Aker Solutions likely to slash 6,000 jobs in Norway amid COVID-19 and low oil price crises

first_img Aker Solutions announces various measures to tackle COVID-19 and low oil price issues. (Credit: Aker Solutions) Aker Solutions revealed that it could temporarily lay off up to 6,000 employees in Norway as part of the various measures it is taking up in response to the COVID-19 situation and the declining oil prices.The company said that it submitted notice of the potential need of the layoffs in the country. It has already temporarily laid off 400 employees in Norway and 250 employees in the UK owing to the current health crisis across the world.Besides, the company has demobilised nearly 3,000 contractors in Norway, including 700 non-Nordic contractors from Egersund and Sandnessjøen, to adhere to the new national and customer restrictions.Overall, the company employs nearly 16,000 people in over 20 countries.The Norwegian engineering firm said that it is looking to mitigate the impact of the slowdown in activity level caused by the coronavirus outbreak and the increased uncertainty after the drop in commodity prices and demand for oil and gas.The company claimed that it has the organisation, resources, competence, and assets to sustain current and new activity levels launched by its clients.Aker Solutions CEO comments on the company’s measuresAker Solutions CEO Luis Araujo said: “The first months of 2020 have been unlike anything we have previously experienced. The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the sharp drop in demand for oil and gas, has caused significant disruption to the global economy and left societies around the world grappling with new ways of working and living.“The global energy sector has been hit particularly hard, and at Aker Solutions we are doing our utmost to mitigate the effects for employees, customers, shareholders and other stakeholders worldwide.”The company said that it will cut down its investments significantly in 2020, from the original plan of around NOK750m ($72.71m) to nearly NOK500m ($48.47m).Aker Solutions will also look to consolidate its subsea tree production to Brazil and Malaysia as part of the cost-cutting measures. As part of this, the company will no longer manufacture subsea trees at its Tranby site outside Oslo, Norway after 2020, which removes market capacity of nearly 60 subsea tree equivalents per year. Aker Solutions, in response to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, has already laid off 650 employees across Norway and the UKlast_img read more

