• Bovis sees sales rise as profit jumps 20pc

    first_img Bovis Homes reported a sales rise of six per cent tot £298.6m it produced an operating profit of £21.6m – up 20 per cent on the previous year. Chief executive David Ritchie said: “The Group has delivered a strong improvement in profit in 2010, driven by increased volumes, stronger sales prices and delivery of cost savings.”Bovis, a debt free business, has spent out £203m on around 3700 plots of land, 80 per cent of them in the south east. John Dunne Monday 14 March 2011 4:32 am Bovis sees sales rise as profit jumps 20pc Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼center_img whatsapp whatsapp Share More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerUndozenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comUndoMoneyWise.comThe Worst College In Every US State, RankedMoneyWise.comUndoNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext RefinanceUndoZen HeraldShe Inspired Three Of The Most Popular Songs EverZen HeraldUndoTotal PastThis Woman’s Obituary Was So Harsh, Her Son Was Left ReelingTotal PastUndoDefinitionFake Reality Shows That People Believed Were RealDefinitionUndoFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterUndolast_img read more

  • The National Investment Trust Limited (NITL.mw) 2017 Abridged Report

    first_imgThe National Investment Trust Plc (NITL.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2017 abridged results.For more information about The National Investment Trust Plc (NITL.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The National Investment Trust Plc (NITL.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The National Investment Trust Plc (NITL.mw)  2017 abridged results.Company ProfileThe National Investment Trust Plc (NITL) manages a closed-end fund that invests in a diversified of Malawi Stock Exchange listed shares and unlisted private securities. The principle objective of NITL is to provide a vehicle for the public to participate in equity investment in Malawi. The fund is a product of Malawi’s progressive privatisation policy and provides income and capital growth opportunities for investors. Financial gain from investments are tax free if held for more than a year. NITL manages a portfolio of investments with funds raised by selling units allocated according to the amount invested in the fund. The NITL manages two Unit Trusts; the NITL Local Equity Fund and the NITL Global Opportunities Fund. Both provide favourable middle- to long-term performance with controlled risk and tax-free earnings. The holding company is based in Mauritius. The National Investment Trust Plc (NITL) is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

  • Should Millennials invest in the stock market right now?

    first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images Kevin Godbold | Monday, 3rd August, 2020 I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Should Millennials invest in the stock market right now? Enter Your Email Address Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. If you’re in your 20s or 30s, the recent stock market crash could have started you thinking about investing for your future. But should Millennials invest in the stock market during these turbulent times? I’d answer ‘yes’ to that question, but perhaps not for the reason you might think.Why I think Millennials should invest in the stock marketIt’s tempting to view a stock market crash as an opportunity to invest when shares are down. After all, stocks could recover and boost your investment performance in the years ahead. Or, in today’s environment, you might latch onto a big-winning share with underlying operations benefitting from the coronavirus pandemic.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…However, the truth is it’s hard to time the market. Shares could easily fall from where they are today. And a general recovery might take years. Nobody knows. But I reckon it’s a good time to begin a regular programme of investing right now, simply because you are young(ish). Indeed, that single factor means you have a long period ahead of you to invest. And time itself is one of the main drivers of compounded returns.The process of compounding is a wonderful thing, and it could propel you to a wealthy retirement. Just like a cash savings account pays interest on previous interest, you can plough all your ongoing returns back into the stock market to compound your investments. So, dividend income and capital returns from share sales and corporate actions should all go back in.And it’s worth it because compounding works exponentially. Those annual increases in your investment pot will likely increase over time. Indeed, after a long period of compounding — such as three or four decades — you could be astounded by how large the annual returns might have grown to be. But those first years of investing are so crucial. The early monthly investments you make in the beginning will have the longest period to compound and grow.The stock market’s record on returns is goodThe other main driver of compounded returns is the annualised rate of return. Little changes in the annual rate can make big differences to the eventual compounded outcome. That’s why it’s no good saving in a cash savings account. The interest rates are so pitifully low that compounding will likely fail to keep pace with general price inflation. And it’s a similar story with the returns from bonds and gilts.But the long-term annualised return of the general stock market has been running at a high single-digit percentage. And I reckon there’s every reason to expect a similar outcome over the decades ahead. That strikes me as a good basis for beginning a regular programme of investment towards a retirement savings pot.If you start now, while you are on the young side of 40, you have a big advantage. I’d say, don’t waste it! See all posts by Kevin Godboldlast_img read more

