Helix Back in Black

first_imgOffshore services player Helix Energy Solutions has returned to profit in the second quarter of 2018 compared with the same period last year as activities increased in all divisions.Helix reported profit of $18 million, or 12 cents per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2018, compared to net loss of $6 million, or 4 cents per diluted share, for the same period in 2017 and net loss of $3 million, or 2 cents per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2018.The company’s revenues for the second quarter 2018 have increased to $205 million, compared to $150 million same time last year, and also increased from $164 million sequentially.Fort the first six months of 2018 Helix recognized profit of $15 million on revenues of $369 million, versus net loss of $23 million on revenues of $255 million in the prior year comparable period.Revenues increased in the company’s well intervention segment at $163 million, or some 43%, when compared to the second quarter of 2017, and some 25% sequentially.Robotics division revenues ($39 million) also increased 18% against Q2 2017, and 44% compared to Q1 2018.“Our well intervention business benefited from the seasonal pick-up in the North Sea and the continued operational improvements in Brazil. Our robotics business improved quarter over quarter, with increased trenching operations and backlog for the remainder of 2018. We are encouraged by the improvement in our results compared to last quarter and remain committed to managing the uncertainties this market could present in the second half of the year,” said Owen Kratz, president and CEO of Helix.Subsea World News Stafflast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Ripley County Golf Champs

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs captured the 2015 Ripley County Tourney at North Branch golf course last night shooting a score of 197.South Ripley finished second with 204. Jac-Cen-Del was third with a 234.The Ripley County MVP was Makenzie Black of South Ripley with a 43.  2nd was Kaleigh Ollman of Milan with 44, 3rd was Kelly Gole of Batesville with 47, 4th was Meredith McCreary of Batesville with 48,and 5th was Alana Pinckley of Batesville with 49.The top 5 made the All-County Team.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.last_img read more

Arsenal ‘force’ infamous Arsenal Fan TV to rebrand

first_imgIt is understood the club have now asked Arsenal Fan TV to remove all branding and copyrighted material – including the name ‘Arsenal’ – from future videos.According to The Sun, Arsenal did not send a cease and desist letter but that discussions were held between the club and the channel.While neither party has made an official statement, the Twitter and Youtube accounts of Arsenal Fan TV have changed their names to AFTV.The channel was set up by former radio host Robbie Lyle, and has gained a number of regular voices and contributors over the years, including Claudio ‘Claude’ Callegari, Ty, Mr DT and Troopz.It became increasingly influential as the club’s form began to decline under Wenger, with many of those featured in videos being heavily critical of the manager, and members of what became known as the #WengerOut campaign.This has also seen the channel receive criticism from influential figures in the game –  Gary Neville called it ’embarrassing’, although in February 2017 he agreed to appear on an episode to discuss his comments.The club’s own players have begun to turn on the channel – full back Hector Bellerin questioned the loyalty of the fans who appeared on the channel in a February 2018 talk at the Oxford Union.Bellerin said:  ‘It’s so wrong for someone who claims to be a fan and their success is fed off a failure. How can that be a fan? There’s just people hustling, trying to make money their way, which everyone is entitled to do.’Other fans have been openly critical of the channel – which has resulted in physical confrontations outside stadiums – while Lyle said he was racially abused by Spurs fans during a north London derby in May 2017.The most recent match reaction video – for which AFTV is most famous, where supporters are asked for their immediate response to a result – titled ‘The Unai Emery Revolution Gets Off To A Faltering Start!’, after the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City, gained 134,000 views within 24 hours of being uploaded.-By Daily Mail0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000he channel – which features fan reactions to Arsenal results – has changed name to AFTVLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 14 – Infamous YouTube channel Arsenal Fan TV has been forced into a re-brand, reportedly after discussions with the club.Arsenal Fan TV gained fame for posting videos online of supporters discussing results, club news and talking points, but was also criticised for its negative coverage of the team, particularly regarding former manager Arsene Wenger.last_img read more

