainst sa e-trike program, ngunit, kailangan natin na ma-implement para sa nakakarami,” Bautista said. Former Mayor Ceciron Cawaling issued ExecutiveOrder (EO) No. 7 on Feb. 1, 2018 for the full implementation of the program.However, the legislative council requested him to suspend the order due to thetemporary closure of the island last year. Bautista is urging tricycle operators tosubmit their applications for the e-trike program on or before March 15 forprocessing. He also discussed with e-trike companies and suppliers to upgradetheir charging stations and facilities in the island on Feb 19. “Nakitanatin ang malaking problema sa charging stations dahil nawalan tayo ng kuryente noong Typhoon Ursula. Dahil dito, suspendido ang Dec. 31phase-out ng mga tricycles,” he said. According to acting Malay town Mayor Frolibar Bautista, all public motorized tricycles will be phased out starting May 15. He is urging gasoline-operated tricycle operators to submit their applications for the e-trike program. GMA NETWORK Despite mounting pressures, the actingmayor is standing firm in his decision to remove all gasoline-ran tricyclesfrom the streets of the famed island. E-trikes are allowed to operate here aspublic utility vehicle through the Municipal Tricycle Franchising andRegulatory Board, which is tasked to accept and process tricycle franchising,and to issue and grant the Community Tricycle Operator’s Permit.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img read more

Father of Neo-Darwinism Condemned with Faint Praise

first_imgI will not attempt to revive the FTNS [Fisher’s Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection which turned out not to be so fundamental after all], but instead am trying to extend a 1978 model of mine, put forth in what may be my least-cited paper. This attempts to make a “toy” model of an evolving population…. Salvador Cordova has appeared on National TV, radio shows, newspapers, books and magazines for his work in promoting Intelligent Design and Creation Science. He is a former scientist and engineer in the aerospace and defense industry and presently serves as a professor and researcher in the area of Christian apologetics at small Bible College. He has four science degrees and is working on a PhD. For his previous entries on CEH, see his Author Profile.(Visited 713 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Translation:  I’m trying to draw attention to my clever idea about how evolution works, but which everyone else seems to be ignoring, and hasn’t gotten as much citation as Fisher’s Fundamental Theorem which wasn’t ever really fundamental anyway.  I have to make a ‘toy model’ of evolving populations, because real models are mathematically intractable, and it’s better to have a model that gives inaccurate answers than no model at all.The comedy continues: The models are somewhat absurdly oversimple, but I argue that models like this at least can give us some results, which decades of more handwavy papers on the general connection between evolution, entropy, and information have not.center_img NAS Member’s Comedic Eulogy of Fisher’s Theorem of Natural Selectionby Sal CordovaThe father of neo-Darwinism, R.A. Fisher, put forward what he called “The Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection” (FTNS) in 1930. This mathematically-impressive theorem, of which Fisher was very proud, was long considered to be one of the main pillars of neo-Darwinian theory. Almost comically, it is now referred to in some evolutionary circles as Fisher’s “Not-So-Fundamental Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection.” We might give it a corrected abbreviation: FNSF-FTNS.Bill Basener and John Sanford recently provided a correction to Fisher’s equations in the FNSF-FTNS (12/22/17) that demonstrated real