  • Singapore

    first_img News Site of James Gomez, an expert on freedom of expression in SingaporeThe Media Development Authority, the government’s Internet regulatory body June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 SingaporeAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts April 10, 2020 Find out more Links:Southeast Asia’s freedom of expression organisation, Think Centre October 2, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Singapore RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review SingaporeAsia – Pacific October 15, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sourcescenter_img Organisation RSF_en News The Internet has been a resounding success in Singapore ever since the country went online in 1995 and two-thirds of all households have a computer. More than two million people are online, up from 800,000 in 1999. The number of websites in the country’s .sg domain has risen from 900 in 1996 to more than 17,000 today.But the government does not like being criticised and, even though it denies doing so, quietly and effectively censors material. The Internet was placed in the late 1990s under the supervision of the Singapore Broadcasting Authority (SBA), which controls access to sites and requires them to obey rules for what it calls “responsible” use of the Internet.It asks ISPs to bar access to sites containing material that “undermines public security, national defence, racial and religious harmony and public morality” and is thought to have blocked more than 100 sites deemed to be pornographic. Sites that do not comply with the SBA rules do not get an operating licence. They must also install filters on their servers.Political and religious websites must register with the government’s Media Development Authority, which also requires ISPs to block access to about 100 sites considered undesirable. Some Internet operators encourage customers to install filters, especially CyberPatrol and Smart Filter, on their computers, mainly to block pornographic sites.The law was amended before parliamentary elections in 2001 to curb the activities of political websites. Government opponents, journalists and other critics are hampered by the internal security law, which allows the arrest of anyone undermining the very general notion of “state security,” and by the heavy fines imposed in libel cases.In July 2002, a government opponent, Zulfikar Mohamad Shariff, who has posted articles online, fled to Australia after police searched his house and threatened to arrest him. His computer was seized and he was accused of libelling the daughter-in-law of a government minister. He learned recently that if he returned to Singapore he would face charges of sedition and threatening racial harmony and could be jailed for two years.The government set up a “Cyber Wellness Task Force” in March 2003 to teach Singaporeans how to behave online. It aims to prevent the country’s millions of users from sending “useless” e-mails and spam and not to look at pornographic sites or use false names in discussion forums. Its head, Michael Yap, is planning information campaigns, new websites and training workshops. Help by sharing this information News Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage The city-state is one of the most wired countries in Asia, but the government severely restricts Internet use by government opponents. The authorities are also trying to impose “responsible” use of the Internet. to go further Singapore Newslast_img read more

  • General Finance Corporation Announces Public Offering of Common Stock

    first_img Community News Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes General Finance Corporation, a leading specialty rental services company offering portable storage, modular space and liquid containment solutions (the “Company”), announced today that it has commenced an underwritten public offering of 4,400,000 shares of its common stock. The Company intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 660,000 shares of common stock.The Company expects to use the net proceeds of this offering to pay down indebtedness and for general corporate purposes, which may include potential business acquisitions and lease fleet purchases.Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. is acting as lead book-running manager for the offering. KeyBanc Capital Markets, Inc. and Sterne, Agee & Leach Inc. are acting as book-running managers and D.A. Davidson & Co. is acting as co-manager for the offering.These securities are being offered pursuant to an effective shelf Registration Statement on Form S-3 that has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying base prospectus related to the offering have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus relating to the offering may also be obtained from Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Attention: Syndicate Prospectus Department, 85 Broad Street, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10004, Phone: (212) 667-8563, Email:[email protected] press release is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any of these securities and shall not constitute an offer or a solicitation of any offer to buy, or a sale of, these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.About General Finance CorporationHeadquartered in Pasadena, California, General Finance Corporation (Nasdaq:GFN) is a leading specialty rental services company offering portable storage, modular space and liquid containment solutions. Management’s expertise in these sectors drives disciplined growth strategies, operational guidance, effective capital allocation and capital markets support for the Company’s subsidiaries. The Company’s Asia-Pacific leasing operations in Australia and New Zealand consist of majority-owned Royal Wolf Holdings Limited, the leading provider of portable storage solutions in those regions. The Company’s North America leasing operations consist of wholly-owned subsidiaries Pac-Van, Inc. and Lone Star Tank Rental Inc., providers of portable storage, office and liquid storage tank containers, mobile offices and modular buildings. The Company also owns 90% of Southern Frac, LLC (www.southernfrac.com), a manufacturer of portable liquid storage tank containers in North America. Royal Wolf’s shares trade on the Australian Securities Exchange under the symbol RWH. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena HerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Signs That Your Ex May Still Want You BackHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Company News Briefs General Finance Corporation Announces Public Offering of Common Stock From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, March 2, 2015 | 8:51 pm More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Make a comment Business News Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribelast_img read more