Micro-RNAs are Cell’s Optimizers

first_img“Unnoticed next to the main ingredients, microRNAs were considered to be ‘junk’ DNA, leftovers from millions of years of evolution.”  That line comes from an article on EurekAlert telling about how dramatically that picture has changed.  RNA molecules are now seen to be indispensable, with many roles in the cell.  This article talked about how a certain microRNA has a “fail-safe” role in development, preventing birth defects.  Researchers at the University of Florida found microRNA that acts “as protective mechanisms in healthy development not just by strategically turning off gene activity, but by making sure it stays turned off.”  This is one way a hindlimb is prevented from turning on genes that are only supposed to be expressed in the forelimb.    Another article on EurekAlert claimed that RNAs have “shaped the evolution of the majority of mammalian genes,” but the connection to macroevolution is obscure.  What scientists at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research found is that most genes have microRNAs that regulate them.  These RNAs don’t just switch them on and off; they finely-tune the expression, to help cells achieve the optimum levels of proteins for the tissues that need them.  Many of these microRNAs are “evolutionarily conserved” (i.e., unevolved) from animals as different as humans and chickens.  One researcher noted, “Our genomes have good reason to maintain the microRNA targeting sites necessary for turning down these genes at the appropriate place and time.”We really didn’t need any of the references to evolution.  Those evolutionists who are desperately trying to understand the origin of life have tremendous headaches with RNA.  While the “RNA World” is the most popular speculation about how life got started, getting from carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and phosphorus to RNA is a big hurdle (07/11/2002)  No plausible prebiotic soup experiment has been able to produce RNA: not the phosphates, not the ribose sugars, not the bases.  Furthermore, no soup of chemicals puts them together into nucleotides – the links on the RNA strand.  And furthermore, even if the soup got lucky and made a nucleotide, there is no known natural mechanism for linking them together into RNA polymers, to say nothing of getting them all one-handed, and in a sequence that could accomplish anything (except self-destruct with the next UV ray or lightning bolt).  OOL researchers look at RNA and DROOL (Darwinist Rambling about Origin Of Life).  Notice how evolutionary thinking about evolutionary junk hindered real understanding of what these molecules were there for.  Therefore, the field belongs to those who see optimized, interrelated complexity functioning with high fidelity and reason, that is well-designed.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Motor industry, government talk more jobs

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma recently paid alightning visit to vehicle manufacturersin the Eastern Cape province.(Image: Emily van Rijswijck) Volkswagen South Africa is building a new eco-friendly press shop that will maximize output of vehicles. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Simon Zakhele Lelaka  Volkswagen South Africa  +27 41 994 5448 RELATED ARTICLES • VW builds R500m ‘green’ press shop • South Africa’s auto industry to turn green • Two-billion reasons Mercedes-Benz chose SA • SA to create 5-million new jobs • New ambulances for North WestEmily van RijswijckSouth Africa’s government and automotive industry have thrashed out the broad outlines of a long term vision to create more jobs in the sector. The government aims to create 5-million jobs by 2020, and is hoping that some of these can be channelled through the automotive manufacturing sector.President Jacob Zuma recently paid the country’s automotive province, the Eastern Cape, a quick visit. “The government has identified the automotive industry as a key growth sector. That is why we are here today,” said Zuma at the special gathering held at the Coega Industrial Development Zone. “We want to share ideas with the industry on how to further strengthen the sector.”The whirlwind visit to Port Elizabeth and nearby Uitenhage on 28 September gave the president some idea of the industry’s job creation efforts and challenges, and where the government could assist with future endeavours. Zuma was accompanied by economic development minister Ebrahim Patel, Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet and Lakela Kaunda, the head of the private office of the president.   Biggest employerThe Eastern Cape is South Africa’s automotive hub.  It is home to four of the sector’s biggest manufacturers – Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA), General Motors South Africa and the Ford Motor Corporation, all of which are located in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.Mercedes Benz South Africa is based in Buffalo City (East London). In addition, the region has some 80 component manufacturers which, with the vehicle companies, provide many job opportunities in the Eastern Cape. The sector has shown substantial growth in production and exports over the last decade, despite labour challenges and a tough open market system. The industry contributes between 6% and 7% to South Africa’s GDP and makes up 12% of the country’s total exports, with 70 countries around the world importing locally made vehicles.VWSA growing green credentialsVWSA is by far the biggest employer, representing almost 53% of the industry’s workers. At its state-of the-art plant in Uitenhage the company has invested more than R5-billion (US$634-million) in facilities over the past five years, and its latest investment shows the company’s commitment to becoming a green manufacturer.The VWSA site is home to the most advanced and environment friendly paint shop in the country. Emissions from this new plant have been reduced by 75% compared to that of the old shop and the volume of solvents used has been reduced from eight litres to just two litres per vehicle.The company is currently building a new press shop which will be particularly eco-friendly in terms of design and materials for its construction, with recycled aluminium used for roof and side cladding. There will also be systems for gathering rainwater and using natural light, among others. President Zuma first visited the employee learning academy before being taken on a walkabout of the Polo and Polo Vivo production lines and the paint shop. His visit was received with much cheering and ululating from the factory workers, who downed tools to quickly smile and wave to the president. New Growth Path for job creationEarlier this year, Zuma indicated in his State of the Nation address that 2011 will be the year of job creation. In 2010 he announced the country’s New Growth Path, a plan for the government’s creation of 5-million jobs by 2020. At the time the government identified the six sectors that could provide new jobs: infrastructure, agriculture, mining, tourism, green energy and manufacturing.Zuma told automotive representatives that there are currently 64 000 more jobs in the economy than there were a year ago but that the growth rate is still substantially lower than that achieved in 2008.  The group affected the most by unemployment, which stands at around 25% countrywide, was the youth sector. This makes up 30% of the employment force, yet suffered 60% of job losses.Zuma affirmed that the government will continue to maintain its infrastructure expenditure programme, which includes the Port of Ngqura and the Coega IDZ, developed at a cost in excess of R10-billion ($1.3-billion).Public employment schemes and other government job creation initiatives will continue, he added, but the long term aim is to turn to strong sectors such as the manufacturing and automotive industries to boost the economy. Zuma said that the country should take advantage of an industry which has such a strong competitive advantage over the rest of the world. Through the Industrial Development Corporation some R102-billion ($13-million) in funding will be available over the next five years, he said. “Job creation is a collective effort,” said Zuma. “The government will play its part and provide the necessary incentives to boost the industry, which in turn should contribute to skills development and training.”Through the Automotive Production Development Plan (APDP), said Zuma, it is hoped that vehicle production can be increased from the 550 000 units per annum currently produced to 1.2-million by 2020. The APDP came into effect in 2008 and is aimed at stimulating local content production and exports through various tariffs and allowances.The automotive perspectiveDavid Powels, MD for VWSA, gave a brief overview of the industry over the last decade.  During this period, he said, there was stable growth in productivity, units manufactured and exports. But despite these statistics and government interventions, South Africa’s contribution to the world market is less than 1%, said Powels.He sketched a sobering picture of competition in the global market, with some 60 competitors worldwide and 1 300 different vehicle models available.“We are still in a situation where we are not really globally competitive, functioning in a small but intensely competitive market.”Powels is also chairperson of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). He highlighted a few of the association’s concerns, such as the creation of a stable labour relations environment, which will contribute towards pushing up productivity levels; setting up free-trade agreements with sub-Saharan Africa; and increasing the local content. Concerns over logistics and infrastructure support such as rail, ports and electricity supply were also raised and the fact that South Africa still manufactures EU 2 level fuels whereas the global market is already on EU 5 fuels. These terms refer to emission standards for vehicles, laid down by the European Union.The issue of preferential procurement were raised by Stewart Jennings of Naacam, the Authority of the South African Automotive Components Industry. Jennings said: “South Africa is not always as loyal to South African products as they should be as a result of the country’s open, free-market system.”Despite this, the component industry remains robust, investing R8-billion ($1.02-billion) over the last three years and showing an employment rate up by 5%. The lack of skills and the unstable labour market, as well as the volatility of the rand was also cited by Jennings as points for concern. Despite these issues, Jennings said the industry remained optimistic and was looking forward to forging closer relations with the government.“The motor industry has been an incredible success story in South Africa,” he said. “We want to grow a much closer alignment with government, especially going forward with the APDP.”last_img read more

