Maintenance and Ops firm gets five-year deal with GlobalFoundries at BTV and Fishkill

first_imgGlobalFoundries,Vermont Business Magazine Fluor Corporation(link is external) (NYSE: FLR) has been awarded a contract by GlobalFoundries to provide onsite maintenance and operations support for its microprocessors and water fabrication units at GlobalFoundries’ Burlington, Vermont (Essex Junction, aka BTV) and Fishkill, New York locations. Fluor will book the undisclosed contract value in the second quarter of 2017. The project will be managed through Stork(link is external), part of Fluor’s diversified services segment. “Fluor has worked at these two sites with a previous owner for more than 12 years and looks forward to continuing to provide maintenance and operations support service to GLOBALFOUNDRIES,” said Taco de Haan(link is external), president of Stork.“Our ability to secure this contract with GLOBALFOUNDRIES validates our position that a focus on safety, client satisfaction and continuous improvement are the right drivers for our business,” said Dale Barnard, vice president of Stork North America.Fluor will begin work later this month at both locations employing approximately 40 full-time workers at each site.GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a leading global full-service semiconductor design, development, fabrication and innovation company.About Fluor CorporationFluor Corporation(link is external) (NYSE: FLR) is a global engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance company that designs, builds and maintains capital-efficient facilities for its clients on six continents. For more than a century, Fluor has served its clients by delivering innovative and integrated solutions across the globe. With headquarters in Irving, Texas, Fluor ranks 149 on the FORTUNE 500 list with revenue of $19 billion in 2016 and has more than 60,000 employees worldwide. For more information, please visit www.fluor.com(link is external) or follow us on Twitter @FluorCorp(link is external). VBM vermontbiz.comSource: IRVING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE(link is external))–Fluor Corporation 6.12.2017(link is external)last_img read more

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Born to Be a Wild Card

first_imgThe Atlantic:Pop quiz: When you hear the term “PSA,” what comes to mind?Many people will answer: Public Service Announcement. For men of a certain age, another likely response is more ominous (prostate-specific antigen, to be precise). Only a select few will say “Professional Squash Association,” which refers to the organization that oversees squash, a fiercely competitive racquet sport played in an indoor court with a squishy little black ball that goes up to 170 miles per hour.In the United States, squash remains pretty obscure, but it has a realistic chance of becoming an Olympic sport, and the PSA sponsors a tour, organizing more than 200 tournaments annually all over the world. Last week, the tour found its way to Charlotte, North Carolina. In an act of extraordinary generosity, the promoters invited me to participate as a wild-card entry.Read the whole story: The Atlantic More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Study provides new insights on why college students engage in hookups

first_imgShare on Facebook LinkedIn Pinterest Share on Twitter Sharecenter_img New research published in the Journal of American College Health has investigated the sexual motivations underlying college hookups.The study found that motives related to pleasure and excitement, along with frequent alcohol consumption, predicted more frequent oral and vaginal sex when hooking up.“There has been a major shift in how young adults date,” said study author Jessica Blayney, a psychology resident on clinical rotation at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Email “Instead of dinner and a movie, dating has become a sexual hookup. In our earlier work, we found that hooking up means different things to different people. For some young adults, hooking up means kissing, and for others it means sex.” “Generally, researchers agree that hooking up is a casual sexual encounter (anything from kissing to sex) with someone who you are not in a relationship with and don’t expect to be in the future. Many young adults have hooked up and so my interest in this topic was to learn more about this shift in dating.”The researchers surveyed 396 college students who had hooked up at least once in their lifetime regarding their sexual motivations, alcohol use, and sexual behaviors. In the study, hooking up was defined as “an event where you were physically intimate (any of the following: kissing, sexual touching, oral sex, vaginal sex, anal sex) with someone whom you were not dating or in a romantic relationship with at the time and in which you understood there was no mutual expectation of a romantic commitment.”Blayney and her colleagues found that students who were more motivated to have sex “for the thrill of it” were more likely to engage in sexual hookups.“There are different reasons why college students have sex during a hook up – the most common is that it’s exciting. Alcohol also plays a role – college students who drink regularly are more likely to have sex when hooking up,” she told PsyPost. The researchers also found that male students who had sex to deal with negative emotions were more likely to have hookups.“We found one difference between men and women. Having sex to cope — whether that’s with stress or a bad mood — means having sex during a hook up more often. This was true for college men, but not college women,” Blayney explained.The study — like all research — includes some limitations. The sample consisted of heterosexual students who were heavy drinkers. Future research could include a more diverse range of participants.“This study helped us understand some of the reasons why college students have sex during a hookup, but there is still a lot we don’t know. People can experience good and bad outcomes from a hookup,” Blayney said.“The reasons for having sex when hooking up might help us understand other things that happen in the moment – like whether a dental dam or condom is used or not. By looking at motivation and behavior, we can then figure out ways that young adults can increase the good things about hooking up (i.e., sexual agency, sexual experience) and decrease the bad (i.e., regret, sexually transmitted infections, unwanted sexual experiences).”The study, “Examining the influence of gender and sexual motivation in college hookups“, was authored by Jessica A. Blayney, Melissa A. Lewis, Debra Kaysen, and Jennifer P. Read.last_img read more