evolution proceeds toward destruction rather than construction of biological function. It basically flips Fisher’s theorem upside down.Drawing by Brett Miller. Used with permission.Concurrently, and equally comedic, something odd happened at the 37th memorial  lecture on January 4, 2018 meant to honor the memory of the late R. A. Fisher. Joe Felsenstein (a National Academy of Science member) condemned Fisher’s work with faint praise. Basically, he criticized Fisher’s famous theorem but tried to do it in a nice way. (After all, this was a memorial lecture intended to honor Fisher’s accomplishments.) As with many eulogies, Felsenstein tried to put as much whitewash on the failures of the deceased individual as possible. He said:In spite of Fisher’s assertion that the theorem “hold[s] the supreme position among the biological sciences”, the Fundamental Theorem is, alas, not-so-fundamental. ….So there was the criticism. Now, the whitewash. How would Felsenstein manage to elevate Fisher’s work and make it look like a stellar accomplishment, given that he’s on the spot to eulogize the deceased father of neo-Darwinian theory? Well, Felsenstein may not have intended to do so, but he made Fisher’s work look better than his own by comparison. He did this by pointing out how much more widely cited Fisher’s work has been than one of his own absurd models which, in turn, he claimed is better than all the other absurd evolutionary models out there! Watch: Translation:  My model is absurd, but it’s better than the other absurd handwavy models out there. This lecture is in honor of RA Fisher. He made a model of evolution that is also oversimplified, was wrong, and now it’s my turn to do the same. In relation to all the bad evolutionary models out there, Fisher’s model doesn’t look so bad. If we had a really good model, I’d be talking about that, but instead let me highlight my model that’s been around for 40 years and which no one seems to pay any attention to. At least Fisher’s model gets more citations than mine. [See Best-in-Field Fallacy in the Baloney Detector —Ed.]Sanford and Basener’s paper critiquing Fisher’s theorem, first announced here, was noticed by Evolution News and by World Magazine with very favorable reviews.Felsenstein’s solution to the dilemma of criticizing Fisher yet keeping his status as the patron saint of neo-Darwinism reminds me of this joke about a preacher who was offered a lot of money to do something similar:In a small town, there were two brothers who, over the course of many years, cheated, swindled, robbed and generally stole from everyone that they ever did business with.The entire town and surrounding community reviled and despised these two brothers as everyone was aware of just how disreputable and dishonest they were.One day, one of the brothers mysteriously died.Although they had never attended church, the one remaining brother went to the local pastor and offered vast sums of money if he would come to the funeral and say the appropriate words, AND, a large bonus, but ONLY if he would – during the course of the eulogy -refer to his brother as “a Saint.”The pastor was troubled by the request, however, it was a very poor church and the church desperately needed repairs.The parishioners had heard about the pastor’s dilemma and were curious as to what he would do.The funeral began, the church was packed, and the pastor started with the usual prayers and followed the rites and traditions as required by the churches teachings. In closing, after referring to the man in the box, he paused and turned to face the remaining brother.He began, “As you all know, the departed was an awful individual who robbed, cheated, swindled and stole from everyone he ever did business with.However, compared to his Brother, he was – a Saint!”last_img read more

