Wood Group has started the detailed engineering for the Noble Energy’s Leviathan field project platform – including the topsides and the jacket.The work follows the completion of the seven-month front-end engineering design (FEED) for the Leviathan field located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.The FEED and detail design has a total contract value of approximately $95 million.The estimated 30,000 ton fixed platform is being initially designed to process 1.2 Bcf/d of gas, expandable to 2.1Bcf/d to accommodate future production. The platform will be installed in 86 meters water depth.Robin Watson, chief executive of Wood Group, said: “Wood Group’s global engineering experience in delivering large-scale offshore gas production facilities and proven ability to deliver safe, cost-effective and efficient solutions will help Noble Energy and its partners meet the high standards, cost requirements and delivery schedule of the Leviathan field development. We are proud to be a valued partner in this major project.”
(c) DisneyAm I still the only person in the world who has to stop myself from calling it Euro Disney? Yes? Well, okay then. Because a trip to France is a relatively short flight away (compared with say, China), this tends to be a popular first exploration of international Disney parks for some. And there certainly are some headliners there that make it a worthwhile visit. For starters, the castle is a sight worth seeing, complete with a dragon! (How cool is that?) Crush’s Coaster, a 20,000 Leagues Nautilus attraction, and Phantom Manor are all must-see attractions you won’t find elsewhere. Yet some people who visit have said that there’s something just a bit missing in the magic at times. Now that Disney has taken over ownership and has said that investments are coming in the park, we’ll see if there’s enough pixie dust to have people visit–and come back.Tokyo (927 votes, 52%) So that’s the results for this week’s Ask It. Do you agree with the results? Got any trips to these parks scheduled? Let us know in the comments. Next week’s Ask It is live on the blog and on Twitter. We’ll see you next week!*Percentages total >100 due to rounding. Share This!Greetings, AskIt readers! If you’re reading this it means one of two things–either my house made it safe and sound through Hurricane Irma, and I have electricity to continue with life as usual or I’m writing this before the storm hits and having Laurel add the numbers for the final results. Either way, there was no chance that I’d miss sharing these results with you–especially because as the storm rolled in, a visit to any of these parks sounded like a much better option than where I was at!But enough chit chat about the weather. Last week we asked you:If you could visit one international Disney theme park location, which would you choose?And while the obvious answer is Gotta See ’em All, there were some clear preferences.Hong Kong (85 votes, 5%) I don’t think any Disney park has been subject to as much criticism before it opened than Shanghai. Even in its first year of operation, so many people have talked negatively about the park, the people of China, anyone associated with the project, anyone who orders soup dumplings from a take-out restaurant…you name it. Then a funny thing started happening. People actually went and visited. Suddenly, the discourse turned from “Iger’s folly” to “You know, this is actually a really cool park.” It certainly is a word of mouth success, beating attendance estimates and coming close to breaking even in its first year. Currently, it is on its way to becoming the most profitable Disney park worldwide. The technology in the Pirates ride is jaw-droppingly good, the castle is huge, and the TRON coaster is something that even the biggest critics of Shanghai admit that they’re very eager to see duplicated in Walt Disney World. Plus, it’s new, shiny, and exotic. No surprise that this one has become a desirable vacation dream destination.Paris (387 votes, 22%) (c) DisneyOuch. Sorry, Hong Kong. People just aren’t feeling the love. Disney’s well aware that this park doesn’t get a lot of love from its international guests. They certainly are doing a lot to try and help improve the park, however, with announcements about a Frozen land, a Marvel land, a Moana stage show, and yes, even rebuilding the castle to make it bigger and better. So while many of you don’t feel the need to make a trip there now, let’s see if views change by 2023.Shanghai (384 votes, 22%) (c) DisneyI have a feeling that if Tokyo DisneySea didn’t exist, the number of people who would vote for Tokyo might go down. Even though Tokyo Disneyland is a beautiful park with some amazing attractions, the real draw of visiting Tokyo is DisneySea, a park that is unique in all the world. From Journey to the Center of the Earth to the new Nemo and Friends SeaRider, and Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage to the kid-friendly area of Mermaid Lagoon, there is really something for everyone. To top it off, the park is beautiful! It is a must-Sea for any Disney fan.
