Earth Day draws thousands

first_imgWhile joggers and strollers streamed merrily along sunny Memorial Drive on Saturday (April 25), Robert M. “Rob” Gogan Jr. was just a few yards away, bobbing in a kayak while combing the banks of the Charles River for litter.He’s associate manager for recycling and waste at Harvard — a guru of trash who elected to spend this balmy weekend morning poking at soggy brush with a net and a hoe.On the slopes above Gogan were dozens of volunteers stooped over trash bags, picking from the grass old cans, bottles, fast-food bags, and Styrofoam cups.They were among the 3,000 who signed up for the 10th annual Earth Day cleanup sponsored by the Charles River Watershed Association. (Last year’s event snagged and bagged more than 20 tons of trash.)“The good thing is,” Gogan said of the work, “it connects people to the river.” Earlier that morning, he and Tony Carmoega, a Harvard payroll assistant, had climbed into the 12-foot Walden Spirit, easing into the Charles from Magazine Beach.Before heading to shore near the Western Avenue Bridge, they watched a few fish jump, saw a gliding heron, and sighted a black-crested cormorant — a sign the alewives are running.“Years ago they used to feed the Harvard students out of the oyster beds and the fish that came upriver,” said Gogan, in a green ball cap and bulging life vest. “There’s no reason they can’t do that again.”Meanwhile there was work to do: black bags to fill with cigarette butts, glass, litter, wadded newspapers, and plastic water bottles. “Get it right,” said Gogan, holding up a battered bottle and composing a lesson for water companies. “Make it biodegradable.”Seven full bags comprised the morning haul for a Harvard team of 17, said Krystal Noiseux, manager of education and outreach for the Office for Sustainability (OFS). She organized a crew from OFS and volunteers from Harvard’s University Operations Services.Oddities among the litter included specimen jars and a couple of syringes, but the most ubiquitous riverside trash was Styrofoam, said Noiseux — an artifact of modern life with a lifespan of 20,000 years.A few hundred yards from Gogan’s bobbing kayak, Harvard’s premiere Earth Day event was stirring to life on the MAC Quad. Karen McKinnon ’10 was there in a green T-shirt, with a washable recycling symbol tattoo on her face. She’s chair this year of the Harvard College Environmental Action Committee, the event sponsor.Tables were set up by a mix of advocates for the environment — people who don’t always gather in one place, said McKinnon, who called the celebration “definitely an umbrella kind of day.” (The week before, other Schools at Harvard offered their own outreach events, workshops, panel discussions, and sustainability displays.)At the MAC Quad, every table offered a lesson — on bike sharing, seed bombs, the environmental wisdom of a meatless diet, sustainable building materials, flavorful tap water, and eco-friendly dorm rooms.Zachary Arnold ’10 showed one visitor around the model dorm room set up on a patch of grass. He’s one of three coordinators — “captains” — of the undergraduate resource efficiency program (REP), administered by Brandon Geller ’08 at OFS.In the idealized room was an Energy Star-rated printer, a computer hooked to a power strip, “Turn Me Off” stickers, compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs, cloth shopping bags, a bike helmet, a shelf of bring-your-own dishware, and even a wooden drying rack. (One load of wash costs 4 kilowatt hours of energy to dry – enough power to light a CFL bulb for 10 days.)Having REP agents in every house — and three to cover freshman housing — keeps sustainability awareness high, said Arnold. “We’re very much focused on individual behavior change,” he said — areas of life within the reach of undergraduates, including energy and water usage.“Please wash responsibly,” reads one of REP’s biweekly campaign posters. The lesson: It only takes two tablespoons of detergent to do a wash.For good behavior, environmentally, hand it to the 400-plus residents of Adams House, who won this year’s Green Cup. The coveted award — based on sustainability measures and projects — came with a check for $1,040.Minutes later, Samantha “Sam” Houston ’11 and Rachel Mak ’10 — both of Adams House — outlined some of the why behind the win: a 30 percent increase in recycling rates, food waste reduction, a high number of sustainability pledges (around 70 percent of residents), and 21 individual “ecoprojects.” (The House average is four.)Projects involved reducing food waste, hosting a vegetarian cooking class, composting at study breaks, a trayless dining initiative (to cut down on uneaten food), and more.“You can make a difference with your choices,” said Mak.Environmental action starts with the individual, agreed Houston. The variety of projects, she said, “is a really good testament to the fact that little things really do add up.”A green tour of Harvard Yard added up some highlights of Harvard sustainability. Leading were Christopher Allison ’12, Alexa Stern ’12, and REP Yard Captain Rebecca Compton ’09.On the walk over, the tour group glimpsed the new wind turbines on the roof of Holyoke Center. Then came a breezy glimpse at organic landscaping, a solar trash compactor, and a refurbishing project intended to green Thayer Hall.There was reminiscing too, about a sustainability celebration last Oct. 22 that drew more than 15,000 to see Al Gore speak — and that generated just one bag of trash. (The rest was recycled or composted.)Back at the MAC Quad, visitors could get their bikes tuned or make stress-reducing eye pillows from buckwheat hulls mixed with lavender and chamomile. Or they could take the “geopardy” quiz offered by the Harvard College Geosociety. One question seemed especially apt even for present-day Planet Earth: “What’s your favorite mass extinction?”Over at the OFS table, a visitor could heft a low-flow shower head and a tiny faucet aerator — a device that keeps water flowing at only half a gallon a minute — 20 percent of the average flow.There were samples of green building materials, too, including a porous concrete substitute that allows rain to seep fast back into soils instead of racing to a storm drain. There were handsome little tiles too, pressed from the seed husks of wheat and sunflowers and made without toxic solvents.One impressive visitor stopped to take a look: Al Gore, conspicuous for being the only one on the MAC Quad in a suit and tie, and the only one wearing a — oh, darn — rubber mask.Sweltering underneath the false face was Thomas R. Benson ’09, an Earth and planetary sciences concentrator who lives at Cabot House. Turns out, he has channeled Al Gore anyway. Benson’s senior thesis is on the geology of extracting geothermal energy from deep in the earth.Drill one well 8 kilometers down in the right kind of rock, he said, and you can power a million homes for 30 years. Nationwide, added Benson, there is enough potential energy captive in deep rock to supply current U.S. needs 2,000 times over.Plainly, Benson is no fool. Further proof: He shed the Gore suit and mask and emerged a celebrant in shorts — ready to toast the rest of Earth Day by tossing a Frisbee.A snapshot of Harvard sustainability facts:57 green building projects (17 LEED certified and 40 LEED registered)$3.7 million in energy savings per year from Green Campus Loan Fund projects15.7 percent electricity from renewable energy sources in 2008 (Cambridge/Allston)54 percent Cambridge/Allston campus recycling rate40 percent local produce in dining halls (HUDS)Sustainability “green teams” in all Schoolslast_img read more