  • Museum directors attend conference

    first_img “A lot of museums are struggling, both financially and from a lack of local support,” she said. “All of us were in agreement that we must stay true to our mission but also offer new and shiny things. Museums are teaching tools but we must also be entertaining.”Kinard said the conference was a beneficial experience for him and his visits to Colonial Williamsburg brought history to life and renewed his commitment to bring history to life in more and different ways at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama.“The way to everybody’s heart is through the stomach and I was interested in the foodways programs,” Kinard said, laughing. “We can teach a lot of history through food-related programs, through gardening programs and other agricultural activities.”Kinard didn’t participate in the Farmer Boot Camp program but liked the idea of having people come to the museum and actually participating in farm activities. This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… “I like the idea of a heritage boot camp where participants could experience a variety of old-time activities,” he said. “What I especially enjoyed about ALHFAM was being with people who valued the same things that I do. At Colonial Williamsburg and at ALHFAM, we were all interested in history and our heritage and eager to talk about them. It was just great being there.For Barley, ALHFAM was the second conference she has had the opportunity to attend in 2014-2015. She was one of only 18 museum directors from across the nation who were invited to attend the Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI) in the fall. JIMI is a nationally recognized museum management-training program.“JIMI was an intense training program and one of the best educational experiences I’ve had,” Barley said. “There is more to being the director of a museum than anyone might think. I appreciated the opportunity to learn from others and came back much more prepared to write grants and with several new program ideas.” Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Latest Stories MESSENGER PHOTO/JAINE TREADWELLKari Barley, Pioneer Museum of Alabama director, and Seth Kinard, museum assistant director, attended the Association for Living History Farm and Agriculture Museum Annual Meeting and Conference in Williamsburg, Va. They brought back ideas for new programs and activities and are making plans to implement them.What better place to soak up America’s history and bask in the culture of the colonists that at Colonial Williamsburg and in Williamsburg, Va.Kari Barley, Pioneer Museum of Alabama director, and Seth Kinard, museum assistant director, attended the Association for Living History Farm and Agriculture Museum (ALHFAM) Annual Meeting and Conference in Williamsburg June 19-23 and came home richer for the experience.“ALHFAM is a unique learning experience because of the opportunities to participate in hands-on activities and to share ideas with museum directors from across the country,” Barley said. “It’s probably not anything we think about but there is a difference between history and heritage. History teaches us. Heritage shows us. At ALHFAM, we learn about history and we experience history.” For Barley, ALHFAM is a unique networking opportunity.“We learn from the experiences of other directors about programs, events and activities that have worked for them and things that have not worked and why,” she said. “These directors are resources that we can look to later for guidance when we are considering or implementing new programs.”Barley said topics of formal and informal discussions at the ALHFAM conference were often about finances and local support. 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  • BAe raises the standard

    first_imgRaising the Standard was the theme of the second British AerospaceOccupational Health Nurse Managers Forum, held in Birmingham on 30 October. After a pre-conference workshop on skin care, run by Chris Packham fromEnviro Derm, Chris Dickson, employment relations manager, opened theconference. BAe OHNMF chairman Neil Mullett then presented the BAe OH Awardsfor outstanding contribution to the health screening working party. Among the conference’s other speakers were Terry Morgan, BAe group HRdirector, who spoke on the links between occupational health and safety and thecompany’s “Best Practice” initiatives, and Professor Ann Lowis(pictured) who outlined “Education for the Future”. Next Article Comments are closed. BAe raises the standardOn 1 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