South Africa ‘must become water wise’

first_img22 November 2012 While South Africa does not face a water crisis, the country will have to take the necessary steps to prevent severe shortages that could give rise to serious socio-economic problems, says the Department of Water Affairs. “We don’t have a crisis; we have a lot of options, but those options require effort and money, so the more we manage out water effectively, the better for all of us,” the department’s director for national water resources, Fred Van Zyl, said in Johannesburg on Tuesday. He was speaking on the sidelines of a conference on the country’s water resource strategy, approved by Cabinet earlier this year. The gathering was attended by representatives from the government, business, agriculture and civil society. The department urged stakeholders attending the conference to place water management at the centre of their plans. The available data indicates that if South Africa does not improve its water management, it could experience serious shortages as early as 2020. The national water resource strategy, recently made public by Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, warns that South Africa will be “at risk” if water is not taken seriously and interventions are not made timeously. It points to the need to protect the country’s fresh water sources, while improving the management of water across key economic development centres like Gauteng province, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Van Zyl said part of the solution was to impose restrictions on irrigation, tighten laws that governed water management, and explore the possibility of sea water desalination – though the latter could prove too expensive. There was a need to invest strongly in water infrastructure in Gauteng province, as well as in the country’s major economic sectors, particularly mining, he added. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Yahoo, Tumblr Close Deal, Animated GIFs Rejoice

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yahoo is making it known today that the deal to acquire Tumblr has officially closed, putting the blog network in the hands of brand new owners and leaving industry observers with many unanswered questions.“As promised, Tumblr will continue to operate as a separate business, led by David Karp as CEO,” Yahoo CEO wrote on Yahoo’s blog today. “Their product roadmap, their team, and tone will all remain the same as will their mission to empower creators and curators alike to do what they love best: create.”(See also Buying Tumblr Will Leave Yahoo With The Same Old Identity Crisis)But even separated like this, will Yahoo and Tumblr be a good fit? If Yahoo wants to use Tumblr as a platform to sell ads, it might find a sketchy fit on some of Tumblr’s racier blogs. And will the demographic of the tamer Tumblr outposts be a match for Yahoo’s needs?Time will tell, but one thing that frankly horrifies us is the thought of high-level corporate messaging now including animated, rotating GIFs. Oh, the humanity! readwrite Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#now#Tumblr#Yahoo Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more