Veterans Are Finding Lasting Peace After Taking These Free Journeys into Nature for Months at a Time

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWith countless US ex-service members struggling to readjust to civilian life following their deployment, more and more veterans are finding unparalleled success in alternative forms of rehabilitation and therapy.Warrior Expeditions is a nonprofit that has proven nature to be an effective treatment for veterans suffering from PTSD. The organization helps veterans overcome their trauma by sending them on longterm nature excursions lasting two to six months.The charity, which also provides all the gear and supplies necessary for the journeys, typically helps 30 to 40 veterans every year with about 10 different expeditions—all of which are facilitated at no cost to the vets. The organization’s recently concluded 53-day trip through North Carolina is the first time that Warrior Expeditions has incorporated paddling, biking, and hiking into one of their excursions.RELATED: With Float Therapy Being Used as Pioneering PTSD Treatment, Clinic Has Given Away 3,000 Free Sessions to VeteransMarine Corps veteran Sean Gobin was inspired to launch the charity after he returned to the US in 2012 following several combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He then found peace and healing by hiking all 2,185 miles of the Appalachian Trail—and he knew that he wanted to share the experience with other veterans just like him.There is no shortage of evidence on how spending time in nature can positively impact one’s physical and mental health. For the veterans participating in the Warrior Expedition outings, these therapeutic perks are also supplemented by the benefits of exercise, meditation, and sleeping outdoors.Now since the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2359 directing the Department of Veterans Affairs to study alternative health services that could be covered through the Veterans Health Administration, more and more veterans like Gobin could soon be encouraged to experience the same transformative effects of nature in lieu of prescription medication.(WATCH the Freethink short film on the expeditions below) – Photo by FreethinkTreat Your Friends To The Good News By Sharing It With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Lamar dominates host Corpus Christi