Navy Commissions USS San Diego

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Navy Commissions USS San Diego View post tag: USS View post tag: News by topic May 22, 2012 Navy Commissions USS San Diego View post tag: San View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: Diego View post tag: commissions View post tag: Naval The U.S. Navy commissioned the latest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) during a ceremony in San Diego, May 19.The ship is named for the city of San Diego, principal homeport of the Pacific fleet, and honors the people of “America’s Finest City” and its leaders for their continuous support of the military.The ship will be homeported here. It is the only ship in the Navy homeported in its namesake city. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders presented the commanding officer of San Diego, Cmdr. Kevin P. Meyers, with the key to the city, saying it was, “in honor of welcoming America’s finest ship to America’s Finest City.”Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, delivered the ceremony’s principal address. He said that San Diego and her crew are coming into the Navy at an important time.“Our expectations for this ship are very high,” said Ferguson. “It arrives at a time when nearly half of our ships are underway on a given day; when we are surging forces to the Middle East to deter the threat of aggression; when we are rebalancing our forces to the Pacific; and when we face increasingly complex, and global, security challenges in an uncertain fiscal environment. “Take a good look at this ship because she will be very busy,” said Ferguson. “Her time will be consumed fulfilling the tenets of our Navy. She will focus on war fighting, she will operate forward and she will spend her time being ready. This is our charge to the fleet, and the expectation of our nation that our Navy be ready to answer the call to defend freedom on the seas.”Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt, commander Naval Surface Forces, said he admired the work the crew put into making this ship a reality.“Thank you for the dedication, professionalism and perseverance you have displayed over the years as you brought this ship to commissioning,” Hunt said. “USS San Diego … always keep warfighting first. I promise that you will operate forward. I charge you to always be ready. It is demanded by the surface warfare profession and a mandate for a ship with this incredible capability.”The ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Linda Winter, wife of former Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter, gave the order to the ship’s approximately 377 officers and enlisted personnel to, “man our ship and bring her to life.” With that order, the crew began a spirited charge up the brow to take responsibility for the Navy’s newest warship. Marines from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif., soon joined the Sailors to man the rails of the ship, as a show of the Navy/Marine Corps team that will serve aboard.After his ship was manned and brought to life, Meyers told the audience that the San Diego memorabilia donated to the ship by the city, including street signs, was proof that, “the city has open its heart to us and we are truly, truly appreciative.”Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class (SW) Joshua Cuevas said he was proud to be part of the ship’s first crew, traditionally known as a “plankowner” because they were present as the ship was being built. “It took a lot of hard work in building this ship so to be a plankowner is an overwhelming achievement,” he said Cuevas, a Miami native.Cuevas added that having a ship named for San Diego is fitting.“The city has always supports the Navy and having a ship named for the city of San Diego in San Diego is a way of giving back,” he said.Built by Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula, Miss., San Diego is 684 feet in length, has an overall beam of 105 feet, a navigational draft of 23 feet, displaces about 24,900 tons and is capable of embarking a landing force of about 800 Marines. Four turbo-charged diesel engines power the ship to sustained speeds in excess of 22 knots.San Diego is the sixth amphibious transport dock ship in the San Antonio class and the fourth ship to carry the name. Her principal mission is to deploy combat and support elements of Marine Expeditionary Units and Brigades. With the capability of transporting and debarking air cushion or conventional landing craft and augmented by helicopters or MV-22 vertical take-off and landing aircraft, these ships support amphibious assault, special operations, and expeditionary warfare missions. The ship will provide improved warfighting capabilities including an advanced command-and-control suite, increased lift capability, increased vehicle and cargo-carrying capacity, and advanced ship survivability features.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, May 22, 2012; Image: US Navy Industry newslast_img read more

Made in America: Artists and Craftsmen Show Off Their Handiwork

first_imgCustomers browse through the array of hand-made items at the Spring Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts. By Donald WittkowskiAs little girls growing up in Delaware, sisters Cheryl Eashum and Sue Lemmons would scour the beaches for shells, sea glass and old wood washed up by the surf.Their shell-hunting days along the Delaware Bay continued into their adulthood, a habit that eventually led to Lemmons’ garage filling up with all of their beachcombing keepsakes.Tired of the clutter gathering in the garage, Lemmons’ husband gave them an ultimatum: “Do something with it or get rid of it,” Eashum recalled, laughing.Those words were the inspiration for SeaGals Gallery of Delaware, a business owned by Eashum and Lemmons that transforms shells and sea glass collected on the beaches into jewelry, art and trinkets.Eashum and Lemmons were among 62 vendors who sold an array of handcrafted items Saturday and Sunday at the 15th annual Spring Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts at the Music Pier in Ocean City. Everything was American-made.“There are no items from China,” said JoAnne Schaut, the show producer. “All of these people put their heart and soul into making their own crafts.”Among other items, Cheryl Eashum and her sister, Sue Lemmons, sold colorfully decorated seashell ornaments and jewelry.The estimated 1,500 show attendees who strolled through the Music Pier over the weekend were treated to rows of handcrafted jewelry, glassware, cups, plates, toys, artwork, household items and much, much more.Eashum, of Wyoming, Del., and Lemmons, of Magnolia, Del., showed off their colorfully designed jewelry made from old oyster, clam, scallop and conch shells found along the Delaware Bay, the Jersey Shore and Sanibel Island in Florida.“It’s whatever we find at low tide,” Eashum explained. “Sometimes, we find a lot. Other times, we don’t find anything. We go as often as we can.”While Eashum and Lemmons comb the beaches for the raw materials needed for their business, sisters Vicki Craw and Susan Marshall hit the garage sales, estate sales and thrift stores in search of the odds and ends that they turn into handcrafted bird feeders and bird houses.“We use things that were old, unused and unwanted,” said Marshall, of Langhorne, Pa. “Our biggest thing is giving life to something old.”Craw and Marshall call their business Chirpin’ China. Their multilevel and colorful bird feeders are made from such things as tea cups, coffee mugs, glass dinner plates, saucers and China bowls. The plates and saucers serve as a landing spot for birds, while the tea cups, mugs and bowls hold the food.Vicki Craw, left, and her sister, Susan Marshall, specialize in handcrafted bird feeders and bird houses.“People will usually say to us, ‘What a creative idea. How do you make this?’” said Craw, of Mount Laurel, N.J.Flying J Metal Art & Fabrication is another example of how a creative mind can turn unwanted items into artwork. It was started three years ago by John Eckbold, a 28-year-old Egg Harbor Township man who was born with spina bifida, a spine disorder.Eckbold has endured numerous surgeries and hospitalizations over the years. His mother, Connie Eckbold, explained that her son’s creative side surfaced unexpectedly after he lost his job three years ago.“One day, we ran into John’s art teacher from high school. The teacher said, ‘I always knew he had something in him. He just needed the right medium,’” Connie Eckbold said.A welder, John Eckbold taught himself to make whimsically designed metal artwork using, among other things, old horseshoes that come from the farms and blacksmiths near the Eckbolds’ home in Egg Harbor Township.His creations include garden art, flags, peace signs, welcome signs, surf boards and a series of comical, wide-eyed animals made out of horseshoes.“People will ask him, ‘Can you make it?’ He’ll tell them, ‘I’ll try.’ From there, it has really multiplied,” Connie Eckbold said of the public’s interest in her son’s creations.Connie Eckbold waits on customers buying one of the whimsical art pieces created by her son, John Eckbold.last_img read more