Green buildings sprouting in South Africa

first_imgBlock E, Upper Grayston, is the first commercial building in South Africa to receive five green stars.Bruce Kerswill of the Green Building Council of South Africa says that green is catching on in the country.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Beverley Bradley  McCann Public Relations  +27 72 272 5166 • Martin Evans  Director, Bryprop  +27 11 463 5455 or +27 82 451 2291RELATED ARTICLES • Green buildings now the law in SA • Bank’s green building looks ahead • Top green rating for SA building • No 1 Silo gets green rating • Africa’s greenest hotel for Cape TownJanine ErasmusSouth Africa’s first commercial green star-rated building has been unveiled. The cutting-edge building – the E block in Upper Grayston, a small multi-purpose development in the business district of Sandton – is the first small office building to receive five green stars from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).“We want to get the message out to other developers,” says Martin Evans of Upper Grayston’s developer Bryprop, “that South Africa can produce green buildings economically.”Green buildings are attractive to the property market, he says, and they offer a good return on investment.“Green buildings command a higher rental price and capital value, they have lower running costs, they let better, and they retain tenants better,” says the GBCSA’s executive chairman Bruce Kerswill. This green mindset is catching on in South Africa, he says. Five stars are not enough for Bryprop, though, and the firm is aiming for the coveted six-star rating with its newest building Upper Grayston F, which is under construction right next to the celebrated E Block. This will make it the only six star-rated commercial building in the country. Rental space should be available around the end of June 2013, according to Bryprop.Green buildings mitigate climate changeSouth Africa is following a new trend noted in a report titled Rethinking Consumption: Consumers and the Future of Sustainability, which has found that people in developing nations have a keener sense of responsibility towards the earth than those in developed nations. “Two-thirds of consumers globally say they ‘feel a sense of responsibility to society’ (65%), including 81% in emerging markets and 50% in developed markets”, notes the report. “Buildings can be a big part of the solution to mitigating the effects of climate change,” says Kerswill. “Good planning can reduce their use of power and water by up to 70%, and together with waste reduction this can have a significant impact.” Office buildings especially contribute heavily to global warming and pollution, and consume large amounts of energy and water. “But buildings are the cheapest way to make savings on carbon emissions,” says Warren Gray of Solid Green Consulting. “Overseas they use around 30% of the world’s energy. In South Africa the situation is a little different because our economy has been geared towards mining and we are still constructing the buildings that other countries already have.”Savings realised in a green building will come mainly from running costs and electricity. Although the largest part of a company’s expenses goes towards salaries, says Gray, people who work in green buildings perform better, they get discharged from hospital sooner, and they give the employer more value for the salary.“A 10% increase in productivity outperforms a 5% saving on electricity.”Bringing in the tenantsBryprop says that its tenants are becoming more and more interested in green features.In the new building, lessons learned from Upper Grayston E will be applied, with some extra features that the developers are confident will earn the six green stars.All timber used in the project comes from a sustainable forest and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Most of the building’s water will be reclaimed from rain and filtered and purified, and municipal water will only be used when the tanks are empty.Solar panels for both power and heating will ensure that no energy is used to heat water, and in terms of space heating, says Gray, good architectural principles and passive design means that a minimal amount of heating is needed. The building also has big glass windows which let in natural light and air, reducing the need for artificial lighting and climate control. A mixed-mode ventilation system will allow the building to use mechanical ventilation when necessary.People in the building will be able to monitor energy consumption in real time, via a screen in the entrance and a page on the web, which will supply a graph of energy consumption measured at one-minute intervals. The graph for Block E is already available online.The amount of concrete used in construction has been reduced through the addition of fly ash into the mixture. Fly ash is a residue generated during combustion, for example at coal-burning power stations.“This means that the building itself is constructed from recycled material,” Gray says.Carpets and paint used in the interior contain low levels of volatile organic compounds. Cycle parking and special cycle routes around the office park are aimed at encouraging this eco-friendly alternative means of transport.Going green and saving the planetGreen buildings, according to GBCSA, are energy and resource efficient and kind to the environment because of the practices used in their design, construction and operation. They have also been proven to be healthier for residents and workers, leading to higher productivity.For green buildings, these practices will usually include the optimal circulation of fresh air and use of natural light, resulting in a lower use of air conditioning and heating. Lighting will be energy efficient and controlled through motion detectors, and there will be greater use of renewable energy sources. The builders will make use of recycled or sustainable materials, and there will be other sources of water, such as rainwater harvesting, besides the municipal supply.Locally sourced products are essential to shrink the construction footprint, and if any existing structure is demolished to make way for the new building, as much material as possible, such as windows, doors or floors, must be re-used.When a company applies for green star certification for a building, there is a rigorous process that must be followed. Once the building has been registered – which is only the first step towards certification – the project team will prepare the necessary documentation to prove that the building complies with GBCSA standards. Assessors will not award points, says the GBCSA, unless they can see that all the requirements have been met exactly as detailed in the technical manual. By this stage the full assessment fee must have been paid. Once the fee and the documentation have been received, a panel will evaluate the submission and make their recommendations to the GBCSA, who will then contact the project team.At this point the team gets another chance to earn their green stars by including extra supporting documentation or making alterations to their designs if necessary, and resubmitting their application.The panel will again scrutinise the application and make their final pronouncement and the project team will be notified of their score.A score of 45 to 59 earns the building four green stars and is an indication of best practice locally; a score of 60 to 75 earns five green stars and signifies South African excellence; and a score of 75 to 100 earns six green stars and is indicative of world leadership.Upper Grayston E scored 67 points, which is currently the highest five-star score in the country.last_img read more