first_img A&M-Corpus Christi scored the game’s first four points and LU didn’t take its first lead of the game until nearly three minutes into the action, but once they did Big Red began to flex its muscles. The Cardinals grabbed the lead on a Kinard jumper which sparked a 17-5 run to build a 22-9 advantage midway through the second quarter.LU never backed off the pressure and pushed its lead to as many as 18, 34-16, heading into the locker room.The Cardinals doubled up the number of makes from their hosts in the opening half. LU was 14-of-35 (.400) from the field, while limiting the Islanders to seven makes on 28 attempts. The Red and White also made A&M-Corpus Christi pay for their turnovers in the opening 20 minutes. The Cards forced nine turnovers and cashed the mistakes in for 14 points. LU outrebounded the Islanders, 26-17, in the opening 20 minutes including 12 offensive boards and held a 9-1 advantage in second chance points heading into the locker room.It was more of the same to start the second half of action as the Cards opened the third quarter on a 9-4 run to build a 23-point lead four minutes into the quarter. The Red and White saw their advantage balloon to as many as 25 early in the third quarter. A&M-Corpus made a minor run early in the fourth quarter to trim a 26-point deficit down to 18 points with just over seven minutes remaining, but the outcome was never in jeopardy. The Cardinals return to action Wednesday when they travel to Houston Baptist. The game against the Huskies will tip off at 7 p.m. from Sharp Gym. Lamar sports informationCORPUS CHRISTI – Senior Moe Kinard netted a game-high 24 points to lead Lamar to a 72-47 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the American Bank Center Saturday afternoon. Senior Chastadie Barrs just missed another triple double (16 points, 17 rebounds and nine rebounds) in the victorious effort as LU remains atop the Southland standings.The Cardinals (21-5, 14-1 SLC) shot 39 percent from the field, including four three-pointers, while outrebounding the Islanders, 48-40. Big Red also took advantage of 28 Islander turnovers which were cashed in for 36 points (LU held a 36-15 advantage in points off turnovers). The Cards also recorded a 15-11 advantage on second chance points.center_img In addition to Kinard and Barrs, sophomore Jadyn Pimentel added 13 points and five assists.The Red and White also recorded a decided advantage in the paint. LU outscored the Islanders, 44-20, in the paint. A&M-Corpus Christi struggled to find its rhythm from the field. After scoring the first four points of the game, the Islanders were held to a 19-of-60 (.317) performance – recording nine fewer field goals than LU. The Islanders had only one player reach double figures – Alexes Bryant (10 points).“I’m very proud of this team today, because this is never an easy place to play,” said LU head coach Robin Harmony. “They were throwing a lot of just at us and our kids really handled it well. I think that will help us down the road. We had this game circled on our schedule because of how tough it is to come here and win.”last_img read more

Bow Down to These Ex-Wives with Tribute Video Six in Six Minutes

first_img View Comments Star Files Bow down! Former Wicked star Hannah Corneau, Mary Claire King, Stephanie Jae Park, Sydney Patrick, AirLoom Beats and Erika Peterson have joined forces to create a mash-up video featuring the songs of Six. The performers are part of RANGE music, the group that previously released a seven-minute Hamilton tribute. Nada Stejepanovic directed the video, which was filmed in Brooklyn and features choreography by Alicia Lundgren. The project was produced by Ross Baum, Ben Holtzman and Sammy Lopez with music for the video conceived, arranged and produced by Baum and Holtzman and inspired by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss’ original music and lyrics for the musical. Check out the performance below!center_img Hannah Corneaulast_img

Bar Foundation seeks director applicants

first_img December 1, 2012 Regular News Bar Foundation seeks director applicants The Florida Bar Foundation is seeking applicants for seven seats on its board of directors for terms starting July 2013 under the Florida Supreme Court approved governance plan. The plan calls for 18 members of the Foundation board to be selected in equal portions by the Supreme Court, The Florida Bar Board of Governors, and the board of directors of the Foundation.Six of the 18 at-large seats will be filled for three-year terms beginning July 1, 2013. The positions for which applicants are being sought currently are held by Roberto R. Pardo, Miami, and Patrick J. Casey, West Palm Beach (Foundation appointees), Dominic C. MacKenzie, Jacksonville, and Kathryn D. Weston, Daytona Beach (Florida Bar Board of Governors appointees), Anthony J. Carriuolo and Juliette Lippman, both of Ft. Lauderdale (Florida Supreme Court appointees). Casey, Weston, and Lippman are eligible for an additional term. The seventh at-large seat will fill the unexpired one-year term of John P. Kuder, Pensacola (Foundation appointee).Since 1981, the Foundation has been the administrator of the Florida Supreme Court’s IOTA Program. The Foundation board awards all grants, oversees the Foundation’s fundraising program, sets investment policies, Foundation policies generally, and adopts the annual operating budget.Applications for positions to be filled by the Supreme Court and the Foundation (at-large seats), may be obtained from the executive director of The Florida Bar Foundation, P.O. Box 1553, Orlando 32802-1553 (800-541-2195), or downloaded from the Foundation’s website, www.floridabarfoundation.org, under: About Us — Membership and Governance. Completed applications for these seats must be received by the Foundation by February 1, 2013. (The Florida Bar will give separate notice for the positions to be filled by the Board of Governors. Applicants for the Bar seats should contact the Bar directly or visit the Bar’s website. )The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors embraces the concept of diversity. A diverse membership makes the board stronger, and its work for the Foundation more relevant to the society in which we live. The Foundation strongly encourages minorities and persons with disabilities to apply for service on the board. To help achieve the broadest participation, The Florida Bar Foundation “Expense Reimbursement Policy” provides modest reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service for attorney members, and full reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service for public members and members of the judiciary.Applicants will be advised in writing by May 31, 2013, of action taken by the selecting authorities. Bar Foundation seeks director applicantslast_img read more