  • Could 2021 be the year occupational health seizes its moment?

    first_img I agree that occupational health workers have the potential to effect change. They are the ones most people go to when they need help. If anyone can make a difference, it’s the people that we trust the most. Previous Article Next Article Occupational health on the coronavirus frontline – ‘I have been working as a “test and trace” caseworker’During August, we are telling the stories of occupational health nurses who have come to the aid of the hard-pressed… One Response to Could 2021 be the year occupational health seizes its moment? Chris Pederson 9 Feb 2021 at 9:27 pm # heardinlondon / Shutterstock.com In her Christmas lecture to members of SOM, Professor Dame Carol Black urged occupational health practitioners to use the harsh spotlight that Covid-19 has thrown on to workplace health to “seize the moment”; to raise their voice and profile with government and employers and truly show the value OH can bring to the table. Nic Paton reports.Covid-19 and the pandemic of 2020 put occupational health and occupational medicine in the spotlight as never before. It created challenges and complexities, especially around mental health and wellbeing, the scale of which are still only gradually becoming clear. But there is also an opportunity here for OH practitioners – carpe diem, or seize the day.As 2020 drew to a close, this was the key message to SOM members – and call to arms for the profession – from Professor Dame Carol Black, doyenne of occupational health, author of the seminal 2008 report Working for a healthier tomorrow, and (among other titles) expert advisor on health and work to NHS England and Public Health England.Dame Carol presented (virtually of course) the SOM (Society of Occupational Medicine) Christmas lecture in December, titled “Occupational health on the front line”. In a wide-ranging presentation, she looked at how OH has evolved (yet also stayed much the same) since the 1950s, the emerging themes and challenges as she saw them facing the profession, the scouring impact of Covid-19 on workplace health, and some thoughts and reflections on the way forward from here for practitioners.Dame Carol opened her talk by expressing her gratitude and admiration for all that SOM members, and the profession as a whole, had achieved during an intensely difficult year. “I really want to start by congratulating you all and saying a big ‘thank you’ for your contribution to what has been going on with Covid. Because you have responded in an amazing way to the pandemic; you have really just shown your worth,” she said.“What I want to say to start with, then, is ‘please seize this moment’. I’ve always felt, as many of you know, that occupational medicine and occupational health in general undersells itself. And we really have that moment to seize now; so please do that,” she added.OH’s powerful position to influence changeOccupational health professionals, positioned as they are at that crossroads of the employer/employee healthcare interface, potentially are in a very powerful position to effect change, to be heard in government and the boardroom, she argued, a position of influence that has (at least in theory) been amplified by the experiences of the past year. “Covid has done many, many bad things, but I also think it has given you this opportunity to push for further recognition. Because you have shown how much you have supported individuals, organisations, and tried as much as you could to protect productivity and economic growth,” Dame Carol said.“You have unique training and expertise; you understand that link between health and productivity; how to help the injured and ill and the ageing worker to remain at work and productive. You also have a very logical role in advocating for prevention-orientated programmes that really enable people to maintain their health and be productive citizens,” she added.Dame Carol cited the influence on her of Donald Stewart’s 1950 BMJ article The future of occupational health when she was writing Working for a healthier tomorrow (when she was the government’s national director for work and health). Yet, his arguments – the need for more OH postgraduate educational facilities, for more OH consultants, for better integration between primary and secondary care and OH – also illustrated how much had not changed within OH in the past 70 years, let alone since 2008.“I [within Working for a healthier tomorrow] did say there was a need for change. I wanted you to be more visible and more important, and more integrated into mainstream medicine. I wanted occupational health to plug into mainstream healthcare provision,” she highlighted.Significant workplace health challengesWhen it came to what she felt were some of the emerging dominant themes and challenges facing the profession, mental health and wellbeing – its extent and its associations – was top of the list, especially for younger workers, and that was even before taking into account the impact of Covid-19. Women’s health and musculoskeletal issues remained important issues as well, and both again had been amplified by the pandemic.Presenteeism was a further, and growing, workplace health worry, Dame Carol argued. “People are often fixated by absence because it is easy to count. But, in fact, over the last I would say five or six years, there has been a rise in the number of people being at work but not really able to give it their best, perhaps because they are sick but don’t want to say so, or it may be that they are anxious or worried – it can be for a whole host of reasons – and people define it in different ways. There is some evidence, particularly the data from Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey, that poor mental health is probably the biggest driver of presenteeism,” she said.The ongoing lack of “good” work or a positive workplace