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Norway: Bergen Group Vest Elektro Gets New Contract

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Norway: Bergen Group Vest Elektro Gets New Contract View post tag: New View post tag: Elektro View post tag: Naval View post tag: contract View post tag: News by topic View post tag: gets Norway: Bergen Group Vest Elektro Gets New Contract View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: Group View post tag: Bergen View post tag: Vest January 30, 2012 View post tag: Norway Industry news Bergen Group Vest Elektro has been awarded the contact for the electrical design and installations on the multi-functional vessel number 2 to be built at Fitjar Mekaniske Verksted AS for the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA). The contract is a fulfillment of an option from April 2011 when the company signed a contract for similar work on the first of the two new buildings to the NCA.The total contract value for Bergen Group Vest Elektro on these two vessels is estimated at NOK 17-20 million. The work scope on the first vessel will be completed in Q1 2012, and for vessel number two the work scope will be carried out in Q4 2012 and Q1 2013.“This contract will contribute to a further development of the good cooperation between Bergen Group Vest Elektro and Fitjar Mekaniske Verksted AS. We look forward to contribute to the process of delivering two top modern and innovative multifunctional vessels to the Norwegian Coastal Administration” says general manager Paul Tveitevåg at Bergen Group Vest Elektro.Bergen Group Vest Elektro is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bergen Group ASA and included in the division Bergen Group Services. The company has within few years evolved to become an important player in the design and delivery of advanced electrical systems for maritime and offshore industry. Bergen Group Vest Elektro has approximately 50 employees, and is headquartered in Bergen.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 30, 2012; Image: fmvaslast_img read more

Statement to Parliament: Response to advice on the use of wheelchair spaces onboard buses

first_img That the Public Service Vehicles (Conduct of Drivers, Inspectors, Conductors and Passengers) Regulations 1990 (the Conduct Regulations) are amended to enable drivers to remove passengers from the bus who unreasonably refuse to move when requested from the wheelchair space Government believes that where people live, shop, go out, or park their car should not be determined by their disability and recognises the importance of accessible transport networks in supporting disabled people to live independent lives and fulfil their potential.In January 2017 the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the case of Paulley vs FirstGroup PLC, concerning the “reasonable adjustments” which must be provided by bus operators to enable wheelchair users to access the on-board wheelchair space.The Supreme Court judgment states that FirstGroup’s policy with regard to use of the wheelchair space was insufficient to meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, and that bus drivers should be required to do more than simply request that a person vacates the wheelchair space, including suspending the journey if needed. The judgment did not provide clarity on precisely what action a service provider should require its drivers to take or how the needs of both passengers in wheelchairs and other bus users, disabled or otherwise, should be taken into account.In order to understand the implications of the judgment for disabled people, the bus industry and other passengers, and to identify actions for government and others to take to ensure that required adjustments can be provided on buses we established a stakeholder ‘Task and Finish Group on the Use of Wheelchair Spaces on Buses’ (the group).The group’s report to ministers stated that: The group agreed that that whilst wheelchair users should be granted access to the on-board wheelchair space they may not be the only passengers who rely on using it, but that where other passengers do not have such a need they should be expected to vacate the space in order that it can be occupied by a wheelchair user.The group made 4 specific recommendations: That conditions of carriage and disability awareness training best practice guidance are updated to reflect the fact that passengers will be required to move from the wheelchair space should it be required by a passenger in a wheelchair The associated guidance is amended to better reflect the behaviours expected from drivers and passengers with respect to use of the wheelchair spacecenter_img Further work is conducted to consider how best to raise public awareness of the behaviours expected from passengers with respect to the wheelchair space, for example a public awareness campaign, or improved signage on buses Our view is that drivers need to play an active role in ensuring that the wheelchair space is made available for passengers in wheelchairs, which includes requiring other passengers to move where necessary, but that drivers also need more powers than they have currently to enable them to do this effectively. I am grateful to the group for their