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Crown Estate appoints independent valuers

first_imgIt has appointed DTZ and Jones Lang LaSalle as independent valuers for the urban estate worth £3.7bn, which comprises 62% of its £6bn portfolio. DTZ will value the Crown Estate’s core holdings in Regent Street and St James’s, valued at around £2.2bn. Jones Lang Lasalle will value other commercial properties across the UK valued at around £1.5bn, including some London assets. Both appointments are for five years. Cluttons will continue to be the external valuer for the Crown’s £1bn heritage portfolio. This includes mixed commercial, residential and institutional holdings at Regent’s Park, Kensington and around Pall Mall that are linked to the Crown Estate’s role managing the hereditary assets of the Sovereign.Alan Meakin, investment strategy manager at the Crown Estate, said: ‘The shift to independent valuation places transparency at the heart of what we do. With stronger financial management we are in a better position to enhance the value of The Crown Estate and the revenue obtained from it. ‘The appointment of Jones Lang LaSalle and DTZ also marks a fundamental shift in the way we do business and a move away from using managing agents to value our properties. We are aligning their work with our key investment portfolios.’last_img read more

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Tesco buys back stores in bid to restore financial strength

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EH Ordinance Officer Charged With Sexual Abuse Of A Minor

first_imgAn East Hampton Town ordinance enforcement officer was charged on Friday, July 20, by East Hampton Town police with sexually abusing a child under the age of 13. Maximilliano “Max” Fabian Amaya, 25, of Springs, was arraigned Saturday morning on two counts, sexually abusing a child under 13, a felony, as well as a misdemeanor charge of acting in a manner injurious to a child. “He adamantly denies that this happened,” Carl Irace, who represented Amaya for the arraignment, told Justice Steven Tekulsky. Bail was set at $7500.According to the police, Amaya was acquainted with the victim, whose name is being withheld because of the nature of the charges. A couple of days after the incident, Amaya allegedly again approached the victim to request that nobody be told about what happened. Police said the child told the mother, who then told them about the incident.The youth was interviewed by police late Friday afternoon. Less than three hours later, Amaya was taken into custody. According to the police, Amaya admitted to inappropriately touching the youth.Irace told the court, in arguing for a lower bail amount Saturday morning, that Amaya has lived in East Hampton almost his entire life, is a graduate of East Hampton High School, and a former East Hampton Village traffic control officer who has been employed by the town’s ordinance department since 2016. “His risk of flight is low,” Irace said.Justice Tekulsky agreed that Amaya has strong ties to the community, and has never been arrested, but pointed to “the serious nature of the charges” as a major factor in setting the $7500 bail. He also issued an order of protection for the youth. Amaya’s mother and stepfather were in court for the arraignment, and said they would be posting bail.t.e@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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HIE Applauds Study Findings on UK Renewable Energy

first_imgHighlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) welcomes the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s finding of economic impact study of the offshore renewable energy industry in the UK.Calum Davidson, Director of Energy and Low Carbon at HIE, said: “There are significant opportunities presented by offshore renewables and the Highlands and Islands is well placed to capitalise on these. We look forward to continuing to work with the ORE Catapult in advancing innovation and technology development.”According to the report, the UK economy could gain £6.7bn per year and 150,000 jobs by 2020 from the development of offshore renewable energy resources. Press release, March 14, 2014; Image: hielast_img