culture for many employees continued to act as something of a drag on workplace health and wellbeing, and also worked to fuel presenteeism. This, again, had been amplified by the pandemic, especially with the explosion in home working during 2020 blurring the boundaries between home and work.Financial wellbeing (or the lack of it), job insecurity, bullying and harassment, inappropriate managers, poor organisational culture – all of these remained important factors that continued to impact on and exacerbate poor health and wellbeing, especially mental ill health. Pour into this the impact from Covid-19, including the pressure of being a front line or key worker, working from home, increased alcohol consumption during lockdown, poor sleep, less exercise, bereavement, losing your job or being furloughed, or the anxieties of being asked to return to physical working, and it was clear there were huge challenges ahead for OH.As she pointed out through one example: “I have worried a great deal that furloughing will have the same effect as being absent from work. We know from sickness absence data that when you have been out of work for six weeks, after that every week makes it less likely that you will return to the place of work.“None of us knows where all this will settle and what will be the amount of remote working when we do eventually come through Covid and get out the other end,” Dame Carol added.The good news, however, was the quality and quantity of the resources and toolkits that had been developed to help practitioners in the past year. Dame Carol highlighted some of the return-to-work and Covid-19 resources created by SOM, but also the Developing and evaluating workplace health interventions toolkit that had been developed by Public Health England, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.Chance to shine, and growAs her presentation drew to a conclusion, Dame Carol returned to her theme of how occupational health needs to maximise the potential opportunity, along with the challenge, that has come its way from Covid-19.“Covid-19 has given you the ability to shine and, I hope, to grow. I think you can become a really powerful lobbying organisation. There is very much a need for occupational medicine expertise within government; I think we would all agree that it is sadly lacking,” she said.“Covid-19 has exposed the very close relationship between economics and health control; control of the virus and controlling the economy; enabling workforce physical and mental health and wellbeing, if you can do that you improve productivity and the economy.“I think we should see Covid-19 as an opportunity to accelerate change, to make it [health and wellbeing] a high concern of CEOs, a boardroom issue, and a major KPI for managers. Take public health into the workplace and make OH a central part of that answer, and not an add-on; to my mind, that is extremely important.“The pandemic has had so many bad things about it. But it has also shown the need for, and the value of, high-quality occupational health services,” Dame Carol argued.The pandemic has had so many bad things about it. But it has also shown the need for, and the value of, high-quality occupational health servicesIt had emphasised the need for a better understanding of occupational and workplace health within government, both local and central. It had highlighted why occupational medicine input needed to be, and become, a valuable (and valued) part of strategic and organisational decision making. It had also illustrated why occupational health needed to be a voice at the boardroom table, perhaps in the shape of a board-level ‘corporate medical director’ role, although she recognised this would probably not be something viable or feasible within smaller organisations.“I would say the future, in a way, is yours; we should have more of your expertise and leadership available to the population,” Dame Carol emphasised. “The world of work is going to be very different when we come through this; we are going to have to deal with, and understand much better, home working, for example.“There are going to be great challenges of mental health and wellbeing. You have shown during the pandemic that you can deliver the wider health and wellbeing agenda to very good effect without losing all the really important other parts of your professional practice,” she concluded.Need for leadership, voice and influenceThe need for OH to have a leadership voice, role and influence was vital, agreed SOM president Professor Anne Harriss in responding remarks to Dame Carol’s presentation. “One message I want to take away is that OH should be heard at the boardroom table. It is so important. If we can make an effect at the very top and get that to filter down through the organisation, we will have done a good job,” she highlighted.Harriss, who is also CPD editor of Occupational Health & Wellbeing, added: “This pandemic has certainly been horrific. But there are now bright shafts of light at the end of what has been a long, dark tunnel. Covid has brought workplace health to the forefront.“We must continue to seize this moment. Never before has occupational health and occupational medicine been in the limelight like this. It is sad because it is Covid, but I guess it is an ill wind that blows nobody any good,” she added.ReferencesDeveloping and evaluating workplace health interventions: A toolkit for employers, Public Health England, CIPD, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, available online at: https://khub.net/documents/135939561/286206066/Developing+and+evaluating+workplace+health+interventions+-+interactive.pdf/6995bde6-bdb8-b641-f76d-c11968a8b15b?t=1595346719766Stewart D (1950). “The future of occupational health”, Br Med J 1950;1:156. 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  • NOPSEMA requires Equinor to modify and resubmit environment plan