Roger Waters Takes On Donald Trump In New Footage From ‘Us + Them’ Tour Rehearsal

first_imgRoger Waters has always been clear about his feelings about President Donald J. Trump. The Pink Floyd bassist has a long history of speaking out against political corruptness, and since before Trump was elected, Waters has been very clear expressing his anti-Trump stance. In October of last year, Waters performed in Mexico City and used the song “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” as a vehicle to express his outrage at the then-presidential candidate. During his Mexico City performance, Waters released hundreds of thousands of inflatable pigs onto the crowd while he performed to a backdrop of images of Trump giving the Nazi salute and surrounded by members of the KKK—Waters famously reposted the footage from that performance on Inauguration Day.Pink Floyd-Inspired Flying Pigs Will Block Chicago’s Trump Tower For A Day This SummerA few months ago, Roger Waters announced a massive world tour dubbed Us + Them, which will see the bassist travel extensively across the United States with over forty dates. Now, footage from tour rehearsals of Waters’ Us + Them tour has been leaked, and the outspoken musician has no plans to stop taking shots at Donald Trump. Again, the song “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” off Pink Floyd’s 1977 Animals was used as the medium to carry out Waters’ Trump takedown. During the eleven-minute performance of the song, neon pop-art images of Trump appeared, depicting the president with breasts, in a Klan hood, wearing lipstick, exposing a micropenis, with the head of a pig, and finally, with the word “charade” written across his face.During the rehearsal performance at Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the screen also showed a giant robotic flying pig as well as some of Trump’s quotes on record about women, his daughter Ivanka, his border wall, 9/11, taxes, and more. The video also projected images of Donald Trump with dollars signs over his eyes and saying the word, “I won!” and ended with the words “Fuck Trump” across the screen. The Trump-themed imagery continued in the songs “Money” and “Us and Them” as well. You can watch videos of Roger Waters’ rehearsal below. “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” [Video courtesy of markit aneight “Comfortably Numb”[Video courtesy of markit aneight]“Time”[Video courtesy of Dan Morgan]“Wish You Were Here”[Video courtesy of Dan Morgan]“Another Brick In The Wall”[Video courtesy of Dan Morgan]“Great Gig In The Sky”[Video courtesy of Leon Feingold][H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Kyle Hollingsworth Talks The String Cheese Incident’s 25th Anniversary, Surprises In Store For New Year’s Run