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Transocean and Qualitair on the boil

first_imgThe boilers – two of which weighed 48 tonnes, and two of which weighed 13 tonnes – were transported from their manufacturing site in Kaunas, Lithuania to Klaipeda port using a low bed trailer with a special chassis.The boilers, each measuring 5 m high and 5 m wide, were transported over 250 km by road to the port, which required the removal of road signs and lifting of electricity cables en route.On arrival at the Lithuanian port, the fastening loops on each boiler had to be adjusted before being loaded and lashed onboard a breakbulk vessel for shipment to Montoir port.Qualitair & Sea arranged stevedoring services at the French port, as well as delivery to the final destination in Nantes.  www.wcaprojects.comwww.transocean.ltwww.qualitairsea.comlast_img

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Southeastern rehearses Olympic shuttle

first_imgUK: Former Olympic athlete Daley Thompson took the controls of a Class 395 EMU on July 27 for a special ‘time trial’ to rehearse the intensive ‘Javelin’ service that will operate between London St Pancras and Stratford International during the 2012 London Olympics. The shuttle is intended to complete the 9∙6 km journey on High Speed 1 in 7 min; the 12-car special train arrived at its destination in 6 min 49 sec.Stratford International station is expected to open to the public in December 2009 when operator Southeastern launches its full domestic high speed service. Located at the heart of the Olympic Park, it will provide interchange with the Docklands Light Railway extension from Canning Town, which is due to open in June 2010.Charles Horton, Managing Director of Southeastern, confirmed that a revised timetable would be required in August 2012 to accommodate the Javelin shuttles, suggesting that disruption to the operator’s other services would be limited because ‘nobody will be doing their usual routine’ in that period. Jonathan Fox, DLR Director at Transport for London, explained that as many as 30 trains each hour could reach the Olympic Park via the extension to cater to peak demand during the Games. The Olympic Delivery Authority, the government agency responsible for delivering the Games’ infrastructure, has contributed towards the cost of purchasing 22 of a batch of 55 LRVs from Bombardier. Fox added that 15 of the articulated cars are already in service, with the whole fleet expected to be in traffic by the end of the year.Paul Chapman, Managing Director of High Speed 1, said that while Eurostar services would continue to provide ‘a reasonably normal service’ to and from St Pancras during the Games, there is still no firm timescale for international trains to serve Stratford itself.last_img read more

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Deadly Premonition 2 and gaming’s enduring love of all things horror

first_imgDeveloped by Access Games, the survival horror title Deadly Premonition proved to be a reasonable success with both critics and fans alike when it launched on platforms including the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 back in 2010. Now, a long-awaited second title in the series has been launched and looks set to follow in the scary footsteps of the original.A Blessing in DisguiseReleased earlier this month, Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise has been described by its publisher Rising Star Games as both a sequel and prequel to the events of the first title.Set in present-day Boston, it follows the adventures of two FBI agents as they look to undertake a historic investigation into serial murders in the town of Le Carre. In addition, players have the chance to step back into the shoes of the original’s lead character Special Agent York, as the investigation gives them the opportunity to go back in time as they look to solve the mystery.Rising Star explains how the title, which has been developed by Toybox, is available on Nintendo Switch and is open-ended so that players can travel around Le Carre both on foot and on skateboard. A handful of mini-games are also included, such as a skateboard challenge and bowling.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Go-to gaming genreOf course, while Deadly Premonition 2 is a much-anticipated sequel to the original game, it is also another reminder of how horror continues to be a vital, go-to genre for the video gaming scene.Gaming has a long relationship with horror, as many notable franchises have emerged through the years to offer both compelling gameplay and a fair few scares along the way. Notable mentions have to go to the likes of Silent Hill and Resident Evil, while Alien: Isolation also successfully replicated the fear factor seen in that famous movie series.Horror has also found a home in the ever-growing world of mobile gaming, with Google Play highlighting the likes of Into the Dead 2 and I Am Innocent as titles to look out for earlier this year. The genre has even had a major influence in the world of online slots too, with the Mr Vegas Online Casino offering titles like Haunted Hospital. The developer behind the game, Wazdan, describes it on its official website as a “spine-chilling experience”, with the symbols on its three reels including dismembered body parts, surgical instruments and a mad doctor.The relationship continuesSo while A Blessing in Disguise may be the latest chapter in the Deadly Premonition series, it is also a new milestone in horror’s long and enduring relationship with the world of gaming. The genre has inspired a whole host of different gaming experiences, with some of the very best undoubtedly providing more than their fair share of thrills and scares. It will be interesting to see how the new Deadly Premonition game fares and what might come next as horror continues to influence the gaming world.last_img read more

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