Related Posts “Microsoft Corp. agreed to invest $240 million for a minority stake in Facebook Inc. that values the social-networking site at $15 billion. As part of the deal, the two companies expanded their advertising agreement.”The amount invested is lower than expectations, which were around $500M. Microsoft’s new deal with Facebook is all about bolstering their existing advertising arrangement – Microsoft will now sell Facebook’s international display ads, in addition to the banner ads it already sells on the US site. However this deal leaves room for Facebook to run its own advertising network, which we have been discussing on Read/WriteWeb. Facebook’s ad system will likely use social profiling to target ads, given the wealth of such data that Facebook has.UPDATE: Hitwise just sent this data, which shows Facebook’s growth in the US market over the past year:Facebook.com was the ninth most visited website (as ranked by Hitwise) in the U.S. receiving .96% of all Internet visits for the week ending 10/20/07.U.S. traffic to Facebook.com has increased 102% YOY comparing the week ending 10/20/07 versus 10/21/06.Among a custom category of leading social networking websites, Facebook.com received 15% of U.S. visits for the week ending 10/20/07. That was second most among social networking websites behind MySpace.com, who received 76%. Windows Live Spaces received .40% for the same week.Facebook.com received ‘9.90%’ of its U.S. traffic from Search Engines for the week ending 10/20/2007. Of that traffic, MSN Search and Live Search combined for .46% to Facebook.com last week. Google sent 6.82% percent of U.S. traffic while Yahoo! Search send 1.34% of traffic for the week ending 10/20/07.U.S visits for Facebook.com among users ages 35 and over have increased 19% comparing the week ending 10/20/07 versus 10/21/06. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web We wrote earlier this morning that Google and Microsoft were competing for a stake in Facebook, the super-hot social networking platform. Earlier, the NY Post was reporting that Google was the frontrunner. But a WSJ report has now confirmed that Microsoft won out: richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
PRE to inform the market about the challenges that the energy segment is facing and why they are interested in Home Dashboard and also about their initiatives to actively advise customers on energy savings Tom Kilroy, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Sales and Marketing Group is in Prague this week at an event sponsored by PRE (Prague Energy Utility Company), the third largest energy utility in the Czech Republic where he spoke about the energy efficiency efforts at Intel.The objectives of the forum were to:Inform the market about Intel’s relevance in the energy segment – Home Dashboard & Intel’s technology advancements and decreased power consumption The announcement of the Intel / PRE cooperation with the Home Dashboard pilot – PRE will issue a press release on the HEMS (Home Energy Management System) pilot and their cooperation with IntelWhile the main focus of the event was the Home Energy Management System pilot with Intel, Tom spent some time talking about the energy reductions we have achieved in the data center with our Xeon processors.Here’s Tom in the room with some other folks. Our Intel Pillars on the screen in the background.The big breakthrough in the energy efficiency of Xeon is in implementing Intel’s Energy Proportional strategy of scaling the platform power through the entire workload. When demand is high you benefit from the performance Xeon delivers, and when demand is low you get the benefit of Xeon’s energy saving features.The evolution of Xeon platforms is shown in this graph, starting in 2004. Since then Intel has delivered on the tick-tock cadence of major micro-architecture advances, significant improvements in the energy efficiency of Xeon. At usual usage levels of 10-30% average utilization, we have delivered over 40% reduction in energy use in the last five years. While still delivering the performance gains of Moore’s Law.That’s energy savings you can take to the bank!We’re very proud of our achievements. It is great to know that our international industrial partners, like PRE, are working with us to deliver the most efficient computing solutions to customers around the world.