first_imgColorado jam favorites The String Cheese Incident are about to embark on a major milestone….their 25th-anniversary celebration! Beginning with a New Year’s run at Broomfield, CO’s 1STBANK Center on December 28th, 29th, and 31st (get tickets here!), SCI will commence what is already looking to be a massive silver anniversary celebration in 2019.While they will welcome no direct support for the New Year’s run, Cheese has announced a number of special guests set to join them during their own sets. Bluegrass brethren Sam Bush and Darol Anger will be featured guests on the 28th, and Robert Randolph and Dumpstaphunk’s Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, and Tony Hall will help bring out the funkier side of The String Cheese Incident on the 29th. Outside of the 1STBANK Center shows, the band has announced multi-night runs in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, St. Louis, New Orleans during Jazz Fest, and New York…all places that have played a role in the growth and evolution of the band. And there is still more to come, as SCI gears up for a particularly busy year.Over the years, the group has always been able to stay one step ahead when it comes to creating unique experiences for their fans, from their storied Horning’s Hideout events to their return from hiatus at Rothbury in 2009 (which would go on to become Electric Forest) to the now-annual Suwannee Hulaween celebration down in Florida. All the while, the band has worked with some of the best production teams in the world to create unforgettable spectacles for fans of all genres to enjoy and revel in.With a sound that has evolved from a more traditional bluegrass sound in the early Rocky Mountain years to incorporate funk, electronic, and world music influences, The String Cheese Incident has, for better or worse, embraced the change and found ways to allow the musical tastes of each band member to shine brightly throughout their history. 25 years is no easy feat for any band, making this celebration that much more special for the potent sextet of Billy Nershi, Michael Kang, Kyle Hollingsworth, Keith Moseley, Michael Travis, and Jason Hann.We caught up with keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth to discuss the “then” and “now,” the band’s recent creative songwriting technique by way of their Sound Lab studio, and what else is on the horizon for the gentlemen of Cheese.“Rivertrance” – NYE 2013 [Pro-Shot][Video: The String Cheese Incident]Live For Live Music: The band is still regularly creating new music, and very much still on the road. Are you guys having as much fun now as you did back in the day? What are some differences between then and now?Kyle Hollingsworth: It’s like any relationship, really. Almost like being married. There is this new kind of love and infatuation those first few years, a wild sort of fun. And then things evolve, people change, but your love changes and you react accordingly to those changes. With a band, you are dealing with multiple personalities, and sometimes just need to practice and jam for an hour or so for everyone to get back on the same page after being away from it for a little bit.With the Kyle Hollingsworth Band, I get to go out on the road and see younger bands like Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Twiddle, and it’s exciting to see that younger fan base go wild at shows. Things are certainly different 25 years into it for us, but certainly not different in a bad way. It’s still as much fun as it’s always been.[Photo: ontheDL Photography]L4LM: Congrats on dropping the “Manga” official release last Friday, which was inspired by Cameroonian bassist Andre Manga. Who brought that idea to the songwriters’ table?KH: That was an idea that Jason brought to the table, and we had a lot of fun with it. Especially with the video, all of us just fooling around and keeping things silly. With songwriting over the last six months or so, we are each taking the lead at points on various songs and going from there. We have now released Jason’s “Manga”, a Travis song, a Keith song, and now we’re at the Sound Lab working on Kang’s next song. It’s fun in that we all are taking creative control and letting things flow.