careful consideration of this complex issue.Government agrees with the group that the wheelchair space should be available to those who need it and that the balance of measures proposed, supporting bus drivers to facilitate access to the wheelchair space, and creating an environment where the needs of disabled passengers are recognised and respected should help to overcome the barriers still faced by some disabled people when using bus services.In accepting the group’s recommendations in principle we will begin a process of further engagement to understand the specific experiences of a range of stakeholders affected by the wheelchair space issue, including wheelchair users, parents travelling with young children, and bus drivers – with a view to bringing forward a package of measures in 2018, informed by the group’s recommendations and our further consideration, to support access to the wheelchair space.Disabled people make 10 times as many journeys by bus as by rail, and it is essential that the services they rely upon to access education, employment, social and leisure activities are accessible to them. We hope that in supporting access to the wheelchair space for those who need it we will help many more disabled people to travel with confidence.Copies of the Task and Finish Group’s report to ministers and accompanying letter have been placed in the House libraries.last_img read more

New York-based teams sweep titles

first_img… Toronto Cup II climaxes with low-scoring affairsBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada –Three players who featured prominently in the Ontario Masters Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) inaugural Toronto Cup, were again at the forefront as their respective teams secured victories when the second edition climaxed at the picturesque University of Toronto ground here on Sunday.In 2015, skipper Anil Beharry, with a fine bowling display which earned him the man-of-the-match award, propelled New York Enforcers to the Open title. This time around, he was again brilliant with the ball as his team New York SVC Mafia defeated their counterparts New York Softball Cricket League (NYSCL) All Stars by five wickets to claim the Open championship.Similarly, it was the batting of former Guyana Under-19 player Troy Gobin and former Canadian player Desmond Cholmondeley with scores of 43 not out and 36 respectively which ensured Our Own’s success versus Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) two years ago.Donning colours for New York Hustlers on Sunday, Gobin (35 not out) and Cholmondeley unbeaten on 40, featured in an unbroken 75-run second-wicket stand which took their team to an easy nine-wicket win over the Ontario Masters Softball International (OMSI) and with it, the Masters crown.Unlike the previous day when the weather was unusually cold for this time of the year, Sunday was picture perfect for cricket but low scores were the order of the day as no teams reached a hundred.The all-New York Open affair, saw NYSCL All Stars bat first and bundled out for a paltry 84 in 19.3 overs with only three players reaching double figures, Jumadeen (15), Nigel Greaves (15) and former Guyana player Damodar Daesrath (11).SVC Mafia skipper Anil Beharry receives the winning Open trophy from Emma Sunich, daughter of Trophy Stall proprietor Ramesh Sunich.NYSCL started disastrously, losing both openers in the first over, Amar Singh (0) going via run-out and Vickey Subkaran (one) caught off the bowling of Sewchand Budhu. Thereafter, it was a struggle as SVC were never let off the hook as Beharry (two for eight), Azad Azeez (two for eight) and Budhu (two for 12) restricted them to 84.Needing just over fours runs per over to achieve victory, SVC Mafia batted sensibly to secure an easy win with four overs to spare, losing five wickets in the process. Rooplall Singh (18), Sarfraz Esau (15) and Budhu (14 not out) were the top scorers.It was all New York Hustlers in the day’s opening encounter as OMSI failed to live up to the pre-game hype, much to the disappointment of their home fans, after defeating pre-tournament favourites GFSCA in Saturday’s semi-final.Set 99 for victory, after dismissing OMSI for 98 in 19 overs, New York Hustlers raced to 100 for one in just 14 overs with Gobin and Cholmondeley sharing an enterprising second-wicket partnership of 75 after captain and former Guyana Under-19 player Shameer Sadloo (five) had departed in the sixth over with 25 on the board. The lone wicket went to Jesh Parasnauth.Earlier, a superb opening spell by Satrohan ‘Blade’ Balkarran, who sent back skipper Shiv Seeram and Sunil Dhaniram (0) in the fifth over, broke the back of the OMSI innings from which they never fully recovered.It took a sixth-wicket stand of 37 between Parasnauth (29) and Terry Mathura (eight) to bring some respectability to the score but once the two departed the innings folded quickly. Parasnauth, who dominated the partnership, struck three fours.Balkarran was ably supported by Eustace Dodson who claimed the last four wickets for a mere 10 runs from his two overs while Ronald Evelyn chipped in with two for 27 from his four.At the impressive presentation ceremony which followed, the victorious team in the Masters category received