BRAMPTON, Ont. — Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal says he’s staying on as the member of Parliament for Brampton East.Last November, Grewal announced he was taking a leave to deal with what he called a compulsive gambling problem that caused him to rack up millions of dollars in debt.At the time he promised to make a final decision on his political future before Parliament resumed in 2019.In a Facebook post Friday evening, Grewal says the last two months has been a challenging time, but also a period of immense personal growth.Grewal says he has since paid back his debts and that every loan he took from family and friends is transparent and traceable.He now sits as an Independent MP.“Over the past two months, I have taken some time away to focus on my health and receive appropriate treatment,” Grewal wrote on Facebook.“Throughout this time, I also received countless calls and messages from constituents offering their support and encouraging me to continue to serve. It is for these reasons that I have decided to remain as the member of Parliament for Brampton East.”The Canadian Press
New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Friday hit out at the Modi government over the Enforcement Directorate charge sheet in the controversial Agusta Westland chopper case and said “baseless and laughable” allegations and “jumlas” are raining this election season.Taking to Twitter, Patel, without directly referring to any charges against him, said he has full faith in the judiciary and the truth shall prevail. “A thief sees a thief in everyone,” he said in an apparent swipe at the prime minister. The Rajya Sabha MP said it seems the probe agency has become an “important part” of the NDA alliance. The ED, in the supplementary charge sheet filed before a court on Thursday, said Christian Michel, the alleged middleman arrested in the case, has identified the initials “AP”, mentioned in a “budget sheet”, as Ahmed Patel. The budget sheet contains the details of payments made to various people, including politicians, in connection with the deal. The identity of the said Ahmed Patel is not clear. On Friday, a day after the ED filed the charge sheet, the Congress leader said “such antics” would not work as the public is demanding answers to unemployment, farm distress and sagging economy. And, he said, these issues reflected the “defeat of Modi government”. “In this election season, it is pouring ‘jumlas’ (rhetoric). Baseless and laughable charges are raining. “We have full faith in the judiciary and the truth can never be hidden and shall prevail. It looks like that the ED has become an important part of the NDA,” he said in a tweet in Hindi. “The chowkidar and his cronies have targeted the wrong place without evidence. The ‘dalals’ (middlemen) of Noteban and Rafale cannot escape now. The people will teach them a lesson. But, you must have heard the saying that a thief sees a thief in everyone,” Patel also said. Patel, who hails from Gujarat, has been former Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s political adviser and is currently the Congress treasurer. Meanwhile, journalist Shekhar Gupta whose name also features in the chargesheet called it “laughable and utterly preposterous”. “The claim in the Enforcement Directorate chargesheet against Christian Michel, a key suspect in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal scam, that Michel had admitted to hiring the services of a person named Guy Douglas to influence Shekhar Gupta to tone down an article in The Indian Express, is 100% untruth,” he said. “The truth is the exact opposite. The Indian Express, under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta, broke the story first, was at the forefront of the media investigation into the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal scam and was widely commended for its coverage,” he added. “The timing of the lie by an alleged middleman, extradited into the custody of government agencies as an eventual outcome of the media investigation, raises deep suspicions about its motive.” Another journalist named in the chargesheet, Manu Pubby said his reports between 2012-’14 are the “backbone of the CBI/ED chargesheet in the Agusta case”. The Enforcement Directorate in its chargesheet mentioned that Michel said Pubby “toned down” his articles on the case. With Agenciy inputs
Men sometimes act way less interested in sex than they really are, perhaps because of the assumption that giving an impression of wanting to have sex with anyone, anytime, is definitely not what most women are looking for, suggests new research. “Men who are overly eager do not come across as attractive,” said study co-author Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair, Professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The findings published in the journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences suggest men and women’s real intentions may be different from the signals they send each other. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainFor the study, researchers collected two rounds of data from students at NTNU. The survey included questions like when they last met with a potential sexual partner, and whether they eventually ended up having sex. Researchers found women were much more likely to have sex if they thought the potential partner was attractive. The most important factor in whether men had sex was how many sexual partners they have had previously. This could contribute to their being perceived as sexually attractive and available. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”It’s really the same reason for both men and women – the man’s sex appeal – that decides whether they end up having sex,” Kennair said. Men who reported being the most interested in having sex reduced their signals of interest more. Women, on the other hand, might pretend to be a little more interested than they actually are. “The exception to this general sex difference is when the woman is as interested as the man. In this case, women also pretend to show less interest,” Kennair said. “Both men and women who are truly interested in a partner might be trying to ‘play it cool.’ In economic terms, it’s about supply and demand,” he further elaborated.
Ankara- Four female lawmakers from Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government attended a parliament session on Thursday wearing headscarves, for the first time in 14 years.In 1999, Turkish American lawmaker Merve Kavakci arrived in parliament wearing a headscarf for her swearing-in ceremony. She was booed out of the house and then had her Turkish citizenship revoked.Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lifted on September 30 a decades-old ban on headscarves in the civil service as part of a package of reforms meant to improve democracy and freedoms. The headscarf is a sensitive symbol in Turkey as it is viewed by secularists a sign of political Islam in stark contrast to the republic’s secular traditions.