Successful ‘Don Draper’ type salesmen don’t achieve best figures

first_imgHowever, new research reveals that “ambiverts” – people who are neither introverted nor extroverted, but who fall somewhere in between – tend to be the most effective salespeople. Doctor Adam Grant, of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the United States, was driven to explore the relationship between sales and personality traits after realising there was a significant gap in research on the topic. Dr Grant, an expert on the science behind initiative, leadership, and work motivation and author ‘Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success’, said: “Although there are plenty of claims in the literature that more extroverted salespeople would perform better, the evidence was surprisingly weak.”Read the whole story: The Telegraph More of our Members in the Media >center_img The Telegraph:When people think of a stereotypical salesperson they’re likely to conjure up someone who’s extrovert, gregarious, and assertive – just like the dapper executive played by Jon Hamm.last_img read more

Experts: Regulatory issues are main reason for keeping smallpox virus

first_img US urges keeping stockpilesIn recent months experts have published a number of articles arguing for and against destroying the virus stocks. But the US and Russian officials who hold the real power to keep or destroy them have signaled that they’re not ready to get rid of them. The virus samples are held at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta and Russia’s State Research Center for Virology and Biotechnology in Novosibirsk. May 17 prepared remarks by HHS Secretary Sebelius The conventional smallpox vaccine, consisting of live vaccinia virus, a relative of variola, carries serious risks for some people, such as those who have eczema or weak immunity. Researchers, the report notes, have developed vaccines using attenuated vaccinia virus: modified vaccinia virus Ankara (MVA) and LC16m8. The US government has ordered 20 million doses of MVA (Imvamune) from Bavarian Nordic for the Strategic National Stockpile. In other judgments, the AGIES said live variola virus is not needed for further development of diagnostic tests and there is no public health need to sequence any more virus isolates. The group also said research on safer smallpox vaccines should continue. The WHA, composed of delegates from all WHO member countries, agreed in 1996 that the virus stocks should be destroyed. But the assembly has postponed calling for that step four times in response to the argument that more countermeasures research was needed. The delegates are scheduled to take up the issue on May 20. “We’re concerned that the smallpox virus may still exist outside the official repositories and could be released unintentionally or used as a bioweapon,” Sebelius said. “The WHO’s own review of the smallpox research program concluded definitively that additional research is needed to protect public health should this occur.” Sebelius told reporters that the virus stocks would be kept for at least another 5 years, according to an Associated Press report on her press conference yesterday. Other recent reports have said that Russian officials likewise favor keeping the virus samples. The expert panel, called the Advisory Group of Independent Experts (AGIES), made the recommendation after studying a lengthy report by a WHO committee on progress in smallpox research and development. Says the WHO should seek updated reports from all countries on their stocks of variola virus DNA WHO ACVVR report “Scientific Review of Variola Virus Research, 1999-2010” Countermeasures progressThe ACVVR report, which was released with the AGIES review in December, notes that progress has been made on two safer smallpox vaccines and three smallpox antiviral drugs. SIGA Technologies, maker of ST-246, announced last week that it was awarded a $433 million contract to provide 2 million doses for the US stockpile. The experts expressed doubts about the value of using variola virus to try to duplicate human smallpox in monkeys, saying this has led to “highly artificial models and outcomes that do not resemble human disease” and is also impractical, given the stringent regulations governing such research. Recommends that US and Russian authorities report to the WHO on which segments of variola DNA have been distributed to which laboratories The ACVVR report also notes that three antiviral drugs look promising for smallpox. The drugs—cidofovir, ST-246, and CMX001—inhibit variola replication in cell culture and multiple animal models. CMX001 is a cidofovir “prodrug” that can be given orally. On security issues, the AGIES report: That review, by the WHO’s Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research (ACVVR), said researchers made significant progress in developing vaccines and antivirals from 1999 to 2010, and it suggested that the continued use of variola virus in testing of these products would permit greater confidence in their efficacy. At the same time, the committee noted that it’s now technically possible to recreate the virus from scratch, since its genome has been sequenced. AGIES takes different viewThe AGIES report does not call for immediate destruction of the virus stocks, but the independent experts clearly saw much less of a case for keeping them. The 10 experts were from India, Oman, Brazil, China, Thailand, South Africa, Kenya, Australia, Germany, and Canada. Keeping samples to enhance researchThe ACVVR’s review of smallpox research says that smallpox vaccines can be tested against other orthopoxviruses in animals but