Watters named International Certified Crop Adviser of the Year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Society of Agronomy (ASA) recently announced that Harold D. Watters, Ohio State University has been named the International Certified Crop Adviser of the Year.Harold Watters left was also inducted into the FSR Hall of Fame in 2015.The annual award is presented for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research.An associate professor and field specialist, Watters works directly with agronomic crop producers, crop advisers and Extension educators to provide relevant information in a timely manner with emphasis on web and media outlets. Recruited as a team coordinator in 2004 for the OSU Agronomic Crops Team, Watters has influence on Ohio agronomic crop production education as co-coordinator of this 80-member team. Watters’ work is in the areas of agronomic crop production practices, systematic data evaluation and field research done locally to confirm best practices.Watters serves as editorial coordinator of the Crop Observation and Recommendation Network (CORN) newsletter and is a regular OCJ contributor through his monthly CORN to go… page. Watters also serves as an informal mentor to new team members and has participated in 10 training visits to Ukraine to aid producers there on adoption of modern crop production methods.The International Certified Crop Adviser of the Year Award is designed to annually recognize a certified crop adviser who delivers exceptional customer service, is highly innovative, has shown that they are a leader in their field, and has contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agriculture industry.The award recipient will be recognized at both the Commodity Classic and the American Society of Agronomy Annual Meeting. The award consists of hotel and travel expenses to the Commodity Classic Meeting and ASA Annual Meeting, $2,000 honorarium, a commemorative plaque, and a one-year membership in the American Society ofAgronomy. The ICCA of the Year Award celebrates a level of proficiency that belongs to an individual and not to a company.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — March 8, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest OH_Ag_Net-1Cold air holding over Ohio puts us in a position to see some lingering light snow and flurry action not only today, but on through tomorrow. Moisture over the state is not all that spectacular, but there is enough to keep us on our toes. A fresh coating is possible over about 50% of the state today, and intermittent flurries can be seen tomorrow. We have to keep a chance of heavier accumulations of an inch or two in northeast Ohio today as well, due to strong north and northwest winds still interacting with the Lake to produce snow. Now, while the cold air dominates into the start of the weekend, the precipitation does not. We look for a much drier pattern to emerge this weekend and early next week. High pressure will be working across Ohio tomorrow afternoon and Saturday. The north winds around the front of the low bring the cold air in, but we finish the weekend, with south and southeast flow up the backside of the high. That should allow temps to moderate just a bit. The map below show temps as they relate to normal tomorrow afternoon.On Monday, we see warming continue with good south wind flow. However, we have a few more clouds that come in as the warm air arrives. This may allow for a few spits and sprinkles overnight Monday night into the first part of Tuesday, but at this time, this looks highly disorganized, and likely is not going to be an issue. That is why we are keeping our forecast dry, in terms of actual precipitation. That dryness goes through the end of the week, right through Saturday. We will see a significant change in air mass, though, going into Wednesday and Thursday. Winds shift back to the northwest, and we will see cooler temps in that period. The low tracks across the great lakes, and we should be able to see good sun through the end of the week, in spite of the cool down.The extended forecast pattern suggests we still see our next good front late on the 17th into the 18th, with rains of .2”-.6” over the state. The best coverage looks to be over the southern half of the state. We follow that up with dry weather for a good 3 days, and then another low moves in around the 22nd, bringing rains of .1”-.5” and coverage a little better at 80%. Still, the dry pattern for the next week to 10 days means we will be ready and likely willing to accept some moisture out of those extended period systems.last_img read more

Caribbean Tales Flow Into Production

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, flow Flow in TCI says many areas up and running, encourages reports to 611 FLOW Mobile Top Up Made Easy with Scotiabank Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Young Footballers from Antigua and Trinidad emerge as winners of Flow Ultimate Football Experience Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMIAMI, FL, February 23, 2017– Three of the Caribbean’s leading film producers will now develop pilots for their original TV series projects, via funding from Flow and CaribbeanTales Media Group.With $40,000 funding for each project, production work will begin on Battledream Chronicle, a sci-fi/drama animated series created by Alain Bidard, which is based on his groundbreaking multi-award winning feature film; Heat, a sweltering crime/drama series filmed in Barbados from iconic filmmaker Menelik Shabazz  (Burning an Illusion, The Story of Lover’s Rock and more); and Caribbean Girl NYC, an ensemble female-driven sitcom from NY-based Guadeloupian filmmaker/producer Mariette Monpierre, whose award-winning film Elza won, among others, the prestigious NYT award.Support for these pilots is part of CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI), a year-round development and production hub for Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora Producers to assist in the creation of strong, compelling and sustainable regional content for the global market.“We recognise the significant hurdles that Caribbean Producers face in financing and producing their content, and getting it out to audiences,” said John Reid, CEO of Cable and Wireless, operator of Flow and lead sponsor of CTI. “We are honoured to help support this programme that is enabling the production and monetisation of this exciting emerging cultural industry.”Production on the pilots will begin in April 2017.   They will premier later this year at the twelfth annual CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF). Flow is also the lead sponsor of CTFF, a mix of exciting and dynamic films that showcase diverse, shared stories and cultures, and celebrates the talents of established and emerging filmmakers of Caribbean heritage.   The festival will be held in Toronto, Canada between September 6 and September 20, 2017.As an added bonus, an eight-part documentary series has been filmed and is currently in post-production.   The series follows the ten teams of filmmakers who competed for this prestigious award, and will be shown on Flow1 later this year.Frances-Anne Solomon, CEO of CaribbeanTales, states, “We are delighted that, together with Flow, we are able to provide the Caribbean’s top filmmakers with funding and a platform to produce top quality, local, content with the capacity to reach audiences across the region and the world.”Visit the CTI website for more information and to apply for the 2017 CTI programme.  And follow Flow and CaribbeanTales on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date.CTI is now accepting applications for its 2017 programme: #MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more