“Manga” – SCI Sound Lab (Single)[Video: The String Cheese Incident]L4LM: It seems like the Sound Lab has been the definition of a creative space for the band since being built, and has allowed the band to be constantly releasing new music.KH: The Sound Lab has been incredible for us. We come together when the time is right, write music, and release a song when it’s ready, instead of releasing a whole album, which seems to be a dying art form, sadly.L4LM: On the album note, do you think that releasing singles only has been good for the band, as far as songs getting the attention and listens they deserve?KH: I do think that has been a really good thing, come to think of it. Sometimes songs get lost in the shuffle of a full album. It definitely works for us, for sure.L4LM: It looks like 2019 is gearing up to be a big one for SCI. Jamaica, Vegas, Jazz Fest, Tahoe, The Cap, The Fox in St. Louis, and more. Already seems like a busier-than-usual year for the band. Are there still announcements in store?KH: With celebrating 25 years, we really wanted to return to some of the places that have always been special to us and fun to play. Vegas, Jazz Fest, The Fox, and those spots have always provided something a little extra for us as a band. It’s going to be a fun year, without a doubt, with more to be announced as things progress.L4LM: SCI just announced special guests for the New Year’s run as well, with Sam Bush & Darol Anger (12/28) and Robert Randolph, Ivan & Ian Neville, and Tony Hall (12/29) set to join in. How have these guys played a role in the Cheese sound over the years, and what can we expect from those sit-ins?KH: I’m really amped to be bringing those guys, who have all influenced us in some way over the years, to join us on stage. The New Year’s run is going to be a lot of fun, as we will be creating a very immersive experience for all three nights, with things happening throughout the entire 1stBANK Center. Jason came up with some ideas based on his experience at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which were super cool. We’ll also have some old videos of the band playing over the years and some new stuff that you’ll just have to wait and see.L4LM: Do you still have those profound moments with the band after all of these years?KH: There [are] still profound moments on every tour, but on this last tour, for instance, it was the second-to-last night on one of the runs. And it always seems to work out that way. With the last night of some runs, people have home and family on their minds, but the second-to-last night, everything just comes together and everyone’s energy just connects. We were on the bus after one show, in particular, and we all just clicked on a whole other level. I always recommend coming to see the second-to-last night….things always mesh and go off just a little bit more, for some reason.L4LM: SCI has done these wonderfully curated and very creatively “Cheese-like” events such as Horning’s, Electric Forest, Hulaween, etc. Are there other events like these on the horizon?KH: We are always looking at new ideas and ways to create these “magic spaces” for both the fans and band alike. It’s something that has always been important to us as a band. In retrospect, I remember being younger at Grateful Dead shows, or some festival, and camping on concrete and just having a different experience altogether. Great times, but different. As a band, we have always tried to take those experiences and create something that the fans would love and feel comfortable and safe in to enhance their experience. And it has been fun working with the right people to make that happen, and continue to do so. So, in short, yes….we are constantly thinking about those types of events, and there is always something new on the horizon to explore.L4LM: You also have your annual Hoppy Holidays event with your own Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Lyle Divinsky of The Motet, Exmag, Casual Commander, at Cervantes AND The Other Side next Saturday, Dec. 8th. Sounds like a blast!KH: It’s crazy to think that is coming up next week already! I was just speaking to Lyle from The Motet about some song ideas for us to collaborate on, and it’s going to be a lot of fun. He has great energy, and guys like him and Dom Lalli (Big Gigantic) have such a way to get the crowd amped up, whereas I’m like, “Hey, thanks for coming, it’s going to be a great time, and we have awesome beer here!” Guys like that are able to command their space and bring something else to the stage.[Photo: ontheDL Photography]L4LM: And Hoppy Holidays, as always, will be featuring some collaborative beers you did with various breweries. For this event, you teamed up with both Joyride Brewing Company and New Image Brewing for the Brut IPA and Imperial Stout, respectively.KH: YES! I am such a beer nerd. I’m really excited for the Brut IPA. It’s taking that crisp dryness of a champagne and merging it with an IPA. I’m really excited about that. And the Imperial Stout makes for a great winter beer, with both lavender and blueberry being infused into that mix.L4LM: Best of luck with the 25th-anniversary celebration, Kyle! Thanks for your time.KH: Thanks so much!The String Cheese Incident’s 25th anniversary will begin during their New Year’s run at Broomfield, CO’s 1STBANK Center on December 28th, 29th, and 31st. Tickets are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For additional information and event updates, join the Facebook Event page.For more information on New Year’s run and more String Cheese Incident 25th-anniversary celebrations, head to the band’s website here.last_img read more