    first_imgThe opportunity to modify and resubmit does not represent a refusal or rejection of the environment plan Image: An Equinor building. (Credit: Ole Jørgen Bratland/Equinor ASA) NOPSEMA issued a notice to Equinor requiring them to modify and resubmit their environment plan for proposed drilling in the Great Australian Bight.Equinor must provide NOPSEMA with further information about matters relating to consultation, source control, oil spill risk, and matters protected under Part 3 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.The opportunity to modify and resubmit does not represent a refusal or rejection of the environment plan. This is a normal part of NOPSEMA’s environment plan assessment process. NOPSEMA is required by law to provide titleholders a reasonable opportunity to modify and resubmit their plan if it doesn’t meet the regulatory requirements for acceptance.Through the iterative assessment process under the Commonwealth Environment Regulations, NOPSEMA previously requested further information from Equinor on 27 June 2019 to input into its environment plan.Equinor has 21 days to respond to NOPSEMA’s request to modify and resubmit its environment plan. However, Equinor may request an extension to this timeline. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

  • How the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company is using technology to increase productivity

    first_imgWhat the technology means for workers at Abu Dhabi National Oil CompanyWhen new technology and software is integrated into companies, there is often a feeling that it is to replace part of the workforce – but AVEVA insists this is not the aim.Hayman emphasises that every aspect his company is involved in is about providing technology that will assist people in some way – and that in industries such as oil and gas, labour costs only make up a small percentage of company expenditure.AVEVA’s CEO Craig Hayman leading a press meeting on his company’s technology (Credit: AVEVA)Again venturing into an analogy, Hayman recalls how a customer once complained about a piece of equipment being carefully operated by a worker like it was a family saloon car.He says: “The customer realised that if the worker was to drive it a little bit faster, the company would generally be more productive – but he didn’t want to do that because he didn’t want to break it.“He told me, ‘I need him to drive it like it’s a Formula One car and I just need him to know when I flag him to come in for the lap to get the oil changed, then that’s the preventative maintenance’.“If I know that it’s going to fail on this in the next week, then I can schedule some maintenance before it actually fails.“So that’s where, for the worker who is driving that piece of equipment, you want to give them the tools so they can be successful – driving higher output and preventing unplanned downtime.” Planning and operationsThe third step ADNOC uses is planning and operations by optimising the feedstock, which is the raw material used to supply or fuel a machine.He gives the example of oil extraction in which the various levels of sulphur content can determine different types of uses, such as aviation fuel and heating oil, as well as deciding which refinery would be best to produce it.It could also be used to optimise which types of ships are used to transport materials most efficiently.“And I can look at the spot market prices, and my carbon offset prices for the whole thing,” Hayman adds.“I can run an optimisation across the entirety of that. In the same way that SAP might run an optimisation for a spare part for a car, you could run an optimisation around the feedstock – in this case, oil.“Every time ADNOC runs that, and it runs it 12 times a year, it generates $100m of economic value. That’s $1 a barrel.“You have to go a long way to find another initiative that will drive $1 a barrel of productivity improvement, without physically deploying any hardware.“So once you lay out these three steps to a company like ADNOC, it gets really hooked and we can now work with it on other initiatives.” Any business worth its salt will be aware of Industry 4.0 – now a slice of an energy industry that’s sometimes felt a little behind the times is getting used to the concept of Oil and Gas 4.0.Similar to how the so-called fourth industrial revolution represents trends towards smart and autonomous systems fuelled by data and machine learning being used in manufacturing, companies that produce oil and gas are having to embrace next-generation technologies to improve efficiency and value of their natural resources.For the state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), it has pioneered new tech that predicts failures and drives even more production from the rich oil supply at its disposal.The Middle Eastern business has teamed up with UK-based multinational IT firm AVEVA to integrate software that also helps workers manage assets and improve safety in the rapidly changing sector.AVEVA’s CEO Craig Hayman says: “For customers who have an Oil and as 4.0 or energy transformation agenda, the way we see it is that there is a very clear path of how to digitise their business.