that tests against the smallpox virus itself would provide better assurance of their effectiveness. The report was prepared by leading variola researchers. AGIES report “Comments on the Scientific Review of Variola Research, 1999-2010” “Since smallpox has been eradicated, the efficacy of new generation vaccines will need to be tested using poxviruses related to variola virus in animal protection studies, and safety and immunogenicity studies in humans,” the report states. “However, confidence in the ability of these vaccines to protect against smallpox would be increased by use of live variola virus for in vitro neutralization tests and non-human primate studies.”center_img The report takes a stronger stance on using variola virus in testing of antivirals: “Because smallpox . . . was eradicated by mass vaccination, the effectiveness of these drugs can only be demonstrated using variola virus-infected animal models in non-human primates.” Sebelius said keeping the virus samples is necessary to continue the research, whose results she vowed the United States would share widely. She added, “Let me be clear: We are committed to the eventual destruction of the virus stocks.” “It is now technically possible to synthesize the entire variola virus genome from scratch, using only publicly available sequence information, and to reconstitute infectious virus using currently available techniques of molecular biology,” it adds. The report goes on to suggest identifying a “limited number of strains of variola virus for such testing, and to retain only these for this limited use.” The experts, who were commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO), recommended in a report released quietly last December that researchers and regulatory authorities should work together to find new ways to test smallpox vaccines and antivirals so that the remaining stocks of variola (smallpox) virus can be destroyed. Calls for new strategies to address the potential for making of the variola virus from scratch, including adoption of national policies It adds that the only reason for trying to develop animal models of smallpox is “to meet the current stringent regulatory requirements.” The experts believe that “a more productive approach would be for the regulatory requirements for vaccine and drug approval for variola virus infection to be reconsidered, given that human infection with the virus no longer occurs.” On the other hand, the report says that the ACVVR’s argument that variola virus may be indispensable for testing antiviral drugs “appears reasonable, at least for in vitro testing.” The report summary states, “Assuming that regulatory issues around vaccine and drug testing are resolved, the only indication for use of live VARV [variola virus] is to test the efficacy of drugs in vitro.” Smallpox as a disease was eradicated in the 1970s, but supplies of the virus have been kept by the United States and Russia since then. Research on vaccines and antivirals has continued out of concern that terrorists might have secret supplies of the virus and try to use it in biological attacks. The panel “noted with concern that the only compelling scientific and public health reason to keep live variola stocks is to meet current restrictive regulatory requirements for vaccine and drug development,” the report states. “It, therefore, recommends that researchers and regulatory authorities meet and jointly define future alternative models for testing vaccines and drugs against variola virus, in preparation for destruction of variola stocks.” May 18, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – When the World Health Assembly (WHA) considers the fate of the remaining stocks of smallpox virus this week, the debate is likely to be framed in part by a report from a group of independent experts that says the only strong reason for keeping the virus is to satisfy strict regulatory requirements for new vaccines and antivirals. While suggesting that keeping the virus stockpiles would enhance countermeasures research, the report also points out that it’s now possible to synthesize the virus. Nearly complete genome information is now available for 48 geographically distinct variola isolates, it says. The ACVVR was less certain about the need to use variola virus to validate new diagnostic tests for smallpox. The report says many diagnostic assays, most of the using nucleic acids, have been developed, but none have been approved for clinical use. “The possible need for live variola virus for regulatory review of assays is being discussed at the time of writing,” it says. See also: The WHO has an emergency stockpile of 32.6 million doses of smallpox vaccine stored in Switzerland, according to an online report related to the WHA meeting. Nearly all (92%) of the stockpile is “second-generation” vaccine. Five member states—France, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States—have pledged another 31 million doses to the WHO if needed. “Therefore, AGIES felt that it may be more appropriate to focus on improving the animal models that use infection with other orthopoxviruses,” such as monkeypox, cowpox, rabbitpox, and mousepox viruses, “since these appear to be appropriate and adequate surrogates of human variola virus infection,” the report says. Report of the ACVVR’s 12th meeting in November 2010 Two days ago US officials at the WHA meeting introduced a resolution to retain the virus stocks, US Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in remarks she prepared for a press briefing yesterday. Report by the WHO Secretariat to the WHA on smallpox stocks issuelast_img read more