Biden asks high court to put off wall, asylum cases

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has asked the Supreme Court to put off arguments over two controversial Trump administration policies that have been challenged in court now that President Joe Biden has taken steps to unwind them. The Justice Department asked the justices Monday to cancel arguments on Feb. 22 in a case over President Donald Trump’s decision to divert billions of dollars in taxpayer money to construction of portions of a wall along the border with Mexico. The new administration made a similar request for arguments set for a week later over the Trump policy that forced asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings.last_img

Billy & Ray, Starring Vincent Kartheiser & Larry Pine, Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Rounding out the cast are Sophie von Haselberg as Wilder’s long-suffering secretary and Drew Gehling as a beleaguered studio chief. Billy & Ray charts the birth of the film noir genre. The comedy follows literary odd couple writer-director Billy Wilder (Kartheiser) and novelist Raymond Chandler (Pine) as they contentiously collaborate to adapt the novel Double Indemnity for the silver screen. Set in 1940s Hollywood, Billy & Ray is the true story of how two brilliant and thorny artists battled the Hollywood censors and each other to create a groundbreaking movie classic. Billy & Ray Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser and Broadway vet Larry Pine officially open in the New York premiere of Billy & Ray on October 20. Mike Bencivenga’s new show, directed by the legendary Garry Marshall, will play a limited engagement through November 23 at off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre. Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014last_img read more

Peter Pan Live! Star Allison Williams Says a Tearful Farewell to Her Lost Boys

first_imgWhat happened in Neverland after the curtain came down on NBC’s Peter Pan Live! telecast on December 4? Girls star Allison Williams assembled the Lost Boys for a tearful huddle and a final farewell backstage. Peter Pan Live! player James Brown III captured this photo of the emotional moment and posted it on his Twitter page. We’ll miss you, boys—hope to see you on Broadway soon! View Commentslast_img

The Stars of Kingdom Come Prep for Their Off-Broadway Premiere

first_img Kingdom Come Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 18, 2016 View Comments Jenny Rachel Weiner’s new play Kingdom Come focuses on venturing into the wild world of online dating to find a meaningful human connection. Helmed by Kip Fagan, the off-Broadway production features Socorro Santiago, Alex Hernandez, Carmen Herlihy, Crystal Finn and Stephanie Styles. The world premiere will play a limited engagement October 7 through December 18. Opening night is set for November 2 at Roundabout Underground’s Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. Take a peek at our cast pic and be sure to catch the play that delves into the identities we hide and reveal online!center_img Kip Fagan, Socorro Santiago, Alex Hernandez, Carmen Herlihy, Crystal Finn, Stephanie Styles & Jenny Rachel Weiner(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Related Showslast_img read more

The best coaching question in the world

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If I were to give unsolicited advice to anyone who wants to be a better coach, the best thing I could tell them, ironically enough, is that they ought to give less advice and ask more questions.That’s my coaching mantra in a nutshell. Say less, ask more.And if I had to narrow in and offer the best coaching question in the world, it would be the AWE question: And what else?These three words are so simple, but you’d be surprised at their effect. Asking “And what else?” keeps you quiet (thereby providing less advice) and encourages your employee to come up with more—more ideas, more (and hopefully better) possibilities and options. Better options influence better decisions, and better decisions lead to greater success. The AWE question works as a boost in most coaching conversations. continue reading »last_img read more