“But they are challenged to do that in a way that works with their employees and works with their existing shareholder commitments – and that’s where the technology comes in.” ADNOC has an oil and gas 4.0 model as part of its digital transformation (Credit: Flickr/Michael Panse) Like many energy companies, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company is using new technologies like artificial intelligence and industrial internet of things to improve efficiencies and maximise returns in production. Working behind the scenes is software firm AVEVEA, whose CEO Craig Hayman explains to James Murray how the industry is in the midst of Oil and Gas 4.0. What is Oil and Gas 4.0?Oil and Gas 4.0 is putting the fourth industrial revolution, which is the trend towards automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, into an oil and gas context.Producers within the sector are using industrial internet of things, big data, advanced visualisation and artificial intelligence to integrate and maximise return across asset and supply chains.ADNOC aims to be a leader in adapting and integrating new technology from outside of its own domain, to see if it can add value to the company’s production, the economy, and the world as a whole.Hayman believes oil and gas companies are in a big transformation as they look towards technology to improve their businesses.He says: “Two years ago, they were beginning to get educated about digital transformation. Now they are very educated about it.“They have chief technology officers and chief digital officers, who are challenged to drive a transformation agenda inside what was historically oil and gas companies.“In fact, most of them now would refer to themselves as energy companies, or they will talk about it as Oil and Gas 4.0, which is what ADNOC does.“And what that means is that they had an operating model where they typically had operating companies with shared ownership and they were okay for them to work independently and their way to scale was to add more operating companies and more facilities.“So the path to profitability was to drive more production.“What they realised is, we’re soon going to reach peak oil, while the energy production needs of the world could be served through other means.“So, therefore, their attention has turned to efficiency of cost, efficiency of CO2 emissions, and efficiency of all sorts of other aspects.”As part of ADNOC’s digital transformation, it partnered with AVEVA to help drive the company forward, with the help of three key steps. Will there be an Oil and Gas 5.0?Whenever Industry 4.0 is mentioned, it is often followed by suggestions the fifth industrial revolution isn’t too far away given that the gap between each transformational era has shortened every time due to the quickening pace of change.With this in mind, and companies like ADNOC no doubt keen to continue integrating new technologies, could we one day soon see an Oil and Gas 5.0?Not for Hayman, who recognises how renewables are becoming more important to the modern-day energy mix.“It will quickly become Energy 4.0,” he adds.“These companies see that once they go through the digital transformation to Oil and Gas 4.0, they quickly turn that into Energy 4.0. It’s more of the evolution of their business.” Integrated software is helping ADNOC save hundreds of millions of dollars across the production line Asset performance managementOnce the operations centre was completed, the next stage was asset performance management to help prevent failures and increase efficiency.ADNOC has more than 10 million tags or sensors that are integrated and monitored using AVEVA’s software.Hayman explains: “An example is that they have got hundreds of compressors and just by looking at the data, we can predict when they’ll fail to prevent unplanned downtime.“That saves the cost of shipping in the replacement parts and the production outage.” Three key steps for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s digital transformationOperations centreThe first stage of ADNOC’s move towards Oil and Gas 4.0 was to create the panorama digital command centre.It is a fully integrated, real-time data visualisation centre, displayed on a 50-metre screen, which helps to gain insights, unlock efficiencies and identify new pathways to optimise performance.The software has more than 120 dashboards, displaying 200,000 data points and is integrated into ADNOC’s 14 companies.It claims it can save between $60m and $100m in optimisation through just a single run of its integrated production planning model.One of AVEVA’s operation centres that ADNOC is using (Credit: AVEVA)Hayman says: “Part of our success in oil and gas and with energy companies has been showing them, ‘okay, keep running your facilities but drive more efficiency into them in some way and while you do that, free up operating expense and use some of those savings to power more digital while returning some of it to your investors’.“So with ADNOC, the scenario was for the first eight weeks, the operations centre will visualise the data in a way that they’ve never seen before.“Everyone had a view of how it would look but no one really saw it.”last_img read more