U.S. Auto Parts Taps Financial Industry Veteran Barry Emerson as CFO

first_imgCARSON, CA — U.S. Auto Parts, an Internet-direct marketer of automotive aftermarket collision replacement parts and accessories, announced the hiring of Barry Emerson as its new vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer. With more than 20 years of experience in finance management, Emerson will manage its financial affairs along with supporting the strategic planning, future business development and growth. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“I am very excited to be working with the U.S. Auto Parts team and look forward to helping lay the ground work necessary for the company to meet its future growth plans,” Emerson said. “I will work with the executive team to further develop the company’s long-term strategic plan, focusing on profitable growth, enhancement of the internal control environment, and establishing a sound financial infrastructure.” The management at U.S. Auto Parts is very confident in Barry’s financial direction,” stated Sol Khazani, founder of U.S. Auto Parts. “He will be a great asset to the team and we are happy to have him on board.” From 1999 to his current role at U.S. Auto Parts, Emerson was the CFO of Elite Information Group, a fast growing $100 million software developer. Elite’s annual revenue growth averaged nearly 20 percent during his tenure. Prior to Elite he was vice president and corporate controller at Wyle Electronics for 15 years. Wyle was a $1.7 billion public electronics distribution company with international operations. Emerson is a Certified Public Accountant with an MBA in Finance from UCLA. He earned his Bachelors degree in Accounting from California State University, Long Beach. His public accounting experience was gained while working for Arthur Andersen LLP. Advertisement_______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

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Wison, VGS Sign LNG FRU Contract

first_imgWison Offshore & Marine announced the award of a binding agreement with Vessel Gasification Solutions (VGS) of New Jersey, USA, for the supply of the industry’s first barge-based floating LNG regasification unit (FRU) to be installed offshore India.The FRU, which will be owned by VGS, will consist of a newbuild, non-propelled barge equipped to perform the regasification and send out of a maximum of 1,000MMscf/d of gas. The facility will be moored on a jetty structure located approximately 8km offshore Andhra Pradesh on India’s eastern coast, to the northeast of the Kakinada Anchorage Port, alongside a permanent floating storage unit (FSU) that will be used as the LNG offloading point for trading tankers. Furthermore, the FRU will be adequately sized to allow for the future expansion of the regasification capability by an additional 750MMscf/d of gas within the next few years in order to meet the rapidly growing natural gas requirements in the region.Under the agreement, Wison Offshore & Marine affiliates will be responsible for the turnkey engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) of the unit and will lead the project from its Shanghai operational center with construction to be performed at Wison’s wholly-owned fabrication facility located in Nantong, China.“With the execution of this agreement, Wison has allowed VGS to significantly increase the first-mover advantage we have established on India’s East Coast,” said Gaurav Tiwari, President of VGS. “Taken with the appointment of Exmar to operate and manage the Kakinada LNG Import Terminal, along with the finalization of the Project’s insurance structuring, stitching up these three critical milestones keeps with the fast-track timetable with which we are driving the project forward. Now, with Wison and Exmar partnered for the Project’s implementation we can continue to move forward briskly, but also with great certitude.”“We are very excited to be moving forward with VGS on this project and provide another innovative LNG facility to the market,” added L. Dwayne Breaux, President of Wison Offshore & Marine “The FRU will be the integral part of VGS’s plan to meet a significant energy need in the Indian market. The fact that VGS has entrusted the delivery of this unit to Wison is a testament to our strong relationship with this key player in the LNG market and our growing position in the industry as a trusted supplier of LNG facilities.”[mappress]LNG World News Staff, January 21, 2014; Image: VGSlast_img read more