US$2500 and the trophy while they were also in receipt of an additional US$500, compliments of Canada-based Guyanese Surendra Persaud. Runners-up OMSI collected US$300 and a trophy.The Open category saw SVC Mafia receive US$2000 and a trophy while the runners-up got US$200 and a trophy. Beharry was named man-of-the-match for his impressive bowling in the Open final while Budhu gained the Most Valuable Player award for his nine wickets and score of 84 runs from four games.Dodson copped the man-of-the-match in the Masters division while Balkarran’s sterling bowling efforts, which saw him bag 10 wickets for 37 runs in five matches, earned him the MVP award.Shiv Seeram, the only player to score a century in the tournament, was awarded for his magnificent undefeated 114.All the trophies and medals were sponsored by Trophy Stall (Guyana) and Toronto and on hand to assist with the presentation were proprietor Ramesh Sunich and daughter Emma.last_img read more

Turning the page: Carol Folt promises a student-driven presidency

first_img These strategies — collaborative learning, effective listening — are not limited to the classroom. Folt hopes to bring them to her tenure as president to ensure students feel represented at the University. Though Folt is the first woman president at USC, she views the role as the collective accomplishment of female leaders who have come before her. It comes as no surprise that her decorated career played a role in her unanimous vote-in by the Board of Trustees, but her experience dealing with national scrutiny and campus controversies are what makes her most qualified to inherit a University that would especially benefit from her fortitude. Folt officially assumed the presidency July 1, just one of a few milestones that have marked her transformative summer. “There’s a lot of facts you teach in science, but what I learned in science is changing so rapidly,” Folt said. “When you are in fields like this that are changing all the time, you learn very quickly that the way to teach is not to think you know, but to bring people in and … listen to them.” THE EDUCATOR “I know that most of you feel that if we don’t do something, [our] planet is not going to be in good condition,” Folt said. “This is the time when we need to start taking action. This is the time when we need to teach every generation how to create a more sustainable world.” Carol Folt is no stranger to campus controversy. Folt poses for a photo in front of Bovard Administration Building after speaking to the Daily Trojan on Aug. 14, 2019. (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan) Her career path is characterized by historic firsts — after serving as provost and interim president at Dartmouth College, Folt was named the first woman chancellor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2013. She made history again when she was named USC’s first permanent woman president in its 139-year history. THE CHANGEMAKER After finishing her own time as a student, Folt dedicated her life to educating others. Though the University grants over $350 million in financial aid from its own sources and 21% of USC students receive Pell Grants, Folt sees room to improve accessibility at USC. Even in the face of a University that boasts a $5.5 billion endowment and ranks as the 21st richest University in the country, inequality persists. In January, UNC’s Board of Governors asked Folt to resign, months earlier than she had planned. The action came days after Folt’s decision to remove the pedestal where “Silent Sam,” a campus Confederate statue, once stood. The statue caused turmoil at UNC last fall, with students protesting and ultimately taking down the statue themselves. And yet, Folt’s grand office in Bovard seems free from any reminders of the University’s turbulent past and uncertain present. Bright light pours into the room, giving the space an airy, open glow. The light seemed to match Folt’s attitude in her new role — her readiness to roll up her sleeves, remain honest and transparent and begin the work that needs to be done to start a fresh chapter for the University. In a March 2019 editorial from the Daily Tar Heel, UNC’s student newspaper, the editorial board described “major issues with her and her administration’s lack of transparency,” during the Silent Sam controversy and her handling of the NCAA scandal. However, the editorial also encouraged USC to remain optimistic that her six years at UNC taught her some valuable lessons. After transferring to UC Santa Barbara from community college, Folt graduated with a degree in aquatic biology in 1976. Folt went on to pursue her master’s degree and eventually her doctorate in ecology from UC Davis. While both of her parents were chemists, and she always had an inclination toward science, she began college without any clear idea of what she wanted to study. When Folt took over as chancellor of North Carolina’s flagship university, the circumstances weren’t dissimilar to those she faces now. UNC had just seen an extensive 18-year academic scheme that allowed student athletes to take fraudulent “paper classes” in which students rarely met in person and professors inflated grades. Under Folt, the university faced public outrage, sanctions from the NCAA and an independent investigation from federal prosecutors. Not only does Folt bring a unique perspective to the table as USC’s first female leader, but she also believes that her career as an educator and environmentalist influences her leadership and priorities. Equipped with this experience, Folt takes the seat of presidency during one of the most trying times in USC’s history. In the past three years, the University has found itself in the national spotlight several times, as it faced controversy after controversy. “We have been able to compile a briefing document … about the status of USC, our plans for the 2028 plan,” Stone said. “[Folt] has been pretty involved in that, and that’s probably the thing I am most excited about to see in the near future.” When Dr. Carol Folt sits at her desk in the Bovard Administration Building, she has an unobstructed view of Alumni Park — she can see every student who walks, bikes or skates past. Unlike Bovard’s recognizable brick walls that tower over campus, Folt seems grounded in her first-floor office, a space complete with tall, white walls and nearly floor-to-ceiling windows. The shelves in her office sit empty, though Folt’s daily schedule as she transitions into her new role as USC’s 12th president is anything but. From meeting with deans and campus custodians to speaking with student leaders and the Board of Trustees, Folt has made it her goal to meet members of the Trojan community from every corner of campus. Responding to the ensuing outrage, Austin announced a series of reforms, including reconsidering the status of students admitted through the scheme and increasing oversight for athletics admissions. Austin has since left office, leaving Folt to carry on the changes. “I felt that magical feeling you [feel] when you are at the edge of what is known,” Folt said of her introduction to the subject at UCSB. “They started having us think, even as first year students, ‘I can be a part of something nobody’s ever done before, and I can really get involved in something that is the creation of something completely new.’” The beginning of every school year signals a fresh start. But this year, that fresh start feels particularly significant. Folt’s environmentalism has informed her goals for the University as well. From the day she was announced as USC’s president, Folt made sustainability on campus one of her priorities. She says she’ll work with students to foster conversations on campus exploring more environmentally-minded practices. With the new era, Folt is looking forward to a change of seasons. The first few weeks of the semester will be undoubtedly busy, and Folt is excited for the rush of a new school year. Though she has met with many members of the community since July — she is the first president to meet with members of USC Facilities Management — she hopes to balance merely listening to community concerns with taking action. “Carol is demanding excellence from everybody that she has been bringing in, whether they are from Chapel Hill or someplace else,” Caruso said. “She wants to surround herself with talented people, with the interests of students in mind.” “I really give my parents a lot of credit in that they never really were telling me I needed to pick,” Folt said. “They were very open about, ‘Whatever you do, you can do.’ But they were always adamant that education was the real pathway to go forward.” As a part of that new tone and culture, Folt is building a renewed University administration. She tapped former UNC officials Winston Crisp and Felicia Washington as vice president for student affairs and senior vice president of human resources, respectively, and brought on communications expert Glenn Osaki as the University’s chief communications officer. center_img Carol Folt comes to USC after serving as chancellor at UNC Chapel Hill. Folt poses for a photo in front of Doheny Memorial Library after speaking with the Daily Trojan on Aug. 14, 2019. (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan) Folt joined Dartmouth College in 1983 as a research instructor and went on to become the dean of graduate studies in 2001. At her core, she believes she is a teacher first, no matter what. Her teaching style has never emphasized lecturing, and she believes that instead of being a “sage on the stage,” collaborative learning is the most effective way to approach education. Folt fondly recalls, however, that when taking classes in different fields to discover what she wanted to pursue, she briefly wanted to be an artist. Some of her first university classes were in art, and to this day, Folt said her love of creative thinking is a huge part of her life. Folt wants to prioritize accessibility and ensure equity for all students — from study abroad programs and internships to financial aid and graduation rates, Folt’s leadership is strictly student-oriented. Undergraduate Student Government President Trenton Stone echoed that sentiment. He believes that growing the University’s Office of Sustainability and focusing on the Sustainability 2028 Plan, which aims to provide a “greenprint” for advancing long-term sustainability, are key for the University’s future. At a time when progress seems stunted and trust in the administration is low, repairing and rebuilding the University is a grueling task. But for Folt, moving forward is the only viable path. Carol Folt on the Aug. 21, 2019 cover In 2017, former Keck School of Medicine Dean Carmen Puliafito was found to have used illicit drugs while seeing patients. Since 2018, over 700 women have accused former campus gynecologist George Tyndall of sexual abuse. And earlier this year, an FBI investigation revealed that wealthy parents bribed athletic officials at several high-tier universities, including USC, to admit their children using fake athletic profiles. Also this year, nearly 50 students and alumni claimed they were abused by former campus men’s sexual health doctor Dennis Kelly. While some applauded Folt for her boldness, many thought her decision came far too late. “She’s got to be dressed as a little Trojan when she comes here for the inauguration,” Folt said excitedly. “You feel [a] responsibility to make sure that the next person has an easier time and the person after that,” Folt said. “I love the fact that I can do things in a slightly different way and highlight issues of particular importance to me, and some of those will be issues that are important to women.” “It’s not like this is a new job [for her],” Board of Trustees chairman Rick Caruso said. “She knows the issues and understands the dynamics on campus. What I’m most excited about is that there is an enthusiasm and so many positive things happening on campus that are continuing to move [us] forward.” Along with the myriad missteps that plague the University, the halls of Bovard saw many faces in the past few years. After former president C. L. Max Nikias’ resignation in 2018, Wanda Austin assumed the interim presidency. Provost Michael Quick, Vice President of Student Affairs Ainsley Carry and Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs Carol Mauch Amir all stepped down in the past semester. THE LEADER “Just the dialogue that Dr. Folt is using is promising, but I think the biggest thing is just making sure that there is follow-through,” Stone said. “She will really set a tone and a culture at USC that will hopefully impact the University in a positive way.” In March, the FBI disclosed its investigation into 50 wealthy, high-profile parents who collectively paid millions of dollars to alter their children’s standardized test scores, bribe university officials and create fake athletic profiles to admit their children into elite schools across the U.S. USC was at the forefront of the scandal, with the highest number of incidents of misconduct among universities implicated in the scheme. “I am impatient, and I want to get started on the things that we want to do together,” she laughed. “You almost have to hold yourself back a little bit. Every meeting I go to, I come away with a set of new things I’ve learned about the institution and a set of new things I want to work on.” Carol Folt will be the first permanent woman to lead the University in its 139-year history. Folt walks in front of Bovard Administration Building following an interview with the Daily Trojan on Aug. 14, 2019. (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan) While her first few months in office were flush with new beginnings, they were also paradoxically marked by familiarity. Folt has spent time researching and learning about campus culture and tradition, but she is no stranger to leading a major university through times of crisis. “It’s one thing just to say transparency, but you need to actually understand what that means to people,” Folt said. “Sometimes transparency means actually being heard and I don’t think everyone expects that every single thing that they say is being acted on, but they want to know they’re getting a fair hearing.” Stone hopes that Folt’s priority is to analyze and critique the areas where the University has failed. He emphasizes that USC is in need of a refocus — away from fundraising and climbing the ranks toward values-based leadership. Folt strongly believes that shared governance is key to building transparency and trust between students, faculty, staff and administrators in addressing the University’s controversies. As students unpack boxes, move furniture and hang USC pennants on new dorm walls, Folt is also moving in: This fall, she’ll likely fill the shelves of her office, discover cherished campus traditions and take her granddaughter, donned in cardinal and gold, to a Trojan football game. Though she never pursued that dream professionally, she said her love for biology was informed by the same sense of curiosity and wonder that drove her to art. The new title of president is impressive, but Folt now bears a more personal one too: She’s become a grandmother. Her daughter, Tessa, welcomed her first child earlier this summer. “Every meeting I go to, I come away with a set of new things I’ve learned about the institution and a set of new things I want to work on.” CAROL FOLT | USC’s 12th President But a fresh start doesn’t erase a difficult past. The USC community seems optimistic for Folt’s presidency, but cautiously so. Folt will begin a new and unique chapter in USC’s history — one that she has yet to write. Andrea Klick and Tomás Mier contributed to this report.last_img read more